10-Day Mekong River Adventure Cruise: Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
Product Code: 1113-190954
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Explore Angkor Wat and the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • • Visit ancient temples and small villages
  • • Enjoy the atmosphere of a floating market
  • • Learn about life along this famous river
Tour Code
1113-190954
Duration
10 days
Departure City
Siem Reap
End City
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Tour Type:
Boat
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 want 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
Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Hotel: Royal Angkor Resort or similar

Welcome to Cambodia! Upon arrival at the airport a representative will transfer you to the hotel.

The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city. There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting to be held at around 6:00pm.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Siem Reap

Siem Reap - Chnok Tru

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

We'll have an early start today with a 4:30am departure for Angkor Wat to watch the sunrise. Then we'll enjoy a tour of impressive ancient ruins with a local professional guide. Wake early to watch the sun rise over the magnificent Angkor Wat temple. Visit the enigmatic faces of Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and tour Ta Prohm (aka the "Tomb Raider" temple), which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle.

Then we'll return to the hotel for breakfast before exploring more of the temples.

For lunch we'll enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at the New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant. Providing skill-building opportunities to marginalized community members, the project also funds the adjacent free community school and health centre. Visit the restaurant run by locals and see how the New Hope project has supported positive change in the community.

At 2:30pm we'll kick off our Mekong River cruise. Once on board, enjoy a welcome beverage and get to know the crew during an informational meeting. Then we'll head out for Chnok Tru.

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 embark at the port in Siem Reap. Alternatively, the group will transfer from Siem Reap to Koh Chen by bus and embark at Koh Chen at approximately 6:30pm.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Kampong Chhnang

Chnok Tru - Kampong Chhnang

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

First up for today we'll visit one of the biggest floating villages on the Tonle Sap River, Chnok Tru, before continuing on to Kampong Chhnang.

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 colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.

After the day's excursions, enjoy dinner on board and relax as the riverboat drops anchor for the night.

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 04
Phnom Penh

Kampong Chhnang - Phnom Penh

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

Early in the morning we'll arrive at Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda.

We'll travel through Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing beautiful stretches of emerald rice paddies. The Vihara dates back to early last century and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. Standing isolated in the middle of the rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few international visitors, enjoy this truly unique experience.

Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery.

Then we'll continue down the river to Koh Chen, an island in the river. Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to tell his story.

From here we'll head to the capital city of Phnom Penh. Take a cyclo tour past sights like Wat Phnom and the Grand Palace. Opt to finish up at the FCC for a happy hour cocktail overlooking the river or for dinner in town.

Tips:
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Day 05
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

Today we'll spend the day exploring all this city has to offer.

To start, we'll learn about the dark history and devastation that occurred at Security Prison 21 (S-21); the prison, used by the Khmer Rouge regime, is now Tuol Sleng Museum. Take a guided tour to hear the stories behind the sombre photos lining the museum walls.

From here we'll head to the infamous Killing Fields and 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 sombre, yet serene, site with a guide.

Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the National Museum, Grand Palace or Russian Market. In the evening, return to the boat for an Apsara show before departure.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Sa Dec

Phnom Penh - Sa Dec

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

Say farewell to Cambodia as we cross the border into Vietnam. Opt to cycle, or stay on board, to Chau Doc from the checkpoint.

After all the formalities are taken care of we'll visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, first by power boat, followed by small local rowing boats. Take in the serene scenery and spot a wide array of birds.

Then we'll travel to Sam Mountain by private vehicle and settle in to watch the sunset and enjoy views of the surrounding landscape.

Afterwards we'll continue to Sa Dec

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner are included.

During border crossing all passengers must stay on board as formalities are done on the riverboat. The boat will usually stay at the border for 2-3 hours whilst all formalities are completed. Depending on time spent at the border, the itinerary for the afternoon may vary. Although this process is usually quite simple, delays can occur.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Sa Dec

Sa Dec - Vinh Long - Thoi Son

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

We'll begin our tour of Sa Dec with a walk along the Sa Dec river bank and through the Sa Dec market. This small city of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating due to its unspoiled authenticity and the fact it remains relatively undisturbed by tourists. It provides a glimpse of traditional life on the Mekong, complete with tree lined streets and fading colonial villas.

Then we'll continue on to Vinh Long. Here we'll learn about rice popping and opt to cycle small paths through the communities here. Continue to Cai Be by local boats and meet up with the vessel.

We'll drop anchor tonight near Thoi Son Island.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08

My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (overnight)

Hotel: Toum Tiou II Riverboat or similar

In the morning we'll visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, catching a glimpse of My Tho town on the way. Vinh Trang 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.

Then we'll cruise to Thoi Son Island by local boats to visit a local coconut product manufacturer, taste some local fruit and honey and meet traditional musicians. Opt for a local lunch on the island.

From here we'll continue on to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) via the Cho Gao canal. You can choose to travel by boat or cycle there instead. Enjoy a farewell cocktail on board before the Captain's dinner.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner are included.
Day 09
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

Hotel: Continental Saigon Hotel or similar

We'll arrive around 11:00am and disembark. In the afternoon we'll take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you’re not claustrophobic). These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10

Ho Chi Minh City

Today our lovely tour will come and end and we'll say farewell.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Pick-up Details/Transfers
An arrival transfer is included when you arrive on Day 1. The details can be found on your e-ticket.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Certified Experience Officer (CEO)
  • Transportation by land and boat
  • Arrival transfer
  • 7 nights aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat
  • 2 night hotel accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • New Hope visit with lunch
  • Tours of the following attractions/cities: Angkor Wat, New Hope, Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour, Choeung Ek (Killing Fields), Kampong Tralach Monastery visit, Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Sam Mountain sunset tour, Koh Chen Island, Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) guided tour, Vinh Long excursion, Kien An Cung Pagoda visit (Sa Dec)
  • Options to cycle to excursions along the way
  • Farewell cocktail and Captain's Dinner
  • Cu Chi Tunnels guided visit (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • 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 one standard hotel room.
* Prices for Double Occupancy apply when two people stay in one standard hotel room.

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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