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A traditional wooden fishing boat on the Mekong River at sunset in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

If you are planning a trip on the Mekong Delta, check out the Jan-Feb 2015 edition of National Geographic Traveller, in which you can see my 12-page destination feature.

My story focuses on my experiences on the Mekong Delta, in Cambodia and Vietnam.

I travelled down the waterway on a Viking River Cruise. The tours I took while on the river cruise were informative and the food and company on board were very good. The information provided by Viking ahead of the trip was first class and they were very helpful when it came to acquiring the visas necessary for travel to the region.

The Mekong has received quite a bit of coverage recently. Sue Perkins travelled 3,000 miles along the river for the BBC documentary The Mekong River.

If you’re heading to the region and will be visiting Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, then you might find it worthwhile to watch Angkor Revealed: The Hidden Megacity, an insightful two-part Smithsonian Channel documentary about how the city looked around six centuries ago. LIDAR technology, which can create detailed maps, was used to plot Angkor’s streets, waterways and houses. It helped me appreciate how the civilisation looked during its heyday.

It’s a beautiful and fascinating part of the world and I found a river cruise was a good way of gaining an appreciation of life on and along the river.