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Bringing Back The Magic To Cruising On The Mekong

March 18, 2015 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

unnamedThe experience on board the newly built MV Mekong Dawn is rather like being on a private yacht than on a cruise ship. Against the trend of building bigger vessels, the Mekong Dawn boasts only 8 luxurious cabins, which provides a certain level of exclusivity and adds to its tailored allure. Accommodations on this smaller vessel are all but modest with spacious staterooms at 13 square meters, finished in Cambodian Kaki wood and a large window, with air-conditioned dining and bar areas, a sundeck with panoramic views, and private deck space. Due to its smaller size, the operator is able to customize itineraries for small groups or charters. The hospitality crew, all with a five-star hotel background, is able to fulfill every desire. The Chef does not do with less than eight courses for dinner; cooking classes, sunset cocktails, and riverbank barbeques are just a few of the magic touches by the friendly Mekong Dawn crew.

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The Mekong Dawn’s beautiful on-board design is equally matched in its functionality for forging the travel expedition of a lifetime. With a draft of less than one meter, its marvelous structure enables exploration of hidden parts of Cambodia where others only dream they could go. A cruise ship like no other, she can cruise up the Mekong as far as possible toward Laos to visit the rare Mekong dolphins in their natural habitat. Possible extensions and highlights are a four-wheel trip up the mountains for an surreal overnight stay at an elephant camp or a cross into Laos, past the largest waterfalls in Southeast Asia, to join then Mekong Dawn’s partner boat to explore the 4000 islands around Pakse in southern Laos and the ancient Khmer temple Wat Pho.

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For those seeking an alternative yet equally stunning excursion, a secondary itinerary includes visits to the wetlands around the mouth of the great Tonle Sap Lake, rarely-visited floating villages away from the tourist trek, and the outstanding natural bird sanctuary of a staggering number of migratory birds. Even at low water levels, the MV Mekong Dawn is able to circumnavigate the amazing Tonle Sap Lake nearly year-round.

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