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A tour of Vietnam offers explorers exciting opportunities to dive into the culture, history, and beautiful landscapes of this incredible country. Discover the 1,000-year-old city of Hanoi, including the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century and still preserved today. As you trek & bike through the verdant mountains by Sapa, admire the terraced rice paddies and traditional villages characteristic of Vietnam. Then head into Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to witness how modern skyscrapers are integrated seamlessly into the traditional pagoda architecture. Underneath the city you'll find the Cu Chi tunnels that were a strategic part of the war of independence. If you want to see the country in comfort & style, a Mekong River cruise will show you some of the more hidden parts of the culture. Start planning today.

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Mekong Explorer - Upriver$54005Aug 14, 2020Board the Aqua Mekong in My Tho for a 5-day tour of Cambodia & Vietnam, including stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, and Long Son Pagoda atop Sam …
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Mekong Discovery - Downriver$28354Aug 11, 2020Embark the luxurious Aqua Mekong in Phnom Pehn on this 4-day discovery cruise along the Mekong River from Phnom Penh, Cambodia all the way to Ho Chi …
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Charms of the Mekong$469816Aug 15, 2020Join 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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Mekong Expedition- Upriver$94508Aug 14, 2020Board the Aqua Mekong for an unforgettable 8-day cruise up the Mekong River from Saigon, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia, with stops in Phnom Penh and …
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Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong - Cruise Only$23998Jan 11, 2021Embark 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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Mekong Expedition- Downriver$94508Aug 21, 2020This 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 …
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Asia, a Blend of Tradition and Modernity$843015Mar 13, 2021Discover the wonders of Asia, during a 15-day cruise through the Bay of Bengal. From Myanmar to Sri Lanka, fall under the spell of these eastern …
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Perhaps best known for its bloody decades-long war between 1955-1975, in recent years Vietnam has overcome this dark part of its history and become a popular tourist destination. The rolling mountains shelter traditional villages, while the big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh continue to grow and prosper. Adventurous travelers enjoy sites including:
  • Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) - You'll be left in awe as you see the eclectic mix of old French and Chinese style architecture that mingle with the modern towers that form the skyline.
  • Hanoi The city of Hanoi stands as a historic tribute to this nation's rich history, with buildings dating back close to a thousand years.
  • Hoi An - This small town hosts charming historic houses and pagodas.
  • Ha Long Bay - Here, you will see traditional native villages and even a floating fishing village that will give you insight into Vietnam's rich culture.
  • Cu Chi Tunnels - These were successfully used by the North Vietnamese army during the War of Independence to secretly gain access to South Vietnam territory.
  • Thanh Chuong Viet Palace - Here, in the former residence & studio of renowned artist Thanh Chuong, you will see art and sculptures from throughout Vietnam's history, including the Dinh, Ly, and Tran dynasties.
  • Cai Be Floating Market - Here you will see an exciting market that you can explore by boat, in which artisans make candy and rice paper, among other products.
  • Snorkeling - The idyllic beaches at Cham Island & Nha Trang Bay are home to a colorful array of tropical fish that have made this coral reef their home.

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Mekong River Cruises at a Glance
Travel Southeast Asia's longest river as you journey deep into the heart of Buddhist culture and cruise through the timeless natural beauty of Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia. 

In addition to being one of the longest rivers in Asia, at a length of 2,700 miles, it is also among the longest rivers in the world, having hosted fascinating cultures and civilizations along its banks for millennia. 

While cruising the Mekong River through Vietnam, you will visit booming Ho Chi Minh City.

Continuing on, your cruise will take you to the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the spectacular Thai capital city of Bangkok, and the peaceful nation of Laos. 

Mekong River cruises emphasize cultural experiences, architectural exploration (especially of ancient ruins), and a historic perspective of the region's varied past. 
Vietnam's Major Cities & Destinations

Hanoi

This capital city of 8 million is steeped in history, influenced by China, France, and other Southeast Asian cultures. 

Ho Chi Minh City
The largest city in Vietnam, with a population close to nine million people and growing, Ho Chi Minh City is commonly known as Saigon and is recognized for its important role in the Vietnam War. Now, this modern city is a jewel in the plan for Vietnam's progressive future, still managing to honor its French colonial influences.

Ha Long Bay
As you cruise quietly over the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, it's hard not to marvel at the naturally carved limestone towers, capped with verdant tropical forests. The nature here is ideal for active exploration like rock climbing, hiking, and even scuba diving. 

Hoi An
Like much of Vietnam, the well preserved Ancient Town in Hoi An reflects the French, Chinese, and even Japanese influences in Vietnam. 

 

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Fast Facts about Vietnam

  1. The Vietmanese language spelling of Vietnam is two with words: Việt Nam
  2. The Mekong River is not only home to many of our most popular southeast Asia cruises, but also serves as one of the most important waterways throughout the country, helping keep the plains fertile and connecting much of the population to the sea.
  3. Vietnamese cuisine is a burst of flavors, from sweet to salty to even bitter and sour. 
  4. Home to some 16% of the world's species, it is one of the most biodiverse places on earth.
  5. With about 7.5 million residents, Ho Chi Minh City houses just under 10 percent of Vietnam's 92 million-person population.
  6. Both soccer and table tennis are popular sports throughout Vietnam.
  7. Thanks to the natural irrigation and swamplands of provided by the Mekong and Red Rivers, Vietnam is ideal for the harvest of rice.
  8. Vietnam has a surprisingly high literacy rate of around 94%.
  9. The five golden stars on the Vietnamese flag symbolize farmers, workers, intellectuals, youth and soldiers. 
  10. Hoi An has been a functioning trading port for over 500 years.

Vietnam Travel FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?
US citizens do need a visa to visit Vietnam. 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 Vietnam?
In Vietnam, a 10 percent tip for waiters is appreciated, guides expect around $15-20 per day, and drivers will thank you for anything around $5-10 per day.

What is internet access like in Vietnam?
Internet access in Vietnam is improving, but it is heavily censored, which could prevent access to some of the main social media websites. In the more rural areas, you will not have internet access. There are some cyber cafes throughout the bigger cities which provide reliable access.

Can I use my cell phone while in Vietnam?
In the bigger cities in Vietnam, you will find cell access if your service provider unlocks your GSM-enabled phone and you buy a SIM chip once you arrive. You can also connect to WiFi networks or ask your provider if there are international plans. There will probably be several days of your cruise or vacation when you will not have access to internet or cell service.

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 in Vietnam?
While the facilities in your hotel or ship will probably be nicer Western style bowl toilets, you can't count on that on daily excursions. The most common type of toilet throughout Asia is the squat toilet, which is precisely what its name indicates. You should always have toilet paper on hand and you should never flush the toilet paper - rather, toss it in the waste basket in the bathroom.

Can I drink the water in Vietnam?
You should not drink the tap water in Vietnam, but you can use it to take showers or wash clothes. Don't worry, though, bottled water will always be provided for you to drink.

Are credit cards accepted in Vietnam? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Bigger cities in Vietnam tend to have a fair amount of ATMs, but many of our tours only spend several days of the itinerary in these cities, and many of the vendors off the beaten path will not accept cards or have any ATMs at convenient access, so it is important to withdraw cash before leaving the big cities.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Absolutely! If you go to the Once You're Booked page, you'll find more details about deals and promotions we have with TravelGuard insurance to make sure that you are taken care of just in case.

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