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Fisherman, Mekong river, Laos

Mekong River Cruise

  • TAILOR-MADE

Duration

14 Days

Prices Start from

£3,500 ex. flights

This two week holiday journeys between Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to the Art Deco sites of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Spend seven nights peacefully cruising the majestic Mekong River with expert guides before completing your journey in Siem Reap – gateway to Angkor.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Tuk Tuk, Sri Lanka 1

Phnom Penh by Night

Watch the sun set and explore by tuk tuk, dining in hidden restaurants among locals before coffee on the riverfront.

Outdoor Top Deck Plunge Pool, Aqua Mekong, Mekong Delta, South East Asia 2

Small Luxury Ship

Travel aboard a luxury, small ship with expert guides, delicious cuisine and small group sightseeing.

Small Boat on the Mekong, Mekong Delta, Vietnam 3

River Landscapes

Cruise the Mekong soaking up pastoral landscapes, cycling, visiting floating markets and Buddhist Temples.

Angkor Thom Gate, Angkor Wat, Cambodia 4

Angkor temples

Explore the iconic temples of Angkor pre or post cruise.

Why we like it

A cruise on the Mekong is a wonderful way to experience the rich tapestry of life running through Vietnam and Cambodia. Cruising on a small luxury ship takes it to another level. Passionate and knowledgeable guides on board offer a unique insight into river life and comfortable cabins and guest spaces ensure ever changing panoramas of the river. Beginning the holiday in Ho Chi Minh City and ending in Siem Reap also ensures a dose of city life plus the unmissable magic and mystique of Angkor. One of the best ways to experience any country is through the eyes of locals and we have included a special experience venturing into rural Cambodia with a local photographer.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Ho Chi Minh
  • Day 2
    Ho Chi Minh
  • Day 3
    Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta
  • Day 4 - 9
    Mekong Delta
  • Day 10
    Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh
  • Day 11
    Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
  • Day 12 - 13
    Siem Reap
  • Day 14
    Siem Reap
Planting Rice, Cambodia
Rice planting in Cambodia

Angkor Wat and Country Life with Locals

Disembark your cruise and fly to Siem Reap for three days to explore the magnificent temple complex of Angkor taking sunset drinks or a light breakfast amidst some of the less known ruins. Beyond Siem Reap and the temples is some beautiful rural countryside, much of which is rarely explored by visitors to the country. Join former tuk tuk driver and self-taught photographer Mr Kimleng for a day hearing about his life in Cambodia and capturing images of vibrant villages, lush paddy fields and local people working the land.

River Life, Song Xanh Sampan, Mekong Delta, Cambodia
Floating market trader on the Mekong
Boat Bow, Mekong River, Laos
Mekong river life
Close up of golden silk hanging to try.
Golden silk in Cambodia

The Mekong Delta

Much of life in Southeast Asia revolves around the mighty Mekong River. Snaking over 2,700 miles through several countries including China, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, it finally empties into the sea at its extreme southern end, in southwestern Vietnam. On the river it is possible to experience whole towns floating on rafts, explore remote stilted villages untouched by the modern world, expansive paddy fields and many local artisans weaving, making paper and silk. Also keep your eyes peeled for birdlife and on some parts of the river, the notoriously shy river dolphin.

Aqua Mekong, Mekong River, Vietnam
Aqua Mekong
Sun Deck, Aqua Mekong, Mekong Delta, South East Asia
Aqua Mekong sun deck

Boat Choices - Why choose Aqua Mekong

Aqua Mekong is an all suite contemporary boat with Michelin standard cuisine and a staff to guest ratio of 1:1. If you are seeking exceptional, personalised service and facilities including a plunge pool, outdoor cinema and spa rooms Aqua Mekong is for you. Aqua also work with a US organisation called Room to Read, helping to ensure primary school children in Cambodia and Vietnam can become independent readers and local girls can complete secondary school with necessary life skills.

RV Mekong Pandaw, Mekong, Cambodia
RV Mekong Pandaw

Boat Choices - Why choose MP Mekong Pandaw

More traditional in style, Pandaw operated one of the inaugural cruises on the Mekong and offers a more affordable luxury than that of Aqua Mekong. The 24 colonial style cabins each have French balcony windows and she is one of the most spacious ships on the Mekong with wide promenades and plenty of public space. Additional facilities include a spa. Although this holiday suggestions includes a week long cruise, Pandaw also operate shorter three and four night cruises.

Stilt Houses, Ream National Park, Cambodia
Stilted houses in Cambodia

Guides and Experiences Onboard your Cruise

The onboard expedition teams include local guides who know every historic and cultural tradition on the Mekong. Onshore excursions include travel by skiff, bicycle, rickshaw and tuk-tuk taking in colourful floating markets, gilded pagodas and rural life among the paddy fields. An insight into the local culture and Khmer history is also ensured with time spent among local village people and Buddhist monks.

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