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Get to know the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh, a major cultural center buzzing with restaurants, bars, and Cambodian before departing on a Mekong River cruise. Many cruises start and/or finish in Phnom Penh and navigate either upriver to Tonle Sap River and Tonle Sap Lake, (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve) or downriver towards Vietnam and the South China Sea. Travel through the city in a traditional rickshaw (cyclo), visiting the Wat Phnom Temple, the Royal Palace, and the majestic Silver Pagoda. At the National Museum, you will see Khmer artifacts from the 4th to 13th centuries and learn about the dark chapter of the Khmer Rouge at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. From here, depart on your cruise or land tour. Let us know when you're ready to start planning your trip to Phnom Penh!
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10 Best Phnom Penh Luxury River Cruises & Tours for 2023-2024

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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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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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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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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 - 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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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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Serenity Cruise - High Water$11995Dec 10, 2022Join this 5-day Mekong river cruise aboard the Jahan from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, and travel across the mighty Mekong Delta to discover the ancient …
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10 Top-Rated Phnom Penh River Ships for 2023-2024

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Aqua Mekong40$6909The luxurious Aqua Mekong was designed to embody the aesthetic of a sophisticated five star hotel. Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to …
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MS Amadara124$2399Explore Europe's legendary waterways on the luxurious small ship MS Amadara. It boasts a capacity of 124 passengers, a wide range of facilities, and …
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RV Indochine II60$2249The RV Indochine II successfully combines colonial and modern styles. Built in 2016 with the finest material and start-of-the-art technology, this is …
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Scenic Spirit68$2726Unpack your bags just once and settle into your spacious suite featuring separate living and sleeping areas as well as your own balcony. Explore the …
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Jahan48$12590The elegant Jahan is one of the first modern boutique-style riverboats to sail the Mekong. The ship is reminiscent of colonial cruise liners and …
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Emerald Harmony84$1186Emerald Harmony, the newest Emerald Star-Ship launched by Emerald Cruises, was designed to take up to 84 passengers and this watercraft is designed …
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Jayavarman54$931Jayavarman is a ship resembling a floating art gallery, with fine works of art exhibited all over the public decks. The ship's public spaces and …
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RV Bassac Pandaw60$1570RV Bassac Pandaw is a 4-deck luxury Mekong river cruise ship with 30 identical cabins. RV Bassac Pandaw riverboat was built in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh …
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The Jahan52$976The enchanting Jahan captivates and transports guests back in time with an aura evoking the glory of former British India. Named after the celebrated …
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RV Indochina Pandaw56$1287Built in 2009 and began operations in Burma (Myanmar) in 2011. RV Indochina Pandaw was specifically designed to provide a superior river cruise …
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Highlights of Phnom Penh
The starting point for many Cambodian itineraries, Phnom Penh is the country's bustling capital city. Most tours include some of the following attractions on their excursions:
  • Royal Palace
  • Silver Pagoda
  • National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art.
  • Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide
  • Russian Market.

This is also the embarking point for cruises of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers.

Some of these are round-trip cruises, while others journey all the way to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam!
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