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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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2016 Departure Dates & Pricing
Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (13R) - 11 days

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Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (13H) - 11 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

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DAY 1: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

Program according to your arrival time in Siem Reap. If your flight land between 6:00 am and 11:00 am: Lunch at the hotel TARA 4* NL between 11:30 am and 12:30 am. Rooms will be available starting at 2:00 p.m. In the afternoon, we'll visit the "Senteurs d'Angkor" perfume workshop. Here you'll discover weaving of sugar palm leaves, as well as the manufacture of soaps and candles, and the preparation of aromatic spices. You'll then continue on to visit the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor. We'll have dinner and stay the night at the Hotel (4 stars), or a hotel of similar standing.

DAY 2: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

After breakfast, we'll set off very early to visit Banteay Srei, the crown jewel of classic Khmer art, and the temple at Ta Prohm dating back to 1186, dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman II. The site was cleared from vines and the forest in 1924 by H. Parmentier. Banteay Srei, which means “the citadel of women” or “citadel of beauty”, is known for the intricacy of its fine carvings. The detail of the sculptures on every corner of this small temple built in pink sandstone and laterite is a joy to behold. Next we'll visit 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. When we return, we'll stop in a local village. After lunch we'll explore Angkor Thom in the afternoon. It is a huge architectural masterpiece, accessible through five monumental gates with the mountain temple of Bayon at its center. Bayon temple is famous for its towers with 172 faces of Buddha. We'll wander in the heart of the ancient Royal Palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then we'll visit the terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. After dinner, you'll have free time to stroll through the “Angkor Night Market” and perhaps do some shopping. It's a very pleasant place for a stroll in the cool night-time temperatures (open from 4:00 p.m. until midnight), with over a hundred shops and stalls selling souvenirs, handicrafts, clothes, books, etc. We'll return to the hotel for the night.

DAY 3: SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP (Embarkation Day)

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we'll leave very early to visit the Angkor Wat Temple. After lunch in the hotel, transfer from the hotel to the mooring point at Phnom Krom where we board small local boats to take us to the RV INDOCHINE. After you've comfortably settled in your cabin, we'll introduce our crew during our welcome cocktail party. We'll then have dinner. We'll stay in port overnight, close to the flooded forest.

DAY 4: TONLE SAP - KAMPONG CHHNANG - KAMPONG TRALACH

You'll enjoy breakfast on board, and we'll spend the morning cruising to take advantage of the lake crossing *. After lunch on board, we arrive in the early afternoon in Kampong Chhnang. Located about 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. There are also many fish farms here. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery, a major source of revenue for the entire country. The region's very name Kampong Chhnang means “the port of pottery” in Khmer. You'll have a chance to taste palm sugar from the Thnot sugar palm (a national symbol) before going around the village on small local boats. We'll then return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Tralach. We'll enjoy dinner on board. We'll drop anchor for the night near Kampong Tralach.

*NOTE: Crossing the Tonlé Sap (Lake Tonlé): when water levels are high, from August to the end of November, the RV Indochine crosses the lake. When water levels are low, from December to February, we cross the lake with speed boats to join the RV Indochine at Koh Chau. Finally, when water levels are very low, from February to April, transfer between Siem Reap and Koh Chen is by air-conditioned coach.

DAY 5: KAMPONG TRALACH - KOH CHEN - PHNOM PENH

We'll have breakfast on board this morning before we visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. We'll get there by crossing through the village of Kampong Tralach by oxcart, to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of the last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer the ravages of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors. Its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot. We'll return on board for lunch and cast off. We'll arrive into Koh Chen during the afternoon and visit this small village, where the inhabitants are experts in etched and silvered copper work. The ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings are made here. We'll visit the private school of Mr. Thom Umson, a bright mathematics teacher who speaks French. He always seems to need more pencils and notebooks for his students. We'll return on board, and continue our cruise to Phnom Penh, arriving late in the afternoon. You'll get to take a “tuk tuk” trip, a motorized tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. We'll then return on board and enjoy an Aspara dance show and dinner. We'll stay in port in Phnom Penh for the night.

DAY 6: PHNOM PENH

Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retains much of its colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. We'll visit the Silver Pagoda, a wooden construction from 1892, and subsequently rebuilt in 1962, and the Royal Palace, the symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style. Then we'll visit the National Museum built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style. The museum exhibits beautiful gems, with the sublime statue of Javayarman VII sitting with the head slightly tilted in a meditative posture. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant and this afternoon we'll have the option to visit the Tuol Svay Prey school S21, a former detention, torture and execution center used by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. You'll have free time in the market, overflowing with all types of businesses. We'll then return on board and have dinner as we continue our cruise through the night to Vietnam.

DAY 7: CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH

You'll enjoy breakfast on board, and we'll spend the morning afloat. We'll pass through customs at the border and into Vietnam. You'll have lunch on board, and we'll arrive early in the afternoon in Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong, and the floating farms overspill into the waters. It is a very prosperous town that developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, you can still see a few colonial buildings with their old-fashioned charm. The market surrounding them is the vibrant heart of the city and offers a multitude of colors. We'll transfer by small boat to visit a fish farm. Weather permitting, we'll visit the top of Sam Mountain. We'll then return to Chau Doc and visit the Phat Thay Tay An Pagoda and the Ba Chua Xu Temple. We'll return on board and continue our cruise towards Sa Dec. You'll have dinner, and we'll moor overnight on the river bank.

DAY 8: SA DEC - VINH LONG - CAI BE

We'll have breakfast and continue our journey to Sa Dec, where a few colonial mansions still remain. You'll discover the local market and visit the former home of Huynh Thuy Le, who was French novelist Marguerite Duras' lover (Duras spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec). Famous for its horticulture, Sa Dec was known as the “Garden of Cochin-China” in colonial times. We'll return on board for lunch and continue our cruise towards Vinh Long, located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong and where life is organized around the water. We'll see houses built on stilts and hundreds of small boats that criss-cross in all directions. We'll set off in boats through the orchards that lead to Caï Be. Here you'll discover brick makers and potters, fruit tree nurseries on the island of Binh Hoa Phuoc and also the local traditional craft of puffed rice and rice paper for making spring rolls. Other products include rice wine and coconut sweets, and all of these products are produced by the unique family businesses of the Delta's economy. We'll return on board and continue our cruise. We'll have dinner on board and stay overnight at our mooring point near My Tho.

DAY 9: MY THO - HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)

We'll have breakfast on board early in the morning before we visit the islands close to My Tho in small local boats. It is known for its many vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. The climate here is hot and pleasant all year long. The surrounding countryside includes one of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with coconut, banana, mango and longan trees. Along the maze that makes up the network of small canals, pretty country villages appear and we'll see the local craftsmen at work. On the largest of the islands, (Thoi Son) we will visit a beekeeping farm where we will taste honey tea and exotic fruits. We'll then return on board for lunch and continue with our magnificent cruise, taking the Chao Gao canal and heading for Ho Chi Minh City. We'll return on board for dinner, and stay in port overnight. You'll have a free evening after dinner.

DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY

We'll have breakfast this morning before we depart for an guided visit of Ho Chi Minh City, originally named Saigon, and built by the French in 1850 at the beginning of French colonial times. It is the principal port of Vietnam. You'll discover: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. We'll have lunch in town before our afternoon visit of the National History Museum then a visit to a lacquer-ware factory. You'll have free time to stroll around the Ben Thanh markets. We'll then return to the boat for our farewell cocktail and gala dinner. We'll stay in port overnight. You'll have a free evening after dinner.

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY (Disembarkation Day)

After one last breakfast on board, we'll disembark and devote our morning to visiting Cholon, the major center of Chinese trade in the capital city. After lunch, end of our services.

IMPORTANT: Do not plan your flight before 5:00 pm.

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

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DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY (Embarkation Day)

We'll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. This city was built by the French in 1859, at the beginning of the colonial era. It has retained some of its French atmosphere. After you enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, we'll leave for a tour of the city: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Afterwards, we'll board our boat, followed by a welcome cocktail and dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 2: HO CHI MINH CITY

After breakfast, we'll spend the morning visiting Cholon, whose name means “great market”, a district bustling with people, where almost half the population of the city lives and where trade reigns supreme. We'll visit the market and the Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. We'll have lunch in town before our afternoon visit of the National History Museum followed by a visit to a lacquer-ware factory. We'll then return on board and head for Chao Gao Canal. You'll enjoy dinner and an evening on board, and we'll drop anchor and moor for the night at Nha Be.

DAY 3: CHAO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG - CAI BE - SA DEC

Early in the morning, we'll continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal, which passes from the Saigon River to the Mekong Delta. The Delta is made up of four main arms and thousands of canals, both large and small. We'll have breakfast as we arrive in My Tho. The town is named after the My Tho River which means “beautiful reed”, and it is peaceful and prosperous. It is known for its many vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. The climate here is hot and pleasant all year long. The surrounding countryside includes one of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with coconut, banana, mango and longan trees. We'll visit My Tho islands in small boats. Along the maze that makes up the network of small canals, pretty country villages appear and we'll see the local craftsmen at work. We'll return on board for lunch and continue our cruise to Vinh Long, and then Caï Be. The town is located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong. We'll set off in small boats through the arroyos and gardens which lead to Caï Be's colonial church. Vinh Long, with its rich delta soils, is the country of mandarins and oranges. Life is organized around the water, and we'll see houses built on stilts and hundreds of small boats that criss-cross in all directions. The boat will then depart for Sa Dec. We'll have dinner and stay in port overnight.

DAY 4: SA DEC - CHAU DOC

Early in the morning we'll visit Sa Dec, famous for its horticulture and known as the “Garden of Cochin-China” in colonial times. We'll take a tour of the small town where there are still a few colonial mansions. You'll discover the local market and visit the former home of Huynh Thuy Le, who was French novelist Marguerite Duras' lover (Duras spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec). We'll return on board for a hearty breakfast and continue our cruise to Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. We'll have lunch on board, and we'll arrive in Chau Doc early in the afternoon. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong, and the floating farms overspill into the waters. It is a very prosperous town that developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, you can still see a few colonial buildings with their old-fashioned charm. The market surrounding them is the vibrant heart of the city and offers a multitude of colors. We'll transfer by small boat to visit a fish farm. Weather permitting, we'll visit to the top of Sam Mountain. We'll then return to Chau Doc and visit the Phat Thay Tay An Pagoda and the Ba Chua Xu Temple. We'll have dinner and stay in port overnight in Chau Doc.

DAY 5: CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH

You'll have breakfast, and we'll spend the day afloat, first heading for the Cambodian border, where we pass through customs during the morning, and continue our journey. You'll enjoy lunch and dinner on board, and we'll arrive towards the end of the day in Phnom Penh. Late in the afternoon or after dinner, you'll experience a trip in a “tuk tuk”, a motorized tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. We'll stay in port in Phnom Penh for the night.

DAY 6: PHNOM PENH

Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retains much of its colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. We'll visit the Silver Pagoda, a wooden construction from 1892, and subsequently rebuilt in 1962, and the Royal Palace, the symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style. Then we'll visit the National Museum built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style. We'll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, and this afternoon you can join us for a visit of Tuol Svay Prey S21 school, the former detention, torture and execution center used by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. You'll have free time in the market, overflowing with all types of businesses. In the evening, you'll attend an Apsara dance show by student dancers and musicians. We'll return on board for dinner, and stay in port overnight.

DAY 7: KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG

We'll depart early in the morning, having breakfast on board before we visit Koh Chen, a small village where the inhabitants are experts in etched and silvered copper work. The ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings are made here. We'll visit the private school of Mr. Thom Umson, a bright mathematics teacher who speaks French. He always seems to need more pencils and notebooks for his students. We’ll have lunch on board, and we'll arrive in Kampong Tralach to visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tarlach Leu Pagoda. We'll get there by crossing through the village of Kampong Tralach by oxcart, to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of the last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer the ravages of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors. Its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot. We'll then return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Chhnang. You'll enjoy dinner on board and we'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 8: KAMPONG CHHNANG - LAKE TONLE

We'll have breakfast on board, and then visit Kampong Chhnang. Located about 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. There are also many fish farms here. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery, a major source of revenue for the entire country. The region's very name Kampong Chhnang means “the port of pottery” in Khmer. We'll visit a traditional grove of palm trees and taste some palm sugar before we visit a traditional pottery shop. Next we'll visit a floating village using small local boats. All the buildings here float - the school, the shops and so on, and life develops along the canal network. We'll return on board for lunch then continue our cruise to Lake Tonlé (Tonlé Sap), the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. In the evening we'll have a cocktail and the gala dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 9: SIEM REAP (Disembarkation Day) - ANGKOR

We'll spend the morning cruising, having breakfast on board. Depending on the water levels, we cross Tonlé Sap on board the RV INDOCHINE*. We'll arrive in the port of Siem Reap and will meet our local guide. We'll then transfer to our hotel and check-in before we have lunch. In the afternoon, we'll visit the famous temple of Angkor Wat, a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. This is the most famous and imposing of all the monuments in Angkor, and its five towers have become the emblem on the national flag of Cambodia. Afterwards, we'll return to Siem Reap. We'll have dinner and stay the night at the Prince of Angkor Hotel (4 stars), or a hotel of similar standing.

*NOTE: Crossing the Tonlé Sap (Lake Tonlé): when water levels are high, from August to the end of November, the RV Indochine crosses the lake. When water levels are low, from December to February, we cross the lake with speed boats to join the RV Indochine at Koh Chau. Finally, when water levels are very low, from February to April, transfer between Siem Reap and Koh Chen is by air-conditioned coach.

DAY 10: SIEM REAP

After breakfast we'll leave early to visit the crown jewel of classic Khmer art - the temple at Banteay Srei. The site was cleared from vines and the forest in 1924 by H. Parmentier. Banteay Srei, which means “the citadel of women” or “citadel of beauty”, is known for the intricacy of its fine carvings. When we return, we'll stop in a local village. Afterwards, we'll visit the temple at Ta Prohm, dating back to 1186, and dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman II. 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. Next we'll have lunch, and we'll explore Angkor Thom in the afternoon. It is a huge architectural masterpiece, accessible through five monumental gates with the mountain temple of Bayon at its center. Bayon temple is famous for its towers with 172 faces of Buddha. We'll wander in the heart of the ancient Royal Palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then we'll visit the terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. This evening we'll have dinner with a Khmer royal dance performance (the Apsara dances). We'll then return to the hotel for the night.

DAY 11: SIEM REAP

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we'll leave very early to visit the “Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop), where they make candles, soaps and prepare spices. Afterwards, we'll visit the workshops of “Artisans Angkor”, where young Cambodians are trained in the art of traditional wood carving and stonework based on long-standing Khmer artisanal traditions. After lunch in the hotel, you'll have the afternoon free to wander, or perhaps do some last-minute shopping in Siem Reap.

Note:

  • 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.

2016 Departure Dates

Start City
Cabin Rates are per passenger in $USD
From Sieam Reap (13R)
Program Start Date
Lower Deck Cabin w/ large windows - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ large windows - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ large windowa - Single Traveler
Upper Deck Cabin w/ large windows - Single Traveler
Sep 29, 2016
$2,724
$2,954
$4,519
$4,749
Nov 16, 2016
$3,047
$3,278
$5,118
$5,349
From Ho Chi Minh (13H)
Program Start Date
Lower Deck Cabin w/ large windows - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ large windows - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ large windowa - Single Traveler
Upper Deck Cabin w/ large windows - Single Traveler
Sep 7, 2016
$2,724
$2,954
$4,519
$4,749
Nov 10, 2016
$3,047
$3,278
$5,118
$5,349
Nov 26, 2016
$3,047
$3,278
$5,118
$5,349
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Prices Include:

The cruise in the cabin category of your choice double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class hotel in Siem Reap all meals visits and excursions mentioned in the program Bilingual ttour guides for the visits to Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor local tour guides during the cruise the services of our onboard tour director 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 travel assistance and repatriation insurance tips (for the crew during the cruise, and the guide and the driver in Siem Reap)

Prices Do Not Include:

Flights to/from Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City (or inversely) - 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 (approximately €30 per person)

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