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The Vinh Trang Temple in My Tho, Vietnam

From the Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta

Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard RV Indochine
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Explore Cambodia and Vietnam on this 11-Day Mekong Delta River Cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh aboard the RV Indochine. Spanning over 2,700 miles, the Mekong River stretches from the towering Himalayas to the sun-kissed shores of the South China Sea. Its significance goes beyond being a mere source of irrigation for the Indochina region. Embark on an adventure along this expansive "water serpent," as it winds its way through landscapes, from the ancient Angkor ruins to the expansive Tonle Sap Lake, retracing the path once taken by Henri Mouhot. Traverse through destinations like Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City, which still bear the imprints of their French colonial history. 
Aerial view of Angkor WatTa Prohm in Angkor WatAngkor Wat temple complexStatues and intricate relief carvings inside Angkor WatFarmers heading out in the morningA beautiful sunrise at Chau DocThe Vinh Trang Temple in My ThoThe beautiful Vinh Trang temple near My ThoThe Vinh Trang Temple in My Tho, Vietnam
Highlights
  • Visit the Banteay Srei temple, the crown jewel of classic Khmer art
  • Explore the terrace of Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King
  • Discover Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap
  • Tour the National Museum, built in a traditional Khmer architectural style
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Siem Reap | Angkor

Your program will begin according to your time of arrival. If your flight arrives between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., your program will be: Lunch will be served at the hotel. The afternoon is free to do as you please. Then, visit the “Angkor Night Market”. 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. 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

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. Have dinner and formally meet the crew. The ship will remain anchored overnight.
 

Day 4: Tonle Sap Lake | Kmapong Chhnang

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." Also, enjoy a tasting of regional products before returning on board and beginning to cruise to Kampong Tralach. The ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 5: Kampong Tralach | Koh Chen | Phnom Penh

Set out to visit the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda, travelers need to 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. 

Day 6: 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 a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia. Have 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. Afterwards, 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.

Day 7: Chau Doc

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. Begin to cruise toward Sa Dec. Have dinner and spend the night on board. 

Day 8: Sa Dec | Vinh Long | Cai Be

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. 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. Have dinner and spend the night on board. 

Day 9: My Tho | Ho Chi Minh City

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.

Day 10: 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 for a visit to the Museum of Vietnamese History. Lunch will be served on board. 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, have a farewell cocktail and dinner and spend the night at the port.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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 the crew will bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. 

Please Note: Do not plan your flight before 5:00 pm.

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  • 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
  • Excursions included in the package selected
  • All port fees
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance

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