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Our journey begins in Siem Reap, the perfect base to spend a few days exploring the temples of Angkor. We’ll then embark on an 8-day cruise aboard a riverboat where we’ll be lavished with hospitality, cuisine, and outlandish entertainment from drag diva Miss Conception. Stops include remote villages renowned for their crafts and the capital city of Phnom Penh. Once we cross into Vietnam the adventure wraps up with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City (AKA Saigon), which teems with ten million residents and eight million bikes. It’s also worth noting this journey is among the most all-inclusive adventures we offer. Almost all meals, drinks with dinner, and onboard beer and spirits are covered in the trip price. Extend your stay with our Vietnam: Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Gay Cruise which commences directly after this tour finishes.
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Joom reab sour – welcome to Cambodia! Siem Reap is a fast-growing resort town and gateway to the ancient ruins of Angkor. Our trip kicks off at 6PM with a Group Meeting followed by dinner and drinks. Tonight’s restaurant celebrates traditional Khmer fare in a lavish venue. If you’re surviving the jet lag, why not join us afterwards at a local gay bar?
Today is devoted to temple-hopping. We begin with iconic Angkor Wat, where bas-relief carvings and ancient architecture offer excellent photography fodder. After an included lunch, we’ll ride a remork (motorized rickshaw) to Angkor Thom, famous for 50 gothic towers and 200 faces carved into the stone. Our day ends with a relaxing evening back at our luxurious accommodations. We’ll enjoy an exquisite dinner at the hotel restaurant highlighting authentic Khmer cuisine.
The sun rising over Angkor Wat is one of the most amazing sights in the world (and makes the brutally early wake-up call worth it). After we return to the hotel for breakfast we’ll carry on to the countryside. Experience seasonal activities like rice planting and harvesting before we visit Banteay Srei, a sandstone temple devoted to Hindu god Shiva. We’ll also visit Ta Prohm, crumbling and consumed by the jungle, and best known as the location where Tomb Raider was filmed. And this is all before lunch! Back at the hotel, we’ll have a free afternoon to grab a bite or just kick back by the pool. We’ll meet again in the early evening for dinner in a rustic wooden house, and a trip to the Phare Circus, where young artists from disadvantaged backgrounds bring uniquely Cambodian tales to life.
After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Kampong Cham to board the beautiful RV Indochina Pandaw with a boxed lunch served en route. Once onboard, there will be a safety briefing followed by cocktails and dinner during our sunset departure.
As we make our way downstream, we’ll visit Angkor Ban and a local Cambodian school where guests are encouraged to donate books for the children. After lunch, we’ll tour Koh Oknha Tey, or ‘Silk Island’. With a long history of silk-weaving, we’ll study the entire production process including the raising of the silkworms themselves. At the end of the tour we’ll have a chance to shop (scarves are popular souvenirs), and see a demonstration of the ancient martial art known as Bokator. Tonight we’ll enjoy our first performance by the delightful Miss Conception who’ll sample her latest show.
Today we’ll take a private coach to the ancient capital of Cambodia, Oudong, and visit a meditation centre. After returning to the ship for lunch, we’ll explore the riverside temples, markets, and villages of Kampong Tralach via ox-cart. In the evening, cocktails will be served around the village fire pit, allowing us to meet friendly locals and learn about Khmer traditions and culture.
This morning we’ll explore Cambodia’s capital with cyclos powered by drivers from The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh. This charity provides basic welfare and medical services to the drivers of these unique cabs. We’ll visit the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, and the Royal Palace. After lunch we’ll pay a humbling visit to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng – or S21 detention centre. Our cruise will overnight in the city, giving us a chance to experience the colourful LGBTQ+ nightlife.
This morning, sip a coffee from your balcony and watch the scenery as we make our way to (and through) the Vietnam border for immigration formalities. We’ll then cruise to the picturesque town of Long Thuan and visit floating fish farms by sampan (a local boat). This afternoon, we’ll stop at a Taoist temple where the monks will read our fortunes, then visit the village of Xi Loi to experience life on a local farm. Our last stop of the day will have us watching a traditional lion dance, then it’s back to the ship for another feast and performance by Miss Conception.
Sailing through the Mekong Delta offers real insight into life along this vast waterway, and today is no exception. We’ll pass through a small canal where we’ll head ashore to Con Phuoc Island, known for its beautiful landscapes and handicrafts. Here, we’ll witness craftspeople weaving bamboo baskets, and even have a go at it ourselves. Then we’ll travel by tuk tuk to a 100-year old Catholic Church and mingle with the friendly locals.
This morning we’ll relax onboard as we cruise to the provincial capital of Ben Tre. Explore an area known to be rich in birdlife before we board rowboats to ride through mangroves and bamboo groves, landing at a village known for local wares. Back on board, enjoy a short performance by a local dance troupe, our final dinner on the ship, and one last performance by Miss Conception.
Sadly our cruise is over, but the trip is not! This morning we’ll head to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This extensive underground network, dug by the Viet Minh and Viet Cong, contained hospitals, accommodations and schools during the war. We’ll also get to see the elaborate (and gruesome) traps they set for the enemy. After lunch nearby we’ll drive to Ho Chi Minh City, check-in to our lavish hotel, and freshen up for an included dinner.
“Saigon” is full of chaotic thrills where ancient and modern worlds mingle. We’ll visit Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the goddess of seafarers, then we’ll delve into Chinatown and its dazzling markets. Lunch will be classic Vietnamese before we visit Reunification Palace, the War museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post office and the Opera House. After this last ambitious afternoon, we’ll have a bit of downtime before celebrating the adventure with a farewell dinner at one of the city’s finest restaurants.
There are no activities planned today until your complimentary departure transfer. Safe travels home, or why not keep the adventure alive with our Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Tour Extension?
Loved every minute of it. Friendly people in each country, great food, relaxing, and endless fun. Made some lasting friendships with fellow travelers.
A beautiful way to see the local culture and give back while vacationing.
Great itinerary, amazing cultural sites, a wonderful river cruise experience, excellent accommodations, wonderful food, fantastic customer service, exciting destinations, and great group camaraderie.
The riverboat is an amazing way to experience Cambodia and Vietnam. Unlike large ships, ours was very intimate and allowed us to visit sights much more comfortably than long bus rides.
From the temples of Angkor to palatial residences and gondola boat rides, our 13-day Mekong Gay River Cruise is the ultimate sampler of Southeast Asian cultRead More
While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.Learn More
All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.
5-Star Hotels: Truly luxurious, beautifully decorated and spacious rooms complete with extras such as bathrobe and slippers, and often including an evening turndown service. Expect premium amenities such as a fitness centre, multiple pools and restaurants, a sauna and/or spa. Customer service is exceptional and always includes a concierge service.
Luxury River Cruise: Built in Saigon in 2009, the RV Indochina Pandaw was designed specifically for the Mekong. The IP – as she is affectionately known – is a roomy ship with wide promenades, a commodious dining room and more public space per passenger than any other ship on the Mekong. She is quite justifiably the most splendid vessel on the river, and the envy of any boat that floats by.
Scroll down to ‘Examples Of Accommodations’ for specific information and photos of the accommodations used on this tour.Learn More
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If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room with another solo traveller, please select Shared/Twin Room when booking this tour.
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