Flowing across Southeast Asia and East Asia, the Mekong River offers an amazing journey of discovery and here’s how to plan a cruise to experience the region’s rich cultural and natural heritage.
While you get plenty of Mekong River cruise operators, take time to find the right one. Consider options like Mekong Kingdoms which don’t just offer run-of-the-mill tours but provide bespoke itineraries tailored to your interests along with the choice of day or overnight cruises on luxurious modern boats.
Such adventures let you explore diverse destinations along the river such as Luang Prabang. Cruise operators can be found that begin or end their journey at this UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Laos; other places you can visit include Chiang Khong, Chiang Saen, the Golden Triangle and Chiang Mai in Thailand.
Not all boats are created equal and the right one will help you better enjoy the experience! For overnight cruises, consider luxury vessels with modern cabins and contemporary comforts as well as stylish dining spaces and spa treatment rooms. You also get luxurious shuttle and lounge boats ideal for shorter trips.
You can choose half or full-day cruises that take you to sites like the Pak Ou Cave and Kuang Si Waterfalls or to just enjoy spellbinding sunsets. To fully immerse yourself in the river’s heritage, take overnight cruises; you can visit ancient temples, explore hill-tribe villages, witness traditional rituals and even stroll with elephants beside the banks.