The Lost Civilization Upstream
10 Days

An extraordinary journey full of sights, colors, and sounds awaits as we voyage along the fabled Mekong River, for thousands of years a lifeline to people residing along its banks. In the comfort of the elegant Jayavarman or the Jahan, intimate vessels reflecting the captivating charm of the region, we explore the Mekong’s myriad cultures, storied history, and enduring traditions. We call at rural villages, colorful floating markets, and ancient palaces, hike to hilltop shrines, and absorb the intriguing rhythms of riverside life. We also enjoy Cambodia’s charming capital, Phnom Penh. Our journey ends with a cruise across vast Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Asia. Extensions to Ho Chi Minh City and the astonishing World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat are available.

 

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CRUISE ON THE MEKONG  - When we talk about cruising, we often think about destinations like the Caribbean or Europe but Asia is now paving the way for cruising. With its natural terrain, river cruising is the best method of exploring this exotic part of the world. Your floating hotel allows you to pack and unpack only once! It carries you from port to port, from major cities such as Phnom Penh, to small intimate villages that are not accessible by any other form of transportation! You will not only see historic monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites but you will also meet the people, experience their customs, culture and way of life.
 
Tour Highlight:
  • Life along the Mekong Delta
  • Cai Be Floating Market
  • Phnom Penh
  • Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “waterworld"
  • Tonle Sap
​Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
Duration: 10day/9night
Maximum No. of group: 12 pax
Cruise: The Jahan | Jayavarman

  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
    Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
    Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city.
  • Day 2:  Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho (Embarkation) (B,L,D)
    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho (Embarkation) (B,L,D)
    Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of HCMC to go to My Tho for embarkation. My Tho is 70km South of Saigon and located on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. Enjoy a cocktailreception and followed by a Welcome Dinner on the Sun Deck. Drop anchor just outside of My Tho for the night.
  • Day 3: Crusing Cai Be - Chau Doc (B,L,D)
    Day 3: Crusing Cai Be - Chau Doc (B,L,D)
    Starts with the cruise among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full offruits and vegetables. Proceed to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. During a 40 minute cruise, discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Further stops will allow you to see traditional brick and tile factories and how locals use palm leaves for houses. After touring the canals, head to the Ba Duc ancient house to have know the descendants of the former imperial residents. Then you will observe the Cai Be’s colorful floating market from Caibe Princess boat.
    Back on the sampans, cruise 20 minutes further to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be’s beautiful cathedral. Then, group 1 can stay on boat to go straight to the restaurant while group 2 explores the edges of the canals on bicycle. After lunch the cruise will continue with the visit some interesting home factories to see how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies, are made, along with the longan fruit drying process.

    Board a relaxing evening cruise towards Chau Doc. Moor midstream overnight. 
  • Day 4: : Cruising Chau Doc - Border Crossing (B,L,D)
    Day 4: : Cruising Chau Doc - Border Crossing (B,L,D)
    Welcome to the circus of fish. The early birds will be treated to Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Brace yourself for a short excursion by bicycle in about 30 minutes. After that you will have a short walk to visit the local market then go by coach to visit Lady Temple. She is the most famous Lady who brings strong spirit to the local in their daily life. Go back to the quay, start a boat excursion to the exciting floating villages and catfish farms witnessing masses of basa fish being fed, hand in hand with a shore excursion to the village of the local Muslim Cham community. By mid-afternoon, the cruise casts off for the border towards Phnom Penh.
  • Day 5: Cruising Phnom Penh, Cambodia (B,L,D)
    Day 5: Cruising Phnom Penh, Cambodia (B,L,D)
    Off we go early in the morning to witness a truly indescribable scene while approaching Phnom Penh’s river promenade. After breakfast, embark on a city tour in this dynamic, historical capital of Cambodia which has retained its French colonial charm. Sightseeing in the morning will include the dazzling white and gold architecture of the Royal Palace, outstanding displays of Khmer crafts at the National Museum and the temple on a hill - WatPhnom. After lunch in a local restaurant, examine the painful, heart wrenching reminders of Cambodia’s ugly past under the Khmer Rouge regime with an excursion to the Genocide museum to learn more about the Cambodian civil war. Introduction and onsite lecture by a local history professor. Thereafter, to ease the nerves a variety of cocktails will be at your disposal, followed by Cambodia’s traditional Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of the culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a delicious Khmer food buffet.
  • Day 6: Cruising Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (B,L,D)
    Day 6: Cruising Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (B,L,D)
    Depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village for a leisure walk. We cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages and mind blowing river life with scores of fishermen on duty. Visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple that holds a timeless story. Then, travel to the Cheung Kok Ecotourism Village, a small village developed with support from Assistance Médiation Internationale (AMICA). Travelers can visit the village and take part in activities to experience village life. Profits from tourism go towards re-investment into long-term projects. 
  • Day 7:  Crusing Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey (B,L,D)
    Day 7: Crusing Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey (B,L,D)
    Wake up in the wee hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a journey upriver to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers some of the best views in Cambodia. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient structures do justice to the architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated the glories of the mighty Angkor. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding well organized rice paddy plains, as well as a travelers blessing performed by the local monks. 
  • Day 8: Cruising Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap (B,L,D)
    Day 8: Cruising Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap (B,L,D)
    Before the sun rises, the cruise sets sail to Kampong Chhnang via Prek K’dam along the meandering Tonle Sap River, which narrows through leafy swaths of the South East Asian jungle. Take a walk through Kampong Louang, one of the last silversmith villages, to see the entire community involved in making various silver items to sell. Get back on board to eat lunch while cruising towards Kampong Chhnang. After lunch, take a motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. Make a stop at a Heritage Line sponsored floating school to interact with the children and teach them some English! 
    This is the day to truly experience rural Khmer life. In the evening, a mouth watering Farewell Dinner will be served on the Sun Deck. 
     
  • Day 9: Tonle Sap (Disembarkation) - Siem Reap (B,L)
    Day 9: Tonle Sap (Disembarkation) - Siem Reap (B,L)
    This great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. The birdlife is profuse and from the middle of the lake one cannot even see the shores. Witness stillness and tranquility on the way to Siem Reap. 
    Note: The water level varies a great deal according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded. Thus, changes may occur for the different seasons. High Water Program (approx. between July and December) Cross the Tonle Sap Lake at dawn and 11:00 disembark at Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the hotel by 12:00 pm . Low Water Program (approx. between December and June) 
    Cruise early morning to Prek K’dam where you will disembark the cruise after breakfast. Board a coach at 9:00am; which will take you to see a pre-Angorian temple on your way to Siem Reap. A packed lunch and refreshments will be available along the way. Arrive in Siem Reap early afternoon. 
     
  • Day 10:  Siem Reap Departure
    Day 10: Siem Reap Departure
    Free at leisure until your departure flight bounding for home. 
     
For budget from US$ (VND ) per person...
The price is generally based on 8 days itinerary in private cruise cabin, boasting luxurious bathrooms and spa including excursions, meal on boat  and private guiding.

Suggested Accommodation:

Notes:
  • All prices are quoted in VND/US dollar per person
  • Prices may change according to unexpected fuel increasing or other reasons.
  • Price Includes: Shared DBL/TWN room at Hotel in city central, shared DBL/TWN cabin on boat, guide on boat, meals on boat, entrance fee, private transport between city central, harbor and airport.
Please contact us at  24hrs number: 877 - 315 - 9164, via info@sisterstoursvn.com or via our Contact Page for a complimentary consultuation.

For travelers who have little more time, there are so many options of pre and post travel options that can be added to any itineraries in Vietnam or lager, in Indochina. Here you will find some of the most popular options. Bring forward your requests; let us plan your unforgettable Indochina trip.

  • Flight to Hanoi to catch the late train to Sapa hilltribe mountaint.
  • Enjoy more in Siem Reap to shot the sun’s first rays hitting the incredible temples of Angkor.
  • Fly to Myanmar to marvel at the glittering, golden Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most breath- taking religious monuments.