We invite you to join Brand g Vacations for a 13-day, LGBT+, inclusive and guaranteed full ship charter on the mighty Mekong River and featuring the Temples of Angkor Wat.
There can be no more striking cultural contrast than tranquil Cambodia and bustling Vietnam. From the diverse countryside of Cambodia to the Mekong Delta, so rich in human life and endeavor, you’ll discover two countries, two cultures, and two ways of life linked by one river, the Mekong.
Join Brand g on a comprehensive 13-day journey through the heart of Cambodia and Vietnam, featuring a seven-night, all-gay cruise charter along the mighty Mekong River. Cruise aboard the new, all-suite, luxurious Mekong Jewel, specially built to ply the Mekong River from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City. Embracing an elegant French-colonial design similar to the many homes that once lined the streets of old Saigon, she boasts spacious suites from 323 square feet up to an expansive 915 square feet in size. From here, you will enjoy all the wonders the Mekong has to offer in sophisticated, yet comfortable style. With never more than 24 guests per expert guide, you will enjoy enriching lectures, a comprehensive series of well-planned excursions, and most meals and beverages! Also included is a three-night stay in Siem Reap including an in-depth visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, and a two-night stay in bustling Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), each featuring five-star, centrally-located hotels.
During the cruise you’ll also enjoy complimentary beverages including locally-produced beer, alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks as well as house wines with dinner. Dine on European cuisine and regional specialties infused with flavors from Asia’s celebrated culinary tradition.
With just 34 custom-designed suites, space is limited, to book contact Brand g Vacations or your travel professional today!”
Oct 15 to Oct 27, 2020 – USD $5199.00
3 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Siem Reap, including daily breakfast, three lunches and one dinner
7-night cruise including all meals
2 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Ho Chi Minh City, including daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner
Cruise includes free-flowing local spirits, house wines (wines with dinner only) and locally-produced beer and soft drinks
Daily shore excursions and touring on both land and cruise
Arrivals: The closest airport to Cannes is Nice, France. Airport Code NCE. You may arrive at anytime on September 24th, or prior. Transfers will be provided to the host hotel, the Gray d’Albion Hotel in Cannes. Transfers may also be provided from local train stations to the host hotel. Please contact us to discuss your travel plans and we will advise you regarding availability of non-airport transfers.
Departures: One post cruise transfer will be provided on October 3rd. The ship is scheduled to arrive to Cannes at 6:00 AM and therefore we recommend flights departing Nice (NCE) at 10:30 AM or later. We will transfer you from the Royal Clipper to the Nice Airport, local train station, or local Cannes hotel. Any further transfers will need to be arranged independently at your own expense.
Our culinary team will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 60 days prior to departure of these requests.
The voltage in both Vietnam and Cambodia is officially 220/50Hz. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. The Mekong Jewel has multi-configuration outlets, which accommodate most Western plugs. We recommend bringing an adapter for use in the hotels. Because the voltage may fluctuate at times, we also recommend unplugging your devices when not in use or when leaving them unattended.
A passport, which is valid for six months after your last date of travel, is required for this trip.
Visa Requirements – citizens of almost every country require tourist visas to enter Vietnam and Cambodia. You’ll need to obtain your Cambodian and Vietnam visas in advance.
Many of the local customs in Vietnam and Cambodia differ greatly from Western culture. In many temples, and on the grounds of the National Palace in Phnom Penh, it is required that all guests cover their knees and shoulders when entering the grounds. Shoes will need to be removed when entering some buildings. Our itinerary takes us into areas where locals are simply living their daily lives. Should you wish to take a photo of locals, please request their permission first (simply pointing to your camera and allowing them to nod is sufficient). Monks wearing saffron robes will be encountered in numerous places in Cambodia.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. Gratuities for the included portions of this program have been pre-paid. At your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
While you can expect to encounter insects during your trip, most are relatively harmless. Switching off lights when exiting your room or suite, and ensuring that glass or screen doors or windows are closed at all times will minimize the number of insects allowed into your room. On the fast-moving river, mosquitoes are rarely seen while sailing. If planning to be outside in the early morning or evening hours, applying an insect repellent to exposed skin is recommended.
Onboard Account & Currency
The official currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong. It is advisable to exchange at least a small amount of money into Vietnamese dong on arrival, especially for purchasing items from small, local merchants and restaurants, and for taxis, which typically do not accept other currencies. Some large merchants and restaurants will accept US dollars. ATMs in Vietnam only provide Vietnamese dong. The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian riel. However, most monetary transactions, including withdrawing cash from ATMs and banks may be in US dollars. Should you be due change in an amount less than US $1, you will be given riel; otherwise, US dollars are given.
Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in both countries by many merchants. You may find, however, that some are reluctant to take credit cards for small purchases because of the fees associated with the transaction. Therefore, we suggest that you carry some cash, whether local currency or US dollars. Aside from the international hotel chains, American Express is not widely accepted in this part
of the world.
You may exchange currency at banks, currency exchanges, or hotels, all with very similar rates. Please note that both currency exchanges and ATMs charge fees. You are advised to inquire as to the currency exchange fee before making the exchange; ATMs will require you to accept the charge before proceeding to dispense cash.
The official currency on board the Mekong Navigator is the US dollar. During the cruise, we operate on a cashless system, with all purchases billed to your onboard account. At the end of the cruise, bills may be settled in cash with US dollars or by credit card with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The Mekong Jewel does not provide a currency exchange service, nor is there an ATM on board. It is advisable to bring crisp, new, undamaged bills, as tears and obvious wear may cause banks and local businesses to refuse them. In Phnom Penh, about halfway through the cruise, you will find multiple options for obtaining US dollars at both Cambodian and international banks, ATMs, and wire services. ATMs are widely available in Vietnam, as well, but will only provide Vietnamese dong.
Aboard the Mekong Jewel, attire is casual and comfortable during the day, with resort-style clothing, and comfortable, but sturdy, footwear for excursions. Evening wear consists of open-neck shirts, trousers, skirt, or similar attire. Footwear is always required in all public areas, and when navigating stairs on board.
Excursions are led by expert guides, and guests are divided into groups. Electronic listening devices are complimentary to all guests in order to ensure that guests are able to hear their guides, without disturbing nearby wildlife.
The comfort and safety of our guests is our first priority. Smoking is not permitted in the suites or enclosed, public areas on board. There is a designated smoking area on the Sun Deck.
Vaccination & Health Information
US citizens should consult the Centers for Disease Control websites, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/vietnam and https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/cambodia, or your health care provider for vaccination requirements and recommendations. Citizens of all other countries should consult their government’s national disease center or their physician.
Visitors on Board/Security
Only guests who possess tickets for passage are allowed on board. Security services are provided on board to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the journey.
Please do not drink the tap water while on board or on shore, or use it for brushing your teeth. The ship’s water supply comes from the river after passing through a sterilization process. This water is suitable for showers and baths, but should not be consumed. Complimentary bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth is provided on board, as well as during excursions. Ice on board the ship is also made from bottled water.
Reminiscent in design of the French colonial-era manor homes that once lined the streets of old Saigon, the 34-suite/68-passenger Mekong Jewel lends a sophisticated, yet comfortable, ambiance while cruising the mighty Mekong River. Around every corner, guests will enjoy a blend of timeless elegance and modern luxuries as they experience the sights and sounds of a landscape that forever changes its visitors.
Accommodations on board the Mekong Jewel provide all the comfort and convenience of a five-star hotel, without denying you the thrills of complete immersion in the Mekong River experience. Spacious, well-appointed suites offer individual climate control, daily housekeeping with turn-down service, the finest bed linens and duvets, luxuriously soft robes and slippers, all-natural, therapeutic bath amenities, and much more.
Premium mattresses and pillow menu
Luxurious, 500-thread-count linens and duvet
Flat-screen satellite TV
In-room electronic safe
Generous closet space and under bed storage
Daily housekeeping and turn-down service
Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
Complimentary wireless internet in all public areas, when available
Hanoi and Halong Bay – October 11–15
Double occupancy $2,499 per person / Single occupancy pricing: $3,499
Begin your journey with an optional four-night pre-program extension, featuring three nights in historic Hanoi and one night aboard the Paradise Elegance ‘junk’ boat on the famed UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay.
– 3-night hotel accommodations at the Intercontinental Westlake Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam, including buffet breakfast and luggage porterage. Accommodation in Lotus Suites, which include Club Lounge access, dedicated check-in, afternoon tea, twilight canapes and cocktails from 5-7pm, refreshments throughout the day, and complimentary pressing of two pieces per stay.
– Hanoi sightseeing
– Ha Long Bay one night cruise package including: meals and excursions
– Bottled water, coffee/tea and choice of 2 beverages with included meals (soft drinks, beer or wine)
– Hanoi to Ha Long Bay round-trip transfer by coach
– Luggage assistance at airport, hotel and junk boat
– Arrival and departure assistance at airport
– 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
– Flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap
***Adding this extension will require you to obtain a multi-entry visa for Vietnam. We will remind you when it is time to obtain visas for this program.
Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa – Siem Reap, Cambodia
The five-star Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa provides a sense of serenity with the nostalgic comfort and elegant refinement of the French Art de Vivre. Conveniently located in the heart of Siem Reap, in close proximity to the Angkor Archeological Area, the quaint Old Market, and the dynamic night markets, Victoria Angkor has been designed in total harmony with its natural surroundings. All accommodations have wooden floors, colonial style furnishings, and original artifacts, adding a warm touch of local culture, and open onto large balconies overlooking the saltwater pool set in lush, tropical gardens.
The Reverie Saigon
The Reverie Saigon has debuted as the most spectacularly extravagant hotel in Vietnam, and as the one and only member property of The Leading Hotels of the World in Ho Chi Minh City.
Taking pride of place on the topmost floors of the landmark Times Square Building in prestigious District 1, the much-lauded hotel presents world-class hospitality with its impeccable service and its unique celebration of haute Italian design and inimitable luxury.
Transcending expectations of place to a modern-day exploration of fanciful splendor, the sky-high Reverie Saigon offers an incomparable perspective on the city with its spectacular views.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
The InterContinental Hanoi Westlake is located on the peaceful waters of the largest lake in the city, just minutes from the Old Quarter, the hotel offers a welcome haven from the bustling city center. Each Lotus Suite features a private balcony with a superb view of West Lake. Benefits also include dedicated check-in and check-out service at the Club InterContinental® Lounge and twilight canapés and cocktails from 05:00PM – 07:00PM and complimentary late check-out till 4:00 PM.
Additional Pre Night(s)
Single $436 Double $218
Accommodations included taxes and deluxe buffet breakfast.
Rates are per person based on occupancy listed.
Before dinner, local children entertain us on the ship’s Sun Deck with a cultural performance including Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance, as well as local traditional folk dances. (B/L/D)
47 Elizabeth Bay Road
Elizabeth Bay NSW
02 8667 3336