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Mekong River Cruises

Rather than unifying those who lived around it during the early stages of history, the river has rather acted like a dividing line between countries, often being used as a defensive dividing line and a natural boarder.

Possibly the most famous part of the river is the Mekong River Delta, known in Vietnamese as the 'Đồng bằng Sông Cửu Long' ('Nine Dragon river delta') where it meets the South China Sea. Places of this vast delta are yet unexplored, and here, you can find an incredible amount of animal species, including the Laotian rock rat, which people previously believed to be extinct. It is also on the Mekong Delta where you can find a range of floating markets including Cai Rang. Buzzing and vibrant, these places are famed for their incredible amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables, traditional Vietnamese foods served from the boats, and crafts. Of course, these markets start at around 5am and end at around 10am, so an early start is a must.

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Highlights of the Mekong River

Once acting as a dividing line between countries, the Mekong River in South East Asia is a must-visit. Now, the river is a popular tourist destination, especially the Mekong River Delta, known as the 'Nine Dragon River Delta'. Along the banks you can find several floating markets such as Cai Rang and Cai Be, famed for their traditional Vietnamese food and a range of exotic fruit and vegetables.

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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong Delta
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  • DestinationCambodia, Vietnam
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Grand Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia
Michael Hope
5 stars
“Local Tour Guides for both Vietnam and Cambodia were excellent. Hotels/ boat at Halon Bay were also very good in all the places that we stayed. Not enough time at some places to explore. The Great Rail Journey guide ( Caroline) was also very good (friendly, approachable). She had to cope with a broken ankle that happened to one of the tour members (half way down a motorway at a service stop on day 2). Possibly a bit more help for her when these things happened (training /local contacts). We had one problem with Cambodia Visas. We obtained them from the Cambodia Embassy in the UK before we went on holiday based on the border crossing given in the itinerary. This was changed and we had to pay again for both our visas as they were not valid for that particular crossing (an extra $60) The procedures for dealing with luggage on and off coaches/ hotels etc like our previous Great Rail Journey in India were excellent. A slightly smaller group might have helped. A few on the group wanted to change some aspects of the prearranged trips which must have been very annoying for both the local guides and Caroline Overall a very good holiday and a good introduction to Vietnam and Cambodia. Regards, Philippa and Michael Hope
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