New Mekong river cruise to sail Vietnam, Cambodia next year

Rainforest Cruises is introducing a new luxury cruise vessel, the Mekong Jewel, which will begin sailing the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia in 2020.

The ship will feature a panoramic sky lounge, private balconies in all 34 suites, a 2:1 guest-to-staff ratio, and sustainable elements like no use of plastic and support for local produce and artisans.

“Building on our success in the Amazon and Galapagos, we believe expanding our offering to South-east Asia is a natural fit. South-east Asia is rich in cultural, archeological and biological treasures with numerous navigable rivers,” said Jeremy Clubb, director of Rainforest Cruises.

“Additionally, a cruise vessel like the Mekong Jewel provides a luxury experience, while allowing guests to visit several countries in a single itinerary.”

Offshore itineraries will take guests to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, experience a water blessing by the monks of Wat Arang, admire French architecture of the Opera House in Ho Chi Minh City, among other highlights.

Mekong Jewel bookings made before September 30 are entitled to a free two-night stay at Hotel Grand Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City and/or the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap.

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