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Venture through Vietnam's cultural centres, natural wonders and fast-paced cities before cruising the mighty Mekong on the RV Jahan. Finish on a high exploring the magnificent temples of Angkor.
Enjoy a fantastic three night cruise on the five star RV Jahan
Try your hand at puppet making under the tutelage of an expert water puppeteer
Sip champagne as the sun sets over this amazing spectacle
Learn to cook local dishes Vietnamese style
Our Deluxe Collection The Majestic Mekong Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Take a luxury 2 night cruise on Halong Bay
Watch the AO Show at Saigon's colonial Opera House
Sip champagne on the summit of Phnom Krom as the sun sets
Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on Saigon's Lady Hau
Our The Majestic Mekong itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital city.
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter - see the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh before visiting the revered Temple of Literature. Later, take a walking tour of the Old Quarter before meeting a water puppeteer who will put on a private water puppet show. (B,L,D)
Halong Bay is a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Sail on emerald waters amongst karst peaks aboard your luxury cruise ship, spending two nights on the water. Rise early to practice Tai Chi on deck as the sun rises. Explore by kayak, swim off hidden beaches, explore dramatic caves and visit floating villages. (B,L,D)
Return to the jetty and travel back to Hanoi. From here, fly to Hue. Long considered Vietnam’s seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home to emperors from 1802 to 1945. This evening, dine in the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House, whose owner, Mr Vinh, is descended from royalty. (B,D)
Start the day with a stroll through the grandiose entrance of the Imperial Citadel to explore the complex within before heading out, along the river, to see Minh Mang’s tomb. Lunch will be vegetarian dishes prepared by the nuns of Lien Hoa Pagoda, before exploring Thanh Tien pagoda. (B,L)
Travel from Hue to Hoi An and take a walking tour of this charming town. The streets are a delight to wander – visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, colourful market and a Chinese temple, finishing at
the 'Reaching Out' Tea House, a social enterprise working with local people with disabilities. (B,L)
Visit the community farming project in the village of Tra Que. Here you can wander through the farm to see the organic produce, learn traditional farming methods and try your hand at tending the vegetables yourself! Enjoy a short cooking demonstration before dining on a lunch straight out of the gardens. (B,L)
This morning is free before flying to Saigon. This evening, enjoy the cultural extravaganza that is the ‘A O Show’, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House and a delicious dinner. (B,D)
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong. Returning to the city, visit the beautiful colonial Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, and harrowing War Remnants Museum and end the day at Ben Thanh Markets. (B,L)
Transfer from Saigon to the Mekong Delta city of My Tho, where you will board your Pandaw River Expeditions cruise ship. You will be welcomed aboard with refreshing drinks, before sitting down to a briefing and delicious lunch as you cast off into the vast Mekong Delta. This evening, dine on freshly prepared food – your choice of local or European dishes, before retiring to your spacious stateroom. (B,L,D)
Explore the delta's backwaters and palm-lined canals in sampan boats. Stop at a local market to browse and visit the house of Mr Huyn Thuy Le, said to have been the lover of French novelist Marguerite Duras. (B,L,D)
This morning you can visit a Cham tribal village and catfish farm, borrow the ship's mountain bikes and do some independent exploration, or simply relax onboard. After lunch is served, cast off in the direction of Cambodia and cross the border. (B,L,D)
Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh is a charming city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Discover the city by cyclo, visiting the glittering Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. This afternoon, there is an excursion to the harrowing Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng that you can join if you wish. (B,L,D)
Take an exploratory cruise up the Tonle River, making a stop at the silver-making village to see the craftsmen at work, as well as two villages, Kampong Trolach and Chong Koh to immerse yourself in Cambodia’s daily life (if water level as low, these expeditions will be by coach). (B,L,D)
Take a morning stroll through a Khmer village, Angkor Ban. Continue upriver, soaking up the delightful scenery, reaching the charming colonial town of Kratie in the evening. (B,L,D)
Proceed upriver by local bus to an area the rare Mekong Dolphin calls home, now protected as a National Park. With luck, you may see these elusive creatures – there are around 80 who live in the area. Back on the ship, head downstream with a stop at 'Monkey Temple' shrine before mooring near Kampong Cham. (B,L,D)
Disembark your ship, transfer to Siem Reap by coach, stopping en route at Kampong Thom. Arriving in the city, the gateway to the temples of Angkor, in the mid-afternoon. Relax with a spa treatment. (B,L)
The day begins with a masterclass that takes you behind the scenes at Angkor with one of its lead stone conservation experts. You’ll learn little-known secrets about these magnificent monuments and get a crash course in conservation techniques. Full of knowledge you’ll now embark on a full-day tour of Angkor. Beginning at the atmospheric Ta Prohm, a tussle of stone and jungle, continue into Angkor Thom, the walled city, to the enigmatic Bayon. The afternoon is dedicated to Angkor Wat before a champagne sunset at Phnom Krom temple. (B,L)
Embrace your inner explorer to discover the mysterious 12th century Beng Mealea. An atmospheric site that has been left to the whims of the jungle, wandering its walkways feels like an adventure! Tonight, enjoy a farewell meal of Khmer cuisine! (B,L,D)
Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Arrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
The colonial style Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra hotel is built amidst landscaped gardens in the city’s old quarter. Each spacious room is fitted with a flat screen satellite television and safety deposit box. An iPod docking station, free Wifi and a minibar are also available. The onsite restaurant overlooks the river and serves international dishes.
The Sokha is perfectly located a short walk from Siem Reap’s centre and is a quick drive from the temples of Angkor. Wander in the tropical, frangipani-filled gardens or take a refreshing dip in the saltwater pool before retiring to your spacious Khmer-styled room, with marble bathroom. The restaurant serves a fantastic range of cuisines....Read more
Situated on the banks of the Bassac River, this modern hotel is ideally located in the heart of Vietnam's famous Mekong Delta. Each room is spacious and comfortable with modern amenities including satellite TV and a tea/coffee maker. The hotel also features wonderful riverside dining at its Bassac Restaurant as well as a relaxing rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy a relaxing massage....Read more
On the Hau River in the Mekong Delta, this casual spa resort features refined rooms and suites with traditional Vietnamese decor, Wi-Fi access and balconies with river, garden and pool views. There's a French-inspired restaurant and a bar. The spa area offers massage treatments, a sauna and a steam room....Read more
Since 1959, Caravelle Saigon has been Ho Chi Minh City’s landmark 5* address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel boasts elegantly decorated rooms featuring full-length windows which overlook the city or Saigon River. Modern comforts include a flat-screen TV, a pillow menu and 24-hour room service in all rooms. Guests can enjoy an international meal served in a casual buffet style on-site.
Experience an idyllic blend of beach and river side relaxation and Asian comfort at the Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa. Spend time in the expansive pool, take a sidecar trip into nearby Hoi An, or unwind in one of three bars. There are also plenty of activities to choose from including complimentary mountain bikes and beach sports....Read more
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi is located in the heart of Hanoi, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. The luxuorious 5* hotel offers guests 105 exquisite en-suite rooms with hand-picked luxurious amenities and 21st Century technology. The hotels facilities include restaurants, a bar, a four-season swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Mediterranean inspired cuisine and Vietnamese specialties are dishes served at Hotel De L'opera Hanoi....Read more
La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa is a classic colonial villa spread over 2 hectares on the banks of the scenic Perfume River. The well-appointed en-suite rooms are individually designed with beautiful Art deco furniture and spacious terraces. All rooms include a TV, minibar and breath-taking views of the city or river. The hotel is close to Vietnam’s superb attractions - Ho Chi Minh Museum, Dong Ba Market and Hue Train Station....Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Vietnam. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Cambodia. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. We advise tipping amounts in your final documentation.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
Breakfast at your hotel usually includes a selection of local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest trying some of the local specialities. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual in taste.
Please ensure you specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking. We suggest also mentioning it to the National Escort/Local Guides on arrival. They will do their utmost to cater to any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or foods to avoid in the case of allergies.
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