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Mekong River becomes Cruising Hot Spot

Three cruise lines has announced new itineraries will include sailing the beautiful Mekong River in South East Asia. The river, which flows through the countries of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, has become a popular cruising choice due to its scenic views, ancient cities and magnificent temples.

AMA Waterways
, Lindblad Expeditions and Pandaw River Cruise have all announced they will be sailing and adding vessels on the scenic Mekong River in 2011 and 2012. Many of the river cruise stops will include the bustling capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The river cruises will also encompass small fishing villages and floating markets.

AMA Waterways have announced the new river vessel MS Amalotus will join the vessel MS La Marguerite later in the year to sail the “Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong” program. AMA Waterways offers a 16-day itinerary from Hanoi to Siem Reap starting in June.

Lindblad Expeditions have announced for 2012 a new 14 day itinerary “Vietnam & Cambodia — Along the Mekong River, including Angkor and Saigo.” Sailing aboard the new Jahan river boat, the cruise will include visits to sublime temples, vibrant markets and villages living along the Mekong. Cruises will set sail from Siem Reap, Cambodia starting in January 2012.

Pandaw River Cruises is the largest luxury cruise company in South East Asia. They already operate five luxury cruise ships that explore four of South East Asia’s most magical countries. They have announced they will be releasing its fourth dedicated Mekong River ship later in the year.

Read more: MS La Marguerite, Mekong River Cruises