Day 1 - August 21, 2020
Meet in Siem Reap
The Mekong River does not pass through Siem Reap, so this gives us the opportunity to take a 45 min air conditioned bus ride through the Cambodian countryside. Upon arrival at Tonle Sap Lake, you will check in and explore the features of the 3 story ship that will be home for the next 7 days.
Day 2 - August 22, 2020
Explore Tonle Sap Lake
The Tonle Sap Lake is a freshwater lake with many habitats. The first stop today will be at Prek Toal at the Bird Reserve. This is 22,000 hectares and a refuge for large waterbirds such as the spot-billed pelican, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot.
Onboard you will enjoy a full inclusive lunch menu of local flavours. After lunch your ship will continue to sail down the lake where you will visit the floating village of Moat Khla. Here you can participate in a Buddhist blessing ceremony.
Day 3 - August 23, 2020
Leave Tonle Sap Lake
Before departing Tonle Sap Lake explore the remote villages along the river that connects the lake to the Mekong. These villages are UNESCO protected as it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997.
Your ship will continue to sail along the Tonle Sap river which will connect you with the Mekong River.
Day 4 - August 24, 2020
Continue onto Koh Oknha Tey
Along the Tonle Sap River is Koh Chen. This village is known for its many high quality silversmiths. Many of the products here, especially the silver bowls, are chosen by Cambodian royalty as gifts for visiting dignitaries.
Our next stop will be along the river will be at the 'Silk Islands'. Here you have the option to bike, instead of taking tuk tuks, around the village and observe the weavers using their looms to create beautiful silk fabrics.
Day 5 - August 25, 2020
Today we sail into Phnom Penh and use local tuk tuks to explore Cambodia's captial. Places of interest will include the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia. Optional additional places of interest are also available for those willing to explore further.
Day 6 - August 26, 2020
During our morning sailing we will enter Vietnam!
Upon arriving at Tan Chau we will explore via local rickshaw. Alternatively you can take a bike and ride the 18kms around the island of Long Khanh.
After your lunch onboard your ship, we will sail to My An Hung where we will walk through the plantations of fresh fruit.
Day 7 - August 27, 2020
Our exploration of local craftmanship is not over. Along the Mekong today we will stop to observe the art of Mat Weaving. Then continue on to see the fisherman on their long tail boats.
Day 8 - August 28, 2020
Dock at My Tho
Docking today at My Tho we disembark the ship we have called home for 7 days and board an air-conditioned bus. The exploration is not over. On our drive to Ho Chi Minh city, we stop in at Vinh Trang Pagoda and enjoy sightseeing in the Vietnam countryside.
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh city you will say goodbye to your fellow travellers and continue with your Vietnam experience. Contact Dean for post cruise suggestions.