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Exploration Mekong Delta (Downstream)

Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City

For travelers with limited time, we recommend a fascinating insight into life in the Mekong Delta. Commencing from the river port of Phnom Penh Cambodia, we journey across the border into Vietnam. From here we combine river cruising. Mekong Princess styles, with remote location, cultural shore excursions.

Day 1 Phnom Penh / Embarkation

Day 2 Border Crossing / Hong Ngu - Gieng Island

Day 3 Ben Tre / Cho Gao Canal

Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City / Disembarkation

Phnom Penh / Embarkation

Day 1

Phnom Penh / Embarkation

Day 1 - Monday 
Phnom Penh / Embarkation   (D)
Border Crossing / Hong Ngu - Gieng Island

Day 2

Border Crossing / Hong Ngu - Gieng Island

Day 1

Phnom Penh / Embarkation

Phnom Penh / Embarkation

    We embark the RV Mekong Princess by noon to commence an extraordinary journey along the ‘Mighty Mekong’. Our Princess cruises past the confluence of three rivers, leaving Phnom Penh in our wake, en route to the scenic pastures of Cambodian rural life. After a leisurely afternoon “going with the flow” and cruising downstream, we drop anchor at sunset. A delicious traditional Khmer Welcome Dinner is served.

Which you should do

National Museum
National Museum
Phnom Penh Night Market
Phnom Penh Night Market
Golden & Silver Pagoda
Golden & Silver Pagoda
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Jet's Container Night Market and Pub Street
Jet's Container Night Market and Pub Street

Day 2

Border Crossing / Hong Ngu - Gieng Island

Border Crossing / Hong Ngu - Gieng Island

    This morning the Mekong Princess will cross the border into Vietnam. The scenery changes noticeably from the dry arid landscape of Cambodia, to lush Green irrigated rice paddies.

    Your sampans take you to the local island village of Hong Ngu, not far from the Vietnam - Cambodia border. Hong Ngu produces a large number of the traditional, Khmer scarves exported to Cambodia. Woven in many homes around the village, you will have the opportunity to see the weaving process under several homes. Some villagers are also embroidery artists, displaying their art in and around the homes. The inhabitants of this area had only encountered one western visitor prior to the arrival of the Mekong Princess, and are especially friendly and welcoming. Before returning to the sampans, guests will visit the local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hòa Hóa.

    This afternoon local riverboats return to ferry us to Gieng Island. We stroll through the nearby village to witness how the classic and traditional oriental sampan boats are made. A short distance along the canal and time to explore duck farms, monkey bridges and tropical orchards. Next is another mode of transport named a “xe loi” (motorized trishaw). Crossing the island aboard your Xe Loi we arrive at the local Catholic Church, built in the 1870’s. We return to the ship for sunset cocktails and dinner is served.

    The Princess sails and anchors near Ben Tre.

Which you should do

Local House
Local House
Xe loi (motor trishaw)
Xe loi (motor trishaw)
Acient Local Temple
Acient Local Temple
Local Village
Local Village
Bandana Factory
Bandana Factory
Local Acient Catholic Church
Local Acient Catholic Church
Ben Tre / Cho Gao Canal

Day 3

Ben Tre / Cho Gao Canal

Day 3 - Wednesday 
Ben Tre / Cho Gao Canal   (B / L / D)
Ho Chi Minh City / Disembarkation

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh City / Disembarkation

Day 4 - Thursday 
Ho Chi Minh City / Disembarkation   (B)

Day 3

Ben Tre / Cho Gao Canal

Ben Tre / Cho Gao Canal

    For early risers, sunrise tea or coffee provides the perfect start to your day.

    This morning, sampans take you through a channel lined with mangroves to visit a local coconut candy maker. After watching the candy-making process, walking through the village to visit an orchard where fruits native to Vietnam can be seen in various stages of maturity on the vine. After a fresh fruit tasting, you continue to a pier where you board small, local boats (two guests per boat) for a trip through the narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm before returning to the ship.

    Luncheon is served as we cruise along a narrow canal, regarded as one of the busiest trading routes in Southeast Asia.

    This afternoon, the ship cruises through the hustling bustling Cho Gao canal, a manmade waterway that runs for 21kms, en route to the Saigon River. The RV Mekong Princess arrives at Saigon Port at dusk with spectacular skyline views of the city at sunset.

    This evening, savor a sumptuous Vietnamese Dinner as we conclude our extraordinary journey through the Mekong Delta.

*Onboard activity: Lecture of Vietnam, the Past & Present by your local Vietnamese host

Which you should do

Fruit Garden
Fruit Garden
Cai Luong & Don Ca Tai Tu
Cai Luong & Don Ca Tai Tu
Coconut Candy Maker
Coconut Candy Maker

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh City / Disembarkation

Ho Chi Minh City / Disembarkation

    After breakfast onboard, it’s time to say farewell to the Mekong Princess and your ship’s crews. A transfer is provided for your convenience from the ship to the Meeting Point at the Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel.

Which you should do

Nha Rong Habour
Nha Rong Habour
    Dragon Wharf or Ho Chi Minh Museum is the original commercial port of Saigon. It is located on the Saigon River. Construction began in 1862 and more than one year later, in 1863, the house was completed. It is located at the junction of the Saigon River in District 4. On June 5, 1911, Ho Chi Minh (at the time named Nguyen Tat Thanh) departed from the Dragon Wharf on the French ship Admiral Latouche Treville for a 30-year journey around the world. Therefore, in 1979, the old headquarters building of the commercial port has been rebuilt into a memorial park in Ho Chi Minh City.
Bui Vien Walking Street
Bui Vien Walking Street
Immaculate Conception Cathedral Basilica
Immaculate Conception Cathedral Basilica
 
    In 1958, Father Joseph Pham Van Thien (now a bishop of Phu Cuong diocese, now deceased) ruled the Saigon parish at that time and commissioned a Statue of Our Lady of Peace in Carrara white marble. of Italy. The statue carved in Pietrasanta is about 500 km from Rome. When the statue was completed, it was taken down to the Oyanox ship on January 8, 1959 from the port of Gênes carrying the statue to Vietnam and to Saigon on February 15, 1959.
    Société d'Entreprises then erected a statue of the German Mother on the pedestal that was left vacant since 1945 in front of the church. Parish priests write prayer prayers "May the Lady for Vietnam be peaceful" and read in front of many guests were present that day. The next day, Cardinal Aganian from Rome to Saigon to preside over the closing ceremony of the National Congress, blessed the statue in the afternoon of February 17, 1959. From this event, from which the church It is called Notre Dame Cathedral. On December 5, 1959, the Holy See approved an anointing ceremony to mark the basilica of the Saigon Cathedral.
    From there, the official name of the cathedral is the Basilica of Our Lady of Saigon. In 1960, the Holy See established Vietnamese clergy with three archbishops in Hanoi, Hue and Saigon. The church became the cathedral of the archbishop of Saigon to this day
 
Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office
 
    Saigon Central Post Office is one of the typical buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, located at No. 2, Paris Public Garden, District 1. This is a building built by the French in about five years. 1886-1891 with European design by architects Villedieu and assistant Foulhoux. This is a Western-style architecture combined with oriental decoration.

    Outside, in front of the rectangular building, on which to enumerate the inventors of the telegraph and electrical industry. In the boxes covered with laurel wreaths, on the arc of the house is a large clock. In the upper side, two high walls are two historical maps bearing the name: Saigon et ses environs, 1892 and Lignes télégraphiques du Sud Vietnam et du Cambodge, 1936.
 
    The building is next to Notre Dame Cathedral. This is also a tourist attraction for travelers to Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
Nguyen Hue Walking Street
Nguyen Hue Walking Street
    Nguyen Hue Walking Street is located in the heart of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. This is one of the newest works of the city completed on the 40th anniversary of the complete liberation of the South united country 30/4/2015.

    Nguyen Hue Walking Street is a new landmark in Ho Chi Minh City's urban architecture, a favorite destination for young travelers after a tiring day as well as for those who love to explore.

    In the evening, Nguyen Hue's walking street attracts more tourists. From above look down, walking street Nguyen Hue east bustle, shimmering color by the lights. People will enjoy the musical performance combined with the laser lights that create artistic color to attract the street.

 
 
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