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Downstream: Siem Reap - Saigon (8 Days/7 Nights downstream)

Day 1: Siem Reap- Kampong Cham (Cambodia)
You'll transfer from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham. (BB, L, D)

Day 2: Wat Hanchey, Kampong Cham (Cambodia)
Featured Excursions: Wat Hanchey Temple Complex, Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey Monastery, and Nokor Bachey Temple

You値l arrive at Wat Hanchey, a beautifully situated temple complex with incredible views overlooking the Mekong River. Take your time enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and marvel at the quality of the 7th-century artifacts and then enjoy a traditional water-blessing by the local monks.

You値l visit the twin holy hilltops of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (Man Hill and Woman Hill), both of which are topped by multiple temples and frolicking monkeys. You値l then descend to the base of the hills to view the massive gilded statues of Buddha. Afterward, you値l travel to Nokor Bachey Temple, built during the same period as the temples constructed at Angkor Watt, it boasts a wealth of intricate wall carvings and several ancient Buddha statues. (BB, L, D)

Day 3: Angkor Ban, Chong Koh (Cambodia)
Featured Excursions: Angkor Ban walking tour and Chong Koh walking tour

You値l sail to the very rural village of Angkor Ban. You値l enjoy a walking tour of this charming horse-and-cart hamlet, visiting traditional Khmer homes and talking with monks at the local Buddhist monastery.

Next is Chong Koh, a small village famous along the Mekong for its silk and cotton weaving; as you walk along the village痴 main road, you値l see looms under nearly every home and women offering beautifully crafted scarves and tablecloths.

You値l pop into a villager痴 home to learn about how fruits and vegetables are used by the locals to treat illness. Afterward, you値l visit the village school to observe and interact with school children. Don稚 be surprised if your arrival is greeted by squeals of delight葉he children love visitors, and love to practice their English. (BB, L, D)

Day 4: Kampong Chhnang (Cambodia)
TBD. (BB, L, D)

Day 5: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Featured Excursions: Choeung Ek Memorial Stupaand grounds, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and Phnom Penh city tour

The orchards and fields surrounding Choeung Ek belie what took place here during the violent reign of the Khmer Rouge. It is impossible to remain unmoved when visiting this area known as theKilling Fields. Afterward, you値l visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, also known as 鉄-21,蚤 former high school transformed by the Khmer Rouge into a torture and interrogation center. The fear, sadness, and disbelief conveyed in many prisoners mug shots will touch you, while the brave defiance displayed by others will remind you of the indomitable power of the human spirit.

Following your powerful morning excursion, you値l take an afternoon cyclo (cycle rickshaw), tour of Phnom Penh痴 wide boulevards and French-infused architecture. After a visit to the impressive Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, you値l tour the National Museum, which features a grand collection of artifacts from the Angkor Wat Temple Complex. (BB, L, D)


Day 6: Cu Lao Gien (Vietnam)
Featured excursions: Chau Doc and Cu Lao Gieng Excursions

In the morning, we'll tour the lively Chau Doc harbor, which teems with traditional Vietnamese floating markets and homes. You値l see housewives paddling their sampans from boat to boat, bartering and socializing with the harbor痴 many vendors. Then you値l visit a floating fish farm to learn about this important local industry and where you'll feed the thousands of tilapia and other fish being raised. In the afternoon, we値l visit the island of Cu Lao Gieng to tour one of the oldest Cathedrals in Southern Vietnam. (BB, L, D)

Day 7: Sa Dec (Vietnam)
Featured Excursions: Sa Dec and Cai Be Excursions

Today痴 sampan cruise through Sa Dec痴 narrow canals is the perfect opportunity to observe locals going about their daily routines. You値l visit a local factory where bricks and tiles are made with clay from the Mekong River. Here, you値l also learn how rice husks from the rice processing facility next door are used to fuel the brick factory痴 kilns that fill the Sa Dec landscape曜ust one example of the Vietnamese people痴 remarkable ingenuity. You'll embark on a luxurious sampan cruise through Cai Be for a tour of the historic Anh Kiet House預 former imperial residence預nd its beautiful gardens. Afterward, take a short walk to a local establishment where workers make everything from rice paper and rice wine to coconut candy. (BB, L, D)

Day 8: My Tho- Saigon (Vietnam): My Tho to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Comes to a close as the ship winds its way to My Tho which is located 70km South of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. Disembark at around 9:00am and continue your journey in the buzzing city of Saigon. (B)


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