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Mekong Navigator

A beautiful riverboat with splendid French-colonial styled interiors reminiscent of a luxury hotel.

Overview

Cruising through Vietnam and Cambodia, Mekong Navigator is a 34-suite riverboat, complete with a restaurant, bar & lounge, sun deck, library, a well-equipped gym and a pampering spa. The vessel is designed in splendid French-colonial style, and with a 2:1 crew-to-passenger ratio, she offers attentive and personalized service from the impeccably-trained staff. The company’s strong commitment to environmental sustainability ensures that your cruise is a meaningful experience.

Your Luxurious Suite

Each of the vessel’s elegant air-conditioned suites is a beautiful and tranquil retreat with a full touch of luxury. There is a choice of five categories: four Superior Suites, 10 Vista Suites, 16 Signature Suites, two Prestige Suites and two Grand Suites with private verandas. The suites range in size from 258sq-ft to 545sq-ft and each has a marble bathroom with shower.

Other amenities include queen-sized beds that can be converted to twins, premium mattresses and fine bed linens, TVs with on-demand movies, in-room safes and mini-fridges. If you opt for the Prestige or the Grand Suites, you’ll have the additional benefit of a king-sized bed, butler service, a complimentary one-hour spa treatment, evening canapes and free laundry service.

A Good Place To Be

As you step aboard the 230-ft Navigator, you’ll be transported back in time to a more gracious, bygone era with gorgeous interiors reminiscent of a luxury hotel. The ship comprises four decks lined with ornate balconies, teak floors and sumptuous furnishings.

The shaded Sun Deck is a favorite place to watch the busy life of the Mekong unfold along the riverbanks, while Le Salon Lounge is the perfect spot to socialise and enjoy a cocktail. This is where the movie nights and cultural performances take place. In La Bibliothèque Library, you can immerse yourself in a wide selection of books from authors who were enchanted by Indochina. Work out at the Fitness Centre or indulge in a relaxing aromatherapy treatment, body wrap, or massage at La Vie Spa.

A Gastronomic Journey

In Le Marche Restaurant, you can look forward to an innovative menu of fine French-lndochine inspired cuisine as well as a selection of Western alternatives. Relish the fresh fruit and vegetables grown by the local farmers, and complimentary house wine at dinner.

Unique Excursions And Community Support

The Mekong Navigator cruise offers exciting and inclusive daily excursions, such as visits to temples, floating markets, local schools and a monastery, ensuring that you’ll be able to truly immerse yourself in the different places you visit along this historic river. Your guides are recruited from the local communities and will be able to answer all of your questions about Mekong life. They are happy to chat with you on board and tell you their fascinating personal stories, so don’t hesitate to start a conversation.

The Beauty Of Slow Travel

While the boat is on the move, take time to observe the busy life on the river – the fishermen in Cambodia, the industrial ships in Vietnam, the stilted houses, floating villages and farms. A journey on the Mekong Navigator is perfectly suited to discerning couples looking to explore the wonders of Asia in lavish comfort and style, as well as solo travelers who have a preference for the more traditional-yet-sophisticated style of cruising.

Itineraries & Prices

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4 Day - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

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Embarkation

AM: We will pick you up at your hotel in Siem Reap at about 11:00.

PM: In the afternoon, you will enjoy a scenic drive from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham, Cambodia, with a lunch stop, arrive on the Mekong Navigator cruise ship in the afternoon. After settling into your well-appointed Suite-cabin.

That evening, following a welcome reception, safety briefing, and introduction to key members of our crew, a delicious Cambodian Welcome Dinner is served in Le Marche Dining Room. The Mekong Navigator cruise ship departs Kampong Cham after all guests on board at about 17:30.

Overnight docking at Wat Hanchey.

Mekong Navigator's 4-Day Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - Day 1 - Wat Hanchey Water Blessing
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Siem Reap
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Wat Hanchey, Angkor Ban & Phnom Penh

AM: This morning, walk up the hill to the local monastery of Wat Hanchey and receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the resident monks. After enjoying a walk around the monastery and the amazing views of the Mekong River valley, you descend 303 steps and return to the ship.

*For gentle walkers, there is a small coach provided to bring you up and down the hill.

The Mekong Navigator cruise ship departs Wat Hanchey after all guests on board about 10:30. The Mekong Navigator cruise ship arrives Angkor Ban about 14:30.

PM: In the afternoon, we will visit the charming village of Angkor Ban. Here, you will have a glimpse into the lives of the local people, starting with a visit to a family's home to see how the locals live, along with an opportunity to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle. Next, you will continue through the village to the local private school, where you will join the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. You will then walk back through the village to the ship, with an opportunity to take photos along the way, including a brief stop at the local monastery complex.

The Mekong Navigator cruise ship departs Angkor Ban after all guests on board at about 17:00 and docks at Phnom Penh about 22:30.

Mekong Navigator's 4-Day Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - Day 2 - Silversmith in Koh Chen Village
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Mekong River
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Phnom Penh

AM: In the morning, learn more about the darkest days of Cambodian history. After a scenic 45minute drive from the ship, you arrive at the Choeung Ek killing fields, where you may walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Before returning to the ship, tour Tuol Sleng (also known as S-21), the former school converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge.

PM: After returning to the ship from the Killing Fields, enjoy a free afternoon in Phnom Penh—shopping, dining at one of the many wonderful restaurants, or exploring the city independently or join the optional Excursion at an additional cost.

*There is a scheduled shuttle coach with your local guide provided from the Port to the Central Market for your shopping time.

Optional Afternoon Excursion Tour to visit one of the local silk weaving Villages:

Board a local Boat and cruise about 40 minutes around the Head-lands from the Tonle Sap River back into the Mekong River reaching the Silk weaving area. Get in in-depth information from silk worm raising to weaving the beautiful silk products like silk Sarong, Phamuong, Hol and silk Karma. Returning by boat the same way, whilst cruising along Sisowath Quay and the Royal Palace, during the sunset.

Overnight docking at Phnom Penh Port.

Mekong Navigator's 4-Day Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - Day 3 - Service Outside Lounge Bar
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Mekong River
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Disembarkation

AM: Following breakfast, the crew bid farewell as guests are invited to disembark in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Mekong Navigator's 4-Day Siem Reap to Phnom Penh - Day 4 - Reception
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Phnom Penh
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4 Day - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

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Embarkation

AM: Embark in the late morning and lunch onboard.

PM: In the afternoon, guests are free to further explore Phnom Penh. Alternatively, guests can opt to go shopping or sample the city’s vibrant restaurants and bars. Pre-dinner cultural entertainment is provided on the Sun Deck as guests enjoy a performance by local children of Aspara, the Khmer national dance and other traditional folk dances.

Overnight docking at Phnom Penh Port.

Mekong Navigator's 4-Day Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - Day 1 - Reception
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Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh

AM: After breakfast on board this morning, Tuk drivers meet you on the pier for an exciting morning tour of Phnom Penh. You are gently transported along the riverfront to the Royal Palace complex, where you enjoy a leisure walk through the grounds. After viewing Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion, you visit the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia's Emerald Buddha and the Maitreya Buddha, which is encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. Your Tuk Tuk is waiting outside to take you on the short ride to the open-air National Museum, housing the largest collection of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts excavated at the Angkor Temple complex at Siem Reap, as well as other areas around Cambodia.

PM: After returning to the ship, another free afternoon in Phnom Penh or join the optional Excursion at an additional cost.

Optional Afternoon Excursion Tour to visit one of the local silk weaving Villages:

Board a local Boat and cruise about 40 minutes around the Head-lands from the Tonle Sap River back into the Mekong River reaching the Silk weaving area. Get in in-depth information from silkworm raising to weaving the beautiful silk products like silk Sarong, Phamuong, Hol and silk Karma. Returning by boat the same way, whilst cruising along Sisowath Quay and the Royal Palace, during the sunset.

The Mekong Navigator cruise ship departs Phnom Penh at about 19:00

Mekong Navigator's 4-Day Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - Day 2 - Bar
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Mekong River
Day
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Angkor Ban, Wat Hanchey & Kampong Cham

AM: This morning, we will visit the charming village of Angkor Ban. Here, you will have a glimpse into the lives of the local people, starting with a visit to a family's home to see how the locals live, along with an opportunity to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle. Next, you will continue through the village to the local private school, where you will join the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. You will then walk back through the village to the ship, with an opportunity to take photos along the way, including a brief stop at the local monastery complex.

The Mekong Navigator cruise ship departs Angkor Ban after all guests on board about 11:00. Arriving Wat Hanchey about 15:00.

PM: In the afternoon, your excursion will start with a walk up the hill to the local monastery of Wat Hanchey and receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the resident monks. After enjoying a walk around the monastery and the amazing views of the Mekong River valley, you descend 303 steps and return to the ship.

*For gentle walkers, there is a small coach provided to bring you up and down the hill.

The Mekong Navigator cruise ship departs Wat Hanchey after all guests onboard at about 17:30.

In the evening, you gather in the Sun Deck in front of the Le Salon Lounge this evening for a Farewell Reception with the entire crew, before enjoying a Cambodian Farewell Dinner in Le Mache Dining Room. The Mekong Navigator cruise ship arrives Kampong Cham port at about 19:00.

Overnight docking at Kampong Cham.

Mekong Navigator's 4-Day Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - Day 3 - Excursion to Tonle River
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Mekong River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Following breakfast, you say goodbye to the crew as you disembark the cruise ship and transfer from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap, Cambodia, with a lunch stop, arriving early afternoon at your hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Coaches depart Kampong Cham to Siem Reap at about 08:30.

Mekong Navigator's 4-Day Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - Day 4 - Angkor Ban
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Siem Reap
Day
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5 Day - Phnom Penh - Saigon (Downstream)

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Embarkation

AM: Guests embark the luxurious Mekong Navigator in the late morning and lunch onboard.

PM: In the afternoon, guests are free to further explore Phnom Penh. Alternatively, guests can opt to go shopping or sample the city’s vibrant restaurants and bars.

Please Note: At Phnom Penh Port please check-in on board between 15:30 to 17:00.

Pre-dinner cultural entertainment is provided on the Sun Deck as guests enjoy a performance by local children of Aspara, the Khmer national dance and other traditional folk dances.

Mekong Navigator's 5-Day Downstream Itinerary Day One - Sundeck
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Phnom Penh Port
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Border Crossing

AM: Relax and enjoy a morning of leisure on the sundeck, in the lounge, library or wonderful La Vie spa as the ship sails downstream towards the border.

PM: Guests observe a fascinating transformation in the riverfront architecture and landscape. Exciting cultural activities will take place on board.

Mekong Navigator's 5-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Two - Lion Dance
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Mekong River
Day
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My An Hung & Cu Lao Gieng

AM: In the morning you are taken by traditional sampans to the local island village of Hong Ngu in the Mekong Delta, close to the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Here, a large number of traditional Khmer scarves are woven in many village homes and exported to Cambodia. Guests have the opportunity to observe the weaving process passed down many generations. Some villagers are also embroidery artists and display their art for visitors to enjoy. The inhabitants of this rural area have only recently become familiar with western travellers and always offer a friendly welcome. Before returning to the sampans, guests can enjoy a walk around the beautiful evergreen island, stopping for a visit at the home of a local war veteran.

PM: After lunch on board, guests make the short journey from ship to shore by sampan, landing on the charming evergreen village of My An Hung, visiting a typical farming village on the Mekong Delta, the My An Hung village. We walk through the verdant village, interact with villagers, enjoy fresh coconut in the garden… A local family would invite us for some honey tea and fruit while we enjoy the “don ca tai tu” folk music, followed by an impressive VOVINAM Vietnam Martial Arts performed by the teenagers of the village.

Mekong Navigator's 5-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Three - Boat Exterior
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Mekong River
Day
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Cai Be, Sa Dec & My Tho

AM: On arrival at Sa Dec port the traditional sampan is again used to navigate the tapestry of Mekong canals, giving guests the opportunity to observe traditional village life before arriving at the historic town of Sa Dec. If water levels allow, a stop is planned at Cao Dai Temple. A visit to Sa Dec would not be complete without a visit to the former home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who was the inspiration for Marguerite Duras’ famous novel, L’Amant (The Lover), here you will also enjoy a private calligraphy demonstration exclusive for you. You will visit as well the Chinese Temple called Kien An Cung,  built in honor of the Huynh Thuy Le Family, where you will be warmly welcomed by traditional Chinese Lion Dances. Guests return to the ship on foot through the town's market which is a bustling, extraordinary and colourful experience, providing many wonderful photo opportunities of the fresh and unusual produce of meat, live fish and seafood for sale.

PM: After a short sail to Cai Be, the English-speaking guide will accompany you on the tapestry of waterways by sampan, passing a colourful collection of local boats from the delta provinces, larger boats selling their goods and the characterful stilted houses of Cai Be.  Continuing into the narrower canals of Cai Be, a stop is made to visit Ba Duc House, a traditional Vietnamese home and garden.  Back onboard the sampans, it’s a short paddle through the canals to reach a traditional rice factory where industrious artisans produce rice paper, rice wine and popped rice. There’s a selection of postcards, souvenirs, and beautiful oil paintings on sale.

Before dinner guests gather on the Sun Deck as the ship sets sail for My Tho to enjoy a farewell reception with all the crew, followed by a Vietnamese Farewell Dinner in Le Marche Dining Room.

Mekong Navigator's 5-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Four - Mekong Delta Excursion
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Mekong River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Following breakfast the crew bid farewell as guests are invited to disembark for transfer to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

We will disembark at My Tho dock for transfer to Saigon at 08:30 am. Our estimated arrival time at Hotel Grand Saigon is 10:00 am.

Mekong Navigator's 5-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Five - Buffet
Location
My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City
Day
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5 Day - Saigon - Phnom Penh (Upstream)

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Embarkation

PM: Depart Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon on a scenic drive to the port of My Tho to embark the luxurious Mekong Navigator and settle into your elegant suite. As the upstream journey commences towards Cai Be, experience our cordial hospitality on the Sun Deck at a welcome reception and introduction to our friendly and professional crew who will present a safety briefing. In the evening a “Mekong Delta” themed dinner offers a cultural and innovative introduction to Vietnamese cuisine.

Mekong Navigator's 5-Day Upstream Itinerary Day One - Apsara Dance
Location
Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho
Day
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Cai Be & Sa Dec

AM: After a short sail to Cai Be, the English-speaking guide will accompany you on the tapestry of waterways by sampan, passing a colourful collection of local boats from the delta provinces, larger boats selling their goods and the characterful stilted houses of Cai Be. Continuing into the narrower canals of Cai Be, a stop is made to visit Ba Duc House, a traditional Vietnamese home and garden. Back onboard the sampans, it’s a short paddle through the canals to reach a traditional rice factory where industrious artisans produce rice paper, rice wine and popped rice. There’s a selection of postcards, souvenirs, and beautiful oil paintings on sale. On return to the ship an elegant buffet lunch is served while sailing upstream through tranquil riverine scenery towards Sa Dec.

PM: On arrival at Sa Dec port the traditional sampan is again used to navigate the tapestry of Mekong canals, giving guests the opportunity to observe traditional village life before arriving at the historic town of Sa Dec. A visit here would not be complete without a visit to the former home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who was the inspiration for Marguerite Duras’ famous novel, L’Amant (The Lover), here you will also enjoy a private calligraphy demonstration exclusive for you. You will visit as well the Chinese Temple called Kien An Cung, built in honor of the Huynh Thuy Le Family, where you will be warmly welcomed by traditional Chinese Lion Dances. Guests return to the ship on foot through the town's market which is a bustling, extraordinary and colourful experience, providing many wonderful photo opportunities of the fresh and unusual produce of meat, live fish and seafood for sale.

Mekong Navigator's 5-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Two - Cuisine
Location
Mekong River
Day
2 / 5

My An Hung & Long Khanh A Island

AM: This morning, we make a short journey from ship to shore by traditional sampan, visiting a typical evergreen farming village on the Mekong Delta, the My An Hung village. We walk through the verdant village, interact with villagers, enjoy fresh coconut in the garden… A local family would invite us for some honey tea and fruit while we enjoy the “don ca tai tu” folk music, followed by an impressive VOVINAM Vietnam Martial Arts performed by the teenagers of the village.

PM: Mid-afternoon your sampans take you to the local island village of Hong Ngu in the Mekong Delta, close to the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Here, a large number of traditional Khmer scarves are woven in many village homes and exported to Cambodia. Guests have the opportunity to observe the weaving process passed down many generations. Some villagers are also embroidery artists and display their art for visitors to enjoy. The inhabitants of this rural area have only recently become familiar with western travelers and always offer a friendly welcome. Before returning to the sampans guests can enjoy a walk around the beautiful evergreen island, stopping for a visit at the home of a local war veteran.

Mekong Navigator's 5-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Three - Boat Exterior View
Location
Mekong River
Day
3 / 5

Border Crossing

AM: After border formalities, relax and enjoy leisure time on the sundeck, in the lounge, library or wonderful La Vie spa until mooring close to the city of Phnom Penh late evening.

PM: Guests observe a fascinating transformation in the riverfront architecture. Exciting cultural activities will take place on board.

Mekong Navigator's 5-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Four - Saigon Post Office
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Mekong River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Following breakfast the crew bid farewell as guests are invited to disembark in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We will disembark at Phnom Penh Port at 11:00 am.

Mekong Navigator's 5-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Five - Lounge
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Phnom Penh
Day
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8 Day - Siem Reap - Saigon (Downstream)

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Embarkation

PM: In the afternoon, guests enjoy a scenic drive from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham, Cambodia with a stop for lunch en route, then embark the luxurious Mekong Navigator.  As your downstream journey commences towards Kampong Cham, experience our cordial hospitality at a welcome reception and introduction to our friendly and professional crew who will present a safety briefing. In the evening a Cambodian-themed dinner served in Le Marche Dining Room offers a cultural and innovative introduction to native cuisine.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Downstream Itinerary Day One - Staff
Location
Siem Reap - Kampong Cham
Day
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Wat Hanchey, Angkor Ban & Phnom Penh

AM: Guests begin the morning with a walk up the hill to Wat Hanchey a thriving religious complex of both Hindu and Buddhist temples with breath-taking panoramic views over the Mekong. There is the option to receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the monastery’s resident monks. There are many outstanding stupas, temples, pagodas and statues worth exploring before descending all 303 steps when returning to the ship. For gentle walkers, there is a small coach provided for ascent and descent of the hill.

PM: In the afternoon there’s a visit to the rural and charming village of Angkor Ban, with its stilted houses and grazing Brahim cows seeking the shade of a banana tree. Guests feel a sense of timelessness here, witnessing the rhythm of rural life. A visit is made to the home of a local family who discusses their lifestyle, then onto the local school to join children in their classroom and glimpse a typical school day. A leisurely stroll through the village back to the ship offers an opportunity to take photos of this place that time forgot. This walking route includes a brief stop at the local monastery before returning to the ship.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Two - Blessing
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Phnom Penh

AM: Guests will this morning learn more about the darkest days of Cambodian history and the harrowing loss and sadness that haunts its people. A 45-minute drive through the countryside is the Choeung Ek killing fields where more than one million people were killed and buried in mass grave sites by the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979.  Walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Buddhist memorial stupa and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Pol Pot’s regime. Before returning to the ship there is a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21), a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge.

PM: Guests enjoy an unscheduled afternoon and have the option to take the coach accompanied by their local guide from the port to the central market to explore the city of Phnom Penh in the afternoon, from shopping, dining at one of the many wonderful restaurants, to sightseeing around the city independently.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Three - Boat at Dusk
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Mekong River
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Phnom Penh

AM: Breakfast is taken on board before guests are greeted at the pier by their appointed Tuk Tuk driver for an enchanting tour of the best sites in Phnom Penh. Guests are expertly pedaled along the riverfront to the Royal Palace which is the official residence of the King of Cambodia. Comprising several buildings, the main palace is an important symbol of the Kingdom set in beautifully manicured gardens. Guests stroll through the grounds to see the Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion, the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds.

PM: The city tour continues by Tuk Tuk to the National Museum, Cambodia’s largest museum of cultural history with one of the world’s largest collections of Khmer art and ceramics as well as Angkorian artifacts, excavated at the Angkor Temple complex in Siem Reap and further afield in Cambodia. In the afternoon, guests are free to further explore Phnom Penh on a variety of optional excursions at a small cost. Alternatively, guests can opt to go shopping or sample the city’s vibrant restaurants and bars.

Pre-dinner cultural entertainment is provided on the Sun Deck as guests enjoy a performance by local children of Aspara, the Khmer national dance and other traditional folk dances.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Four - Royal Palace
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Border Crossing

AM: Relax and enjoy a morning of leisure on the sundeck, in the lounge, library or wonderful La Vie spa as the ship sails downstream towards the border.

PM: Guests observe a fascinating transformation in the riverfront architecture and landscape. Exciting cultural activities will take place on board.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Five - Healthy Juice
Location
Mekong River
Day
5 / 8

Long Khanh A Island, My An Hung

AM: In the morning you are taken by traditional sampans to the local island village of Hong Ngu in the Mekong Delta, close to the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Here, a large number of traditional Khmer scarves are woven in many village homes and exported to Cambodia. Guests have the opportunity to observe the weaving process passed down many generations. Some villagers are also embroidery artists and display their art for visitors to enjoy. The inhabitants of this rural area have only recently become familiar with western travelers and always offer a friendly welcome. Before returning to the sampans, guests can enjoy a walk around the beautiful evergreen island, stopping for a visit at the home of a local war veteran.

PM: After lunch on board, guests make the short journey from ship to shore by sampan, landing on the charming evergreen village of My An Hung, visiting a typical farming village on the Mekong Delta, the My An Hung village. We walk through the verdant village, interact with villagers, enjoy fresh coconut in the garden… A local family would invite us for some honey tea and fruit while we enjoy the “don ca tai tu” folk music, followed by an impressive VOVINAM Vietnam Martial Arts performed by the teenagers of the village.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Six - Boat Exterior
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Mekong River
Day
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Cai Be, Sa Dec & My Tho

AM: On arrival at Sa Dec port, the traditional sampan is again used to navigate the tapestry of Mekong canals, giving guests the opportunity to observe traditional village life before arriving at the historic town of Sa Dec. If water levels allow, a stop is planned at Cao Dai Temple. A visit to Sa Dec would not be complete without a visit to the former home of Mr. Hyunh Thuy Le, who was the inspiration for Marguerite Duras’ famous novel, L’Amant (The Lover), as well as the Chinese Temple called Kien An Cung,  built in honor of the Huynh Thuy Le Family. Guests return to the ship on foot through the town's market which is a bustling, extraordinary and colorful experience, providing many wonderful photo opportunities of the fresh and unusual produce of meat, live fish and seafood for sale.

PM: After a short sail to Cai Be, the English-speaking guide will accompany you on the tapestry of waterways by sampan, passing a colourful collection of local boats from the delta provinces, larger boats selling their goods and the characterful stilted houses of Cai Be.  Continuing into the narrower canals of Cai Be, a stop is made to visit Ba Duc House, a traditional Vietnamese home and garden.  Back onboard the sampans, it’s a short paddle through the canals to reach a traditional rice factory where industrious artisans produce rice paper, rice wine and popped rice. There’s a selection of postcards, souvenirs, and beautiful oil paintings on sale.

Before dinner guests gather on the Sun Deck as the ship sets sail for My Tho to enjoy a farewell reception with all the crew, followed by a Vietnamese Farewell Dinner in Le Marche Dining Room.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Seven - Bar
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Following breakfast guests are invited to disembark for transfer to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We will disembark at My Tho dock for transfer to Saigon at 08:30 am. Our estimated arrival time at Hotel Grand Saigon is 10:00 am.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Downstream Itinerary Day Eight - My Tho
Location
My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City
Day
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8 Day - Saigon - Siem Reap (Upstream)

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Embarkation

PM: Depart Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon on a scenic drive to the port of My Tho to embark the luxurious Mekong Navigator. As your upstream journey commences towards Cai Be, experience our cordial hospitality on the Sun Deck at a welcome reception and introduction to our friendly and professional crew. In the evening a ‘Mekong Delta’ themed dinner offers a cultural and innovative introduction to Vietnamese cuisine. Anchor mid-river overnight near Cai Be.


Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Upstream Itinerary Day One - Lounge
Location
Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho
Day
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Cai Be & Sa Dec

AM: After a short sail to Cai Be, the English-speaking guide will accompany you on the tapestry of waterways by sampan, passing a colorful collection of local boats from the delta provinces, larger boats selling their goods and the characterful stilted houses of Cai Be.  Continuing into the narrower canals of Cai Be, a stop is made to visit Ba Duc House, a traditional Vietnamese home and garden.  Back onboard the sampans, it’s a short paddle through the canals to reach a traditional rice factory where industrious artisans produce rice paper, rice wine and popped rice. There’s a selection of postcards, souvenirs, and beautiful oil paintings on sale. On return to the ship, an elegant buffet lunch is served while sailing upstream through tranquil riverine scenery towards Sa Dec.

PM: On arrival at Sa Dec port the traditional sampan is again used to navigate the tapestry of Mekong canals, giving guests the opportunity to observe traditional village life before arriving at the historic town of Sa Dec. A visit here would not be complete without a visit to the former home of Mr. Hyunh Thuy Le, who was the inspiration for Marguerite Duras’ famous novel, L’Amant (The Lover), as well as the Chinese Temple called Kien An Cung, built in honor of the Huynh Thuy Le Family. Guests return to the ship on foot through the town's market which is a bustling, extraordinary and colorful experience, providing many wonderful photo opportunities of the fresh and unusual produce of meat, live fish and seafood for sale.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Two - Pagoda
Location
Mekong River
Day
2 / 8

My An Hung & Long Khanh A Island

AM: This morning, we make a short journey from ship to shore by traditional sampan, visiting a typical evergreen farming village on the Mekong Delta, the My An Hung village. We walk through the verdant village, interact with villagers, enjoy fresh coconut in the garden… A local family would invite us for some honey tea and fruit while we enjoy the “don ca tai tu” folk music, followed by an impressive VOVINAM Vietnam Martial Arts performed by the teenagers of the village.

PM: Mid-afternoon your sampans take you to the local island village of Hong Ngu in the Mekong Delta, close to the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Here, a large number of traditional Khmer scarves are woven in many village homes and exported to Cambodia. Guests have the opportunity to observe the weaving process passed down many generations. Some villagers are also embroidery artists and display their art for visitors to enjoy. The inhabitants of this rural area have only recently become familiar with western travelers and always offer a friendly welcome. Before returning to the sampans guests can enjoy a walk around the beautiful evergreen island, stopping for a visit at the home of a local war veteran.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Three - Boat Exterior
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Mekong River
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Border Crossing

AM: Our staff helps you with border crossing process.

PM: After border formalities, relax and enjoy leisure time on the sundeck, in the lounge, library or wonderful La Vie spa until mooring close to the city of Phnom Penh late evening. Guests observe a fascinating transformation in the riverfront architecture. Exciting cultural activities will take place on board.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Four - Phnom Penh
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Mekong River
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Phnom Penh

AM: Guests will today learn more about the darkest days of Cambodian history and the harrowing loss and sadness that haunts its people. A 45-minute drive through the countryside is the Choeung Ek killing fields where more than one million people were killed and buried in mass grave sites by the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979.  Walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Buddhist memorial stupa and learn more about the atrocities committed during the Pol Pot’s regime. Before returning to the ship there is a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21), a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge.

PM: Guests have the option to take the coach accompanied by their local guide from the port to the central market to explore the city of Phnom Penh in the afternoon, from shopping, dining at one of the many wonderful restaurants, to sightseeing around the city independently. Pre-dinner cultural entertainment is provided on the Sun Deck as guests enjoy a performance by local children of Aspara, the Khmer national dance and other traditional folk dances.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Five - Staff
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Mekong River
Day
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Phnom Penh

AM: Breakfast is taken on board before guests are greeted at the pier by their appointed Tuk Tuk driver for an enchanting tour of the best sites in Phnom Penh. Guests are expertly pedaled along the riverfront to the Royal Palace which is the official residence of the King of Cambodia. Comprising several buildings, the main palace is an important symbol of the Kingdom set in beautifully manicured gardens. Guests stroll through the grounds to see the Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion, the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds.

The city tour continues by Tuk Tuk to the National Museum, Cambodia’s largest museum of cultural history with one of the world’s largest collections of Khmer art and ceramics as well as Angkorian artifacts, excavated at the Angkor Temple complex in Siem Reap and further afield in Cambodia.

PM: In the afternoon, guests are free to further explore Phnom Penh on a variety of optional excursions at a small cost. Alternatively, guests can opt to go shopping or sample the city’s vibrant restaurants and bars.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Six - Mekong Rice Pancake
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Mekong River
Day
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Angkor Ban, Wat Hanchey & Kampong Cham

AM: The morning begins with a visit to the rural and charming village of Angkor Ban, with its stilted houses and grazing Brahim cows seeking the shade of a banana tree. Guests feel a sense of timelessness here, witnessing the rhythm of rural life. A visit is made to the home of a local family who discusses their lifestyle, then onto the local school to join children in their classroom and glimpse a typical school day. A leisurely stroll through the village back to the ship offers an opportunity to take photos of this place that time forgot. This walking route includes a brief stop at the local monastery before returning to the ship to sail further upstream to Wat Hanchey.

PM: Guests begin the afternoon with a walk up the hill to Wat Hanchey a thriving religious complex of both Hindu and Buddhist temples with breath-taking panoramic views over the Mekong. There is the option to receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the monastery’s resident monks. There are many outstanding stupas, temples, pagodas and statues worth exploring before descending all 303 steps when returning to the ship. For gentle walkers, there is a small coach provided for ascent and descent of the hill.

Before dinner guests gather on the Sun Deck for a farewell reception with all the crew followed by a Cambodian Farewell Dinner in Le Marche Dining Room.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Seven - Pagoda
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Mekong River
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Disembarkation

AM: Following breakfast guests are invited to disembark for transfer from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap, Cambodia 

We will disembark in Kampong Cham for transfer to Siem Reap at 08:30 am. Our estimated arrival time at the drop off point (Victoria Angkor Siem Reap) is 13:00.

Mekong Navigator's 8-Day Upstream Itinerary Day Eight - Sundeck
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Kampong Cham - Siem Riep
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Bar
Bar and Lounge
Breakfast Live Cooking
Breakfast Buffet
Dining Room
Dining Room
Dining Room
Gym
Library
Outdoor Lounge
Outdoor Lounge
Reception
Lounge Bar
Couple at the bar
Spacious lounge
Chef Live Cooking
Breakfast Buffet
Tables at the dining room
Table at the restaurant
Waitress setting up the table
Gym
Bookshelf and table
Waiter walking through Outdoor Lounge
Sitting area
Reception
Bar

Suites & Cabins

Mekong Navigator's Superior Suite.
4 Cabins

Superior Suite

Guests
2
Size
24 m² / 256 ft²
Beds
Queen / Twin

These suites promise guests some relaxation, tranquility, and indulgence. The rooms feature individual climate control, a fully stocked minibar, and a personal pillow selection. The bathroom comes with a rainfall shower and premium amenities like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, and a hairdryer.

Mekong Navigator's Vista Suite.
10 Cabins

Vista Suite

Guests
2
Size
26 m² / 276 ft²
Beds
Queen / Twin

Guests can enjoy panoramic views from the large windows that come with these rooms. The room comes with a fully stocked minibar for guests to indulge in the comfort of the rooms. The private bathrooms feature a rainfall shower and premium amenities, including a hairdryer.

Mekong Navigator's Signature Suite. Mekong Navigator's Signature Suite - Bathroom.
16 Cabins

Signature Suite

Guests
2
Size
27 m² / 291 ft²
Beds
Queen / Twin

These suites come with a balcony for guests to relax as they indulge in refreshments from the fully-stocked minibar in the room. The room also features a flat-screen TV, a hairdryer, an electronic safe, and a personal pillow selection for a comfortable night's sleep.

Mekong Navigator's Prestige Suite.
2 Cabins

Prestige Suite

Guests
2
Size
36 m² / 387 ft²
Beds
King

Prestige Suites are spacious, featuring a living space and a private balcony. The suites are designed and furnished with guest comfort in mind, including a special feature of a one-hour complimentary spa treatment. The private bathrooms come with a rainfall shower and an expansive tub.

Mekong Navigator's Grand Suite. Mekong Navigator's Grand Suite - Bathroom. Mekong Navigator's Grand Suite - Bathroom.
2 Cabins

Grande Suite

Guests
2
Size
54 m² / 584 ft²
Beds
King

This suite is the epitome of luxury, from the unique featured one-hour spa treatment to scented baths on request. Guests enjoy free daily laundry and personal butler service. The grande bathroom has a beautiful spa tub and a separate rainfall shower alongside the finest bathroom amenities.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

deck plan

Features

  • Cabins with balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Excercise room
  • Massage room
  • Lecture room
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details