Mekong River. Image courtesy of Ministry of Tourism Cambodia, used with permission
The Mekong River, Asia’s seventh longest river covering an estimated distance of more than four thousand kilometres, plays a vital role in the lives of many people in Cambodia. It’s also the home of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin. To promote eco-tourism along the river and protect the freshwater cetaceans, the Mekong River Festival was established.
Spearheaded by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia in coordination with several government agencies and ministries, the festival was first held in 2015 in the province of Kratie. The province, with its many sleepy towns and stunning sandbars, gets roused to life as a popular jump-off point to see the dolphins. It relies on the thousands of dolphin-seeking tourists that visit as a source of income; the Mekong River Festival, which is to be held in different provinces along the river, gets to highlight the importance of preserving the home of these dolphins.
For three days in March, the festival features cultural programs and several sporting competitions and water activities. Don’t miss a chance to see an exciting boat race, Khmer boxing, traditional wrestling, paragliding, sailing, and sepak takraw (kick volleyball native to Southeast Asia). If there’s a 3 km to 5 km fun run, sign up and see the sights of the host province while you get to stretch your legs and be a part of helping the riverside towns of Cambodia depend on a more sustainable form of tourism.
For similar festivals that honor nearby bodies of water, visit Indonesia's Lake Toba Festival; Myanmar's Hpaung Daw Oo Festival; and Thailand's Loi Krathong Festival. For alternative March festival stops, visit Thailand's Bun Luang and Phi Ta Khon Festival, and Vietnam's Elephant Race Festival.
The Elephant Race Festival pits tamed elephants against each other in dust-raising races, their reins held by members of the ...
Grand tour of Southeast Asia begins in Singapore and skips through Malaysia's urban highlights before covering Viet Nam a...VIEW DETAILS
What You'll Get On this 17-day, 16-night tour, you'll journey through Thailand and Laos and sample from their dive...VIEW DETAILS
Exploration of Thailand, Viet Nam and Cambodia's highlights – starting at Thailand's Grand Palace and ending at...VIEW DETAILS
Come experience living wonders from around the world.VIEW DETAILS
The Quincy Hotel Singapore, an exclusive stay where new experiences happen everydayVIEW DETAILS
PADI Underwater Digital Photography Class - A two-part introduction course to digital underwater photography centred around t...VIEW DETAILS
Go on an epic Asean journey with AirAsia Asean Pass, a travel pass that allows you to book our base fares at least 14 days or...VIEW DETAILS
Rent a car for 2 days or more at participating locations in Asia and enjoy up to 15% offVIEW DETAILS
Hotel location: ThailandVIEW DETAILS
Menara Peninsula Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia is the accommodation of choice among travellers who wish to indulge in sere...VIEW DETAILS
RANEE SUITES : FOR EVERY 3 CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS, GET 30% OFF 3RD NIGHT (validity : 1st March - 31 Dec 2017) EXE...VIEW DETAILS