Tips to choose the best river cruise Vietnam and Cambodia

If you’re considering an unforgettable and unique vacation to Southeast Asia, a river cruise Vietnam and Cambodia should definitely be on your list. These two Southeast Asian gems offer a harmonious blend of rich history, vibrant traditions, and awe-inspiring landscapes. This travel blog will help you have a perfect plan for your best experience in this rich land.

River cruise Vietnam and Cambodia
The diverse culture along the Mekong river bank

Is Mekong Delta Vietnam and Cambodia worth seeing?

Mekong Delta Vietnam

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta presents a vibrant tapestry of life and traditions, where the river’s ebb and flow shape the very essence of the country.

  • Sail through the Mekong River’s waterways and discover rustic villages, lush rice paddies, and vibrant floating markets.
  • Experience the warm hospitality of the locals, deeply connected to the Mekong’s rhythms.
  • Indulge in fresh tropical fruits, exotic delicacies, and robust Vietnamese coffee
  • Immerse yourself in the unique cultural heritage of local people in the Mekong Delta Vietnam.

Mekong Delta Cambodia

  • Cambodia’s segment of the Mekong River offers a gateway to the kingdom’s mystical wonders.
  • Explore Cambodia’s stretch of the Mekong River
  • Be captivated by vibrant floating villages and stilted houses, showcasing the resilience and resourcefulness of local communities.
  • Witness the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature, encountering diverse flora and fauna along the picturesque riverbanks.
  • Discover the captivating countryside, where ancient temples emerge from lush landscapes
  • Experience the genuine warmth and smiles of the Cambodian people, deeply connected to the Mekong’s flow.

All you need to know for a perfect river cruise Vietnam and Cambodia

Proper pre-cruise preparation is key to ensuring a seamless and enjoyable Mekong River cruise experience:

  • Start by researching different cruise operators that offer Mekong River cruises. Look for reputable companies that provide comprehensive itineraries, comfortable accommodations, and knowledgeable guides.
  • Depending on the season, the itinerary of the cruise will change to accommodate water levels. August to November witnesses the highest water levels so the itineraries may be different at this time of year. Kindly note that most of the cruises could not reach Siem Reap, so Angkor Wat will not be on your visiting list with the cruise. Please arrange this part separately.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the duration of your trip. Check the visa requirements for both Vietnam and Cambodia, as these may vary depending on your nationality. Even though you can get E-Visa for both countries, land crossing will not allow you to use them. So please apply for a Visa at the embassy or a Visa on arrival before your departure.
  • Pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for the region’s tropical climate.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat, and insect repellent to protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes.

What are reliable companies for cruising between Vietnam and Cambodia?

Jahan and Jayavarman by Heritage Line

The two boats operated by Heritage Line, one of the finest cruise operators in Southeast Asia will absolutely bring an amazing experience for every customer.

26 and 27 cabins with equivalent cruise members, both cruises operate Vietnam and Cambodia tours with different itineraries – 8 days 7 nights, 4 days 3 nights, and 5 days 4 nights (from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and vice versa). These luxury Mekong cruises allow you not only to discover local life and the local cottage industry but also to experience the best service.

Regarding price, the Jahan Cruise seems to be a bit more expensive than the Jayavarman Cruise. However, if you are traveling in a group of 3 people, Jahan will help to save cost; as you can stay in one cabin together,, which is not allowed on Jayavarman.

Jayavarman Cruise
Jayavarman Cruise – excellent service and the finest cruise on the Mekong

Pandaw Cruise Mekong

Pandaw Cruise is known as the most spacious ship with a wider promenade deck, and large public spaces. It is among the best choice for Mekong river cruise. Cruise operates some programs, in which from Vietnam to Cambodia, you can find 5 days 4 nights Sai Gon – Phnom Penh and 8 days 7 nights Sai Gon – Siem Reap or vice versa.

In comparison to Jahan and Jayavarman cruise, this one takes you to some less touristic areas with very unique itinerary. Furthermore, the price is better than the other two options. So if you are considering about the budget, Pandaw Cruise is the best choice.

Pandaw Mekong Cruise
Pandaw Mekong Cruise – unique itinerary for Mekong cruise

Aqua Mekong Cruise

Being smaller than the other two options above with 40 guests and 40 crew members, however, Aqua Mekong Cruise is the most luxurious and expensive Mekong Cruise. The itinerary is very similar to Jahan and Jayavarman but arranges more outdoor activities for guests, which is the best choice for high-budget travelers who like biking, kayaking, etc.

Aqua Mekong Cruise
Aqua Mekong Cruise – the most luxurious and most active itinerary

On the other hand, if you would like to go from Vietnam to Cambodia by boat, but your budget does not allow you to stay on these luxurious cruises above, you can find some other options which is much more cost saving; such as Mekong Eyes cruise (4 days 3 nights). However, you will not spend all the nights on a cruise but some nights on cruises and some at a hotel. Crossing the border is also by speed boat.

Mekong Eyes Classic Cruise
Mekong Eyes Classic Cruise

Hope this travel blog will help you to plan a perfect itinerary for your river cruise Vietnam and Cambodia. Otherwise, you should choose the best Southeast Asia tour companies, they will help you choose the best Mekong Delta river cruise to Vietnam to Cambodia.

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