Mekong Delta River Cruise

Asia Oceania Medical and Legal Conference

23 MARCH - 1 APRIL 2018

 
 
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Travel across two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in all of Asia — dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia.

Connected by the Mekong, each country possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past.

We start our journey in Ho Chi Minh City (previously knownas Saigon), a city that offers a heady mixture of old and new, before embarking at My Tho. As the lifeblood of South East Asia, the Mekong teems with coloural floating villages and mementos of its French Colonial past.

Observe residents live, work and shop on the water, with villages like Cai Be and Vinh Long home to busy family-run factories and historic colonial houses. Traditional flat-bottomed boats of Vietnam, fill the narrow canals and inlets, carrying passengers, including you, to bustling waterfront markets. Ride a trishaw through towns and listen to the stories of village elders who have seen the many changes in Vietnam.

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From $5,415 per person , this package includes:

 

  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh, including breakfast
  • Half day Saigon City Tour including the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, Dong Khoi Street, Municipal Theatre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Cholon, Binh Tay markets and Thien Hau
  • Transfers from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Ho Chi Minh hotel, and My Tho from Ho Chi Minh
  • Tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels

 

  • 7 nights on board the Mekong Navigator in a Cat 2 Vista Suite (upgrades available and on hold)
  • 7 buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Complimentary house wine, local beers and spirits, and softdrinks throughout the cruise
  • 6 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
  • Gratuities, port charges and taxes
 

"The Mekong Delta is a world afloat"

- LONELY PLANET

 
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A summary of our planned conference:

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

A Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the tranquil Park Hyatt Saigon hotel.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

Known as Saigon for centuries, Ho Chi Minh boasts incredible French Colonial architecture—including the mid-20th-century Reunification Palace—which, along with the War Remnants Museum, will be explored in a private half-day tour. We will also visit other famous landmarks as well as Saigon’s Chinese district and wholesale markets.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City, transfer to My Tho (embark)

Exploring the “Iron Triangle” of the Cu Chi tunnels, which stretch to the Cambodian border, will be our morning adventure. Join your ship in My Tho and kick off your Mekong River voyage. 

Day 4: Cai Be, Vinh Long

In the Mekong Delta, residents live, work and shop on the water, and villages like Cai Be and Vinh Long are home to busy family-run factories and historic colonial houses. Ride a trishaw through town and listen to the stories of village elders who have seen so many changes in Vietnam.

FEATURED EXCURSION: Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City

Known as Saigon for centuries, the city boasts incredible French Colonial architecture—including a post office designed by Gustav Eiffel—and the mid-20th-century Reunification Palace. A Welcome Dinner with complimentary wine at a beautiful restaurant caps the day.

Day 5: Sa Dec, Gieng Island, cruising the Mekong River

Oar-powered sampans, traditional flat-bottomed boats, fill the narrow canals and inlets of the delta, carrying passengers—including you—to bustling waterfront markets. Observe the daily lives of the locals, and discover scenes made famous by Marguerite Duras’ novel The Lover. Also visit the small island of Gieng, where an architecturally impressive Catholic cathedral was built.

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Day 6: Tan Chau, Evergreen Island, cruising the Mekong River

Did you know that Vietnam has its own religion? Learn the meaning of every colour used in the Cao Dai temple in Tan Chau; later, feed the fish at a fish farm, meet the farmers of Evergreen Island, enjoy a rickshaw ride, and relax onboard the ship as it sets sail for the Cambodian border.

Day 7: Phnom Penh

Wide boulevards, saffron-robed monks, French Colonial architecture and traditional Khmer pagodas—Phnom Penh is a feast for the eyes. You’ll visit the Royal Palace’s Throne Hall and Silver Pagoda—which contains jewelencrusted Buddhas and a floor completely tiled with pure silver—and the National Museum, where priceless artifacts from Angkor Wat are displayed.

Day 8: Phnom Penh, cruising the Mekong River

Six thousand photographs of the dead line the walls of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a moving and revealing tribute to the nation’s grievous experience under the Khmer Rouge. Cambodians don’t live in the past, however, as a visit to the silk weavers on a Mekong island demonstrates.

Day 9: Angkor Ban, Wat Hanchey

Visit a local school and villagers in their homes before strolling through an eighth-century temple where monks will bestow an unforgettable water blessing upon you.

Day 10: Kampong Cham (disembark)

Join Lorenzo & Trudy on a post conference extension to Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor (see page 3)


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