A thriving trade route for six different countries in Southeast Asia for thousands of years, the Mekong River remains one of the few big rivers in the world that refuses to be civilized. Rich with wildlife, it is only second to the Amazon as being the most biologically diverse.
We will be visiting two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places on the Mekong River, dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia, both are intriguing studies in contrast. Each possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past.
Ho Chi Minh City, also know as Saigon, offers a heady mixture of old and new while Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, surprises visitors with its charisma. As the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, the Mekong teems with colorful floating villages and mementos of its French Colonial past. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s thriving capital, is fast-forwarding to the future yet retains a provincial intimacy. And colourful Siem Reap provides the gateway to the vast UNESCO-designated jungle temple complex of Angkor Wat.