Journey the legendary Mekong River from Vietnam to Cambodia with World Quest Cruises

Posted on: August 27th, 2014

World Quest Cruises

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11-Day Vietnam to Cambodia - Mekong River Cruise

From $2,750 per person

Journey along the fascinating and fabled Mekong River, a world where water is the engine of life. Vietnam and Cambodia beckon you to discover the mystery and beauty of the heart of Southeast Asia. Enjoy the many onboard entertaining activities, shows, informative lectures, demonstrations and a full shore-side program of excursions.

Itinerary

Days 1 – 3: Siem Reap

1 Arrival and transfer from airport to the Apsara Angkor Hotel. After check-in and lunch we start our sightseeing program at the famous Angkor Thom Temple site, with the Terrace of the Elephants, the Bayon and Baphuon Temple. Dinner and overnight stay.
2 After breakfast a whole day visit. At noon see the “Jewel of Khmer art,” the temple of Banteay Srei – citadel of the women – and Banteay Samre, a 12th-century Hindu temple in Angkor Wat style. After lunch in the city we continue our program with the Ta Prohm Temple, which UNESCO inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992. At Srah Srang we take a break before we visit Angkor Wat, the largest Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world.
3 Check-out after breakfast and visit to the Angkor craftsmen market. Afterward transfer to embark on the RV Mekong Prestige. River cruise program from day 3-10.

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Day 4: Kampong Chhang

4 Sailing on the Tonle Sap River, which connects the Mekong River to Tonle Lake. Arrival at Kampong Chhnang, a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Board local boats to visit floating village. The entire population is connected with the river through the canal system. Stroll through the scenic market along the river.

Day 5: Outdong, Kampong Tralach

5 Journey upriver to Oudong. Erected on a hilltop, this place counts numerous stupas dating to the last Khmer kings. Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, place of meditation for Buddhist monks. Departure by bus to Kampong Tralach, visit the Vihara of the Wat Kampong. Return to the ship on ox carts.

Day 6: Koh Chong

6 Sail Koh Chong. Visit a silversmith, walk through the town, visit a pagoda and a primary school to chat with pupils. Return to Phnom Penh. Afternoon at leisure, shopping at Russian Market.

Day 7: Phnom Pehn

7 The capital Cambodia still retains its old French colonial architecture in riverside streets. Visit the Royal Palace, with its Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. Afternoon excursion to the former high school converted to a detention center under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979.

Day 8: Tan Chau

8 Arrival at Tan Chau, a remote town on the main Mekong River. Take small boats to a fishing farm and silk weaving workshop. Evening cruise to Phnom Penh.

Day 9: Cal Be, Sa Dec

9 Arrival at Cai Be. Boat tour to local craft producers for bricks and pottery, fruit and vegetable gardens in Binh Hoa Phuoc. Cruise past Vinh Long Province, arrive at Sa Dec, a sprawling town in the Mekong Delta. Visit house of the Chinese lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, who spent some of her childhood in Sa Dec. Visit to local market. Night navigation through the delta.

Day 10: My Tho, Ho Chi Minh City

10 After breakfast check out and transfer to the Sofitel Plaza Hotel. On the way we visit the Cholon Market. After lunch in a local restaurant we visit the tunnels of Cu Chi, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels used by Viet Cong guerillas. Overnight stay.Meals: Dinner

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City

11 Check-out after breakfast and city sightseeing with Notre Dame Cathedral, the Main Post Office (built by Gustav Eiffel) and Reunification Palace (only outside). After lunch in a local restaurant we continue our sightseeing program to the colonial district with a visit to the National Museum. Afterwards transfer to the airport.

The price includes:

  • Accommodations in all outside cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual temperature control and large picture window
  • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day in the ship’s restaurant with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category; meal service begins with dinner on day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on day of disembarkation
  • Captain’s welcome Cocktail Receptiondancers
  • Gala farewell dinner aboard
  • Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, transfers upon arrival/departure
  • Luggage handling to/from the ship
  • Lectures, provided by our guides
  • Russian language and songs lectures
  • Nightly entertainment and dancing
  • Daily aerobics
  • Tour of the ship’s bridge
  • Our cruise director and professional

 

M/S Mekong Prestige

 

Mekong Prestige was built in 2012 in An Phu (Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon) and is the first of a series of vessels specially built to cruise between Vietnam and Cambodia. Maximum number of passengers is 64 and 30 crew. Facilities: upper deck restaurant with space for 70. Enjoy continental cuisine with specialties of surrounding regions. There is a bar on the sun deck, a small whirlpool,a spa with two massage rooms and a fitness room.

All Cabins are roomy and comfortable. The 28 staterooms (14 on each Deck) are all equipped with private balcony, large windows and sliding glass doors. Cabin amenities: twin beds that can be put together, wardrobe and storage space; lounge with sofa, coffee table and writing desk. Ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. Hair dryer and safe available. Suites add larger private balcony, shower and whirlpool bathtub.

Contact us for rates, schedules and to learn more about this exciting expedition at 305-446-3999