At the end of this year I will be traveling the Indochina loop + some more. I wanted to spend maybe a day floating up the Mekong River but I don't know which section is the best.
My itinerary will be something like;
Ho Chi Mihn City
If there are any particularly special parts of the Mekong River near those destinations (or if you have written about it in your blog) please point me in the right direction! =)
I'm planning to spend a few days on the Mekong, myself, when I go through there in 2011! Can't wait to do it. The cargo ferry is very, VERY cheap, from what I've heard.
What country will you be in when you do this???
Vientiane (Viang Chan) to Louangprahbang. Laos. 😊
After checking out a map of the Mekong River I see 4 possible routes:
1) Luang Prabang --> Vientiane (Laos)
2) Vientiane --> Luang Prabang (Laos)
3) Some where near the Vietnam/Cambodia border --> Phnom Penh (Vietnam/Cambodia)
4) Some where near the Vietnam/Cambodia border --> Phnom Penh --> Siem Reap (Vietnam/ Cambodia)
Can someone tell me if they have experienced either of these routes??
I haven't experienced any of those routes, but I'm so very looking forward to it!
I spent a bit of time on the Mekong in Laos -- rowing, floating, paddling and ferrying. The part that I considered the most scenic was the thousands islands near the Cambodian border. It's a pretty straight forward trip there because the highways south of Luang Phrabang are great.
You can also go part way by bus and then the rest of the way by boat. A group of five of us hired a boat for two days for the trip down and I watched the scenery float by from the comfort of my hammock.
The water at the thousand islands was crystal clear -- rather a contrast to the murk upstream -- and great for swimming from the sandy beach of my hotel. There are also some waterfalls to have a look at... and have a slightly riskier swim!
Ohhh that sounds nice!!I'll have a look into that, cheers =)