HO CHI MINH CITY, 4 December 2019: River cruises on the lower Mekong River sporting a 20% discount are up for grabs for sailings in early 2020.
Heritage Line, a leading river cruise operator in the Mekong region based in Vietnam, offers the discount on a seven-day voyage linking Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s commercial hub, and Siem Reap, the gateway to the iconic World Heritage temples of Angkor in Cambodia.
Even though the “The Lost Civilization” itinerary ranks as one of Southeast Asia’s most memorable river journeys, Mekong river cruises can be pricey especially if you compare them with popular sea cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong.
The 20% Heritage discount applies on selected sailings on two boats; Jayavarman and Jahn. The discounted rates are USD1,908 on the Jayavarman and USD2,168 on the Jahn.
There are around seven popular cruises of the lower Mekong River; a mix of shorter three-day cruises sailing the delta in Vietnam with stops in Cai Be, Can Tho and Chau (USD250 to USD350) and the longer seven or eight-night trips from a port south of Ho Chin Minh City to Phom Penh in Cambodia with prices starting at around USD1,700.
On the popular Bestpricevn.com, a seven-night cruise on RV Mekong Prestige II costs USD1,725. Avia Expedition is the most expensive at USD9,450.
Heritage competes for business head-on with Pandaw Cruises that sells an eight-night trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh for USD2,545.
In the river cruise market, you get what you pay for so checking out the cabin layout, the boat, itinerary details and features included in the rate, although tiresome, is essential to ensure you get the holiday experience that fits your expectations and price band.
River cruises in Southeast Asia are ideal for couples with a special calendar event to celebrate, such as a wedding anniversary. Prices are inclusive of meals, transfers, sightseeing but not the airfares or hotel accommodation required to join the cruise.
Discounts on Heritage Line boats apply on departures between 18 January and 25 April 2020 with the booking window open until 15 February 2020.
SIEM REAP – SAIGON (DOWNSTREAM)
18 Jan-28 Jan – Heritage Line The Jahan
01 Feb-08 Feb – Heritage Line The Jahan
14 Mar-21 Mar – Heritage Line The Jahan
21 Mar-28 Mar – Heritage Line Jayavarman
28 Mar-04 Apr – Heritage Line The Jahan
04 Apr-11 Apr – Heritage Line Jayavarman
11 Apr-18 Apr – Heritage Line The Jahan
18 Apr-25 Apr – Heritage Line Jayavarman
25 Apr-02 May – Heritage Line The Jahan
SAIGON – SIEM REAP (UPSTREAM)
21 Mar-28 Mar – Heritage Line The Jahan
28 Mar-04 Apr – Heritage Line Jayavarman
18 Apr-25 Apr – Heritage Line The Jahan