Mekong River Encompassed – Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

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Mekong River Encompassed – Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
10 days
Tour code: AOLZSE

Highlights

Explore Angkor Wat and the Cu Chi Tunnels, visit ancient temples and small villages, enjoy the atmosphere of a floating market, learn about life along this famous river

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.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Toum Tiou II Riverboat, private vehicles, walking.

Accommodation

Aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts), hotels (2 nts).

Included activities

Your G for Good Moment: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap. Arrival transfer. 7 nts aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat. Sunrise tour of Angkor Wat. Chnok Tru floating village visit. Kampong Chhnang visit. Vihara and pagoda visit (Kampong Tralach). Koh Chen island visit including 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. Cu Chi Tunnels guided visit. All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.

Itinerary

Day 1
Siem Reap
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2
Siem Reap - Chnok Tru
Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise and continue exploring with a local guide. Enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported New Hope project. Embark after lunch and settle in as the crew set sail for Chnok Tru. If there is inclement weather, or when water levels are too low (possible from mid December to mid August) it may not be possible to embark at the port in Siem Reap. Alternatively, the group will transfer from Siem Reap to Koh Chen by bus and embark at Koh Chen at approximately 6:30pm.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour, New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Riverboat Welcome Meeting

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 3
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. When water levels are too low (possible from mid December to mid August) it may not be possible to visit the floating village at Chnok Tru. Alternatively, the group will visit a floating village at Kampong Chhnang and anchor near Koh Chen.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Floating Village Visit, Kampong Chhnang Visit

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 4
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.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat, Toum Tiou II Riverboat, Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Kampong Tralach Visit, Koh Chen Visit, Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour

Meals: breakfastlunch

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.

Included activities: Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour, Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour, Apsara Show

Optional activities:

  • Royal Palace
  • Russian Market
  • National Museum Visit
  • Silver Pagoda Visit
  • Wat Phnom Visit

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 6
Phnom Penh - Sadek
Cross the border into Vietnam. Opt to cycle, or stay on board, to Chau Doc from the checkpoint. Visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary and soak in the sunset from the top of Sam Mountain. During border crossing all passengers must stay on board as formalities are done on the riverboat. The boat will usually stay at the border for 2-3 hrs whilst all formalities are completed. Depending on time spent at the border, the itinerary for the afternoon may vary. Although this process is usually quite simple, delays can occur.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat, Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Border Crossing (Cambodia - Vietnam), Tra Su Bird Sanctuary Visit, Sam Mountain Sunset Visit

Meals: breakfastdinner

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 cycle 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.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat, Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Sa Dec Visit, Vinh Long Visit

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

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. Continue on to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) via the Cho Gao canal. Opt to cycle there instead. Enjoy a farewell cocktail on board before the Captain's dinner.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Vĩnh Trang Pagoda Visit, Coconut Manufacturing Visit

Meals: breakfastdinner

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.

Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Included activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour

Meals: breakfast

Day 10
Ho Chi Minh City
Depart at any time.

Included activities: Departure Day

Meals: breakfast

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