From snow-capped mountains of the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong River winds almost 3000 miles through China’s Yunnan province, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before entering the South China Sea. With a rich and varied cultural heritage, spectacular natural landscapes and biologically diverse habitats, the Mekong River supports the livelihoods of at least 60 million people along its way.
Featured tours and flavours of the Mekong region
From Laos to China
On this epic adventure along the upper reaches of the Mekong River, participants will pass through the beauty of Laos, Thailand, explore the rich and varied culture of Myanmar (Burma), before venturing into the dramatic landscapes of China’s Yunnan province. Highlights include the former Royal City of Luang Prabang; Pak Ou Caves and Nam Ou River to Pak Beng; an opportunity to visit Thailand’s infamous Golden Triangle and travel along the Old Mandalay Road in Burma.
Real Food Adventure Cambodia
Cambodian cuisine is slowly but surely emerging on the food radar. Whilst drawing influences from Thai and French cuisine, Cambodian food has a style and distinct flavour all its own. Rice is undoubtedly the main stable, but you will find that the Cambodian cuisine is laden with fresh herbs, spices, fish and tasty condiments. During this food adventure from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, you will have a unique opportunity to discover the sights, sounds and flavours this beautiful country.
The Mekong Odyssey will take you through some of Vietnam’s cultural centres, natural wonders and fast-paced cities before cruising upstream along the mighty Mekong. You will get the chance to cruise on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay, wander the elegant streets of Hoi An, take a tour of Saigon’s colonial treasures, cruise the mighty Mekong from Vietnam to Cambodia, take a cyclo ride through the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh before the Temples of Angkor await your discovery.
The Mekong River boasts the world’s largest inland fishery, accounting for up to 25 percent of the global freshwater catch. –World Wildlife Fund
At least 1,100 freshwater species swim the waters of the Mekong River – including the last remaining populations of the Irrawaddy dolphin, giant freshwater stingray, and the Mekong giant catfish.–World Wildlife Fund
The Greater Mekong region is home to more than 300 million people from nearly 100 distinct ethnic groups.–World Wildlife Fund
The Mekong giant catfish can weigh up to 770 pounds and is the third largest freshwater fish on the planet.–World Wildlife Fund
Often called ‘the Asian unicorn’, the enigmatic saola are found only in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos.–World Wildlife Fund
From the Blog: Mekong Experiences
When Children Become Tourist Attractions
When travelling in certain countries, tourists are often approached by children, requesting that they make a visit to their orphanage before leaving town. Generally, a visit would include a short performance or dance routine by the children, accompanied with a request for a small donation to assist with orphanage running costs. An entire industry has grown out of thousands of tourist visits. It is known as orphanage tourism. [Read more…]