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The beauty along Mekong cruise

Mekong River is well-known as the longest river in Southeast Asia with the flow of 2,700 miles (fed by snow melt from the Himalayas of Tibet). The alluvium from Mekong River makes the area where it flows through become one of the most prosperous plains.

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Nowadays, more and more travelers plan to make a booking Mekong cruise because of its diversity in both nature and culture. On the nature side, 145 species have recently been found here, which further consolidates the fact that its biodiversity is second to that of the Amazon. Visitors will easily encounter monkeys that dangle from ancient temples along the river.

On the other hand, travelers will find it incredibly conflicting on the culture side, which requires your research on Mekong cruise information before making a trip. Traces of war, differences of regions, the rapid development of cities are the things you will discover yourself in this cruise. The contrast between city and country is so huge that you will be shocked. For instance, bustling cities like Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City will teem with motorbikes, buildings, and business; whereas rural town like Tan Chau will warm you with paddy fields and small float markets.

Whether you visit city or countryside, the timeless beauty of Mekong area is undeniable. It can be said that the Mekong cruise will remind you of the past beauty as well as the strength of residents who are remaking their lives after the war and giving a warm smile to visitors.

Information before booking Mekong Cruise

You can choose the route for your Mekong Cruise. Below are some suggestions for you:

The first route is between Siem Reap in northwest Cambodia, which is a gateway to the Angkor region, and Ho Chi Minh City. The second one is between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. With these suggestions, you will have a chance to admire full of thriving cities as well as rural communities. Moreover, it also includes floating villages such as Kompong Luong, floating markets and endless fields, pagodas, and temples.

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In these routes, one destination you cannot ignore is Angkor Wat, which is an extensive array of ornate 12th-century stone structures and beehive-like towers built in the jungle near Siem Reap. The most convenient time to visit this place is sunrise or sunset, which can help you avoid both heat and crowds.

There are two typical cruises along Mekong River as below:

The first choice is three-day Mekong cruise

Your cruise will depart from Siem Reap to the floating village name Chnok Trou. Besides, on the journey you will pass by Kampong Chnang, Koh Chen, Kompong Tralech. Your cruise finally ends at Phnom Penh.

The second choice is eight-day Mekong cruise

You also start from Siem Reap, Chnok Tru, Kompong Chnang,… and end at Phnom Penh, but your cruise will extend to many places in Vietnam, for example, Chau Doc, Cai Be, My Tho, Vinh Long and end at the thriving Ho Chi Minh City.

Mekong Trails is looking forward to seeing you and your friends visit right now. For more Mekong Cruise information, please please kindly follow our next articles. Hope you have a nice journey!

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