Siem Reap - Embarkation
Transfer from Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel in Siem Reap to the pier at Phnom Krom in the morning *(Please note that in case of low waters, the transfer to the ship will be made by coach or speed boat). Welcome on board the R/V Mekong Prestige II and settle into your cabin. Lunch on board. Afternoon departure crossing the Tonle Lake*. Welcome Dinner on board
*Please note that in case of bus transfer, a light lunch buffet will be served on board upon arrival.
Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Oudong
Arrival at Kampong Chhnang, located approximately 90 km from Phnom Penh. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Board local boats to visit the authentic floating village. The life of the entire population is connected to the river with local people using the canal system which crisscross this little town. We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market. Return on board for lunch while sailing towards Kampong Tralach. Departure by ox-drawn carriage to discover the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back from the last century which has retained beautiful wall paintings. Bus transfer to Oudong, the former capital city of Cambodia, between 1618 and 1866. Visit of the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, located at the foot of a hill on the top of which were erected numerous Stupas dating of the last Khmer Kings, a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks. In the evening, navigation towards Phnom Penh.
Chong Koh - Phnom Penh
Arrival in Chong Koh or Oknathey (both located on Silk Island) in the morning. Stop at this silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure and a visit to the local workshop. Visit to a Pagoda and meeting in a primary school. Lunch on board. Sailing to Phnom Penh and visit to Wat Phnom after which the city was named. Dinner on board. Traditional Khmer Apsara Dancing Show on board.
The capital city of Cambodia still retains its old French colonial architecture in riverside streets. Morning bus tour including the Royal Palace & the Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. Lunch on board. An afternoon excursion is arranged to the former High School 'S21', which was converted to a detention center under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979. Leisure time and shopping at the 'Central Market'. Dinner on board
Phnom Penh - Border Crossing
The ship departs towards the border with Vietnam in the morning. We cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and river life with extensive fishing activities. Crossing of the border and completion of the required formalities.
Arrival at Tan Chau in the morning, a remote town on the main Mekong River. After breakfast, transfer on small boats to visit a fishing farm. We go ashore to visit a local workshop producing woven mats, and take a short walk in the village to visit a silk weaving workshop. A rickshaw ride round this fascinating town takes you back to the pier for lunch. Navigation in the afternoon
Sa Dec - Cai Be
Arrival at Sa Dec. The French writer Marguerite Duras spent parts of her childhood in Sa Dec, a sprawling busy town on the Mekong Delta. We see the house of Marguerite’s Chinese Lover. The house is a small museum of 'The Lover' in Sadec. Visit to a Caodaist Temple and a stroll through the colorful local market. Lunch on board. We cruise past Vinh Long Province, located in the middle of the Delta region, between the two tributaries of the Mekong. Arrival at Cai Be, tour on local boats to see the French Gothic Cathedral. Walk along the river bank and visit to a manufacturer of rice paper and coconut sweets. Dinner on board & traditional Music Show.
My Tho - Disembarkation - Saigon
Arrival at My Tho. Disembarkation after breakfast and bus transfer to Saigon city center. The transfer includes a stop at the Cholon Market and the visit to a lacquer factory.
*Important notice: it may not be possible to cross Lake Tonle if the water is low. Alternative arrangements will be made to cross the lake either by bus or speed boat to meet the ship. Passengers will be informed of details before departure. The cruise schedule and program timing are indicative and subject to modification
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Built in the shipyards of SSIC (Saigon Ship Industry Company), the R/V Mekong Prestige II is the second in a series of top of the range river cruise ships, specially designed to sail on the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia.
The Standard Staterooms have a surface area of 20 m² (215 Sq. Ft). They are all equipped with French private balconies, large windows and sliding glass doors. There are 28 of them on the Mekong Prestige (14 on each Deck). Cabin amenities: twin beds that can be put together, a wardrobe and storable space; a lounge with 2 armchairs, a coffee table and a writing desk. Ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. Hairs dryer and safe are also available. Air conditioning and climate control can be individually adjustable.
The 2 Junior Suites of the Mekong Prestige II are located on the Main Deck. They have the same facilities as the staterooms but with a larger private balcony. The bathroom has a shower and a separate bathtub. They are equipped with twin beds or one queen bed.
The 2 Terrace Suites (27 m²/290 Sq. Ft) are on the Upper Deck. They also have a larger private balcony, shower and separate bathtub
The Sun Deck covers the entire surface of the top Deck and commands a splendid view of the River. The Sun Deck is equipped with deckchairs and a whirl pool. The indoor area has 2 Massage Salons, an indoor lounge bar and a Fitness Room
A wide range of recreational and cultural activities are being staged on board. You will be offered, among others, the following leisure activities: Cooking Lesson, Fruit & Vegetables Carving, Napkin & Towel Folding, Cultural Quizzes and Screening of films related to local history and culture. Furthermore, our local guides will provide you with an overview about local ways and customs in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Lecture on Board delivered in English by Professor Jean-Michel FILIPPI. Jean-Michel Filippi is a Senior Teacher at the University of Phnom Penh. His passion for linguistics and ethnology of the region has naturally led him to the history of Cambodia. He is author of numerous authoritative books and articles in the field of Linguistics, History and Cultural Studies. He also contributed to the creation of a historical and ethnographic museum devoted to the Kampot province.
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