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Mekong Explorer

21 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Mekong Explorer

From spectacular Halong Bay and the treasures of old Hanoi, travel the length of this beautiful country, through Hue and Hoi An to the bright lights of Saigon, experiencing the authentic Vietnam all the way. Then, embark on a four-night cruise on the Mekong, relaxing onboard as you as you witness life on the river, finishing up in Cambodia to explore colonial Phnom Penh and magnificent Angkor temple complex.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 19 , Lunches: 18 , Dinners: 19
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    19 nights in 3+ star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Cruise
    Halong Bay Cruise, Victoria Mekong Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 24
  • Physical Rating 1
    A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
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    Walking, some steps and time on your feet.
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Classic Group Tour
21 DAYS
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Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hue (2N) - Danang - Hoi An (2N) - Saigon (3N) - Can Tho - Victoria Mekong (4N) - Vam Nao - Tan Chau - Phnom Penh (1N) - Siem Reap (4N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Mekong Explorer tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hue (2N) - Danang - Hoi An (2N) - Saigon (3N) - Can Tho - Victoria Mekong (4N) - Vam Nao - Tan Chau - Phnom Penh (1N) - Siem Reap (4N)
  • Day 1
    Fly To Hanoi
    Dinner
    Day 1: Fly To Hanoi

    Fly to Vietnam's vibrant capital city, Hanoi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. This evening, meet your guide and enjoy a welcome dinner.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Hanoi Cyclo Tour
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: Hanoi Cyclo Tour

    Visit the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, stopping at the Old Pillar Pagoda and exploring the Temple of Literature. Later, take a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter's atmospheric streets with a stop for local delicacy 'ca phe trung' (egg coffee). Tonight, attend a breathtaking performance celebrating Vietnam's rich culture.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 3-4
    Cruise Halong Bay
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 3-4: Cruise Halong Bay

    Board a cruise boat and set sail on the tranquil blue-green waters of Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has long enthralled visitors with its awe-inspiring beauty. After a night anchored out on the water, rise early to see the sun come up before cruising back to port. Return to Hanoi and fly to Hue.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Explore Hue
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Explore Hue

    The capital of imperial Vietnam, Hue is a sophisticated and scholarly city. Start your tour at the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, before a cruise on the Perfume River. This afternoon is at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Admire The Golden Bridge
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: Admire The Golden Bridge

    Depart Hue, taking the scenic route over the Hai Van Pass to charming Hoi An. En route, stop at Lang Co and admire the views from the spectacular Golden Bridge in Ba Na Hills.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Tra Que Village
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Tra Que Village

    Head out into the countryside to visit a small farming community and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. In the afternoon, discover Hoi An itself, grabbing some refreshment at the Reaching Out Tea House, a wonderful social project in the heart of town, as you explore.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Free Time In Hoi An
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: Free Time In Hoi An

    This morning is at leisure, before an afternoon flight to Saigon.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Discover Saigon
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 9: Discover Saigon

    Explore Saigon, a vibrant, modern city with a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the chilling War Remnants Museum and learn of the turmoil that once gripped the country. Then admire the beautiful colonial architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, before a look around the Reunification Palace.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Cu Chi Tunnels
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels

    Head out of the city to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war. After an afternoon at leisure, enjoy dinner in the dark at Noir, a restaurant supporting Saigon's visually impaired.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    To The Mekong Delta
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: To The Mekong Delta

    Transfer to the meeting point to board a Victoria Mekong shuttle to Can Tho, stopping en route in Cai Be for a delicious local lunch at Le Longanier Restaurant. Board the Victoria Mekong and attend a welcome briefing before relaxing with a sundowner on deck. Sit down to a sumptuous gala dinner whilst enjoying a performance of traditional music of the Mekong. Drop anchor at Tiger Island.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Tiger Island And Floating Market
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12: Tiger Island And Floating Market

    Cruise upstream to Long Xuyen and disembark to visit a floating market and local museum. After lunch, enjoy an excursion to Tiger Island to explore by sampan, visiting local cottage industries. Sit down to dinner and evening entertainment before retiring to your cabin.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Tan Chau
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 13: Tan Chau

    Cast off early to arrive in Tan Chau. On arrival, head to shore to visit a colourful Cao Dai temple and a silk village, where you'll learn all about the traditional silk making process, by xe loi (local rickshaw). Eat lunch back on the ship before more shore excursions around Tan Chau, with the option to take an exhilarating speedboat ride to Tra Su Forest. This evening features a thrilling lion dance performance.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    Into Cambodia
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 14: Into Cambodia

    Today, the Victoria Mekong will pass over the border into Cambodia. Spend a relaxed day enjoying the passing scenery and a wealth of onboard activities. In the late afternoon, dock at Phnom Penh's Sisowath Quay where you will be entertained with a traditional Apsara performance by local children. Sip a farewell cocktail before a final gala dinner.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15
    Disembark In Phnom Penh
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 15: Disembark In Phnom Penh

    Enjoy breakfast on the ship before disembarking. Board a cyclo and head from the pier into the heart of the city to visit the magnificent Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. After a final stop at Wat Phnom, enjoy a cold glass of local beer on the riverfront.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Explore Phnom Penh
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 16: Explore Phnom Penh

    Spend the morning visiting Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields before picking up some souvenirs at the Russian Market. Later, fly to Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17
    The Temples Of Angkor
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 17: The Temples Of Angkor

    Journey into Angkor and visit the enigmatic Bayon, the Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and atmospheric Ta Prohm. Continue on to Angkor Wat, the most magnificent and best preserved of all of Angkor's treasures. As the sun sets, float peacefully on the moat that surrounds Angkor Thom.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18
    Tonle Sap
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 18: Tonle Sap

    Travel to the shores of Tonle Sap and visit the floating village of Kampong Phluk in high-water season or Chong Kneas in low-water season. Get a glimpse at rural life at the home of a local Khmer family. This evening, sit down to a rollicking performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 19
    Local Cooking Class
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 19: Local Cooking Class

    This morning, take a tuk tuk to join fellow chefs in a cooking class held in a traditional-style Cambodian house, visiting a fresh produce market to shop for your ingredients. This afternoon is at leisure before a farewell dinner.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 20-21
    Fly Siem Reap To Australia
    Breakfast
    Days 20-21: Fly Siem Reap To Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the following day.

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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When to go

The best times to visit Vietnam as a whole are the spring (March and April) and autumn (September to December).

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 9
  • Halong Bay
  • 13
    20
    16
  • 27
  • Hanoi
  • 14
    19
    16
  • 19
  • Hoi An
  • 19
    25
    22
  • 92
  • Hue
  • 18
    24
    21
  • 145
  • Mekong Delta
  • 22
    32
    27
  • 0
  • Phnom Penh
  • 22
    32
    27
  • 26
  • Saigon
  • 21
    32
    26
  • 14
  • Siem Reap
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 4
  • Tan Chau
  • 13
    19
    16
  • 22
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 22
    31
    27
  • 3
  • Halong Bay
  • 14
    20
    17
  • 31
  • Hanoi
  • 15
    20
    17
  • 26
  • Hoi An
  • 20
    26
    23
  • 32
  • Hue
  • 18
    25
    22
  • 45
  • Mekong Delta
  • 23
    33
    28
  • 0
  • Phnom Penh
  • 23
    33
    28
  • 12
  • Saigon
  • 22
    33
    28
  • 4
  • Siem Reap
  • 23
    33
    28
  • 6
  • Tan Chau
  • 16
    22
    19
  • 19
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 23
    33
    28
  • 12
  • Halong Bay
  • 17
    23
    20
  • 43
  • Hanoi
  • 18
    23
    20
  • 44
  • Hoi An
  • 21
    28
    24
  • 30
  • Hue
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 59
  • Mekong Delta
  • 24
    34
    29
  • 2
  • Phnom Penh
  • 24
    35
    30
  • 58
  • Saigon
  • 24
    34
    29
  • 10
  • Siem Reap
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 27
  • Tan Chau
  • 18
    24
    21
  • 43
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 24
    34
    29
  • 43
  • Halong Bay
  • 21
    27
    24
  • 91
  • Hanoi
  • 21
    27
    24
  • 90
  • Hoi An
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 34
  • Hue
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 68
  • Mekong Delta
  • 26
    35
    30
  • 5
  • Phnom Penh
  • 25
    35
    30
  • 101
  • Saigon
  • 26
    35
    30
  • 50
  • Siem Reap
  • 26
    35
    31
  • 84
  • Tan Chau
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 71
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 167
  • Halong Bay
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 168
  • Hanoi
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 188
  • Hoi An
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 56
  • Hue
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 122
  • Mekong Delta
  • 26
    35
    30
  • 54
  • Phnom Penh
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 112
  • Saigon
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 218
  • Siem Reap
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 188
  • Tan Chau
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 139
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 182
  • Halong Bay
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 244
  • Hanoi
  • 26
    33
    29
  • 240
  • Hoi An
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 99
  • Hue
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 87
  • Mekong Delta
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 83
  • Phnom Penh
  • 25
    34
    29
  • 177
  • Saigon
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 312
  • Siem Reap
  • 26
    33
    30
  • 205
  • Tan Chau
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 190
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 24
    31
    27
  • 225
  • Halong Bay
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 267
  • Hanoi
  • 26
    33
    30
  • 288
  • Hoi An
  • 26
    33
    30
  • 90
  • Hue
  • 25
    35
    30
  • 66
  • Mekong Delta
  • 24
    33
    28
  • 82
  • Phnom Penh
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 196
  • Saigon
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 294
  • Siem Reap
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 233
  • Tan Chau
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 241
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 171
  • Halong Bay
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 312
  • Hanoi
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 318
  • Hoi An
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 104
  • Hue
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 194
  • Mekong Delta
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 91
  • Phnom Penh
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 172
  • Saigon
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 270
  • Siem Reap
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 245
  • Tan Chau
  • 26
    33
    29
  • 221
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 278
  • Halong Bay
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 206
  • Hanoi
  • 25
    31
    28
  • 265
  • Hoi An
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 297
  • Hue
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 509
  • Mekong Delta
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 82
  • Phnom Penh
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 249
  • Saigon
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 327
  • Siem Reap
  • 26
    31
    28
  • 269
  • Tan Chau
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 158
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 25
    30
    27
  • 250
  • Halong Bay
  • 21
    29
    25
  • 119
  • Hanoi
  • 22
    29
    25
  • 131
  • Hoi An
  • 23
    29
    26
  • 526
  • Hue
  • 23
    29
    26
  • 898
  • Mekong Delta
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 117
  • Phnom Penh
  • 24
    31
    27
  • 319
  • Saigon
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 267
  • Siem Reap
  • 25
    31
    28
  • 176
  • Tan Chau
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 86
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 168
  • Halong Bay
  • 17
    25
    21
  • 55
  • Hanoi
  • 18
    25
    22
  • 43
  • Hoi An
  • 22
    27
    24
  • 363
  • Hue
  • 21
    26
    24
  • 682
  • Mekong Delta
  • 23
    32
    28
  • 31
  • Phnom Penh
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 135
  • Saigon
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 116
  • Siem Reap
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 62
  • Tan Chau
  • 19
    27
    23
  • 42
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Can Tho
  • 23
    29
    26
  • 52
  • Halong Bay
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 24
  • Hanoi
  • 15
    22
    19
  • 23
  • Hoi An
  • 20
    26
    23
  • 206
  • Hue
  • 18
    24
    21
  • 350
  • Mekong Delta
  • 22
    32
    27
  • 4
  • Phnom Penh
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 80
  • Saigon
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 48
  • Siem Reap
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 12
  • Tan Chau
  • 15
    22
    18
  • 26

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 August 2023. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately US$95pp (AU$142pp) is paid locally in Vietnam.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

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    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
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    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 3 – 4 star accommodation
    • Visa fees for Australian passport holders

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