Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Cai Be “Good Morning Saigon” (L/D)
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon
as we travel 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho
to embark your boutique ship. We will be served a refreshing welcome drink as the Ship steadily glides along the Mekong. We will bathe in the fading sunset on the balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge. Later, a welcome dinner awaits us.When approaching Cai Be, the Ship drops anchor to moor midstream where the river is several kilometers wide.Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Accommodation: on Jahan Cruise in Cai BeDay 2: Cai Be - Sa Dec - Chau Doc “Vietnamese Inventiveness” (B/L/D)
The day - in fact everyday - starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson
on the sun deck, just as the sun begins its gentle glow.Coffee and tea awaits the early bird.
The day’s tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market
on board a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat). During the languid ride, discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The cruise will halt intermittently 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 lunch.
In the afternoon, we cruise to Sa Dec
. Upon arrival, we embark a traditional sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island
and its manmade canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets.
We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Chau Doc.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ship will moor midstream overnight near Chau DocMeals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Accommodation: on Jahan Cruise in Chau Doc Day 3: Chau Doc (Border Crossing) - Phnom Penh “Circus Of Fish”
Wake up and sip your latte on the sun deck as we arrive in Chau Doc.
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 where we will learn exciting facts about the breeding of Basa fish in the Mekong Delta. Then, it is back to the ship for a lunch. By mid-afternoon, the cruise liner will make its way to the border for Phnom Penh
, the capital city of Cambodia. It is an opportune time to relax on board, sharpen your culinary skills with our hands-on cooking classes or tour the ship with our impeccable
Cruise Director. Or, better yet, do all three. “The Highway Blues” beckons as we float into a state of mild bliss caused by the hypnotic murmur of the ship’s engine. After hours of cruising, we will feel the rush of entering into a new country and to embrace new adventures.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinnerMeals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Accommodation: on Jahan Cruise midstream near Phnom Penh
Note: Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December the following program applies:
This morning, you will start your excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau. Firstly, the journey takes you to the “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals. The inhabitants of these islands live on houses poised on high stilts - a centuries-old tradition in this part of the Mekong Delta. We stop to visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal - this farm consists of floating houses and the villagers make their living by cultivating fish. You continue by boat to Tan Chau pier, disembark here and stroll around this colorful local market with lots of regional products. You return to the cruise Ship after your market visit.Day 4: Phnom Penh (B/L)
Your journey with your floating sanctuary has come to an end, but will not be forgotten. Disembark after breakfast and head into the city of Phnom Penh to further discover its culture and history.
Our guide & driver pick you up at the post after that you have a tour around Phnom Penh
We visit to the Apsara Arts Association, a local non-governmental organization whose aim is to see Cambodian arts and culture become more valued and popular in Cambodia after having been destroyed by the ravages of war. The Royal Palace, which was built in 1866 and is comprised of numerous structures, one of which is the popular Silver Pagoda
. Constructed with over 5,000 silver tiles, this building also houses a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha that is decorated with 9584 diamonds and is one of Cambodia’s national treasures. Continue to visit the National Museum, A Khmer temple inspired building that houses the world’s largest collection of Khmer art sculptures, ceramics and bronzes. Although the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition on post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Lunch at local restaurant then check in your hotel
Afternoon, you are transferred to the “Killing Fields”
. Enjoy a bit of local shopping at the Toul Tom Pong Market
, before visiting the fields at Cheung Ek. A memorial stupa has been erected and displays over 5,000 human skulls, bones and clothes of the victims. The visit is a profoundly moving, but depressing experience.Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation: Intercontinental Phnom PenhDay 5: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap By Flight (B/L)
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap
.The flight is 45 minites.
Our guide & driver pick you at Siem Reap airport and transfer to hotel for check in. The transfer is approximately 30munites
Lunch will be served at local restaurant then transfer to Tonle Sap Lake
. This lake is the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia and is the heart of the Cambodian fishing industry and the lifeblood for millions of Khmers living on and around it. You will board a comfortable boat to see the true way of life in one of the floating villages of the Tonle Sap. Here you can see how Khmers and Vietnamese live and work side by side years later.Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation: Sofitel Angkor Golf & SpaDay 6: Full Day Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom (B/L)
Morning visit to Angkor Wat
with your private guide. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west and is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism. Its symmetrical towers are stylized on the modern Cambodian flag. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides, each telling a story, but the most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Sea Milk, which is located on the east wing – your guide will explain the mystical tale behind it. Lunch at local restaurant
Afternoon, the Angkor Thom with your private guide, you will visit the sprawling Elephant Terrace
, the Terrace of the Leper King
and the enchanting Bayon
. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very center of Angkor Thom City
and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs, but the main features are the towers each with 3 or 4 gently smiling faces, over 200 in total.Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Accommodation: Sofitel Angkor Golf & SpaDay 7: Siem Reap – Departure (B)
Free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure flight.