Vietnam & Cambodia with Guy Gordon
Dear friends & listeners,
I am thrilled to extend a special invitation to you for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime to the enchanting lands of Vietnam and Cambodia. This trip is designed for those who seek not just a vacation, but an immersive experience that engages the senses and leaves a lifetime of memories.
Together we’ll discover the wonders of Ho Chi Minh City, explore iconic Angkor Wat, meet with local legends like Mr. Nham Hung to learn of life on the Mekong, receive a blessing from a Buddhist Monk for continued good fortune, witness a breathtaking sunset from Pre Rup Temple in Siem Reap, and so much more!
This exclusive adventure is tailor-made for our WJR Travel Club, ensuring an intimate experience as we’ll be the sole occupants of our river boat on the Mekong. The magic of exploration awaits, and I encourage you to delve into the details below. Reach out to my friends at Cruise & Tour to secure your spot today!
Looking forward to our shared adventure!
A seasoned broadcast journalist, Guy Gordon is celebrating over 40 years as a reporter, anchor and talk show host. He was recognized with two Emmy Awards for Best Anchor and six Emmy Awards for Best Writing, Reporting, and Documentary. His work has also garnered numerous Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards for breaking news and investigative reporting. Previously, Gordon was news anchor for WDIV Local 4 News in Detroit for 12 years, following nearly 20 years as anchor of Channel 7 Action News in Detroit. Some of Guy’s fondest career highlights were international assignments in Brazil, the Netherlands and Romania. “The stories were compelling and impactful, but it’s the people you meet that make the destination memory-rich.” He is an active community servant, raising more than $1.5 million for Oakland Family Services through his former charity golf outing, the Guy Gordon Classic for Kids. In 2019, Guy put his charitable energies behind improving the health of Metro Detroit mothers and babies as the host of the Annual Golf Classic for the March of Dimes. This event at Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton raises nearly $200k a year.
Sept 29 – Oct 11, 2024
13 Days / 12 Nights
Bangkok Post Extension:
October 11 – 13, 2024
3 Days/2 Nights
Depart – International Flight
Board your flight and set off for Vietnam, a destination that is celebrated for its extensive historical and cultural traditions.
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, where you will call this vibrant city home for tonight. Partake in a guided tour that showcases the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, the picturesque Saigon River along Dong Khoi Street, and the grand Saigon Opera House. Immerse yourself in a workshop unveiling the captivating world of Vietnamese coffee, where you will uncover the secrets behind the renowned ‘egg coffee.’ End the day with a visit to Ben Thanh Market. This evening, savor the delights of Southeast Asian cuisine as you dine at a renowned local restaurant, offering a delightful introduction to the flavors of the region. (L, D)
Embark to Long Xuyen
This morning, venture into the countryside en route to your private river boat. On your journey, enjoy a captivating stop at the rustic, riverside town of Cai Be, where you will relish a lunch nestled among lush fruit trees by the river. Following this delightful interlude, you arrive at Can Tho, the beating heart of the Mekong Delta, and step aboard the Victoria Mekong.
As the day transforms into night, this evening savor the sunset along the riverbank with a cocktail in hand. Head back inside to immerse yourself in the rhythms of a traditional Southern Vietnamese folk music performance known as don ca tai tu. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dinner with your fellow travelers. After your meal, take the opportunity to meet the local legend, Mr. Nham Hung, who will share his story of making a living from this mighty river. (B, L, D)
Tiger Island – Vam Nao
Begin your early morning by heading to the Long Xuyen Floating Market, a vibrant scene where you can witness an array of boats laden with fruits, vegetables, flowers, and fish. Following this lively market experience, make a stop at the An Giang Museum to delve deeper into the local culture, immersing yourself in captivating exhibits on the Kinh, Chinese, Khmer, and Cham cultures within the region.
After a satisfying lunch, proceed to Tiger Island, where you will disembark via Sampan to explore the island’s wonders using the traditional 3-wheeled “xe loi” vehicle. Discover cottage industries like plant pot and incense making, and visit the site affectionately known as “Mr. Tiger’s Temple” to uncover the store behind the island’s name. Upon returning to your ship, engage in a friendly competition with Guy and Gale as you each strive to concoct the most creative and delicious cocktail. This evening will find you sailing onward to Vam Nao, where you will drop anchor for the night. (B, L, D)
Vam Nao – Tan Chau
Savor a relaxing breakfast as the ship cruises towards Phu Tan, the provincial capital of An Giang in the Mekong Delta. Explore a craft village famed for handmaking Ca Rang clay stoves, which have been used for hundreds of years by the southern Vietnamese. These stoves have a unique design that shields them from the wind, retains heat, and prevents ash from scattering.
Your afternoon brings more exciting experiences with a visit to the local market and the colorful Cao Dai temple, a spiritual center for locals. Back on the ship, witness a traditional Vietnamese lion dance. Later, participate in a spring roll-making class followed by a delightful dinner. (B, L ,D)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Start the day with an early yoga session on the Sky Deck, followed by a leisurely breakfast on board. During the morning, you can join a ship tour, participate in a mini-golf tournament, or simply enjoy the scenery as we cross the border between Vietnam and Cambodia, continuing our voyage towards Phnom Penh. Join Guy Gordon for a Q&A session, where you can ask him anything you’d like; the floor is open for any questions!
Later, arrive in the charming capital of Phnom Penh, once known as the “Pearl of the Orient” due to its French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards, and scenic river walk. This evening, enjoy a lively performance of Khmer Apsara dancing, and afterward, meet the performers and try your hand at some dance moves to see if you can keep up! (B, L, D)
Begin your day with a ride in a three-wheeled cyclo, heading to the grand Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda complex. Admire the ornate palace buildings, the famous Silver Pagoda with its 5,000 silver tiles, and the remarkable gold and jeweled Buddha statues that are considered national treasures. Walk to the nearby National Museum, a beautiful sandstone building that holds the world’s largest collection of Khmer art.
In the afternoon, take a drive to Choeung Ek, one of the mass grave sites of the Killing Fields where the Khmer Rouge sadly executed over a million people between 1975 and 1979. Today, Choeung Ek, with a Buddhist stupa, serves as a memorial to honor the victims. End your day with a visit to the elegant Raffles Hotel Le Royal, where you can enjoy a signature cocktail at the famous Elephant Bar.
Upon returning to the ship, join an engaging discussion about Cambodia and learn some basic Khmer phrases in a language lesson. (B, L, D)
Koh Chen – Kon Dach – Angkor Ban
Start your day with a walking tour through the village of Koh Chen, where your highlight will be meeting a local copper and silversmith. Then, head to Oudong, the ancient capital of Cambodia, and stop by the fascinating Vipassana Dhura Mediation Center to learn about meditation and receive a blessing from a Buddhist Monk for good fortune. After lunch, partake in a ride on a three-wheeled tuk-tuk to Silk Island, where you will discover the silk weaving process and watch local families make the traditional Cambodian krama. (B, L, D)
Han Chey – Kompong Cham
This morning, discover the village of Angkor Ban, where you will find charming wooden stilt houses and a vibrant local atmosphere. Relish a delicious lunch on board, and then proceed to visit Wat Norkor Bachey. (B, L, D)
Arrive Siem Reap
This morning, depart the ship and journey through the lush Cambodian countryside en route to Siem Reap, the gateway to the mystical Angkor. Later in the day, you will have the opportunity to visit Kok Sangke, a community village, and take part in a local community lunch experience.
In the evening, head downtown where you will experience both contemporary and historical Cambodia under the big top. The Phare Cambodian Circus, an NGO dedicated to supporting disadvantaged Khmer youth through art and performance training, presents a remarkable show that doesn’t involve animals but instead showcases a talented cast skilled in acrobatics, contortion, aerial ballet, tightrope walking, juggling, mime, drama, and comedy. Cambodia has a long history of circus tradition dating back to the 6th century, as depicted in temple carvings showcasing circus performances during ceremonies and festivals. While the show is thoroughly modern, it draws inspiration from Cambodian tradition, folk stories, and folk music! (B, L)
Prepare for an incredibly jaw-dropping day ahead! You will start at the South Gate of the remarkable Angkor Thom, where statues of gods stand at the entrance. Your first stop will be Bayon temple, known for its many smiling faces on the towers. Then, head to Phimeanakas, which looks like a pyramid with two ponds behind it. Climb to the top of the temple for breathtaking views of the Angkor complex. See the rows of trunks that make up the wall of the Terrace of the Elephants, where King Jayavarman once watched over his army. Nearby is the Terrace of Leper Kings, featuring a statue of Yana, the Hindu god of death. Finally, take a short drive to one of the most beloved temples, Ta Prohm, a small crumbling temple embraced by giant tree roots, giving it a magical ambiance.
After lunch, hop on a tuk-tuk for a visit to the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and Cambodia’s national symbol. Capture the beauty of the sunset over the jungle from the top of Pre Rup Temple before returning to the city.
In the evening, embark on a cultural adventure, offering unique insights into Cambodian traditions. You will be treated to a performance in an outdoor oasis featuring Khmer cuisine. Witness dancers in traditional attire, complete with gold headpieces, ornate fans, and dresses, as they perform traditional dances that will leave you with wonderful memories of your time in Southeast Asia. (B, L, D)
Depart for Home
Enjoy leisure time before heading to the airport for your return journey home. (B)
- Economy class roundtrip international airfare from Detroit (DTW)*
- Premium hotel accommodations throughout Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap
- 7-night private River ship Along the Mekong River, M.V. Victoria Mekong
- All ground transportation
- Expert English-speaking guides
- 29 Meals (10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners)
- Gratuities for cruise staff, driver-guide, drivers, & local guides
- Visa for Entry to Vietnam
- Taxes and fees as of 1/4/24
- Complete services of Cruise & Tour
*Other gateways may be available upon request. Additional charges may apply.
- Cocktails with your host, Guy Gordon.
- Get to know Guy Gordon during a Q&A session.
- Meet the local legend, Mr. Nham Hung who will share his story of making a living from the Mekong River.
- Learn about meditation and receive a blessing from a Buddhist Monk to continue your good fortune!
- Take in the sunset views over the jungle from the top of Pre Rup Temple in Siem Reap.
- Increases in taxes, fees, or surcharges after 1/4/24
- Travel Insurance
- Air upgrades
- Airline baggage fees
- Optional tours
- Destination Visa for Cambodia – The approximate cost is $35 USD per person. This will be issued in destination as you enter Cambodia.
- Items of a personal nature
Activity Level 3
This tour moves at a moderate pace where planned activities are extended and there will be limited leisure time. Days may begin earlier or end later in the evening. You can expect to be standing and walking for longer periods of time, climbing steps, walking uphill, walking along uneven surfaces, and extended riding in safari vehicles over rough terrain.
M.V. Victoria Mekong
|Per Person Double Occupancy
|Deluxe Stateroom Single Supplement (limited availability)
|Victoria Suite (limited availability)
|Per Person Double Occupancy
|2-Nt Bangkok Extension
|Per Person Double Occupancy
|2-Nt Extension Single Supplement (limited availability)
|Business Class Air Upgrade - Base Tour (International Flights ONLY)
|Business Class Air Upgrade - Base Tour plus 2-Nt Extension (International Flights ONLY)
|Quoted at time of Booking
Bangkok Post Extension
How to Book
- Call Cruise & Tour at (800) 383-3131 or REQUEST A CALL
- Ask to have a place held on this trip
- You will receive an email with a link to our online registration form
Fill it out and you’re in!
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