Christmas Cruises 2

Mekong magic

The only Christmas present many people want is a few weeks in the sunshine, away from family gatherings and TV specials. A cruise along the Mekong river through Vietnam and Cambodia fits the bill nicely, with the chance to explore ancient temples, shop in colourful markets and eat delicious meals featuring sprouts of the bean kind, not Brussels. APT’s 14-day Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights has included tours, complimentary drinks and no gratuities required. Like most cruises in the area, there is a mix of hotel and river boat accommodation to maximise time for sightseeing. During the included hotel stay in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City there are complimentary tours of the Cu Chi Tunnels built by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War, and tours of the city’s French colonial architecture before joining RV AmaLotus. This 62-suite ship is like a floating luxury hotel, with large air-conditioned cabins. The ship sails through luscious countryside for seven days on its way to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, when you can visit the Royal Palace’s Throne Hall and see the jewel-encrusted Buddhas in the Silver Pagoda. But the highlight for many will be the temples at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat during a two-night included hotel stay at Siem Reap before flying home.