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From the Angkor Temples to the Mekong Delta

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Explore the fascinating Mekong River aboard the RV Indochine, a 4-star luxury ship completly paneled in tropical hardwood. On this 14-day cruise visit the most famous and imposing of all the monuments in Angkor, taste palm sugar from the Thnot sugar palm,  take a “tuk tuk”trip (motorized tricycle), visit a beekeeping farm, taste honey tea and exotic fruit, discover the thousands of various limestone islands dotting the emerald-colored Halong Bay, and much more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Siem Reap | Angkor
Day 2 : Siem Reap | Angkor
Day 3 : Siem Reap | Embark
Day 4 : Tonle Sap Lake | 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 | Fly to Hanoi
Day 12 : Hanoi
Day 13 : Hanoi | Halong Bay | Embark
Day 14 : Halong Bay | Disembark | Hanoi

Highlights

  • Observe a performance of classical Khmer dancing in Siem Reap
  • Visit the Silver Pagoda & the Royal Palace, examples of finest architecture
  • Discover the beautiful Hanoi, the historic heart of Vietnam
  • Cruise across Halong Bay on a junk, and discover its extraordinary scenery

Ship

RV Indochine

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Siem Reap | Angkor

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: Visit the Senteurs d'Angkor: a diverse collection of silk and carvings, as well as a superb range of traditional beauty products and spices, all made locally. Also visit Artisans Angkor, which states its goal as "the ambitious belief that it is possible to revive ancient Cambodian arts & crafts while improving the lives of thousands of people living in rural areas." Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market. Have dinner and spend the night at the hotel
 

Day 2 Siem Reap | Angkor

Today, explore Angkor Thom, the monumental temple of Bayon—famous for its towers and 172 faces of Avalokitesvara, and Ta Prohm. After lunch in town, leave for a visit of Banteay Srei. This evening, have your dinner in a restaurant in town before ending the day with Phare, the Cambodian circus, and spending the night at the hotel.

Day 3 Siem Reap | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast before visiting the Angkor Wat temple: the epitome of Khmer architectural art. It is the largest religious monument in the world and an architectural masterpiece. Lunch is served at the hotel. In the early afternoon, transfer from the hotel to the RV Indochine. After comfortably settling into your cabins, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail and have dinner on board.

Day 4 Tonle Sap Lake | Kampong Chhnang | Kampong Tralach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning while crossing the lake. Located about 90 kilometers from Phnom Penh, Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Fish farming is abundant here. The region is best known for its particularly archaic pottery that can be found throughout the country and which gave the town its name (Kampong Chhnang means "port of pottery" in Khmer). Taste the palm sugar harvested from the Thnot - a sugar palm that is also a national symbol, and visit the floating village on small boats. Return back on board and depart for Kampong Tralach. Have dinner on board this evening.

Day 5 Kampong Tralach | Koh Chen | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set out to visit 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. After lunch, you'll arrive in Koh Chen. You can explore this small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. After returning on board, spend the afternoon cruising towards Phnom Penh, arriving in the early evening. Enjoy a brief tour of the area by "tuk-tuk," the easiest way to get around the city. Return to the ship and enjoy a performance of classical Khmer dancing and music and have dinner.

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. Return on board for dinner in the evening and start sailing towards Vietnam.

Day 7 Chau Doc | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast as you cruise to the Vietnamese border. Spend the morning taking care of customs formalities. Have lunch and arrive in Chau Doc in the early afternoon. Chau Doc, on the edge of the Mekong Delta, is the stepping stone between each country. And there are floating farms everywhere! Now-prosperous Chau Doc has developed around fish and fish farming. The town is a busy, lively place with few tourists and several charming colonial buildings. The market is in the heart of the city, and it has a color scheme to match its ambience: with bright pastel hues of green, blue and purple adorning many of the newer shop fronts. Set out on small boats to visit a fish farm, and if the weather permits, go up to the top of Nui Sam. Sail through Chau Doc and visit the temples of Ba Chua Xu and Tay An. Return on board and continue towards Sa Dec. Have dinner and spend the night on board this evening.

Day 8 Sa Dec | Vinh Long | Cai Be

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast before continuing to the small sleepy town of Sa Dec. Visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. In colonial times, Sa Dec was known as the “Garden of Cochin-China” because of its famous floral gardens. Have lunch on board and cruise to Ving Long - located in the middle of the delta, between two distributaries of the Mekong River. Hundreds of small boats abound between houses built on stilts. Take a boat ride through the arroyos and orchards to Cai Be. Discover a brick and pottery factory, a fruit-tree nursery in Binh Hoa Phuoc, puffed riced and the rice paper wrappers used to make nems, rice alcohol and coconut candies. Afterwards, return on board and start to cruise once again. Enjoy dinner on board this evening.

Day 9 My Tho | Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. Then take a ride in small sampans along the canal lined with mangrove palms. Lunch will be served on board. Then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal, heading for Ho Chi Minh City. Have dinner and remain in port overnight.

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ho Chi Minh City was heavily influenced by French colonialism in the 19th century. Enjoy a tour of the city to see the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Saigon Central Post Office, and visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. Lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon, 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. After your excursion, return on board your ship. Tonight have your farewell cocktail and dinner. Remain in port overnight.

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City | Disembark | Fly to Hanoi

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking. Spend the morning visiting Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market. After lunch in town, you’ll be transferred to the airport and board a flight to Hanoi. Check into a 5-star hotel and have dinner.

Day 12 Hanoi

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. After lunch in town, take a pedi-cab ride. Have a tour of the local "Embassy Row" with its French colonial-style architecture. This evening, watch a traditional water puppetry show and have dinner in the city before spending the night at the hotel.

Day 13 Hanoi | Halong Bay | Embark

  • Ship
  • 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, 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 14 Halong Bay | Disembark | Hanoi

  • 1 Breakfast
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 a.m. and begin the trip back to Hanoi. Before arriving, stop off at the Dinh Bang communal hall, one of the largest and finest communal houses in Vietnam. Enjoy a light dinner and prepare for your return home. Please do not book your flight before 8:00 p.m. 

RV Indochine

Angkor Thom

Hanoi - Hotels

Siem Reap - Hotels

Per person starting at
$3,759
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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: These cruises and tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility. 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. 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.

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:
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel and the ship and airport
  • Cruise in the cabin category of your choice
  • Double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class hotel in Siem Reap
  • All meals
  • Visits 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 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.
 During the 4-day extended stay:
  • Domestic flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (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 CroisiEurope passengers)
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance

This Offer Does Not Include

During the cruise:
  • 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.
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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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