This four-night cruise departs from Cambodia's rich countryside and travels through the main channel and into the vast delta, where you will reach the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon. Witness the contrasting culture between the bustling Vietnam Delta and the tranquility of Cambodia on this Saigon and Phnom Penh short cruise aboard RV Bassac Pandaw. Start your journey by enjoying Phnom Penh's night life before heading to the picturesque border town of Chau Doc, Chham Village and Phuoc Dien Tu. Visit a wildlife sanctuary of 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest before sailing across the heart of the delta and into a village where you will witness process of making local products before being entertained by a Vietnamese dance troupe on deck. Disembark at My Tho and ending the trip at Saigon.
Visit the floating markets & fish farms by sampan in Chau Doc
Coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’ and discover the wildlife sanctuary
Experience the best of both Cambodia and Vietnam's diverse contrasting culture
We up anchor early morning and cruise downstream along the Mekong River to the Vietnam border with Vietnam for immigration formalities. We go alongside at the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the floating markets & fish farms by sampan. We make a stop at a Chham Village and observe the lives of Vietnamese Muslims before taking minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. We climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda.
Sailing through the delta offers a real insight into life along this vast waterway. After lunch, a short coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’, a 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest and listed wildlife sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets gather in their tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowboats traverse the canals to take us to view the principal nesting areas where photo opportunities abound.
Morning sail across the heart of the delta. After lunch, we journey by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. This is an area rich in birdlife which we will explore via local transport before transferring to a local rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in making local products. In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese dance troupe on deck.
Day 5: My Tho - Saigon | Disembark
Morning disembarkation and travel by coach from My Tho to Saigon.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).