Four Amazing Experiences You Can Have on a Mekong River Cruise
Updated: Apr 30
Imagine enjoying your morning cup of coffee while listening to the sound of exotic birds chirping nearby and spotting fascinating wildlife like yellow-cheeked gibbon.
With lush tropical landscapes, mesmerizing UNESCO World Heritage Sites, delicious food, bustling cities, and historical temples dating back to the 12th century, it's virtually impossible not to get excited at the very thought of heading on a Mekong River cruise. Some of the excursions include boat rides on sampans, rowboats, and even tuk-tuks!
Here's a look at a few of the memorable experiences that are possible on this majestic river.
Step back in time at Angkor Wat
Be on the lookout for monkeys as you make your way towards the stunning and iconic Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. A great example of Khmer architecture, this temple has been incredibly well preserved with astounding details to take in, like bas reliefs and stone inscriptions of life-sized elephants and warriors.
Meanwhile, by touring the temple ruins of Ta Prohm, you will notice how the temple has become intertwined and engulfed with nature. For an extraordinary experience, consider taking a hot air balloon ride to get some fantastic photos and appreciate the true scale of the entire complex from above.
Since most Mekong River cruises begin or end in Siem Reap, known as the gateway to Angkor Wat, it's easy to visit this temple, which is surrounded by a moat, a reality.
Be enchanted by Vietnam's water puppetry
Forget everything you think you may know about puppets. Vietnam has a long tradition of water puppetry that dates back to the 11th century. And yes, the show takes place on the water! Considering that these puppets weigh up to 30 pounds, it's impressive to witness how the Vietnamese puppets seemingly glide and move through the water. This is a unique cultural experience that's sure to make a splash on your itinerary.
Feel royal in Phnom Penh
While exploring the landmark Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, you may begin to understand why the capital city was once known as the Pearl of Asia. Filled with manicured gardens and striking architecture like the Silver Pagoda, this has become one of the world's most well-known royal palaces. For a fun change of pace, why not take a tuk-tuk ride back to your river cruise ship while you admire the views?
If you're looking to maximize your time in Asia, a great option to consider is adding a few days in Bangkok, Thailand before or after your river cruise. Some river cruise lines even offer the option of an extension in the capital city. Not only does this make sense, since you've already taken a long-haul flight to get there, but also because there are also so many sites worth visiting in Bangkok. Experiencing the city's canals on a boat, visiting the Grand Palace are just two. The night markets are a bargain-hunters dream come true! Plus, the food scene is also mouthwatering. To be sure your tastebuds are satisfied, you can't go wrong taking a foodie tour to get a taste of what the destination has to offer.
Is Asia calling you? This is truly an exotic experience of a lifetime! These destinations are on so many bucket lists! If it's on yours, contact me and I'll be happy to answer all your questions and perhaps, start planning your next river cruise! Schedule you're free consultation now! (or just give me a call!)