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VERTREKDATA:
van oktober 2017 tot en met april 2019
Cruise: 8 dagen / 7 nachten

 
   
 
   

Saigon – Siem Reap
Upstream Iternerary

Day 1
SAIGON - MY THO - EMBARKATION
(Lunch & Dinner on board)
Meet at the Sofitel Plaza hotel in Saigon at 9 am for the transfer arrangement to My Tho, located 70 kilometers away. The transfer includes a stop at the Cholon Market and visit to a lacquer factory. Arrival in My Tho and welcome on board the RV MEKONG PRESTIGE II. Lunch on board. Departure in the afternoon. Welcome Dinner on board & traditional Music Show.

Day 2
CAI BE - SA DEC (All meals on board)
Arrival at Cai Be in the morning. After breakfast we take a morning junk trip around Cai Be to visit a floating market and go ashore to see the French Gothic Cathedral. Take a stroll along the river bank and visit a local manufacturer producing rice paper, and coconut sweets. Return to the ship for lunch. Cruise past Vinh Long Province to arrive at Sa Dec for an afternoon walk. We see the house of Marguerite’s Chinese Lover. The house is a small museum of « The Lover » in Sadec. Visit to a Caodaist Temple and stroll through the colorful local market.

 

Day 3
TAN CHAU – BORDER CROSSING (All meals on board)
Arrival at Tan Chau in the morning, a remote town on the main Mekong River. After breakfast, transfer on small boats to visit a fishing farm. We go ashore to visit a local workshop producing woven mats, and take a short walk in the village to visit a silk weaving workshop. A rickshaw ride round this fascinating town takes you back to the pier for lunch. Depart for the Cambodian border. Evening cruise up the broad Mekong River to Phnom Penh.

Day 4
PHNOM PENH
Arrival in Phnom Penh in the morning. The capital city of Cambodia still retains its old French colonial architecture in riverside streets. Visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. Lunch on board. Afternoon excursion to the former High School « S21 », converted to a detention center under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979, followed by a visit to Wat Phnom after which the city was named. Dinner on board. Traditional Khmer Apsara Dancing Show on board.

 

 

Day 5
CHONG KOH - PHNOM PENH (All meals on board)
Early morning sailing from Phnom Penh to Chong Koh or Oknathey (both located in Silk Island). Visit this silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure and a visit to the local workshop. The excursion includes a visit to a Pagoda and a meeting in a primary school. We cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and River life with extensive fishing activities. Return to Phnom Penh and afternoon at leisure. Dinner on board.

Day 6
OUDONG – KAMPONG TRALACH (All meals on board)
Morning journey upriver heading towards Oudong. Arrival at Prek Dam in the early afternoon, 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh. Excursion by coach to reach Oudong, the former capital city of Cambodia, between 1618 and 1866, Visit of the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, located at the foot of a hill on the top of which were erected numerous Stupas dating of the last Khmer Kings. This is a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks. After the visit buses depart for Kampong Tralach to visit the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back to the last century to see the beautiful wall paintings. Return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage. Dinner on board.

Day 7
KAMPONG CHHNANG (All meals on board)
Morning sailing on the Tonle Sap River, which connects the Mekong River to the Tonle Lake. Arrive at Kampong Chhnang, located approximately 90 km from Phnom Penh. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Then board local boats to visit the authentic floating village. The life of the entire population is connected to the river with local people using the canal system which crisscross this little town. We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market. Lunch & Dinner on board.

Day 8
TONLE - SIEM REAP (Breakfast on board)
We cross the lake early in the morning* (Please note that when there is low water, the transfer to Siem Reap will be made by coach or speed boat). The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length, with interesting and varied bird life resulting from the varied the water levels in the lake and river depending on the time of year and rainfall. Disembarkation after breakfast and transfer to Siem Reap.

*Important notice: it may not be possible to cross Lake Tonle if the water is low. Alternative arrangements will be made to cross the lake either by bus or speed boat to meet the pier. Passengers will be informed of details before departure. The cruise schedule and program timing are indicative and subject to modification.

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Siem Reap - Saigon
Downstream Iternerary

Day 1:
SIEM REAP – EMBARKATION
(Lunch & Dinner on board)
Transfer from Sokha Angkor Resort hotel in Siem Reap to the pier at Phnom Krom in the morning *(Please note that in case of low waters, the transfer to the ship will be made by coach or speed boat). Welcome on board the RV MEKONG PRESTIGE II and settle into your cabin. Lunch on board. Afternoon departure crossing the Tonle Lake*. Welcome Dinner on board
*Please note that in case of bus transfer, a light lunch buffet will be served on board upon arrival.

Day 2:
KAMPONG CHHNANG – KAMPONG TRALACH – OUDONG
(All meals on board)
Arrival at Kampong Chhnang, located approximately 90 km from Phnom Penh. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Board local boats to visit the authentic floating village. The life of the entire population is connected to the river with local people using the canal system which crisscross this little town. We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market. Return on board for lunch while sailing towards Kampong Tralach. Departure by ox-drawn carriage to discover the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back from the last century which has retained beautiful wall paintings. Bus transfer to Oudong, the former capital city of Cambodia, between 1618 and 1866. Visit of the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, located at the foot of a hill on the top of which were erected numerous Stupas dating of the last Khmer Kings, a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks. In the evening, navigation towards Phnom Penh.

Day 3:
CHONG KOH – PHNOM PENH
(All meals on board)
Arrival in Chong Koh or Oknathey (both located on Silk Island) in the morning. Stop at this silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure and a visit to the local workshop. Visit to a Pagoda and meeting in a primary school. Lunch on board. Sailing to Phnom Penh and visit to Wat Phnom after which the city was named. Dinner on board. Traditional Khmer Apsara Dancing Show on board.

Day 4:
PHNOM PENH
(All meals on board)
The capital city of Cambodia still retains its old French colonial architecture in riverside streets.  Morning bus tour including the Royal Palace & the Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. Lunch on board. An afternoon excursion is arranged to the former High School « S21 », which was converted to a detention center under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979. Leisure time and shopping at the “Central Market”. Dinner on board

 

Day 5:
PHNOM PENH - NAVIGATION - BORDER CROSSING
(All meals on board)
The ship departs towards the border with Vietnam in the morning. We cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and river life with extensive fishing activities. Crossing of the border and completion of the required formalities.

Day 6:
TAN CHAU
(All meals on board)
Arrival at Tan Chau in the morning, a remote town on the main Mekong River. After breakfast, transfer on small boats to visit a fishing farm. We go ashore to visit a local workshop producing woven mats, and take a short walk in the village to visit a silk weaving workshop. A rickshaw ride round this fascinating town takes you back to the pier for lunch. Navigation in the afternoon

Day 7:
SA DEC - CAI BE
(All meals on board)
Arrival at Sa Dec. The French writer Marguerite Duras spent parts of her childhood in Sa Dec, a sprawling busy town on the Mekong Delta. We see the house of Marguerite’s Chinese Lover. The house is a small museum of « The Lover » in Sadec. Visit to a Caodaist Temple and a stroll through the colorful local market. Lunch on board. We cruise past Vinh Long Province, located in the middle of the Delta region, between the two tributaries of the Mekong. Arrival at Cai Be, tour on local boats to see the French Gothic Cathedral. Walk along the river bank and visit to a manufacturer of rice paper and coconut sweets. Dinner on board & traditional Music Show.

Day 8:
MY THO – DISEMBARKATION - SAIGON
(Breakfast on board)
Arrival at My Tho. Disembarkation after breakfast and bus transfer to Saigon city center. The transfer includes a stop at the Cholon Market and the visit to a lacquer factory.

*Important notice: it may not be possible to cross Lake Tonle if the water is low. Alternative arrangements will be made to cross the lake either by bus or speed boat to meet the ship. Passengers will be informed of details before departure.The cruise schedule and program timing are indicative and subject to modification.

 
   
   

 

Prijzen 2018 - 2019
8 dagen / 7 nachten, cruise only aan boord van de r/v Mekong Prestige II
Prijzen per passagier in USD - op basis van dubbele bezetting
 
 
   
 
   
   
PRICES INCLUDE:
 
  • Upstream transfers from the Sofitel Plaza hotel in Saigon to the ship in My Tho on day 1 and from the ship to Siem Reap Sokha Angkor Resort hotel on day 8
  • Downstream transfers from Siem Reap Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel on day 1 to the ship and from My Tho to Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Saigon on day 8.
  • Full board in the selected category of the R/V Mekong Prestige II
  • All meals from Lunch on Day 1 until Breakfast on Day 8
  • Drinks on board : Mineral Water, non-alcoholic beverages, local beers and local wine during meals
  • On board tips/gratuities
  • All excursions and entrance fees with English speaking guide as per included excursions in the itinerary
  • The services of an English-speaking Cruise Director
  • Port taxes
 
   
PRICES EXCLUDE:  
  • Overseas flights
  • Beverages other than those mentioned above
  • Tipping/gratuities for land services
  • Visa arrangements
  • Insurance
 
   
Note:  

Originally the Mekong was named by the local Thai tribes as MAE NAM KHONG which was shortened to Mae Khong, meaning Kong River or “Mother of all Rivers”. In Chinese, it was phoneticized externally as Méigöng Hé (outside China) whereas in Continental China, for most of its length it is known as the Làncäng Jiäng (Lancang River). In Burmese, it is called the Mae Khaung, while in modern Thaï, it is Mae Nam Khong. In Laotian, Mènam Khong, in Cambodian Méköngk or Tonle Thom and for the Vietnamese, Sông Cû’u Long.

 

 

 
 
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