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Following Mekong River?

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1. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 11y

Hi! :)

I'm planning future adventures...

One route that sounds really interesting is a Mekong River
route. By this I mean starting from China (may be including
Tibet) and continuing to (Myanmar?,) Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam.

Has anyone done this trip?
I would be really interested to know what it was like?
And are there any particular problems?


2. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y


I did read an account of a journey UP the Mekong from the Delta in Vietnam up into China. It took the person 6 months and cost them only £1,000. This was only a few years ago.

I guess the main thing would be to pick the right time of year for the optimum river levels.

3. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 11y

Wow, I was hoping it could be done in 4-5 weeks. :)

I saw this program on TV, where I think it took
them 4 weeks, but didn't find any good details on
the Internet yet. So I thought I'd ask here. ;)

I'd like to spend 6 months, but at the moment it's
not possible. :(

4. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

hi vilma,

its probably because you are starting from china that the price so expensive, maybe consider starting it in another country the river runs through?



5. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

I'm sure you could do it in much less time. Worth remembering though that river travel on the Mekong can be very slow and uncomfortable. Do you really want to be spending days on end on a boat? Maybe best to pick a section if time is limited.

When I was in China a couple of years back I met an American who was attempting to enter Laos on the Mekong. The Chinese wouldn't let him cross and he had to make his was into Laos via another route. Apparently the authorities were too scared of the prospect of foreigners drowning on the river. There'd been a few boats sinking on that stretch of water and the border guys didn't want to risk it.