Le Cochinchine Cruise from Angkor Wat – Saigon
Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
Departure Date: On Request
Depart from: Siem Reap - Cambodia
Routes: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Long Xuyen - Cai Be - My Thuan - Sa Dec - Cai Thia - Saigon
Le Cochinchine is a modern and tastefully designed river barge. Built in traditional style Le Cochinchine measures around 30 meters long from bow to stern and has two 420 HP engines , one in back up, making Le Cochinchine a very powerful and safe river vessel. Le Cochinchine offers an elegant, relaxing and fulfilling ways to explore endless water way of Mekong River.
The cruise brings us into contact with people in different corner of the Delta . With Le Cochinchine, you will have ample opportunity to see Vietnam in its authenticity and sample local culture and food, in a one unpacking, unforgettable vacation where your “floating hotel” get you insight into Mekong Delta and quaint villages.
Angkor Wat – Saigon 7 days tour offers tourists an occasion to discover the beauty of Mekong River and learn more about the long-lasting civilization of Mekong Delta. This is a good chance for you to see by your own eyes the amazing relics, stunning scenes and strange customs along the stream of Mekong. From Angkor Wat to Sai Gon, Viet Nam
Day 1: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Temple (D)
Today we will Visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Ta Prohm. One of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon. Dinner and overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel.
Day 2: Angkor Wat Complex (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks – the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.Lunch at local restaurant.
In the aftenroon visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), until sunset. Dinner local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Tonight we will enjoy diner with traditional Khmer folk performance of Apsara. Overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel in Siemriep.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. We then visit Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Lunch at hotel.
In the afternoon, transfer to airport for the flight to Phnompenh. Arrival transfer to the hotel. At leisure to walk in the city and and explore the local market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel followed by the city tour. A visit to Phnom Penh is a very interesting experience indeed. It is a city with an interesting pulse and it gives you a very true taste of Asia. We will visit the Wats Phnom, National museum, silver Pagoda and Royal Palace.
Afternoon we will take the boat to Chaudoc, the boat ride leaves at 13pm and arrives Chaudoc at 5pm. Diner and overnight on Le Cochinchine Boat.
Day 5: Chau Doc – Long Xuyen (B, L, D)
Enjoy the breakfast. We take the sampan through the floating fish-farm village producing tons and tons of fish beneath hundreds of floating houses, discover the ethnic Cham village with famous Mubarak Mosque and observe local women at their traditional weaving. Continue our way to Longxuyen for the lovely sunset cruise. Promenade/Cycle along the preninsule of Ongho island, see daily life of the local people who live on both sides of the Mekong and small arroyos on the island. Ample opportunity to take in beautiful view of local life, housing, villages, garden, fish farm and hosting smile children. Enjoy foot massage and sipping cocktails over the sunset. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 6: Cai Be – My Thuan – Sa Dec (B, L, D)
Rising up early for another nice day we contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board. Visit the Sadec local market , following the tracks of French novelist Marguerite Duras. Visit bricks and tiles kilns and the manufacture of earthenware pots on a bank of river Walks/Cycle amongst the ever blossoming Sadec flower village and local industries. Back to boat and enjoy welcome back drink while lunch is served.
Mekong Melody leisure cruise down to Mythuan and Caithia where we embark on lovely cycling along the island taking in beautiful view of scenery, local people, and get insight into local life. Back to our boat and enjoy welcome back drink. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset on sundeck. Enjoy aperitif and traditional herbal foot massage. The crew serve dinner while the Mekong Melody is cruising. Le Cochinchine sets anchor in for the night. Overnight on boat in Cai Thia.
Day 7: Cai Thia – Cai Be – Saigon (B)
Breakfast on the boat. We take a morning junk trip to Dong Hoa Hiep Island and go ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral and colourful port area, with its colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers. We explore evergreen islands and visit the former Imperial residence the traditional House, where surviving members of the Kiet family will welcome us with tea, and we can wander in the fruit orchards around the house. Back to our boat and enjoy welcome back drink. Check out and disembark. Pick up and transfer to Saigon.
Prices quoted in US$ nett per person
3 – 7 persons
8 – 12 persons up
The trip is inclusive of
- All boat cruise Lecochinchine with meals
- Boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap.
- All accommodation on the Le Cochinchine boat and at the hotels (Victoria Chau Doc Hotel; Sunway Hotel,
- Prince d’Angkor hotel)
- Meals as indicated (B= breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Diner)
- Admission fees and permits where applicable
- Land transportation
- Airport transfers
- Service of crew and English speaking guide on board.
The trip is exclusive of
- Pre/post trip arrangement
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee (Visa fee on arrival at Cambodia border: 25USD, 1 photo 3x4cm).
- Other personal expenses