Luxury Mekong River Cruise: Saigon to Siem Reap

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Day 1 Saigon to My Tho in Mekong Delta (L-D)

You’ll be picked up by a private transfer to depart to My Tho in heart of the Mekong Delta, upon arrival you’ll be embarking aboard your cruise to My Tho.

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Day 2 Cai Be, Sa Dec & Tan Chau (B-L-D)

Today’s journey starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck just as the sun begins its gentle glow. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. The day-tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market on a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat). During the ride, discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies, rice pop, rice wine and coconut candies are made, enjoy local life along the canals on the way back to the Ship for lunch.

In the afternoon, we cruise to Sa Dec. Upon arrival, we embark a traditional sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island to visit an untouchable village. Here, every villager is involved in the process of making rattan mat and this give us the chance to interact with the old local people. We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Tan Chau

Day 3 Crossing waterways to Phnom Penh (B-L-D)

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall of your balcony. Brace yourself for a short excursion in Tan Chau, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. Firstly, the journey takes you to the “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals. The inhabitants of these islands live on houses poised on high stilts – a centuries-old tradition in this part of the Mekong Delta.

We stop to visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal – this farm consists of floating houses and the villagers make their living by cultivating fish. You continue by boat to Tan Chau pier, disembark here and stroll around this colorful local market with lots of regional products. You return to the cruise Ship after your market visit.

Day 4 Enjoy Phnom Penh (B-L-D)

Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. Sightseeing in the morning will include the Killing Field outside town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime.

Before lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide Museum, see the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witness exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. We go back to the Ship by “cyclo” – traditional vehicle after our museum visit. Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck. In late afternoon, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. BBQ dinner is served right after the lecture. Take a seat and enjoy the Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a BBQ on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvelous experience, dining in the open with the moon and the starts as our companions.

Day 5 Angkor Ban – Kampong Cham (B-L-D)

We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Silk island community. We will then return to the Ship and pass by the mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilarating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their shift boats. We will tour the rural Angkor Ban village where time stand still. We are transported back a hundred years into an era unaffected by modernity. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand and without any concrete. But most of all, we feel overwhelmed by the unbridled warmth of the villagers. Travelers can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Then, we are back to the Ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham

Day 6 Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey (B-L-D)

We will wake up in the early morning, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb 303 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. We will return to the Ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks. Lunch on board.

We will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a Wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. Visit OBT project of Heritage Line and organization for Basic Training.

Day 7 Cruise toward Kampong Chhnang (B-L-D)

Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river – which glides through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. We are greeted by cacophonous children who waive enthusiastically early in the morning when they bring their livestock for a bath in the meandering Tonle River.

Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “Water World” where everything is on stilts balanced on water rich soil– it’s an awesome sight whilst practicing Tai Chi on the deck. Here we take a minivan to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Then, it is back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. The village has no electricity and has around 600 inhabitants.

We then return to the Ship for lunch while cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap River.Your floating sanctuary will then cruise gently, in the afternoon, along the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap Lake. In the evening, a sumptuous spread will be served. And for the big entertainment. Bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors.

Day 8 Tonle river to Siem Reap – Departure (B)

The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to this nation.
Enjoy the stillness of the water and the quiet tranquility on the way to Siem Reap. The water level varies a great deal according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded. Thus, minor changes to the itinerary may occur during different seasons.

We will cross the Tonle Lake at dawn and at 09:00 am, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to your luxury hotel in Siem Reap. Check in and tonight enjoy the dinner with traditional Apsara dance.

End of your Luxury Mekong River Cruise: Saigon to Siem Reap , our driver will transfer you to the airport well in a head of time.

Accommodation Plan 5*

  • Jayavarman cruise: Deluxe cabin based on twin sharing

Inclusions for Luxury Mekong River Cruise: Saigon to Siem Reap:

  • All cruises include group shore-excursions
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation, tour guide services (English speaking), taxes, fuel, river pilots, port dues, transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa. Meals are included full board.
  • Soft drink, local beer, house wine by glass, fruit juices, tea/ coffee and water are included and available at all time
  • Vietnam visa approval letter

Exclusions for Luxury Mekong River Cruise: Saigon to Siem Reap:

  • Cambodian Visa + Stamping fee for visa on arrival in Vietnam
  • Port tax of 1,430,000 VND / Per Pax,pay directly to authorities

Prices for Luxury Mekong River Cruise: Saigon to Siem Reap

High seasons

15 Oct – 17 Dec

Mid seasons

10 Oct- 14 Oct

Low seasons

Jun – 29 Sep

2 Pax: US $ 3362 2 Pax: US$ 2685 2 Pax: US$ 2153

Prices are valid throughout 2017 except during Christmas & Vietnam Lunar New Year, around Feb.

High season month: 1,2,3,4,10,11,12

Low season month: 5,6,7,8,9