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  1. 1. Indochina Treks Travel Co.,Ltd Add: 24 Au Trieu Str, Hoan Kiem Dis, Hanoi Tel: (84) 4 66821230; Fax (84) 4 33769113 Website: Email: Saigon - Phnom Penh with Indochine Cruise 10 Days (Code: VMK23) -------------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 Indochine Cruise 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 – Indochine Cruise drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island.Local musician 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 Indochine CruiseDay 2: My Tho – Cai Be (B/L/D)07:00 Breakfast08:00 Local boats come alongside Indochine Cruise to pick up passengers and transfer to themainland. 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 ofthe 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 year
  2. 2. round. 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 Indochine Cruise by local boat.13:00 Re-embarking, the Indochine Cruise leaves My Tho for Cai Be. Lunch and leisure on board.18:00 Indochine Cruise at anchor on river on the proximity near Cai Be.19:30 Dinner and overnight on the Indochine CruiseDay 3: Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sa Dec (B/L/D)07:00 Breakfast. Local boats are coming alongside Indochine Cruise, picks up passengers and cruisesaround Cai Be Floating Market. Continuing for Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory, the Binh HoaPhuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees as well a typical house and a show room of traditional farming tools.Vinh Long, which translates as "Majestic Dragon", is right in the middle of the delta, between twoarms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growingmandarins and other citrus fruits. Life is organized around the water. Houses on stilts, hawkers inboats, hundreds of small craft crisscross in all directions. The hospitality of the locals makes it atourist destination par excellence.12:30 Return on the Indochine Cruise, departure for Sa Dec. Lunch on board during the navigation.Arrive at Sa Dec - Short panoramic tour of Sa Dec and transfer to Trung Vuong primary school.Continuing to Kien An Cung Pagoda. Stroll around Sa Dec Market along Sa Dec River bank. This smallcity of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled authenticity and undisturbed by tourists. Itprovides a glimpse of the delta where a few colonial houses still remain, including the "Chinese manshouse" (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, Indochine Cruise leaves Sa Dec port anddrop anchor few miles away. Dinner and overnight on the Indochine CruiseDay 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.
  3. 3. 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 Indochine Cruise leaves for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border). Breakfast09:30 One hour lecture on Vietnam Today. Arrive at Vinh Xuong check-point – Formalities clearancefor RV Indochine Cruise to cross the border.13:30 Indochine Cruise leaves Vinh Xuong check point for Cambodia. Lunch during the navigation.Arrive at Kaam Samnaar check-point – Formalities clearance for crossing the border.15:30 RV Indochine Cruise leaves Kaam Samnaar check point for Koh Dek Chau Island. Arrive at KohDek Chau island, a short break along the way, it allows to get a fascinating, close-up look at daily lifein Cambodia. 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 Indochine Cruise leaves for Phnom Penh and drops anchor few miles away. Dinner andovernight on the Indochine Cruise.Day 6: Koh Dek Chau – Phnom Penh (B/L/D)07:00 Breakfast. Depart Indochine Cruise for Phnom Penh.Lunch during the navigation. Arrive atPhnom 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 Indochine CruiseDay 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 Indochine Cruise.Day 8: Phnom Penh – Koh Chen / Oudong – Kampong Tralach (B/L/D)08:00 Departure of the Indochine Cruise for Koh Chen (Chinese Island). Breakfast during navigation.Arrive to Koh Chen, small village of whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. Theymake ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, used in traditional ceremonies atthe pagoda or for marriages. The distant hills of Cambodias old capital, Oudong, and its royal stupascan be seen a few kilometers away from the ferry. At the top of the hill, the ruins of Anthareu temple.
  4. 4. Passengers re-embark the Indochine Cruise. 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 Indochine Cruise drops anchor few miles away.Diner and overnighton the Indochine Cruise.Day 9: Kampong Chnang – Kampong Luong (B/L/D)07:00 Departure of the Indochine Cruise early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Chnang. Breakfastduring navigation.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 Indochine Cruise. Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Luong.Arrive at Kampong Luong. Local boats are coming along the Indochine Cruise and picking passengersfor the visit. Almost totally overlooked by tourists because of its remoteness and difficult access, thevillage is completely 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, karaokebar, police station... everything is on the water. All trades are represented and everybody fromchildren to grandparents goes by boat through the network of canals that cross this little town.18:00 Passengers re-embark. The Indochine Cruise stays overnight under the protection of theflooded forest. Farewell cocktail (1 glass of local liquor or juice) with Master of Ship & Cruise Manager.Captain’s farewell dinner (Enriched menu + 1 glass of wine).Overnight on the Indochine CruiseDay 10: Kampong Luong – Siem Reap (B/L/D)07:00 Departure of the Indochine Cruise early in the morning. Time to pack and relax a half a day bycrossing the 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)
  5. 5. 3770 2273 30%We are offering 10% off (up to US$377/person) compared with the above rates published byIndochine Cruise Cruise! 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 Indochine CruiseExcludes: 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.