OVERVIEW


Le Cochinchine is a modern and tastefully designed river barge.Built in traditional style Le Cochinchine measures around 30 meters long from bow to stern and has two 420 HP engines, one in back up, making Le Cochinchine a very powerful and safe river vessel.

Le Cochinchine offers an elegant, relaxing and fulfilling ways to explore endless water way of Mekong River. The cruise brings us into contact with people in different corner of the Delta. With Le Cochinchine, you will have ample opportunity to see Vietnam in its authenticity and sample local culture and food, in a one unpacking, unforgettable vacation where your “floating hotel” get you insight into Mekong Delta and quaint villages.

Aboard Le Cochinchine you will enjoy the continuous and ever-changing scenery
as you encounter a lively world of legendary waterways and picturesque landscapes, floating markets, lush bonsais garden, rice fields, villages, pagodas and temples, fruit-filled orchards, boat laden bazaar and a host of smiling children.

Cabin:

Each cabin has its own air-conditioning unit, which can be adjusted for your comfort. We recommend you do not over- cool your cabin as the sudden change from the outside temperature to a chilled cabin can bring on colds, respiratory illnesses and even stomach upsets. When you go out, we recommend you turn the setting to ‘Lo Cool’, set at about 4, and then when you return you can readjust the temperature to your preference without having to wait for cool air. At night you may prefer to use the fan only, and have the windows open. Insect netting covers the windows to enable you to do this. Please do not leave your air-conditioner on with the window open – this results in energy loss (the equivalent of switching on the heating and opening the windows in a cold country!

Cruise Manager:

An experienced, English /French -speaking Passenger Service Manager accompanies every departure. They are there to ensure your comfort, answer questions and make your vacation the most memorable trip ever.

Bedroom:

All cabins are equipped with a fan, air-conditioner, lockers, bed (1 bed 2.1m x 1.7m/ 2 beds 2.1m x 0.9m).

Bathroom:

Bathroom supplied with shower, bowl sink, WC, bath linen, and toiletries.

Sun Deck:

Space for contemplating scenery, relaxing and enjoying a foot massage.

ITINERARY


Taste of Mekong (2D/1N)

1: CAI BE – VINH LONG – TRA ON (L, D)
10h30-11h00 A.M: Arrival at the pier of Cai Be. Transfer by junk which takes us to a sumptuous traditional residence, former imperial residence, where the descendants of the family of Kiet welcome you and invite you to taste tea accompanied by savory samples of tropical fruits. We have the opportunity to walk through the orchard. Continuation towards the artisanal villages where rice and coconut products are produced: rice alcohol, puffed rice cakes, rice paper, coconut milk sweets.12h00: Embarkation on the boat of Le Cochinchine, welcome by a welcome drink. Lunch on board as the boat heads towards Co Chien. During the cruise, you will have the opportunity to contemplate beautiful authentic landscapes that stand by the river.In the afternoon, we go on foot or by bike along the paths through the villages. The walk allows us to discover verdant orchards and river activities, and especially to make contact with the local inhabitants.The boat continues in the direction of Tra On, while ascending up the river. The aperitif is offered on the upper deck while enjoying a foot massage as the sun gradually sets on the river.Taking part in a cooking class on the boat, you will have the chance to try to make Pumpkin flower stuffed with That Lat fish and learn how to cut vegetables for decorating dishes.Dinner and overnight on board to enjoy the beauty of the river at night.
DAY 2: TRA ON – CAN THO (B)
An early awakening allows you to contemplate the dawn on the Mekong River: fresh air, bird song, barges traffic, and bubbling activities of the inhabitants in the banks of the river. Breakfast on board while the boat sails slowly toward Can Tho.Check-out Le Cochinchine boat, say “goodbye” to our friendly staff, we transfer you by small boat for visit of Cai Rang, one of the most bustling floating markets in the whole Mekong Delta. The Cai Rang floating market is known as a high-light cannot be missed when you explore the Western rivers of Vietnam.Boat trip along the coves shaded by palm trees. You will be able to admire magnificent orchards, local dwellings, shipbuilding yards and the hustle and bustle of the river industry. Visit an orchard where you will find many kinds of tropical fruits such as: mango, dragon fruit, kumquat, jackfruit…Return and disembarkation of the boat at 11h00 A.M. End of the cruise.

Mekong in close-up (3D/2N)

DAY 1: CAI BE – SA DEC – CAI BE (L, D)
10h30-11h00 A.M: Welcome you at our Cai Be pier. Join our large boat for a welcome drink and check-in your room. Le Cochinchine continues to Cai Thia.Landing at the island of Cai Thia where you will have a lovely cycling or walking excursion through the villages bordered by green orchards, rice fields…Come back to our boat for lunch while the boat cruises toward Sa Dec, a charming and quiet town located on the bank of the Tien River.On arrival, we visit a brickyard at the entrance of the village. Continuation to the lively market of Sa Dec followed by a visit to the old house of Huynh Thuy Le – the lover of the French novelist Marguerite Duras, as well as Trung Vuong primary school founded at the beginning of the 20th century by Marguerite Duras’s mother. In the heart of the village of Sa Dec, we discover the Cao Dai temple, the garden of bonsai and flowers.Return to our boat and enjoy the foot massage while watching the sunset over the Mekong River and sipping an aperitif.Dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 2: CAI BE – MANG THIT – TRA ON (B, L, D)
Get up early in the morning to contemplate the sunrise on the romantic river before breakfast on board.Transfer by junk to explore the floating market of Cai Be which is specific to the aquatic area. Continuation by a visit of sumptuous traditional residence, former imperial residence where the descendants of the Kiet family open their doors to welcome you to discover the sublime interior and walk through the garden strewn with fruit trees. Tea is offered, accompanied by a tasty selection of tropical fruits.Continuation to the artisanal villages where we have the chance to discover products made from rice and coconut: rice alcohol, puffed rice cake, rice paper, coconut candy.Return to the boat, lunch on board while the boat is heading for the Co Chien River.In the afternoon, a walk or bike along the paths through the countryside and villages will allow you to discover the orchards, the river activities and get in touch with the local population.The boat continues in the direction of Tra On. The aperitif is offered on the upper deck while the sun sets on a splendid landscape.Taking part in a cooking class on the boat, you will have the chance to try to make Pumpkin flower stuffed with That Lat fish and learn how to cut vegetables for decorating dishes.Dinner and overnight on board.DAY 3: TRA ON – CAN THO DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast on board. The morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day. Our boat sets sails to Can Tho through tributaries, canals and arroyos.

Transfer by local boat to visit the market of Cai Rang, one of the most important floating markets of the region, crowded with small and big boats zigzagging on the animated waters.

Following along the coves shaded by fruit trees, palm trees … you will come to an orchard where you will find many kinds of fruits: mango, star apple, papaya, dragon fruit, and coconut.

11h00 A.M: Disembark at the pier in Can Tho. End of nice cruise.

Saigon-Angkor or vice versa (7days-6 nights)

DAY 1: SAIGON – CAI BE – MY THUAN – SA DEC (L, D)
8h00-8h15 A.M: Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and depart to Mekong Delta.Arrival at the Delta of the Mekong at the end of the morning. Transfer by junk to a sumptuous traditional residence, former imperial residence where the descendants of the Kiet family open their doors to welcome you to discover the sublime interior and walk through the garden strewn with fruit trees. Tea is offered, accompanied by a tasty selection of tropical fruits.Direction to the artisanal factories of products based on rice and coconut: rice alcohol, puffed rice cakes, rice paper, sweets made from coconut milk…Embarkation on the boat of Le Cochinchine, welcomed by a welcome cocktail.Lunch on board while the boat sails on the wide river in the direction of Cai Thia.Cycling along the islands of Cai Thia taking picturesque views of the rural activities of local residents.Enjoying a therapeutic massage on the upper deck while contemplating the sunset on the Mekong.Dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 2: SA DEC – LONG XUYEN (B, L, D)Breakfast on board.At the entrance of the town, you will visit a brickworks to understand the life of local people.Continue to the city center for a visit to the lively market of Sa Dec followed by the traces of Marguerite Duras, including the old house of Mr. L’Amant, the school for girls of Trung Vuong, founded at the beginning of the 20th century by Marguerite Duras’s mother.In the heart of the village of Sa Dec, discover the temple of Caodaism-a new South Western Vietnam from 1926, and the flower garden and bonsai of Sa Sec.Return to the boat, lunch on board when the boat cruises towards Long Xuyen through the inverted channel of Lap Vo with magnificent scenery along the shores: River activities, flower cultivation, vegetables, shrimp trap, children bathing.Discover the countryside and villages when you arrive at the crocodile farm in Long Xuyen.

Participation in the cooking class with the typical dish of the Mekong Delta “The pumpkin flower stuffed with the fish of the Mekong”.

Dinner and overnight on board in Long Xuyen.

DAY 3: LONG XUYEN – CHO MOI – HOA HAO (B, L, D)

Breakfast on board over the sunrise.

Explore the Long Xuyen market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods.

Walking or cycling through the countryside and villages on the island of Ong Ho by discovering the daily life of the local people and visiting the ancient home of the President of Ton Duc Thang, Vietnam’s second president after President Ho Chi Minh. You will have a unique opportunity to discover a side of Delta life that few travelers experience.

Enjoy lunch on boat while our cruise carries on our journey to the village of Hoa Hao.

On arrival, transfer to the local boat for the visit of the floating village of the fishermen and the village to the handicrafts of Cham where the inhabitants practice Islamism.

Dinner and overnight on board in Chau Doc.

DAY 4: CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH (B, L, D)

This morning, we have a speedboat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh departing at 7h30 A.M. The boat takes us along the Mekong River. It continues on to the Vietnamese (Vinh Xuong) – Cambodian (Kaom Samnar) border and then to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. The journey takes approximately 4 hours.

Arrival at our hotel in Phnom Penh, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia. A visit of Phnom Penh is a very interesting experience indeed. It is a city with an interesting pulse and it gives you a very true taste of Asia. We will visit the Wats Phnom, National museum, silver Pagoda and Royal Palace.

Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.

DAY 5: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B, L, D)

This morning there will be a transfer to Phompenh airport to Siemriep. Arrival Siemriep, transfer to the hotel.

We will visit the Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake and take boat trip to see the daily life on the village. The natural wonder of Tonle Sap offers an insight into the old tradition of riparian life and the natural splendor of the countryside.

Afternoon, continue visit to WatThmey, contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. After that, visit to Wat Memorial Monument. Later this afternoon, early evening, you will be taken by TukTuk, a small open-sided taxi common in Cambodia, to cruise around the suburb of Siem Reap town.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 6: ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel.

Visit Angkor Thom, the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, built from the late 12th century to the early 13th century by King Jayavarman VII and consists of 54 towers, the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King, then visit Ta Prohm, surrounded by jungle.

Visit Angkor Wat, the largest temples in world and covers an area of 200 hectares and surrounded by moat and an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters. Tonight we will enjoy diner with traditional Khmer folk performance of Apsara at the local restaurant.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

DAY 7: SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at hotel.

At leisure to visit the market or “Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight. End of our services.

PRICE


Itinerary High Season (01/01 – 31/05/2018) Low Season (01/06 – 30/09/2018)
2 pax 3-7 pax 8-12 pax >13 pax S.R.S 2 pax 3-7 pax 8-12 pax >13 pax S.R.S
Taste of Mekong (2D/1N) $193 $177 $165 $156 $88 $175 $160 $147 $139 $81
Mekong in close-up (3D/2N) $345 $311 $299 $290 $169 $310 $281 $271 $259 $153
Saigon-Angkor or vice versa
(7D/6 N)
$1,383 $1,255 $1,160 $1,160 $459 $1,245 $1,129 $1,045 $1,045 $409

INCLUDE & EXCLUDE


INCLUDE:  2 days/ 1 night

  • Joining cruise with accommodation on board.
  • English or French speaking guide.
  • Meals as mentioned during the cruise (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
  • Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program.
  • Biking and sampan boat rides. Services of crews during the cruise on board.
  • 1 complimentary foot massage on board.
  • Pre-dinner drink (Aperitif).

INCLUDE:  3 days/ 2 nights

  • Joining cruise with accommodation on board.
  • English or French speaking guide.
  • Meals as mentioned during the cruise (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
  • Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program.
  • Biking and sampan boat rides. Services of crews during the cruise on board.
  • 1 complimentary foot massage on board.
  • Pre-dinner drink (Aperitif).

INCLUDE: 7days-6 nights

  • Land transportation included airport transfers as stated in the program.
  • English speaking guides during the trip.
  • Admission fees and permits where applicable.
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Diner) .
  • Flight Siem Reap-Phnom Penh or Phnom Penh-Siem Reap.
  • Boat ride from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc or from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh.
  • Accommodations: 3 nights at hotels, 3 nights on boat.
  • Service of crews on board.
  • 1 complimentary foot massage on board.

Exclusive of:

  • International flights & departures taxes
  • Beverages, Travel insurance
  • Vietnam visa
  • Cambodia Visa (Visa fee on arrival at Cambodia border: 25USD, 1 photo 3x4cm)
  • Bank transfer fees & credit card service fees
  • Other personal expenses

Le Cochinchine Cruise

$ 139 $ 120
Destination:
Taste of Mekong
Duration:
2 days / 1 night
Departure schedule:
Set Departute Dates
Departure time:
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