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Please keep in mind that the day to day itinerary of the cruise is subject to change due to local conditions and not all places are visited on the shorter downstream cruise.

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s largest city and port, Saigon recently celebrated her 300th Anniversary. Rebuilt by the French who colonized Southern Vietnam in 1859 there is still a very French atmosphere with tree lined boulevards and fine classical buildings. Of particular interest are the Notre Dame Cathedral and old Post Office in the city center. The Reunification Palace or former President’s Palace was captured by communist tanks that crashed through the gates in 1975. Also of interest is the National History Museum. We transfer passengers from the Renaissance Hotel in Saigon to the Delta Port of My Tho by coach as this saves considerable bureaucratic hassles at the International Port and avoids tidal delays on the Cao Gao canal. The time saved in cruising this more industrial sector gives us more time in the wilder areas upstream. The transfer time is approximately 2 hours.

My Tho

The hub of the Delta, we visit the Vinh Trang Buddhist temple and then cross the river to visit the Unicorn or Phoenix Island planted out with exotic fruit trees. We explore these island backwaters by local canoe.

Cai Bei

Cai Bei to see floating market and walk ashore to visit old churches and colourful port area with its French colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens

Chau Doc

We explore this French style colonial town with many old colonial buildings. We travel by coach to the Nui Sam Mountain with its Buddhist shrines and for an excellent view of the surrounding rice plains and to the distant hills. Overnight at Chau Doc. At the base of the hill we visit the Indian-style Tay An pagoda with its exquisite statuary.

Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh retains a French charm. The crumbling colonial architecture makes an attractive backdrop to lively cafes and the redeveloped river "corniche" is full of life. The city has several impressive Wats (temple-monasteries), including Wat Ounalom (headquarters of the Cambodian Buddhist patriarchate), Wat Phnom (the hilltop pagoda which gave the city its name) and the newly painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. The Royal Palace where King Sihanouk resides has splendid throne rooms and a cast iron pavilion, once used for the opening of the Suez Canal, gifted to the King of Cambodia by Napoleon III. There are fine mural paintings dating from the 19th century at the Royal Palace. There is an optional visit to the Genocide Museum. Phnom Penh has a lively night life and some passengers choose to dine ashore or try one of the capital’s many watering holes, a favourite being the Foreign Correspondent’s Club.

Kampong Cham

This area is as far north as we can navigate on a vessel of the RV Mekong’s size. Here we are downstream of the great falls that straddle the Lao – Cambodia border which renders further passage upstream impossible. On the way up to Kampong Cham we will explore remote river villages which have had little exposure to tourism. Spending a day here, in the morning we journey by bus to the 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. This colourful temple is unique in Cambodia as a modern wat is set within the ruins of an ancient temple, offering some excellent photo opportunities. After an hour exploring here, we continue to the twin holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei, or Man and Woman Hill. Legends abound about the origins of these hills and there are many pagodas and shrines on the hilltops. In the afternoon we transfer to small speedboats for a journey upriver to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterise the architecture of the Chenla Empire which pre-dated the glories of Angkor.

Tonle River connects the Tonle Lake with the Mekong and Bassac Rivers that merge at Phnom Penh. This river is remarkable as it changes direction twice a year with the coming and parting of the monsoon. With the monsson rise the river flows back to the lake and floods the entire central Cambodian plain. This river journey is a high light of the trip. It winds its way through jungle and as the river narrows you feel you can reach out and touch the houses and people who ecstatically cheer our great ship on. Temples abound along the river banks

Kampong Chhaang

Here the river narrows and one can view the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. It is difficult to bring the ship alongside the river bank and necessary to transfer passengers by motor boat.

Tonle Sap

This is the great lake of Cambodia and over 150km in length. We stop to explore a fishing village on the water’s edge. Here bird life is profuse and in the midst of the lake one can not even see the shores. There is a great stillness and tranquility on the Tonle Lake. There is a number of floating fishing villages that we see. We had planned to moor overnight in the midst of the lake but discovered that there were very high winds here at night and on one trip lost part of the Observation Deck awning. Now we transfer passengers by high speed boat from the mouth of the lake to Siem Reap as navigation on the lake can be very tricky and there is a real danger from high winds (that does not affect smaller boats). The crossing is 2 –3 hours and very interesting.

Siem Reap

We embark/disembark at the Siem Reap and transfer to/from by car or coach. Siem Reap is the nearest town to Angkor with all the main hotels and international flights to/from Siem Reap International Airport.

Angkor Wat

Along with Pagan in Burma and Borobodur in Indonesia, Angkor is one of the greatest Buddhist sites in South East Asia if not all Asia. Surrounded by man-made lakes, this tranquil and movingly beautiful place is the setting for some of the most impressive monuments mankind has ever made. Today the celebrated temples of Angkor are Cambodia's greatest tourist attraction. The 100 or so surviving monuments are the sacred remains of what was once a much larger administrative and religious center covering over 60 square kms. They were built between the 9th and 13th centuries to glorify a succession of Khmer kings. Most of Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century and the temples were gradually cloaked by forest until French archaeologists rediscovered the site in the 19th century.

Please keep in mind that the day to day itinerary of the cruise is subject to change due to local conditions and not all places are visited on the shorter downstream cruise.

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s largest city and port, Saigon recently celebrated her 300th Anniversary. Rebuilt by the French who colonized Southern Vietnam in 1859 there is still a very French atmosphere with tree lined boulevards and fine classical buildings. Of particular interest are the Notre Dame Cathedral and old Post Office in the city center. The Reunification Palace or former President’s Palace was captured by communist tanks that crashed through the gates in 1975. Also of interest is the National History Museum. We transfer passengers from the Renaissance Hotel in Saigon to the Delta Port of My Tho by coach as this saves considerable bureaucratic hassles at the International Port and avoids tidal delays on the Cao Gao canal. The time saved in cruising this more industrial sector gives us more time in the wilder areas upstream. The transfer time is approximately 2 hours.

My Tho

The hub of the Delta, we visit the Vinh Trang Buddhist temple and then cross the river to visit the Unicorn or Phoenix Island planted out with exotic fruit trees. We explore these island backwaters by local canoe.

Cai Bei

Cai Bei to see floating market and walk ashore to visit old churches and colourful port area with its French colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens

Chau Doc

We explore this French style colonial town with many old colonial buildings. We travel by coach to the Nui Sam Mountain with its Buddhist shrines and for an excellent view of the surrounding rice plains and to the distant hills. Overnight at Chau Doc. At the base of the hill we visit the Indian-style Tay An pagoda with its exquisite statuary.

Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh retains a French charm. The crumbling colonial architecture makes an attractive backdrop to lively cafes and the redeveloped river "corniche" is full of life. The city has several impressive Wats (temple-monasteries), including Wat Ounalom (headquarters of the Cambodian Buddhist patriarchate), Wat Phnom (the hilltop pagoda which gave the city its name) and the newly painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. The Royal Palace where King Sihanouk resides has splendid throne rooms and a cast iron pavilion, once used for the opening of the Suez Canal, gifted to the King of Cambodia by Napoleon III. There are fine mural paintings dating from the 19th century at the Royal Palace. There is an optional visit to the Genocide Museum. Phnom Penh has a lively night life and some passengers choose to dine ashore or try one of the capital’s many watering holes, a favourite being the Foreign Correspondent’s Club.

Kampong Cham

This area is as far north as we can navigate on a vessel of the RV Mekong’s size. Here we are downstream of the great falls that straddle the Lao – Cambodia border which renders further passage upstream impossible. On the way up to Kampong Cham we will explore remote river villages which have had little exposure to tourism. Spending a day here, in the morning we journey by bus to the 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. This colourful temple is unique in Cambodia as a modern wat is set within the ruins of an ancient temple, offering some excellent photo opportunities. After an hour exploring here, we continue to the twin holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei, or Man and Woman Hill. Legends abound about the origins of these hills and there are many pagodas and shrines on the hilltops. In the afternoon we transfer to small speedboats for a journey upriver to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterise the architecture of the Chenla Empire which pre-dated the glories of Angkor.

Tonle River connects the Tonle Lake with the Mekong and Bassac Rivers that merge at Phnom Penh. This river is remarkable as it changes direction twice a year with the coming and parting of the monsoon. With the monsson rise the river flows back to the lake and floods the entire central Cambodian plain. This river journey is a high light of the trip. It winds its way through jungle and as the river narrows you feel you can reach out and touch the houses and people who ecstatically cheer our great ship on. Temples abound along the river banks

Kampong Chhaang

Here the river narrows and one can view the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. It is difficult to bring the ship alongside the river bank and necessary to transfer passengers by motor boat.

Tonle Sap

This is the great lake of Cambodia and over 150km in length. We stop to explore a fishing village on the water’s edge. Here bird life is profuse and in the midst of the lake one can not even see the shores. There is a great stillness and tranquility on the Tonle Lake. There is a number of floating fishing villages that we see. We had planned to moor overnight in the midst of the lake but discovered that there were very high winds here at night and on one trip lost part of the Observation Deck awning. Now we transfer passengers by high speed boat from the mouth of the lake to Siem Reap as navigation on the lake can be very tricky and there is a real danger from high winds (that does not affect smaller boats). The crossing is 2 –3 hours and very interesting.

Siem Reap

We embark/disembark at the Siem Reap and transfer to/from by car or coach. Siem Reap is the nearest town to Angkor with all the main hotels and international flights to/from Siem Reap International Airport.

Angkor Wat

Along with Pagan in Burma and Borobodur in Indonesia, Angkor is one of the greatest Buddhist sites in South East Asia if not all Asia. Surrounded by man-made lakes, this tranquil and movingly beautiful place is the setting for some of the most impressive monuments mankind has ever made. Today the celebrated temples of Angkor are Cambodia's greatest tourist attraction. The 100 or so surviving monuments are the sacred remains of what was once a much larger administrative and religious center covering over 60 square kms. They were built between the 9th and 13th centuries to glorify a succession of Khmer kings. Most of Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century and the temples were gradually cloaked by forest until French archaeologists rediscovered the site in the 19th century.

Please keep in mind that the day to day itinerary of the cruise is subject to change due to local conditions and not all places are visited on the shorter downstream cruise.

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s largest city and port, Saigon recently celebrated her 300th Anniversary. Rebuilt by the French who colonized Southern Vietnam in 1859 there is still a very French atmosphere with tree lined boulevards and fine classical buildings. Of particular interest are the Notre Dame Cathedral and old Post Office in the city center. The Reunification Palace or former President’s Palace was captured by communist tanks that crashed through the gates in 1975. Also of interest is the National History Museum. We transfer passengers from the Renaissance Hotel in Saigon to the Delta Port of My Tho by coach as this saves considerable bureaucratic hassles at the International Port and avoids tidal delays on the Cao Gao canal. The time saved in cruising this more industrial sector gives us more time in the wilder areas upstream. The transfer time is approximately 2 hours.

My Tho

The hub of the Delta, we visit the Vinh Trang Buddhist temple and then cross the river to visit the Unicorn or Phoenix Island planted out with exotic fruit trees. We explore these island backwaters by local canoe.

Cai Bei

Cai Bei to see floating market and walk ashore to visit old churches and colourful port area with its French colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens

Chau Doc

We explore this French style colonial town with many old colonial buildings. We travel by coach to the Nui Sam Mountain with its Buddhist shrines and for an excellent view of the surrounding rice plains and to the distant hills. Overnight at Chau Doc. At the base of the hill we visit the Indian-style Tay An pagoda with its exquisite statuary.

Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh retains a French charm. The crumbling colonial architecture makes an attractive backdrop to lively cafes and the redeveloped river "corniche" is full of life. The city has several impressive Wats (temple-monasteries), including Wat Ounalom (headquarters of the Cambodian Buddhist patriarchate), Wat Phnom (the hilltop pagoda which gave the city its name) and the newly painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. The Royal Palace where King Sihanouk resides has splendid throne rooms and a cast iron pavilion, once used for the opening of the Suez Canal, gifted to the King of Cambodia by Napoleon III. There are fine mural paintings dating from the 19th century at the Royal Palace. There is an optional visit to the Genocide Museum. Phnom Penh has a lively night life and some passengers choose to dine ashore or try one of the capital’s many watering holes, a favourite being the Foreign Correspondent’s Club.

Kampong Cham

This area is as far north as we can navigate on a vessel of the RV Mekong’s size. Here we are downstream of the great falls that straddle the Lao – Cambodia border which renders further passage upstream impossible. On the way up to Kampong Cham we will explore remote river villages which have had little exposure to tourism. Spending a day here, in the morning we journey by bus to the 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. This colourful temple is unique in Cambodia as a modern wat is set within the ruins of an ancient temple, offering some excellent photo opportunities. After an hour exploring here, we continue to the twin holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei, or Man and Woman Hill. Legends abound about the origins of these hills and there are many pagodas and shrines on the hilltops. In the afternoon we transfer to small speedboats for a journey upriver to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterise the architecture of the Chenla Empire which pre-dated the glories of Angkor.

Tonle River connects the Tonle Lake with the Mekong and Bassac Rivers that merge at Phnom Penh. This river is remarkable as it changes direction twice a year with the coming and parting of the monsoon. With the monsson rise the river flows back to the lake and floods the entire central Cambodian plain. This river journey is a high light of the trip. It winds its way through jungle and as the river narrows you feel you can reach out and touch the houses and people who ecstatically cheer our great ship on. Temples abound along the river banks

Kampong Chhaang

Here the river narrows and one can view the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. It is difficult to bring the ship alongside the river bank and necessary to transfer passengers by motor boat.

Tonle Sap

This is the great lake of Cambodia and over 150km in length. We stop to explore a fishing village on the water’s edge. Here bird life is profuse and in the midst of the lake one can not even see the shores. There is a great stillness and tranquility on the Tonle Lake. There is a number of floating fishing villages that we see. We had planned to moor overnight in the midst of the lake but discovered that there were very high winds here at night and on one trip lost part of the Observation Deck awning. Now we transfer passengers by high speed boat from the mouth of the lake to Siem Reap as navigation on the lake can be very tricky and there is a real danger from high winds (that does not affect smaller boats). The crossing is 2 –3 hours and very interesting.

Siem Reap

We embark/disembark at the Siem Reap and transfer to/from by car or coach. Siem Reap is the nearest town to Angkor with all the main hotels and international flights to/from Siem Reap International Airport.

Angkor Wat

Along with Pagan in Burma and Borobodur in Indonesia, Angkor is one of the greatest Buddhist sites in South East Asia if not all Asia. Surrounded by man-made lakes, this tranquil and movingly beautiful place is the setting for some of the most impressive monuments mankind has ever made. Today the celebrated temples of Angkor are Cambodia's greatest tourist attraction. The 100 or so surviving monuments are the sacred remains of what was once a much larger administrative and religious center covering over 60 square kms. They were built between the 9th and 13th centuries to glorify a succession of Khmer kings. Most of Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century and the temples were gradually cloaked by forest until French archaeologists rediscovered the site in the 19th century.

Please keep in mind that the day to day itinerary of the cruise is subject to change due to local conditions and not all places are visited on the shorter downstream cruise.

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s largest city and port, Saigon recently celebrated her 300th Anniversary. Rebuilt by the French who colonized Southern Vietnam in 1859 there is still a very French atmosphere with tree lined boulevards and fine classical buildings. Of particular interest are the Notre Dame Cathedral and old Post Office in the city center. The Reunification Palace or former President’s Palace was captured by communist tanks that crashed through the gates in 1975. Also of interest is the National History Museum. We transfer passengers from the Renaissance Hotel in Saigon to the Delta Port of My Tho by coach as this saves considerable bureaucratic hassles at the International Port and avoids tidal delays on the Cao Gao canal. The time saved in cruising this more industrial sector gives us more time in the wilder areas upstream. The transfer time is approximately 2 hours.

My Tho

The hub of the Delta, we visit the Vinh Trang Buddhist temple and then cross the river to visit the Unicorn or Phoenix Island planted out with exotic fruit trees. We explore these island backwaters by local canoe.

Cai Bei

Cai Bei to see floating market and walk ashore to visit old churches and colourful port area with its French colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens

Chau Doc

We explore this French style colonial town with many old colonial buildings. We travel by coach to the Nui Sam Mountain with its Buddhist shrines and for an excellent view of the surrounding rice plains and to the distant hills. Overnight at Chau Doc. At the base of the hill we visit the Indian-style Tay An pagoda with its exquisite statuary.

Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh retains a French charm. The crumbling colonial architecture makes an attractive backdrop to lively cafes and the redeveloped river "corniche" is full of life. The city has several impressive Wats (temple-monasteries), including Wat Ounalom (headquarters of the Cambodian Buddhist patriarchate), Wat Phnom (the hilltop pagoda which gave the city its name) and the newly painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. The Royal Palace where King Sihanouk resides has splendid throne rooms and a cast iron pavilion, once used for the opening of the Suez Canal, gifted to the King of Cambodia by Napoleon III. There are fine mural paintings dating from the 19th century at the Royal Palace. There is an optional visit to the Genocide Museum. Phnom Penh has a lively night life and some passengers choose to dine ashore or try one of the capital’s many watering holes, a favourite being the Foreign Correspondent’s Club.

Kampong Cham

This area is as far north as we can navigate on a vessel of the RV Mekong’s size. Here we are downstream of the great falls that straddle the Lao – Cambodia border which renders further passage upstream impossible. On the way up to Kampong Cham we will explore remote river villages which have had little exposure to tourism. Spending a day here, in the morning we journey by bus to the 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. This colourful temple is unique in Cambodia as a modern wat is set within the ruins of an ancient temple, offering some excellent photo opportunities. After an hour exploring here, we continue to the twin holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei, or Man and Woman Hill. Legends abound about the origins of these hills and there are many pagodas and shrines on the hilltops. In the afternoon we transfer to small speedboats for a journey upriver to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterise the architecture of the Chenla Empire which pre-dated the glories of Angkor.

Tonle River connects the Tonle Lake with the Mekong and Bassac Rivers that merge at Phnom Penh. This river is remarkable as it changes direction twice a year with the coming and parting of the monsoon. With the monsson rise the river flows back to the lake and floods the entire central Cambodian plain. This river journey is a high light of the trip. It winds its way through jungle and as the river narrows you feel you can reach out and touch the houses and people who ecstatically cheer our great ship on. Temples abound along the river banks

Kampong Chhaang

Here the river narrows and one can view the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. It is difficult to bring the ship alongside the river bank and necessary to transfer passengers by motor boat.

Tonle Sap

This is the great lake of Cambodia and over 150km in length. We stop to explore a fishing village on the water’s edge. Here bird life is profuse and in the midst of the lake one can not even see the shores. There is a great stillness and tranquility on the Tonle Lake. There is a number of floating fishing villages that we see. We had planned to moor overnight in the midst of the lake but discovered that there were very high winds here at night and on one trip lost part of the Observation Deck awning. Now we transfer passengers by high speed boat from the mouth of the lake to Siem Reap as navigation on the lake can be very tricky and there is a real danger from high winds (that does not affect smaller boats). The crossing is 2 –3 hours and very interesting.

Siem Reap

We embark/disembark at the Siem Reap and transfer to/from by car or coach. Siem Reap is the nearest town to Angkor with all the main hotels and international flights to/from Siem Reap International Airport.

Angkor Wat

Along with Pagan in Burma and Borobodur in Indonesia, Angkor is one of the greatest Buddhist sites in South East Asia if not all Asia. Surrounded by man-made lakes, this tranquil and movingly beautiful place is the setting for some of the most impressive monuments mankind has ever made. Today the celebrated temples of Angkor are Cambodia's greatest tourist attraction. The 100 or so surviving monuments are the sacred remains of what was once a much larger administrative and religious center covering over 60 square kms. They were built between the 9th and 13th centuries to glorify a succession of Khmer kings. Most of Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century and the temples were gradually cloaked by forest until French archaeologists rediscovered the site in the 19th century.

Optional Cruises

Mekong River

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Private Trips

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