Incredible Mekong

  • CAD $7,450

  • November 14 - 27, 2019 | 14 days / 12 nights

From Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia. We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta so rich in human life and endeavour, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. With a full day in charming Phnom Penh we then explore remoter waterways as we progress to the great monuments of Angkor.

Itinerary

Day Destination Activities
Nov 14 Toronto
Ho Chi Minh City
Board on overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Nov 15 Ho Chi Minh City Visit Cu Chi Tunnels
Explore Cho Lon and its landmarks
Nov 16 Ho Chi Minh City
My Tho
EMBARKATION
Sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City
Nov 17 Chau Doc Visit a traditional Cham village and catfish farm
Travel to Sa Dec
Nov 18 Vietnam Border Sail towards the Vietnam border
Nov 19 Tonle River See Tonle Sap, Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake
Nov 20 Phnom Penh Experience Cambodia’s charming capital
Optional excursion to Genocide Museum
Nov 21 Prek Kdam See Monkey Temple, Wat Hanchey, Angkor Ban
Nov 22 Kratie Spot the Irrawaddy dolphins
Nov 23 Siem Reap DISEMBARKATION
Nov 24 Siem Reap Tour Siem Reap’s oldest market
Visit temple of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre
Nov 25 Angkor Experience the splendour of Angkor Thom
Explore breathtaking Angkor Wat
Nov 26 Siem Reap Explore the city of Siem Reap
Nov 27 Siem Reap
Toronto
Check out at hotel
Transfer to airport for your return flight

TORONTO | HO CHI MINH CITY

Board an overnight flight from Toronto to Ho Chi Minh City.

HO CHI MINH CITY

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, where a local guide will accompany you to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore this thriving traveler’s hub.

HO CHI MINH CITY

In the morning, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an impressive 200-km-long underground network that served as an important base during the American War. Visitors can explore the area’s tunnels, hidden entrances, and booby traps. In the afternoon, explore Cho Lon, home of Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinese community as well as Chinese-influenced landmarks such as Cha Tam Church and Thien Hau Temple. En route back to the hotel, we’ll stop at the one-of-a-kind Cao Dai temple.

HO CHI MINH CITY | MY THO | EMBARKATION

After breakfast, transfer to My Tho port for embarkation. Enjoy welcome drinks and your first lunch on board. Sail downstream to Ben Tre and anchor midstream.

CHAU DOC

Chau Doc is home to Chinese, Cham, and Khmer ethnic communities. Visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a catfish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take one of our mountain bikes and explore the local market or the Catholic Church.

CAMBODIA BORDER

Explore the labyrinthine canal system around Tan Chau to visit a Taoist temple where the monks will read fortunes. The ship then sails for the Cambodia Border.

PHNOM PENH

Morning orientation of Phnom Penh by cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvelous collection of Angkorian statuary. Afternoon optional visit to the Killing Fields and Genocide museum or take a tuk-tuk to explore the riverfront and finish with High Tea at Raffles Hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and nightlife.

TONLE RIVER

Witness the picturesque landscapes and vibrant rural life on the banks of the Tonle river, stopping to tour two little-known artisan villages. At the mouth of the Tonle river is Tonle Sap, Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake and a UNESCO biosphere reserve whose flow changes direction with the monsoon.

PREK KDAM

Explore the rural village of Angkor Ban, where the wooden houses on stilts were among the only traditional structures to survive the Khmer Rouge’s destructive regime. Sail upstream, stopping at Wat Hanchey, a colourful hilltop pagoda that offers panoramic views of the Mekong which are among the best in the country.

KRATIE

Morning visit to Koh Trong Island a small Mekong River hamlet which can be explored by bicycle or ox cart with a real immersion into Khmer rural life then visiting a reforestation site where you can leave your mark by planting your own tree. After lunch, moor off Kratie and continue to the dolphin grounds by local boat where the best place to spot the Mekong river’s ever-disappearing Irrawaddy dolphins.

DISEMBARKATION | SIEM REAP

Sail downstream to moor at Kampong Cham for disembarkation and road transfer to Siem Reap.

SIEM REAP

This morning, tour Siem Reap’s oldest market and learn the ins and outs of traditional Khmer cuisine during a private cooking class with a local executive chef. In the afternoon, explore the small but enchanting temple of Banteay Srei, one of the area’s most sacred sites. Banteay Samre, which you’ll visit next, dates back to the early 12th century. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

ANGKOR

This morning, experience the splendour of Angkor Thom, a longstanding stronghold of the Khmer empire and the site of the renowned Bayon Temple. You’ll also see Ta Prohm, where the encroaching jungle adds to the temple’s mystical allure. After lunch, explore breathtaking Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and the pinnacle of Khmer culture. Meet young artisans learning traditional art forms before a dinner of local fare.

SIEM REAP | TORONTO

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport to prepare for your onward journey.

Dates & Prices

PACKAGE PRICE (AIR, CRUISE & LAND) PER PERSON

Cabin Category Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Main Deck CAD $7,450 CAD $9,750
Upper Deck CAD $8,150 CAD $10,790

*Pricing is available for departures from other Canadian cities. Please contact us for details.

Ship Information

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RV Tonle Pandaw

With her gorgeous upper deck saloon, observation decks and formal dining room, this ship is an old favourite and has a rich ambience. In 2013 she was fully refitted and the number of cabins reduced to just twenty-eight in order to create a professional spa and library on the lower deck. She is not a small ship but despite her size she has a shallow draft and can usually get up river into low water areas when other vessels are stuck well below.

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