The Mekong River

Pulsing through the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia, the mighty Mekong River provides a lifeline for millions of people. Along this vibrant “Mother of Water,”scenes of everyday life will mesmerise you—from fishermen hauling in their daily catch and chanting monks to boats crisscrossing the river.

Cruise the massive Mekong Delta, which covers some 15,000 square miles. This picturesque area accounts for over half of Vietnam’s rice production, prompting it to be nicknamed as the “rice bowl” of the country. One of the highlights is a visit to a local workshop to see how traditional candy and rice wine are made before sampling some yourself. Explore a colourful local market, visit a local sampan builder, and relish other fascinating activities. Explore French influenced Phnom Penh, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and learn about the sobering Khmer Rouge regime. Interact with friendly Cambodian people at work and play as you explore villages to visit with local schoolchildren, a skilled silversmith, and a farmer to learn about his daily life. You will also partake in a traditional water blessing ceremony with area monks. Beyond the Mekong you will explore great sights on land. In Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a walking tour of the city’s highlights, a cooking class, and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong in the war. In charming Siem Reap, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance and explore the spectacular Angkor temple complex, whose architectural grandeur is arguably unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins. See a variety of temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat and the mesmerising faces of Bayon. Researchers now believe Angkor was the largest pre-industrial city in the world, and the remaining temples stand as a testament to the wealth and power of the Khmer Empire. By the end of your journey you will have a better understanding of life along the river and the friendly people who depend on it.

Pulsing through the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia, the mighty Mekong River provides a lifeline for millions of people. Along this vibrant “Mother of Water,”scenes of everyday life will mesmerise you—from fishermen hauling in their daily catch and chanting monks to boats crisscrossing the river.