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From the Angkor Temples to the Mekong Delta

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From the heights of the Himalayas to the coast of the China Sea, the River Mekong irrigates much more than Indochina. On this 11-day cruise aboard the RV Indochine explore this fascinating river, its peole and history. Visit the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor, taste palm sugar from the Thnot sugar palm before going around the village of Kampong Chhnang on small local boats,  take a “tuk tuk”trip (motorized tricycle), visit a beekeeping farm and taste honey tea and exotic fruit, and much more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Siem Reap | Angkor
Day 2 : Embark | Siem Reap | Angkor
Day 3 : Siem Reap | Tonle Sap
Day 4 : Tonle Sap | Kampong Chhnang | Kampong Tralach
Day 5 : Kampong Tralach | Koh Chen | Phnom Penh
Day 6 : Phnom Penh
Day 7 : Chau Doc | Phnom Penh
Day 8 : Sa Dec | Vinh Long | Cai Be
Day 9 : My Tho | Ho Chi Minh City
Day 10 : Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11 : Ho Chi Minh City | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Banteay Srei temple, the crown jewel of classic Khmer art
  • Explore the terrace of Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King
  • Discover Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap
  • Visit the National Museum, built in a traditional Khmer architectural style

Ship

RV Indochine

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Day 1 Siem Reap | Angkor

Today's program depends on your arrival time in Siem Reap. If your flight land between 6:00 am and 11:00 am: Lunch at the hotel Lotus Blanc 4* NL between 11:30 am and 12:30 am. Rooms are available starting at 2:00 p.m. In the afternoon, visit the "Senteurs d'Angkor" perfume workshop. Here discover weaving of sugar palm leaves, as well as the manufacture of soaps and candles, and the preparation of aromatic spices. Then, visit the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. Have dinner and stay the night at the Hotel (4 stars), or a hotel of similar standing.

Day 2 Embark | Siem Reap | Angkor

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, set off very early to visit Banteay Srei, the crown jewel of classic Khmer art, and the temple at Ta Prohm dating back to 1186, dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman II. 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. The detail of the sculptures on every corner of this small temple built in pink sandstone and laterite is a joy to behold.

Next, visit Ta Prohm. 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. After lunch explore Angkor Thom, a huge architectural masterpiece, accessible through five monumental gates with the mountain temple of Bayon at its center. Wander in the heart of the ancient Royal Palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then visit the terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King.

After dinner, enjoy some free time to stroll through the “Angkor Night Market” and perhaps do some shopping. It's a very pleasant place for a stroll in the cool night-time temperatures (open from 4:00 p.m. until midnight), with over a hundred shops and stalls selling souvenirs, handicrafts, clothes, books, etc. Return to the hotel for the night.

Day 3 Siem Reap | Tonle Sap

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, leave very early to visit the Angkor Wat Temple. After lunch, transfer from the hotel to the mooring point at Phnom Krom where you must board small local boats to take you to the RV Indochine. After you've comfortably settled in your cabin, be introduced to your crew during a welcome cocktail party. 

Day 4 Tonle Sap | Kampong Chhnang | Kampong Tralach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on board, and spend the morning cruising to take advantage of the lake crossing. After lunch on board, arrive in the early afternoon in 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. Have a chance to taste palm sugar from the Thnot sugar palm (a national symbol) before going around the village on small local boats. Return on board and continue your cruise to Kampong Tralach. Enjoy dinner on board.

Day 5 Kampong Tralach | Koh Chen | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast on board this morning before you visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. 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.

Return on board for lunch and cast off. Arrive into Koh Chen during the afternoon and visit this 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. 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. Return on board, and continue your cruise to Phnom Penh, arriving late in the afternoon. Take a “tuk tuk” trip, a motorized tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. Then return on board and enjoy an Aspara dance show and dinner. 

Day 6 Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retains much of its colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. 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.

Later, visit the National Museum built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style. The museum exhibits beautiful gems, with the sublime statue of Javayarman VII sitting with the head slightly tilted in a meditative posture. Have lunch in a local restaurant and this afternoon visit the Tuol Svay Prey school S21, a former detention, torture and execution center used by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Enjoy some free time in the market, overflowing with all types of businesses. Then, return on board and have dinner as you continue your cruise through the night to Vietnam.

Day 7 Chau Doc | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on board, and spend the morning afloat. Pass through customs at the border and into Vietnam. Have lunch on board, and arrive early in the afternoon in Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. 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. Transfer by small boat to visit a fish farm. Weather permitting, visit the top of Sam Mountain. Then, return to Chau Doc and visit the Phat Thay Tay An Pagoda and the Ba Chua Xu Temple. Return on board and continue your cruise towards Sa Dec. Have dinner, and moor overnight on the river bank.

Day 8 Sa Dec | Vinh Long | Cai Be

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast and continue your journey to Sa Dec, where a few colonial mansions still remain. 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). Famous for its horticulture, Sa Dec was known as the “Garden of Cochin-China” in colonial times. Return on board for lunch and continue your cruise towards Vinh Long, located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong and where life is organized around the water. Observe houses built on stilts and hundreds of small boats that criss-cross in all directions. Set off in boats through the orchards that lead to Caï Be. Here, discover brick makers and potters, fruit tree nurseries on the island of Binh Hoa Phuoc and also the local traditional craft of puffed rice and rice paper for making spring rolls. Other products include rice wine and coconut sweets, and all of these products are produced by the unique family businesses of the Delta's economy. Return on board and continue your cruise. Have dinner on board and stay overnight at your mooring point near My Tho.

Day 9 My Tho | Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast on board early in the morning before you visit the islands close to My Tho in small local boats. 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. Along the maze that makes up the network of small canals, pretty country villages appear and see the local craftsmen at work. On the largest of the islands, (Thoi Son) visit a beekeeping farm where you can taste honey tea and exotic fruits. Then, return on board for lunch and continue with your magnificent cruise, taking the Chao Gao canal and heading for Ho Chi Minh City. Return on board for dinner, and stay in port overnight. Enjoy a free evening after dinner.

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast this morning before departing for an guided visit of Ho Chi Minh City, originally named Saigon, and built by the French in 1850 at the beginning of French colonial times. It is the principal port of Vietnam. Discover the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Have lunch in town before your afternoon visit of the National History Museum then a visit to a lacquer-ware factory. Enjoy some free time to stroll around the Ben Thanh markets. Then, return to the boat for your farewell cocktail and gala dinner. Stay in port overnight and have a free evening after dinner.

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After one last breakfast on board, disembark and devote your morning to visiting Cholon, the major center of Chinese trade in the capital city.
Please Note: Do not plan your flight before 5:00 pm.
 

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Siem Reap - Hotels

Per person starting at
$3,059
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Main Deck
14 outside-facing cabins on the main deck equipped with two low beds that can be moved together; large storage space under the box spring; private bathroom with sink, toilet and shower; air-conditioning; safe; hair dryer; and dresser.
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Upper Deck
10 outside-facing cabins on the upper deck equipped with two low beds that can be moved together; large storage space under the box spring; private bathroom with sink, toilet and shower; air-conditioning; safe; hair dryer; and dresser.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in a 1st class hotel in Siem Reap (based on two people sharing)
  • All meals throughout the cruise
  • All transfers, visits and excursions as listed in the itinerary
  • English-speaking national Vietnamese and Cambodian guides
  • Local guides throughout the cruise
  • Drinks on board during meals
  • Emergency and repatriation insurance
  • All tips for crew and hotel staff

Exclusions:
  • Flights between Paris and Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City and Paris (or inversely)
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel and the ship and airport
  • Airport taxes for economy class travel
  • 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 
  • Tips for local guides, bus drivers and boat captains during the 9-day cruise.

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  • 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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