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Vietnam River Cruises

Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia (Photo: Lena Serditova/Shutterstock)

About Vietnam River Cruises

A Vietnam river cruise takes you from bustling cities such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to rural towns and peaceful temples. Vietnam river cruises take place on the Mekong, one of Asia's least developed waterways. Besides visiting Vietnam, the cruise will take you into Cambodia, where the temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap are a true bucket list destination.

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  • What is the best time to cruise to Vietnam River?

  • Which cruise lines go to Vietnam River?

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What is the best time to cruise to Vietnam River?

The best time for a Vietnam river cruise will depend on whether you are cruising the Lower Mekong River, which is possible year-round, or the Upper Mekong River on which cruises run between late September and early May. Temperatures are coolest between November and February.

Which cruise lines go to Vietnam River?

Well-known river cruise lines including Viking, AmaWaterways and Avalon Waterways offer Lower Mekong River cruises, but Pandaw is the only cruise line that sails the Upper Mekong.

What are some things to do in Vietnam River?

Vietnam is bursting with historically and culturally significant sights. Take a city tour or food tour of Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, visit world-famous temples including Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia (offered on a number of river cruises through Vietnam) or traverse the world's longest bamboo bridge in Kampong Chan.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to Vietnam River?

Yes, a passport is required for cruises in Vietnam; check with your cruise lines whether they require a visa as well.

What should I pack for a cruise to Vietnam River?

Lightweight, breathable clothing that complies with regulations for visiting temples and other religious sites are good to bring, as is sunscreen and other sun protection. If cruising the Upper Mekong during the cooler months, you'll also want to have some warmer clothing options. For more: Upper Mekong River Cruise Tips.

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