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Douce Mekong Cruise Tour from Angkor Wat to Saigon 7 Days/6 Nights

Prices: From US$1340 - US$1605
Route: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Long Xuyen - Can Tho - Tra On - Mang Thit - Vinh Long - Cai Be Floating Market - Saigon
Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
Depart from: Siem Reap (Cambodia)
 

Day 1: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Temple (D)

Today we will Visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Ta Prohm.  One of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon. Dinner and overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel. 

Day 2: Angkor Wat (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.
 
Lunch at local restaurant. Aftenroon visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), until sunset. Dinner local restaurant and accommodation at hotel. Tonight we will enjoy diner with traditional Khmer folk performance of Apsara. Overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel in Siem Riep.

Day 3: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B, L, D) 

Breakfast at the hotel. We then visit Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for the flight to Phnom Penh. Arrival transfer to the hotel. At leisure to walk in the city and and explore the local market. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel.

Day 4:  Phnom Penh - Chau Doc (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel followed by the city tour. A visit to Phnom Penh is a very interesting experience indeed. It is a city with an interesting pulse and it gives you a very true taste of Asia. We  will visit the Wats Phnom, National museum, silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. Afternoon we will take the boat to Chau Doc, the boat ride leaves at 13pm and arrives Chau Doc at 5.00pm. Dinner and overnight at Victoria Chau Doc Hotel.

Day 5: Long Xuyen - Can Tho - Tra On (B, L, D)

After breakfast we head out to Long Xuyen and embark on  Douce Mekong cruises for a cruise along the river while enjoying the scenic water way.
 
Visit the unique farms where fish are bred in wooden cages suspended under floating houses on the river. Explore the Long Xuyen market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. A small boat will take you through the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards. Take advantage the twilight in the evening on the shore Mekong.  Douce Mekong set sails torward Can Tho and moor midstream for the night. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 6: Can Tho - Tra On - Mang Thit - Vinh Long (B, L, D)

Breakfast. A small boat take you to explore the Cai Rang market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. The boat will take you through the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards. Embark the boat and then the cruise continue to Cai Be via Tra On.
 
Leisurely cruise down the Mekong while enjoying the beautiful scenery While cruising we enjoy lunch on board. After lunch we go for pleasant walk on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities, especially some orchards (orange grove) with its farmers and sample various tropical fruits in Lach village. Then return the boat and head out to Cai Be. Enjoy the magnificent sunset on the Co Chien river. Dinner and overnight on board in Cai Be.

Day 7: Cai Be Floating Market - Saigon (B) 

After breakfast on board over splendid sunrise on the Mekong. Explore the lively Cai Be floating market in early morning. Walking  amongst the lush vegetation to visit the handicraft villages  and meet with  local people. Sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits.
 
A small boat trip through rivulets of Tan Phong islands. A pleasant walk or cycle on the footpaths of the village to discover tropical fruit orchards. 11:00 Disembark in Cai Be. Transfer to Saigon

Price Per Person (US$) in cabin

 
Cabin
Prices quoted in US$ nett per person
 Valid until 31 March 2013
1 Apr - 30 Sep 2012 01 Oct 2012 - 31 Mar 2013

Single

Double

Single

Double

 Price with Victoria hotel

1605

1455

1340

530

The trip is inclusive of
  • All boat cruise Douce Mekong with meals
  • Boat ride from Chau Doc - Phnom Penh and Phnom Penh - Siem Reap.
  • All accommodation on the Douce Mekong boat and at the hotels ( Victoria Chau Doc Hotel; Sunway hotel, Prince d’Angkor hotel)
  • Meals as indicated ( B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner)
  • Admission fees and permits where applicable
  • Land transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Service of crew and English speaking guide on board.
The trip is exclusive of
  • Pre/post trip arrangement
  • Beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee (Visa fee on arrival at Cambodia border: 25USD, 1 photo 3x4cm).
  • Other personal expenses

Boat design

"Cruise the Mekong in style and luxury”

Did you always dream of exploring the Mekong in an individual way? The new Gecko Eyes houseboats will be perfect for you, the first of the houseboats is under construction and ready for first guests in April.The Gecko Eyes are private houseboats for two or four people, made for tours on a high level - for couples, small families or a group of friends.The houseboat

Based on the traditional An-Giang fishing boats we are currently building our new luxurious houseboats for private and exclusive tours through the Mekong delta. The vessels, built by local craftsmen, are made of local woods decorated with elegant carvings for a special touch. To provide your safety and well-being, our staff on board (captain, sailor, chef, tour guide) is at your constant disposition.The guest area (40 sqm) has a luxurious cabin (double or twin occupancy) with a French balcony, air-con, a private bathroom, a panoramic lounge with French balconies and a sun deck at the bow. On request, the salon can be changed into an additional bedroom with two beds. 

The staff area, with a well equipped kitchen, is at the back of the ship. This area is completely separated from the guest area by a lockable door to ensure your privacy.

Visit the famous floating markets with the Gecko Eyes, travel through small canals along orchards and floating villages up to the boarder to Cambodia or down to the port cities of Ha Tien or Rach Gia. 

Due to its shallow draft, the Gecko Eyes is able to glide through small tributaries and canals of the Mekong delta. The sailing area is from My Tho and Cai Be, near Saigon, through the lovely colonial town of Sa Dec, along Can Tho with its famous floating markets to Long Xuyen an Chau Doc near the Cambodian border. Basically the Gecko Eyes has the whole Mekong delta region at its disposal, as the ships are self-sufficient for several days.

There are always bikes on board for spontaneous trips on the river islands along the small canals.

For your safety and your well-being.

An electrical generator provides an on-board electricity supply of 220V and a battery pack ensures a quite night. Modern on-board waste-water treatment and solar hot water boilers reduce the environmental impact of our boats. 

Modern safety equipment (heat and smoke detectors and fire fighting system) a total of six separate compartments and a regular emergency training of the staff ensures the safety of the guests

Technical specification Gecko Eyes:

  • Lenght: 19,8 m
  • Width: 4,3 m
  • One cabin 40sqm, French balcony, panorama lounge (convertable to a second bedroom), sun deck
  • Crew: 5 (Captain, sailor, chef, service staff, guide and cruise director)
  • 1 electric generator which provides 220V
  • Modern on-board waste-water treatment and solar hot water boilers
  • Modern safety equipment, heat, smoke detectors and fire fighting system

Addicional services (on request):

Sampan rides: During your Mekong Delta river cruise, you can do side trips with our sampan to explore the small side canals - a unique perspective on life on the water and the scenery.
 
Cooking classes on board the cruise vessel: To learn the secrets of real Vietnamese cuisine, we give you the possibility to take cooking classes from our chef. You will also have the option to buy the fresh ingredients for your own meal direclty at the local floating markets.
 
Tai Chi, Yoga and Massage services: Those services are available upon request - please enquire before your Mekong tour to ensure that they are available

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