Out Adventures’ Vietnam & Cambodia Mekong River Cruise sets sail towards the river’s basin on January 3, 2018. While we’ve already given you a taste of the luxurious vessel we’ll call home and introduced you to our hosts, Rob Sharp and Miss Conception, we also wanted to showcase the sites and experiences you’ll enjoy along this treasured river system. Check out our five favourite experiences below before giving us a call to book your cabin.
Note: if you are thinking of joining us, consider booking before October 16, 2017 to receive $300-off!
Irrawaddy River Dolphins
On our first full day aboard the cruise, we’ll sail towards Kratié, a small French colonial village famed for it’s critically endangered population of Irrawaddy River Dolphins. We’ll disembark the cruise ship before boarding smaller vessels suited to safely spot the courtly cetaceans. According to a 2017 study by Cambodian Mekong Dolphin Conservation Project (CMDCP), there are only 80 adult dolphins left in the upper Mekong.
Wat Hanchey is a hilltop pagoda a short distance inland from the riverbank and rumoured to have the best views of the Mekong. You’re welcome to hike to Wat Hanchey in the early afternoon of our second day cruising together. The pagoda was built during the Chenla Empire and remains in excellent condition.
After taking in the stellar views atop Wat Hanchey, we’ll set sail towards Angkor Ban. The main attraction in this otherwise regular fishing town are the post-card-perfect stilt houses. Only a few villages along the Mekong feature such housing as most were destroyed during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Phnom Penh: The Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng
One of our most impactful stops will be the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh as it’ll be an opportunity to understand the country’s darker historical periods. While in town we’ll be taxied from site-to-site on popular tricycles known locally as cyclos. First, we’ll be peddled to The Killing Fields where over 1.3 million Cambodians were murdered between 1975 and 1979. Then we’ll take our time in Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in order to piece together this grim period of history.
Chau Doc is best explored at your own pace which is why we’ll lend you a mountain bike for the afternoon. The popular stilted village is culturally diverse and hosts numerous mosques, temples and churches. We also recommend peddling towards the bustling central market to haggle with shop owners or taking a tour of the local cat fish farm.
Kick off 2020 aboard a gay Mekong River cruise. You can find full details such as departure dates, itinerary and price here.