Wonders of the Irrawaddy and the Mekong
Yangon to Ho Chi Minh City
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 15 day Irrawaddy River cruise, on the RV Princess Panhwar
- Eight day Mekong River cruise on the RV La Marguerite
- Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
- Airport transfers and tipping
- All internal flights (as per itinerary)
- Includes 71 meals - 26 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches and 23 Dinners
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The heart of Ho Chi Minh City
Located in the centre of the city and close to all major attractions, enjoy the modern design of Fusion Suites Saigon.
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
- Prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
- An increased deposit may be required for upgrades and variations
- Flights must arrive in Yangon by 11am
- During high water season from August to mid-December, guests may embark RV La Marguerite at Siem Reap and journey along Tonle Sap before arriving at Kampong Chhnang
- Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
- Prices are for land, cruise and flights as specified only
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Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event
Arrive Yangon, Embark Ship
Marvel at Shwedagon Pagoda, a 99 metre-high gilded pagoda and stupa that dominates the city skyline.
Arrive in Yangon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the Irrawaddy River where you’ll board the RV Princess Panhwar, your beautiful home for the next 14 nights. Settle in and enjoy lunch on board. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.
Stay: 14 Nights: RV Princess PanhwarDaily :
Explore the sights of Yangon today including the 2,000-year-old Sule Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake which glimmers with the reflection of Shwedagon Pagoda. Take a walk down Pansoden Street to see British colonial buildings before lunch onboard your river ship. Watch the countryside drift by this afternoon as you cruise up the Irrawaddy.Daily :
Today explore Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. Disembark to visit the Monastery of Maha Bandula and a home cheroot-making workshop. Later, cruise to Hinthata.Daily :
Cruise to Tayokemaw today where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour after.Daily :
Pyay (Prome), Sri Ksetra
Absorb views of the Akauk Mountains as you cruise towards Pyay. On arrival take a tour and see Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s largest and most famous religious sites.Daily :
Cruise to the British colonial town of Thayetmyo today and visit Myanmar’s oldest golf course, which was established in 1877.Daily :
Stop in Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Take a boat to visit Minhla fort. Later, cruise to Magwe to visit its market and Myathalon Pagoda.Daily :
Cruise to Salay, to visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest wooden monastery, built in 1882. Continue to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to Myanmar’s largest lacquer Buddha, dating from the 13th century.Daily :
This morning enjoy the Nyaung-U market. Mingle with the locals and browse the wares sold at this trade hub. Later visit Ananda Temple, the best preserved of all the temples known as the ‘Westminster Abbey of Myanmar’. Have your camera ready for a special sunset viewing. In the evening back on board your ship, enjoy a puppet show.Daily :
At sunrise, perhaps ride a hot air balloon over the pagodas of Bagan.
Enjoy a full day to discover Bagan, beginning with a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the country’s most significant religious sites. Later, discover Gubyaukgyi Temple, a 13th-century ‘cave temple’ with an Indian-style spire. Continue to a lacquerware workshop and a local village.Daily :
This morning enjoy a lecture on board before an afternoon tour of the village of Yandabo, the site where the Treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese War was signed. It’s also famous for its terracotta pots.Daily :
Ride by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya Monastery.
Arrive in Inwa, an ancient imperial capital of the Burmese kingdoms. See the ‘Leaning Tower of Inwa’ – a watch tower that was damaged by an earthquake in 1838. Later enjoy a cultural show by the Mandalay fine arts school.Daily :
Visit a silversmith’s workshop in Sagaing, see the city’s central pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin. Tour 18th-century Mingun Pahtodawgyi and see the world’s second largest ringing bell, Mingun Bell.Daily :
Visit Mandalay’s Mahamuni Buddha Temple, where you can see sheets of gold leaf being added to a statue of the Mahamuni Buddha.
Explore workshops in which thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries are made. Then head for Kuthodaw Pagoda to see the world’s largest book. Later, tour of Shwenandaw Monastery. This evening, enjoy a sunset boat ride at U-Bein Bridge, thought to be the world’s oldest and longest teak-wood bridge. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight.Daily :
Disembark Ship, Mandalay, Siem Reap
Board your included flight to Siem Reap. Stay at Shinta Mani Resort.
Stay: Three Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani ResortDaily :
Angkor, Siem Reap
This morning, perhaps select one of Travelmarvel’s select experiences (own expense). Later, visit the temple of Ta Prohm and Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA). Tonight, gain an insight into Cambodian culture with an Apsara dance display.Daily :
Angkor, Siem Reap
Discover World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. This World Heritage-listed park contains the remains of different Khmer empire capitals. Visit iconic landmarks including the 12th-century temple Bayon. Cap off the day with a sunset over Angkor Wat.Daily :
Siem Reap, Embark Cruise at Prek K’dam
Transfer to Prek K’dam to embark your Mekong River cruise. Floating villages line the tributaries of this stunning region and quaint towns and sleepy villages lend the Mekong a unique charm. Board your river ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.
Stay: Seven Nights: Mekong River Cruise, RV La MargueriteDaily :
Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Oudong
Enjoy an ox-cart ride, a popular mode of travel in Cambodia.
Kampong Tralach, Oudong Enjoy a small boat excursion of the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang. You’ll then rejoin your ship and continue on to Kampong Tralach. Later, travel by coach to Oudong for a Buddhist blessing.Daily :
Koh Chen, Phnom Penh
Explore Koh Chen, a silver and copperware village. You’ll then continue cruising and make your way towards Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.Daily :
Join an excursion to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Later, tour Phnom Penh and see the Royal Palace. After dinner perhaps step out for an evening walk around the capital.Daily :
Border Crossing, Tan Chau
Relax on board as your ship cruises to the Vietnamese border. Later, arrive in the Vietnamese town of Tan Chau.Daily :
Tan Chau, Sa Dec
After breakfast, transfer to a small boat and travel along the Mekong’s tiny tributaries home to villages full of stilt houses. Here, go ashore for a tour of Tan Chau by rickshaw and visit fascinating local artisan workshops. This afternoon, perhaps attend an informative lecture on Vietnam in the ship’s lounge before enjoying dinner with your fellow guests.Daily :
Sa Dec, Cai Be
Take a boat ride to Sa Dec and see Huynh Thuy Le’s old house (once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, the namesake of the RV La Marguerite). After lunch, a local boat takes you to the river-land town of Cai Be. Go ashore to see Cai Be’s French Gothic Cathedral and a visit to a local rice paper manufacturer to learn how rice paper is made. Return to your ship for dinner.Daily :
Disembark Ship, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
Stay at the centrally-located Fusion Suites Saigon.
Disembark at My Tho Port and travel by coach to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Stay: Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites SaigonDaily :
Ho Chi Minh City
Spend time exploring Vietnam’s vibrant Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure today or perhaps enjoy one of our select experiences on offer (own expense).Daily :
Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Transfer to the airport and fly home.Daily :
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