Upstream the Mekong River on Luxury Cruise 13 days(13 days/ 12 nights)
Transport: Luxury Cruise
Region: Outbound
Itinerary: Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Cai Be - Chau Doc - Cambodia - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Price: US $3393
Update: 04/23/2018
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Let us take you to the south of Vietnam and Cambodia; lose yourself in the bustling Ho Chi Minh or in the immense Cu Chi tunnels! Mekong River will be the common thread between Vietnam and Cambodia – two countries: as near but so different. This trip will show the most highlighted places in these two countries. The unique and comfortable activities in each destination that we have prepared and the luxury style of this tour will provide you unforgettable experiences in every moment of the trip.

Trip Highlights

  • - Discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life.
  • - Learn more about culture, daily life of local people along the Mekong River from Vietnam to Cambodia.
  • - Visit Angkor Wat - one of the most astonishing monuments ever conceived by mankind, which was erected in the 12th century (1112-1152) in honour of Vishnu.
  • - Relax under the trees with a soothing foot massage.
  • - See many beautifully sculptured Apsaras in Angkor Thom.
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  • Full Itinerary

  • Day 1Ho Chi Minh city arrival

    Upon your arrival, warmly welcome by your local guide and transfer to your hotel. The room will be at your disposal at 2.00pm. The balance of day is free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

    Meals: N/A
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
    Activities: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer from the airport to hotel.
    Day 2Ho Chi Minh City
    • A O show
    This morning we will leave the city by private vehicle to visit the amazing tunnel network of Cu Chi.

    After lunch break (your expense), we will take a Vespa orientation tour to explore the highlights of Saigon.

    In the evening, we will spend 1 hour to watch A O Show - a new kind of art performance commonly acknowledged globally as new circus. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

    Note: A O show is scheduled on specific days of each month only. If the show is not available on travelling day of our clients, we will arrange visiting to the home of a famous husband and wife pair of musicians instead (with a traditional music performance included).

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon
    Activities: Explore Cu Chi Tunnels. Vespa tour & watch A O Show.
    Day 3Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Cai Be
    • Floating market
    Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as we travel 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho to embark your boutique Ship. We will serve a refreshing welcome drink as the ship steadily glides along the Mekong. We will bathe in the fading sunset on the balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge. Later, a welcome dinner awaits us. When approaching Cai Be, the Ship drops anchor to moor midstream where the river is several kilometers wide. Dinner included. Overnight in Cai Be.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
    Activities: Experience Mekong Delta onboard luxury cruise
    Day 4Cai Be - Sa Dec - Chau Doc
    • Floating market
    The day will starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck, just as the sun begins its gentle glow. Coffee and tea awaits the early birds. The day’s tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the Ship for lunch. In the afternoon, we will cruise to Sa Dec.

    Upon your arrival, we will embark a traditional sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island and its manmade canals. Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ship will moor midstream overnight near Chau Doc.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruises
    Activities: Cruising through the delta toward the border town Chau Doc
    Day 5Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
    • Cham Tribal Village Chau Doc
    Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. This is followed by a trip to the quay. Then, it is back to the ship for lunch.

    By mid-afternoon, the cruise liner will make its way to the border for Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. After hours of cruising, we will feel the rush of entering into a new country to embrace new adventures.

    Note: Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December the following program applies: This morning, you will start your excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau. Firstly, the journey takes you to the “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruises
    Activities: Cross the border and enter Cambodia . Make your way to Phnom Penh
    Day 6Phnom Penh
    • Cambodia's Royal Palace
    Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide Museum and the Killing Field in town.

    We go back to the Ship after our museum visit. The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
    Activities: Full day sightseeing tour & enjoy Apsara dance performance at dinner time.
    Day 7Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham
    • Chong Koh silk weaving village
    We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village. We will then return to the ship and will cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilarating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their shift boats.

    Travelers can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Then, we are back to the Ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
    Activities: Cruise to Kampong Cham with a stop at the little known silk weaving village Chong Koh
    Day 8Kampong Cham
    • Wat Hanchey Temple
    Begin the land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb 291 steps to the top. We will return to the Ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks.

    When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby bank to swim in the teacoloured Mekong River. We will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the Ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
    Activities: Go ashore to visit pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey
    Day 9Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang
    • Kampong Chhnang
    The cruise sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle River. Then we will approach Kampong Chhnang - Cambodia’s “waterworld”.

    Here we will take a motorboat excursion to the landing, followed by a short bus trip to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Later, we will come back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region.

    We then return to the Ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle River. In the evening, a sumptuous spread will be served. And for the big surprise – bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors.

    Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Kampong Chhnang.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
    Activities: Set sail towards Kampong Chhnang - Cambodia’s “waterworld”.
    Day 10Tonle Sap - Siem Reap
    • Tonle Sap Lake Local Life
    Tonle Sap lake dominates Cambodia and is the largest freshwater lake in Asia with abundant birdlife. This lake is so wide that one can not see its shores from the middle of the lake.

    The cruise comes to an end as we reach this city of the fabled Angkor temple complex. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. We will cross the Tonle Sap Lake at dawn and at 9.00h, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town. Welcome by your local guide on arrival in Siem Reap and transfer by private vehicle to your hotel for check in. Spend the balance of day free at leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

    Remark: the total transfer time from disembark point until drop off point in Siem Reap is up to 5 hour driving.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
    Activities: Cross the Tonle Sap Lake. The cruise comes to an end as we reach Siem Reap. Disembark.
    Day 11Siem Reap
    • Angkor Wat
    Meet your guide again this morning to head off to the marvelous temple of Angkor Wat. From the temple, transfer by private vehicle (or possibly by cow carts) to a remote, untouched temple where your private picnic lunch is set up and waiting for you.

    After a delicious lunch, relax under the trees with a soothing foot massage before starting your afternoon activities.

    In the afternoon, pay a visit to the ancient Ta Prohm monastery where immense branches have taken root in the stones. Back to the hotel for a free evening. Dinner on your own

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
    Activities: Discover marvelous temples of Angkor Wat and "jungle temple" Ta Prohm
    Day 12Siem Reap
    • Angkor Thom
    In the morning, leave for Banteay Srei where one of the most impressive jewels of Khmer art exists.

    In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom (the Great City) beginning by the south gate and the famous Bayon of the 12th and 13th centuries. Then, visit the Elephant Terrace, which was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall; and the raised Leper King Terrace, built in the 12th century and which features many beautifully sculptured Apsaras. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
    Activities: Temple hopping: Banteay Srei - Preak Khan - Neak Pean - Angkor Thom
    Day 13Siem Reap departure
    Free at your leisure until be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon time only. Meals on your own. End of services.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: NA
    Activities: Transfer to airport in Siem Reap for onward flight
     

    Important Notes:

    • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
    • If you have any specific food requirement (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies, etc.) please inform us in advance, we will provide notices to our restaurants, tour guides and partners so they would be able to serve you the best.
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