Viking River Cruises - RV Indochina - 14 Nights - 06 December 2012
Viking - RV Indochina 14 nights - 6th December 2012
Explore the stunningly scenic and culturally distinctive lands that lie along the remarkable Mekong River. On this 15-day cruisetour, discover two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by Indochina’s most important river—from Vietnam’s bustling cities to the tranquility of Cambodia. Encounter ancient Khmer monuments and the elegant French colonial capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia; and in Vietnam, visit the floating markets of the Mekong delta, experience the intimate charm of Hanoi’s old city and tour dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Here you will find gracious hosts and some of the finest cuisine in the world, while enjoying the natural beauty and rich history just beyond the banks of the magnificent Mekong.
06 Dec ‘12 Hanoi
07 Dec ‘12 Hanoi City tour featuring the 'Hanoi Hilton' prison, Ho Chi Minh Memorial and the Museum of Ethmnology
08 Dec ‘12 Hanoi and Siem Reap Guided tour of Hanoi's Temple of Literature Fly to Siem Reap
09 Dec ‘12 Angkor Wat Visit the Angkor Wat Temple, a UNESCO Site, and explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom. You will also visit the Bayon Temple
10 Dec ‘12 Angkor and Siem Reap Explore the temple ruins left behind by Khmer Empire including Banteay Srey and Ta Prohm. Return to Siem Reap and visit a vocational centre that trains apprentices in traditional crafts; then take a guided tour through Artisans d'Angkor, a network of studios for the newly trained crafts people.
11 Dec ‘12 Kampong Thom and Kampong Cham From Siem Reap enjoy a coach ride through the Cambodian countryside to to Kampong Cham, via the provincial capital of Kampong Thom
12 Dec ‘12 Kampong Cham Visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey,the Twin Holy Mountains and the ecotourism village of Choeungkok, supported by the French-Cambodian Amica organization
13 Dec ‘12 Phnom Penh Cyclo city tour see the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Cambodia. In the afternoon, join an excursion to the memorial in Tuol Sleng detention centre and the Killing Fields of Choeung EK
14 Dec ‘12 Phnon Penh Tour the National Mueum of Cambodia and visit the Buddhist temple of Wat Phnom
15 Dec ‘12 Mekong River Scenic Cruising Enjoy scenic cruising along the Mekong
16 Dec ‘12 Chau Doc and Cu Lao Gien Tour Chau Doc while riding a trishaw before visit a Cham tribal village, observe village life and visit a catfish farm. Visit Cu Lao Gien Island and see the monastery of St. Paul of Chartres
17 Dec ‘12 Sa Dec and Cai Be See the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le, the protagonist in Marguerite Dura's beloved autobiographic novel. Then enjoy a Sampan boat excursion along the Mekong Delta. Later, visit the floating markets in Cai Be, where local workers produce ride noodles, coconut candy and a host of other handmade products
18 Dec ‘12 My Tho and Ho Chi Minh City Disembark in My Tho and take a short trip to Ho Chi Minh City where you will take a tour of Reunification Palace, see the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral.
19 Dec ‘12 Ho Chi Minh City City tour featuring colonial and Emperor Jade Pagoda, then enjoy a visit to Ben Thanh market. In the afternoon visit the War Remnants Museum
20 Dec ‘12 Ho Chi Minh City
Angkor Wat Tour
Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archeological sites in the world. Visit one of Angkor’s largest Khmer temples, Angkor Wat, built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century A.D. With its beautiful proportions and extensive, intricate bas-relief stone carvings, it is one of the most spectacular sights in Southeast Asia. Spend some time exploring the fortified city of Angkor Thom, which houses several of Angkor’s most popular sights such as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings with their dramatic bas reliefs.
Tour this unique, thousand-year-old Asian capital where old and new combine in a lush setting of parks and lakes. Pass by the scenic Sword Lake on your way to the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial, a complex dedicated to Vietnam’s 20th-century Communist leader. Then, spend some time in the excellent Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, where you learn about the cultural heritage of this multicultural country’s 50+ ethnic groups. Later, tour the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” the facility where American POWs were held captive during the Vietnam War.
Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Begin your tour of this bustling metropolis in the Chinatown area of the city. Walk along Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping boulevard in the old colonial heart. See the grand city hall, the old opera house with its soaring arched entryway, the double spires of the Notre Dame Basilica and the Central Post Office. Then get a different perspective on modern-day Vietnam at the War Remnants Museum, which provides a stark picture of the Vietnam War from a decidedly partisan point of view. This afternoon, head to Ben Thành Market for some handcrafted souvenirs and also visit a Lacquer Factory.
Phnom Penh Tour
Dock along the lovely waterfront of Cambodia’s capital and explore the city in style, in a cyclo. This mode of transportation provides many Cambodians with a source of income and visitors with a speedy and enjoyable way to move around. See the magnificent Royal Palace with its spectacular Silver Pagoda, built in the 19th century by the French but inspired by the centuries-old architecture of the Khmer. Then join an excursion to the sobering memorial in the Tuol Sleng detention center, a former high school in which thousands of victims of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime died, and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, or explore the city’s maze of small alleys, markets and busy streets on your own if you prefer.
The RV Indochina is a beautifully handcrafted ship specifically designed to navigate even the most remote areas of the Mekong River. Built in 2008, RV Indochina accommodates 60 guests and offers a river view from every stateroom with large windows and personal deck space, and an extraordinarily friendly atmosphere with attentive, English-speaking crew. Explore the sights, sounds and flavors of one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world while enjoying the comfort and elegant romance of the RV Indochina.