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 River and not simply relaxing on board while cruising the river.
We blend in
We are tasteful. Our ships weave into the local tapestry delicately with the environment. They are comfortable. They are cosy. But they are not over the top luxurious. They’re just right. And they fit in perfectly with the Vietnamese and Cambodian cultures
We offer more than a usual river cruise. Unlike larger vessel lines catering to large groups we do not a floating hotel barge but a discovery ships aimed at giving you a real experience of Cambodia and Vietnam. On our charming vessels, you will explore rustic villages, hidden cultures and be one with the people.
Vessels That Can Navigate the Entire Length of the Mekong
True cruisers love to cruise and hate long bus transits. Unlike the vessels of competing cruise lines, our ships are small enough to navigate otherwise inaccessible parts of the Mekong such as the magnificent Gao canal, an exotic gateway to the heart of Saigon city. With us there is no extended bus ride to traverse long stretches of the river inaccessible to other bigger 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 to to Saigon harbor. Other cruise lines typically end their river cruises either on the mid point of the Tonle Sap lake up to a half days drive by bus to Siem Reap and / or at the port of My Tho in Vietnam an hours drive from Saigon and transport their passengers on their final day of their journey by bus.
Since December 2013 other cruise lines have had their itineraries altered at short notice, and / or forced their passangers to take bus detours as part of their river cruise because of ongoing bridge work on the Mekong. Our ships with their special shallow hulls are the only ones not affected by this work.
Our ships are intimate, charming, cozy and colonial-styled. They are filled with character and they evoke memories of a by gone era. Painstaking efforts have been taken to ensure a feeling of exquisite authenticity through the use of local materials, ranging from exotic tropical hardwood, palm wood and woven straw to give an elegant decorative finish.
We Don’t Cancel Our Cruises
We honor 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.
Our ships offer many of the luxuries present on larger vessels but in a more intimate and cosy cabins with a smaller group of passengers. Our smaller vessels consume less fuel and are subsequently not only more ecologically friendly but less expensive to cruise on. We pride ourselves on offering luxury at an affordable price.
Short 3 Day Excursions to the Angkor Wat
For those pressed for time, CFM is the only cruise company which offers a 3-day journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, home to the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex.
Flexibility in Scheduling & Extending your Cruise
We cater to your varying requests. You prefer 2-5 more days to embrace the grandiosity of the Angkor Wat? No problem – with our cruise extensions tailor our programs to suit your needs.
Safety and Security
Your safety is our topmost priority. Our crew undergo rigorous firefighting, health and safety as well as first aid training before they are allowed on board. All CFM vessels are fully insured from specialized international marine insurance companies. Our hull and machinery are insured through GUIAN Marine Insurance brokers in France. And our passenger liability is underwritten by The Shipowners Protection Limited, based in the United Kingdom.
Socially and Environmentally Conscious
Not only our ships amongst the most fuel efficient and environmentally sound of all the vessels on the river. We actively seek to inform our passengers of the manifold threats to the fragile environment of the Mekong River and all the communities and traditions that depend on the Mekong for their livelihoods and way of life. We try to make a positive contribution to the debate on the environmental threats to the Mekong
Our cuisine is a delectable melange of East and West, a unique culinary experience that offers superb Western cuisine as well as authentic Khmer specialties.
As our boats have a low number of cabins, we embrace you with unbridled warmth. We ensure that intimate bonds are created and friendships nurtured. And we remember your names.
Our four vessels – ranging from 10 to 24 cabins per ship - are small enough to be chartered by groups, companies and organizations