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Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong - Cruise Only

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Cruise the Tonle Sap River from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh. Visit local villages for the opportunity to take an oxcart ride through rice paddies, tour a silk factory, and peruse colorful markets. Enjoy an overnight in Phnom Pehn and experience vibrant nightlight. End this 8-day cruise in Ho Chi Minh City. 
Kampong ChhnangBayon, Siem ReapTypical countryside house in VietnamVietnamese street vendorsSunsets of Southeast AsiaWoman on a boat in VietnamPhnom Penh
Highlights
  • Ride an oxcart through the rice paddies of a small village
  • Explore the architecture, cafes, and nightlife of Phnom Pehn
  • Tour Xeo Quyt, a former military base during French and U.S. wars
  • Discover a small village known as Evergreen Island
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Prek Kdam | Embark | Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia

After a transfer by motorcoach, board your river cruise ship at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong Chhnang.

Day 2: Kampong Chhnang | Kampong Tralach | Oudong

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, a local boat takes you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap River. Enjoy the stunning variety of bird life here,as well as tranquil floating villages. In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk to the Koh Chen village. Afterwards, you’ll take a motorcoach to Oudong, situated on a picturesque hillside. Visit Oudong, a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. This was Cambodia's former capital from 17th century until 1866. Experience a memorable Buddhist blessing ceremony on one of Cambodia’s largest monasteries. The ship will depart for Oknhatey Village and moors midstream. 

Day 3: Oknhatey Village | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Koh Oknhatey, or “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River, is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. Visit Oknhatey where you will visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts. Later, your ship departs for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where an afternoon orientation tour gives you a wonderful introduction to the city. Return to the ship for dinner and an onboard Khmer folk performance presented by local children. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 4: Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will have a choice of excursions this morning. Visit Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. Or if you prefer to stay in Phnom Penh, you can visit the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. After lunch on board, you’ll explore the highlights of the city, followed by the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. 

Day 5: Tan Chau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam. 

Day 6: Tan Chau | Sa Dec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. Choose one of two tours this morning. Your first option is to take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. Alternatively, take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as Evergreen Island. Return to Tan Chau, where you may visit workshops that make silk and rattan mats in the village. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it moors overnight.

Day 7: Sa Dec | Xeo Quyt | Cai Be

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec. Once ashore, tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market, and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour. Afterwards, board a motor coach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site. After lunch on board, a local boat takes you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. Use this opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Vietnam as you prepare for your homeward flight.

*We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Ho Chi Minh after 3:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Free Wifi Throughout The Ship
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Beverages: Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
  • Beverages: Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Personal headset for excursions. 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Knowledgeable guides
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Laundry 
  • Port Fees

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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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