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Mekong River Cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam

Experience the unseen, discover ancient pre-Angkorian temples, relish the cordial smiles of the inhabitants of this region and feel emerges with the water landscape of the Ton Le River...

The best of rural Cambodia is offered with this Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (or vice versa), cruise program. Experience the unseen, discover ancient pre-Angkorian temples, relish the cordial smiles of the inhabitants of this region and feel emerges with the water landscape of the Ton Le River. The Ton Le is a magical River and an important lifeline of the Mighty Mekong during the low water period.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Siem Reap - Ton Le River

Highlights

Sightseeing local lifestyle & sceneries along Ton Le River

Gourmet

Lunch – Afternoon tea break – Dinner

 

Day 2: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Kampong Cham

Highlights

Explore rural village specialties – Khmer style pottery, floating villages and wetlands Activities: Tai Chi class, A Monks’ blessing ceremony, local ox cart ride

Activities

Tai Chi class, A Monks’ blessing ceremony, local ox cart ride

Gourmet

Breakfast – Lunch – BBQ Dinner

 

Day 3: Kampong Cham - Okhna Tey - Phnom Penh

Highlights

Take tuk tuk visiting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey (7th century) and silk workshop and learn how silk is processed from its source in Koh Oknha Tey island through the bustling streets of

Activities

Exchange & enjoy music, art from local children. Freely disembark the cruise after dinner to discover Phnom Penh local lifestyle or have a drink in one of the numerous bars

Gourmet

Breakfast – Lunch – BBQ Dinner

 

Day 4: Disembarkation

After breakfast we will gather at the lounge for a great lecture before it's eventually time to bid a farewell to your luxurious, floating home.

Gourmet

Breakfast

 

Notes: The displayed program below is a sample of a 3-nights downstream cruise between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh for high water cruise, is approximate from middle of September to the end of December. High water and low water season just make itinerary timing schedule changeable in Siem Reap, there will be no changes at other destinations.

 

ALL-INCLUSIVE PROMOTION PACKGE PRICES

  • Double/twin shared Superior cabin: US$1,225 per person
  • Double/twin shared Deluxe cabin: US$1,456 per person
  • Double/twin shared Signature cabin: US$1,655 per person

 

DATES OF DEPATURE:

Year 2018

  • 13th & 20th Oct 2018
  • 24th Nov 2018
  • 8th & 29th Dec 2018

Year 2019

  • 26th Jan 2019
  • 23th Feb 2019
  • 23th Mar 2019

 

Contact info@ciaotravels.com for detailed itinerary and pre/post extensions   

 

FEATURED CRUISE

Jayavarman cruise - A story for a god king

Inspired by the serenity and artistry associated with this great Khmer monarch, The Jayavarman’s design was also influenced by the French cruise liner Normandie, which launched in 1935. Traveling between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Riep the Jayavarman marries the art deco charm of 1930’s France with the romance of Indochina. Measuring   57.8   meters   from   bow to stern, the Jayavarman holds 27 elegantly decorated cabins.

Thanks to its intricate woodcarvings, Khmer bas-reliefs and Vietnamese lacquer paintings, this impressive cruise ship resembles a floating art gallery, giving reminded of the local arts and culture.

With three-and-a-half decks the Jayavarman is as spacious as it is beautiful. You can admire Khmer artifacts in the Henry Mouhot Lounge, mingle in the Club 1930 Bar, dine in the elegant Indochina Dining Hall, and recharge with spa treatments in the Apsara Spa. A Jacuzzi is located on the top sundeck, which offers spectacular views of the passing delta.

 

Facilities:

 

  • French-Colonial with Khmer artifacts 27 cabins (three categories)
  • Indochine Dining Hall
  • Club 1930 Funnel Bar & Lounge Henry Mouhot Lobby Lounge with
  • Boutique Shop
  • Apsara Spa
  • Sun Deck with Jacuzzi

 

Signature Activities

 

It is not just a cruise which crafts memorable experiences. Various on- and offshore Signature activities guarantee full adventure alongside an exceptional voyage

  • Interesting lectures and educational workshops
  • Vietnamese and Khmer cooking classes
  • Traditional Apsara dance performances
  • Fruit and drink tastings
  • Tai Chi classes
  • Movies and documentaries on large screen in our home-feel lounges
  • Cyclo rides or sampan paddling
  • Wifi access in our lobby lounges
  • Bonfire beach cocktail event
  • Onboard barbecue dinner feast
  • Library with literature, newspapers, magazines, CD & DVD Boutique shop
  • Board games
  • Kayaking
  • Discover the secret charms of the Mekong by our private excursions with your personal guide.

 

THE DESTINATIONS

 

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is located on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole South-East Asia. The proximity of the world famous temples of Angkor north of the city turned Siem Reap into a boomtown in less than half a decade. “Siem Reap” literally means “Siamese defeated”, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.

Ton Le River

The lake located about 15 km south of Siem Reap town, it is home of rich fresh-water-species and birds. It is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. In harmony with the specialized ecosystems, the human occupations at the edges of the lake is similarly distinctive - floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply intertwined with the lake, the fish, the wildlife and the cycles of rising and falling water.

Cruising along the lake is great chance to admire great sunset and explore floating villages and how the people in the local villages on the lake live.

 

Angkor Ban

Angkor Ban, a little village on the banks of the Mekong, one of the few not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime, and still retaining many of its venerable wooden houses.
The rural village of Angkor Ban is a unique monument to tradition. Centurion wooden houses stand intact on stilts among the bustle of local agricultural life. The village is shaded with banana trees. It was an excellent introduction to the Mekong banks: daily life with beautiful square-shaped houses on stilts, a temple with the usual kitschy display of colors, and slender cows which give us an idea of how wealthy the village is.

 

Kampong Cham

The gateway to Eastern Cambodia, Kampong Cham is both the name of a province and the country’s third largest town. The province of Kampong Cham is located in the central lowlands of the country and straddles the Mekong River. “Kampong” means “the side of a river or any other body of water” with “Cham” referring to the Cham ethnicity of the Champa people.

In a recent 2013 political move, the original province was divided, with all lands west of the Mekong remaining Kampong Cham and to the east renamed Tbong Khmum province.
Kampong Cham city is a mix of the old and new, with a new temple being built in and around older ruins. The town itself is quaint and charming with its’ bustling early morning river scene and wide seaside boulevards. One of the principal highlights of the town, is the King’s residence which served as home for the ruling monarchs.
You’ll find the people of Kampong Cham, as elsewhere in Cambodia, very friendly, courteous and open to engaging with tourists.

 

Kampong Chhnang

Kampong Chhnang is the capital city of Kampong Chhnang Province, in central Cambodia.
It is located just west of the Tonle Sap River and is a noted port. The small city is connected to Phnom Penh by a national highway route and railway. Phnom Kong Rei is a landmark located north of the city across the Tonle Sap River.
The economy of the area is dominated by rice production and many locals live on floating fishing villages during the high-water monsoon season.

Kampong Tralach

Kampong Tralach is both the name of the district and its’ chief town and is located in the south east of Kampong Chhnang Province, in central Cambodia. The District shares a border with Kandal province to the south and Kampong Cham province to the east. Tonle Sap (Tonle River) runs on a north-south axis through the district.
Kampong Tralach is the site of the former capital of Cambodia at Lovek. It was Cambodia's main city after the Siamese King Borommaracha II sacked Angkor in 1431. The new capital was located on the banks of the Tonle Sap River, halfway between Phnom Penh and the lower end of the Tonle Sap Lake. This new site was chosen to be more defensible than Angkor. The city became a wealthy trading centre and attracted various Europeans traders and missionaries through the 16th and 17th centuries.
One of the more popular attractions are the numerous ox carts rides available along the banks of the Mekong. These “Cambodian Limousines” carry visitors through small hamlets and into the countryside.

 

Phnom Penh

The capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia is located at the confluence of three rivers-the Mekong, the Bassac and Tonle Sap. Despite its development, Phnom Penh has retained its charm and character: cyclos that weave through traffic with ease, broad boulevards, old colonial buildings, parks and green spaces, and above all its people who always have a smile for you.