• Mekong River Small Ship Cruises 2022/23

Discover the Mekong Delta on board a Luxury Ship

The exotic waterways of the Mekong River offer one of the world’s greatest cruising destinations. You’ll be transported to another world, for a glimpse of ancient cultures and history, awe-inspiring scenery, and wildlife, from otters, crocodiles, and giant catfish to a remarkable diversity of birdlife. Sail through the channels and open stretches of water framed by lush jungle, all while enjoying plenty of luxuries on board. Traveling on a boutique ship, you’ll be able to take in more of the destinations on the water and land, witnessing life and spending time relaxing at a slower pace. Both our vessels and the service of the crew are five-star, complete with spacious en-suite cabins.

This is the world’s most diverse and largest continent, filled with dramatic extremes, while the temperatures remain about the same throughout the year, sailing in the dry season, from October through May, is best. Pick up bargains in the colourful and lively markets, discover traditional floating homes and charming villages, and unwind while gazing out at a mesmerizing, tranquil landscape. Of course, you can expect plenty of delicious food and drink throughout your journey, with meals freshly prepared on the ship as they are on all of our itineraries.

Talk to the Expert

Luke

I am totally captivated by Asia. Having lived in Singapore, Nepal, South Korea and Hong Kong,  travelled extensively across all of our destinations in Asia, and worked in luxury travel for many years, curating exceptional trips comes naturally to me.

Luke

Asia Specialist

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Our Cruises on the Mekong River

Explore the myriad channels of the Mekong on one of our small ship cruises.

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Ports of Call

 
Jayavarman

Our Cruise Ships in the Mekong Region

MV Jayavarman

The Jayavarman is a comfortable 4* cruiser: an evocative call back to the golden age of travel, with spacious cabins, private balconies, fine dining, and thoughtful itinerary content. She carries a wide range of facilities onboard including semi-outdoor dining hall and bar, spa room, plush communal lounge, and open sun-deck with small plunge pool.

Jahan Life on Board

Life On Board a Mekong River Cruise

A Mekong River cruise really is the finest way to travel. Find yourself back in the golden age of travel on-board these elegant and evocative small ships, watching the alluring Mekong scenery slip by from the airy sundeck or your private balcony.

Each day includes immersive activities to tiny villages, hidden pagodas, and historic ruins. All shore excursions are included, and cover a rich tapestry of local culture, history, tradition, and cuisine, ensuring you truly get under the skin of these eclectic destinations.

Back on-board, you’ll enjoy stimulating lectures from resident professors, indulge in the on-board spa, or sample a refined a la carte menu of Asian, fusion, and Western fare. The charming crew and enthusiastic guides provide hospitality of the highest order, going out of their way to greet each guest by name from day one.

 

Excursions

 

Q&A

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From

Luke our Asia Specialist

When is the best time to travel to the Mekong region?

As a tropical region, Southeast Asia is best visited during the northern hemisphere winter months of October through to March. Between late March and late May the temperatures rise considerably through the ‘hot season’, before breaking into the heavy rains from June through to September. The earliest part of the dry season – October and November – is arguably the best time for cruising, when water levels are at their highest and the landscapes are carpeting in lush green.

 

What parts of the Mekong do your cruises cover?

From its source in the foothills of the Himalayas the mighty Mekong river passes through six countries – China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and finally Vietnam – before ending its journey some 4,350km later at the South China Sea. Our cruises focus on two key sections: the lush Delta region at the foot of Cambodia and Vietnam, and the tranquil, authentic, mountainous regions further north around the ancient cities of Laos and northern Thailand.

Where else should we explore nearby?

With cruise itineraries a maximum of 7 nights in length, there’s no reason not to extend your trip and discover more of this incredibly enticing region. Immediate extensions would see you exploring more of coastal Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An) or inner Cambodia or Laos. Major nearby flight hubs include Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong – magnificent cities all – which also open up discovery in Thailand and Malaysia.  

 

What is included in the cruise?

Our cruises on the Mekong are full-board: an expansive buffet breakfast, and multi-course lunches and dinners are all included as standard. Filtered water, fresh brewed coffee, and tea, are also available free of charge. A full range of local and international wines and spirits are available but would be payable locally, as would booking yourself in for any treatments in the on-board spa. All excursions, activities, and on-board lectures are included with expert local guides. Private transfers to and from the ships, plus any pre- and post- arrangements can be worked out with our enthusiastic specialists.

 

What are the cruise ships like?

Our guests are frequently surprised by the sheer quality and glamour of our Mekong cruise ships. These small cruisers carry a maximum of 50 other passengers on-board, and have a high staff-to-guest ratio keeping service levels impeccably high. These ships are deemed ‘floating art galleries’, tastefully decorated with Khmer and Cham artworks and artifacts, and furnishing to reflect the 1930s era ‘golden age of travel’. Accommodation is comfortable and high-class, carrying modern amenities and facilities whilst staying true to authentic Indochinese settings through which you travel.

 

Why book with Unforgettable Travel Co.

  • 100% Financial Protection

    We are a licensed and fully bonded tour operator financially protected by both the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL) and the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust (ABTOT). All clients that travel with us are fully financially protected.

  • Destination Experts

    Our travel experts live and breathe the destinations they specialise in. This shows in their passionate to create hand crafted trips for our clients. We don’t offer cookie cutter trips, just truly unforgettable journeys unlike any other.

  • The Best Guides

    What makes our trips extraordinary is the unique immersive experiences we include. We pride ourselves in our black book of sought after expert guides, game rangers and local contacts who believe in our philosophy, unforgettable.

  • We Care

    From the moment you book your trip, we are on hand 24/7 to assist you throughout your journey. With regional offices around the world, we have ground logistics teams on hand to help you every step of the way.