From Angkor temples to the Mekong delta

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SIEM REAP - ANGKOR - TONLE SAP - CHNOK TRU - KAMPONG CHHNANG - KAMPONG TRALACH - PHNOM PENH - CHAU DOC - SA DEC - VIHN LONG - CAI BE - MY THO - HO-CHI-MINH CITY

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: PARIS - SIEM REAP

Mett at the airport of PARIS. Scheduled flight with stopover to Siem Reap. Dinner and flight night.

DAY 2: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR

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 3: 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, there is free time to stroll through the “Angkor Night Market” and perhaps do some shopping. Overnight in the hotel TARA 4* NL or similar.

DAY 4: SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP

Full board. Visit the famous temple of Angkor Wat. 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, and then we have dinner. Night at anchor.

DAY 5: CHNOK TRU -TONLE SAP – KAMPONG CHHNANG

Full board. Spend the morning cruising on local boats to take advantage of floating village of Chnok Tru. Lunch on board. Arrival in the early afternoon in Kampong Chhnang and guided tour in Kampong Chhnang. Return on board. Dinner on board and night at anchor.

DAY 6: KAMPONG TRALACH –PHNOM PENH

Full board. Visit the Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. We return on board and cruise to Phnom Penh. Departure for the 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. Dinner and night on board.

DAY 7: PHNOM PENH

Full board. Daily excursion in Phnom Penh. Lunch in town in a local restaurant and this afternoon visit of the Russian market. Return on board and cruise through the night to Vietnam.

DAY 8: KAAM SAMNAAR – CHAU DOC

Full board. We cross into Vietnam and complete customs formalities at the border. Arriving in Chau Doc. Panoramic tour of the city. By local boat, navigation through the floating-village. Dinner and night on board.

DAY 9: SA DEC - VINH LONG

Full board. Visit of Sa Dec. Visit of Vinh Long. Dinner and overnight on board.

DAY 10: CAI BE - MY THO

Full board. Guided tour of My Tho. Departure by coach for the Vinh Trong pagoda and short panoramic tour of the city. Back on the boarding quay. Visit of the Thoi Son Island on small local boats. We 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 11: HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)

We have breakfast this morning before our visit of Ho Chi Minh City. We have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon visit of a traditional lacquer-ware factory, and we have free-time in a local market. Dinner and overnight at the Grand Hotel 4 * NL (or similar)

DAY 12: HO CHI MINH CITY

After breakfast, we devote our morning to visit Cholon, the major center of Chinese trade in the capital city. Lunch in town. Transfer to Ho-Chi-Minh-City airport and flight to Paris (flight with a stopover). Dinner and night during the flight.

DAY 13 - Paris

Arrival at the airport in Paris. End of our services.

Transport

Flights PARIS-SIEM REAP/ HO-CHI MINH VILLE/PARIS included.

(airport taxes excluded)

More info

These cruises are not recommended for people with reduced mobility

  • Crossing the Tonle Sap Lake: when water levels are high, from August to the end of December, the RV Indochine crosses the lake. When water levels are low, from December to February, we cross the lake with speedy boats to join the RV Indochine at Koh Chan (around 4 hours). Finally, when water levels are very low, from February to April, transfer between Siem Reap and Koh Chen would be organized by air-conditioned coach (around 5 hours).
  • The banks of the river on which we travel can be very steep and slippery, depending on the water levels.
  • The itinerary, ports of call and visits are subject to modification by the ship owner and/or our representatives on the spot. The excursions may be amended or completed in the reverse order if it is deemed necessary. The ship's captain reserves the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.
  • There are no compulsory vaccinations for this destination. However, it is strongly recommended that you ensure that your inoculations for the following diseases are up-to-date: Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A and B, Diphtheria and Typhoid. It is not recommended that you drink tap water, and prefer to drink bottled mineral water only (watch the seal being broken before accepting the bottle) and tea. It is important that you bring with you any of your usual medication (aspirin, anti-diarrhoea tablets, etc). Mosquito repellent is strongly recommended

A river cruise in Asia is an unforgettable, spectacular experience and one which is full of adventure
 

Currency and means of payment: The currency aboard the RV Indochine ship is the US dollar (preferably in small denominations). During embarkation, you could leave your credit card imprint so as to account for and pay all your on board expenses at the end of the cruise. You will be able to pay them by Us Dollars or Credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
As of 17/12/2014: 1$ = 21 300 VND (Vietnamese Dong)
£1= 33 500 VND
1$ = 4 000 KHR (Cambodian Riel)
£1 = 6 300 KHR (please note the exchange rates fluctuate widely)

Climate: The dry season lasts from December to April, but the atmosphere remains humid (25°C to 35°C). During the rainy season which runs from May to November, there are frequent violent but short rainstorms which usually occur towards the end of the afternoon. The best season is from November to March
Jet lag: Vietnam +5 hours in summer time (France time)
+ 6 hours in winter time
Meals: this journey is offered full board. Fresh products (fish, vegetables, fruits) are cooked on board. Breakfast and buffet dinner are served at the table, Asian and Western cuisine.