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Cruising the Mekong Delta

  • Duration7 Nights
  • StyleSmall Ship Cruise
  • When to GoOct - Mar
  • Price GuideFrom $2,981 Per Person
The mesmeric Mekong Delta, with its innumerable offshoots, tributaries, and canals, can only really be experienced properly on the water. This seven-night cruise itinerary takes you from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in southern Vietnam, through the floating markets and rich agricultural scenery of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, before turning upriver and heading across the border to Cambodia. Discover the incredible floating villages and ancient temples of Cambodia, contrasted with its thriving, eclectic capital city Phnom Penh. This week-long journey can easily be extended pre- and post-cruise. Before embarking we recommend a night or two getting acclimatized in energetic Ho Chi Minh City or arriving even earlier to experience the many highlights of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Halong Bay, or Hoi An. Post-cruise, the incredible temples of Angkor are a must-see, and there are innumerable tropical beach options down in coastal Cambodia or across the border in Thailand.

At a Glance

  • Day 1
    • Ho Chi Minh City & Cai Be

      • Shared transfer to the ship from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho
  • Day 2
    • Mekong Delta: Sa Dec, Binh Thanh & Tan Chau

      • Group tours of the floating market of Cai Be & a local village on Binh Island via traditional sampan
  • Day 3
    • Tan Chau & Phnom Penh

      • Group tours learning about the lives of the locals & of Tan Chau, including the fish farm and colorful market
  • Day 4
    • Phnom Penh

      • Group tour of Phnom Penh including Tuol Sleng, the glittering Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Lunch is included in the city
      • Gala BBQ dinner on the ship
  • Day 5
    • Tonle River: Kampong Tralach & Kampong Chhnang

      • Group tours of Kampong Tralach including an ox-cart ride & the floating village of Kampong Chhnang
  • Day 6
    • Mekong Delta: Koh Oknha Tey & Angkor Ban

      • Group tours of Koh Oknha Tey Island by tuk-tuk & the photogenic village of Angkor Ban
      • Lunchtime lecture on the geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap lake
  • Day 7
    • Mekong Delta: Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey & Koh Paen

      • Group tours of the Wat Hanchey hilltop temple & the quiet monastery of Wat Nokor with its distinctive black sandstone walls
  • Day 8
    • Disembark & to Siem Reap

      • Shared transfer from the ship to Siem Reap
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    Our Cruise Ship

    Heritage Line Jayavarman

    Jayavarman is the father of Heritage Line’s unique ship collection and is named after the most renowned Cambodian monarch, King Jayavarman VII, who was known for his tranquillity and love for artistic creations. The ship resembles a floating art gallery, with fine objects d’art exhibited all over the public decks. A charming French-colonial design theme along with stylish Art-Deco accents are found throughout the ship’s rooms and public areas: lavish woodcarvings, Khmer bas-reliefs, and delicate lacquer paintings showcase skillful local artisanry and traditions. The cruiser features 27 rooms, individually themed and elegantly decorated. Facilities include a sun deck with a small pool, an elegant bar, a semi-open-air dining hall, and an onboard spa.

    Departure Dates: Please note that cruises run weekly. Speak to our team to find out more.

    What's Included

    • 7 nights on-board a deluxe river cruiser with balcony cabin
    • Full-board meals throughout including a gala BBQ dinner
    • Fresh coffee, tea, and purified water available 24/7
    • All activities and excursions mentioned on a shared basis
    • Professional English-speaking local guides
    • Guest lectures from local experts
    • Complimentary Wifi (subject to cellular signal)
    • Shared transfers to and from the ship in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap
    • 24/7 support from our dedicated staff

    What's not Included

    • International flights from your country of origin
    • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel staff
    • Any meals, tours, or activities other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
    • Incidental local expenses - souvenirs, laundry, taxis, etc
    • Visas for Vietnam and Cambodia. Your consultant will advise of any required visas and how to obtain them
    • Travel insurance - we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip

    Day by Day Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Ho Chi Minh City: Embark and cruise to Cai Be

      1 Ho Chi Minh city VietnamD6 Mekong River Cruise Vietnam

      Your journey begins in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. At the cruise welcome lounge, you’ll meet staff and check-in, before joining a shared transfer out of the city to your embarkation point in My Tho, 70km south in the fringes of the Mekong Delta. Get settled into your spacious balcony cabin as you cast off and join the main body of the Mekong River. Get further acquainted with the ship and your fellow travelers during a sumptuous introductory lunch, and then sit back and relax during the remainder of this cruising day. In the evening the ship will draw into Cai Be, where you will moor overnight. Dinner is served onboard. This evening you might enjoy a classic movie or documentary, shown nightly in the main lounge.

      Meals Included:
      Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 2

      Cruising the Mekong: Sa Dec, Binh Thanh, Tan Chau

      D5 Cai Be floating market VietnamMekong Village Tour Vietnam

      This morning you have the option of an early start to join the daily sun deck Tai Chi class. A hearty breakfast is then served – or can be taken in your cabin if you prefer. This morning you’ll explore Cai Be, taking in the swarming floating market and the charming riverside town behind. You’ll transfer to small local paddle boats to explore the emerald green canals off the main river, observing farmers at work and stopping to visit local craftspeople producing rice paper, cookies, rice wine, and coconut candy. Lunch is back onboard as the ship continues upstream. In the afternoon you’ll arrive at the large riverine island of Binh Thanh, where you’ll meet local communities making a living from growing water hyacinth and weaving traditional mats. In the evening you’ll arrive at Tan Chau on the border with Cambodia, where you moor overnight.

      Excursions Included:
      Group tour of Cai Be & the floating market
      Group tour on Binh Island

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 3

      Cruising the Mekong: Cross the border to Cambodia

      Floating Village Mekong Delta VietnamD7 Phnom Penh Cambodia

      Come aboard this morning in Tan Chau, joining a fleet of ‘xe loi’ (Vietnamese pedal rickshaws) to explore this vibrant town. Stop at the lively local market and then later at one of the town’s busy temples. Tan Chau is most well known for its floating fish farms – together making up the world’s largest inland aquaculture industry – which produces vast quantities of tilapia and catfish. Visit one such farm before returning to the boat. The afternoon is spent relaxing as you cross the border into Cambodia and turn upstream towards Phnom Penh. Join the chef on a culinary demonstration, or book yourself in for a massage or spa treatment. Arrive in Phnom Penh in the evening and head ashore to explore its lively riverside dining and nightlife districts.

      Excursions Included:
      Group tour of the floating villages & Tan Chau

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 4

      Phnom Penh: Explore the Cambodian capital

      D8 Phnom Penh CambodiaTuol Sleng Genocide Museum Phnom Penh Cambodia

      Today the ship spends all day moored in Phnom Penh. You’ll enjoy a comprehensive tour of this fascinating and many-storied city, once famed as the ‘Paris of the East’. The morning covers the more somber recent history of the city, visiting heartbreaking relics of the Khmer Rouge at the Killing Fields of Tuol Sleng and the S21 prison. These visits, while important to understand contemporary Cambodia, can be challenging so you may prefer to skip and explore the city on your own. Lunch is taken in a renowned city restaurant, after which the afternoon tour covers the city’s most famous sights: the glittering Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the extensive National Museum. End the day with a ‘cyclo’ ride through town before returning to the ship, where you are joined by respected local professor Mr. Jean-Michel for an eye-opening lecture on modern Cambodia. Tonight a gala BBQ dinner is served on the sundeck.

      Excursions Included:
      Morning & afternoon group tours of Phnom Penh

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch &  BBQ Dinner

    • Day 5

      Cruising the Tonle River: Kampong Tralach & Kampong Chhnang

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      Your river cruiser departs early this morning, drawing away from Phnom Penh and heading up the Tonle River to Kampong Tralach. At points, the river narrows, with the verdant jungle scenery closing in on both sides – perfect to watch from your balcony. In Kampong Tralach you’ll board a simple ox-cart and be drawn slowly towards a tiny village, where you’ll pay a visit to a noisy local school. Later continue upstream, arriving at Kampong Chhnang: Cambodia’s ‘waterworld’, where villages float on stilts above the fertile tidal soils. Explore a second authentic Cambodian village, before returning to the ship for dinner onboard.

      Excursions Included:
      Group tours of Kampong Tralach including an ox-cart ride & the floating village of Kampong Chhnang

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 6

      Cruising the Tonle & Mekong: Koh Oknha Tey & Angkor Ban

      Silk Production Mekong CambodiaAngor Ban Cambodia

      Today you return back down to Phnom Penh and re-join the Mekong. Stop at the river island of Koh Oknha Tey, famed for its quality silk products, which you will explore on a fleet of tuk-tuks. A lunchtime lecture on the geography of the Mekong and famed Tonle Sap lake follows before you continue up to the pristine and highly photogenic village of Angkor Ban. Enjoy the sunset over this tranquil landscape before arriving at Kampong Cham, where the ship moors overnight.

      Excursions Included:
      Group tours of Koh Oknha Tey Island by tuk-tuk & Angkor Ban

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 7

      Cruising the Mekong: Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey & Koh Paen

      Buddhist Statue at Wat Hanchey CambodiaWat Nokor

      After a sumptuous breakfast, you’ll come ashore to visit the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century). This hilltop temple commands outstanding views across the surrounding landscape and is home to a small community of young novice monks, whom you will have time to stop and chat with. After lunch, a second visit follows to the quiet monastery of Wat Nokor, with its distinctive black sandstone walls. Later you’ll visit another local school, with the remainder of your final day spent relaxing onboard. A final dinner is served this evening as you moor near Kampong Cham.

      Excursions Included:
      Group tours of the Wat Hanchey hilltop temple & the monastery of Wat Nokor

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 8

      Siem Reap: Disembark and transfer to Siem Reap

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      Enjoy a final breakfast on board, after which it is time to disembark. Join a shared coach transfer overland to Siem Reap and then say goodbye to your crew and fellow passengers.

      Please speak to our consultants to arrange a tailor-made extension in Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor. Further post-cruise options include the idyllic beaches and islands of coastal Cambodia or a short flight across to the Thai capital Bangkok or the magical ancient city of Luang Prabang in Laos.

      Meals Included:

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