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Not only is the Mekong River the longest river in Southeast Asia, it is also one of the longest rivers in the world and has served as a major commercial and cultural waterway on the Indochina Peninsula, running from Vietnam through Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. River cruises on this enchanting water route will take you into the heart of Buddhist culture, with visits to sites like temples and architecture that has endured thousands of years. You will also have opportunities to explore modern cities that blend their contemporary buzz with their ancient charm, like Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital and home to treasures like the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum of Cambodia. Contact us to get started planning today.

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Charms of the Mekong$22998RelaxedDiscover the charms of the Mekong as you cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Prek Kdam. On this 8-day cruise enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours, …
Mekong Discovery - Round-trip Phnom Penh$38554RelaxedBoard the Aqua Mekong for an excellent 4-day round-trip cruise from Phnom Penh along the Tonle Sap River. Along the way, you'll learn about a …
Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong - Cruise Only$22998RelaxedEmbark 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, …
From Mekong River to Siem Reap$19729RelaxedDiscover the culture and history of Vietnam & Cambodia on this 9-day cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap aboard the RV Indochine II, departing …
From Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh Ville$26189RelaxedSpend 9 days aboard the RV Indochine as you cruise the Mekong River from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. Visit floating villages using small local …
From Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh Ville$19729RelaxedCruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh along the Mekong River, one of the world´s great river systems and the largest river in Southeast Asia. Enjoy …
From Mekong River to Siem Reap$19639RelaxedEnjoy a personalized service throughout this tour and take advantage of the enriching excursions included on this adventure from Ho Chi Minh City to …
From the Angkor Temples to the Mekong Delta$261511RelaxedOn this 11-day cruise aboard the RV Indochine II explore the fascinating Mekong river, its people, culture and history. Explore the waterways of …
From the Angkor Temples to the Mekong Delta$241211RelaxedJoin the RV Indochine for a fantastic sailing adventure across the magnificent Mekong River visiting Siem Reap, Angkor, Tonle Sap, Kampong Tralach, …
Traveling Up the Mekong River$261511RelaxedSail through Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the RV Indochine on this 11-day cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, a city at the foot of the Angkor …

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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 4,350km 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:
  • Bangkok: Thailand's busy capital city. 
  • Ho Chi Minh City: the bustling city formerly known as Saigon in Vietnam
  • Luang Prabang: the spiritual capital of Cambodia.
  • Kuang Si falls: three-tiered water that cascades off towering drops into turquoise pools.
  • Pak Ou Caves of Cambodia.
You will also get to know each of these countries on your river cruise:
  • Laos: A country dominated by Buddhist architecture that reflects the peaceful 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.

Mekong River FAQs

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 safe 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 which will prevent you from accessing certain sites, and the rural areas probably won't have 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?
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 waste basket rather than the bowl before flushing.

Can I drink the water on my Mekong River cruise?
The water throughout all of southeast Asia is not safe for drinking, however we make sure that you will always have access to clean drinking water, either purified or bottled.

Are credit cards accepted along the Mekong River? Will I be able to find ATMs?
While you are visiting the bigger cities, you will be able to find ATMs and businesses that accept cards, however when you get into the more rural areas, it is unlikely that you will be able to use your credit card at all. We advise you to take out money before departing so that you have it on hand just in case.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Always! Any time you travel, it's important to be protected, and we make it easy from our Once You're Booked page. Here, you can read more about the deals we have on great, comprehensive travel insurance. 

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