La Marguerite Cruise – Saigon to Siem Reap 8 Days.

Tour price: US$ 2803

Duration: 08 days/ 07 nights
Tour code: MKMAR03

Route: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sadec – Tan Chau – Kampong Tralach – PrekK’dam


 

 

Day 1: HCMC – EMBARKATION – MY THO – CAI BE
(L/D)

Register between 11:00 to 12:00 at Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel. Transfer overland by motor coach to My Tho port for embarkation aboard the Indochina Sails’ ship for the journey from the Mekong Delta to Holy Angkor. Embark ship at 13:30. Welcome drinks served in Saigon Lounge. Short briefing is conducted before adjourning for lunch in Mekong restaurant.

The cabins are ready for check-in after lunch. After port clearance formalities, captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Cai Be. Join the Cruise Director at Saigon Lounge for safety demonstration and briefing at 18:00, followed by Captain’s Cocktails. Enjoy the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers. Enjoy folk performances of the Mekong Delta from 21:00 to 21:45 in Saigon Lounge. The ship moors overnight midstream at Cai Be.

Meals included: Lunch/ Dinner


Day 2: CAI BE – VINH LONG
(B/L/D)

After breakfast take a morning junk trip around Cai Be. See floating market, go ashore to visit French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, filled with colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens and local rice paper manufacturers. Return to the boat at noon. After enjoying lunch while ship sails toward Vinh Long – the second largest city on the Mekong Delta.

In the afternoon, take a short boat ride to get ashore for a walking tour of Vinh Long and visit a bustling market. Return to the ship at 17:00. Cocktail and briefing with Cruise Director at 18:00. After dinner, ship sails to Sadec and arrives Sadec around 23:00. The ship moors overnight midstream at Sadec.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner


Day 3: SA DEC – TAN CHAU
(B/L/D)

This morning, follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, Sadec, a quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le, partake in the bantering of local markets along the paved river banks, pagoda and the Fujian Temple, build and donated to the city by the late Le family. Pass by the home of Marguerite Duras from across the riverbanks. Re-board ship at 11:00 for lunch. After that, ship sets sail to Tan Chau. In the afternoon, Vietnamese tour guides will give a lecture about Vietnam – the Past and the Present in the Saigon Lounge at 16:00. Cocktails and briefing at 18:00 followed by dinner at 19:00. Ship arrives at Tan Chau around 18:30. After dinner, join the crew show in the Saigon Lounge. More music, more dancing afterwards. Tonight the ship moors midstream at Tan Chau


Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner


Day 4: TAN CHAU – BORDER CROSSING
(B/L/D)

Today’s highlight is a visit of Tan Chau – a small town untouched by tourism. In the morning, the excursion starts with sightseeing by local boats, navigating narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. Chance to visit floating fish farm and travels along the tiny tributaries where slit houses are haphazardly leaning on each other. Afterwards, go ashore and tour the town on rickshaw (XeLoi). Visit rattan mats and slippers making factories. Return to the ship and enjoy lunch while the ship departs for border. In the afternoon, enjoy Fruits Carving and Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls demonstration by Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge. Border formalities are carried out concurrently. Cocktail hour from 18:00 – 19:00, dinner at 19:00. After dinner catch movie “The Killing Fields” in the Saigon Lounge. In the evening, sail overnight up the broad Mekong River, an international shipping route and moor mid-stream just outside of Phnom Penh.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner


Day 5: PHNOM PENH
(B/L/D)

A busy day with many interesting sightseeing and activities, in the morning, sightsee Phnom Penh by bus. Visit Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum where outstanding Khmer crafts are exhibited. Afternoon excursion facilitates understanding of a crucial part of the Cambodia’s history: the Khmer Rouge’s grim ToulSleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Fields. (For a free and easy afternoon, please inform Cruise Manager). Cocktail hours are served from 18:00 to 19:00. Dinner is served from 19:30 to 21:00. After dinner, join the Khmer folk dances and songs at the Saigon Lounge. Before midnight, opt to chill in one the bars located across the road from the pier.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner


Day 6: CHONG KOH – OUDONG – KAMPONG TRALACH
(B/L/D)

Early in the morning the ship sails towards little known village Chong Koh. After breakfast, take leisurely morning stroll through Chong Koh silk weaving village. Visit a school, some home workshops manufacturing traditional silk and cotton handicrafts and buy some local products. Return to the ship at 10:00.Enjoy a hearty lunch onboard at 12:30 as the ship sails to PrekK’dam. Interesting afternoon tour starts with a bus ride to visit Oudong – the second capital city of Cambodia. Visit a Buddhist Center here and join a blessing.

After that, take another bus ride to Kampong Tralach, see Kampong Tralach Pleu temple and take a 20-minute ox-cart ride back to the ship. Re-board ship in Kampong Tralach. Ship sails to Kampong Chhnang afterwards. Cocktail hour from 18:00 to 19:00, dinner is served at 19:00. After dinner, join together in the Saigon Lounge with Cruise Director for a “Nasty Quiz” night. Ship arrives at Kampong Chhnang around 23:00 and moors midstream overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner


 

Day 7: KAMPONG CHHNANG – PREKK’ DAM
(B/L/D)

Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, take a truly wonderful motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen, and of considerable interest are local life and floating village. Return to the boat and cast off towards PrekK’dam – a small village that is around 35km away from Phnom Penh. Join a lecture on general information of Cambodia with Cambodian tour guides in the Lounge. In the afternoon, join the “Towels and napkin folding demonstration” with the housekeeping and restaurant staff in the Lounge. Time for packing and prepare for Farewell Cocktail this evening. The ship docks overnight in PrekK’dam.

Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner


Day 8: DISEMBARKATION – PREKK’DAM
(B)

Breakfast is served from 6:30 – 8:00 in the Mekong Restaurant. After breakfast, bid farewell to crew and disembark at PrekK’dam at 8:30 AM. Take 5½-hour bus ride to Siem Reap with stop at Kampong Thom. We arrive about 13:30 at Le Meridien Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap. End of services

Meals included: Breakfast

TOUR PRICE:

Validity in 2013-2014 Mekong Cabin Tonle Cabin Saigon Cabin Sadec Suite< Indochina Suite
Prices quoted in USD per person, staying in a twin or double cabin
29/8/13 – 4/9/13 2805 3297 3792 4287 5277
5/9/13 – 11/9/13 2968 3462 3957 4452 5442
12/9/13 – 18/9/13 3133 3627 4122 4617 5607
19/9/13 – 25/9/13 3298 3792 4287 4782 5772
26/9/13 – 02/10/13 3463 3957 4452 4947 5937
3/10/13 – 09/10/13 3628 4122 4617 5112 6102
10/10/13 -16/10/13 3793 4287 4782 5277 6267
17/10/13- 23/10/13 3958 4452 4947 5442 6432
24/10/13-25/3/14 4123 4617 5112 5607 5697
26/3/14 -1/4/14 3793 4287 4782 5277 6267
2/4/14 – 8/4/14 3463 3957 4452 4947 5937
9/4/14 -16/4/14 3298 3792 4287 4782 5772
16/4/14-23/4/14 2803 3297 3792 4287 5277

Price is in US$ per person

INCLUDES :

  • Tour programs as in the itinerary
  • Transportation and English-speaking tour guides’ services
  • Taxes, fuel, pilot, port dues, passenger levies, full board during the itinerary
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including local beers, local brand spirits and local wines served during meals; coffee, selection of teas, selection of herbal infusions, local mineral water, local canned soft drinks served free through the day.
  • Transfers between the ship and to the meeting points at the start and end of the voyage

EXCLUDES :

  • Airfares & airport taxes.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Vietnam  and Cambodia Visa (Visa fee (Visa fee on arrival at Cambodia border: 25USD, 1 photo 3x4cm)
  • Other not mentioned

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