This tour is available with the wooden boutique cruise vessel Mekong Eyes (14 cabins), the exclusive Dragon Eyes (2 cabins plus panorama lounge) and the private Gecko Eyes house boat (1 cabin plus panorama lounge).
Day 1: Angkor Wat and the other Temple of Angkor (Lunch)
Rise early at sunrise to explore the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Spend another day to dive into another world and to explore the mysteries of history. You will also visit the immense walled city Angkor Thom, the Terrace of the Leper King and the magnificient temple of the Bayon.
Day 2: Temple of Angkor (Breakfast, Lunch)
Start your day early with sunrise and discover Ta Prohm at dawn, a temple which has been abandoned to the elements. Continue to the giant pyramid of Takeo, one of the highest temples in the Angkor area. Take the day to explore other wonderful buildings at this incredible site: Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery.
Night at your hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 3: From Siem Reap via Sambor Prei Kuk to Phnom Penh (Breakfast, Lunch)
Leave the wonderful Temple landscape behind you and explore the beautiful landscape on your way to Phnom Penh. Try deep fried Tarantula at a small town called “Spiderville”, explore the impressive pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura, known today as Sambor Prei Kuk. After exploring the main temples in their quiet setting, continue along the old Angkor road and see Kompong Kdei, one of the ancient Angkor bridges with more than 20 arches.
You check in to the hotel in Phnom Penh in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Across the border towards Vietnam and Chau Doc (Breakfast)
Early in the morning spend half a day to either explore Tuol Sleng and the killing fields Choeung Ek or enjoy a guided tour around the town itself, including the royal palace, the national museum and Wat Phnom. At 11:30 you embark the speed boat for an exciting ride to Chau Doc. In Chau Doc you will be transfered to your Hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.
Day 5: Life on the water (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, we will transfer you into the Mekong Delta where you will board one of our cruise vessels. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits. Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong River. The boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.
Day 6: Life on the water and floating markets (Breakfast, Lunch)
Wake up well rested to the sound of the Mekong River and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
On uneven Dates: After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively market. You can take samples and haggle with the dealers over prices. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits and vegetables. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are no tourist markets but wholesale markets where produce of the Mekong Delta like fruits and vegetables are traded. For this reason the number of boats on the market fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand. Furthermore, modern wholesale markets are becoming more popular in Vietnam. This can result in decreasing numbers of boats being present on the markets.
Now it is time to say goodbye to the Mekong Delta and transfer back to Saigon. On even dates, you will have lunch at the Mekong Rest Stop. On odd dates, lunch is served in Vinh Long City.
|Boat||Low season||Peak season|
|(April — September)||(October — March)|
|Mekong Eyes Classic||(US$ 1,000)||(US$ 1,080)|
Our tours include
- Road transfer from Phnom Penh to Jetty and to Saigon
- Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins
- Guided walk and side trip on sampan as mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking guide on the cruise boat and side trips
- Shuttle service from Can Tho / Cai Be to Chau Doc
- Hotel accommodation in twin/double shared room basis (different categories avaiable)
- Public speed boat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc
- Transfer from the jetty to your Hotel in Chau Doc
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Free flow of coffee and tea
- Mineral water placed in your cabin on your cruise boat and in hotel room
- All sightseeing tours and private transfers in air-con vehicle as our itinerary and English speaking local guides
- All entrance fees
- Visa fee for Vietnam
- Drinks (except for breakfast and the mineral water in your cabin/hotel room)
- Early check-in & late check-out hotel
- Private transfers are included for Gecko Eyes passengers; for passengers on Dragon Eyes private transfers are available for US$ 45 per person.
Route and excursions may be subjects to changes without prior notice.