Exploration and Elegance on the Mekong River
As Indochina grows in popularity as a tourism destination, exciting tour options available to travelers looking to explore this region of Southeast Asia are growing as well. A rising trend is to journey via river cruise on one of the excellent cruise ships now plying the Mekong and other rivers of the region. In places where rivers and waterways remain the lifeblood of everyday life for local residents, traveling by cruise ship reveals how deeply the river resource impacts the lives of ordinary people.
Cruising down the Mekong, a major transportation artery of Indochina, is not as complicated as it might sound. There are a range of options to explore areas along the riverbanks and beyond, making key stops along the way. Two Indochinese capitals–Vientiane in Laos and Phnom Penh in Cambodia–both sit on the banks of the Mekong as it flows south through Laos and into Cambodia before fanning out in to South Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and eventually the sea.
A cruise experience on the Mekong will likely feature a variety of culturally distinctive elements. Aside from the traditional highlights of Indochina such as capital cities and Angkorian monuments, cruise ship itineraries will likely include visits to floating markets, colonial landmarks, ancient temples and quiet fishing villages nestled on the banks of freshwater islands. The length and variety of these excursions will largely depend on the amount of time the traveler has and how long the cruise package is, but there is certain to be enough to give travelers a really immersive experience.
There are currently many different cruises to choose from depending on a traveler’s budget. Most cruise ships are very tastefully decorated with comfortable hotel-like amenities and a friendly atmosphere. For an Indochina river cruise, we invite your travelers to consider the following:
- The 56-passenger Viking Mekong. Travelers can explore Vietnam and Cambodia in a 15-day tour.
- The 32-passenger Pandaw River Cruiser. Pandaw offers a selection of different river cruises along the Mekong in Cambodia, Laos and in Vietnam as well as a cruise around Halong Bay and an option to explore the Red River in North Vietnam. Pandaw will launch their new Laos Pandaw cruise ship for exploration on the upper Mekong at the start of next year.
- The 40-passenger Aqua Mekong. For discerning travelers who are looking for a truly spectacular cruise experience then this elegant cruise ship is the one. Aqua Mekong offers all the history and culture of the Mekong experience while also providing a distinct level of luxury.
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