Take a Luxury Tour through Indochina’s Watery Way

Cambodian boy travelling by boat in his floating village Cambodia

The 4,500-kilometer Mekong River is the lifeline of South East Asia. It rises in the Tibetan highlands and makes its way across northern Thailand, Laos and Cambodia to Vietnam.

Discover life in Southeast Asia from the water and connect the beauty of the natural cultural regions of northern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam on this unique journey through the maze of the Mekong Delta.

Discover the famous floating villages on the Tonle Sap south of Siem Reap – this river journey is a unique experience that you will never forget.

Northern Thailand

Wat-Phra-Singh

Along with the beautiful cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, northern Thailand has much to offer: green mountains, exotic mountain villages and the legendary golden triangle. This area used to be one of the world’s largest opium producing areas. Thailand may be known for its shopping and cuisine – and you will find plenty of malls and restaurants within the north – but you will also realise that northern Thailand is a cultural treat with much soul-soothing scenery.

Chiang Mai has become one of the most popular destinations in Thailand in recent years. The city offers a diverse range of cultural attractions and colourful nightlife.

Chiang Rai is located about 180 km from Chiang Mai and boasts fascinating architectural history. Visit the ancient temple of Wat Phra Kae which is the former home of the Emerald Buddha.

Vietnam

A Vietnamese girl wearing conical hat and long dress ( Ao dai ) is at oldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Asia
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Vietnam is considered the classic depiction of Indochina; yet it is a land of contrasts in itself with its unparalleled natural landscapes of rice fields, rivers and sandy beaches.

Then there is Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in the south, probably the most exciting city in Vietnam. Life pulsates around the clock and the streets are always filled with motorcycles, cars and bikes. Visitors who are in-the-know will find undiscovered treasures.

Exploring the Mekong Delta is without doubt one of the country’s highlights, enjoyed through day trips, multi-day trips, and even overnight stays aboard a cruise ship.

Laos

A young woman in a straw hat rides a boat up the Mekong River in Vietnam, Asia
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Laos has some of the finest karst scenery in the world. Its highlights also include huge stalactite caves with underground lakes. With its rivers and lakes, this waterworld characterises everyday life for the Laotians.

Observe the self-sufficient riverlife and discover different national ethnic groups who offer their goods for sale on the floating markets. Laos is a country that will soon have you under its spell.

Watch the hustle and bustle on the water from your boat or cruise ship! The Luang Say Cruise takes in canals and hidden tributaries and is an ideal opportunity to visit hill tribe villages amongst the green fields.

One of the many highlights in Laos is Luang Prabang in the early morning when traditional Buddhist monks give alms. Luang Prabang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Cambodia

Buddhist temple, Cambodia
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Siem Reap is known as the gateway to the famous temples of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These thousands of ruins stand amidst forests, rice paddies and farmland. Compared with the neighboring countries of Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is still relatively untapped.

As well as the spectacular temples of Angkor, Cambodia has much more to offer: secluded beaches, untouched natural forests and a very relaxed atmosphere. Explore other parts of Siem Reap by bicycle along the tree-lined boulevards with their old shops and houses from the French Colonial era.

The city of Siem Reap in northwest Cambodia is the gateway to the famous temples of Angkor.

So if you’re now intrigued and pining for a personal and tailor-made luxury Asia tour, get in touch with an Enchanting consultant today!

About the author

Michael Jones

Created and runs the Holiday Point travel brand, incorporating a network of 9 location based travel information and attraction websites around Australia. With 15 years of online experience, Michael not only writes content for the website and is the face of social media, he also tinkers behind the scenes with the website functionality & design.

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