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Mekong River Experience (Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City)

8 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Siem Reap/Chnok Tru 
Arrive at the meeting point in Siem Reap by 1:30pm for the included transfer to the pier. Embark around 2:30pm at the Phnom Krom pier. Once on board, settle in as the crew set sail for Chnok Tru. (1D)

Day 2 Chnok Tru/Kampong Chhnang 
Visit one of the biggest floating villages on the Tonle Sap River, Chnok Tru, before continuing on to Kampong Chhnang. Learn more about the fish farming, pottery, and sugar palm production in the area. Wander through the local market then opt to cycle to visit the local industries. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 3 Kampong Chhnang/Phnom Penh 
Arrive early at 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. Return to the vessel and continue on to Koh Chen, an island in the river. Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to tell his story. 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. (1B, 1L)

Day 4 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. (1B, 1D)

Day 5 Phnom Penh/Sadek 
Cross the border into Vietnam and cruise to Chau Doc. Visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary and soak in the sunset from the top of Sam Mountain. (1B, 1D)

Day 6 Sadek/M? 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. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 7 M? 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. (1B, 1D)

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City 
Depart My Tho in the morning. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Tour ends upon arrival. (1B)
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All This Included
Experience the beauty of both Cambodia and Vietnam during this eight-day river cruising journey. Take in Wat Phnom, the Grand Palace, the S21 Museum, and the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary and prepare to see things you’ll never forget (but bring your camera anyway). Get a true taste of river cruising while visiting the Cai Be floating market, the fishing port of Kampong Chhnang, and stilt villages like Chnok Tru, where you’ll learn about fish farming, pottery, and sugar palm production. Opt for bikes, tuk tuks, or local boats to get around and see rice paddies, monasteries, and local businesses.
  • 7 nights aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat
  • Chhnok Tru floating village visit
  • Kampong Chhnang visit
  • Vihara and pagoda visit (Kampong Tralach)
  • Koh Chen island visit include cottage industries
  • Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh)
  • Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) guided tour
  • Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) guided tour
  • Apsara show
  • Tra Su Bird Sanctuary visit
  • Sam Mountain sunset visit
  • Kien An Cung Pagoda visit (Sa Dec)
  • Vinh Long excursion
  • Vinh Trang Pagoda visit
  • Thoi Son Island cottage industries tour
  • Options to cycle to excursions along the way
  • Farewell cocktail and Captain's Dinner
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.
  • Aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts).
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • Transportation: Toum Tiou II Riverboat, private vehicles, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Highlights
  • Sail the mighty Mekong
  • Explore the floating markets and villages
  • Discover Phnom Penh and get to know the locals of Kampong Chhnang
  • Visit ancient temples and small villages
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a floating market.
Accommodations
Aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 28
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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