A four-day cruise for cruise aficionados with less time on their hands connecting the Pearl of the Orient with the Paris of the East.
DAY 01: PHNOM PENH – BORDER CROSSING – TAN CHAU “ LIFE ON MEKONG RIVER “ ( L/D )
DAY 02: TAN CHAU – MY AN HUNG – SA DEC ( B/L/D )
DAY 03: SA DEC – CAI BE FLOATING MARKET – MY THO ( B/L/D )
DAY 04: MY THO – HO CHI MINH CITY ( B )
In the morning, we are captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. The cruise liner then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel.
As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route.
Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork.
As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the Sundeck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Heritage Line’s Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class.
The Ship anchors midstream overnight in Tan Chau.
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam.
We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or at your private balcony.
We will brace ourselves for a short excursion in Tan Chau, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities.
We will start the trip by a traditional vehicle called “ xeloi” to local market and get to a local boat to visit fish farm and back to the Ship (or opposite).
Here you will see the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong. Lunch on board.
In the afternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village.
Passengers walk to the family house through the vegetable garden. We will cross a monkey bridge and see seasonal vegetable fields.
Then gather at the family’s house to taste tea with honey with local delicacies and fruits before back to the Ship to set off for Sa Dec in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Sa Dec.
In the morning, we embark a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat) to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals.
Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fiber floor mats and rattan baskets.
After lunch on board, the Ship arrives in Cai Be. The tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market where traders gather in a cacophonous congregation. During the languid ride, we discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta.
The evergreen islands along the Mekong River remain unknown to many people. 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.
We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the terrace deck. Overnight in My Tho.
Our magnificent cruiser winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong River in Vietnam.
We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to an end. But the memories and the friendships made on board linger on for a lot longer.
We disembark at around 08:30am and we join the transfer to the busy crowd of Saigon. Drop off will be at the meeting point in Saigon.
Note: Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed proposal, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.
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PRICE: .....$ / PAX ( Joining group )
- All cruises include group shore-excursions
- Entrance fees, transportation, tour guide services (English speaking), taxes, fuel, river pilots, port dues, transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa.
- Meals are included full board.
- Drinking water, coffee/tea (from jug) is included all day.
- Fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast.
- Port tax per passenger of 65 USD ( levied by Port authorities and port taxes appear on our invoice ).
- Crew gratuities (8 USD – 10 USD per passenger per day are recommended).