Mekong Delta Cruises (Vietnam Mekong River Cruises)
A Vietnam Mekong river cruise takes you on a voyage through two millennia of human history on one of the world’s most remarkable waterways. Aboard a contemporary luxury riverboat or more traditional sampan, cruise the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s astonishingly beautiful and vast agricultural and aquacultural area. Nicknamed the “Rice Bowl of Vietnam”, this fragile and fertile fan-shaped region covers some 40,500 square kilometers (15,600 square miles) – although its size depends on the season – and is replete with peaceful rice paddies dotted with watching water buffalo, and endless natural beauty begging to be explored.
Sandwiched between the Gulf of Thailand to the west and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to the east, the Mekong River’s eponymous delta is a flurry of fascinating riverine activity – yet still somehow timeless – before it finally flows tranquilly into the South China Sea. As you embark on a Mekong Delta cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia’s Khmer kingdom and ancient archaeological treasures, discover this bountiful biological treasure trove famed for its abundant bird life and fish species, and witness daily life by the water as you explore its famous floating markets, stilted villages, as well as fascinating fish farms and fruit orchards.