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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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  • Essential Vietnam and Cambodia

    13 Nights - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

    Travelmarvel by APT Ship - 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 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    FREE flights - save up to £2000 per couple!

    Essential Vietnam and Cambodia Cruise and Tour Fly Cruise Package
    From £2245pp
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  • Discover Vietnam and Cambodia

    17 Nights - Hanoi to Siem Reap

    Travelmarvel by APT Ship - La Marguerite La Marguerite

    Superb value APT Travelmarvel holiday combining an overnight 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 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    FREE flights - save up to £2000 per couple!

    Discover Vietnam and Cambodia Cruise and Land Tour Fly Cruise Package
    From £3245pp
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  • Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

    14 Nights - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

    APT Ship - 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 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Free flights - save up to £2000 per couple!

    Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights Cruise and Tour Fly Cruise Package
    From £3295pp
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  • Halong Bay and the Red River

    12 Nights - Hanoi and back

    Pandaw River Adventures Ship - 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. 2017 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    No single supplement on selected departures!

    Halong Bay and the Red River Fly Cruise Package
    From £3345pp
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  • Wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia

    21 Nights - Hanoi to Siem Reap

    Travelmarvel by APT Ship - La Marguerite La Marguerite

    Explore iconic sights and discover hidden gems on this superb value APT Travelmarvel 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 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar
    Free flights - save up to £2000 per couple!

    Wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia Fly Cruise Package
    From £3745pp
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  • Treasures of the Mekong

    14 Nights - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

    Scenic Ship - 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 2017 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Save up to £1000pp on 2017 departures!

    Treasures of the Mekong Fly Cruise Package
    From £3965pp
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  • Timeless Vietnam and Cambodia

    16 Nights - Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

    Uniworld Ship - River Orchid Choice of Ships

    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. 2017 - Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    FREE cabin upgrade PLUS save up to £1000pp on 2017 departures!

    Timeless Wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia Fly Cruise Package
    From £4139pp
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  • Magnificent Mekong

    16 Nights - Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

    Viking River Cruises Ship - 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 2017 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    Magnificent Mekong River Cruise and Land Tour Fly Cruise Package
    From £4299pp
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  • Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery

    18 Nights - Hanoi to Siem Reap

    APT Ship - AmaLotus AmaLotus

    This fascinating 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 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Free flights - save up to £2000 per couple!

    Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery Cruise and Tour Fly Cruise Package
    From £4545pp
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  • Southeast Asia and Hong Kong

    15 Nights - Bangkok to Hong Kong

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Spirit Viking Spirit

    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!

    Southeast Asia and Hong Kong Fly Cruise Package
    From £5405pp
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  • Best of Vietnam and Cambodia

    22 Nights - Ho Chi Minh City and back

    APT Ship - 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 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Free flights - save up to £2000 per couple!

    Best of Vietnam and Cambodia Cruise and Tour Fly Cruise Package
    From £5595pp
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  • Hong Kong to Vietnam and Thailand

    14 Nights - Hong Kong to Singapore

    Silversea Ship - Silver Shadow Silver Shadow

    Enjoy a 14-night cruise on board luxurious ship Silver Shadow, exploring the treasures of Vietnam and Thailand. Includes unlimited complimentary drinks and pre-paid gratuities 2017 - Nov
    Pay in full by 2 May 2017 and save 10%!

    Hong Kong to Vietnam and Thailand Cruise Only
    From £6255pp
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  • Mekong with Eastern and Oriental Express

    15 Nights - Siem Reap to Bangkok

    Scenic Ship - Scenic Spirit Scenic Spirit

    Enjoy a luxurious cruise along the Mekong on brand new ship Scenic Spirit, before boarding the world-renowned Eastern and Oriental Express for a spectacular journey through Malaysia and Thailand. Includes hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Singapore and Bangkok as well as exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences and return flights from the UK 2017 - Sep, Dec

    Mekong with Eastern and Oriental Express Fly Cruise Package
    From £6645pp
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  • Highlights of the Far East

    16 Nights - Singapore and back

    Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Voyager Seven Seas Voyager

    Discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the Far East on this all-inclusive luxury voyage visiting Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam, with two days exploring the dense jungles and amazing wildlife of Borneo. Includes return flights from the UK, 3-night hotel stay in Singapore and unlimited shore excursions 2018 - Jan
    Exclusive package with FREE 3-night 5* Singapore stay!

    Highlights of the Far East Blue Water Package
    From £7595pp
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  • Best of Vietnam

    9 Nights - Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Soleal Choice of Ships

    Discover the rich history, culture and scenery of Vietnam, from the limestone pillars of Ha Long Bay to the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City on this luxury voyage

    Best of Vietnam View Full Details

  • Discovering Vietnam and Thailand

    13 Nights - Hong Kong to Singapore

    Azamara Club Cruises Ship - Azamara Journey Azamara Journey

    Discover vibrant cities and visit magnificent ancient temples on this 13-night luxury all-inclusive cruise exploring Vietnam and Thailand on Azamara Quest

    Vietnam and Thailand Luxury Cruise View Full Details

  • 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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