The One Traveller New Festive Mekong Cruise

Rise in number of Brits who choose to go away for Christmas – some every year – leads solo-holidays specialist to launch exclusive seasonal Cambodia and Vietnam trip.

As well as an overall rise in the number of people going away for Christmas as reported across the industry*, One Traveller – the award-winning specialist holiday company for the mature solo traveller – has seen a demand in rise in requests by solo holidaymakers looking to escape Christmas.

Some want to travel long-haul for some guaranteed sunshine in one of the greyest months of the year, others like to get away from Christmas hype and stress, and perhaps also avoid enforced socialising and unwanted obligations, while spending time with like-minded people and making new friends. Meanwhile, modern tech makes it easy to stay connected with those back home while ‘getting away from it all’.

One Traveller Mekong Cruise

Solo-traveller holidays like this can also make you more intrepid than you might otherwise be when exploring further-flung destinations. Travelling with an escorted group gives you the opportunity to discover destinations you might feel a little daunted by, with all the practical details including transport taken care of. A cruise is also a great way of seeing much of Vietnam and Cambodia without having to contend with packing and unpacking and moving your luggage around as you cover several destinations in one trip.

Pick One Traveller’s luxury Mekong cruise over Christmas and you can avoid the commercialisation of western countries at this time of year in favour of peaceful countries with a spiritual atmosphere. You can still enjoy seasonal events but in a more low-key, less-overblown way – One Traveller’s ultimate all-inclusive adventure includes a Christmas Day evening dinner of Yuletide favourites followed by classic party games and entertainment, but during the day you’ll meet families who work in industries including boat building and creating incense sticks for temples, visit Vietnam’s oldest church, enjoy local folk singing and wander through coconut farms.

One Traveller Mekong Cruise

On Christmas Eve, your immersive activities will include visiting Cao Dai Temple to learn about the mix of ideas that form the basis of the syncretic, monotheistic religion of Caodaism, then riding a xe loi (rickshaw) back to your sampan to visit a Mekong fish farm. The day ends with a traditional lion dance performance onboard.

And Boxing Day includes a sampan ride to Sa Dec to take in such sights as the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung and the home of Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant, a tour of the central market, and a visit to a coconut sweet workshop.

You can also spend some time on terra firma in Cambodia, with four nights in Siem Reap, discovering iconic sights including the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat temples and Tonle Sap lake, and enjoy a very special mooring in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Other highlights include a guided tour of Oudong Monastery and Temples, lunch on a floating village, and receiving a traditional blessing from a Buddhist monk.

One Traveller Mekong Cruise

An amazing way to spend the season with new friends in the tropics, this trip is one of One Traveller’s new unique ONE Experience range – meaning it’s a specially chartered river cruise allowing you to discover Cambodia and Vietnam in the exclusive company of your fellow One Traveller guests, on a hand-picked, tried-and-trusted cruise ship. You’ll enjoy your own spacious double cabin and access to the onboard spa for a spot of pampering as lush tropical scenery slowly drifts by –the ultimate Christmas present to yourself!

What One Traveller Guests Have Said About Going Away for Christmas:

“I loved my first solo festive Thailand trip with One Traveller. Jonathan, our Tour Manager, was lovely, well organised, caring, kind and entertaining. As was Lek, our Thai guide. I enjoyed my trip with One Traveller so much, I booked two more trips with them as soon as I returned home.”

“Sri Lanka Festive Tour: The standard of the hotels and exceptional quality of the food. The expert knowledge of the local guide. The interesting places that the tour went, especially into the local communities. All very professional.”

“Great company on a well-organised trip. This was my fourth One Traveller trip but my first at Christmas. The hotel in Zagreb was superbly situated in the centre. My room was enormous, the staff very friendly and the food delicious, particularly the Christmas Day evening buffet. What can I say about my fellow travellers but what a great group of people to spend Christmas with.”

One Traveller’s Luxury Mekong River Cruise departs to Phom Penh on 20th December 2024 for 9 days with prices starting from £9,990. or for the full land and cruise experience depart on 16th December 2024 for 15 days with prices starting from  £11,690. Price includes return scheduled international flights with private chauffeur service to the airport, private chartered luxury yacht, private coach excursions, all accommodation in a double room / cabin throughout, all meals and some drinks.  For a full list of inclusions see here

To book visit Onetraveller.co.uk or call 01760 722011 for more information.

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