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Front Gate of Angkor Thom City

From the Angkor Temples to the Mekong Delta

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Sail through Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the RV Indochine II, a 4-star luxury ship completly paneled in tropical hardwood. Spend 14 days cruising along the Mekong, traveling from Siem Reap to Hanoi observing imposing monuments, examples of finest architecture, and extraordinary landscapes. Visit the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace, observe a performance of classical Khmer dancing in Siem Reap, discover the beautiful Hanoi, cruise across Halong Bay on a junk, and 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 | Sa Dec
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
  • Explore Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap
  • Tour Sa Dec, known as the “garden of the Cochin Chine” in colonial times
  • Visit My Tho islands in small boats and observe local craftsmen at work

Ship

RV Indochine II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Front Gate of Angkor Thom City Local fisherman Killing Fields, Phnom Penh Contrast of old & modern of Ho Chi Minh city Floating fishing village in Halong Bay

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

Note:
Accommodations is either at a 4-star or 5-star hotel according to the cruise you choose. Lunch is served by 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., then check into your room at 2 p.m. 

Day 2 Siem Reap | Angkor

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 II. 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
Enjoy breakfast before visiting the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Access the Vihara by crossing through the village of Kampong Tralach in ox wagons and using a small road running perpendicular to the river, amid the beautifully landscaped paddy fields. The Vihara dates from the beginning of the last century and still retains its magnificent murals - although they are beginning to suffer from the ravages of time. Totally hidden within the rice fields, it is a modest pagoda attracting few visitors, and its isolation makes the site more enticing.

Return on board for lunch and cast off once again. Once you arrive in Koh Chen, you can explore this small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work and where ornaments used in traditional ceremonies at the pagoda or for marriages are fashioned. Visit a local private school, and then return onboard to cruise towards Phnom Penh, arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy a "Tuk-tuk" ride: a motorized three-wheel cycle and traditional means of transportation in Phnom Penh. Return to the ship and enjoy a performance of classical Khmer dancing and music. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner and remain in port overnight. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 6 Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast before your visit to the capital city. Founded in 1434, Phnom Pehn, after much rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage, still retains a good deal of its charm from the French colonial period. Visit the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace, one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture inspired by the traditional Khmer style. The Silver Pagoda houses many national treasures including gold and jeweled Buddha statues. Most notable is a small 17th-century crystal Buddha and a life-sized gold Buddha decorated with 9,584 diamonds, the largest of which weighs 25 carats.

Onward to visit the National Museum, which houses the Museum of Fine Arts, built in 1917 by the French but using the traditional Khmer style. The museum houses one of the world's largest collections of Khmer art, including sculptures, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects and includes over 14,000 items from prehistoric times to after the Khmer Empire. Have lunch in town. In the afternoon, tour the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterwards, spend some free time at the market. Return on board for dinner and the night.

Day 7 Chau Doc | Sa Dec

  • 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
Enjoy breakfast on board as you observe the islands near My Tho, well-known for their abundant orchards and fruit garden. The climate is warm and pleasant all year round. The surrounding countryside is considered one of the most luxurious in Vietnam and abounds in coconuts, bananas, mangos and longans. On one of the largest islands, Thoi Son, make a visit to a honey farm and taste their honey tea and exotic fruits. Afterwards, enjoy a ride in a sampan through the canal bordered with nipa palms and observe the daily life of the inhabitants. Have lunch on board and begin your magnificent cruise through the very narrow Cho Gao Canal towards Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy dinner on board and remain in port overnight. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast before visiting Ho Chi Minh City. Conquered by the French in 1859, a number of classical Western-style buildings and French villas in the city still reflect this colonial era. Tour the city to see the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Central Post Office. Have lunch on board, and this afternoon visit a lacquer painting workshop. Afterwards, enjoy some free time in the local souvenir market. Tonight, have a cocktail together followed by dinner. Stay in port overnight and have a free evening after dinner.

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

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After enjoying breakfast on board, disembark and spend the morning visiting Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city. Have lunch in town and be transferred to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Once you arrive in Hanoi, check into the Movenpick Hotel (or similar accommodations). Have dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 12 Hanoi

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, 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. Then, move on to the Temple of Literature, which was home to Vietnam's first national university, the Imperial Academy, and is one of several temples in Vietnam dedicated to Confucius. The interior of the temple is divided into five impressive and unique courtyards, arranged south to north. The first courtyard is reached through a monumental gate known as the Great Portico. Have lunch in town. Afterwards, discover the old quarter of the city by pedi-cab or electric car. Also known as the “36 Streets”, the quarter reflects the different guilds concentrating their businesses along these streets. During your tour, see many French colonial buildings and Hoan Kiem Lake. Finish up your day with a traditional water puppetry show, have dinner in the city, and spend 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 a junk, 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. 

RV Indochine II

Hanoi - Hotels

Siem Reap - Hotels

Per person starting at
$4,221
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

lease 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 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. 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 and excursions 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 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)
 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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