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L'Amant Cruise 7 Days: Saigon - Ha Tien - Phnom Penh

Boat / Cruise Ship: L'Amant Cruise 
Itinerary: Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Vam Nao - Long Xuyen - Ha Tien - Hon Chong
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
After a short stay in Saigon, you will embark on board L’Amant, traveling to Ha Tien in the Gulf of Thailand. Casting off at the first day light, you arrived the same day at Vinh Long in the heart of the Mekong Delta, sailing amidst islets of lush and colorful tropical orchard...

Brief itinerary
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be - Vinh Long
Day 2: Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Vam Nao - Long Xuyen
Day 3: Long Xuyen - Cai San Canal - Rach Soi
Day 4: Rach Soi - Ha Tien
Day 5: Ha Tien - Hai Tac Archipelago - Ba Lua Archipelago
Day 6: Ba Lua Archipelago - Hon Chong - Ha Tien
Day 7: Ha Tien - Phnom Penh
Exchange Rate:US$1=VND22,730
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Detailed itineary
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be - Vinh Long (L, D)
Meeting point: 7h30 at the lobby of Caravelle Hotel. Depart by coach around 8:00 am to Cai Be, in the very heart of Mekong Delta.

Upon arrival, board a local boat to sail through the canals and explore Cai Be floating market, an ancient colonial house and a handicraft workshop.

Embark on board L’Amant for registration and lunch. Early in the afternoon, board a small boat for a trip to An Binh Island. Then visit by bicycle the Tien Chau pagoda (ancient pagoda), fruits garden and witness the daily activities of the inhabitants. On the way, stop at an orchard to sample tropical fruits before continuing the journey along small canals to visit a bonsai garden.
Anchor near Sa Dec. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 2: Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Vam Nao - Long Xuyen (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer by boat to the shore. This morning, visit of Sa Dec Town where some ancient colonial houses still remain, famous for its flowers and bonsais. This is a quiet town where French Writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood. Discover the "House of the Chinese” described in Marguerite Duras’novel, L’Amant, and continue with the visit of the school where her mother was a teacher and scroll in the quiet streets to have a glimpse of the daily life of the locals. Return on board of L’AMANT for lunch.

This afternoon, a cooking demonstration will be organized for your pleasure. Experience the preparation of traditional Vietnamese dishes and enjoy eating them afterwards and Mekong fruits tasting or just relax on the sun deck.

For those interested, the Captain will show the cockpit as L’Amant continues her journey upstream towards Vam Nao. Anchor near Long Xuyen. Dinner and overnight on board

Day 3: Long Xuyen - Cai San Canal - Rach Soi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, L’AMANT will start cruising down another main branch of the Mekong (Hau River). Stop at Long Xuyen to visit by « Xe Loi » (Rickshaw) the city, its museum and its local market. Lunch on board.

Sail through a narrow river and be fascinated by the lively incessant crisscrossing of junks and sampans before reaching the peaceful canal Cai San to Rach Soi. Throughout the cruise, you will enjoy the facilities on board of L’AMANT while discovering the charms of rural life in the Delta. Arrive in Rach Soi later in the afternoon. Dinner on board. Anchorage in Rach Soi
 
Day 4: Rach Soi - Ha Tien (B, L, D)
After breakfast, depart by coach to Tri Ton, a place renowned for its numerous Khmer sanctuaries.

After visiting the Khmer temples, enjoy the local lunch Continue by road to Ha Tien to explore the small provincial border town with its markets and colonial houses. Dinner and overnight on board

Day 5: Ha Tien - Hai Tac Archipelago - Ba Lua Archipelago (B, L, D)
After a few days of sailing into Mekong Delta’s branch and canals, today, the sea cruise will start heading South East to the Hai Tac archipelago. Earlier known as the Pirate Islands, this archipelago used to be the home base of Khmer Pirates who invaded the Christendom of Ha Tien in 1778.

This afternoon, a cooking demonstration will be organized for your pleasure. Experience the preparation of traditional Vietnamese dishes and enjoy eating them afterwards and Mekong fruits tasting or just relax on the sun deck.

Visit of one of the island with its fisherman villages before continuing saling to Ba Lua archipelago. Freshly Caught Seafood. Dinner and overnight on board

Day 6: Ba Lua Archipelago - Hon Chong - Ha Tien (B, L, D)
After breakfast, cruise among the numerous clustered islets of Ba Lua Archipelago and discover the Vietnamese Southern coasts.

Stop en route for a stroll on an island and if the weather allows, drench yourself in the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Return on board. Farewell dinner and overnight on board. Anchorage near Ha Tien.
 
Day 7: Ha Tien - Phnom Penh (B)
After breakfast, disembarkation at 8 :00 am and travel by road to the border. Go through the Prek Chak border gate in Ha Tien around 9 :00 am and enter in Cambodia. The Cambodian guide will wait for you, change of vehicle. End of our services.

Note: On request only with a minimum of 6 passengers

Prices Include
Transfer from Saigon to the port of embarkation in Cai Be coach.
Transfer from Ha Tien to Phnom Penh by coach
Accommodation in single/ double cabin with full board meals (breakfast/ lunch/ dinner).
English or French speaking guide (other languages on request with supplement)
All visits and excursions mentioned
Passenger, Crew and Boat Insurances
Port dues & Government tax VAT at 10%

Prices Exclude
Entry visa to Vietnam and Cambodia
International flights and airport taxes.
Travel Insurances.
Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program.

Special Conditions for Children
• Infant below 4 years old can share the cabin with their parents without extra charge but baby cot is not available (no extra bedding).
• Child from 4 to 12 years old must solely occupy a berth with 30% discount from adult tariff.
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