Cruise the Mighty Mekong River
Got a yen to see China, Tibet, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam the old fashioned way? Go with the flow and cruise the mighty Mekong River, the heart, soul and breadbasket of Southeast Asia, on a handsome traditional-style riverboat. Almost 3,000 miles long, the Mekong is second only to the Amazon in its amazing abundance of plant and animal life, including the awesome, stellar stingray with 14-ft wingspans.
Down By the Riverside… waaay down
Cruising the Mekong is a smooth and cool way to see, hear, feel and enjoy the vibrant river markets, tribal life, ancient temples. The multi-award winning Uniworld Boutique River Cruises now has two beautiful and small 30-cabin ships, the River Saigon and the River Orchid, handcrafted in the colonial style with French balconies that open onto a spacious promenade. They now offer over 100 departures on 8 itineraries from 10 to 24 days.
Click: http://www.uniworld.com or call them in LA at 800-733-7820.
And hey, if you happen to be in the market for some real snake oil wine, you’ll be in the right neighborhood to shop around.
Other Mekong choices
The 2-cabin Dragon Eyes, a traditional slim riverboat, can slip in and out of the skinny side canals. 5 in crew. Bikes on board. And a talented chef who offers cooking lessons en route. Surf to: http://www.mekongeyes.com/en/home
FLASH: Pandaw River Expeditions has 10 luxury ships set to sail in 2012, all styled after colonial river steamers, some dedicated to explore Cambodia and Vietnam on the Mekong and others in newly-opening-to-the-world Burma on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers. Click: https://www.pandaw.com/index.php of in the U.S. call 800-798 4223.