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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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Mekong River - Upstream - Low water$14075Jul 30, 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. …
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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, …
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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 …
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Mekong River - Downstream - Low water$23648Jul 27, 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 …
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Mekong River - Upstream - Low water$14315Jul 23, 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 …
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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 …
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Mekong River - Upstream$11504Jul 20, 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 …
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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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Classic Mekong$33588Oct 12, 2024Explore both Vietnam's and Cambodia's striking cultural contrast in this 8-day Downstream Classic Mekong Cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon aboard RV …
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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 …
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10 Top-Rated Phnom Penh River Ships for 2024-2025

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Aqua Mekong40$4560The 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 Indochine48$2163The 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 …
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RV Indochine II60$2465The 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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Jahan48$14345The 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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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 …
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Emerald Harmony84$7490Emerald 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$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 …
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The Jahan52$1161The 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 Bassac Pandaw60$1728RV 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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