Do I need a visa to travel to the Mekong River?
The only country on the Indochina Peninsula that does not require a tourist visa is Thailand; Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia do require tourist visas
. Tourist visas are not hard to get, and we can help point you in the right direction throughout the process. Check the visa requirements
for more specific information.
Is tipping customary in the countries of the Mekong River?
Throughout most of the countries along the Mekong River, it is customary to tip around 10 percent of your meal and $5-10 per day for personal drivers and up to $20 for guides.
What is internet access like along the Mekong River?
While you will find that the more developed areas and cities have decent internet and accessible cyber cafes, there is some censorship which will prevent you from accessing certain sites, and the rural areas probably won't have internet at all.
Can I use my cell phone while on the Mekong River?
You probably will be out of range for most of your trip, but if you are in a big city and would like to use your phone, the easiest way to do so is to buy a local SIM chip that you can find at any airport and pre-pay for data and minutes.
Do I need power adapters or electrical converters?
Power is 220v but most 110v devices can handle this as well. Outlets are either A (two-flat prongs), C (two round prongs) or G (three flat prongs in a triangle). Make sure to have a plug adapter for these types just in case.
What are the toilets like along the Mekong River?
The facilities on boats and hotels are generally western style bowl toilets, but on any day excursions, you might come across squat toilets. Make sure that you bring your own toilet paper and throw it into the waste basket rather than the bowl before flushing.
Can I drink the water on my Mekong River cruise?
The water throughout all of southeast Asia is not safe for drinking, however we make sure that you will always have access to clean drinking water, either purified or bottled.
Are credit cards accepted along the Mekong River? Will I be able to find ATMs?
While you are visiting the bigger cities, you will be able to find ATMs and businesses that accept cards, however when you get into the more rural areas, it is unlikely that you will be able to use your credit card at all. We advise you to take out money before departing so that you have it on hand just in case.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Always! Any time you travel, it's important to be protected, and we make it easy from our Once You're Booked
page. Here, you can read more about the deals we have on great, comprehensive travel insurance.