Mekong Princess Cruise

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Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Saigon - My Tho - Embarkation

Register between 11:00 to 12:00 at Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel. Transfer overland by motor coach to My Tho port for embarkation aboard the Indochina Sails’ ship for the journey from the Mekong Delta to Holy Angkor. Embark ship at 13:30. Welcome drinks served in Saigon Lounge. Short briefing is conducted before adjourning for lunch in Mekong restaurant. The cabins are ready for check-in after lunch. After port clearance formalities, captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Cai Be. Join the Cruise Director at Saigon Lounge for safety demonstration and briefing at 18:00, followed by Captain’s Cocktails. Enjoy the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers. Enjoy folk performances of the Mekong Delta from 21:00 to 21:45 in Saigon Lounge The Princess cruise moors overnight midstream at Cai Be.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 2: My Tho – Cai Be – Vinh Long

After breakfast take a morning junk trip around Cai Be. See floating market, go ashore to visit French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, filled with colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens and local rice paper manufacturers. Return to the boat at noon. After enjoying lunch while Princess cruise sails toward Vinh Long – the second largest city on the Mekong Delta. In the afternoon, take a short boat ride to get ashore for a walking tour of Vinh Long and visit a bustling market. Return to the ship at 17:00. Cocktail and briefing with Cruise Director at 18:00. After dinner, Princess cruise sails to Sadec and arrives Sadec around 23:00. The Princess cruise moors overnight midstream at Sadec.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 3: Sa Dec – Tan Chau

This morning, follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, Sadec, a quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le, partake in the bantering of local markets along the paved river banks, pagoda and the Fujian Temple, build and donated to the city by the late Le family. Pass by the home of Marguerite Duras from across the riverbanks. Re-board ship at 11:00 for lunch. After that, ship sets sail to Tan Chau. In the afternoon, Vietnamese tour guides will give a lecture about Vietnam – the Past and the Present in the Saigon Lounge at 16:00. Cocktails and briefing at 18:00 followed by dinner at 19:00. Princess cruise arrives at Tan Chau around 18:30. After dinner, join the crew show in the Saigon Lounge. More music, more dancing afterwards. Tonight the Princess cruise moors midstream at Tan Chau.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 4: Tan Chau - Border Crossing

Today’s highlight is a visit of Tan Chau - a small town untouched by tourism. In the morning, the 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 (XeLoi). Visit rattan mats and slippers making factories. Return to the ship and enjoy lunch while the ship departs for border. In the afternoon, enjoy Fruits Carving and Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls demonstration by Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge. Border formalities are carried out concurrently. Cocktail hour from 18:00 – 19:00, dinner at 19:00. After dinner catch movie “The Killing Fields” in the Saigon Lounge. In the evening, sail overnight up the broad Mekong River, an international shipping route and moor mid-stream just outside of Phnom Penh.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 5: 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 ToulSleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Fields. (For a free and easy afternoon, please inform Cruise Manager). Cocktail hours are served from 18:00 to 19:00. 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.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 6: Chong Koh – Oudong – Kampong Tralach

Early in the morning the Princess cruise sails towards little known village Chong Koh. After breakfast, take leisurely morning stroll through Chong Koh silk weaving village. Visit a school, some home workshops manufacturing traditional silk and cotton handicrafts and buy some local products. Return to the ship at 10:00.Enjoy a hearty lunch onboard at 12:30 as the Princess cruise sails to PrekK’dam.Interesting afternoon tour starts with a bus ride to visit Oudong – the second capital city of Cambodia. Visit a Buddhist Center here and join a blessing. After that, take another bus ride to Kampong Tralach, see Kampong TralachPleu temple and take a 20-minute ox-cart ride back to the ship. Re-board ship in Kampong Tralach. Princess cruise sails to Kampong Chhnang afterwards. Cocktail hour from 18:00 to 19:00, dinner is served at 19:00. After dinner, join together in the Saigon Lounge with Cruise Director for a “Nasty Quiz” night. Princess cruise arrives at Kampong Chhnangaround 23:00 and moors midstream overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 7: Kampong Chhnang – Prek K’dam

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 Tonle Lake.
The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. Here bird life is profuse, and from the middle of the lake one cannot even see the shores. There is a great stillness and tranquility as the boat sails past floating fishing villages.
Enjoy the great afternoon views to the boat cruise over the lake. Time for packing and prepare for Farewell Cocktail this evening. The Princess cruise moors overnight near Siem Reap.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 8: Disembarkation – Prek K’dam

Enjoy breakfast onboard. Bid farewell to the crew and guides. Disembark around 8:30 and take motorized boats to local jetty approximately 5 to 6 km away from the middle of the lake. Transfer by motor coach to Le Meridien Angkor Hotel. Arrive at hotel at 10:00

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

Day 1: Embarkation – Siem Reap – Prek K’dam

Register between 11:00 - 12:00 at Le Meridien Angkor. Transfer by coach to the jetty and take a 30-minute motorboat to La Marguerite 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. Princess cruise moors overnight at Kampong Chhnang.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 2: Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Tralach – Oudong

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. Enjoy a stunning variety of birdlife, and of considerable interest are local life and floating village, see numerous great fish traps, some over a half-mile long. Return to the boat and attend lecture on “Cambodia - The Past & Present” in Saigon Lounge while the shipcasts off towards Kampong Tralach. An afternoon tour includes an oxcart ride from the riverbank through the countryside to the beautiful Kampong Tralach Pleu. Then board a motor coach to Oudong, the former capital city of Cambodia, where you will tour the Buddhist Monastery. After the visit, take another 15-minute coach back to the ship and embark at Prek K’dam. Cocktail hour starts from 18:00 to 19:00. Join Cruise Manager on daily briefing beforeenjoying your dinner at 19:00. Catch the movie night with “The Killing Fields” shown in the Saigon Lounge after dinner. Princess cruise sails towards Chong Koh Village and moors midstream overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 3: Chong Koh – Phnom Penh

This morning we visit Chong Koh – a silk weaving village located in the middle of the Mekong River. After breakfast, take leisurely morning stroll through this village. Visit a school, some home workshops manufacturing traditional silk and cotton handicrafts and buy some local products. Return to the ship at 10:00.Ship sets sail to Phnom Penh – the capital of Cambodia afterwards. An afternoon walking tour provides an orientation to this spectacular city and free time for shopping or exploring the city yourself. Return to the vessel for cocktail hour starts from 18:00 to 19:00 in the Saigon Lounge. Dinner at 19:00. After dinner, enjoy the nightlife in Phnom Penh. Ship docks overnight at Phnom Penh port.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 4: Phnom Penh

Today is a busy day with many interesting sightseeing and activities. In the morning, sight-see 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 Cruise Director). Cocktail hour starts from 18:00 to 19:00. Dinner is served from 19:00 to 21:00. After dinner, join the Khmer folklore dances at the Saigon Lounge. Before midnight, opt to chill in one the bars located across the road from the pier. Ship docks overnight at Phnom Penh port.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 5: 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 and napkins folding demonstration” from the Housekeeping and Restaurant Staff in the Saigon Lounge. In the afternoon, join the cooking class with fruits carving and Vietnamese fresh spring rolls demonstration by our Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge, while the border formalities are carried out. Arrive at Tan Chau in the evening - the first Vietnamese town on the Mekong River. Join the crew-members after dinner for a nice surprise in the Lounge. Princess cruise moors safely at the riverbanks.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 6: 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 (XeLoi). 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 Princess cruise arrives in Sadec around 18:30 and moors midstream overnight. Cocktails and briefing at Saigon Lounge at 18:00. After dinner, watch in-house movie “The Lover” in the cabin or enjoy the beautiful music from the on-board pianist.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 7: Sadec – Xeo Quyt – Cai Be

In the morning, board a local boat for Sadec passing floating markets as your boat maneuvers through the river’s channels. Once ashore, you will tour Sadec, noteworthy as the town where the French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years during her childhood. Visit a local market and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour, which is now a small museum. Afterwards, take a 1-hour bus ride from Sadec to Xeo Quyt, used as a base during the French and U.S war and now an important ecological site, with its jungle overgrowth. Meet and re-board the ship in Cai Be. After lunch onboard, a local boat will take you to Cai Be’s floating market. Go ashore to visit the rice paper and coconut candy workshops. After that, visit a typical old house in the Mekong Delta; take a short walk through the big garden. Return to the boat and prepare for Farewell cocktail at 18:00. Enjoy a gourmet Farewell Dinner at 19:00. Princess cruise moors midstream in Cai Be.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Mekong Princess Cruise

Day 8: Disembarkation – My Tho – Saigon

Your cruise comes to an end as the Princess cruise arrives at My Tho Port. Breakfast from 6:30 to 8:00, followed by a motor coach transfer to Saigon at 8:30. As the capital of the French colony of Cochichina, Saigon was known as “Paris of Orient”. Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

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Cabin & Rates

Roomtypes

Rates (US$/person)

Junior Suite

Mekong Princess Cruise

20m2/main deck
Double/twin bed
n/a
max 2 persons

Contact us for price

Saigon Suite

Mekong Princess Cruise

22m2/main deck
Double/twin bed
French balcony
max 2 persons

Apsara Suite

Mekong Princess Cruise

24m2/upper deck
Double/twin bed
French balcony
max 2 persons

Tonle Suite

Mekong Princess Cruise

30m2/Upper deck
Double/twin bed
French balcony
max 2 persons

Angkor Suite

dELUXE cABIN

50sqm/upper deck
Double/twin bed
Private Balcony
max 2 persons

Tour Price/person

The tour price of this itinerary would vary depending on date of departure and number of participants. Please book this tour or contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for free quote and consultancy by local experts.

Important information

What's included ?

Price Includes

  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Mekong 8 days package by Mekong Princess cruise
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Port tax and services charge

Price Excludes

  • Vietnam and Cambodia Visa stamping fee
  • Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services

Children Rates

  • Pelase contact us for the rate of Children

Mekong Princess Cruise Overview

Mekong Princess Cruis Facts and features

Mekong Princess' Ramvong Lounge
The Ramvong Lounge is a full service cocktail bar with coffee barista and creative cocktail ‘mixologist’ trained bartenders. A full range of spirits is on display and Vietnamese beers are served when cruising Vietnamese waters and Khmer beers when in Cambodia. Often drink garnishes are sourced fresh each day during the shore excursions. So expect the freshest smoothies, Asian fruit juices and lush cocktails with an exotic tropical garnish.

RV Mekong Princess' The Indochina Restaurant
Small, intimate and seating up to thirty guests, the Indochina Restaurant serves three meals daily and combines both buffet style service with al la carte fine dining. Mekong River Cruiser’s Culinary Director is originally from Europe and the onboard Head Chef Mr Duk Da calls Cambodia home. All hospitality service crew are Khmer and speak English fluently.

RV Mekong Princess' Spa
Two experienced female spa and massage therapists take good care of your body’s aches & pains and apply a ‘hands-on’ approach to their daily treatments. Miss Theany & Miss Roth are trained in both traditional Khmer and Thai massage.

RV Mekong Princess' Library
With classic novels scribed by Graeme Greene, Somerset Maun and Rudyard Kipling, your ships library has an array of hard cover books for guest entertainment. There are also lighter reading options with a variety of Asian travelogue magazines. A comfortable lounge and armchair seating bodes well for hours of emersion and inspirational reading as we cruise effortlessly and sublimely along the river.
For guests needing to stay connected with the outside world, the library also offers Internet desktop access.

RV Mekong Princess' Gymnasium
For the more active guests, a modern gymnasium includes ARKE Technogym equipment, alongside MAXX Fitness dumb-bells and ProCare Yoga mats. Deck to ceiling bay windows provide terrific views of the riverbanks as you work out and look out to the tunes of up-tempo exercise music, of your choice.

RV Mekong Princess Cruise Deck

Main Deck - Mekong Deck
Guests board the Mekong Princess on the main ‘Mekong Deck’. It is here where four spacious Saigon Suites are situated, adjacent to the Ship’s Library, Internet Lounge, Fitness Center, Spa and the Purser’s Reception.
Gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served in the Indochina Dining Room, which is conveniently located towards the aft (rear) of the Mekong Deck.
Upper Deck - Sadec Deck
Two Angkor Suites, two Tonle Suites and four Apsara Suites are located on the Bassac Deck. The elegantly appointed Ramvong Lounge and outdoor observation lounge, are located amid-ships and aft of the Bassac Deck.

Mekong Princess Cruise

RV Mekong Princess Suites

The 14 exclusive suites aboard the RV Mekong Princess Cruise combine the elegance of French-colonial style design, with the modern day practicalities necessary to meet operational needs for cruising in Southeast Asian waters.
With modern amenities and luxurious fittings that rival the finest hotels, your spacious, lavishly appointed suites include individual climate control, premium bedding &with European styled linens plus your choice of pillows. Spa robes, slippers and branded spa bath amenities are some of the extra touches provided for guest comfort. A flat-screen television with an on-demand system in each suite offers popular, classic and destination-related entertainment. International print news is hand delivered daily by a most discerning butler service.

Junior Suite

Mekong Princess Cruise

Area: 20sqm
Location: Main Deck
Roomtype: Queen/Twin beds
The two Junior Suites are located mid-ship on the Mekong Deck, and offer 216 square feet (20 square meters) of living space

Saigon Suite

Mekong Princess Cruise

Area: 22sqm
Location: Main Deck
Roomtype: Queen/Twin beds
The four Saigon Suites are located forward on the Mekong Deck, and offer 256 square feet (24 square meters) of living space with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open to a French balcony. The suite's spacious bath is finished in marble and offers an indulgent rain shower. Guests may request two twin beds or one queen bed.

Apsara Suite

Mekong Princess Cruise

Area: 24sqm
Location: upper Deck
Roomtype: Queen/Twin beds
The four Apsara Suites are located mid-ship on the Bassac Deck. With 256 square feet (24 square meters) of living space, they feature floor-to-ceiling sliding doors with a French balcony and a luxurious marble bath with rain shower. Guests choosing an Apsara Suite may request two twin beds or one queen bed.

Tonle Suite

Mekong Princess Cruise

Area: 30sqm
Location: Upper Deck
Roomtype: King beds
Located forward on the Bassac Deck, the two Tonle Suites provide guests with 323 square feet (30 square meters) of living space featuring a king bed, spa bath with soaking tub and separate rain shower, and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open to a French balcony offering panoramic views of the passing landscape.

Angkor Suite

Mekong Princess Cruise

Area: 52sqm
Location: Upper Deck
Roomtype: King beds
Located on the Bassac Deck, our two 560 square feet (52 square meters) Angkor Suites offer the most spacious and luxurious accommodations aboard the Mekong Princess.
In addition to French doors opening onto a private veranda with seating area, the suites' floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow for breathtaking views of the passing scenery. The suites feature a king-size bed with a premium mattress and linens, a spa bath with a large soaking tub and glass rain shower, and a fully stocked minibar. Guests choosing one of the Angkor Suites enjoy an extra level of personal service, with complimentary laundry service, complimentary evening canapes and scented bath preparation, on request.

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