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From the Angkor Temples to the Mekong Delta

2 Nights in Siem Reap, 8 Night Cruise from Tonle Sap Lake to Ho Chi Minh City (or reverse direction)

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2019 Departure Dates & Pricing
Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (1R3) - 11 days

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Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (1H3) - 11 days

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Ship - RV Indochine, RV Indochine II, RV Lan Diep

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Detailed Itinerary: Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 1 : Siem Reap - Angkor

Your program will begin according to your time of arrival in Siem Reap. If your flight arrives between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., your program will be: Accommodations will be at either a 4-star or 5-star hotel according to the cruise you choose. Lunch will be served at the hotel between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and you’ll be able to check into your room at 2 p.m. This afternoon, we’ll visit the Senteurs d'Angkor: a diverse collection of silk and carvings, as well as a superb range of traditional beauty products and spices, all made locally. We’ll also visit Artisans Angkor, which states its goal as "the ambitious belief that it is possible to revive ancient Cambodian arts & crafts while improving the lives of thousands of people living in rural areas." Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 2 : Siem Reap - Angkor
We’ll explore Angkor Thom, the monumental temple of Bayon—famous for its towers and 172 faces of Avalokitesvara, and Ta Prohm. After lunch in town, we’ll leave for a visit of Banteay Srei. This evening, we’ll have dinner in a restaurant in town before ending the day with Phare, the Cambodian circus, and spending the night at the hotel.

Day 3 : Siem Reap - TONLE SAP LAKE
We'll visit the Angkor Wat temple: the epitome of Khmer architectural art. It is the largest religious monument in the world and an architectural masterpiece. Lunch will be served at the hotel. In the early afternoon, you’ll be transferred from the hotel to the ship. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and have dinner on board.

Day 4 : TONLE SAP LAKE - KAMPONG CHHNANG - KAMPONG TRALACH
Enjoy breakfast as we cruise across the lake. After lunch, we’ll visit Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake. Fish farming is abundant here. The region is also known for its traditional pottery combining ancient knowledge with modern techniques—Chhnang itself means "pot." We'll enjoy a tasting of regional products before returning on board and beginning to cruise to Kampong Tralach. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 5 : KAMPONG TRALACH - KOH CHEN - PHNOM PENH
We will set out to visit the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda we need to cross the village of Kampong Tralach in ox carts, moving along a small road that runs perpendicular to the river in the middle of magnificent rice fields. After lunch, we'll arrive in Koh Chen. You can explore this small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. After returning on board, we'll spend the afternoon cruising towards Phnom Penh, arriving in the early evening. Enjoy a brief tour of the area by "tuk-tuk," the easiest way to get around the city. We’ll return to the ship and enjoy a performance of classical Khmer dancing and music and have dinner.

Day 6 : PHNOM PENH
We’ll enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Cambodian architecture, and its Silver Pagoda. Onward to visit the National Museum. After lunch in town, you can pay a visit to the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture, and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at the market. We'll return on board for dinner in the evening and start sailing towards Vietnam.

Day 7 : CHAU DOC - SA DEC (Vietnam)
Located on the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, the prosperous city of Chau Doc has developed around fish and fish farming. We’ll pay a visit to the Ba Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda. Once we are back on board, we’ll begin to cruise toward Sa Dec. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 8 : SA DEC - VINH LONG - CAI BE
Once we arrive in Sa Dec, discover the local market and visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. We’ll have lunch on board and cruise to Vinh Long. We’ll set out in smaller boats and travel through canals and orchards before arriving in Cai Be. We’ll discover a brick and pottery factory as well as a traditional factory producing puffed riced, rice-paper wrappers used to make nems, and rice alcohol*. We’ll return on board our ship and begin to cruise. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 9 : MY THO - HO CHI MINH CITY (formerly Saigon)
We'll visit a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. We'll then take a ride in small sampans along the canal lined with mangrove palms. Lunch will be served on board. We’ll then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal, heading for Ho Chi Minh City. We’ll have dinner and remain in port overnight.

Day 10 : HO CHI MINH CITY
Ho Chi Minh City was heavily influenced by French colonialism in the 19th century. We’ll enjoy a tour of the city to see the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Saigon Central Post Office, and visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. Lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon, we’ll leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches. After our excursion, we'll return on board our ship. Tonight we’ll have our farewell cocktail and dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

Day 11 : HO CHI MINH CITY
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking. We’ll spend the morning visiting Cholon, the Chineseinfluenced section of the city, including its hectic market. After lunch in town, we’ll bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please do not book your flight before 5:00 p.m.

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

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Day 1 : HO CHI MINH CITY
Program depending on your time of arrival in Ho Chi Minh City. Program as follow if your flight lands
beetween 6am and 11am:

Built by the French in 1859, at the beginning of the colonial era, Ho Chi Minh Cityt has retained some of its French atmosphere which characterises it. We will tour the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post office. Lunch in a local restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

We’ll visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail, have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 2 : HO CHI MINH CITY
We’ll leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches. Lunch will be served on board. Visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. We’ll then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal. Night on board.

Day 3 : CHAO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG - CAI BE - SA DEC
We continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal. Visit of a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. Lunch. We’ll discover a brick and pottery factory as well as a traditional factory producing puffed riced, rice-paper wrappers used to make nems, and rice alcohol*. Night on board.

Day 4 : SA DEC - CHAU DOC
Visit of Sa Dec and discovery of the local market and visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. We’ll return on board our ship and have lunch. Sailing towards Cambodia. Night on board.

Day 5 : CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH
Breakfast on board. Located on the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, the prosperous city of Chau Doc has developed around fish and fish farming. We’ll pay a visit to the Ba Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda. Lunch on board. Arrival in the evening in Phnom Penh. Dinner on board. We'll remain in port overnight.

Day 6 : PHNOM PENH
We’ll enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Cambodian architecture, and its Silver Pagoda. Onward to visit the National Museum. After lunch in town, you can pay a visit to the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture, and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at the market. As we get back on board, we will enjoy an Apsara dance show. Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh. Free evening.

Day 7 : KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG
Visit of Koh Chen, a small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. Lunch.Visit of the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda we need to cross the village of Kampong Tralach in ox carts, moving along a small road that runs perpendicular to the river in the middle of magnificent rice fields. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 8 : KAMPONG CHHNANG - LAKE TONLE
Visit of Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country. Tasting of some local products. Lunch. then continue our cruise to lake Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. Cocktail and gala dinner tonight. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

Day 9 : Siem Reap - Angkor
We spend the morning cruising. Disembarkation, and lunch. Visit of the famous temple of Angkor Wat, masterpiece of Khmer architecture. This is the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. Enjoy a stroll through the Angkor Night Market. Dinner and overnight in hotel (Accommodations will be at either a 4-star or 5-star hotel).

Day 10 : Siem Reap
Visit of the temple at Ta Prohm. Today nature has taken over the site and the result is stunning: trees spring out from the temple buildings and thick roots now cover the temple. This afternoon we explore Angkor Thom, have a wander in the heart of the ancient Royal palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then we visit the terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. Lunch. Visit of the temple at Banteay Srei, which means "the citadel of women”. Dinner. Then, enjoy a show with Phare, the Cambodian circus. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 11 : Siem Reap
Visit of the "Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop), where they make candles, soaps and prepare spices. Afterwards, we visit the workshops of the "Artisans d'Angkor”, where young Cambodians are trained in the art of traditional wood carving and stonework based on long-standing Khmer craftwork traditions. Lunch in the hotel. We’ll bid you farewell at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please do not book your flight before 5:00 p.m.

Departures & Pricing 

Advisements:

  • This type of cruise is not recommended for passengers with limited mobility.
  • You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the return date home. Visas are compulsory for Vietnam and Cambodia, please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • HEALTH: There is no compulsory vaccinations for this destination. However, it is strongly recommended that you ensure that your inoculations for the following diseases are up-to-date: Polio, Hepatitis A and D, Diphtheria and Typhoid. It is not recommended that you drink tap water and to drink bottled mineral water only (watch the seal being broken before accepting the bottle) and tea. It is important that you bring with you any of your usual medication (aspirin, anti-diarrhea, tablets, etc.). Mosquito repellent is strongly recommended.
  • The itinerary, ports of call and visits are subject to modification by the ship owner and/or our representatives on the spot. The excursions may be amended or completed in the reverse order if it is deemed necessary. The ship’s captain reserves the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.
  • The banks of the river on which we travel can be very steep and slippery, depending on the water levels.
  • Crossing the Tonle Sap Lake : when water levels are high, from August to the end of December, the RV Indochine crosses the lake. When water levels are low, from January to Mid-March, we cross the lake with speedy boats to join the RV Indochine at Koh Chen. Finally, when water levels are very low, around Mid-March, transfer between Siem Reap and Koh Chen would be organized by air-conditioned coach.

2019 Departure Dates

Start City
Cabin Rates are per passenger in $USD
From Sieam Reap (1R3_AIPP)
Program Start Date
Ship
Lower Deck Cabin w/ large windows - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ large windows - (on Indochine II fwd & aft cabins have a private balcony) - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ large windows - Single Traveler
Upper Deck Cabin w/ large windows (on Indochine II fwd & aft cabins have a private balcony) - Single Traveler
Jan 2, 2019
Indochine II
$3,438
N/A
$5,616
N/A
Jan 18, 2019
Indochine
N/A
$3,655
N/A
$5,833
Feb 11, 2019
Lan Diep
$3,177
$3,395
$5,145
$5,363
Mar 1, 2019
Indochine
$3,177
$3,395
$5,145
$5,363
Mar 5, 2019
Lan Diep
$3,177
$3,395
$5,145
$5,363
Mar 17, 2019
Indochine
$3,177
$3,395
$5,145
$5,363
Apr 8, 2019
Indochine II
N/A
$2,999
N/A
$4,799
Apr 18, 2019
Indochine
$2,537
$2,754
$3,980
$4,197
Aug 21, 2019
Indochine
$2,563
N/A
$4,021
N/A
Aug 26, 2019
Indochine II
$2,809
$3,029
$4,576
$4,796
Sep 6, 2019
Indochine
$2,910
$3,132
$4,653
$4,875
Sep 11, 2019
Indochine II
$3,113
$3,332
$5,122
$5,341
Sep 22, 2019
Indochine
$2,910
$3,132
$4,653
$4,875
Sep 27, 2019
Indochine II
$3,113
$3,332
$5,122
$5,341
Oct 8, 2019
Indochine
$2,910
$3,132
$4,653
$4,875
Oct 13, 2019
Indochine II
$3,113
$3,332
$5,122
$5,341
Oct 24, 2019
Indochine
$2,910
$3,132
$4,653
$4,875
Nov 9, 2019
Indochine
$3,209
$3,428
$5,195
$5,414
Dec 11, 2019
Indochine
$2,910
$3,132
$4,653
$4,875
Dec 16, 2019
Indochine II
$3,113
$3,332
$5,122
$5,341
Dec 27, 2019
Indochine
$3,383
$3,602
$5,370
$5,589
From Ho Chi Minh (1H3)
Program Start Date
Ship
Lower Deck Cabin w/ large windows - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ large windows - (on Indochine II fwd & aft cabins have a private balcony) - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ large windows - Single Traveler
Upper Deck Cabin w/ large windows (on Indochine II fwd & aft cabins have a private balcony) - Single Traveler
Jan 6, 2019
Indochine
$3,177
$3,395
$5,145
$5,363
Feb 23, 2019
Indochine
$3,177
$3,395
$5,145
$5,363
March 11, 2019
Indochine
$3,177
$3,395
$5,145
$5,363
March 27, 2019
Indochine
$3,177
$3,395
$5,145
$5,363
April 6, 2019
Lan Diep
$2,537
$2,754
$3,980
$4,197
April 12, 2019
Indochine
$2,537
$2,754
$3,980
$4,197
April 18, 2019
Indochine II
$2,781
N/A
$4,582
N/A
August 15, 2019
Indochine
$2,781
N/A
$4,582
N/A
August 31, 2019
Indochine
$2,910
$3,132
$4,653
$4,875
Sept 5, 2019
Indochine II
$3,113
$3,332
$5,122
$5,341
Sept 16, 2019
Indochine
$2,910
$3,132
$4,653
$4,875
Oct 18, 2019
Indochine
$3,132
N/A
$4,873
N/A
Oct 23, 2019
Indochine II
$3,113
$3,332
$5,122
$5,341
Nov 19, 2019
Indochine
$3,209
N/A
$5,195
N/A
Nov 24, 2019
Indochine II
$3,471
$3,689
$5,743
$5,961
Dec 5, 2019
Indochine
$3,209
N/A
$5,195
N/A
Dec 26, 2019
Indochine II
$3,667
$3,885
$5,939
$6,157
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Prices Include:

Your cruise in the cabin category of your choice double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class hotel all meals drinks at all meals (1 soft drink or 1 beer* or 1 mineral water + 1 tea or coffee per person for each meal) unlimited tea, coffee and mineral water during the cruise on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II visits and excursions mentioned in the program the services of onboard tour director and local tour guides

Prices Do Not Include:

Flights to/from Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City (or inversely) tips (for the crew during the cruise, and the guide and the driver in Siem Reap) transfers between the airport and hotel and the ship and airport drinks other than those mentioned personal expenses cancellation and baggage insurance Cambodian visa tips for local guides, bus drivers and boat captains during the 9-day cruise

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