Siem Reap to Saigon by RV Mekong Prestige Cruise
Siem Reap to Saigon by RV Mekong Prestige Cruise - 8 Days
Style: Cambodia Cruise Tours
Hightlights: Siem Reap -> Tonle -> Kampong Chhnang -> Kampong Tralach -> Oudong -> Koh Chong -> Phnom Penh -> Tan Chau
Description: Departure for Embarking, then transfer to Phnom Krom pier, where you can reach by local boats the R / V Mekong Prestige Luxury on Lake Tonle Sap.
Day 1: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake
Departure for Embarking, then transfer to Phnom Krom pier, where you can reach by local boats the R / V Mekong Prestige Luxury on Lake Tonle Sap. Lunch on board. Settling into your cabin and cross the Tonle Sap. Welcome dinner on board. Overnight in RV Mekong Prestige.
Note: during the period of low water, the transfer may be done by bus from Siem Reap to Prek Kdam on the Tonle River. In this case lunch will be held at the hotel before departure by bus.
Day 2: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Oudong
Morning arrival in Kampong Chhnang. Located about 90 kilometers from Phnom Penh, Kampong Chhnang, with its markets and artisans, is a particularly busy port city. The river banks are the witnesses of Cambodian rural life and a remarkable diversity of bird life. Embarking on small local boats for the visit of the floating village which has retained a completely authentic appearance. All constructions are floating village: the school, shops, stalls of multiple craftsmen or traders, the police station. All trades are present and the entire population, from children to grandparents, boat moving through the network of canals that cross this little town. Back on board and continue navigating to Kampong Tralach. Lunch on board. Arrival at Kampong Tralach and visit the Vihara of Wat Kampong Leu. It dates from the last century and are magnificent murals. Isolated in the middle of rice fields, it is a modest pagoda, very few visitors and therefore, exceptionally charming. Then departure by bus to visit Oudong. Between 1618 and 1866, Oudong was the capital of Cambodia, built on hills, home to many stupas of the last Khmer kings. Dinner and overnight on RV Mekong Prestige
Day 3: Koh Chong - Phnom Penh
Arrive Koh Chong morning. Landing and walk in this small village specializes in silk weaving. Back on board, then the R / V Mekong Luxury returns to its navigation to Phnom Penh. Lunch on board. Arrive in Phnom Penh in the afternoon. Walk to Wat Phnom for the first discovery of the capital of Cambodia, which has retained its charm with its old French colonial architecture and lively streets. Khmer Aspara Dance Show, then dinner and overnight in RV Mekong Prestige.
Day 4: Phnom Penh
In the morning visit the Royal Palace, which is a large architectural complex, and the Silver Pagoda. Visit the National Museum which houses the largest collection of Khmer art. Lunch on board. In the afternoon, visit the high school "S21", a former detention center, between 1975 and 1979, needed to take the measure of tragedy for the people of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime, and stop at the camp Choeung Ek , better known as the "Killing Fields". Free time to do some shopping at the "Russian market". Dinner and overnight on RV Mekong Prestige
Day 5: Phnom Penh - Bordercrossing
In the morning, resumption of navigation to the Vietnamese border. Formalities and border crossings. Lunch on board. Arrival at Tan Chau in the evening. Dinner and overnight on RV Mekong Prestige.
Day 6: Tan Chau
Departure for the visit of Tan Chau, a small town on the Mekong. Embarking on a local boat fish farm. Disembark and visit a workshop making mats, then rickshaw ride in the village. Stop for a visit to a weaving silk. Lunch on board, then returns to its Luxury Mekong navigation to Sa Dec. Dinner and overnight on RV Mekong Prestige
Day 7: Sa Dec - Cai Be
Her arrival in December, where the French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of his childhood. City tour to soak up the atmosphere of this authentic town of Delta where there are still some colonial houses and the "house of China," described in the novel by Marguerite Duras, The Lover. Although the French have long since left the place, little has changed in Sa Dec since the days of Duras. The old river boats continue to load and unload on the docks built almost at the doors of shops. Lunch on board. Crossing the province of Vinh Long, the "Majestic Dragon" from the translation, in the center of the delta, between two arms of the Mekong. Arrival in Cai Be. Departure by boat to the local French Gothic cathedral. Landing and walk to discover the homemade rice leaves and candy coconut. Dinner and overnight on RV Mekong Prestige.
Day 8: My Tho - Sai Gon
Having breakfast on board, then clear all bills, transfer to Saigon or Hochiminh City at The Sofitel Plaza. the end of a wonderful cruise trip!
In case of low waters, it may happen that navigation on the Tonle Sap Lake is impossible for the RV Mekong Prestige. If that occurs, a fast boat or a coach will assure the link with the other bank of the lake where the embarkation on the RV Mekong Prestige will take place. Furthermore, all the aforementioned cruising schedule and program timing are indicative and subject to modification.
Here are some information for whole trip, might you like to book!
- Transfer arrangement from Sofitel Plaza hotel in Saigon to the ship in My Tho on day 1 and from the ship to Siem Reap hotel or airport on day 8
- Full board in the selected category on the R/V Mekong Prestige
- All meals from Lunch on Day 1 until Breakfast on Day 8
- Drinks on board : Mineral Water, non alcoholic beverages, local beers (all day long) and local wine during the meals
- Tipping on board
- All excursions and entrance fees with English speaking guide as per descriptive programme
- Assistance of an English speaking Cruise Director
- Port taxes
- Overseas flights
- Beverages other than mentioned
- Ashore tipping
- Visa arrangements
Five common questions travellers ask us
1. How long and where to visit for first-timers?
For first-timers, 5 days can be enough to take in Cambodia at a glance. An ideal order should be going from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Siem Reap is a top-rated destination, for seeing the magnificent Angkor temples and experiencing the chic and authentic Cambodia, other possible outings include taking a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages.
Phnom Penh with visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda to sense the spirit of traditional Cambodian culture and the S21 Museum to learn about the dark history made by the Khmer Rouge and how the country is rising from the ashes.
2. When is the best time to visit Cambodia?
No matter for first-timers or seasoned travelers, an adventure to Cambodia is ideally made during October to next February. If you would like to dodge from big crowds, leave Chirstmas and January.
Travelling for great value and experiences, we would suggest late September to October and February.
If the heat and occasional rainfalls are not much a problem for you, you are in for a great deal during the shoulder seasons, namely March to August. During this time, we will arrange a noon break and the pace will be much lossen as for you to restore.
3. What is the best way to get to Cambodia?
First option is by air. Cambodia has three major international airports: Phnom Penh International Airport in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap International Airport in Siem Reap.
Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh are the most-friendly transit hubs as they have better airfares and much easier to get around.
4. How do I book the trip?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on ”Book this trip” on the web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields for information. Once completed filling the form, you just click Submit to send us your inquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term.
5. Do I Need a Visa for Visiting Cambodia?
The easiest way to get visa for Cambodia is do it on arrival. Most nationalities are offered Visa-on-Arrival at international airports of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Fare is USD30 for all nationalities, for a maximum stay of 30 days and extensions are possible.
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