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Mekong River Delta (Downstream)

Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Southern Vietnam…
By combining shipboard life, in elegant French colonial luxury, with discreet and fascinating shore excursions, this is the most intimate way to be ‘up close and personal’ with the people and culture of Southern Vietnam.

The ultimate journey of exploration, along the lower Mekong, is to cruise from Saigon Port through the waterways of the famous Mekong Delta and then head north into Cambodian waters.

Day 1 Kampong Cham / Embarkation

Day 2 Angkor Ban - Phnom Penh

Day 3 Phnom Penh - Welcome to Cambodia

Day 4 Border Crossing / Hong Ngu - Gieng Island

Day 5 Hoa An Village - Can Tho

Day 6 Can Tho

Day 7 Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Disembarkation

Kampong Cham / Embarkation

Day 1

Kampong Cham / Embarkation

Day 1 - Thursday
Kampong Cham / Embarkation   (L / D)
Angkor Ban - Phnom Penh

Day 2

Angkor Ban - Phnom Penh

Day 2 - Friday
Angkor Ban – Phnom Penh   (B / L / D)

Day 1

Kampong Cham / Embarkation

Kampong Cham / Embarkation

    Early this morning, transfer by motor-coach from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham and embark the RV Mekong Princess for lunch. After enjoying the afternoon at leisure, enjoy a Welcome Reception and Cambodian Welcome Dinner on board.

    The ship sails to Angkor Ban and docks overnight.

Day 2

Angkor Ban - Phnom Penh

Angkor Ban - Phnom Penh

    We start the day with a visit to the charming and authentic town of Angkor Ban. Here, we witness the daily life of the local people, starting with a visit to the pagoda with a special blessing ceremony for our guests by local monks, then we keep going on visiting to a local family’s home, to meet them and discuss their lifestyle. We continue through the village to the local school where we join the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. Ship sails to Phnom Penh and docks at the center port. 

    This afternoon, local cyclo drivers meet you for an exciting city tour of Phnom Penh. You begin your ride along the riverfront to the Royal Palace, where a leisurely walk takes you through the grounds, with opportunities to visit the Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion. Upon crossing into the second section of the complex, you walk amongst enormous stupas and spirit houses, on the way to the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. Following a short break, your cyclos take you to the National Museum. Housing the largest pre-Angkorian and Angkorian holdings in Cambodia, the National Museum ends the morning tour with a comprehensive look at many of the artifacts excavated around the Angkor Archeological Area in Siem Reap, as well as other areas around the former Khmer Empire. 

    This evening before dinner, enjoying the entertainment onboard with a cultural performance including Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance, as well as several traditional folk dances.

    The ship docks in Phnom Penh overnight.

Which you should do

Cyclo
Cyclo
Chùa Địa Phương
Chùa Địa Phương
Phnom Penh - Welcome to Cambodia

Day 3

Phnom Penh - Welcome to Cambodia

Day 3 - Saturday
Phnom Penh   (B / L / D)
Border Crossing / Hong Ngu - Gieng Island

Day 4

Border Crossing / Hong Ngu - Gieng Island

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

Day 3

Phnom Penh - Welcome to Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Welcome to Cambodia

    This morning, private motor-coach take you on a scenic 45-minute drive from the ship, arriving at Choeung Ek, the killing fields depicted in the movie, and the center of the darkest days of Cambodian history. You may walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. On the return drive to Phnom Penh, a stop is made at Tuol Sleng (infamously known as S-21), which was converted by the Khmer Rouge from a large school to a prison and torture headquarters.

    The afternoon is free at leisure for your own exploration the charming city of Phnom Penh. The ship docks in Phnom Penh overnight.

*Onboard activity: Lecture of Cambodia’s Geography and Life along the Mekong River by your local Cambodian host.

Which you should do

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

Day 4

Border Crossing / Hong Ngu - Gieng Island

Border Crossing / Hong Ngu - Gieng Island

    This morning 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.

    In the afternoon, 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. 

    The ship sails to Hoa An and anchors overnight. 

Which you should do

Local Village
Local Village
Local House
Local House
Bandana Factory
Bandana Factory
Acient Local Temple
Acient Local Temple
Hoa An Village - Can Tho

Day 5

Hoa An Village - Can Tho

Day 5 – Monday
Hoa An Village - Can Tho   (B / L / D)
Can Tho

Day 6

Can Tho

Day 6 - Tuesday 
Can Tho   (B / L / D)

Day 5

Hoa An Village - Can Tho

Hoa An Village - Can Tho

    This morning, 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. 

    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. 

*Onboard activity: Fruit Carvings & Tropical Fruits Demonstration by our Executive Chef.

Which you should do

Xe loi (motor trishaw)
Xe loi (motor trishaw)
Local Acient Catholic Church
Local Acient Catholic Church

Day 6

Can Tho

Can Tho

    We begin our morning after 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. 

    The Princess sails and anchors near Ben Tre.

*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
Can Tho Love Bridge
Can Tho Love Bridge
Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang Floating Market
    Together with Cai Be and Phung Hiep, Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho City is one of the three biggest in the Mekong Delta. The shops and stalls at the market are boats of different sizes.

    One of the most interesting sights in the Delta are the floating markets and associated river life. Cai Rang Floating Market is open all day but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9am. The main items sold there are farm products and specialties of Cai Rang Town, Chau Thanh District and neighboring areas. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung.

    During the early morning market hours, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even smuggled goods like cigarettes. Sellers do not have to cry out about their goods because their goods can be seen in a distance and their cries would not be heard in the vastness of the river and the noise of boat engines. Small boats that sell beer, wine and soft drinks go among the other boats to serve market-goers and visitors. Sellers tie their goods to a tall pole so that buyers can see from a distance what they are selling.

    Each boat is loaded with plenty of seasonal goods. Activities at the market are also an occasion for tourists to study the cultural aspects of southerners. You can see the market in the distance, it does not look like much, just a mass of boats. The boats all display their wares on a mast so you can see what they have available.

    Many have agreed that visiting floating markets is among the can-not-miss experience in Southern Vietnam. 
Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City

Day 7

Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City

Day 7 - Wednesday 
Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City    (B / L / D)
 
Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Disembarkation

Day 8

Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Disembarkation

Day 8 – Thursday
Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Disembarkation   (B)

Day 7

Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City

    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.

    The ship sails through the beautiful Bassac River to Ho Chi Minh City, where it docks overnight at Saigon Port. 

*Onboard activity: Cooking Class Demonstration by our Executive Chef.

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 8

Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Disembarkation

Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port / Disembarkation

    After breakfast we disembark the Mekong Princess in Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Port and transferred by motor-coach to the Meeting Point, 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.
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
Bui Vien Walking Street
Bui Vien Walking Street
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