Ultimate Mekong River Cruise 13 Days

$3,999.00

Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong River – Cai Be – Sa Dec – Tan Chau – Phnom Penh – Silk Island – Oudong – Kampong Tralach – Kampong Chhnang – Siem Reap – Angkor

Start your tour in Ho Chi Minh City, and spend several days exploring southern Vietnam, before embarking on your cruise up the Mekong River. You will discover the history and heritage of these two fascinating countries by visiting a range of rural and urban locations by bus, boat, and even ox cart.

This tour exposes travellers to thriving modern cities, evocative colonial remnants, and stunning ancient historical sites. From the dark period of the 'American War' and the Khmer Rouge, to the lively societies emerging into the 21st century, this tour will inspire and impress even the most well-travelled adventurer.

Highlights

  • Explore Ho Chi Minh City and see Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, Central Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market.
  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and see how Viet Cong fighters lived during 'the American War'.
  • See rural Cambodia through trips to temples, markets, workshops and even a school.
  • Experience Phnom Penh and visit the Royal Palace and National Museum, as well as a Khmer Rouge-era detention centre.
  • An extensive tour of the major sites of the imperial city of temples – Angkor

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Departures & Pricing

2017 Pricing
3 Oct – $3999 28 Nov – $4399 From $3,999
per person twin share

Single Supplement From $2,600

17 Oct – $3999 12 Dec – $4399
31 Oct – $4399 26 Dec – $5599
14 Nov – $4399
2018
9 Jan – $5599 6 Mar – $4399
23 Jan – $4699 20 Mar – $4399
6 Feb – $4699 3 Apr – $3999
20 Feb – $4399

Inclusions

  • Vietnam Airlines return economy class airfares departing Sydney or Melbourne (or if unavailable, China Southern Airlines or Thai Airways)
  • 7 nights cruising on R/V MEKONG PRESTIGE II in a stateroom on the main deck, and including onboard meals & entertainment
  • 4 nights deluxe hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Round trip airport & hotel transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation
  • Admissions to scenic attractions and national parks (unless otherwise indicated)
  • English-speaking tour guides

Exclusions

  • Tour guide & driver tipping payable directly to tour guide
  • Vietnam & Cambodia visa application fees
  • ESTA US visa waiver application fee (approx USD$14, mandatory)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated on the itinerary

R/V Mekong Prestige®

Built in the shipyards of SSIC (Saigon Ship Industry Company), the R/V Mekong Prestige is the second in a series of top of the range river cruise ships, specially designed to sail on the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia.

Highlights

  • A state-of-the art brand new ship
  • Large, comfortable cabins with a minimum size of 20 m² (215 Sq. Ft) and private balconies
  • An intimate ship with a maximum capacity of 64 passengers
  • All local drinks included during the meals
  • All excursions with an English-speaking guide


Basic Facts

  • Length = 68m
  • Width = 13m
  • Draught = 1.6m
  • 3 Decks – Main, Upper, and Sun
  • Cabins = 32 Doubles
  • Crew = 30
  • Flag = Vietnam
  • Passenger capacity = 64

The Cabins

  • The cabins are roomy and comfortable. They are all outside cabins, spread over the main & upper decks.
  • The 28 Staterooms (14 on each Deck) have a surface area of 20 m² (215 Sq. Ft). They are all equipped with private French balconies, with large windows and sliding glass doors.

  • Cabin amenities: twin beds that can be put together, a wardrobe and storable space; a lounge with 2 armchairs, a coffee table and a writing desk. En suite bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. Hairs dryer and safe are also available. Air conditioning and climate control are individually adjustable.
  • The 2 Junior Suites are located on the main deck. They have the same facilities as the staterooms but with a larger private balcony. The bathroom has a shower and a separate bathtub
  • The 2 Terrace Suites are on the upper deck. They also have a larger private balcony, shower and separate bathtub.

  • The sun deck covers the entire surface of the top deck and commands a splendid view of the river. The sun deck is equipped with deckchairs and a whirl pool.

  • The indoor area has 2 Massage Salons, an indoor lounge bar and a Fitness Room

Daily Life and Onboard Entertainment

  • A wide range of recreational and cultural activities are being staged on board. You will be offered, among others, the following leisure activities: cooking lesson, fruit & vegetable carving, napkin & towel folding, cultural quizzes and screening of films related to local history and culture.
  • Our local guides will provide you with an overview of local customs in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Accommodation

Ho Chi Minh City Silverland Yen Hotel
Mekong Delta R/V Mekong Prestige
Siem Reap Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
This morning enjoy a city tour including Re-unification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, Central Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market. Have lunch at “Pho 2000” to enjoy the famous Vietnamese rice noodle dish. In the afternoon, travel 70km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City to the town of Cu Chi and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the most famous battlegrounds of the Vietnam War. The secret tunnel system is 200 km long and deep underground, and was used during routes during the ‘American War’ for combat, and as communication and supply lines. Back to Ho Chi Minh City and check in to your hotel.
Meet at the Sofitel Plaza hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at 9 am for transfer to My Tho, located 70 kilometers away. The transfer includes a stop at the Cholon Market and a visit to a lacquer factory. Arrive at My Tho and be welcomed on board the RV MEKONG PRESTIGE II. Have lunch on board and depart in the afternoon. Enjoy a welcome Dinner on board & a traditional music show.
Arrive at Cai Be in the morning. After breakfast we take a morning junk trip around Cai Be to visit a floating market, and go ashore to see the French Gothic Cathedral. Take a stroll along the river bank and visit a local manufacturer producing rice paper and coconut sweets. Return to the ship for lunch. Cruise through Vinh Long Province and arrive at Sa Dec for an afternoon walk. We see the house, now a museum, featured in Marguerite Duras’s Novel ‘The Lover’. Visit a Caodai Temple and stroll through the colourful local market.
Arrive at Tan Chau, a remote town on the main Mekong River, in the morning. After breakfast, travel on small boats to visit a fish farm. We go ashore to visit a local workshop producing woven mats, and take a short walk through a village to visit a silk weaving workshop. A rickshaw ride around this fascinating town takes you back to the pier for lunch. Depart for the Cambodian border. Evening cruise up the broad Mekong River to Phnom Penh.
Arrive in Phnom Penh in the morning. The capital city of Cambodia still retains its old French colonial architecture on riverside streets. Visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. Lunch is on board, followed by an afternoon excursion to the former High School ‘S21’, converted to a detention center under Red Khmer rule, between 1975 and 1979, followed by a visit to Wat Phnom, after which the city was named. Dinner is on board, with a traditional Khmer Apsara Dancing Show.
In early morning we sail from Phnom Penh to Chong Koh or Oknathey (both located on Silk Island). Visit one of these silk weaving villages for a morning walk and a visit to the local workshop. The excursion includes a visit to a pagoda and a meeting in a primary school. We cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and river-side life. Return to Phnom Penh and an afternoon at leisure. Dinner is on board.
Morning journey upriver heading towards Oudong. Arrive at Prek Dam in the early afternoon, 40 km from Phnom Penh. Travel by coach to reach Oudong, the capital city of Cambodia between 1618 and 1866. Visit the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, located at the foot of a hill on the top of which are numerous stupas dating erected by past Khmer kings. This is a place of meditation for Buddhist monks. After the visit, buses depart for Kampong Tralach to visit the very charming vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda to see the beautiful wall paintings. Return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage. Dinner on board.
Morning sailing on the Tonle Sap River, which connects the Mekong River to Tonle Lake. Arrive at Kampong Chhnang, approximately 90 km from Phnom Penh. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Then board local boats to visit an authentic floating village. The life of the entire population is connected to the river, with local people using the canal system which crisscrosses this little town. We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market. Lunch & Dinner on board.
We cross the lake early in the morning. The great Tonle Sap lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length, with interesting and varied bird life resulting from the varying water levels in the lake and river depending on the time of year and rainfall. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Siem Reap. The afternoon is free at leisure.
Important notice: it may not be possible to cross Lake Tonle if the water is low. Alternative arrangements will be made to reach Siem Reap either by bus or speed boat. Passengers will be informed before departure. The cruise schedule and program timing are indicative and subject to modification.
Begin with Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Then visit the jungle-entwined temple, Ta Prohm. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Angkor Wat – the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture. See the sunset from Phnom Bakheng, on one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home via a connecting city. The trip may be over but the experiences and memories will certainly last a lifetime.