Halong Bay Vietnam & Cambodia

RV Mekong Princess

Cruise company: Haimark
Cruise type: Luxury, Sharing, 12 cabins
Destinations: Vietnam - Cambodia
Experience a trip on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia with the RV Mekong Princess Luxury.
It has 12 exclusive suites by a combination of  the elegance of the French colonial style and the tranquility and comfort of an exclusive spa in Southeast Asia. The suites are well appointed with an individually controlled air- conditioner.
Destinations: Saigon - Ben Tre - Tam Binh - Can Tho - Thot Not - Long Xuyen - Hong Ngu - Tonle Sap - Kampong Chhnang - Phnom Penh

Itinerary

Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh City Embarkation (D)
  • This afternoon guests will drive to Saigon port and embark the RV Mekong Princess to begin the journey up the Mekong.
  • Following a safety briefing, the Princess will sail to Ben Tre, where it will anchor for the evening, while guests enjoy a welcome reception and a Mekong Delta Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 : Ben Tre - Tam Binh (B, L, D)
  • This morning, guests will sail on traditional, Vietnamese sampans through a channel lined with mangroves to visit a local coconut candy maker. After watching the candy-making process and walking through the family’s orchard, a horse cart will take guests on a 15-minute ride to a pier where they will board small, local boats (two guests per boat) for a trip through the narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm before returning to the ship. 
  • After lunch, guests will sail through an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism to see Ky Son, an ancient Khmer pagoda and interact with the Khmer monks who fled to Vietnam during the Cambodian civil war. Guests will enjoy local entertainment during cocktail hour this evening.
Day 3 : Can Tho - Thot Not (B, L, D)
  • Early this morning, guests will board a lovely sampan before breakfast for a cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market near Can Tho. The sampan will weave in and out of the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce and other items residents of the Mekong Delta need in their daily lives. As they weave through the market, guests will have many opportunities for amazing photographs of life in this river market, while enjoying the Vietnamese “anti-aging drink,” fresh coconut water.. 
  • After the market visit, guests will stop at a local factory to see the amazing process of making instant noodles; then tour a large, family-owned fruit orchard, where they will see fruits native to Vietnam in various stages of maturity on the vine, then enjoy a fresh fruit tasting before returning to the ship on their sampans.
  • Later this afternoon, the sampans will return to the ship to take guests to the village of Thot Not, where guests will ride a Vietnamese xo loi (motorized trishaw) through the village, and begin to hear the cacophony of a bird sanctuary.
  • Guests will have a short walk into the sanctuary, and be able to climb the steps up to the viewing platform, from where there is an incredible view over the treetops and down on the nesting area of protected egrets.
Day 4 : Long Xuyen (B, L, D)
  • This morning, guests will board sampans that will take them into Long Xuyen City. After a short walk around the river town, and through the market, they will visit the Cao Dai temple and learn about this fascinating, Vietnamese religion that was founded as an amalgam of several different religions, in an effort to stop the infighting between the various followers.
  • The afternoon excursion is to a local crocodile farm, where guests will view and learn about the crocodiles that once inhabited the Mekong River, and how the farm raises and conserves this Asian wildlife. Guests will also be invited to sample a few of the restaurant’s crocodile dishes.
Day 5 : Hong Ngu Border Crossing (B, L, D)
  • Today, guests will be presented with the unique opportunity to visit a local island village, not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border that produces the traditional, Khmer scarves for export to Cambodia. Produced by many families, and in many homes around the village, guests will have the opportunity to see the weaving process under several families’ homes. Several people in the village are also embroidery artists, and display their art in and around the homes. The villagers of this area had only encountered one western visitor prior to the arrival of the Mekong Princess, and are especially friendly and welcoming. Before returning to the sampans, guests will visit the local temple dedicated to another religion founded in Vietnam, Hòa Hóa.
  • This afternoon, the MV Mekong Princess will cross the border into Cambodia and up the Mekong to the area near Phnom Penh, where we will anchor for the evening.
Day 6 : Tonle Sap River Cruise - Kampong Chhnang (B, L, D)
  • After an early morning of sailing along the Tonle Sap, guests board a private excursion boat and experience a panoramic cruise of the floating village at Kampong Chhnang. Villagers live, work, shop, and even attend church and school on the river. The return sail down the Tonle Sap provides a rare, up-close view of rural life in Cambodia, where children run down to the river to wave at the passing ships. .
  • This evening, we will welcome performers from the local shadow puppet theater to demonstrate their art. 
Day 7 : Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
  • After breakfast on board this morning, local cyclo drivers will meet guests for an exciting city tour of Phnom Penh. Guests will ride along the riverfront to the Royal Palace, where they will enjoy a leisurely walk through the grounds, with opportunities to visit the Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion. Upon crossing into the second section of the complex, guests will walk amongst enormous stupas, spirit houses, and potted flowers, on the way to the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. Following a short break where guests may choose to walk through the Elephant Room, guests return to their cyclos for the ride to the National Museum. Housing the largest pre-Angkorian and Angkorian holdings in Cambodia, the National Museum ends the morning tour with a comprehensive look at many of the artifacts excavated around the Angkor Archeological Area in Siem Reap. After a return cyclo ride to the ship, guests may wish to take some time to have lunch at a local restaurant, walk along the quay, or visit some of Phnom Penh’s famous markets or lovely boutiques.
  • This afternoon, guests learn more about the darkest days of Cambodian history. After a scenic 45-minute drive from the ship, they arrive at Choeung Ek, the killing fields depicted in the movie. Guests will walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. On the return drive to Phnom Penh, guests stop at Tuol Sleng (infamously known as S-21), which was converted by the Khmer Rouge from a large school to a prison and torture headquarters. Before dinner, children from a local orphanage entertain guests on our Sun Deck with a cultural performance including Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance, as well as several traditional folk dances.
Day 8 : Freak Kdame Disembarkation (B)
  • Following breakfast this morning guests will disembark and transfer to Siem Reap.

Price & Booking

Include

  • Air tanks, Weights and Belts
  • Drinking water, instant coffee, tea
  • Soft drinks bottles and cans
  • Equipment rentals
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour
  • Boat accident insurance

Exclude

  • Port Tax: 249 USD/ pax
  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees
Remark
 
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  • Meals on board are fusion: Vietnamese, seafood & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least three days prior to the cruise date.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  • For All the departures should the occupancy be less than 10 PASSENGERS the Company reserves the right to cancel the cruise up to 30 days prior the departure date. A written confirmation notice will be released to all booked clients and/or their agents within and not later than 30 days prior the departure date. In case of cancellation an alternative cruise will be offered and if not acceptable all down payments will be refunded
  • Surcharge on Christmas (24/12/2016) and New Year (31/12/2016) & Surcharge 10% on Lunar New Year on Feb 19, 20 & 21
Destinations: Siem Reap - Saigon - Freak Kdame - Tonle Sap - Kampong Chhnang - Phnom Penh - Hong Ngu - Long Xuyen - Thot Not - Can Tho - Tam Binh - Ben Tre - Saigon

Itinerary

Day 1: Kampong Chhang Embarkation (D)
  • Early this morning, transfer by motor-coach from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham and embark the RV Mekong Princess for lunch.
  • After enjoying the afternoon at leisure, enjoy a Welcome Reception and Cambodian Welcome Dinner on board.
Day 2: Angkor Ban (B, L, D)
  • Today we will visit the charming town of Angkor Ban. Here, you will have a glimpse into the lives of the local people, starting with a visit to a family’s home to see how the locals live, along with an opportunity to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle.
  • Next, you will con nue through the village to the local school, where you will join the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. You will then walk back through the village to the ship, with an opportunity to take photos along the way, including a brief stop at the local monastery complex.
Day 3: Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
  • After breakfast this morning, local cyclo drivers meet you for an exci ng city tour of Phnom Penh. You begin your ride along the riverfront to the Royal Palace, where a leisurely walk takes you through the grounds, with opportun es to visit the Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion. Upon crossing into the second sec on of the complex, you walk amongst enormous stupas and spirit houses, on the way to the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds.
  • Following a short break, your cyclos take you to the National Museum. Housing the largest pre-Angkorian and Angkorian holdings in Cambodia, the Na onal Museum ends the morning tour with a comprehensive look at many of the artifacts excavated around the Angkor Archeological Area in Siem Reap, as well as other areas around the former Khmer Empire. Return cyclo ride to the ship, you may wish to take some me to have lunch at a local restaurant, walk along the quay, or visit some of Phnom Penh’s famous markets and lovely boutiques.
  • This afternoon, private motorcoaches take you on a scenic 45-minute drive from the ship, arriving at Choeung Ek, the killing fields depicted in the movie, and the center of the darkest days of Cambodian history. You may walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn more about the atro es comm ed during the Khmer Rouge regime. On the return drive to Phnom Penh, a stop is made at Tuol Sleng (infamously known as S-21), which was converted by the Khmer Rouge from a large school to a prison and torture headquarters. 
  • Before dinner, children from a local orphanage entertain guests with a cultural performance including Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance, as well as several trad onal folk dances.
Day 4: Hong Ngu Border Crossing (B, L, D)
  • This morning, the MV Mekong Princess will process through immigration and customs, cross the border into Vietnam, and continue downstream to Hong Ngu.
  • This afternoon, sampans take you to the local island village of Hong Ngu, not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia borders 
  • Hong Ngu produces a large number of the trad onal, Khmer scarves exported to Cambodia. Woven in many homes around the village, you will have the opportunity to see the weaving process under several homes. Some villagers are also embroidery artists, displaying their art in and around the homes. The inhabitants of this area had only encountered one western visitor prior to the arrival of the Mekong Princess, and are especially friendly and welcoming. .
  • Before returning to the sampans, guests will visit the local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in Vietnam, Hòa Hóa.
Day 5: Long Xuyen - Thot Not (B, L, D)
  • This morning, guests will board sampans that will take them into Long Xuyen City. After a short walk around the river town, and through the market, they will visit the Cao Dai temple and learn about this fascinating, Vietnamese religion that was founded as an amalgam of several different religions, in an effort to stop the infighting between the various followers.
  • The morning excursion continues at a local crocodile farm, where guests will view and learn about the crocodiles that once inhabited the Mekong River, and how the farm raises and conserves this remarkable Asian wildlife. Guests will also be invited to sample a few of the restaurant’s crocodile dishes. Later this afternoon, guests will board a lovely sampan and sail to the village of Thot Not, where guests will ride a Vietnamese xe loi (motorized trishaw) through the village, where they will begin to hear the cacophony of a bird sanctuary.
  • Guests will have a short walk into the sanctuary, and be able to climb the steps up to the viewing platform, from where there is an incredible view over the treetops and down on the nesting area of protected egrets.
Day 6: Can Tho - Tam Binh (B, L, D)
  • Our sampans return this morning before breakfast for a cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market near Can Tho. The sampan will weave in and out of the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce and other items residents of the Mekong Delta need in their daily lives. As they weave through the market, guests will have many opportunities for amazing photographs of life in this river market, while enjoying the Vietnamese “anti-aging drink,” fresh coconut water. After the market visit, guests will stop at a local factory to see the amazing process of making instant noodles; then tour a large, family-owned fruit orchard, where they will see fruits native to Vietnam in various stages of maturity on the vine, then enjoy a fresh fruit tasting before returning to the ship on their sampans.
  • This afternoon, guests sail through an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism to see Ky Son, an ancient Khmer pagoda and interact with the Khmer monks who fled to Vietnam during the Cambodian civil war.
Day 7: Ben Tre (B, L, D)
  • Today, guests will sail on traditional, Vietnamese sampans through a channel lined with mangroves to visit a local coconut candy maker. After watching the candy-making process and walking through the family’s orchard, a horse cart will take guests on a 15-minute ride to a pier where they will board small, local boats (two guests per boat) for a trip through the narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm before returning to the ship.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh Disembarkation (B)
  • After breakfast this morning, guests disembark in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 


 




 

Price & Booking

Include

  • Air tanks, Weights and Belt
  • Drinking water, instant coffee, tea
  • Soft drinks bottles and cans
  • Equipment rentals
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour
  • Boat accident insurance

Exclude

  • Port Tax: 249 USD/ person
  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees
Remark
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  • Meals on board are fusion: Vietnamese, seafood & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least three days prior to the cruise date.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  • For All the departures should the occupancy be less than 10 PASSENGERS the Company reserves the right to cancel the cruise up to 30 days prior the departure date. A written confirmation notice will be released to all booked clients and/or their agents within and not later than 30 days prior the departure date. In case of cancellation an alternative cruise will be offered and if not acceptable all down payments will be refunded
  • Surcharge on Christmas (24/12/2016) and New Year (31/12/2016) & Surcharge 10% on Lunar New Year on Feb 19, 20 & 21
Saigon suite

Apsara suite

Tonle suite

Angkor suite

Main deck with private French balcony

Number of cabins : 4 cabins

Bed Types : double - King size bed

Cabin Size : 21 sq.m or 234 sq.f

Upper deck with private French balcony

Number of cabins : 4 cabins

Bed Types : double - King size bed

Cabin Size : 21 sq.m or 234 sq.f

Upper deck with private French balcony

Number of cabins : 2 cabins

Bed Types : double - King size bed

Cabin Size : 26 sq.m or 306 sq.f

Upper deck with private French balcony

Number of cabins : 2 cabins

Bed Types : double - King size bed

Cabin Size : 46 sq.m or 496 sq.f

Services & Facilities
General

  • TV,
  • Hot water,
  • Hair-dryer,
  • Individual controller,
  • Air-conditioning,
  • Writing desk,
  • En-suite bathroom,
  • Toilet, 
  • Premium mattress,
  • Pillow menu,
  • Duvet and linens,
  • In-house telephone,
  • Complimentary drinking water and one-hour,
  • Spa treatment per person, per cruise,
  • Mini bar,
  • Slippers,
  • Wardrobe,
  • Safety equipment and life vests,
  • Safety box,
  • Bathrobe,
  • Welcome flower upon arrival.
Services
  • Laundry service
  • Restaurant
  • Turndown service and daily presents
  • 24-hour Security
  • Reception

Dining Room & Bar

  • The Dining Room seats all passengers in one seating and is located on the Main Deck. Using locally-sourced, fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables, some of which are rarely seen elsewhere, Chef Penneke’s culinary team will ensure each meal is an experience to delight all of your senses. Buffet style breakfasts and lunches offer a variety of Asian and western dishes featuring the freshest local ingredients. Elegant multi-course dinners are paired with wine and offer a selection of deliciously healthy traditional dishes as well as western favorites. Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks and local beer are offered throughout the cruise with complimentary wine served with dinner.
  • Mekong Princess offers the unique leisure activities on board. We offer nightly entertainment in our lounge during cocktail hour, cultural performances as "Dai Ca Tai Tu" - Traditional Vietnamese Folk Songs or Apsara Dance Show - Khmer Royal Dance both of them are recognized by UNESCO - Cultural Heritages. You will be enriched our local knowledge by educational talks or theme discusses with local experts. You will be inspired by interesting cooking classes by our Master Chefs and ship tours hosted by our cruise managers.

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