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The Riches of the Mekong: Vietnam & Cambodia (Cruise Only)

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Tonle Sap Lake provides the launching point for your graceful Mekong River cruise. Cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (My Tho Port), with calls at Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Oudong, Chong Koh, Phnom Penh, Tan Chau, Sa Dec, Xeo Quyt and Cai Be. Experience life on the river from small rural villages to booming capitals, visiting temples floating markets and much more along the way during your unforgettable luxury Asia River cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kampong Cham / Embarkation
Day 2 : Wat Hanchey
Day 3 : Angkor Ban
Day 4 : Phnom Penh
Day 5 : Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam
Day 6 : Tan Chau - Sa Dec
Day 7 : Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be
Day 8 : Ho Chi Minh City - Disembark


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Local moving cattle through the fields Buddist sculptures Local fisherman Monks conversing in a Buddist temple The Gate at Prasat Vimean Suor in Cambodia

Day 1 Kampong Cham / Embarkation

Welcome aboard your luxurious vessel, moored at Kampong Cham. Meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner as you cruise to Wat Hanchey. The ship moors overnight. (D)

Day 2 Wat Hanchey

Enjoy a stunning variety of birdlife, and see numerous great fish traps, some over a half-mile long. Take a guided tour of Kampong Cham and visit the shops and interact with the locals. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Angkor Ban

In the morning, arrive at Angkor Ban and take a guided tour of its traditional streets. Taste the local food and browse the shops.

Day 4 Phnom Penh

A morning tour explores the highlights of Cambodia’s capital city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes, vibrant nightlife and renovated river “corniche.” Visit the Royal Palace and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. After lunch onboard, another excursion leads to the infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre (Genocide Museum) situated in the suburbs of the city. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine in one of many nearby restaurants and experience Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife, should passengers so choose. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam

Spend a day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Tan Chau - Sa Dec

After breakfast, transfer to small boats, which will navigate through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. You will also visit a catfish farm and a rattan mat and slipper-making workshop. Back ashore, a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) awaits to transport you around Tan Chau. In the afternoon, your vessel cruises downstream to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be

In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec passing floating markets as you boat maneuvers through the river’s channels. Once ashore, you will tour Sa Dec, noteworthy as the town where the French writer Marguerite Dumas spent many years in her youth. Visit a local market, Fujian Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Dura’s Chinese paramour, which is now a small museum. Afterwards board a motor coach for the 1-hour ride to Xeo Quyt, used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site, with its jungle overgrowth. After lunch on board, a local boat will take you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market; then you will go ashore to see candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a gourmet Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City - Disembark

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port, followed by a motor coach transfer to Saigon. As the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina, Saigon was known as “Paris of the Orient.” Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. (B)

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Mekong Deck, Porthole, 226 sq. ft.
Stay in the Standard Balcony Stateroom, category A and B, while aboard La Marguerite.
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Tonle Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 226 sq. ft.
Stay in the Standard Balcony Stateroom, category A and B, while aboard La Marguerite.
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Saigon Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 226 sq. ft.
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Sadec Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 290 sq. ft.
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Sadec Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 452 sq. ft.


This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

Single supplement is 50%, except for Jr Suites and Suites which are 100%.

Please note: A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia; please consult with your Consulate for more information.

Siem Reap Embarkation: During low water season, transfer from Siem Reap to the ship via motor coach to Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.

Phnom Penh: No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.

Additional fees: Rates do not include port charges.

Included Features:
- 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - most Staterooms with Balconies (Twin Balconies featured on board MS AmaLotus)
- Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
- Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise
- Free-flowing Wine, beer and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship
- Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner
- Onboard Special Highlights including Folklore Dances and Music Performances, Culture Discussion Forums, Theme Dinners and Piano Entertainment
- Non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
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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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