Mekong River Cruise
Cruise on the Mekong River, fed by the snowmelt waters from the Himalayas, that flows 2,700 miles into the sea in South Vietnam, is an experience. The Vietnamese call it Song Cuu Long, the Nine Dragons River, for the nine branches of the Mekong Delta that makes perfect conditions for growing rice. The Mekong’s biodiversity is second to that of the Amazon, it supports livelihood of thousands of people, as it flows through six countries.
The Mekong River Cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia is full of rural communities, floating villages such as Kompong Luong, and endless rice paddies, pagodas and temples. Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), are now bustling cities. Religious sites like Angkor Wat and sunset-pink Banteay Srei offer timeless glimpses of everyday life along the Mekong River. Cruises on the Mekong travel between Siem Reap, northwest Cambodia, to Ho Chi Minh City or reverse.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 17-DAY TOUR WITH MEKONG RIVER CRUISE…
And, explore Vietnam and Cambodia aboard a luxurious expedition cruise.
This comprehensive tour of Vietnam and Cambodia features ancient ruins and impressive landscapes, bustling cities and historic towns, and rural life along the Mekong River while aboard a luxurious expedition cruise. Accommodation is at the most luxurious hotels and resorts in each location and all touring is with your own private guide and driver.
Begin in Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. With your guide, ride cyclos around the lake to see the city's historic French colonial architecture. Visit ancient temples, the Museum of Ethnology and the fascinating Old Quarter with its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens and more.
Continue to Hoi An, a World Heritage town that retains a distinct Chinese atmosphere with colourful historic homes, charming cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets. With your private guide tour the surrounding villages and enjoy the stunning countryside scenes that will simply mesmerise you. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the river.
Transfer to the dynamic Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), the country’s bustling commercial centre. With your own expert guide and driver, experience the city's most interesting neighbourhoods, historic attractions, museums, art galleries and shops, markets, and excellent restaurants. One day, take an excursion into the countryside to tour the Cu Chi Tunnels and observe a colourful religious ceremony at the Cao Dai Temple.
Next, embark on a luxury Aqua Expeditions cruise on the Mekong River. During the day, you will have opportunities to visit local villages and explore vibrant floating markets, lush fruit orchards and other aspects of life on the river. Observe rare wildlife along the waterways, enjoy gourmet meals created by one of Southeast Asia’s top chefs. If desired, enjoy biking along the riverbanks of traditional villages, or board a sampan boat to explore narrow waterways, floating villages and forests.
Disembark the cruise in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Stay at the legendary Raffles Hotel Le Royal, a local landmark since 1927, and enjoy comprehensive private touring with a private guide and driver. Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and see incredible sights such as a Baccarat crystal Buddha and another made of gold and diamonds. Explore Phnom Penh’s markets, and perhaps shop for silver or silk and cotton textiles.
Travel to Siem Reap for a three-night exploration of Angkor—the ruins of the ancient Khmer empire. Visit Angkor Wat, an enormous temple city built as a model of the Hindu universe in stone. Nearby is Angkor Thom, a former capital believed to have once housed a population of approximately one million people around its Bayon, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.
Mekong River Cruise Explore Vietnam and Cambodia aboard a luxurious expedition cruise on the Mekong River.
(17 Days, Travel on Fixed Dates)
Hanoi, Hoi An, Saigon, Mekong Cruise, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
Day 1 – Arrive
Hanoi, Vietnam Fast-track airport assistance.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Hanoi Full-day private city tour.
Evening water puppet or opera house performance.
Day 3 – Tour
Hanoi Morning private market and street food tour.
Afternoon flexible touring and shopping.
Day 4 – Transfer
Hoi An Private transfer to airport for flight to Hoi An.
Private tour on arrival. Accommodation at resort for 2 nights.
Day 5 – Experience
Hoi An Morning private tour, with option for village visit or cooking lesson.
Day 6 – Transfer
Saigon Private transfer to airport and flight to Saigon.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour.
Day 7 – Tour
Saigon Full-day private city tour or full-day private excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple.
Day 8 – Experience
Mekong Cruise Private transfer to Mekong cruise for 4 nights.
Day 9-11 – Experience
Mekong Cruise Cruise-based excursions and activities.
Day 12 – Transfer
Phnom Penh, Cambodia Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Afternoon private city tour.
Day 13 – Tour
Phnom Penh Full-day private city tour.
Day 14 – Transfer
Siem Reap Private transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Sunset private tour of ruins.
Day 15 – Tour
Siem Reap Private touring of temples and ruins with option to tour by bicycle.
Day 16 – Explore
Siem Reap Private touring of more remote ruins and other local attractions or excursion to Tonle Sap Lake and floating villages.
Day 17 – Depart
Siem Reap Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
When to go The climate in Vietnam and Cambodia remains tropical. The best time to visit the region is in the months between November and mid-March. During these months the days are pleasant and the nights are chilly. Thereafter the temperature begins to rise and March to May gets very hot. The monsoon arrives in the month of April-May and peak in August but continues until mid-October. Travel is difficult during these months. Avoid travelling during March-April and August.
Getting There There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low cost carriers to Vietnam.
There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours.
Passport/Visa British, European and Americans require a visa for Vietnam and Cambodia. You can obtain a 30-day tourist visa on arrival in Vietnam and Cambodia provided your passport is valid for at least six months. Two passport sized photographs will be required. Travellers are advised to check with their nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.