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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. It has served as a major commercial and cultural waterway on the Indochina Peninsula. Originating in the Himalayas, it flows through TibetChina, and the border between Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, as well as between Laos and Thailand, before flowing into CambodiaVietnam, and 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, where the river enters the sea. Contact us to get started planning your Mekong River cruise today.
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10 Best Luxury Mekong River Cruises for 2023-2024

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Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong - Cruise Only$23998Dec 19, 2022Embark on your 8-day Mekong River cruise aboard the MS Amadara from Prek Kdam to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and finally on to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, …
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Charms of the Mekong$469816Dec 10, 2022Join the MS Amadara on this 16-day Cambodia and Vietnam adventure. Starting with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, depart on a 7-night Mekong River …
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The Lost Civilization - High Water$21328Dec 10, 2022Join this 8-day Mekong River cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon. Get an inside look at the southern cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia as you travel …
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The Lost Civilization - Low Water$21328Dec 10, 2022Discover the Mekong River in sumptuous luxury aboard the Jahan on this 8-day river journey, which cruises majestically along the lower Mekong from …
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Pearl of the Orient - Upstream$9764Dec 17, 2022On 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 …
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Pearl of the Orient - Downstream$9764Dec 14, 2022On this 4-day journey from Phnom Penh to Saigon, cruise downstream on the lower Mekong River in majestic style aboard the Jahan. See the stunning …
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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong$469816Dec 13, 2022Board the MS Amadara in Cambodia for a 16-day adventure cruise down the Tonle Sap River, visiting local villages, markets, and pagodas along the way. …
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The Lost Civilization - Low Water$19488Sep 2, 2023Explore the Mekong River in sumptuous luxury aboard the Jayavarman on this 8-day river journey, which cruises majestically along the lower Mekong …
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The Lost Civilization - High Water$19488Sep 2, 2023Explore the Mekong on this 8-day Mekong River cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon. Get an inside look at the southern cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia as …
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Serenity Cruise - Low Water$11995Dec 10, 2022Join 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. …
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1 Mekong River Cruise Deals for 2023-2024

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Mekong Expedition - Phnom Penh to Ho Chi MinhSavings$69098Dec 9, 2022Admire the diverse cultures and stunning natural beauty of Cambodia & Vietnam on this 8-day small ship cruise aboard Aqua Mekong. Hikes and bike …
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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 2023-2024
  • 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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