Summary : Enjoy an introduction to the Mekong River in true style on this three-night Mekong River Discovery cruise from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Set off from the modern marvels and colonial charms of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Visit Tan Chau along the way, a vibrant border town, and My An Hung, a typical Mekong Delta village with verdant plantations. See fishermen in long tail boats and stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda, the largest Mahayan Buddhist temple in the region.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$2,835 to $4,200
Passengers are welcomed over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.
Say ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ while you cross the border and sail towards Tan Chau, a vibrant border town where you will take the local rickshaw called xe loi for a trip around town or pedal 11 miles on the peaceful island of Long Khanh. In the afternoon, visit a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung where you will walk through verdant plantations. You will be invited to a local's home to taste local fruits while hearing traditional folk songs performed by villagers, followed by a unique unicorn dance. A biking option is also available for those who wish to explore on wheels.
Begin the day at the Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where you will peruse the vibrant market and see the famous house of Marguerite Duras' legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. You will continue downstream for Cai Be, zigzagging in the sampan past lone fishermen on their long tail boats. Later, the skiffs will moor at a wooden pier. Here in Cai Be, walk or bike ride among high-roofed open courtyard houses, some dating back more than 100 years, and currently inhabited by gracious locals who will invite you to glimpse their property.
Disembarkation. En route to Ho Chi Minh, stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda, one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temple in the region. You will notice the mixed architectural style and see three large Buddha statues plus an impressive collection of bonsai trees.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
2018-19 Low Season: 5/1/2018-7/27/2018; 5/3/2019-7/30/2019
2018-19 High Season: 1/2/2018-4/30/2018; 7/28/2018-12/28/2018; 1/1/2019-5/2/2019; 7/31/2019-12/28/2019
Special Guest Departures:
Conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau – 9/19/2017, 2/27/2018
Travel with explorer, filmmaker, and ocean conservation champion, Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of Jacque Cousteau.
Group transfers to and from vessel and the meeting points in Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; beverages (non-alcoholic, premium wine, and beer); shore excursions; laundry service; bike use; entrance fees en route; wireless internet. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; passport and visa fees; private transfers; travel insurance; items of a personal nature; boutique purchases; spa treatments; guide and crew gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.