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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!