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The floating village of Tonle Sap, Cambodia

Mekong Explorer - Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap (Extension)

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Delve deep into the captivating landscapes on this Mekong River 5-day explorer cruise. Concentrating solely on Cambodia’s timeless pastoral serenity, travel back in time as you sail upriver from Ho Chi Minh through the thriving Mekong Delta. Pass by floating villages, colonial vestiges, and gilded pagodas to the Art Deco landmarks of Phnom Penh. Stop in charming floating villages and interact with the local peoples of the area and explore the colorful markets and cultural sites that line the shores.
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Highlights
  • Visit a local's home and learn about their traditions
  • Walk through verdant plantations of the delta village, My An Hung
  • Visit Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain and meet the Buddhist Monks
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: Mekong River | My Tho | Ho Chi Minh | Embark

Your guide meets you at the Ho Chi Minh meeting point and transfers you by air-conditioned coach to My Tho dock where you board the Aqua Mekong. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall conferring an endlessly captivating panorama. Enjoy these private Mekong moments on your California king bed, terrace, or daybed.

Day 2: Binh Thanh/Sa Dec | My An Hung

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where you can peruse the vibrant market and see the famous house of Marguerite Duras' legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. In the afternoon, visit a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung where you walk through verdant plantations. You are invited to a local's home to taste local fruits while hearing traditional folk songs performed by villagers followed by a unique unicorn dance.

*A 17-kilometer biking option is also available.

Day 3: Chau Doc | Vinh Xuong | Ka┬┤om Samnor Border

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by skiff along Bassac Canal to Chau Doc floating market then head off by van to Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain. Ask the monks about their age-old Buddhist practices. Return via the bustling morning market. There is also an optional 18-kilometer bike ride on Long Khanh Island or take a rickshaw ride to visit Tan Chau Market with chef. After lunch, relax by the pool, try traditional Khmer massage, or learn to cook Mekong-inspired dishes while you cross the border into Cambodia.

Day 4: Koh Oknha Tey | Preah Prosop

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the ubiquitous item no Khmer lives without. If you wish, explore the riverbank on two wheels, and pass by Buddhist temples and thatch houses perched on spindly wooden stilts while white oxen wade just offshore. After lunch, board your marine-grade aluminum skiffs and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prosop, a remote village where little has changed over several lifetimes.

Day 5: Phnom Penh, Cambodia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Explore the Cambodian capital by motorized tuk-tuk. Visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shop at the Russian Market.

During low water season, cruise vessels are not able to travel up to the Tonle Sap Lake due to the water level. Airplane transfers via Cambodian Angkor Air are included in your cruise fare in order to continue your Cambodian adventure with Siem Reap and its ancient lost city of Angkor Wat. Requests for flight changes and/or upgrades are not available. Please kindly inform the Reservations team should you choose to remain in Phnom Penh after disembarkation.

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First Deck Mekong Suite
Averaging 322 sq. ft. 10 luxurious suites, 4 with balcony and 6 without balcony. Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, California King beds convertible into two twin beds, air conditioned, and en-suite sleek bathrooms.
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Second Deck Mekong Suite
Averaging 322 sq. ft. 10 luxurious suites, 4 with balcony and 6 without balcony. Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, California King beds convertible into two twin beds, air conditioned, and en-suite sleek bathrooms.

Notes

Single Supplement: 25% in addition to the double rate as posted.
Child Policy: 7 year age minimum on all departures, children under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount.
Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount
Third person being a child under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed pays US $500 per night
Included
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Group transfers to/from vessel and the meeting points for For Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap embarkation/disembarkation only.
  • Biking
  • Laundry Service
  • Non-alcoholic beverages.
  • All available non-motorized water sports
  • All meals while on board
  • Small-group excursions with expert guides.
  • Internet connection (intermittent depends on locations)
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa
  • Private Transfers
  • Boutique purchases
  • Cocktails
  • Massage services

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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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