What an exciting 4 days I have just had on a Mekong River Cruise. I have heard many mixed reviews about cruises along the Mekong so I decided to just try it out for myself.
My Laos travel adventures have been pretty amazing so far. I have seen many spectacular Temples, Waterfalls and mingled with the endless amount of locals. I decided to treat myself today to a more relaxing adventure, one where I can sit on my behind a bit more!
I went for the 4 day Mekong River Cruise through southern Laos. The Mekong is considered to be one of the most wildest and beautiful rivers in the world. There are many different cruises to choose from but I decided to take one that friends of mine have been on, as for me you can’t get a better referral than that. They also suggested that I do not go in the dry season as the dust is too much, so I took on board that advice also. I must say I am glad I did and the wet season was great. Still hot but then the rains cooled me down and the waterfalls were in full steam.
So the day started at my hotel where a lovely tour guide picked me up along with another couple who were staying there also. We all jumped on board and set off for the dock. On arrival to the dock there were quite a few people hanging around, eagerly waiting to board. I must say I was quite impressed with the boat considering we are in a 3rd world country. This Mekong River Cruise was going to be a good one I thought to myself. We all jumped on board and received a cocktail on entry, what a great start to the day!
So we headed south cruising along the Mekong with me chilling out on a sundeck watching it all go by. The views were great, the nice breeze even better. Not much happened on the first day but I was fine with that. There was however the most magical sunset I got to watch.
The next morning on the Mekong River Cruise I awoke nice and refreshed. They were serving breakfast which was really enjoyable. We then headed to the temple complex of Wat Phou onshore. This was quite an inspiring archaeological adventure. After this, we headed back on board and travelled further south.
Day 3 we made our way to the Khone Waterfalls which are the biggest falls in Asia. These falls are the main reason why the Mekong River is not fully navigable into China. The falls are some 10 kilometres wide and are absolutely breathtaking. Make sure you have your camera with you as you will want to take many photos. This Laos holiday is amazing so far. We had lunch in a nearby restaurant which was lovely and then we boarded again.
A farewell dinner was had on board where we all chatted and shared our experiences of the day. I met a few people who I am sure I will keep in contact with and hope to see again throughout my Laos Travel. I hit the pillow about 10pm and was asleep in seconds with a big smile on my face. My Laos vacation so far is majestic.