Orange and pink sunset on a Mekong River cruise

Mekong River - Best Cruises & Tours

Mekong River cruises offer a passing panorama of temples, rural villages, big cities, rice fields, and floating markets in two countries, Vietnam and Cambodia. Some itineraries also include land forays into Laos and Thailand as well. A Mekong voyage typically starts in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, and stops at the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh before ending in Siem Reap, Cambodia, gateway to Angkor Wat, the 12th-century complex of stone structures that’s the world’s largest religious monument. You'll also have opportunities to view river dolphins, wats, monasteries and pagodas.

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4.7 out of 5
Excellent 45 Great 18 Average 0 Disappointing 0 Terrible 0
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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Thai Indochina Tour October 2018

5.0

Thai Indochina Grand Tour

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was amazing, I did things, saw places and ate food I never thought I
would. It was probably the best adventure I’ve ever had and I did it with
a fabulous group of people.
I think it was seeing Angkor Wat, although we didn’t manage to see the
sunrise, it was overcast. The temple was something else.


We had three group leaders during the trip. They were all very good. The
tour leader we had for Cambodia was brilliant, she really went the extra mile
for us and was so pleasant and amusing.


Pack a lot lighter than I did, be prepared for more cold weather than you
expect, we had it pretty cool for best part of two weeks. Especially when you
are on the water. There’s lots of laundry opportunities.


The money can be confusing because of the amount of notes, usually about
eleven different ones, most places are more than happy with dollars. No
coins.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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I would highly recommend this trip March 2018

5.0

Bike, Hike & Kayak Cambodia

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our guide Bratna was fantastic, friendly and full of local information. There were many highlights. I particularly enjoyed the kayaking and the jungle hike, sleeping in hammocks. This trip packs a lot in. Read more

Operator World Expeditions

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Fantastic trip February 2018

5.0

Thai Indochina Grand Tour

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Brilliant trip, great balance between cycling and cultural. Our leader "Is"
was wonderful - she stops traffic with a wave of her hand and big smile! We
were really well looked after.
The hotels vary a bit with most being very comfortable, one or two in out of
the way places are just OK. All were clean, en-suite and had air-con.
We visited markets, got top try a range of "food" - I'm veggie, so skiped the
meat bit (some it had 6 or even 8 legs). As a veggie, Is always made sure I
had a suitable meal.
The bikes were heavy mountain bikes, in excellent condition in Thailand, less
so in Cambodia and Vietnam. The cycling is all flat, there are couple of long
days, but we all managed.
My advice, book it. Its a great trip.
So many. I love the cycling, with 3 guides we were able to push teh pace a
little while no leaving anyone behind. Siem Reap and the temples were great,
but so was everywhere else. The killing fields was the most moving. While
upsetting, it I do feel it was the right thing to include it in the trip.

Weaving through traffic in Siem Reap, its utter chaos, but everyone gives way
to each other and somehow it just works.

I think the abiding memory will be the huge and warm welcome we got from the
locals, the kids hi-fiving us as we rode past, lunch at one of the cycle
guide's mum's house (best meal of the trip).


Is, our leader, was tireless, hard working, great fun, and made sure we all
had a great time. We owe her a massive thank you, she really made the trip.


I read a lot of other reviews and lot of them mentioned the bike seats. I
dismissed them at the time,a mistake. I don't know why, they look OK, but oh
my bum!

Take Thai Bart, US dollars for Cambodia. In Vietnam there is a good exchange
near the hotel that takes £ $ and I guess a lot more.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Thai Indochina Grand Tour February 2018

4.0

Thai Indochina Grand Tour

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
If you want to get a taste of the 4 countries, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and
Cambodia, this is the tour for you.
The accommodation was brilliant throughout, with a variety from riverside
hotels to overnight boat on Halong Bay to homestay and lastly, the most
restful of all, the overnight Reunification Express from Hanoi to Hue.
The tour leaders were very professional and, in particular in Cambodia,
Vanthe was both passionate and knowledgeable about his country. in fact, in
many ways Cambodia was the highlight as the scenery, people and places we
visited were beyond our expectations.
This trip provides an excellent taster of what Indochina has to offer and we
are considering revisiting Laos and Cambodia at some time in the future.
The most inspirational moment was undoubtedly Cambodia and the way the people
have bounced back and proved so resilient from all the recent devastation,
both in terms of population and habitat.
In addition the passion with which Vanthe spoke about the history and people
was both refreshing and eye opening.


We had 3 different group leaders. All were excellent, in their own way.
They were backed up by individual guides in the various places visited, who
were prepared to open up their hearts and souls to inform us of their
countries and knowledge of the places visited.


Do not hesitate. Book the trip immediately.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Great Thai Indochina trip January 2018

5.0

Thai Indochina Grand Tour

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent trip for those wanting to see and do as bike rides and kayaking
included with the sightseeing.
Ha Long Bay stunning.
Angkor complex amazing.


Different group leader for each country though Boom covered both Thailand and
Laos and was great.


Angkor though the highlight of the trip comes right at the very end when you
may be tired and "all templed out".


I was the only one from our group who did the optional activity at Ock Pop
Tok of a day learning about natural dyeing and weaving. It was a great day
and perhaps this option should be pushed more.


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Operator Exodus Travels

Mekong River Tours and Travel Guide


Mekong River Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Mekong River cruises offer a passing panorama of temples, rural villages, big cities, rice fields, and floating markets in two countries, Vietnam and Cambodia. Some itineraries also include land forays into Laos and Thailand as well.

A Mekong voyage typically starts in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, and stops at the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh before ending in Siem Reap, Cambodia, gateway to Angkor Wat, the 12th-century complex of stone structures that’s the world’s largest religious monument. You'll also have opportunities to view river dolphins, wats, monasteries and pagodas.

Mekong River trips vary quite a bit in scope and length. Unless you’re taking an extended trip via Thailand or Laos, a Mekong voyage typically starts in either Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) or Hanoi, Vietnam, and stops at the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh before ending in Siem Reap, Cambodia, or returning to their embarkation point in Vietnam. 

Some cruises reverse the order and start and end in Siem Reap, Cambodia, best known as the gateway to Angkor Wat, the vast 12th-century religious complex of stone structures that’s the most indispensable stop on a Mekong River itinerary.

Cruises generally allow ample port time to explore Hanoi, Saigon, and Phnom Penh, where many of the sights – typically seen via shore excursion – center around the wars and killing fields that ravaged Vietnam and Cambodia a half century ago. With most of the countries’ populations born well after the wars, however, you’re likely to encounter little anti-American feeling. On the contrary, people are generally very friendly and eager to strike up conversations. 

Beyond the cities and world-class icons, though, you’ll also find long, peaceful stretches of river that reveal the everyday life of Southeast Asia. Buddhist temples and monasteries, saffron-clad monks, children splashing in the river, small boats with entire families hawking fish and trinkets, houses built on stilts…the sights are riveting. Lush vegetation lines the river in many areas, and you may spot river dolphins, monkeys, and other wildlife.

English-speaking cruise lines that ply the Mekong include Viking, Pandaw, Uniworld, Avalon, AMAWaterways, CroisiEurope, and Vantage Deluxe World Travel.

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