Location: In Mekong River in Laos, in Southeast Asia.
Best Time to Visit: November to April.
Preferred Timing: During day time. No boat runs during night.
Tour Charge: $400 onwards.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Wattay International Airport, also known as Vientiane Airport (VTE), the only legal point of disembarkation in Laos for air travelers. The airport has direct flights from Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, Kunming, Chiang Mai and other major cities of the South East.
Nearest airport: Wattay International Airport.
Be prepared for just about anything on a Mekong river cruise. On a smoother day, when the sky is clear and the river is calm, the views at the river bank with the local folk going about their daily business is a wonderful sight and you will find ample reasons why it is one of the most popular river cruises in the world. However, it also has several rapids & sandbanks, deep canyons and tremendously narrow bends, apart from the third largest waterfall in the world — which make the river very tough to navigate. To add with these, heavy rainfalls in the mountains often raise the river water levels by several meters within a few hours, making it extremely difficult to cruise. Therefore, only the adventure tourists with proper training can handle these sorts of challenges.
Mekong River, the 12th longest river in the world and 7th longest in Asia, is one of the most beautiful and wildest rivers in the world that is known to the travelers throughout the globe for its exciting cruises. It runs from the Tibetan Plateau through Yunnan province of China, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and of course Laos, Mekong River has been attracting adventure travelers through its seasonal variation in flow, and the presence of rapids and waterfalls that have made the navigation very difficult and extremely exciting at the same time. >br /> The Mekong River Cruise in Laos has been so popular to the travelers throughout the world due to the varied features of the river. The depth of the Mekong River ranges from 100 meters to a shallow 1 meter in places, whereas its width may vary from 16 km in some places to mere 50 meters in some areas. The water levels of the river remain at its lowest from mid February to end of April, and reach at its highest during November.
The River Cruise
There are several tour operators that organize Mekong River Cruise in Laos. There are various tours available for the tourists which include Luangsay Cruise (2 days/1 night), Luangsay Cruise with Kamu Lodge (3 days/2 nights), Provate Nava Cruise (2 days/1 night), Vat Phou Cruise (3 days/2 nights), Mekong Sun Cruise Luang Prabang (4 days/3 nights), Mekong Sun Cruise Golden Triangle (7 days/6 nights), Pakse & Angkor Wat Along the Mekong River (7 days/6 nights) and some more.
In your Mekong River Cruise Vietnam, you will discover some of the best wonders in the world including the treasures of Khmer architecture. Also will be there are amazing mythical World Heritage site of Vat Phou and the Oun Moung Temple. Vat Phou represents of the most amazing examples of Khmer architecture. Oun Moung is a missing city that lost in the jungle for centuries.
During your journey, you will stop at the villages along the banks, and experience their lifestyle. You can buy their handicrafts as a memorabilia of your tour, at the same time it will also contribute to their business. It is also encouraged to contribute some money for the upliftment of the lives of local people.
The culture and customs in Laos are pretty similar to the ones in the Northeast of Thailand. Though English is a widely spoken language, there might be some places where there is a very little use of English. You need to follow certain dress code while visiting temples during your Mekong River Cruise Vietnam. Women can wear skirts, except dresses like see-through clothes and bare shoulders etc. Men can wear shorts and shirts with sleeves. No tank tops are allowed.