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Luxury Halong Bay & Mekong River Cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia

HANOI - HAI PHONG - VIET HAI - BA HAM LAKE - HA LONG BAY - HO CHI MINH CITY - CHO GAO - MY THO - VINH LONG -CAI BE - SA DEC - CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH - KOH CHEN - KAMLON TRALACH - KAMPONG CHHNANG - LAKE TONLE - SIEM REAP

Experience the very best that Vietnam and Cambodia has to offer on this 15-day of Vietnam and Cambodia River cruise. Before explore boarding the Mekong River Cruise, you will experience  2 nights on the World Heritage site of Halong Bay and enjoy all of the activities on offer on 5-star Era Cruise. Explore the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City then boarding our premium ship RV Indochine II, it's dock in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City for your 9 day cruise along the Mekong River to Cambodia. Visiting local sites en-route and engage in local life in My Tho and Koh Chen and pass through the city of Phnom Penh with its Royal Palace and bustling markets before finally disembarking on the doorstep of the Angkor temple complex: home of the world-famous Angkor Wat, the 7th Wonder of the Ancient World where you will visit before departure home.

Trip code : TT3971KC

Duration : 15 days

Destination : Vietnam - Cambodia

Travel Dates :2022

  • Enjoy the spectacular views of Halong Bay, a sublime natural and UNESCO-World Heritage wonder, on board the luxury Era cruise
  • Explore the stately capital of Vietnam, its famous landmarks and fascinating history 
  • Experience an ultimate luxury cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia, with your ship docks right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Encapsulate the essence of Mekong Delta region onboard one of the finest luxury river ships, the RV Indochine II
  • Sails the picturesque & lively Gao Canal from Ho Chi Minh city directly into the Mekong Delta
  • Witness  the daily life of people along  the Mekong Delta
  • Be taken into the heart of Indochina's culture and tradition, wake up to new exploration and authentic local experiences
  • Be entertained by local musical and dance performances to showcase the rich heritage of the region
  • Have meaningful interactions with kids at a local primary school supported by Tweet World Foundations 
  • Enjoy the best of Vietnamese and Cambodian hospitality while staying in luxury 5-star hotels and cruising on luxury vessels
  • Explore Cu Chi Tunnel, an underground city constructed by Vietnamese guerrilla during Vietnam War
  • Satisfy your tastebuds with authentic Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines 
  • Explore the World Heritage-listed site of Angkor Wat
On your arrival in Hanoi our local driver and tour guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a Half Day City Tour of Hanoi visiting the Temple of Literature; Women's Museum; the infamous Hoa Loa Prison Museum & the Museum of Ethnology
After breakfast your transfer vehicle will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi and convey you to Hai Phong arriving around 11.30am.
You will be taken by our tender out onto the bay to board our luxurious craft, Era Cruise. You will be welcomed aboard and our crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedure session. You will then be free to check into your cabin, freshen up and take some time to look around the vessel or watch the magical landscape go by.
 
A special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites will be served as we set sail for Lan Ha Bay, passing by Da Chong islet where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. When lunch is about to finish, we'll enter through the Cua Van area to Lan Ha Bay (as part of Halong Bay). The area is surrounded by a lot extraordinary limestone karst landscapes. Guests can then explore the crystal clear waters of the bay and Ba Trai Dao beach by kayak and/or enjoy swimming.
 
Back on board the main boat we cruise to a position where we overnight.
 
From 5.30 - 6.30pm is Happy hour with a special drink menu (Buy one get another one for free) and we will hold our Vietnamese cooking demonstration. It is a great way to learn how to prepare delicious appetizers and we will guide you through the process.
 
Diner will be served in our restaurant. You will have free time until midnight to relax with an exotic cocktail or the bar has a wide range of wines, beers and liquors after a day on Bay. Other activities onboard include watching a documentary movie, squid fishing, ordering a Spa service or simply relax on our roof top deck under the cover of a star filled sky.
Early birds are welcome to attend sunrise Tai Chi on our upper deck or enjoy a coffee or tea.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast with the best local coffee brand and freshly made fruit juices.
After breakfast we board our Era Day Boat will head to Viet Hai Village where you will take the bicycle trip along the village path and go through rain forests and a dark tunnel. Enjoy stunning scenery of rice fields on the way. Relax at the village then visit an ancient local house, made from straw, mud, bamboo…you will have chance to see the local life on a valley of the people. (An electric car service is available at an extra cost).
 
After a set menu lunch is served on our day boat you will have free time to kayak and/or swim at Ba Ham Lake area situated in the middle of a narrow, rectangular area, with the all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs. (if the weather permit)
Back on board Era Cruise, take some time to freshen up, take a nap or just relax as we cruise to our overnight area. Witness one of the most brilliant sunsets you will ever see.
The bar opens for Happy Hour "Buy one get one free" and you can enjoy our cooking demonstration to discover our Vietnamese cuisine of traditional spring rolls.
A special dinner will be served offering you outstanding food and quality service. This evening is yours to enjoy one of the activities onboard or our bar is always open and is an ideal place to meet new people and share stories about your adventures.
The nicest time of the day on Lan Ha Bay is the morning. Head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions. Relax with an early morning cup of tea, coffee or juice anywhere you wish on the boat and watch the never ending miraculous scenery unfold before you.
 
A light breakfast will be served in our restaurant (pastries, tea, coffee) before you enjoy the last stage of your trip with a visit to Dark & Bright cave and islets by local rowing boats, with its wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage area.
 
Back to our main board to check out of your cabin as we draw closer to the mainland. After a final early brunch and a last goodbye from our crew you will board our tender and head back to the wharf where you will be met by our luxury van to transfer you to Hanoi.
On arrival you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
 
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City then the rest of the day is free for you to explore Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City was built by the French in 1859, at the beginning of the colonial era and the town has retained some of its French atmosphere.
 
In the afternoon we have a tour of the city to visit the Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and the Central Post office.
After our tour we will board our luxury cruise vessel, RV Indochine ll and have a welcome cocktail and dinner.
Overnight on board in Ho Chi Minh City port.
After breakfast, we cruise to Cholon, whose name means “Great market”, a district crawling with people, where almost half the population of the city lives and where trade reigns supreme. We visit the market and the Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea.
Lunch is served onboard before our afternoon visit to the National History museum then a visit to a lacquer ware factory.
After our return on board we set sail for the navigation channel of Chao Gao.
 
Dinner and overnight is on board RC Indochine ll. We moor for the night at Nha Be.
Very early this morning we continue our cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal, which passes from the Saigon River to the Mekong Delta. The Delta is made up of four main arms and thousands of canals, both large and small.
 
We have breakfast as we arrive in My Tho. The town is named after the river My Tho which means “beautiful reed”, and it is peaceful and prosperous. Known for its many vegetable gardens, and its fruit orchards, the climate here is hot and pleasant all year long. The surrounding countryside includes one of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with coconut, banana, mango and longan trees. We visit My Tho islands in small boats. Along the maze that makes up the network of small canals, pretty country villages appear and we see the local craftsmen at work.
 
We return on board for lunch and continue our cruise to Vinh Long and Caï Be. The town is located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong. We set off in small boats through the arroyos and gardens which lead to Caï Be's colonial church.
Vinh Long, a land made rich by alluvium, is the country of mandarins and oranges. All of life here is organised around the water and we see houses built on stilts and hundreds of small boats that criss-cross in all directions.
 
We then set sail for Sac Dec where dinner will be served onboard and we will overnight at our mooring point.
Early this morning we visit Sa Dec, famous for its horticulture and known as the “Garden of the Cochin Chine” in colonial times. We have a tour of the small town where a few colonial mansions are still in existence. Discover the local market and visit the former dwelling place of Huynh Thuy Le, former lover of the French novelist Marguerite Duras who spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec.
 
We return on board for a hearty breakfast and continue our cruise to Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago.
 
Lunch is on board as we cruise to Chau Doc arriving in the early afternoon. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong and the floating farms overspill into the waters. Chau Doc is a very prosperous town which developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, a few colonial buildings with their old fashioned charm still remain. The market which surrounds them is the vibrant heart of the city and a multitude of colours.
 
We will be transferred by small boats to visit a Cham village, a village of weavers and fish farms.
 
Enjoy dinner and our overnight stop in Chau Doc.
We spend the day afloat today, first heading for the Cambodian border, where we complete customs during the morning and continue our journey.
 
Lunch and dinner are taken on board as we arrive, towards the end of the day, in Phnom Penh.
After dinner we have a “tuk tuk” trip, a motorised tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh.
We moor for the night in the port of Phnom Penh.
Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retains much of its colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. We visit the Silver Pagoda, constructed of wood in 1892 then rebuilt in 1962, and the Royal palace, symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style.
 
Then we visit the National museum, housing the Fine Arts museum, built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style.
We have lunch in a local restaurant and this afternoon we have the option to visit the Tuol Svay Prey S21 school, former centre of detention, torture and execution used by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war.
 
There is free time in the “Central Market” - crammed full with all types of businesses.
 
This evening we have a Apsara dance show by student dancers and musicians.
 
Dinner and overnight on board, in the port of Phnom Penh.
We set sail early morning and have breakfast on board before we visit Koh Chen, a small village where the inhabitants are experts in silverwork and copper work. Here are made the ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings.
 
Visit the private school of Mr. Thom Umson, a bright French teacher.
 
We have lunch on board and arrive in Kampong Tralach to visit the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tarlach Leu Pagoda.
 
We cross through the village of Kampong Tralach by oxcart to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer from the effects of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors, so its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot.
 
We return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Chhnang.
Dinner onboard and we moor for our overnight stop.
We have breakfast on board and then visit Kampong Chhnang. Located some 90km from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country, and the region's very name Kampong Chhnang means “the port of the pottery” in Khmer.
 
We visit a traditional grove of palm trees and taste some palm sugar before a visit to a traditional pottery. Next we visit a floating village using small local boats. All the buildings here are afloat - the school, the shops and so on, and life develops along the canal network.
We return on board for lunch then continue our cruise to lake Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong.
 
Tonight we have a final cocktail and gala dinner.
 
Our overnight stop is on Lake Tonle.
We spend the morning cruising, taking breakfast on board.
Disembark the cruise at noon. Our driver will transfer you to your hotel in Siem Reap.
The afternoon is free for you to enjoy.
After breakfast you will visit the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphuon, and Phimeanakas temples, plus Terraces of the Elephant and Leper King.
 
Lunch will be at a famous local restaurant.
 
In the afternoon visit Ta Prohm then explore the Angkor Wat temple, the 7th Wonder of the Ancient World.
 
You will climb up to Bakheng Hill to watch the sunset over Angkor Wat and the surrounding area before returning to our hotel.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel today before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

***Important Note***

For operational reasons and passenger safety, Tweet World Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to change, vary, modify or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour/cruise as considered necessary.

This Cruise is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

All of our cruises/excursion require a reasonable level of fitness. Every traveller on our cruises is required the ability to walk around sights on uneven surfaces in both urban and rural / mountainous areas unaided. You will be getting on and off cruises, coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Please read our cruise itinerary carefully for outline of activities to help you select the right holiday for you.

Important notes:
• All persons must be fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.

• All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
We provide a wealth of dining experiences and venues. Most meals during the cruises are onboard or at famous restaurants during excursion, with the menus handpicked and planned to highlight a perfect mix of Local and Western cuisines.

• Meals onboard are a cultural culinary experience: Continental breakfast buffets with a rich menu are offered daily, while lunch and dinner are set menus.

• Gala evening: The gala evening is a long-awaited tradition in the world of cruising. This is the night we like to dress up, although no dress code is imposed. The crew all in their dress uniform, are presented to the passengers who are invited have a pre-dinner drink with the captain in the company of the purser, and the head chef.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.
The currency accepted on board is the local currency or US dollar. You can pay in dollars or using an international credit/debit card (Visa and MasterCard) at the end of the cruise. It is recommended to have some local currency or US dollars in cash with you during your cruises.
A range of activities and entertainment are provided on board:

• Before dinner, games and quizzes are hosted by our entertainers in the lounge bar

• On the sun deck, where you can stroll alone, be with family or friends or sit comfortably in the sun loungers, gymnastics sessions are organised in the morning whilst enjoying the magnificent views of the landscapes that pass by.

• The panoramic lounge bar, the library and the "piano bar"
• Depend on the destination, lectures on subjects related to the history and geography of the places visited, are offered in the lounge bar.

• Some evenings, the dance floor of the lounge bar comes to life with musical evenings, folk groups or singers

• Some cruises have variety evenings where the crew members reveal their hidden talents are also provided.
All cabins are air-conditioned and double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom

• Triple Share: Available upon request
• Bedding Configuration: Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
• Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms: Not Available
• Laundry service: Not Available
• Wi-Fi: All the cruise is equipped with free Wi-Fi available in all lounges / bars and receptions. For some destination it is available in the cabin.
After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please note:
• Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
• Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges
Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $105 per person will be incurred. This is only valid for a one-time use (claim).

Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise to the same destination, departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

The new tour/cruise must be at the same cost or higher but cannot be at lower cost than the initial cruise/ tour booked. If the passenger chooses the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

Important notes:
• Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making the deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable
• Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares or third-party fees and charges.
• Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.
• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours. It is your responsibility to make sure your room is secure.
Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this cruise. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive.

In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

• If travel on a river cruises and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard. Recommended tips - For the crew members on board the ship - $10US per day per passenger.

• If you are happy with services provided by your tour guides and drivers, a tip is appreciated. Recommended tips - For the guides and drivers - $6US per day per passenger.
You must carry your own luggage from/to the coach and to/from the hotel or cruise. The driver/crews and his assistance will assist with the uploading/off-loading of your luggage.

Please note:

• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours/cruises. It is your responsibility to make sure your room/cabin is secure.

• Tweet World Travel will not be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or other personal belongings.
Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our cruises and shore excursions.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.
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FIRST-CLASS SERVICE

  • 24/7 local assistance and travel guidance
  • Airport Meet-and-Greet welcome service with local tour guide
  • Small group with maximum 16 guests while on tour
  • Small group with maximum 20 guests while on shore excursions

ACCOMMODATION

  • Stay at excellent 4-star and 5-star hotels as below (or similar) with daily breakfasts:
    • Hanoi: Anatole Hanoi Hotel
    • Ho Chi Minh City: Central Palace
    • Siem Reap: Empress Angkor Hotel
  • Stay 2-night onboard the 5-star ship Era Cruises in Halong Bay, with full board meals
  • Stay 8-night onboard the premium RV Indochine II on Mekong River, with full board meals

FLIGHT

  • Domestic flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City with full service airlines
    • Economy Class with luggage allowance

SIGHTSEEING:

  • All entrance fees at monuments
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary:
    • Half day Hanoi City Tour 
    • Ho Chi Minh City Tour with lunch
    • Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom Day Tour with lunch
  • Shore excursions during Mekong River cruise as per itinerary
  • All local government fees & taxes

TRANSPORTATION

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in air-conditioned vehicles 
  • Return transfers from hotel to port
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Locally based professional drivers 

TOUR GUIDE & TOUR LEADER

  • English-speaking local tour guides who live and breathe the destination – they will bring your itinerary to life
  • For group of more than 10 people, on top of local tour guides, we will provide an experienced tour director. He or she will oversee your entire journey, accompany you every day and connect you to the people, places and encounter in a way you’ll never forget.

MEALS

  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner on RV Indochine II
  • A unique & varied dining experience
  • All meals while cruising on Era Cruise and RV Indochine II with refined local cuisine, as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfasts

OTHERS

  • Entertainment onboard the RV Indochine II
  • Complimentary WIFI onboard (when signal is available)
  • All port fees
  • Vietnam and Cambodia E-Visa

 

Please note:  this cruise doesn’t include the entry visa for the country it travels to. Make sure you have acquired a valid visa before travelling and joining the cruise. Check whether a single entry or multiple entry visa is required/ available.

When assisting with an international travel booking, we assume that all travellers in the booking have a valid Passport and Visas to enter to the country it travels to. Passports must be valid for the countries through which a ship or tour passes. It is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure the validity and conformity of their passport/Visas.

It is the customer’s responsibility to make sure that the travellers have the valid visas and/or correct visa type to enter the destination country they are travelling to. Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such an event occurs, we won’t be liable and the travellers will be deemed as “no-show”. Please check our Terms & Conditions for penalty for “no-show”.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information.

Important Note:

  • All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and most countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine‐readable passport.
  • Some countries require visas and re‐entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities.
  • It is your sole responsibility if any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not satisfying the requirements of those authorities.