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8 days Cruise HCM- Siem Reap

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The Mekong Delta is often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam as it produces three harvests per year. The fertile Mekong Delta is also famous for its tropical fruits and flowers. The Delta area marks the end of the Mekong Rivers 4,500km journey made through six countries to reach the ocean. Traditional transportation in the Delta is by boat along a vast network of canals and channels.

Located on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong Rivers, Phnom Penh has been the national capital of Cambodia since French colonization and has grown to become the nation's center of economic and industrial growth.

Founded in 1434, the city is noted for its beautiful and historical architecture and attractions and was once known as the "Pearl of Asia. In the 1920’s it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina and today there are still a number of surviving French colonial buildings scattered along the grand boulevards.

Siem Reap, which literally means the “Defeat of Siam”, is one of the most popular areas in Cambodia due to it being the closest major centre to the famous Angkor Wat Temple complex. However, due to a period of occupation by the French in the early 1900’s, Siem Reap has many colonial and Chinese-style buildings in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. An estimated one million travelers visit Siem Reap every year to enjoy a thousand years of Khmer heritage centered near Tonle Sap Lake which was the fou

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Itinerary:

Day 1 – HCMC - My Tho (L/D)

0830h – Transport will arrive to your hotel and you wil start off on your 70km journey from HCMC to My Tho. Along the way you will stop briefly at Cho Lon market and the Lacquer factory before reaching My Tho.

1200h – Arrive to My Tho where you will be welcomed aboard your cruise and receive a safety briefing. While the crew gets the boat underway, you will be served a delicious Vietnamese lunch to enjoy while you watch the scenery from the restaurant.

In the evening, a beautiful welcome dinner will be served while you are entertained by a traditional Vietnamese music show.

Overnight on board

Day 2 - Cai Be - Sa Dec (B/L/D)

Cai Be is the busiest floating market in the Mekong Delta where more than 400 sampans gather every day. The action starts in earnest from about 5am and as each boat arrives, the owner will raise a bamboo stick on the front to display the product they have for sale. Products range from; fish sauce, rice paper for dumplings, colorful sweet confectionery and often many more.

After enjoying a buffet breakfast on board, you will take a morning trip by Junk boat around the Cai Be floating market and visit the well known French Gothic Cathedral.

You will have the opportunity to take a slow walk along the river bank and visit a local manufacturer producing rice paper and coconut candies and others before returning to the main boat for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will cruise to Vinh Long Province and have a tour in Sa Dec Town. You will visit the former home of French writer Marguerite Duras. She spent parts of her childhood in Sa Dec, which is a sprawling busy town on the Mekong Delta. Both the school where Duras’ mother taught and the small house behind it where the family lived still stand. You will also have the opportunity to see the house of Marguerite’s Chinese Lover. The house is a small museum of “The Lover” in Sadec.

Next you will visit a Cao Dai Temple and stroll through the beautiful local market before returning to your cruise boat.

Overnight on board

Day 3Tan Chau  - Border Crossing (B/L/D)

Enjoy your breakfast on board, before your new day of discovery starts. You will have the opportunity to observe the busy life of Vietnamese people along the Mekong River and visit a fishing farm in Tan Chau on the Ban Sac River.

Then continue walking slowly to handicraft villages where they make woven mats and raw silk before enjoying a fun Cyclo ride around the beautiful town on your way back to pier for lunch.

Next will be the formalities involved to cross Cambodia border before continuing to sail up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh.

Overnight on board

Day 4 - Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will be captivated by a comprehensive talk about Cambodia’s modern history before starting your tour of the dynamic and historical capital city of Cambodia.

In the morning your visit will include the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and view the exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum.

Back to the boat for lunch.

In the afternoon you will take a short excursion to visit the former High School "S21" which was converted to a detention centre under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979. Before returning to your boat, you will visit Wat Phnom after which the city was named.

In the evening, take a rest on your cabin balcony or in the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event.

The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck while you take a seat to enjoy an Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of the culture and the soothing sounds of traditional music while enjoying a barbeque dinner on the sun deck.

Overnight on board

Day 5 - Koh Chong - Phnom Penh (B/L/D)

Relaxing after breakfast as your cruise ship sails up to Oudong. Along the way you can enjoy the stunning views along the River bank.

Lunch will be served on board before arriving to Oudong in the early afternoon which is 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh. Between 1618 and 1866, Oudong was the capital city of Cambodia. Erected on a hilltop this place houses numerous Stupas dating back to the last Khmer Kings.

Take a tourist bus to Kampong Tralach to visit the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back to the last century to see the beautiful wall paintings.

Return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage.

Overnight on board

Day 6 – (B/L/D)

Activities to be confirmed. Current error with cruise itinerary.

Overnight on Board

Day 7– Kampong Chhnang (B/L/D)

After your buffet breakfast on board, you will sail on the Tonle Sap River which connects the Mekong River to the famous Tonle Lake which is the biggest fresh water lake in Asia. Arrive at the busy rural port and bustling markets of Kampong Chhnang, located approximately 90 km from Phnom Penh.

Travel by motor boat to visit real Khmer villagers where the life of the entire population is connected to the river. Local people use the canal system which criss-cross the town to transport a wide range of goods which you will have the opportunity to see as you go ashore to stroll through the scenic market.

Overnight on board

Day 8 – Tonle Lake - Siem Reap (B)

Water levels permitting, you will cross Tonle lake early in the morning

The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length, with interesting and varied bird life resulting from the varied the water levels in the lake and river depending on the time of year and rainfall.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to hotel in Siem Reap

Please Note: If water levels in the Lake are too low, the transfer to Siem Reap will be made by coach or speed boat.

Overnight in Siem Reap

 

Prices/Booking

Tour includes:

Transfers as per itinerary

All land transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle

Ha Long Bay cruise & Kayaking.

Meals specified in tour program .B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

English speaking tour guide.

All entrance and sightseeing fees as per the itinerary.

Mekong 8 Days cruise from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

Excludes:

Flights, Drinks, Tips, Phone calls, travel visa’s, personal travel insurance & all other private expenses.

Please Note: When traveling to Ha Long Bay and / or Sapa, please leave your main luggage in storage at the hotel in Hanoi and take overnight bag only.

 

 

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