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Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River Delta: About PDF

Cambodia was once the seat of one of Asia’s most magnificent early civilizations. Its deep heritage can be seen in its Silver Pagoda with its 9,000-diamond encrusted Maitreya Buddha and in the emblematic Angkor Wat, which spellbinds everyone who visits and demonstrates how resourceful and artistically brilliant its people are.

The past blends perfectly with the present with modern-day growth, expanding schools and bustling shopping centers. Vietnam’s growth has been even more profound, with remnants of French Colonial life-giving way to thriving cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Vietnam possesses an equally ancient heritage, with rural workers following their forebears in such trades as brick making and paper pressing in the shadows of iconic temples.

Your story starts and ends in two equally amazing Vietnamese cities, Ho Chi Minh City, capital of the past, and Hanoi, capital of the present. Ho Chi Minh City, a city in perpetual motion, offers a modern-day vibe that pulsates, while Hanoi offers shaded boulevards, verdant parks, grand temples and mystic lakes, as well as the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh himself. In between these two iconic yet different cities lies Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and Siem Reap—also two very different cities—and like their neighbors, both significant and historic.

Be whisked by cyclo down wide boulevards laid out by French Colonial administrators in the 1860s, past beautiful pagodas and saffron-robed monks, on your way to Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace. A Tuk Tuk will take you through the heart of Siem Reap—gateway to Angkor Wat— with its French Colonial and Chinese-style buildings lining shady streets juxtaposed with its iconic nightlife.

While Vietnam and Cambodia’s major cities provide different insight into both their past and present, it’s along the Mekong and in sacred places uncovered along the way that will offer you a better understanding of the past’s deep impact on the present.Visit artisan workshops and a lively floating market via a traditional wooden sampan, as well as local fish farms still operating the way they always have. Visit a hilltop monastery where local monks will bestow a special Buddhist blessing upon you. One of the many highlights of your journey will be Cambodia’s spectacular UNESCO-designated Angkor Wat with its massive stones smothered under the roots of giant banyan trees and enigmatic stone faces.

Many memorable moments await on this journey through two equally compelling yet utterly different cultures and neighboring countries united by the Mekong. Indulge your cultural curiosity with the best of both countries while staying at five-star hotels onshore and onboard our 68-passenger, all-suite ship, the Mekong Navigator. Let Uniworld’s exceptionally trained Cruise/Tour Managers and local experts share their precious insight into their countries, which will leave an imprint on your heart for years to come.

The Mekong River has been a vital link between the cities, towns and villages clustered along its shores for thousands of years, and millions of people continue to depend on it for their livelihoods. Flowing through five countries from the mountains of Tibet to the South China Sea, the Mekong’s historical and cultural significance simply cannot be overstated. An economic lifeline and stoic witness to the region’s complex and troubled past, the Mekong is without question one of the world’s greatest rivers.

An intimate portrait of Southeast Asian life Cruising along the Mekong transports you back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for fascinating glimpses into a traditional way of life. Relax onboard the authentic Mekong Navigator as you take in the lush tropical scenery unfolding along the nearby riverbanks.

You will see women in graceful ao dai dresses and conical hats. Groves of bamboo swaying gently in the breeze. Water buffalo wallowing in the river. Fishermen repairing traps and children shyly peering out from thatched roof houses on bamboo stilts.

Going ashore in a small group of no more than 22 people, you’ll enjoy authentic, immersive experiences that will give you a deeper understanding of the local culture and way of life. Explore ancient temples, the flag and stone floors smooth and cool under your feet, and fragrant smoke spiraling upwards from smoldering joss sticks.Experience the lively hustle and bustle of open-air and floating markets, a riot of color and exotic produce. Throughout your voyage along the Mekong, you’ll enjoy many personal interactions with local experts and sightsee via local transportation—sampans, remorks and rickshaws. You may even be invited into the home of a local family to see how they make cloth using time-honored methods.

You’ll also have an opportunity to watch skilled artisans at small workshops devoted to making handcrafted candy and rice paper products. You may travel to Southeast Asia for the history, the food and the scenery, but the things you will cherish most will be the friendly people. With their genuine warmth and cheerful hospitality, gentle smiles and resilient natures, the Vietnamese and Cambodian people are as much national treasures as any designated UNESCO site.

Updated: Friday, March 30, 2018