Upstream the Mekong River on Luxury Cruise 13 days


Trip 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.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer from the airport to hotel.
Meals: -
Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City


Explore Cu Chi Tunnels. Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: B, L
Hotel in Saigon

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho – Cai Be


Experience Mekong Delta onboard luxury cruise
Meals: B, D
Luxury Mekong River Cruise

Day 4: Cai Be – Sa Dec – Chau Doc


Cruising through the delta toward the border town Chau Doc
Meals: B, L, D
Luxury Mekong River Cruises

Day 5: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh


Cross the border and enter Cambodia . Make your way to Phnom Penh.
Meals: B, L, D
Luxury Mekong River Cruises

Day 6: Phnom Penh


Full day sightseeing tour & enjoy Apsara dance performance at dinner time.
Meals: B, L, D
Luxury Mekong River Cruise

Day 7: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham


Cruise to Kampong Cham with a stop at the little known silk weaving village Chong Koh
Meals: B, L, D
Luxury Mekong River Cruise

Day 8: Kampong Cham


Go ashore to visit pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey
Meals: B, L, D
Luxury Mekong River Cruise

Day 9: Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang


Set sail towards Kampong Chhnang - Cambodia’s “waterworld”.
Meals: B, L, D
Luxury Mekong River Cruise

Day 10: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap


Cross the Tonle Sap Lake. The cruise comes to an end as we reach Siem Reap. Disembark.
Meals: B
Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 11: Siem Reap


Discover marvelous temples of Angkor Wat and "jungle temple" Ta Prohm
Meals: B, L
Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 12: Siem Reap


Temple hopping: Banteay Srei – Preak Khan – Neak Pean – Angkor Thom
Meals: B
Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 13: Siem Reap Departure

Transfer to airport in Siem Reap for onward flight
Meals: B
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.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City


Today morning you will drive 55 km out of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi District famous for the amazing complex of underground tunnels - Cu Chi Tunnels. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels.
After have a big bold of “Pho” – noodle for lunch, we will start the HCM City Tour haft day in the afternoon.

Take part in tour, you will visit some typical interesting sights of Ho Chi Minh City such as: War Remnants Museum (or History Museum), Reunification Palace, Saigon Center Post Office, etc…

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon
Activities: Explore Cu Chi Tunnels. Ho Chi Minh City

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

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

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.

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.

Day 7: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham


We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village. We will then return to the ship and will cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilarating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their shift boats.
Travelers can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Then, we are back to the Ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham.

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

Day 8: Kampong Cham


Begin the land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb 291 steps to the top. We will return to the Ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks.
When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby bank to swim in the teacoloured Mekong River. We will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the Ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
Activities: Go ashore to visit pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey

Day 9: Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang


The cruise sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle River. Then we will approach Kampong Chhnang - Cambodia’s “waterworld”.
Here we will take a motorboat excursion to the landing, followed by a short bus trip to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Later, we will come back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region.

We then return to the Ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle River. In the evening, a sumptuous spread will be served. And for the big surprise – bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors.

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Kampong Chhnang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Luxury Mekong River Cruise
Activities: Set sail towards Kampong Chhnang - Cambodia’s “waterworld”.

Day 10: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap


Tonle Sap lake dominates Cambodia and is the largest freshwater lake in Asia with abundant birdlife. This lake is so wide that one can not see its shores from the middle of the lake.
The cruise comes to an end as we reach this city of the fabled Angkor temple complex. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. We will cross the Tonle Sap Lake at dawn and at 9.00h, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town. Welcome by your local guide on arrival in Siem Reap and transfer by private vehicle to your hotel for check in. Spend the balance of day free at leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Remark: the total transfer time from disembark point until drop off point in Siem Reap is up to 5 hour driving.
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.

Day 11: Siem Reap


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

Day 12: Siem Reap


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
Activities: Temple hopping: Banteay Srei – Preak Khan – Neak Pean – 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

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.
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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.

Price Excludes

  • - Phnom Penh port tax per passenger of 65 USD.
  • - Crew gratuities (5 USD per passenger/day are recommended).
  • - Cambodian Visa (available on Upstream cruise only/37 USD).
  • - Fuel surcharges if any (see terms and conditions).
  • - Peak season surcharge at 150 USD per person for all cruises falling on New Year’s Eve and/or Christmas

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
  • - Child under 6 years accompany with 2 full paying clients, staying in same room with parents
  • - Child from 6-11 years accompany with 2 full paying clients, staying on extra bed
  • - The above children rates are applicable for booking made with 2 adults and a maximum of 2 children occupancy in a room

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