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  Pearl of the Orient: 3 nights Phnom Penh to Saigon

 4 days/3 nights
Departure:      from Phnom Penh and vice versa                    
Destinations:   Phnom Penh, Chau Doc, Can Tho, Cai Be, Saigon

Cost inquiry:   Click here
  Discover the authenic Mekong delta and cruise the river in comfort !

The majestic Jayavarman is considered the father in Heritage Line’s “family” of cruise ships. This vessel was named after Angkor’s most venerated king, who ruled from 1181 to 1218, and was a devout Buddhist...

About MV Jayavarman cruise & pictures of the boat --- > click here!

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1 Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (Border Crossing)
Day 2 Chau Doc – Sa Dec
Day 3 Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho
Day 4 My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (Border Crossing)
The cruise liner then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel. As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route. Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork. As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the sun deck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Heritage Line’s Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ship moors midstream overnight.

Day 2 Chau Doc – Sa Dec
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. We will brace ourselves for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will also visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating market and rustic catfish farms.

We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand. Then, it is back to the ship for a lunch. In the mid afternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village. Passengers walk to the family house through the vegetable garden to see the boat building yard and canals. We will cross a monkey bridge and see chili, corn and beetle nut plantations amongst other vegetable fields. Then gather at the family’s house to taste tea with honey with local delicacies and fruits before back to the ship to set off for Sa Dec in the late afternoon.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Sa Dec.

Note: Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December the following program applies:

This morning, you will start your excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau. Firstly, the journey takes you to the “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals.

The inhabitants of these islands live on houses poised on high stilts – a centuries-old tradition in this part of the Mekong Delta. We stop to visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal – this farm consists of floating houses and the villagers make their living by cultivating fish. You continue by boat to Tan Chau pier, disembark here and stroll around this colorful local market with lots of regional products. You return to the cruise ship after your market visit.

Day 3 Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho
In the morning, we embark a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat) to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets.

After lunch on board, the Ship arrives in Cai Be. The tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market where traders gather in a cacophonous congregation. During the languid ride, we discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The evergreen islands along the Mekong River remain unknown to many people. The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the Ship for dinner. We then board the ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the terrace deck.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in My Tho.

Day 4 My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
Our magnificent cruiser winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories and the friendships made on board linger on for a lot longer.

We disembark at around 8.30h and we join the transfer to the madding crowd of Saigon. Drop off will be at the meeting point in Saigon.
Including breakfast.

CRUISE PRICE: from 1,640 US$ per twin cabin

Cost inquiry: Click here

Accommodation in double/twin cabin
- Meals as per itinerary
- Group Shore-excursions
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee and tea (jug) all day, Prosecco on arrival in cabin
- Tour guide services (English Speaking)
- Taxes, Fuel, River pilots
- Transfer from meeting point to embarkation point and from disembarkation point to drop off point.

- International flights & departures taxes
- Port Taxes: US$ 65/ person
- Beverage
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities (suggested at US5$/pax/day)
- Vietnam visa & Cambodia visa (can be done on arrival quick and easy)
- Others not mentioned above


Also see:

The Lost Civilization: 7 nights Saigon to Siem Reap
The Lost Civilization: 7 nights Siem Reap to Saigon
Serenity cruise: 4 nights Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (or vice versa)
Pearl of the Orient: 3 nights Saigon to Phnom Penh


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