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Traveling up the Mekong River (formula port/port without transfer)

11 Days - 1H3_AIPP
# Description



From Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap on board a comfortable and charming cruise boat with 4-star accommodation.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board
  • A 9-day / 8-night cruise on the Mekong
  • Personalized service from a CroisiEurope tour leader throughout the tour
  • A comfortable and charming cruise boat with 4-star accommodation
  • All visits and excursions included
  • Drinks included with meals on board the ship
    (1 soda or 1 beer or 1 mineral water and 1 coffee or tea)
    and water tea and coffee at will during the cruise
  • Tips are included during the cruise
  • Discover Ho Chi Minh City and the sites at Angkor
  • A dinner with traditional entertainment in Siem Reap


Day 1


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


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


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


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


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


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


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. 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


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


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 and will meet our local guide. We'll then transfer to our hotel and check-in before we have lunch. In the afternoon, we'll visit the famous temple of Angkor Wat, a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. This is the most famous and imposing of all the monuments in Angkor, and its five towers have become the emblem on the national flag of Cambodia. Afterwards, we'll return to Siem Reap. We'll have dinner and stay the night at the Lotus Blanc Hotel (4 stars), or a hotel of similar standing.

Day 10


After breakfast we'll leave early to visit the crown jewel of classic Khmer art - the temple at Banteay Srei. The site was cleared from vines and the forest in 1924 by H. Parmentier. Banteay Srei, which means "the citadel of women” or "citadel of beauty”, is known for the intricacy of its fine carvings. When we return, we'll stop in a local village. Afterwards, we'll visit the temple at Ta Prohm, dating back to 1186, and dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman II. Today nature has taken over the site, and the result is stunning: trees spring out from the temple buildings and thick roots now cover the temple. Next we'll have lunch, and we'll explore Angkor Thom in the afternoon. It is a huge architectural masterpiece, accessible through five monumental gates with the mountain temple of Bayon at its center. Bayon temple is famous for its towers with 172 faces of Buddha. We'll wander in the heart of the ancient Royal Palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then we'll visit the terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. This evening we'll have dinner with a Khmer royal dance performance (the Apsara dances). We'll then return to the hotel for the night.

Day 11


After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we'll leave very early to visit the "Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop), where they make candles, soaps and prepare spices. Afterwards, we'll visit the workshops of "Artisans Angkor”, where young Cambodians are trained in the art of traditional wood carving and stonework based on long-standing Khmer artisanal traditions. After lunch in the hotel, you'll have the afternoon free to wander, or perhaps do some last-minute shopping in Siem Reap.

Dates & Prices

Departure city

* Price based on double occupancy

Departure 08/15/2018
Arrival 08/25/2018
FROM $ 1,895 per person
$ 2,704
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 08/21/2018
Arrival 08/31/2018
FROM $ 1,896 per person
$ 2,731
Ship : RV Indochine II Anchors : 5
Departure 08/31/2018
Arrival 09/10/2018
FROM $ 1,786 per person
$ 2,803
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 09/06/2018
Arrival 09/16/2018
FROM $ 1,950 per person
$ 3,032
Ship : RV Indochine II Anchors : 5
Departure 09/16/2018
Arrival 09/26/2018
FROM $ 1,952 per person
$ 3,020
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 09/22/2018
Arrival 10/02/2018
FROM $ 2,116 per person
$ 3,249
Ship : RV Indochine II Anchors : 5
Departure 10/02/2018
Arrival 10/12/2018
FROM $ 2,803 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 10/08/2018
Arrival 10/18/2018
FROM $ 5,238 per person
Ship : RV Indochine II Anchors : 5
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Departure 10/18/2018
Arrival 10/28/2018
FROM $ 4,510 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Sold out
Departure 11/03/2018
Arrival 11/13/2018
FROM $ 5,095 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Sold out
Departure 11/19/2018
Arrival 11/29/2018
FROM $ 3,127 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 12/05/2018
Arrival 12/15/2018
FROM $ 3,127 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 12/21/2018
Arrival 01/01/2019
FROM $ 3,054 per person
Ship : RV Indochine Anchors : 4
Departure 12/27/2018
Arrival 01/06/2019
FROM $ 5,796 per person
Ship : RV Indochine II Anchors : 5
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* Price based on double occupancy



You must have a valid passport to travel. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.

Included :
Not included

cruise in the cabin category of your choice - double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class hotel in Siem Reap - all meals - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - English-speaking Vietnamese and Cambodian tour guides for the visits to Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor - local tour guides during the cruise - the services of our onboard CroisiEurope tour director - drinks at all meals (1 soft drink or 1 beer or 1 mineral water + 1 tea or coffee per person for each meal) - unlimited tea, coffee and mineral water during the cruise - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - tips (for the crew during the cruise, and the guide and the driver in Siem Reap).

Flights between Paris and Ho Chi Minh CitySiem Reap and Siem Reap and Paris (or inversely) - transfers between the airport and hotel and the ship and airport - Airport taxes for economy class travel (currently €460) - drinks other than those mentioned - personal expenses - cancellation and baggage insurance (4.5% of the cost of the trip; per person) - Cambodian visa for European Union citizens (currently €70; add €100 per person for express visa service) - tips for local guides, bus drivers and boat captains during the 9-day cruise (approximately €30 per person).


Several ships available for this cruise

RV Indochine

2 Decks

RV Indochine II

2 Decks

The itinerary, ports of call and visits are subject to modification by the boat owner and/or our representatives on location. The excursions may be amended or completed in the reverse order if deemed necessary. For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
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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