Our Mekong Delta cruises go from Can Tho to Phnom Penh via Cai Be or from Cai Be to Phnom Penh via Can Tho. This tour is available with the wooden boutique cruise vessel Mekong Eyes (14 cabins), the exclusive Dragon Eyes (2 cabins plus panorama lounge) and the private Gecko Eyes house boat (1 cabin plus panorama lounge).
Day 01: Panorama River Cruise
In the morning we pick you up at your hotel in Saigon and take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You board your wooden river cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong River. The boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.
Day 02: Life on the water and floating markets
Wake up well rested to the sound of the Mekong river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively market. On even dates, you will explore the small channels of the mekong delta around Cai Be with a small sampan or by foot. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits and vegetables. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are no tourist markets but wholesale markets where produce of the Mekong Delta like fruits and vegetables are traded. For this reason the number of boats on the market fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand. Furthermore, modern wholesale markets are becoming more popular in Vietnam. This can result in decreasing numbers of boats being present on the markets.
Disembark the boat at around 11.00 — 11.30h on the pier and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Sit back in the shuttle and watch the water landscape from a land perspective until you reach Chau Doc where we bring you to your hotel. Depending on your budget you can choose the famous colonial-style Victoria hotel or a family managed local 2-star hotel.
Day 03: Across the border towards Cambodia and Phnom Penh
Ride a Tuk Tuk to the pier where you embark the speed boat for an exciting ride to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, spend half a day to either explore Tuol Sleng and the killing fields Choeung Ek or enjoy a guided tour around the town itself, including the royal palace, the national museum and Wat Phnom.
Day 04: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via Sambor Prei Kuk
Leave the capital and explore the beautiful landscape on your way to Siem Reap. Try deep fried Tarantula at a small town called «Spiderville», explore the impressive pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura, known today as Sambor Prei Kuk and enjoy a picnic lunch. After exploring the main temples in their quiet setting, continue along the old Angkor road and see Kompong Kdei, one of the ancient Angkor bridges with more than 20 arches.
You check in to the hotel in Siem Reap in the afternoon.
Day 05: Angkor Wat
Start your day early with sunrise and discover Ta Prohm at dawn, a temple which has been abandoned to the elements. Continue to the giant pyramid of Takeo, one of the highest temples in the Angkor area. Take the day to explore other wonderful buildings at this incredible site: Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. Night at your hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 06: Angkor Wat
Rise early at sunrise to explore the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Spend another day to dive into another world and to explore the mysteries of history. You will also visit the immense walled city Angkor Thom, the Terrace of the Leper King and the magnificient temple of the Bayon.
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