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Saigon to Angkor Wat with Douce Mekong Cruise 7 Days

Day 1: Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Tra On (L, D)

Pick up from your hotel in Saigon and depart for Mekong Delta.

Arrival Mekong Delta we will board our sampan for an exploration of lush vegetation of Mekong Delta and the lively Cai Be floating market. Walking for visit the handicraft village of the local people. Sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits. Return to our boat. Our boat sets sail and cruise through zizag cannales and river heading out to Can Tho via Cho Lach while we enjoy lunch on board.
 
Arrival Cho Lach village we will go for a pleasant walking or biking on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities, especially somes orchards (orange grove) with its famer. Interaction with friendly people and meet with a host of smiling children. Our cruise continue to Traon. Enjoy the magnificent sunset on the river. Leisurely cruise up the Mekong River while enyoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs, sunset cruise. A wonderful day with picturesque ferry crossings over Mekong River branches. Dinner and night e on board Douce Mekong in Tra on.

Day 2: Tra On - Cai Rang - Can Tho (B, L, D)

The morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day we breakfast and set sails to Can Tho through tributary and canals.
 
Enjoy the magnificent sunrise on Bassac river. A small boat will take you to Cai Rang floating market. One of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats bargaining and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. And through the palm-shaded creek local houses and green orchards comes into your view. Leisurely cruise down the Mekong River while enjoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs, sunset cruise on board Douce Mekong. Dinner and overnight on board.

Can Tho - Vietnam

Tra On - Vietnam

Cai Be - Vietnam

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Day 3: Long Xuyen - Cho Moi - Hoa Hoa (B, L, D)

Rising up early for another nice day we contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board. Visit Long Xuyen floating market by small boats intermingled through the water as vendors buy and sell their fruit. Visit a crocodile farm and promenade on Ong Ho island, see daily life of the local people who live on both sides of the Mekong (Bassac river), and small arroyos on the island. Noon approaching we return to Douce Mekong boat and carry on our journey to Hoa Hao village. Lunch on board. Disembark and head to Chau Doc. Tonight we stay overnight at Victoria Chau Doc hotel in Chau Doc.

Day 4: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

This morning we will have a boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing at 08.00. The boat takes us along the Mekong River. It continues on to the Vietnamese (Vinh Xuong) - Cambodian (Kaom Samnar) border and then to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The journey takes approximately 4 hours. Arrival transfer our hotel in Phnom Penh, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia. A visit to Phnom Penh is a very interesting experience indeed. It is a city with an interesting pulse and it gives you a very true taste of Asia. We will visit the Wats Phnom, National museum, silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. Overnight at Sunway hotel**** in Phnom Penh.

Day 5: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B, L, D)

This morning there will be a transfer to Phom Penh port for the boat ride to Siem Riep. The boat winding our way on Tonle Sap river, taking in such spectacular view of rural life on water. Arrival Siem Riep, transfer to the hotel. Visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Ta Prohm. One of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon. Dinner and overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel.

Day 6: Angkor Wat Temple (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.
 
Lunch at local restaurant. Aftenroon visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), until sunset. Dinner local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
 
Tonight we will enjoy diner with traditional Khmer folk performance of Apsara. Overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel in Siem Reap.

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap

Indipendence Monument - Phnom Penh

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Day 7: Departure (B)

At leisure to visit the market or "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.

Price in US $ per person

 

 

Trip Included

  • All boat cruise Douce Mekong with meals
  • Boat ride from Chau Doc - Phnom Penh and Phnom Penh - Siem Reap.
  • All accommodation on the Douce Mekong boat and at the hotels ( Victoria Chau Doc Hotel; Sunway hotel, Prince d’Angkor hotel)
  • Meals as indicated ( B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner)
  • Admission fees and permits where applicable
  • Land transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Service of crew and English speaking guide on board.

Trip Excluded

  • Pre/post trip arrangement
  • Beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee (Visa fee on arrival at Cambodia border: 25USD, 1 photo 3x4cm).
  • Other personal expenses

Cruise Information

Douce Mekong is a modern and tastefully designed river barge. Built in traditional style with local touch and western comfort Douce Mekong offers an elegant, relaxing and fulfilling ways to explore endless water way of Mekong River. The cruise brings us into contact with people in different corner of the Delta. With Douce Mekong, you will have ample opportunity to see Vietnam in its authenticity and sample local culture and food, in a one unpacking, unforgettable vacation where your "floating hotel" get you insight into Mekong Delta and quaint villages.
 
Aboard Douce Mekong you will enjoy the continuous and ever-changing scenery as you encounter a lively world of legendary waterways and picturesque landscapes, floating markets, lush bonsais garden, rice fields, villages, pagodas and temples, fruit-filled orchards, boat laden bazaar and a host of smiling children.

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Services & Facilities

  • Aircon Cabin with scenic view
  • Spacious double, twin & connecting cabin
  • Traditional herbal foot massage (complimentary)
  • Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Sun desk with relaxing beds / folding chair
  • Shoe cleaning service ( complimentary)
  • Bicycles /Mountain bikes (free of charge)
  • Shuttle boat (free of charge)
  • Walks/ cruise boating to villages/markets
  • Doctor on call
  • Safe deposit boxes at reception
  • Visa/Master Card /Amex accepted
  • English & speaking monitor/guide on boat
  • Check in/ Check Out
  • Check in time: 12: 00 PM
  • Check out time: 12: 00 NOON

Foreign Languages Spoken: English, French

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