Cruise in Cambodia

Le Cochinchine in "Le Cochinchine Cruise Angkor to Ho Chi Minh (7 Days)" is a modern and tastefully designed river barge. Built in traditionalLe Cochinchine Cruises style Le Cochinchine measures around 30 meters long from bow to stern and has two 420 HP engines , one in back up, making Le Cochinchine a very powerful and safe river vessel. Le Cochinchine offers an elegant, relaxing and fulfilling ways to explore endless water way of Mekong River.

The cruise brings us into contact with people in different corner of the Delta . With Le Cochinchine, you will have ample opportunity to see Vietnam in its authenticity and sample local culture and food, in a one unpacking, unforgettable vacation where your "floating hotel" get you insight into Mekong Delta and quaint villages.

Aboard Le Cochinchine you will enjoy the continuous and ever-changing scenery as you encounter a lively world of legendary waterways and picturesque landscapes, floating markets, lush bonsais garden, rice fields, villages, pagodas and temples, fruit-filled orchards, boat laden bazaar and a host of smiling children.

Cabin on Le Cochinchine
Each cabin has its own air-conditioning unit, which can be adjusted for your comfort. We recommend you do not over- cool your cabin as the sudden change from the outside temperature to a chilled cabin can bring on colds, respiratory illnesses and even stomach upsets. When you go out, we recommend you turn the setting to 'Lo Cool', set at about 4, and then when you return you can readjust the temperature to your preference without having to wait for cool air. At night you may prefer to use the fan only, and have the windows open. Insect netting covers the windows to enable you to do this. Please do not leave your air-conditioner on with the window open - this results in energy loss (the equivalent of switching on the heating and opening the windows in a cold country!

Dining on Le Cochinchine
Meals on board Le Cochinchine are taken at one sitting. It is not necessary to sit at the same table each time and we have tables for individuals, couples right up to larger groups. We offer a mixture of local cuisine with richly flavor and taste and there are always vegetarian dishes offered. Passengers requiring special diets, such as vegetarian, low salt & low cholesterol meals, may make their requests to the chef when onboard. The chef will try to honor all requests. Exotic fruit, fresh organic vegetables, locally caught fish and prawns are the preference of most of our passengers.

The bar on Le Cochinchine
The cruise bar is always open, it offers while selection of drinks including famous wine French, Australian, Italian wine.

Kid Room on Le Cochinchine
This play rooms will keep your baby busy with different games as chess, playing card, darts, dominos, toys, and reading, painting books.

Sun Desk on Le Cochinchine
The sun deck is located on the top of our boat, It is spacious for your relaxation and suntans . For your enjoyment, there are plenty of deck chairs.

Optional activities on Le Cochinchine
Bicycles on board
Row boat on board
Sight-seeing excursions

Bicycles on Le Cochinchine
Bicycles are carried onboard. Crew will be happy to help you with bike adjustments and getting it on and off the barge. Please remember to use caution when riding along towpaths or into villages. A decision to engage in cycling during the cruise constitute the travellers assumption of all risks associated and an agreement not to make a claim against the barge owners for any personal injury, death or property damage that arises out of such activity.

Kayaking on Le Cochinchine
Exploring the Mekong Delta with kayak along the small canal and arrayos.

Cruise Manager on Le Cochinchine
An experienced, English /French -speaking Passenger Service Manager accompanies every departure. They are there to ensure your comfort, answer questions and make your vacation the most memorable trip ever.

Tour Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Starts/Ends: Siem Reap/ Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
Tour Level: Easy
Departure: on every Saturday, Thursday, and Tuesday

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1 Angkor Temples
Day 2 Angkor Wat
Day 3 Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
Day 4 Phnom Penh - Chau Doc
Day 5 Chau Doc – Cho Moi – Long Xuyen
Day 6 Long Xuyen – Sa Dec – My Thuan
Day 7 Cai Be Floating Market - Transfer to Ho Chi Minh

DAY 1: ANGKOR TEMPLES (D)
Today we will Visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Ta Prohm. One of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon. Dinner and overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel.

DAY 2: ANGKOR WAT (B,L,D)
In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.

Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), until sunset. Dinner local restaurant and accommodation at hotel. Tonight we will enjoy diner with traditional Khmer folk performance of Apsara. Overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 3: SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. We then visit Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for the flight to Phnompenh. Arrival transfer to the hotel. At leisure to walk in the city and and explore the local market. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel.

DAY 4: PHNOM PENH - CHAU DOC (B,L,D) 
Breakfast at hotel followed by the city tour.
A visit to Phnom Penh is a very interesting experience indeed. It is a city with an interesting pulse and it gives you a very true taste of Asia. We will visit the Wats Phnom, National museum, silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. Afternoon we will take the boat to Chau Doc, the boat ride leaves at 13pm and arrives Chau Doc at 5pm. Diner and overnight on board Le Cochinchine.

DAY 5: CHAU DOC - CHO MOI - LONG XUYEN (B,L,D)
This morning we take a sampan for a cruise through the floating fish-farm village producing tons and tons of fish beneath hundreds of floating houses, discover the ethnic Cham village with famous Mubarak Mosque and observe local women at their traditional weaving.

The Le Cochinchine boat set sails torward Long Xuyen while we enjoy cocktail over the sunset and spectacle scenary along the river bank when the sun come down.
Overnight on board
Dinner and overnight on board Le Cochinchine.

DAY 6: LONG XUYEN - SAC DEC- MY THUAN (B,L,D)
Explore the Long Xuyen market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. Visit Culao Ong Ho and enjoy the scenery and walk /cycle to visit villages the island, passing by farmers, children, villagers tendering their daily load. See local farmers trading their produce on the water as they have done for centuries. You will have a unique opportunity to discover a side of Delta life that few travellers experience. Board our boat and leisurely cruise down the Mekong River while enjoy aperitif with canapé .
Le Cochinchine drops anchor at the entry of Long Xuyen for the night.
Dinner and overnight on board Le Cochinchine

DAY 7: CAI BE FLOATING MARKET - TRANSFER TO HO CHI MINH (B)
After breakfast on board over splendid sunrise on the Mekong. Explore the lively Cai Be floating market in early morning. Walking amongst the lush vegetation to visit the handicraft villages and meet with local people. Sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits. A small boat trip through rivulets of Tan Phong islands. A pleasant walk or cycle on the footpaths of the village to discover tropical fruit orchards.
11 h00 Disembark in Cai Be. Transfer to Saigon. The cruise concludes. Ends of "Le Cochinchine Cruise Angkor to Ho Chi Minh (7 Days)" 

                

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Trip Price Included
All boat cruise Lecochinchine with meals
Boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnompenh - Phnompenh – Siem Reap
All accommodation on the Le Cochinchine boat and at the hotels (Sunway hotel, Prince D’Angkor hotel)
Meals as indicated (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner)
Admission fees and permits where applicable
Land transportation
Airport transfers
Service of crew and English speaking guide on board

Trip Price Excluded

Pre/post trip arrangement

Beverages

Travel insurance

Visa fee (Visa fee on arrival at Cambodia border: 25USD, 1 photo 3x4cm)

Other personal expenses

 

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