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Exploration Mekong Delta (Upstream)

Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh

In this journey, we pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta, so rich in human life and endeavor, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. Your journey will end in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
 

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Embarkation

Day 2 Ben Tre - Can Tho

Day 3 Can Tho - Hoa An

Day 4 Gieng Island - Hong Ngu / Border Crossing

Day 5 Phnom Penh / Disembarkation

Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Embarkation

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Embarkation

Day 1 - Thursday 
Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon Port / Embarkation   (D)
Ben Tre - Can Tho

Day 2

Ben Tre - Can Tho

Day 2 - Friday
Ben Tre - Can Tho   (B / L / D)

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Embarkation

Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Embarkation

    At noon, our guide awaits you at the Meeting Point, Park Hyatt Saigon, then transfer to the RV Mekong Princess docking at Saigon Port. Once aboard, you will be welcomed by your Vietnamese and Cambodian ship’s crew, before embarking on the most extraordinary journey of discovery. We sail at midday through the famed Mekong Delta on our way to the ‘Mighty Mekong River’. Having settled into your luxurious suites, you can relax and enjoy the new scenes and watch the world pass by.

    Late in the day we anchor in the heart of the Mekong Delta, where cocktails are served as sun sets, and sampans pass by. A traditional Vietnamese dinner is soon ready, embracing a subtle fusion of dishes for the most eclectic tastes.

Which you should do

Bui Vien Walking Street
Bui Vien Walking Street
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.

 
 
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.
 
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.

Ben Tre - Can Tho

    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.

    This afternoon, the ship sails through an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism to Can Tho city, the capital riverside city of Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Guests will take a short and orientated city tour with visiting to the Zihuang Pagoda (Chua Ong) and enjoying the welcome unicorn dances. Explore yourself on own around the charming city before having dinner onboard. 

    The ship docks in Can Tho overnight. 

Which you should do

Fruit Garden
Fruit Garden
Coconut Candy Maker
Coconut Candy Maker
Cai Luong & Don Ca Tai Tu
Cai Luong & Don Ca Tai Tu
Can Tho - Hoa An

Day 3

Can Tho - Hoa An

Day 3 - Saturday
Can Tho - Hoa An   (B / L / D)
Gieng Island - Hong Ngu / Border Crossing

Day 4

Gieng Island - Hong Ngu / Border Crossing

Day 4 - Sunday
Gieng Island - Hong Ngu / Border Crossing   (B / L / D)

Day 3

Can Tho - Hoa An

Can Tho - Hoa An

    We begin our morning after early breakfast aboard the sampans for a cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market near Can Tho. The sampans will weave in and out of the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce and other items the residents of the Mekong Delta need in their daily lives. As they weave through the market, there will be many opportunities for amazing photographs, while enjoying fresh fruit and the Vietnamese “anti-aging drink,” fresh coconut water. Before returning to the ship for breakfast, we stop at a local noodle factory, where we witness the amazing process of how they are made. 

    After lunch, continue excursion by boat to Hoa An village, where is untouched and well-known with flower growing and handmade craft. Our first stop at flower gardens where we will see many different kinds of flowers and learn how to grow and take care of them. Then, a short walking to a local house and chat with the host to see how they live and work in their daily life. 

    After a short break, continue our excursion on motor cart to another village. We stop by at the conical hat-making and mat weaving families, have memorable time chatting with local family members and learning how to create products though hands-on experience. Enjoy your walk in the peaceful village with rice fields, fruit trees in between visiting few local families. 

    The Princess sails and anchors near Gieng Island.

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

Which you should do

Can Tho Night Market
Can Tho Night Market
Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang Floating Market
Can Tho Love Bridge
Can Tho Love Bridge

Day 4

Gieng Island - Hong Ngu / Border Crossing

Gieng Island - Hong Ngu / Border Crossing

    This morning we board sampans that will take us into Gieng Island. After a short walk around the local sampan village, where hundreds of sampans are produced daily by local families, we take a canal drive to explore the untouched floating area with duck farms, monkey bridges, and tropical orchards along the riverside. We will try one of most popular local transportation named “xe loi” (motor trishaw) driving through this island to visit a Catholic Church, built around the same time as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon in the 1870s. 

    This afternoon, we visit 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, here we 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 RV Mekong Princess, they are especially friendly and welcoming. Guests will also visit the local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hoa Hoa. This late afternoon, the RV Mekong Princess will cross the border into Cambodia and continue up the Mekong River. 

Which you should do

Local Village
Local Village
Acient Local Temple
Acient Local Temple
Local House
Local House
Bandana Factory
Bandana Factory
Phnom Penh / Disembarkation

Day 5

Phnom Penh / Disembarkation

Day 5 - Monday
Phnom Penh   (B)

Day 5

Phnom Penh / Disembarkation

Phnom Penh / Disembarkation

    Our Princess arrives Phnom Penh this morning and docks at the center port. After immigration procedures, it’s time to say a fond farewell to the RV Mekong Princess and your ship’s crews at Phnom Penh Port.

Which you should do

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