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Mekong River cruise will take you into the heart of Buddhist culture with visits to temples that have endured for thousands of years. At about 2,700 miles long, the Mekong River is not only the longest river in Southeast Asia but also one of the longest rivers in the world. A major commercial and cultural waterway on the Indochina Peninsula, the Mekong River flows through six countries, originating in the Himalayas, all the way to CambodiaVietnam, before emptying into the South China Sea near Ho Chi Minh CityRiver cruises only take place in the lower section of the Mekong between Tonle Sap Lake or Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Vietnam. Visit local markets, villages, archeological sites, go biking or admire the wildlife, these cruises have it all. Contact us and start planning your Mekong River cruise today.
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Mekong River - Upstream - Low water$14075Jun 18, 2024Join this 5-day Mekong River cruise from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Travel across the mighty Mekong delta to get an inside look at Cambodian culture. …
Mekong River - Upstream - High water$25628Sep 7, 2024Experience the Mekong River during the high water season on this 8-day cruise on The Jahan. This expedition takes you from Saigon to Siem Reap, …
Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor and Saigon$1434513Jan 15, 2025Explore Vietnam & Cambodia along the Mekong River on this 12-day cruise aboard the luxurious small ship Jahan. As you cruise from Siem Reap, Cambodia …
Mekong River - Upstream - High water$23648Sep 14, 2024Embark on this 8-day high river expedition on the Jayavarman and experience the Mekong River as it flows from Saigon to Siem Reap. Explore the lower …
Mekong River - Upstream$11614Jun 15, 2024On this 4-day journey from Saigon to Phnom Penh, cruise the lower Mekong River in majestic style aboard the Jahan. Discover the culture and history …
Mekong River - Downstream - Low water$23648Apr 20, 2024Embark on this 8-day Mekong River cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon during low water season and discover the wonders of the Mekong. Experience the …
Mekong River - Downstream - High water$23648Sep 7, 2024Explore the Mekong on this 8-day high-water Mekong River cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon. Get an inside look at the southern cultures of Vietnam and …
Mekong River - Upstream - Low water$14315Apr 16, 2024Take this 5-day Low Water Mekong River cruise from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap aboard the Jayavarman. Travel across the mighty Mekong Delta to get an …
Mekong River - Upstream$11504Apr 13, 2024On this 4-day journey from Saigon to Phnom Penh, cruise the lower Mekong River in majestic style aboard the Jayavarman. Discover the culture and …
Mekong River - Downstream - High water$25628Sep 14, 2024Join this 8-day Mekong River cruise during the high water season from Siem Reap to Saigon. Get an inside look at the southern cultures of Vietnam and …

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Mekong River Cruising Guide & Travel Tips

The Mekong River flows all the way from the heights of the Tibetan Plateau ultimately into the South China Sea, making it the 12th longest river in the world at 4350 km (2700 mi) in length. Along the way, it winds through Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Each of these countries has its own unique culture, customs, and traditions, but as your riverboat plunges deeper into the jungles and verdant landscapes of these countries, you will see well-preserved ancient architecture, remnants of abandoned fortresses, and the highlights of the Buddhist culture - still thriving today - that has defined the cultural identity of the Indochina Peninsula. 

While some cruises are as short as four days and do not visit more than one or two countries, others meander down the Mekong making their way to three or even all four countries along this waterway. Your tour might include visits to:You might also get to know each of these countries on your river cruise:
  • Laos: A country dominated by Buddhist architecture that reflects national spirituality. 
  • Cambodia: Where you'll find a mix of temples and pagodas in traditional Buddhist or Hindu style.
  • Thailand: Home to some of our most active Mekong River cruises and unforgettably distinct cuisine.
  • Vietnam: Formerly ravaged by war, its breathtaking landscapes, jungles, and architecture now enjoy tranquility and peace.
How to get to the Mekong River?

The government of Laos has not been issuing any tourist visas, check the US and Laos embassy's website for up-to-date information.

United States - There are many 1 stop flight options from the rest of the countries with access to the Mekong River. Check the US to Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam embassy's advice for travel.

India - There are many 1 stop flight options to the countries accessing the Meko g River from India's cities. Check India's to Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam embassy's advice for travel.

United Kingdom - The United Kingdom is currently prohibiting international travel for purposes of tourism, check the official website for up-to-date information.
Best Mekong River Cruise Lines for 2024-2025
  • AMA Waterways - operates ten trips on the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia. MS Amadara, the company's sole Mekong River cruise ship, features spacious staterooms and suites with twin balconies that invite the ever-changing scenery of Southeast Asia inside.
  • Lindblad Expeditions -  explores Vietnam, Angkor, Saigon, and Cambodia down the Mekong River on board the 48-guest Jahan, a remarkable new riverboat that brings a degree of luxury to the Mekong previously dreamed of.
  • CroisiEurope - one of the most established and experienced river cruise lines, sails the Mekong aboard its luxury ships, the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II.
  • Aqua Expeditions -  is the only Mekong River cruise line that provides complimentary flight extensions to Siem Reap during the low water season. Aqua Mekong, a luxury river cruise ship charts a path through the picturesque lower Mekong basin with expert guides on board. 

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Do I need a visa to travel to the Mekong River?
The only country on the Indochina Peninsula that does not require a tourist visa is Thailand; Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia do require tourist visas. Tourist visas are not hard to get, and we can help point you in the right direction throughout the process. Check the visa requirements for more specific information
Is tipping customary in the countries of the Mekong River?
Throughout most of the countries along the Mekong River, it is customary to tip around 10 percent of your meal and $5-10 per day for personal drivers and up to $20 for guides
What is internet access like along the Mekong River?
While you will find that the more developed areas and cities have decent internet and accessible cyber cafes, there is some censorship that will prevent you from accessing certain sites, and the rural areas probably won't have the internet at all
Can I use my cell phone while on the Mekong River?
You probably will be out of range for most of your trip, but if you are in a big city and would like to use your phone, the easiest way to do so is to buy a local SIM chip that you can find at any airport and pre-pay for data and minutes
Do I need power adapters or electrical converters?
Power is 220v but most 110v devices can handle this as well. Outlets are either A (two-flat prongs), C (two round prongs) or G (three flat prongs in a triangle). Make sure to have a plug adapter for these types just in case
What are the toilets like along the Mekong River?
The facilities on boats and hotels are generally western style bowl toilets, but on any day excursions, you might come across squat toilets. Make sure that you bring your own toilet paper and throw it into the wastebasket rather than the bowl before flushing

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