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  • RV Mekong Navigator 8D7N

    TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

     

    • Discover the picturesque along the river's bank
    • Experience the brilliance and richness of Vietnamese & Cambodia culture
    • Enjoy array of surprising and typical foods on walking through
    • Sightseeing in remarkable places in Vietnam & Cambodia

     

    DAY 01: SAIGON - MY THO - CAI BE
    DAY 02: CAI BE - SA DEC
    DAY 03: SA DEC - TAN CHAU - BORDER CROSSING - PHNOM PENH
    DAY 04: PHNOM PENH
    DAY 05: PHNOM PENH - CHOEUNG EK KILLING FIELDS
    DAY 06: TONLE SAP LAKE - KAMPONG CHHNANG
    DAY 07: WAT HANCHEY - KAMPONG CHAM
    DAY 08: KAMPONG CHAM - SIEM REAP


    Our 7-night itinerary along the legendary Mekong River, as listed below, starts with a land transfer between Ho Chi Minh City and My Tho, Vietnam sailing upstream to Kampong Cham, Cambodia, and ending with a land transfer into Siem Reap. The itinerary also operates in the reverse direction, and may be extended with our land extensions in Bangkok, Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and/or Ha Noi and Hal Long Bay, Vietnam.



    DAY 01: SAIGON - MY THO - CAI BE

    • Activities: Transfer to My Tho, embark the cruise
    • Meal: L/D
    • Included: Transportation, tour guide, cabin on board

    Enjoy the air in the countryside and scenic drive from Ho Chi Minh City to the port of My Tho, where your upstream journey begins aboard the luxurious Mekong Navigator. Following a welcome reception, safety briefing, and introduction to key members of our crew, a delicious Vietnamese Welcome Dinner is served in Le Marche Dining Room. Learn about the lecture: Biological Treasure Trove to have a look about the Mekong Delta during the transfer.


    DAY 02: CAI BE - SA DEC

    • Activities: Visit floating market and the historic Sa Dec
    • Meal: B/L/D
    • Included: Accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fee

    Following breakfast traditional sampans sail past the city’s beautiful French gothic cathedral before touring the historic An Kiet House and its beautiful surrounding gardens. Your sampans then travel to a traditional rice factory where workers produce rice paper, rice wine, popped rice, and many varieties of traditional candies; then return to the ship for a sumptuous lunch and a scenic cruise upstream to Sa Dec. Continue to Sa Dec as the lecture: Vietnam, from Dynastic Rule to Capitalist Economy are presented by tour guide. Upon arrival to Sa Dec, your sampans return for a leisurely, scenic navigation of the narrow canals of the Mekong, where you will observe daily routines of the villagers en route to the historic town of Sa Dec. A stop at a local brick factory reveals the process of brick making by local men and women utilizing clay from the Mekong River. In the town of Sa Dec you visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the inspiration of Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant (The Lover), and walk through the town’s market, experiencing the sights, sounds, smells, and wonderful photo opportunities found in the colorful fresh produce, meat, and live fish and seafood for sale.


    DAY 03: SA DEC - TAN CHAU - BORDER CROSSING - PHNOM PENH

    • Activities: Enjoy the "evergreen" islands and cross to Phnom Penh
    • Meal: B/L/D
    • Included: Entrance fee, cabin on board, tour guide

    Experience vastly different ways of life along the Mekong Delta today when sampans sail to a temple of the Cao Dai religion, one of the unique amalgam religions founded in Vietnam in an effort to stop the fighting between various faiths. Enjoy a 15-minute ride on a rickshaw (local Vietnamese tuk-tuk), to a family-owned mat weaving workshop, before returning to the sampans to visit a floating fish farm and to walk through a local village on Evergreen Island.

    After returning to the Mekong Navigator and sailing to the Vietnam-Cambodia border, spend a few hours processing through immigration before continuing upstream to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


    DAY 04: PHNOM PENH

    • Activities: Phnom Penh Sightseeing tour
    • Meal: B/L/D
    • Included: Accommodation, tour guide, transportation, sightseeing ticket

    After full breakfast on board this morning, cyclo drivers meet you on the pier for an exciting morning tour of Phnom Penh. You are gently transported along the riverfront to the Royal Palace complex, where you enjoy a leisurely walk through the grounds. After viewing Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion, visit the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and the Maitreya Buddha, which is encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. Your cyclo is waiting outside to take you on the short ride to the open-air National Museum, housing the largest collection of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts excavated at the Angkor Temple complex at Siem Reap, as well as other areas around Cambodia.

    After returning to the ship, enjoy a free afternoon in Phnom Penh shopping, dining at one of the many wonderful restaurants, or exploring the city independently. An Independent Pursuit to be a Bear Keeper for a Day at the Sun Bear Sanctuary outside Phnom Penh is offered this afternoon. Before dinner, local children entertain guests on our Sun Deck with a cultural performance including Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance, as well as traditional folk dances.


    DAY 05: PHNOM PENH - CHOEUNG EK KILLING FIELDS

    • Activities: Visit Killing Fields
    • Meal: B/L/D
    • Included: Transportation, tour guide, entrance fee, cabin on board

    This morning, take a scenic 45-minute drive from the ship, you arrive at the Choeung Ek killing fields, learn more about the darkest days of Cambodian history. Where you may walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Before returning to the ship, tour Tuol Sleng (also known as S-21), the former school converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge.

    Enjoy another afternoon in Phnom Penh on your own or learning to make traditional Khmer dishes through our Independent Pursuit at the La Table Khmer Cooking School before departing Phnom Penh to start our sail up the Tonle Sap River.


    DAY 06: TONLE SAP LAKE - KAMPONG CHHNANG

    • Activities: Cruise on Tonle Sap river
    • Meal: B/L/D
    • Included: Transportation, tour guide, accommodation, entrance fee

    The ship sails a full day on the narrow, winding Tonle Sap River, take picture in mind with a rare glimpse of rural river life in Cambodia. Upon reaching the floating village of Kampong Chhnang you board a private excursion boat for a scenic cruise, where you observe the locals living, working, and even shopping on the river. Enjoy a beautiful sunset while sailing back to the Mekong, watching local children on the riverbanks bidding us farewell as we continue our journey.Get back to the ships for a lecture today: The Origins of Buddhism, its Teachings, and its Cultural Influence.

    Please note during certain high and low water conditions, government authorities will not allow us to sail to Kampong Chhnang. During these departures, a visit to the silk weaving village of Preak Bang Kong will be substituted. Preak Bang Kong is a traditional village, famous for their woven silk products. Take a walking tour to a local home “farm,” where the worms are raised, the silk is handspun and dyed, and women weave the silk thread into fabrics on traditional looms. The homes selected are an excellent place for a little shopping.


    DAY 07: WAT HANCHEY - KAMPONG CHAM

    • Activities: Visit Wat Hanchey and ennjoy the farewell reception in the evening
    • Meal: B/L/D
    • Included: Tour guide, cabin on board, transportation, entrance fee

    This morning, the children of a local school welcome you to the local village. The school, which serves eight surrounding districts, is the only secondary school in the area, and is supported by the local communities. Following your tour of the school and an interesting Q&A opportunity with the principal, you walk up the hill to the local monastery of Wat Hanchey and receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the resident monks. After enjoying a walk around the monastery and the amazing views of the Mekong River valley, you descend 303 steps and return to the ship. Learn the lecture before lunch: from Powerful Khmer Empire, through Genocide, to the Rebuilding of a Nation.

    Following lunch, motor coaches drive you through the city of Kampong Cham to the hills of Phnom Pros (man hill) and Phnom Srei (woman hill), where you visit the incredible Stupa, the 10-meter long reclining Buddha, and the 13-meter tall preaching Buddha. Today’s final visit is to the 12th century, Angkorian-period complex of Wat Nokor Bachey, which features several original, stone Buddha statues. Gather in Le Salon Lounge this evening for a Farewell Reception with the entire crew, before enjoying a Cambodian Farewell Dinner in Le March Dining.


    DAY 08: KAMPONG CHAM - SIEM REAP

    • Activities: Depart for Siem Reap
    • Meal: B
    • Included: Transportation, tour guide

    Following breakfast this morning, the coach pick you up from the pier, begin your journey from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap, Cambodia, home of the archaeological wonders of Angkor Wat. Lecture during transfer: Cambodia’s Golden Age.

     

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