Project Description

Overview

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand & the Mekong River

Land & River Cruise

November 8th – 24th, 2020

17-Days

* EXCLUSIVE SMALL GROUP, PRIVATE JOURNEY & SAILING *

 

From its source high up in the Tibetan Plateau, the powerful Mekong River courses for over 3,000 miles through Asia, providing a lifeline for millions of people. This captivating adventure starts with a three-night land stay in Ho Chi Minh City (known formerly as Saigon) where you will experience delights such as Ben Thanh Market and a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class. On day five, we will board the “Siem Reap Vessel” and begin our journey Northbound along the Mekong River.  The “Siem Reap” offers modern luxury and multiple amenities, ensuring your luxurious comfort.  Immerse yourself in these fascinating cultures and ancient traditions as you embark on an inspiring journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. The cruise portion of your adventure ends in Siem Reap, Cambodia where we will spend the next two evenings experiencing highlights such as of the Temples of Angkor and Banteay Srei.  Departing Siem Reap on day fourteen we make the short flight to Bangkok, Thailand. A two-night stay in the fascinating city of Bangkok, brings our experience into this vibrant Asian culture to a close.

This itinerary and sailing is an EXCLUSIVE Private Charter through Jolly Tours and is open to both new and existing clients. 
 
 
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Itinerary Details

ITINERARY

DAY 1, Nov 8th Depart Home & Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

DAY 2, Nov 9th  Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY 3, Nov 10th  Ho Chi Minh City

This morning, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the city’s famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing DRINK at the popular ROOFTOP BAR where the U.S. Military held the infamous “Five O’Clock Follies” during the war. Next, visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, followed by BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. For lunch, participate in a hands-on VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS. Head into the classroom and learn how to prepare different local dishes and the techniques necessary to recreate them once you return home. Last but not least, sample your delicious creations! The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 4, Nov 11th  Ho Chi Minh City. Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels.

This morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Here you will learn about how the tunnels were constructed and have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Maybe stop at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel for a drink. (B)

DAY 5, Nov 12th Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation).

This morning, transfer to the port on the Saigon River and board your river cruise vessel (The Siem Reap) to start your CRUISE up the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 6, Nov 13th  Cruising: VINH LONG–CU LAO GIENG.

Sweets, Sampans, and Sun Hats. DISCOVERY Board a sampan this morning to Visit a local workshop in Vinh Long where you will see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. DISCOVERY This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life on Cu Lao Gieng Island via sampan and local motor cart. Your Guided

Excursion starts at a local workshop, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, visit the home of a local family thatmakes Vietnamese conical hats, or “Non la,” from materials available to them such as palm leaves and bamboo. These iconic hats are primarily used as protection from the sun and rain but you may also see them used as a basket to carry home goods from the market. Lastly, stop at one of Vietnam’s oldest Catholic churches.   AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC (B,L,D)

DAY 7, Nov 14th  CHAU DOC–LONG KHANH A–BORDER CROSSING, CAMBODIA

Colorful markets, Charming Locals, and Cotton Weavers. DISCOVERY In Chau Doc take a Guided Walk through the local market and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. Then embark on a River Excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more. DISCOVERY After lunch, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of a well preserved artisan’s tradition.

Return to the ship to set sail for the Cambodian border. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8, Nov 15th  Cruising: Phnom Penh.

The Royal Treatment – CLASSIC Take a City Tour by private cyclo to visit the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the city at your leisure. Consider a Guided Optional Tour of a local brewery with freeflowing local beer!

Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show featuring local song and dance. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9, Nov 16th  Cruising: Phnom Penh

A Dark History or Market Dynamics CLASSIC This morning, a Guided Visit of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields offers a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime, OR: DISCOVERY Visit the lively Central Market by tuk-tuk to see its unique Art Deco design. After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10, Nov 17th  Cruising: Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban.

Water Blessings and Back To School Adventures; DISCOVERY Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional water blessing given by local monks.

DISCOVERY After lunch, enjoy a Walking Tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here, you will visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KONPONG LOUANG (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

NOTE: The climb to Wat Hanchey features a steep incline. If you feel you are unable to make the climb, please advise Jolly Tours.  

DAY 11, Nov 18th  Cruising: Konpong Louang–Kampong Tralach.

Calm in the Cambodian Countryside DISCOVERY Start your Guided Sightseeing at the silversmith village in Konpong Louang. Here, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. In Kampong Tralach board an ox cart for a ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Tonle River. EVENING CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

DAY 12, Nov 19th  Cruising: Siem Reap (Disembarkation).

A Pilgrimage of Inspirational Beauty Fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth!

CLASSIC After lunch, begin your Sightseeing Tour by tuk-tuk to explore the temples. Start at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: Angkor Wat. Featuring five trademark towers, it is the symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit Angkor Thom, where you

will explore Bayon Temple with its 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas-relief sculptures, OR: ACTIVE Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple by bike.

The evening is yours to explore charming Siem Reap, stay to witness the sunset at Angkor Wat, or consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Cambodian circus.(Breakfast, Lunch) 

DAY 13, Nov 20th  Siem Reap.

Roots Carved in Stone and Celebrated in Dance; CLASSIC Continue your Guided Sightseeing of the Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm. Tree roots cover the ruin walls, allowing you to

experience the temple with the same wonder as early explorers. Then visit Banteay Srei, a unique temple built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. En route stop at a local village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to further explore Siem Reap or the temple

complex by tuk-tuk. DISCOVERY This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 14, Nov 21st Siem Reap-Bangkok, Thailand.

Today, fly to Bangkok. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 15, Nov 22nd, Bangkok, Thailand

This morning, your Guided Sightseeing begins with a boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok’s famous canals. Stop at the stunning Grand

Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also, Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist

temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 16, Nov 23rd, Bangkok, Thailand

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 17, Nov 24th, Bangkok, Thailand

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning and our international flights home.

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Inclusions and Costs

  • 17 Day Tour;

3 Nights’ Ho Chi Minh City

7 Night River Cruise aboard the “Siem Reap”

2 Nights’ Siem Reap, Cambodia

3 Nights’ Bangkok, Thailand

  • Intra Air, Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand
  • 15 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches & 9 Dinners
  • Included wine, beer & soft drinks aboard the “Siem Reap” with all dinners
  • Complimentary Wifi aboard the “Siem Reap”
  • Private guided Shore excursions during the river cruise
  • Gratuities included for the Cruise portion
  • All Accommodations
  • All Transfers
  • All Sight-Seeing and Attractions per Long Form Itinerary
  • All taxes
  • Jolly Tour Director

 

* International Air, from Canada to Vietnam, Thailand to Canada not included and will be available end of January 2020

 

Cost Per Person,

Double $ 8,515           Mekong Deck

Double $ 8,845          Tonile Deck

 

Single pricing available upon request.

Deposit $ 650 pp upon registration

 

Travel Visa Required for entry into Vietnam & Cambodia.  These are additional expenses to each traveler.

 

 

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