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Angkor Wat and the Mekong River: Life Along the Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam

Program Number: 19033RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/9/2015 - 1/23/2015; 3/3/2016 - 3/17/2016; 8/16/2016 - 8/30/2016; 8/24/2016 - 9/7/2016; 8/31/2016 - 9/14/2016; 9/8/2016 - 9/22/2016; 9/15/2016 - 9/29/2016; 9/23/2016 - 10/7/2016; 10/8/2016 - 10/22/2016; 1/6/2017 - 1/20/2017; 2/4/2017 - 2/18/2017; 2/11/2017 - 2/25/2017; 3/6/2017 - 3/20/2017; 3/13/2017 - 3/27/2017;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Vietnam/Cambodia
Price starting at: $4,590.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats; History & Culture
Meals: 33; 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat    

In the 19th and 20th centuries the nations of Vietnam and Cambodia — the offspring of empires that dominated Asia for more than 1,000 years — were beset by imperial warfare and ethnic violence. Today, these modern states are integrating into the global community even as they mend the wounds of an era of atrocity. Consider legacies both bleak and beautiful as you navigate up the Mekong River to access villages and rice paddies where authentic Khmer and Vietnamese culture lives on.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1 mile per day and standing for up to 1 hour at a time; uneven sidewalks and stairs without railings. Climbing ramps and stairs to board and get off boat. Hot and humid conditions.

Please note that some dates operate in reverse.

Please note that the 3/13/2017 date is designed with a Moderate activity level and is meant for participants who feel that an Active program would be too strenuous. Field trips on this date will be slower paced and will follow less strenuous routings wherever possible.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Siem Reap (Cambodia), 3 night; aboard mv Toum Teave, 7 nights; Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), 2 nights.

Days 1-2:
Overnight flight from the U.S.A./Cross International Date Line.

Day 3-5:
Arrival Siem Reap:

Explore the massive Angkor Temple Complex with a local expert. Journey outside of modern Siem Reap to one of the oldest Angkorian temples known as Banteay Srey - home of some of the most celebrated of all of Angkor's carvings. Visit Angkor Thom and its magnificent Bayon Temple. Enjoy some time to explore Siem Reap and the central market on your own. Lodging: Comfortable Four Star Hotel in Siem Reap.

Days 6-9:
Tonle Sap/Kampong Chhnang/Phnom Penh:

Board the mv Toum Teav near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Cross the Tonle Sap, starting at a floating village where daily activities take place entirely on the water. Visit Kampong Chhnang village and stop at a pottery house to learn about the traditional Cambodian method of producing pottery. Learn about the depredations of the Khmer Rouge, visiting the Killing Fields and the S-21 Interrogation Center outside Phnom Penh. Step back in time as you visit the cultural sites of Cambodia's Capital. Voyage along the Cambodian Mekong and see farmers work in their emerald green rice paddies along the shore.
Lodging: Comfortable river barge with private baths.

Days 10-12: Mekong Delta/ Cho Gao Canal/ Ho Chi Minh City:

View the Mekong Delta at sunset from Sam Mountain. Chat with Vietnamese schoolchildren eager to practice their English or French. Sail along the Cho Gao Canal and observe local life as people tend the land, fish and travel to and from market. Stop to explore Vinh Trang Pagoda and the Cai Be Floating market. Transfer to the program hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and begin discovering this vibrant and historic center of Southern Vietnam.

Days 13- 15: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Disembark in Ho Chi Minh City, 2 nights

Learn about Vietnam's history and explore some of Saigon's famous sites including the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Hotel d'Ville, Reunification Hall and the War Remnants Museum.
Lodging: Comfortable full service hotel.

Toum Tiou

Built in 2001, this river vessel has two large decks with 10 air-conditioned rooms accommodating up to 18 participants on exclusive charters. Each room has a window facing the water and a private toilet, shower and sink.

Meals and Lodgings
   Tara Angkor Hotel
  Siem Reap, Cambodia 3 nights
   CF Mekong Toum Tiou
  Aboard Mekong River Cruise Ship Toum Tiou, At Sea 7 nights
   Grand Hotel
  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2 nights
 Tara Angkor Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Tara Angkor is equipped with modern amenities and elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable. With exceptionally warm hospitality and traditional Cambodian sincerity and kindness your stay will be something not to be forgotten.
  Contact info: Vithei Charles de Gaulle
Siem Reap,   Cambodia
phone: (+855) 63 966 661
  Facility amenities: The Tara Angkor Hotel's stylish 4 star property has cemented its status as one of the jewels in Siem Reap’s accommodation sector. Facilities include 213 magnificent rooms and suites, two restaurants, a lobby bar, and a swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness center and sauna, free wi-fi and a small business center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact RS Travel Services for more information.

 CF Mekong Toum Tiou
Type: Barge
  Description: The Toum Tiou sails on the Mekong river and is one of the only ships which can sail from Siem Reap pier to Saigon's harbor. All cabins have a large panoramic window giving a clear view of the river . While there is no doctor or nurse on board, the entire crew has first-aid training. For your safety, there is a fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas. There is also 24-hour security as well.
  Ship Information: Year Built: 2001 Year Refurbished: 2013 Length: 124.67 feet Width: 21.33 feet Total Cabins: 10 (4 upper deck, 6 lower deck) Total Passengers: 20 Cabin Size: Approximately 130 sq. feet
  Contact info: 313 Preah Sisowath Quay
Office 20
Phnom Penh 12207,  Cambodia Cambodia
phone: +855 23 21 60 70
  Room amenities: All of the 10 cabins offer a private lounge area, air conditioning, hi-fi system, mini safe, large closet space and under-bed storage. The private en suite bathroom includes a toilet, sink, hot/cold private shower, hairdryer, one 220V plug, and one 115V plug (razor outlet). There is also in room slippers and robe available for your use on board.
  Facility amenities: Amenities include lounge area with large screen television and DVD player, gift shop, outdoor dining, library, sun deck, forward deck, and complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water. Laundry service offered in Phnom Penh.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Grand Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Surrounded by a downtown ambiance, handicraft shops, restaurants - Grand Hotel, a modern comfort in a very classical French atmosphere and architecture since 1930, is an ideal place for businessmen, travellers as well as the ones who seeking rest and entertainment.
  Contact info: 08 Dong Khoi, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City,   Vietnam
phone: +84-8-823-0163
  Room amenities: Satellite TV (65 channels...), Mini-bar, IDD telphone with bathroom extension In-room safe box, Electricity current: 220 volts Water purification, Air Conditioning, Hair dryer, Wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: Souvenir Shop, Concierge, Currency Exchange, Laundry and dry cleaning service, shoe-shining service, internet access, roof-top restaurant, swimming pool.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact Road Scholar Travel Extra nights can be arranged with Road Scholar Travel Services.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Day 3 in the late afternoon at the program hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. You will be staying at Tara Angkor Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Day 15 in the morning at the program hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You will be staying at Grand Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Driving in these countries is not recommended. It can be difficult to drive with the traffic and the driving style.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Participants can reach the site from the airport via taxi.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Siem Reap
  Nearest airport:  Siem Reap International Airport.
  Transportation to site: If independent flights do not coincide with the designated group transfer, it will be the responsibility of the participant/s to make arrangements to get to the program site. Outside the terminal is a ticket booth for registered taxis into town. Independent taxis and motorcycles wait just outside the airport. Usually, the price ranges from $2 for motorcycles and $10 (subject to change) for taxis. Most hotels also offer free transportation from the airport but you must notify them in advance of your arrival. The transfer from the airport to the hotel will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Private arrival and departure transfers -at an additional cost- may be arranged in advance by calling Road Scholar Travel Services
  From End of Program
  Location:  Ho Chi Minh City
  Transportation from site: Transfer at the end of the program can be arranged two ways. Participants can always contact the concierge desk at the Grand Hotel to get more information about taxi or private car services to the airport. Participants can also ask the group leader to arrange for a local taxi. The transfer from the hotel to the airport will take approximately 40 to 50 minutes (7 km) depending on the traffic. Private arrival and departure transfers -at an additional cost- may be arranged in advance by calling Road Scholar Travel Services
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart the U.S.
(Friday, January 9)
 Depart From: Depart US for flight to Cambodia.

Day 2: En Route
(Saturday, January 10)
 In Transit: Overnight flight to Cambodia.

Day 3: Arrival Siem Reap / Orientation
(Sunday, January 11)
 Arrive To: Arrive to Siem Reap International Airport. Transfer to the hotel for check in.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Convene at the hotel with other participants for the Program Orientation.
 Dinner: 'Welcome Dinner' featuring a taste of local food.
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: Siem Reap / Angkor Museum / Ta Promh / Banteay Srei
(Monday, January 12)

Note: Participants must be able to get in and out of bus and sit and stand nearly the whole day in hot and humid weather.

 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Take a drive to Ta Prohm and begin your introduction to the temples of Angkor, the Jungle Temple. Unlike most of the temples of Angkor, Ta Prohm has been largely left to ruins. With its dynamic interaction between nature and man-made art, this atmospheric temple is a favorite for many - who can't help but feel a little like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft (which was filmed here) as they pick through the rubble. Later in the morning, take a field trip to the Angkor National Museum. This new national museum will provide you with an informative introduction to the temples and their art.
 Lunch: At a local restaruant in Siem Reap.
 Afternoon: As a group we will transfer to the Landmine Museum and enjoy a lecture. Later in the afternoon visit the temple Banteay Srei, the Citadel of Women. The Citadel of Women, a pink sandstone temple, was built in the latter half of the 10th century by Rajendravarman II and Jayavaraman V. The carvings of Banteay Srei are among the oldest and most intricate that you will see.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Siem Reap Sun Rise at Angkor Wat / Free Time
(Tuesday, January 13)

Note: Must be able to walk on uneven terrain. Climbing is required on stone steps, some without railing.

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Wake up and enjoy coffee/tea and a light snack. After immerse in the breathtaking beauty of Angkor Wat as it silhouettes in the sky during sunrise. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. As the best-preserved temple at the site, Angkor Wat, is the only temple to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation is Hindu - dedicated to the god Vishnu - then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture.
 Morning: Continue your morning with the temple exploration of Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Established in the late twelfth century by king Jayavarman VII, at the center of the city is the mesmerizing temple of Bayon.
 Lunch: At a local restaruant.
 Afternoon: After enjoying some free time, go off the beaten path to an elementary school, where you will be introduced to the educational system of Cambodia.
 Dinner: On your own to enjoy the local fare.
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Transfer to Siem Reap Pier to Board Ship/ Floating Village
(Wednesday, January 14)
 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a free morning to explore on your own. For those interested visit the Green Gecko Project, a project working to help street children of Cambodia, with your Group Leader.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Meet back at the hotel and transfer to the Siem Reap Pier to board your ship, the Toum Tiou. Board the ship in the late afternoon. The Captain and crew will give you a safety briefing shortly after boarding. Afterwards sail and stop at a floating village to learn about this unique community on the Tonle Sap.
 Dinner: Welcome drink and dinner.
Accommodations: CF Mekong Toum Tiou
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Kampong Chhnang
(Thursday, January 15)

Note: Must be comfortable climbing up and down the barge ladder. Will require that participants get in and out of small wooden boats. Must be able to be active between sitting and standing for at least 4 hours a day.

 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: A great morning awaits you in Kampong Chhnang village, or Pottery Village, where villagers still produce pottery using traditional methods. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Fish farming is also widely practiced in the area. The area is famous for its pottery ware, unchanged in style for centuries, which is produced in sufficient quantities to supply the entire country. Other village products are not to be overlooked, such as the Thnot tree (sugar palm – a real national symbol) that abounds in the area, a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes, and palm wine.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Enjoying sailing on board the Toum Tiou.
 Dinner: On board.
Accommodations: CF Mekong Toum Tiou
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Kampong Tralach / Phnom Penh
(Friday, January 16)
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Arrive at Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To get to it, we will approach Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing some stretches of emerald rice paddy. The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the latérite foundations. The Vihara is home to some outstanding mural paintings; however they are starting to suffer from weathering. They remain some of the last survivors of cultural destruction that continues unabated due to widespread indifference. Standing by itself in the middle of rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few visitors. Its isolation may well be its undoing, as was the case for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Step back into time, as you arrive to Phnom Penh - renowned for its French influenced architecture. Begin the afternoon by attending an expert lecture on Khmer Culture and Cambodian History, and then take some time to explore Phnom Penh on your own where you can visit one of the local markets, walk the city streets, or just relax.
 Dinner: On board.
Accommodations: CF Mekong Toum Tiou
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Phnom Penh / S-21 / Killing Fields / National Museum / Royal Palace
(Saturday, January 17)

Note: Will need to be able to walk and stand on and off for at least 3 to 4 hours minimum. Heat and humidity needs to be taken into account.

 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Explore Choeung Ek Killing Fields, where thousands of Cambodians were executed for unwarrented crimes. Then return to town to visit the the S-21 (Tuol Sleng) Interrogation Center, where Cambodians were tortured and forced to confess to crimes they did not commit. Through these visits, you will hopefully gain a better understanding of the recent tragic period in Cambodian history, the scars it left, and how it affects both social and economic development in the country today.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Discover the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and finish the afternoon at the National Museum. The National Museum in Phnom Penh is the most significant public repository of Khmer artifacts in the country, displaying many important Angkorian artifacts and rare pieces from later periods.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Enjoy an 'Apsara Dance' preformance danced by a group of local artist that are working to preserve the traditional Cambodian classical arts. As evidenced in part by the innumerable apsaras (celestial dancers) that adorn the walls of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian temples, this dance has been a part of Khmer culture for more than a millennium.
Accommodations: CF Mekong Toum Tiou
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Kaam Samnaar / Border Crossing into Vietnam / Chau Doc
(Sunday, January 18)
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Navigation towards Kaam Samnaar - the Cambodian Border and arrive mid morning. The ship leaves the border and proceeds toward Chau Doc.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a lecture by your study leader on the Economic Development along the Mekong Delta. Take a short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect timing to discover the local market. Afterwards, head back to the pier to depart for fish raising rafts and Cham minority village by local boat.
 Dinner: On board.
Accommodations: CF Mekong Toum Tiou
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Chau Doc / Sa Dec
(Monday, January 19)

Note: Must be able to comfortably walk anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 miles in the morning.

 Breakfast: On board while sailing.
 Morning: While sailing toward Sa Dec enjoy a lecture by your Group Leader. They will give you a Historical Overview of Cambodia and Vietnam.
 Lunch: On board while sailing.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, arrive in Sa Dec. Continue to Kien An Cung Pagoda. Stroll around Sa Dec Market along the Sa Dec River bank. Sa Dec is a small city of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled authenticity and undisturbed by visitors. It provides a glimpse of the delta where a few colonial houses still remain, including the "Chinaman's house" (from Duras' novel "The Lover", also made into a movie). Return to the boat with stopover at a nursery of flower and bonsai trees. Famous for its horticulture (it has many varieties of fabulously exotic flowers) Sa Dec was known as the "Garden of Cochin Chine" during colonial times.
 Dinner: On board.
Accommodations: CF Mekong Toum Tiou
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Vinh Long / Cai Be / My Tho
(Tuesday, January 20)

Note: This will be an active day. Though there won't be a lot of walking, participants must be able to easily climb ladders on the side of the barge. Participants must also be comfortable getting in and out small wooden boats at least 3 to 4 times a day.

 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Arrive in Vinh Long and explore the brick and pottery factory, the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of fruit trees as well as a typical house and a show room of traditional farming tools. Vinh Long, which translates as "Majestic Dragon", is right in the middle of the delta, between two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits. Life is organized around the water. Houses on stilts, hawkers on boats, hundreds of small crafts crisscross in all directions. Then continue to Cai Be floating market.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Arrive in My Tho and take a local boat to visit Phoenix island and explore local people's daily life and enjoy locally seasonal fruits.Later, depart for Vinh Trang Pagoda with a view of My Tho town. On the banks of a northern arm of the Mekong, My Tho, which translates as "fragrant herb", is where vistors come to discover the beauty of the delta. It's a quiet, prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its many fruit orchards, gardens and the huge rice fields that surround it. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, with its coconut palms, banana and mango trees.
 Dinner: Captain's farewell dinner on board.
Accommodations: CF Mekong Toum Tiou
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Cruise towards Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) / City Orientation / Family-hosted dinner
(Wednesday, January 21)
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Arrive at Saigon in the morning. This vibrant city is a thriving metropolis reflecting Vietnam's contentious past as well as its fast-forwarding future. Clear port authorities and transfer to hotel.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Chek into the hotel and enjoy a lecture; "History of Vietnam now and then". Afterwards be led by an expert historian, to visit some of the main sites in Saigon including the Rex Hotel, the People’s Committee Building which was built as the Hotel D’Ville by the French in 1908, Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office.
 Dinner: Enjoy a family-hosted dinner.
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: War Remnants Museum
(Thursday, January 22)
 Breakfast: Buffet at hotel.
 Morning: Take an excursion to Reunification Hall (the former Presidential Palace) built as a modern administrative center. Then continue to the FITO Museum, which is the first Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine. They display objects found in a traditional pharmacy: scale, cabinet, advertising board, printing mold, spirit gourd, tea pot, bowl, lime pot and other ceramic articles; as well as books and documents on traditional Vietnamese medicine.
 Lunch: Enjoy the taste of Vietnam as you sample Pho - a local favorite!
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Saigon on your own.
 Dinner: Convene for a farewell dinner and program wrap-up.
Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Departure
(Friday, January 23)
 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for return flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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