It's a place of intriguing contrasts: exotic silks and down-to-earth rice farmers. Raw jungles and floating markets. Bustling cities and ancient temples. You might see a monk texting on a smartphone one moment and a family of six on a moped the next. Let the river be your guide to this mysterious part of Southeast Asia.
1-2 Behold the charms of Luang Prabang, ancient capital of the historic Kingdom of Laos and now a World Heritage site | Ride to quiet neighboring villages | Give alms as monks walk through the streets in morning procession.
3-4 Fly to Cambodia, then discover Angkor as you pedal among iconic stone monuments, learning about the Khmer civilizations | Receive a water blessing from a monk | Visit a market and an artisan's workshop | Greet the sunrise over Angkor Wat | Explore the Roluos Group, temples dating back to the 9th century and hailed as Angkor's oldest | A local family invites us into their home for lunch.
5-6 Travel by air from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh | Experience French colonial architecture, lively cafés and colorful markets | Board our luxury river ship to start our Mekong River cruise | Float across the Cambodian border into vibrant Vietnam.
7-9 Cycle and sail narrow waterways to an ecological reserve | Admire fine handicrafts in silk- and rattan-making workshops | Enjoy the views as you cruise along the Mekong | On foot, witness the buzz of activity on the busy docks of Sa Dec | Savor a final ride along the Mekong as it widens into a vast delta, arriving by bike and boat at Cai Be, known for its floating market | Journey to Ho Chi Minh City.