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Vietnam Mekong Cruises

Le CoChinechin Cruise

Tour Code: AGT-MV020307
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Le Cochinchine is a modern and tastefully designed  river barge. Built in traditional style Le Cochinchine measures around 30 meters long from bow to stern and has two 420 HP engines , one in back up, making Le Cochinchine a very powerful and safe river vessel.

The Boat

Le Cochinchine  offers an elegant,  relaxing and fulfilling ways to  explore endless  water way of Mekong River. The cruise brings us into contact with people in different corner of the Delta . With Le Cochinchine, you will have ample  opportunity to see Vietnam in its authenticity   and sample local culture and food,  in a one unpacking, unforgettable vacation where  your "floating hotel" get  you insight into Mekong Delta and quaint villages.
Aboard Le Cochinchine you will enjoy the continuous and ever-changing scenery as you encounter a lively world of legendary  waterways and picturesque landscapes, floating markets, lush bonsais garden, rice fields,  villages, pagodas and temples, fruit-filled orchards, boat laden bazaar and a host of smiling children.

THE CABIN
Each cabin has its own air-conditioning unit, which can be adjusted for your comfort. We recommend you do not over- cool your cabin as the sudden change from the outside temperature to a chilled cabin can bring on colds, respiratory illnesses and even stomach upsets. When you go out, we recommend you turn the setting to 'Lo Cool', set at about 4, and then when you return you can readjust the temperature to your preference without having to wait for cool air. At night you may prefer to use the fan only, and have the windows open. Insect netting covers the windows to enable you to do this. Please do not leave your air-conditioner on with the window open - this results in energy loss (the equivalent of switching on the heating and opening the windows in a cold country!

THE DINING
Meals on board  Le Cochinchine are taken at one sitting. It is not necessary to sit at the same table each time and we have tables for individuals, couples right up to larger groups.  We offer a mixture of local cuisine with richly flavor  and taste  and there are always vegetarian dishes offered. Passengers requiring special diets, such as vegetarian, low salt & low cholesterol meals, may make their requests to the chef when onboard. The chef will try to honor all requests. Exotic fruit, fresh organic vegetables, locally caught fish and prawns are the preference of most of our passengers.

THE BAR
The cruise bar is always open, it offers while selection of drinks including
famous wine French, Australian, Italian wine.

KID ROOM
This play rooms will keep your baby busy with different games as chess, playing card, darts, dominos, toys, and reading, painting books.

THE SUNDECK
The sun deck is located on the top of our boat, It is spacious for your relaxation and suntans . For your enjoyment, there are plenty of deck chairs.
Optional activities
Bicycles on board
Row boat on board
Sight-seeing excursions

BICYCLES
Bicycles are carried onboard. Crew will be happy to help you with bike adjustments and getting it on and off the barge. Please remember to use caution when riding along towpaths or into villages. A decision to engage in cycling during the cruise constitute the travellers assumption of all risks associated and an agreement not to make a claim against the barge owners for any personal injury, death or property damage that arises out of such activity.

KAYAKING
Exploring the Mekong Delta with kayak along the small canal and arrayos.

CRUISE MANAGER 
An experienced, English /French -speaking Passenger Service Manager accompanies every departure. They are there to ensure your comfort, answer questions and make your vacation the most memorable trip ever.

Le Cochinchine Boat

  • Le Cochinchine boat 10 cabins
  • Le Cochinchine boat 8 cabins
  • Douce Mekong 4 cabins
  • Mekong Melody 2 cabins
  • Authentic Mekong Sampan
2 days tour

Option 1: ROUTING : CAIBE - CANTHO

DAY 01:             CAIBE – TRAON(L,D)
11h30 -12h.00 boarding LE COCHINCHINE boat. Enjoy welcome drink
Transfer to a local boat for an extensive visit of Cai Be: the floating market, the mazes of waterway , local pop-rice and sweets production.
Visit of colonial buildings, old houses, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers.
LeCochinchine continues its cruise to Cochien . Lunch served on board
Embark on  a  pleasant walk or cycle on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities. Visit a cottage industry , a local farm  and sample seasonal fruits
Leisurely cruise on the Mekong River while taking in the beautiful scenery .
Enjoy an aperitif over the sunset.
Dinner and night on board.

DAY 02:             TRAON - CANTHO (B)
Breakfast on board
The morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day our boat set sails to Cantho through tributary and canals.  
Transfer to Cairang: one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong. We go for a walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards, ship building yards, rural and water activities in full swing.
Boarding back at noon, with a welcome-back drink.
11 h00 Disembark in Cantho. The cruise concludes. 

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Option 2: ROUTING :  CANTHO – CAIBE

DAY 01:             CANTHO - TRAON  (L,D)
12.00-12h30 boarding LE COCHINCHINE boat. Enjoy welcome drink
Transfer on a local boat to  explore the CaiRang market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong. We go for a walk through the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards.
LeCochinchine continues its cruise to Tra On. Lunch served on board
Leisurely cruise down the Mekong while enjoying the beautiful scenery
Visits of the fruit farm and walks amongst pleasant villages on the footpaths of the countryside. Opportunity to  meet with  local people.
Boarding back at with an aperitif while enjoying the magnificent sunset on the Mangthit canal and Nicola river.
Dinner and overnight on board.

DAY 02:             TRAON – CAIBE (B)
Breakfast  on boat in the morning.
Visit the fruit farm and walks amongst the lush vegetation through verdant villages and meet with  local people
LeCochinchine continues its cruise toward Caibe.
Transfer to a local boat for an extensive visit of Cai Be: the floating market, local pop-rice and sweets production. Visit of colonial buildings, old houses, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers.
Boarding back at noon, with a welcome-back drink.
11 h00 Disembark in Caibe. The cruise concludes.

PRICE INCLUDES:
• 2days cruise with stops and visits as stated  with English /French-speaking escort.
• 1 nights accommodation on board.
• Meal  as mentioned during the cruise (  B=Breakfast, L = Lunch,  D=Dinner)
• Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program.
• Biking, sampan boat ride,
• Services of crews during the cruise.
• Apperitif

 PRICE EXCLUDES:
• Visa approval and fees for Vietnam or Cambodia.
• Travel insurance
• Ground transfer from hotel in Ho Chi Minh City  to pier in Mekong or v.v.
• Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.,
 

NOTES:
• Child age 2-12 years old discount 50% when sharing cabin with parents.
Infants (under 2 years old) are free of charge.
• The above tour prices exclude current VAT.

3 days tour

Routing 1: Caibe – Sadec - Cantho

DAY 01:             CAIBE – MYTHUAN - SADEC(L,D)
11.00-11h30 boarding LE COCHINCHINE boat. Enjoy welcome drink.
LeCochinchine continues sets sails to Caithia while lunch is served on boat.
Embark on  a lovely cycling excursion  on the bank of the peninsula browsing several verdant villages. Visit of the gardens and orchards, local houses and ample opportunity  meet with people and get insight into Delta life .  Visit Caodai temple on the way to Mythuan.
Continue our cruise toward Sadec, a nice and quiet  town overlooking Mekong river
Visit the lively Sadec food market and primary school headed by Magueritte Duras.
Walks along the village path and get yourself acquaintance with rural activities  as farmers farm their fields: rice fields, and vegetable farms, fish farms.
Back to our boat for a cruise down stream. Relax on boat while sipping  an aperitif .
Dinner and overnight on board

DAY 02:             CAITHIA - VINHLONG - TRAON  (B,L,D)
Breakfast on board on the Mekong.
Visit Binh Hoa Phuoc island and go for walk  walk through the islets, sampling native fruits viewing local handicraft production and meet the local people.
Transfer to a local boat for an extensive visit of Cai Be: the floating market, the mazes of waterway , local pop-rice and sweets production.
Visit of old houses, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers.
LeCochinchine continues its cruise to Cochien. Lunch served on board
Embark on  a  pleasant walk on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities. Visit a cottage industry , a local farm  and sample seasonal fruits.
Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Open bar and rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Le Cochinchine is cruising Mang Thit river.
Dinner and night on board.

DAY 03:              TRAON – CANTHO DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast on board
The morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day our boat set sails to Cantho through tributary and canals.  
Transfer to Cairang: one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong. We go for a walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards, ship building yards, rural and water activities in full swing.
Boarding back at noon, with a welcome-back drink.
11 h00 Disembark in Cantho. The cruise concludes.  

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Routing: Cantho - Sadec - Caibe

DAY 01:             CANTHO - TRAON(L,D)
12.00-12h30 boarding LE COCHINCHINE boat. Enjoy welcome drink
Transfer on a local boat to  explore the CaiRang market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong. We go for a walk through the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards.
LeCochinchine continues its cruise to Tra On. Lunch served on board.
Leisurely cruise down the Mekong while enjoying the beautiful scenery
Visits of the fruit farm and walks amongst pleasant villages on the footpaths of the countryside. Opportunity to  meet with  local people.
Boarding back at with an aperitif while enjoying the magnificent sunset on the Mangthit canal and Nicola river.
Dinner and overnight on board

DAY 02:             VINHLONG– MYTHUAN -SADEC (B,L,D)
Breakfast on board over splendid sunrise on the Mekong.
Walks /cycle amongst the lush vegetation to visit the fruit farm , the handicraft villages  and meet with  local people .
Le Cochinchine set sails again to Sadec while lunch is served on board.
Visit busy Sadec food market and primary school headed by Magueritte Duras.
Walks along the village path and acquaintance with rural activities  as farmers farm their fields: rice fields, vegetable farms,  fish farms.   
Boarding back at with an aperitif while cruising down to Caithia.
Dinner and overnight on board .

DAY 03:             CAIBE DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast  on boat in the morning.
Cycling  on the bank of the peninsula for a visit of the gardens and orchards.  
LeCochinchine continues its cruise toward Caibe.
Transfer to a local boat for an extensive visit of Cai Be: the floating market, local pop-rice and sweets production. Visit of colonial buildings, old houses, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers.
Boarding back at noon, with a welcome-back drink.
11 h00-11h30 Disembark in Caibe. The cruise concludes.
All rates are net  in US$ per person

PRICE INCLUDES:
• 3 days cruise with stops and visits as stated  with English /French-speaking escort.
• 2 nights accommodation on board.
• Meal  as mentioned during the cruise (  B=Breakfast, L = Lunch,  D=Dinner)
• Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program.
• Biking, sampan boat ride,
• Services of crews during the cruise.
• Apperitif
• Group insurance.

PRICE EXCLUDES:
• Visa approval and fees for Vietnam or Cambodia.
• Ground transfer from hotel in Ho Chi Minh City  to pier in Mekong or v.v.
• Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.,

NOTES:
• Child age 2-12 years old discount 50% when sharing cabin with parents.
Infants (under 2 years old) are free of charge.
• The above tour prices exclude current VAT.

7 days tours - Upstream

Upstream:  Caibe – Vinhlong– Sadec – LongXuyen– Chaudoc - Phnompenh - Angkor Wat

DAY 1: SAIGON -CAIBE -VINHLONG -SADEC (L,D)
Pick up from your hotel in Saigon and depart for Mekong Delta
Arrival Mekong Delta we will board our sampan for an exploration of  lush vegetation of Mekong Delta and the lively Cai Be floating market. Walking  for visit the handicraft village of the local people. Sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits. Return to our boat.
Our  boat sets sail and  cruise through zizag cannales and river heading out  to  Sadec and moor midstream for the night.Diner and overnight on board.

DAY 2: SADEC-LONGXUYEN (B,L,D)
Rising up early for another nice day we  contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board. Visit the Sadec local market , following the tracks of French novelist Marguerite Duras.Walks/Cycle amongst the ever blossoming Sadec flower village and local industries.Visit bricks and tiles kilns and the manufacture of earthenware pots on a bank of river Back to boat
and enjoy welcome back drink while lunch is served.
The Le Cochinchine set sails  through the canals of Lapvo with a magnificent landscape that come along the river banks: rural walks, farming, nursering farm, fishing, boating, smiling school children all in full swing.
Enjoy traditional herbal foot massage on boat.
Diner and while Le Cochinchine cruises towards Longxuyen

DAY 3: LONGXUYEN -CHO MOI - HOAHOA(B,L,D)
Rising up early for another nice day we  contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board. Visit Longxuyen floating market by small boats intermingled through the water as vendors buy and sell their fruit. Visit  a crocodile farm and promenade on OngHo island, see daily life of the local people who live on both sides of the Mekong (Bassac river), and small arroyos on the island. Noon approaching we return to Le Cochinchine boat and  carry on our journey  to HoaHao village. Lunch on board. Disembark and head  to Chaudoc.  Tonight we stay overnight in Chaudoc

DAY 4: CHAUDOC - PHNOMPENH(B,L,D)
This morning we will have a boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing at 8am. The boat takes us  along the Mekong River. It continues on to the Vietnamese (Vinh Xuong) - Cambodian (Kaom Samnar) border and then to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The journey takes approximately 4 hours. Arrival transfer our hotel in  Phnompenh, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia. A visit to Phnom Penh is a very interesting experience indeed. It is a city with an interesting pulse and it gives you a very true taste of Asia. We  will visit the Wats Phnom, National museum, silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. Overnight at Sunway  hotel****  in Phnom Penh.

DAY 5: PHNOMPENH CRUISE TO SIEMREAP(B,L,D)
This morning there will be a transfer to Phompenh port for the boat ride to Siemriep. The boat winding our way on Tonlesap river, taking in such spectacular view of rural life on water. Arrival Siemriep, transfer to the hotel .Visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Ta Prohm.  One of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.
Dinner and overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel.  

DAY 6: ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE(B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.
Lunch at local restaurant. Aftenroon visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), until sunset. Dinner local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Tonight we will enjoy diner with traditional Khmer folk performance of Apsara.Overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel.    in Siemriep

DAY 7:  DEPARTURE (B)
At leisure  to visit  the market or "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.

 

Cruise inclusive of :
All boat cruise Lecochinchine  with meals, Boat ride from Chaudoc to Phnompenh-Phnompenh -Siemreap.   All accommodation on the  Le Cochinchine boat and at the hotels ( Sunway hotel, Prince d’Angkor hotel), Meals as indicated ( B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Diner,   Admission fees and permits where applicable , Land transportation ; Airport transfers, Service of crew  and English speaking guide on board.

Cruise exclusive of :
Pre/post trip arrangement , Beverages, Travel insurance , Visa fee (Visa fee on arrival at Cambodia border: 25USD, 1 photo 3x4cm).Other personal expenses


7 days- downstream

From Angkor to Saigon
Weekly departure: on every Sat/Tue/Thu
Angkor Wat -Phnompenh -Chaudoc – LongXuyen– Sadec-Caibe - HCM city

DAY1 : ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE (D)        
Today we will Visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Ta Prohm.  One of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.
Dinner and overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel.  

DAY 2 : ANGKOR WAT (B,L,D)                 
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.
Lunch at local restaurant. Aftenroon visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), until sunset. Dinner local restaurant and accommodation at hotel. Tonight we will enjoy diner with traditional Khmer folk performance of
Apsara.Overnight at Prince d’Angkor hotel.    in Siemriep

DAY 3: SIEMREAP - PHNOMPENH (B,L,D)  
Breakfast at the hotel. We then visit Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for the flight to Phnompenh. Arrival transfer to the hotel. At leisure to walk in the city and and explore the local market. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel.

DAY 4:  PHNOMPENH -CHAUDOC (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel followed by the city tour.
A visit to Phnom Penh is a very interesting experience indeed. It is a city with an interesting pulse and it gives you a very true taste of Asia. We  will visit the Wats Phnom, National museum, silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. Afternoon we will take the boat to Chaudoc, the boat ride leaves at 13pm and arrives Chaudoc at 5pm. Enjoy the cocktail drink on sundeck. Diner and overnight on boat.

DAY 5: CHAUDOC  -CHO-MOI- LONGXUYEN (B,L,D)
This morning we take a sampan for a  cruise through the floating fish-farm village producing tons and tons of fish beneath hundreds of floating houses, discover the ethnic Cham village with famous Mubarak Mosque and observe local women at their traditional weaving.   
The Le Cochinchine boat set sails torward Longxuyen while we enjoy cocktail over the sunset and spectacle scenary along the river bank when the sun come down.
Overnight on board

DAY 6: LONGXUYEN -SADEC-MYTHUAN (B,L,D)
Explore the long Xuyen market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. Visit Culao OngHo and enjoy the scenery and walk /cycle to visit villages the island, passing by farmers, children, villagers tendering their daily load.  See local farmers trading their produce on the water as they have done for centuries. You will have a unique opportunity to discover a side of Delta life that few travellers experience. Board our boat and leisurely cruise down the Mekong River while enjoy aperitif with canapé .
Le Cochinchinedrops anchor at the entry of Longxuyen for the night.
Dinner and overnight on board Lecochinche.

DAY  7:  CAIBE FLOATING MARKET(B)  
After breakfast on board over splendid sunrise on the Mekong.
Explore the lively Cai Be floating market in early morning.
Walking  amongst the lush vegetation to visit the handicraft villages  and meet with  local people.
Sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits.
A small boat trip through rivulets of Tan Phong islands. A pleasant walk or cycle on the footpaths of the village to discover tropical fruit orchards.
11 h00 Disembark in Caibe. Transfer to Saigon.The cruise concludes.

Legend: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch and D= Diner

Cruise inclusive of :
All boat cruise Lecochinchine  with meals, Boat ride from Chaudoc to Phnompenh-Phnompenh -Siemreap.   All accommodation on the  Le Cochinchine boat and at the hotels ( Sunway hotel, Prince d’Angkor hotel), Meals as indicated ( B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Diner,   Admission fees and permits where applicable , Land transportation ; Airport transfers, Service of crew  and English speaking guide on board

Cruise exclusive of :
Pre/post trip arrangement , Beverages, Travel insurance , Visa fee (Visa fee on arrival at Cambodia border: 25USD, 1 photo 3x4cm).Other personal expenses