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Mekong Explorer River Cruise

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the Mekong River. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between bustling Vietnam and tranquil Cambodia. We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, through the vast delta so rich in human life and endeavor. We continue to travel along the main channel into the beautiful countryside of Cambodia to Phnom Penh; the historical Cambodian capital. At Siem Reap we suggest you extend your stay and enjoy the stupendous World Heritage monuments of Angkor Wat. Traveling by boat allows us exclusive access to fascinating natural and cultural wonders few travellers have the opportunity to visit; from areas of prolific bird life, to small rice paper and silk making villages and a locally supported orphanage. This deeply tranquil, luxury cruise will take you to the heart of Indochina in absolute comfort and style. Please note that this trip will often run in reverse.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
expert bilingual ship guide
luxury air conditioned twinshare cabins on main deck (berth in upper deck cabin - supplement applies)
all day tea and coffee
water and soft drinks
sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
group shore excursions as listed in the itinerary
Hightlights
Experience river life and beautiful scenery on a luxury Mekong River cruise
Visit floating markets
Learn of the rich cultural heritage at Cham village
Experience Khmer culture in Phnom Penh
Sail the Tonle Sap
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $3,490
Start Location
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
End Location
Vietnam
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise, Walking
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
17 Nov 201824 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $4,620
24 Nov 201801 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $4,620
01 Dec 201808 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $4,620
08 Dec 201815 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $4,620
15 Dec 201822 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $4,620
22 Dec 201829 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $4,620
29 Dec 201805 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
05 Jan 201912 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
12 Jan 201919 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
19 Jan 201926 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
26 Jan 201902 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
02 Feb 201909 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
09 Feb 201916 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
16 Feb 201923 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
23 Feb 201902 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
02 Mar 201909 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
09 Mar 201916 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
16 Mar 201923 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
23 Mar 201930 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
30 Mar 201906 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
06 Apr 201913 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
13 Apr 201920 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
20 Apr 201927 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
27 Apr 201904 May 2019AvailableAUD $4,620
06 Jul 201913 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
13 Jul 201920 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
20 Jul 201927 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
27 Jul 201903 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
03 Aug 201910 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
10 Aug 201917 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
17 Aug 201924 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
24 Aug 201931 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
31 Aug 201907 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
07 Sep 201914 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
14 Sep 201921 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
21 Sep 201928 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
28 Sep 201905 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
05 Oct 201912 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
12 Oct 201919 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
19 Oct 201926 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
26 Oct 201902 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
02 Nov 201909 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
09 Nov 201916 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
16 Nov 201923 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
23 Nov 201930 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
30 Nov 201907 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
07 Dec 201914 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
14 Dec 201921 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
21 Dec 201928 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,490
28 Dec 201904 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,490
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Registration is at 09:00am at the Intercontinental Asiana Saigon Hotel Library Bar, ground floor, 39 Le Duan, Ben Nghe Ho Chi Minh City, Tel: (+84) 8 3520 9999 Then transfer to the Delta Port of My Tho by coach for check in followed by port and immigration formalities. After boarding your vessel we sail downstream to Ben Tre and anchor midstream. In the afternoon, there is a lecture on Vietnamese life on the Mekong Delta. During cocktail hour passengers are entertained by an indigenous dance group and meet your key crew. Overnight moor mid-stream Ben Tre.
Day 2
Travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo groves to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. In these local artisans are at work and are invite visitors into their homes for tea, fruit and honey cakes made from their own honey. This is an area rich in bird life and on our return journey we travel by horse cart through the lush countryside. After lunch, the ship moors off Cho Lach island for pot making and further glimpses of Delta life, agriculture and local Viet hospitality including a culinary lesson in making traditional Banh Xeo.
Day 3
After breakfast, there is a short coach journey to the Gao Giong 'green oasis' with its bird sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water and egrets that gather in the tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or 'Plain of Reeds'. Rowing boats traverse the canals to take us to see the principal nesting areas. After returning to the boat we cruise upstream to Con Phuoc Island. We Moor in a small canal off Con Phuoc Island and go ashore to explore the island by Xi Loi seeing basket production and visiting a 100-year old Catholic Church as well as local woodworking artisans.
Day 4
Afternoon, explore the labyrinthine canal system around Tan Chau to visit a Taoist temple where the monks will read fortunes. Continue through local villages by Xi Loi stopping off to help locals tend their fields before stopping off to visit a fish farm and earn merit by releasing fish back into the Mekong. Border crossing formalities take up much of the afternoon and during this stationary period there is an optional tour of the working ship and fruit carving classes on deck.
Day 5
Morning orientation of Phnom Penh by cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvelous collection of Angkorian statuary. Afternoon optional visit to the Killing Fields and Genocide museum or take a tuk-tuk to explore the riverfront and finish with High Tea at Raffles Hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.
Day 6
Sail up the Tonle River to board our smaller expedition vessel to visit Koh Okhna Tey, or 'silk island' to study the entire silk making process from worms to weavers. There will be a demonstration of the ancient Khmer martial art of Bokator. Return to ship and return down the Tonle River to turn up the Mekong at the confluence. Evening lecture on Angkor and Khmer culture.
Day 7
Morning exploration of Koh Trong Island by bicycle or ox cart with a real immersion into Khmer rural life and visit a reforestation site where personal trees may be planted. After lunch, reach Kratie and continue to the grounds of the elusive freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins by local boat.
Day 8
Following our farewell breakfast on board, we will join our coach for the journey back to Siem Reap. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. The journey by coach to Siem Reap takes approximately 5 hours, arriving at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (Central Park, Siem Reap Town, Tel: +855 63 760 428) mid-afternoon (approx. 13.30pm) where our trip will conclude. *NB Please note this itinerary also runs in reverse. Please check direction at the time of booking. The reverse itinerary is shown below.