The name Mekong roughly translates as “the mother of water” and what a fitting name for the world’s 12th largest river, which flows through no fewer than 7 countries.
A cruise along the Mekong River will transport you to a land of ancient temples, stunning pagodas and picturesque fishing villages. Get ready to discover the many unique customs and cultures that have existed on its banks for centuries.
Here you’ll meet some of the world’s friendliest locals and experience the spectacle of travelling through the jungle. The Mekong offers one of the most unique ecosystems in the world, so expect to see otters, turtles, crocodiles and a huge variety of birds and fish life.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MEKONG
Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
Many river cruises embark from Ho Chi Minh City. This dazzling and vibrant city is the whirlwind hub of Vietnam that delights visitors by offering a slice of old meets new. You can take in the swankiest restaurants and most exclusive boutique clothing stores before wandering through timeless alleys to incense-infused Buddhist temples. Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda for a spectacularly atmospheric slice of Buddhist and Taoist spirituality before stopping by Vietnam’s very own Notre Dame Cathedral. This stunning, effervescent city is a true blend of cultures, so you certainly won’t be short of things to do during your stay.
Siem Reap - Cambodia
Beautiful and mysterious in equal measure, Siem Reap is home to the incredible Angkor Wat. This monumental, world-famous temple complex is a fierce source of pride for local residents. It virtually buckles under the tangle of jungle cladding and is so full of fascinating detail that you could visit again and again and always see something new and spectacular each time. But Siem Reap has so much more to offer than Angkor Wat. There are numerous temples to visit, as well as bustling markets (keep an eye out for the unusual local delicacy of fried tarantula), upmarket restaurants and celestial dances that take place outside the major temples most evenings.
There’s a whole wealth of words that can be written about the beauty of this spectacular river cruise, with the sunsets alone worthy of numerous novels, but for unrivalled beauty and ancient history, a cruise along the Mekong will not be beaten.
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