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Riches of the Mekong

8 days fr £1,340pp

Siem Reap • Phnom Penh • Tan Chau • Sa Dec • Saigon

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Cruise along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam visiting rural villages and colourful markets whilst you witness a truly traditional way of life. Receive a special Buddhist monastery blessing and delve into Cambodia's history in the Royal Palace and National Museums, Phnom Penh. Witness skilled artisans and enjoy authentic experiences on this transformative journey.

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7 nights from £2,275pp (incl flights)
Valid 23/03/2020 - 23/03/2020
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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Category C fr £1,340pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 10/08/2020 - 18/08/2020
Also included:
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a balcony
  • Full Board
  • Port charges
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
Overview
Cruise along the mighty Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam as you are transported back in time to an era when the rhythms of the countryside moved at a slower pace. On this tour you get a fascinating glimpse into a traditional way of life, visiting rural villages, colourful markets and a monastery, where you receive a special blessing by Buddhist monks. This wonderful cruise begins in Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temple complex, and after travelling through Phnom Pehn ends in Saigon across the border in Vietnam.
Day 1
Siem Reap
Leave your hotel in Siem Reap and travel by coach to Kampong Cham where you board your boat for the seven night cruise. But before setting sail you are taken to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei. In Khmer legend these mountains were formed as the result of a competition between men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which would be responsible for wedding proposals. Later, join fellow guests for a welcome dinner on board.
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Day 2
Angkor Ban
This morning you take a walking tour to Angkor Ban, one of the few villages that was not destroyed by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here people still live in traditional wooden stilt houses and keep their old cultural heritage alive. Then sail on to Oknhatey or 'Silk Island' on the banks of the Mekong River, which is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, visit an elementary school and see the weavers at work. Tonight you moor beside the village.
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Day 3
Phnom Penh
Today you arrive in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. On a morning excursion you are taken to Oudong, the country's former royal capital. Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians and while here you will take part in a memorable Buddhist blessing ceremony at a monastery. Then take an oxcart ride through a village before touring Phnom Penh on a tuk tuk seeing the French architecture and tree lined boulevards. Back on ship you are entertained by young folk dancers.
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Day 4
Phnom Penh
This morning you visit Cambodia's infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention centre, where so many people were tortured and murdered during the Pol Pot regime. If you would prefer not to visit this genocide museum you can go to the bustling Central Market instead. After lunch on board you are taken to explore the highlights of the city followed by a visit to the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum.
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Day 5
Cruising
After all the sightseeing and visits you have done over the past few days now is a good time to relax on board as your boat cruises down the Mekong River and crosses the border into Vietnam. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, lunch and dinner on board today as you float past old riverside villages and watch the locals as they go about their everyday tasks. Sailing along this mighty river is probably the best way to fully appreciate local life and culture.
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Day 6
Tan Chau
Today you stop at Tan Chau, a small Mekong river town unspoilt by tourism. Leave the boat and take a trishaw ride around the area with stops at silk-making and rattan mat workshops, followed by a boat trip after lunch through some of the narrow channels of the river to explore lush Evergreen Island. Then return to your ship and head off to Da Dec enjoying dinner on board as the sun sets turning the waters gold.
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Day 7
Sa Dec
Once ashore in Sa Dec you tour the town visiting the colourful local market. Then after lunch travel by coach to Xeo Ouyt, which was once used as a military base during the French war and is now an important ecological site. During this trip you can visit candy and rice making workshops and the historic Kiet Old House. Then when you reach Cai Be, round the day off with a festive farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.
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Day 8
Saigon
Today your wonderful cruise along the Mekong River comes to an end when you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, formerlly Saigon, and disembark at My Tho Port. Say farewell to the crew and new found found friends then possibly stay on and extend you holiday seeing all the famous sights in this amazing city. This cruise makes a great add on to any longer stay in south east Asia and will leave you with great memories. You can also spend more time at the Angkor temples before the cruise begins.
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