The advantages of waterways have brought about a bountiful water life of the Gem of the Far East in the past and “cruising industry” at present on Saigon river. From this harbor, vessels take guests to the Mekong rivers along the Mekong river to enjoy the pristine and stunning nature of Southwest of Vietnam. In addition, some cruises on Mekong river also transport their guests to Cambodia.

15 best cruises on Saigon and Mekong rivers

1. Indochina Junk

Indochina Junk

Duration: daily

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Price: From 700,000- 1,600,000VND

Indochina Junk cruise takes visitors along Saigon river or to Can Gio by boat. The largest cruise – the Gem of the Far East can hold 200 guests. Other small junks such as Indochina 25, 26, 27…, which are made of valuable wood and operated daily on Saigon river at Bach Dang, 10B Ton Duc Thang, Dist. 1, HCMC. With a tour along Saigon river, guests will have a chance to enjoy an array of delicious food in romantic spaces. Each night, guests can also enjoy traditional performances of Vietnamese – Cham – Chinese – Khmer culture.

2. RV Amalotus Cruises

RV Amalotus Cruises

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights

Price: From 30,000,000 – 53,000,000VND

Cabin: 62

Operated in September 2011, Amalotus will take visitors from Saigon to Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, Can Tho, Dong Thap and An Giang to discover daily life of fishermen at nine dragon rivers on the Mekong River Delta and then visit Siemriep in Cambodia. Designed as a steam cruise, Amalotus enchants its guests with five-star services, special cuisine and beautiful decorations of cabins.

3. RV The Rahan Cruises

RV The Rahan Cruises

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights

Price: From  53,000,000 VND

Cabin: 27

The cruise features 27 cabins, which are designed in luxurious French architecture. Floors and glassy ceiling are gilded with private balcony to bring about the most comfort for guests. On board Rahan, guests will have a chance to witness exotic sunrise and sunset while enjoying a cool coconut milk in the balcony. Visitors can discover the daily life of local people. In the evening, Rahan Cruise changes its color with sparkling and warm lights. On board staff appears in the traditional costume of Cambodia. This is also a special fascination of Rahan.

4. La Marguerite Cruise

La Marguerite Cruise

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights

Price: From 39,000,000 VND

Cabin: 46

La Marguerite, a 46 room French colonial style vessel that recalls the elegance of the Art Nouveau period in Paris, raises the bar of river cruising in the Mekong Delta. She offers an unparalleled cruise experience between Saigon and Siem Reap. The dining experiences add sparks to a personalized river adventure while the carefully researched excursions to cultural destinations allow for passion revival. In addition, visitors can also join in the discovery of the Mekong River Delta via books. This program is inspired by the passion of Vietnam of Marguerite Duras.

5. L’Amant Cruises

L'Amant Cruises

Duration: 3 days/ 2 nights

Cabin: 12

Inspired from the “Golden Age”, an era of the early 20th century, so often depicted by famous authors, such as Marguerite Duras who spent her early childhood in Sa Dec City in the midst of the Mekong Delta, L’Amant was designed to sail through the rivers and sea. Its remarkable design allows it to sail from the Mekong Delta to the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Thailand where passengers will experience a unique journey and discover the authentic daily life of the Mekong river inhabitants and unveil its colorful sceneries.

6. Jayavarman Cruise

Jayavarman Cruise

Duration: 4 days/3 nights; 5 days/4 nights; 8 days/7 nights; 11 days/10 nights

Cabin: 27

Inspired by the golden age cruise liner Normandie, Jayavarman cruise is a 20th-century boutique style marvel marries avant-garde French colonial design with enchanting Indochine architecture to perfection. With a capacity of 54 guests, Jayavarman Cruise enchants its passengers with a Cambodian and Vietnamese staff. Apart from modern services such as Apsara Spa, a little wine cellar – Funnel Lounge and a bookshelf, Jayavarman Cruise is regarded as one of the most luxurious cruises in the Mekong River Delta.

7. The Lady Hau Cruises

The Lady Hau Cruises

Duration: Daily

Capacity: 40 guests

Impressing every visitors, who first visited Tay Do, The Lady Hau Cruise is made of valuable woods in the shape of a barge – a favorite means of business people in Western Vietnam in early 20th century, with a capacity of maximum 43 guests. In the morning, guests can enjoy a romantic breakfast and witness the sunrise in Cai Rang – Can Tho floating market or join in among hundreds of coaches on the Hau river. In the afternoon, The Lady Hau Cruise offers a tour for its guests to view sunset on the river. In the evening, you can taste a delicious dinner on the Mekong river served by the professional staff of Spices restaurant.

8. Le Jarai Cruises

Le Jarai Cruises

Duration: Daily

Capacity: 30 guests

Operated in Ben Tre in early 2012, Le Jarai Cruise is expected to enchant guests with tours along the Mekong river. Holding up 30 guests, Le Jarai includes three floors: the basement is for the staff, the first floor features a restaurant and bar and the upper one is for sunbathing and sightseeing. With a professional staff, four-star Le Jarai brings about relaxed moments in Western Vietnam. In addition, visitors also have chance to visit traditional villages such as brick making village, matting village or process of making coconut candies…

9. Bassac Cruise

Bassac cruise

Duration: 2 days/1 night; 3 days/2 nights

Cabin: 12

Bassac cruise is made of “sao” wood – a valuable wood that was only used for the King or royal members in higher class. In the Bassac fleet, The Bassac III is equipped with the most luxurious amenities to bring about a long journey along the Mekong river. You can choose one among a variety of attractions for your itinerary. Especially, Bassac always has a kayak fleet to help visiors to explore the Mekong river along small canals. In addition, open bar is a perfect location for warm parties on board.

10. Mekong Feeling Cruise

Mekong Feeling Cruise

Duration: 3 days/2 nights

Cabin: 8

Featuring 8 rooms with a capacity of 16 guests, Mekong Feeling Cruise is regarded as a small floating hotel. Especially, it owns an open sundeck, where is an ideal place for sunbathing. With the “feeling the difference” tour, visitors will have a chance to immerse in fantastic experiences from Tien Giang to Can Tho and along the Mekong river to Chau Doc. When you are a luxurious dinner of the onboard restaurant, do not forget to sip a glass of wine to relax in peaceful ambiance on the river, wait for a visit to an ancient pagoda and vermicelli manufacturing village in Cambodia style and enjoy the traditional Apsara dance…

11. Pandaw River Cruises

Pandaw River Cruises

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Cabin: 20

Regarded as a five-star hotel, Pandaw River Cruises were built new and designed and finished as replicas of colonial river steamers. Each ship, hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen are in themselves objects of great beauty. Cabins feature their own balconies. Dining rooms are designed on two sides of the cruise and only closed in the evening, when the air conditioner is on. On board Pandaw, visitors will have a chance to visit floating markets, Huynh Thuy Le ancient house – the lover of French writer Marguerite Duras, Cham village, Phnom Penh and tour along Tonle sap river to Siem Reap.

12. Le Cochinchine Cruises

Le Cochinchine Cruises

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Cabin: 10

Named Le Cochinchine, a respectful name for princess Ngoc Van, the cruise is made of ‘sao’ wood and oak in traditional Vietnamese style and well-appointed amenities. Taking the HCMC – Cai Be – Can Tho tour, guests will have a chance to witness the daily life of local people, visit orchards and view sunrise on the river… Notably, the HCMC – Angkor Wat journey will be memorable. For a pleasant and long cruise in comfortable conditions, Leconchinchine offers ‘romantic moon night for couples’, which is interested by many international visitors. For shorter tours, guests can experience the life in a slower way to enjoy relaxed moments on the river.

13. Authentic Mekong Sampan

Authentic Mekong Sampan

Duration: 3 days/2 nights

Cabin: 5

Authentic Mekong sampan is designed according to the traditonal sampans which have navigated on the Mekong flows. Long of 21.5 m and wide of 4 m, made of ‘’Sao’’ wood, very resistant to water. On board, you will feel the ancient life of people, who spend all their life working and living on water. The sampan offers tours between Cai Be and Long Xuyen. With Authentic Mekong, guests will be amazed when exploring the daily life of local people.

14. Bonsai River Cruise

Duration: daily

Capacity: 80-160 guests

Existing dragon boat in Vietnam and is a replica of a royal Vietnamese-style dragon boat dating back to the 19th century, Bonsai River Cruise features Western luxurious amenities. The wooden dining and meeting platform can carry up to 160 passengers next to its 65 piece-crew and weighs over 340 tons. The two decks are occupied by 2 stylish bars, a wine cellar, the large buffet and dining deck, live cooking stations, show stage, wheel house, toilets, and a fully operated kitchen.

15. Mekong Eyes Cruises

Duration: 2 days/1 night

Cabin: 15

At 39m long and 8.5m wide, the Mekong Eyes river cruiser was built out of an old, traditional rice barge with the finest quality wood, and artfully decorated by skilled craftsmen of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Eyes combines regional boat-building traditions with modern comforts to become the perfect holiday vessel to cruise the Mekong in style. Notably, the cruise has open eyes, which symbolize for good luck. 15 well-appointed cabins on board are equipped with thermal insulation system with glass windows. 



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Tommy Ngo

Tommy Ngo was born as a child of Home of Traditional Folk Music of graceful Vietnam. Besides a common role of a master of IT and professional blogger, Tommy also has a passion with traveling and discovering as deep as possible the beauty and culture of the S-shaped country.

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