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18 Day Premium 5 Star Vietnam & Cambodia With Mekong River Cruise

18 Day Premium 5 Star Vietnam & Cambodia With Mekong River Cruise

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader who will accompany you throughout the tour. If your trip includes multiple countries, you will be met by a new tour leader in each country and any internal flights included will be unescorted.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Moderate Pace

River cruises are a relaxed, informal way to travel - there are fewer passengers on board compared to an ocean cruise, which means ample opportunity to make lifelong friends. You will pass through the world's most loved cities and towns; disembark and enjoy a shore excursion or two, or simply wander around and explore on your own. 

Cruise Style

Expect a memorable stay throughout with hotels often centrally located, with creature comforts and unique features.
Hotel stars are based on local ratings provided and the expected standard may differ depending on the destination. Hotels listed within the itinerary are indicative of the typical hotel we intend to use for that package but is subject to change.

5 Star

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Small Group Tour
3,483 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Small group guided touring with a maximum of 22 travelers in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An,  and the incredible Angkor Wat Temples in Siem Reap 
✓ 17 nights in 5-star hotels and vessels including 8 nights on the Mekong River aboard the luxurious RV Indochine II in a spacious cabin with a private balcony and a luxury overnight cruise in Halong Bay 
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
✓ Daily breakfast, 9 lunches, and 11 dinners
✓ All-inclusive dining on the Mekong River Cruise with included drinks during lunch and dinner
✓ All cruise shore excursions as per itinerary with local expert guides
✓ Pre-paid tipping for all services during the Mekong River Cruise
✓ All cruise port charges and taxes included 
✓ Flights from Hanoi to Hue and Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City
✓ Private arrival and departure airport transfers
✓ The services of professional, English-speaking guides throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing including all entry fees as per the itinerary
✓ Dedicated, air-conditioned transportation

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.


Hotel du Parc Hanoi or Similar

Chao mung! Or welcome, to Vietnam and it’s beautiful ancient capital, Hanoi. Take some time to relax and depending on your arrival time, enjoy the afternoon or evening at leisure before your full day of sightseeing tomorrow.

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

Check in: If arriving prior to standard check-in time, which is generally 3pm local time, you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available.

Hotel du Parc Hanoi or Similar

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you head off on a full day exploration of this charming city.

This morning we will visit Van Mieu, otherwise known as The Temple of Literature. The Confucian temple dates back to 1070, and features peaceful walled courtyards and graceful gateways and is one of the best examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Following this, we continue on and visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex from the outside; an impressive mausoleum that houses the embalmed body of President Ho Chi Minh.

This afternoon we head to the charming Old Quarter where we’ll enjoy a walking tour through Hanoi’s most historic and picturesque neighbourhood.  The Old Quarter is the oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam, highlighting more than 1,000 years of history. Explore the network of narrow alleyways known as 'The 36 Streets'. This is a wonderful place to soak up local life, and peruse market items from fabrics to crafts and exotic medicines. Each street was named to reflect the specialised trade of the merchants who had shops there, such as silk traders or jewellers. 

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon for an evening of leisure, or you may want to join an optional evening tour to explore the city’s incredible food culture.

Optional Tour - Hanoi Puppet Show & Street Food

Experience a magical water puppet show at a traditional Vietnamese theater in Hanoi. Marvel at the ancient art form of water puppetry made famous throughout the world for their skills operating the puppets on a water stage set to music, with modern special effects. Following the performance, your guide will take you on a culinary journey with a guided walk through the bustling Old Quarter and explore the various street foods on offer. Your guide will help you traverse the winding side streets full of pop-up restaurants which offer truly local food like "bánh cuốn" (rice rolls with pork and herbs inside), "bánh gối" (pillow cake), and many kinds of noodle dish, such as Bun Cha, Pho. Depending on your preferences the guide will explain what is in each dish so you can choose the one you like the best, to try. You will be surprised how tasty these dishes are and how unique they are to Hanoi. A highlight is a stop at a ‘Bia Hoi’ store in the Old Quarter where you get to sample fresh, local homemade beer - famous all over Hanoi and other areas of northern Vietnam.

Start time: 6pm
End time: 9pm 

Note: a minimum of 4 passengers is required to operate

Indochine Lan Ha or Similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we depart on a leisurely drive to Tuan Chau Port. 

Upon arrival at this port city we will board our luxury Halong Bay cruise.

Onboard, enjoy a complimentary drink and take a seat in the lounge before a short welcome briefing with fellow guests. You’ll be shown to your luxury cabin where you can enjoy rich oak interiors, with high windows and private balconies to make the most of the incredible views during your cruise. Enjoy a decadent lunch onboard made from fresh local ingredients you cruise by the beautiful and quaint villages.

Early in the afternoon we arrive at Surprise Cave - one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of Halong Bay. The mouth of the grotto is reached by ascending about a hundred stone steps.

Enjoy dinner on board of local Vietnamese specialties before retiring for the evening. Alternatively, you may wish to enjoy the ship’s evening activities including squid fishing on the boat with help from the crew.

Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa or Similar

Start your morning by enjoying sunrise Tai Chi class upon the sundeck as day breaks on the calm lagoon. You will then be transferred by tender to Titov Island. Spend time on the island, allowing time to climb to the peak for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bay (there is also an expansive viewing deck half way up). After the climb, there is time left to relax on the beach and have a swim.

Once back on board, enjoy a full breakfast and relax in the dining room and lounge or on the deck enjoying your last views of the bay before disembarking at midday. From here, we drive to Hanoi Airport (approximately 3.5 hrs drive) for our included flight south to Hue and transfer to your luxury resort for the next two nights. 

Your 5-star resort is ideally located in the quiet countryside in a rustic village setting surrounded by lush tranquil gardens and embodies the subtle and unique connection of treasured traditional style and Vietnamese modern art vibrancy.

Once checked in, the rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure. Enjoy the resort facilities or simply relax and take in the soothing natural environment and local culture.

Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa or Similar

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before boarding a local dragon boat for a tranquil cruise along the famous Perfume River. The river received the name “Huong” (Perfume) for over a century as a result of flowers from upstream orchards dropping into the water during the autumn giving it a strong floral scent. We take the cruise to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda and then take a road transfer to visit the Imperial City. Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802 CE this historic city is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Centre and retains many architectural works, temples, and palaces.

Following this, we visit the nearby village of Thuy Bieu well-known for its rustic ancient houses and gardens before returning to our resort for an afternoon of leisure and relaxation.

Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort or Similar
Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at the resort before transferring by road to the beautiful heritage town of Hoi An. En route we stop by the picturesque  Lap An Lagoon for some amazing photo opportunities as well as the famous Hai Van Pass.

On arrival in Hoi An, we check into our luxury 5-star resort located only a short walk from the ancient town. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax and make the most of the hotel’s beautiful facilities or take a short walk and wander the ancient streets and canals of this well preserved town.

This evening, join a cooking class to learn to make one of  Hoi An's traditional dishes: the white rose dumpling. Following your class, enjoy a delicious dinner before returning to the hotel.

Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort or Similar

This morning enjoy a guided walking tour through the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Quarter and spend time mingling with local vendors at the Hoi An Market. Previously known as Faifo, Hoi An was once the most important trading port in the region. Now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the city is one of the best places to discover well-preserved Vietnamese architecture.  

The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please. As the sun goes down the city lights up with a sea of colourful lanterns, giving Hoi An the moniker 'City of Lanterns' and making for a thoroughly photogenic and romantic atmosphere.

Optional Tour - Hoi An Memories Show

Experience the iconic Hoi An Memories show. The show features more than 500 performers in colorful costumes accompanied by music to create a high-tech show that explores the history of Hoi An. Round-trip transportation is provided from your hotel, which makes it easy to relax and enjoy the evening’s activities.

Pre dinner drinks and tasting platter are included in the per person cost.

Time: 7:30pm
Duration: approximately 3 hours

RV Indochine II or Similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast before we transfer to the airport for our included flight to Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon. 

On arrival, you are transferred to the Liberty Central Riverside Hotel where you will enjoy lunch.  Following this meet your local guide as you head off for a tour of the city. See the main sites of this dynamic city including Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post office. We’ll visit Cholon, the Chinese-influenced section of the city, including its hectic market and Ba Thien Hau Pagoda dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu. 

Following your tour you are taken to your luxury cruise ship in preparation for your cruise along the incredible Mekong River. 

Your home for the next eight nights is the luxurious RV Indochine II. This premium ship offers spacious cabins with private en-suite facilities, each boasting a private balcony to enjoy the changing scenery during your voyage.  

Once checked into your cabin, spend time at leisure on the sundeck, an ideal place to relax and admire the landscapes and  enjoy the swimming pool and a spacious lounge bar. 

This evening, join the group this evening for a welcome cocktail followed by dinner on board. 

RV Indochine II or Similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before we depart for a morning tour of the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches.  We return to the ship for lunch, then head out again to visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. 

Set sail this afternoon around along Saigon river before dropping anchor just before the Chao Gao canal. Enjoy dinner on board this evening.

RV Indochine II or Similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we sail along the splendid Chao Gao Canal while enjoying breakfast. We continue sailing onto My Tho and enjoy lunch onboard. On arrival at My Tho will have the opportunity to visit a charming bee farm and savour the delights of honey tea and exotic fruits. Later, you will then get to experience a local sampan ride through the exotic canals of My Tho. As the day winds down, we'll spend the night on board, relishing the memories of our remarkable experiences.

RV Indochine II or Similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast on board the we stop for a shore excursion to discover a brick and pottery factory as well as a traditional factory producing puffed riced, rice-paper wrappers used to make nems, and rice alcohol. 

We return to the ship and enjoy lunch whilst sailing towards Sa Dec. Here we embark on a fascinating journey to visit the former house of Huynh Thuy Le, an enigmatic figure who Marguerite Duras immortalised in her literary masterpiece, "The Lover." This historic residence offers a captivating glimpse into the life and times of Huynh Thuy Le and provides a deeper understanding of the inspiration behind Duras' evocative storytelling. Following this intriguing excursion, you'll have leisure time to explore Sa Dec at your own pace. Sa Dec is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, captivating architecture, and vibrant local markets. Stroll through the quaint streets, immerse yourself in the town's rich culture, or simply take in the tranquil ambiance of this unique destination. 

Upon returning to the comfort of our ship, you will be treated to a sumptuous dinner prepared by our talented onboard chefs as we continue our journey towards Cambodia.

As we set sail towards Cambodia, enjoy the ever-changing landscapes along the river from your private balcony. Relax on the sundeck and soak in the breathtaking views. 

RV Indochine II or Similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Indulge in a delightful breakfast on board before venturing to Chau Doc, a captivating city known for its thriving fish and fish farming industry on the Cambodia-Vietnam border. Explore the revered Ba Chua Xu Temple and the serene Tay An Pagoda, both offering insights into the area's rich cultural heritage. Back on the ship, relish a delectable lunch prepared with regional flavours. As we continue our journey towards Phnom Penh, enjoy the ever-changing scenery along the riverbanks. 

In the evening, we'll arrive in the vibrant capital city of Cambodia. Dinner will be served on board, allowing you to savour the moment while overlooking the enchanting river views. The night will find us remaining docked in port, providing a chance to unwind and reflect on the day's experiences. 

NOTE: A visa may be required at border crossing. Please kindly be reminded that the Cambodia E-VISA (electronic visa/online visa) is still not accepted at the waterway/river border. The visa that is accepted at the waterway/river border is the Ordinary Cambodia Tourist visa. For further information, please refer to the Important Information section of the fine print.

RV Indochine II or Similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start your day with breakfast on board before embarking on a guided tour of Phnom Penh's cultural gems. Discover the magnificence of the Royal Palace, a stunning showcase of Cambodian architecture, and explore the mesmerising Silver Pagoda. Continue your journey to the National Museum, housing a trove of cultural treasures.

After a satisfying lunch in town, you have the option to visit the poignant Tuol Svay Prey School, once a harrowing detention, torture, and execution center during the Khmer Rouge regime. Take some leisure time to explore the local market and immerse yourself in its vibrant atmosphere.

As we return to the ship, be enthralled by an enchanting Apsara dance show, a traditional Cambodian performance filled with grace and beauty followed by dinner on board. Tonight you'll spend the night at the port of Phnom Penh. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, making the most of your time on this unforgettable journey.

RV Indochine II or Similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we will head to Koh Chen, a charming village renowned for its skilled artisans specialising in silver and copper craftsmanship. Enjoy a fascinating tour of their intricate work and witness the artistry firsthand. Lunch will be served on board.

Next, we'll explore the exquisite Vihara at Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda, a stunning temple of great beauty and cultural significance. To reach the pagoda, we'll cross the picturesque village of Kampong Tralach, either by ox carts or "tuk-tuk," along a scenic road surrounded by breathtaking rice fields.  As the day draws to a close, our ship will anchor overnight, allowing you to relish the tranquillity of the river and the memories of the day's enriching experiences.

RV Indochine II or Similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's expedition takes us to Kampong Chhnang, a bustling fishing port and a hub for fish farming.The area is renowned for its exquisite traditional pottery, a significant contributor to the nation's economy. Savour the flavours of local delicacies during a delightful tasting session. Lunch will be served on board as we continue our cruise on the vast Tonle Sap Lake, a vital part of the Mekong's hydraulic system and the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. 

Tonight, indulge in a delightful cocktail and gala dinner, creating cherished memories under the starlit sky. Our ship will remain anchored, offering you a serene and restful overnight stay on the tranquil waters of Tonle Sap Lake (or river depending on water levels). 

Lotus Blanc Resort or Similar

Following breakfast, we bid farewell to the cruise and disembark in Siem Reap. 

As you check out of your cabin, a seamless transfer awaits, taking you to a luxurious 5-star resort hotel nestled amidst a tranquil oasis of coconut palms, just a stone's throw away from the vibrant downtown district.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Revel in the opulent facilities of your hotel, unwind in the idyllic surroundings, or venture on a short tuk-tuk ride to explore the city's charm on your terms. Siem Reap's allure lies in its fascinating blend of ancient temples, rich culture, and modern delights, offering you an array of experiences to indulge in.

Whether you choose to unwind in your lavish accommodation or set off to uncover Siem Reap's hidden gems, this day of leisure provides the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories of your extraordinary journey.

Please note: for all departures running approximatley, between the months of December and August, due to seasonal low water levels you will transfer by coach from Koh Chen to Siem Reap (approximately 5 hours).

Lotus Blanc Resort or Similar
Breakfast, Dinner

Today, we dedicate our time to the renowned temples of Angkor Wat. Early risers can join for a captivating sunrise experience over the temples before returning to the hotel for breakfast. 

Our journey begins with the majestic Angkor Wat, an awe-inspiring 12th-century masterpiece and one of the largest religious monuments ever built. Its grandeur exemplifies classic Khmer art and architecture. We explore the South Gate of Angkor Thom City, witnessing its well-preserved statues depicting Hindu mythology. Bayon Temple awaits, adorned with 54 towers adorned with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Our visit also includes the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King.

In the afternoon, we delve into the enchanting Ta Prohm Temple, overgrown with striking fig trees and immense creepers, showcasing nature reclaiming man's creation. Other temples, like Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang, Ta Keo, Thommanon, and Chau Say Tevado, complete our exploration.

The evening unites us in a final farewell dinner, where we share stories and experiences with newfound friends, cherishing the memories of this remarkable journey.


Your journey through Vietnam, Cambodia and the incredible Mekong ends today after breakfast. You will be transferred by private vehicle to the airport in time for your departing flight. 

Should you wish to extend your stay in Siem Reap, extra nights accommodation can be booked at an additional charge.  Further details can be found under the ‘Upgrade Options’.

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.


  • 8 night cruise aboard the RV Indochine II Mekong River cruise in a spacious cabin with private ensuite facilities and private balcony 
  • Sightseeing by local expert guides as per itinerary 
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 22 travellers in Vietnam and Siem Reap (excluding Ho Chi Minh City)
  • All cruise shore excursions operated by RV Indochine II with a maximum 31 guests (including touring in Ho Chi Minh City) 
  • All inclusive dining on your river cruise with 2 glasses of local wine, beer or soft drinks served at lunch and dinner 
  • All cruise shore excursions as per itinerary with local expert guides
  • Pre-paid tips and gratuities for all cruise staff and shore guides 
  • Port charges and taxes associated with the river cruise 
  • 8 nights accommodation in 5-star hotels in Vietnam and Siem Reap
  • 1 night on a luxury 5-star cruise on the calm waters of Halong Bay
  • Flights from Hanoi to Hue and Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City in economy class
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
  • Daily breakfast, 9 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Return private arrival and departure airport transfers 
  • The services of a professional, English-speaking guide in each city and Cruise Director throughout the cruise
  • In depth sightseeing including all entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation

  • Hanoi - Enjoy a guided walk through Hanoi's historic Old Quarter, an intricate network of narrow alleys & shop houses. Visit the Temple of Literature, dedicated to the cult of Confucius, dating back to 1070. See the final resting place of communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh, at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Indulge in a popular Hanoi pastime, by savouring one of the country's most famous exports, coffee.
  • Halong Bay - Explore Lan Ha Bay's floating villages. Swim at the breathtaking cove of Ong Cam Bay - the perfect morning chill-out spot
  • Hue - Enjoy a guided tour of Hue's citadel and local market - once the economic & cultural capital of Vietnam. Cruise the serene waters of the Perfume River to Dinh market. Visit the Thin Mu Pagoda
  • Hoi An - Stroll through the narrow, cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the Japanese Covered Bridge, a local icon that dates back to the 1590s
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Visit Dong Khoi Street, the heart of the city's commercial life before visiting the Post Office and tour the infamous Cu Chi tunnels
  • Mekong River Cruise - Cross through the splendid Cho Gao canal and meet the locals and learn about their daily lives. Visit quaint fishing villages and local farmers including My Tho, Vinh Long, Cai Be, Sa Dec and Chau Doc.
  • Phnom Penh - Tour the Royal Palace and the National Museum. See the Tuol Svay Prey School,  former detention, torture, and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war
  • Siem Reap - Explore the magnificent 12th-century temple complex of Angkor Wat, the eerie jungle-covered temple of Ta Prohm and the ancient city of Angkor Thom

Inspiring Sights
  • To enhance your journey, we're offering guests 1 bonus sightseeing experience out of a choice of 2 options (options listed under 'Optional Tours').
  1. Hanoi Puppet Show & Street Food
  2. Hoi An Memories Show
Inspiring Tastes
  • Participate in a cooking demonstration and learn to make one of Hoi An's favourite dishes: white rose dumpling. Finish off the experience with a delicious included meal
Inspiring Stays
  • Spend two nights at the gorgeous Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa

Built-in 2017, the RV Indochine II has the capacity to house 62 passengers in the ship's 31 cabins. The interior of the ship is a fusion between the French Colonial era with more contemporary trends, creating an original design called “neo-colonial.” Each cabin offers a contemporary style with a refined exotic design, all with private balconies. Onboard amenities include a restaurant, large lounge/bar, sun deck with pool and bar, laundry services, massages, books and games, lectures, round table, onboard entertainment. Several films describing the culture and history of Asia and Indochina will be presented. Please note: there is no lift on board

There are a total of three decks on board.

  • Sun Deck:
    • Lounge & bar
    • Covered terrace
    • Pool
  • Upper Deck:
    • Upper Deck cabins & Upper Deck cabins with Mini Terrace 
  • Main Deck:
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Massage salon
    • Main Deck cabins

Cabins are spacious and comfortable and are the same size and offer the same amenities. Each is approximately 18m² and features large picture windows and a private balcony measuring approximately 4m². All cabins are exterior-facing and equipped with two beds that can be joined together to form one large bed. Cabin facilities include TV, private bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, dresser and onboard Wi-Fi. Toiletries are provided for your use

There are three main cabin types: 

  • Main Deck cabins: A total of 8 located on the Main Deck.
  • Upper Deck cabins: A total of 19 located on the Upper Deck. 
  • Upper Deck cabins with mini terrace: A total of 4 located at either end of the ship on the Upper Deck. In addition these cabins also feature a private mini terrace measuring approximately 6 m².

Main Deck Cabins Sold Out

Sometimes we will sell out of the Main Deck Cabins, but we will still have availability in Upper Deck Cabin. If you see under a departure date that the 'Main Deck Cabins Sold Out', this means that you will have to choose to upgrade to the Upper Deck Cabin. If you do not wish to upgrade to the Upper Deck Cabin, then you will need to find a alternative departure date with your cabin preference available.

Catering Onboard
Continental breakfast buffets and lunch buffets with a rich menu are offered daily. Dinners are set menus or la carte paying homage to local Asian cuisines. Western cuisine is also available, together with a wide selection of wine. Two glasses of local beer, wine or soft drink is included during lunch and dinner as complimentary. A wide range of drinks can be purchased on board. 

Wifi Onboard
The ship is equipped with free Wi-Fi available in all lounges / bars and receptions. A touchpad is available to use.

Dress Code
During the day, be comfortable in a casual outfit, comfy walking shoes and dress according to the weather. Dress up a bit for cocktails and gala dinner.

Activities & Entertainment
A range of activities and entertainment are provided onboard. Games and quizzes are hosted by our entertainers before dinner and gymnastics sessions in the morning.

Facilities / Services on board:

  • Books and board games
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry service
  • Massage

Tipping is included as part of your package to both the ship crew as well as your local off-shore guides.

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $896.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $1,791.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Cambodia E-VISA and ordinary Tourist VISA
Passengers joining the Mekong Cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia (Saigon to Siem Reap), please kindly be reminded that the Cambodia E-VISA (electronic visa/online visa) is still not accepted at the waterway/river border. The visa that is accepted at the waterway/river border is the ordinary Cambodia Tourist visa, it is valid for one (1) month with single entry and can be obtained at the Cambodian border. The guests can also apply for this type of visa in advance at the nearest Cambodian embassy in their own country. Two (2) passport size photos (2x2) are required to apply for the visa. Visa cost is $35 USD per person (subject to change).

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a”3”

Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $4,580.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Touring Group Sizes (maximum) 
Vietnam & Cambodia: 22
Mekong Cruise Shores Excursions: 31

Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Hanoi Puppet Show & Street Food (Day 2) - $83 per person
  • Hoi An Memories Show (Day 7) - $121 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation - Hanoi

  • $216.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $216.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation - Siem Reap

  • $142.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $142.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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