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The Mekong Voyage of Discovery Tailor-made


The Mekong Voyage Of Discovery Vietnam And Cambodia Tailor-made

Discover vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) visiting the colourful markets and Temples: at Cu Chi explore the intriguing network of tunnels built to assist the Vietnamese in their war struggles, initially against the French and then the Americans. Cruise, for 7 nights, on one of the world’s great rivers - The Mekong – watching the daily life of the riverside dwellers as the RV The Jayavarman glides past. Take excursions to see floating villages, a school, and catfish farms. On a sombre note visit the infamous ‘Killing Fields’ of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge. See the glory of the pre-Angkorian Temple of Wat Hanchey, before journey’s end at the incredible Temples of Angkor Wat.

This is a true voyage of discovery and gives an insight into the lives of the peoples of the Mekong River though all its history, travelling to small riverside villages, and past ancient Temples, inaccessible by road.

14 days from £3,645.00 per person
Ho Chi Minh City – Cao Dai and Cu Chi Tunnels - Tay Ninh - 7 nights Mekong Cruise - Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Angkor Temples
  • Cruise on one of the world great rivers – The Mekong on board the boutique-style small ship.
  • Receive a water blessing from a Buddhist monk at the beautiful Tep Pranamm pagoda inside Angkor Thom.
  • Cruise past the magnificent floating villages lit by the warm glow of the evening sun on Tonle Sap Lake and explore the myriad of waterways and villages that make up the Mekong delta.
  • Be daring and try the Cambodian local delicacy - fried spiders!
  • Take the opportunity to understand Vietnam's unique Tam Giao or triple religion and how it influences society and affects lifestyle in the country. Learn about Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
  • Cruise schedules vary on type of boat used. Extensions can be arranged for beach breaks in Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia. Please ask for details.

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Itinerary View Map
Aircraft – Vietnam

Day 1 : To Ho Chi Minh City via Bangkok

Morning depart from London Heathrow on direct Vietnam Airlines flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 2 : Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to the hotel. Two nights at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel.

Afternoon Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) city tour exploring the heart of the city: Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), past the Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh Square, Municipal Theatre and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Later tour the Reunification Palace (formerly the Presidential Palace) and War Remnants Museum. Drive to Cholon, the Chinatown district of the city. Visit the enormous Binh Tay Wholesale market with its countless stores hawking everything under the sun. Visit the ornate Thien Hau Temple: dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea.

Accommodation: Renaissance Riverside Hotel – Saigon

Day 3 : Day excursion to Cao Dai and Cu Chi Tunnels

Drive to Tay Ninh, the birthplace of the unique Cao Dai religion: a fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam and native Vietnamese spiritual beliefs. (Note: during the TET festival, ceremonies are often cancelled without warning). After lunch visit the Cu Chi tunnel network; established as a means of waging guerrilla war against superior French and later American forces.

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Day 4 : 7 night Mekong Cruise – Saigon to Siem Reap

Morning transfer to The Jayavarman Jahan or Mekong Pandaw. Cruise along the Mekong from Saigon (Vietnam) to Siem reap (Cambodia). The ship meanders past busy ports and waterways, then, after an abrupt change of scenery the ship enters the UNESCO Mangrove Biosphere Reserve of Can Gio. Evening cocktail reception at the Funnel Bar and Lounge followed by a welcome dinner on the sun deck. Drop anchor just outside of Cai Be for the night. 7 nights on The Jayavarman / Jahan or RV Mekong Pandaw.

Accommodation: Mekong Pandaw Cruise
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Day 5 : Mekong Cruise – Cai Be

This morning visit the Cai Be floating market full of colour, noise and vivacity!

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Day 6 : Mekong Cruise – Floating markets and Cham village excursion

Early morning Thai Chi lessons on the sun deck. (optional) Boat excursion to the fascinating floating villages and catfish farms. Watch Bassa fish being fed. Shore excursion to the local Muslim Cham Community. Mid afternoon cruise continues towards Phnom Penh.

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Day 7 : Mekong Cruise – Phnom Penh city tour including the ‘Killing Fields’

After breakfast, city tour of this dynamic, historical capital of Cambodia, with its delightful French colonial charm. Sightseeing in the morning will include the dazzling white and gold architecture of the Royal Palace and the outstanding displays of Khmer crafts at the National Museum. After lunch in a local restaurant, explore Cambodia’s heartbreaking past under the Khmer Rouge regime, with an excursion to the infamous ‘Killing Fields’: the former detention, torture and execution centres during the Cambodia civil war. Introduction and lecture by a local history professor. Return to the ship and relax watching a Cambodian traditional Apsara dance performance.

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Day 8 : Mekong Cruise – Chong Koh and Wat Nokor

Depart before at dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh: a silk weaving village. Later visit Wat Nokor, a Wat built within the ruins of an ancient Temple.

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Day 9 : Mekong Cruise – Wat Hanchey

Early morning start to embark on a journey upriver to the pre Angkorian Temple of Wat Hanchey. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers some of the best views in Cambodia. Dating from the 8th C. these ancient structures do more than justice to the architecture of the Chenla Empire, predating the glories of the mighty Angkor.

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Day 10 : Mekong Cruise – Kampong Chhnang & Kampong Louang Villages

Before sunrise, the cruise sets sail to Kampong Chhnang via Prek K dam along the meandering Tonle Sap River. Take a walk through one of the last surviving silversmith villages, and watch the entire community’s involvement producing various silver items to sell. After lunch, motorboat excursion to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. (Note: the cruise does not operate to Tonle Sap during Apr, May and June, as the water level is too low.)

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Day 11 : Siem Reap

Morning disembark the cruise, and transfer by courtesy coach to Siem Reap. Three nights Victoria Angkor Resort.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
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Day 12 : Siem Reap - Tour of Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm

Morning guided tour of Banteay Srei -The Citadel of the Women- was built by Rajendravaman II in the mid 10th C, and is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. It has some of the most intricate sandstone reliefs in Angkor. Slowly being reclaimed by teh jungle with huge trees growing out from its ruins the charismatic Buddhist Temple was constructed around 1186AD - known originally as Rajavihara (Monastery of the King). The Temple's central sculpture represents Prajnaparamita, the personification of wisdom.

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Day 13 : Full day sightseeing of Angkor

Feel the magic of an Angkor Wat sunrise. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. Without doubt, the Temples are magnificent, with breathtaking artistry and brilliance of design. The sheer enormity of the complex is amazing. The tour will cover the highlights of this World Heritage complex including Angkor Thom: Bayon, Baphuon and Elephant and Leper King Terrace.

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Day 14 : To London via Ho Chi Minh City

Morning at leisure. Late afternoon transfer to the airport to board Vietnam Airlines flight to Ho Chi Minh City to connect onto overnight flight back to London.

Looking to extend your holiday ? Contact our consultants today for your options.

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Price per person (Double/Twin share)
Cost includes:
  • International & internal flights in economy class.
  • Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Daily breakfast throughout. Full board meals whilst on the *Jayawarman Cruise.
  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.
  • Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Full ATOL Bonding.
Cost does not include:
  • Visa Fee.
  • Any optional Excursions.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Travel Insurance.

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