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Mekong River Cruise including
Hanoi and Halong Bay

  • Route:
  • London
  • Siem Reap
  • Angkor Wat
  • Mekong Cruise
  • Saigon
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay Cruise
  • Hanoi
  • London
4 NIGHTS from £579pp

Tour Highlights

  • City tour of Hanoi.
  • Cruise of Halong Bay.
  • Water puppet performance.
  • Cai Be floating market.
  • and more...
Extension from £579pp
Tour + Extension from £3228pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Hanoi and Halong Bay

Combine the famous sites of Hanoi such as the Ho Chi Minh Complex and One Pillar Pagoda with an overnight luxury cruise on the awe-inspiring Halong Bay, passing local towns, fascinating intricate limestone formations and visiting the impressive Thien Cahn Son Cave.

Day 1: UK to Siem Reap

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Siem Reap international airport.

    Day 2: Siem Reap

    On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax by the pool before enjoying a welcome dinner.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Siem Reap

    A full day tour of the ancient ruins in the Angkor area starts at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Explore the impressive Bayon temple with its countless sculptural decorations before continuing to the famous Angkor Wat. Constructed in the 12th century and covering an area of around 210 hectares, this architectural masterpiece contains pavilions, courtyards and large ponds reflecting the towering temple. The nearby jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight with enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers growing through the structure's stone foundations. Return to your hotel for dinner.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Siem Reap to Mekong Cruise

    This morning you will transfer to Tonle Sap, a designated UNESCO Biosphere. Containing more fish than any other lake in the world, it is also home to an incredible variety of birds including many rare and endangered species of storks, ibises and cranes. Here you will board your cruise ship, which will be your home for the next seven nights. The French colonial style vessel oozes the elegance of the Art Nouveau period in Paris and offers unrivalled comfort and luxury on board. As the cruise begins, take the afternoon to relax as you meander through the waters. The ship will moor overnight on the lake where you will experience the stillness of the surroundings, lit by the moon and the radiance of the stars.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Mekong Cruise

    The cruise will set sail before dawn as the sun begins slowly rising above the lake. Cruising along the Mekong to Kampong Tralach, you will disembark to enjoy an ox-cart ride. Then travel by coach to Oudong, the royal capital of Cambodia from 1618 until 1866, to visit the monastery for a unique Buddhist blessing experience before returning to the ship.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Mekong Cruise

    Wake to embark on a trip to the little-known copper manufacturing village of Koh Chen where residents have been perfecting a craft handed down to them over generations. Cruising on you will enjoy dinner and moor overnight on the ship midstream near Phnom Penh.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Mekong Cruise

    Setting sail this morning, the ship will soon reach Phnom Penh, once described as 'The Paris of the East'. Despite the city's rapid development, it has retained much of its rustic charm and French colonial allure. Following breakfast, transfer for a tour of the dynamic and historical capital city. Begin at the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace as well as the Silver Pagoda, whose floor is made from over 5,000 silver tiles and houses an emerald encrusted Buddha. After lunch, visit the infamous Killing Fields for a history on the genocide that transpired during Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime under Pol Pot. After dinner back on board the ship you will have some free time where you may like to step out for an evening walk around this fascinating capital.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Mekong Cruise

    Cruising along the main Mekong Channel's international shipping route you can choose to take in a fruit-carving demonstration by one of the chefs on board whilst the crew complete the necessary paperwork for the border crossing. Entering Vietnam, the ship will moor for dinner and overnight.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Mekong Cruise

    Today you will transfer to a small boat to travel along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau, visiting remote islands to witness authentic rural Mekong life where local inhabitants live on houses poised on high stilts. Later, venture ashore for a wonderful rickshaw tour of Tan Chau town passing local artisan workshops and markets. Back on board your ship this afternoon, you might choose to attend a lecture on Vietnam in your ship's lounge or relax and socialise.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Mekong Cruise

    This morning's excursion is to the charming colonial town of Sa Dec for a guided sightseeing tour. Famous for its beautiful flower gardens, the small, sleepy town is truly a hidden gem in the Mekong Delta. Passing authentic markets and examples of colonial architecture you will return to your ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, the cruise will arrive in the atmospheric town of Cai Be where you will start your tour at the busy, vivid, floating market where around 500 boats filled with fruits and vegetables are brought by locals to trade along the network of rivers. After discovering the nearby canals, lush landscapes and rustic life along the river, you will go ashore to see the French Gothic Cathedral and visit a local rice paper manufacturer. This evening, head back to the ship for a tranquil night cruise towards My Tho. Celebrate the end of the Mekong cruise with a farewell dinner on board before spending your last evening on the waters.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: Mekong Cruise & Saigon

    Arriving into My Tho this morning on the upper Mekong River, the crew will bid you farewell as your Mekong cruise comes to a close. Here your land transport will transfer you to your hotel in Saigon.

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 12: Saigon

    This morning travel to the underground village of Cu Chi and discover the incredible and complex underground network of tunnels, stretching for 200 kilometres, where the Viet Cong lived and fought during the war. On the return journey you will pass through rural farming communities before arriving back into Saigon where a half day tour of the city will commence, visiting all the major sights including the Cathedral, Reunification Palace and the lively Ben Thanh market. Dinner will be served in a local restaurant where you can enjoy your last evening with the group.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 13: Saigon to the UK

    Today is left at leisure before your evening flight back to London.

    • Breakfast

    Hanoi and Halong Bay - Extension Starts

    Day 14: Saigon to Hanoi

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Your afternoon will be leisure, and dinner is included in a local Vietnamese restaurant.

    • Dinner

    Day 15: Hanoi

    A full day tour of this historic city begins with the Ho Chi Minh Complex where the father of modern day Vietnam declared the nation's independence in 1945. Visit sites including the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda, then drive to the Temple of Literature. After lunch, visit the Fines Art Museum before the evening highlight - a Water Puppet Performance, a unique form of Vietnamese art derived from the wet rice civilisation of South East Asia.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 16: Hanoi to Halong Bay Cruise

    Departing Hanoi, you will travel by road through the Red River Delta to the stunning World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Here you will board your boat and set sail, cruising amongst the majestic limestone pillars scattered throughout the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Overnight on the cruise.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 17: Halong Bay Cruise

    Start your day with some calming Tai Chi before your boat then takes you to discover the prehistoric 'Surprise Cave'. Return back to the boat for lunch and continue to cruise through the bay.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 18: Halong Bay to UK

    Cruising back to the harbour, en route you will stop to visit Luon Cave, the most famous grotto in Halong Bay. Enjoy brunch before disembarking your cruise and spending the rest of your afternoon at leisure in Hanoi. Dinner will be at a local restaurant before transferring to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

    • Breakfast & Dinner
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

    • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
    • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
    • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
    • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
    • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

    Important Information


    The Vietnamese Government have instated a visa exemption period for citizens of the UK who travel before 30/06/18. The visa exemption is valid for stays of up to 15 days in Vietnam. To be valid for the exception your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry. Stays of longer than 15 days, stays beyond 30/06/18 or travellers undertaking multiple entries to Vietnam will still require a visa. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange this visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £98.50. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for three months from the date of entry. Therefore we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure you will not need it during this time. Alternatively, you can visit the Embassy of Vietnam in London: 12-14 Victoria Road, London, W8 5RD. Travellers from countries other than the UK should contact the Embassy of Vietnam to check their status. If you choose to book the Temples of Cambodia extension before the Hoi An Beach Stay extension then you will require a multi entry visa for Vietnam.


    You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

    Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
    Up to 17 days cover£42£79£135

    For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


    If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

    Flight Information

    All flights are operated by Vietnam Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage & hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

    Health and Vaccinations

    It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

    Physical Accessibility

    This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

    Group Size

    There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

    Tour Guide

    This is a fully escorted tour with local guides throughout ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge throughout.

    Currency Information

    The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong, known as VND. You can exchange your currency in Vietnam, however US Dollars are widely accepted in Vietnam should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel, known as AHR. You can exchange your currency in Cambodia, however US Dollars are widely accepted in Cambodia should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

    Personal Expenses

    You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200 - £400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

    Tour Dates & Prices

    Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
    10 Feb 201826 Feb 2018£579pp£3099pp£3678ppBook
    24 Feb 201812 Mar 2018£579pp£3099pp£3678ppBook
    10 Mar 201826 Mar 2018£599pp£2969pp£3568ppBook
    24 Mar 201809 Apr 2018£599pp£2999pp£3598ppBook
    07 Apr 201823 Apr 2018£599pp£2649pp£3248ppBook

    Travelling Alone?

    Unfortunately we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour, however if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room.

    Fact File

    • Currency: Dong
    • Average Flying time: 12 hours
    • Minimum temperature: 12°C
    • Maximum temperature: 35°C
    • Spoken Language(s): Vietnamese

    Here to help

    • Get in touch with one of our experts on Vietnam
    • 0800 781 4893 (free)
    • 0333 321 3144(mobile friendly)
    • Request a call back

    Hotels and Accommodation

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    Golden Central Hotel

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    Other Extensions

    Hoi An Beach Stay


    Tour route

    • London
    • Siem Reap
    • Angkor Wat
    • Mekong Cruise
    • Saigon
    • Hoi An
    • London

    Extend your trip in Vietnam with a 4 night stay on the stunning beach just outside Hoi An, a beautifully authentic town where hundreds of tailors line the narrow low-rise streets and riverside cafes overlook the waterside edge.

    This add-on must be taken at the end of the main tour.


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