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Cambodia river cruises take travelers down the Mekong River, allowing them to explore some of the unique villages, towns, and sites unique to Cambodia. Your river cruise will allow you to see cities and attractions, such as Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Angkor, the capital Phnom Penh, and the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh. You will also get to visit one of the most well-known ruins in the world at Angkor Wat. Learn more about Khmer history, and immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of Cambodia on one of these one-of-a-kind river cruise trips. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Cambodia river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Sail Date Operator Ship Departs Returns Length Price
Dec 18, 2020Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHanoiBangkok19$6,639
Dec 21, 2020Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHo Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh City13$5,289
Feb 22, 2021ScenicScenic SpiritHanoiShanghai31$14,095
Mar 01, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonSiem ReapHo Chi Minh13$5,254
Mar 01, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonSiem ReapBangkok16$6,154
Mar 01, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHo Chi MinhSiem Reap13$5,234
Mar 01, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonSiem ReapHanoi18$6,714
Mar 01, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHo Chi MinhBangkok16$6,184
Mar 01, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHo Chi MinhHanoi18$6,789
Mar 01, 2021AmaWaterwaysAmaDaraMy ThoKampong Cham8$3,199
Mar 03, 2021Emerald WaterwaysEmerald HarmonySiem ReapHanoi21$6,095
Mar 04, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHo Chi MinhPhnom Penh8$3,779
Mar 04, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonPhnom PenhHo Chi Minh8$3,779
Mar 04, 2021UniworldMekong JewelSiem ReapHo Chi Minh13$5,299
Mar 05, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapBangkokHanoi21$7,684
Mar 05, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonBangkokHanoi21$7,709
Mar 05, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonHanoiBangkok19$7,084
Mar 05, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHanoiBangkok19$7,139
Mar 05, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonHanoiSiem Reap16$6,154
Mar 05, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHanoiHo Chi Minh16$6,259
Mar 08, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapSiem ReapHanoi18$6,714
Mar 08, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonHo Chi MinhHanoi18$6,789
Mar 08, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonHo Chi MinhSiem Reap13$5,234
Mar 08, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapSiem ReapHo Chi Minh13$5,254
Mar 08, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonHo Chi MinhBangkok16$6,184
Mar 08, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapSiem ReapBangkok16$6,154
Mar 08, 2021ScenicScenic SpiritHanoiShanghai31$13,795
Mar 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonHo Chi MinhPhnom Penh8$3,779
Mar 11, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapPhnom PenhHo Chi Minh8$3,779
Mar 12, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonHanoiHo Chi Minh16$6,259
Mar 12, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapBangkokHanoi21$7,709
Mar 12, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHanoiBangkok19$7,084
Mar 12, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHanoiSiem Reap16$6,154
Mar 12, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonBangkokHanoi21$7,684
Mar 12, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonHanoiBangkok19$7,139
Mar 12, 2021UniworldMekong JewelHo Chi MinhSiem Reap13$5,299
Mar 15, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonSiem ReapHo Chi Minh13$5,254
Mar 15, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonSiem ReapBangkok16$6,154
Mar 15, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSiem ReapHo Chi MinhSiem Reap13$5,234
Mar 15, 2021Avalon WaterwaysSaigonSiem ReapHanoi18$6,714

Cambodia Travel Guide

Cambodia River Cruises Highlights

  • In-room breakfast
  • 5-star onboard dining
  • Welcome drinks after excursions
  • Onboard Happy Hour
  • Shoe cleaning after excursions
  • Free spa treatment – one per person
  • French-Indochina cuisine
  • Well-appointed cabins, suites, and lounge areas
  • Transport to and from meeting points as well as river cruise arrival and departure points
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Wireless Internet
  • State-of-the-Art fitness facility

Cambodia River Cruises Travel Tips

  • U.S. dollars are widely used in Cambodia. Use small denominations, or $1, $5, and $10 bills for tips and souvenirs. You should have about $200 extra in cash on you during your trip. If you go to Vietnam, the Dong is used more frequently than the US dollars.
  • Charge cards, such s Master Card, Visa, and American Express, are accepted in major cities in Cambodia. Carry two types of charge cards with you in case a restaurant or store does not accept a certain card. 
  • Check, when shopping, for charges for overseas purchases, and if you are subject to any restrictions.
  • Cambodia has a hot and humid climate. Therefore, you need to pack clothing made of materials that breathe, wick away moisture, or dry out fast. Pack light-weight, long-sleeved shirts and slacks, as well as t-shirts and shorts. A wide-brimmed hat will keep the sun off your face and neck.
  • If you take prescription medicine, make sure you have enough of the medication to last through your trip
  • Bring Pepto-Bismol, in case of stomach upset, sunscreen, and a first-aid kit. Wet naps may come in handy as well.
  • Give children in villages and town school supplies instead of candy or money. Money encourages begging and candy is not good for their teeth, which often do not get professional care because of the lack of dental facilities.
  • You may experience sporadic Internet use or may be off-grid, from time to time. Expect limited online access while sailing.

Cambodia River Cruises Things To Do

  • Siem Reap
    Siem Reap

    Located in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap is a resort town and the portal to the Angkor ruins. The ancient complex was the base of the Khmer kingdom during the 9th through 15 centuries. Angkor's large complex of stone buildings features the main temple of Angor Wat, which also is featured on the Cambodian flag. You can also see mysterious expressions displayed at the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom. The Old Market in Siem Reap is popular because of its bar, pubs, and restaurants.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit the attraction between November and April when skies are clear and sunny.   

    You Should Know

    Night markets in the Old Market area set up in the afternoon and stay open until late at night. Before you visit the temple complex of Angkor Wat, pay a visit to the Angkor Wat Museum. The museum allows you to learn more about Angkorian antiquities, and the ancient history and culture of the area during the Khmer era.   

  • Angor Wat
    Angor Wat

    You simply cannot take one of the Cambodian river cruises featured online without visiting Angor Wat. You will need to head deep into the rainforest to find the lost city and religious monument. The temple facility is distinguished as being the biggest in the world. Large tree roots wrap around many of the temples and bas-relief carvings tell ancient tales.  

    Best Time To Visit

    November through April is the most auspicious time to see Angkor Wat.    

    You Should Know

    The temple has been shared by two religions – Hinduism and Buddhism. At the end of the 12th century, the temple was being used for Buddhist worship. It is still used for practicing Buddhism today. The Angor Wat temple was thought to be designed for funerals because of its westward-facing direction. Usually, Angkorian temples face east while death is symbolized by facing a building west. The building of Angkor Wat required 300,000 laborers and 6,000 elephants working over a 35-year period.

  • Kampong Cham
    Kampong Cham

    Kampong Cham is Cambodia's third-largest city. The rural-like geographical setting of the city contrasts with its thriving city center. While most of Cambodia is primarily Buddhist and Khmer, a large portion of Kampong Cham is Muslim and Christian as well as Chinese. As a result, the city features various religious centers and a variety of foods.  

    Best Time To Visit

    It is best to see Kampong Cham from November through April.      

    You Should Know

    The local market is authentic and does not feature any touristy gimmicks. It is simply a place where the residents buy spices, meat, products, clothes, and toys. Koh Paen Island allows you to experience the farm life in Kampong Chang. You can rent a bicycle and do some exploring. Mountain Srey and Mountain Pros represent two mountains situated west of the city. Mountain Pros is home to pagoda temples, fruit statues, and vendors selling sugar cane juice. If you visit Mountain Srey, you will need to take 308 steps to get to the top. A magnificent abandoned temple will greet you at the top.

  • Kratié Town
    Kratié Town

    If you want to see Mekong dolphins, you can spot pods when you visit Kratié Town. This part of Cambodia allows you to experience Cambodian village life while seeing some one-of-a-kind sites. The town is home to several pagodas and the largest wat in Cambodia.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Try to visit Kratié Town in November or December when it is drier and more temperate.  

    You Should Know

    Koh Trong Island is a good place to cycle. You will need to catch a ferry, which will deliver you to the island or sandbar in about 5 minutes. It is only about 9 miles around the island, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, including the rice paddies, pagodas, and floating village. In the center of town sits Krong Krachen Pagoda, whose gold and pink façade glimmer at sunset.

  • Tonle Sap Lake
    Tonle Sap Lake

    During the wet season, Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Cambodia and Southeast Asia. After the rains, the lake shrinks but is still considered a large body of water. Stretching from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat, the lake is known for providing for the agricultural needs of the surrounding communities as well as the country's fishing industry.  Best Time To Visit Visit Tonle Sap Lake during the dry season, or November to April, when things are calmer and there are mostly sunny skies. Birds visit the area from December to May, so you may want to schedule a time to see the lake in December.

    You Should Know

    One of the most attractive floating fishing villages on Tonle Sap Lake is Prek Toal. The village features restaurants, a school, a hospital, and a pagoda. Tonle Sap features fishing lots and floating houses where locals raise and catch fish for a living.  

  • Han Chey Mountain
    Han Chey Mountain

    Known officially as Chey Kiri Mountain, Han Chey Mountain sits on the north side of the Mekong River. You can climb the mountain by taking 295 stair steps. The mountain is home to many temples and a pagoda.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Add Han Chey Mountain to your travel itinerary from November to April.    

    You Should Know

    A temple, called Pra Sat Neang Khmao, lies in the valley of the mountain and is made of stones, each is seven square meters. The pagoda at the mountain's top is called Wat Han Chey. From here, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the Mekong River. A vihara or Buddhist monastery sits at the site.

  • Phnom Penh
    Phnom Penh

    The busy capital of Phnom Penh lies at the confluence of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. It was once a base for the Khmer Empire, and later a hub for French colonials. The city's riverfront promenade features bars, restaurants, and parks. Top sites include the National Museum, the Royal Palace, and Silver Pagoda.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Phnom Penh is always pleasant to visit in the spring or fall, especially April or November.  

    You Should Know

    The city's Central Market boasts an Art Deco décor. Besides the Khmer New Year in mid-April, the holiday, P'chum Ben is another significant celebration. During the festival, locals visit pagodas to make offerings to deceased relatives. During the rainy monsoon season in September and October, Phnom Penh can receive a whopping 200 inches of precipitation in one month.  

  • Hoh Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Hoh Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Hoh Chi Minh City is a thriving metropolis and is a great way to conclude or begin a Cambodia river cruise. As the largest city in Vietnam, it offers river cruise-goers with contrasting sites to see – places that may be modern or traditional.  When you visit the city, you can enjoy shopping and dining in upmarket venues as well as check out the vendor markets at night.  

    You Should Know

    The city boasts the second-largest number of motorcycle owners in the world, only falling second after Taiwan. Therefore, be very careful about crossing the street. Ho Chi Minh City has some of the best street food in Vietnam. Try vendor specialties, such as cao lau, which is a pork noodle dish, or pho, rice noodles and broth.

Cambodia River Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

If you have never been to Cambodia before, you want to book a river cruise when the weather is more stable and the temperatures are tolerable. Cambodia has warm weather all year long, accompanied by a dry season and a rainy season. Keep in mind that the temperature will continue to climb, beginning in April. When temperatures peak, they can hit over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you can enjoy air-conditioning on board your ship, which makes things more tolerable.

  • Cold Weather - November to February - Best Season

    Although it is considered the cooler season, temperatures don't drop below 70 °F. Making this time of the year the perfect time to explore the unique sights of Cambodia. Schedule a trip to Hoh Chi Minh City in November or December to enjoy drier weather.

  • Warm Weather - March- June - Good Season

    During these months the temperatures in temperatures peak, they can hit over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that the temperature will continue to climb, beginning in April. However, you can enjoy air-conditioning on board your ship, which makes things more tolerable.

  • Rainy Season - June - September - Low Season

    If you wish to avoid problems with flooding, you do not want to go during September or October when the rains set in. The heavy rains during this time tend to be accompanied by strong winds.

Cambodia River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Cambodia River Cruises?

While some of the river cruises stop at cities in Vietnam, such as Hoh Chi Minh City, many of the river cruise packages solely cover Cambodian attractions. Major Cambodian cities on the river cruise include Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Kampong Cham. River cruise offerings cover 4 days to 2 weeks.

What Is Included on Cambodia River Cruises?

Taking a Cambodia river cruise allows you to immerse yourself in shore excursions that enable you to see locals involved in day-to-day life. Your tour will be supported with English-speaking guides, and you can participate in cycling or water sports activities as you travel along the Mekong River. Transfers and ground transport are normally included in the river cruise package price.

What’s the Best River Cruise of Cambodia River Cruises?

Try to book a river cruise that meets your travel interests and budget. For example, some river cruises focus more on eco-tours while other river cruise lines plan full days that include visiting temples and historical sites.  One top river cruise company is Avalon Waterways, which features Cambodia river cruises.

How Much Do Cambodia River Cruises Cost?

If you choose a 7-night package, that takes you down the Mekong River, expect to pay around $6,800 per person during the peak month of November. This rate covers a river cruise trip for two people sharing a cabin. 

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