From the heights of the Himalayas to the coast of the China Sea, over the course of its 4500km journey, the River Mekong irrigates much more than Indochina. Wherever it flows, it captivates man and shapes their lives. From the Delta and Saigon, a town still filled with souvenirs of the French colonial presence, right to the great lake of Tonle Sap and Siem Reap, a city at the foot of the Angkor Sites, the Mekong today has to work hard to maintain suitable water levels, with many dams along its course, and subjected to a regime of more and more extraordinary monsoons.
DAY 1: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR
This program is based on your arrival in Siem Reap. If your flight arrives between 09:00 am and 11:00 am, the program will follow the route below.
Join the Tara Hotel* NL or similar for lunch (rooms will be available from 02:00 pm). In the afternoon, we visit the “Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop). Afterwards, we visit the workshops of the “Artisans d'Angkor”. Dinner and overnight in the hotel TARA 4* NL or similar.
DAY 2: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR
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. This afternoon we explore Angkor Thom, a huge architectural masterpiece accessible through five monumental gates with the mountain temple of Bayon at its centre. 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 3: SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP
Full board. Visit the famous temple of Angkor Wat. This is the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. After lunch at the hotel, transfer to the pier in Phnom Krom to join the boat. Welcome on board and cocktail. Settle into our cabins. Introduction to the crew. Night at anchor.
DAY 4: CHNOK TRU -TONLE SAP – KAMPONG CHHNANG
Full board. Spend the morning cruising on local boats to take advantage of floating village of Chnok Tru. Arrival in the early afternoon in Kampong Chhnang. Return on board. Night at anchor.
DAY 5: KAMPONG TRALACH – PHNOM PENH
Full board. Visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Return on board and cruise to Phnom Penh. Visit of Tuol Sleng museum, former center of detention, torture and execution from 1975 to 1979. Return on board to enjoy an Apsara dance show of 45 minutes by student dancers and musicians. Night on board.
DAY 6: PHNOM PENH
Full board. Visit the Royal palace in Phnom Penh, the National museum, built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style. Lunch in town in a local restaurant and this afternoon visit of the Russian market. Return on board and continue our cruise through the night to Vietnam.
DAY 7: KAAM SAMNAAR – CHAU DOC
Full board. Spend the morning afloat. We cross into Vietnam and complete customs formalities at the border. Lunch on board. Arriving in Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. Panoramic tour of the city. By local boat, navigation through the floating-village. Night on board.
DAY 8: SA DEC - VINH LONG
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. Return on board for lunch. Visit of Vinh Long. Overnight on board.
DAY 9: CAI BE - MY THO
Full board. Visit of the Vinh Trong pagoda and short panoramic tour of the city My Tho. Return on board. The afternoon, visit of the Thoi Son Island on small local boats. Return on board and continue with our magnificent cruise, taking the Chao Gao canal and heading for Ho Chi Minh City. “Goodbye” dinner and night on board.
DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
Full board. Visit of Ho Chi Minh City, tour of the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post office and the National History museum. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon visit of a traditional lacquer-ware factory, and free-time in a local market. Return to the ship for the gala evening. Overnight at the Grand Hotel 4 * NL (or similar)
DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY
After breakfast, visit of Cholon, the major center of Chinese trade in the capital city. Lunch in town. End of our services.