Upstream the Mekong River on Luxury Cruise 13 days

Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Cai Be - Chau Doc - Cambodia - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Indochina

Overview

Let us take you to the south of Vietnam and Cambodia; lose yourself in the bustling Ho Chi Minh or in the immense Cu Chi tunnels. Mekong River will be the common thread between Vietnam and Cambodia – two countries: as near but so different. This trip will show the most highlighted places in these two countries. The unique and comfortable activities in each destination that we have prepared and the luxury style of this tour will provide you unforgettable experiences in every moment of the trip.

13 days / 12 nights
Group tour
Departure: Flexible
Theme: Traditional culture, Relaxation
Suitable: Honeymoon couple

Highlights

  • Discover Ho Chi Minh City – the biggest and busiest city in Vietnam. Visit the infamous Cu Chi tunnels – a tunnel network originally over 250km in length and up to three levels deep in places.
  • Experience the Luxury Cruise along the Mekong River. Discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe daily life of local people along the Mekong River from Vietnam to Cambodia.
  • Explore Angkor Wat – one of the most astonishing monuments ever conceived by mankind, which was erected in the 12th century (1112-1152) in honour of Vishnu. Relax under the trees with a soothing foot massage. See many beautifully sculptured Apsaras in Angkor Thom

Itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Upon your arrival, warmly welcome by your local guide and transfer to your hotel. The room will be at your disposal at 2.00pm. The balance of day is free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: NA
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Activities: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer from the airport to hotel.
  • Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnel by Luxury Speedboat

You will travel like a VIP and arrive hours before the large bus tour groups to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels historical site (also pronounced as Chu Chi Tunnels by some foreigner ). As this is a popular attraction with Vietnamese school children and holiday-makers, we set out early to avoid large crowds, ensuring that our boats arrive before everyone else.

You will have an opportunity to uncover the secrets of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of underground passageways built and used by the Viet Cong to evade detection as they moved troops and supplies throughout Ho Chi Minh City’s northern district. During the tour, an English-speaking guide will introduce you to life along the banks of the Saigon River as your boat gracefully slips through knots of floating water hyacinths on this scenic boat trip. Enjoy a window into traditional Mekong river life and wonderful photo opportunities.

After a short documentary, your guide will lead you through the historic Cu Chi, dug by resourceful guerrilla fighters to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts.

A traditional Vietnamese lunch of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City Tour Full Day
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho – Cai Be

Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as we travel 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho to embark your boutique Ship. We will serve a refreshing welcome drink as the ship steadily glides along the Mekong. We will bathe in the fading sunset on the balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge. Later, a welcome dinner awaits us. When approaching Cai Be, the Ship drops anchor to moor midstream where the river is several kilometers wide. Dinner included. Overnight in Cai Be.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
Activities: Experience Mekong Delta onboard luxury cruise
  • The Jahan Pool And Sun Deck
Day 4: Cai Be – Sa Dec – Chau Doc

The day will 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 birds. The day’s tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the Ship for lunch. In the afternoon, we will cruise to Sa Dec.

Upon your arrival, we will embark a traditional sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island and its manmade canals. Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ship will moor midstream overnight near Chau Doc.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruises

Activities: Cruising through the delta toward the border town Chau Doc

  • Floating Market
  • The Jahan Apsara Spa
Day 5: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. This is followed by a trip to the quay. Then, it is back to the ship for lunch.

By mid-afternoon, the cruise liner will make its way to the border for Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. After hours of cruising, we will feel the rush of entering into a new country to embrace new adventures.

Note: Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December the following program applies: This morning, you will start your excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau. Firstly, the journey takes you to the “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruises

Activities: Cross the border and enter Cambodia . Make your way to Phnom Penh.

  • Cham Tribal Village Chau Doc
  • Chau Doc Fish Farm
Day 6: Phnom Penh

Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide Museum and the Killing Field in town.

We go back to the Ship after our museum visit. The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise

Activities: Full day sightseeing tour & enjoy Apsara dance performance at dinner time.

  • Jayavarman Stateroom with Balcony
  • Cambodia’s Royal Palace
Day 7: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham / Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)

High Water Cruise

We depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh towards the small Angkor Ban village on the Mekong River. Wake up to the gentle cruise motion and get ready for breakfast in the dining hall. The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers characterize an unbridled warmth. Back on board our staff is keen to show you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Lunch is served after this performance. We cruise further up the Mekong to visit a local school to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children here are always excited to show their skills in music and art and will bathe you in smiles upon your applause. We continue to travel by road to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath-taking views on the Mekong. Another temple on the way is the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor. Here we might get the chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks living in the area. Relax back on board until dinner is served. The boat moors mid-river near Kampong Cham.

Low Water Cruise

Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Tralach on the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river. Gently gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Breakfast is served before we moor and get ready for our first Tonle discovery. We reach the shore by local boat and cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is supported in part by Heritage Line. Travel to see all this life, which is so much different than ours – by a local ox cart ride. Back on board our staff is keen to show you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Lunch is served after this performance. The ship cruises along the narrow and meandering Tonle River towards Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water-rich soil. This is perhaps the most fascinating cruise locale in Cambodia. Back on land in Kampong Chhnang we take mini buses heading to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. Before returning to the boat we explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region. Relax back on board until dinner is served. The boat moors mid-river in the Tonle area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
Activities: Cruise to Kampong Cham with a stop at the little known silk weaving village Chong Koh
  • Chong Koh silk weaving village
Day 8: Kampong Cham (Mekong) - Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)

High Water Cruise

Kampong Cham (Mekong) – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)

We sail downstream on the Mekong during breakfast and stop at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products. By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk. Before lunch our expert guides offer a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. Afterwards a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for our health and prosperity for all. The ship continues its journey, passing the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers towards Kampong Tralach. Gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Cacophonous children waive enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the “Green School” which is supported in part by Heritage Line. Travel to see all this life, which is so much different than ours – by a local ox cart ride. The boat find its anchor spot later in the Tonle River near Kampong Chhnang allowing you to observe the interesting and close-by life on shore until dinner is served in the dining hall.

Low Water Cruise

Tonle River – Kampong Cham (Mekong)

In the early morning during breakfast we sail from the lower Tonle River towards the Mekong passing their confluence at Phnom Penh. We arrive at the island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products. By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk. Before lunch our expert guides offer a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. Afterwards a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for our health and prosperity for all. The ship sails towards the small Angkor Ban village up in the Mekong River. The Angkor Ban village is famous for its unspoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years into an era unaffected by modernity. Villagers characterize an unbridled warmth. Afterwards it is the time for some fun during a cocktail party on a flat riverbank. We continue cruising for a while until dinner is served. The boat finds its overnight spot at the riverbank of Kampong Cham.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
Activities: Go ashore to visit pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey
  • Wat Hanchey Temple
Day 9: Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Lake/ Kampong Cham (Mekong)

High Water Cruise

Kampong Chhnang – Tonle Lake

Wake up early to witness the spectacular surroundings at the break of dawn. Our moring Tai Chi class has the perfect backdrop today. Breakfast is served in the dinig hall. We are now at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water-rich soil. This is perhaps the most fascinating cruise locale in Cambodia. We take a local boat to the shore. With mini buses we head to a rural village nearby and go on a walking tour. Our guides introduce the village specialities – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. Definitely you should bring some home. Before returning to the boat we explore the local floating villages and wetlands of the region. Back on board lunch is served as your floating sanctuary cruises gently along the narrow and meandering Tonle, towards the Great Tonle Lake. The river opens up to a vast “sea”, the biggest fresh water lake in Asia. This lake can only be crossed during high water season (approx. from end-July to mid-November). Let your soul float and your eyes wander while the boat makes its way towards Siem Reap. In the afternoon we serve a high tea at the bar and as the sun sets, our crew invites you for a farewell event. Before dinner enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew. The boat moors mid-lake near Siem Reap.

Low Water Cruise

Kampong Cham (Mekong)

After breakfast we are going by bus to visit the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, built in the 7th century. This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath taking views of the Mekong. We return to the ship for lunch and some relaxation. In the afternoon we head for another outing and drive to the the tiny, colorful monastery of Wat Nokor. Here we might get the chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks living in the area. As it is low water season we can see a bamboo bridge which connects the mainland with the island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when water levels drop. We continue our journey and visit a local school to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children here are always excited to show their skills in music and art and will bathe you in smiles upon your applause. As the sun sets, our crew invites for a farewell event. Before dinner enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew. The boat moors at the riverbank of Kampong Cham

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
Activities: Set sail towards Kampong Chhnang – Cambodia’s “waterworld”.
  • Kampong Chhnang
Day 10: Tonle Sap/ Kampong Cham (Mekong) - Siem Reap

High Water Cruise

Tonle Lake – Siem Reap

The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to millions of people. It has more fish than any other lake in the world and is home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare and endangered feathered life. Our Heritage Line cruise comes to an end. We prepare to disembark the ship and take a local boat to the shore, passing a vast floating community. Around nine o’clock, we arrive at the Siem Reap pier and bring you to the drop off point in the city center. We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river just as our crew does every single time. Moreover we wish that you will take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger with your stories of this amazing river – the Mighty Mekong.

Low Water Cruise

Kampong Cham (Mekong) – Siem Reap

Enjor your last breakfast on board our floating sanctuary. We disembark the ship after you have checked out for a transfer by bus to the drop off point in Siem Reap. The transfer takes about 4.5 hours. Snacks are provided during the trip. You arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon. We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river just as our crew does every single time. Moreover we wish that you will take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger with your stories of this amazing river – the Mighty Mekong.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Activities: Cross the Tonle Sap Lake. The cruise comes to an end as we reach Siem Reap. Disembark.
  • Tonle Sap Lake Local Life
Day 11: Angkor Wat - Ta Prohm

Meet your guide again this morning to head off to the marvelous temple of Angkor Wat. From the temple, transfer by private vehicle to a remote, untouched temple where your private picnic lunch is set up and waiting for you.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to the ancient Ta Prohm monastery where immense branches have taken root in the stones.

1 Hour soothing foot massage. Before returning back to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Activities: Discover marvelous temples of Angkor Wat and “jungle temple” Ta Prohm
  • Angkor Wat
Day 12: Banteay Srei - Angkor Thom

In the morning, leave for Banteay Srei where one of the most impressive jewels of Khmer art exists.

In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom (the Great City) beginning by the south gate and the famous Bayon of the 12th and 13th centuries. Then, visit the Elephant Terrace, which was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall; and the raised Leper King Terrace, built in the 12th century and which features many beautifully sculptured Apsaras. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
  • Angkor Thom
Day 13: Siem Reap Departure

Free at your leisure until be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon time only. Meals on your own. End of services.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: NA
Activities: Transfer to airport in Siem Reap for onward flight
  • Siem Reap

Important Notes:

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.
  • Jayavarman Departure 2016 : Jan 7, 21| Feb 4, 18 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | Apr 14 | Jul 7, 21 | Aug 4, 18 | Sep 1, 15, 29 | Oct 13, 27 | Nov 10, 24.
  • Jahan Departure 2016: Jan 14, 28 | Feb 11, 25 | Mar 10, 24 | Apr 7 | Jun 2, 16, 30 | Jul 14, 28 | Aug 11, 25 | Sep 8, 22 | Oct 6, 20 | Nov 3, 17 | Dec 1, 15, 29.

Price & Inclusion

Hotel (5 nights), Luxury Mekong River Cruise (5 nights), Luxury Mekong River Cruises (2 nights) - Deluxe
Price for 2 Adults
US $6798
Discount
US $0

Total
US $6798
Hotel (5 nights), Luxury Mekong River Cruise (5 nights), Luxury Mekong River Cruises (2 nights) - Luxury
Price for 2 Adults
US $7510
Discount
US $0

Total
US $7510

Meals

12 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 7 Dinner

Transportation

Car, Cruise

Price Includes

  • All land transportation by AC car/ van.
  • Accommodations share in twin/double with daily breakfast.
  • All cruises include group shore-excursions
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide services (English speaking)
  • Taxes, fuel, river pilots, transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa.
  • Food includes full board (Breakfast, lunch, dinner – buffet or set menu style). Mineral water and coffee/tea (from jug) is included all day.
  • A selection of fresh fruit juices are included during breakfast and afternoon tea.

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • 10% of total package price will be charged if cancellation after the deposit made
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy

  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate