In 2015 expert travel specialists Rickshaw Travel will be offering a selection of wondrous tours which take travellers off the beaten track.  There is often an opportunity to stay in locals homes and get to know them personally to gain an understanding of local cultures and traditions.

Visitors are invited to combine three or more of the below tours to create their version of the perfect voyage along the mighty Mekong River.

Let the adventure begin in Hue

It is recommended that travellers begin their Mekong adventure in Hue. Visitors can take in the stately Royal Citadels and monuments which are the legacy of the Nguyen dynasty.

Travellers will experience the real Hue as they venture by bike into the countryside, with an English speaking guide. Alternatively, they can try  traditional fishing on the Perfume, help cook a local lunch menu and learn all about the rice harvest.

Travel along the Mekong River to Cambodia

An opportunity to travel by boat from Vietnam to Cambodia, sailing through small canals and past villages, islands and floating markets.  This trip ends in Phnom Penh.

It also includes a boat visit to Cai Rang floating market in the Mekong Delta. From here, travellers will continue overland to Chau Doc where many of the locals make a living from catching fish and cultivate personal fish farms under their floating houses.

Mekong, Dolphins and Laos

Journey along the mighty Mekong River from Cambodia towards Southern Laos, through some of the most untainted and undeveloped areas in Cambodia.  The first day is spent in Kratie village which is home to the endangered Irrawaddy fresh water dolphin. Visitors can take a boat trip, or ask a local scooter driver to take them to the best dolphin-spotting areas.

Cambodian Hill Tribes and Totem Poles

Visit the real Cambodia - a remote area in the north eastern region, where friendly hill tribes live in virtual isolation. Each tribe has its own language, culture and traditions.

During this trip, from Stung Treng in Northern Cambodia to Banlung, travellers discover the areas hidden from most tourists and experience a true glimpse of authentic hill tribe life.

Islands in the Mekong

Travel through Southern Laos and pass the island-filled Sipandone, where around an awesome 4000 islands emerge during the dry season! The pace of life is wonderfully slow and most communities are self-sufficient, growing almost all of their own produce.

Experience Luang Prabang

Get to know this charming city at a calm, relaxed pace, and fall in love with the Laotian hospitality, lush greenery and extraordinary temples.

Morning Mists by the River

Those looking for a truly authentic slice of Laos will find it in the rural town of Nong Khiaw, located in the north of the country. Expect to find mighty rivers, beautiful mountains covered in lush vegetation and warm Laos hospitality on this trip.

Visit the Rickshaw Travel website www.rickshawtravel.co.uk email hello@rickshawtravel.co.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1273 322 399 for further information.