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Vietnam Travel Guide

One of the best ways to get introduced to Vietnam, as well as parts of Cambodia, is to take a Mekong River cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, or vice-versa. During this trip, you can immerse yourself in the culture and history of the region while seeing unforgettable sights in Vietnam's two major cities. The life of local residents and the cultural traditions of this part of Asia can be more easily appreciated when you take a river cruise holiday. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Vietnam river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Dec 02, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritSiem ReapHo Chi Minh City11$13,760
Dec 02, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritSiem ReapHo Chi Minh13$14,360
Dec 02, 2023EmeraldEmerald HarmonyHanoiHo Chi Minh City17$9,245
Dec 02, 2023EmeraldEmerald HarmonyHo Chi Minh CityPhnom Penh8$6,990
Dec 04, 2023VikingViking SaigonHo Chi Minh CityHanoi15$6,799
Dec 06, 2023EmeraldEmerald HarmonySiem ReapHo Chi Minh City13$8,135
Dec 08, 2023VikingViking SaigonHanoiHo Chi Minh City15$13,999
Dec 09, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaDaraHo Chi Minh CityHanoi16$5,398
Dec 09, 2023EmeraldEmerald HarmonyPhnom PenhHo Chi Minh City8$6,990
Dec 10, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritHo Chi Minh CitySiem Reap13$11,660
Dec 11, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaDaraHo Chi Minh CitySiem Reap8$3,099
Dec 11, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritHanoiHo Chi Minh18$17,115
Dec 12, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaDaraHanoiHo Chi Minh16$5,398
Dec 12, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritHo Chi Minh CitySiem Reap11$11,060
Dec 15, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritHanoiSiem Reap22$18,210
Dec 15, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritHanoiBangkok25$20,035
Dec 16, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritSiem ReapHo Chi Minh City11$13,860
Dec 16, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritSiem ReapHo Chi Minh13$14,460
Dec 16, 2023EmeraldEmerald HarmonyHo Chi Minh CityPhnom Penh8$6,990
Dec 18, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaDaraSiem ReapHo Chi Minh8$3,099
Dec 20, 2023EmeraldEmerald HarmonyHanoiSiem Reap21$19,315
Dec 20, 2023EmeraldEmerald HarmonySiem ReapHanoi21$9,775
Dec 20, 2023EmeraldEmerald HarmonySiem ReapHo Chi Minh City13$8,135
Dec 22, 2023VikingViking SaigonHanoiHo Chi Minh City15$6,799
Dec 23, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaDaraHo Chi Minh CityHanoi16$5,398
Dec 23, 2023EmeraldEmerald HarmonyPhnom PenhHo Chi Minh City8$6,990
Dec 24, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritHo Chi Minh CitySiem Reap13$14,460
Dec 24, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritHo Chi Minh CityBangkok16$16,285
Dec 25, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaDaraHo Chi Minh CitySiem Reap8$3,099
Dec 26, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaDaraHanoiHo Chi Minh16$5,498
Dec 26, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritHo Chi Minh CitySiem Reap11$13,860
Dec 30, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritSiem ReapHo Chi Minh City11$13,360
Dec 30, 2023ScenicScenic SpiritSiem ReapHo Chi Minh13$13,960
Jan 01, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDaraSiem ReapHo Chi Minh8$3,199
Jan 02, 2024ScenicScenic SpiritHanoiSiem Reap18$21,215
Jan 03, 2024EmeraldEmerald HarmonyHanoiSiem Reap21$9,775
Jan 03, 2024EmeraldEmerald HarmonySiem ReapHanoi21$9,775
Jan 03, 2024EmeraldEmerald HarmonySiem ReapHo Chi Minh City13$8,135
Jan 05, 2024Avalon WaterwaysSaigonBangkokHanoi21$9,179
Jan 05, 2024Avalon WaterwaysSaigonHanoiBangkok19$8,579

Vietnam Travel Guide

Vietnam River Cruises Highlights

  • Free meals and beverages.
  • Access to a tour guide for off-shore excursions.
  • Onboard activities related to the river cruise's theme.
  • Temperature-controlled staterooms.
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi onboard your river cruise vessel.
  • Soaps, towels, robes, slippers, and toiletries provided in bathrooms.
  • Open seating in the ship's dining room.
  • Pool access on the ship's sun deck.
  • Butler service available on some vessels.

Vietnam River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Wear comfortable hiking boots or walking shoes that have safe treads, as you will be walking/hiking on various terrains.
  • Make sure you have your travel documents in easy reach, and that the information on them is correct.
  • Do not drink the tap water in Vietnam, although you can use it to wash clothes or to bathe.
  • Make sure you bring a plug adapter to stay connected if needed.
  • Tip drivers about $10, tour guides around $20, and leave a 10% for waiters.
  • You will need to get a Visa to travel to Vietnam.
  • Buy travel insurance before you go on your trip.
  • You may experience some days when you cannot use your cell phone.
  • Only pack what you will need to wear or carry.
  • Don't carry more than a carry-on and small duffle bag on your trip.

Vietnam River Cruises Things To Do

  • Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)
    Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)

    Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, and considered a thriving metropolis. As a result, the bustling city is also a coffee lover's paradise, with different varieties of the brew sold throughout the city. While the city is known throughout the world as Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), it may also still be called by its former name, Saigon, in some areas.

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit HCMC from December through March, when the temperature is around 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. 


    You Should Know

    Coffee is so well-loved in the city that it comes in different thicknesses and may be served with condensed milk or consumed cold. Sometimes, the ca phe de (or coffee) is so thick that it can be scooped with a spoon instead of sipped. The main religions in the HCMC include Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Mahayana. As a result, Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism may be practiced in the same temple. About 10% of the population are Catholics. Famous Buddhist temples in the city include the Jade Emperor Pagoda Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, and the Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda.
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
    Cu Chi Tunnels

    The Cu Chi Tunnels sit outside of HCMC. The tunnel site, which 200K long, was designed for use during times of war, and is a must-see attraction. Currently, the site is part of a war remnants museum, and provides an up-close insight into the use of the tunneling during times of conflict.

    Best Time To Visit

    This attraction is open during the rainy season in Vietnam, or from May through November. Don't worry about flooding inside the tunnels. However, you will get a little muddy. Enter during the early morning hours when you have more time to explore.


    You Should Know

    The tunnels are open during the Vietnamese Lunar New Year of Tet, which takes place in late January or early February. Don't enter the tunnels if you suffer from claustrophobia or have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
  • My Tho
    My Tho

    As soon, as you enter My Tho (pronounced mee-toh), you will notice the air becomes cooler, and your cruise settles into a more peaceful pace. My Tho, which is the capital city of the province of Tien Giang, provides an introduction to the Mekong Delta and Vietnam's "rice basket." The city was founded by the Chinese and therefore is home to a diverse population of Chinese, Khmer, and Vietnamese people.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see the Mekong Delta and My Tho is during the dry season, which runs from November through April or May. Avoid June and July, which are especially soggy.


    You Should Know

    The My Tho waterfront, on the Tien River (the upper tributary of the Mekong Delta), features a promenade in the city's center – a great place to view the sunset and catch the cool evening breeze. Drop in at one of the drink stalls or cafes in My Tho, or drop in at the rooftop bar in the Minh Quan Hotel. The Dong Tam Snake Farm is close to the city center. One of the largest suppliers of anti-venom snakes in Vietnam, the farm is run by the country's military for medicinal research. Visit the farm and get a close look at pythons and green tree snakes as well as ostriches, bears, and a large albino turtle.
  • Cai Bei Village
    Cai Bei Village

    You will feel warmly welcomed at this point in your journey, as you see life along the Delta as the locals live it. Passing rice paddies, farms, and stilted houses, you will also witness floating markets where vendors feature items and foods unique to the area. The next stop takes you to local workshops where you can see how area products are crafted or made. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Plan to visit Cai Bei Village during the drier time of year, or from November or April.


    You Should Know

    Choose a river cruise company, such as Viking, which offers this stop on its itinerary, as you should have a guided tour to get the most out of the experience. When you visit a cottage industry or workshop, you can sample, what is being made, such as rice popcorn or a coconut confection. You can also observe the process of making products, such as snake wine or rice paper.
  • Sa Dec
    Sa Dec

    Sa Dec provides a quiet reprieve with its tree-lined streets and historic colonial villas. The city is a popular place to admire flowers or to see the fruit trees in bloom. Make sure you see this town in the drier season (November through April), so you can view the sites with less threat of rain.

    Best Time To Visit

    As noted, it is best to visit Sa Dec when you can enjoy the tree-lined streets, from November through April. At this time, the hot temperatures are not so hot, and average around 82 degrees Fahrenheit.


    You Should Know

    Some cruise lines feature bicycles you can use to navigate winding trails and shaded streets in Sa Dec and other towns. Take advantage of cycling, if you are able when visiting this peaceful town. Flower nurseries are popular in Sa Dec. See a large array of flowers being loaded into boats just before Tet (the Lunar New Year) if you happen to visit during this time. The main attraction is Sa Dec is the Huynh Thuy Le Old House, an 1895 riverfront home, and the setting for director Jean-Jacques Annaud's film, The Lover. Nearby Tram Chim National Park is home to red-necked cranes.
  • Tan Chau
    Tan Chau

    If you want to know more about silk-making in Vietnam, you want to add Tan Chau village to your river cruise itinerary. Doing so will enrich your knowledge about the stages involved in making silk by hand.

    Best Time To Visit

    Take a river cruise during the dry season of November to April to fully appreciate the landscape and the various sites.


    You Should Know

    It can be difficult to find a silk-making manufacturer on your own. That is why it is better to sign up for a river cruise that features Tan Chau and a visit to a silk maker on its travel itinerary. To see the sights of Tan Chau, you might want to take a Xe Loi (Rickshaw) – one of the popular ways to get around town.
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Many Vietnam river cruises also include Phnom Penh, Cambodia on their river cruise schedules. You will also want to see this one-of-a-kind city. The capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. The city served as a hub for both French colonists and the Khmer Empire.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to travel to Phnom Penh is between November and April when the skies are blue and there is less chance of rain. Temperatures along the country's southern coast average about 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the year.


    You Should Know

    The walk-friendly riverfront of the city features bars, restaurants, and parks. See the Royal Palace, the National Museum, and Silver Pagoda – all of which present displays unique to Cambodia. Art Deco lovers will cherish the Central Market, which shows off the prevailing 1920's and 1930's art style with flair and creativity.
  • Hanoi

    No trip to Vietnam is not complete without a visit to Hanoi, or the capital of Vietnam. This traditional Vietnamese city is known for its rich culture and history, which is comprised of French, Chinese, and Southeast Asian influences. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to Hanoi is around September to November or from March to April. During this time, the temperature and weather is milder. 


    You Should Know

    The Hanoi Old Town quarter gives you a good introduction to vendor shopping in Hanoi. You can buy Buddhist religious trappings and traditional medicines. St. Joseph's Cathedral on Nha Tho Street is an example of a structure built during the time of French Colonial rule. Because the main entrance is only opened for mass, you must enter the church through the back by going through the Diocese of Hanoi offices.The Ngoc Son Temple is located on an island on the lake, and can be reached by a red bridge. It commemorates three major figures of Vietnamese history – La To (the revered patron saint of doctors); Van Xuong (a renowned scholar); and Tran Hung Dao (a 13th-century general who battled invading Mongols

Vietnam River Cruise Packages

Quick Facts

If you truly love river cruise travel and have the money and time, you could take a European river cruise in the summer and travel on one of the Vietnam river cruises in the fall. During the fall, the temperatures in places, such as Phnom Penh and Hanoi, are milder.  

If you can stand going when it is rainier, or from September through April, you can enjoy lower river cruise prices. You can really get some good river cruise deals if you elect to go during June and July when it rains most of the time. 

Naturally, when you go when it is hotter or rainier, you will also run into fewer crowds. It just depends if what you can tolerate more – the crowds or the hot weather and rain. Many river cruise-goers like to visit Vietnam during the Vietnamese New Year of Tet, which falls in late January or early February.

Vietnam River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Are Vietnam River Cruises?

    Most Vietnam River cruises last from 7 to 15 days, and feature towns, villages, and the major cities in Vietnam. These river cruise tours usually follow the Mekong River and feature off-shore excursions in the "rice basket" or Mekong Delta.

  • What’s Included on Vietnam River Cruises?

    You will receive free meals when you take a Vietnam river cruise, which also includes escorted tours of remote or inaccessible areas. Enjoy luxury accommodations, soaps and toiletries, open onboard seating in the ship's dining room, and unlimited beverages. Most ships also offer Wi-Fi and Internet access during most of your trip.

  • What’s the Best River Cruise of Vietnam River Cruises?

    The best river cruise should feature stops at attractions, such as the village of My Tho, which is located in the Mekong Delta. They should also feature port stops at the major Vietnamese cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Make sure you choose a river cruise line that offers escorted tours. That way, you can truly immerse yourself in the country's traditions and culture. Two of the best lines to consider include Viking River Cruises and AmaWaterways River Cruise Lines.

  • How Much Do Vietnam River Cruises Cost?

    For an all-inclusive travel package, you can take a Vietnam river cruise for $6,000 to $7,000 per person, depending on when you plan to travel.

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