Here are our Top Ten Highlights for a Mekong River Cruise The Port of Saigon Beyond the excitement of the city centre, lies the Port of Saigon. Located on opening of the mighty Mekong Delta,
Here are our Top Ten Highlights for a Mekong River Cruise
The Port of Saigon
Beyond the excitement of the city centre, lies the Port of Saigon. Located on opening of the mighty Mekong Delta, this is one of the worlds’ busiest container ports. Enjoy the bustle and vitality at street level and take in the glittering skyscrapers as you sail away from the city into the Mekong Delta.
Cai Be Floating Market
The vibrancy of the Mekong Delta is no more evident than at the Cai Be floating market. Of the many busy towns and markets in Southern Vietnam, Cai Be is perhaps the most dazzling in colour and variety of produce. Hundreds of shallow wooden boats adorned with verdant sprays of vegetables, fruit, rice and fish, make this section of one of Asia’s great rivers the most spectacular.
Vinh Xuong River check-point
Vinh Xuong is a popular checkpoint from Vietnam to Cambodia, via waterways. Crossing borders always fills one with a little trepidation, but landing at the waterborne immigration and arrival jetty will add extra excitement to your adventure. Enjoy the views along the Mekong River all the way to Neak Loeung and beyond bef ore arriving at the sleepy Kaam Samnor checkpoint on the Cambodian border… and you’ll have a rare stamp in your passport too!
This resilient revitalized capital city has something for everyone. Ancient temples and French colonial architecture blend with cosmopolitan restaurants, markets and fantastic night life. Cambodia ’s commercial and political hub is also a major gateway on the Mekong with Angkor and Tongle to the west, the beaches of Sihanoukville to the south and the hill tribe minorities of the provinces to the north.
Chnok Tru Floating Town
Almost totally overlooked by tourists because of its relative remoteness on Tongle Lake, this village is completely self-sufficient. A floating school, factories to make ice for fish preservation, a church, a pagoda, service stations, livestock, stores, boat, shops, video club, karaoke bar, police station… everything is on the water.
Siem Reap (Angkor Temples)
At the end (or start) of many Mekong River cruises, just a few kilometers to the north of Tongle Lake lies the world famous historic sites this region is famous for. Over two or three days you can take in Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple, The Terrace of Elephants and The Terrace of the Leper King. One sight not to be missed is a visit Angkor Wat in time to catch the sun set as it illuminates the ancient structures.
Pha Pheng Waterfalls
Up-stream on the Mekong, as you cruise in Southern Laos, you’ll discover the breath-taking Pha Pheng Waterfalls. In this remote area, seen by very few tourists, you can take in the stunning views as the mighty Mekong thunders down accross the Lao border into Cambodia.
Champasak and the Four Thousand Islands
A less well known but equally stunning Mekong River cruise can be found upstream in Southern Laos, where the ancient capital of Champasak and the UNESCO site of Vat Phou are waiting to be discovered. The natural highlight of the “four thousand islands” archipelago is certainly not to be missed.
Cruising for roughly 20 minutes from Don Khone, there will be a chance to see one of the world’s rarest mammals, the Irrawaddy Dolphin. These beautiful creatures can be found on more remote areas on the Mekong River
Luang Prabang and Pak Ou
In northern Laos where the Mekong meets the Nam Khan River, is the beautiful region of Luang Prabang. Among the many highlights is Wat Xieng Thong. This symbol of the city, adorned with golden gates and ornaments, glitters in the morning light. A gentle cruise further along upper Mekong brings you to Pak Ou. Hidden in the jungle, this mysterious complex of caves is carved out of towering limestone cliffs houses thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.