Cambodia & Vietnam Gay River Cruise
OUT Adventures is pleased to offer an epic Mekong river experience aboard an all-gay cruise featuring Toronto’s drag queen extraordinaire, Miss Conception. This 13-day adventure begins on January 3rd with four days at a luxury hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia and ends when we disembark in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam on January 15th, 2018.
As an all-inclusive luxury river cruise aboard the RV Mekong Pandaw, all meals and beverages (including beer/spirits) are covered, not to mention two shows, a trivia night and private Champagne lap dances from Miss Conception in her suite. You can either wrap up your trip in Saigon or join us for another 5-day adventure on our Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Trip Extension.
Cambodia to Vietnam Gay Cruise Highlights:
- See local tales told at Phare, the Cambodian Circus
- Watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat
- Take part in a Siem Reap Cooking Class
- Take a selfie at the stone faces and bas relief of Bayon Temple
- Get a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy River Dolphins
- See life before the Khmer Rouge Regime in Angkor Ban
- Visit a tribal village and cat fish farm in Chau Doc
- Dine at sensational restaurants that celebrate local cuisine
- Explore Phnom Penh by cyclo (tricycle taxi)
- Crawl through the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels
- Spend a full day exploring Ho Chi Minh City, including a stop at Reunification Palace
Day 1: Siem Reap
Joom reab sour aka welcome to Cambodia! Our trip kicks off at 6PM with a group meeting, followed by an included dinner and drinks. Tonight’s restaurant is noteworthy as it’s restored the glory of Cambodian cuisine following the downfall of the Khmer Rouge regime and civil war. After that, we’ll savour some optional cocktails at a local gay bar.
Day 2: Siem Reap
We have a massive day ahead of us, beginning with a trip to the world-famous City of Angkor, where bas-relief carvings and architecture offer fab fodder for photographers. We’ll explore the temples with our guides, and enjoy an included lunch. Tonight’s dinner is also included, at a restaurant that trains underprivileged young adults, and it happens to be a favourite spot of ours. The night wraps with a circus (literally) where young Cambodian artists tell their tales through music and more performing arts.
Day 3: Siem Reap
Photography enthusiasts are in for a treat! We’ll rise before dawn and head to Angkor Wat for sunrise, followed by breakfast at the hotel. Then we’ll explore favourite ruins like Banteay Srei, a sandstone temple devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. This afternoon we’ll visit the countryside, venture through a village, and end the day by splitting into smaller groups for a cooking class with local chefs. Our unforgettable creations will then be savoured over views of the sun setting beyond the paddy fields.
Day 4: Siem Reap/Kampong Cham
After breakfast we’ll transfer to Kampong Cham, a provincial capital defined by the hustle of its markets and French colonial architecture. We’ll stop at Kampong Thom en route, with a simple boxed lunch served on the bus en route to the beautiful RV Mekong Pandaw – our home for the next seven nights. We’ll enjoy cocktail hour on the Sunset Deck, followed by a briefing and our first dinner aboard while we cruise towards Chhlong.
Day 5: Kratie and the Dolphin Grounds
Today we sail for Kratie, a low-key French colonial town famous for its rare Irrawaddy River Dolphins (the other two places they can be found are on India’s Ganges River, and Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River itself). As this is a protected area, we’ll board smaller vessels to venture out in search of these glorious cetaceans.
Day 6: Prek Kdam
Continuing our journey down the river, today we visit three great destinations. First up is the very curious Monkey Temple. Then we’ll visit the remote Wat Hanchey, which offers fantastic views. Finally, we stop at Angkor Ban, a commune of stilted wooden houses that survived the Khmer Rouge Regime, for a glimpse at Cambodian tradition.
Day 7: Phnom Penh
Today we’ll explore Cambodia’s capital by iconic tricycle taxis known as cyclos. We’ll visit the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, and the Royal Palace. Even better, our rides come care of The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh, a charity providing basic welfare and medical services to the drivers of these unique cabs. In the afternoon, we’ll take a sobering break to visit the Killing Fields and Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng (or S21 detention centre).
Day 8: Tonle River
The Tonle River awaits today, with visits to a silver-making village, Kampong Trolach, and the craft town of Chong Koh known for its silk weavers. Depending on water levels we’ll either travel by ship or by coach, soaking up the vibrant local life along the river banks.
Day 9: Cruising/Tan Chau
It’s an easy day of cruising as we make our way up the main Mekong channel. This international shipping route is also Vietnam’s border, so we’ll stop to sort out immigration formalities – this could take a while, so why not arm yourself with a cocktail or book? You can also go behind the scenes of our cruise with onboard tours, or take part in a cooking and fruit carving demonstration.
Day 10: Chau Doc/Cai Bei
Today we’ll visit a Chau Doc town, known for its stilted homes, a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm. If you want some time to yourself, you may also break off from the group, grab a mountain bike, and explore on your own. The village exudes a charming French style, the local market is excellent, and if you have a chance, don’t miss the colourful Catholic church after a brief Vietnam history lesson in a local “saloon”. Our night will be spent in Cai Bei, the Mekong River Delta.
Day 11: My Tho/Ho Chi Minh City
While the river cruise is over, our trip is most certainly not! This morning we’ll disembark and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), with a stop at the Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour. This extensive underground network, dug by the Viet Minh and Viet Cong, actually contained hospitals, accommodations and schools (beware the tunnels can be hot, sweaty, and claustrophobic for some). We’ll then check-in to our lavish riverside hotel, then freshen up for an included dinner at KOTO – another fantastic restaurant that trains underprivileged youth. The rest of the evening is free to relax.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
“Saigon” is full of chaotic thrills. Ancient and modern worlds mingle. Temples stand defiantly among zooming scooters and new architecture. We’ll visit Thien Hau Temple (built in the early 19th century, and dedicated to the goddess of seafarers). We delve deeper into Chinatown, and visit the dazzling Cholon and Binh Tay Markets. Lunch will be a classic Vietnamese ‘pho’ noodle soup, before we head for the Reunification Palace, War museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post office and Opera House. After this final, ambitious afternoon, we’ll celebrate a Farewell Dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants that features local cuisine with modern flare!
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City/Departure
There are no activities planned today until your complimentary departure transfer. That said, you could keep the adventure alive with our Hanoi Tour Extension.
- 4-Star Hotel (2 nights)
- 5-Star Hotel (3 nights)
- All-inclusive Luxury River Cruise (7 nights)
- RV Mekong Pandaw includes a small spa, gym, library lounge and office.
- All meals, drinks at dinner, and beer/spirits aboard the ship are covered.
- Note: Wine, laundry, spa services are NOT included.
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