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From the Angkor Temples to the Mekong Delta

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard RV Indochine II
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Join the RV Indochine II for a fantastic sailing adventure across the magnificent Mekong River, discovering the highlight destinations of Cambodia and Vietnam. During this 11-day trip visit the most famous and imposing of all the monuments in Angkor, taste palm sugar from the Thnot sugar palm, go around the village of Kampong Chhnang on small local boats, take a “tuk tuk”trip (motorized tricycle), explore a beekeeping farm, and taste honey tea and exotic fruit.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Siem Reap | Angkor
Day 2 : Siem Reap | Angkor Thom
Day 3 : Siem Reap | Tonle Sap Lake | Embark
Day 4 : 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

Highlights

  • Visit Banteay Srei, the crown jewel of classic Khmer art & Ta Prohm temple
  • Stop at Kampong Chhnang, a province known for its fine traditional pottery
  • Visit a small village of experts in etched and silvered copper work
  • Travel to a beekeeping farm where you can taste honey tea and exotic fruits

Ship

RV Indochine II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Angkor Wat Phnom Penh skyline Sunset over the Mekong River Village on a rice terrace Bustling Ho Chi Minh City

Day 1 Siem Reap | Angkor

Today's program is according to your arrival time in Siem Reap. If your flight land between 6:00 am and 11:00 am: Lunch at the hotel Lotus Blanc 4* NL between 11:30 am and 12:30 am. Rooms are available starting at 2:00 p.m. In the afternoon, visit the "Senteurs d'Angkor" perfume workshop. Here discover weaving of sugar palm leaves, as well as the manufacture of soaps and candles, and the preparation of aromatic spices. Then, continue on to visit the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. Have dinner and stay the night at the Hotel (4 stars), or a hotel of similar standing.

Day 2 Siem Reap | Angkor Thom

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Angkor Thom, the monumental temple of Bayon—famous for its towers and 172 faces of Avalokitesvara, and Ta Prohm. After lunch in town, you'll leave for a visit of Banteay Srei. This evening, you will have 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 | Tonle Sap Lake | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, leave very early to visit the Angkor Wat Temple. After lunch, transfer from the hotel to the mooring point at Phnom Krom where you must board small local boats to take you to the RV Indochine II. After you've comfortably settled in your cabin, be introduced to your crew during a welcome cocktail party. 

Day 4 Kampong Chhnang | Kampong Tralach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on board, and spend the morning cruising to take advantage of the lake crossing. After lunch on board, arrive in the early afternoon in 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. Have a chance to taste palm sugar from the Thnot sugar palm (a national symbol) before going around the village on small local boats. Return on board and continue your cruise to Kampong Tralach. Enjoy dinner on board.

Day 5 Kampong Tralach | Koh Chen | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast on board this morning before you visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tralach 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.

Return on board for lunch and cast off. Arrive into Koh Chen during the afternoon and visit this 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. Return on board, and continue your cruise to Phnom Penh, arriving late in the afternoon. Take a “tuk tuk” trip, a motorized tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. Then return on board and enjoy an Aspara dance show and 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
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. Once you are back on board, you’ll begin to cruise toward Sa Dec. You’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 8 Sa Dec | Vinh Long | Cai Be

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once you arrive in Sa Dec, discover the local market and visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. You’ll have lunch on board and cruise to Vinh Long. You’ll set out in smaller boats and travel through canals and orchards before arriving in Cai Be. You’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. Then return on board your ship and begin to cruise. Have dinner and spend the night on board.

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. We’ll 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, you’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. 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

  • 1 Breakfast
After one last breakfast on board, disembark and devote your morning to visiting Cholon, the major center of Chinese trade in the capital city. Please Note: Do not plan your flight before 5:00 pm.

RV Indochine II

Siem Reap - Hotels

Per person starting at
$2,809
Accommodations aboard the RV Indochine II
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Main Deck
8 outside-facing cabins on the main deck equipped with two low beds that can be moved together; ample storage space; private bathroom with shower; air-conditioning; safe; hair dryer; and dresser.
Comfortable cabin aboard the RV Indochine II
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Upper Deck
22 outside-facing cabins on the upper deck equipped with two low beds that can be moved together; ample storage space; private bathroom with shower; air-conditioning; safe; hair dryer; and dresser.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

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 II 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 II 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 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)
  • 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 Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City 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
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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