Da Nang eyes cruise tourism development

Measures to develop cruise-based tourism in the central coastal city of Da Nang were discussed at an international conference held in the city on November 15. The event was attended by representatives from the city leaders, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Vietnam Tourism Association, cruises and travel agents. According to Nguyen Xuan Binh, Vice […]

Pandaw adds extended cruise of Myanmar’s coast

Pandaw River Expeditions has developed an extended cruise of Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago after receiving positive response to the original seven-night version of the itinerary – its first ocean cruise – launched in November 2017. Onboard the Andaman Explorer, the 10-night Burma Coastal Voyage will depart from Yangon, providing greater ease for guests who previously had […]

Princess Cruises to grow passengers to Vietnam by 40%

Princess Cruises will boost the number of passengers it carries to Vietnam by over 40% in 2018 compared to 2017, as the demand for Asia cruising continues to grow. In 2017, Princess Cruises carried over 58,000 guests on 22 sailings to Vietnamese ports such as Phu My, Nha Trang, Da Nang and Cai Lan. In […]

Minor Hotels launches a new travel with Mekong Kingdoms

For those who seek a transcendent experience, Minor Hotels is launching a selection of river cruises replete with the colonial romance of river travel but with a modern twist and bespoke itineraries. Mekong Kingdoms cruises recreates and elevates the concept of river travel with their fleet of five vessels where guests can enjoy first-class services […]

Mekong River Cruising in the Golden Triangle

The mountainous areas of Chiang Rai are not to miss for those who seek for peaceful and breathtaking greenery. Access to paddy fields, Kok or Ruak river, mountain ranges such as Phu Chi Fah or Doi Mae Salong and communities based lodging like Lanjia lodge can be easily and safely reached by car, boat, bicycle, […]

CLIA to hold river cruise conference in Vietnam

The event will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam next year, followed by a sailing on the Mekong River for travel agents. The announcement was made at the CLIA (Cruise Line Industry Association) Conference. The inaugural Asia event will begin on April 10 2018, with the sailing departing on April 12. Clia member […]

First Chinese tour group to enter Kingdom via Mekong River

The first group of Chinese tourists to visit Thailand on a cruise along the Mekong River arrived at Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen Pier on Monday evening. The tourists travelled aboard two Chinese boats (“Yenta 7” and “Yenta 8”) and one Thai boat (“Kasalongkham”) that departed the Guan Lei port in China’s Yunnan province. They are […]

Tourism Puts Mekong River Dolphins at Risk?

Recent research suggests that while dolphin and whale tourism in Southeast Asia can be great for communities, it can also come at a cost to the environment, reports The Conversation. Dolphin- and whale-watching tourism is a booming industry worldwide, and it’s growing apace in developing parts of Asia. Many tourists flock to see spinner dolphins […]

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 […]