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RV Mekong Navigator Cruise

Cruise Siem Reap to Saigon with RV Mekong Navigator

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Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Cruise Routes: Siem Reap - Kampong Cham - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Sadec - My Tho - Saigon

Experience the truly journey of life time on the Might Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia with the luxury RV Mekong Navigator. Be inspired by the hidden charm of Vietnam and Cambodia from the beautiful temples to exotic floating villages, from historical Phnom Penh to bustling Saigon during 8 day trip.

Here is some highlights about this program Siem Reap to Saigon:

To complement your tours and shore excursions, take part in Viet Prestige Travel’s Cultural Highlights—immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:

• Visit the renowned Tonle Sap Lake

• Tour the magnificent ruins of Phnom Penh Capital

• Enjoy traditional Apsara temple dancing and other folkloric performances

• Visit colorful floating markets on the banks of the Mekong

• View onboard film screenings that will enhance your journey These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.

Culture Curriculum: Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of on board multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit.

Learn about:

• The rise and fall of the Khmer empire

• The archeological excavations at Angkor

• History of Vietnam and Cambodia

• History and culture of the Champa people and other ethnic groups

• Key words and phrases in the local languages These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.

Upstream Saigon - Siemreap 8 Days by the Mekong Navigator Cruise Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Mekong River Cruise - Siem Reap - Kampong Cham
Meals: dinner
Acommodation:  RV Mekong Navigator Cruise

Day 2: Mekong River Cruise - Wat Hanchey - Kampong Cham
Meals: breakfast/lunch/ dinner
Acommodation:  RV Mekong Navigator Cruise

Day 3: Mekong River Cruise - Tonle Sap River - Kampong Chhnang
Meals: breakfast/lunch/ dinner
Acommodation: RV Mekong Navigator Cruise

Day 4: Mekong River Cruise - Phnom Penh Captial
Meals: breakfast/lunch/ dinner
Acommodation: RV Mekong Navigator Cruise

Day 5: Mekong River Cruise - Phnom Penh
Meals: breakfast/lunch/ dinner
Acommodation: RV Mekong Navigator Cruise

Day 6: Mekong River Cruise - Chau Doc
Meals: breakfast/lunch/ dinner
Acommodation: RV Mekong Navigator Cruise

Day 7: Mekong River Cruise - Sadec - Cai Be
Meals: breakfast/lunch/ dinner
Acommodation: RV Mekong Navigator Cruise

Day 8: Mekong River Cruise - My Tho - Saigon
Meals: breakfast

Upstream Saigon - Siemreap 8 Days by Mekong Navigator Cruise Cruise Map:



 

Fully Itinerary:

Day 1: RV Mekong Navigator Embarkation - Kampong Cham

Meet the local Cambodian people on your Mekong River Cruise After breakfast this morning, we’ll transfer to Kampong Cham. With its Mekong River location and relatively close proximity to Phnom Penh and Vietnam, Kampong Cham has been a hub of trade and transportation for centuries. Here we’ll board the Mekong Navigator, which will carry us down the Mekong in the coming days. Reminiscent in design of the many French colonial-era manor homes that once lined the streets of old Saigon, the 34-suite RV Mekong Navigator offers exceptional style and comfort. After settling into your outside stateroom, perfect for enjoying the passing scenery as we cruise, enjoy a Welcome Reception on the Sun Deck as we begin our journey. Following an informative briefing and cocktail reception with our friendly crew, enjoy a Cambodian-themed Welcome Dinner in the Le Marché Dining Room.

Day 2: RV Mekong Navigator  - Wat Hanchey - Kampong Cham

Golden Buddha's abound the Mekong RiverThis morning we’ll visit a local secondary school which serves several of the surrounding districts. Following a tour and an informative Q&A session with the principal and students, we’ll walk up the hill to the Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda dating from the 8th century, to receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the monastery’s resident monks. After enjoying a walk around the monastery and the amazing views of the Mekong River valley, we’ll return to the ship for lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll drive through the city of Kampong Cham to visit Phnom Pros (man hill) and Phnom Srei (woman hill) and view the 10-meter long reclining Buddha and the 13-meter tall preaching Buddha. We’ll also view the beautiful Stupa, a traditional Buddhist commemorative monument usually housing sacred relics associated with the Buddha or other saintly persons. According to stupa.org: “The shape of the stupa represents the Buddha, crowned and sitting in meditation posture on a lion throne. His crown is the top of the spire; his head is the square at the spire's base; his body is the vase shape; his legs are the four steps of the lower terrace; and the base is his throne."

Today’s final visit is to the 12th century, Angkorian-period complex of Wat Nokor Bachey, built in the middle of the 11th century, during the reign of Suryavarman II. In addition to being the largest ancient temple complex in Kampong Cham Province, the black sandstone from which it is built distinguishes it from other temples of the period, which are often built of brick or reddish sandstone. There is even an inscription which is still open to visitors to see (and touch) in the temple's central pavilion. Later, we’ll return to the ship to relax as we begin sailing down the Mekong.


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Day 3: RV Mekong Navigator Tonle Sap River - Kampong Chhnang

Mekong River Cruise visit to floating villageA full day of sailing up the scenic Tonle Sap River offers a rare chance to witness rural river life in Cambodia. After lunch, board a private excursion boat for a panoramic cruise of the floating villages at Kampong Chhnang, where friendly locals are busy working, selling, and shopping on the river. When we return to the ship and set sail, stay on deck to watch the beautiful sunset and crowds of local children on the riverbanks bidding us farewell as we continue our journey down the Mekong to Phnom Penh.

Day 4: RV Mekong Navigator  - Phnom Penh - Cambodia

Visit Phnom Penh in Cambodia on Mekong River Cruise, After breakfast on board this morning, enjoy a ride in a cyclo, one of the symbols of Phnom Penh. In one of these three-wheeled bicycles, with the driver perched on high above the rear wheel and your bucket seat slung between the two front wheels, you will be gently driven along the riverfront to the Royal Palace complex, where you can get out to enjoy a leisurely walk through the grounds. View the Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion before visiting the famous Silver Pagoda, named for the 5,000 silver tiles which cover its floor. Here we will also see the Emerald Buddha and the Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. We’ll get back in our cyclos for the short ride to the National Museum, housing many of the artifacts excavated at Angkor Wat.

This afternoon enjoy some time at leisure to do some shopping or sample one of the wonderful restaurants or pubs along the picturesque park-lined riverfront overlooking the chaktomuk - the confluence of the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac Rivers. Before dinner, local children will give a dance performance on the ship’s Sun Deck. Cambodia has a long and rich tradition of classical dance, including the graceful and ornate Apsara Dance, which the children will perform in addition to traditional folk dances.

Day 5: RV Mekong Navigator - Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour

The colors of the Mekong River on your cruise through VietnamThis morning we will learn more about the darkest days of Cambodian history with a visit to the Choeung Ek Memorial. Prior to 1975, Choeung Ek was an orchard and a Chinese cemetery, but during the Khmer Rouge regime the area became one of the infamous killing fields and the site of the brutal executions of more than 17,000 men, women and children. Today, Choeung Ek is a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa with acrylic glass sides, filled with more than 5,000 human skulls. Most of the victims here had first suffered through interrogation, torture and deprivation in the S-21 Prison (now the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum), which we will visit on our way back to the ship.

Back on board, we’ll set sail this evening for the border of Cambodia & Vietnam while we enjoy a scrumptious dinner in LeMarche dining room followed by a relaxing evening on the river.

Day 6: RV Mekongg Navigator Border Crossing - Chau Doc - Vietnam

Local pagodas and temples throughout Vietnam and CambodiaAfter clearing formalities and crossing the border, witness the fascinating change in the architecture along the riverfront as we travel into Vietnam. After lunch, board a beautiful sampan for a panoramic cruise of Chau Doc harbor with its traditional Vietnamese floating market. After visiting the main town of Chau Doc and the colorful Tay An Pagoda, we’ll continue by sampan to visit a local family’s fish farm, where we’ll learn about various types of fish being caught and farm-raised in this region as well as the importance of this industry to Vietnam’s economy.


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Day 7: RV Mekong Navigator - Sa Dec - Cai Be

Frech colonial influence in Vietnam surround the Mekong RiverFollowing breakfast this morning, we’ll again board sampans to navigate the narrow canals of the Mekong. Watch villagers going about their everyday lives as we travel, stopping en route at a local brick factory to watch bricks being made from river clay. Continuing to the historic town of Sa Dec, we’ll visit the former home of Mr. Hyun Thuy Le, the rich merchant said to have inspired Saigon-born author Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant (The Lover).

Enjoy a stroll through the town’s colorful market, filled with exotic fruits, vegetables, and beautiful handicrafts, before returning to the ship for lunch. Afterwards, we’ll cruise on to Cai Be, passing the city’s beautiful French gothic cathedral before touring the historic An Kiet House and its beautiful surrounding gardens. Later we’ll board sampans to visit a traditional rice factory, where workers produce rice paper, rice wine, popped rice, and many varieties of traditional candies. Returning to the ship, we’ll enjoy a reception and elegant Vietnamese-themed dinner as we bid farewell to the magnificent Mekong en route to My Tho.

Day 8: RV Mekong Navigator  - My Tho - Saigon.

Bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, VietnamFollowing breakfast aboard ship, we’ll disembark and transfer to our final destination, Saigon, the colorful heart of Vietnam. The former capital of the French colony of Cochinchina, in 1976 the city was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after Hồ Chí Minh, although the name Sài Gòn is still commonly used, especially in reference to the old, colonial heart of the city.

 

Please contact us directly via email: sales@cruisesmekongriver.net to get discounted rates and exact departure dates of both uptream or downstream.

RV Mekong Navigator Cruise package inclusions:

•  Complimentary drinks: coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits and free flow house wine (wine with dinner only)
•  Superb dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner)
•  Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner, Farewell Dinner and Theme Dinners
•  Wireless Internet in all public areas
•  Cabin amenities include infotainment system, flat screen Tv's, in-cabin safe, individual climate control and bottled water replenished daily
•  Additional amenities for Grande & Prestige Suite: daily butler service
•  All shore excursiones and group transfers as specified in the itinerary
•  Services of an experienced cruise director throughout the cruise
•  7-night cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom and all port taxes included

RV Mekong Navigator Cruise package exclusions:

• Overseas flights
• Beverages other than mentioned
• Ashore tipping
• Visa arrangements
• Insurances

 

 

 
 
 
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