5 Reasons Why You Should Cruise on Mekong River
by Top Mekong Cruises Aug 10, 2017
As the 12th longest river in the world, there is no reason why should we not be exciting of a trip through Mekong River. This place contains the deepest secrets of many ancient civilizations on Earth. If you have not convinced about traveling on this magnificent river, continue to read our post and find out the more reasons to cruise on Mekong River.
1. Explore the rich culture and customs of multiple regions and countries
The Great Mekong River runs through several countries at once, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and China. Although it will be very difficult to travel through all countries on a trip, you can explore up to 2 countries in only 5-7 days. Discover the thousand years fishing villages or disembark to visit traditional handicraft villages.
There will also many unique destinations for you to find out on Mekong River. Perhaps you may stop at some floating markets in Mekong Delta and watch the bustling trading activities or venture on a remote silk island in Cambodia.
Local Village on Mekong River
2. Enjoy Various Dishes in One Trip
Culture and customs will not the only things that attract a huge number of travelers from all over the world since food lovers would like to try as many different dishes as possible. From the restaurant on board to the authentic food vendors on land, you will experience a culinary heaven on your trip.
An Authentic Local Meal
A Special, Delectable Dish on Cruise
If you are tired of Asian food after several days, which is unlikely, it is possible to enjoy European dishes on the cruise or in one of the restaurants in big cities like Phnom Penh or Saigon.
Suggested Read: Top 10 Cambodian Foods for Gourmet Travelers
3. Seeking Unique Local Products
Big cities are the business centers of the region, which offer modern needs for citizens, yet what tourists are constantly looking for is local products. And the most exciting way is to visit the place where the products come from. On your way through Mekong River, you may encounter a lot of factories, workshop, local stores and houses in the remote area.
Vietnamese Floating Market
For instance, in Mekong Delta (Vietnam), tourists often buy coconut or banana candy, coconut handicrafts or Khan Ran – a traditional checkered shawl.
Suggested Read: The Best Souvenirs to Buy Back from Cambodia
4. A Life Chance to Contemplate Nature
Most of the surrounding on Mekong River is forests, swamp, and remote villages and it provides habitat for numerous plant and animals. Thus, you can explore the rich ecosystem and also capture the allure of the environment on the cruise.
A Small Canal on Mekong River
Sometimes you will travel on a boat through canals in order to reach a particular village or market. As such, groups of animals may randomly wander around and become your next photo opportunity.
5. A One-of-a-kind Experience
We often hear a large cruise cross the sea and travel around the world, but a cruise venture on a river is another must-try experience as well. Moreover, the cruise will take you to two different countries, which allow tourists to contemplate the two cultures in one trip. It is possible to see the transitions between nature in the two countries.
Contemplate Angkor Wat Temple from Afar
Participating in different activities like visiting the local temples, shopping on floating market and so on are extremely enjoyable and refreshing things to do on Mekong River. Tourists may also relax in their room, sip a glass of cocktails in their cabins while looking at the sunset on their once-in-a-lifetime trip.