Cruise Saigon to Phnom Penh | Private Journeys | Southeast Asia
FROM: £1,295

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.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Jayavarman Prices
Jahan Prices
Hotels

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

Included

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 4 star 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.

Itinerary

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.
Breakfast

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 per person price if single rooms/cabins are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

Available
Contact us to book
Sold out
2019
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750
2020
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Person
Single
Supp.
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750
£1,595
£620
£1,295
£500
£1,295
£500
£1,295
£500
£1,295
£500
£1,295
£500
£1,295
£500
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750
£1,895
£750

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Liberty Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The brilliantly located Liberty Central is a modern hotel with stylish, well-appointed rooms and suites and a good range of facilities and amenities. The Central Restaurant offers Western, Asian and Vietnamese specialities and the hotel's health centre, spa and pool are ideal for a spot of rest and relaxation. Guests can enjoy coffee and freshly baked pastries at the Bistro Bar.

RV Jahan Cruise, River Cruise

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Cruise

Named after the former Indian emperor Shah Jahan, the Jahan is one of the Heritage Line's most romantic cruisers. The superior staterooms are designed with warming red tones complimented with stunning white furnishings. All staterooms have private balconies and queen size beds. The Jahan cruise boat benefits from a whole host of excellent amenities on board including the stylish East India Club, a great place to relax and sip a delicious beverage and the elegant Observatory. The boat also has an onsite Apsara Spa and outdoor pool.

RV Jayavarman Cruise, River Cruise

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Cruise

Names after Angkor's most highly respected kings, the Jayavarman tastefully combines the art deco charm of France in the 1930s with the enchantment of Indochina. The en suite cabins are beautifully designed with traditional wooden carvings, stunning artwork as well as full length windows opening onto private balconies. The boat itself benefits from a number of bars, restaurants and onboard Aspara Spa as well as an outdoor pool to relax by as the boat cruises along. The friendly and professional staff look forward to greeting you on board.

Queen Grand Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid-range Boutique Hotel

The perfect blend of traditional architecture and contemporary style, the Queen Grand Boutique Hotel is appropriately situated near to the Royal Palace. Guest rooms are designed with a touch of Khmer style but with a modern flare. The hotel also benefits from an onsite restaurant and bar, rooftop jacuzzi and Sky Bar. Located very close to the iconic Royal Palace, one of Phnom Penh's top sights.

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 per person price if single rooms/cabins are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

Available
Contact us to book
Sold out
2019
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
£2,095
£840
£2,095
£840
£2,095
£840
2020
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
£2,095
£840
£2,095
£840
£1,695
£670
£1,695
£670
£1,345
£520
£1,345
£520
£1,345
£520
£1,345
£520
£1,345
£520
£1,345
£520
£1,345
£520
£2,095
£840
£2,095
£840
£2,095
£840
£2,095
£840

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Ho Chi Minh City
Ends
Phnom Penh
Departs
Fridays
Group Size
Min 12 / Max 56 - cruise capacity
Hotel Rating
4 star hotels & Deluxe cruise
Tour Guide
yes - for all scheduled sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 5, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
Visiting
Countries
Click to play videoSaigon City Hall in the early evening light
Click to play videoBoat rowing its way along the Mekong Delta
Click to play videoThe gold and glittering royal palace in the middle of capital city Phnom Penh
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