Just the mention of Vietnam and Cambodia conjure up thoughts of the exotic east. The Mekong River is the lifeblood of all the lands it crosses, as it traverses over 3,000 miles from the Himalayas in Tibet to the Mekong delta in Vietnam. Millions of people depend on the ebb and flow of this mighty river.
A Mekong river cruise will bring you to the massive ancient temples of Angkor just outside Siem Reap on the shores of Tonle Sap in Cambodia. A visit to this UNESCO world heritage site is both thrilling and unforgettable. The Angkor complex was the capital of the Khmer empire from the 9th to the 15th century. The forests around the temple complex contain villages where the inhabitants are direct descendants of the early civilization.
The cruise begins on the Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia and an ecological hotspot. This lake and the surroundings are home to hundreds of exotic & colorful bird species.
Phnom Penh is the French influenced capital of Cambodia and an exciting city. There are many spectacular sites here and you will have an opportunity to learn the chilling story of the Khmer Rouge.
There are numerous floating villages along the Mekong and your ship provides the perfect platform for observing life along the river. People spend their entire lives on the Mekong river with their markets, schools and homes all surrounding the complicated fishing apparatus. This is the " rice bowl " of Asia with rice paddies and other agricultural activities providing the incredible color to the landscape.
Vietnam is as different, as it can be, from its neighbor Cambodia. Here there is much more Chinese influence and there is a palpable energy in the cities of Vietnam that is contagious. The markets of Vietnam are a paradise for shoppers.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) was the capital of French Indochina and the Republic of Vietnam. To describe Ho Chi Minh city as bustling, would be an understatement. Here you can visit the old presidential palace which will transport you back to the last days of the Vietnam war.
Although Hanoi is not technically a part of a Mekong River cruise, a trip to Vietnam would be incomplete without a visit to this old colonial city. Much smaller than Saigon, Hanoi which is known for its graceful colonial architecture.
|Nights||Start City||End City||Cruise Name||Details|
|7||Siem Reap||Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)||Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong- Cruise only (MA)||View Details|
|7||Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)||Siem Reap||Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong- Cruise only (MAR)||View Details|
|10||Siem Reap||Ho Chi Minh City||From Angkor Temples to the Mekong Delta (13R)||View Details|
|10||Ho Chi Minh City||Siem Reap||From the Mekong Delta to Angkor Temples (13H)||View Details|
|13||Bangkok||Ho Chi Minh City||Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong (WSH)||View Details|
|14||Hanoi||Saigon||Timeless Wonders of Cambodia & Vietnam (UNMKGHS)||View Details|
|14||Saigon||Hanoi||Timeless Wonders of Cambodia & Vietnam (UNMKGSH)||View Details|
|15||Siem Reap||Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)||Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong- Cruise & Land (MKCL)||View Details|
|15||Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)||Siem Reap||Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong- Cruise & Land (MKCLR)||View Details|