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2020 2021

From the Mekong Delta to Siem Reap (port-to-port cruise)

9 Days - 9HC_PP
# Description

Cruise

HO CHI MINH CITY - MY THO - CAI BE - VINH LONG - SA DEC - CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH - KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG - SIEM REAP

From the heights of the Himalayas to the southern coasts of the South China Sea, winding over 2,700 miles, the Mekong is much more than just irrigation for Indochina—everywhere it flows, it fascinates men and shapes their lives. Come take an expedition on this grand and plentiful “water snake,” from Ho Chi Minh City, still largely influenced by the French colonial days, to Phnom Penh, Tonle Sap Lake and Siem Reap, following the footsteps of Henri Mouhot. Our meditative trip takes you along the Mekong River on board a ship combining charm and colonial-style comfort.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals
  • Refined local cuisine
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Tour leader or cruise director on board
  • Onboard activities and/or lectures
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Discover historical cities: Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh
    • Meet the locals and learn about their daily lives in Koh Chen, My Tho...
    • Crossing through the splendid Cho Gao canal

Route

Day 1

HO CHI MINH CITY

Meet at the Liberty Central Riverside Hotel restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, we will tour the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post office. We’ll visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market and Ba Thien Hau Pagoda dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail, have dinner and spend the night on board downtown.

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Day 2

HO CHI MINH CITY

We’ll leave by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches. Lunch will be served on board. Visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. We’ll then set out to cross the very narrow Chao Gao Canal. Night on board.

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Day 3

CHAO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG - CAI BE

We continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal. Visit of a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. Lunch on board. We’ll discover a brick and pottery factory as well as a traditional factory producing puffed riced, rice-paper wrappers used to make nems, and rice alcohol*. Night on board.

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Day 4

SA DEC

Visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, the man who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. After our excursion, enjoy some free time in Sa Dec. We’ll return on board our ship and have lunch. Sailing towards Cambodia. Night on board.

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Day 5

CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH

Located on the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, the prosperous city of Chau Doc has developed around fish and fish farming. We’ll pay a visit to the Ba Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda. Lunch on board. Arrival in the evening in Phnom Penh. Dinner on board. We'll remain in port overnight.

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Day 6

PHNOM PENH

We’ll enjoy a tour of the fabulous Royal Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Cambodian architecture, and its Silver Pagoda. Onward to visit the National Museum. After lunch in town, you can pay a visit to the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture, and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterwards, enjoy some free time at the market. As we get back on board, we will enjoy an Apsara dance show. Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh. Free evening.

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Day 7

KOH CHEN - KAMPONG TRALACH

Visit of Koh Chen, a small village where craftspeople specialize in silver and copper work. Lunch on board.Visit of the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda we need to cross the village of Kampong Tralach in ox carts, moving along a small road that runs perpendicular to the river in the middle of magnificent rice fields. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

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Day 8

KAMPONG CHHNANG - TONLE SAP LAKE

Visit of Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country. Tasting of some local products. Lunch on board. We'll then continue our cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. Cocktail and gala dinner tonight. Our ship will remain anchored overnight.

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Day 9

SIEM REAP

Disembarkation and transfer to downtown Siem Reap. End of our services around 12:00 p.m.

Please do not book your flight before 3:00 p.m. 

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2020
Departure 15/08/2020
Arrival 23/08/2020
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Ship : RV Indochine Ship category : STANDARD
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Departure 31/08/2020
Arrival 08/09/2020
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Departure 16/09/2020
Arrival 24/09/2020
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Departure 07/10/2020
Arrival 15/10/2020
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Ship : RV Indochine II Ship category : PREMIUM
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Departure 18/10/2020
Arrival 26/10/2020
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Departure 23/10/2020
Arrival 31/10/2020
Ship : RV Indochine II Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 03/11/2020
Arrival 11/11/2020
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Departure 08/11/2020
Arrival 16/11/2020
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Ship : RV Indochine II Ship category : PREMIUM
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Departure 19/11/2020
Arrival 27/11/2020
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Departure 05/12/2020
Arrival 13/12/2020
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Departure 10/12/2020
Arrival 18/12/2020
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Departure 21/12/2020
Arrival 29/12/2020
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Departure 26/12/2020
Arrival 03/01/2021
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* Price based on double occupancy

Included :
Not included

Your cruise in the cabin category of your choice - transfer of the boat to downtown Siem Reap - all meals - drinks at all meals (1 soft drink or 1 beer* or 1 mineral water + 1 tea or coffee per person for each meal) - unlimited tea, coffee and mineral water during the cruise on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - visits and excursions mentioned in the program - the services of a French-speaking local tour guides and onboard CroisiEurope tour director on board the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - tips (excluding tips for crew members on board the ship).

Tips: To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €35 per passenger will be given to service providers for your destination country as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice.

International flights and their taxes - transfers not mentioned in the program - Cambodian and Vietnamese visas - cancellation and baggage insurance - tips for crew members on board the ship (for informational purposes, daily tips per passenger amount to US$5) - drinks other than those mentioned.

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.


HEALTH FORMALITIES

Vaccines are not mandatory for this trip. However, it is advisable to be up to date with all vaccinations (tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, and typhoid fever). Your doctor will prescribe an antimalarial drug if necessary. Mosquito repellent is strongly recommended.

WEATHER

The dry season lasts from December to April, but the air remains humid (temperature: 77° to 95°F). The rainy season, from May to November, can present very strong but brief storms that generally take place at the end of the afternoon.

METHODS OF PAYMENT - CURRENCY EXCHANGE

  • The currency accepted on board is the US dollar. You can pay in dollars or using an international credit/debit card (Visa and MasterCard) at the end of the cruise. It is recommended to have some US dollars in cash with you during your trip.
  • For the current exchange rates for the Vietnamese dong and the Cambodian riel, please consult websites such as www.xe.com or www.oanda.com/currency/converter/.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

  • "Pchum Ben" from September 16th to 18th
  • "Water and Moon Festival" from October 30th to November 1st

During these days, some sites can be closed without warning.

TIME DIFFERENCE

You can consult www.worldtimezone.com to see the time difference between your home and your destination.


These cruises and tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility as there are no lifts on board the ships.

  • Crossing Tonle Sap Lake: During the high-water season, usually from August to the end of November, the crossing will be done on your ship. In the low-water season, from December to February, the crossing will be done on high-speed boats (approximately 4 hours). In the very low-water season, from approximately February to April, the transfer from Siem Reap to Koh Chen to join your ship will be done in an air-conditioned coach (approximately 5 hours).
  • Low waters can happen at any time during the year. The time frames are given as examples, but are dependent on the quality of rainfall.
  • The banks of the river we will cruise on can be steep and slippery depending on the water level.
  • The itinerary, stopovers, and excursions can be modified by the cruise company and our on-site representatives if needed. The captain of the ship is the sole authority who can modify the ship itinerary for safety or navigational reasons.
  • Depending on the water level and the tides, the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers on board RV Indochine II may take place from the mini terraces of cabins 221 and 224 (located aft of the upper deck).

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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