FROM: USD $1,895

Cruise Saigon to Phnom Penh - 6 days

Cruise the mighty Mekong from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh on board one of the finest Mekong River Cruisers, taking in colourful floating markets and visiting local communities in the Mekong Delta en route to Cambodia's capital, on this 6 day tour of Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Trip Highlights

Cruise the Mekong for three nights on board one of the finest Mekong River Cruisers
Learn to cook tasty local cuisine at a culinary class on board
Sa Dec - take a traditional sampan to Binh Thanh island
Phnom Penh - visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21) and the Killing Fields
Practice Tai Chi at sunrise on the sun deck
Cai Be - visit Cai Be's colourful floating market and cottage industries
Tan Chau - explore the town on a traditional xelois, visit a local market and take a boat ride around floating houses and a fish farm
Saigon - independently explore the city


5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
3 nights on board the Jahan or Jayavarman River Cruiser, on a full board basis with drinking water, coffee/tea included, taxes, fuel, river pilots and port dues
Private full day tour of Phnom Penh
All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 6
2 nights standard, superior or deluxe hotels
Group shore-excursions to Cai Be floating market, Sa Dec, sampan tour of Binh Thanh and Tan Chau
All entrance fees
English speaking local guides for scheduled sightseeing

Not Included

International flights and visas.
Tipping - is an entirely personal gesture. For the River Cruiser gratuities we recommend budgeting 8-10 USD per passenger per day.


Day 1

Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2

Mekong River Cruise

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong River Cruising. Transfer 70km south to My Tho this morning where you’ll board the luxurious Jahan or Jayavarman river cruiser for your three night cruise along the mighty Mekong River. As the ship plies the Mekong admire the views from your balcony, join tea time in the open air bar or opt for a swim in the pool. Enjoy a buffet lunch and dinner on board before the cruiser docks near Cai Be this evening. Cai Be is a charming small town, famous for its floating market and manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products.
Overnight: River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Cai Be & Sa Dec

You can start your morning with an invigorating Tai Chi class on the sun deck, just as the sun begins to rise. After a sumptuous buffet breakfast enjoy an excursion to the Cai Be floating market and visit a workshop to learn how rice paste, rice paper and rice wine is made. Back on board your cruiser continues its journey to Sa Dec where you’ll set out on a traditional sampan tour to Binh Thanh Island. Binh Thanh is one of the larger Mekong islands where communities have settled and make their living by growing water hyazinths. Wander through the village and gain an insight into rural life in the Mekong.

Returning to the boat you can opt to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip in our pool on the sun deck. This evening there will be a presentation about life on the Mekong Delta. The cruiser moors near Tan Chau tonight. Dinner is served and afterwards you can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies.
Overnight: River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Tan Chau

Mekong River Cruising - Phnom Penh. Today begins with an excursion to the quiet town of Tan Chau, which you’ll explore from the back of ‘xelois’ - a local vehicle used as taxis in the region. Stop at the colourful local market near one of the ancient temples, where you can barter with the local vendors. Then board a local boat for cruise around the floating houses to finally reach a floating fish farm. This region is the source of fish production to be sold all over the world and we can see closely how fish farmings works.

Back on board the cruiser your journey continues to the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Relax and enjoy a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodia countryside towards Phnom Penh. A culinary class is offered this afternoon, where you can learn to cook tasty local cuisine. Dinner is served before the cruiser docks in Phnom Penh and this evening you're free to head out and explore the Cambodian capital before spending your final night on board.
Overnight: River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Phnom Penh sightseeing

Your cruise comes to an end this morning with a transfer to your hotel in Phnom Penh. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Cambodia's energetic capital is noted for its beautiful colonial architecture and historic sites. Take in the highlights of Phnom Penh on a full day sightseeing tour today. Starting at the National Museum of Fine Arts, housing the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture, continue with the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, famed for its lavish decorations – the floors are paved with silver tiles and statues of Buddha are encrusted with thousands of diamonds.

This afternoon come face to face with the horrors of the Pol Pot regime on a visit to Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21), a school that was gruesomely transformed into a torture chamber under the Khmer Rouge, and the Killing Fields, where over 10,000 people were executed.
Overnight: Phnom Penh  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Phnom Penh

Your journey comes to an end today with a transfer to the airport for your onward travel. Arrangements can be made for you to continue your holiday through to Siem Reap to see the breathtaking temples of Angkor.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms/cabins are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Cruise Saigon to Phnom Penh - 6 days
USD $1895
USD $700

In Brief

Trip Type
Ho Chi Minh City
Phnom Penh
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Local Payment
Tour Guide
yes - for all scheduled sightseeing
Breakfast: 5, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
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