From the heights of the Himalayas to the southern coasts of the South China Sea, winding over 2,700 miles, the Mekong is much more than just irrigation for Indochina — everywhere it flows, it fascinates men and shapes their lives. Cruise up this great and generous "water snake" beginning in the French-influenced Ho Chi Minh City, taking you through Phnom Penh and the Tonle Sap Lake and River, and following the footsteps of legendary explorer Henri Mouhot to the ruins in Angkor. We offer a meditative journey, allowing you to experience the rhythm of the Mekong River eight days aboard a ship combining charm and comfort.
DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon)
This program is based on your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City. If your flight arrives between 09:00 am and 11:00 am, the program will follow the route below.
Built by the French in 1859, at the beginning of the colonial era, the town has retained some of its French atmosphere which characterizes it. Lunch in town. In the afternoon, tour of the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post office. Dinner and overnight at the Grand Hotel 4* NL (or similar).
DAY 2: HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon)
Full board. Visit Cholon, we visit a local market and the Thien Han pagoda dedicated to the goddess of the sea. The Afternoon, visit of the National History museum and visit to a lacquer-ware factory. Free time in a local market. Return on board and set sail to My Tho. Welcome cocktail and presentation of the crew. Overnight on board.
DAY 3: CHAO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG - CAI BE - SA DEC
Full board. Cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal, which passes from the Saigon River to the Mekong Delta. Departure by coach to visit the Vin Trang pagoda, short panoramic city tour. Visit of a local market in My Tho. Back on board. We sail aboard local boats in order to visit the island of the dragon. Back on board and navigation to Cai Be. Lunch. We set off in small boats to visit the floating market of Cai Be. Afterwards, we discover Vihn Long: a brick factory and its pottery, a nursery of fruit trees, a traditional house and an exhibition room of traditional farming tools. Back on board and navigation to Sa Dec. Night on board.
DAY 4: SA DEC – CHAU DOC
Full board. Visit of Sa Dec: visit of a local market and panoramic tour of the city, primary school of Trung Vuong and the Kien An Cung pagoda. Back on board and navigation to Chau Doc. Lunch on board. If the weather allows it, we admire the sunset from the hill Sam Nui, which rises to 231 meters and offers some famous Buddhist shrines, with stunning views on the rice fields. On your left, you can discover Cambodia and the Mekong River. Stopover on the road to the Chua Xu temple and the Tay An pagoda. Night on board.
DAY 5: CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH
Full board. We spend the day afloat today, first heading for the Cambodian border, where we complete customs during the morning and continue our journey. Arrival in Phnom Penh, passengers are free to discover the Cambodian capital. We moor for the night in the port of Phnom Penh. Free evening.
DAY 6: PHNOM PENH
Full board. In Phnom Penh, visit the Royal palace, one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style and the Silver Pagoda, and the Russian Market. Back on board. In the afternoon, visit of the Tuol Sleng museum, former centre of detention, torture and execution from 1975 to 1979. Then we visit the National museum. Return on board to enjoy an Apsara dance show of 45 minutes by student dancers and musicians. Dinner in a local specialities restaurant. Night on board.
DAY 7: KAMPONG TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG
Full board. Lunch on board and arrive in Kampong Tralach to visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tarlach Leu Pagoda. Return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Chhnang. Overnight stop.
DAY 8: KAMPONG CHHNANG – CHNOK TRU- TONLE SAP
Full board. Visit Kampong Chhnang. Back on board. Arrival in Chnok Tru. Navigation on the Tonle Sap Lake aboard small local boats, largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Back on board. ‘Goodbye’ dinner. Overnight stop.
DAY 9: CHNOK TRU - SIEM REAP - ANGKOR
Full board. Spend the morning cruising to take advantage of the lake crossing (depending on the water level).We arrive in the port of Siem Reap and are welcomed by our local guide. We transfer to our hotel and check-in before taking lunch. In the afternoon, visit the famous temple of Angkor Wat, masterpiece of Khmer architecture. We return to Siem Reap. Overnight in the hotel TARA 4* NL or similar.
DAY 10: SIEM REAP
Full board. Visit the jewel in the crown of classic Khmer art - the temple at Banteay Srei. Then we visit the temple at Ta Prohm. Lunch in town. This afternoon we explore Angkor Thom. This evening we have dinner with a show of Khmer royal dancing (the Apsara dances). After dinner, free time to stroll through the “Angkor Night Market” and perhaps do some shopping. Overnight in the hotel TARA 4* NL or similar.
DAY 11: SIEM REAP
Breakfast. Visit of the “Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop). Afterwards, we visit the workshops of the “Artisans d'Angkor”. After lunch in the hotel, end of our services.