Essential Vietnam & Cambodia

12 Day Guided Tour & River Cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap with Travelmarvel

Read 13 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 12 Day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia. Untouched by tourism and inaccessible by most other means of transport, these excursions offer a profound insight into local life. Cruise between the remote villages of more

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Guided Tour & River Cruise Starts In
Starts In
Ho Chi Minh City
Guided Tour & River Cruise Ends In
Ends In
Siem Reap
4 Star
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
River Cruise
Trip Style
River Cruise
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Vietnam, Cambodia
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282 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.7 out of 5
13 Reviews
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1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Your journey begins today amid the vibrant bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in the city, be met at the airport and transferred to the Fusion Suites Saigon. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a The Chopsticks Saigon where you will have the opportunity to meet your Tour Director as well as your fellow travellers. Stay Two Nights: Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Suites Saigon (D)

Insider Experience: Unwind at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon.
2 Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
Revisit the military history of the area. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. (B)
3 Ho Chi Minh City, Embark Cruise
Drive to My Tho Port and board your river ship. Tonight, enjoy your first dinner prepared by your onboard chef. Stay Seven Nights: Mekong River cruise, RV La Marguerite (B/L/D)
4 Cai Be, Sa Dec
Visit Cai Be and its surrounds by tender boats, admiring the colours and buzzing atmosphere of the floating markets. After, go ashore to see the French Gothic cathedral. You’ll then visit a manufacturer of rice paper to learn how it’s made. Afterwards, take a boat ride to the charming town of Sa Dec for a guided tour. Voyage by small boat to the old house of Huynh Thuy Le, once the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, the namesake of your vessel. (B/L/D)
5 Tan Chau, Border Crossing
Go ashore for a rickshaw tour of Tan Chau, a sleepy town almost untouched by tourism. One of the largest silk-weaving centres in Vietnam, you can observe how silk is woven in the local workshops. Take a small-boat ride to discover rural life on Evergreen Island. Later, navigate narrow channels by local boats and pass by floating fish farms and stilt houses that defy gravity and lean haphazardly upon each other. The rest of today is then spent on board. This afternoon, perhaps attend a fruit-carving demonstration or learn the art of creating Vietnamese spring rolls while border formalities are carried out. Cross into Cambodia and cruise overnight towards the capital, Phnom Penh. (B/L/D)
6 Phnom Penh
Today begins your exploration of the city of Phnom Penh. After breakfast, learn of the atrocities inflicted upon Cambodians during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Explore the Killing Fields, where you’ll find the Memorial Stupa, a glass monument erected in memory of the thousands of Cambodians who lost their lives. You’ll also visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. After lunch on board, disembark and visit the spectacular Royal Palace, delighting in its dazzling white and gold architecture. Then head to the glorious Silver Pagoda, set on the southern side of the palace complex. (B/L/D)
7 Phnom Penh, Koh Chen
Enjoy leisure time today to explore Phnom Penh. Discover more of the city’s sights, perhaps choosing to enjoy a guided Tuk Tuk tour or see how local beer is brewed with a Brewery Tour. Later, cruise to Koh Chen, a small village specialising in intricately crafted, handmade copperware. (B/L/D)
8 Oudong, Kampong Tralach
After breakfast, take a short coach ride to Oudong. Once the capital of Cambodia between 1618 and 1866, the hilly landscape here is made up of stupas and shrines in varying degrees of ruin. Continue to Kampong Tralach for a visit to Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu. (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: In Oudong, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by monks, sure to be a memorable highlight of your Mekong River cruise.
9 Kampong Chhnang
Enjoy a boat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang, then cast off to Prek K’dam. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board and reflect on the adventures you have shared with your crew and new-found friends. (B/L/D)
10 Disembark Cruise at Prek K’dam, Siem Reap, Angkor
Enjoy a motorboat excursion into the wetlands near Kampong Chhnang this morning for a glimpse at the variety of bird-life in the area. Afterwards, return to your ship and continue your journey to Prek K’dam, the final destination of the cruise. Stay Two Nights: Siem Reap, Shinta Mani Resort (B)

Insider Experience: Stay at the stylish Shinta Mani Resort.
11 Angkor, Siem Reap
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Later, see Bayon temple and Angkor Wat and admire the sunset. Savour a Farewell Dinner. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Watch an Apsara dance performance during your Farewell Dinner.
12 Depart Siem Reap
Your journey comes to an end today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home. (B)

Travelmarvel Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Relax at the stylish Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap
  • Visit ODA, which supports local underprivileged children
  • See an Apsara performance, a traditional Khmer dance
  • Enjoy an ox-cart ride in the Kampong Tralach district
  • Receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by monks in Oudong
  • Stay at the modern Fusion Suites Saigon
  • Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at KOTO Kumho in Ho Chi Minh City
Trip Inclusions
  • Four nights in premium accommodation
  • Seven-night Mekong River cruise on the RV La Marguerite
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and local guides
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
Included Meals
  • 27 delicious meals - 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners
  • International wine, local beer and spirits included with lunch and dinner on-board your Lower Mekong cruise
  • Bottled water, juice and soft drink included at all times during your Mekong River cruise
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price includes transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Flights must arrive in Ho Chi Minh City by 5pm
  • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

Reviews (13)

12 Day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

Rating 4.7 out of 5
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“Vietnam to Cambodia on the Mekong River”
- VIC, Australia Jan 2019 1 Helpful Vote

All staff on the boat were very friendly and cooperative. We enjoyed their company and service immensely. The guides were very friendly, helpful and personable throughout the trip. The Shinta Mani Shack in Siem Reap is a really nice hotel.
We were first placed on the lower deck at water level. This smelled so mouldy that we knew as soon as we opened the cabin that we could not stay there. The atmosphere was dank and frankly toxic. At the same moment, a cabin more

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“A holiday worth repeating”
- QLD, Australia Jul 2018 3 Helpful Votes View Photo

Vietnam and Cambodia are realising the value of the tourist dollar and are becoming the next 'must visit' world tourist destinations. This Travelmarvel tour and cruise package enabled us to experience significantly more of the sights and culture than we could have arranged privately. The day trips from the cruise boats were well organised and the tour guides were a wealth of knowledge. We would do it again, if the world was smaller.

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“Great Experience”
- VIC, Australia Aug 2017

Couldn't fault the cruise, comfy accommodation, great food & wine, pleasant service and cruise director was fabulous. He had a tough time with sick people. Very happy all round, even the weather was good!

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“Wonderful Trip”
- NSW, Australia Feb 2017 1 Helpful Vote

Great tour guides and tour director. Fantastic booking experience with Global Journeys. February was a perfect time to visit Vietnam and Cambodia. The weather was hot but not unbearable and no rain. Travel Marvel were also wonderful, we have travelled with them before, and will travel with them whenever possible. The accommodation and service on the ship were faultless. The food served was the cuisine of the two countries we visited. Preparation and service was outstanding.

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“Fabulous trip up the Mekong from Saigon to Siem Reap”
- ACT, Australia Jan 2017 3 Helpful Votes

Angkor Wat was the highlight of the trip. Amazing place and loved Siem Reap and Phonm Pehn. Could have spent an extra day at Siem Reap. Tour guides were all great, their personal stories made the trip. Food and wine was wonderful as was the service. Would recommend the trip to my friends and family.

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Deck Plans

Category C
Porthole Windows
Mekong (Level 1)

Cabin Types

Standard Suite
Standard Suite  Standard Suite Layout  
  • Stateroom size 226 sq ft/ 21 sq m
  • Queen-size bed
  • Ensuite with shower and toilet
  • Personal safe and mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe and desk/dressing table
  • Flat-screen TV

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Saturday 26 Oct 2019 Wednesday 06 Nov 2019 4,395 per person 155 per person 4,240 per person Sold Out
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Cabin Upgrades

Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.

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RV La Marguerite
Category C  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Category B $ 695
Category A $ 995
Sadec Suite $ 1,295
Indochina Suite $ 1,795

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