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21 Dec

Vietnam and Cambodia Cruise Guide

Sunset over the Mekong RiverExplore the East: Two Amazing Cruises

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience on the gorgeous waterways of Vietnam and Cambodia. Here we explore two river cruises where you can relax and soak up the local culture while taking in some breathtaking scenes.

When you hear about cruises, you typically think about trips around the Mediterranean or the Bahamas. However, have you ever considered heading east, for a cruise that is packed with culture, without compromising on the chilled out experience?

Cruises in Vietnam and Cambodia are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason too. The region offers some of the most wondrous sights in the world. Combine this with glorious food experiences, comfortable weather and friendly locals, and you’ve got yourself a really unique holiday experience.

Read on to find out more about our two favourite holiday cruises in this area.

Mekong River Tour

Indulge yourself in a fifteen day Mekong River Tour that takes in both Vietnam and Cambodia, starting in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh. You will spend two nights on dry land in a luxury hotel, giving you the chance to soak up the culture, such as a visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, built by military in the Vietnam War. You can also take part in several other activities, including cookery and wine tasting, which are all included in your cruise price.

After the first couple of days, you will step aboard the RV AmaLotus. Here, you will enjoy luxury and service that you have never experienced before. There is a ratio of one member of staff for every two guests, so as you can imagine, your every desire is catered for.

The eight day cruise will take you along the River Mekong, where you will have the opportunity to stop and get off at cultural highlights along the way. This includes a trip to a rice-paper factory and a beautiful temple in Sa Dec. You’ll also have the chance to pay your respects during the deeply moving excursion to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

On this once in a lifetime trip, you can experience a rickshaw ride, a Buddhist blessing (complete with a shower of lotus flowers!), sunrise and champagne at Angkor Wat and a trip to a special village, Koh Chen, famed for its copper produce.

The tour ends with a three night stay in a five star Sofitel in Siem Reap. Here, you can enjoy further inclusive activities, such as quad biking, bike tours and cookery classes.

As with any trip, taking out comprehensive worldwide travel insurance is an absolute must. Only then can you completely relax and enjoy your holiday.

Beach, City and Junk Cruise

Explore the breath-taking beaches and spectacular shopping experiences with this Vietnam and Cambodia, Beach, City and Junk Cruise holiday.

Your trip starts in Hanoi, a vibrant city, centred around a magnificent lake. From here, you’ll take a cruise on a modern ‘junk’ – which is a traditional Vietnamese-style boat.

On this trip, you’ll take in two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with the first being in Halong Bay. Explore the mesmerising waterway and breathe in the atmosphere of the local sea fronted villages.

Your next stop is Siem Reap, where you will be on land for four nights, enjoying the spectacular facilities of the four star Angkor Palace Resort and Spa. As the name suggests, you’re close to the famed Angkor Wat temple and there are several other temples to explore in the vicinity as well.

Whist you’re in the area, you must visit the acclaimed markets, which specialise in many culinary delights.

Lastly, you’ll stop off at UNESCO World Heritage Site – Hoi An. This seven night stay, in the five star Palm Garden Resort & Spa, is where you can truly relax. The gorgeous Cua Dai Beach is the stuff of dreams and you’ll be the envy of your friends when you share with them your holiday photographs.

Whilst on either of these trips, you’ll have the opportunity to feast on traditional Vietnamese foods, including spectacular fish dishes, as well as traditional meals and snacks, such as ‘goi cuon’ (spring rolls with greens and minced meat) and ‘pho’ (chicken noodle broth).

Don’t be shy! Experience the true flavour of this beautiful part of the world. Life is for living and you are sure to create some wonderful memories on your well-earned Vietnamese and Cambodian cruise. Enjoy your trip!