Indochina Treks Travel Co.,Ltd Add: 24 Au Trieu Str, Hoan Kiem Dis, Hanoi Tel: (84) 4 66821230; Fax (84) 4 33769113 Website: www.luxurymekongcruisers.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sai Gon to Siem Reap in 10 Days with Lan Diep Cruise --------------Start from Saigon, variously called the "Paris" or "Pearl of the Orient", the "Marseille of Vietnam" or"Balcony of the Pacific", we cruise upstream along the Mekong river to Siem Reap. On the way, westop to visit local villages, floating markets, fruit orchards and more, at the foot of Phnom Krom, notfar from Angkor Wat, we anchor in the inundated forest. In the floating village of Chong Kneas,poverty is the by-word. But the pungent odors and atrocious road dont stop the children from smiling.A bit behind the times, with its endless dike leading to stable terrain, is Siem Reap, a small city of130,000 inhabitants. Here, the hidden mysterious temples of Angkor is awaiting for yourexploration....Itinerary:Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – My Tho (L/D)07:45 Lan Diep is open for embarking.08:00 Clearance of departure formalities. Security briefing.08:30 Departure for My Tho. Lunch and leisure on board during navigation.17:30 Arrival at My Tho – Lan Diep drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island. Localmusician band embarks to play traditional music for 45 minutes.19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. Welcome dinner.Overnight on the Lan Diep Cruise.Day 2: My Tho – Cai Be (B/L/D)07:00 Breakfast08:00 Local boats come alongside Lan Diep to pick up passengers and transfer to the mainland.Departure for Vinh Trang Pagoda by car - Short panoramic tour of My Tho town on the way.Continuing for Dong Tam Snake Farm and My Tho Market on the banks of a northern arm of theMekong, My Tho, which translates as "fragrant herb", where tourists come to discover the beauty of
the delta. Its a quiet, prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its many fruitorchards, gardens and the huge rice fields that surround it. The climate is warm and pleasant yearround. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, with itscoconut palms, banana and mango trees.10:45 Return at the pier- Passengers cruise on the river to Thoi Son Island by local boat to visit theisland, explore local people’s daily life and enjoy locally seasonal fruits.12:30 Return to the Lan Diep by local boat.13:00 Re-embarking, the Lan Diep leaves My Tho for Cai Be. Lunch and leisure on board.18:00 Lan Diep at anchor on river on the proximity near Cai Be.19:30 Dinner and overnight on the Lan Diep Cruise.Day 3: Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sa Dec (B/L/D)07:00 Breakfast. Local boats are coming alongside Lan Diep, picks up passengers and cruises aroundCai Be Floating Market. Continuing for Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory, the Binh Hoa PhuocIslet Nursery of Fruit Trees as well a typical house and a show room of traditional farming tools. VinhLong, which translates as "Majestic Dragon", is right in the middle of the delta, between two arms ofthe Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarinsand other citrus fruits. Life is organized around the water. Houses on stilts, hawkers in boats,hundreds of small craft crisscross in all directions. The hospitality of the locals makes it a touristdestination par excellence.12:30 Return on the Lan Diep, departure for Sa Dec. Lunch on board during the navigation. Arrive atSa Dec - Short panoramic tour of Sa Dec and transfer to Trung Vuong primary school. Continuing toKien An Cung Pagoda. Stroll around Sa Dec Market along Sa Dec River bank. This small city of 30,000inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled authenticity and undisturbed by tourists. It provides aglimpse of the delta where a few colonial houses still remain, including the "Chinese mans house"(from Duras novel "The Lover", also made into a movie).17:00 Return to the boat with stopover at a nursery of flower and bonsai trees. Famous for itshorticulture (it has many varieties of fabulously exotic flowers) Sa Dec was known as the "Garden ofCochin Chine" during colonial times. Passengers re-embark, Lan Diep leaves Sa Dec port and dropanchor few miles away. Dinner and overnight on the Lan Diep Cruise.Day 4: Sa Dec - Chau Doc (B/L/D)06:30 Early departure for Chau Doc. Breakfast during navigation. Leisure and relax onboard.13:30 Arrival after lunch at Victoria Hotel Chau Doc jetty. Located to the north at the beginning ofMekongs famous delta, Chau Doc straddles both banks of the Mekong which fans out to thedimensions of a river mouth here. Floating fish farms have sprung up everywhere. Bamboo fish dryingracks are set up a meter above the waters surface. The bourgeoning downtown area features somecharmingly rustic colonial buildings, squeezed in by the marketplace - the colorful, vibrant heart of thecity. As always, these busy parts of town, despite their sometimes strong odors, offer wonderful photoopportunities...14:30 Departure for fish raising rafts and Cham minority village by local boat.
Return to the Victoria hotel for a walk to Chau Doc market. Visit of Sam Mountain which peaks at 237meters. Its well-known Buddhist sanctuaries offer an unobstructed view over the mosaic of glisteningrice paddies below. To the left is Cambodia, and the flow of the Mekong on the horizon breaks into aninfinity of silver ribbons. Visit on the way of the Lady Chua Xu temple and Tay An Pagoda.18:30 Return to the boat after sunset. Dinner at the Victoria Hotel’s restaurant. Overnight onboard atthe jetty of the hotel; you are free to enjoy the hotel facilities (swimming pool, sauna, bar) or stroll inChau Doc.Day 5: Chau Doc – Koh Dek Chau (B/L/D)07:00 Lan Diep leaves for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border). Breakfast09:30 One hour lecture on Vietnam Today. Arrive at Vinh Xuong check-point – Formalities clearancefor RV Lan Diep to cross the border.13:30 Lan Diep leaves Vinh Xuong check point for Cambodia. Lunch during the navigation. Arrive atKaam Samnaar check-point – Formalities clearance for crossing the border.15:30 RV Lan Diep leaves Kaam Samnaar check point for Koh Dek Chau Island. Arrive at Koh DekChau island, a short break along the way, it allows to get a fascinating, close-up look at daily life inCambodia. On the fringes of civilization, the 600 people who live on Koh Dek Chau will receive yourvisit with some surprise. School children will escort you along your way. You will go through the villagethat occupies the full length of the island, walking along a trail shaded by date palms.17:30 Lan Diep leaves for Phnom Penh and drops anchor few miles away. Dinner and overnight on theLan Diep Cruise.Day 6: Koh Dek Chau – Phnom Penh (B/L/D)07:00 Breakfast. Depart Lan Diep for Phnom Penh.Lunch during the navigation. Arrive at Phnom Penh,formalities clearance.14:30 Departure for the “KILLING FIELDS” – return to the boat around 18:30. Dinner on board. Localgroup performs on board “APSARA” show.Overnight on the Lan Diep Cruise.Day 7: Phnom Penh (B/L/D)07:00 Breakfast. Half day city sightseeing tour including the Royal Palace and the National Museum.Return to the ship and have lunch on board..14:00 Balance of the day free exploration on own. Suggestions can be made up on the interest ofpassengers. FCC, Russian market, other boutiques (antiques), etc.19:30 Diner and overnight on the Lan Diep Cruise.
Day 8: Phnom Penh – Koh Chen / Oudong – Kampong Tralach (B/L/D)08:00 Departure of the Lan Diep for Koh Chen (Chinese Island). Breakfast during navigation. Arrive toKoh Chen, small village of whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They makeornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, used in traditional ceremonies at thepagoda or for marriages. The distant hills of Cambodias old capital, Oudong, and its royal stupas canbe seen a few kilometers away from the ferry. At the top of the hill, the ruins of Anthareu temple.Passengers re-embark the Lan Diep. Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Tralach15:30 Arrival at Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leupagoda. To get to it, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to theriver, crossing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind.The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by thelaterite foundations, and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. These, however, are startingto suffer from weathering. They remain one of the last survivors of cultural destruction that continuesunabated due to widespread indifference. Standing by itself in the middle of rice fields, it is a modestpagoda that receives very few visitors. Its isolation may well be its undoing, as was the case for WatTani Pagoda in the province of Kampot.17:30 Passengers re-embark. The Lan Diep drops anchor few miles away. Diner and overnight on theLan Diep Cruise.Day 9: Kampong Chnang – Kampong Luong (B/L/D)07:00 Departure of the Lan Diep early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Chnang. Breakfast duringnavigation.09:00 Arrival to Kampong Chnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of KampongChnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Fish farming is also widely practiced in thearea. The area is famous for its pottery ware, unchanged in style for centuries, which is produced insufficient quantities to supply the entire country. And not to be overlooked are the products of theThnot tree (sugar palm – a real national symbol) that abounds in the area: a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.11:30 Passengers re-embark the Lan Diep. Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Luong. Arrive atKampong Luong. Local boats are coming along the Lan Diep and picking passengers for the visit.Almost totally overlooked by tourists because of its remoteness and difficult access, the village iscompletely self-sufficient. A floating school, factories to make ice for fish preservation, church,pagoda, service stations, pigsty, stores, boat or television repair shops, video club, karaoke bar, policestation... everything is on the water. All trades are represented and everybody from children tograndparents goes by boat through the network of canals that cross this little town.18:00 Passengers re-embark. The Lan Diep stays overnight under the protection of the flooded forest.Farewell cocktail (1 glass of local liquor or juice) with Master of Ship & Cruise Manager. Captain’sfarewell dinner (Enriched menu + 1 glass of wine).Overnight on the Lan Diep Cruise.
Day 10: Kampong Luong – Siem Reap (B/L/D)07:00 Departure of the Lan Diep early in the morning. Time to pack and relax a half a day by crossingthe Tonle Sap Lake.13:00 Passengers disembark, local tour agent pick up passengers and transfer to hotel after a lastlunch onboard.Quotation: Net rate in US$/person Single Double/twin Child (4 - 12) 3838 2315 30%We are offering 10% off (up to US$384/person) compared with the above rates published by Lan DiepCruise! This policy is applied for first clients only!Includes: Full board accommodation, including meals, coffee, tea & drinking water. French or English speaking guide. Visits mentioned in the program. Entrance fees. Transportation from departure port to arrival portSee more about Lan Diep CruisesExcludes: Personal Travel Insurance. Tours & meals other than those mentioned in the program. Transfers from/to airport and hotels. Personal expenses. Gratuities for the crew. Transfer from hotel to port and vice-versa.