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Cruise the Far East - Vietnam and Cambodia

Vietnam and Cambodia are unmissable, with their ancient cultures surviving amongst modern influences. 

Best visited by a river cruise and tour giving time to enjoy the experience, Vietnam and Cambodia offer unbeatable sights. Visit the ancient remains of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the limestone islands of Halong Bay, the bustling towns of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam, royal Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, and riverside towns with floating markets, fascinating sounds and interesting activities.

  • Vietnam, Traditional Fishing
  • Cambodia, Angkor Wat
  • Ho Chi Minh Statue
  • Ho Chi Minh City traffic
  • Vietnam, Traditional Porter
  • Hoi An, Japanese Bridge
  • Vietnam, On Yer Bike
  • Halong Bay Fishermens' Village

About Vietnam and Cambodia Cruises

The Mekong River travels from its delta near Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) through river villages up river to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Its Royal Palace is noted for two magnificent pagodas - the Silver Pagoda and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Phnom Penh is 4 hours from the nearest seaport of Sihanoukville, so is best visited by river. Mekong cruises continue upriver to the Tonle Sap lake and on to the fabled Angkor Wat temple complex. See our guide to Mekong River Cruises and Cambodia for more information.

Cruise and tour itineraries combine the Mekong with visits to the main sights of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is a shock to the senses - few cars but hordes of motor bikes carrying goods and people. Beautiful pagodas contrast with French colonial buildings, communist landmarks with thriving markets. Around the Town Square are famous buildings such as the Rex Hotel and the Post Office, and nearby the colourful Ben Thanh Market selling everything from vegetables to fish, electronics to souvenirs.

In Saigon don’t miss a Vietnamese water puppet theatre show, and maybe take an amazing pedal cab ride through the busy streets. Outside the city a major attraction is the Cu Chi tunnels, a huge underground city, base for Viet Cong guerrillas. Not for the claustrophobic or rotund! Smaller cruise ships can sail up the Saigon river to the city outskirts, larger ships dock at Phu My about 90 minutes away.

From Saigon tours may visit Hoi An, an ancient market and trading town on the Thu Bon river. It has fascinating old houses and streets, colourful temples, and a famous Japanese covered bridge built in 1593. Its lively riverside market is a mixture of sights and smells. Hue, the ancient imperial capital has the Imperial Citadel, a World Heritage Site modelled on Beijing’s Forbidden City. Sea cruises may call at Nha Trang, an international tourist resort in a beautiful bay setting, or the port of Da Nang for visits to Hoi An or Hue.

Further north the unified Vietnamese capital is Hanoi, with its old quarter of narrow streets a mix of French colonial architecture and ancient temples, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. For many, the most amazing sight in Vietnam is Halong Bay, home to thousands of limestone islands of all shapes and sizes. Join a local junk for a close-up view, and maybe an overnight trip around the islands and the floating fishermens’ villages - their permanent homes. Smaller ships may cruise into the bay for an unforgettable memory as the ship threads between the islands.

Family boats on the Saigon River Hanoi pedal cyclocars Halong Bay

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Vietnam and Cambodia

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  • Northern Vietnam Coastal Cruise

    7 Nights - Hanoi to Danang

    Panorama II Panorama II

    Join 49-passenger Panorama II and experience Hanoi, Hue, Halong Bay and the unspoiled paradise of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Includes hotel stay in Hanoi and guided excursions 2019 - Apr, May Save 20%!

    Halong Bay Cruise Only
    From £1540pp
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  • Riches of the Mekong

    12 Nights - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

    AmaDara AmaDara

    A superb holiday combining a 7-night cruise along the Mekong through the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia and a hotel stay in lively Siem Reap. Includes guided shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner on board 2018 - Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Save 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Angkor Wat Cruise Only
    From £1550pp
    Fly-Cruise Package
    From £2240pp
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  • South Vietnam Coastal Cruise

    7 Nights - Ho Chi Minh to Danang

    Panorama II Panorama II

    Discover the sultry southern coast of Vietnam on this small-ship adventure cruise. Sail from Ho Chi Minh to Danang exploring glorious coastlines, enchanting landscapes and ancient villages bursting with traditional arts and culture 2019 - Mar, Apr, May Save 20%!

    Ho Chi Minh City Cruise Only
    From £1648pp
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  • Mekong Discoverer

    13 Nights - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

    Mekong Navigator Mekong Navigator

    A superb holiday combining a 7-night Mekong River cruise on the luxurious Mekong Navigator and hotel stays in colourful Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap, gateway to the famous Angkor Wat. Includes flights from the UK, EmeraldPLUS excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Feb, Apr Save £500pp!

    Ho Chi Minh City Fly Cruise Package
    From £2725pp
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  • Vietnam and the Riches of the Mekong

    17 Nights - Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

    AmaDara AmaDara

    This superb holiday covers the main sights of Vietnam and Cambodia and includes 7-nights on the Mekong, hotel stays in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap for the temple at Angkor Wat and an overnight stay on a junk in Ha Long Bay. Includes guided shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner on board 2018 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Save 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Ha Long Bay Fly-Cruise Package
    From £3173pp
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  • Essential Vietnam and Cambodia

    13 Nights - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

    La Marguerite La Marguerite

    Excellent value premium river cruise holiday including 7-nights on the Mekong and hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap for Angkor Wat. Includes excursions and flights from the UK 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr FREE Premium Economy flights - save up to £1900 per couple!

    Angkor Wat Temple Fly Cruise Package
    From £3295pp
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  • Halong Bay and the Red River

    12 Nights - Hanoi and Back

    Angkor Pandaw Angkor Pandaw

    This 12-night adventure travels well off the beaten track into the highlands and mountain villages of northern Vietnam. In contrast visit bustling Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, plus an overnight cruise in the amazing limestone island scenery of Halong Bay. Includes flights from the UK, transfers, and excursions. 2018 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr No single supplement on selected departures!

    Viet Tri, Vietnam Fly Cruise Package
    From £3345pp
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  • Magnificent Mekong

    16 Nights - Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

    Viking Mekong Viking Mekong

    Discover bustling cities, riverside villages and magnificent temples on this 16-night holiday, including 7-nights on the Mekong and hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK 2018 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 on sale now - save £1000pp!

    Women in Hanoi Fly Cruise Package
    From £3395pp
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  • Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia

    17 Nights - Hanoi to Siem Reap

    Mekong Navigator Mekong Navigator

    See the essential sights of Southeast Asia, from the famous Cu Chi Tunnels to the beautiful Halong Bay and the iconic Angkor Wat on this superb holiday, with hotel stays in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap and a 7-night cruise along the Mekong. Includes flights from the UK, EmeraldPLUS excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Feb, Mar, Apr Save £500pp!

    Cyclist in Hanoi Fly Cruise Package
    From £3575pp
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  • Hong Kong to Vietnam

    11 Nights - Hong Kong to Singapore

    Silver Shadow Silver Shadow

    Enjoy an 11-night cruise on board luxurious ship Silver Shadow and discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay, lively Ho Chi Minh City and the Imperial City of Hue on the Perfume River. Includes unlimited complimentary drinks and pre-paid gratuities 2018 - Nov Pay in full by 30 Jun 2018 and save 10%!

    Hong Kong habour Cruise Only
    From £3726pp
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  • Vietnam and Cambodia Explorer

    20 Nights - Hanoi to Siem Reap

    Mekong Navigator Mekong Navigator

    Explore the fascinating cities of Hanoi, Hoi An and Hue, admire the beautiful limestone islands of Halong Bay and spend seven nights cruising up the Mekong on the luxurious Mekong Navigator. Includes flights from the UK, hotel stays in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue and Siem Reap, EmeraldPLUS excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Jan, Mar, Apr Save £500pp!

    Temple of Literature, Hanoi Fly Cruise Package
    From £3795pp
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  • Treasures of the Mekong

    14 Nights - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

    Scenic Spirit Scenic Spirit

    Discover ornate temples, floating villages and bustling cities on this superb holiday combining a 7-night all-inclusive Mekong river cruise with hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. Includes exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences and return flights from the UK 2018 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr Save up to £750pp PLUS free private door-to-door transfers!

    Ho Chi Minh City Fly Cruise Package
    From £3995pp
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  • Discover Vietnam and Cambodia

    17 Nights - Hanoi to Siem Reap

    La Marguerite La Marguerite

    Superb value premium holiday combining a 2-night stay on a junk in Ha Long Bay, 7-nights on the magnificent Mekong and hotel stays in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city and Siem Reap. Includes excursions and flights from the UK 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr FREE Premium Economy flights - save up to £1900 per couple!

    Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Fly Cruise Package
    From £4395pp
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  • Timeless Vietnam and Cambodia

    16 Nights - Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

    Mekong Navigator Mekong Navigator

    Explore Vietnam and Cambodia, with luxury hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap, linked by a 7-night Mekong river voyage, with additional nights in Hanoi. Includes flights from the UK, guided excursions and complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks onboard and with special restaurant meals. 2018 - Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Ho Chi Minh City Fly Cruise Package
    From £4649pp
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  • Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

    14 Nights - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

    Amalotus Amalotus

    See the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia on this 14-night cruise and land tour with hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. Includes travel package from the UK, Freedom of Choice Touring and signature experiences 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr FREE Business Class flights - save up to £1900 per couple!

    Floating market at Cai Be Fly Cruise Package
    From £4695pp
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  • Wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia

    21 Nights - Hanoi to Siem Reap

    La Marguerite La Marguerite

    Explore iconic sights and discover hidden gems on this superb value premium holiday with hotel stays in Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City and a 7-night cruise along the Mekong. Includes return flights from the UK, internal flights and excursions 2018 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar FREE Premium Economy flights - save up to £1900 per couple!

    Ha Long Bay Fly Cruise Package
    From £4945pp
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  • Southeast Asia and Hong Kong

    15 Nights - Bangkok to Hong Kong

    Viking Orion Viking Orion

    Meet the locals, immerse yourself in the culture of Indochina and explore floating markets and sacred temples on this superb cruise from Thailand to Cambodia, Vietnam and China. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Sep, Nov 2019 - Apr Save £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Bangkok Fly Cruise Package
    From £5405pp
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  • Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery

    18 Nights - Hanoi to Siem Reap

    Amalotus Amalotus

    This luxury holiday includes stays in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, the temple of Angkor Wat, and 7-nights on the Mekong river on board the luxurious AMALotus. Includes flights from the UK and excursions 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr FREE Business Class flights - save £1500 per couple!

    Angkor Wat Fly Cruise Package
    From £5845pp
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  • Tropical Asia

    13 Nights - Hong Kong to Singapore

    Seven Seas Navigator Seven Seas Navigator

    Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia on this luxury all-inclusive cruise to the Far East. Includes return flights from the UK, a choice of shore excursions, unlimited drinks and gratuities 2019 - Mar FREE 3-Night pre-cruise extension in Hong Kong or FREE 3-Night Singapore post-cruise extension!

    Hong Kong Fly Cruise Package
    From £6199pp
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  • Best of Vietnam and Cambodia

    22 Nights - Ho Chi Minh City and Back

    Amalotus Amalotus

    This superb holiday includes a 7-night cruise along the Mekong, hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh City, the ancient cities of Hoi An and Hue, Hanoi and Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat, plus a three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Includes flights from the UK and excursions 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr FREE Business Class flights - save up to £1900 per couple!

    Old Town of Hoi An Fly Cruise Package
    From £6795pp
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  • Indochina Explorer

    23 Nights - Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

    Scenic Spirit Scenic Spirit

    Explore the heart of South East Asia with visits to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on this unique holiday, combining hotel stays in Hanoi, Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Siem Reap, a 2-night Ha Long Bay cruise and a luxurious 7-night cruise along the Mekong on board Scenic Spirit. Includes exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences and return flights from the UK 2018 - Aug, Oct, Nov 2019 - Feb, Mar Save up to £750pp PLUS free private door-to-door transfers!

    Ha Long Bay Fly Cruise Package
    From £7245pp
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Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

Angkor Wat (Cambodia)

The Angkor Archaeological Park is has one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angkor Wat is the best-preserved and most iconic of the Angkor temple complex, built in the early 12th century to honour the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple took over 30 years to be completed by King Suryavarman II

Angkor Wat

Da Nang

This friendly city is developing as a tourist destination in its own right, having good sandy beaches and being close to the caves, grottos and Buddhist temples of the Marble Mountains. The main reason for visiting however, is Da Nang's proximity to My Son, the ruined capital of the Champa Kingdom; the lovely city of Hoi An and its pagoda bridge and tailors, and the grand imperial city of Hue.

Da Nang (Vietnam)

Halong Bay

The thousands of vertical limestone karsts and islands of Ha Long Bay are a memorable sight. Topped off with jungle vegetation, some of the islands are hollow and contain large cave chambers, whilst others like Cat Ba are inhabited and offer facilities for tourists. Floating villages with a population of fishermen can be seen during cruises through the bay.

Halong Bay (Vietnam)

Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and renowned for its spectacular colonial architecture and ancient temples. Highlights include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, the One-pillar Pagoda, a historic Buddhist temple and the Temple of Literature founded by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. Hanoi serves as the gateway to the dramatic limestone cliffs of Halong Bay.

Hanoi (Vietnam)

Ho Chi Minh City

Large cruise ships reach Ho Chi Minh City via the Saigon River and berth in the port of Phu My, whilst smaller vessels can approach along the Mekong Delta. Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has many places of interest, including the Cu Chi Tunnels which hid the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War; Reunification Hall, once the Presidential Palace, and the temples and Pagodas of the Cholon Chinatown district.

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Hoi An

Hoi An is a picturesque town of well-preserved ancient buildings, Chinese-style shophouses, and famous for its covered pagoda bridge, its tailors, and colourful lanterns. It is World Heritage Listed for its importance as a 15th to 19th-century trading port, with a mixture of local and foreign architectural styles. The Museum of Trade ceramics is housed in an interesting old Hoi An home.

Hoi An (Vietnam)

Hue

The World Heritage Site of Hue can be visited from Chan May or Da Nang. This exquisite city was once Vietnam's capital, built beside the Perfume River in the early 19th century, and contains a Forbidden City, pagodas, tombs, palaces, temples and lakes. It was described by the Director General of UNESCO in 1981 as 'a masterpiece of urban poetry', whose treasures include the six-tiered Thien Mu Pagoda, the Citadel and the Emperor's Tomb.

Hue (Vietnam)

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is an international tourist resort set in a beautiful bay. More lively and urban in character than other Vietnam beach destinations, it is the scuba diving centre of Vietnam. Local artwork can be found on Doc Lop Street and to visit the beaches of Hon Tre Island, take the hi-level Vinpearl Cable Car. Po Nagar Cham Towers are an elaborate series of 8th-century towers and temples on Cu Lao Mountain.

Nha Trang (Vietnam)

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a busy, noisy city, still recovering from the horrors of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Itineraries often include trips to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and the grim Tuol Sleng or S21 Detention Centre. Less harrowing is the Royal Palace, and its two magnificent pagodas - the Silver Pagoda and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the historic hill-top temple complex of Wat Phnom.

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the stepping-off point for visits to the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. In Siem Reap itself, there are French shop-houses, and tree-lined avenues beside the river. The Angkor National Museum has displays tracing the history of the complex, and a short distance away by tuk-tuk is Kampong Phluk Floating Village, built on stilts in a mangrove forest. Siem Reap has good restaurants and several luxurious spas.

Siem Reap (Cambodia)

Sihanoukville

The port town of Sihanoukville is an attractive beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand. There are watersports on offer along the beaches, where there are thatched beach umbrellas and seaside cafes. Sihanoukville has several temples in leafy surroundings, including the lovely hillside Wat Leu and its carved white elephant. In the Downtown area are markets, bars and cafes.

Sihanoukville (Cambodia)

Tonle Sap

Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia is a UNESCO Biosphere known for its tranquil fishing villages. It is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia during the wet season and home to an abundance of wildlife including crocodiles, macaques and otter. Fishing is the main source of income however the flood plains are used to grow vegetables. Angkor, the capital which is located on the northeastern edge of the lake is a designated World Heritage site.

Tonle Sap (Cambodia)
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