Cruise along the Lower Mekong
Experience Vietnam and Cambodia in a new way.
The Mekong is the longest river in south-east Asia, stretching 4350km. Beginning in China before flowing through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, a cruise along the Mekong is an unforgettable experience. Key stops along a seven-night cruise include:
The floating village of Cai Be is fascinating. Take an excursion from your cruise ship and hop aboard a sampan to explore narrow channels zig-zagging between houseboats.
Don’t miss the famous floating market – the early morning wake-up call is worth it. Most of the vendors are wholesale fruit sellers. They hawk their wares from hand-painted wooden boats, with samples of their produce hanging from a bamboo pole.
Sa Dec is small, but charming and colourful. French novelist Marguerite Duras grew up here and her book, The Lover, tells the story of her affair with the son of a wealthy Chinese family. The movie adaptation of her book was also filmed here. Admire the flowers, particularly the roses, at the Tu Ton Rose Garden just outside town. There are hundreds of species of plants at the nursery, and you can buy a small bouquet as an offering before visiting the Huong Pagoda or Cao Dai Temple.
Tan Chau is famous for its silk and you can learn exactly how the fabric is made using traditional looms. You’ll be able to tour several factories making everything from silk to slippers by hand, the old-fashioned way.
The capital of Cambodia has both rich royal history and a tragic recent past. Learn more about the history of Cambodia at the many museums in town.
Kampong Chhnang is a sleepy town surrounded by lush rice fields and two floating villages. The area is famous for its distinctive pottery, making it a great place to pick up souvenirs.
Enjoy an adventure on the Mekong and experience the timeless wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia on this 11-night package including a luxury river cruise. For more information visit RACQ Travel or call 1300 096 166.