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.
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
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.
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 to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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18 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.
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Upper Deck with Balcony
4 outside-facing cabins on the upper deck with balcony and equipped with two low beds that can be joined together, large storage space and TV, private bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, dresser.
20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin
This offer includes
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
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.
Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.
4 DAYS IN HANOI AND HALONG BAY
Ref. 1R6_AIPP - POST-CRUISE PROGRAM AVAILABLE starting with 2 participants
The 4-day post-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.
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.
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/.
"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.
You can consult www.worldtimezone.com to see the time difference between your home and your destination.
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.
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!