Mekong River Encompassed – Lesbian

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View from a different perspective – from the waters of the mighty Mekong River.  Discover Phnom Penh, roam the famous floating markets and explore the stilt village of Chnok Tru.

Days
10

Style
Marine

From
$2799

Mekong River Encompassed – Lesbian

This is a Cambodia and Vietnam experience with a truly different perspective – from the waters of the mighty Mekong River. Sail for eight days aboard a classic riverboat from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. Discover Phnom Penh, roam the famous floating markets, and explore the stilt village of Chnok Tru. There’s an incredible (and incredibly beautiful) view of South Asia that’s just waiting for you.

Exploring the last great wild river A thriving trade route for six different countries for thousands of years, the Mekong remains one of the few big rivers in the world that refuses to be civilized. Rich with wildlife (only the Amazon is more biologically diverse) and lined with everything from small towns to that stunning Angkor Wat temple complex, the Mekong’s many twists and turns have helped it retain its wild character. You’ll need a great guide and a sturdy boat to get the most out of the Mekong. Fortunately, we’ve got both. 

Map of Mekong River Encompassed – Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

 

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Angkor Wat and the Cu Chi Tunnels

  • Visit ancient temples and small villages

  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a floating market

  • Learn about life along this famous river

  • Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in

Full Itinerary

Siem Reap, Cambodia;  Arrive at any time

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h 18:00
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation
Royal Angkor Resort (or similar)

Siem Reap/Chnok Tru

Start early today with a 4:30am departure for Angkor Wat to watch the sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast before exploring more of the temples. Enjoy lunch at New Hope, a G Adventures-supported project. Embark around 2:30pm. Once on board, enjoy a welcome beverage and get to know the crew during an informational meeting.

Angkor Wat Guided Tour Angkor Wat
Enjoy a tour of impressive ancient ruins with a local professional guide. Wake early to watch the sun rise over the magnificent Angkor Wat temple. Visit the enigmatic faces of Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and tour Ta Prohm (aka the “Tomb Raider” temple), which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle.

G Adventures for Good: New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant
Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at the New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, an initiative kickstarted by G Adventures. Providing skill-building opportunities to marginalized community members, the project also funds the adjacent free community school and health centre. Visit the restaurant run by locals and see how the New Hope project has supported positive change in the community.
Riverboat

Welcome Meeting
Welcome aboard! It’s time to meet the crew and get some information about the cruise.
Toum Tiou II Riverboat Siem Reap – Chnok Tru
Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Chnok Tru/Kampong Chhnang

Visit one of the biggest floating villages on the Tonle Sap River, Chnok Tru, before continuing on to Kampong Chhnang. Learn more about the fish farming, pottery, and sugar palm production in the area. Wander through the local market, then opt to cycle to visit the local industries.

Floating Village Visit Chnok Tru
Hop in a local boat to visit one of the largest floating villages on the river.

Visit Kampong Chhnang  .Located around 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is a very large fishing port on the Tonlé Sap. A lot of locals make a living from fish farming, a popular occupation in this area. Kampong Chhnang is also famous for its pottery ware, the style of which has not changed much for centuries and is distributed to the rest of the country.

Wander through the local market, and head out to explore a family run brick factory to watch the process.

Continue to visit the locals and observe the process of hand making pottery.

Before heading back to the riverboat, explore a sugar palm farm where the Thnot tree (sugar palm) that abounds in the area is used to create a mellow tasting, caramel coloured sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

 

 

Arrive early at Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery.

Return to the vessel and continue on to Koh Chen, an island in the river.

Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to tell his story.

Continue to the capital city of Phnom Penh. Take a cyclo tour past sights like Wat Phnom and the Grand Palace. Opt to finish up at the FCC for a happy hour cocktail overlooking the river, or for dinner in town.

Arrive at Kampong Tralach and visit its wonderful Vihara (Buddhist Monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda.

Travel through Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing beautiful stretches of emerald rice paddies. The Vihara dates back to early last century and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. Standing isolated in the middle of the rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few international visitors, enjoy this truly unique experience.

Visit the small town of Koh Chen. Wander through the streets and visit family run silver and copper workshops. Watch the craftsmen and learn about the process. If possible, meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to share his story.

Settle in a traditional cyclo and depart from Wat Phnom. Tour busy streets to soak up the real vibe of the city. Pass the post office and Van’s restaurant, both stunning colonial buildings, and make your way to the Royal Palace and National Museum. Go along the riverside road and take in the atmospheric cafes that line the street.
Free Time Phnom Penh Evening
Explore Cambodia’s charming capital city.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Spend the day exploring all this city has to offer. Start with guided visits to the S21 Museum and the Killing Fields. Enjoy free time to explore the National Museum, Grand Palace or Russian Market. In the evening, return to the boat for an Apsara show before departure.

Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Learn about the dark history and devastation that occurred at Security Prison 21 (S-21); the prison, used by the Khmer Rouge regime, is now Tuol Sleng Museum. Take a guided tour to hear the stories behind the sombre photos lining the museum walls.
Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Learn more about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge visiting the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek; the grounds now stand as a powerful memorial filled with victims’ skulls and mass graves. Tour this sombre, yet serene, site with a guide.
Free Time Phnom Penh Afternoon
Discover more of this dynamic city.
Apsara Show Phnom Penh
Sit back and enjoy a performance of traditional Khmer dance.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Royal Palace Phnom Penh

Visit the Royal Palace, a complex of buildings where the kings of Cambodia have resided since the 1860s (except for during the reign of the Khmer Rouge). Be sure to tour the Silver Pagoda compound and the central compound.

Russian Market Phnom Penh
Visit the Russian Market for a selection of souvenir stalls along with jewellers and fabric sellers.
National Museum Visit Phnom Penh

Wander the galleries of the National Museum to see amazing works of art from Cambodia’s “golden age” of Angkor. Visit the museum’s lovely courtyard before you leave.
Silver Pagoda Visit Phnom Penh

Tour the Royal Palace complex to see the neighboring Silver Pagoda (aka the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). See the many magnificent treasures inside this beautiful vihara (Buddhist monastery), including its floor lined with more 5,000 tiles of silver.

Wat Phnom Visit Phnom Penh
Visit Wat Phnom (Hill Temple) in late afternoon, a historic monument with lots of green space. Keep an eye on your food and belongings; cheeky monkeys like to get a hold of anything they can.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Cross the border into Vietnam. Opt to cycle, or stay on board, to Chau Doc from the checkpoint. Visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary and soak in the sunset from the top of Sam Mountain.

During border crossing all passengers must stay on board as formalities are done on the riverboat. The boat will usually stay at the border for 2-3 hrs whilst all formalities are completed. Depending on time spent at the border, the itinerary for the afternoon may vary. Although this process is usually quite simple, delays can occur.

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Tra Su Bird Sanctuary Visit Châu Đốc
Visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary and explore first by power boat, followed by small local rowing boats. Take in the serene scenery and spot a wide array of birds.
Sam Mountain Sunset Visit Châu Đốc
Travel to Sam Mountain by private vehicle and settle in to watch the sunset and enjoy views of the surrounding landscape.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda in Sa Dec and take the time to stroll through the market along the river. View the old colonial houses by the delta. Continue on to Vinh Long. Learn about rice popping and opt to cycle small paths through the communities here.

Continue to Cai Be by local boats and meet up with the vessel. Drop anchor tonight near Thoi Son Island.

Stroll around the Sa Dec river bank and through the Sa Dec market. This small city of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating due to its unspoiled authenticity and the fact it remains relatively undisturbed by tourists. It provides a glimpse of traditional life on the Mekong, complete with tree lined streets and fading colonial villas.

Vinh Long Visit Vĩnh Long – Cái Bè
Board local boats and explore Vinh Long. Learn about rice popping and opt to cycle small paths through the communities here. Continue on to Cai Be by local boat and rejoin the riverboat.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda in the morning, catching a glimpse of My Tho town on the way.

Cruise to Thoi Son Island by local boats for some local industry visits. Enjoy learning more about coconut product manufacturing and honey farming, with samples of honey and local fruit. Meet traditional musicians here.

Opt for a local lunch on the island. Continue on to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) via the Cho Gao canal. Opt to cycle there instead. Enjoy a farewell cocktail on board before the Captain’s dinner.


Explore the buddhist temple of Vĩnh Tràng. Known for its enormous buddha statues and peaceful surroundings. The monks here maintain an an ornate, gilded wood sanctuary, and tend to the impressive gardens.
Coconut Manufacturing Visit Xã Thới Sơn
Take local boats to Thoi Son Island to see a co

conut product manufacturer, taste some local fruit and honey and meet traditional musicians.Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Continue the final leg of the journey to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive around 11am and disembark. Later, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you’re not claustrophobic). These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.

Accommodation
Continental Saigon Hotel (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Inclusions

Transport

  • Toum Tiou II Riverboat, private vehicles, walking

Accommodation

  • Hotel last night before departing for home

Exclusions

Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all Brave Women Travel tours. Please forward a copy of your signed policy to our office.

Transport

  • International air into Cambodia and home from Vietnam

Meals

  • Meals not included in itinerary

Optional Activities

Day 5$

Royal Palace Phnom Penh

Visit the Royal Palace, a complex of buildings where the kings of Cambodia have resided since the 1860s (except for during the reign of the Khmer Rouge). Be sure to tour the Silver Pagoda compound and the central compound.

Russian Market Phnom Penh

Visit the Russian Market for a selection of souvenir stalls along with jewellers and fabric sellers.

National Museum Visit Phnom Penh

Wander the galleries of the National Museum to see amazing works of art from Cambodia’s “golden age” of Angkor. Visit the museum’s lovely courtyard before you leave.

Silver Pagoda Visit Phnom Penh

Tour the Royal Palace complex to see the neighboring Silver Pagoda (aka the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). See the many magnificent treasures inside this beautiful vihara (Buddhist monastery), including its floor lined with more 5,000 tiles of silver.

Wat Phnom Visit Phnom Penh

Visit Wat Phnom (Hill Temple) in late afternoon, a historic monument with lots of green space. Keep an eye on your food and belongings; cheeky monkeys like to get a hold of anything they can.

This tour is operated by
G Adventures

Departing: November 16, 2017

From: $2799 USD

Days: 10

Style: Marine

Physical Rating: +3 Moderate

At A Glance

  • Explore Angkor Wat and the Cu Chi Tunnels

  • Visit ancient temples and small villages

  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a floating market

  • Learn about life along this famous river

  • Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in

Main Deck Twin / February 22, 2018
Main Deck Twin / November 16, 2017
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