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Getting ready for a trip almost always requires doing some thorough research, but we tend to mostly focus on finding the right restaurant or the perfect shopping mall. However, once you book an exotic river cruise ship, this routine changes. While traveling to faraway places is always exciting and new, planning such trips takes a lot more time, effort, and thought. After all, visiting your parents for the weekend can hardly be compared to packing your bags and visiting Cambodia for a couple of weeks, can it?

On the other hand, packing smart is not all that it takes in order to make sure that your trip is peaceful and satisfying! There are lots of things to consider and learn before hitting the airport just yet. And if your next tour happens to be the Mekong river, you can be sure that you will come fully prepared!

Well, without further ado, lets get into the steps you should take if you want to make sure that your next trip with Aqua Expeditions is an adventure of a lifetime! You can embark from Siem Reap, Phnom Penh or Ho Chi Minh City.

Consider the different seasons

All big rivers can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to planning out a trip, due to the fact that they, as a rule, have two seasons (the wet one and the dry one). When it comes to the Mekong river, you will be happy to hear that there are Mekong cruises offered throughout the whole year, so the only thing left to do is to determine which season suits you best.

The dry season begins in November and ends in May, and the wet season lasts from May to October. One thing is certain - both of them have their ups and downs, but if visiting the Mekong river via a cruise tour, you should consider doing so in the wet season, due to the higher water levels!

Pack smart

Speaking of the different seasons, you will want to make sure that you are also prepared when it comes to your clothing. This means that your packing routine is about to change! While you will be fine packing a dinner dress for a meal on the cruise ship, you will also want to make sure that all of the other clothes you are bringing along are dry-fit, light-colored, and loose-fitting.

This way, you will be fully protected from the sun and the mosquitoes. Another important thing to pack is a wide-brimmed hat that covers your shoulders!

However, visiting a river also means that you should be prepared for sudden rain showers, so you should also make sure to pack a raincoat, or buy one on the ship (if it is available).

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Get to know the culture and respect it!

Visiting a faraway place such as Cambodia or Vietnam also means that you are coming into a whole new culture and a different lifestyle. It also means that you have to make sure to respect all the people you meet and their customs. Dress appropriately, act accordingly, and you can be sure that you will be welcomed anywhere you go!

Get vaccinated

Going on an exotic trip like Mekong river cruise also requires getting all the shots you need. If you are visiting the Mekong delta, you will want to receive the inoculations for Hepatitis A and B, malaria, dengue fever, and typhoid.

Also, if you have any health conditions, make sure to stack up on your medication for the duration of your trip. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should bring some medication for upset stomachs. Most travelers tend to have stomach-related issues when readjusting to a new diet, so make sure to avoid having to go through this unpleasant stage!

Research the local cuisine

While indulging in exotic meals sounds attractive to most of us, you should still know what you are getting yourself into. If you are feeling adventurous, you can try some local delicacies such as the deep-fried tarantula, grilled snake-head, peanut worms, or blood pudding!

However, doing some research on the local cuisine can be a life-saver if you have any allergies or other medical conditions. You can never be too safe when it comes to your health, can you?

What to expect?

Once you are all packed up and ready for the next adventure, you should also know what you can expect once you get to the Mekong.

The first word that comes to mind is - versatility! The Southeast Asian region is definitely diverse in every meaning of the word so you can expect the unexpected. Whether you are traveling on a charter cruise or just traveling on a budget, you can be sure that you will get to experience the Mekong in a unique and unforgettable way! Happy journey and stay safe while you travel Mekong!
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