Mekong River Tour: Siem Riep to Ho Chi Minh City 8D – 7N | Cruise Mekong River

Mekong River Tour: Siem Riep to Ho Chi Minh City 8D – 7N

Mekong River Delta

No trip down Mekong River other than a 7-night journey on MV Jayavarman Cruise from Siem Riep, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, can be more impressive and inspiring, which offers you a golden opportunity to explore tranquil landscapes as well as locals’ life throughout the great length of the Mekong River.

Mekong River Delta

Mekong River Delta

DAY 1: Siem Riep – Kampong Cham

Our Mekong River tours just starts at 8.00 a.m. when you arrive at a particular meeting point and then you are in transit to the charming Kampong Cham located on Mekong River. During this journey, snacks and cold drinks are available, which you can get while viewing the stunning scenery of nature and everyday human activities on the two river banks.

Bamboo bridge in Kampong Cham

Bamboo bridge in Kampong Cham

You will reach MV Jayavarman Cruise by afternoon, on which you are heartily welcomed by the ever-smiling crew and served with some kind of drink. It is a lazy afternoon until the evening probably with a meeting with your fellow passengers at the Dining Hall for dinner.

Including lunch box and dinner. Overnight in Kampong Cham

DAY 2: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey

A land journey to Wat Hanchey’s pre-Angkorian Temple is waiting for you on the second day of the trip. You will have two different ways to reach this ancient structure dated back from the 8th century, by catching a motor-taxi or climbing by yourselves 291 steps to the summit. The magnificent overview of the nearby river seen from here, along with the impressive new addition of Chenla Empire’s superb structure which highlights the whole compound, will definitely take your breath away. Read more: Tours in Cambodia

A temple in Wat Hanchey

A temple in Wat Hanchey

It is high time for you to return to the cruiser after hanging around this marvelous architecture, for a unique chance of attending a blessing ceremony carried out by orange-clad local monks. When the tide allows, a swim in the tea-coloured Mekong River is always a preferable choice to desultory conversations on dining tables. After that, the cruiser will head towards Kampong Cham for a visit to Wat Nokor, then an orphanage in case time is enough.

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight cruise to Kampong Chhang

DAY 3: Kampong Chhang

Today, Kampong Chhang City to the west of Tonle Sap River with a noted port is your next destination. Following the tour itinerary, you pay a visit to Aundaung Russey village featured by its Khmer-style pottery you will probably be fond of, then go on a rugged motor-boat excursion into the neighboring wetlands. Here, the great fish traps stands out among a number of places of interest which net a gargantuan amount of fish after each lashing rain.

Your Mekong tour spans a little time in the afternoon with a meandering stream along Tonle Sap River which narrows through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. You will be amazed by the local children’s hospitality with enthusiastic waves from the river bank, and have lunch as planned before going for a walk and exploring the silversmith village of Koh Chen whose villagers’ economy mostly comprises making silver items.

After that, dinner at the Dining Hall

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh

DAY 4: Phnom Penh

After breakfast, a little of the Cambodia’s modern history information will inspire you with the country interest and willingness to learn more via a number of historic attractions in the capital city Phnom Penh. The complex of Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda is always expected to visit first by any tourists, which never disappoints you thanks to its splendours.

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

 National Museum, Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Killing Fields are also included in your trip; however, a visit to the two latter places requires you to be mentally prepared. You have a short period of time for relaxation on your cabin balcony before a special event on board in the evening which is a combination of the charming Apsara dance performance and the soothing sounds of traditional music, all featuring Cambodian unique culture.

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh

DAY 5: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (Border crossing)

After four days in Cambodia, the cruiser is about to follow an international shipping route which crosses the imaginary border between Cambodia and Vietnam. You should not pass up the opportunity to witness surrounding large commercial ships, bask under the glow of the sunset on the sundeck or equip yourselves a deep insight in to cuisine with the Heritage Line Cambodia and Vietnamese cooking class when the process of customs need some more time to take place.

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Chau Doc

DAY 6: Chau Doc – Sa Dec

Your tour in Vietnam starts with a short excursion in Chau Doc town draped along the river banks of the Hau Giang River, one of Mekong River’s two tributaries when it flows into Vietnamese territory. Chau Doc is commonplace among foreigner tourists passing through on the river route between Cambodia and Vietnam, promising to be an astonishing place to explore with the features of Kinh, Khmer and Chinese communities as well as temples, mosques and churches.

Chau Doc floating market

Chau Doc floating market

Your today itinerary includes some stops in a local market, a float market and rustic catfish farm in which you can enjoy a performance of feeding basa fish by hand. At noon, you have lunch on board before setting off for My An Hung Village, walking to the family house through vegetable gardens to admire local yard and canals formed boats. Then you experience the feeling of crossing the “monkey” bridge which the locals’ unique invention as their adaptation of water surroundings time ago. Before leaving Chau Doc for Sa Dec, you are invited to the family house again for some tea with honey, local delicacies and fruits as a special treat from the locals. Read moreL Tours in Vietnam

NOTE: In case of high water in Mekong Delta between July and December, the following programme applies:

In the morning, a local boat is scheduled to take you to the border town of Tan Chau. In chronological order, you reach the “evergreen” islands, with the introduction about the locals’ life – What do their tradition houses look like? By which wary do they manage on living? What are their customs? The next destination is at a fish farm situated on Tan Chau canal and Tan Chau market before the itinerary ends at your cruise.

DAY 7: Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho

As the tour continues, you get to Binh Thanh Island and its artificial canals on a traditional sampan (a flat bottom traditional Vietnamese wooden board). Lunch on the cruiser is followed by your reaching Cai Be. Your journey here is featured by a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous floating market, breath-taking landscapes along the two river banks and rural daily life of the locals, all of which will be irresistibly attractive to you.

Traveling around Cai Be

Traveling around Cai Be

You stand a chance of observing how a number of specialties, including rice paste, rice cookies, coconut sweets and dried Longan fruit are made, as well as admiring an ancient traditional house ringed by orchards laden with fruits. Then it is high for you to go back to the cruiser for dinner as usual at the same time it head forwards My Tho in the evening of tranquility.

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in My Tho

DAY 8: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

You disembark at around 8.30 a.m. the joint a transfer to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon) from which you can plan a trip for youselves.

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