Mekong Cruise: Vietnam & Cambodia

Cambodia, Vietnam

Close  The Ho Chi Minh City Hall is one of the most stunning colonial monuments in Vietnam.

Mekong Cruise: Vietnam & Cambodia

Vietnam and Cambodia, linked by the mighty Mekong River, abound with magnificent carved temples, lush landscapes, and rich imperial and colonial legacies. Beginning in Hanoi, watch karst formations in Halong Bay and visit ancient sites to Hue and Hoi An. In Ho Chi Minh City, (formerly Saigon) enjoy a walking tour of the city’s highlights, and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, used in the Viet Cong war. Later, board a luxury boat and cruise Vietnam to Cambodia on the Mekong River. 

Cruise the Mekong River, among local sampans loaded with fruits and vegetables. Visit Dong Hoa Hiep island and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life. Observe Cai Be’s colourful floating markets and small islands on the Mekong River. At Chua Doc, border between Vietnam and Cambodia, we transfer to Phnom Penh, the French-influenced city. Near Siem Reap, is the spectacular Angkor temple complex, along with several of the temples, including Angkor Wat and mesmerising faces of Bayon.

We Love
  • This 16-day exclusive tour includes your private guide and driver while travelling by road
  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Spend 6-nights aboard the luxury M/V Jayaraman while travelling from Vietnam to Cambodia
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • Most hotels in Laos and Cambodia accept credit cards and there are ATM machines in the country. However, cash is still king and credit cards something of a novelty item. Bring lots of money or hit the ATMs regularly.

Mekong Cruise: Vietnam & Cambodia Cruise Cruise the Mekong on The Jayavarman, a 20th century boutique style river cruise liner that offers uncompromising luxury.
Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Cruise on the Mekong, Siem Reap (Angkor)
(16 Days - Fortnightly)

Day 1 – Arrive
Hanoi Meet and greet on arrival at Hanoi International Airport After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for your 2 night stay.
Meals: Nil
Overnight at Sofitel Legend Metropole.

Day 2 – Explore
Hanoi Explore Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. With your private guide and driver take a comprehensive tour of the city. Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens and more.
Meals: B,
Overnight at Sofitel Legend Metropole.

Day 3 – Fly To Danang. Transfer
Hoi An Take a flight to Danang. On arrival transfer to Hoi An and visit Cham museum enroute. Hoi An, is a UNESCO-listed riverfront town with colourful historic homes, charming cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the river. Stay at the luxurious Nam Hai resort.
Meals: B,
Overnight at Nam Hai Resort.

Day 4 – Explore
Hoi An The beautiful town of Hoi An with its 16th century structures is a World Heritage site. Walk to the surrounds and discover the daily life of the local people.
Meals: B,
Overnight at Nam Hai Resort.

Day 5 – Transfer via Danang
Ho Chi Minh City Flight to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel for your 2 night stay.
Meals: B,
Overnight at Park Hyatt Hotel.

Day 6 – Explore Cu Chi Tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City Your private tour starts with a drive to Cu Chi (70 km), an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. Take a “thrilling” experience of crawling through this amazing system. Then visit the city to view the Notre Dame Cathedral, the old Post Office and other magnificent sights.
Meals: B,
Overnight at Park Hyatt Hotel.

Day 7 – Cruise My Tho
MRV The Jayavarman Early morning transfer from hotel to boat-pier and board The Jayavarman. Enjoy welcome cocktail at the Funnel Bar and Lounge followed by a lunch on the Sun Deck.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 8 – Cai Be – Chau Doc
MRV The Jayavarman Cruise on the Mekong river and visit some remote islands.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 9 – Chua Doc – Border Crossing
MRV The Jayavarman We cross the Vietnamese border . During the afternoon cruise, take the time to relax on the Sun Deck, get a massage in the Spa, or take part in Jayavarman Vietnamese cooking class or a short tricycle adventure.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 10 – Embark Phnom Penh
MRV The Jayavarman After breakfast, embark on a city tour in this dynamic, historical capital of Cambodia which has retained its French colonial charm. In the evening there will a variety of cocktails at your disposal, followed by Cambodia's traditional Apsara dance performance and a delicious Khmer food buffet.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 11 – Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey
MRV The Jayavarman Wake up in the wee hours of the morning and embark on a journey upriver to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers some of the best views in Cambodia.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 12 – Kampong Chhang – Tonle Sap
MRV The Jayavarman The Jayavarman sets sail to Kampong Chhnang via Prek K'dam along the meandering Tonle Sap River, which narrows through leafy swaths of the South East Asian jungle. Stop at the floating school to interact with the children and teach them some English! This is the day to truly experience rural Khmer life. Farewell dinner will be served on the Sun Deck.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 13 – Tonle Sap
Siem Reap This great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length but the water level varies a great deal according to the time of the year and rainfall. Thus, programme changes may occur for the different seasons.

High Water Program (July to mid-December)
Cross the Tonle Sap Lake at dawn and disembark at 1100hrs at Siem Reap Port for onward transfer to the hotel.

Low Water Program (mid-December to June)
Cruise early morning to Prek K'dam where you will disembark Jayavarman after breakfast. Board a coach at 0900hrs which will take you to see a pre-Angorian temple on your way to Siem Reap. A packed lunch and refreshments will be available along the way. Arrive in Siem Reap early afternoon.
Meals: B,
Sokha Angkor Hotel.

Day 14 – Explore Angkor Wat Temples
Siem Reap With your private guide, begin your exploration of the Angkor temples with Angkor Thom, a former capital believed to have once housed a population of approximates one million people. Enter via the South Gate, with its huge statues to the temples of Bayon, and other adjacent temples.
After lunch, visit Angkor Wat, an enormous temple city built as a model of the Hindu universe in stone and comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Art historians consider it to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Meals: B,
Sokha Angkor Hotel.

Day 15 – Explore Angkor Wat Temples
Siem Reap Drive through the typical Khmer countryside to the popular Banteay Srei (“citadel of the women”), a petite temple with elaborate carvings in pinkish sandstone and regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Then travel to Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor. Finish the day with a visit to Pre Rup until sunset.
Meals: B,
Sokha Angkor Hotel.

Day 16 – Depart
Siem Reap Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Meals: B

Mekong Cruise: Vietnam & Cambodia Cambodia, Vietnam

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

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.