Mekong River Cruise – Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

October 28 – November 9, 2025

12 Nights / 13 Days

from $6,798 per person 

There’s no better way to experience the heart and soul of Southeast Asia than by cruising the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia. Designed exclusively for the discerning LGBTQ+ traveler, this luxury Mekong River cruise is a unique opportunity to explore this corner of the world in a safe, welcoming, and enriching way.

A Mekong River cruise is a journey through time, sailing alongside the paths of emperors and merchants while immersing yourself in the rich daily life along its banks. But the true magic of this journey lies in the smaller towns and villages that dot the riverbanks. Here, time seems to slow down, and the warmth of local hospitality shines through. You’ll visit traditional villages where you can learn about local crafts, explore bustling floating markets overflowing with exotic fruits and handmade treasures, and savor home-cooked meals made with fresh ingredients straight from the river and surrounding farms.

Venture beyond the riverbanks, and you’ll experience the full spectrum of Southeast Asian life —from the vibrant street food of Ho Chi Minh City to the bustling night markets of Siem Reap. Explore the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And learn about the region’s complex history, visiting sites that bear witness to the impacts of the Vietnam War and the Khmer Rouge era.

For many, Vietnam and Cambodia are a world away from the familiar. This journey promises an exhilarating contrast to the life that most of us know. Get ready for a whirlwind of cultural encounters, gastronomical delights, and adventures that will leave you both humbled and inspired.




  • Exclusive full charter of the R/V Mekong Princess for an intimate luxury experience.
  • Hands-on Vietnamese cooking classes and traditional meals.
  • Evening Vespa tour through the vibrant streets of Saigon.
  • Sunrise visit to the majestic Angkor Wat, one of the seven new wonders of the world.
  • Explore the bustling Cai Rang floating market.
  • Visit Vietnamese handicraft villages to see traditional crafts.
  • Navigate through Mekong’s serene backwaters and hidden orchards.
  • Immerse in street food culture in Ho Chi Minh City and night markets in Siem Reap.
  • Experience a traditional “water blessing ceremony” at a local pagoda in Angkor Ban.
  • Discover boat-making on Gieng Island and Khmer scarf weaving in Hong Ngu.
  • Explore Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace and historical sites of the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng.
  • Enjoy traditional Cambodian folk dances and Apsara performances.
  • Option to extend with a pre-trip to Hanoi and Halong Bay for culinary and natural wonders.
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OCT 28

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Rest up at Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel before your adventure begins.




Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel

OCT 29

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The heat is on in Saigon, so make sure to put your sunscreen on as we explore the bustling heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The energy is palpable, a symphony of honking scooters, street vendors calling out their wares, and the sweet aroma of Vietnamese coffee wafting from sidewalk cafes. We’ll uncover the city’s French colonial heritage, a legacy that lingers in the elegant architecture and broad boulevards. You’ll have the chance to visit the Central Post Office, and admire the grandeur of both the Saigon Opera House and Independence Palace.

The War Remnants Museum is a definite highlight for this trip, providing a moving experience that will deepen the meaning of your journey through Vietnam. Here, the story of the Vietnam War is told through the eyes of the Vietnamese people, their pain, resilience, and unwavering spirit evident in every exhibit. It’s a powerful reminder of the cost of conflict and provides a unique perspective that challenges and inspires.

You can also join a hands-on cooking class and learn the secrets of cooking traditional Vietnamese dishes. If you’re a solo traveler on this Southeast Asia tour, our welcome dinner is the perfect setting to build connections with your fellow travelers.

Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel

OCT 30

Saigon/Embark Mekong Princess

Hop aboard the RV Mekong Princess at Saigon Port and begin your extraordinary journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. As we cruise along the Saigon River, savor a delicious lunch prepared with the finest ingredients and raise a glass to the adventures ahead. Relax and watch the world float by as we make our way through the waterways of the Mekong Delta.

As the sun sets, we’ll anchor in the heart of this region, where skilled bartenders await with refreshing cocktails. A traditional Vietnamese dinner will be served in the elegant Indochine Restaurant, a perfect prelude to the rich cultural experiences to come.

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“The staff of the Mekong Princess was amazing! Kudos to Eric and the entire group. A++++!”

– Luis Marquez (Source Journeys Mekong 2023)

OCT 31

Ben Tre / Can Tho

Navigate through Mekong’s canals and serene backwaters aboard a traditional sampan and discover hidden orchards bursting with exotic fruits and other sweet surprises along the way. Later, we set sail to an area of the Mekong Delta barely touched by tourism, Au Island opposite Ninh Kieu Wharf in Can Tho City. A local guide will then take us on a sampan ride to explore Can Tho, where we’ll visit the vibrant night market and wander through the charming streets of the Mekong Delta’s capital.

Back on the Mekong Princess, enjoy a fascinating lecture on Vietnam’s rich history and culture.

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Can Tho/Hoa An

The Cai Rang floating market is a feast for the senses, a bustling hub of activity where boats laden with colorful produce make such a happy sight. Vendors call out to eager buyers, offering a tempting array of exotic fruits, vegetables, and handmade treasures. Sample the sweet, succulent fruits, sip on a revitalizing “anti-aging drink,” and enjoy the refreshing taste of coconut water as you soak in the lively atmosphere.

In the peaceful Hoa An village, you’ll experience a different side of the Mekong Delta. Wander through fragrant flower fields, each bloom a testament to the locals’ dedication and care. Then, hop aboard a motor trishaw for a ride to another village, where you’ll meet the local families who expertly craft intricate conical hats, a symbol of Vietnamese culture. Learn about their traditions, hear their stories, and perhaps even try your hand at this delicate art form.

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Gieng Island / Hong Ngu

You can’t help but admire the slow pace of life in Gieng Island. Here, in a charming local village, the art of traditional boat making is alive and well. Skilled artisans meticulously hand-build iconic sampans on a daily basis, keeping this cherished tradition quite literally – afloat. A ride on a “xe loi” (motor trishaw) adds a touch of whimsy to this day’s journey, winding through lush greenery towards the tranquil Phanxico Monastery, a place of quiet reflection.

We will continue to the unspoiled haven of Hong Ngu, an island village near the Cambodian border renowned for its skilled weavers. On this side of the island, the art of crafting traditional Khmer scarves is passed down through generations.

Prior to the arrival of the Mekong Princess, the inhabitants of this area had encountered few Western visitors, making their warmth and hospitality even more genuine and heartfelt. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with these friendly locals, admire their intricate embroidery, and experience a world of artistry rarely seen by outsiders.

Back on board, we gather for a special treat: a cooking demonstration by our talented Executive Chef, where you’ll learn the secrets of creating delicious Vietnamese dishes.

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Phnom Penh

Riding the local cyclo in the busy metropolis of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is an adventure in itself. Whizzing past vibrant street scenes, you’ll witness a fascinating juxtaposition of French colonial elegance and traditional Khmer architecture.

Explore the gilded halls and serene gardens of the Royal Palace, marvel at the shimmering silver floor and the Emerald Buddha at the Silver Pagoda, and delve into the rich history and artistic heritage of the Khmer people at the National Museum.

For those seeking a taste of local nightlife, Street 308, also known as Bassac Lane, is a must-visit. This trendy alleyway is packed with charming bars and pubs where you can mingle with locals and fellow travelers, enjoy live music, and dance the night away.

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Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s history unfolds before you today as we journey to sites that bear witness to both triumph and tragedy. At Choeung Ek, also known as the “Killing Fields,” and Tuol Sleng, a former school transformed into a chilling prison, we will pay our respects, learn about the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime, and gain a deeper understanding of this difficult period in Cambodian history.

Though a somber experience, visiting these sites is crucial to appreciating the resilience and spirit of the Cambodian people, who have emerged from such darkness into a more hopeful present.

Back at the boat, get ready to be mesmerized by a cultural performance showcasing a variety of traditional folk dances and Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance. Steeped in centuries of tradition, this elegant dance is inspired by the celestial nymphs depicted in the carvings of ancient Angkorian temples.

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Angkor Ban

We’ll cruise to the charming town of Angkor Ban to experience firsthand the rhythms of daily life in this authentic Cambodian community. Connect with Cambodia’s spiritual traditions through a special “water blessing ceremony” at a local pagoda, led by revered monks. Then, visit the homes of welcoming villagers, sharing stories and gaining insight into their daily lives. At the local school, you’ll have the opportunity for a truly memorable cultural exchange, interacting with the bright and curious children.

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Kampong Cham/Siem Reap

Bid farewell to the gentle currents of the Mekong as we set our sights on the legendary temples of Angkor. The afternoon is yours to explore Siem Reap at your own pace. Hop aboard a tuk-tuk, the city’s iconic mode of transport, for an orientation tour of this bustling cultural hub. Or perhaps you’ll wander through charming markets, discover hidden cafes, or simply relax by the pool and soak in the sun.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort


Siem Reap

Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument, will leave you breathless with its intricate bas-reliefs, towering spires, and ethereal atmosphere. Feel the weight of centuries as you wander through this architectural marvel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that embodies the grandeur and ingenuity of the Khmer civilization.

Our adventure continues to the mystical temple of Ta Prohm, where nature has reclaimed its place among the ancient stones. Massive banyan trees have taken root within the temple walls, their branches reaching towards the sky like outstretched arms. This unique fusion of natural and man-made beauty offers a glimpse into the delicate balance between humanity and the environment.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort


Siem Reap

The first light of dawn paints Angkor Wat in a warm glow, revealing the intricate details of this ancient marvel. It’s a truly breathtaking sight, made even more special by the shared experience with fellow travelers. After a gourmet picnic breakfast right within the temple complex, we’ll hop aboard a traditional gondola for a serene journey along the historic waterways. You’ll see the ruins from a whole new perspective as we glide past centuries-old structures reflected in the still waters.

Later, we will discover the mystical Ta Prohm temple, where towering trees intertwine with stone structures, creating a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere. Explore the grandeur of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire, and marvel at the enigmatic faces of the Bayon Temple.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort


Return Home

As you make your way home, reflect on the many faces of Southeast Asia you’ve encountered – the tranquility of a floating village, the chaotic energy of a bustling market, the spiritual solace of a Buddhist temple, and the grandeur of Angkor Wat at sunrise. Each moment is a unique thread in the intricate fabric of your journey, contributing to a story that is yours alone, enriched by the connections you’ve made with like-minded LGBTQ+ travelers who share your passion for discovery and adventure.

May the memories of this luxurious Mekong River cruise inspire you to embrace new adventures, seek out diverse cultures, and continue to explore the world with open hearts and curious minds, always ready to forge new friendships and create unforgettable experiences.

“The entire trip was well thought out, including the best locations to visit with superb guides throughout. The accommodations were bespoke and unique. All of the activities in each city and location provided an authentic opportunity to experience the real culture, history, people, and cuisine of that area and region. Highlights included the Saigon Vespa Tour, Halong Bay, visiting towns along the Mekong River, the somber visit to the Killing Fields, and the spectacular Angkor Wat.”

– Jonathan Moore (Source Journeys Mekong 2023)


Pre-trip: Hanoi & Halong Bay

To fully savor the experience, why not arrive early and make the most of your time here?

Join us for 3 days in Hanoi and Halong Bay to kick off your Southeast Asian adventure. Recently voted by Tripadvisor as the world’s top food destination for 2024, Hanoi is a culinary paradise. From steaming bowls of pho to delicate bánh cuốn and crispy nem rán, the city’s street food scene is a whirlwind of flavors that will delight foodies. Beyond the cuisine, Hanoi’s Old Quarter enchants with its narrow streets, traditional shops, and bustling atmosphere. Explore centuries-old temples, sip Vietnamese coffee in a charming café, and soak in the lively spirit of this city.

We’ll also journey to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its thousands of towering limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the emerald seas — a breathtaking landscape that seems plucked from a dream. Cruise through this natural wonder, explore hidden caves and lagoons, and kayak among the dramatic rock formations. This is a chance to reconnect with nature’s splendor and create more unforgettable memories even before your Mekong River cruise begins.

3 Nights/4 Days – October 25-28, 2025


  • 2 Nights Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel
  • 1 Night Ambassador Cruise Halong Bay
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • All Tours in Itinerary
  • Flight from Hanoi to Saigon

Price: $2,599 per person based on Double Occupancy; $3,599 for Single Occupancy


Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel

Enjoy sophisticated urban luxury at Park Hyatt Saigon. Their world-class restaurants and tranquil spas in Ho Chi Minh City provide everything a traveler could need. Park Hyatt Saigon looks forward to welcoming our guests with warmth and hospitality for the ultimate personalized luxury experience.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Indulge in French colonial elegance at Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, a luxurious oasis nestled amidst lush gardens just minutes from Angkor Wat. With 238 rooms and suites blending Khmer and French design, guests can relax in spacious accommodations overlooking the resort’s expansive free-form pool, the largest in Cambodia. Rejuvenate at the award-winning spa, savor culinary delights at five restaurants and bars, or tee off at the world-class Phokeethra Country Club.


R/V Mekong Princess

The Mekong Princess, your home for a week, is a luxurious, all-suite boutique riverboat designed for intimate and immersive exploration. Its smaller size allows us to access lesser-known ports and hidden gems along the Mekong River, unveiling the authentic rural cultures often missed by larger ships.

With only 14 elegant suites adorned in a harmonious blend of French-colonial elegance and modern comfort, the Mekong Princess rivals the finest luxury hotels. Relax and rejuvenate in your spacious suite, complete with lavish amenities and a private balcony offering breathtaking river views. Indulge in the tranquil ambiance of the onboard spa, unwind in the inviting lounge, or simply soak up the sun on the observation deck.

Your journey along the Mekong River aboard the elegant Mekong Princess will be a chapter in your travel story you’ll never forget.


CategoryDouble OccupancySingle OccupancyAvailabilityBook Now
Angkor Suites - Upper Deck$8,898.00 / person$17,796.00 Available BOOK NOW
Tonle Suites - Upper Deck$8,299.00 / person$16,598.00 Available BOOK NOW
Apsara Suites - Upper Deck$7,599.00 / person$15,198.00 Available BOOK NOW
Saigon Suites - Main Deck$7,199.00 / person$12,959.00 Available BOOK NOW
Junior Suites - Main Deck$6,798.00 / person$12,239.00 Available BOOK NOW

Angkor Suites - Upper Deck - Double Occupancy

$8,898 per person

Angkor Suites - Upper Deck - Single Occupancy

$17,796 per person

Tonle Suites - Upper Deck - Double Occupancy

$8,299 per person

Tonle Suites - Upper Deck - Single Occupancy

$16,598 per person

Apsara Suites - Upper Deck - Double Occupancy

$7,599 per person

Apsara Suites - Upper Deck - Single Occupancy

$15,198 per person

Saigon Suites - Main Deck - Double Occupancy

$7,199 per person

Saigon Suites - Main Deck - Single Occupancy

$12,959 per person

Junior Suites - Main Deck - Double Occupancy

$6,798 per person

Junior Suites - Main Deck - Single Occupancy

$12,239 per person

Included in this Journey

  • 5-star Hotel accommodations throughout
  • Private arrival & departure airport transfers
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2 Lunches during tours of Saigon
  • Welcome Dinner in Saigon
  • All meals aboard the Mekong Princess
  • Local Spirits & Beers, soft drinks, and House Wines (wine with dinner only) aboard the Mekong Princess
  • All excursions as described in the program with a private English-speaking guide throughout the entire trip.
  • Laundry service is included for the Angkor Suites
  • Farewell Dinner in Siem Reap
  • Portage at airports and hotels
  • Fully escorted by Source Journeys

Not Included in this Journey

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Port Fees & Taxes of $250
  • Pre Paid gratuities of $300
  • Personal Expenses
  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions not mentioned in the program
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, and crew of the Mekong Princess
  • Entry visa for Vietnam & Cambodia
  • Pre-trip extension to Hanoi & Halong Bay
  • Covid-19 Test Expense (If necessary)
  • Travel insurance – highly recommended

Passports: Your valid passport should have at least two consecutive blank pages and be good for at least six months after your planned departure from the country you are visiting. An entry visa will be required for Vietnam and Cambodia. Arrival Airport Saigon (SGN) and Departure Airport Siem Reap (REP). If you opt for the pre-trip extension. The arrival airport is Hanoi (HAN). We can assist with International flights upon request. A deposit of $1500 per person is required to secure your spot.