How to experience the Mekong River
With constant activities to observe from fishermen and river craft, to traditional villages and floating markets, as well as the awesome regional cuisine Mekong River life is nothing short of busy and bustling. Those thousands of miles provide all travelers a wealth of adventures. To enjoy one of the longest rivers in the world, let’s see some ideas how to experience the Mekong River. Indochina travel Vietnam
A day tour in mekong river
If you want to explore the Mekong with the most flexibility and least time commitment, day tours are suitable. Seeing some of local factories or observing fisherman expertly casting their nets at dawn? You are going to find something magical, no matter how long you go: a half day or full day excursion.
Once being in Laos, a good place to kick off a day tour is the sleepy town of Luang Prabang, whose every corner seems to offer postcard-like views from under towering palm trees. Get a taste of life along the river by booking a cycling trip to a local village, make sure you get some Laotian specialties like water buffalo jerky, a salty snack dressed with sesame seeds or Mekong riverweed.
A day tour through Kampong Cham is a great choice for a look at Cambodian life. With fewer tourists, less chaos, you will find more room to wander through temples and busy markets.
A visit to the Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta, where the winding Mekong splits into nine distributaries in Southern Vietnam, located at the end of the Mekong River, is home to a history of both turmoil and prosperity, as well as lush natural charm. Even though passing many wars, the bountiful region of the Delta still preserves a unique beauty found nowhere on Earth. ho chi minh to phnom penh cruise
Although floating markets and villages built on stilts, lush orchards overflowing with tropical fruit are some of so many things make this region special, what really set it apart are the locals who call the Mekong home. There is no doubt that it is one of the most impassioning destinations in Southeast Asia.
The regional incredible cuisine is also alluring. The Mekong Delta brings its own unique tastes, flavors and twists on traditional cuisine of Vietnam, a culinary superpower. This place is truly a foodie heaven with amazingly fresh ingredients with subtle fragrances thanks to the abundance of rice and crops. Just a few of the local specialties to feast on are catfish, elephant-ear fish and freshwater crabs.
To capture the canopy of greenery stretching over the river and preserve the precious memory of the exceptional charm of the Mekong Delta, keep your camera ready. Or book an excursion with a cooking class to try your hand at recreating your favorite dishes. You will know more how fish sauce and rau thom (herbs) are in the process.
A luxury cruise
If you want to experience an interesting adventure of discovering a foreign land at a relaxed pace whilst retaining all the luxury and comforts that a real holiday should provide, a river journey is an ideal choice. Embark on an expedition of a few nights, or cruise longer for a week or two. Travelers may want to stay on board as long as possible as modern luxury cruise operators in the Mekong spare no expense to create their wonderful floating accommodation.
Normally, river cruises travel between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor temples or between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City. The route is full of floating villages and floating markets, rural communities or thriving cities with temples, pagodas and endless rice paddy fields.
As diverse, fascinating and lovely as the river is though, the real stars of any journey along this magical river are the people who call it home. The authentic local experiences must be the most precious. Indeed, while cherished by all the luxurious material spoils one can ask for, what makes a journey like this truly exceptional is the priceless warmth of the local people.
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