A Cruise on the Mekong
Exploring the Mekong River with Value Cruises is the perfect way to visit the most spectacular and famous cities and places in both Vietnam and Cambodia. A Mekong River Cruise can be an unforgettable and relaxing holiday. While cruising down the Mekong, the various sites and attractions available along the river mean that you can easily spend several days stopping along the many cities and towns that line the river banks. Stop to visit local villages and to get a taste of the culture of Vietnam and Cambodia. Visit the natural and beautiful wonders along the way. Go back hundreds of years and experience the history of ancient temples. A cruise on the Mekong River takes you back to the 19th century when the French colonial explorers first discovered this incredible region. There is a wide variety of wildlife that calls the Mekong River home. The river banks, tributaries, and islands offer a rich habitat for different kinds of birds, fish, and other unique species of animals. Mixed in along the way there are traditional buildings along the course, some of which have not changed in hundreds of years. During your cruise along the mighty Mekong River; you will enjoy the natural landscape which seems to be constantly changing around each and every bend. Spend your time relaxing on the deck of the ship and enjoy the spectacular views as the cruise twists along on the Mekong. The countryside is covered with lush green tropical vegetation and the rock is made of limestone and seems to extend to the sky. Travel along one of the most powerful rivers in the world is not only relaxing, but also provides the opportunity to experience local culture. In Cambodia, while sailing on the Mekong River, you can visit one of the most popular cultural attractions in Asia; Angor Wat. This ancient site is on the UNESCO list for World Heritage sites and is not only beautiful but stunning. These ruins include some of the most important historical artifacts from Southeast Asia.
A cruise on the Mekong River on board the MV Toum Tiou II is a comfortable and pleasant experience. Modern facilities like air-conditioned cabins with private bathroom, large open areas on decks, a restaurant and bar, offer passengers all the comforts of a good hotel. There is a friendly staff that responds effectively to every need and also provides information on sites and attractions. In fact with the off shore excursions, both transportation and an English speaking guide are all included.
The History of the Mekong River
The Mekong River is 3050 miles long which makes it the 10th longest river in the world and the 7th largest in all of Asia. It has is beginning in the icy expanses of the eastern Tibetan Plateau. From there the Mekong River flows south and east through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It empties into the South China Sea through a wide delta south of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). The Mekong gives real meaning to the term "natural boundary" as it forms the line separating many countries. Its course is unpredictable and changing and the many seasons always have an effect on its route. But you can relax because the ship you travel on will have all the modern conveniences and navigational components to safely cruise the Mekong.
During the colonial period, the Mekong River marked the western boundary of the French empire in Indochina. Siam pan the other hand was protected by the river and thus had its independence kept intact. Siam acted as a buffer between Indochina and Burma (now Myanmar), then part of the British Empire. During the Vietnam War in the 20th century, the right bank of the Mekong River was used to launch attacks against the Communist armies, before they can conquer Laos. After the war, the anti-Communist forces crossed the river to establish refugee camps, mainly in northeastern Thailand. Today, Vietnam is a country open to tourism and sharing with visitors the different aspects of its rich cultural field. Vietnam and Cambodia both offer the world traveler the opportunity to explore safely the traditions of the peoples of Southeast Asia and those that live along the Mekong River.
Cruise the Mekong aboard the MV Toum Tiou II
The MV Toum Tiou II is only a few years old. This boat is called the Mekong Explorer and is a really neat boutique style ship that is small enough to be charming but large enough to offer all the features and amenities you could ever want on a cruise ship. The MV Toum Tiou II can carry up to 28 passengers and all cabins face the river. You can expect cabins finished in teak, personal bathrooms, and nice large windows. The is a nice sun deck for sunbathing, relaxing, or sightseeing. Aboard you will be treated to wonderful dining, informative lectures, and entertaining shows. What more could you ask for on a Mekong River Cruise aboard the MV Toum Tiou II.