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2018
FROM $ 2,118 per person

From Mekong river to Siem Reap

9 Days - 9HC_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

HO CHI MINH CITY - MY THO - CAI BE - SA DEC - CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH - KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG - TONLE SAP - SIEM REAP

This trip is favourable to meditation and allows you to live during 9 days to the rhythm of the Mekong river.

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Croisi +
All inclusive on board

A 9-day / 8-night cruise on the Mekong

 

Personalised service from a CroisiEurope tour leader throughout the tour

 

A 4-star ship with much comfort and charm

 

All visits and excursions included

 

Drinks on board the ship (1 soda or 1 beer or 1 mineral water and 1 coffee or tea)

 

Tips for crew included during the cruise
Tips included during stay in Siem Reap

 

Discover Ho Chi Minh City

 

One dinner with traditional shows

Cruise

Day 1

HO CHI MINH CITY

Program according to your arrival time to Hô-Chi-Minh Ville. If arrived from your flight(theft) between 6:00 am and 11:00 am, schedules(programs) as follows:

We'll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. This city was built by the French in 1859, at the beginning of the colonial era. It has retained some of its French atmosphere. After you enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, we'll leave for a tour of the city: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Afterwards, we'll board our boat, followed by a welcome cocktail and dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

Day 2

HO CHI MINH CITY

After breakfast, we'll spend the morning visiting Cholon, whose name means "great market”, a district bustling with people, where almost half the population of the city lives and where trade reigns supreme. We'll visit the market and the Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. We'll have lunch in town before our afternoon visit of the National History Museum followed by a visit to a lacquer-ware factory. We'll then return on board and head for Chao Gao Canal. You'll enjoy dinner and an evening on board, and we'll drop anchor and moor for the night at Nha Be.

Day 3

CHAO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG - CAI BE - SA DEC

Early in the morning, we'll continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal, which passes from the Saigon River to the Mekong Delta. The Delta is made up of four main arms and thousands of canals, both large and small. We'll have breakfast as we arrive in My Tho. The town is named after the My Tho River which means "beautiful reed”, and it is peaceful and prosperous. It is known for its many vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. The climate here is hot and pleasant all year long. The surrounding countryside includes one of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with coconut, banana, mango and longan trees. We'll visit My Tho islands in small boats. Along the maze that makes up the network of small canals, pretty country villages appear and we'll see the local craftsmen at work. We'll return on board for lunch and continue our cruise to Vinh Long, and then Caï Be. The town is located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong. We'll set off in small boats through the arroyos and gardens which lead to Caï Be's colonial church. Vinh Long, with its rich delta soils, is the country of mandarins and oranges. Life is organized around the water, and we'll see houses built on stilts and hundreds of small boats that criss-cross in all directions. The boat will then depart for Sa Dec. We'll have dinner and stay in port overnight.

Day 4

SA DEC - CHAU DOC

Early in the morning we'll visit Sa Dec, famous for its horticulture and known as the "Garden of Cochin-China” in colonial times. We'll take a tour of the small town where there are still a few colonial mansions. You'll discover the local market and visit the former home of Huynh Thuy Le, who was French novelist Marguerite Duras' lover (Duras spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec). We'll return on board for a hearty breakfast and continue our cruise to Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. We'll have lunch on board, and we'll arrive in Chau Doc early in the afternoon. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong, and the floating farms overspill into the waters. It is a very prosperous town that developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, you can still see a few colonial buildings with their old-fashioned charm. The market surrounding them is the vibrant heart of the city and offers a multitude of colors. We'll transfer by small boat to visit a fish farm. Weather permitting, we'll visit to the top of Sam Mountain. We'll then return to Chau Doc and visit the Phat Thay Tay An Pagoda and the Ba Chua Xu Temple. We'll have dinner and stay in port overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 5

CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH

You'll have breakfast, and we'll spend the day afloat, first heading for the Cambodian border, where we pass through customs during the morning, and continue our journey. You'll enjoy lunch and dinner on board, and we'll arrive towards the end of the day in Phnom Penh. Late in the afternoon or after dinner, you'll experience a trip in a "tuk tuk”, a motorized tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. We'll stay in port in Phnom Penh for the night.

Day 6

PHNOM PENH

Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retains much of its colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. We'll visit the Silver Pagoda, a wooden construction from 1892, and subsequently rebuilt in 1962, and the Royal Palace, the symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style. Then we'll visit the National Museum built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style. We'll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, and this afternoon you can join us for a visit of Tuol Svay Prey S21 school, the former detention, torture and execution center used by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. You'll have free time in the market, overflowing with all types of businesses. In the evening, you'll attend an Apsara dance show by student dancers and musicians. We'll return on board for dinner, and stay in port overnight.

Day 7

KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG

We'll depart early in the morning, having breakfast on board before we visit Koh Chen, a small village where the inhabitants are experts in etched and silvered copper work. The ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings are made here. We'll visit the private school of Mr. Thom Umson, a bright mathematics teacher who speaks French. He always seems to need more pencils and notebooks for his students. We'll have lunch on board, and we'll arrive in Kampong Tralach to visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tarlach Leu Pagoda. We'll get there by crossing through the village of Kampong Tralach by oxcart, to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of the last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer the ravages of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors. Its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot. We'll then return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Chhnang. You'll enjoy dinner on board and we'll remain in port overnight.

Day 8

KAMPONG CHHNANG - LAKE TONLE

We'll have breakfast on board, and then visit Kampong Chhnang. Located about 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. There are also many fish farms here. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery, a major source of revenue for the entire country. The region's very name Kampong Chhnang means "the port of pottery” in Khmer. We'll visit a traditional grove of palm trees and taste some palm sugar before we visit a traditional pottery shop. Next we'll visit a floating village using small local boats. All the buildings here float - the school, the shops and so on, and life develops along the canal network. We'll return on board for lunch then continue our cruise to Lake Tonlé (Tonlé Sap), the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. In the evening we'll have a cocktail and the gala dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

Day 9

SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

We'll spend the morning cruising, having breakfast on board. Depending on the water levels, we cross Tonlé Sap on board the RV INDOCHINE (1). We'll arrive in the port of Siem Reap. End of our journey.

 

Dates & Prices

START IN 2018
Departure 08/15/2018
Arrival 08/23/2018
FROM $ 2,271 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 08/21/2018
Arrival 08/29/2018
FROM $ 2,118 per person
Ship : RV Indochine II Anchors : 5
Departure 08/31/2018
Arrival 09/08/2018
FROM $ 2,384 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 09/06/2018
Arrival 09/14/2018
FROM $ 2,442 per person
Ship : RV Indochine II Anchors : 5
Departure 09/16/2018
Arrival 09/24/2018
FROM $ 2,601 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 09/22/2018
Arrival 09/30/2018
FROM $ 2,668 per person
Ship : RV Indochine II Anchors : 5
Departure 10/02/2018
Arrival 10/10/2018
FROM $ 2,384 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 10/08/2018
Arrival 10/16/2018
FROM $ 4,314 per person
Ship : RV Indochine II Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 10/18/2018
Arrival 10/26/2018
FROM $ 3,978 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Sold out
Departure 11/03/2018
Arrival 11/11/2018
FROM $ 4,583 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Sold out
Departure 11/19/2018
Arrival 11/27/2018
FROM $ 4,801 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Sold out
Departure 12/05/2018
Arrival 12/13/2018
FROM $ 2,728 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 12/21/2018
Arrival 12/29/2018
FROM $ 2,384 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 12/27/2018
Arrival 01/04/2019
FROM $ 4,842 per person
Ship : RV Indochine II Anchors : 5
Sold out

* Price based on double occupancy

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Formalities

valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.

Included :
Not included

The cruise in the category of cabin chosen at booking stage - all meals throughout the tour - all transfers, visits and excursions as listed in the itinerary - English-speaking national Vietnamese and Cambodian guides for the visits to Ho Chi Minh City - local guides throughout the cruise - our CroisiEurope tour leader throughout the cruise and tour - drinks at all meals (1 soda or 1 beer or 1 water and 1 coffee or tea per person and per meal) - emergency and repatriation insurance INCLUDED FREE OF CHARGE - all tips for crew during the cruise included.

Drinks that are not listed in the program - personal expenses - cancellation and baggage insurance - compulsory Vietnamese and Cambodian visas - tips for guides, bus drivers and local boats pilots during the 9-day cruise.

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

RV Indochine

3 Decks

RV Indochine II

2 Decks

RV Indochine

2 Decks

RV Indochine II

2 Decks

N.B. 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.
The banks of the river on which we travel can be very steep and slippery, depending on the water levels.

(1) 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 January to Mid-March, we cross the lake via speed boats to join the RV Indochine at Koh Chen. Finally, when water levels are very low, around Mid-March, transfer between Siem Reap and Koh Chen would be organized by air-conditioned coach.
Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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