Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City/ Chao Gao
Day 4 - Chao Gao / My Tho/ Vinh Long/ Cai Be
Day 5 - Sa enh
Day 7 - PhnoDec
Day 6 - Chau Doc/ Phnom Pm Penh
Day 8 - Koh Chen/ Kampong Tralach
Day 9 - Kampong Chhnang/ Tonle Sap Lake
Days 10 - 12 - Siem Reap
Day 13 - Return Flight 

Spendology - Widgets

The Original Mekong Cruise

Embark on an exotic and authentic adventure cruising on the legendary Mekong from Ho Chi Minh City, still largely influenced by the French colonial days, to Phnom Penh, Tonle Sap Lake and Siem Reap, the gateway to the majestic ruins of Angkor

Rising in the Tibetan Plateau and cutting across six countries, the Mekong is the world’s 12th longest river, sustaining all manner of life along its way through its food, water, transport and commerce, and supports one of the most diverse fisheries, second only to the Amazon.

Less well known is the association with Saigon (once known as the ‘Cambodian City’ or ‘Downstream Cambodia’) and the trading relationship between the Champa kingdom in Vietnam and the then flourishing Angkor empire; the common thread being the mighty Mekong River linking inland rivers to the delta and beyond.

This cruise provides an excellent means of travelling in great comfort to places unreachable by road making possible exploration of the vast but little known region between the former French colonial city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and the ancient Khmer capital of Angkor. Indeed, the colonial style ship RV Indochine was built to cruise through shallow water. Embark in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City and cruise on Tonle Sap Lake all the way to Siem Reap.

An authentic cruise along this mythical river with fascinating sites, peaceful sceneries, centuries-old traditions and culinary delights.


Key Features

Cultural & River Cruise
New Tour
Excursions Included
Meals Included
Local Expert Guides

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) via Hanoi or Bangkok.

Day 2 Visit Ho Chi Minh City including Reunification Palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post Office. Visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market and Ba Thien Hau Pagoda dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu. Embark on the RV Indochina for your eight-night cruise. Welcome cocktail. (L, D)

Day 3 Travel by coach to visit the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches. Visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. Start cruise and cross the narrow Chao Gao Canal. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Cruise to My Tho along the magnificent Chao Gao Canal. Visit a bee farm and enjoy some honey tea and exotic fruit. Discover a brick and pottery factory and a traditional factory producing puffed rice, rice-paper wrappers and rice alcohol. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, who Marguerite Duras based her book The Lover on. Enjoy some free time in Sa Dec. Sail towards Cambodia. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Located on the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, the prosperous city of Chau Doc has developed around fishing and fish farming. Visit the Ba Chua Xu Temple and the Tay An Pagoda. Cruise to Phnom Penh. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit the fabulous Royal Palace, one of the most impressive examples of Cambodian architecture, and its Silver Pagoda. Visit the National Museum. After lunch in town, perhaps visit the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture, and execution centre run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Enjoy free time at the market. Apsara dance show on board. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Visit Koh Chen, a small village where craftspeople specialise in silver and copper work. Visit the beautiful Vihara at the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To access the pagoda, cross the village of Kampong Tralach by ox carts, along the river through magnificent rice fields. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Visit Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on Tonle Sap Lake. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country. Tasting of some local products. Cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia which forms the heart of the hydraulic system of the Mekong. Cocktail and gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Return flight to London. (B)

Day 11 Arrive London Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


The programme may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


Feb 2023 departure will be on the RV Lan Diep.


per person in a Main Deck twin/double cabin
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
February 7 £3765
October 2 £3525
November 3 £3775


per person in a Main Deck twin/double cabin
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
January 22 £3895
February 23 £3935
March 10 £3925
Early Booking Offer

For all 2023 bookings made by 28 February 2023, deduct £50 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Main Deck Single (double for sole use) £1495 (Feb £1575; Oct £1295; 2024 £1665)

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck (twin/double) £195
Upper Deck (double for sole use) £1695 (Feb £1770; Oct £1495; 2024 £1860)

Flight Options

London-Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap-London
Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy from £645
Vietnam Airlines Business Class from £1945

Extension Options

Extra nights - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Novotel Saigon Centre
(per night) £75
Single supplement £70
Arrival or departure transfer add £20

Extra nights - Siem Reap
Tara Angkor
(per night) £30
Single supplement £30
Departure transfer add £20

Independent Arrival

Save £500
Arrival transfer add £20
Departure transfer add £20

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, port charges, transfers, 3 nights' hotel, 8-night cruise, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, full board on cruise, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Drinks are included during the meals (1 soft drink, 1 beer or 1 mineral water & 1 tea or coffee for each meal) with unlimited tea, coffee and mineral water during the cruise onboard.

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