Best Time to Go to the Mekong
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The Mekong River is among the largest in the world and flows all the way from the Tibetan Plateau through Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is a vital resource for those who live along it and it provides access to some of the region’s remotest communities. Here at Rainforest Cruises, we offer river cruises along this mighty waterway. From the unique vantage point of the water you will see Southeast Asia in a whole new light. Forget about dusty, gridlocked roads and enjoy the unmitigated tranquility of the Mekong River.
Has that little introduction piqued your interest in a river cruise along the Mekong River? If so, there are a few things you should know before you go ahead and start booking. The first and most important bit of information every potential Mekong cruiser should be aware of is when is the best time to travel. Our Mekong River cruises focus solely on Vietnam and Cambodia so in this article we will discuss the weather patterns in these two countries so you can decide which season best suits your travel needs. As the countries are side by side, they have very similar climates.
The Best Time to Go
The best time to go to the Mekong is between November and April. This is the dry season, during which time temperatures and rainfall both drop and travelers can enjoy warm dry days and cool evenings. The weather is perfect for enjoying the beaches and exploring the region’s beautiful nature. From your cruise ship you will be able to soak up endless sunshine on the sundeck as you take in the scenery that drifts by.
However, this period also tends to be the most expensive time to travel as it is considered the peak season. There is a further price spike at the end of January or beginning of February when the Vietnamese Tet Festival takes place. It can also get a little chilly in the Highlands, so you will need to pack with that in mind if you intend to travel into the mountains after your cruise.
The alternative to traveling during the dry season is to take a chance and head to the Mekong during the wet season, which runs from May to October. The number one benefit of traveling during the rainy months is that the landscape is at its most lush as the plants are fully hydrated from the intermittent monsoons. There are fewer tourists during this season as well so you won’t need to jostle for space at famous landmarks.
It is important to remember that it does not rain constantly during the wet season. Instead, you will witness short bursts of very heavy rain. In between these showers, the sun comes out in full force and temperatures and humidity are high. That being said, it can become uncomfortably hot at times and there is always a risk your plans will be delayed or even cancelled because of flooding. However, if you need to escape the heat, the highlands offer some respite as does your blissfully air conditioned cabin aboard your cruise vessel.
As you can see, there is no right or wrong time to visit the Mekong. While one season is more popular than the other, both have their benefits and disadvantages. The real questions will be when are you able to get away from the office for a couple of weeks and will the pitter patter of raindrops against your cruise cabin window keep you awake at night? Assess your travel needs and consult your calendar and then book your dream getaway aboard a Mekong River cruise ship. For more information about the Best Time to Go to the Mekong please contact us or call 1-888-215-3555.