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Mekong Delta cruises

In southwest Vietnam the great Mekong River splits into countless tributaries that fan out to form the vast, fertile Mekong Delta.

The Mekong River, the world's twelfth longest, flows south for more than 2,000 miles from the Tibetan Plateau until it reaches southwest Vietnam, where it reaches the Mekong Delta. This is Vietnam's rice bowl, where the combination of constant tropical temperatures, plentiful water and fertile land enable up to four rice harvests annually.

The delta also produces an abundance of exotic fruit: coconut, mango, pineapple, papaya, dragon fruit and the pungent durian. The myriad waterways of the delta make travel by boat the perfect means of exploration, and one that enables you to get amongst local life - much of which is conducted on the water via floating markets and waterfront stilt villages.

We highly recommend escaping the bustle and heat of Ho Chi Minh City and getting down to the delta. As it only takes a couple of hours to drive from Saigon, a day trip is perfectly possible - we suggest combining a short cruise with a little gentle cycling for a great day out.

If you have a little more time, however, we strongly recommend staying overnight in the area, either aboard one of the superb converted rice barges, operated by the top-class Bassac, Victoria or Mekong Eyes companies, or at one of the numerous lovely riverside resorts.

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Mekong Delta cruises

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  • A two-week itinerary taking in the diverse cultural and scenic highlights of Vietnam, with comfortable budget accommodation throughout.

    Golden Vietnam

    From the towering, rice-terraced mountains of Sapa to the coconut palm-fringed waterways of the Mekong; from towering skyscrapers in Ho Chi Minh City to the laid-back streets of Hoi An's Old Town: our Golden Vietnam itinerary explores all aspects of this spectacular country.

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    A two-week itinerary taking in the diverse cultural and scenic highlights of Vietnam, with comfortable budget accommodation throughout.

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    Sunset Thu Bon River cruise

    The Thu Bon River in Hoi An once witnessed great trading fleets from across Asia. A more sedate pace is common today; ideal for an evening cruise!

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  • Halong Bay Cruises

    Halong Bay Cruises

    UNESCO World Heritage designated Halong Bay, scenic highlight of northern Vietnam, is a fabulous location for taking to the water.

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    Ninh Binh sampan

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  • Mekong River cruising in southern Laos

    Mekong River cruising in southern Laos

    Explore the idyllic landscapes of southern Laos aboard a converted teak rice barge.

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  • Mekong River cruising in northern Laos

    Mekong River cruising in northern Laos

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