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Angkor Wat & Mekong Cruise

Price: From US$ per person
Duration: 15 Days/ 14 nights
Tour Destination: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi - Halong Bay or Vice Versa

Angkor Wat & Mekong Cruise Summary:

Explore the stunningly scenic and culturally distinctive lands that lie along the remarkable Mekong River. On this 15-day cruise tour with the most luxury cruise RV Jayavarman Cruise, discover two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by Indochina’s most important river—from Vietnam’s bustling cities to the tranquility of Cambodia. Encounter ancient Khmer monuments and the elegant French colonial capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia; and in Vietnam, visit the floating markets of the Mekong delta, experience the intimate charm of Hanoi’s old city and tour dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Here you will find gracious hosts and some of the finest cuisine in the world, while enjoying the natural beauty and rich history just beyond the banks of the magnificent Mekong.

Angkor Wat & Mekong Cruise Tour Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival
Day 2: Angkor Wat & Siem Reap (B/)
Day 3: Angkor & Siem Reap (B/)
Day 4: Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang (L/D)
Day 5: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Cham (B/L/D)
Day 6: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey (B/L/D)
Day 7: Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
Day 8: Phnom Penh - border crossing (B/L/D)
Day 9: Chau Doc - Sa Dec (B/L/D)
Day 10: Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho (B/L/D)
Day 11: My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B/)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi city Tour(B/)
Day 15: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/)
Day 16: Hanoi Departure (B/)

Angkor Wat & Mekong Cruise Tour Accommodations: Hotels & RV Jayavarman Cruise

We deeply understand that acommodation is one of the most very important for all our tour so we carefully inspect or pick hotels, cruises, homestays to match general international standards of three, four, five star hotels that must be clean, comfortable, nice room, good breakfast, helpful staffs, good lacation...
Here some our suggested hotel list for this trip, specially we can book other hotels, cruise as you requested.

Destinations

No Nights

Suggested Hotels

Saigon

2

Sofitel Plaza Saigon *****

Hanoi

2

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi *****

Halong Bay

1

Jasmine Cruise ****

Siem   Reap

3

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor ****

Mekong Delta

7

RV Jayavarman Cruise *****

Cambodia Vietnam Cruise Tour Meals:

One of most special highlight in Vietnam travel, you can taste local food in each regions that we will arrange all lunch or dinner in Vietnamese food, and If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Cruises Mekong River can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes. Please be note that RV Jayavarman Cruise on the Mekong River, you will have the most delicious food of Vietnam & Cambodia cuisine and most meals are buffets or set menu.

Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal note: are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Breakfast - Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Maily Buffet breakfast selections include both Vietnamese and Western dishes to meet every diner's taste.

Lunch - Lunches are normally arranged at the Vietnamese restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Vietnamese dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes.

Dinner - Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Vietnamese food, Cruises Mekong River suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.

Tourguides:

All Tourguides or Tour escorted are local people who take you to all destionations that meantions in program!

Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese speaking tourguides as request

Qualifications : Exellent foreign languages, professional presentaion skills, knowledges, helpfully, friendly,expreriences.

Angkor Wat & Mekong Cruise detailed Itinerary:

Tour starts/ ends: Siem Reap/ Hanoi

Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival

You will be pick up at the airport by our guide, then tranfer to the hotel for check in and then free at your leisure.

Day 2: Angkor Wat & Siem Reap (breakfast)

Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archeological sites in the world. Begin your day with a visit to one of Angkor’s largest Khmer temples, Angkor Wat, built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century A.D. With its beautiful proportions and extensive, intricate bas-relief stone carvings, it is one of the most spectacular sights in Southeast Asia. Spend some time exploring the fortified city of Angkor Thom, which houses several of Angkor’s most popular sights such as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings with their dramatic bas reliefs.

Today you also visit the mysterious Bayon Temple, known for its giant, stone carved faces with their enigmatic smiles.

Day 3: Angkor & Siem Reap (breakfast)

Today, continue your exploration of the temple ruins left behind by the mighty Khmer Empire, which ruled Cambodia from the early 9th century for some 400 years. Its founder, King Jayavarman II, was a contemporary of Charlemagne, and his dreams of empire were equally grandiose. At its zenith, the Khmer Empire covered most of the Indochinese Peninsula. Ride to the spectacular 10th-century Hindu temple Banteay Srey (“Citadel of Women”) to see magnificent carvings of Shiva and Vishnu. Then, journey to Ta Prohm, one of the most popular of the temples of Angkor. Unlike many other buildings, it has been largely left intact as it was when discovered, with trees and large shrubs growing over the ruins.

Return to Siem Reap this afternoon and learn how local crafts are alive and well in the modern-day city. Visit a vocational center that trains 650 young apprentices every year in the traditional crafts of stone sculpture, wood carving and painting; then take a guided tour through Artisans d’Angkor, a network of studios for the newly trained craftspeople. Mingle with the locals at some of Siem Reap’s open air markets.

Day 4: Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang - RV Jayavarman Cruise (lunch/dinner)


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"Waterworld"

The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to this nation. The Tonle Sap 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.

At 12 pm (noon), we gather at the meeting point followed by a quick transfer to the boutique ship. The ever-smiling crew welcomes us with unbridled warmth. A refreshing welcome drink awaits us followed by a sumptuous lunch on the ship.Then, it is a lazy afternoon as the ship glides along the water. Dinner is at Dining Hall. Enjoy a spectacular experience on the sun-deck as we bathe in the glow of the moon and the radiance of the stars.The ship then moors overnight on the RV Jayavarman Cruise in The Great Lake.

Day 5: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Cham (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
"Cambodia's province and the wetlands"

The day in fact everyday - starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck, just as the sun begins its slow rise. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. Before dawn, the ship sets sail across the Tonle Sap Lake. As the ship is about to exit the lake, we see spectacular marshlands floating along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province.

The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle Sap, which narrows through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. Here, the river is very narrow and we are greeted by kids waving enthusiastically at us from the banks.

Follow a short bus trip to the see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. We then embark on a truly marvelous motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region before reaching Kampong Cham in the evening.Further down the river we take part in an ox Cart to see daily life of local people in the villages

Overnight in The RV Jayavarman Cruise in Kampong Cham.

Day 6: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey (breakfast/lunch/dinner)


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 "Monks and hilltops"

We will wake up in the small hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb the 291 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. We will return to the ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks.

When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby bank to swim in the tea-coloured Mekong river, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come.

We will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance! Overnight in the RV Jayavarman Cruise

Day 7: Phnom Penh (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
"Pearl of the East"

Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia's modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide museum and the Killing Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime.

We go back to the ship after our museum visit. A variety of cocktails will be served followed by a traditional Apsara dance performance onboard. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sundeck. It is indeed a truly marvelous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions. Overnight on the RV Jayavarman Cruise in Phnom Penh.

Day 8: Phnom Penh - border crossing (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
The Highway Blues

The cruise liner then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel. As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route. Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork. As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the Sun Deck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Heritage Line's Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class. The ship moors midstream overnight\

Day 9: Chau Doc - Sa Dec (breakfast/lunch/dinner)


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"Circus of fish"

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Indochine Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. We will brace ourselves for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will also visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating villages and rustic catfish farms.

We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand. Then, it is back to the ship for a lunch. In the mid afternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village. Passengers walk to the family house through the vegetable garden to see the boat building yard, canals. We will cross a monkey bridge and see chili, corn and beetle nut plantations amongst other vegetable fields. Then gather at the familys house to taste tea with honey with local delicacies and fruits before back to the ship to set off for Sa Dec.

In the late afternoon we will set off for Sa Dec. Overnight on The RV Jayavarman Cruise

Day 10: Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
"Vietnamese inventiveness"

In the morning we embark a traditional sampan(a flat bottmed tranditional Vietnamese wooden boat) to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets.

After lunch onboard, the ship arrives in Cai Be. The tour starts with a visit to Cai Be's boisterous and colorful floating market where traders gather in a cacophonous congregation. During the languid ride, we discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The evergreen islands along the Mekong River remains unknown to many people. The cruise will halt intermittenly to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the ship for dinner. We then board the ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the terrace deck. Overnight on the RV Jayavarman Cruise

Day 11: My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)
"Good morning Saigon"

Our cruise on the magnificent cruiser comes to an end as the ship winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories - and the friendships made on board - linger on for a lot longer.

We disembark at around 8:30 am and we join the transfer to madding crowd of Saigon. Drop off will be at the meeting point in Saigon.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (breakfast)

Morning private city touring HCMC, the country's commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale
restaurants and shops. Visit Chinatown, the Thien Hau Pagoda, the Reunification Palace , the Opera House and Hotel de Ville. If desired, also visit the moving War Remnants Museum . Explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street , the city's upscale shopping boulevard with boutiques selling clothes and accessories
designed by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and housewares. Try the south's
strong Vietnamese iced coffee and a banh mi (baguette sandwich). Overnight in HCMC.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi city Tour (breakfast)

Today you will take a flight to Hanoi City, on arrival, pick up & tranfer to Hanoi to visit city tour Vietnam 's artistic and intellectual capital. Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake , ride a cyclo to dinner. Dine in French colonial villas converted into gourmet restaurants. Enjoy people watching at stylish cafes. Shop for impressive modern art in the city's many galleries. Also visit Hanoi 's main cultural attractions, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature

Day 14: Hanoi - Halong Bay (breakfast,lunch,dinner).

Leave Hanoi for Halong by private vehicle at 8:30 a.m. arriving at the jetty around 12:30 p.m. Our crew
welcomes you on board the Deluxe Cruise. Enjoy a welcome drink, check-in your cabin. A fresh seafood lunch
will be served. At that time, we will begin our 3.5 hours cruise through mystic Halong Bay to see the amazing
karsts with different formations: Mat Qui (Monster's face) islet, But Moc islet, Cap De islet, Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu cave, floating fishing village, with its unique way of life. Then head to Luon cave, enjoy swimming, sun bathing. Enjoy another seafood feast for dinner and for the night owls, there is an option of night fishing. Overnight on Paradise Halong cruise.

Day 15: Halong Bay - Hanoi (breakfast)

Rising to the sound of lapping bay waters, we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emeraude water of the bay. After breakfast, explore Sung Sot cave (8 a.m. to 9 a.m.), swim and relax at Soi Sim beach. At 9:30 a.m., our boat cruises back to the jetty while brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We continue cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations.
Cabin check-out is at 11:45 am. Our boat arrives at the harbor by noon. Drive directly from Halong to Hanoi
check in hotel and free at your leisure.

Day 16: Hanoi Departure
Having breakfast at your hotel, then tranfer to airport your departure flight, ends of tour.

Angkor Wat & Mekong Cruise Tour Price & Inclusions:

Tour Price:

Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date or spcial requests. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

Tour Inclusions:

•    Private tour
•    Private transportation as indicated in program
•   7 Nights double room at hotels and 7 nights on RV Jayavarman Cruise Cruise in places as indicated in program
•    Meals as indicated in program (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner)
•    Air tickets: Economy class – Vietnam Airlines
  - Saigon – Hanoi
•    All admission cost at places mentioned in itinerary
•    English speaking tour guide
•    Boat trip at places.

Tour Exclusions:

•    Other meals and drinks/ personal expenses
•    International air fares/ airport taxes
•    Visa to Cambodia & Laos & Vietnam.

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