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Cruising the River Mekong

From Saigon to Angkor Temples

8 nights cruise Vietnam to Cambodia

Mekong Cruise
Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh -
Koh Chen - Kampong Tralach - Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap - Siem Reap
2011 Departure Dates & Pricing

Vietnam to Cambodia - 9 days

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Ship - RV Indochine


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Detailed Itinerary: Cambodia to Vietnam

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation)

In the morning, departure for a sightseeing tour of Saigon. Sights you will see include the Cathedral, the Post Office built by Gustave Eiffel, the National Museum. Lunch at a local restaurant.In the afternoon, continuation of the tour with the colonial districts and the Reunification Palace (outside). Visit of the Chinese market of Cholon, one of the biggest trading centres in the economic capital of Vietnam. Transfer to the ship and embarkation on the RV Indochine. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and information meeting as you are introduced to your Captain and Crew. Dinner on board.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, excursion to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. Built during the Vietnam War to protect from bombing raids, the tunnels extend for over 212 km underground and from a depth of 3 to 12 meters. They feature remnants of a living city; schools, kitchens, sleeping quarters, hospitals and military production facilities. Return to the city and enjoy a Vietnamese style lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, back to RV Indochine and navigation to My Tho. Dinner on board.

In the morning, sightseeing of My Tho. The town is peaceful and prosperous, with 100 000 inhabitants and well known for its numerous orchards, fruit gardens, and its huge rice plantation. Visit of the Vinh Trang pagoda with its original architecture (mix between oriental and colonial styles). Navigation in local boats to reach the island of Thoi Son. Enjoy a stroll through the arroyos. Return to the ship for having lunch while you sail on to Cai Be. Local boats take passengers to see the manufacturer of bricks and pottery, the seedbed of fruit trees of the island of Binh Hoa Phuoc. Arrival in Vinh Long with local boats. Vinh Long, nicknamed the “Majestuous Dragon”, is located in the centre Delta region, between two arms of the Mekong. Vinh Long is the region of tangerines and oranges. Hundreds of ships cross each day in all directions, pace the trade and abound between the houses built on piles. Embarkation and departure to Sa Dec in late afternoon. Dinner on board.

After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour of Sadec by coach. During the colonial time, Sa Dec was called “the Garden of Cochinchine”. Visit of the “house of the Chinese” described in the novel from Marguerite Duras, “L’amant”. Back to the ship and sail for Chau Doc. Lunch on board. Arrival at Chau Doc. Near the delta of Mekong, the city of Chau Doc lies next to the border of Cambodia. Chau Doc, very prosperous, develops itself around fishing and breeding. The floating farms fulfil the waters. Visit of the Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda. Return to the ship. Dinner on board.

In the morning, the RV Indochine leaves Chau Doc and heads for the cambodian border. Lunch and dinner on board. Arrival at Phnom Penh in the evening. Enjoy a first night discovery of the Cambodian capital.

After breakfast, departure for the visit of the Cambodian capital, which has retained its French colonial charm. Visit of the Royal Palace, which constitutes a huge unit, and the Silver Pagoda. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit of the National Museum, containing the most important collection of Khmer art. Continue your sightseeing with an excursion to the infamous “S 21” former detention and torture center during the Cambodian civil war which lasted between 1975 and 1979. Dinner on board.

In the morning, navigation to Koh Chen. This village is known for silverworking. Walk through the village to see the work of the craftsmen. Lunch on board. The RV Indochine continues sailing to Kampong Tralach. Upon arrival, tour to the Pagoda Wat Kampong Leu. We get there by walking through the village of Kampong Tralach, then in the middle of a magnificent rice plantation. The Vihara is a small pagoda from last century, and was probably built on a more ancient ground, as we can see from the foundations in laterit. Dinner on board.

YArrival at Kampong Chhnang in the morning. The river narrows and a wide variety of rural sceneries is to be seen, including a busy port and bustling markets. Located at approximately 90 km of Phnom Penh, the city of Kampong chhang is one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake. It is also a place for fish farming. The area is famous for its particularly archaic pottery which supplies the entire country. Then, boarding on local boats to visit the authentic floating village. The whole village is floating. The life of the entire population is connected with the River and all people evolve in boats through the canal system which criss-cross this little town. Lunch on board and relaxing afternoon while navigation to the Great Tonle Sap Lake. Dinner on board.

Day 9: Siem Reap

Arrival at Siem Reap pier in the morning. Breakfast and disembarkation.

Warning: Indicated route and itinerary can be subject to some modifications such as an event of force majeure due to weather conditions causing delays or even in some circumstances the suppression of a port of call. In this case, only the Captain is entitled to take the appropriate decisions which will then be binding to the passengers. By the same way, delays may happen when the ship is taking through the lock.

Please Note: A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia; please consult with your Consulate for more information.

In case of low waters, it may happen that navigation on the Tonle Sap lake is impossible for the RV Indochine. If that occurs, a speed boat will assure the link between the entrance of the lake where the disembarkation of RV Indochine will take place and Phnom Krom, Siem Reap’s port.

In case of extremely low water on the lake, instead of the speed boat a bus transfer will be organized from the proximity of the entrance of Tonle Sap lake to the city of Siem Reap.

All the aforementioned cruise schedule and program timing are purely indicative and are therefore subject to modifications.


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2011 Departures
Program Start Date Cabin Rates are per passenger in $USD
Main Deck - Double Cabin
Upper Deck - Double Cabin
From Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)
* 4-days Post-cruise Siem Reap Land Program available upon request. Please call to inquire.

Prices Include:

• Accommodation on RV Indochine during the cruise (8 nights)
• Full board from Lunch of Day 1 until Breakfast of Day 9
• Soft drinks and local beer on the RV Indochine
• Tips on board
• Shore excursions mentioned in the program
• English speaking cruise Director
• Port taxes
• Transfers arrangements from airport or downtown hotel in Saigon to airport or downtown hotel in Siem Reap

Prices Do Not Include:

•Individual arrival and departure, International flights
• Visas
• Tips for guides and drivers during the tours
• The drinks (except sodas and local beer)

*For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

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