Mekong and Irrawaddy River Cruises
One of the most beautiful way to discover the rural life and traditional culture of Indochina is taking the cruises. While Mekong River winds itself through the land of Laos, Cambodia and Laos, Irrawaddy River expands its influence to the majority of Burmese.
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Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival
Welcome to Siem Reap, a mesmersized destination which is known as the most holiest land in Cambodia.
Commence your fist visit to National Museum, followed by a boat trip on Tonle Lake.
Day 2: Angkor Discovery
Spend your full day to discover the secret of Angkor , starting from Angkor Wat ,the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture, followed by Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King
Day3: Embarkation – Siem Reap – Kampong Chhnang
Register cruise from 11:00 – 12:00 at Le Meridien Angkor. Transfer by coach to the jetty and take a 30-minute motorboat to Indochina Sails’ ship, passing floating fishing villages from Siem Reap through Tonle Sap Lake. Embark the ship 13:00. Welcome drink served in Saigon Lounge. Attend a short briefing followed by a lunch served in Mekong restaurant at 13:30. Captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Kampong Chhnang. The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. Along the way, enjoy a scenic view of the wild lives while passing through inspirational floating villages. Join the Cruise Manager at Saigon Lounge for safety demonstration and briefing at 18:00. Enjoy Captain’s Cocktails afterwards and adjourn to the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers. The boat moors overnight at the Mouth of the Lake.
Day 4: Kampong Chhnang
Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, take a truly wonderful motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen, and of considerable interest are local life and floating village. Return to the boat and cast off towards Kampong Cham. Attend lecture on “Cambodia – The Past & Present” in Saigon Lounge in the afternoon as the ship sails to Kampong Cham. Cocktail hour starts from 18:00 to 19:00. Join Cruise Manager on daily briefing at 18:30. Enjoy your dinner at 19:00. After dinner, catch movie “The Killing Fields” in the Saigon Lounge.Ship sails to Kampong Cham overnight.
Day 5: Wat Hanchey – Kampong Cham
Breakfast serve from 7:00 to 9:00. At 8:30, follow guides and explore Wat Hanchey, a hilltop pagoda overlooking the Mekong. Dating back to the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterize the architecture of the Chenla Empire, which predated the glories of Angkor. On top of the hill, you will enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over the Mekong River. Return to the boat at 10:30 and cast off for Kampong Cham around 11:00. Enjoy lunch from 12:30 to 14:00. At 12:30, arrive at Kampong Cham. Afternoon touring departs by bus at 14:30. The upland regions near Kampong Cham are rich in timbers, including Ceylon ironwood, rosewood, bean trees, teak, and rubber trees. Visit 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor and Eco village. Come back to the ship at 17:30. Ship sets sail to Phnom Penh afterward. Cocktail hour starts from 18:30 to 19:30 in the Saigon Lounge. Dinner at 19:30. After dinner, join Cruise Manager for a Nasty Quiz game in the Lounge.Ship .Arrives Phnom Penh around midnight and get alongside with the port.
Day 6: Phnom Penh
A busy day with many interesting sightseeing and activities.In the morning, sightsee Phnom Penh by bus. Visit Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum where outstanding Khmer crafts are exhibited. Afternoon excursion facilitates understanding of a crucial part of the Cambodia’s history: the Khmer Rouge’s grim Toul Sleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Fields. (For a free and easy afternoon, please inform Ship Purser). Cocktail hours start from 18:30 to 19:30. Dinner is served from 19:30 to 21:00. After dinner, join the Khmer folk dances and songs at the Saigon Lounge. Before midnight, opt to chill in one the bars located across the road from the pier
Day 7: Phnom Penh – Border Crossing – Tan Chau
Enjoy a hearty breakfast as the ship departs for border. Cast off for a day cruising the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. Join the towels folding demonstration from the Houskeeping Staff in the Saigon Lounge. In the afternoon Fruits carving and Vietnamese fresh spring rolls demonstration by our Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge, while the border formalities are carried out. Arrive in Tan Chau – the first Vietnamese town on the Mekong River. Enjoy folk performance of the Mekong Delta songs and music in Saigon Lounge. The boat moors safely at the riverbanks.
Day 8: Tan Chau – Sadec
Today’s highlight is a visit of Tan Chau – a small town untouched by tourism. In the morning, excursion starts with sightseeing by local boats, navigating narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. Chance to visit floating fish farm and travels along the tiny tributaries where slit houses are haphazardly leaning on each other. Afterwards, go ashore and tour the town on rickshaw (Xe Loi). Visit rattan mats and slippers making factories. In the afternoon, cruise downstream to Sa Dec. Join the lecture on-board theme “Vietnam – The Past & Present”. The ship arrives in Sadec during dinner time and moors midstream overnight. Cocktails and briefing at Saigon Lounge at 18:30. After dinner, watch in-house movie “The Lover” in the cabin or join the crew show at the lounge.
Day 9: Sadec – Cai Be
After the breakfast follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, Sadec, a quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le’s, partake in the bantering of local markets along the paved river banks, pagoda and the Fujian Temple, build and donated to the city by Le’s family. Pass by the homes of Marguerite Duras from across the riverbanks. In the afternoon, take a local boat for the afternoon excursion to Cai Be. Go ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, with its colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens. Explore the island, visit Mr. Kiet’s house and aquaint with the life in the Mekong delta. Return to the boat for preparation for farewell cocktails cocktail at 19:00 and the Farewell Dinner at 19:30.
Day 10: Disembarkation – My Tho – Saigon
After breakfast, bid farewell to crew and disembark at My Tho Port at 08:30. Take 2 hours bus drive to Saigon. Arrive at Sofitel Plaza Saigon around 10:30.
Rest at leisure.
Day 11: Saigon – Yangon
Enjoy an introductory tour to the outstanding attractions of Saigon including Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace and China town.
In the afternoon, we will take the flight to Yangon, the vibrant capital of Myanmar.
Your first visit to Yangon will be Shwedagon pagoda, the most beautiful pagoda complex in yangon with several golden spires which dominate the skyline of Yangon. Welcomed dinner with traditional cultural show.
Day 12: Yangon – Mandalay Cruise
The embarkation time is at 12 noon at Gawein jetty. Welcome Cocktail in the Saloon.
Cast off time is at 12:30 hrs. Lunch will be served at 13.00. The sailing time is about 2 hrs. Our English speaking manager (or your private guide) will assist the guests during the visit of the Mingun Pagoda Complex.
Moor Overnight at a sandbank mid-stream. After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck (if available).
Day 13: Cruise to Sagaing and downstream
Early in the morning cruise downstream. During the 2 hours natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while rel their own cabin. Enjoy the sunrise over Sagaing Hill
After breakfast passengers can go ashore to visit Sagaing with the assistance of our Ship manager or their own guide.
Downstream to Bagan
The cast off time is at 10.30 hrs. Lunch will be served at 13.0 Yandabo, a village specialize in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the first Anglo- Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Cruise all day and moor overnight
Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.
Day 14: Bagan Disembark – Visit Bagan
Early in the morning we proceed Downstream to Bagan. After breakfast (if time permits) we will visti some other typical river village.
Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark at Aye Yar jetty around 9:30 hrs. Transfer to your Bagan Hotel.
Spend half day discover the highlights of Bagan including Shwezigon pagoda, Ananda pagoda and behold the sunset from Shwenandaw pagoda, the second highest peak in Bagan.
Day 15: Bagan discovery
Sunrise in Bagan is one of the most memorable moment that anyone wish to enjoy in the morning from the top of a high pagoda.
After breakfast, we will explore the heritage sites of Bagan and the most prominent pagodas covering Htilomino, Gawdamgyi, Dhammayangyi temple and Sulanmani.
Day 16: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Yangon
Take a scenic drive from Bagan to the mountain of Popa, known as the most sacred site for meditation. Our tour guide will introduce you about the local culture when visiting Popa Kalat pagoda and near by villages. You also have chance to know the traditional process of making Bagan cigar and palm work.
Return to Bagan for the flight back to Yangon. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 17: Yangon departure
Discover the attractions of Yangon colonial part from Sule pagoda to Yangon jetty. The remained architecture from colonial buildings and the street life will bring you a deeper look into the life of Burmese.
Shopping at Scott market, the biggest market in Myanmar before taking your departure flight.