VIETNAM & CAMBODIA CHRISTMAS NEW YEAR 2024

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A$11,499
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Want to get away over Christmas and New Year in 2024?

Then come with us as we embark on a mesmerizing voyage intertwining luxury, culture, and discovery, including 8 nights aboard the Mekong Princess, a boutique riverboat promising an odyssey through Vietnam and Cambodia’s rich tapestry.

Your adventure unfurls amidst the dynamic rhythm of Ho Chi Minh City, where the Eden Star Hotel Saigon welcomes you to opulent Premier Deluxe accommodations, setting the stage for the remarkable adventure ahead. A delightful welcome dinner at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant not only acquaints you with fellow travellers and your Two’s a Crowd Tour Host but tantalizes your taste buds with a preview of the culinary wonders that await on this journey.

Explore the city’s historical treasures, from the iconic Central Post Office to the poignant War Remnants Museum, narrating Vietnam’s vivid past. Tan Dinh Church, with its distinctive pink façade, stands as an architectural gem akin to Notre Dame Cathedral. As dusk descends, immerse yourself in Saigon’s vibrant street food scene, a culinary escapade unveiling a medley of savory delights, from grilled beef wrapped in wild betel leaf to the famed broken rice dish.

Christmas Day is a feast for the senses, commencing with a tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a testament to Vietnamese resilience. Later revel in a lavish buffet Christmas lunch at the esteemed Caravelle Hotel, a spread of delectable delights complemented by free-flowing wine and prosecco. The afternoon unfolds at leisure, perhaps with a leisurely nap to rejuvenate for the evening. Christmas night brings you to the Saigon Opera House, where the “A O Show” captivates with traditional performances, a unique Christmas celebration blending culture and artistry.

Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City as the Mekong Princess becomes your luxurious haven for an extraordinary voyage over the next 8 days. Sailing through Saigon River, Soai Rap River, and beyond, indulge in exquisite Vietnamese cuisine and immerse yourself in the charm of authentic rural cultures. Two’s a Crowd has chartered the whole ship. So it’s just our clients on board. No couples, no families – strictly solos only! Your own cabin, no sharing.

Anchoring in the heart of the Mekong Delta, relish crafted cocktails, bask in stunning sunsets, and savour traditional Vietnamese cuisine at the Indochine restaurant. Days unfold with immersive experiences in lesser-known locales, from visiting local coconut candy makers in Ben Tre to exploring Hoa An village’s flower gardens and conical hat-making families. As the vessel anchors near Gieng Island, sampans reveal the rhythm of local life.

Cross into Cambodia, where Phnom Penh beckons with cyclo tours through historic landmarks—the Royal Palace, National Museum, and poignant sites like Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng. Engage with the haunting past of the Khmer Rouge regime before embracing New Year’s Eve celebrations along the Phnom Penh riverside.

As the new year dawns, journey to Angkor Ban, immersing in local life, visiting temples, and experiencing Kampong Cham’s allure. Culminating in Siem Reap, discover the ancient wonders of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and Banteay Samre temples, each echoing centuries of history, artistry, and spirituality. This is an odyssey—a blend of luxury and cultural immersion transcending time, spanning the Mekong River’s serene landscapes, vibrant cities, and ancient wonders. The Mekong Princess journey is an unforgettable chapter in the tapestry of your travel experiences.

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Monday 23rd December 2024

ARRIVE HO CHI MINH CITY – WELCOME DINNER (D)

Upon arrival in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be transferred to the Eden Star Hotel Saigon. Your journey commences with a stay in the luxurious Premier Deluxe room, promising a remarkable retreat to begin your adventure. To mark the outset of this exhilarating journey we’ll gather to meet fellow travellers and your Two’s a Crowd Tour Host for a delightful welcome dinner at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. This evening provides a tantalizing preview of the wonders awaiting you on this journey.

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Day 2 – Tuesday 24th December 2024

HO CHI MINH HALF DAY CITY PRIVATE TOUR – SAIGON STREET EATS EVENING PRIVATE TOUR (B,D)

Today’s exploration unveils the vibrant history and cultural tapestry of Ho Chi Minh City. Begin with a guided tour encompassing architectural marvels like the Central Post Office and the iconic Reunification Palace. Delve into the poignant narrative of the War Remnants Museum, offering a visceral portrayal of Vietnam’s history. Continue your journey with visits to Tan Dinh Church and its adjacent bustling market. The church, an architectural gem with its distinctive pink façade, stands in contrast yet carries an equally compelling allure to the Notre Dame Cathedral.

(Tour starts around 8am and runs for 4 hours.)

As evening falls, prepare your taste buds for a culinary escapade through Saigon’s charming streets. The Saigon Street Eats Evening Private Tour offers an intimate exploration of the city’s diverse street food scene, introducing you to a medley of savory delights that define the region. As we walk leisurely,  we’ll  observe small pop up restaurants, a nightly feature that all but disappear during the day. Sink your teeth into the flavours of the South, from sampling freshly grilled beef wrapped in tender and peppery wild betel leaf to the classic Vietnamese sandwich and even a rice paper pizza! Snack on a scrumptious banh xeo, a savoury crepe, fresh spring rolls and some local shellfish – a rustic delicacy in Saigon. Finish things off with a taste of one of the city’s most popular dishes, broken rice. In the past, it was the rejected rice grains that made up this ‘poor man’s rice dish’ however it is now enjoyed by many! The rice is served with roasted pork, pickled veggies and a steamed egg cake drizzled with spring onion oil. Once you’ve had your fill of incredible dishes, continue onward to a local night spot for a drink and chat, before heading back to your hotel.

(Tour starts at around 6pm and concludes at 9pm. Walking distance is approximately 1.7km)

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Day 3 – Wednesday 25th December 2024

CU CHI FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR , BUFFET CHRISTMAS LUNCH  & A O SHOW AT SAIGON OPERA HOUSE (B,L)

Merry Christmas. We have a great Christmas day planned starting with a half day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a testament to Vietnamese resilience and ingenuity during the war. Traverse the countryside once the stronghold of the Viet Cong and delve into the intricate network of tunnels that played a pivotal role in strategic operations of the War. The tunnels served not only as living quarters, but as supply routes and hospitals for thousands of guerilla fighters. 

We’ll arrive back in Saigon around noon and head for our Christmas lunch at the esteemed 5 Star Caravelle Hotel Saigon. Enjoy a Buffet Lunch with free flowing red and white wine and prosecco. We’ll finish our lunch around 3pm and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure (maybe a little nap?) 

Tonight we head to the beautiful Saigon Opera House to see the spectacular A O Show, artfully weaving traditional Vietnamese culture and performance artistry into a captivating spectacle. Featuring Vietnam’s most talented performance artists, traditional musicians and circus-like choreography, A O Show explores the lives of the Vietnamese people through its ensemble creations. Using props made of little more than bamboo and wood, performers recreate the peaceful serenity of the Vietnamese countryside, the ebb and flow of the coastal waves or the frenetic traffic in Hanoi and Saigon. What a fabulous evening to top off a unique Christmas Day.

Your own Premier Deluxe room at ‘Eden Star Hotel’ Saigon or similar


Day 4 – Thursday 26th December 2024

HO CHI MINH CITY – SAIGON PORT / EMBARKATION (B,L,D)

Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City as you embark on an extraordinary journey aboard the Mekong Princess – a luxurious, all-suite, boutique riverboat able to reach lesser-known ports and giving you access to authentic rural cultures. At around 11:30am, we’ll transfer to the luxurious Mekong Princess, our home for the next eight days. We’ll be welcomed by your Vietnamese and Cambodian ship’s crew, before embarking on the most extraordinary journey of discovery. Remember, Two’s a Crowd has chartered the whole ship. So it’s just our clients on board. No couples, no families – strictly solos only! Your own cabin, no sharing.

We sail at midday through Saigon river, Soai Rap river, Nuoc Man canal, Vam Co river and Cho Gao canal to the ‘Mighty Mekong River’. Lunch will be served soon after departure. 

Later in the day, we anchor in the heart of the Mekong Delta with time to enjoy crafted cocktails by skilled bartenders and watch the sun set, and sampans passing by. A traditional Vietnamese “A La Carte” dinner will be served in the Indochine onboard restaurant, embracing a subtle fusion of dishes for the most delicate palates.      

Your own suite on board Mekong Princess Cruise where you will stay for the next 7 nights


Day 5 – Friday 27th December 2024

BEN TRE – CAN THO (B,L,D)

This morning, sampans take you through a channel lined with mangroves. We will try one of most popular local transportation named “xe lam” (three-wheeler) to visit a local coconut candy maker. After watching the candy-making process, walking through the village to visit an orchard where fruits native to Vietnam can be seen in various stages of maturity on the vine. After a fresh fruit tasting, you continue to a pier where you board small, local boats for a trip through the narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm before returning to the ship.

This afternoon, the ship sails through an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism to Hoang Dieu Harbor next to Can Tho city, known as Tay Do – the capital of the Mekong Delta. After an early dinner, you will be taken by bus to Can Tho City for a tour of the town & night market with local guide. You will then have time to explore on your own around the charming city before returning to the ship. The ship docks overnight.

*Onboard activity: Lecture of Vietnam, Vietnam’s People, Culture & colonial History.


Day 6 – Saturday 28th December 2024

CAN THO – HOA AN (B,L,D)

Early this morning, continental breakfast will be served followed by a bus ride to the pier in Can Tho to board the sampan for a cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market. The sampan will weave in and out of the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce and other items the residents of the Mekong Delta need in their daily lives. As they weave through the market, there will be many opportunities for amazing photographs, while enjoying fresh fruit and the Vietnamese “anti-aging drink,” fresh coconut water. We will make a stop as well at a local dry noodle making house, where we witness the amazing process of how they are made. We then return to the Mekong Princess for a well-deserved lunch.

After lunch, continue excursion by sampan to Hoa An village, where is untouched and well-known with flower growing and handmade craft. Our first stop at flower gardens where we will see many different kinds of flowers and learn how to grow and take care of them. 

Then, a short walk to a local house and chat with the host to see how they live and work in their daily life.  After a short break, continue our excursion on motor trishaw to another village. We stop by at the conical hat-making families, meeting local family members and learning how to create products.  Enjoy your walk in the peaceful village with rice fields, fruit trees in between visiting few local families. The Princess sails and anchors near Gieng Island.


Day 7 –  Sunday 29th December 2024

GIENG ISLAND – HONG NGU / BORDER CROSSING (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we board sampans that will take us into Gieng Island. After a short walk around the local village, where sampans are produced daily by local families, we take a canal drive to explore the mango gardens along the riverbanks. We will try one of most popular local transportation named “xe loi” (motor trishaw) driving through this island to visit a Phanxico Monastery.

This afternoon, we visit the local island village of Hong Ngu, not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Hong Ngu produces a large number of the traditional, Khmer scarves exported to Cambodia. Woven in many homes around the village, here we have the opportunity to see the weaving process in several homes. 

Some villagers are also embroidery artists, displaying their art in and around the homes. The inhabitants of this area had only encountered a few western visitors prior to the arrival of the Mekong Princess and they are especially friendly and welcoming. Guests will also visit the local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hoa Hao. The ship sails and anchors in Tan Chau overnight.

*Onboard activity: Cooking Class Demonstration by our Executive Chef.


Day 8 – Monday 30th December 2024

PHNOM PENH – WELCOME TO CAMBODIA (B,L,D)

After completing immigration procedures to Cambodia, local cyclo drivers meet you for an exciting city tour of Phnom Penh. You begin your ride along the riverfront to the Royal Palace, where a leisurely walk takes you through the grounds and perfectly manicured gardens, with opportunities to visit the Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion. Upon crossing into the second section of the complex, you walk amongst enormous stupas and spirit houses, on the way to the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. Following a short break, your cyclos take you to the National Museum. Housing the largest pre-Angkorian and Angkorian holdings in Cambodia, the National Museum ends the morning tour with a comprehensive look at many of the artifacts excavated around the Angkor Archeological Area in Siem Reap, as well as other areas around the former Khmer Empire. The ship docks in Phnom Penh overnight.

*Onboard activity: Fruit carvings & tropical fruit demonstration; Lecture of Cambodia’s Geography and Life along the Mekong River by your host.


Day 9 – Tuesday 31st December 2024

PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)

This morning, private motor-coach take you on a scenic 45-minute drive to Choeung Ek, the killing fields depicted in the movie of the same name, and the centre of the darkest days of Cambodian history.  

You may walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. 

On the return drive to Phnom Penh, a stop is made at Tuol Sleng (infamously known as S-21), which was converted by the Khmer Rouge from a large school to a prison and torture headquarters. This afternoon is free at leisure for your own exploration the charming city of Phnom Penh.  

This evening before dinner, enjoying the entertainment onboard with a cultural performance including Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance, as well as several traditional folk dances.

Phnom Penh riverside comes alive with New Year’s Eve celebrations including fireworks. As we are docked overnight you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of welcoming in 2024.


Day 10 – Wednesday 1st January 2025

ANGKOR BAN (B,L,D)

Happy New Year. Welcome to 2025!

The Mekong Princess leaves Phnom Penh and sails to Angkor Ban. We start the afternoon tour with a visit to the charming and authentic town of Angkor Ban. Here, we witness the daily life of the local people, starting with a visit to the pagoda with a special blessing ceremony for our guests by local monks, then we keep going on visiting to a local family’s home, to meet them and discuss their lifestyle. 

We continue through the village to the local school where we join the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. Ship sails to Kampong Cham and docks overnight. Tonight we have our final dinner together on board the beautiful Mekong Princess.


Day 11 – Thursday 2nd January 2025

KAMPONG CHAM DISEMBARKATION (B)

After breakfast we bid farewell to the Princess and her crew. We disembark in Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap. On arrival we check in at Somadevi Angkor Resort and Spa, a tranquil haven awaiting your arrival. Centrally located, our 4 Star hotel is a short stroll to the Old Market, iconic Pub Street and the Siem Reap River area. Balance of today at leisure.  

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Day 12 – Friday 3rd January 2025

SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT – ANGKOR THOM – TA PROHM TEMPLES (B)

Your day begins with a captivating journey into the heart of Angkor Wat National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the grandeur of Angkor Wat Temple, an architectural masterpiece steeped in history. Explore Angkor Thom, the fortified city, passing through the monumental South Gate adorned with striking statues. 

Visit iconic sites like the Bayon temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper Kings. Your adventure continues to Ta Prohm, a temple ensnared by nature’s embrace, revealing the entwined beauty of stone and vegetation. Evening at leisure.

Your own Superior room at ‘Somadevi Angkor Resort and Spa’ or similar


Day 13 – Friday 4th January 2025

SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREI – BANTEAY SAMRE – BIG CIRCUIT (DINNER SHOW) (B,D)

The day commences with a visit to Banteay Srei, hailed as the jewel of classical Khmer artistry. Admire intricate carvings and details in this temple complex. Explore Banteay Samre, a 12th-century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, showcasing exquisite architecture. Later, embark on a captivating journey through Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, and Preah Khan. Witness the grandeur of Pre Rup, a temple-mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, and experience the artistic prowess of these ancient architectural marvels. Tonight we’ll have our farewell dinner along with a traditional Khmer show. An incredible conclusion to our amazing journey together. 

Your own Superior room at ‘Somadevi Angkor Resort and Spa’ or similar


Day 14 – Saturday 5th January 2025

SIEM REAP DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your journey home or onward to further adventures.

TOUR PRICING: A$11,499 – Apsara Suite

TOUR DATES: 23RD DECEMBER 2024 – 5TH JANUARY 2025

Eden Star Hotel Saigon

The Eden Star Saigon Hotel is located right in the centre of business, shopping, commercial and entertainment of Ho Chi Minh City, within walking distance of Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market. Guests can also visit Xa Loi Pagoda. The hotel provides an all-hours reception, plus a sauna and 24-hour room service. For added convenience, it features a coffee bar, an executive floor and an express check-in and check-out feature. It features 129 cosy air conditioned rooms. The bathrooms are fitted with a shower and a bathtub, and come with a hair dryer and slippers. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, serving international and Vietnamese cuisines. The on-site bar provides a relaxing setting for an evening drink. There are also a number of restaurants and cafés within a five-minute walk. It also offers a Jacuzzi, free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool.

Somadevi Angkor Resort and Spa

Set back from a busy street, this polished hotel is 9 minutes’ walk from the Angkor Night Market, and 8 km from both the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex and Siem Reap International Airport. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus balconies, minibars, and tea and coffee makers. Upgraded rooms have marble bathrooms, while suites include living rooms. Room service is offered 24/7. Freebies include parking and a breakfast buffet, which is served in an airy restaurant offering local and international fare. There’s a lobby bar, and an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar and a hot tub. There’s also a spa with a gym, sauna and steam room.

ABOUT THE Mekong Princess – INTRODUCTION

Built in Saigon to international design and safety standards, the Mekong Princess was launched in 2015 and is considered the best constructed and most elegant vessel plying the waters of the Mekong River today. She accommodates 28 guests with 14 luxurious suites. As no-one shares when travelling with Two’s a Crowd, we only have 14 on board, including your host. The Mekong Princess is 63 meters in length with a 10 meter beam (width), powered by two 480 HP Doosan Marine engines and can cruise at a top speed of eleven knots (20 kms per hour). The average cruising speed is 8 knots (approximately 15 kms per hour).

RESTAURANT

Small, intimate and seating up to thirty guests, the Indochine Restaurant serves three meals daily and combines both buffet style service with à la carte fine dining. All hospitality service crew are Khmer and speak English fluently.

SUN DECK

Chaise lounges and comfortable, shaded, seating areas abound on the Observation Deck. Attentive staff are always available to offer a fresh-squeezed juice while enjoying an incredible sunrise, or a favorite cocktail while enjoying a dramatic sunset.

LOUNGE

The Ramvong Lounge offers a spacious and inviting, climate-controlled atmosphere to enjoy complimentary local spirits, beer, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and bottled water, while marveling at the passing landscape through the expansive windows.

SPA

Located on the Mekong Deck, the Princess Spa is every spa-lover’s dream. Our highly-trained spa therapists offer several types of massages as well as facials and will customize a program to fit each guest’s specific needs.

ABOUT THE Mekong Princess – CABINS

JUNIOR SUITE – MAIN DECK – 20M2

Stepping into the Junior Suite is like stepping back in time into the old Saigon. The black and white pictures of Queen Nam Phuong are the main highlight. Immerse yourself in the ancient beauty of this tranquil space.

  • Queen bed or twin beds
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with glass rain shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Mini bar
  • Pillow menu

SAIGON SUITE – MAIN DECK – 24M2

Featuring a delicately decorated painting of Queen Nam Phuong at the head of the bed and high-end lamps from Bat Trang ceramics village, the Saigon suite is imbued with the cultural identity of Vietnam.

  • Queen bed or twin beds
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with glass rain shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Mini bar
  • Seating area in front of panoramic window
  • Pillow menu

APSARA SUITE – UPPER DECK – 24M2

The Apsara Suite is richly imbued with Cambodian style, featuring paintings of the Apsara fairy with her traditional dance and the patterns of the Good and the Evil of the Apsara vestiges. Gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows at the majestic Mekong River.

  • Queen bed or twin beds
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with glass window rain shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV
  • On top corridor of ship
  • Mini bar
  • Seating area in front of panoramic window
  • Pillow menu

TONLE SUITE – UPPER DECK – 30M2

The suite was named after Tonle Sap – the beating heart of the lower Mekong. The Tonle suite has a dominant green color, blending with the poetic beauty of the immense river region and combining beautifully with French colonial architecture.

  • Fixed king bed
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with whirlpool bathtub and glass rain shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Complimentary evening canapes
  • Bath preparation on request
  • Butler service
  • Daily morning newspaper
  • Fruit basket & wine bottle on embarkation
  • Peanuts, cookies daily
  • Mini bar
  • Breakfast in suite on request
  • Prepare and pack luggage upon request

ANGKOR SUITE – UPPER DECK – 52M2

The two Angkor Suites offer the most spacious and luxurious accommodation aboard the Mekong Princess. In addition to French doors opening onto a private veranda with seating area, the suites’ floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow for breathtaking views of the passing scenery.

  • Fixed king bed
  • Private veranda with spacious relaxing area
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with whirlpool bathtub and glass rain shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Complimentary evening canapes
  • Bath preparation on request
  • Butler service
  • Personal in suite WIFI
  • Daily newspaper, peanuts and cookies
  • Breakfast in suite on request
  • Pillow menu
  • Mini bar
  • Free laundry all week until Tuesday evening
  • Complementary 1 hour massage per person in onboard spa
  • Bottle of red or white wine on embarkation with fresh fruit platter
  • Prepare and pack luggage upon request

Bassac Deck – Upper Deck

The Bassac deck houses 2 Angkor suites, 2 Tonle suites, 4 Apsara suites with exclusive amenities and comfortable chaise lounges on Sundeck and a spacious Ramvong Lounge to help you relax after a day of discoveries and enjoy the beauty of the Mekong river.

Mekong deck – Main deck

The Mekong deck is home to the 4 Saigon suites and 2 Junior suites with modern amenities. You can also be pampered with pure indulgence at Princess Spa, get fit at a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with an array of premier amenities, or savor exquisite cuisine at Indochina Restaurant.

Weather

The North of Vietnam is generally cooler than other South East Asian regions in the same longitude. It experiences two main distinct seasons. In winter months, the weather gets colder and colder from November to March and considerably warmer in April (a leap into summer).  This is also time to observe much cloud and frequent drizzle. In the summer (from May to October), the whole region is quite hot. The Central Vietnam with two sub-regions, coastal lowlands and central highlands, can be seen as an in-between climatic area of the North and the South. The coastal strip is usually dry and hotter than the rest in the summer, as the Truong Son Mountains do not allow it to enjoy most rainfall of south-western monsoon (from April to October). Unprotected coasts in their turn, however, make it wet and colder than the rest in winter-monsoon season (from November to March). Also, storms and typhoons strike this area more frequently than the northern coasts in summer months (from July to November). The South of Vietnam, merely 8 degrees north of the Equator, is typical of humid tropical climate which is excellent for growing rice. The region’s temperatures experience little variations in a year (around 27-32°C/80-90°F). There are two main seasons: the rainy and the dry. During the rainy/monsoon season (from May to November), downpours are expected to happen nearly every afternoon, resulting in occasional street flooding in and around Saigon. In the dry season, it is hot from late February to April then slightly cooler when first downpours come. Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) enjoys rather equitable tropical climate with high humidity all year round. December to March is said to be the most pleasant time to hit this region’s center.

Money

Vietnam’s currency is dong issued by State Bank of Vietnam. Abbreviated form: “VND” before the amount or “d” after the amount. Small denominations include VND 200; 500; 1000; 2000; 5000 in both coin and paper notes though coin is more popular. Bigger denominations include VND 10,000; 20,000; 50,000; 100,000; 200,000; 500,000 in both polymer and normal paper notes. Generally, all major currencies can be converted into dong without any hassle but American dollar is normally much more preferred. It is wise to cash your traveler cheques into US dollar in Vietcombank or other major local banks before jumping into anywhere. You may be charged 0.5 to 2% commission for this, still much lower than in black market. Also, it is important to make sure that any note you take do not have any tear or look too worn, as it is possible to pass them to no one again. It is strongly recommended that you do not equip yourself with lots of cash, neither dollar nor dong. In Vietnam now, it is much easier for you to access your money almost everywhere and any time in Hanoi, Saigon or other major cities through an extensive ATM network. It is, therefore, important to check whether your credit card company has any ATM access in Vietnam in advance.

Electricity

In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A (Japan) / C (Europe)  and  G (UK)

Visas

Visas on arrival are available at both Vietnam and Cambodia international airports. Two’s a Crowd can provide more information on the process and required documentation and costs.

 

INCLUSIONS ON BOARD THE MEKONG PRINCESS

  • Buffet Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, and Seated Multiple Course Dinner, including exclusive ‘Spa Cuisine’ and French- Indochina Inspired Options
  • Port charges
  • Tipping
  • Extensive shore excursion program 
  • Individual “Whispers” devices on all excursions
  • Complimentary Organic Coffee, Herbal Teas, Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Local Beer, Local Spirits, and Free-Flow selected Wines (Wines with Dinner Only)
  • Cultural Performances, Educational Talks, Cooking class and tropical fruit demonstration and tasting
  • Enhanced Fitness Facility
  • Themed Dinners
  • Spacious Air-Conditioned Lounge
  • Complementary Wi-Fi in all public areas of the ship
  • Library & games available
  • Complementary Mini Bar all week
  • Thermos bottles for excursions
  • Binoculars on request
  • In-room Breakfast (Available Upon Request)
  • In Suite electronic Safe, Telephone for internal communication
  • Individual Climate Control & Colonial celling fan
  • Hair dryer, Multi configuration plugs (V220 & V110)
  • Luxury Honeycomb SPA Bathrobe & slippers
  • Pillow Menu, nightly Pillow Chocolates
  • Alarm clock , Flat Screen LCD TV with Movie channel
  • All- Natural Local SPA quality Bath amenities, Make up magnifying mirror
  • Orchids and Daily newspaper
  • Mineral water 
  • 500-Thread Count Linen Duvet cover or blanket & sheet
  • Floor to ceiling windows with French balcony
  • All bathrooms with panoramic windows facing the Mekong River

FOR PRE AND POST CRUISE TOURING

Inclusions:

  • Hotel accommodation in double room for sole use
  • Meals as per itinerary including buffet Christmas Lunch with free flowing wine and prosecco
  • Tickets to AO Show in Saigon (AHH Class)
  • Group transfers from Ho Chi Minh Airport to hotel on day 1 and from hotel to Siem Reap Airport on Day 14
  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • Tipping for guide/s and drivers 
  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host from Australia (for entire tour and cruise)

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs, and phone calls
  •  Premium wines and champagnes on board the ship
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Porterage

Want to get away over Christmas and New Year in 2024?

Then come with us as we embark on a mesmerizing voyage intertwining luxury, culture, and discovery, including 8 nights aboard the Mekong Princess, a boutique riverboat promising an odyssey through Vietnam and Cambodia’s rich tapestry.

Your adventure unfurls amidst the dynamic rhythm of Ho Chi Minh City, where the Eden Star Hotel Saigon welcomes you to opulent Premier Deluxe accommodations, setting the stage for the remarkable adventure ahead. A delightful welcome dinner at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant not only acquaints you with fellow travellers and your Two’s a Crowd Tour Host but tantalizes your taste buds with a preview of the culinary wonders that await on this journey.

Explore the city’s historical treasures, from the iconic Central Post Office to the poignant War Remnants Museum, narrating Vietnam’s vivid past. Tan Dinh Church, with its distinctive pink façade, stands as an architectural gem akin to Notre Dame Cathedral. As dusk descends, immerse yourself in Saigon’s vibrant street food scene, a culinary escapade unveiling a medley of savory delights, from grilled beef wrapped in wild betel leaf to the famed broken rice dish.

Christmas Day is a feast for the senses, commencing with a tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a testament to Vietnamese resilience. Later revel in a lavish buffet Christmas lunch at the esteemed Caravelle Hotel, a spread of delectable delights complemented by free-flowing wine and prosecco. The afternoon unfolds at leisure, perhaps with a leisurely nap to rejuvenate for the evening. Christmas night brings you to the Saigon Opera House, where the “A O Show” captivates with traditional performances, a unique Christmas celebration blending culture and artistry.

Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City as the Mekong Princess becomes your luxurious haven for an extraordinary voyage over the next 8 days. Sailing through Saigon River, Soai Rap River, and beyond, indulge in exquisite Vietnamese cuisine and immerse yourself in the charm of authentic rural cultures. Two’s a Crowd has chartered the whole ship. So it’s just our clients on board. No couples, no families – strictly solos only! Your own cabin, no sharing.

Anchoring in the heart of the Mekong Delta, relish crafted cocktails, bask in stunning sunsets, and savour traditional Vietnamese cuisine at the Indochine restaurant. Days unfold with immersive experiences in lesser-known locales, from visiting local coconut candy makers in Ben Tre to exploring Hoa An village’s flower gardens and conical hat-making families. As the vessel anchors near Gieng Island, sampans reveal the rhythm of local life.

Cross into Cambodia, where Phnom Penh beckons with cyclo tours through historic landmarks—the Royal Palace, National Museum, and poignant sites like Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng. Engage with the haunting past of the Khmer Rouge regime before embracing New Year’s Eve celebrations along the Phnom Penh riverside.

As the new year dawns, journey to Angkor Ban, immersing in local life, visiting temples, and experiencing Kampong Cham’s allure. Culminating in Siem Reap, discover the ancient wonders of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and Banteay Samre temples, each echoing centuries of history, artistry, and spirituality. This is an odyssey—a blend of luxury and cultural immersion transcending time, spanning the Mekong River’s serene landscapes, vibrant cities, and ancient wonders. The Mekong Princess journey is an unforgettable chapter in the tapestry of your travel experiences.

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Day 1 – Monday 23rd December 2024

ARRIVE HO CHI MINH CITY – WELCOME DINNER (D)

Upon arrival in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be transferred to the Eden Star Hotel Saigon. Your journey commences with a stay in the luxurious Premier Deluxe room, promising a remarkable retreat to begin your adventure. To mark the outset of this exhilarating journey we’ll gather to meet fellow travellers and your Two’s a Crowd Tour Host for a delightful welcome dinner at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. This evening provides a tantalizing preview of the wonders awaiting you on this journey.

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Day 2 – Tuesday 24th December 2024

HO CHI MINH HALF DAY CITY PRIVATE TOUR – SAIGON STREET EATS EVENING PRIVATE TOUR (B,D)

Today’s exploration unveils the vibrant history and cultural tapestry of Ho Chi Minh City. Begin with a guided tour encompassing architectural marvels like the Central Post Office and the iconic Reunification Palace. Delve into the poignant narrative of the War Remnants Museum, offering a visceral portrayal of Vietnam’s history. Continue your journey with visits to Tan Dinh Church and its adjacent bustling market. The church, an architectural gem with its distinctive pink façade, stands in contrast yet carries an equally compelling allure to the Notre Dame Cathedral.

(Tour starts around 8am and runs for 4 hours.)

As evening falls, prepare your taste buds for a culinary escapade through Saigon’s charming streets. The Saigon Street Eats Evening Private Tour offers an intimate exploration of the city’s diverse street food scene, introducing you to a medley of savory delights that define the region. As we walk leisurely,  we’ll  observe small pop up restaurants, a nightly feature that all but disappear during the day. Sink your teeth into the flavours of the South, from sampling freshly grilled beef wrapped in tender and peppery wild betel leaf to the classic Vietnamese sandwich and even a rice paper pizza! Snack on a scrumptious banh xeo, a savoury crepe, fresh spring rolls and some local shellfish – a rustic delicacy in Saigon. Finish things off with a taste of one of the city’s most popular dishes, broken rice. In the past, it was the rejected rice grains that made up this ‘poor man’s rice dish’ however it is now enjoyed by many! The rice is served with roasted pork, pickled veggies and a steamed egg cake drizzled with spring onion oil. Once you’ve had your fill of incredible dishes, continue onward to a local night spot for a drink and chat, before heading back to your hotel.

(Tour starts at around 6pm and concludes at 9pm. Walking distance is approximately 1.7km)

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Day 3 – Wednesday 25th December 2024

CU CHI FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR , BUFFET CHRISTMAS LUNCH  & A O SHOW AT SAIGON OPERA HOUSE (B,L)

Merry Christmas. We have a great Christmas day planned starting with a half day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a testament to Vietnamese resilience and ingenuity during the war. Traverse the countryside once the stronghold of the Viet Cong and delve into the intricate network of tunnels that played a pivotal role in strategic operations of the War. The tunnels served not only as living quarters, but as supply routes and hospitals for thousands of guerilla fighters. 

We’ll arrive back in Saigon around noon and head for our Christmas lunch at the esteemed 5 Star Caravelle Hotel Saigon. Enjoy a Buffet Lunch with free flowing red and white wine and prosecco. We’ll finish our lunch around 3pm and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure (maybe a little nap?) 

Tonight we head to the beautiful Saigon Opera House to see the spectacular A O Show, artfully weaving traditional Vietnamese culture and performance artistry into a captivating spectacle. Featuring Vietnam’s most talented performance artists, traditional musicians and circus-like choreography, A O Show explores the lives of the Vietnamese people through its ensemble creations. Using props made of little more than bamboo and wood, performers recreate the peaceful serenity of the Vietnamese countryside, the ebb and flow of the coastal waves or the frenetic traffic in Hanoi and Saigon. What a fabulous evening to top off a unique Christmas Day.

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Day 4 – Thursday 26th December 2024

HO CHI MINH CITY – SAIGON PORT / EMBARKATION (B,L,D)

Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City as you embark on an extraordinary journey aboard the Mekong Princess – a luxurious, all-suite, boutique riverboat able to reach lesser-known ports and giving you access to authentic rural cultures. At around 11:30am, we’ll transfer to the luxurious Mekong Princess, our home for the next eight days. We’ll be welcomed by your Vietnamese and Cambodian ship’s crew, before embarking on the most extraordinary journey of discovery. Remember, Two’s a Crowd has chartered the whole ship. So it’s just our clients on board. No couples, no families – strictly solos only! Your own cabin, no sharing.

We sail at midday through Saigon river, Soai Rap river, Nuoc Man canal, Vam Co river and Cho Gao canal to the ‘Mighty Mekong River’. Lunch will be served soon after departure. 

Later in the day, we anchor in the heart of the Mekong Delta with time to enjoy crafted cocktails by skilled bartenders and watch the sun set, and sampans passing by. A traditional Vietnamese “A La Carte” dinner will be served in the Indochine onboard restaurant, embracing a subtle fusion of dishes for the most delicate palates.      

Your own suite on board Mekong Princess Cruise where you will stay for the next 7 nights


Day 5 – Friday 27th December 2024

BEN TRE – CAN THO (B,L,D)

This morning, sampans take you through a channel lined with mangroves. We will try one of most popular local transportation named “xe lam” (three-wheeler) to visit a local coconut candy maker. After watching the candy-making process, walking through the village to visit an orchard where fruits native to Vietnam can be seen in various stages of maturity on the vine. After a fresh fruit tasting, you continue to a pier where you board small, local boats for a trip through the narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm before returning to the ship.

This afternoon, the ship sails through an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism to Hoang Dieu Harbor next to Can Tho city, known as Tay Do – the capital of the Mekong Delta. After an early dinner, you will be taken by bus to Can Tho City for a tour of the town & night market with local guide. You will then have time to explore on your own around the charming city before returning to the ship. The ship docks overnight.

*Onboard activity: Lecture of Vietnam, Vietnam’s People, Culture & colonial History.


Day 6 – Saturday 28th December 2024

CAN THO – HOA AN (B,L,D)

Early this morning, continental breakfast will be served followed by a bus ride to the pier in Can Tho to board the sampan for a cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market. The sampan will weave in and out of the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce and other items the residents of the Mekong Delta need in their daily lives. As they weave through the market, there will be many opportunities for amazing photographs, while enjoying fresh fruit and the Vietnamese “anti-aging drink,” fresh coconut water. We will make a stop as well at a local dry noodle making house, where we witness the amazing process of how they are made. We then return to the Mekong Princess for a well-deserved lunch.

After lunch, continue excursion by sampan to Hoa An village, where is untouched and well-known with flower growing and handmade craft. Our first stop at flower gardens where we will see many different kinds of flowers and learn how to grow and take care of them. 

Then, a short walk to a local house and chat with the host to see how they live and work in their daily life.  After a short break, continue our excursion on motor trishaw to another village. We stop by at the conical hat-making families, meeting local family members and learning how to create products.  Enjoy your walk in the peaceful village with rice fields, fruit trees in between visiting few local families. The Princess sails and anchors near Gieng Island.


Day 7 –  Sunday 29th December 2024

GIENG ISLAND – HONG NGU / BORDER CROSSING (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we board sampans that will take us into Gieng Island. After a short walk around the local village, where sampans are produced daily by local families, we take a canal drive to explore the mango gardens along the riverbanks. We will try one of most popular local transportation named “xe loi” (motor trishaw) driving through this island to visit a Phanxico Monastery.

This afternoon, we visit the local island village of Hong Ngu, not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Hong Ngu produces a large number of the traditional, Khmer scarves exported to Cambodia. Woven in many homes around the village, here we have the opportunity to see the weaving process in several homes. 

Some villagers are also embroidery artists, displaying their art in and around the homes. The inhabitants of this area had only encountered a few western visitors prior to the arrival of the Mekong Princess and they are especially friendly and welcoming. Guests will also visit the local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hoa Hao. The ship sails and anchors in Tan Chau overnight.

*Onboard activity: Cooking Class Demonstration by our Executive Chef.


Day 8 – Monday 30th December 2024

PHNOM PENH – WELCOME TO CAMBODIA (B,L,D)

After completing immigration procedures to Cambodia, local cyclo drivers meet you for an exciting city tour of Phnom Penh. You begin your ride along the riverfront to the Royal Palace, where a leisurely walk takes you through the grounds and perfectly manicured gardens, with opportunities to visit the Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion. Upon crossing into the second section of the complex, you walk amongst enormous stupas and spirit houses, on the way to the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. Following a short break, your cyclos take you to the National Museum. Housing the largest pre-Angkorian and Angkorian holdings in Cambodia, the National Museum ends the morning tour with a comprehensive look at many of the artifacts excavated around the Angkor Archeological Area in Siem Reap, as well as other areas around the former Khmer Empire. The ship docks in Phnom Penh overnight.

*Onboard activity: Fruit carvings & tropical fruit demonstration; Lecture of Cambodia’s Geography and Life along the Mekong River by your host.


Day 9 – Tuesday 31st December 2024

PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)

This morning, private motor-coach take you on a scenic 45-minute drive to Choeung Ek, the killing fields depicted in the movie of the same name, and the centre of the darkest days of Cambodian history.  

You may walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. 

On the return drive to Phnom Penh, a stop is made at Tuol Sleng (infamously known as S-21), which was converted by the Khmer Rouge from a large school to a prison and torture headquarters. This afternoon is free at leisure for your own exploration the charming city of Phnom Penh.  

This evening before dinner, enjoying the entertainment onboard with a cultural performance including Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance, as well as several traditional folk dances.

Phnom Penh riverside comes alive with New Year’s Eve celebrations including fireworks. As we are docked overnight you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of welcoming in 2024.


Day 10 – Wednesday 1st January 2025

ANGKOR BAN (B,L,D)

Happy New Year. Welcome to 2025!

The Mekong Princess leaves Phnom Penh and sails to Angkor Ban. We start the afternoon tour with a visit to the charming and authentic town of Angkor Ban. Here, we witness the daily life of the local people, starting with a visit to the pagoda with a special blessing ceremony for our guests by local monks, then we keep going on visiting to a local family’s home, to meet them and discuss their lifestyle. 

We continue through the village to the local school where we join the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. Ship sails to Kampong Cham and docks overnight. Tonight we have our final dinner together on board the beautiful Mekong Princess.


Day 11 – Thursday 2nd January 2025

KAMPONG CHAM DISEMBARKATION (B)

After breakfast we bid farewell to the Princess and her crew. We disembark in Kampong Cham and transfer to Siem Reap. On arrival we check in at Somadevi Angkor Resort and Spa, a tranquil haven awaiting your arrival. Centrally located, our 4 Star hotel is a short stroll to the Old Market, iconic Pub Street and the Siem Reap River area. Balance of today at leisure.  

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Day 12 – Friday 3rd January 2025

SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT – ANGKOR THOM – TA PROHM TEMPLES (B)

Your day begins with a captivating journey into the heart of Angkor Wat National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the grandeur of Angkor Wat Temple, an architectural masterpiece steeped in history. Explore Angkor Thom, the fortified city, passing through the monumental South Gate adorned with striking statues. 

Visit iconic sites like the Bayon temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper Kings. Your adventure continues to Ta Prohm, a temple ensnared by nature’s embrace, revealing the entwined beauty of stone and vegetation. Evening at leisure.

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Day 13 – Friday 4th January 2025

SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREI – BANTEAY SAMRE – BIG CIRCUIT (DINNER SHOW) (B,D)

The day commences with a visit to Banteay Srei, hailed as the jewel of classical Khmer artistry. Admire intricate carvings and details in this temple complex. Explore Banteay Samre, a 12th-century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, showcasing exquisite architecture. Later, embark on a captivating journey through Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, and Preah Khan. Witness the grandeur of Pre Rup, a temple-mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, and experience the artistic prowess of these ancient architectural marvels. Tonight we’ll have our farewell dinner along with a traditional Khmer show. An incredible conclusion to our amazing journey together. 

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Day 14 – Saturday 5th January 2025

SIEM REAP DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your journey home or onward to further adventures.

TOUR PRICING: A$11,499 – Apsara Suite

TOUR DATES: 23RD DECEMBER 2024 – 5TH JANUARY 2025

Eden Star Hotel Saigon

The Eden Star Saigon Hotel is located right in the centre of business, shopping, commercial and entertainment of Ho Chi Minh City, within walking distance of Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market. Guests can also visit Xa Loi Pagoda. The hotel provides an all-hours reception, plus a sauna and 24-hour room service. For added convenience, it features a coffee bar, an executive floor and an express check-in and check-out feature. It features 129 cosy air conditioned rooms. The bathrooms are fitted with a shower and a bathtub, and come with a hair dryer and slippers. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, serving international and Vietnamese cuisines. The on-site bar provides a relaxing setting for an evening drink. There are also a number of restaurants and cafés within a five-minute walk. It also offers a Jacuzzi, free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool.

Somadevi Angkor Resort and Spa

Set back from a busy street, this polished hotel is 9 minutes’ walk from the Angkor Night Market, and 8 km from both the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex and Siem Reap International Airport. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus balconies, minibars, and tea and coffee makers. Upgraded rooms have marble bathrooms, while suites include living rooms. Room service is offered 24/7. Freebies include parking and a breakfast buffet, which is served in an airy restaurant offering local and international fare. There’s a lobby bar, and an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar and a hot tub. There’s also a spa with a gym, sauna and steam room.

ABOUT THE Mekong Princess – INTRODUCTION

Built in Saigon to international design and safety standards, the Mekong Princess was launched in 2015 and is considered the best constructed and most elegant vessel plying the waters of the Mekong River today. She accommodates 28 guests with 14 luxurious suites. As no-one shares when travelling with Two’s a Crowd, we only have 14 on board, including your host. The Mekong Princess is 63 meters in length with a 10 meter beam (width), powered by two 480 HP Doosan Marine engines and can cruise at a top speed of eleven knots (20 kms per hour). The average cruising speed is 8 knots (approximately 15 kms per hour).

RESTAURANT

Small, intimate and seating up to thirty guests, the Indochine Restaurant serves three meals daily and combines both buffet style service with à la carte fine dining. All hospitality service crew are Khmer and speak English fluently.

SUN DECK

Chaise lounges and comfortable, shaded, seating areas abound on the Observation Deck. Attentive staff are always available to offer a fresh-squeezed juice while enjoying an incredible sunrise, or a favorite cocktail while enjoying a dramatic sunset.

LOUNGE

The Ramvong Lounge offers a spacious and inviting, climate-controlled atmosphere to enjoy complimentary local spirits, beer, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and bottled water, while marveling at the passing landscape through the expansive windows.

SPA

Located on the Mekong Deck, the Princess Spa is every spa-lover’s dream. Our highly-trained spa therapists offer several types of massages as well as facials and will customize a program to fit each guest’s specific needs.

ABOUT THE Mekong Princess – CABINS

JUNIOR SUITE – MAIN DECK – 20M2

Stepping into the Junior Suite is like stepping back in time into the old Saigon. The black and white pictures of Queen Nam Phuong are the main highlight. Immerse yourself in the ancient beauty of this tranquil space.

  • Queen bed or twin beds
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with glass rain shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Mini bar
  • Pillow menu

SAIGON SUITE – MAIN DECK – 24M2

Featuring a delicately decorated painting of Queen Nam Phuong at the head of the bed and high-end lamps from Bat Trang ceramics village, the Saigon suite is imbued with the cultural identity of Vietnam.

  • Queen bed or twin beds
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with glass rain shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Mini bar
  • Seating area in front of panoramic window
  • Pillow menu

APSARA SUITE – UPPER DECK – 24M2

The Apsara Suite is richly imbued with Cambodian style, featuring paintings of the Apsara fairy with her traditional dance and the patterns of the Good and the Evil of the Apsara vestiges. Gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows at the majestic Mekong River.

  • Queen bed or twin beds
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with glass window rain shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV
  • On top corridor of ship
  • Mini bar
  • Seating area in front of panoramic window
  • Pillow menu

TONLE SUITE – UPPER DECK – 30M2

The suite was named after Tonle Sap – the beating heart of the lower Mekong. The Tonle suite has a dominant green color, blending with the poetic beauty of the immense river region and combining beautifully with French colonial architecture.

  • Fixed king bed
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with whirlpool bathtub and glass rain shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Complimentary evening canapes
  • Bath preparation on request
  • Butler service
  • Daily morning newspaper
  • Fruit basket & wine bottle on embarkation
  • Peanuts, cookies daily
  • Mini bar
  • Breakfast in suite on request
  • Prepare and pack luggage upon request

ANGKOR SUITE – UPPER DECK – 52M2

The two Angkor Suites offer the most spacious and luxurious accommodation aboard the Mekong Princess. In addition to French doors opening onto a private veranda with seating area, the suites’ floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow for breathtaking views of the passing scenery.

  • Fixed king bed
  • Private veranda with spacious relaxing area
  • Luxurious marble bathroom with whirlpool bathtub and glass rain shower
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Complimentary evening canapes
  • Bath preparation on request
  • Butler service
  • Personal in suite WIFI
  • Daily newspaper, peanuts and cookies
  • Breakfast in suite on request
  • Pillow menu
  • Mini bar
  • Free laundry all week until Tuesday evening
  • Complementary 1 hour massage per person in onboard spa
  • Bottle of red or white wine on embarkation with fresh fruit platter
  • Prepare and pack luggage upon request

Bassac Deck – Upper Deck

The Bassac deck houses 2 Angkor suites, 2 Tonle suites, 4 Apsara suites with exclusive amenities and comfortable chaise lounges on Sundeck and a spacious Ramvong Lounge to help you relax after a day of discoveries and enjoy the beauty of the Mekong river.

Mekong deck – Main deck

The Mekong deck is home to the 4 Saigon suites and 2 Junior suites with modern amenities. You can also be pampered with pure indulgence at Princess Spa, get fit at a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with an array of premier amenities, or savor exquisite cuisine at Indochina Restaurant.

Weather

The North of Vietnam is generally cooler than other South East Asian regions in the same longitude. It experiences two main distinct seasons. In winter months, the weather gets colder and colder from November to March and considerably warmer in April (a leap into summer).  This is also time to observe much cloud and frequent drizzle. In the summer (from May to October), the whole region is quite hot. The Central Vietnam with two sub-regions, coastal lowlands and central highlands, can be seen as an in-between climatic area of the North and the South. The coastal strip is usually dry and hotter than the rest in the summer, as the Truong Son Mountains do not allow it to enjoy most rainfall of south-western monsoon (from April to October). Unprotected coasts in their turn, however, make it wet and colder than the rest in winter-monsoon season (from November to March). Also, storms and typhoons strike this area more frequently than the northern coasts in summer months (from July to November). The South of Vietnam, merely 8 degrees north of the Equator, is typical of humid tropical climate which is excellent for growing rice. The region’s temperatures experience little variations in a year (around 27-32°C/80-90°F). There are two main seasons: the rainy and the dry. During the rainy/monsoon season (from May to November), downpours are expected to happen nearly every afternoon, resulting in occasional street flooding in and around Saigon. In the dry season, it is hot from late February to April then slightly cooler when first downpours come. Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) enjoys rather equitable tropical climate with high humidity all year round. December to March is said to be the most pleasant time to hit this region’s center.

Money

Vietnam’s currency is dong issued by State Bank of Vietnam. Abbreviated form: “VND” before the amount or “d” after the amount. Small denominations include VND 200; 500; 1000; 2000; 5000 in both coin and paper notes though coin is more popular. Bigger denominations include VND 10,000; 20,000; 50,000; 100,000; 200,000; 500,000 in both polymer and normal paper notes. Generally, all major currencies can be converted into dong without any hassle but American dollar is normally much more preferred. It is wise to cash your traveler cheques into US dollar in Vietcombank or other major local banks before jumping into anywhere. You may be charged 0.5 to 2% commission for this, still much lower than in black market. Also, it is important to make sure that any note you take do not have any tear or look too worn, as it is possible to pass them to no one again. It is strongly recommended that you do not equip yourself with lots of cash, neither dollar nor dong. In Vietnam now, it is much easier for you to access your money almost everywhere and any time in Hanoi, Saigon or other major cities through an extensive ATM network. It is, therefore, important to check whether your credit card company has any ATM access in Vietnam in advance.

Electricity

In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A (Japan) / C (Europe)  and  G (UK)

Visas

Visas on arrival are available at both Vietnam and Cambodia international airports. Two’s a Crowd can provide more information on the process and required documentation and costs.

 

INCLUSIONS ON BOARD THE MEKONG PRINCESS

  • Buffet Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, and Seated Multiple Course Dinner, including exclusive ‘Spa Cuisine’ and French- Indochina Inspired Options
  • Port charges
  • Tipping
  • Extensive shore excursion program 
  • Individual “Whispers” devices on all excursions
  • Complimentary Organic Coffee, Herbal Teas, Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Local Beer, Local Spirits, and Free-Flow selected Wines (Wines with Dinner Only)
  • Cultural Performances, Educational Talks, Cooking class and tropical fruit demonstration and tasting
  • Enhanced Fitness Facility
  • Themed Dinners
  • Spacious Air-Conditioned Lounge
  • Complementary Wi-Fi in all public areas of the ship
  • Library & games available
  • Complementary Mini Bar all week
  • Thermos bottles for excursions
  • Binoculars on request
  • In-room Breakfast (Available Upon Request)
  • In Suite electronic Safe, Telephone for internal communication
  • Individual Climate Control & Colonial celling fan
  • Hair dryer, Multi configuration plugs (V220 & V110)
  • Luxury Honeycomb SPA Bathrobe & slippers
  • Pillow Menu, nightly Pillow Chocolates
  • Alarm clock , Flat Screen LCD TV with Movie channel
  • All- Natural Local SPA quality Bath amenities, Make up magnifying mirror
  • Orchids and Daily newspaper
  • Mineral water 
  • 500-Thread Count Linen Duvet cover or blanket & sheet
  • Floor to ceiling windows with French balcony
  • All bathrooms with panoramic windows facing the Mekong River

FOR PRE AND POST CRUISE TOURING

Inclusions:

  • Hotel accommodation in double room for sole use
  • Meals as per itinerary including buffet Christmas Lunch with free flowing wine and prosecco
  • Tickets to AO Show in Saigon (AHH Class)
  • Group transfers from Ho Chi Minh Airport to hotel on day 1 and from hotel to Siem Reap Airport on Day 14
  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • Tipping for guide/s and drivers 
  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host from Australia (for entire tour and cruise)

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs, and phone calls
  •  Premium wines and champagnes on board the ship
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Porterage

What Our Clients Say

Sue
Absolutely fantastic
Lee
What a fantastic trip. Met a brilliant bunch of people and visited some fabulous places. Our guides, Laki and Adrian were amazing.
Jo
Very well organised. Lovely guides. Hotels were well located. Laki really made the trip memorable and special. He was incredible. Adrian also did a great job.
Anonymous
Great experience. Amazing local guide. Overall I highly recommend this tour. Adrian also always very helpful and willing to help if any problems.
Greg
Very happy with the way the tour went: Tour guides were extremely knowlegble, nothing was too much trouble. Even down to rescuing luggage that had been left behind. Laki was a standout with his wit & humour & his special insight into the Buddhist religion. Nut for his work & support at the village school. Accommodation met expectations, exceeded at Hoi An. All really well located & operation by friendly & efficient staff Trip ran seamlessly, every thing was on time Meals provided for the group all at good quality restaurants. All special day tours exceeded expectations. These can sometimes be cheesy, cheap & touristy but not these. Gave us an addition insight into the country & the people. Adrian was always there looking out for us. His photography skills & passion will give us something unique to this this tour
Jennie
Very well organised, two great guides, specially Laki who had everything under control at all times. His local knowledge was invaluable.
Gillian
Well organised, tour guide Laki very very good and well informed. Had a great overall view of Vietnam.
Shirley
Well organised, very professional with the personal touch. Small group size was perfect. I was extremely impressed with every aspect. Laki was entertaining, knowledgable and efficient… Adrian was also professional and great fun too.
Sandra
We had a wonderful tour guide. Above and beyond. Laki was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Nuk was excellent.
Susheel
I really enjoyed it. Activities were well thought out and relevant. Accommodation was clean and comfortable. My vegetarian diet was very well catered for, especially in Vietnam; many thanks for that. Most of all I felt safe and looked after.
Wendy
It's one of the best trips I have ever done. It took me out of my comfort zone by travelling 'solo' but the whole time I had the reassurance and guidance (without being 'in your face') of the fabulous host Di and Laki our guide. I'm thinking of booking my next solo trip with Two's A Crowd.
Peter
I relished each and every one of the 17 days overseas. Days were well planned and executed with a minimum of fuss and supervisory staff were well versed in their responsibilities. Moreover, my travelling companions made every effort to make me feel an integral component of the group. The guide provided for us in Cambodia was, in my opinion, was a fountain of knowledge with an excellent grasp of the English language. Would I travel again with Twos a Crowd and would I recommend the organisation to others - the answer is a resounding yes.
Sophie
Amazing!!!!
Helen
Well planned and executed. Great support from local guides and Dianne. Gave an excellent overview and first visit to the area.
Robyne
“Well organised tour of Vietnam. Our hostess Diane was always available and ready to assist with any needs. Laki our Guide went out of his way to show us his beautiful country. It was a pleasure to be part of the tour.
Colin
I was most impressed with the tour overall. Great host and guide. The group melded in well.
Anonymous
Very enjoyable and a very good crowd. Loved the history of the place…
Julie
Well planned from beginning to end. Despite my apprehension: meeting new people, travelling on my own and with a travel company I had not previously used, I had a wonderful time. I found at the meet and greet that we were all 'newbies' and felt the same as me. That was reassuring! Diane and Laki more than contributed to the enjoyable experience.
Julie
Had a fantastic time, made some new friendships, had a load of fun, got to see places I haven't before have already, highly recommended the trip and services of Two's a crowd to friends. Laki and Di are exceptional, always willing to assist and follow through with all queries. Great job by both!!!
John
Enlightening, educational and good fun. Laki, the local guide was particularly good at introducing us to the lifestyles and history of Vietnam and together with Diane made a well-organized team that looked after us and made sure we had a good time.
Gloria
Glad I went and really liked Hoi and Danang and Hanoi. Cambodia was really great the people were really friendly.
Nikki
Cambodia was the cherry on the cake. Everything was excellent. Ty (tour guide) was professional, knowledgeable and displayed care and concern for us. His ability to adjust and handle unexpected situations was beyond excellent.
Jill
We all agreed that it was a wonderful trip. Diane and Loc made it all happen for us! They were so helpful, knowledgeable and friendly making us all feel at home and comfortable in their company. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I was extremely nervous about taking the trip being the first since my husband passed away but I really enjoyed it.
Sandra
Di was awesome as was Loc but Loc was funny and knowledgeable...he’s a keeper. Junk Boat... fanstatic.... had an awesome time, beautiful place had a great time, loved it.
Regina
Fabulous tour guide - Loc was informative and engaging. Fabulous Tour host - Di ensured everyone was looked after individually and as a group. She went the extra mile to help where help was needed.
Brian
As a single traveller it was what I hope for in respect to organisation and company.
Tracey
The Australian host Diane was lovely and very helpful. She did a great job managing the group. I thought it was well organised with a great itinerary. It had a good mix of people. The transport via coach was good and I appreciated not being squashed in a car etc. I would definitely do another trip. I was initially very anxious about travelling by myself but I felt totally comfortable on this trip.
Margaret
Very enjoyable and informative - I loved the country & people. A thoughtful & well planned itinerary, multiple night stops allowed me to get greater insight & understanding of the Vietnamese, their history & culture. Lok - a passionate, knowable & proud local guide who was also a very caring guide - a lot of fun was had by all! I enjoyed the small group experience (a first for me) - our group was friendly & seemed to get along well - was personally great to share experiences, meals etc
Sharyn
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. There was good balance in the itinerary in both places. Di and Loc were excellent mother and father hens and looked after us well.
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I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together. - Anonymous on Vietnam/Cambodia

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