Mekong River Encompassed – Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

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Overview

Experience Cambodia and Vietnam from a truly different perspective — the waters of the mighty Mekong River. Sail for eight days aboard a classic riverboat from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. Discover Phnom Penh, roam the famous floating markets, and explore the stilt village of Chnok Tru. Incredible views of Southeast Asia await you here.

Itinerary

Day 1: Siem Reap

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Day 2: Siem Reap/Koh Chen

Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise and continue exploring with a local guide. Enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported New Hope project. This afternoon, transfer to Koh Chen, then settle in as the crew set sail.

Start early today with a 4:30am departure for Angkor Wat to watch the sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast before exploring more of the temples. Enjoy lunch at New Hope, a G Adventures-supported project.

After lunch, transfer to Koh Chen in a private vehicle. Board the riverboat by early evening, then enjoy a welcome beverage and get to know the crew during an informational meeting before dinner.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Koh Chen/Kampong Chhnang

Enjoy the morning in Koh Chen, an island in the river. Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to tell his story. Then, continue on to one of the biggest floating villages on the Tonle Sap River, Kampong Chhnang. Learn more about fish farming, pottery, and sugar palm production in the area. Wander through the local market then opt to cycle to visit the local industries.

After the day's excursions, enjoy dinner on board and relax as the riverboat drops anchor for the night.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kampong Chhnang/Phnom Penh

Embark on an early morning cruise to Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery. This afternoon, continue to the capital city of Phnom Penh. Take a cyclo tour past sights like Wat Phnom and the Grand Palace. Opt to finish up at the FCC for a happy hour cocktail overlooking the river or for dinner in town.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Phnom Penh

Spend the day exploring all this city has to offer. Start with guided visits to the S21 Museum and the Killing Fields. Enjoy free time to explore the National Museum, Grand Palace or Russian Market. In the evening, return to the boat for an Apsara show before departure.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Phnom Penh/Sadek

Cross the border into Vietnam and cruise to Chau Doc. Visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary and soak in the view from the top of Sam Mountain.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Sadek/Mỹ Tho

Visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda in Sa Dec and take the time to stroll through the market along the river. View the old colonial houses by the delta. Continue on to Vinh Long. Learn about rice popping and opt to wander small paths through the communities here. Continue to Cai Be by local boats and meet up with the vessel. Drop anchor tonight near Thoi Son Island.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Mỹ Tho

Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda in the morning, catching a glimpse of My Tho town on the way. Cruise to Thoi Son Island by local boats for some local industry visits. Enjoy learning more about coconut product manufacturing and honey farming, with samples of honey and local fruit. Meet traditional musicians here. Opt for a local lunch on the island. Enjoy a farewell cocktail on board before the Captain's dinner.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Mỹ Tho/Ho Chi Minh City

Continue the final leg of the journey to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive around 11am and disembark. Later, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart at any time.

Includes: Breakfast

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