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SAILING TO KRATIE & THE RARE IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN

THE MEKONG UNEXPLORED

10 NIGHTS

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia. We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta so rich in human life and endeavour, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. With a full day in charming Phnom Penh we then explore remoter waterways as we progress to the great monuments of Angkor.

In addition to this off-the-beaten track itinerary we will visit the village of Kratie up the Mekong where we still can find the endangered river dolphins.

In 2003, with the RV Mekong Pandaw, we were the first ship to attempt this extraordinary journey, surmounting complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles.

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PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Exploring Angkor (Victoria Resort) Pre Tour

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Exploring Angkor (Jaya House Riverpark) Pre Tour

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Saigon & Surroundings (InterContinental Asiana)

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OPTIONAL PACKAGE ADDONS

Private Dining

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Pre-Bookable House Wine Package

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Free Flow Drinks

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Free Flow Drinks & Wine Package

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 SIEM REAP

PLEASE NOTE: We may experience low water levels between January and April. If we are unable to reach Kratie to see the river dolphins a revised itinerary will be offered with an exciting variety of excursions.

Passengers will transfer by coach to Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Embark your ship and cast off to Kratie.

Please note: Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

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DAY 2 CHHLONG

Morning excursion to Chhlong with its beautiful French colonial style buildings. Enjoy the afternoon on board.

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DAY 3 KRATIE

We will travel by coach and transfer by boat to the WWF protected area where we hope the see the rare river dolphins. The river here is rocky and not navigable for larger vessels. In the Afternoon we will visit the island of Koh Trong with our small Pandaw Explorer boat. 

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DAY 4 ANGKOR BAN

Morning excursion to Angkor Ban village to see traditional Khmer houses, villagers at work and a pagoda. In the afternoon you will visit the pagoda at Preak Bong Kong.

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DAY 5 KAMPONG TROLACH

Cast off to Preak Kdam, en route you will experience an ox cart ride to the village of Kampong Trolach. In the afternoon we will visit the Silversmith village of Kampong Trolach.

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DAY 6 PHNOM PENH

Passengers will visit Phnom Penh and will be provided with their own private cyclo*. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers (www.cyclo.org.uk). In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must be requested at the time of booking in the comments box.

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DAY 7 CRUISING

Cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities. Enjoy a day on the ship.

DAY 8 CHAU DOC

Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc. We will sail to Sa Dec in the afternoon.

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DAY 9 SA DEC

We will take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist.

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DAY 10 VINH LONG

We will visit a local market in Vinh Long by local boat and then continue to floating villages to see catfish farms. Visit a candy and rice paper factory where we will have tea and refreshments at a local house. Before we return to our ship we will experience narrow canals on a rowing boat to see local life and fishermen.

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DAY 11 SAIGON

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Saigon City. Arrive late morning.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes. Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 SIEM REAP

Transfer by coach from the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa to Kampong Cham.

Registration Details
VICTORIA ANGKOR RESORT & SPA
Registration is at 11.30am
Central Park, 
P.O. Box 93145

DAY 11 SAIGON

Transfer to Saigon City, InterContinental Asiana Hotel, arriving late morning.

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