China’s New National Park to Protect Mekong Headwaters

China will start developing the infrastucture for a huge new national park this year in the western province of Qinghai, Xinhua reports. The vast wetland and grassland area will become China’s first centrally-administered national park. The new Sanjiangyuan National Park will cover an area of approximately 120,000m² – larger than South Korea – and is […]

Sailing to the Source of the Mekong

Wouldn’t it be great to go on a Conrad-esque adventure; buy a wooden longboat and sail it up the Mekong, from its delta in Vietnam to its source on the Tibetan Plateau? That’s what two Western photographers thought. With backing from an NGO focused on water and sanitation, the Canadian and South African bought a […]

Famed Ocean Conservationist to Host Mekong Cruises

Aqua Expeditions has partnered with ocean conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau on a series of river cruises on the Amazon and Mekong. Cousteau, who founded the Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on his father Jacques Cousteau’s work and legacy, will host five seven-night cruises in 2017 and 2018 on Aqua Expeditions’ 32-passenger “Aria Amazon” and […]

Mekong Clearing Plan Good for Tourism: Social Science Professor

A scholar who works at Thailand’s Thammasat University has told Xinhua that it is too early for Thai scholars and media to oppose the plan to clear islets and rocky outcrops along the Mekong River to boost shipping navigation as there is no clear evidence that such a plan would cause environmental or social damage. […]

Locals Slam Mekong River Blasting Plans

Bangkok Post reports that the Thai government’s goal to clear the Mekong River’s islets and rapids to ensure the smooth passage of 500-tonne cargo vessels has alarmed those who fear the ecology in the area will be put at risk. China is pushing to use the river to ship goods from its southern province of […]

Less is More in Southern Laos

Proudly contributed by Mark Bibby Jackson

In recognition of Southern Laos’ efforts to position itself as a destination that is “charming by nature“, we present this story by Mark Bibby Jackson who appreciates “the beauty of less”. The more I travel, the more I come to appreciate the beauty of less. It is many years now since the Lonely Planet books […]

What it’s Like on a Five-Star Mekong River Ship

Fiona Welsh writes for Melbourne’s ‘Herald Sun’ on what she experienced on a luxury Mekong River cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh. Ask a child in Cambodia what they want to be when they grow up and invariably they answer, “a teacher, a tour guide”. From the cities to the rural provinces it’s […]

Southeast Asia’s First Four-Country River Cruise

Asia Travel Tips reports that Pandaw River Expeditions has become the first Western operator to reach China’s Yunnan Province via the Mekong River. The ‘RV Champa Pandaw’, which has 14 teak-finished staterooms, was specially built to withstand the strong currents and challenging navigational conditions of the Upper Mekong and deliver Southeast Asia’s first “four country” […]