Luxury Cruise the Mekong River and Gain an Authentic View of Southeast Asia
This exotic and soul-stirringly beautiful region has a chequered and bloody past, to travel on the Mekong River is to feel that history, to see for oneself the resilience of the locals and the beauty of a land worth fighting for. That very history history is written in the waters of the Mekong, in the greenery of the lush jungles and on the lined faces of elderly locals. It is whispered in the wind that whistles softly through bamboo groves and makes its way up the riverbank. After the storm, however, there comes a dense calm – evident by the slower pace of life along the banks of the river, it can be seen in the herds of water buffalo idly plodding through green fields, in the chatter of fishermen and the mischievous laughter of curious children who peek and wave to you as you float by.
Get Close to local Life in the Mekong River Region
Going ashore in a small group, you’ll witness up close and personal how the locals live their lives. Led by local experts, you’ll immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of a fascinating people. You’ll explore ancient temples and fragrant villages, where the sweet, smoky scent of cooking food will set your senses alight. You’ll experience the hustle and bustle, the vibrant and colourful atmosphere of floating markets. Travelling by rickshaw or sampan, you might even be invited into locals’ homes to learn how they make cloth or handicrafts using their time honoured and revered methods.
You’ll come away from this experience having sampled local cuisine, seen sights to amaze and learned of a fascinating history, but it’s the people who will make the biggest impression. Genuinely warm, good humoured and welcoming, the people of Vietnam and Cambodia are as much a treasure as the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, the Pagoda of Chau Doc and the wide far reaching banks and narrow canals of the Mekong itself.