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Mekong Cruise Vietnam

MCV8: Saigon – Siemreap Mekong river 7 days

Destination: Saigon – Cai be – Can tho – Chau doc – Phnompenh - Siemreap
Starts in: Ho Chi Minh City
Ends in: Siemreap
Duration: 7D-6N
Tour code: MCV8

Saigon – Siemreap Mekong river 7 days

Boat description:

                   Le Cochinchine cruise                        Le Cochinchine cruise- Double cabin                  Le Cochinchine Bathroom

    Le Cochinchine cruise - Family cabin              Le Cochinchine boat - Twin cabin                           Le Cochinchine Corridor

             Le Cochinchine Restaurant                       Le Cochinchine cruise- Breakfast                 Le Cochinchine cruise - sundeck

 
TECHNIQUE of LE COCHINCHINE III :
 
LE COCHINCHINE III is entirely made of wood in a hull built of Oak (go sao), Long of 33 m and wide of 7m00 , the Vietnamese essence traditionnally used for quality ships and now a rare deed and is powered by an isuzu (450 HP) engines and 1 generator ISUZU 55KVA (220V-50HZ) .

It accommodates 28 passengers in 12 cabins including
8 Twin cabins
2 Double cabins
2 Family cabins ( each with 1 double bed & 2 single bed )
All cabins are equiped with air- condition, private bathroom with hot water
1 living room
2 restaurants
2 bar
A wide upper deck for contemplate sunset with an aperitif

The ship has been launched in june 2008 and construction is scheduled to be finished by september 08.
LE COCHINCHINE III is equipped with heat exchangers for hot water piloted by an automat that ensures constant shower water pressure and temperature. She brings along city water in sufficient.
 
Day 1: Saigon Cai Be – My Thuan – Sa Dec ( L, D )
8:00 AM the driver will pick up at your hotel in Saigon, transfer to Caibe
12: 00 AM boarding Le Cochinchine boat. Enjoy welcome drink. Continue our cruise toward Sa Dec via My Thuan, a nice and quiet  town overlooking Mekong river.
Visit the lively Sa Dec food market and primary school headed by Magueritte Duras.
Walks along the village path and get yourself acquaintance with rural activities  as farmers farm their fields: rice fields, and vegetable farms, fish farms.
Back to our boat for a cruise down stream. Relax on boat while sipping an aperitif .
Dinner and overnight on board in Sa Dec.
 
Day 2: Sa Dec – Vinh Long- Tra On  ( B, L,D )
Breakfast on board on the Mekong.
Cruise to Tra On via Mang Thit – Vinh Long. Up to river tide, stop en route to visit brickyard handricarft villages a long the Mekong River.
Lunch served on board.
Up to river tide, disembark and make a  pleasant walking or biking on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities, especially somes orchards (orange grove) with its famer in Quoi An – Mang Thit – Vinh Long.
Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Open bar and rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Le Cochinchine is cruising to Tra On.
Dinner and night on board in Tra On.
 
Day 3: Tra On – Can Tho – Chau doc ( B )
The noise of the floating market wake you up early in the morning. After breakfast, the cruise to continue to Can Tho. Enjoy the magnificent sunrise on the river. Leisurely cruise up the BASSAC river while enyoying the beautiful scenery.
-Arrive Can Tho, a small boat will take you explore the Cai Rang market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. And through the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards.
10h00 disembark in Can tho.
We now travel by land to Chau Doc, on the way we will pass Thot Not to visit  Crocodile Farm. On arrival at Chau Doc, visit the Sam mountain to enjoy the a breath-taking view and enjoy the sunset on the top of SamMountain. Over night at hotel in Chau Doc.
 
Day 4: Chau doc – Phnompenh by speed boat ( B )
This morning we will have a boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing around 7:30 AM. The boat takes us  along the Mekong River. It continues on to the Vietnamese (Vinh Xuong) - Cambodian (Kaom Samnar) border and then to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The journey takes approximately  5 hours. Arrive in Phnompenh pier around 12:30 PM. You will be picked up at Phnompenh pier, enjoy nice lunch at local restaurant.
We spend the rest of afternoon to discover Phnompenh city: Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset.
 
Day 5: Phnompenh –Siemreap ( B, D )
Breakfast at the hotel. Then take a half-day city tour at the Killing Field and Toul Sleng Museum of the genocide Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide): former Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975 it became the Khmer Rouge's main torture and interrogation center. It was known as Security Prison 21 - or just S-21.
Breakfast at the hotel. Then take a half-day city tour at the Killing Field and Toul Sleng Museum of the genocide Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide): former Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975 it became the Khmer Rouge's main torture and interrogation center. It was known as Security Prison 21 - or just S-21. Transfer to the airport for flight to Siemreap. Pick up at Siemreap international airport, transfer to ciy center. Dinner at local restaurant and enjoy Apsara Dance show.
 
Day 6: Angkor Wat Temple ( B, L, )
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Lunch at local restaurant.
Aftenroon visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), until sunset. Dinner local restaurant and accommodation at hotel in Siemreap.

Day 7 :Siemreap departure ( B )
Breakfast at hotel, at leisure  to visit  the market or  "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination. End of tour.
 
Cost in USD per person based on doubl/twin sharing, valid until 30 Dec. 2014
 

No of pax 2 3 4-5 6-7 8-10 Single Suppl.
Superior 1079 988 920 863 825 270
First class 1206 1115 1049 994 956 389
Deluxe 1345 1252 1177 1123 1085 515

Accommodation Options

Location Superior First Class Deluxe
Chau doc Halong Chau doc 3 * Victoria Chau Doc 4* Victoria Chau doc 4 *
Phnompenh King Grand boutique 3 * White Maison  4 * Sofitel 5 *
Siemreap Central Boutique 3 * Prince D’ Angkor 4 * Borei Angkor 5 *
Mekong Boat Le Cochinchine

Tour includes:
  • Tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • 3 days 2 nights Lecochinchine cruise with full board ( private cabin – sharing boat )
  • All accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private English speaking guide during guided time.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary  with local foods (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Boat cruise as stated
  • Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
  • Speed boat ticket Chau doc – Phnompenh
  • Flight ticket Phnompenh - Siemreap
  • Mineral Water and towel
  • Government taxes & Service charges
Tour excludes:
  • Vietnam visa
  • Cambodia Visa ( available at the border at 20 USD/visa )
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our Lunar New Year
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills, drink during meals…
  • Tips and gratuities
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