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Timeless Treasures of the Mekong

A river journey through Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the luxurious RV Mekong Princess

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  • Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh

Join us aboard the luxurious RV Mekong Princess and discover the diversity of the mighty Mekong as it flows through Vietnam and Cambodia. With just 24 guests on board, we can offer an intimate experience and close-up perspective of the river including some ports of call along both the Mekong and Bassac Rivers which are virtually untouched by tourism. Our cruise combines scenic interest with a study of local life and culture as well as ample time to relax on board our beautiful vessel admiring the passing scenery.

Our seven night river journey offers the most beautifully relaxing way to discover the stunning, unspoiled countryside, fascinating culture, bustling markets and timeless villages of the Mekong. We have combined our cruise with hotel stays in the iconic Vietnamese city, Ho Chi Minh as well as time in Siem Reap allowing the opportunity to visit the magnificent temple complex at Angkor Wat. During the cruise you will soak up the diverse culture of the region and everyday life of the local people for whom the Mekong plays such an important role and one of the greatest experiences of our journey will be encountering their great charm and natural warmth.

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  • Itinerary Highlights

    Floating market

    • Time spent cruising along the Mekong and Bassac Rivers
    • Colourful Cai Rang floating market
    • Wildlife of the Bassac River with Thot Not Bird Sanctuary
    • Experience different local transportation “xe loi”
    • Chance to interact with a Priest in the 1870s built Gieng Island’s Catholic Church
    • Tour of Phnom Penh by Cyclos
    • Exploration of Angkor Wat

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Mekong Princess

Mekong Princess

The RV Mekong Princess is an all-suite, luxurious river vessel with just 12 spacious suites. The friendly onboard staff of 27 will provide you with excellent service and do much to contribute to your enjoyment throughout your cruise.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Fly by scheduled indirect flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City.

Arrive this morning into Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) and transfer to the centrally located Park Hyatt hotel for a two night stay. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and tonight meet your fellow travellers for dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City.

After breakfast, join a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City which was built by the French in 1850. We begin with a visit to the Saigon Opera House, constructed by the French in 1898 and the Central Post Office. We visit Independence Palace also known as Reunification Palace, designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. The palace was the home and former workplace of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. We also visit the War Remnants Museum which primarily contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War. Next we learn how to make a traditional Vietnamese dish in a cooking class followed by lunch in a local restaurant. (B, L)

Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh City.

This morning there will be some free time after breakfast before we transfer to the RV Mekong Princess. Enjoy lunch on board with breathtaking views as we set sail for our journey along the Mekong. Join your fellow travellers this evening for the Welcome Reception and Dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Ben Tre & Tra On.

This morning we sail on traditional Vietnamese sampans through a channel lined with mangroves to visit a local coconut candy maker. After watching the candy-making process we will walk through the village to visit an orchard where fruits native to Vietnam can be seen in various stages of maturity on the vine. After a fresh fruit tasting, we continue to a pier where we board small, local boats (two guests per boat) for a trip through the narrow creeks lined with Nipah palm before returning to the ship. This afternoon we sail through an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism to see Phuoc Hau historic pagoda and a local handicraft village. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Can Tho & Thot Not.

We begin our morning before breakfast aboard the sampans for a cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market near Can Tho. The sampans will weave in and out of the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce and other items the residents of the Mekong Delta need in their daily lives. As they weave through the market, there will be many opportunities for amazing photographs, while enjoying fresh fruit and the Vietnamese “anti-aging drink,” fresh coconut water. Before returning to the ship for breakfast, we stop at a local noodle factory, where we witness the amazing process of how they are made. After lunch, the sampans come to take us through the village of Thot Not, where we ride through the town on a ‘Lambro 555’. We stop at a beautiful bird sanctuary from where we can experience an incredible view of thousands of birds nesting in the treetops along the Mekong River. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Gieng Island.

This morning we board sampans that will take us into Gieng Island. After a short walk around the local sampan village, where hundreds of sampans are produced daily by local families, we take a canal drive to explore the untouched floating area with duck farms, monkey bridges, and tropical orchards along the riverside. We will try one of most popular local transportation named “xe loi” (motor trishaw) driving through this island to visit a Catholic Church, built around the same time as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon in the 1870s. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Hong Ngu & Border Crossing.

Today we visit the local island village of Hong Ngu, not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Hong Ngu produces a large number of the traditional, Khmer scarves exported to Cambodia. Woven in many homes around the village, here we have the opportunity to see the weaving process under several homes. Some villagers are also embroidery artists, displaying their art in and around the homes. The inhabitants of this area had only encountered one western visitor prior to the arrival of the RV Mekong Princess, and are especially friendly and welcoming. Guests will also visit the local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hoa Hoa. This afternoon, the RV Mekong Princess will cross the border into Cambodia and continue up the Mekong River. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

After breakfast we join local cyclo drivers for a city tour of Phnom Penh. We ride along the riverfront to the Royal Palace, where we enjoy a leisurely walk through the grounds, with opportunities to visit the Throne Hall and moonlight Pavilion. Upon crossing into the second section of the complex, we walk amongst enormous stupas and spirit houses. We continue to the famous silver pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9000 diamonds. Following some free time we return to the cyclos for a ride to the National Museum which houses the largest pre-Angkorian and Angkorian holdings in Cambodia. We return to the vessel for lunch and later depart on a drive to Choeung Ek, the ‘Killing Fields’. Here we visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa and learn about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Angkor Ban.

Today we start the day with a visit to the charming town of Angkor Ban. Here, we witness the daily life of the local people, starting with a visit to a family’s home, to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle. We continue through the village to the local school where we join the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. There will be opportunities to take photos during our return journey to the vessel, including a brief stop at the local monastery complex. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Kampong Cham/Siem Reap.

After breakfast we disembark the RV Mekong Princess in Kampong Cham and transfer to the Park Hyatt Siem Reap for a three night stay. The Park Hyatt Siem Reap is the city’s most prestigious address. Located in the heart of the city, the 108 rooms are encased in an elegant, contemporary, residential facade that dramatically rises above Siem Reap’s skyline and is surrounded by manicured gardens. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city independently. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. (B, D)

Day 12 - Siem Reap.

This morning we visit the famous Angkor Wat complex, situated 5.5 kilometres north of the modern town of Siem Reap and built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The modern name Angkor Wat means ‘Temple city’ or’ City of Temples’ in Khmer. After lunch at a local restaurant we ride on Tuk Tuks to visit the walled city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Bayon Temple is located at the end of the south gate entrance and is regarded as a 12th century masterpiece. Inside the city we will see impressive stone carvings. (B, L)

Day 13 - Siem Reap.

Today, we travel to the gem of the Angkor area and the pretty temple of Banteay Srey. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. Next we visit Ta Prohm; it has been largely left as it was found, overgrown by jungle trees and vines, making it one of the most picturesque of the Angkor temples. This afternoon, we visit the Roulous temple group, the site of the ancient centre of the Khmer civilisation known as Hariharalaya. Enjoy dinner this evening at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 14 - Siem Reap to London.

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the scheduled indirect flight to London. (B)

Siem Reap to Saigon

Day 1 - London Heathrow to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Fly by scheduled indirect flight to Siem Reap.

Day 2 - Siem Reap.

Arrive this morning and transfer to the Park Hyatt Siem Reap Hotel for a three night stay. The Park Hyatt Siem Reap is the city’s most prestigious address. Located in the heart of the city, the 108 rooms are encased in an elegant, contemporary, residential facade that dramatically rises above Siem Reap’s skyline and is surrounded by manicured gardens. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and meet fellow travellers for dinner at the hotel this evening. (D)

Day 3 - Siem Reap.

This morning we visit the famous Angkor Wat complex, situated 5.5 kilometres north of the modern town of Siem Reap. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The modern name Angkor Wat means ‘Temple city’ or ‘City of Temples’ in Khmer. After lunch at a local restaurant we ride on tuk tuks to visit the walled city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Bayon Temple is located at the end of the south gate entrance and is regarded as a 12th century masterpiece. Inside the city we witness impressive stone carvings. (B, L)

Day 4 - Siem Reap.

Today we travel to the gem of the Angkor area and the pretty temple of Banteay Srey. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. Next we visit Ta Prohm; it has been largely left as it was found, overgrown by jungle trees and vines, making it one of the most picturesque of the Angkor temples. This afternoon, we visit the Roulous temple group, the site of the ancient centre of the Khmer civilisation known as Hariharalaya. Enjoy dinner this evening at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 5 - Siem Reap - Kampong Cham.

After breakfast this morning transfer to embark our vessel the RV Mekong Princess. Enjoy lunch on board with the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening a Welcome Reception, followed by a themed Cambodian dinner will be served on board. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Angkor Ban.

Today we start the day with a visit to the charming town of Angkor Ban. Here, we witness the daily life of the local people, starting with a visit to a family’s home, along with an opportunity to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle. We continue through the village to the local school, where we join the children in their classroom and experience what their typical school day is like. On the way back to the ship there will be plenty of opportunity to take photos along the way, including a brief stop at the local monastery complex. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Phnom Penh.

After breakfast we join local cyclo drivers for a city tour of Phnom Penh. Ride along the riverfront to the Royal Palace, where we enjoy a leisurely walk through the grounds, with opportunities to visit the Throne Hall and moonlight Pavilion. Upon crossing into the second section of the complex, we walk amongst enormous stupas and spirit houses. We continue to the famous silver pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds. Following some free time we return to the cyclos for a ride to the National Museum which houses the largest pre-Angkorian and Angkorian holdings in Cambodia. We return to the vessel for lunch and later depart on a drive to Choeung Ek, the ‘Killing Fields’. Here we visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa and learn about the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Before dinner this evening there will be a performance of traditional folk dances on board. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Border Crossing into Vietnam, Hong Ngu & Gieng Island, Vietnam.

Enjoy a leisurely morning as we cross the border into Vietnam and continue downstream to Hong Ngu. We board sampans to visit a local island village, not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border which produces the traditional Khmer scarves for export to Cambodia. These are produced by many families and in many homes around the village, here we have the opportunity to see the weaving process under several homes. Many of the locals are also embroidery artists and display their own art in and around the homes. Before returning to the sampans, we visit the local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in Vietnam, Hoa Hoa. This afternoon we re-board sampans that will take us into Gieng Island. After a short walk around the local sampan village, where hundreds of sampans are produced daily by local families, we take a canal drive to explore the untouched floating area with duck farms, monkey bridges, and tropical orchards along the riverside. We will try one of most popular local transportation named “xe loi” (motor trishaw) driving through this island to visit a Catholic Church, which was built as old as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon in the 1870s. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Thot Not.

This morning the sampans come to take us through the village of Thot Not, where we ride through the town on a ‘Lambro 555’. We stop at a beautiful bird sanctuary from where we can experience an incredible view of thousands of birds nesting in the treetops along the Mekong River. Enjoy some local entertainment on board this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Can Tho & Tra On.

We begin our morning aboard the sampans for a cruise through the fascinating Cai Rang floating market near Can Tho. The sampans will weave in and out of the many boats that sail into the market each morning to sell produce. As we weave through the market, there will be plenty of photo opportunities whilst enjoying the local Vietnamese ‘anti-aging drink’ fresh coconut water. We stop at a local noodle factory, where we witness the amazing production process. This afternoon, the ship sails through an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism to see Phuoc Hau historic pagoda. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Ben Tre.

This morning we sail on traditional, Vietnamese sampans through a channel lined with mangroves to visit a local coconut candy maker for a fascinating look at the locals’ ingeniously sustainable way of life. After a stroll through the family’s orchard, horse-carts will transport us to a pier, where small two-seater boats navigate the narrow creeks lined with Nipa palm, a native species of palm considered to be the only one of its kind to have adapted to the mangrove habitat. This evening join fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh.

After breakfast this morning, we disembark the MV Mekong Princess in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City for a guided tour of the city formerly known as Saigon, which was built by the French in 1850. We begin with a visit to the Saigon Opera House, constructed by the French in the 1898 and Central Post Office. We visit Independence Palace also known as Reunification Palace, designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. The palace was the home and former workplace of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. We also visit the War Remnants Museum which primarily contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War. Next we learn how to make a traditional Vietnamese dish in a cooking class followed by lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to the five-star Park Hyatt hotel for a two night stay. The hotel is centrally located and features multiple dining options. (B/L)

Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh.

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore independently or relax at the hotel. This evening there will be a farewell Vietnamese dinner in a local restaurant. (B/D)

Day 14 - Ho Chi Minh to London.

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the scheduled indirect flight to London. (B)

Dates and Prices

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Siem Reap to Saigon

Prices per person based on double occupancy
11 to 24 November 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category 4 Saigon Suite with French Balcony £5895 £5495
Category 3 Apsara Suite with French Balcony £6195 £5795
Category 2 Tonle Suite with French Balcony £6695 £6295
Category 1 Angkor Suite with Private Veranda £7395 £6995
Category 4 Saigon Suite with French Balcony for sole use £8495 £8095
Prices per person based on double occupancy
28 January 2019 to 10 February 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category 4 Saigon Suite with French Balcony £5895 £5495
Category 3 Apsara Suite with French Balcony £6195 £5795
Category 2 Tonle Suite with French Balcony £6695 £6295
Category 1 Angkor Suite with Private Veranda £7395 £6995
Category 4 Saigon Suite with French Balcony for sole use £8495 £8095
11 to 24 February 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category 4 Saigon Suite with French Balcony £6295 £5895
Category 3 Apsara Suite with French Balcony £6595 £6195
Category 2 Tonle Suite with French Balcony £7095 £6695
Category 1 Angkor Suite with Private Veranda £7795 £7395
Category 4 Saigon Suite with French Balcony for sole use £8895 £8495

Tour Reference Code: RCMPMEKONG

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • Two nights accommodation at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City with breakfast • Seven nights aboard the RV Mekong Princess on a full board basis • Local sprits and beers included with lunch and dinner on board (house wine with dinner only) • Three nights accommodation at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap Hotel with breakfast • Lunch and dinner as indicated (L – Lunch, D- Dinner) • Cruise Director and Noble Caledonia Tour Manager • Shore excursions with local English speaking guides • Entrance fees • Gratuities • Transfers • Port taxes • One hour spa treatment per person whilst on board.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visas.

  • All Decks

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Mekong Princess

The RV Mekong Princess is an all-suite, luxurious river vessel with just 12 spacious suites. The friendly onboard staff of 27 will provide you with excellent service and do much to contribute to your enjoyment throughout your cruise.

 
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    Mekong Princess
  • Mekong Princess - Indoor Lounge
    Mekong Princess - Indoor Lounge
  • Mekong Princess - Outdoor Lounge
    Mekong Princess - Outdoor Lounge
  • Mekong Princess - Dining Room
    Mekong Princess - Dining Room
  • Mekong Princess - Spa
    Mekong Princess - Spa
  • Angkor Suite
    Angkor Suite
  • Angkor Suite
    Angkor Suite
  • Saigon Suite
    Saigon Suite
  • Tonle Suite
    Tonle Suite
  • Tonle Suite
    Tonle Suite
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    Mekong Princess
  • Fitness room
    Fitness room
  • Library
    Library
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    The 12 spacious suites are attractively furnished and feature panoramic floor to ceiling French doors. The cabin’s décor combines the elegance of French-colonial style with the tranquillity, comfort, modern convenience and luxuries which would rival the finest hotels in Asia. Cabins feature individual climate control, premium mattresses, duvets and bed linens, choice of pillows, comfortable seating areas, generous storage, in room safe, ceiling fans and desks. Spa robes, slippers and specially selected, spa bath amenities are also provided for your comfort and convenience. A flat screen television with on-demand system in each suite offers popular, classic and destination-related movies and international printed news is delivered to your suite daily.

    Suite Categories

    Angkor Suite: Located on the upper Deck, 560 square feet Angkor suites offer the most spacious and luxurious accommodation aboard the Mekong Princess. In addition to French doors opening onto a private veranda with seating area, the suites floor to ceiling glass windows allow for breathtaking views of the passing scenery. The suites feature a fixed king sized bed with a premium mattress and linen, and a bathtub with a separate shower, and a fully stocked minibar. Guests choosing one of the Angkor suites enjoy an extra level of personal service, with complimentary laundry service, complimentary evening canapés and scented bath preparation on request.

    Tonle Suite: Located forward on the upper deck, the two Tonle suites provide guests with 323 square feet of living space featuring a fixed king sized bed, a bathtub with a separate shower and floor to ceiling sliding doors that open to a French balcony offering panoramic views of the passing landscape.

    Apsara Suite: The four Apsara suites are located mid-ship on the upper deck. With 256 square feet of living space, they feature floor-to –ceiling sliding doors with a French balcony and with an en-suite shower. Guests choosing an Apsara suite may request two twin beds or one queen bed.

    Saigon Suite: The four Saigon suites are located forward on the main deck and offer 256 square feet of living space with floor to ceiling sliding doors that open to a French balcony with an en-suite shower. Guests may request two twin beds or one queen bed.

  • Your Space

    The RV Mekong Princess is elegantly furnished, intimate and spacious throughout the public areas. The indoor Ramvong Lounge and outdoor Observation Deck are ideal areas for relaxing with a good book or socializing with fellow guests whilst enjoying the passing scenery. The sumptuous furnishings of the Ramvong Lounge offer the opportunity to sink into a comfortable chair while listening to a local guides’ lecture, watching a movie or simply watching the world go by. The Observation Deck features chaise lounges and shade. Other facilities on board include a library, the Princess Spa where each guest will receive a complimentary spa treatment, a boutique shop and a fitness centre which features amazing panoramic views of the landscape with floor to ceiling windows

  • Your Dining

    The Indochine Dining Room seats all passengers in one seating and is located on the Main Deck. Using locally-sourced, fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables, some of which are rarely seen elsewhere, the Chef and his culinary team will ensure each meal is an experience to delight all of your senses. Buffet style breakfasts and lunches offer a variety of Asian and western dishes featuring the freshest local ingredients. Elegant multi-course dinners are paired with wine and offer a selection of deliciously healthy traditional dishes as well as western favourites. Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks and local beer are offered throughout the cruise with complimentary wine served with dinner.

  • Ship Directory

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    We are delighted you have chosen the Mekong Princess for your upcoming voyage. For our exploration of the Mekong, we have chartered the Mekong Princess, a new all-suite vessel which was launched in September 2015. With just 12 spacious suites, the vessel is perfect for our journey and the friendly onboard staff of 27 will provide you with an excellent service and do much to contribute to your enjoyment throughout your cruise.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All public rooms and suites on board are air-conditioned. Adjustable climate control allows you to regulate the temperature in your own suite. For maximum efficiency, keep windows and doors closed whenever the air-conditioning is switched on.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of an emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do in the event of an emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    The daily programme specifies the ship’s arrival and departure times in the various ports visited each day. When participating in shore excursions, our tour guides will ensure that you return to the ship in time for departure. Should you decide to explore on your own, please return to the ship no later than the ALL ABOARD TIME indicated on that day’s daily programme.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship is equipped with a PA system. Announcements will be made during an emergency situation.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    Complimentary tea, coffee, select soft drinks, and local spirits and beer are available throughout the day. Premium drinks are available for purchase. Bar service is also provided on the Observation Deck. Please check that your name and suite number are correctly indicated on all receipts when signing for purchases made.

    SUITE FACILITIES

    All suites feature luxury cotton, spa quality robe, slippers and bath amenities, pillow menu, electronic safe, individual climate control, luxury cotton linens with duvet, premium mattresses, bottled water replenished daily, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hairdryer and flat-screen television with satellite TV channels. Please note that TV channels may not be available in some areas where the satellite signal is weak. The Apsara Suites and Saigon Suites have a convertible bed configuration and can be made up as twin or double beds. The Angkor and Tonle Suites feature a fixed king sized bed.

    SUITE SIZES

    • Category 4 Saigon Suite with French Balcony measures 256 square feet • Category 3 Apsara Suite with French Balcony measures 256 square feet • Category 2 Tonle Suite with French Balcony measures 323 square feet • Category 1 Angkor Suite with Private Veranda measures 560 square feet

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    The ship’s professional, English-speaking Cruise Director will look after your comfort and answer any questions. A Noble Caledonia Tour Manager will also accompany you on your voyage. Please do not hesitate to contact them at any time.

    CURRENCY

    The official currency on board the RV Mekong Princess is the US Dollar. During the cruise, the ship operates a cashless system, with all purchases billed to your onboard account. At the end of the cruise, bills may be settled in cash with US Dollars or by credit card with Visa, American Express or MasterCard in Vietnamese Dong. The RV Mekong Princess does not provide a currency exchange service, nor is there an ATM on board. It is advisable to bring crisp, new, undamaged bills, as tears and obvious wear may cause banks and local businesses to refuse them. In Phnom Penh, about halfway through the cruise, you will find multiple options for obtaining US dollars at both Cambodian and international banks, ATMs, and wire services. ATMs are widely available in Vietnam, as well, but will only provide Vietnamese Dong.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    The daily programme is printed on board and delivered to your suite each evening during dinner. It provides details of the following day’s programme, meal times and other activities, as well as interesting and helpful information about your next port of call.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code on board is casual and comfortable by day and smart casual for dinner. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for shore excursions. Please note that many places on this itinerary require that knees and shoulders are covered and that shoes be removed. Reminders of these instances will be noted in your evening briefings and in the daily programmes.

    DRINKS

    Bottled water is available in your suite and is replenished daily. Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits and house wine are included with lunch and dinner on board (wine with dinner only).

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage in both Vietnam and Cambodia is officially 220/50Hz. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. The ship has multi-configuration outlets, which accommodate most western plugs.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation is approximately 16.00 hours, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 07.30-08.00 hours, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    A safety evacuation plan is posted on your suite door. Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with your closest emergency exit and indicated routes to all Muster Stations. Please speak to your Cruise Director if you miss the safety briefing or if you are unclear of the emergency procedure.

    FIRE SAFETY

    On your suite door is a deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors. An alarm button is fitted in your suite should an emergency arise. Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the reception desk immediately and await instructions from the crew.

    FIRST AID

    A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency. Please note there is no doctor on board.

    FITNESS ROOM

    The small fitness room offers modern equipment in a comfortable atmosphere, with floor-to-ceiling windows so guests may exercise without missing a moment of the beautiful Mekong River scenery. The fitness room is open from 6.00 hours to 20.00 hours daily. GIFT SHOP

    There is a Boutique gift shop on board selling a selection of local handicrafts. Kindly note that the ship is prohibited to sell or supply any prescription medications on board.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price, however if you feel that certain individuals deserve a special award, you are of course free to remunerate as you please.

    HAIRDRYER

    Each suite is equipped with a hairdryer.

    HYGIENE

    In the interest of your health, a strict sanitisation protocol is enforced on board the ship. To assist the ship in this important matter, we kindly ask all guests to consistently use the hand sanitiser when entering the dining room at all meal times, the lounge and every time you come back aboard the ship.

    HOT TUB/SWIMMING POOL

    There is no hot tub or pool on board.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Your suite will be serviced twice-daily: a morning service and an evening turndown service.

    KEYS TO SUITE

    Each suite will receive their own key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the suite key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, please exchange your shore pass for your suite key at reception.

    LAUNDRY

    A laundry bag and price list is available in your closet. Please leave the laundry bag and completed list on your bed and the housekeeping attendant will collect it during the morning or evening service. Generally, laundry service requires a 24-hour turnaround time. Please note that there is no dry cleaning service available on board and that the laundry service is not available the day before disembarkation.

    LIBRARY

    Guests who wish to learn more about the Mekong River and its surrounding countries will find fiction, non-fiction, and photo books that provide interesting history, beautiful photography, or a great story in the Princess Library on the Main Deck. Also located in the Library are computers equipped with Wi-Fi, making it easy to stay in touch with family and friends.

    LIFT

    There is no lift on board.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property should be handed to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them at your own cost.

    MEALS

    Using locally-sourced, fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables, some of which are rarely seen elsewhere, the Chef and his team will ensure each meal is an experience to delight all of your senses. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, with a variety of Asian and western dishes. The multi-course dinners are paired with wine, and offer a selection of healthy, local dishes, as well as western favourites. Special dietary requests such as vegetarian, low salt and low cholesterol diets should be made to Noble Caledonia (in writing) at least six weeks prior to departure. However, we recommend that you contact the Cruise Director once on board to reconfirm such requests. We regret that the ship is unable to guarantee special requests and is not equipped to prepare or serve kosher or halal cuisine.

    MOSQUITOES/INSECT PRECAUTIONS

    While you can expect to encounter insects during your trip, most are relatively harmless. Switching off lights when exiting your suite, and ensuring that glass or screen doors or windows are closed at all times will minimise the number of insects allowed into your room. On the fast-moving river, mosquitoes are rarely seen while sailing. If planning to be outside in the early morning or evening hours, applying an insect repellent to exposed skin is recommended.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Daily news bulletins are available on board.

    OBSERVATION AREA

    The observation area is comfortably outfitted with chairs, loungers and sun beds. This area may be closed in the evenings and/or overnight to ensure your safety.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Sometimes it is necessary to make amendments to the itinerary, both for logistical and safety reasons. The Master of the vessel will decide if necessary.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    The currency used on board is the US Dollar. At the end of the cruise you will be presented with your final bill for onboard purchases. This can be settled in cash in US Dollars or by credit card (Visa, American Express and MasterCard). All credit card payments will be charged in Vietnamese Dong based on the exchange rate of the day. Travellers’ Cheques and personal cheques are not accepted.

    POST

    Please note that although the reception staff may be happy to post letters and postcards on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or indeed at the port of call at which you make such a request. Please also note that some postal services are unreliable and that any letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en-route. Staff cannot be held liable for such occurrences and we would recommend that you post your own letters or postcards to be more certain of their prompt delivery.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to you towards the end of the sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.

    QUIETVOX/AUDIO SYSTEM

    You will be provided with individual Audio Vox Systems to use on shore excursions for the duration of the cruise. This device enables you to clearly hear the guide’s commentary so you can enjoy each tour to the fullest. The audio device can be found in your suite in a charger unit on the desk. Please make sure to always re-insert the device once you return to your room to ensure it is fully charged for the next day.

    RECEPTION

    The reception office can be contacted 24 hours a day.

    SPA SALON

    The Princess Spa is an oasis where relaxation and pampering are offered. Located on the Main Deck, the Princess Spa is every spa-lover’s dream. With the most extensive spa menu of any ship on the Mekong River, guests can rejuvenate both mind and body. The highly-trained spa therapists offer several types of massages, facials, scrubs, and body wraps, and will customise a treatment to fit each guest’s specific needs. Each guest aboard the RV Mekong Princess receives one free, one-hour spa treatment during the cruise.

    SPA & MASSAGE

    Please ask the Cruise Director or Purser to set up an appointment for a massage or spa treatment. A menu of available spa treatments can be found in your suite.

    SAFE

    Your suite is equipped with a small safe for your personal use. We recommend placing valuables in the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from the safe and leave the safe open before disembarking.

    SAFETY

    In accordance with international law, the Captain has full control over the ship and every person on board must obey his lawful commands. Captains have the authority to take any action deemed necessary to manage situations where guests are verbally or physically disruptive towards any other person on board or otherwise causing problems during the cruise. There is a zero tolerance policy regarding such disruptions as the safety of our guests, crew and the ship remains our first priority.

    SMOKING

    The ship enjoys a non-smoking environment in all public areas and suites, including balconies. Smoking is only allowed on the aft section of the Sun Deck, behind the bar. When smoking on the Sun Deck, please use the ashtrays provided to discard the cigarette butts and do not throw them overboard. Every suite and public area on board is equipped with an automatic heat and smoke detector.

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Itinerary Highlights

• Time spent cruising along the Mekong and Bassac Rivers
• Colourful Cai Rang floating market
• Wildlife of the Bassac River with Thot Not Bird Sanctuary
• Experience different local transportation “xe loi”
• Chance to interact with a Priest in the 1870s built Gieng Island’s Catholic Church
• Tour of Phnom Penh by Cyclos
• Exploration of Angkor Wat

Tour Extensions

    • 24th to 29th November 2018

      If you wish to spend some more time in Vietnam, join us for this visit to Hanoi, Vietnam’s small and alluring capital renowned for its architecture, rich culture and wealth of sights. Experience the bustling old quarter, an attraction in itself and divided into narrow streets where locals trade anything from fresh produce to household goods, visit the centre and its mix of tree-lined avenues and admire the many beautiful buildings from the French colonial era. There will also be the opportunity to visit beautiful Halong Bay, known for its emerald green waters and thousands of towering limestone islands, for a relaxing sailing and overnight aboard the ‘Paradise Elegance’.

      Junks in Halong Bay Junks in Halong Bay

      Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.  Transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival to Hanoi in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the French colonial Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel for check in and the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)

      Day 2 Hanoi. After breakfast enjoy a city tour including the exquisitely preserved 12th century Confucius Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, the “Hanoi Hilton”, the Presidential Compound and the modest “House on Stilts” where this key figure in Vietnam’s independence movement lived for many years. We will also take an electronic cart tour through the city’s charming historic quarter to explore the hidden alleys, cafes and shops. After a charming water puppet performance, we will meet this evening for dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)

      Day 3 Hanoi to Halong Bay. Today we travel approximately four hours to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its emerald waters and more than 1,600 limestone islands rising from the sea. Embark the Paradise Elegance vessel and during lunch cruise around Halong Bay. After lunch on board we will visit Sung Sot Cave, considered one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. It was discovered by a group of French explorers in 1901 with some magnificent limestone formations. Enjoy afternoon on board followed by a cooking demonstration with the onboard chef. Dinner will be served on board this evening. (B/L/D)

      Day 4 Halong Bay to Hanoi. Early this morning, a Tai Chi lesson will be held on deck. During breakfast we will cruise to Titov Island, known for a beautiful crescent-shaped beach which is popular with swimmers. The more active may wish to hike 420 steps up to the pavilion at the summit for a panoramic view of Halong Bay. Return to the vessel and sail back to Ha Long City from where we disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. On route we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch before we continue onto our Hanoi hotel for check in and an evening at leisure.  (B, L)

      Day 5 Hanoi to London Heathow. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Depending on flight schedules, we will secure day rooms if necessary for a late check out before transferring to the airport for the return scheduled indirect flight to London. (B)

      Day 6 London. Arrive today.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £1595
      Single £1795

      Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh • Three nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi • Overnight aboard the Paradise Elegance in Halong Bay • Gratuities • Excursions with local English speaking guides • Meals as indicated (B -Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner) • Transfers • Entrance fees

      Not Included: Travel insurance, visa. 

    • 24th to 29th January & 7th to 12th February 2019

      If you wish to spend some more time in Vietnam, join us for this visit to Hanoi, Vietnam’s small and alluring capital renowned for its architecture, rich culture and wealth of sights. Experience the bustling old quarter, an attraction in itself and divided into narrow streets where locals trade anything from fresh produce to household goods, visit the centre and its mix of tree-lined avenues and admire the many beautiful buildings from the French colonial era. There will also be the opportunity to visit beautiful Halong Bay, known for its emerald green waters and thousands of towering limestone islands, for a relaxing sailing and overnight aboard the ‘Paradise Elegance’.

      Halong Bay Halong Bay

      Day 1 London Heathrow to Hanoi. Fly by scheduled indirect flight to Hanoi.

      Day 2 Hanoi. Arrive today and transfer to the French colonial Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel for check in. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure and dinner at the hotel this evening. (D)

      Day 3 Hanoi. After breakfast enjoy a city tour including the exquisitely preserved 12th century Confucius Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, the “Hanoi Hilton”, the Presidential Compound and the modest “House on Stilts” where this key figure in Vietnam’s independence movement lived for many years. We will also take an electronic cart tour through the city’s charming historic quarter to explore the hidden alleys, cafes and shops. After a charming water puppet performance, we will meet this evening for dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

      Day 4 Hanoi to Halong Bay. Today we travel approximately four hours to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its emerald waters and more than 1,600 limestone islands rising from the sea. Here we embark our vessel, the Paradise Elegance. Lunch will be served whilst the vessel cruises around Halong Bay. After lunch we will visit Sung Sot Cave which is considered one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. It was discovered by a group of French explorers in 1901 with some magnificent limestone formations. Enjoy afternoon tea on board followed by a cooking demonstration with the onboard chef. Dinner will be served on board this evening. (B, L, D)

      Day 5 Halong Bay to Hanoi. Early this morning, a Tai Chi lesson will be held on deck. During breakfast we will cruise to Titov Island, known for a beautiful crescent-shaped beach which is popular with swimmers. The more active may wish to hike 420 steps up to the pavilion at the summit for a panoramic view of Halong Bay. Return to the vessel and sail back to Ha Long City where we disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. On route we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch before we continue onto our Hanoi hotel for check in and an evening at leisure. (B, L)

      Day 6 Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before transferring to Hanoi airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, transfer to the Park Hyatt hotel and join day 2 of the main itinerary. (B)

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £1595
      Single £1795

      Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh • Three nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi • Overnight aboard the Paradise Elegance in Halong Bay • Gratuities • Excursions with local English speaking guides • Meals as indicated (B -Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner) • Transfers • Entrance fees

      Not Included: Travel insurance, visa. 

River Guides

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    • Mekong river at dusk
      Mekong

    At 2700 miles (4350km), the Mekong is the longest river in south-east Asia and the twelfth longest in the world. It flows through six countries, rising in China in Qinghai province at an altitude of 16,000ft (4900m), flows through eastern Tibet and Yunnan province. Thereafter it becomes an international border first between Burma (Myanmar) and Laos, then Laos and Thailand. It goes on through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before it reaches the South China Sea. The first half of its length when it is known as the Upper Mekong, it passes through a wild, rugged, empty landscape and its turbulent waters are not easily navigable.

    The Lower Mekong (from the Burma/Laos border onwards) is a more gentle at a lower altitude and this is where most cruises tend to take place. Commercial vessels are common here, too, usually carrying agricultural products and timber. There are still highlands here, often covered in dense forest, as well as open plains, paddy fields and grazing animals, and the river passes through lakes, dividing into two branches below Phnom Penh: one part continues as the Mekong, the other as the Bassac. The delta is a vast 25,000square miles (65,000sq km) and is in part swampy. It is home to a huge biodiversity – only the Amazon has a higher level. Huge fish include the Mekong Freshwater Stingray and the Mekong giant catfish. There are otters and fishing cats, crocodiles and, occasionally dolphin. The Mekong flows through the Golden Triangle and its banks have been home to many different cultures and civilisations. There are golden Buddhas and orchid gardens, working elephants and glorious temples, floating houses and a museum devoted to what was once the region’s most lucrative cash crop – opium.

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