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Magnificent Mekong Cruise 2018
(Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap)

8 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – 7 night Mekong River Cruise
Xin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! You will be met by an Evergreen Cruises & Tours representative and transferred from the bustling city, through the scenic countryside to the gateway of the Mekong Delta, My Tho (please arrive by 11:00am). Here you will receive a taste of what’s to come as My Tho is a busy port town dependent on the river for its livelihood. From here we will begin our journey upstream aboard the luxurious RV Mekong Navigator. Once on board you will meet your Cruise Director and receive a warm greeting from the crew, followed by a welcome reception. This evening enjoy a delicious Vietnamese “Mekong Delta” Theme Dinner while sailing to Cai Be. (Dinner)
 
Day 2 Cai Be – Sa Dec
Board sampans and sail through Cai Be’s floating market, a fascinating and iconic scene of the Mekong Delta. Pass the city’s French gothic cathedral, tour Anh Kiet House, then visit a traditional rice factory. Observe daily routines of the villagers before stopping at a local brick factory. Upon arrival to Sa Dec, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant (The Lover), and take a walk through the town’s market. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 3 Tan Chau – Vietnam/Cambodia border crossing
Sail to a Cao Dai temple, then ride a Vietnamese tuk-tuk to a mat weaving workshop. Cruise to a floating fish farm, and visit Evergreen Island for a walk through a local village. Reboard the ship and cruise to the border and Phnom Penh. Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia! Please note we are unable to dock until the customs office is open tomorrow. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 4 Phnom Penh
Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, but it was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. EmeraldPLUS: Meet our cyclo drivers for a city tour of Phnom Penh. Journey to the Royal Palace complex and the National Museum housing Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts. EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy a performance by the Cambodian Children’s Group which includes Cambodia’s national dance as well as local traditional folk dances. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Discover More: Backstreets, temples and communities tour, or street food tour (additional cost)
 
Day 5 Phnom Penh
Visit the Killing Fields, which is a disconcerting reminder of the recent atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime. Continue to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 6 Angkor Ban
Visit the charming town of Angkor Ban. Here, you will get a glimpse into the lives of the local people, starting with a visit to a family’s home where you will have the opportunity to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle. Continue through the village to the local school and join the children in their classroom to experience a typical school day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 7 Wat Hanchey – Kampong Cham
Visit Wat Hanchey which offers views of the Mekong River. EmeraldPLUS: Receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the monastery’s resident monks. See Phnom Pros (man hill) and Phnom Srei (woman hill), the reclining Buddha, and the preaching Buddha. Our final visit is to the Angkorian-period complex of Wat Nokor Bachey. Return to the ship and gather for a farewell reception and Royal Cambodian Theme Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 8 Kampong Cham – Siem Reap
Following breakfast we disembark and bid farewell to the RV Mekong Navigator and her crew. Transfer from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap for your onward flight (Please book flights after 4.00pm). We hope you enjoyed your Evergreen cruise of South East Asia and hope to see you again soon! (Breakfast)
 
Please Note: The Mekong River is subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to provide the routing and inclusions stated however depending on water levels prevalent at the time of sailing, this itinerary may be amended.
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All This Included
Included in Your Price
  • 7 night Mekong River cruise on board the luxurious RV Mekong Navigator
  • Fully escorted by an Evergreen Cruises & Tours Cruise Director
  • Guided sightseeing by expert Local Guides
  • Return Airport transfers
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Baggage handling throughout the tour
  • Take an in depth journey along the Mekong River on board the luxurious RV Mekong Navigator
  • Guided tour of the sights of Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Learn of the dark days of the Khmer Rouge with visits to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • In Tan Chau, visit a Cao Dai temple and local mat weaving workshop
  • Learn about local life in the Mekong with a visit to a family home and local school in Angkor Ban
  • Visit the incredible Angkorian period temple complex of Wat Nokor Bachey
  • Sampan tour of Cai Be’s traditional floating market
  • Visit the home of Huynh Thuy Le who inspired the novel L’Amant
  • Tour the historic Anh Kiet House
  • Experience authentic Mekong life on Evergreen Island
  • Tour the ancient Wat Hanchey
  • Learn the importance of the fish industry in the Mekong with a visit to a local family’s fish farm
  • Spend two days in Phnom Penh, once known as the “Pearl of Asia”
  • Get to know Tan Chau while riding a traditional tuk-tuk
  • Visit the gateway of the Mekong Delta, My Tho
  • See Cai Be’s beautiful French Gothic Cathedral
  • Visit a traditional rice factory and a local brick factory
EmeraldPLUS
  • Take a unique view of Phnom Penh on a traditional cyclo tour
  • Enjoy traditional Cambodian folk dances by the Cambodian Children’s Group
  • Receive a Buddhist Water Blessing from the monks at Wat Hanchey
Quality Dining
  • 20 superb meals including: 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) & 7 Dinners (D)
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Mekong Navigator
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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