Cruising on the Mekong River

 

A Mekong River idea enters our heads

This week we are deciding on our next holiday. It has come about by seeing an email from RAC Travel. We are looking at a cruise called "CruiseCo Adventurer, 11 night tour". This is what the company offers:

Return airfare from Australia
7 night luxury cruise with soft drinks, local beer, spirits, and on board gratuities
Deluxe accommodation: 2 nights at Raffles Hotel d'Angkor, Siem Reap and 2 nights at Caravelle Hotel, Saigon
Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary
Extensive sightseeing with expert local guides, all transfers and taxes

 

 

 

 

 

This is what the cruise ship looks like. It doesn't look very big. I think it takes about 60 passengers.

"Adventurer" - the boat we will cruise the Mekong River on

 

 

The Herald Sun's website has this report on this same Mekong River cruise on the Adventurer.

Here is an interesting video made by someone who travelled on this cruise.

 

Cost of the Mekong River Cruise

The details sound wonderful don't they but what does it cost?

It seems it will cost us $2849 AUD per person for a twin cabin on the main deck. This seems to be quite a reduced price. It appears to be the last cruise of the season. When the season starts again in September the price jumps up to $4599 AUD so there is a significant saving of $1700 each and special deals are just what we like. If we want a cabin on the upper deck it will cost us $200 more. There are only two accommodation decks and we are happy to opt for the cheaper lower deck option and by the looks of the photos of the boat we would be right down close to water level - exciting!

We rather fancy the "down-river" cruise which leaves on 19th March and goes from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon.

Pity we don't drink alcohol. We would no doubt paying for that in the price.

 

 

Map of our route on the boatThe route we'll take on the cruise

But, I don't like hot and humid weather

When I mentioned this holiday to my sister she was aghast. She exclaimed "But you don't like hot and humid weather - why would you go there?"

She is correct - I hate it. However I have always wanted to visit Angkor Wat. So has Ian too. Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares. I've seen it featured on TV and it looks amazing.

 

This map shows the route of the boat.

I'm just going to have to push the weather conditions to the back of my mind and toughen up. We make the decision to go ahead and book our cabin before we miss out.

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