The mighty Mekong River is one of the most magnificent sights for those travelling to East or Southeast Asia and the great things is, it is perfect for a captivating cruise.
Where is the Mekong?
Beginning in China’s Tibetan Plateau, the river travels over 4,000 km, flowing through six countries including Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. A Mekong River cruise is an ideal way to traverse these waters which support rich biodiversity and offer insights into local culture and livelihoods.
Best Way to Travel
The best way to explore the river is to enjoy cruises offered by operators such as Mekong Kingdoms which have their own fleet of luxury boats. You get both day journeys and sunset dinner cruises as well as more intimate overnight experiences amidst the finest comforts as you visit places in Laos and Thailand.
Each destination along the Mekong River has something different to offer. You can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang in Laos, take in the lush beauty of Chiang Khong and the Golden Triangle, witness temple ruins in Chiang Saen and venture to Chiang Mai in the ancient Lanna Kingdom.
Depending on the type of cruise, you will be able to enjoy plenty of activities be it stopping by hill-tribe villages, sampling local cuisine, encountering elephants or seeing historical sites. Key attractions to visit along the way include the sacred Pak Ou Caves, Wat Dhon Kuhn, Khamu village and the idyllic Kuang Si Waterfalls.