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Luxury Mekong Cruise Holiday

Saigon - My Tho - Tan Chau - Phnom Penh - Kangpong Cham - Siem Reap
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Overview

The Mekong is a legend, a universe where water is the engine of life. From Saigon to the Temples of Angkor, our Mekong cruise package will gradually introduce you to this world so far away and so close at the same time. With this you see the best of Indochina, from the French colonial cities of Saigon and Phnom Penh to the World Heritage Site of Angkor with its amazing Khmer temples. We pass through a richly varying riverscape from the vast Mekong Delta with floating markets, bustling trading towns and vibrant river life to the silence of the Cambodian Mekong river with its delightful rural life.

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Highlights

  • Explore the Mekong Delta culture and lifestyle
  • Enjoy full board package on one of Luxury Mekong River Cruises
  • Have great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods
  • Observe the unique way of trading at floating market where barges loaded with fruits and vegetables gather for the early morning trade
  • Explore Phnom Penh with its temples, palaces, museums
  • Explore the underground system of Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about hard life in war time
  • Explore stunning Angkor Wat and Amazing Temples in Siem Reap.

Cruise Itineraries

Upstream: Saigon – Siem Reap

Arrive Saigon airport. Transfer to the hotel in Saigon. Enjoy your free time to relax and explore Saigon.

Meals: n/a
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Pickup at the hotel at 7:40 for half day city tour. Our city tour will help you to see the best of Saigon. We visit the historic Reunification palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the post Office.

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War Remnants Museum

In the afternoon afternoon, we head out of town to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is an extensive underground network of approximately 200 kilometers of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and then expanded by the Viet Cong. Here contains hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon.

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Cu Chi Tunnels

Come back to Saigon in late afternoon.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Pickup at the hotel, transfer to the Sofitel Plaza hotel in Saigon at 9 am for the transfer arrangement to My Tho, located 70 kilometers away. The transfer includes a stop at the Cholon Market and visit to a lacquer factory. Arrival in My Tho and welcome on board the RV MEKONG PRESTIGE CRUISE. Lunch on board. Departure in the afternoon. Welcome Dinner on board & traditional Music Show.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Arrival at Cai Be in the morning. After breakfast we take a morning junk trip around Cai Be to visit a floating market and go ashore to see the French Gothic Cathedral. Take a stroll along the river bank and visit a local manufacturer producing rice paper, and coconut sweets. Return to the ship for lunch. Mekong Prestige Cruise passes Vinh Long Province to arrive at Sa Dec for an afternoon walk. We see the house of Marguerite’s Chinese Lover. The house is a small museum of « The Lover » in Sadec. Visit to a Caodaist Temple and stroll through the colorful local market.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Arrival at Tan Chau in the morning, a remote town on the main Mekong River. After breakfast, transfer on small boats to visit the village. A rickshaw ride round this fascinating town takes you back to the pier for lunch. Depart for the Cambodian border. Evening cruise up the broad Mekong River to Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Arrival in Phnom Penh in the morning. The capital city of Cambodia still retains its old French colonial architecture in riverside streets. Visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. Lunch on board. Afternoon excursion to the former High School « S21 », now the Tuol Sleng Museum, converted to a detention center under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Early morning sailing from Phnom Penh to Chong Koh or Oknathey (both located in Silk Island). Visit this silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure and a visit to the local workshop. The excursion includes a visit to a Pagoda and a meeting in a primary school. We cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and River life with extensive fishing activities. Return to Phnom Penh and visit to Wat Phnom Hill after which the city was named.  Time at leisure in the city.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Morning navigation on the Upper Mekong. Arrival at Angkor Ban in the morning. Overlooking the River Mekong, Angkor Ban offers a peaceful and majestic image of the river bathed in morning light in this still pristine area. Angkor Ban is one of the very few villages that has not been burned or destroyed during the Khmer Rouge period. It is a dive in intimate Cambodia, to the rhythm of its inhabitants. Visit of the village on stilts, discovery of traditional houses some of which are more than a century old. Back on board for further navigation to the north.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Stop at Wat Hanchey in the morning and after breakfast, visit the pre-Angkorian temple located on top of a hill overlooking the Mekong. Dating back to the 8th century, its ancient brick structures characterize the architecture of the Chenla Empire, which preceded the glory of Angkor. Back on board for lunch.

Continued navigation and arrival at Kampong Cham during lunch. In the afternoon, departure by bus to discover the temple of Wat Nokor. This twelfth century Buddhist temple built on the ruins of an ancient temple, is unique in Cambodia.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Early morning, disembarkation and transfer (5h) to Siem Reap. Stop at the Kampong Kdei Bridge dating from the Angkorian period, built during the reign of Jayavarman VII and arrived in Siem Reap at lunch time.

Pickup and transfer to the hotel for checkin. Free.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

08:00 We drive to South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon temple – a unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.

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Angkor Wat

15:00 The tour start with the visiting to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. After that, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

Free and easy till airport transfer for departure flight. Trip ends.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: n/a

Downstream: Siem Reap – Saigon

Arrive Siem Reap. Pickup and transfer to the hotel for checkin.

Note*: early checkin is not included.

Meals: n/a
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

08:00 We drive to South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon temple – a unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, Baphoun, the Terrace of Temple, Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.

Luxury Mekong cruise
Angkor Wat

15:00 The tour start with the visiting to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. After that, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

In the morning, Transfer from Sokha Angkor Resort hotel in Siem Reap from where you will join the RV Mekong Prestige Cruise in coach (5h). A packed lunch will be offered during the trip. Stop at the Kampong Kdei Bridge dating from the Angkorian period, built during the reign of Jayavarman VII. Arrival on board in the middle of the afternoon. Welcome buffet and installation in the cabins. Beginning of navigation towards Wat Hanchey. Welcome dinner on board.

Meals: Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Stop at Wat Hanchey in the morning and after breakfast, visit the pre-Angkorian temple located on top of a hill overlooking the Mekong. Dating back to the 8th century, its ancient brick structures characterize the architecture of the Chenla Empire, which preceded the glory of Angkor. Back on board for lunch.

Continued navigation and arrival at Kampong Cham during lunch. In the afternoon, departure by bus to discover the temple of Wat Nokor. This twelfth century Buddhist temple built on the ruins of an ancient temple, is unique in Cambodia.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Morning navigation on the Upper Mekong. Arrival at Angkor Ban in the morning. Overlooking the River Mekong, Angkor Ban offers a peaceful and majestic image of the river bathed in morning light in this still pristine area. Angkor Ban is one of the very few villages that has not been burned or destroyed during the Khmer Rouge period. It is a dive in intimate Cambodia, to the rhythm of its inhabitants. Visit of the village on stilts, discovery of traditional houses some of which are more than a century old. Back on board for further navigation to Silk Island and visit of a silk weaving village. Navigation and late arrival in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

The capital city of Cambodia still retains its old French colonial architecture in riverside streets.  Morning bus tour including the Royal Palace & the Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. Lunch on board. An afternoon excursion is arranged to the former High School « S21 » (now the Tuol Sleng Museum), which was converted to a detention center under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979. Leisure time and shopping at the “Central Market”. Dinner on board Mekong Prestige cruise

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

The ship departs towards the border with Vietnam in the morning. We cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and river life with extensive fishing activities. Crossing of the border and completion of the required formalities.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Arrival at Tan Chau in the morning, a remote town on the main Mekong River. After breakfast, transfer on small boats to visit this charming locality. This small town is very representative of this part of Asia, divided between rurality and a lively economic activity

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Arrival at Sa Dec. The French writer Marguerite Duras spent parts of her childhood in Sa Dec, a sprawling busy town on the Mekong Delta. We see the house of Marguerite’s Chinese Lover. The house is a small museum of « The Lover » in Sadec. Visit to a Caodaist Temple and a stroll through the colorful local market. Lunch on board. We cruise past Vinh Long Province, located in the middle of the Delta region, between the two tributaries of the Mekong. Arrival at Cai Be, tour on local boats to see the French Gothic Cathedral. Walk along the river bank and visit to a manufacturer of rice paper and coconut sweets. Dinner on board & traditional Music Show.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: Mekong Prestige cruise

Arrival at My Tho. Disembarkation after breakfast and bus transfer to Saigon city center. The transfer includes a stop at the Cholon Market and the visit to a lacquer factory. Drop off at Sofitel Plaza around 12.00pm. Checkin. Enjoy your free time to relax and explore Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Pickup at the hotel at 7:40 for half day city tour. Our city tour will help you to see the best of Saigon. We visit the historic Reunification palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the post Office.

Luxury Mekong cruise
War Remnants Museum

In the afternoon afternoon, we head out of town to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is an extensive underground network of approximately 200 kilometers of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and then expanded by the Viet Cong. Here contains hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon.

Luxury Mekong cruise
Cu Chi Tunnels

Come back to Saigon in late afternoon.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Free and easy till airport transfer for departure flight. Trip ends.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: n/a

Important note*

  • The itinerary quoted above is for the Mekong Prestige cruise. We have many Mekong cruises and the itinerary would vary depending on your selected cruise.
  • For overnight registration, we will need passport information (Full name, sex, Nationality, passport number, date of birth) of passengers at least four weeks prior to cruise date.

Cabins & Rates

Cabintype Rates
(US$/person)

Luxury Mekong cruise
  • 20sqm
  • Main/Upper deck
  • Double/twin beds
  • Max 2 persons


Contact us for price

Luxury Mekong cruise
  • 24sqm
  • Main deck
  • Double/twin beds
  • Max 2 persons

Luxury Mekong cruise
  • 26sqm
  • Upper deck
  • Double
  • Max 2 persons

Note*: The price would vary depending on your selected cruise, departures, number of of passengers and cabin type. Please book the tour or contact us for best rate of your itinerary.

Booking Policy

  • 2 nights at Sofitel Saigon hotel – 5*
  • 2 nights at Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel – 5*
  • 8 days package by your selected Mekong river cruise
  • Private Pre/post tours in Saigon and Siem Reap
  • Upstream transfers from the Sofitel Plaza hotel in Saigon to the ship in My Tho on day 1 and from the ship to Siem Reap Sokha Angkor Resort hotel on day 8
  • Downstream transfers from Siem Reap Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel on day 1 to the ship and from My Tho to Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Saigon on day 8.
  • Full board in the selected category of the R/V Mekong Prestige II
  • All meals from Lunch on Day 1 until Breakfast on Day 8
  • Drinks on board : Mineral Water, non-alcoholic beverages, local beers and local wine during meals
  • On board tips/gratuities
  • All excursions and entrance fees with English speaking guide as per included excursions in the itinerary
  • The services of an English-speaking Cruise Director
  • Port taxes
  • Overseas flights
  • Beverages other than those mentioned above
  • Tipping/gratuities for land services
  • Visa arrangements
  • Insurance

Cancellation by Customer
Cancellation is not confirmed till we receive your official email. For cancellations of bookings, the following charges will apply:

  • 60 days or more prior to departure:  20 %
  • Between 59 and 30 days prior to departure: 50 %
  • Between 29 and 20 days prior to departure: 75 %
  • Less than 20 days prior to departure/ no-show:  100%

Note*: if you are travelling with kids, please contact us for price in details

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Questions & Answers


Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call the travel consultant whom you deal with and then our hot line contact. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please send us a detailed message and contact information by email, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
Our all travel consultants use WhatApps. Please ensure that you have the contact number. It's best to buy a local sim-card. Most hotels offer free wifi. So it's very easy to contact in urgent case.

Emergency contact numbers

Mr. Kelvin Do: +84 986759655

Ms. Thuy Pham: +84 984654964

If you book small group tour option, please note that the tour combines with our other tours. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.
You can start the tour on any date (please contact our consultant in advance to avoid peak dates or holidays) and customize itinerary with extra days/activities at any destination.

If you book private tour for your group, we will use private cars, different stationed guides at each location. For some long routes (or Halong/Mekong cruise package), private car would be not necessary, and very expensive (unless you are a big group). We would suggest join bus transfer where possible then.

For all internal flights - if included, we would use any as Vietnamairlines, Vietjesair, Jestar, Cambodia Angkorair or Laos Airlines, depending on the itinerary. Most domestic flights in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, airlines would use small 70 seat ATR72 for short distances. Most airlines in Vietnam use the Airbus A321. 20kg for checkin luggage and 7kg for hand-bag is included in the price.
International flights pre/post tour must be booked by your self before travelling date.

Please do not buy gems unless you know what you are doing. Even if genuine you should not expect to be able to sell them at home. If you fall victim to a gem scam, we are unable to assist you.

Train travel in Vietnam is very basic and not at western standard. Sleeper trains normally have 4 seats per compartment, which convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided. At times, passengers of different genders may be required to share a sleeper train berth and/or share a compartment with people not travelling in your group. For short distance - 3 hours (as Hue to Danang or vv), you will do the trip on soft/hard seat carriage.
Simple food is available on the train but many people like to stock up on freshly baked bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. You should have meal and buy water before the journey.
Train journeys in Vietnam are an experience and allow you to get a real taste of Vietnam.

We would use different hotel categories and you can select any basing on your budget. So your travel companions would not stay at the your hotel. A Hotel Voucher will be provided once your tour is confirmed with all hotel details. In case suggested hotels are full, we would use others of similar standard/price.

Note*: if you want other hotels instead of our suggested ones, please contact us for details.

Yes, there is. Free wifi is available at all hotels in Vietnam.
Most of the cafe, hotel, Shop, Restaurants in Vietnam also provide free wifi.
Compare to other neighboring countries, Wifi access in Vietnam is so much convenient.

All airport transfers are included in the tour price. You should provide us your arrival/departure flight details and we will arrange things basing on the information. A meeting sign with your name and all flight details will be sent to you. Please be ready at the lobby at pointed time for pickup.
Driver/guide should always be present at the airport before your arrival time. If you could not find the driver, please contact your travel consultant who you deal with. For any reason that airport transfer could not be arranged, please take the taxi to the hotel. We will refund the money then.

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. When travelling with us, you are suggested to buy insurance that covers all medical coverage, cancellation, personal liability, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Be aware that petty theft can be an issue in some towns and cities especially late at night. A common tactic is opportunists on motorbikes that drive by and snatch bags. Please always leave valuables and passports etc in your hotel in safety boxes if available and only carry with you enough cash to spend for the day. Bags should always be carried over the neck and not left to sit on your shoulder.

Conservative Dress

  • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
  • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

Note*: Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Dec-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Nov it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.

Documents

  • All tickets (required)
  • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
  • Required visas
  • Hotel & Tour Vouchers
  • Meeting sign (with your names and flight details that we will use for transfers)

It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $3-$5 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service.

Indochina Countries use 220V, and a mixture of flat 2-pin, round 2-pin or 3 pin plugs. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adapter.

Please note that visas for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are the responsibility of the individual traveler. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. For the most up to date information please check your Governments Foreign Ministry website or with you travel agent as rules do change.

CAMBODIA - Visas can be obtained at the Cambodian border or Siem Reap Airport for approx. $35 USD very easily. Please have *at least* 2 passport photos with you as well.

VIETNAM - As of March 2017, a select 80 nationalities are now eligible to enter Vietnam with an E-Visa. Please contact your Foreign Ministry or Vietnamese consulate to see if your nationality is eligible. Please note that you should ONLY apply for a Vietnam E-Visa if you are entering Vietnam by international airport - either Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) or Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City).

If you are entering Vietnam by land border, please apply for a regular visa for Vietnam. Many of the land borders we travel through do not accept the Vietnam E-Visa. Please view this link to apply E-Visa: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt

We will help you apply an approval letter for visa on arrival if you enter Vietnam through international airports. You will have to pay for stamping fees to the custom at the airport.

LAOS - Visas are issued upon arrival in Laos. You will need two passport size photographs and approx $35. Tourists are generally admitted to Laos for 15 days with a visa on arrival or for 30 days with a visa issued at a Lao embassy. Please bring visa photos with you.

Please be aware that you will require four clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least six months validity.

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5 star ratingExcellent professional and reliable tour company Just returned from 16 day Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos tour with this company. Excellent prompt attention, excellent hotes, transfers, guides. Not one slip or problem. Anna was very conscientious and always attentive an trying to answer our needs. Would recommend this company.

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5 star ratingExcellent professional and reliable tour company Just returned from 16 day Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos tour with this company. Excellent prompt attention, excellent hotes, transfers, guides. Not one slip or problem. Anna was very conscientious and always attentive an trying to answer our needs. Would recommend this company.

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5 star ratingVietnam, Cambodia, Laos Anna did a great job organizing our complete trip. 3 week private tour, excellent value. Three airfares included and wonderful accommodation.

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5 star ratingOutstanding trip and service Kelvin and his team did an outstanding job putting together a 12 day private tour to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia for my husband and me. And while we traveled, Kelvin was always available to answer questions or help make... read more

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5 star ratingReliable Travel company - Professional Staff ! We booked our 3 weeks holiday to Vietnam and Cambodia with Indochintreks. All have been handled well as planned. Starting from Siem Reap, we took the boat trip down Mekong river to Saigon, flew to Hue, spend few days relaxing... read more

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5 star ratingCambodia-Vietnam; Exellent experience We booked at trip to tour Siem Reap and a one week criuse on the Mekong river from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Min City. Kelvin provided excellent services and was very responsive through the whole planning/booking process. Once we... read more

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