Luxury Cruising on the Mekong Delta

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Luxury Cruising on the Mekong Delta

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:57 pm

Honeymooning, a wedding anniversary, or a trip with friends who want to do something "special" in South East Asia ? This travel blurb on a very upmarket Mekong Delta cruise sounds tempting. (And also very expensive, but hey, what if you win the lotto ? )
This cruise left from Phnom Penh.
Cruising Aqua Expeditions: Voyaging along the Mekong
9 Nov, 2018 12:00pm
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/ ... 78&ref=rss

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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:19 pm

More on Cambodia-Vietnam river cruises:

Just Back From Avalon Waterways: A River Cruise in Vietnam and Cambodia
November 14, 2018
"Vietnam and Cambodia -- why would you ever want to travel to those war-torn countries?" That's the reaction we received from friends before we went on a river cruise from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Siem Reap, onboard Avalon Waterways' newest ship, Avalon Saigon.

We don't blame them for the response. The Vietnam War and genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime didn't happen that long ago. Many veterans and survivors of these devastating events are still alive today, and those who recall following news reports about them have abominable images burned into their memories.

The chance to hear the stories and see the countries as they are today was part of what makes this cruise so intriguing. Southeast Asia's Lower Mekong River is not a new itinerary; besides Avalon Waterways, most major river cruise lines, including Viking, Uniworld, AmaWaterways, Scenic, CroisEurope, Pandaw and coming in 2019, Emerald Waterways, sail on it. After a week onboard Avalon Saigon, with extended land tours in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap, we understand why this area of the world draws you in...
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Re: Luxury Cruising on the Mekong Delta

Post by finbar » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:05 pm

$1300 a night?
I don't think I've spent quite that much p.p. on even the finest or most debauched nights out.
In SEA.
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Re: Luxury Cruising on the Mekong Delta

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:01 pm

More on Mekong river cruises:

Why the best way to absorb the culture of Vietnam and Cambodia is cruising this river
Many a rewarding experience is tucked away along the Mekong River
Jackie Holland
6 December 2018 • 11:34 AM

Vietnam and Cambodia offer a colourful culture, poignant history and verdant landscapes. These countries are ideally suited to travelling by water as many of the most rewarding experiences are tucked away in the countryside through which the Mekong River passes.

With most leading cruise operators, all excursions are included in the price of your trip. Not only do these include visiting popular sights such as the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat and the Cu Chi network of wartime tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) but you’ll also have the chance to visit homes, schools, markets, monasteries and tiny villages.

This immersive approach enables you to see how ordinary people go about their daily lives, eat the food they do and experience less-seen landmarks and rituals. It adds a compelling dimension to your holiday without the hassle of having to make any complicated plans yourself.

Mix with the locals
You’ll get a glimpse of everyday life on the riverbank from the deck of your modern ship as you drift serenely along the Mekong. Rickety wooden houses on stilts lean haphazardly against each other. Children wave excitedly and shout “hello”; their fathers are fishing and tinkering with boat engines and their mothers sell rice, fruit and flowers in the floating markets.

Ashore, you’ll be taken off the beaten track to visit villages, where smiling people offer a warm welcome. You can find out how craftspeople work with silk, copper and silver, and learn how to make rice paper. You’ll get a taste of rural Mekong life on a rickshaw ride through village streets and on a cart pulled by an ox through paddy fields. There’s also the chance to be showered by lotus petals in a blessing by Buddhist monks at their monastery in Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia.
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Post by armchairlawyer » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:19 pm

Journalist gets free tour including first class air travel, writes glowing article on return. Rinse and repeat with many similar tours all around the world. Newspaper does not see the need to tag the glowing bs as "advertorial" or "sponsored".
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Post by cautious colin » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:37 am

Has anyone done this and would recommend? Hopefully a different company that is more reasonable.

Have friends coming soon that would fancy it but the companies listed here seem very expensive
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Post by armchairlawyer » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:17 pm

cautious colin wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:37 am
Has anyone done this and would recommend? Hopefully a different company that is more reasonable.

Have friends coming soon that would fancy it but the companies listed here seem very expensive
I know someone who did the tour with Explore. He seemed happy with it. Still ridiculously expensive but if you are a tourist comparing it with Western prices for something similar, it can seem reasonable.
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