Mekong River Cruises
Why Cruise The Mekong?
The mighty Mekong is one of the planet’s most spectacular waterways and southeast Asia’s longest river, coursing 2,700 miles through six countries. From the Tibetan Plateau source to the Mekong Delta, the timeless Mekong River reveals incredible contrasts of landscapes and biodiversity, along with riverside destinations rich in culture, ethnicity, and history – best experienced on one of our curated portfolio of overnight Mekong River cruises.
Explore the Lower Mekong River on the best river cruises to Vietnam and Cambodia, featuring converted rice barges and traditional-style sampans, enthralling voyages that both cruise the Mekong Delta in Vietnam and meander across the border into captivating Cambodia. Alternatively, adventure seekers can now cruise the Upper Mekong River, a relatively uncharted, pristine, stunning region of northern Laos, where an unhurried riverine life transports passengers back in time.
Our hand-picked portfolio of Mekong River cruise ships and small boats has been carefully chosen to include remarkable vessels operated by only the most trusted of partners, preeminent pioneers in the region who offer exceptional itineraries, unrivaled knowledge and utmost levels of service.
Cambodia Mekong Cruises
Laos Mekong Cruises
Vietnam Mekong Cruises
Our custom Mekong River tours seamlessly combine expedition cruises with bespoke land tours featuring private expert-led excursions and curated accommodations. Browse our best-sellers below and begin an unforgettable journey tailored uniquely to you.
Hanoi, Halong Bay & Ho Chi Minh
From $9,320 USD
Highlights of Laos
From $6,700 USD
Angkor Wat & Mekong River Cruise
From $3,500 USD
From $4,100 USD
Upper Mekong & Southern Laos
From $3,725 USD
Best of Vietnam
From $3,200 USD
Cambodia's Lake, Rivers & Mountains
From $5,700 USD
Want to know more about cruising the Mekong River? Our destination specialists have compiled the definitive Mekong River travel guide to help you plan your cruise. Find out when and where to go, what to see and do, where to eat and sleep, and more below.
19 Best Places To Visit In The Mekong Delta
Floating Markets of the Mekong River
Upper Vs Lower Mekong – What’s The Difference?
When Is The Best Time To Do A Mekong River Cruise?
7 Interesting Facts About The Mekong River You Never Knew
Where Is The Mekong River?
Do I Need a Visa To Travel To The Mekong River?
The Mekong River traverses multiple countries, so your visa requirements will depend on the cruise you want to take and your point of entry into the countries you will visit.
If you are taking a cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia, you will only need to acquire a Vietnam visa on arrival – your Cambodian visa will be stamped in your passport during the cruise.
However, if you are taking the downstream cruise and entering Vietnam on the river from Cambodia, most likely you will need to get your Vietnam visa before your cruise, while the Cambodian visa can be easily acquired on arrival at the airport.
If you are cruising the Upper Mekong, you can get the Laos visa upon arrival at the airport or at the Thai border crossing, if your cruise starts in Huay Xai.
Do I Need To Get Any Vaccinations Or Malaria Tablets Ahead Of Travel?
Some travelers start taking malaria tablets before traveling to the Mekong River, but it is not a requirement. Your doctor may recommend that you get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, and yellow fever. You may also want to take precautions to protect yourself against mosquito bites.
What Is One Thing I Shouldn’t Miss Near The Mekong River?
There are countless sites and attractions along the Mekong River, one of the reasons it is such a popular spot for river cruises. On the Lower Mekong, the floating markets in the Delta are a must-see. In the Upper Mekong, make sure to visit the Pak Ou Caves near Luang Prabang.
What Is The Local Cuisine Like?
Traveling along the Mekong River gives you the chance to try all different kinds of local cuisines. Southeast Asian countries are famous for their noodles and rice in many variations, and – along the Mekong – the local fish.
Dishes aren’t spicy and there are many vegetarian options. You can expect freshly made dishes using local vegetables, herbs, and soy or fish sauce to accompany them.
Mekong food specialities to try include the elephant ear fish and local rice pancakes popular in the Mekong Delta, in Cambodia its Khmer cuisine, and in Laos the lard and sticky rice.
Is The Mekong River Safe?
The Mekong River is a safe location. The only thing of which to be aware is that parts of it may be polluted. However, this should not be an issue if you are on a Mekong cruise. Practice good water safety and common sense and there is no reason you shouldn’t have a safe trip.
When Is The Best Time Of Year To Go To The Mekong River?
The most pleasant time of year for a Mekong River trip is between November and February. During these months, the weather is cooler and drier (especially in the evening) with no rainfall.
Although, if you are interested in entering Tonlé Sap Lake by riverboat, you should aim for the end of the rainy season (August – mid November) when the water in the river is naturally higher making the lake accessible.
Is The Mekong River a Good Family Destination?
Taking a Mekong River cruise with kids is possible but most Mekong boats don’t allow kids younger than 7 years old on board. The Mekong Delta is an exciting destination for the whole family, with activities such as cycling, agricultural and cultural experiences, school visits, and ancient temple exploration.
Is The Mekong River a Good Honeymoon Destination?
The Mekong River can be a great honeymoon destination depending on your tastes, especially around its delta. With breathtaking sights, unique cultural experiences, romantic accommodations aboard luxurious riverboats, and serene riverine vistas, the Mekong is ideal for newlyweds who want a remote and adventurous honeymoon.