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!
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 cruise bar is always open, it offers while selection of drinks including
famous wine French, Australian, Italian wine.
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.
Bicycles on board
Row boat on board
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.
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.
MEKONG WATERWAY FROM SAIGON TO ANGKOR
Cai Be – Vinh Long– Sa Dec – Long Xuyen– Chau doc - Phnompenh - Angkor Wat
7 days / 6 nights
DAY 1 SAT, TUE, THU: SAIGON-CAIBE -VINHLONG -TRAON (L,D)
Pick up from your hotel in Saigon and depart for Mekong Delta
Arrival Mekong Delta we will board our sampan for an exploration of lush vegetation of Mekong Delta and the lively Cai Be floating market. Walking for visit the handicraft village of the local people. Sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits. Return to our boat.
Our boat sets sail and cruise through zizag cannales and river heading out to Cantho via Cho LACH while we enjoy lunch on board.
Arrival Cho LACH village we will go for a pleasant walking or biking on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities,especially somes orchards (orange grove) with its famer. Interaction with friendly people and meet with a host of smiling children. Our cruise continue to Traon. Enjoy the magnificent sunset on the river. Leisurely cruise up the Mekong River while enyoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs, sunset cruise . A wonderful day with picturesque ferry crossings over Mekong River branches .Dinner and night e on board Le Cochinchine in TRAON.
DAY 2: SUN, WED, FRI: TRAON - CAIRANG -CANTHO (B,L,D)
The morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day we breakfast and set sails to Can Tho through tributary and canals.
Enjoy the magnificent sunrise on Bassac river. A small boat will take you to CaiRang floating market. One of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats bargaining and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. And through the palm-shaded creek local houses and green orchards comes into your view. Leisurely cruise down the Mekong River while enjoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs, sunset cruise on board Le Cochinchine.
Dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 3: MON, THU, SAT: LONGXUYEN - CHO MOI - HOAHOA (B,L,D)
Rising up early for another nice day we contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board. Visit Longxuyen floating market by small boats
intermingled through the water as vendors buy and sell their fruit. Visit a crocodile farm and promenade on OngHo island, see daily life of the local people who live on both sides of the Mekong (Bassac river), and small arroyos on the island. Noon approaching we return to Le Cochinchine boat and carry on our journey to HoaHao village. Lunch on board. Disembark and head to Chaudoc. Tonight we stay overnight at Victoria Chaudoc hotel in Chaudoc.
DAY 4: TUE, FRI, SUN: CHAUDOC - PHNOMPENH (B,L,D)
This morning we will have a boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing at 8am. The boat takes us along the Mekong River. It continues on to the Vietnamese (Vinh Xuong) - Cambodian (Kaom Samnar) border and then to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The journey takes approximately 4 hours. Arrival transfer our hotel in Phnompenh, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia. 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. Overnight at Sunway hotel**** in Phnom Penh.
DAY 5: WED, SAT, MON: PHNOMPENH CRUISE TO SIEMREAP (B,L,D)
This morning there will be a transfer to Phompenh port for the boat ride to Siemriep. The boat winding our way on Tonlesap river, taking in such spectacular view of rural life on water. Arrival Siemriep, transfer to the hotel .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 6: THU, SUN, TUE: ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel.
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. Aftenroon 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 Siemriep.
DAY 7: FRI, MON, WED: DEPARTURE (B)
At leisure to visit the market or "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.
• Cruise inclusive of:
All boat cruise Lecochinchine with meals, Boat ride from Chaudoc to Phnompenh-Phnompenh -Siemreap. All accommodation on the Le Cochinchine boat and at the hotels ( Victoria Chaudoc Hotel; Sunway hotel, Prince d’Angkor hotel), Meals as indicated ( B= breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Diner, Admission fees and permits where applicable, Land transportation; Airport transfers, Service of crew and English speaking guide on board.
• Cruise exclusive of:
Pre/post trip arrangement , Beverages, Travel insurance , Visa fee (Visa fee on arrival at Cambodia border: 25USD, 1 photo 3x4cm).Other personal expenses.