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11 Nights - Mekong Odyssey 11 Nights - Mekong Odyssey

11 Nights - Mekong Odyssey

Day 1:

Siem Reap

Arrive Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. Your evening is free time.

Hotel: Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel

Day 2:

Siem Reap & Temples of Angkor

This is a one day private classic tour of Angkor Wat and other important temples and ruins surrounding Siem Reap. The day begins at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, where you will begin your exploration of the centerpiece of this ancient city, the Bayon. The Bayon holds 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatically smiling stone faces. The morning tour also visits the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper Kings, as well as Ta Prohm Temple, famously featured in the movie, Tomb Raider.

Afterwards, enjoy a relaxed lunch in Siem Reap before heading to the famous Angkor Wat - the best preserved of all the Angkor temples. There is ample time for a thorough exploration of this huge architectural wonder before climbing to the top of ancient Pre Rup temple to watch the sunset over the jungle.

Spend an incredible day touring the ancient and mysterious Temples of Angkor, starting with the most famous, Angkor Wat. Also visit the Bayon, and atmospheric tree-covered Ta Prohm and Preah Kahn.

Hotel: Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel

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Day 3:

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.

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Day 4:

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.

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Day 5:

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.

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Day 6:

Phnom Penh

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

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Day 7:

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.

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Day 8:

Tan Chau

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

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Day 9:

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.

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Day 10:

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

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Day 11:

Saigon

The Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office: Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably, every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam. Her two forty metre towers, topped with iron spires, still dominate the city’s skyline. The Old Post Office is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office.

Dong Khoi Street, the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee Building: built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene, the 800 seat Opera House was used as the home of the Lower House Assembly of Sourth Vietnam after 1956. It was not until 1975 that it was again used for performances. The structure was restored in 1995. The Opera House is located on the historical Dong Khoi Street which is home to many boutiques and fine restaurants. Just around the corner are the iconic Rex hotel and the beautiful Peoples’ Committee Building.

The Reunification Palace: This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.

At approximately 12 pm you will enjoy lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will visit:

The War Remnants Museum: Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem’ exhibit is particularly touching, dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks and cannons captured from the American military machine.

Thien Hau Pagoda: Located in Cholon, the city’s Chinatown, this pagoda is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. The most impressive features of this structure are the intricately friezes and the carved tableaus towards the front of the pagoda. The impressive incense coils in the interior also make for some great photos.

Cholon Cyclo Tour: This is one of the best ways to observe street life in this vibrant commercial centre. Enjoy a ride through the narrow streets and timeless street scenes as you soak up the atmosphere in comfort.

Binh Tay Market: The name ‘Cho Lon’ can be roughly translated as ‘Big market’. Although the whole district lives up to its name a visit to this market really drives the point home. Selling everything from hats to dried squid, you are sure to enjoy a walk through the maze of stalls in this bustling market.

Soak up the history of Dong Khoi Street on a walking tour, visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, and the city’s biggest wholesale market in Chinatown. This afternoon, discover the Cu Chi Tunnels on the city’s outskirts.

Hotel: Sofitel Plaza Saigon

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Day 12:

Saigon

Your stay ends with an airport transfer.

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M/V Mekong Prestige II

 

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. 

 

Staterooms & Suites

 

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 

 

Public Guest Areas

 

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

 

Daily Life & Onboard Entertainment

 

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 & Vegetable’s 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.

 

Lecturer

 

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.

 

Hotels

 

Saigon: Sofitel Plaza Saigon 5*

Siem Reap: Sokha Angkor Resort 5*

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