Why CFM

Why choose CF Mekong River Cruises (CFM)?

A cruise on our ships is more than just a cruise. We promise a memorable adventure that you will cherish.
Come journey with us as we uncover the hidden gems of Indochina.
Many of our passengers return to cruise with us again, as they view our cruises as an unequalled opportunity to discover Cambodia, Vietnam and the Mekong and not simply by relaxing onboard while cruising the river.

We blend in

We are respectful and tasteful. Our ships weave into the local tapestry delicately and pay tribute to both Cambodian and Vietnamese culture. They are comfortable and easy. They are elegant and effortless, without being stiff and formal.

Unforgettable Adventures

We offer more than a run-of-the-mill river cruise. Unlike larger vessels, catering to bigger groups, we do not operate a floating hotel barge but ships of discovery aimed at giving you a real experience of Cambodia and Vietnam. Our charming vessels take you to rustic villages where you can experience hidden cultures and be one with the people.

We can navigate the entire length of the Lower Mekong

True cruisers love to cruise and hate long bus transfers. Unlike our competitors, our ships are the perfect size for navigating otherwise inaccessible parts of the Mekong such as the magnificent Gao Canal, the enchanting gateway to the heart of Saigon. With us there are no extended bus rides to traverse long stretches of the river that are inaccessible to larger ships. We are the only cruise line that offers true point-to-point cruising along the entire length of the Lower Mekong. We take you from the dock at Siem Reap all the way into Saigon harbour. Other cruise lines typically end their river cruises either at the mid-point of Tonlé Sap Lake, a half day’s bus ride to Siem Reap and/or at the port of My Tho in Vietnam, an hour’s drive from Saigon.

Since December 2013, other cruise lines have had their itineraries altered at short notice and/or forced their passengers to take bus detours, due to ongoing bridge works on the Mekong. Our ships, with their special, shallow hulls are the only ones not affected by this work. Our ships are intimate, charming, and full of period features. They ooze character, evoking memories of a bygone era. Painstaking efforts have been taken to ensure an exquisite authenticity, through the use of local materials ranging from exotic tropical hardwoods, palm and woven straw to create an elegantly decorative finish.

We don’t cancel our cruises

We honour all our cruises, no matter how many cabins have been booked. Most other cruise lines reserve the right to cancel a particular cruise even late in the season if their occupancy levels are not high enough.

Affordable luxury

Our ships offer many of the luxuries present on larger vessels but in a more intimate setting with a smaller number of passengers. These smaller vessels consume less fuel and are subsequently not only more environmentally-friendly, but also less expensive to cruise on. We pride ourselves on offering luxury at an affordable price.

Short 3-day excursions to Angkor Wat

For those pressed for time, CFM is proud to be the only cruise company offering a 3-day journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, home to the magnificent temples complex of Angkor Wat.

Flexibility with scheduling & cruise extensions

We cater to your varying requests. You’d prefer 2-5 more days to embrace the grandiosity of Angkor Wat? No problem! With our cruise extensions, you can tailor our programs to suit your needs.

Safety and security

Your safety is our utmost priority. Our crew undergo rigorous fire-fighting, health and safety training, as well as first aid courses, before they are come onboard. All CFM vessels are fully insured by specialised international marine insurance companies. Our hulls and machinery are insured through GUIAN Marine Insurance Brokers in France. Our passenger liability is underwritten by The Shipowners’ Protection Limited, based in the United Kingdom.

Socially and environmentally conscious

Not only are our ships amongst the most fuel-efficient and environmentally-sound of all the vessels on the Mekong, we actively seek to inform our passengers of the manifold threats to the fragile environment of the river and the communities and traditions that depend on it for their very survival. We make a positive contribution to the health of the Mekong and its world-famous delta.

Delicious delights

Our cuisine is a delectable melange of East and West. We offer a unique culinary experience that offers superb Western cuisine as well as authentic Khmer and Vietnamese specialties.

Personalised service

As our ships have a low number of cabins, we embrace you with unbridled warmth. We ensure that intimate bonds are created and friendships nurtured. And, our crew remember your name.

Charters

Our four vessels, ranging from 10 to 31 cabins, are small enough to be chartered by groups, companies and organisations.

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