3 Reasons to get excited about Wendy Wu’s new river cruise boat – the Victoria Mekong
One of the most recognised names in the travel industry, Wendy Wu Tours, will be launching their brand new river cruise boat in December 2019, giving you the opportunity to sail up and down the Mekong Delta, in luxury, as part of a wider escorted tour.
You’ll enjoy cruising to destinations along a Vietnam and Cambodia-based itinerary, in 4 star quality, with a spacious cabin and gourmet meals. When you reach each port, you’ll have the chance to stroll around with the tour guide, take exploratory trips on rickshaws and electric bikes, as well as visit temples, farms and iconic places of interest.
You’ll spend 3 or 4 nights on the boat, relaxing and makingthe most of its high quality services. Today we’re going to look at what makesthis boat different, what’s included on the tours associated with it, and thesort of experiences you can expect to have.
1. The boat itself offers state of the art features
One of the biggest complaints cruise aficionados make isabout the size of the cabins. You won’t be complaining on the Victoria Mekong.For a cabin, it’s very spacious, fitted with contemporary furnishings, anensuite bathroom, and best of all you’ll have your own personal balcony! You’llbe able to watch life on the riverbanks of the Mekong from the privacy of yourown personal outdoor space as you drift lazily past.
Of course, there are plenty of communal areas too; allperfect for socialising with other passengers. There’s a sundeck, a lounge areawith a bar, and the restaurant, where you’ll get a taste of southeast Asianfood, as prepared by the on board chefs.
To give you an idea of what to expect, dishes in this partof the world are fresh and aromatic, often with rice or noodles as a base andpacked full of flavour. Ginger, lemongrass, lime, soy and coriander arecommonly used, as are mint and basil. The seafood here is exceptional. Therewill also be international cuisine, should you prefer something more familiar.
You won’t get bored traveling between destinations, as theVictoria Mekong is equipped with facilities to keep you entertained. There’s apool and a games room, not to mention a spa centre, where you can book yourselfin for a massage or a treatment. Entertainment will also be provided in theform of heritage music and dance evenings, as well as talks on the areas you’regoing to visit.
2. Your cruise is part of an exciting wider itinerary
Wendy Wu is currently offering 4 different tours that include the Victoria Mekong cruise as part of them; each of them slightly different. Let’s take a look at the main tour which Wendy Wu feature: the places you could see on your travels:
This is a 17 day trip, that will take you to all the destinations on the shorter Mekong Experience, but also to Hoi an and Hanoi as well. In Hoi an, which is a famous stop along the ancient Silk Road, you’ll cross the iconic pink Japanese covered bridge, visit the Chau Ong Pagoda and enjoy a relaxing cup of Chai in the Reaching Out Tea House.
In Hanoi, also know as ‘Paris of the Orient’, you’ll visitthe Temple of Literature and the Museum, as well as walk around the 1930sFrench-inspired architecture. You’ll take a step even further back in time,when you walk down around the Old Quarter, as some of the buildings here dateback to the 13th century. You’ll be able to buy some interesting gifts from themerchants here, who sell artisan products made form silk, wood and silver.
No trip to Hoi an is complete without taking in a little ofthe history of Ho Chi Minh, credited with being the father of modern Vietnam.He gave Vietnam its Independence Day from the French in 1945. You’ll visit hismausoleum, the Humble House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda, all of whichhave a connection with the man himself.
This spectacular trip ends with a cruise around theimpressively picturesque Halong bay, where you’ll see caves, grottos, islands,the border with China, and the beautiful rock formations for which Halong Bayis famous. You’ll stay on board and enjoy cocktails on the deck at sundown,before heading into the restaurant for your on board evening meal.
3. Off the beaten track experiences
Want a southeast Asian experience that’s a bit out ofordinary and a great story to tell everyone back home? Wendy Wu’s Mekongexperiences will provide that. In Saigon, you’ll visit the Noir Resturant,where you’ll eat in the dark and be guided by visually impaired waiters throughyour meal.
In Siem Reap, after having explored the stilt houses ofKampong Phluk and the floating village of Chong Kneas, you’ll visit a Khmerfamily in their home and receive a cooking lesson from them, giving you thechance to learn how to prepare some traditional Khmer recipes.
Came on holiday to relax? Then you’ll be surprised to learn you’ll be having a go at some traditional farming techniques! In Tra Que village, in Hoi
We’ve worked with Wendy Wu for many years. We are currently taking bookings for tours that include cruises on the Victoria Mekong when