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Mekong River Cruise – Saigon to Siem Reap

8 days

A Mekong river cruise is an invigorating, enlightening and unforgettable holiday experience affording a relaxing way to discover Cambodia and Vietnam. From a tropical sun beating down on the lush rainforests of Cambodia, to myriad winding rivers in Vietnam's Mekong delta - you will witness unbelievable sun sets, unrivaled archeological and cultural treasures, warm smiles, exotic cuisines, and the frantic energy of reborn cities.

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    Our 8 day Mekong river cruise is enchanted with a mysticism that hooks you from the moment you step aboard. At each destination you find a world rich in history, tradition, exotic cuisines and culture.

    Cruise tranquil interior waterways and witness a pristine countryside of stunning tropical landscapes set with ancient Buddhist pagodas and charming villages. Each embodies a forgotten way of life, where farmers till paddy fields by hand, and fishermen cast their nets on glistening lakes. Most serene of all  be stunned by the beauty of Cambodia’s long lost Angkor temples foremost among them Angkor Wat and Bayon.

    Then in sharp contrast, cruise with us to the pulsating cities of Saigon and Phnom Penh, places that challenge all your senses, each a kaleidoscope of exotic sights, smells, sounds, and tastes. Experience these sprawling cities; each a dynamic melting pot ready to be explored, from centuries old markets and winding streets to glistening designer boutiques. Nowhere on earth do old and new meet in such spectacular fashion.


    Price includes

    Transfer in Saigon (HCMC) to ferry wharf
    7 nights on the ship (twin/double share);
    Other land/water transportation as specified in the itinerary;
    All excursions and sight-seeing entrance fees;
    English Speaking Guide
    Meals as listed (B, L, D);
    Onward transfer to Siem Reap
    Taxes and surcharges

    Price excludes
    Single supplement where applicable (from £849)
    Travel Insurance;
    Bar fees, Personal expenses
    Vietnam and Cambodian Visas (please enquire);
    Tips and gratuities for crew and guides
    Any excursion listed as optional

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  • Day 1: Saigon to My Tho (D)

    Transfer from your Asian Horizons tour or the airport to the port of Saigon and board your Mekong River cruise ship, the Toum Tiou. The Toum Tiou departs for My Tho. After a safety and security briefing, enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and welcome dinner as you sail towards Mt Tho. Overnight on the cruise.


    Day 2: My Tho – Cai Bei – Vinh Long (B, L, D)

    The Toum Tiou departs at the break of dawn. Begin the day with a sumptuous breakfast whilst the Toum Tiou navigates – delicately – the marvelous canal of Cho Gao. We arrive at My Tho. Toum Tiou drops anchor close to the Thoi Son Island on the banks of a northern arm of the Mekong. My Tho which means fragrant herb and draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees. Local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou to pick you up for transfer to the mainland.

    We embark on a short panoramic tour of My Tho town, stopping halfway for a visit to the colourful market. We return to the pier and we cruise by local boat to Dragon Island where were quaff the everyday life of the local denizens. Passengers re-embark Toum Tiou. The cruise ship leave My Tho for Cai Be. A special lunch spread is served. Toum Tiou drops anchor at Cai Be. Local boats are sent to the Toum Tiou to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Cai Be Floating Market.

    We continue cruising and we stop at Vinh Long – a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools. Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits.

    Life here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence. We return to the Toum Tiou. We depart for Sa Dec. We arrive at Sa Dec. Toum Tiou drops anchor. A delectable dinner awaits us.


    Day 3: Sa Dec to Chau Doc (B, L, D)

    The day begins with a sumptuous breakfast. A short tour of Sa Dec and then we transfer to Trung Vuong primary school. We then continue our cruise to the Kien An Cung Pagoda.

    We stroll around the bustling Sa Dec Market. The small city of Sa Dec of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled beauty and authenticity. We retun to the Toum Tiou and we leave for Chau Doc. Lunch is served on board. We arrive at Chau Doc. Local boats ferry us to visit rafts and the Cham village, a minority ethnic group of both Vietnam and Cambodia.

    If times permits, we will be able to drink in the spectacular sunset on the Sam Mountain which peaks at 237 meters. Its well-known Buddhist sanctuaries offer an unobstructed view over the mosaic of glistening rice paddies below. To the left is Cambodia, the flow of the Mekong on the horizon breaks into an infinity of silver ribbons. Midway, we visit the Lady Chua Xu temple and Tay An Pagoda. We return to the Tuom Tiou. Dinner is served onboard. The cruise ships moors overnight.


    Day 4: Vinh Xuong Border to Phnom Penh Cambodia (B, L, D)

    Toum Tiou leaves at the break of dawn for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border). Breakfast is served. We arrive at the Vinh Xuong check-point. We depart for Phnom Penh. Lunch is served. We arrive in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Guests are free to explore this erstwhile Paris of the East.


    Day 5: Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

    Breakfast is served. We visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market. We return to the Toum Tiou. Lunch is served on board.

    There will be free and easy leisure time this afternoon. There is the option to visit the notorious Toul Sleng torture centre and area known as the “Killing Fields”.

    We return to Toum Tiou. Be entertained by the graceful dancers of the traditional APSARA” show whilst you enjoy dinner.


    Day 6: Phnom Penh – Koh Chen – Kampong Tralach (B, L, D)

    Breakfast is served. We cruise to Koh Chen, a cosy village of craftsmen who specialise in making silver souvenir items. We return to the cruise ship. The Toum Tiou leaves Koh Chen for Kompong Tralach.

    Lunch is served on board. We visit the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach. We return to Toum Tiou. Dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.


    Day 7: Kampong Chhnnang to Chnok Tru (B, L, D)

    The Toum Tiou sails for Kampong Chhnang. We arrive at Kampong Chhnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Kampong Chhnang is famous for fish farming and pottery ware. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree – a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine – that grows abundantly in the area.

    Afternoon arrival into Chnok Tru. 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.  All trades are represented and everybody from children to grandparents goes by boat through the network of canals that cross this little town.

    This evening, there will be a farewell cocktail party with Master of Ship & Cruise Manager, followed by the Captain’s farewell dinner.


    Day 8: Chnok Tru to Siem Reap (B)

    The Toum Tiou departs early in the morning. Time to pack your bags and and rest as the ship cruises towards Siem Reap.

    Arrival at Phnom Krom pier (5 miles from Siem Reap) at about 11am.

    From here, transfer to Siem Reap for your onward tour with Asian Horizons. Please enquire for tour extensions and other options.


     Accommodation

    Main Deck cabin on the The Toum Tiou I or II (or equivalent ship), part of the CFM Mekong River Cruises fleet.

    Upgrade to Upper Deck cabin available from £99 per person – please enquire

    *All cabins have 2 single beds which can be joined together to form a double bed.*

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  • Depart UK Arrive UK Price pp from Book
    £1499 - Low Season
    £1599 - High Season
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