Having recently returned from cruising the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam, I can highly recommend this experience, it is such a relaxing way to travel.
The beauty of unpacking once on a luxury cruise ship, yet still see the sights and experience adventures at a variety of destinations makes for the perfect holiday.
With shore excursions, we were able to experience life in the local villages and cities, allowing the opportunity to immerse yourself into the culture. These tours are with local guides and travel is by tuk tuk’s and rickshaws, or small boats to local food markets.
The cruise is all inclusive of meals, which are a mix of Western and Asian influence to cater for all needs, and the service is amazing. The cabins are very modern and luxurious, with private bathrooms. From your bed you can watch the activity on the banks of the river, or step out on to the balcony.
Up top there is an open deck with sun lounges to enjoy the sights and company of other guests, plus an onboard pool which was beautifully refreshing after a day touring. There is also a fully equipped bar and a Spa for relaxing massages.
A highlight for me was cruising through the Chao Gao Canal where you can see the stilted homes and shacks where the locals live along the river going about their day to day life. The homes are truly amazing! 80% of the population rely directly on the river system for food and livelihood so there is always so much activity along the Mekong offering many wonderful photo opportunities.
If you would like to hear more about Mekong Cruising, contact Simone at itravel The Junction.