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Along the Mighty Mekong River 13 days
Discover extraordinary attractions along the two Asian desirable countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, understand Vietnamese and Cambodian cultures, traditions and customs as travelling through many historic sites
Explore Ho Chi Minh City – a dynamic blend of old and new, east and west, go deeply into the war with a visit to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels
Have a joyful cruise and sail along Mekong River to admire the best beauty of nature along the countries by Toum Tiou Cruise, fully-paneled in wood, charm and comfort in mind and designed with the local style. Modestly sized and with the safety of a steel hull, its low draught makes it possible for the boat to access the smallest of villages.
See the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor Wat, spend time in the 12th century capital of Angkor Thom. Dine on a buffet dinner and enjoy a Khmer Traditional Dance Show.
|Day 1||Ho Chi Minh Arrival||Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer from airport to hotel.||–|
|Day 2||Ho Chi Minh City||Explore Cu Chi Tunnels & Sightseeing Tour Halfday||B, L|
|Day 3||Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho||Embark on Toum Tiou Cruise, depart for My Tho.||B, D|
|Day 4||My Tho – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sa Dec||Visit a cathedral and see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Cai Be; visit a local brick factory, local market, and the ancient house of Mr. Hyynh Thuy Le in Sa Dec.||B, L, D|
|Day 5||Sa Dec – Chau Doc||Depart for the border town Chau Doc. On the way, visit a local fish farm, village of ethnic Cham people and religious sites at Sam Mountain; see a local market.||B, L, D|
|Day 6||Chau Doc – Koh Dek Chau – Phnom Penh||Cross the border and enter Cambodia and continue on to Phnom Penh. Enjoy free time to explore the city for the remainder of the day.||B, L, D|
|Day 7||Phnom Penh||Sightseeing tour in the morning including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market. Afternoon at leisure||B, L, D|
|Day 8||Phnom Penh – Kampong Tralach||Wander through the town of Koh Chen on an island in the river. Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor who is eager to tell his story. Continue to Kampong Tralach.||B, D|
|Day 9||Kampong Tralach – Kampong Chnang – Chnok Tru||Sail on to Kampong Chhnang then Chnok Tru.Hop in a local boat to visit floating villages on the river. Enjoy an evening cocktail and the Captain’s farewell dinner.||B, L, D|
|Day 10||Chnok Tru – Siem Reap||Disembark on arrival in Siem Reap. Enjoy dinner with an Apsara dance performance.||B, D|
|Day 11||Siem Reap||Discover marvelous temples of Angkor Wat and “jungle temple” Ta Prohm||B, L|
|Day 12||Siem Reap||Temple hopping: Banteay Srei – Preak Khan – Neak Pean – Angkor Thom||B, L|
|Day 13||Siem Reap Departure||On your last day enjoy free time until your departure transfer.||B|
Upon your arrival in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, still called “Saigon” by many locals your guide will welcome you at the airport and then transfer to your hotel for check in. Your hotel room is available from 13.30 onward. The balance of the afternoon is free at your leisure to relax and settle into your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Activities: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer from airport to hotel.
We depart to Cu Chi this morning, where you will visit the amazing tunnel network built by Vietnamese fighters during the American War. Cu Chi was once known as the ‘Iron Triangle’ during the Vietnam War. Return to Saigon late in the late morning. After lunch break, set out to tour the highlights of the former capital of French Indochina. Historic landmarks include the Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House and the War Remnants Museum.
If time permit, visit to the Ben Thanh Market, in the center of the city with everything from tourist souvenirs and t-shirts to fresh produce and stalls selling local snacks. The evening is free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Spend the morning free at your leisure for last discovery of the city. Lunch on your own. Then transfer to the pier for boarding on the Toum Tiou boat. The Toum Tiou is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you. The Toum Tiou departs for My Tho. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and a briefing on the cruise.Then welcome dinner will be served. Overnight on board.
Enjoy your breakfast while the boat is navigating on the marvelous canal of Cho Gao. On arrival at My Tho, the Toum Tiou boat drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island. Local boats come alongside the boat to pick you up and transfer to the mainland. Departure for visiting Vinh Trang Pagoda by car – Short panoramic tour of My Tho town and a local market on the way.
After embarking on Toum Tiou boat again, continue cruising to Cai Be. Enjoy lunch and relax on board. Upon arrival at Cai Be, take a local boats to visit the floating market and surrounding arroyos. Continuing for Vinh Long – a brick and pottery factory, the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees as well a typical house and a show room of traditional farming tools. Vinh Long, which translates as “Majestic Dragon”, is right in the middle of the delta, between two arms of the Mekong. Re-embarking the boat that leaves Cai Be for Sa Dec. Dinner and overnight on board.
After enjoying breakfast on board, take a short panoramic tour and transfer to Trung Vuong primary school. Continuing to Kien An Cung Pagoda. Stroll around Sa Dec market along Sa Dec River bank. This small city of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled authenticity and undisturbed by tourists. It provides a glimpse of the delta where a few colonial houses still remain, including the “Chinaman’s house” (from Duras’ novel “The Lover”, also made into a movie).
After visiting, re-embark on Toum Tiou and leave Sa Dec for Chau Doc, lunch and leisure on board. Upon arrival at Chau Doc, departure for fish raising rafts and Cham minority village by local boat. If the timing is allowing it, watch of the sunset on the Sam Mountain which peaks at 237 meters. Visit on the way of the Lady Chua Xu temple and Tay An Pagoda. Return to the boat for dinner and overnight.
Toum Tiou leaves early in the morning for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border). Breakfast during navigation. Arrival at Vinh Xuong check-point – Formalities clearance for Toum Tiou to cross the border. Toum Tiou leaves Vinh Xuong check point for Phnom Penh. Lunch during the navigation. Upon arrival at Phnom Penh, you are free to enjoy evening in Cambodian capital. Dinner and overnight on board.
Breakfast is served. We visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market. We return to the Toum Tiou. Lunch is served on board. It is now free and easy leisure time. We suggest that you visit the notorious Toul Sleng torture center (S21). We return to Toum Tiou. Be entertained by the graceful dancers of the traditional APSARA” show whilst you enjoy dinner.
After Breakfast. Navigate to Koh Chen. Upon arrival in Koh Chen, visit a village of handicraftsmen that specialise in silvers. At around 11:30, return to the boat. Afterward, The Toum Tiou leaves Koh Chen for Kompong Tralach. Lunch during navigation. Arrival at Kampong Tralach, visit its wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To get to it, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind.
The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the latérite foundations, and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. These, however, are starting to suffer from weathering and remain one of the last survivors of cultural destruction that continues unabated due to widespread indifference. Its isolation may well be its undoing, as was the case for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot. You will re-embark at around 18:00. The Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles away. Diner and overnight on board.
~ HIGH WATER PROGRAM – FROM JULY TO DECEMBER ~
Departure early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Chnang. Breakfast during navigation. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap.The area is famous for its pottery ware, unchanged in style for centuries, which is produced in sufficient quantities to supply the entire country. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree (sugar palm – a real national symbol) that abounds in the area: a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.Re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Chnok Tru.
Upon arrival at Chnok Tru, local boats are coming along the Toum Tiou and picking you for the visit. Almost totally overlooked by tourists because of its remoteness and difficult access, the village is completely self-sufficient. A floating school, factories to make ice for fish preservation, church, pagoda, service stations, pigsty, stores, boat or television repair shops, video club, karaoke bar, police station… everything is on the water. Re-embark on the boat. The Toum Tiou stays overnight in the proximity of Chnok Tru. Enjoy Farewell cocktail (1 glass of local liquor or juice) with Master of Ship & Cruise Manager as well as Captain’s farewell dinner (Enriched menu + 1 glass of wine). Overnight on board.
~ LOW WATER PROGRAM – FROM JANUARY TO JUNE ~
Departure early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Chnang. Breakfast during navigation. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree (sugar palm – a real national symbol) that abounds in the area: a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.Re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Ko Chau. The Toum Tiou stays overnight in close proximity to Ko Chau. Enjoy Farewell cocktail (1 glass of local liquor or juice) with Master of Ship & Cruise Manager as well as Captain’s farewell dinner (Enriched menu + 1 glass of wine). Overnight on board.
HIGH WATER PROGRAM – FROM JULY TO DECEMBER ~
Departure early in the morning. Time to pack and relax a half a day by crossing the Tonlé Sap Lake. Arrival at Phnom Krom pier (5 miles from Siem Reap). Welcome by your local guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. In the evening, enjoy dinner with a performance of Apsara dance show. Overnight at the hotel.
~ LOW WATER PROGRAM – FROM JANUARY TO JUNE ~
After breakfast, chartered speedboat is coming along the boat and picks up passengers for crossing the Lake. Visit Chnok Tru, floating village.. Arrival at Phnom Krom pier (5 miles from Siem Reap).Welcome by your local guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. In the evening, enjoy dinner with a performance of Apsara dance show. Overnight at the hotel.
Meet your guide this morning to discover the marvelous temple of Angkor Wat, the world heritage site whose soaring towers and extraordinary bas relief are not to be missed. It is considered one of the most amazing man made monuments in the world and was erected in the 12th century (1112-1152) in honor of Vishnu. In the afternoon, travel to Banteay Srei where one of Khmer art’s most impressive jewels exists. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple whose name means “The Citadel of Women” contains some remarkable carved lintels in very good condition. On the way home, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery (nicknamed the Jungle Temple) where immense roots have taken hold of the stones. Here you’ll find some splendid sculptured Devatas. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, leave by tuk-tuk for the northern end of Angkor to begin the day by visiting Preah Khan Temple, built by Jayavarman VII in 1191 in honour of his father who is represented as the saving god of Mayahan Buddhism. Of the same era, Neak Pean, the only island temple of Angkor, is also referred to as Nagas Entwined. The large central basin is linked with four smaller ones representing the four great rivers emerging from the earth’s four cardinal points, of particular interest is the superb statue of Balaha, which represents the legendary savior of shipwrecked boats.
Continuing your exploration of Angkor, we move further south to encounter Thommanon Temple and Chau Say Tevoda Temple which both date from the 12th century and were constructed under the reign of Suryavarman II. They feature beautiful sculptured images honouring Shiva and Vishnu. In the afternoon, visit the Great City of Angkor Thom, beginning at the southern gate’s famous Bayon temple built in the 12th and 13th centuries and dedicated to Buddhism.
Bayon comprises 54 gigantic towers featuring 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Then visit the 350m long Elephant Terrace used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and a base for the King’s grand audience hall, and the raised terrace of the Leper King, built in the 12th century and presenting many of the city’s most admired Apsara sculptures. Meals on your own. Evening at the hotel.
Spend the balance of your day free at leisure until you are transferred to airport for departure flight. Room is at disposal until noon time only. SERVICES END.