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Cruise Holidays on Mekong River

Take a trip along the exotic Mekong River through the tropical greenery of Southeast Asia, and discover the ancient cities, temples and fascinating natural wonders that make the area an intriguing holiday destination. From its source high up in the Tibetan Plateau, the powerful Mekong River courses for over 3,000 miles through Asia, providing a lifeline for millions of people. With cruise you can explore China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, immersing yourself in the local culture. In Vietnam, you can cruise the massive Mekong Delta that covers an area of some 15,000 square miles. This picturesque area is dotted by rice paddies, fish farms, fruit orchards, and more. In Cambodia, explore French-influenced Phnom Penh, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and learn about the sobering Khmer Rouge regime. North of the city you cruise on the Tonle River, which connects the main Mekong with Tonle Sap or “Great Lake.” You’ll enjoy the scenery as the river narrows and passes through villages and woodlands. All cruises of will show you the Asia that other travelers rarely get to see. Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River was named the best cruise itinerary for Off-the-Path explorers.


The Mekong Delta is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam of 39,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq mi). The size of the area covered by water depends on the season. The Mekong Delta has recently been dubbed as a ‘biological treasure trove’. Over 10,000 new species have been discovered in previously unexplored areas of Mekong Delta, including a species of rat thought to be extinct. The Mekong Delta is the bottom half of Vietnam's two rice baskets (the other being the Red River Delta in the North). The delta, which yields enough rice to feed the country with a sizable surplus, was formed by sediment deposited by the Mekong. The process continues today, with silt deposits extending the shoreline by as much as 80m per year. The river is so large that it has two daily tides. Lush with rice paddies and fish farms, this delta plain also nourishes the cultivation of sugarcane, fruit, coconut and shrimp. Although the area is primarily rural, it is one of the most densely populated regions in Vietnam and nearly every hectare is intensively farmed.


Cambodia is a country in mainland South-east Asia. The landmass is bisected by the Mekong River, which at 486 km (302 mi) is the longest river in Cambodia. After extensive rapids, turbulent sections and cataracts in Laos, the river enters the country at Stung Treng province, is predominantly calm and navigable during the entire year as it widens considerably in the lowlands. The Mekong's waters disperse into the surrounding wetlands of central Cambodia and strongly affect the seasonal nature of the Tonlé Sap Lake. The bowl's bottom represents Cambodia's interior, about 75 percent, consisting of alluvial flood-plains of the Tonlé Sap basin, the lower Mekong River and the Bassac River plain, whose waters feed the large and almost centrally located wetlands. As humans preferably settle in these fertile and easily accessible central lowlands, major transformations and widespread cultivation through wet-rice agriculture have over the centuries shaped the landscape into distinctive regional cultivated lands. Domestic plants, such as sugar palms, Coconut trees and banana groves almost exclusively skirt extensive rice paddies, as natural vegetation is confined to elevated lands and near waterways. The Mekong traverses the north to south-east portions of the country, where the low-lying plains extend into Vietnam and reach the Eastern Sea at the Mekong Delta region.


Follow the Mekong River and uncover the secrets of Laos. From the bustle of Bangkok, you find a quieter South East Asia in the north of Thailand and an even more tranquil one still when you cross into Laos. The regal temples, with spires pointing towards the heavens, extol the glories of Theravada Buddhism. The mysterious Plain of Jars exemplifies the remoteness of some of Laos' key attractions. Meanwhile the Mekong River threads its way through the country, supporting communities that include its laid-back capital, Vientiane, which still maintains an ambiance that borrows from both ancient Lao traditions and colonial French influences. The south of the east-west course of the river below Vientiane lies the AnchorKhorat Plateau, which embraces almost all of the Thai portion of the basin as well as the lower parts of the Mekong’s Laotian tributaries. This is an area of gently rolling hills set amid relatively flat alluvial plains. Soils and deciduous vegetation on the hills are thin, and much of the original forest has been replaced by grassland as a result of grazing and repeated burning. To the northern highlands have highly folded ranges that reach elevations of about 9,000 feet (2,700 meters) above sea level, many with steep slopes. As far south as Vientiane, welcome to Luang Prabang, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers.  There are many sites to visit around this beautiful town and the best way to explore is by boat. We have designed trips which bring you to the wonderful surrounds of Luang Prabang and allow you to experience the most beautiful sections of the Mekong River.



The river divides Laos and Thailand, before a stretch passing through Laos alone. The Mekong River in Thailand continues to wind its way right through the Northern part of the country before reaching Cambodia where it receives the Sap River. The Mekong River in Thailand is one of the most biologically diverse environments in the world and is home to numerous species of flora, fauna and animals endemic to the Mekong River Basin. The river is joined by several other great rivers of Thailand which include the Ing River, Ruak River and Mun River which in turn is joined by the Chi River, Dom Noi River and Lam Ta Klong Rivers. The Mekong River in Thailand is home to several of the largest freshwater fish species in the world such as the mythical Mekong Catfish, Chaophraya Catfish (Dog eating Catfish) and Giant freshwater stingray and various other River Monsters. The Mekong River in Thailand is a magical fishing destination which is steeped in mystery and the unknown. Fishing on this awe inspiring river in Thailand presents the ultimate angling challenge for visiting anglers to Thailand who wish to fish for true native monster freshwater fish in one of the wildest and remote rivers in the world.


The Mekong river bends southwest; over a reach of more than 125 miles (200 km) it forms the Myanmarese-Laotian border. Although two great roads cross it—the caravan route from the southeast to Lhasa and the road from Kunming to Myanmar—much of the river valley in the highlands of Tibet and Yunnan is remote and sparsely populated. Below Myanmar, the river basin may be divided into six major sections on the basis of landforms, vegetation, and soils: the northern highlands, Khorat Plateau, eastern highlands, southern lowlands, southern highlands, and delta. Most of the vegetation in the lower basin is of the tropical broad-leaved variety, although the occurrence of individual species varies with latitude and topography.

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