G Adventures Mekong River Experience – Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

8 days from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

Get prepared for this 8 day tour from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City visiting Viet Nam and Cambodia with G Adventures.

Details
Length 8 Days
Code AOVZSE
Group Size Small Group - Max 28
Age Group
Category Marine

Overview

Experience the beauty of both Cambodia and Vietnam during this eight-day river cruising journey. Take in Wat Phnom, the Grand Palace, the S21 Museum, and the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary and prepare to see things you’ll never forget (but bring your camera anyway). Get a true taste of river cruising while visiting the Cai Be floating market, the fishing port of Kampong Chhnang, and stilt villages like Chnok Tru, where you’ll learn about fish farming, pottery, and sugar palm production. Opt for bikes, tuk tuks, or local boats to get around and see rice paddies, monasteries, and local businesses.

Highlights

Sail the mighty Mekong, explore the floating markets and villages, discover Phnom Penh and get to know the locals of Kampong Chhnang, visit ancient temples and small villages, enjoy the atmosphere of a floating market.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Day 1 Siem Reap/Koh Chen (1D)

    After embarking, enjoy a welcome beverage and get to know the crew during an informational meeting before dinner on board. Included Activities: Riverboat Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 285km) Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  • Day 2 Day 2 Koh Chen/Kampong Chhnang (1B, 1L, 1D)

    After the day's excursions, enjoy dinner on board and relax as the riverboat drops anchor for the night. Included Activities: Koh Chen Visit Kampong Chhnang Visit Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  • Day 3 Day 3 Kampong Chhnang/Phnom Penh (1B, 1L)

    Embark on an early morning cruise to Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery. This afternoon, continue to the capital city of Phnom Penh. Take a cyclo tour past sights like Wat Phnom and the Grand Palace. Opt to finish up at the FCC for a happy hour cocktail overlooking the river or for dinner in town. Included Activities: Kampong Tralach Visit Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  • Day 4 Day 4 Phnom Penh (1B, 1D)

    Spend the day exploring all this city has to offer. Start with guided visits to the S21 Museum and the Killing Fields. Enjoy free time to explore the National Museum, Grand Palace or Russian Market. In the evening, return to the boat for an Apsara show before departure. Included Activities: Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour Apsara Show

  • Day 5 Day 5 Phnom Penh/Sadek (1B, 1D)

    Cross the border into Vietnam and cruise to Chau Doc. Visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary and soak in the view from the top of Sam Mountain. Additional Notes: During border crossing all passengers must stay on board as formalities are done on the riverboat. The boat will usually stay at the border for 2-3 hrs whilst all formalities are completed. Depending on time spent at the border, the itinerary for the afternoon may vary. Although this process is usually quite simple, delays can occur. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Cambodia - Vietnam) Tra Su Bird Sanctuary Visit Sam Mountain Visit Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  • Day 6 Day 6 Sadek/Mỹ Tho (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda in Sa Dec and take the time to stroll through the market along the river. View the old colonial houses by the delta. Continue on to Vinh Long. Learn about rice popping and opt to wander small paths through the communities here. Continue to Cai Be by local boats and meet up with the vessel. Drop anchor tonight near Thoi Son Island. Included Activities: Sa Dec Visit Vinh Long Visit Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  • Day 7 Day 7 Mỹ Tho (1B, 1D)

    Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda in the morning, catching a glimpse of My Tho town on the way. Cruise to Thoi Son Island by local boats for some local industry visits. Enjoy learning more about coconut product manufacturing and honey farming, with samples of honey and local fruit. Meet traditional musicians here. Opt for a local lunch on the island. Enjoy a farewell cocktail on board before the Captain's dinner. Included Activities: Vĩnh Trang Pagoda Visit Coconut Manufacturing Visit

  • Day 8 Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

    Depart My Tho in the morning. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. Tour ends upon arrival. Transport: Toum Tiou II Riverboat

Inclusions

7 nights aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat. Chhnok Tru floating village visit. Kampong Chhnang visit. Vihara and pagoda visit (Kampong Tralach). Koh Chen island visit include cottage industries. Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh). Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) guided tour. Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) guided tour. Apsara show. Tra Su Bird Sanctuary visit. Sam Mountain sunset visit. Kien An Cung Pagoda visit (Sa Dec). Vinh Long excursion. Vinh Trang Pagoda visit. Thoi Son Island cottage industries tour. Farewell cocktail and Captain's Dinner. All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.

Tour Guide

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners



Transport

Toum Tiou II Riverboat, private vehicles, walking

Accommodation

Aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts).

Map

Notes

Low Water: While it is our intention to follow the itinerary as advertised, some modifications to the itinerary are occasionally needed to reach Siem Reap while water levels are very low (December - August). The Toum Tiou II was built with a steel hull and sleek low draft, so occasions like this are rare. If changes need to be made, they may involve docking the boat just before Siem Reap and using overland transportation to reach the final destination. Riverboat Payment Method: Only cash is accepted for payment aboard the riverboat. There are several locations along the riverboat route with ATMs that dispense USD or VND.

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Pricing Information

"Guaranteed" refers to departures that are confirmed for departure. Pricing is Per Person.