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08D/07N - THE RICHES OF MEKONG RIVER ( CAMBODIA AND VIETNAM )
08D/07N - The riches of Mekong River ( Cambodia and Vietnam )
Siemreap, Phnom Penh, Chau Doc, Saigon
Unforgettable: Cambodia, brings you to the gateway of the ancient Khmer empire. Spend three days touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before embarking your Mekong cruise on Tonle Sap Lake. Visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Overnight in Phnom Phen, capital of Cambodia. Conclude your cruise in lively Ho Chi Minh City, where you will enjoy a two-night stay.
Highlight of the cruise:
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi at the Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Overnight stay on board a traditional wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Royal Angkor (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies (Twin Balconies featured on board AmaLotus)
- Life enriching tours and excursions
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Unlimited wine with every lunch and dinner on board
- Complimentary house-brand spirits, beer and soft drinks during cruise
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City at the Sofitel Plaza Saigon (or similar), including buffet breakfast
- Onboard special highlights including folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and piano entertainment
- Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All transfers with the purchase of cruise & air package

Day by day Itinerary:
Day 01:   PREK KDAM - EMBARKATION - KAMPONG CHHNANG
Today you will board your river cruise ship at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong Chhnang. (D)

Day 02:   KAMPONG CHHNANG - KOH CHEN
After breakfast, a local boat will take you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap River. Enjoy the stunning variety of bird life here, and be on the lookout for the traps used to catch fish in this area – some are over a half-mile long! In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk to the Koh Chen village. You will also visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and copper-smithing. (B,L,D)

Day 03:  OUDONG-KAMPONG TRALACH-PHNOM PENH
This morning you will be transferred to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, and tour a monastery where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly memorable excursion – an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. Later, your ship will depart for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where an afternoon walking tour will give you a wonderful introduction to the city. Your tour includes a stop at Wat Phnom. Return to the ship for dinner and an onboard Khmer folk performance presented by local children. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

Day 04:   PHNOM PENH
This morning you will take an excursion to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and also visit the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. After lunch on board, your afternoon tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafés and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose. (B,L,D)

Day 05:   PHNOM PENH - BORDER CROSSING - TAN CHAU, VIETNAM

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 06:   TAN CHAU - SA DEC
This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option to is take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. Alternatively, you will take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Return to Tan Chau, where you will visit workshops that make silk and rattan mats in the village. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 07:   SA DEC - XEO QUYT - CAI BE
In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec. Once ashore, you will tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market, and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour, now a small museum. Afterwards, board a motor coach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site. After lunch on board, a local boat will take you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 08:  HO CHI MINH CITY - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port. (B)
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