Cruises in Indochina
The breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay has been inspiring visitors since French colonial days, and remains an undoubted highlight of any Vietnam holiday. For those with time to delve deeper, however, less-celebrated but equally inspiring landscapes await.
In northern Laos the Mekong demarcates the border with neighbouring Thailand, and having journeyed for more than an a thousand miles from the Tibetan Plateau the scale is already dramatic. Much of the subsequent thousand miles downstream to the sea are navigable, passing through the dramatic landscapes of Laos, the bucolic rural scenery of Cambodia and into the bountiful Mekong Delta. Whether you are seeking a week of serene luxury aboard a classic river cruiser or a gentle afternoon on a converted rice barge we hope these ideas inspire you to take to the water!
Recommended Cruises Experiences
Travel up the river on a traditionally built small cruise ship, watching local life unfold along the riverbanks as you go.
Take a luxurious waterborne journey along the rivers, across the lakes and amongst the islands of beautiful Laos.
Cruises accommodation across Indochina
Bhaya Classic Cruise (Halong Bay)
The Bhaya Cruise provides high quality accommodation on the beautiful waters of Halong Bay.
As with many of the boats, the Bhaya offers both one and two night cruising options, with the first day itinerary being the same in both cases. Boarding takes place at around midday, with a seafood lunch immediately following an initial welcome and safety briefing. The boat sets sail through the sublime scenery of the Bai Tu Bay during lunch, and reaches the shore excursion destination mid-afternoon. The itinerary may vary depending on season and weather conditions, but a regular stop is at the remarkable Van Vieng fishing village, a floating community resident in a sheltered bay in the midst of the limestone karst peaks. You will transfer from the main boat to small sampans, and be rowed through the village to the spectacular cave mouth through which the locals access the sea. On return to the boat time is at leisure to swim or sit back and enjoy the wonderful setting. Evening meal is at 7.30, after which you can try your hand at squid fishing if the mood takes you.
Jahan / Jayavarman Mekong Cruise (Mekong Delta)
For a taste of colonial-era glamour, nothing on the Mekong quite compares with the wonderful pair of ships the RV Jahan and Jayarvarman. The ships marry French colonial and Indochine styles to produce a uniquely elegant and luxurious experience. Each of the spacious stateroom cabins has a private balcony from which to sit back and soak up the glorious scenery as you cruise along the river. The ships offer a number of programs both up and downstream, ranging from 3 days/2 nights to the full 8 days/7 nights travelling between Siem Reap and the Delta.
Halong Jasmine (Halong Bay)
The Halong Jasmine is one of our favourite boats that cruise the calm waters of Halong Bay. Cabins are compact but attractively finished, many on the upper decks with small private balconies. Bathrooms are private, having walk-in showers and are fully separated from the bedroom area. The public spaces are finished in dark wood, with an open lounge and dining area on the second deck, and a spacious upper sun deck for relaxation between excursions and activities.
Legend Halong Private Cruise (Halong Bay)
This luxurious private option offers an intimate way to explore the stunning surrounds of Halong Bay
Modelled on the traditional Chinese junks that used to sail on the bay, the handcrafted teak and oak the Legend Halong is an intimate and elegant option for a Halong Bay cruise. With only two cabins the Legend Halong offers the chance to escape the crowds and absorb the atmosphere of this beautiful region in peace and privacy. The small size of the vessel also permits it to take a different route taken through Bai Tu Long Bay, visiting hidden corners off the usual tourist trail. On board you will have your own captain, boat mechanic, chef, waiter, and tour guide who will all be on hand to make sure you have a great time!
Pandaw Cruise (Mekong Delta)
Travel in style as you head along the Mekong in this beautiful traditional colonial boat
Head along the Mekong in style with the full board Pandaw Cruise ship. Sail through the Delta from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia or in the reverse. Shorter trips are also on offer, heading to or from Phnom Penh in either direction. The boat will travel up or down stream over a number of nights, stopping off at local floating markets, riverside villages and countless places of outstanding natural beauty. The ship itself is comfortable and will provide the perfect balance of cultural sightseeing and relaxation and the cruise is well known for its enjoyable and inclusive atmosphere. The rooms are elegantly decorated in teak and brass and the whole boat has an air of elegance and sophistication, right down to the attentive staff.