Travel with MPR News Host Angela Davis

Take a trip of a lifetime to Cambodia and Vietnam

Mekong River Cruise

Kick things off in Siem Reap, where you’ll be immersed in the mesmerizing history and culture of the Khmer empire amid the jaw-dropping Angkor Wat ruins. Then, hop aboard the luxurious RV Bassac Pandaw, a classic river ship that blends old-world charm with modern luxury, for a first-class cruise through Cambodia's hidden villages. You'll travel using a variety of unique modes including oxcart, cyclo, tuk-tuk and sampan and experience traditional artistic cultural performances. Your adventure wraps up at an elegant hotel in lively Saigon. Ready to make lifelong memories? Book your spot now!

MPR News Host Angela Davis

Angela Davis

Angela Davis is the host of MPR News with Angela Davis, a weekday talk show that airs at 9 a.m. She joined MPR News in November 2018 after more than 25 years of television reporting and anchoring in the Twin Cities and other cities throughout the country.

Davis leads conversations on a wide variety of topics including how the state is changing, Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities, economic issues, education and mental health. The program includes insight from experts as well as listeners who call in during the live broadcast.

Before joining MPR News, Angela anchored morning and evening newscasts at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and KSTP-TV in St. Paul. She has won five regional Emmy awards for anchoring and covering breaking news. Her television career included jobs at CNN in Atlanta and local stations in Washington, DC, Dallas, TX and Lexington, KY.
Angela holds a journalism degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and grew up in southern Virginia. She also did graduate work in urban affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a member of the local and national chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Angela is the mother of two college students. Her son attends Morehouse College in Atlanta and her daughter is a student at the University of Maryland in College Park. She is married to fellow journalist Duchesne Drew. In 2020 he joined her at Minnesota Public Radio after a long career as a reporter and editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. They live in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Day 0 - Monday & Tuesday, January 13 & 14 - Travel from USA to Siem Reap

You’ll cross the international dateline so the trip appears longer. Not to worry, you’ll get this day back on the way home!

Day 1 - Wednesday, January 15 - Arrive into Siem Reap

Upon arrival, transfer to the comfortable hotel where you can relax and recover from jetlag. In the mid to late afternoon, your MPR group convenes for a briefing of the trip ahead. Enjoy a traditional Cambodian meal with your MPR host, Angela Davis and guides this evening. Sleep at FCC Angkor by Avani (D) Private transfers are included for all passengers arriving today.

Day 2 - Thursday, January 16 - Angkor Thom and Ta Prom and Banteay Srey

Get ready for an exhilarating day as we kick off our adventure by departing for the Angkor Archeological Park to explore our first temples. Brace yourself for awe-inspiring wonders as we delve into the majestic Angkor Thom, adorned with the iconic terrace of elephants, followed by the enchanting Ta Prohm Temples, renowned as the most beautiful and stunning sites in the Angkor Park. After immersing ourselves in the ancient splendor of the temples, we'll recharge with a delectable lunch in Siem Reap before embarking on our next expedition to the captivating Banteay Srei Temple. Along the way, we'll journey through picturesque countryside villages, traverse sugar palm plantations, and pause to engage with local artisans, adding a touch of cultural richness to our unforgettable day. Sleep at FCC Angkor by Avani (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Friday, January 17 - Angkor Wat Sunrise and Apopo Demining Project

Starting out pre-dawn, we take a short drive to Angkor Wat, the most famous monument in the country. We witness the sunrise over the iconic towers and then, as the crowds head back to their hotels, we take advantage of the cool morning air and minimal crowds to explore the site. Angkor Wat is a living architectural wonder, a house of Buddhist mythology, and simply an aesthetic masterpiece. The vegetation consists mostly of tropical hardwood trees, including a variety of other trees such as fig, banyan, and kapok. We encounter many stonework sites such as the gates in the wall of Angkor Thom and the sentry temples at the primary points. On many of these structures, the trees have taken hold, with roots probing through the gaps in the stone blocks and sprouting out the top of the structure, providing incredible photo opportunities. We return to the FCC for breakfast before departing for the Apopo Demining Center and Cambodia’s first-ever botanical garden, boasting the world's largest orchid collection. Since the day started at 5 am, we'll return to the hotel by mid-afternoon, allowing ample time to relax by the pool or leisurely explore Siem Reap town. After a free afternoon, we depart from the FCC Hotel to visit Sacha – the first Cambodian handicraft center that incubates local artisans, blending traditional knowledge with contemporary design to showcase Cambodian talents to local and international visitors while having a sustainable social, economic, and environmental impact. Tonight, we will experience a local acrobatic show before returning to the hotel. Sleep at FCC Angkor by Avani (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Saturday, January 18 - Siem Reap and Embarkation of the RV Bassac Pandaw

Today we transfer from Siem Reap to the town of Kampong Cham to embark on the expedition vessel, Bassac Pandaw. After a short cruise upriver, we moor midstream for cocktail hour and crew introductions. Sleep on board the Bassac Pandaw (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Sunday, January 19 - Silk Island and Angkor Ban

Today, we have a morning excursion to Angkor Ban and a local Cambodian school where the library was built with the support of travelers like you! Guests are encouraged to bring books to donate to the library for children. In the afternoon, we will have a presentation from one of our local guides about Cambodian geography and culture. Our afternoon excursion consists of visiting the famous Silk Island. We travel by tuk-tuk to observe the entire silk-making process from worms to weavers. We visit silk makers and have the option to purchase scarves and other fabrics. The village is a center for the ancient martial art L’bokator, which roughly translates as a “pounding lion”. It includes weapon techniques and is one of the oldest combat techniques in Cambodia, believed to date back to the Angkor Empire. Sleep on board the Bassac Pandaw (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Monday, January 20 - Oudong and Kampong Tralach

Today we’ll embark on a coach journey to Cambodia's ancient capital, Oudong, including a stop en route to explore the serene Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre. Upon arrival in Oudong, enjoy a scenic drive through historic streets before rejoining the ship in Kampong Tralach for lunch aboard. In the afternoon, embark on an ox-cart excursion through riverside villages, markets, and temples. As dusk falls, gather around a village fire pit for cocktails, where locals will share traditional dances and Khmer culture. Sleep on board the Bassac Pandaw (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Tuesday, January 21 - Phnom Penh

Our morning orientation in Phnom Penh is by rickshaw as we visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvelous collection of Angkorian statuary. This afternoon there is an optional excursion to the Genocide Museum to learn about the Khmer Rouge Regime or you may opt to take a tuk-tuk to explore the riverfront. The ship docks in port tonight so you can enjoy the lively bars, restaurants and night life of Phnom Penh. Sleep on board the Bassac Pandaw (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Wednesday, January 22 - Vietnam Border

Early this morning we cross the Cambodia - Vietnam border. As the crew takes care of a few formalities with the border officials, there is an optional tour of the working ship or fruit carving classes on deck. This afternoon the ship sails to Chau Doc and we enjoy an evening lion dance performance on board. Sleep on board the Bassac Pandaw (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Thursday, January 23 - Con Phuoc Island

In the morning, we take minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, the location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hanging Pagoda. We climb 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda. Then, we continue alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc, where we visit the floating fish farms by sampan. We make a stop at Chham Village and observe the lives of Vietnamese Muslims. After an onboard lunch, the ship sails to Con Phuoc for the shore excursion. We pass through a small canal and head ashore to Con Phuoc Island, where we visit local craftspeople traditionally weaving bamboo baskets. After a demonstration, we try our hand at making our own. We then take a tuk-tuk ride back to the ship, stopping at a 100-year-old church and meeting more of the friendly local community. Sleep on board the Bassac Pandaw (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Friday, January 24 - Ben Tre and My Tho

As the ship sets sail to Ben Tre, get ready for an exciting shore excursion! After indulging in a delicious lunch, we embark on a journey by sampans through enchanting mangroves and bamboo forests to the lush fruit orchards of Ben Tre. Keep an eye out for the diverse birdlife that inhabits this area as we explore via local transport before transferring to a traditional rowboat. Glide slowly through the serene bamboo-covered canals, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings. Our adventure culminates at a village renowned for its local products, where we'll have the opportunity to witness traditional craftsmanship firsthand. As the evening sets in, prepare to be captivated by the vibrant performances of a local Vietnamese group, adding a touch of cultural immersion to our unforgettable day. Sleep on board the Bassac Pandaw (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Saturday, January 25 - Saigon: Bustling Commercial Metropolis

This morning we disembark for the 2-hour drive to Saigon. Saigon is the commercial capital of Vietnam, while the official and administrative capital is Hanoi. Saigon is a cosmopolitan city that has changed rapidly in the last ten years. These days there are galleries, craft beer breweries and a staggering number of dining and evening venues. On our way to Saigon we stop at the Cu Chi tunnels. This network of tunnels was used by the Viet Cong during the US/Vietnam conflict and was a significant advantage for them. There were many such tunnel bases throughout southern Vietnam, but a lot of effort has been put into preserving this site and making them suitable for visitors. We hear the full story from our guides and have the opportunity to wiggle our way through to get a feel for what it might have been like to use the tunnels. Sleep in Saigon at the M Gallery, Des Arts (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Sunday, January 26 - Historic Saigon Walking Tour

This morning we get our bearings by taking a walk in the former French Quarter where we see the old cathedral and visit the former South Vietnamese Presidential Palace, used these days as the Reunification Museum, complete with 1970s decor. This afternoon we enjoy some local cuisine and have a free afternoon to enjoy Saigon prior to our final meal is at a low key, but exceptional restaurant – a meal that you will remember Vietnam by! Sleep in Saigon at the M Gallery, Des Arts (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Monday, January 27 - Depart Saigon for the USA

Your expedition concludes today at Saigon Airport. Transfers are included! (B)


  • Hosted by Angela Davis of MPR
  • Guided by an experienced Earthbound Expeditions program director
  • Three nights 4-star hotel accommodation in Siem Reap
  • Seven nights cruising the Mekong on the RV Bassac Pandaw
  • Two nights 4-star hotel accommodation in Saigon
  • Meals as described in your custom Mekong itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and drinks while on the ship (wine excluded)
  • • All activities and entrances as described in your trip itinerary
  • Guided tours with local experts through archeology sites, markets, jungles etc.
  • Special nature outings along the way
  • Talks on the history and ecosystem of Southeast Asia
  • All shore excursions (optional trips and excursions will not be sold or promoted)
  • Gratuities for all shore staff (excluding for ship staff)

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refundable for 30 days from deposit or until 120 days before departure, whichever comes first,
less a cancellation fee of $500 per person. Final payment is also non-refundable which is why
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