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The Mighty Mekong
13 Day Tour
Luxury Mekong Cruise
Angkor Wat Tour
This wonderful Mekong River Cruise holiday brings to life one of Asia’s longest rivers. Flowing through Cambodia and Vietnam it brings life and income to communities living along its shores. Begin by exploring the magnificent former Saigon including its French-colonial architecture and impressive Cu Chi Tunnels. Then board your historic luxury cruise ship for an 8 day, 7 night journey. Along the flowing Mekong River, meet remote villages, view stunning scenery, dine on delectable cuisine, all while exploring its history and culture. End your tour holiday with a full day exploring the ancient and spectacular Angkor Temples.
Discover Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnamese street food tour
Explore the underground Cu Chi Tunnels
Cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia
Travel through amazing landscapes
Relax on-board beside the pool
Explore remote villages and meet the locals
Experience the Angkor Temples
- January – March: US$ 3750
- April: US$ 2999
- May – September: US$ 2699
- October – December: US$ 3750
- January – March: US$ 3750
- April: US$ 2999
Price is per person in USD based on twin/double share.
Single Traveler (single room) – add:
- Jan – March 2020 US$ 1850
- April 2020 US$ 1399
- May – September 2020 US$ 1199
- October 2020 – March 2021 US$ 1850
- April 2021 US$ 1399
13 days, 12 nights
We depart on specific dates regularly throughout the year.
January 15, 29
February 12, 26
March 11, 25
April 8, 22
July 8, 22
August 5, 19
September 2, 16, 30
October 14, 28
November 11, 25
January 6, 20
February 3, 17
March 3, 17, 31
- Group size: 2-14 persons
- Suitable for all ages
- 4 days, 3 nights: land tour of Ho Chi Minh in 4-star hotel
- 8 days, 7 nights: luxury cruise
- 3 days, 2 nights: Siem Reap package
You will be met at the airport in Ho Chi Minh for your transfer to your luxury 4-star hotel.
- Accommodation in 4-star hotels in Saigon and Siem Reap including daily breakfast, all transfers
- Sightseeing tours detailed including all entrance fees
- Luxury 8 day/7 night cruise in a superior cabin including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
- Lunch during sightseeing of Angkor Temples and dinner during street food tour in Ho Chi Minh City
- Note meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Full pre-departure information and an emergency contact phone number in Vietnam
- International flights
- Vietnam & Cambodia entry visa*
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks during meals
- Departure taxes (if applicable)
- Personal expenses (laundry, mini-bar, internet, etc)
- Gratuities (tips)
NOTE: A visa is required to enter Vietnam & Cambodia. Please check with your local consulate or travel agency for assistance. Vietnam visa available online. Cambodia visa available on board cruise.
What to Bring
- For your cruise we recommend smart casual dress for evening meals, swimming attire and light jacket or wrap for evenings on the deck.
- As some local temples and religious sites are visited during the cruise please bring a few items of clothing that cover the shoulders and knees for temple tours.
- Walking shoes such as trainers are ideal for shore excursions.
- A light raincoat is recommended during the rainy season (May-Oct).
A local English-speaking guide will travel with you on all excursions. You will have a local English-speaking concierge or guide in Saigon and a Cambodian, English-speaking guide in Siem Reap. On the cruise you are well looked after with your full crew including captain and English-speaking guides and crew. Find out more about our guides here.
Overview of Your Tour
Day 1 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Arrive anytime today into Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon), where you will be met at the airport for a transfer to your hotel.
Get Settled in Saigon
On arrival, your concierge will greet you for an orientation walk outside your hotel. Receive our guide to top restaurants, sights to visit and shopping.
Optional: Want to experience local food? Our One Night in Saigon tour is a walking street food tour. Discover the delectable and authentic Vietnamese cuisine on a Street Food Tour around an area popular for top local dishes.
3 nights in the center of Saigon in a historic 4-star hotel.
Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (B)
This morning tour the main sights in and around Saigon including a stop at the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral and Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office.
Explore Ho Chi Minh
Visit the War Museum – a stark reminder of the War. Then a special insight with a tour of a traditional medicine museum where you’ll discover the use of natural herbs in traditional medicine, used in Asia dating back to the Stone Age.
We end the day at a local boutique brewery for those who want to sample an ice-cold local beer to end their day! Afternoon is free for you – shop, take in a spa treatment or explore the museums.
Day 3 - Cu Chi Tunnels (Saigon) (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the wharf for a magical speedboat trip up the river to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Dug by hand, the tunnels were home to the Viet Cong during the US war. A video shows their use and parts have been excavated for you to see inside.
Returning to Saigon, the afternoon is free for you to explore the shops and markets, or to enjoy the cafés and bars.
Tip! For shopping, enjoy the luxury brand names around downtown Saigon or head to Ben Thanh market to test your bartering skills.
Day 4 - Cruise Departure (B, L, D)
Today, transfer to the departure point of your luxury Mekong river cruise.
The Lost Civilization Cruise
The Lost Civilization Cruise – Saigon to Siem Reap (8 days/7 nights). This classic Mekong river cruise, onboard a luxury ship takes you on an amazing journey to places rarely visited, as you travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in Cambodia. The Mekong River & Tonle Sap (The Great Lake of Cambodia) are the beating heart of the area, giving love and life to this nation.
NOTE: Please note that the cruise itinerary varies slightly throughout the year as water level vary according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded.
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of the city. Join other guests and transfer 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho to embark on the boutique ship. After our crew warmly welcomes you, check in to your stateroom. The ship sets sail and a fascinating voyage along the Mekong begins. A lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream to reach the overnight stop. Make yourself familiar with all the ship facilities. Now is the time to relax and become one with one of the largest rivers in Asia.
The afternoon allows you to leisurely pass time on your private balcony or join our tea time at the open-air bar as the twilight bathes the Mekong Delta in a golden haze. During the time you savour your dinner, the ship reaches Cai Be. It is a charming town, famous for its Catholic French church and the manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The floating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets.
We anchor mid-stream near Cai Be for dinner and moor there overnight. After dinner, our lounge cinema features selected classic movies or, settle into your superior stateroom featuring bright tones with white wood furnishings and hand painted wall to ceiling décor. Gracefully designed, the good-sized cabin has a private balcony with seating to watch the river flow past and a queen size bed. The in-cabin bathroom features a stand-up shower and a partition separates the bed from a small desk and wardrobe. (Amenities include: air conditioning, hot water kettle, ILLY espresso machine, balcony with two chairs and a table, mini bar, hair dryer, internal phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack, bath robe, sun hat, binocular, hand fan, sandals, in-room safe, music and cabin sound system.)
Day 5 - Cai Be To Chau Doc (Vietnam) (B, L, D)
Today visit Cai Be, a main floating market, which you will visit onboard a smaller boat. Back on-board lunch is served. You can enjoy time for yourself then to either enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee at the bar or simply watch the life on the riverbanks floating by. In the afternoon, we reach the area of Sa Dec. We embark on a traditional local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island.
Binh Thanh Island
If you wish, join in the Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck before your sumptuous breakfast. Go on-shore to visit a workshop and learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is produced. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered with palm trees, hence why the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. With our local boat we continue to explore the lush green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields.
Back on-board lunch is served. You can take time for yourself then either enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee at the bar or simply watch the life on the riverbanks floating by. In the afternoon, we reach the area of Sa Dec. We embark on a traditional local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. This island is one of the larger ones along the vast stream of the Mekong. Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths. We exclusively visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of the native life. Moreover, we see the whole process of mat making. You can try weaving one yourself, which is still done manually. We will also meet an elderly local couple who share their story on this island. They are happy to engage in conversation.
Back on board you may choose to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip in the pool on the sun deck. Our expert guide offers a presentation on the “Life on the Mekong Delta” as the ship continues sailing to Chau Doc – near the border to Cambodia. We moor midstream near Chau Doc.
Day 6 - Border Crossing (B, L, D)
Apart from the stunning shore excursions and relaxing time on board your cruise, today’s main highlight is the border crossing into Cambodia.
Drift Away In Relaxation
Welcome to Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town. On shore, we hop on a xeloi to explore. Xeloi is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region. We slowly navigate the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid-back vibes of this place. We stop at the colourful local market near one of the town’s temples. This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town to practice your bargaining skills. Then we will board a local boat – cruising past floating houses to a fish farm. This region is the source of a fish production that is sold all over the world. Back on board your home away from home, we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodian countryside towards Phnom Penh.
The afternoon is cruising upriver, a chance to unwind, enjoy the pool, spa, your balcony or join in the culinary class to learn some of the local cuisine. Float into a state of bliss and join our afternoon high tea for sweet treats before you totally drift away in relaxation.
Dinner is served before we arrive at the capital of Cambodia. Around seven o’clock, the boat docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. You are free to go for your first exploration by yourself. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars.
Day 7 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia) (B, L, D)
We start with a full sight-seeing tour of Phnom Penh. By bus, we visit the Killing Fields outside of the city and after, the centrally located prison “S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and suppression.
Cultural Heritage Of Phnom Penh
Welcome to Phnom Penh – once called the Paris of the East. Many of the places we visit have not changed significantly since the horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be a heartbreaking experience. Alternatively, explore the city in the morning on your own before rejoining the group. Lunch is at a fine restaurant in town, before a tour of the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh. The golden edifice of the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are the afternoon highlights. The day trip ends with a “cyclo” ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh.
Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join your fellow passengers at the bar for some refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities.
A lecture about Cambodian modern history, by a professor of the Royal University is followed by a barbecue dinner feast on the sun deck. The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance. You’ll witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with the soothing sounds of traditional music. As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming flow of the Tonle River.
Day 8 - Angkor Ban - Kampong Cham (Cambodia) (B, L, D)
The ship departs Phnom Penh before the break of dawn cruising past sleepy villages, exhilarating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their shift boats.
Visit A Small Rural Cambodian School
Depending on the river’s water level, the cruise today will include a visit to a small rural Cambodian school supported by your cruise, an incredibly heartwarming experience. A village visit showcases either a local monastery or a small village where they manufacture pottery.
Overnight spent onboard.
Day 9 - Kampong (Cambodia) (B, L, D)
Explore an island to and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top-quality product made of original Cambodian silk, visit a local village and view local farming.
This morning’s excursion is by tuk-tuk to explore an island to and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silkworms, to a final top-quality product made of original Cambodian silk.
Before lunch, our expert guide offers a presentation about the “Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. Depending on the season, a visit will be made either to a village for an exciting ox-cart ride or a friendly riverside village for an evening cocktail party. Overnight spent onboard.
Day 10 - Kampong (Cambodia) (B, L, D)
Again dependent on the water level, today’s excursion may include a visit to the Cambodian water world village, where everything is balanced on sticks above water-rich soil.
Visit the Enchanting Wat Hanchey Temple
This is perhaps the most fascinating locale in Cambodia, or a visit to the enchanting pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, built in the 7th century. This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breathtaking views of the Mekong. Return to the ship for lunch while cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap River. Come evening, a sumptuous dinner and for the big entertainment – bring along your dance shoes and learn to groove the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors!
Day 11 - Siem Reap (B)
A stunning week of cruising the sedate and magical Mekong has come to an end but there is more in store as you arrive into Siem Reap, home to the ancient Angkor Temples.
After a leisurely breakfast and farewell to your friendly crew its time to disembark for the transfer to Siem Reap. Departure point and transfer time varies between low and high-water season, so the transfer by coach may take between 1 to 4 hours. On arrival in Siem Reap, farewell your fellow cruise passengers as you check in for 2 nights at a 4-star colonial style hotel. The afternoon is yours to relax.
Tip! This evening you may like to take in Siem Reap’s most popular nightlife and dining area ‘Pub Street’. Filled with restaurants and bars and surrounded by markets – fantastic!
Day 12 - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat (B, L)
Today you have a private tour as your local English-speaking Cambodian guide will collect you from your hotel to begin with Angkor Thom entering via the South Gate and the Bayon complex.
After breakfast enjoy a full day on your own personal Angkor tour. Tour to the South Gate of Angkor Thom. The vast area of the Angkor Thom ruins has five monumental gates, 20m high and decorated with stone elephant trunks and the king’s favourite motif, the four faces of Avalokiteshvara.
Then visit the Bayon Temple (circa 1190), a Buddhist temple that retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. Standing in the exact centre of the walled city, it represents the intersection of heaven and earth. It is known for its enigmatic smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara and its extraordinary bas-reliefs.
Then walk through the mystical jungle clad temple of Ta Prohm, over-grown from the jungle and offering a magical Instagram-moment.
After lunch of traditional Khmer food, visit the jewel – Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the best preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that some rank it among the seven wonders of the world. It appears on the Cambodian national flag, a very rare instance of a flag incorporating an image of a building. The “lost city” of Angkor first attracted the interest of Europeans in the 1800’s after Cambodia was colonized by the French.
The evening is yours at leisure, enjoy ‘Pub Street’ and the night markets if you wish.
Day 13 - Departure
Sadly, today is the end of your tour, we include a transfer to the airport for your departure.
Got a more time?
We highly recommend adding an extra night in Siem Reap to spend a day at your leisure exploring this delightful town. Discover the interactive Museum, watch artisans at work carving stone or making silk, dine at the many wonderful restaurants and shop the markets.
Add an extra night with us and we’ll include your own tuk-tuk as transport for the day!
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