FROM: USD $6,575

Cruise Saigon to Angkor Wat - 11 days

Cruise the Mekong River on this 11 day journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. Experience the hustle and bustle of Saigon before taking in colourful floating markets and local communities of the Mekong Delta. Crossing into Cambodia travel on to the capital Phnom Penh, marvel at Tonle Sap and gaze in wonder at spectacular Angkor Wat.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Saigon - independently explore the city
Cai Be - visit Cai Be's colourful floating market and cottage industries
Sa Dec - take a traditional sampan to Binh Thanh island
Learn to cook tasty local cuisine at a culinary class on board
Phnom Penh - visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21) and the Killing Fields
Kampong Chhnang - discover Cambodia’s wonderful “water world” with its floating villages
Mekong - meet the children at a local school, visit the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey and the colourful monastery of Wat Nokor
Cruise the Mekong and Tonle rivers for seven nights on board one of the finest River Cruisers
Practice Tai Chi at sunrise on the sun deck
Tan Chau - explore the town on a traditional xelois, visit a local market and take a boat ride around floating houses and a fish farm
Angkor Temple Complex - explore Ta Prohm, legendary Angkor Wat and the temples of Angkor Thom
Tonle Sap Lake - cruise across Asia's largest fresh water lake
Angkor Ban village - step back in time on a visit to this unspoiled rural community

Included

10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
3 nights standard, superior or deluxe hotels
Full day tour of Angkor Temples in Siem Reap.
All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
Vietnam Visa approval letter (exclusive of stamping fees)
7 nights on board the Jahan or Jayavarman River Cruiser, on a full board basis with drinking water, coffee/tea included, taxes, fuel, river pilots and port dues
Group shore-excursions to Cai Be floating market, Sa Dec, sampan tour of Binh Thanh, Tan Chau,Phnom Penh, Angkor Ban, Koh Oknha Tey Island
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 11
English speaking local guides for scheduled sightseeing
All entrance fees

Not Included

International flights and visas.
Tipping - is an entirely personal gesture. For the River Cruiser gratuities we recommend budgeting 8-10 USD per passenger per day.

Itinerary

Day 1

Saigon

Arrive in Saigon and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace.
Overnight: Saigon

Day 2

Mekong River Cruise

Saigon - Mekong River Cruising. This morning travel 70km south to My Tho to board the luxurious Jahan or Jayavarman river cruiser for your seven night cruise along the mighty Mekong River. Whilst the boat plies the Mekong you can admire the views from the deck, sip cocktails in the bar or opt for a dip in the pool. A sumptuous lunch and dinner will be served on board before the cruiser docks near Cai Be this evening. Cai Be is a charming small town, famous for its floating market and manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products.
Overnight: River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Cai Be & Sa Dec

Start the day with an invigorating Tai Chi class on the sun deck, a past time enjoyed by many in Asia. After breakfast head on to land to visit the famous Cai Be floating market. From here you'll visit a workshop to learn how rice paste, rice paper and rice wine is made. Returning to your cruiser, journey onward to Sa Dec, from here you'll transfer on to a traditional sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island. One of the larger Mekong Islands, Binh Thanh is home to communities who have settled and make their living by growing water hyacinths. Wander through the village and gain an insight into rural life in the Mekong.

This afternoon you can opt to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip in our pool on the sun deck. A presentation will be offered this evening about life on the Mekong Delta. Tonight the cruiser moors near Tan Chau. After dinner tonight you can join an evening cinema session (offered each night) featuring some classic movies.
Overnight: River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Tan Chau

Mekong River Cruising - Phnom Penh. This morning start the day with a visit to sleepy town of Tan Chau, which you’ll explore from the back of ‘xelois’ - a local vehicle used as taxis in the region. Here you'll visit the colourful local market near one of the ancient temples, try you hand at bartering with some of the local vendors. Next, board a local boat to see the floating houses located here before reaching a floating fish farm. This area is a large source of fish production which is sold all over the world.

Back on board the cruiser your journey continues to the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Relax and enjoy a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodia countryside towards Phnom Penh. A culinary class is offered this afternoon, where you can learn to cook tasty local cuisine. Dinner is served before the cruiser docks in Phnom Penh and this evening you're free to head out and explore the Cambodian capital.
Overnight: River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Phnom Penh

Nestled on the banks of the Mekong River, the vibrant capital of Cambodia is famed for its impressive colonial architecture and historic sites. Enjoy the highlights of Phnom Penh as you embark on a full day of sightseeing today. This morning you will learn about the horrors that were faced by Cambodians during the brutal regime of the 'Khmer Rouge' and their leader Pol Pot. First stop is the Killing Fields, where over 100,000 victims were executed, before continuing to Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21), a school that was gruesomely transformed into a torture chamber.

This afternoon visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, with its impressive collection of Khmer sculptures, continue to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, gaze upon the lavishly decorated buildings – with floors paved with silver tiles and statues of Buddha encrusted with thousands of diamonds, a true sight to behold.
Overnight: River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Angkor Ban

The cruiser will depart early this morning as you travel towards the small village of Angkor Ban. Famed for its unspoiled community, having escaped the destruction of the Khmer Rouge, you'll have a sense of being transported back in time as you explore this warm and welcoming village.

This afternoon, continue down the Mekong before paying a visit to a local school to understand more about the education of Cambodian children. Next, visit Wat Hanchey, built in the 7th century this small complex sits upon hill with breathtaking views down the Mekong. Another temple is located nearby, the colourful monastery of Wat Nokor will showcase the life and worship of the local monks. Return to the boat this evening for dinner.
Overnight: River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Koh Oknha Tey Island

Enjoy the views of the Mekong at breakfast this morning as you voyage to the island of Koh Oknha Tey. Renowned for its high quality silk products, explore the island by tuk tuk and learn the fascinating process of silk production, from silkworm to final garment.

After lunch a monks blessing will take place on board the boat, with the intention of casting away the bad spirits and delivering prosperity. Later, the boat will reach the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle River before heading through the jungle like landscape on the way to Kampong Chhnang. On the banks of the river see people going about their daily lives and you may be greeted by excitable and friendly local children.
Overnight: River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Kampong Chhnang

After a morning Tai Chi class the boat will sail into Kampong Chhnang, an incredible village of houses and businesses perched on sticks in the river. Joining a smaller boat, cruise around this fascinating floating village before embarking on a tour of a local community which specialises in Khmer pottery.

This afternoon enjoy lunch on board as the boat meanders down the Tonle River before reaching the Great Tonle Sap Lake. This awe-inspiring mass of water is the largest fresh water lake in Asia and provides the setting for a relaxing high tea this afternoon.
Overnight: River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Tonle Sap Lake

Mekong River Cruising - Siem Reap. This morning the river cruise makes its final journey through Tonle Sap Lake before arriving into Siem Reap. Tonle Sap Lake is the life blood for many Cambodians and reportedly has more fish than any other lake in the world. As you disembark the cruise boat in Siem Reap you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this pretty town.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Angkor Wat

Today enjoy a full day of sightseeing at the incredible Angkor Complex. The first stop is the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the centre piece, the Bayon temple, was constructed in the 12th century and is an amazing example of bas-reliefs, particularly in the east and south gallery. At Angkor Thom you'll also visit Baphuon Temple and the Terraces of the Elephants & the Leper King. Next continue to Ta Prohm temple, also known as 'Tomb-Raider Temple', which is a maze of atmospheric temples, with trees and other foliage intertwined with the crumbling walls.

This afternoon visit spectacular Angkor Wat, a temple that needs little introduction. One of the most iconic temples in the world it was built by Suryavarman II and was completed during the 12th century. It is one of the most phenomenal devotions to a god ever conceived.
Overnight: Siem Reap  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Siem Reap

Arrangements conclude after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms/cabins are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Cruise Saigon to Angkor Wat - 11 days
USD $6575
USD $3180

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Saigon
Ends
Phnom Penh
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
yes - for all scheduled sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 7, Dinner: 7
Visiting
Countries