Weaving snake like through Southeast Asia, from the bustling Vietnamese delta, upstream through Cambodia and onto Laos, the Mekong River plays a pivotal role for literally millions of people throughout the region. Mekong River life is nothing short of bustling and busy, with constant activity to observe from river craft and fisherman, to floating markets and traditional villages, while the local cuisine has increasingly been attracting the interest of top international chefs. As beautiful, fascinating and diverse as The Mekong River is though, it’s the people who call it home that are the real stars of any journey along this magical river.
- The Mekong is one of Asia’s great rivers; from the Tibetan Plateau into the South China Sea
- Visiting 6 Asian countries, there is no tapestry of river life as rich & varied as The Mekong’s
- The Mekong Delta covers 39,000 square kms with a staggering population of over 17 million
- Travelling by boat is an ideal way to explore this fascinating region & Mekong river life
- Explore bustling markets, little visited temples and local villages
Steppes Travel began life offering tailor-made tours to Asia over 20 years ago, and Southeast Asia and The Mekong continue to be an area we know intimately. Paul & Clare in our Eurasia department are very experienced at designing tailor-made land-based itineraries incorporating The Mekong in Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, while travellers keen to explore the Mekong by boat should talk to Paul who’s personally undertaken a Mekong voyage just recently and travelled extensively through much of this intoxicating region. Read more on Pauls blog, Crusing the Mekong in Style.
The optimal time to travel is between October and April, with week long Mekong River cruises on a choice of small comfortable and luxury boats, such as The Jayavarman and Jahan, or Mekong Pandaw, available throughout the year.