Legendary Mekong - Siem Reap to Saigon
Based on the R/V Mekong Prestige II
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 your ship 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 centre 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 centre. 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.