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From the Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor

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From the heights of the Himalayas to the southern coasts of the South China Sea, winding over 2,700 miles, the Mekong is much more than just irrigation for Indochina—everywhere it flows, it fascinates men and shapes their lives. Come take an expedition on this grand and plentiful “water snake,” from Ho Chi Minh City, still largely influenced by the French colonial days, to Phnom Penh, Tonle Sap Lake and the ruins of Angkor, following the footsteps of Henri Mouhot. Our meditative trip takes you along the Mekong River on board a ship combining charm and colonial-style comfort.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : HO CHI MINH CITY | Embark
Day 2 : HO CHI MINH CITY
Day 3 : CHAO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG - CAI BE - SA DEC
Day 4 : SA DEC - CHAU DOC
Day 5 : CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH
Day 6 : PHNOM PENH
Day 7 : KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG
Day 8 : KAMPONG CHHNANG - LAKE TONLE
Day 9 : Siem Reap - Angkor | Disembark
Day 10 : Siem Reap
Day 11 : Siem Reap

Highlights

  • Discover 3 historical cities: Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • Cross through the splendid Cho Gao canal
  • Visit the 4 major temples in Angkor
  • Meet the locals and learn about their daily lives in Koh Chen, My Tho

Ship

RV Indochine

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Aerial view of Angkor Wat Local moving cattle through the fields Buddha at Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom Ta Prohm in Angkor Wat Phnom Penh Royal Palace complex

Day 1 HO CHI MINH CITY | Embark

strong>Program depending on your time of arrival in Ho Chi Minh City. The program as follows if your flight lands between 6 am and 11 am:
Built by the French in 1859, at the beginning of the colonial era, Ho Chi Minh City has retained some of its French atmospheres which characterizes it. We will 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.
We’ll visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail, have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 2 HO CHI MINH CITY

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll 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. We’ll then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal. Night on board.

Day 3 CHAO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG - CAI BE - SA DEC

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal. Visit of a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. Lunch. We’ll 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 discovery of the local market and visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. We’ll return on board our ship and have lunch. Sailing towards Cambodia. Night on board.

Day 5 CHAU DOC - 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. We’ll 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. We'll remain in port overnight.

Day 6 PHNOM PENH

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll 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 we get back on board, we will 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 we 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. Our 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 country. Tasting of some local products. Lunch. then continue our 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. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 9 Siem Reap - Angkor | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We 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

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit of 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 we explore Angkor Thom, have a wander in the heart of the ancient Royal palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then we 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, we 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.
Well bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please do not book your flight before 5:00 p.m.

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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

This offer includes
// FROM JANUARY TO APRIL \\

Your cruise in the cabin category of your choice - double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class hotel - all meals - 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 on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - the services of a French-speaking local tour guides and onboard CroisiEurope tour director on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - tips.

Tips: To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €80 per passenger will be given to crew members during the cruise and to service providers for your destination country as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice.

// FROM AUGUST TO DECEMBER \\

Your cruise in the cabin category of your choice - double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class hotel - all meals - 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 on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - the services of a French-speaking local tour guides and onboard CroisiEurope tour director on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - tips (excluding tips for crew members on board the ship).

Tips: To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €35 per passenger will be given to service providers for your destination country as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice.

This offer does not include
// FROM JANUARY TO APRIL \\

International flights and their taxes - transfers - Cambodian and Vietnamese visas - cancellation and baggage insurance - drinks other than those mentioned.

// FROM AUGUST TO DECEMBER \\

International flights and their taxes - transfers - Cambodian and Vietnamese visas - cancellation and baggage insurance - tips for crew members on board the ship (for informational purposes, daily tips per passenger amount to US$5) - drinks other than those mentioned.

Formalities
Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

Additional information
4 DAYS IN HANOI AND HALONG BAY

The 4-day pre-cruise program will let you discover Hanoi, the capital, and many of the unforgettable sites in the country. Set out on an unforgettable cruise on the legendary Halong Bay among the fantastically formed islands, crags, and cliffs.

Useful information
HEALTH FORMALITIES

Vaccines are not mandatory for this trip. 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. Mosquito repellent is strongly recommended.

WEATHER

The dry season lasts from December to April, but the air remains humid (temperature: 77° to 95°F). The rainy season, from May to November, can present very strong but brief storms that generally take place at the end of the afternoon.

METHODS OF PAYMENT - CURRENCY EXCHANGE

The currency accepted on board is the US dollar. You can pay in dollars or using an international credit/debit card (Visa and MasterCard) at the end of the cruise. It is recommended to have some US dollars in cash with you during your trip.
For the current exchange rates for the Vietnamese dong and the Cambodian riel, please consult websites such as www.xe.com or www.oanda.com/currency/converter/.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

"Pchum Ben" from September 27th to 30th
"Water and Moon Festival" from November 10th to 13th

During these days, some sites can be closed without warning.

TIME DIFFERENCE

You can consult www.worldtimezone.com to see the time difference between your home and your destination.

Mentions

These cruises and tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility as there are no lifts on board the ships.

Crossing Tonle Sap Lake: During the high-water season, usually from August to the end of November, the crossing will be done on your ship. In the low-water season, from December to February, the crossing will be done on high-speed boats (approximately 4 hours). In the very low-water season, from approximately February to April, the transfer from Siem Reap to Koh Chen to join your ship will be done in an air-conditioned coach (approximately 5 hours).
Low waters can happen at any time during the year. The time frames are given as examples but are dependent on the quality of rainfall.
The banks of the river we will cruise on can be steep and slippery depending on the water level.
The itinerary, stopovers, and excursions can be modified by the cruise company and our on-site representatives if needed. The captain of the ship is the sole authority who can modify the ship itinerary for safety or navigational reasons.


*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation. Valid information for the year 2019
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