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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive ho chi minh city (saigon)

Vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest cityVibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest city

On arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll meet your local guide who will assist with your transfer to your centrally-located hotel. The rest of the day is yours free to relax and begin your adjustment to the local time zone.

Meals
None
Lodging
Grand Hotel or similar

Day 2: cu chi tunnels & historical sites

If you're brave, explore underground in the Cu Chi TunnelsIf you're brave, explore underground in the Cu Chi Tunnels

Head out of town with your guide to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is actually the name of the district that covers an extensive underground network of tunnels (approx. 200 km / 125 mi) dug initially by the Viet Minh, and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodations, and schools. They were used extensively for refuge and storage, and also as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon. The 1968 Tet Offensive was launched from Cu Chi with surprising effect. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow tourists to get a feel for what life underground must have been like.

After, return to Ho Chi Minh City where you spend the afternoon exploring Saigon’s historic landmarks, including the Reunification Palace and its striking modern architecture, the War Remnants Museum, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. This visit allows you to admire many French colonial buildings such as the main post office and the former Hotel de Ville (city hall). Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Grand Hotel or similar

Day 3: mekong river cruise

Sail aboard the Toum Tiou boatSail aboard the Toum Tiou boat

You'll have some free time in the morning before your transfer to the pier where you board the Toum Tiou boat and embark on a cruise through the Mekong Delta and along the Mekong River to Cambodia. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and a briefing on the cruise. This will be followed by a delicious welcome dinner.

The Toum Tiou is a mid-range passenger boat with a low draft giving it the ability to access the more remote villages that see very few travelers and without western influences. The boat was designed with passenger privacy, comfort, and safety in mind. Each of the 10 double cozy cabins are about 130 square feet with a large panoramic window for clear views of the river and include a private bathroom, a/c, mini-safe, spacious closet, and hair-dryer.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Toum Tiou Boat or similar

Day 4: mekong delta

Take a sampan ride through the Mekong Delta canalsTake a sampan ride through the Mekong Delta canals

While enjoying a hearty breakfast, the boat will navigate the canal of Cho Gao to My Tho. Here, the boat drops anchor in the proximity of Thoi Son Island. Local boats will pull up alongside the main boat to pick you up and transfer you to the mainland. Spend some time exploring Vinh Trang Pagoda by vehicle and enjoy a short panoramic tour of My Tho and a local market.

Return to the main boat and continue cruising to Cai Be while having lunch. On arrival in Cai Be, you'll take another local boat to the floating market and surrounding areas. Next, stop in Vinh Long (Majestic Dragon), located right in the heart of the Delta, between two arms of the Mekong. Here, you'll visit a brick and pottery factory, the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet fruit tree nursery, and a typical home with traditional farm tools on display. Return to the boat for dinner and overnight. The boat sets sail for Sa Dec.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Toum Tiou Boat or similar

Day 5: chau doc

Pass through Mekong Delta villagesPass through Mekong Delta villages

After breakfast, visit the Trung Vuong primary school before continuing on to Kien An Cung Pagoda. You'll take a stroll around the Sa Dec Market along the riverbank. This small city is home to 30,000 people and is quite fascinating. It receives few tourists and therefore is a great place to get insight into the daily lives of those who make the Mekong Delta their home. 

You'll then return to the boat and head for Chau Doc while enjoying lunch on board. On arrival in Chau Doc, you'll board a local boat and visit the fish farms and a minority village. Time permitting, watch the sunset on the Sam Mountain (777 ft) and visit the Lady Chua Xu Temple and Tay An Pagoda.

Return to the boat for dinner and overnight.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Toum Tiou Boat or similar

Day 6: cross into cambodia

The National Museum in Phnom PenhThe National Museum in Phnom Penh

The boat departs early in the morning for Vinh Xuong at the Vietnamese border while you have breakfast. On arrival at Vinh Xuong check-point, you'll clear formalities and cross into Cambodia. After lunch on board, you'll arrive in Phnom Penh, which translates to "Penh's Hill", and enjoy some time in the capital. Dinner and overnight will be on board the boat.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Toum Tiou Boat or similar

Day 7: phnom penh

See the beautiful Golden Palace in Phnom PenhSee the beautiful Golden Palace in Phnom Penh

Today's land excursion in Phnom Penh takes you on a visit to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market. Return to the boat for lunch and then you'll have the remainder of the day for free exploration on own.

While not the most uplifting destination, we suggest visiting Toul Sleng, the old detention center where torture and executions took place between 1975 and 1979. A visit to this place is essential to understanding what could be the sheer madness perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge.

Return to the boat around 7:00pm where you have the treat of watching a traditional “Apsara” performance. Dinner and overnight on board the boat.  

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Toum Tiou Boat or similar

Day 8: koh chen & kampong tralach villages

The children of Cambodia know how to get aroundThe children of Cambodia know how to get around

Today the boat navigates its way to Koh Chen, where you take a land excursion to a village of craftsmen that specialize in silver-making. Around 11:30am, return to the boat for lunch and continue on to Kampong Tralach. Here, you'll visit the village's wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu Pagoda. To get there, you'll cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, passing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as you leave the river behind. The Vihara dates back to early 20th century, but was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the latérite foundations. The Pagoda is home to some outstanding mural paintings, though they are starting to suffer from weathering. You return to the boat around 6:00pm for dinner while the boat drops anchor a few miles away.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Toum Tiou Boat or similar

Day 9: kampong chnang & chnok tru

Meet the friendly children of the MekongMeet the friendly children of the Mekong

The boat sets sail early this morning to Kampong Chnang while you have breakfast. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, this town is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap Lake and is famous for its pottery. The pottery methods they use have been unchanged for many centuries, and this area supplies the entire country with pottery. In addition, the area is known for producing products of the Thnot tree (sugar palm), a mellow tasting caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.

Return to the boat for lunch while the boat sails to Chnok Tru. Here, you'll take a local boat to visit this remote village, which is overlooked by most tourists due to its inacessibility. The village is completely self-sufficient with its own floating school, church, pagoda, gas stations, stores, bar, police station, and even factories to make ice and keep the fresh fish cold. You'll return to the boat, which drops anchor nearby, while you enjoy a farewell cocktail with the Captain followed by dinner.

NOTE: The visit to Chnok Tru is only available during the high water season, which runs from July to December. Cruises operating between January and June will not visit Chnok Tru and just spend more time relaxing aboard the boat.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Toum Tiou Boat or similar

Day 10: arrive siem reap

Explore village life around Tonle Sap LakeExplore village life around Tonle Sap Lake

HIGH WATER SEASON SCHEDULE: After breakfast, you'll have some time to pack your bags and relax while crossing the Tonle Sap Lake to the Phnom Krom Pier. You'll say good-bye to the boat crew and meet up with your local guide who will assist with the transfer to your centrally located hotel in Siem Reap.

LOW WATER SEASON SCHEDULE: After breakfast, a chartered speedboat will meet the boat passengers and take you across the lake to the Chnok Tru floating village. You'll continue on to the Phnom Krom Pier and meet your local guide who will assist with the transfer to your centrally located hotel in Siem Reap.

In the evening, you'll enjoy an Apsara Dance performance.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa or similar

Day 11: angkor temples

See the magnificent Angkor WatSee the magnificent Angkor Wat

In the morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel and take you on a tour to discover the famous temple of Angkor Wat. This temple was dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century. It illustrates some of the most beautiful examples of Khmer and Hindu art and features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls narrating stories from Hindu mythology. 

In the afternoon, you'll visit 10th century temple, Banteay Srei "the jewel of Khmer art." This small pink sandstone temple, also known as “the Citadel of Women," contains some remarkable carved lintels in very good condition. On the way back to the hotel, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery "Jungle Temple" where immense roots have taken hold of the stones. Here you’ll find some beautifully sculpted Devatas. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa or similar

Day 12: ancient ruins of the angkor era

Explore the mysterious Ta Prohm ruinsExplore the mysterious Ta Prohm ruins

In the morning, leave by tuk-tuk for the northern end of Angkor to visit Preah Khan Temple, built by Jayavarman VII in 1191 in honor of his father. Of the same era is Neak Pean, an artificial island known as the "entwined serpents." The large central basin is linked with four smaller ones representing the four great rivers emerging from the earth’s four cardinal points. Of particular interest is the superb statue of Balaha, which represents the legendary savior of shipwrecked boats.

Continuing your exploration of Angkor, you'll visit the 12th century temples - Thommanon Temple and Chau Say Tevoda. Both were constructed under the reign of Suryavarman II and feature beautifully sculpted images honoring Shiva and Vishnu. In the afternoon, visit the great city of Angkor Thom, beginning at the southern gate’s famous Bayon temple, which was built in the 12th century and dedicated to Buddhism. Bayon consists of 54 gigantic towers featuring 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara.

Next, visit the 1150 foot long Elephant Terrace, used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and a base for the King’s grand audience hall, followed by the 12th century Terrace of the Leper King. This structure represents many of the city’s most admired Apsara sculptures. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa or similar

Day 13: depart siem reap

Local Cambodian delicacies - we dare you to try!Local Cambodian delicacies - we dare you to try!

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Or, perhaps add on a few days relaxing on the beach at Sihanoukville or one of Thailand's many beautiful beaches. Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 pm.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,500
Single Supplement:
$1,450
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Plan around frequent departures, July to April
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

This trip operates as a custom adventure around frequently scheduled cruise departures. Your activities before and after the cruise can be fully customized, but on the actual cruise you will be joining other people and following a set itinerary. The boat is not available May through mid-July for annual maintenance.

Duration:
13 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
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(see full descriptions)
From superior passenger boat to charming 4-star boutique hotels
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Easy walking
Group Size:
2-12
Journeys groups include 2 to 12 people. The boat sleeps up to 20, and guests from other groups may be on the boat while our group is sailing.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southeast Asia

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit* and payment schedule: 25% of the land cost per person or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 75 days prior to departure. Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates. All payments may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

*HOLIDAY departures may require an additional deposit. 

Additional cancellation fees
Cancellations that occur between 61-90 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee that is 50% of the land cost, and cancellations 31-60 days prior will be subject to a 75% cancellation fee. Cancellations between 0-30 days are 100% NON-REFUNDABLE. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Sail aboard the Toum Tiou boat
Sail aboard the Toum Tiou boat
Pass through Mekong Delta villages
Pass through Mekong Delta villages
Get insight into life on the Lake
Get insight into life on the Lake
Vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest city
Vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest city
Take a sampan ride through the Mekong Delta canals
Take a sampan ride through the Mekong Delta canals
Explore the mysterious Ta Prohm ruins
Explore the mysterious Ta Prohm ruins
See the magnificent Angkor Wat
See the magnificent Angkor Wat
Visit villages like these in Cambodia
Visit villages like these in Cambodia
If you're brave, explore underground in the Cu Chi Tunnels
If you're brave, explore underground in the Cu Chi Tunnels

Mekong River Cruise

Learn about life along the Mekong River and visit historical sites

overview

Your Mekong adventure begins with a visit in bustling Saigon, where you spend time exploring the city and visiting the historical Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive underground network of tunnels.

From here, board your charming boat for your cruise along the Mekong where you get insight into the lives of the people who live along the banks and on the river. Throughout your eight-day cruise you will visit many different villages along the way. Highlights include shopping at floating markets and meeting local children at a primary school. You’ll visit architectural treasures such as the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. And you’ll pass through gorgeous emerald rice paddies as you leave the river behind you.

If you are traveling in the right season, you’ll also visit Chnok Tru, a self-sufficient remote village that rarely sees tourists. The village includes a floating school, church, pagoda, gas station, bar, police station, and even ice factories.

Once off the boat, you’ll spend two days in Siem Reap, exploring Angkor Temples and ruins. 
 

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overview

Your Mekong adventure begins with a visit in bustling Saigon, where you spend time exploring the city and visiting the historical Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive underground network of tunnels.

From here, board your charming boat for your cruise along the Mekong where you get insight into the lives of the people who live along the banks and on the river. Throughout your eight-day cruise you will visit many different villages along the way. Highlights include shopping at floating markets and meeting local children at a primary school. You’ll visit architectural treasures such as the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. And you’ll pass through gorgeous emerald rice paddies as you leave the river behind you.

If you are traveling in the right season, you’ll also visit Chnok Tru, a self-sufficient remote village that rarely sees tourists. The village includes a floating school, church, pagoda, gas station, bar, police station, and even ice factories.

Once off the boat, you’ll spend two days in Siem Reap, exploring Angkor Temples and ruins. 
 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive ho chi minh city (saigon)
    Vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest cityVibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest city

    On arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll meet your local guide who will assist with your transfer to your centrally-located hotel. The rest of the day is yours free to relax and begin your adjustment to the local time zone.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Grand Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: cu chi tunnels & historical sites
    If you're brave, explore underground in the Cu Chi TunnelsIf you're brave, explore underground in the Cu Chi Tunnels

    Head out of town with your guide to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is actually the name of the district that covers an extensive underground network of tunnels (approx. 200 km / 125 mi) dug initially by the Viet Minh, and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodations, and schools. They were used extensively for refuge and storage, and also as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon. The 1968 Tet Offensive was launched from Cu Chi with surprising effect. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow tourists to get a feel for what life underground must have been like.

    After, return to Ho Chi Minh City where you spend the afternoon exploring Saigon’s historic landmarks, including the Reunification Palace and its striking modern architecture, the War Remnants Museum, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. This visit allows you to admire many French colonial buildings such as the main post office and the former Hotel de Ville (city hall). Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Grand Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: mekong river cruise
    Sail aboard the Toum Tiou boatSail aboard the Toum Tiou boat

    You'll have some free time in the morning before your transfer to the pier where you board the Toum Tiou boat and embark on a cruise through the Mekong Delta and along the Mekong River to Cambodia. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and a briefing on the cruise. This will be followed by a delicious welcome dinner.

    The Toum Tiou is a mid-range passenger boat with a low draft giving it the ability to access the more remote villages that see very few travelers and without western influences. The boat was designed with passenger privacy, comfort, and safety in mind. Each of the 10 double cozy cabins are about 130 square feet with a large panoramic window for clear views of the river and include a private bathroom, a/c, mini-safe, spacious closet, and hair-dryer.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Toum Tiou Boat or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: mekong delta
    Take a sampan ride through the Mekong Delta canalsTake a sampan ride through the Mekong Delta canals

    While enjoying a hearty breakfast, the boat will navigate the canal of Cho Gao to My Tho. Here, the boat drops anchor in the proximity of Thoi Son Island. Local boats will pull up alongside the main boat to pick you up and transfer you to the mainland. Spend some time exploring Vinh Trang Pagoda by vehicle and enjoy a short panoramic tour of My Tho and a local market.

    Return to the main boat and continue cruising to Cai Be while having lunch. On arrival in Cai Be, you'll take another local boat to the floating market and surrounding areas. Next, stop in Vinh Long (Majestic Dragon), located right in the heart of the Delta, between two arms of the Mekong. Here, you'll visit a brick and pottery factory, the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet fruit tree nursery, and a typical home with traditional farm tools on display. Return to the boat for dinner and overnight. The boat sets sail for Sa Dec.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Toum Tiou Boat or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: chau doc
    Pass through Mekong Delta villagesPass through Mekong Delta villages

    After breakfast, visit the Trung Vuong primary school before continuing on to Kien An Cung Pagoda. You'll take a stroll around the Sa Dec Market along the riverbank. This small city is home to 30,000 people and is quite fascinating. It receives few tourists and therefore is a great place to get insight into the daily lives of those who make the Mekong Delta their home. 

    You'll then return to the boat and head for Chau Doc while enjoying lunch on board. On arrival in Chau Doc, you'll board a local boat and visit the fish farms and a minority village. Time permitting, watch the sunset on the Sam Mountain (777 ft) and visit the Lady Chua Xu Temple and Tay An Pagoda.

    Return to the boat for dinner and overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Toum Tiou Boat or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: cross into cambodia
    The National Museum in Phnom PenhThe National Museum in Phnom Penh

    The boat departs early in the morning for Vinh Xuong at the Vietnamese border while you have breakfast. On arrival at Vinh Xuong check-point, you'll clear formalities and cross into Cambodia. After lunch on board, you'll arrive in Phnom Penh, which translates to "Penh's Hill", and enjoy some time in the capital. Dinner and overnight will be on board the boat.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Toum Tiou Boat or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: phnom penh
    See the beautiful Golden Palace in Phnom PenhSee the beautiful Golden Palace in Phnom Penh

    Today's land excursion in Phnom Penh takes you on a visit to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market. Return to the boat for lunch and then you'll have the remainder of the day for free exploration on own.

    While not the most uplifting destination, we suggest visiting Toul Sleng, the old detention center where torture and executions took place between 1975 and 1979. A visit to this place is essential to understanding what could be the sheer madness perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge.

    Return to the boat around 7:00pm where you have the treat of watching a traditional “Apsara” performance. Dinner and overnight on board the boat.  

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Toum Tiou Boat or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: koh chen & kampong tralach villages
    The children of Cambodia know how to get aroundThe children of Cambodia know how to get around

    Today the boat navigates its way to Koh Chen, where you take a land excursion to a village of craftsmen that specialize in silver-making. Around 11:30am, return to the boat for lunch and continue on to Kampong Tralach. Here, you'll visit the village's wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu Pagoda. To get there, you'll cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, passing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as you leave the river behind. The Vihara dates back to early 20th century, but was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the latérite foundations. The Pagoda is home to some outstanding mural paintings, though they are starting to suffer from weathering. You return to the boat around 6:00pm for dinner while the boat drops anchor a few miles away.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Toum Tiou Boat or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: kampong chnang & chnok tru
    Meet the friendly children of the MekongMeet the friendly children of the Mekong

    The boat sets sail early this morning to Kampong Chnang while you have breakfast. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, this town is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap Lake and is famous for its pottery. The pottery methods they use have been unchanged for many centuries, and this area supplies the entire country with pottery. In addition, the area is known for producing products of the Thnot tree (sugar palm), a mellow tasting caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.

    Return to the boat for lunch while the boat sails to Chnok Tru. Here, you'll take a local boat to visit this remote village, which is overlooked by most tourists due to its inacessibility. The village is completely self-sufficient with its own floating school, church, pagoda, gas stations, stores, bar, police station, and even factories to make ice and keep the fresh fish cold. You'll return to the boat, which drops anchor nearby, while you enjoy a farewell cocktail with the Captain followed by dinner.

    NOTE: The visit to Chnok Tru is only available during the high water season, which runs from July to December. Cruises operating between January and June will not visit Chnok Tru and just spend more time relaxing aboard the boat.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Toum Tiou Boat or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: arrive siem reap
    Explore village life around Tonle Sap LakeExplore village life around Tonle Sap Lake

    HIGH WATER SEASON SCHEDULE: After breakfast, you'll have some time to pack your bags and relax while crossing the Tonle Sap Lake to the Phnom Krom Pier. You'll say good-bye to the boat crew and meet up with your local guide who will assist with the transfer to your centrally located hotel in Siem Reap.

    LOW WATER SEASON SCHEDULE: After breakfast, a chartered speedboat will meet the boat passengers and take you across the lake to the Chnok Tru floating village. You'll continue on to the Phnom Krom Pier and meet your local guide who will assist with the transfer to your centrally located hotel in Siem Reap.

    In the evening, you'll enjoy an Apsara Dance performance.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: angkor temples
    See the magnificent Angkor WatSee the magnificent Angkor Wat

    In the morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel and take you on a tour to discover the famous temple of Angkor Wat. This temple was dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century. It illustrates some of the most beautiful examples of Khmer and Hindu art and features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls narrating stories from Hindu mythology. 

    In the afternoon, you'll visit 10th century temple, Banteay Srei "the jewel of Khmer art." This small pink sandstone temple, also known as “the Citadel of Women," contains some remarkable carved lintels in very good condition. On the way back to the hotel, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery "Jungle Temple" where immense roots have taken hold of the stones. Here you’ll find some beautifully sculpted Devatas. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: ancient ruins of the angkor era
    Explore the mysterious Ta Prohm ruinsExplore the mysterious Ta Prohm ruins

    In the morning, leave by tuk-tuk for the northern end of Angkor to visit Preah Khan Temple, built by Jayavarman VII in 1191 in honor of his father. Of the same era is Neak Pean, an artificial island known as the "entwined serpents." The large central basin is linked with four smaller ones representing the four great rivers emerging from the earth’s four cardinal points. Of particular interest is the superb statue of Balaha, which represents the legendary savior of shipwrecked boats.

    Continuing your exploration of Angkor, you'll visit the 12th century temples - Thommanon Temple and Chau Say Tevoda. Both were constructed under the reign of Suryavarman II and feature beautifully sculpted images honoring Shiva and Vishnu. In the afternoon, visit the great city of Angkor Thom, beginning at the southern gate’s famous Bayon temple, which was built in the 12th century and dedicated to Buddhism. Bayon consists of 54 gigantic towers featuring 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara.

    Next, visit the 1150 foot long Elephant Terrace, used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and a base for the King’s grand audience hall, followed by the 12th century Terrace of the Leper King. This structure represents many of the city’s most admired Apsara sculptures. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 13: depart siem reap
    Local Cambodian delicacies - we dare you to try!Local Cambodian delicacies - we dare you to try!

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Or, perhaps add on a few days relaxing on the beach at Sihanoukville or one of Thailand's many beautiful beaches. Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 pm.

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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,500
Single Supplement:
$1,450
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Plan around frequent departures, July to April
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

This trip operates as a custom adventure around frequently scheduled cruise departures. Your activities before and after the cruise can be fully customized, but on the actual cruise you will be joining other people and following a set itinerary. The boat is not available May through mid-July for annual maintenance.

Duration:
13 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
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(see full descriptions)
From superior passenger boat to charming 4-star boutique hotels
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Easy walking
Group Size:
2-12
Journeys groups include 2 to 12 people. The boat sleeps up to 20, and guests from other groups may be on the boat while our group is sailing.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southeast Asia

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit* and payment schedule: 25% of the land cost per person or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 75 days prior to departure. Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates. All payments may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

*HOLIDAY departures may require an additional deposit. 

Additional cancellation fees
Cancellations that occur between 61-90 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee that is 50% of the land cost, and cancellations 31-60 days prior will be subject to a 75% cancellation fee. Cancellations between 0-30 days are 100% NON-REFUNDABLE. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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