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 will be served at the hotel. Rooms are available starting at 2:00 p.m. The afternoon is free to do as you please. Then, visit the “Angkor Night Market”. You’ll have dinner in the city and spend the night at a four-star hotel for the four-anchors ship and at a five-star hotel for the five-anchors ship.
Day 2: Siem Reap | Angkor Temples
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, tour Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom. Stroll through the grounds of the former Royal Palace, and discover the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. You’ll have lunch in the city before visiting the Senteurs d'Angkor (closed on Sundays), a local business with a diverse collection of silk and carvings, as well as a superb range of traditional beauty products and spices, all made locally. End the day with Phare, the Cambodian circus, and spend the night at the hotel.
Day 3: Siem Reap | Angkor Temples | Tonle Sap Lake | Embark
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, leave very early to visit the Angkor Wat Temple: the epitome of Khmer architectural art and the most famous and imposing of all the monuments in Angkor (visitors must cover their shoulders and wear long pants or a long skirt). Lunch will be served at the hotel. After, you’ll be transferred to your ship. The crew will welcome you and help you get comfortably settled into your cabins. You’ll have dinner and formally meet the crew. The ship will remain anchored overnight.
Spend the morning crossing Tonle Sap Lake. Enjoy lunch on board before visiting Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Fish farming is abundant here. The region is also known for its traditional pottery combining ancient knowledge with modern techniques—Chhnang itself means "pot." Enjoy a tasting of regional products before returning on board and beginning to cruise to Kampong Tralach. The ship will remain anchored overnight.
Set out to visit the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda, cross the village of Kampong Tralach in ox carts or in "tuk-tuk", moving along a small road that runs perpendicular to the river in the middle of magnificent rice fields. Enjoy lunch on board before exploring the small village of Koh Chen, where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. After the tour, return on board and begin to cruise to Phnom Penh. Once you arrive, 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. The ship will remain overnight in Phnom Penh.
Enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, which is inlaid with more than 5,000 silver tiles. After, join the visit to the National Museum of Cambodia. Lunch in the city. In the afternoon, 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. Afterward, enjoy some free time at the market. After the tour, return on board and begin to cruise to Vietnam. The ship will be anchored overnight.
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. Once you are back on board, you’ll begin to cruise toward Sa Dec. You’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.
Visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. After the excursion, enjoy some free time in Sa Dec. You’ll have lunch on board and cruise to Vinh Long. Set out in smaller boats and travel through canals and orchards before arriving in Cai Be. 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*. Return on board the ship and begin to cruise. You’ll 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 and have a glimpse of villagers going about their daily lives. Enjoy lunch on board and then set out to cross the very narrow canal, heading for Ho Chi Minh City and spending the night on the ship, which will remain moored in central Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the most populous city in Vietnam. Enjoy a tour of the city to see the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Saigon Central Post Office. After, join the tour to visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. Lunch will be served on board. You’ll leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War. After the excursion, return to the ship. Tonight, you’ll have the farewell cocktail and dinner and spend the night at the port.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City | Disembark
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning. After you disembark from the ship, head to Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city. Enjoy lunch and bid farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please Note: Do not book your flight before 5:00 pm.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!