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

Prices: From US$ 1340 - US$ 1605
Route: Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Tra On - Cai Rang - Can Tho - Long Xuyen - Cho Moi - Hoa Hoa - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat
Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
Depart from: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
 

Day 1: Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Tra On (L, D)

Pick up from your hotel in Saigon and depart for Mekong Delta.

Arrival Mekong Delta we will board our sampan for an exploration of lush vegetation of Mekong Delta and the lively Cai Be floating market. Walking for visit the handicraft village of the local people. Sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits. Return to our boat. Our boat sets sail and cruise through zizag cannales and river heading out to Can Tho via Cho Lach while we enjoy lunch on board.
 
Arrival Cho Lach village we will go for a pleasant walking or biking on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities, especially somes orchards (orange grove) with its famer. Interaction with friendly people and meet with a host of smiling children. Our cruise continue to Traon. Enjoy the magnificent sunset on the river. Leisurely cruise up the Mekong River while enyoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs, sunset cruise. A wonderful day with picturesque ferry crossings over Mekong River branches. Dinner and night e on board Douce Mekong in Tra on.

Day 2: Tra On - Cai Rang - Can Tho (B, L, D)

The morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day we breakfast and set sails to Can Tho through tributary and canals.
 
Enjoy the magnificent sunrise on Bassac river. A small boat will take you to Cai Rang floating market. One of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats bargaining and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. And through the palm-shaded creek local houses and green orchards comes into your view. Leisurely cruise down the Mekong River while enjoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs, sunset cruise on board Douce Mekong. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 3: Long Xuyen - Cho Moi - Hoa Hoa (B, L, D)

Rising up early for another nice day we contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board. Visit Long Xuyen floating market by small boats intermingled through the water as vendors buy and sell their fruit. Visit a crocodile farm and promenade on Ong Ho island, see daily life of the local people who live on both sides of the Mekong (Bassac river), and small arroyos on the island. Noon approaching we return to Douce Mekong boat and carry on our journey to Hoa Hao village. Lunch on board. Disembark and head to Chau Doc. Tonight we stay overnight at Victoria Chau Doc hotel in Chau Doc.

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

This morning we will have a boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing at 8.00am. The boat takes us along the Mekong River. It continues on to the Vietnamese (Vinh Xuong) - Cambodian (Kaom Samnar) border and then to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The journey takes approximately 4 hours. Arrival transfer our hotel in Phnom Penh, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia. 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. Overnight at Sunway hotel**** in Phnom Penh.

Day 5: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B, L, D)

This morning there will be a transfer to Phom Penh port for the boat ride to Siem Riep. The boat winding our way on Tonle Sap river, taking in such spectacular view of rural life on water. Arrival Siem Riep, transfer to the hotel. 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 6: Angkor Wat Temple (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 Reap.

Day 7: Departure (B)

At leisure to visit the market or "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination

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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