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Mekong River Delta (Upstream)

Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap

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.

…Welcome to Cambodia…
    Equally as exotic and by comparison to Vietnam, the plains of Cambodia open before you as we cruise upstream towards the nation’s capital of Phnom Penh. Along the riverbanks the oxen-carts plough their way along a narrow path, working the land, forever contributing to the cooperative, subsistence way of Life that is Cambodia today and yesterday.

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 - Welcome to Cambodia

Day 6 Phnom Penh

Day 7 Angkor Ban

Day 8 Kampong Cham 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   (L / 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

    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’. 

    Lunch, with highly attentive oriental hospitality, will be served soon after departure, as we cruise along the Saigon 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

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
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.
 
Bui Vien Walking Street
Bui Vien Walking Street
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

Coconut Candy Maker
Coconut Candy Maker
    Ben Tre coconut candy originated from Mo Cay district. According to collected materials, the first candy maker was Nguyen Thi Ngoc, born in 1914, residing in Quarter 1, Mo Cay town

    Coconut candy is called Cay Moi candy. In 1970, Nguyen Thi Vinh, born in 1945, lives in Ben Tre town, changing the way candy processing. She established Thanh Long coconut candy production base, the first in Ben Tre market, and from that created coconut candy Ben Tre.

    Ingredients for coconut candy include: coconut milk, malt, sugar (formerly used sugar barrel, but today uses sand sugar). Malt is distilled from the sugar of the glutinous rice when it is germinated.
Cai Luong: a Traditional Vietnamese Musical Performance Art
Cai Luong: a Traditional Vietnamese Musical Performance Art
    Characterized by a mix of a mix of Tuồng, southern Vietnamese folk music, Asian popular theatre and French comedy, Cải Lương is most often categorized as “reformed theater” or “renovated theater”. Its origin dates back from the 20th century in Vietnam’s Southern regions, where among its first performances took place in village squares. During the country’s French colonial period in the 1930’s, Cải Lương blossomed as a middle-class form of theater and become popular all over Vietnam, though its heartland remains in the south.

    There are mainly two types of Cải Lương , Cải Lương Tuồng Cổ (the ancient form) and the Cải Lương Xã Hội (more modern in characteristics), both highlighting the moral values of the Vietnamese. Though the plots involved in Cải Lương Xã Hội performances deal with romance, domestic relationships centering on the cultural and social norms of the country, its stories generally feature the modern Vietnamese society. Because of its nature, Cải Lương Tuồng Cổ co performers are donned in old-fashioned costumes while its plots surround on legendary and historic tales of the feudal system. 

    Regardless the type of Cải Lương , it exhibits familiar aspects of which performers use a combination of spoken dialogue and nostalgic singing accompanied by background music in order to convey their thoughts and emotions and carry out their message to the audience. Its continuing absorption of contemporary themes and influences, along with the adoption of modern musical instrument allows the art to be constantly reinvented and reintroduced to the people in fresher themes, thus, causing the general public’s undying interest for the art. Even up to present, Cải Lương remains popular and is highly appreciated by Vietnamese locals and foreign visitors alike.
Fruit Garden
Fruit Garden
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 

Day 3

Can Tho - Hoa An

Can Tho - Hoa An

    We begin our morning before 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

Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang Floating Market
Can Tho Night Market
Can Tho Night 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 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
Local Acient Catholic Church
Local Acient Catholic Church
Xe loi (motor trishaw)
Xe loi (motor trishaw)
Bandana Factory
Bandana Factory
Phnom Penh - Welcome to Cambodia

Day 5

Phnom Penh - Welcome to Cambodia

Day 5 - Monday
Phnom Penh   (B / L / D)
Phnom Penh

Day 6

Phnom Penh

Day 6 - Tuesday
Phnom Penh   (B / L / D)

Day 5

Phnom Penh - Welcome to Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Welcome to Cambodia

    Our Princess arrives Phnom Penh this morning and docks at the center port. 

    After lunch, 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.

    The ship docks overnight in Phnom Penh.

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

Which you should do

National Museum
National Museum
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

    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.

    This afternoon is free at leisure for your own exploration the charming city of Phnom Penh. 

    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

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

Day 7

Angkor Ban

Day 7 - Wednesday
Angkor Ban   (B / L / D)
Kampong Cham Disembarkation

Day 8

Kampong Cham Disembarkation

Day 8 - Thursday
Kampong Cham / Disembarkation    (B)

Day 7

Angkor Ban

Angkor Ban

    The Princess leaves Phnom Penh and sails to Angkor Ban. We start the afternoon tour 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 Kampong Cham and docks overnight.

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

Which you should do

Chùa Địa Phương
Chùa Địa Phương

Day 8

Kampong Cham Disembarkation

Kampong Cham Disembarkation

    After breakfast we disembark the Mekong Princess in Kampong Cham. Transfer by motor-coach to Siem Reap. Arrive Meeting Point at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap Hotel at noon.
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