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Cruise on the Mekong from Hanoi to the Temples of Angkor

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Cruise on the Mekong River from Hanoi to the Temples of Angkor and Siem Reap, aboard the luxurious RV Indochine. On this 14-day adventure discover the Thien Hau Pagoda, observe one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture, explore a traditional grove of palm trees, visit a traditional pottery shop, tour the crown jewel of classic Khmer art - the temple at Banteay Srei, and much more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Hanoi
Day 2 : Hanoi | Halong Bay
Day 3 : Halong Bay | Hanoi
Day 4 : Fly to Ho Chi Minh City | Embark
Day 5 : Ho Chi Minh City
Day 6 : My Tho | Vinh Long | Cai Be | Sa Dec
Day 7 : Sa Dec | Chau Doc
Day 8 : Chau Doc | Phnom Penh
Day 9 : Phnom Penh
Day 10 : Koh Chen | Kampong Tralach | Kampong Chhnang
Day 11 : Kampong Chhnang | Lake Tonle
Day 12 : Siem Reap | Disembark | Angkor Wat
Day 13 : Siem Reap | Angkor Thom
Day 14 : Siem Reap

Highlights

  • Discover the limestone islands dotting the emerald-colored bay of Halong
  • Fly to Ho Chi Minh to visit the Reunification Palace & Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Board small boats to Visit My Tho Islands, known for its many fruit orchards
  • Visit the crown jewel of classic Khmer art - the temple at Banteay Srei

Ship

RV Indochine

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Mekong River
  • Vietnam
  • Angkor Thom
  • Angkor Wat
  • Cai Be
  • Chau Doc
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Kampong Chhnang
  • Kampong Tralach
  • Koh Chen
  • My Tho
  • Phnom Penh
  • Sa Dec
  • Siem Reap
  • Tonle Sap Lake

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beautiful Entrance at The Temple Of Literature Hanoi Floating fishing village in Halong Bay City Museum, Ho Chi Minh Phnom Penh Royal Palace complex Bayon, Siem Reap

Day 1 Hanoi

Today‘s activities depend on your arrival time in Hanoi. If you arrive between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., your program is: Spend the day on a guided tour of the capital visiting the outside of the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh's humble stilt house behind the mausoleum, and the unique One Pillar Pagoda Buddhist temple. Then, move on to the Temple of Literature, which was home to Vietnam's first national university.

Have lunch in town. Afterwards, discover the old quarter of the city by pedi-cab or electric car. Also known as the “36 Streets”, the quarter reflects the different guilds concentrating their businesses along these streets. During your tour, see many French colonial buildings and Hoan Kiem Lake. Transfer to your hotel (Movenpick or similar accommodations) for dinner and the night.

Day 2 Hanoi | Halong Bay

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast before leaving early in the morning for Halong Bay (approx. 3.5 hours travel time). Be welcomed aboard a junk, enjoy a cocktail, and have lunch on board. Begin your cruise to discover the thousands of various limestone islands dotting the emerald-colored bay, and go on a tour of a floating fishing village. Have dinner on board and spend the night on the 4-star junk Bahia (or similar accommodations).

Day 3 Halong Bay | Hanoi

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early in the morning and participate in a Tai Chi class on deck. Continue your cruise through the bay, discovering more of its extraordinary scenery and visiting one of the largest caves. This morning, brunch is served on board. Disembark at 11:00 and return to Hanoi. Before arriving, stop off at the Dinh Bang communal hall, one of the largest and finest communal houses in Vietnam. Once you arrive in Hanoi, check into the Movenpick Hotel (or similar accommodations). Finish up your day with a traditional water puppetry show, have dinner in the city, and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 4 Fly to Ho Chi Minh City | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, be transferred to the Hanoi airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Once you arrive, join the group arriving from Paris. 

Conquered by the French in 1859, a number of classical Western-style buildings and French villas in Ho Chi Minh City still reflect this colonial era. Enjoy lunch in town followed by a tour of the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Central Post Office.Visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market. Afterwards, board the RV Indochine, followed by a welcome cocktail and dinner. Remain in port overnight. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 then visit to the Museum of Vietnamese History. Then return on board and head for Chao Gao Canal. Enjoy dinner and an evening on board. Have dinner on board this evening.

Day 6 My Tho | Vinh Long | Cai Be | Sa Dec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning, continue your 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. Have breakfast as you 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. Visit My Tho islands in small boats. Along the maze that makes up the network of small canals, pretty country villages appear and you can see the local craftsmen at work.

Return on board for lunch and continue your 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. 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 you can observe houses built on stilts and hundreds of small boats that criss-cross in all directions. Depart for Sa Dec, have dinner and stay in port overnight.

Day 7 Sa Dec | Chau Doc

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning make a visit to Sa Dec, famous for its horticulture and known as the “Garden of Cochin-China” in colonial times. Then, take a tour of the small town where there are still a few colonial mansions. 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). Return on board for a hearty breakfast and continue your cruise to Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago.

Have lunch on board, and 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. Afterwards, 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. Have dinner and stay in port overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 8 Chau Doc | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast, and spend the day afloat, first heading for the Cambodian border, where you must pass through customs during the morning, and continue your journey. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board, and arrive towards the end of the day in Phnom Penh. Late in the afternoon or after dinner, experience a trip in a “tuk tuk”, a motorized tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. Stay in port in Phnom Penh for the night. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 9 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. Then, visit the National Museum built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style.

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, and this afternoon join a visit of Tuol Svay Prey S21 school, the former detention, torture and execution center used by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Have free time in the market, overflowing with all types of businesses. In the evening, attend an Apsara dance show by student dancers and musicians. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 10 Koh Chen | Kampong Tralach | Kampong Chhnang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart early in the morning, having breakfast on board before you 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. 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.

Have lunch on board, and arrive in Kampong Tralach to visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tarlach 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. Then, return on board and continue your cruise to Kampong Chhnang. Enjoy dinner on board and remain in port overnight.

Day 11 Kampong Chhnang | Lake Tonle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Visit a traditional grove of palm trees and taste some palm sugar before you visit a traditional pottery shop. Next, 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. Return on board for lunch then continue your 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 have a cocktail and dinner.

Day 12 Siem Reap | Disembark | Angkor Wat

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising, having breakfast on board. Depending on the water levels, cross Tonlé Sap on board the RV Indochine. Arrive in the port of Siem Reap and meet your local guide. Then, transfer to your hotel and check-in before lunch. In the afternoon, 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, return to Siem Reap. Have dinner and stay the night at the Lotus Blanc Hotel (4 stars), or a hotel of similar standing.

Day 13 Siem Reap | Angkor Thom

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast 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. At your return, stop in a local village. Afterwards, 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 have lunch, and 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. 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. This evening have dinner with a Khmer royal dance performance (the Apsara dances). Afterwards, stroll through the “Angkor Night Market” and enjoy the night air and local crafts. Spend the night at the Lotus Blanc Hotel (or similar accommodations).

Day 14 Siem Reap

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, visit the “Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop), where they make candles, soaps and prepare spices. Afterwards, 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, have the afternoon free to wander, or perhaps do some last-minute shopping in Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap - Hotels

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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

Please Note: These cruises and tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility. The riverbanks throughout this trip can be steep and slippery according to the level of water. If needed, the route, stops or visits may be changed by the owner and/or our on-site representatives. The captain is the only person authorized to change the route of the ship for safety and/or navigational reasons.

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.

No mandatory vaccinations. However, it is advisable to be up to date with all vaccinations (tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, diphtheria and typhoid fever). Your doctor will prescribe an antimalarial drug if necessary.

For the Halong Bay cruise, the itinerary and visits are defined by the captain each day and are based on tide and weather conditions. The cruise on Halong Bay can be cancelled in the event of bad conditions. The junk on the Halong Bay is not under the private ownership of CroisiVoyages.


This Offer Includes
During the cruise:
  • 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 an onboard 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)
During the 4-day extended stay:
  • Domestic flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (or inversely)
  • All meals
  • Visits and excursions mentioned in the program
  • Services of local French-speaking tour guides
  • Double-occupancy accommodations in the listed, or similar, hotels
  • Drinks at all meals (1 soft drink or 1 beer or 1 mineral water + 1 tea or coffee per person for each meal)
  • 24-hour cruise across Halong Bay on a junk (not exclusive to our passengers)
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance

This Offer Does Not Include
During the cruise:
  • Flights between Paris and Hanoi 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).
During the 4-day extended stay:
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers (approximately $20 per passenger)
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Airport taxes for domestic flights
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.
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