Along the Mekong
14 days / 13 night(s) from Price on Application per person twin share
The Mekong River is one of the world’s greatest waterways, flowing over 4,000km through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam into the South China Sea. The life that unfolds along the Mekong River is diverse; from bustling cities to tranquil farm life. On this journey, discover the vibrant city of Saigon before boarding your Pandaw River Cruise Ship. Cruise to Cai Be Floating Market, a Cham tribal village and explore Chau Doc by trishaw.
Cross over the border into Cambodia, where you will tour the city of Phnom Penh. Travel up Tonle River, visit children at a local orphanage and view ancient temples. Disembark the ship in Siem Reap and explore the temples of Angkor; perhaps the most fascinating symbols of ancient architecture and spiritual devotion.
This journey will be unforgettable, as it opens your eyes to two amazing cultures that are so unlike your own, whilst experiencing an extraordinary cruise along the Mekong River on the traditional and charming Pandaw cruise ship.
This is a private short stay package for the independent traveller.
DAY 1: ARRIVE SAIGON
Upon arrival in Saigon you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three-night stay.
DAY 2: SAIGON
Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Cholon (Chinatown) and Ben Thanh Market for some shopping.
DAY 3: SAIGON - CU CHI
Explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels where you are led by a War Veteran.
DAY 4: SAIGON TO MY THO
Transfer south to My Tho and embark the Pandaw cruise ship this morning.
DAY 5: CAI BE TO CHAU DOC
Enjoy an excursion by sampan to see the floating market of Cai Be. Cruise to Sa Dec and see the ancient house of the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist.
DAY 6: CHAU DOC TO PHNOM PENH
Visit a Cham tribal village, a catfish farm and enjoy a trishaw ride around Chau Doc. Cross the Cambodian border to Phnom Penh.
DAY 7: PHNOM PENH
Visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum by cyclo.
Note: In the afternoon you have the option of taking an excursion to the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Museum. This excursion is included in the cost of your cruise, however, it must be requested at the time of booking.
DAY 8: TONLE RIVER - KAMPONG CHHNANG
Enjoy an excursion up the Tonle River by boat or road (depending on water levels) to Kampong Chhnang where you will take a motorboat into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river.
DAY 9: KAMPONG CHAM
top at Chong Koh silk weaving village for a leisurely walk this morning. This afternoon stop at Peam Chi Kang Village to visit a local school and monastery.
DAY 10: KAMPONG CHAM
Visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey and travel by bus to see the Twin Holy Mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey. Later, visit the village of Choeungkok and the Kampong Cham Orphanage.
DAY 11: KAMPONG CHAM TO SIEM REAP
Disembark the Pandaw cruise ship early this morning and transfer to your Siem Reap hotel, stopping at Kampong Thom en route.
DAY 12: SIEM REAP
Drive to the fortified city of Angkor Thom. Starting at the South Gate, you will view the Bayon, Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon you will explore the magnificent Angkor Wat.
DAY 13: SIEM REAP
Explore the temples of Banteay Srei, Sreah Srang and Ta Prohm. Later this afternoon climb to the summit of Pre Rup at sunset.
DAY 14: DEPART SIEM REAP
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Siem Reap airport where your arrangements end.
Payment: A deposit of 20% of the total tour cost is required upon booking.
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