When it comes to exciting and one of a kind destinations, Asia has a lot to offer, making it hard for travelers to decide on what places to explore.
If you’re the type who doesn’t want to cram days or even a week’s worth of vacation into just one place, and would rather spend the time travelling across as many places as possible in Asia, don’t despair. This article is written with you in mind.
Touring the whole of Asia would require a lot more than a week to achieve, but you can drop by a few places for an ultimate Asian experience, you may want to try one of those Mekong river cruise. You get to enjoy hassle-free explorations of countries along the 12th longest river in the world. Cruises such as this provide you great value for your money as you don’t only get to visit a lot of destinations, everything is also already provided for in your cruise and all you really have to do is merely show up.
1. Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Located in the southern part of Vietnam, Mekong Delta is a maze of rivers as well as swamps and islands where you can find floating markets, rice paddy villages and Khmer pagodas. People in this area depend on boats as the means of transportation. Children either on the backs of water buffalos or cycling to school, stooping farmers planting rice, Khmer monks walking, and locals scurrying over monkey bridges or rowing boats on the delta’s channels are just some of the sights that would greet you. With over a dozen tourist-friendly towns in the delta, you are bound to always find something to do.
2. Danxia, China
You will want to drop by China and check out its Danxia Landform, which is unique to the country. The beautiful landscapes were borne out of strong forces on red sandstone. This truly unique place was added to the 2010 World Heritage List. Definitely a must-see!
3. Mandalay, Myanmar
You may be expecting to arrive in a city evoking a bygone era, which isn’t surprising since it is northern Myanmar’s former royal capital where you can find the Konbaung Dynasty Mandalay Palace. Go up the covered stairway of Mandalay Hill and take in the breathtaking views of the city down below it. You will also find the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which bears marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. You may also opt to take a daytrip to former capitals like Inwa for its stupas or Sagaing for its hilltop pagodas. Should Myanmar charm you enough to stay awhile, you will want to book one of those Myanmar luxury hotels.
4. Kratie, Cambodia
Dolphin-watching tours is quite popular in Kratie, so head over to Kampi at the north of Kratie where boat tours await. The Irrawaddy dolphins are endangered, but they’re endemic to the Mekong. Tourism has played a great part in the implementation of environmental measures aimed at protecting these precious creatures as the industry has served as an alternative to fishing.
Above are just some of the best stopovers when you’re off to your Asian tour. You may also want to visit Laos and Thailand as these two countries are just along the Mekong River and also offer unforgettable experiences you can’t say no to.