One of the most famous and adventurous rivers in the world is the historic Mekong. Just hearing the name of it usually produces colourful images in most people’s minds.
Taking a cruise down the river is an ideal way to witness Southeast Asia’s intriguing history and cultures.
You can find riverboats that sail down the Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam.
Here you’ll be able to see numerous rural villages and bustling cities, as well as temples and floating markets.
Of course, you can also take in the sites of Thailand and Laos as well if you like.
In the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, you’ll be able to see some excellent samples of French colonial architecture at the Silver Pagoda, Royal Palace, and National Museum.
Another one of the highlights is the 12th century Angkor Wat, which is a complex of beehive towers and ornate stone structures.
When sailing through In Vietnam, you will visit the colourful port of Cai Be and can take a sightseeing tour to explore Ho Chi Minh City. Here you’ll be able to visit the War Remnants Museum as well as the Cu Chi Tunnels, which were used by the Viet Cong as hideouts.
If you decide to sail through Bangkok, Thailand, some recommended sites are the famous Reclining Buddha and Emerald Buddha. If in Laos, check out the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang and the Royal Palace Museum.
If you plan out a Mekong River cruise you’ll be able to visit many wonderful attractions that will help you understanding the local people and culture.