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8-Day Mekong River Cruise: Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap
Product Code: 1113-192127
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Sail the mighty Mekong
  • • Explore the floating markets and villages
  • • Get to know the locals of Kampong Chhnang
  • • Visit ancient temples and small villages
  • • Enjoy the atmosphere of a floating market
Tour Code
1113-192127
Duration
8 days
Departure City
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
End City
Siem Reap
Tour Type:
Cruise
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Marine, Backpacker

Explore the waters of the world by cruise, kayak or surf board; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who wants to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Mekong Delta

Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

Today our 8-Day Mekong River cruise will begin as we meet at the Continental Saigon Hotel (address: 132 Dong Khoi, Ben Nghe, Quqn 1, Ho Chi Minh) in Ho Chi Minh City at 2:30pm. We will then transfer to the pier, embarking around 3:30pm.

Once on board, enjoy a welcome beverage and get to know the crew during an informational meeting before dinner on board.

Tips:
Dinner is included.
Day 02
Mekong Delta

My Tho - Sa Dec

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

We'll start today with a visit to the Vinh Trang Pagoda with a short tour of My Tho town en route. This area is known for its enormous buddha statues and peaceful surroundings. The monks here maintain an an ornate, gilded wood sanctuary, and tend to the impressive gardens.

Next, we'll take local boats to Thoi Son Island to see a coconut product manufacturer, taste some local fruit and honey and meet traditional musicians.

From here we'll continue up to the river to Cai Be and enjoy a visit to the floating market. Opt to cycle the small paths through local communities on the island and visit a Rice Popping cottage industry.

Then we'll head to Vinh Long via local boats to meet the vessel and continue our journey to Sa Dec

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Mekong Delta

Sa Dec - Xa Vinh Xuong

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

Today we'll get to introduce ourselves to Sa Dec with a visit to the Kien An Cung Pagoda. Then we'll walk along the river bank and discover the Sa Dec market, passing the old colonial houses by the delta.

Then we'll continue with our journey, enjoying breakfast and lunch aboard the ship.

We'll disembark at Chau Doc and Ttravel to Sam Mountain by private vehicle where we'll settle in to watch the sunset and enjoy views of the surrounding landscape.

You can join us for an optional dinner in town before reboarding the ship.

Tips:
Breakfast and lunch are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Phnom Penh

Xa Vinh Xuong - Phnom Penh

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

Today we'll cross the border Cambodia and continue on to Phnom Penh.

We'll discover the city with a traditional cyclo and depart from Wat Phnom. Tour busy streets to soak up the real vibe of the city. Pass the post office and Van's restaurant, both stunning colonial buildings, and make your way to the Royal Palace and National Museum. Go along the riverside road and take in the atmospheric cafes that line the street.to see the city from a new perspective.

Opt to finish up at the Foreign Correspondents Club for Happy Hour overlooking the river or dinner in town.

Tips:
Breakfast and lunch are included.

During the border crossing all passengers must stay on board and the formalities are done on the riverboat. The ship will usually stay at the border for a 2-3 hours whilst all the formalities are completed. Depending on the time spent at the border, the itinerary for the afternoon may vary, although this process is usually quite simple delays can happen.
Day 05
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

Today we'll learn some of the tragic history of the region with a tour of the S21 Museum, also known as the Security Prison 21 (S-21) which was used by the Khmer Rouge regime. Take a guided tour to hear the stories behind the sombre photos lining the museum walls.

From here we'll learn more about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge visiting the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek; the grounds now stand as a powerful memorial filled with victims’ skulls and mass graves. Tour this chilling, yet serene, site with a guide.

Afterwards we'll bright our spirits with an included lunch at Friends, a social enterprise. Opt to visit sights like the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, or the Russian Market during your free time.

Tips:
Breakfast and lunch are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh - Kampong Tralach

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

Today we'll continue our journey to Koh Chen, located on an island in the river. Wander through the streets and visit family run silver and copper workshops. Watch the craftsmen and learn about the process. If possible, meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to share his story.

Then we'll head further north to Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Kampong Chhnang

Kampong Tralach - Chnok Tru

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

From Kampong Tralach we'll sail onward to Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap Lake.

Located around 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is a very large fishing port on the Tonlé Sap. A lot of locals make a living from fish farming, a popular occupation in this area. Kampong Chhnang is also famous for its pottery ware, the style of which has not changed much for centuries and is distributed to the rest of the country. Wander through the local market, and head out to explore a family run brick factory to watch the process. Continue to visit the locals and observe the process of hand making pottery.

Before heading back to the riverboat, explore a sugar palm farm where the Thnot tree (sugar palm) that abounds in the area is used to create a mellow tasting, caramel coloured sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.

We'll enjoy lunch back on the ship en route to Chnok Tru. Along the way you can hop in a local boat to visit one of the largest floating villages on the river.

Tonight, enjoy an evening cocktail and the Captain's farewell dinner.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

When water levels are too low (possible from mid December to mid August) it may not be possible to visit the floating village at Chnok Tru. Alternatively, the group will visit a floating village at Kampong Chhnang and anchor near Koh Chen.
Day 08
Siem Reap

Chnok Tru - Siem Reap

We'll come to the last leg of our adventure as we depart Chnok Tru early in the morning and arrive Siem Reap around 4:00pm, ending our tour.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

When water levels are too low (possible from mid December to mid August) it may not be possible to sail to the port in Siem Reap. Alternatively, the group will transfer from Koh Chen to Siem Reap by bus.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

- Your flight must arrive by or before 11:00am.
- Your flight must depart no earlier than 5:00pm.
Meeting Point
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Time Region Location Full Address
2:30PM Ho Chi Minh Continental Saigon Hotel 132 Dong Khoi, Ben Nghe, Quqn 1, Ho Chi Minh
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 7 nights aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Vinh Trang Pagoda visit
  • Thoi Son Island cottage industries tour
  • Kien An Cung Pagoda visit (Sa Dec)
  • Sam Mountain sunset visit
  • Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh)
  • Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) guided tour
  • Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) guided tour
  • Koh Chen island visit include cottage industries
  • Vihara and pagoda visit (Kampong Tralach)
  • Kampong Chhnang visit
  • Chhnok Tru floating village visit
  • Options to cycle to excursions along the way
  • Farewell cocktail and Captain's Dinner
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (availability subject to change):
    - Cyclo tour (Ho Chi Minh City): USD 4.00
    - War Crimes museum (Ho Chi Minh City): USD 1.00
    - The Reunification Palace (Ho Chi Minh City): USD 2.00
    - Saigon Water Park (Ho Chi Minh City): USD 4.00
Special Notes
  • Most airlines allow up to two checked bags and one carry-on per person. To avoid any problems upon check-in and with possible excess baggage charges, please consult the airline for specific restrictions.
  • Dress on board the Toum Tiou II is informal. Plan to bring comfortable, casual clothing for all activities. When packing, we suggest that you do not weigh yourself down with too many clothes or too much gear. Select informal, practical attire that can be worn in layers.
  • On-board laundry service is offered for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
  • About Accommodation:
    Cabins on board the Toum Tiou II all have exterior view windows and private bathrooms.
    - 125 ft. (38m) Riverboat
    - Built: 2008
    - Flag: Cambodian
    - Draft: 1.8m
    - Engine power: 450 HP
    - Speed: 11 Knots
    - Capacity: 28 Passengers
    - Cabins: 6 upper, 8 lower
    - Boat Layout: Large screen television in lounge showing movies nightly. Library with classic literature, Wifi in public areas, outdoor dining and lounge areas with comfortable seating.
  • While it is our intention to follow the itinerary as advertised, some modifications to the itinerary are occasionally needed to reach Siem Reap while water levels are very low (March - August). The Toum Tiou II was built with a steel hull and sleek low draft, so occasions like this are rare. If changes need to be made, they may involve docking the boat just before Siem Reap and using overland transportation to reach the final destination.
  • Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travelers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 18 and older
* Child: 12-17 years of age
* Children younger than 12 are not permitted on this tour.
* Prices for Single Occupancy apply when one person stays in the cabin.
* Prices for Double Occupancy apply when two people stay in the cabin.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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