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• Countries visited: Cambodia – Vietnam
• Destinations: Siem Reap- wat hanchay – tonle sap river cruise-Kam pong Cham – kampong chhnang – Phnom phenh- crossing the border –Tan Chau- Sadec –Cai be –My tho – Saigon
Cambodia cruise – Mekong cruise – Mekong river cruise
Downstream itinerary of Mekong river cruise: Cambodia to Vietnam
There are many Cambodia cruise trips and Vietnam cruise trips, as well as Mekong river cruise trips, and many people in the world love the beauty of the nature in these two countries.
Our journey along the Mekong River – a legendary river is 7 day. It would start with a land transfer between Kampong Cham and Siem Reap, Cambodia, sailing downstream to Vietnam that is stopping in My Tho and transfer into Saigon. The itinerary would also operate in the reverse route, and might be extended with the land extensions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Bangkok, Thailand or Ha Long Bay and Ha Noi, Vietnam. In the article today, people will have chance to discover one of the most exciting trips along the Mekong River – a wonderful Vietnam – Cambodia cruise that will bring you a lot of interesting and memorable experiences, as well as chances to take a lot of beautiful photos.
• All-Suite Luxury Vessel
• 2 Grande Suites with Panoramic French Balcony and Wraparound Veranda (584 Square Feet/54 Square Meters)
• 2 Prestige Suites with Private Balcony (387 Square Feet/36 Square Meters)
• 16 Signature Suites with Private Balcony (291 Square Feet/27 Square Meters)
• 10 Vista Suites with French Balcony (276 Square Feet/26 Square Meters)
• 4 Superior Suites with Portholes (256 Square Feet/24 Square Meters)
• Grande & Prestige Suites Feature Fixed King Beds
• Superior, Vista & Signature Suites can be converted from two twin-size to one queen-size bed.
• Luxury Honeycomb Spa Robes with Slippers
• All-Natural Spa-Quality Bath Amenities
• Pillow Menu
• In-room Electronic Safe
• Individual Climate Control
• 500-Thread Count Linens with Duvet
• Premium Mattresses
• Bottled Water Replenished Daily
• Welcome Flower Arrangement & Fresh Fruit upon Arrival
• Complimentary Wireless Internet in All Public Areas
• Make-up Mirror
• Multi-Configuration Plugs
• Generous Closet Space and Under-Bed Storage
• I Phone Docking Station with Alarm Clock
• Hair Dryer
• Flat Screen LCD Television with Movie System
• Mini Bar
Additional Amenities for Grande & Prestige Suite Guests:
• Butler Service to Include:
Nightly Turndown Service
Assistance with Pillow Menu Selection
Presentation of Spa-Quality Bath Amenities
Entertainment System Assistance
Ensures Accommodations are Immaculate
Polish and Condition Shoes upon Request
Refreshes Ice Bucket
Prepare and Pack Luggage upon Request
Scented Bath on Request
• Complimentary One-Hour Spa Treatment per Guest
• Complimentary Laundry Service
• Complimentary Evening Canapés
Complimentary Excursion Amenities:
• Shore Excursion Program Series Including All Admissions
• Shoe Cleaning After Excursion
• Welcome Drink and Cold Towel Service Following Excursions
• Individual VOX Listening Devices throughout Cruise Shore Excursion Program
• Maximum 22 Guests per Guide on All Excursions
• Full-Size Motor Coach on All Excursions (Where Applicable)
• Deluxe Sampans with Cold Towel Service, Fresh Fruit, and Tea/Coffee Service (Where applicable)
Dining & Entertainment:
• Expertly Trained Culinary Team Providing Buffet Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, and Seated Multiple Course Dinner
• Complimentary Coffee, Tea, Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Local Beer, Local Spirits, and Free- Flow House Wine (House Wine with Dinner Only)
• Series of Cultural Performances, Educational Talks, Cooking Classes and Ship Tour.
• In-room Breakfast Available (Grande & Prestige Suites)
• Welcome Reception
• Farewell Reception
• Themed Dinners
• Spacious Air-Conditioned Lounge with Nightly Entertainment
• Transfers to/from Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap to Embarkation/Disembarkation Points
From Designated Rendezvous Locations.
• Air fare to/from Destination
• Transfers outside Included Transportation as Provided by Lotus Cruises. Ltd.
• Premium Wines & Spirits
• Shipboard Gratuities
• All Incidentals
• Port Charges
• Visas are required for Travel to/from Vietnam & Cambodia and are the responsibility of the guest to obtain.
Terms and Conditions FIT Guests
Reservations & Payments
To reserve your cruise, a 25% deposit of the total cruise fare is required at the time of booking. Full payment is due no later than 120 days prior to departure. Guests will not be permitted to change travel agents once final payment has been received by Lotus Cruises, Ltd. Final documentation will be issued after receipt of final payment and approximately 30 days prior to sailing. All reservations are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the final payment due date, and are guaranteed only when paid in full 120 days prior to sailing.
FIT Cancellation Policy
Should you find it necessary to cancel your reservation or any component thereof, you or your travel professional are required to contact Lotus Cruises .,Ltd. directly by telephone as well as submit your cancellation in writing.
If your cancellation request is received more than 120 days prior to your initial sailing date, a $500 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged per person. This administrative fee may not be converted to a future cruise credit.
Cruise cancellation requests received within 120 days of the initial sailing date will be subject to the following charges, regardless of suite resale:
120 – 91 days prior to the initial sailing date: 50% of the total cruise fare per person
90 – 0 days prior to the initial sailing date or non-appearance at the time of sailing: 100% of the total cruise fare per person.
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Itinerary arrival and departure times are always subject to change without notice. Lotus Cruises., Ltd. reserves the right to cancel, alter, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing or itinerary, substitute another vessel for the scheduled ship, or substitute or cancel scheduled ports of call, which, in its sole judgment and discretion, is justified for any reason, and to do so without liability for any loss whatsoever to guests as a result of said change(s). Additionally, Lotus Cruises .,Ltd. reserves the right to cancel reservations and bookings in the event of a full-ship charter, whether or not a deposit or full payment has been received, and in such event, Lotus Cruises .,Ltd’s only liability will be to refund to the guest the amount it has received.
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Cruise fares cover certain shipboard services including: suite accommodations, shore excursions, on board meals and entertainment, complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select Free-flow house wines for dinner, and locally produced spirits, soda, water, coffee and tea throughout the cruise)
All fares are quoted in US dollars, are per guest and based on double occupancy. Not included in your cruise tariff are: airfare, hotel accommodations, optional shore excursions, meals ashore, imported mineral waters and sodas, fuel surcharges, laundry (except Grande & Prestige Suites), purchases from the ship boutique or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages, spa treatments, Champagne, premium wine and spirit selections.
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HEALTH AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
All guests are required to report in writing to Lotus Cruises., Ltd at the time their reservation is made:
1. Any physical or mental condition that may require medical or professional treatment or attention during the voyage
2. Any condition that may render the guest unfit for travel or that may require special care or assistance
3. Any condition that may pose a risk or danger to the guest or anyone else on board the ship
4. Any condition that may require oxygen for medical reasons
5. Any intention or need to use a wheelchair cart, other mobility device
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Baggage and personal belongings will be taken off the ship upon guest disembarkation. Under no circumstances will baggage be stored on board without the owner of such baggage being on the vessel. Lotus Cruises. Ltd is not responsible for baggage stored in shore side facilities.
Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken aboard the ship. We recommend that you hand-carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times. Lotus Cruises shall not be responsible for the loss of or damage to, such personal items.
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All travel documents (air and cruise tickets, passport and medical insurance information) are the guest’s responsibility. It is also the guest’s responsibility to obtain any necessary visas and public health documents for all applicable ports and to comply with all customs requirements. Without the required documents, a guest may be denied boarding and accommodation by Lotus Cruises .,Ltd. or the guest may be disembarked during the voyage and Lotus Cruises will not make a refund or be otherwise liable to any guest for such denial of boarding or disembarkation.
In the event that Lotus Cruises .,Ltd as a courtesy, provides information or advice as to necessary travel documents, visas and medical inoculations, guests are still obligated to verify such information with the appropriate government authorities and Lotus Cruises .,Ltd. does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information.
Vietnam & Cambodia requires passports to be valid six months beyond intended stay. Please check with the appropriate consulate for specific requirements. Security measures imposed by governments may change from time to time and each guest will be required to comply with them. As a courtesy, we will endeavor to provide each guest with notice of measures that may affect them, but complying with any such requirements is the sole responsibility of each guest. Please consult your travel professional for advice on such requirements to avoid loss of boarding Privileges.
TAXES, GOVERNMENT FEES/QUASI GOVERNMENT FEES AND FUEL SUPPLEMENTS
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Lotus Cruises. Ltd. reserves the right to charge a per person fuel supplement in the event that the price increases up to and including the day of embarkation. Lotus Cruises .,Ltd may collect any taxes, government fees/ quasigovernment fees and fuel supplement (the “Surcharges”) at the time of booking, prior to sailing or on board the vessel, even if the cruise fare has been paid in full. Surcharges will be invoiced accordingly.
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Day 1 SIEM REAP / KAMPONG CHAM / EMBARKATION (WR / WD)
Your midday transfer from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham, Cambodia, ends at the Mekong Navigator. After a welcome reception, safety briefing, and the introduction to key members of our crew, a delicious Cambodian Welcome Dinner is served in Le Marche Dining Room.
Lecture during the transfer: The Mekong and the Biosphere of the Tonle Sap Lake and Tonle Sap Rivers.
Day 2 WAT HANCHEY / KAMPONG CHAM (B / L / D)
Lecture today: The Origins of Buddhism, its Cultural Influence and its Teachings
In the morning of Day 2, the kids of a school in the locality would welcome tourists to the village. The school, which could serve 8 surrounding districts is the single secondary school in the region and is supported by the whole community in the locality. After a tour of the school and a great Q&A opportunity with the principal, tourists walk up the hill to the Wat Hanchey local monastery and get from the resident monks a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing. After taking a walk around the amazing views of the Mekong River valley and the monastery, you would need to descend 303 steps and come back to our ship.
After having lunch, motor coaches would drive tourists across the Kampong Cham city to the Phnom Srei (woman hill) and Phnom Pros hills (man hill), where people visit the incredible Stupa, the reclining Buddha that is ten-meter long and the preaching Buddha that is thirteen-meter tall. The last visit today is to the 12th century, Wat Nokor Bachey Angkorian-period complex, which features many original stone Buddha statues. After returning to the ship, tourists will start the sail down the Mekong to the Tonle Sap River.
Day 3 TONLE SAP RIVER CRUISE / KAMPONG CHHNANG (B / L / D)
Lecture today: from Powerful Khmer Empire, via Genocide, to the Nation’s Rebuilding
The ship would sail a whole day on the winding, narrow Tonle Sap River, which would offer a rare glimpse of Cambodian rural river life. After reaching the Kampong Chhnang floating village, tourists would have chance to board a private excursion boat for a scenic Mekong river cruise, where people can even shopping and observe the locals living, and working on the river. While sailing back to the Mekong, tourists can also admire the beautiful sunset scene, see the local kids on the riverbanks bidding tourist’s farewell when continuse the Mekong river cruise.
Tourists should not forget that the government authorities would ban tourists to sail to Kampong Chhnang during certain high and low water conditions. During these departures, it would be substituted to have a visit to the Preak Bang Kong silk weaving village. Preak Bang Kong is a very well-known traditional village that is extremely famous as it has a lot of special and beautiful woven silk goods. The walking tour would include visiting to a local home “farm,” where people raise the worms, the silk is dyed and handspun, and women use traditional looms to weave the silk thread into fabrics. The homes opted are a wonderful place for people to have a small shopping trip.
Day 4 PHNOM PENH / OVERNIGHT (B / L / CP / D)
After having a delicious breakfast on board in the morning, cyclo drivers would be meeting tourists on the pier for a great Phnom Penh tour in the morning. You would be transported gently to the Royal Palace complex along the riverfront, where you enjoy a peaceful walk via the grounds. After admiring Moonlight Pavilion and Throne Hall, you would have opportunity to visit the well-known the Maitreya Buddha and the home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha – Silver Pagoda, which has over nine thousands diamonds encrusted. The cyclo would be waiting outside for taking you and other visitors on the short ride to the open-air National Museum which is home to the biggest collection of pre-Angkorian and Angkorian artifacts excavated at the Angkor Temple complex at regions around Cambodia such as Seam Reap.
After coming back to the ship, you will have opportunity to take a free afternoon in Phnom Penh – shopping, dining at one of several amazing and beautiful restaurants, or independently exploring the city. This afternoon, an Independent Pursuit at the Sun Bear Sanctuary to be a Bear Keeper for a Day outside Phnom Penh would be provided.
Before having dinner, the local kids would entertain visitors on the Sun Deck with a cultural performance such as Apsara, the national Cambodian dance and some other traditional folk dances as well.
Day 5 PHNOM PENH (B / L / D)
This morning, tourists will have chance to learn a lot about the darkest time period of the history of Cambodia. After a scenic forty five-minute drive from the ship, tourists would be arriving at the Choeung Ek killing fields, where they might walk through the fields, visit the Memorial Stupa and small museum, as well as learning more about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Before you return to the ship, tour Tuol Sleng (also called S-21), the old school in the past converted to the most important prison and the Khmer Rouge’s torture headquarters.
Tourists will have chance to spend another afternoon in Phnom Penh on themselves or learning how to make traditional Khmer food items via the Independent Pursuit at the La Table Khmer Cooking School before you depart Phnom Penh for sailing downstream to the border of Cambodia and Vietnam.
Day 6 BORDER CROSSING / TAN CHAU (B / L / D)
This morning, tourists would need to spend about 3 -4 hours processing via immigration before you continue your downstream to Vietnam – Tan Chau. Experience vastly various ways of life along the Mekong Delta River right from now when sampans sailing to a temple of the Cao Dai religion, one of the amalgam, special religions founded in Vietnam for stopping the fight between several different faiths. Take a fifteen minute ride on a xe loi (the local Vietnamese vehicle – tuk-tuk), to a family-owned mat weaving workshop, before being back to the sampans for walking across a village in the locality on Evergreen Island and for visiting a floating fish farm.
Day 7 SA DEC / CAI BE (B / L / D)
Lecture today: Vietnam – from Dynastic Rule to Capitalist Economy
After coming to Sa Dec, your sampans would be returning for a scenic, leisurely navigation of the Mekong’s narrow canals, where you would be observing daily routines of the villagers end route to the Sa Dec historic town. You will also have chance to discover the process of brick making by local men and women utilizing clay from the Mekong River in a local brick factory. In the Sa Dec town, tourists will also have chance to visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the inspiration of Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant (The Lover), and walk across the market of the town, experiencing the smells, sights, sounds, and have chance to take beautiful photos found in the colorful fresh products, fresh fish, fresh meat, and fresh seafood for sale.
After having lunch on board, traditional sampans sail past the beautiful French gothic cathedral of the city before touring the historic An Kiet House and the wonderful surrounding gardens of it. Your sampans would travel to a traditional rice factory after that where workers produce popped rice, rice wine, rice paper, and several varieties of traditional candies; and then come back to the ship for a sumptuous lunch and a scenic Mekong river cruise upstream to Sa Dec.
Day 8 – The Last Day of Cambodia –Vietnam cruise MY THO / DISEMBARKATION (B)
After having breakfast in the morning, check out and say goodbye to the crew when they disembark the vessel and transfer to Saigon, End of services.
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