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Luxury Mekong River Cruise (Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap)

8-days with Scenic

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Itinerary
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Cruise
After arriving in Vietnam you will be greeted and taken to your meeting point (Please arrive by midday). From here board your coach to My Tho. Next stop is the luxurious Scenic Spirit for your seven night cruise along the Mekong starting with a champagne reception and welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 Cai Be - Sa Dec
Freechoice: Choose how adventurous you wish to be. Rise before sunrise and board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be Floating wholesale market before stopping at local industries and French colonial houses along the Mekong. Then either choose to return to the ship or continue exploring Dong Ha Hiep Island in smaller long tail boats to explore the smaller tributaries and fruit farms. Alternatively relish a sleep in before savouring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House with local musicians and cultural demonstrations.

Later, after a short cruise up river, immerse yourself in today’s second shore excursion, the historic town of Sa Dec. From your sampan disembark, explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant and the local Fuijian Chinese temple.

Day 3 Tan Chau
After an overnight cruise, anchor at Tan Chau.

Freechoice: Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and the local Cao Dai Temple with a ride in a cyclo. Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Firstly visit a family-operated fish farm, walk through a local Cham village and take a cyclo ride around Chau Doc. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Cham Mountain and a local Khmer village.

Tonight is your themed gala ball so be prepared for an enchanting evening on board with musicians and dancing. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Tan Chau - Phnom Penh
Partake in some on board activities whilst awaiting clearance from Cambodian immigration. Spend the afternoon gently sailing towards Phnom Penh, taking the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or some solitude on your own private balcony as you watch the scenery pass you by. Enjoy sunset from on deck as you begin to see the lights of Phnom Penh in the distance. Tonight is yours to explore the night life of Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Phnom Penh
Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Russian Market as well as its modern architecture.

After lunch at a local NGO restaurant who teaches street kids hospitality skills, travel by Tuk Tuk to the National Museum, Royal Palace and the famous Silver Pagoda. (B,L,D)

Enrich: Arrive in style by cyclo to immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal for an indulgent high tea. Enjoy an exclusive private shadow puppet and masked dance performance accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra.

Day 6  Oudong - Kampong Tralach - Kho Chen
After a short cruise from Phnom Penh to Prek K’dam, board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the mountain stupas, pagoda and monastery.

Enrich: Receive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before giving a donation of food, contributing to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Drive a short distance north to visit Wat Kampong Tralach to learn of its complex history before experiencing an ox cart ride through local villages back to Scenic Spirit which has sailed north to meet you. After lunch on board, disembark for a visit to the silversmith village of Kho Chen. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Wat Hanchey - Kampong Cham
Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery.

Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise. Back on board, your journey continues downstream to Kampong Cham where you will discover the legend of Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill), and explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok. Visit Wat Nokor, an 11th century temple with a modern pagoda built within. Later, return to the comfort of your ship for a champagne farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Mekong Cruise - Siem Reap
Disembark and drive to Siem Reap with stops at a stone cutters village, lunch around Kampong Thom and walk across the ancient Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei. Upon arrival in Siem Reap you will be transferred to the airport to complete your Mekong adventure. (B,L)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Visit Cai Be’s floating market and learn about rice paper making at a family-operated rice factory
  • Stroll through Sa Dec’s bustling market and visit the home of Mr. Hyun Thuy Le
  • Take a rickshaw along Phnom Penh’s riverfront and visit the Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Enjoy a wonderful performance of Apsara, a traditional dance
  • Cruise along the scenic Tonle Sap River and visit unique floating villages
  • Visit Wat Hanchey and meet with some of the novice monks
  • Explore Kampong Cham and the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok
  • ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and PORTERAGE

All This Included
Scenic Spirit - Ultimate Inclusions
  • 100% one-bedroom balcony suites
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Private butler for all guests
  • Choice of four dining options, from casual fare in River Café to fine dining in Crystal Dining
  • Complimentary on board guest laundry
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers
Scenic Enrich - Exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences
  • Enjoy high tea at Raffles, Hotel Le Royal, before an exclusive private shadow puppet performance accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra
  • Enjoy lunch at a restaurant that supports the training of former street children and meet some of the teachers and students
  • Discover the ancient stories surrounding the 11th century temple complex of Wat Nokor and receive a traditional monk’s blessing
Scenic FreeChoice
  • Scenic FreeChoice inclusions in Chau Doc and Phnom Penh
Dining Experiences
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D)
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Spirit
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • The Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake are subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochured itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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