8 Days Upstream Saigon to Siem Reap

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Price: from US$ 1445 per person
Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Cruise Routes: Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Tan Chau - Phnom Penh - Koh Chong - Oudong - Kampong Tralach - Kampong Chhnang - Tonle lake - Siem Reap

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OVERVIEW 8 DAYS UPSTREAM SAIGON TO SIEM REAP BY RV MEKONG PRESTIGE II CRUISE

Cruise highlights:

• Cruise through the well - known Tonle Sap Lake
• Tour the charming Phnom Penh Capital
• Visit the authentic local villages in Vietnam and Cambodia
• Enjoy traditional Apsara temple dancing and other folkloric performances
• Visit colorful floating markets on the banks of the Mekong
• Dine the best Vietnamese, Khmer and international cuisine
• View onboard film screenings that will enhance your journey These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.Culture Curriculum:Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of on board multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit.

Learn about:
• Daily life of local people along river bank.
• The rise and fall of the Khmer empire
• The archeological excavations at Pre Angkor
• History of Vietnam and Cambodia
• History and culture of the Champa people and other ethnic groups
• Local vietnamese or Khmer cooking class on board
• Experience hidden peaceful villages in remote rural area along The Mekong River

FULL ITINERARY 8 DAYS UPSTREAM SAIGON TO SIEM REAP BY RV MEKONG PRESTIGE II CRUISE

DAY 1 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Saigon - My Tho
Today you will check in the RV Mekong Prestige’s desk at 9 AM at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer by bus to My Tho town, which is 70 KM from city.  En route, we will make a stop to visit the Cho Lon market and the lacquer factory. Reach to My Tho at noon time, you are warmly welcomed on board the RV Mekong Prestige, then tour and safety briefing are presented by our cruise manager. Vietnamese lunch will be served in restaurant, then start cruising smoothly along the Mekong River. In the evening, beautiful welcome Dinner is served and enjoy the Vietnamese traditional music show (Dong Ca Tai Tu).
Meals include: lunch, dinner
Overnight on board

DAY 2 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Cai Be - Sa Dec
Cai Be is the most bustling river market in the Mekong Delta River in Vietnam, where more than 400 sampans gather every day, starting in earnest from 5 a.m.. Each boat has one bamboo stick on the front to display that vendor’s product, be it Vietnamese fish sauce, rice paper for dumplings, or colorful sweet confectionery.
In the morning, our ship will reach to Cai Be in the morning, after buffet breakfast we will take a morning junk trip around Cai Be floating market, visit the most well – known French Gothic Cathedral. Take a show walk along the river bank and visit local manufacturer producing rice paper and coconut candies and others. Back to ship for lunch.

In the afternoon, we will cruise to Vinh Long Province and tour in Sa Dec Town by visiting French Writer Marguerite Duras’s house. She spent parts of her childhood in Sa Dec, a sprawling busy town on the Mekong Delta. Both the school where Duras’ mother taught and the small house behind it where the family lived still stand. We see the house of Marguerite’s Chinese Lover. The house is a small museum of “The Lover” in Sadec. Visit to a Caodaist Temple and stroll through the beautiful local market. Night navigation in the river delta.
Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight on board



DAY 3 - RV Mekong Prestige II:  Tan Chau  - Border Crossing
Have your breakfast on board, today we will see the real life of Vietnamese people along the Mekong River by visiting a fishing farm in Tan Chau on the Ban Sac River. We continue to a walking tour to handicraft villages where they made woven mat and raw silk. Then enjoy the fun rickshaw ride round the beautiful town, later back to pier for lunch, check out the formalities in Cambodia border, then sail up the Mekong river to Phnom Penh.
Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight on board

DAY 4 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour
Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. Back to boat for lunch.

In the afternoon, we will take a short excursions to visit the former High School "S21", converted to a detention centre under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979, followed by a visit to Wat Phnom after which the city was named.

In the evening, Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvellous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.
Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight on board

DAY 5 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Koh Chong - Phnom Penh
Have breakfast on board, then our ship will sail up to Oudong and enjoy the stunning views along the River bank. Lunch on board.  Arrival at Oudong in the early afternoon, 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh.  Between 1618 and 1866, Oudong was the capital city of Cambodia. Erected on a hilltop this place houses numerous Stupas dating of the last Khmer Kings. We see the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks. After the visit buses depart for Kampong Tralach to visit the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back to the last century to see the beautiful wall paintings. Return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight on board



DAY 6 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Oudong - Kampong Tralach
Have breakfast on board, then our ship will sail up to Oudong and enjoy the stunning views along the River bank. Lunch on board.  Arrival at Oudong in the early afternoon, 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh.  Between 1618 and 1866, Oudong was the capital city of Cambodia. Erected on a hilltop this place houses numerous Stupas dating of the last Khmer Kings. We see the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks. After the visit buses depart for Kampong Tralach to visit the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back to the last century to see the beautiful wall paintings. Return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage.
Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight on board

DAY 7 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Kampong Chhnang 
Have buffet breakfast on board, then sail on the Tonle Sap River which connects the Mekong River to the Tonle Lake – biggest fresh water lake in Asia. Arrive at Kampong Chhnang, located approximately 90 km from Phnom Penh. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. We will take a motor boat to visit real Khmer vilagers. The life of the entire population is connected to the river with local people using the canal system which criss-cross this little town. We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market.
Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight on board

DAY 8 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Tonle Lake - Siem Reap
We cross the lake early in the morning* (Please note that when there is low water, the transfer to Siem Reap will be made by coach or speed boat). The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length, with interesting and varied bird life resulting from the varied the water levels in the lake and river depending on the time of year and rainfall. Disembarkation after breakfast and transfer to hotel in Siem Reap. Meals: breakfast

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RV Mekong Prestige II Reviews

  • 7 Nights on RV Mekong Prestige II

    ...We had a 7 day cruise in March 2014. From Siem Reap to Saigon on RV Mekong Prestige II. The boat was new this year. Very interesting excursions in the morning and afternoon along the Mighty Mekong River. The crew were delightful and went out of their way to ensure that we had a great time.

    The food was good, and varied. - Bear in mind that the food is Asian, which we love - but others were less adaptable. The boat was not full, and there was lots of space both in the sun and in the shade. It is really great to relax after visit the Legend Angkor Wat Temples. I do not normally like the idea of cruises, but this was a great way to seen Cambodia and Vietnam Read More...

    Mrs Helen Sara - Australia

  • Thanks for the wonderful journey

    I would like to reiterate what others have said of the Mekong Prestige II. It's more like a family than passengers and crew, that's how we were made to feel. The crew from Captain down to the laundry lady couldn't do enough for us. Every off shore excursion we were escorted not only by excellent tour guides but members of the crew to make sure we were looked after. We had so much fun on our journey from Vietnam to Cambodia. As for the food, and there was plenty of Vietnamese and Khmer food, I can hardly describe how fantastic that was in variety, and presentation, comparable to any first class restaurant. As a world traveller this was one of our best experiences Read More.

     Ann Arbor - United States

  • Explore Vietnam and Cambodia

    ...Mekong Prestige was fantastic. A relaxing way to see parts of Vietnam and Cambodia. The crew couldn't do enough for you to make sure you were comfortable. Our cabin had plenty of storage, including for cases. The food was varied and plentiful.... Breakfast was a buffet, but other meals were served by the delightful waiters. Coffee etc was available on the sun deck all day... Everyday there was a different cocktail before dinner. In Phnom Penh the local orphanage provide the evenings entertainment with singing and dancing, they were as good as the professional show we saw later in Siem Reap as they so obviously enjoyed showing us their skills. The crew, Vietnamese and Cambodian, presented a show on the last night. The Vietnamese and Cambodian guides were superb Read More...

    Kristiansand - Norway

  • A Big Thank for RV Mekong Prestige II

    ...completed an 8 day river cruise on board RV Mekong Prestige II from Ho Chi Min City (Vietnam) to Siem Reap (Cambodia), organised by Mekong Prestige II Online. It is easy to pay online, get confirmation, cabin number and embarkation contacts.
    The boat was excellent - well maintained, clean with modest but adequate size cabins and large very well fitted en-suites. The crew members from Vietnam and Cambodia provided outstanding customer service which is sadly lacking in Australia. We learned a lot of history, cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia. The food was excellent - a range of Asian and western cuisine. This was a comfortable way to be exposed to this very interesting part of the world and we highly recommend RV Mekong Prestige II for my family Read More...

    Rod Lee - Australia

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