Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (or vice versa), 5 Days – 4 Nights
The best of rural Cambodia is offered with this cruise program. See the unseen, discover ancient per-Angkorian temples, relish the cordial smiles of the inhabitants of this region and feel emerges with the water landscape of the Tonle River.
River cruising is the ideal way to explore Indochina, see the mighty Mekong and cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon. Explore one of the world’s great rivers on this boutique cruise on the Mekong, passing small riverside villages and sleepy temples that, being inaccessible by road, are well off the tourist trail.
These river cruisers are the ideal way to explore remote locations while retaining access to luxury accommodation, facilities and food back on board. This journey can be taken either downstream & upstream, ending or beginning at the legendary temples of Angkor.
- A lower Mekong cruise that modules the diversity of the rich, local and evergreen life of the Mekong Delta.
- Gives a full insight on the Mekong at its last “meters” before the ocean and displays the importance of the delta to Vietnam and actually the whole planet.
- Like pearls on a rope you will collect all your memories of this fascinating spot on our planet.
- A half day leisure cruise will provide “the” magic therapeutic Mekong River cruise moments as add-on.
Day 1: Welcome and start your tour in Phnom Penh
Start your tour in Phnom Penh, the city was once the pearl in Asia. It’s an amazing capital city of Cambodia that bespoke for centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners. Follow the itinerary and visit the Royal Palace, National Museum and few more attractions before lunch at the local restaurant.
Your tour ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh. As the evening unwinds enjoy your supper with a good glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh and the calming flow of the Tonle River.
Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham ( Mekong)
We depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh towards the small Angkor Ban village up the Mekong River. Wake up to the gentle cruise motion and get ready for breakfast in the dining room.
Follow the Cruise program …
Day 3: Kampong Cham (Mekong) – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)
Continue sail downstream the Mekong during breakfast time and stop at the Island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products.
By Remork (Tuk Tuk), we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk. Follow cruise itinerary …
Day 4: Kampong Chhnang – Tonle Lake
Wake up early to witness this spectacular water-world in the break of down. Our morning Tai Chi class has the perfect backdrop today. We are now at Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world”, where everything is on sticks balanced on water rich soil. This is the most fascinating cruise part in Cambodia. Continue as cruise itinerary …
Day 5: Tonle Lake – Siem Reap
The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to millions of people. It has more fishes than any other lake in the world and is home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare – and endangered – feathered life.
The cruise comes to an end. We get ready to disembark and take a local boat to the shore passing a vast floating community.
Around 09:00 o’clock, we disembark at the Siem Reap pier and bring you with a short transfer to the drop off point in the city center of Siem Reap.
Continue your land tour program …
What is the difference between Upstream and Downstream?
Upstream and Downstream indicate the direction, the Ships will travel. Downstream means from Siem Reap to Saigon. Upstream is the opposite direction from Saigon to Siem Reap.
What is the difference between Low Water and High Water season?
Low water season: The water level goes down and very low in Tonle Sap, so the Ships have to dock in Kampong Cham, where the embarkation and disembarkation will take place. It takes 4.5 hours for our coaches to transfer to the meeting point in Siem Reap (Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa).
For downstream (REP-SGN) we will meet at 08:00am for the check-in formality.
For upstream (SGN-REP) the coaches will drop you off around 13:30pm at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.
Low water season is approximate from January to middle of September.
High water season: The Ship could cruise along in Tonle Sap and dock near Siem Reap pier. It just takes 45 minutes for our coaches to transfer to the meeting point (Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa). The embarkation and disembarkation of the Ship will take place near Siem Reap pier.
For downstream (REP-SGN) we will meet at noon (12:00pm) at the meeting point for check in formality.
For upstream (SGN-REP) the coaches will drop you off around 10:00am at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.
High water season is approximate from middle of September to the end of December.
High water and low water season just make itinerary timing schedule changeable in Siem Reap, there will be no changes at other destinations.
Do I need to arrange visa before arriving in Saigon or Siem Reap?
For most foreigners visa are needed for both countries. Please check with the Vietnamese and Cambodian embassies in your country.
During the upstream cruises (SGN-REP), Heritage Line could support to arrange Cambodia visa at the border. The visa fee of USD 37 per person (subject to change during public holidays and others terms) will be added to their onboard account.
For downstream cruises (REP-SGN), Heritage Line could support to arrange Vietnam visa as well. But as the visa has to be issued in Phnom Penh, the processes is difficult and expensive (visa fee will be advised at the time you request for). We strongly recommend arranging Vietnam visa before arrival in Vietnam or Cambodia.
Is an E-Visa accepted in Vietnam and Cambodia?
Please note that both Vietnamese and Cambodian E-Visas are not accepted for waterway entry to either country.
Passengers who wish to obtain their own Visas before the trip must apply directly at a Cambodian or Vietnamese Consulate or Embassy, or by other methods, that will allow them to receive a normal Tourist Visa-for the country they will enter into on the water.
For upstream journeys (Vietnam to Cambodia) a Vietnamese E-Visa is acceptable for entry by air to Vietnam-but for the water way entry to Cambodia, a Cambodian E-Visa is not acceptable.
For downstream journeys (Cambodia to Vietnam) a Cambodian E-Visa is acceptable for entry by air to Cambodia-but for the water way entry to Vietnam, a Vietnamese E-Visa is not acceptable.
Passengers who have obtained E-Visas-for the country that will be entered by water-will be required to apply for new onboard and pay all visa fees.
Promotion is subject to availability and applies for level of cabin categories, Superior, Deluxe and Deluxe Executive (Anawrahta only). The validation of this promo is for new FIT bookings (Double or Single). The offer rate is not combinable and deposit is non-refundable !
What does the tour include?
- General Inclusions
All cruises include group shore-excursions, entrance fees, transportation, tour guide services (English speaking), taxes, fuel, river pilots, port dues, transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa. Meals are included full board. Drinking water, coffee/tea (from jug) is included all day. Fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast.
Port tax per passenger of 65 USD (levied by Port authorities and port taxes appear on our invoice). Crew gratuities (8 USD – 10 USD per passenger per day are recommended). Cambodian Visa (available on Upstream cruise only/37 USD)