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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong

16 Day Sample Cruise aboard MS La Marguerite
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Your Asia river cruise begins with Vietnam’s bustling capital, Hanoi, followed by an excursion to fabled Ha Long Bay. Said to be the lair of dragons, the Bay’s limestone outcroppings provide a breathtaking setting for an overnight sojourn. The next day, a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, brings you to the gateway of the largest ancient city in the world. Explore Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site laden with magnificent temples that once heralded the grandeur of the Khmer empire. Nearby, Tonle Sap Lake provides the launching point for your luxury Mekong River cruise. Cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), with calls at Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh, Tan Chau, Sa Dec and Cai Be. Experience life on the Mekong river from small rural villages to booming capitals, visiting temples floating markets and much more along the way during your unforgettable luxury Mekong River cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 2 : Hanoi
Day 3 : Hanoi - Ha Long Bay Overnight Junk
Day 4 : Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Day 5 : Siem Reap - Angkor
Day 6 : Siem Reap
Day 7 : Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake / Embarkation - Kampong Chhnang
Day 8 : Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach-Oudong
Day 9 : Chong Koh - Phnom Penh
Day 10 : Phnom Penh
Day 11 : Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam
Day 12 : Tan Chau - Sa Dec
Day 13 : Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be
Day 14 : Ho Chi Minh City - Disembark
Day 15 : Ho Chi Minh City
Day 16 : Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Ship

MS La Marguerite

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Mekong River
  • Vietnam
  • Angkor Wat
  • Cai Be
  • Chong Koh
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Kampong Chhnang
  • Kampong Tralach
  • Oudong
  • Phnom Penh
  • Sa Dec
  • Siem Reap
  • Tan Chau
  • Tonle Sap Lake

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Local fisherman Monks conversing in a Buddist temple Local moving cattle through the fields Buddist sculptures The Gate at Prasat Vimean Suor in Cambodia

Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, verdant parks and ancient temples. After your airport greeting, transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city on your own, or perhaps, visit the fabled Old Quarter.

Day 2 Hanoi

A morning sightseeing tour will take you to Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar Pagoda (Buddhist temple) and The Temple of Literature (Confucius temple). In the afternoon, experience an authentic rickshaw ride (known as “cyclo”) in the Old Quarter, followed by a traditional water puppet show. (B)

Day 3 Hanoi - Ha Long Bay Overnight Junk

After breakfast, depart Hanoi for a scenic motorcoach ride to one of Vietnam’s most renowned locations: Ha Long Bay. Board a traditional wooden Junk that combines classic beauty with modern conveniences, plus luxurious overnight accommodations. Set sail to discover the Bay’s magnificent scenery set amidst stunning limestone cliffs. That evening, you’ll enjoy dinner onboard, and overnight on the Junk. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Siem Reap, Cambodia

This morning, your Ha Long Bay Junk continues its scenic cruising while a delightful breakfast is served in the dining lounge. Late morning, disembark for a motorcoach transfer to Hanoi Airport. After a short flight, arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia, gateway to Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer empire and one of the most renowned archeological sites in all of South East Asia. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Siem Reap - Angkor

After breakfast, begin a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Angkor Thom, the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King, Bayon. This afternoon, visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples - Angkor Wat. (B,D)

Day 6 Siem Reap

This morning, travel through rural countryside to the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei. Then visit Ta Prohm, the temple famous for its intertwined trees (showcased in the film Tomb Raider). (B)

Day 7 Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake / Embarkation - Kampong Chhnang

Travel to Tonle Sap Lake to embark the luxurious MS La Marguerite. Enjoy your Welcome Dinner onboard as you cruise to Kampong Chhnang. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach-Oudong

After breakfast, a motor boat excursion takes you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap river. Enjoy a stunning variety of birdlife, and see numerous great fish traps, some over a half-mile long. After your excursion, return to your vessel and cast off towards Kampong Tralach. An afternoon tour includes an oxcart ride from the river bank through the countryside to the beautiful Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu. Tour the pagodas, and then board a motor coach to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, where you will tour the Buddhist monastery. After the visit, you motor coach will take you to your vessel, which will cruise towards the village of Chong Koh. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Chong Koh - Phnom Penh

This morning, visit the Chong Koh silk weaving village for a leisurely walk. Your vessel then departs for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. An afternoon walking tour provides an orientation to this spectacular city. Return to the vessel for dinner, followed by a special Khmer folk performance on board. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Phnom Penh

A morning tour explores the highlights of Cambodia’s capital city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes, vibrant nightlife and renovated river “corniche.” Visit the Royal Palace and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. After lunch onboard, another excursion leads to the infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre (Genocide Museum) situated in the suburbs of the city. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine in one of many nearby restaurants and experience Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife, should passengers so choose. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River, stopping at the jungle village of Preak Dach to visit fruit orchards before continuing to the Cambodian/Vietnamese border. The ship moors overnight mid-stream in Tan Chau, Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 12 Tan Chau - Sa Dec

After breakfast, transfer to small boats, which will navigate through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. You will also visit a catfish farm and a rattan mat and slipper-making workshop . Back ashore, a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) awaits to transport you around Tan Chau. In the afternoon, your vessel cruises downstream to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be

After breakfast, transfer to small boats, which will navigate through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. You will also visit a catfish farm and a rattan mat and slipper-making workshop . Back ashore, a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) awaits to transport you around Tan Chau. In the afternoon, your vessel cruises downstream to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City - Disembark

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port, followed by a transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. As the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina, Saigon was known as “Paris of the Orient.” Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. Upon arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, you will enjoy a city tour that explores famous landmarks, such as the former Presidential Palace, Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral; Cho Lon (China Town) and its famous Binh Tay market and Thien Hau pagoda. Overnight at a luxurious hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L)

Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City

Today is free to explore Ho Chi Minh City on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for mementos of your Southeast Asian odyssey. (B)

Day 16 Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

MS La Marguerite

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Mekong Deck, Porthole, 226 sq. ft.
Stay in the Standard Balcony Stateroom, category A and B, while aboard La Marguerite.
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Tonle Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 226 sq. ft.
Stay in the Standard Balcony Stateroom, category A and B, while aboard La Marguerite.
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Saigon Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 226 sq. ft.
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Sadec Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 290 sq. ft.
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Sadec Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 452 sq. ft.

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

Single supplement is 50%, except for Jr Suites and Suites which are 100%.

Please note: A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia; please contact us for more information.

Siem Reap Embarkation Day: During low water season, transfer from Siem Reap to the ship via motor coach to Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.

Phnom Penh: No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.

Additional fees: Rates do not include port charges and intra-Asia Air (Hanoi-Siem Reap) $240-330 per person.

Included Features:
- 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Hanoi at the Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar) with daily Buffet Breakfast
- Overnight stay on board a luxurious Traditional Wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay
- 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Royal Angkor (or similar) with daily Buffet Breakfast
- 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - most Staterooms with Balconies (Twin Balconies featured on board MS AmaLotus)
- Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
- Free-flowing Wine, beer and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship
- Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner
- 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar) with Buffet Breakfast
- Onboard Special Highlights including Folklore Dances and Music Performances, Culture Discussion Forums, Theme Dinners and Piano Entertainment
- Non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
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