Cruise the Mekong River Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City…
Tour Code : VCMH 03
Tour Route: Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 4 Days/3 Nights upstream
Highlights: Phnom Penh - Chau Doc – - Cai Be Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Starts/Ends: Phnom Penh/ Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Tour duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
Group size: transfer and share cruise
- Facilities & Services
Day 1: Phnom Penh – border crossing (L, D)
Board the cruise liner at 7:30 am. The Ship then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel. As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route. Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork. As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the Sun Deck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Heritage Line’s Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class. The ship moors midstream overnight.
The ship moors midstream overnight.
Day 2: Chau Doc – Sa Dec (L, D)
Welcome to the circus of fish. Embark the ship at 7:30 am and we will brace ourselves for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will also visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating villages and rustic catfish farms.
We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand followed by a shore excursion to the local Cham Muslim community village.
Then, it is back to the ship for a lunch. In the late afternoon, we will set off for Sa Dec.
Day 3: Cai Be – Sa Dec – My Tho (B, L, D)
We arrive in Sa Dec late at night and the following morning, we embark a traditional sampan* to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets.
After lunch onboard, the ship arrives in Cai Be. The tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market where traders gather in a cacophonous congregation. During the languid ride, we discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta.
The evergreen islands along the Mekong River remains unknown to many people. The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the ship for lunch.
We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the cruise.
*sampan – a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat
Day 4: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Our cruise on the magnificent ship comes to an end as the ship winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories – and the friendships made on board – linger on for a lot longer.
We disembark at around 9:00 am and we join the transfer to madding crowd of Saigon.
Notes: Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed proposal, we will do our utmost to stick to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.
Trip Price Included
- Full board,
- All excursions,
- Entrance fees
- The Phnom Penh Port Tax of 65 USD per person
Trip price: please enquire for availabilities & our special price