The Upper Mekong River

Sail the Upper Mekong for a truly extraordinary adventure in river cruising

About The Upper Mekong River

The name for a section of rapids on the Mekong River dividing Chiang Rai and Bokeo province in Laos translates as: “where the ghost lost its way.”
At 2,700 miles, the Mekong is the longest river in Southeast Asia. The Upper Mekong which rises in China’s Tsinghai province and flows through the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province, is particularly spectacular, offering a cruise experience as exciting and unique as it was more than a century ago, when Westerners first discovered the region.
With its rushing waters, dramatic gorges, and shifting sandbars, the Upper Mekong is never the same river from day to day, so no two journeys are the same. The villages you visit depend on where your captain is able to moor — most of the time, you’ll find yourself simply mesmerized, watching the vast panoramas slide by from the comfort of your deck chair.
There are only two ships offering cruises along the Upper Mekong, the Mekong Sun and the Mekong Pearl, launched in 2017. Both feature and elegant blend of tropical hardwood, old-world styling, and thoroughly modern amenities, making it easy to travel places previously inaccessible to marine vessels. The Upper Mekong is much less traveled but offers a unique opportunity to see an unspoiled part of Southeast Asia few have visited.

Upper Mekong River Stats

Length: 1,558 miles
Depth: Average 5 feet
Source: Himalayas of Tibet
Mouth: The Lower Mekong River in Vietnam
Locks: 0
Countries: China | Myanmar | Laos | Thailand | Vietnam

Your Upper Mekong River Cruise Awaits!

Are you ready to start planning your Upper Mekong River Cruise Vacation Your Way? A River Cruise Artist at River Cruise Your Way is ready to be your vacation concierge. Contact us today at 1-800-259-7612 or use the form below and let us know when it is most convenient to call you, we will confirm via e-mail, and then reach out at the agreed upon time and date.