Mekong River Experience – Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
8 Days | Cambodia To Vietnam | From:
Sail the mighty Mekong, explore floating markets, discover Phnom Penh and get to know the locals of Kampong Chhnang, visit ancient temples and small villages, enjoy the atmosphere of a floating market.
Experience the beauty of both Cambodia and Vietnam during this eight-day river cruising journey. Take in Wat Phnom, the Grand Palace, the S21 Museum, and the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary and prepare to see things you’ll never forget (but bring your camera anyway). Get a true taste of river cruising while visiting the Cai Be floating market and the fishing port of Kampong Chhnang, where you’ll learn about fish farming, pottery, and sugar palm production. Opt for bikes, tuk tuks, or local boats to get around and see rice paddies, monasteries, and local businesses.
7 nights aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat
Kampong Chhnang visit
Vihara and pagoda visit (Kampong Tralach)
Koh Chen island visit include cottage industries
Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh)
Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) guided tour
Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) guided tour
Tra Su Bird Sanctuary visit
Sam Mountain sunset visit
Kien An Cung Pagoda visit (Sa Dec)
Vinh Long excursion
Vinh Trang Pagoda visit
Thoi Son Island cottage industries tour
Farewell cocktail and Captain's Dinner
All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
Meals 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
Transportation Toum Tiou II Riverboat, private vehicles, cyclo, walking.
Accommodations Aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts).
Staff & experts Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Travel Style: Marine Small-ship adventures on the world’s great seas, rivers, and other places only accessible by boat.
Service Level: Upgraded Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.
Itinerary Day 1: Siem Reap/Koh Chen
Arrive at the meeting point in Siem Reap by 1:30pm for the included transfer to the pier. The group will transfer from Siem Reap to Koh Chen by bus and embark at Koh Chen at approximately 6:30pm.
Day 2: Koh Chen/Kampong Chhnang
Enjoy the morning in Koh Chen, an island in the river. Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to tell his story. Then, continue on to one of the biggest villages on the Tonle Sap River, Kampong Chhnang. Learn more about fish farming, pottery, and sugar palm production in the area. Wander through the local market then opt to cycle to visit the local industries.
Day 3: Kampong Chhnang/Phnom Penh
Embark on an early morning cruise to Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery. This afternoon, continue to the capital city of Phnom Penh. Take a cyclo tour past sights like Wat Phnom and the Grand Palace. Opt to finish up at the FCC for a happy hour cocktail overlooking the river or for dinner in town.
Day 4: Phnom Penh
Spend the day exploring all this city has to offer. Start with guided visits to the S21 Museum and the Killing Fields. Enjoy free time to explore the National Museum, Grand Palace or Russian Market. In the evening, return to the boat for an Apsara show before departure.
Day 5: Phnom Penh/Sadek
Cross the border into Vietnam and cruise to Chau Doc. Visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary and soak in the view from the top of Sam Mountain.
Day 6: Sadek/Mỹ Tho
Visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda in Sa Dec and take the time to stroll through the market along the river. View the old colonial houses by the delta. Continue on to Vinh Long. Learn about rice popping and opt to wander small paths through the communities here. Continue to Cai Be by local boats and meet up with the vessel. Drop anchor tonight near Thoi Son Island.
Day 7: Mỹ Tho
Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda in the morning, catching a glimpse of My Tho town on the way. Cruise to Thoi Son Island by local boats for some local industry visits. Enjoy learning more about coconut product manufacturing and honey farming, with samples of honey and local fruit. Meet traditional musicians here. Opt for a local lunch on the island. Enjoy a farewell cocktail on board before the Captain's dinner.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City
Depart My Tho in the morning. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Tour ends upon arrival.