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Traveling Up the Mekong River

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard RV Indochine
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Explore the waterways of Southeast Asia on this 11-day trip from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Riep, aboard the luxury RV Indochine. Enjoy enriching excursions and daily stops to discover fascinating destinations including the Thien Hau Pagoda, My Tho islands, the former home of Huynh Thuy Le, the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace, the monumental Angkor Thom, among others.

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Visit the National History Museum and explore a lacquer-ware factory
  • Cruise to Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Attend a performance of classical Khmer dancing in Siem Reap
  • Explore the famous temple of Angkor Wat, a masterpiece of Khmer architecture

Ship

RV Indochine

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Mekong River
  • Vietnam
  • Angkor Thom
  • Angkor Wat
  • Cai Be
  • Chau Doc
  • 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

Arranging colorful incense Sunset over the Mekong River Rice field workers Royal Palace in Phnom Penh Angkor Wat

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Program depending on your time of arrival in Ho Chi Minh City.  Program as follows if your flight lands between 6am and 11am:
Built by the French in 1859, at the beginning of the colonial era, Ho Chi Minh city has retained some of its French atmosphere which characterises it. Tour the city:  Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post Office.  Lunch in a local restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m..
Visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you’ll be introduced to your crew at a welcome cocktail, have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 2 Ho Chi Minh

  • 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. Visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. Then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal. Night on board.

Day 3 My Tho | Vinh Long | Cai Be | Sa Dec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue your cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal. Visit of a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. Lunch. 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.

Day 4 Sa Dec | Chau Doc

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit of Sa Dec and discover the local market and visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. Return on board your ship and have lunch. Sailing towards Cambodia. Night on board.

Day 5 Phnom Penh

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

Day 6 Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. As you get back on board, enjoy an Apsara dance show. Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh. Free evening.

Day 7 Koh Chen | Kampong Tralach | Kampong Chhnang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit of Koh Chen, a small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. Lunch.Visit of the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda you need to cross the village of Kampong Tralach in ox carts, moving along a small road that runs perpendicular to the river in the middle of magnificent rice fields. Your ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 8 Kampong Chhnang | Lake Tonle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit of Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. 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 countryTasting of some local products. Lunch. then continue your cruise to lake Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. Cocktail and gala dinner tonight. Your ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 9 Siem Reap | Disembark | Angkor Wat

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising. Disembarkation, and lunch. Visit of the famous temple of Angkor Wat, masterpiece of Khmer architecture. This is the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market. Dinner and overnight in hotel (Accommodations will be at either a 4-star or 5-star hotel according to the cruise you choose).

Day 10 Siem Reap | Angkor Thom

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the temple at 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. This afternoon explore Angkor Thom, have a 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. Lunch. Visit of the temple at Banteay Srei, which means "the citadel of women”. Dinner. Then, enjoy a show with Phare, the Cambodian circus. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 11 Siem Reap

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit of the "Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop), where they make candles, soaps and prepare spices. Afterwards, visit the workshops of the "Artisans d'Angkor”, where young Cambodians are trained in the art of traditional wood carving and stonework based on long-standing Khmer craftwork traditions. Lunch in the hotel.  Please do not book your flight before 5:00 p.m.
 

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Siem Reap - Hotels

Per person starting at
$2,563
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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.
Cabin on the RV Indochine
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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: 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.

This offer includes:
  • Cruise in the cabin category of your choice
  • Double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class hotel in Siem Reap
  • All meals
  • 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 on board 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)
  • Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.
This offer does not include:
  • 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)
Formalities
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.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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