Explore Vietnam and Cambodia on this 9-day cruise of the Mekong River from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap on the RV Indochine. Discover the charms and exhilarating history of Vietnam and Cambodia on this 9-day cruise along the Mekong River. Sail from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, making daily stops to discover fascinating destinations including the Thien Hau Pagoda, My Tho islands, the former home of Huynh Thuy Le, the Silver Pagoda, and the Royal Palace. During this trip visit floating villages using small local boats, observe magnificent landscapes of rice fields, and stop at vibrant and colorful local markets.
Visit My Tho islands in small boats and observe local craftsmen at work
Experience a “tuk tuk” trip, Phnom Penh´s traditional mode of transport
Attend an Apsara dance show by student dancers and musicians
Visit a traditional grove of palm trees and taste some palm sugar
Meet at the Liberty Central Riverside Hotel restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, will tour the city: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Central Post Office. Visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market and Ba Thien Hau Pagoda dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu. After comfortably settling into your cabins, the crew will be introduced at the welcome cocktail, have dinner, and spend the night on board downtown.
Leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food, and weapon caches. Lunch will be served on board. Visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. Set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal. Night on board.
Continue the cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal. Visit a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. Lunch on board. Discover a brick and pottery factory as well as a traditional factory producing puffed riced, rice-paper wrappers used to make nems, and rice alcohol*. Night on board.
Visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. After the excursion, enjoy some free time in Sa Dec. Return on board the ship and have lunch. Sailing towards Cambodia. Night on board.
Located on the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, the prosperous city of Chau Doc has developed around fish and fish farming. Pay a visit to the Ba Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda. Lunch on board. Arrival in the evening in Phnom Penh. Dinner on board. Remain in port overnight.
Enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Cambodian architecture, and its Silver Pagoda. Onward to visit the National Museum. After lunch in town, you can pay a visit to the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture, and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at the market. Get back on board, and enjoy an Apsara dance show. Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh. Free evening.
Visit of Koh Chen, a small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. Lunch on board. Visit of the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda travelers need to cross the village of Kampong Tralach in "tuk-tuk", moving along a small road that runs perpendicular to the river in the middle of magnificent rice fields. The ship will remain anchored overnight.
Visit of Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country. Tasting of some local products. Lunch on board. Continue the cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. Cocktail and gala dinner tonight. Ther ship will remain anchored overnight.
Day 9: Siem Reap | Disembark
Disembarkation and transfer to Siem Reap.
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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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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.
Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.