RV Indochine
RV Indochine, The Mekong River ex Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh
Cruise Line: CroisiEurope
Selected Sailing Date: 27 Dec 2018
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Cruise Description

8 Night Cruise sailing from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh aboard RV Indochine. 2 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Siem Reap.

From the heights of the Himalayas to the coast of the China Sea, over the course of its 4500km journey, the River Mekong irrigates much more than Indochina. Wherever it flows, it captivates man and shapes their lives. From the Delta and Saigon, a town still filled with souvenirs of the French colonial presence, right to the great lake of Tonle Sap and Siem Reap, a city at the foot of the Angkor Sites, the Mekong today has to work hard to maintain suitable water levels, with many dams along its course, and subjected to a regime of more and more extraordinary monsoons.

Day 1 Siem Reap - Angkor
Dinner and overnight in the hotel Lotus Blanc 4* NL or similar.

After breakfast, we'll set off very early to visit Banteay Srei, the crown jewel of classic Khmer art, and the temple at Ta Prohm dating back to 1186, dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman II. The site was cleared from vines and the forest in 1924 by H. Parmentier. Banteay Srei, which means “the citadel of women” or “citadel of beauty”, is known for the intricacy of its fine carvings. The detail of the sculptures on every corner of this small temple built in pink sandstone and laterite is a joy to behold. Next we'll visit Ta Prohm. Today nature has taken over the site, and the result is stunning: trees spring out from the temple buildings and thick roots now cover the temple. When we return, we'll stop in a local village. After lunch we'll explore Angkor Thom in the afternoon. It is a huge architectural masterpiece, accessible through five monumental gates with the mountain temple of Bayon at its center. Bayon temple is famous for its towers with 172 faces of Buddha. We'll wander in the heart of the ancient Royal Palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then we'll visit the terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. After dinner, you'll have free time to stroll through the “Angkor Night Market” and perhaps do some shopping. It's a very pleasant place for a stroll in the cool night-time temperatures (open from 4:00 p.m. until midnight), with over a hundred shops and stalls selling souvenirs, handicrafts, clothes, books, etc. Overnight in the hotel Lotus Blanc 4* NL or similar.

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we'll leave very early to visit the Angkor Wat Temple. After lunch in the hotel, transfer from the hotel to the mooring point at Phnom Krom where we board small local boats to take us to the RV INDOCHINE. After you've comfortably settled in your cabin, we'll introduce our crew during our welcome cocktail party. We'll then have dinner. We'll stay in port overnight, close to the flooded forest.

You'll enjoy breakfast on board, and we'll spend the morning cruising to take advantage of the lake crossing (1). After lunch on board, we arrive in the early afternoon in Kampong Chhnang. Located about 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. There are also many fish farms here. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery, a major source of revenue for the entire country. The region's very name Kampong Chhnang means “the port of pottery” in Khmer. You'll have a chance to taste palm sugar from the Thnot sugar palm (a national symbol) before going around the village on small local boats. We'll then return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Tralach. We'll enjoy dinner on board. We'll drop anchor for the night near Kampong Tralach.

We'll have breakfast on board this morning before we visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. We'll get there by crossing through the village of Kampong Tralach by oxcart, to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of the last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer the ravages of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors. Its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot. We'll return on board for lunch and cast off. We'll arrive into Koh Chen during the afternoon and visit this small village, where the inhabitants are experts in etched and silvered copper work. The ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings are made here. We'll visit the private school of Mr. Thom Umson, a bright mathematics teacher who speaks French. He always seems to need more pencils and notebooks for his students. We'll return on board, and continue our cruise to Phnom Penh, arriving late in the afternoon. You'll get to take a “tuk tuk” trip, a motorized tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. We'll then return on board and enjoy an Aspara dance show and dinner. We'll stay in port in Phnom Penh for the night.

Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retains much of its colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. We'll visit the Silver Pagoda, a wooden construction from 1892, and subsequently rebuilt in 1962, and the Royal Palace, the symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style. Then we'll visit the National Museum built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style. The museum exhibits beautiful gems, with the sublime statue of Javayarman VII sitting with the head slightly tilted in a meditative posture. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant and this afternoon we'll have the option to visit the Tuol Svay Prey school S21, a former detention, torture and execution center used by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. You'll have free time in the market, overflowing with all types of businesses. We'll then return on board and have dinner as we continue our cruise through the night to Vietnam.

Have breakfast on board and spend the morning afloat. We cross into Vietnam and complete customs formalities at the border. Lunch on board, arriving in the early afternoon in Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong and the floating farms overspill into the waters. Chau Doc is a very prosperous town which developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, a few colonial buildings with their old fashioned charm still remain. The market which surrounds them is the vibrant heart of the city .We transfer by small boat to visit a Cham village, a village of silk weavers and fish farms. We then set off by minibus and visit the top of the Sam hill, an important place of pilgrimage for the Vietnamese where it overlooks the vastness of the Delta and its rice feilds. We return on board and continue our cruise towards Sa Dec. Dinner and overnight stop on the river bank.

We'll have breakfast and continue our journey to Sa Dec, where a few colonial mansions still remain. You'll discover the local market and visit the former home of Huynh Thuy Le, who was French novelist Marguerite Duras' lover (Duras spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec). Famous for its horticulture, Sa Dec was known as the “Garden of Cochin-China” in colonial times. We'll return on board for lunch and continue our cruise towards Vinh Long, located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong and where life is organized around the water. We'll see houses built on stilts and hundreds of small boats that criss-cross in all directions. We'll set off in boats through the orchards that lead to Caï Be. Here you'll discover brick makers and potters, fruit tree nurseries on the island of Binh Hoa Phuoc and also the local traditional craft of puffed rice and rice paper for making spring rolls. Other products include rice wine and coconut sweets, and all of these products are produced by the unique family businesses of the Delta's economy. We'll return on board and continue our cruise. We'll have dinner on board and stay overnight at our mooring point near My Tho.

We'll have breakfast on board early in the morning before we visit the islands close to My Tho in small local boats. It is known for its many vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. The climate here is hot and pleasant all year long. The surrounding countryside includes one of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with coconut, banana, mango and longan trees. Along the maze that makes up the network of small canals, pretty country villages appear and we'll see the local craftsmen at work. On the largest of the islands, (Thoi Son) we will visit a beekeeping farm where we will taste honey tea and exotic fruits. We'll then return on board for lunch and continue with our magnificent cruise, taking the Chao Gao canal and heading for Ho Chi Minh City. We'll return on board for dinner, and stay in port overnight. You'll have a free evening after dinner.

We'll have breakfast this morning before we depart for an guided visit of Ho Chi Minh City, originally named Saigon, and built by the French in 1850 at the beginning of French colonial times. It is the principal port of Vietnam. You'll discover: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. We'll have lunch in town before our afternoon visit of the National History Museum then a visit to a lacquer-ware factory. You'll have free time to stroll around the Ben Thanh markets. We'll then return to the boat for our farewell cocktail and gala dinner. We'll stay in port overnight. You'll have a free evening after dinner.

After one last breakfast on board, we'll disembark and devote our morning to visiting Cholon, the major center of Chinese trade in the capital city. After lunch, end of our services.

Do not plan your flight before 5:00 pm.

N.B. The itinerary, ports of call and visits are subject to modification by the ship owner and/or our representatives on the spot. The excursions may be amended or completed in the reverse order if it is deemed necessary. The ship’s captain reserves the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.
The banks of the river on which we travel can be very steep and slippery, depending on the water levels.

(1) : Crossing the Tonle Sap Lake : when water levels are high, from August to the end of December, the RV Indochine crosses the lake. When water levels are low, from January to Mid-March, we cross the lake via speed boats to join the RV Indochine at Koh Chen. Finally, when water levels are very low, around Mid-March, transfer between Siem Reap and Koh Chen would be organized by air-conditioned coach.