The Mekong River is the 12 longest river in the world and 7th longest in Asia. It is a trans-boundary river that runs from the Tibetan Plateau through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The Mekong is a major trading route that links Yunnan (China) to Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. It is a very important trade route.
A great way to explore the Mekong River is to do a Mekong river cruise while on your Laos Holiday. There are many boat choices to do a Mekong River Cruise on – I was lucky enough to choose a very comfortable boat that had plenty of lounging room and plenty of vantage points from which I could take many photos as we cruised along this vast and impressive river.
As we slipped away, behind us into the distance a certain serenity hit me as there were no roads, no planes, no sounds except the gentle humming of the boat engine. The dense jungle around us ran down into white sandy beaches and were backed up by majestic mountains towering above us. Further along the river signs of life stared to appear. Fisherman threw their nets out, children waved to us from the cliffs above and I could see thatch huts peeking through the forests.
Our first stop was a Hmong Village, where the young children ran down to the boat delighted to be able to sell their handmade trinkets, bracelets and scarves – which of course I could not refuse.
From there we continued down the river enjoying the cool breeze and passing scenery until we stopped at our accommodation for the evening. It is standard practice for river traffic to stop at nights as the Mekong is too dangerous to navigate after dark.
We pulled up on shore and made our way up a steep embankment and were greeted with delightful individual bungalows with amazing views over the Mekong. After a delicious dinner in the communal lodge I decided to retire early and enjoy the luxury of a huge poster bed and fabulous shower, pure bliss.
The next day we got up early, enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast and continued our journey down the magnificent Mekong. When we arrived in Luang Prabang later that day I was almost sad to leave the boat after 2 idyllic days. Luckily the excitement about seeing the “jewel of Indochina” Luang Prabang enticed me off the boat.