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Experience Cambodia and Vietnam from a truly different perspective – the waters of the mighty Mekong River. Sail for eight days aboard a classic riverboat from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. Discover Phnom Penh, roam the famous floating markets of Cai Bei, and explore the stilt village of Chnok Tru. There’s an incredible (and incredibly beautiful) view of Southeast Asia that’s waiting for you.

What's Included

Arrival transfer. 7 nts aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat. Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum visits (Ho Chi Minh City). Vinh Trang Pagoda visit. Thoi Son Island cottage industries tour. Kien An Cung Pagoda visit (Sa Dec). Sam Mountain sunset visit. Cyclo tour (Phnom Penh). Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) guided tour. Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) guided tour. Koh Chen island visit. Vihara and pagoda visit (Kampong Tralach). Kampong Chhnang visit. Chnok Tru floating village visit. Options to cycle to excursions along the way. Farewell cocktail and Captain’s Dinner. G Adventures-supported New Hope visit with lunch. Sunrise tour of Angkor Wat. All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.

Highlights

Sail the mighty Mekong, explore floating markets and villages, discover Phnom Penh and get to know the locals of Kampong Chhnang, lay eyes on ancient Angkor Wat

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

While it is our intention to follow the itinerary as advertised, some modifications to the itinerary are occasionally needed to reach Siem Reap while water levels are very low (March – August). The Toum Tiou II was built with a steel hull and sleek low draft, so occasions like this are rare.
If changes need to be made, they may involve docking the boat just before Siem Reap and using overland transportation to reach the final destination.

Group Size Notes

Max 28

Transport

Toum Tiou II Riverboat, private vehicles, walking

Solo Travellers

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts), comfort hotels (2 nts).

My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

About Accommodation

Cabins on board the Toum Tiou II all have exterior view windows and private bathrooms.

125 ft. (38m) Riverboat.
Built: 2008
Flag: Cambodian
Draft: 1.8m
Engine power: 450 HP
Speed: 11 Knots
Capacity: 28 Passengers
Cabins: 14 – 6 upper, 8 lower.
Boat Layout: Large screen television in lounge showing movies nightly. Library with classic literature, Wifi in public areas, outdoor
dining and lounge areas with comfortable seating.

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

Joining Instructions

An arrival transfer is included when you arrive on Day 1, or when you arrive up to three days prior to the tour, provided that you have booked your pre-accommodation through G Adventures in our joining hotel. Due to customer experience and quality considerations, all services related to the tour must be continuous.

Please look for the G Adventures representative, who will be holding a G Adventures sign at the arrival halls. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area. Please check that your driver knows your name, the hotel you are going to, and your booking number. If in doubt ask them to ring their manager to confirm your transfer. If you are unable to locate our G Adventures representative, please wait up to 30 minutes, call our local staff on our emergency number, or take a taxi to the joining point hotel.

When arriving at Tan Son Nhat Intl Airport in Saigon you can get a metered taxi from just outside of the arrival hall. The taxis are lined up outside in an orderly queue and the fare is roughly 100,000 Dong (approx 7 USD) to get to your starting point hotel. DO NOT GO WITH TAXI TOUTS AS THEY WILL TRY TO RIP YOU OFF. The airport is only 7km from the downtown District 1 so taking taxis is easy and cheap if the meter is on. If you have paid for an arrival transfer when you booked your trip our driver will be waiting for you with a G Adventures sign with your name on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as it can be busy outside the arrival area.

Unfortunately there have been cases in Vietnam of people misrepresenting themselves as G Adventures representatives at both Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh airports. We recommend that you do not take advantage of any offers of “help” at the airport, and rather just organise a meter taxi for yourself to our Starting Point Hotel.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

What to Take

Most airlines allow up to two checked bags and one carry-on per person. To avoid any problems upon check-in and with possible excess baggage charges, please consult the airline for specific restrictions.

Dress on board the Toum Tiou II is informal. Plan to bring comfortable, casual clothing for all activities. When packing, we suggest that you do not weigh yourself down with too many clothes or too much gear. Select informal, practical attire that can be worn in layers.

Checklist

Passport (with photocopies)
• Travel insurance (with photocopies)
• Airline tickets (with photocopies)
• Cash in USD
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Any G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information or trip details
• Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
• Camera, memory cards, batteries and chargers
• Reading/writing material
• Cover for backpack (suggested)
• Flashlight or headlamp
• Binoculars
• Rain poncho
• T-shirts
• Walking boots/sturdy shoes
• Sunblock
• Toiletries (biodegradable)
• Watch/alarm clock
• Water bottle (water available for refills)
• First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.)

-Antibacterial wipes/gel
-Ear plugs
-Plastic bags

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

Please note that visas for Vietnam and Cambodia are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. For the most up to date information please check your Governments Foreign Ministry website or with you travel agent as rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself. For most travellers there will probably be an Embassy or Consulate in the country that you live in.

CAMBODIA – Visas can be obtained in advance from your local Embassy. You can also obtain your visa at the Cambodian border for approx. $30 USD very easily. You will will need two passport sized photos.

*Please have extra USD on hand in case the customs officials charge more at the border crossing.

VIETNAM – If you require a visa for Vietnam, they need to be arranged ahead of time (BEFORE your trip) the processing time varies and they are not available upon arrival. Please note that an E-visa can not be processed if entering Vietnam at a land border.

Please note that while MOST countries require a Visa ahead of time for Vietnam, certain countries may be allowed entrance for 15 days with proof of exit. As of July 1st, 2015 this will include citizens of Scandinavian countries, Japan, Russia, the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. However, we STRONGLY recommend checking with your Embassy on the requirements as these change often. Please contact your Foreign Ministry for up to date entry/exit requirements.

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Tipping

It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected – though not compulsory – and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Optional Activities

Approximate costs (per person) for popular optional activities taken in free time are:

Cyclo tour (Ho Chi Minh City)- USD4
War Crimes museum (Ho Chi Minh City)- USD1
The Reunification Palace (Ho Chi Minh City) – USD2
Saigon Water Park (Ho Chi Minh City) – USD4

All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.

A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Local Dress

In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites.

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Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meal Budget

Allow USD75-100 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

Meals Included

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners

PRODUCT_LINE: AVLSZW, ID: 23618

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.


Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    Included Activities:
    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

  2. Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Mỹ Tho (1B, 1D)

    Embark around 3:30pm. Once on board, enjoy a welcome beverage and get to know the crew during an informational meeting.

    Included Activities:
    Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
    War Remnants Museum Visit
    Riverboat Welcome Meeting

    Transport:
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  3. Day 3 Mỹ Tho/Sadek (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda with a short tour of My Tho town en route. Take local boats to Thoi Son Island to see a coconut product manufacturer, taste some local fruit and honey and meet traditional musicians. Continue on to Cai Be and enjoy a visit to the floating market. Opt to cycle the small paths through local communities on the island and visit a Rice Popping cottage industry. Continue by local boat to Vinh Long to meet the vessel. Embark for the evening sail to Sa Dec.

    Included Activities:
    Vĩnh Trang Pagoda Visit
    Coconut Manufacturing Visit
    Cai Be Floating Market Visit

    Transport:
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  4. Day 4 Sadek/Xã Vĩnh Xương (1B, 1L)

    Visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda in Sa Dec and stroll through the market along the river. View the old colonial houses by the delta. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board as you cruise the Mekong. Arrive at Chau Doc and visit Sam Mountain for sunset. Gaze out over the rice paddies or relax in a hammock. Visit some temples and pagodas along the way. Opt for dinner in town.

    Included Activities:
    Sa Dec Visit
    Sam Mountain Sunset Visit

    Transport:
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  5. Day 5 Xã Vĩnh Xương/Phnom Penh (1B, 1L)

    Cross the border into Cambodia and continue on to Phnom Penh. Enjoy an evening in the capital city starting with a cyclo tour to see the city from a new perspective. Opt to finish up at the Foreign Correspondents Club for Happy Hour overlooking the river or dinner in town.

    Additional Notes:
    During the border crossing all passengers must stay on board and the formalities are done on the riverboat. The ship will usually stay at the border for a 2-3 hours whilst all the formalities are completed. Depending on the time spent at the border, the itinerary for the afternoon may vary, although this process is usually quite simple delays can happen.

    Included Activities:
    Border Crossing (Vietnam – Cambodia)
    Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour

    Transport:
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  6. Day 6 Phnom Penh (1B, 1L)

    Visit the sobering S21 Museum and the Killing Fields with a local guide. After lunch, use free time to visit sights like the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, or the Russian Market.

    Included Activities:
    Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour
    Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour

  7. Day 7 Phnom Penh/Kâmpóng Trâlach (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Wander through the town of Koh Chen on an island in the river. Visit silver and copper workshops and meet a Khmer Rouge survivor eager to tell his story. Continue to Kampong Tralach and visit the local vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Opt to cycle, or ride in a tuk tuk or buffalo cart, through the village and past rice paddies to reach the monastery.

    Included Activities:
    Koh Chen Visit
    Kampong Tralach Visit

    Transport:
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  8. Day 8 Kâmpóng Trâlach/Chnok Tru (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Sail on to Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap RIver. Learn more about the fish farming, pottery and sugar palm production in the area. Wander through the local market then opt to cycle to visit the local industries. Enjoy lunch back on the ship en route to Chnok Tru. Hop in a local boat to visit one of the largest floating villages on the river. Enjoy an evening cocktail and the Captain’s farewell dinner.

    Additional Notes:
    When water levels are too low (possible from mid December to mid August) it may not be possible to visit the floating village at Chnok Tru. Alternatively, the group will visit a floating village at Kampong Chhnang and anchor near Koh Chen.

    Included Activities:
    Kampong Chhnang Visit
    Floating Village Visit

    Transport:
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  9. Day 9 Chnok Tru/Siem Reap (1B, 1L)

    Enjoy a slow morning crossing Tonle Sap Lake. Arrive at the pier near Siem Reap and bid farewell to the boat. Visit the G Adventures-supported New Hope project for lunch and to learn more about the important work being done here. Enjoy a free late afternoon to wander Siem Reap and explore the markets.

    Additional Notes:
    When water levels are too low (possible from mid December to mid August) it may not be possible to sail to the port in Siem Reap. Alternatively, the group will transfer from Koh Chen to Siem Reap by bus. The meal at New Hope will be moved to dinner and include an evening tuk tuk ride to the restaurant.

    Included Activities:
    New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant

    Transport:
    Toum Tiou II Riverboat

  10. Day 10 Siem Reap (1B)

    Rise early to catch the sunrise at the Angkor Wat temple complex. Explore for a couple of hours before returning to the hotel for breakfast and checkout. Head back to the complex and continue exploring. Return to the hotel at midday where the tour ends. All onward travel must be booked after 3pm.

    Additional Notes:
    All onward travel must be booked after 3pm.

    Included Activities:
    Angkor Wat Guided Tour

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