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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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Active Cambodia$14016Sep 28, 2023Travel across Cambodia on this 6-day active tour from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Along the way, bike through temples, kayak on Tonle Sap Lake, and take …
Mekong Discovery - Round-trip Phnom Penh$43504Dec 5, 2023Board 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 …
Mekong Expedition - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh$101508Sep 29, 2023This 8-day cultural cruise aboard the Aqua Mekong takes you from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, stopping at Tonle Sap Lake and …
From Mekong River to Siem Reap$22089Oct 3, 2023Embark on a 9-day Mekong River cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap on RV Indochine. Immerse in Vietnam and Cambodia's heritage, exploring …
Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong - Cruise Only$23998Oct 9, 2023Embark 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, …
South Cambodia Escape$13886Sep 28, 2023This relaxing 5-day tour of the beaches of south Cambodia lets you enjoy the highlights of the region, like the tranquil beaches of Rabbit Island, …
Highlights of Cambodia$14888Sep 28, 2023Spend a week exploring the treasures of Cambodia and the ancient Khmer Empire on this highlights tour of Cambodia, including destinations like Phnom …
From the Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta & Hanoi and Halong Bay$437214Oct 1, 2023Sail through Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the colonial-style RV Indochine II. Spend 14 days cruising along the Mekong River, traveling from Siem Reap …
Mekong Expedition - Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh$106408Jan 26, 2024From Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, luxurious Aqua Mekong takes you on this 8-day Mekong River cruise, visiting Buddhist temples, …
Charms of the Mekong$479816Sep 30, 2023Join 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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Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Aqua Mekong40$4350The luxurious Aqua Mekong was designed to embody the aesthetic of a sophisticated five star hotel. Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to …
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 …
RV Indochine48$2208The RV Indochine is an exotic ship which sails entirely on Asia's Mekong River. Built in 2008, she is made of local woods and decorated in a colonial …
Jahan48$13391The elegant Jahan is one of the first modern boutique-style riverboats to sail the Mekong. The ship is reminiscent of colonial cruise liners and …
RV Indochine II60$2595The RV Indochine II successfully combines colonial and modern styles. Built in 2016 with the finest material and start-of-the-art technology, this is …
Scenic Spirit68$6810Unpack your bags just once and settle into your spacious suite featuring separate living and sleeping areas as well as your own balcony. Explore the …
Emerald Harmony84$3945Emerald Harmony, the newest Emerald Star-Ship launched by Emerald Cruises, was designed to take up to 84 passengers and this watercraft is designed …
Jayavarman54$1150Jayavarman 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 …
The Jahan52$1128The enchanting Jahan captivates and transports guests back in time with an aura evoking the glory of former British India. Named after the celebrated …
RV Bassac Pandaw60$1745RV 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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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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