Mekong river cruises

Take in South East Asian icons and discover traditional ways of life along the region’s longest waterway.

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Connecting Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, the Mekong River is a vital waterway. Take a Mekong River cruise to discover a relatively unexplored and untouched region rich in history.

The Mekong forms the heart and soul of Indochina. A thread that connects Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam both geographically and culturally, it is an important trade route and living waterway, which can be explored on a luxury Mekong River cruise.

Most Mekong River cruises comprise part of a longer trip to the area, with itineraries taking in cities and sites of historical and natural interest.

When to go:

You can cruise the Mekong year-round but the best time to travel on it is during the winter from November to February, when temperatures are cooler and the rainy season has passed.

In Laos the Mekong runs virtually the whole length of the country, passing through Luang Prabang, the capital Vientiane and through the serene 4,000 Islands before entering Cambodia, whose capital, Phnom Penh, also stands on the river’s banks.

Cross border cruises often begin in Vietnam at the Mekong Delta, close to Ho Chi Minh City. Travel over the border into Cambodia and on upriver to Phnom Penh. Here, swap to the Tonle Sap and sail to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat, an extensive collection of 12th-century Khmer temples. Cruise the lazy upper reaches of the river in comfortable barges, stopping at ancient Wat Phou, and watch out for Irrawaddy river dolphins.