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Mekong Discovery (Northbound)

Join this Mekong River Cruise, arranged to conduct you from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh over the course of eight days.

Enjoy palaces, museums, markets and more on this one-of-a-kind experience, designed to bring you closer to the unique cultures along the Mekong River.

Climb aboard the Avalon Saigon, our award-winning floating hotel named “Best New River Cruise Ship” by TravelAge West. Partake in a range of on-board activities and make the most of the luxurious comforts and amenities available on your Avalon Waterways River Cruise.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Saigon
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Jan-Nov
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Mekong Discovery (Northbound) Cruise Itinerary

Travel by boat, cyclo, sampan, tuk tuk and the speed of your own two feet down the Mekong. Explore two countries over the course of eight days on this impressive journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh.

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh City (EMBARK)

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh city and embark your ship on the Saigon River for embarkation.

Day 2

Vinh Long / Cu Lao Gieng

This morning, board a sampan to visit a local workshop in Vinh Long. After, travel to Cu Lao Gieng Island for a guided excursion.

Day 3

Chau Doc / Long Khanh A / Border Crossing / Cambodia

In Chau Doc, enjoy a guided walk through the local market. Then, embark on a river excursion down the back waterways of the Mekong. After lunch, a sampan will bring you to the village of Long Khanh A for a cotton-weaving demonstration.

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Enjoy a city tour via private cyclo and visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum.

Day 5

Phnom Penh

Today’s adventures will bring you to either the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields or the lively Central Market by tuk-tuk.

Day 6

Wat Hanchey / Angkor Ban

Pay a visit to Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing performed by local monks.

Day 7

Konpong Louang / Kampong Tralach

Enjoy guided sightseeing at the silversmith village in Konpong Louang. After, continue on to Kampong Tralach for an ox cart ride through the countryside and visit to a local farmer.

Day 8

Phnom Penh (DISEMBARK)

After breakfast, disembark from your ship and begin your journey home.

Mekong Discovery (Northbound) Cruise Ships

Avalon Saigon

Named “Best New River Cruise Ship” by TravelAge West, the Avalon Saigon has earned many praises for delivering an intimate cruise experience down the Mekong.

18 Staterooms
Maximum of 36 Guests
Open-air Observation Lounge

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Mekong Discovery (Northbound) Cruise Deals

Adventure even further down the Mekong

7 Nights
Jan Nov

Mekong Discovery (Northbound)

  • Ho Chi Minh City (EMBARK)
  • Vinh Long / Cu Lao Gieng
  • Chau Doc / Long Khanh A / Border Crossing / Cambodia
  • Phnom Penh
  • Wat Hanchey / Angkor Ban
  • Konpong Louang / Kampong Tralach
  • Phnom Penh (DISEMBARK)
£2,719pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Saigon

Mekong Discovery (Northbound) Cruise Review

““Lasting just over a week – this cruises’ itinerary is snappy and efficient, guiding you through the majority of the Mekong’s highlights. There are ox cart rides, cotton-weaving demonstrations and traditional rituals; an interesting exploration of local culture.”

Merrick Smith, Leeds

Mekong Discovery (Northbound) FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

How many passengers will be on board?

The Avalon Saigon has a maximum capacity of 36 guests.

Are there multiple excursion options for Day 5?

Yes, on Day 5 of your journey you can choose between a visit to the Killing Fields/Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or a tuk tuk ride to Phnom Penh’s lively Central Market.

How many countries will I travel through?

This cruise takes you through two countries.

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