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Mekong Cruise From Siem Reap to Saigon 8 Days (Downstream)

Jayavarman Cruise: $1790.00/pax, Jahan Cruise: $1919.00/pax
Price above is quoted for 2pax size and will decrease if group size is from 3pax.

Cruise Itinerary Detail:

Day 1: High or Low Water (L/D)
High Water: Siem Reap – Tonle River
The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the fl owing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to millions of people. It has more fish than any other lake in the world and is home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare and endangered feathered life.

Transfer to welcome lounge followed by welcome drink while your information is being processed for boarding then continue by road for short a distance to boat pier of Tonle Sap Great Lake. Resume by local boat to dock our luxury ship, check in and enjoy delicious lunch on board as the Mighty Mekong journey begins. Enjoy high tea in the afternoon, relax on your private balcony before dinner is served and a presentation about “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap” will be provided by expert guide. You may like to watch classic movies at lounge cinema or enjoy yourself.

Low Water: Siem Reap – Kampong Cham
Transfer to welcome lounge followed by welcome drink while your information is being processed for boarding then continue by road with 4.5 hours to Kampong Cham where our luxury ship sits, snacks are provided during the trip. Check in and enjoy buffet lunch in the dining hall. Afternoon, learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children join us on board, always excited to show their skills in music and art. Afterward, disembark and continue by road to take interesting photos of the bamboo bridge across Mekong River from the city to Pan island and admired by Wat Hanchey – one of the Pre-Angkorain temples, built in 7th century, pampered by breathtaking views over the Mekong. Back to our ship for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 2: High or Low Water (B/L/D)
High Water: Kampong Chhnang – Kamp. Tralach – Kampong Cham
You may like to rise early in the morning to experience Tai Chi class which is admired by beautiful scenery. Once we arrived in Kampong Chhnang, take a local boat and disembark for a guided tour to the village specialties – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar before returning to the boat we explore the floating villages and wetlands of the region. Get on board for lunch as the cruise resumes the journey along Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach. A ritual blessing ceremony will be offered by religious monks for good wishes for our health and prosperity for all. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all the river life, which is so different than ours – by a local oxcart ride. Back on board, we sail downstream passing the confluence of the Tonle and Mekong Rivers.

Low Water: Kampong Cham – Oknha Tey – Kampong Chhnang
You may like to rise early in the morning to experience Tai Chi class which is admired by beautiful scenery before the breakfast is served. The ship continues gliding up towards Angkor Ban Village – the untouched community remains beautiful, traditional houses. get back to the board, a ritual blessing ceremony will be offered by religious monks for good wishes for our health and prosperity for all. Enjoy lunch as we set sail downstream the Mekong. In the afternoon a high tea is offered and our staff is keen to show you the variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Once we arrived at Island of Koh Oknha Tey, we explore the island by tuk tuk to reveal its famous Cambodian high class silk products as well as learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms. Back to our luxury home for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 3: High or Low Water (B/L/D)
High Water: Kampong Cham – Okhna Tey – Phnom Penh
After breakfast, we learn more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children join us on board, always excited to show their skills in music and art. Afterward, disembark and continue by road to the enhancing Wat Hanchey – one of the Pre-Angkorain temples, built in 7th century, pampered by breathtaking views over the Mekong. Back on board to enjoy lunch, our staff is keen to show you the variety of traditional Khmer fashion in the afternoon, watch the riverbank during the high tea as the cruise continues to its next stop. Once we arrived at Island of Koh Oknha Tey, we explore the island by tuk tuk to reveal its famous Cambodian high class silk products as well as learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms. The ship arrives in Phnom Penh Capital. Have your own free time or pop of out the ship to see the evening highlight of Phnom Penh Riverside or you may like to walk around for a chilled cocktail in a colorful bar.

Low Water: Kampong Chhnang – Kamp. Tralach – Phnom Penh
You may like to rise early in the morning to experience Tai Chi class before having breakfast. Once we arrived in Kampong Chhnang, take a local boat and disembark for a guided tour to the village specialties – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar before returning to the boat we explore the floating villages and wetlands of the region. Get on board for lunch as the cruise resumes the journey along Tonle River towards Kampong Tralach. We will stop at the “Green School” which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all the river life, which is so different than ours – by a local oxcart ride. The ship arrives in Phnom Penh Capital. Have your own free time or pop of out the ship to see the evening highlight of Phnom Penh Riverside or you may like to walk around for a chilled cocktail in a colorful bar.

Day 4: Phnom Penh Exploration (B/L/D)
Today we start with a full day guided sightseeing tour to Phnom Penh main tourist attractions including The Killing Field “Cheung Ek” where hundreds of lives were proceeded between 1975 and 1979 under Khmer Rouge. Return to witness tragic Tuol Sleng museum, was a former high school, which was turned to Tortured Prison S-21 later. If you don’t want to visit these sad sites, alternatively, explore the city in the morning on your own before re-joining the group. Have delicious lunch at a selected fine restaurant in the city.

Afternoon, visit the Royal Palace – is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia, Silver Pagoda, Royal Stupas, French style building etc and admired by the National Museum; the world’s most important collection of Khmer sculpture and carvings.  The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown
Phnom Penh. Take some rest before enjoying BBQ dinner followed by Apsara traditional dance performance.

Day 5: Phnom Penh – Border Crossing – Tan Chau (B/L/D)
The lounge is set up for a captivating lecture about Cambodian mordern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely a highlights of this cruise receiving knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally.

Have your own free time by the pool, relaxation on the sun bed with spectacular the river view. The cooking demonstration is offered for you to get understand the local cuisine and join our afternoon high tea for sweet treats. We reach the border and finally arrive in Vietnam. From here it is just a short distance to Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced border town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. We moor near the city with views on the riverbanks.
Dinner will be served soon and you can join our evening cinema with another selected classic movie afterwards.

Day 6: Tan Chau – My An Hung – Sa Dec (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we discover the pleasant town of Tan Chau with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community, stroll around to see interesting workshops and challenge your bargaining skills. Next, we embark a local boat to explore the region, pass floating houses to visit the floating fish farm, observe fish production and get a deep insight on how fish farming works. Back to the ship for lunch then our expert guides offer a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues to My An Hung near the Sa Dec province. We discover the village, receive wonderful insights into the private household of a local family, visit vegetable gardens, challenge a money bridge and you’re invited for true Vietnamese tea tasting as well as getting offered fruits – juicy, fresh, and right from the tree. A local artist group performs a typical traditional dragon dance while we munch on those natural “vitamins bombs”. Back on the ship we cruise downstream the Mekong. Refresh yourself and get ready for dinner. Anchor and overnight in Sa Dec.

Day 7: Binh Thanh Island – Cai Be – My Tho (L/D)
Today we take a traditional local boat to visit the largest island “Binh Thanh”, we wander through the village to unlock daily lifestyle, culture and interact local people by chatting as well as practicing the mat weaving if you wish to try it. Back to our cruise for lunch as the journey glides along the Mekong towards Cai Be, famous for its floating market and Catholic French Church and their manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. We explore the region of Cai Be, learn from your tour guide about the floating market animated by special trading activities, observe rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine also is manufactured, and you have chances to try its famous coconut candies while the local boat excursion takes you see the lush canal network and admired by farming activities in the fields.

As the sun sets, our crew invites you to a farewell event. Before dinner, you can enjoy dances and music together with the crew. The ships moors at My Tho.

Day 8: My Tho – Saigon (B)
Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home. We will disembark the ship after breakfast and take a bus transfer from My Tho to the drop off point in Saigon. It is only around 70 kilometers on the highway. You will arrive in Saigon by mid-morning.

General inclusions of all cruise packages
Accommodation, daily (group) shore-excursions as mentioned in the program, all entrance fees, transportation as mentioned in the program, transfers to/from the meeting point/ship, tour guide services (English speaking), taxes, fuel, river pilots, local anchorage fees, daily Tai Chi classes and onboard entertainment, sauna or steam bath (The Jahan only), welcome drink, breakfast – lunch – dinner (on full sailing days or as indicated in program), free flow of beverages – mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee – at all times, free flow of local beer and house wine by glass during lunch and dinner, drinking water in cabin and during excursions, insurance (passenger liability), internet throughout the boat (subject to cellular network signal).

Exclusions
Port tax, crew and guide gratuities, any visa fees, private transfers and any other transfer not stated in the program, personal expenses and purchases, all further beverages, premium spirits and other services not mentioned under General Inclusions of cruise packages or in the program, fuel surcharges if any, medical services, spa treatments (please see special cabin inclusions), telephone.

Notes
• Times of activities may vary slightly. Itinerary and Program subject to change when necessary or bad weather condition.
• Advanced reservation is required with full passenger details, including Full Name, Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Visa Expiry Date etc.
• A valid passport is required upon check-in on board.
• Charter service is available upon request.
• What to bring: Swimming suites, sun glasses, insect repellents.
• Special requests on food (diet or vegetarian) please inform us before departure.
• Peak Season surcharge will be applied on Christmas & New Year Eve.
• Port tax surcharge: 65 USD per person (subject to change)

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