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Charms of the Mekong 2018 (Ho Chi Minh City to Prek Kdam, Cruise Only)
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Day 1 HO CHI MINH CITY – EMBARKATION
Today you will board your river cruise ship moored at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (B,L,D)
 
Day 2 CAI BE – SA DEC
After breakfast, take an excursion in a local boat around Cai Be to see the spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. An afternoon excursion takes you to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her childhood. You will visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour. The ship sails overnight to Tan Chau. (B,L,D)
 
Day 3 TAN CHAU – BORDER CROSSING
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, slipper and rattan mat workshops. 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 a workshop that makes rattan mats in the village. You will cruise to the Cambodian border after lunch, stopping for border formalities. The ship continues sailing overnight to Phnom Pehn. (B,L,D)
 
Day 4 PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
The ship cruises into spectacular Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, early this morning and docks at the terminal. 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. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. The ship will moor overnight along the waterfront, close to restaurants and Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife scene. (B,L,D)
 
Day 5 PHNOM PENH – KOH CHEN
The morning is free to explore Phnom Penh on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for some souvenir hunting or an opportunity to take a Tuk Tuk tour through the city. In the late morning, the ship continues to Koh Chen, where you will take a leisurely walk through the village and visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and coppersmithing. (B,L,D)
 
Day 6 OUDONG – KAMPONG TRALACH
Your will have a truly memorable day today, starting with a short motor coach ride to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia. Visit a Buddhist monastery and receive a special blessing. In Kampong Tralach you will enjoy an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. (B,L,D)
 
Day 7 KAMPONG CHHNANG – TONLE SAP LAKE
This morning you will take a motorboat to explore the lakeside wetlands that form around Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that dominates Cambodia and is known for its stunning variety of bird life and tranquil floating villages. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. ( B,L,D)
 
Day 8 PREK KDAM – DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. (B) Note: We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart after 7:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections.
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS AmaDara

Visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Spend three days in Siem Reap, Cambodia, touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with balconies
  • Immersive tours and excursions
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Unlimited wine with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Special highlights on board including folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and music entertainment
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking only permitted in designated areas)
  • Overnight stay on board a luxurious Junk in Ha Long Bay
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise and air package
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges:  $161 per person
  • Single Supplement:  Category A, B & C 50% of twin price; Suite is 75% and Luxury Suite is 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  •  A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Passengers with a cruise and land itinerary must obtain a multiple entry visa for Vietnam (as there are two different points of entry into the country) and a single entry visa for Cambodia. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.
  • Phnom Penh:  No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.
  • We recommend that you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City before 10 a.m. on embarkation day, or book an extra night prior to your cruise embarkation date to avoid potential missed connections to your cruise. We also recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Siem Reap after 7:00pm to avoid potential missed connections on your cruise disembarkation date.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.