Travel Blog – Cruise on Mekong River from Vietnam to Cambodia

In the summer, instead of taking cruising trip on the busy rivers and beaches of modern nations like US or France, why not trying an expedition from Saigon to Phnom Penh or Saigon to Siem Reap to get more experience on the Mekong River like us?

From Saigon, we were picked up and transferred to My Tho to get on the cruise. All the cruises are mainly designed in wood with colonial style, but the modern facilities help them cruising on the river with no noise. Expanding slowly before our eyes, the view of large green fields, sandy dunes, lines of coconut, simple houses and happy children help us feel a real peace in mind. Relaxing on the chair on the sundeck, we feel no stress, no busy of an urban life.

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Photo: Jahan cruise

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In the first night of ships’ itinerary, all cruises usually stops in Cai Be to give passengers chance to experience the ambiance of floating market, the feature of river life in Mekong Delta on the following day. With well-prepared small boats and life jackets, passengers will feel comfortable to visit among other trading boats. Depending on each ship’s itinerary, you will continue the boat trip along the canal to visit fruit garden, family factory or get on the bank for riding bicycle along the immense fields.

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The boat trip will make you feel glad when you see the locals, especially children waving to greet you

Jörgen from Dresden was happy to sing “What’s an awesome river trip, the cruise holiday helps me see everyone and landscape right from the ship’s balcony.” Richter, another passenger, was eager to take picture of the beautiful tour-guide girl in the Vietnamese traditional blue “Ao Dai”

In the late evening, the cruise continues the trip to get to Chau Doc.

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With excursions of the cruise itinerary, you also have chance to visit Chau Doc by cyclo. With this activity, you will have an exhaustive look at a real peaceful life of the people living near the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. Some passengers even asked to try riding cyclo but only some of them could do it easily.

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After 2 or 3 hours, the ships arrives in the border gate. Some other cruises usually skip Chau Doc to get straight to Vinh Xuong border gate for entry procedure. It takes about 1 hour to stamp all passports. 

After 4 hours more, we reached Phnom Penh, the beautiful capital of Cambodia. The time for visiting here was so interesting. Phnom Penh is highlighted with the features of Khmer architecture, French towns and simple life of locals along the banks of Mekong River.

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Are you sure that you can skip the good smell of stalls selling fried insects or not smile to the childen and receive the beautiful wristlet from them?

Saying goodbye to Phnom Penh, the ships continued the expedition to Siem Reap, the city of temples in Cambodia. The period from June to December is rainy season, the water level is deep enough for ships to cruise to Siem Reap. Located in the North West of Cambodia, Angkor is a massive complex of architecture with impressive and sophisticated beauty.

We followed the guide of the ancient towers of Angkor. The way to the center is now larger and easier to reach, not as hard as the first time when the French adventurers found out this wonder in the beginning of 20th century.

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7 days of Mekong cruise finished. All activities onboard with cruise mates was so interesting: the meals, the cups of wine, taichi lesson and meditation on sundeck all became so beautiful memories.

One week living on the Mekong River was so different! 

>> There are a lot of fascinating activities and attractions on Mekong River waiting to be discovered, so why don't you book a cruise now? :


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Brian Vu

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