Pearl of the Orient Cruise
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Day 01: Saigon– Can Tho
Embarkation: 11:00 Am Departure: 12:30 PMBid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City while comfortably settling into your cabin as your luxury cruiser meanders through the busy port and waterways. Soon after, the change is abrupt and you will find yourself in the UNESCO listed Mangrove Biosphere Reserve of Can Gio which had been destroyed during the Vietnam War by toxic chemicals. Amazingly, the 75 hectares of forest was restored through re-aforestation in no time.Cocktail reception at the funnel bar & lounge.
Day 02: Can Tho – Than Chau
See Cai Rang – Asia largest and most impressive floating market whilst sipping your favorite latte on the breakfast deck. Wooden poles at the front of each boat display wares for sale, such as jackfruit, sugar cane, morning glory stems or even freshly baked baguettes.Take a small boat to see the market up close and continue navigating the narrow canals. Watch as local workers fire their brick kilns, make coconut candy and rice paper by hand. Listen to a fruit orchard owner’s explanation while tasting the various fruits plucked from the trees. A lunch picnic in one of the fruit orchards will be presented by the Jayavarman crew. The Jayavarman sets sail for a cruise towards Chau Doc amidst the traffic of sand and rice barges in a scenery portraying smoking kilns of brick factories, fruit drying homes and rice paddy fileds. A stop at the historical My Hoa Island with its unique rattan houses will mark the end of an eventful day of excursions.
Day 03: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh
Welcome to the circus of fish. The early birds will be treated to Thai Chi lessons. Brace yourself for a boat excursion to the exciting floating villages and catfish farms witnesssing tons and tons of bassa fish being fed, hand in hand with a shore excursion to the village of the local Muslim Cham community. Take a ride through this fascinating town of rich French Colonial architecture and see its bustling market flooded with tropical fruits in full display by women in cone shaped palm leaf hats. Observe a skill passed on from one generation to another. That is, beautiful traditional textiles being woven on old wooden looms. By mid-afternoon, the Jayavarman casts off for the border en route for Phnom Penh.
Day 04: Phnom Penh
Off we go early in the morning to witness truly indescribable scenery while approaching Phnom Penh river promenade. Sadly, after breakfast, it is time to disembark the cruise and transfer to your Phnom Penh hotel at 10:00am, or transfer to the airport for your onward flight
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