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A Journey on the Mekong

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Saigon to Angkor 15 Days

Historic Temples, Angkor Wat

Vietnam and Cambodia are countries experiencing colossal change. Although modern in outlook, they still retain a unique traditional Far Eastern character. Bicycles and mopeds outnumber cars by 100 to 1, so now is the time to visit these most captivating and colourful destinations whilst so much of this uniqueness and tradition remain in evidence! And the best way to discover these two fascinating countries is just as it always has been - from their beautiful arterial waterway, the stunning Mekong River

This journey along this amazing natural marvel explores its fascinating water-borne worlds, from floating villages, stilt houses and colourful floating markets to the thousands of local boats plying its mud-coloured waters.

What's Included

  • 2 nights 4★ hotel accommodation in Saigon on a B&B basis
  • 7 nights 4★ Mekong river cruise, all staterooms with balconies and river views
  • 3 nights 4★ hotel accommodation in Siem Reap on a B&B basis
  • Tour highlights include
  • Gaze in awe at the magnificent city and temples of Angkor, the greatest ancient site in Asia
  • Stay in the heart of Saigon with its bustling waterfront, French colonial architecture and wonderful cuisine
  • Visit and tour of Phnom Penh, the 'Paris of the East', with its golden temples and palaces
  • See the fascinating Cu-Chi tunnels, a poignant reminder of the US-Vietnam conflict
  • Visit the teeming floating markets of Kampong Chhnang and Cai Be
  • encounter local communities en route and discover their way of life, in harmony with their surroundings and unchanged in centuries
  • Experience the delights of exquisitely presented Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine, plus international classics
  • Fine dining with all meals and complimentary local wine beer and soft drinks with meals included during your cruise
  • Gratuities for the ship crew during the cruise
  • Included excursions and the services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Return flights from London Heathrow
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers from airport or station to ship

Day 1: UK

Map of the Mekong River
Map of the Elbe, Havel & Vltava Rivers

You should arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Included Meals 

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

After your morning arrival you check into the four-star Novotel Saigon Centre Hotel for two nights with breakfast. After some time to relax, we’ll take a short introductory walking tour around our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Included Meals 

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City (Cu Chi Tunnels)

This will be a day to remember! We visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a complex underground network stretching for 200 kilometres, which included hospitals, meeting rooms, sleeping quarters and kitchens. Begun during the last years of French rule and vastly expanded during the 1960’s, the tunnels provided a base for the Vietcong from which to attack US forces within just 30 miles of Saigon. Our visit here is a fascinating insight into these troubled times: we see the tunnels themselves and examples of the many mantraps and stake pits which protected them.

Despite being carpet-bombed, the tunnels were never really penetrated and should you wish, you may even try out real period weapons on a firing range. We continue through rural farming communities back to Saigon. In the afternoon our city tour covers all the major sights including the colonial-style central post office, the cathedral and the Reunification Palace where famously in 1975, a tank burst through its gates in the final defining moment of the Vietnam War. We also see the War Remnants Museum and the lively Ben Thanh market - a fascinating insight into Saigon daily life, you can find anything here, all at extremely good prices!
Included Meals B

Day 4: Mekong Delta (Embark)

Expectations rise during our drive to the Mekong Delta, its coconut groves swaying with the breeze, the countryside studded with pagodas and an amazing network of paddy fields, tended by farmers bent double and almost completely covered by their iconic conical hats; these are some of Vietnam’s most enduring images.

Originally called Mae Khong – “Mother of all Rivers”, huge volumes of water drain from the hinterland plains and the snow-clad Chinese Himalayas, surging along an epic 3,000 mile journey. Life here obviously revolves around its waterways; the imposing sampans, so typical of South East Asia for hundreds of years and the quintessential floating markets of longboats which almost sink under the groaning weight of colourful vegetables. Your cruise is the perfect way to discover and understand this fascinating and rapidly emerging corner of the world - a serene experience immersing you in its people and its customs at a wonderful gentle pace.

After a stop at the picturesque Cholon market and a lacquer workshop, you board the superb four-star RV Mekong Prestige II and your highly professional crew, imbibed by the unique service ethic you find everywhere here, ensure you settle in to your spacious and beautifully appointed cabin. After an excellent lunch, your journey begins. A wonderful reality soon sinks in with your first glimpses of the amazing stilted villages and teeming river traffic animating the scene seemingly at every turn. As darkness gently falls, take your seat in the restaurant for your first dinner, offering a choice of superbly executed Vietnamese or Cambodian cuisine or international classics. The excellent cuisine is accompanied by tasty and included local wines, beers or soft drinks. Mooring at Cai Be, the day ends with a lovely performance of traditional Mekong music and perhaps a nightcap in the balmy late evening air, bathed by the unmistakable sounds of the East.
Included Meals B D

Day 5: Cai Be - Sa Dec

This morning we sail by local “junk” along Cai Be’s waterfront and amazing floating market where wily sellers tantalisingly dangle their wares from long poles to the myriad of smaller boats in a vibrant riot of colour and noisy bartering. We also visit the remarkable French Gothic cathedral, a poignant reminder of Vietnam’s colonial past.

This afternoon we cruise through Vinh Long to Sa Dec, with a guided stroll through the colourful local market and an interesting comparison with this morning. Highlight of the day though, is the intriguing Cao Dai Temple, centre of a unique indigenous religion, a fascinating combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Chinese Confucianism plus elements of Christianity, Islam and spiritualism. Bizarrely, its saints include Joan of Arc, Napoleon, Shakespeare and Winston Churchill! The temple itself is a striking combination of western and oriental architectural styles and mesmerising brightly coloured statues, overlooked by the religion’s all-seeing Divine Eye – it’s sure to leave you something to ponder after your visit!

Another tropical night atmospherically falls as we cruise upstream whilst enjoying another superb dinner and the kaleidoscope of truly amazing sights, sounds and scents, accompanied by the gentle waters lapping peacefully against the hull.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Tan Chau - Phnom Penh

One of the great pleasures of river cruising is waking up somewhere completely different and as dawn breaks, we are berthed in remote Tan Chau near Cambodia! One of the delights of Vietnam is that so many ‘cottage’ industries still thrive offering a fascinating insight into the past. This morning we explore Tan Chau, Vietnam’s leading silk centre producing extremely high quality and truly beautiful naturally dyed clothes. Slipping our moorings, Vietnam slowly recedes as we cross into Cambodia, continuing into the evening, a chance to enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the lounge, exchanging your experiences with your like-minded fellow passengers before another tasty dinner. Take a stroll outside, look above and be dazzled by the luminosity of an amazing night sky, unfettered by streetlights and advertising as we cruise to Phnom Penh.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Phnom Penh

Called ‘Paris of the East’ during colonial times, Phnom Penh has preserved much of its wonderful rustic charm, elegance and French allure. Sightseeing includes an exciting cycle-rickshaw ride to the dazzling white and gold Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, followed by a chance to witness exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft in the National Museum. In homage to Cambodia’s tragic recent history, we next visit the haunting Tuol Sleng Genocide museum.

Phnom Penh has some excellent markets offering fine silks, spices and high quality lacquer work, so for anyone not wishing to take this visit, this is the perfect opportunity to hone your bargaining skills! This evening you will be entertained by a traditional Apsara performance whose talented silk-clad dancers will dazzle you with their graceful poise and intricate hand movements, originally designed to entertain the gods. We moor overnight enabling easy exploration of the city where, late into the evening the bustling markets, teeming street restaurants and hawkers selling literally anything enhance the vibrant and electric ambience so typical of the emerging Far East!
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Phnom Penh (Ko Chong)

After another delightful breakfast, we arrive at Koh Chong, a delightful silk weaving village visiting a particularly impressive pagoda and a local school before returning to Phnom Penh for an afternoon at leisure. You can explore its intriguing corners such as Wat Phnom - symbol of the city, perhaps the remarkable Russian market, just relax and catch up on some reading or simply absorb the teeming river life.
Included Meals B L D

Day 9: Tonle River

This morning we cruise into the heart of Cambodia on the Tonle River, a Mekong tributary which astonishingly changes its direction of flow between wet and dry seasons! A remarkable ecosystem here is home to 20,000 plants species, 1200 birds, 800 of reptiles and amphibians plus 430 mammals - with 1300 new species having been discovered since 1997. Next we visit historic Oudong – the country’s former capital, nestling at the foot of Phnom Udong, a wooded hill with impressive Buddhist spiritual monuments towering above the trees, marking the final resting place of the Khmer kings. This afternoon we visit the peaceful Vipasssana Dhura Pagoda, a revered place of meditation followed by the charming monastery of Wat Kampong Leu, renowned for its extraordinarily beautiful wall paintings. We return by traditional local ox cart, experiencing the leisurely pace of life still pervading this wonderfully beautiful country.
Included Meals B L D

Day 10: Kampong Chnang

Kampong Chnang is a busy rural port town noted for its bustling markets and mesmerising canal network. Boarding traditional long tail boats we visit its picturesque floating village where life is conducted entirely astride the river before a stroll through the picturesque market, a cacophony of sounds, smells and vibrant colours. This afternoon, our final cruise crosses the enormously varied Tonle Sap (Great Lake), in the rainy season South East Asia’s largest lake and critical to Cambodia’s biodiversity, with its fish staggeringly supporting 3 million people. You may see crocodiles and turtles plus a huge variety of birdlife. Adapting to the seasonal climate, fascinating “floating villages” have evolved where homes and markets plus workshops, schools and surgeries amazingly rise and fall with the water level. Because of these changes our own itinerary from day 9 to 11 may vary (the cruise described above is based on a high-water itinerary - see note at the bottom of the page).
Included Meals B L D

Day 11: Siem Reap (Disembark)

Early this morning the Mekong Prestige glides to a final halt, berthed in Siem Reap at the head of this stunningly beautiful lake. We say our fond farewells to the splendid crew as you continue your exploration of Cambodia where you stay for three nights at the four-star superior Borei Angkor Hotel with breakfast. It’s extremely comfortable with two restaurants, a large pool and spa. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Included Meals B

Day 12: Angkor

Today we see the haunting soft morning light over the eerie temples of Angkor. Encircled by verdant steamy jungle, shrouded in mist and with a tropical dawn chorus reverberating in the air, this is something you will never forget! We visit the huge fortified 13th century city of Angkor Thom, with its five monumental gates, and 300-foot wide moat - its centre containing one of Angkor’s most astonishing sites, the temple of Bayon. Crowned by over fifty towers, each with four colossal carved heads looking out in every direction, this is an extraordinary masterpiece of Khmer art.

One of the most intriguing sites is the smaller temple of Ta Prohm which has been left in its natural, un-restored state, with giant tropical trees bursting through the ruins, their roots entwined like vast tentacles across the moss-covered, weathered walls and roofs. Late in the afternoon we see the immense temple of Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious structures in the world. The main entrance faces due west to catch the rose-red glow of the setting sun, a truly magical time of day.
Included Meals B

Day 13: Siem Reap

Our last full day in Cambodia is at leisure for you to enjoy the swimming pool and facilities of your hotel or to explore the excellent markets and restaurants of Siem Reap.
Included Meals B

Day 14: Siem Reap

At the appropriate time you transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok, from where you connect with your return flight to the UK.
Included Meals 

Day 15: UK

You arrive home.
Included Meals 

Reverse Itineraries

Riviera have a number of departures starting from Siem Reap and finishing in Saigon. In these cases, the itinerary of the ship is simply reversed, staying for three nights in Siem Reap at the start of your tour and two nights in Saigon at the end. The order and timing of visits on some days may vary slightly to those described above.

An Important Note on Mekong River Cruising

The itinerary, timings and the places visited en-route may vary depending on whether you travel upstream or downstream and on the water levels in the upper reaches of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap Lake. At the peak of high water, normally at some point between end of August to mid-December, the level of the lake may rise by up to 10 metres, so ships will be able to sail all the way across the Tonle Sap Lake to or from Siem Reap. During the low water period, generally between late December to mid-August, sections of the river within Cambodia and the Tonle Sap Lake may be un-navigable and the ships will moor on the Mekong itself and travel to or from Siem Reap will be by coach. The RV Jayavarman itinerary detailed in this brochure is based on the low water period and the RV Mekong Prestige II itinerary is based on the high water period. We may not always be able to advise you in advance of any itinerary changes as decisions to amend any part of the cruise could be made by the ship’s captain during the cruise itself. However, we will always endeavour to ensure that equally interesting visits and stops are substituted – it’s all part of the adventure of river cruising in South East Asia!


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

Departure dates in blue operate the itinerary in reverse


Overview

Spread out over three decks, there’s plenty of outdoor and indoor space to relax in. At the very top of the ship is the spacious Sun Deck, with a large plunge pool and plenty of sun loungers which you can relax on under the awning or in the sun and affording the best views of the river life around the ship. The bar and comfortable air-conditioned lounge are also on the same deck, as is the ship’s small spa and fitness room. The restaurant is located on the Upper Deck and is bright and airy with fine linen and excellent service and can accommodate all guests in one sitting.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 32 outside staterooms and suites with private balconies
  • Sun deck with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers and plunge pool
  • Classically styled restaurant with open seating
  • Spacious airconditioned lounge and bar
  • Spa & Fitness Suite

* Payable locally.


Deck Plan

Riviera Travel, MV Mekong Prestige II - deck plan
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Spacious Staterooms & Suites

This lovely river cruise vessel, launched in late 2013, features just 32 spacious staterooms serviced by a wonderful crew of 30 staff. All staterooms and suites are of a really good size, with river view private balconies.

Main Deck Stateroom - MV Mekong Prestige II

All Staterooms & Suites Feature

  • Full-length panoramic sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony
  • Luxurious en-suite bathroom with shower & WC, hair dryer and bathrobes
  • Hotel style beds with fine cotton bed linen, twin or double arrangement.
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • armchairs, & coffee table, writing desk and safe
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Standard Stateroom (Main & Upper Decks)

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 215 sq.ft.

Junior Suite (Main Deck)

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 258 sq.ft.
  • Larger balcony area
  • Queen size beds
  • Bathroom with bath tub and separate shower

Terrace Suite (Upper Deck)

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 290 sq.ft.
  • Larger balcony area
  • Queen size beds
  • Bathroom with bath tub and separate shower

Fine dining

For early risers there’s morning coffee or tea on the Sun Deck and breakfast is a splendid array of tropical fruit, pastries, cereals, omelette station and hot food, plus unusual Asian specialities!

Lunch is always a generous and informal buffet, while dinner is mostly a table d’hote menu with a choice of starter and main course and house wine included.

Complimentary tea and coffee are available all day, as are non-alcoholic soft drinks, local beer and local wines with dinner.

Dinners on board feature a variety of freshly-prepared mouth-watering Cambodian and Vietnamese regional specialties plus international options extremely well presented.

Depart ShipMain Deck
Stateroom
Upper Deck
Stateroom
Junior
Suite
Terrace
Suite
Oct 9Mekong Prestige II£3199£3399£3699£4099
Oct 16Mekong Prestige II£3199£3399£3699£4099
Oct 30Mekong Prestige II£3199£3399£3699£4099
Nov 27Mekong Prestige II£3199£3399£3699£4099

Main deck staterooms are available for single occupancy at a supplement of £1449 to £1699, dependent on date.

Business Class Upgrade: Enjoy a dedicated check-in desk, 60” seat pitch, flat bed and excellent 3-course meals, from £445 pp

Depart ShipMain Deck
Stateroom
Upper Deck
Stateroom
Junior
Suite
Terrace
Suite
Jan 22Mekong Prestige II£3259£3559£3859£4159
Feb 19Mekong Prestige II£3259£3559£3859£4159
Mar 5Mekong Prestige II£3199£3499£3799£4099
Mar 19Mekong Prestige II£2999£3299£3599£3899
Apr 2Mekong Prestige II£2799£3099£3399£3699
Oct 1Mekong Prestige II£3099£3399£3699£3999
Oct 15Mekong Prestige II£3199£3499£3799£4099
Nov 12Mekong Prestige II£3259£3559£3859£4159

Main deck staterooms are available for single occupancy at a supplement of £1449 to £1699, dependent on date.

Business Class Upgrade: Enjoy a dedicated check-in desk, 60” seat pitch, flat bed and excellent 3-course meals, from £445 pp

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Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.


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