A Journey on the Mekong

Selected departures in September & October 2020

Experience more with so much included

  • Gaze in awe at the magnificent city and temples of Angkor, one of Asia’s greatest ancient sights
  • Stay in the heart of Saigon with its bustling waterfront and French colonial architecture
  • Tour Phnom Penh, the ‘Paris of the East’, with its golden temples and palaces
  • See the fascinating Cu-Chi tunnels, a poignant reminder of the US-Vietnam conflict
  • Visit the teeming floating markets of Kampong Chhnang and Cai Be
  • Visit local communities to discover their unique way of life, unchanged in centuries
  • Enjoy delicious Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine
  • All staterooms have private balconies and river views
  • All shore excursions, crew gratuities, meals and selected drinks included whilst on the Mekong cruise
  • Return flights from Dublin via London Heathrow
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At a Glance
7 nights on a 4-star ship
4-star hotel accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Full board cruise, B&B hotels
Complimentary on board tea, coffee & bottled water
Checked Luggage


Cruise along the mighty Mekong River through the heart of South East Asia and explore fascinating water-borne worlds, from floating villages to colourful markets. Step back in time as our journey unfolds through stunning countryside: farmers with conical hats work in fields that disappear into the distance, whilst water buffalo plough the paddies until the sun sets in a blood-red explosion of colour. Observe riverside life and the wooden houses balancing on stilts, as giggling children watch us go by.  

We visit Cambodia and Siem Reap, gateway to one of the great wonders of the world – Angkor, once the world’s largest city with a staggering one million inhabitants and an incredible 200 temples. We also stay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, beautifully located at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap and considered the most beautiful of the ‘French’ colonial cities of Indochina.

In Vietnam, the people and landscape are different, and the pace of life is faster. See the legacies of past rulers – the Chinese, Khmers, Portuguese, Japanese and French – in an eclectic mix of temples and pagodas, along with palaces, mansions and neo-classical buildings. Today, the motorcycles and western dress of the industrious youth happily co-exist with orange-clad Buddhist monks and political posters from a bygone era. Now is the time to visit these captivating and colourful destinations while so much of this distinctive heritage remains; and the best way to experience them is from the beautiful arterial waterway, the stunning Mekong River. 

Your Itinerary

A Journey on the Mekong River Cruise

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room/cabin. Single rooms/cabins are available at the relevant supplement. Price includes:

  • Five nights bed and breakfast in four-star hotels
  • Seven nights full board, including non-alcoholic soft drinks, local beer and local wine at mealtimes on the Mekong Prestige II
  • All flights as mentioned
  • All transfers
  • Porterage of one item per person
  • Guided tours of Saigon & Cu Chi tunnels
  • One day entrance and guided tour of Angkor
  • All shore excursions as described whilst on the cruise
  • Gratuities for the ship’s crew
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Visas not included.

Visa Information


Currently, Irish passport holders do not require a visa to enter Vietnam. However, this arrangement may change from 1st July 2021, after which you may need to apply for an e-visa at an extra cost of approx. US$25 per person. Further details will be provided with your booking confirmation.


On upstream itineraries Cambodia visas are arranged by the ship whilst on board at a cost of US$40 per person. On downstream itineraries you can apply for your Cambodian visa easily on arrival into Siem Reap upon completion of a simple application form and payment of US$35 per person. Alternatively, you can apply for your visa online prior to departure and further details for this will be provided on confirmation of your booking.

Please note all visa costs are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.

Useful Information

Water Levels

At the peak of high water, normally at some point between end of August to mid-December, the level of the lake may rise by up to 10 metres, so ships will be able to sail all the way across the Tonle Sap Lake to or from Siem Reap. The itineraries detailed in this brochure are during high water.

During the low water period, generally between late December to mid-August, sections of the river within Cambodia and the Tonle Sap Lake may be un-navigable and the ships will moor on the Mekong itself and travel to or from Siem Reap will be by coach or speed boat on the first/last day of your cruise, depending on whether you are sailing upstream or downstream.


The itinerary, timings and the places visited en-route may vary depending on whether you travel upstream or downstream and on the water levels in the upper reaches of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap Lake.

We may not always be able to advise you in advance of any itinerary changes as decisions to amend any part of the cruise could be made by the ship’s captain during the cruise itself. However, we will always endeavour to ensure that equally interesting visits and stops are substituted – it’s all part of the adventure of river cruising in South East Asia. 


We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Fact File

  • Currencies: Dong, Reil (US Dollars widely accepted in Cambodia)
  • Deposit: €500 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 11 hrs 30 mins to 12 hrs 10 mins
  • Languages: Vietnamese, Khmer
  • Time zone: GMT+7
  • Countries: Vietnam, Cambodia


Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights, therefore this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for Vietnam & Cambodia at least a month before departure.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us.

 Itinerary  Arrival airport Start ship location Transfer time End ship location Departure airport Transfer time
Upstream Saigon - Tan Son Nhat International Airport Saigon 1 hr Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport 30 mins
Downstream Siem Reap International Airport Siem Reap 30 mins Saigon Saigon - Tan Son Nhat International Airport 1 hr

Connecting Flights

Flights from Dublin will connect at London Heathrow.

Please contact us if you would like timings and/or further information on the connecting flights. All flight details will be listed in your booking confirmation. 

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