The Mekong and Red River provide gateways to some of the most compelling landscapes and cultural centres in Southeast Asia, from the ruins of ancient Angkor and great capitals such as Phnom Penh, to the vibrant market towns of the Mekong Delta and hill tribe villages of the Tonkinese Alps. Moreover, thanks to a handful of impressive cruise companies, it’s possible to savour this extraordinary richness in a style not seen since the colonial era.
A small fleet of elegant, triple-decker steamers and Rhine-style cruisers ply the Mekong and Red rivers, pausing at the world-famous sights along the way, as well as a host of lesser-visited monuments, craft settlements and religious sites. Travelling via the water yields a completely different perspective on the region.
Life along Indochina’s great rivers tends to be lived at a slower, more organic pace. Fishing, farming and religious rituals are often based around them, and a floating boutique hotel makes a wonderful base from which to enjoy the constantly changing tableaux.
All of the luxury cruisers have breezy observation decks and partially shaded sun terraces, and on some you can savour the views from the comfort of a Jacuzzi or plunge pool. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to step off the boat and engage with local life along the river banks. Varied programmes of excursions are laid on for guests during the day, and music and dance recitals, or lectures by experts on the region, are offered as after-dinner entertainment.
For more information on the cruise vessels, departure dates and routes, please contact one of our Indochina consultants.