Summary : Embark on a journey along the Mekong River in true style on this four-night Mekong River Discovery cruise, roundtrip from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Set off from the modern marvels and colonial charms of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, admire Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving, visit a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship, head into the lush countryside in the Tonle Sap channel, and return in Phnom Penh for an optional city visit.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
$3,780 to $5,600
Meet at the Phnom Penh TS1 Port for check-in to your 3-story, five star Mekong abode. Welcome aboard. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall conferring an endlessly captivating panorama. Enjoy these private Mekong moments on your California king bed, terrace or daybed. 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.
In the silversmith village of Koh Chen, watch artisans producing the magnificent silverware favored by Khmer royalty. Continue to Udong, the royal capital from the 17-19th centuries, where you will learn about a uniquely challenging Buddhist practice at the Vipassana Dhura Mandala, a meditation center. In the afternoon, a walking tour of Kampong Prasat offers a close up perspective on local lives and their riverside environment.
In the cooler hours, head into the lush countryside to visit traditional potters and palm-sugar producers, astride mountain bikes or chauffeured by shaded tuk-tuk. Into the rice paddies you will pedal to watch wizened masters scale sky-piercing palms towering over you. Cruise across the glassy water and disembark among the lotuses for an ox-cart ride along the Tonle Sap riverbanks, past lacquered wooden houses where during these dry months residents take refuge in the relative cool of these outdoor impromptu living rooms.
On this river of time you will admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the ubiquitous item no Khmer lives without. Explore the riverbank on two wheels if you wish, past Buddhist temples and thatch houses perched on spindly wooden stilts while white oxen wade just offshore. After lunch, you will board your marine-grade aluminum skiffs and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prosop, a remote village little changed over several lifetimes.
Today you will have a chance to experience the Cambodian capital by motorized tuk-tuk, including the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, you will visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or go shopping at the Russian Market.
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.
Special Guest Departures:
Fitness Guru Alex Salihin – 12/15/2017
Travel with fitness guru Alex Salihin. Participate in morning yoga classes, meditation sessions, daily biking and kayaking, and personalized one-on-one training sessions with Lululemon brand ambassador and founder of LEVEL fitness.
Transfers to/from vessel and the meeting points in Phnom Penh and Saigon; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; beverages (non-alcoholic, house wine, and beer); excursions; entrance fees en route; Wi-Fi/internet; and gear on loan (bikes). Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; passport/visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature; boutique purchases; spa treatments; guide and crew gratuities.