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5 Things to pack for Mekong River Cruise - Prepare yourself to set sail

A river cruise is a casual and fun experience and if you are well prepared there is no reason you cannot make the best of this trip enjoying the food, the ambiance, and the attractions.


Long pants and long sleeve tops

One of the main parts of the cruise is to visit several temples on the way. When you are disembarking for these excursions to visit Buddhist temples or any other religious location it is important to be dressed with respect. Females are required to wear long and loose pants that are up to their ankles or mid-calf and also wear tops that cover their shoulders and armpits. Men cannot wear shorts or skinnies and have to be dressed appropriately. Men and women can wear shorts if they wish to and wear a sarong or a wrap-around skirt over the shorts when visiting these historical locations. There is a possibility that you might opt for a cruise while in the country even if you had not planned it in advance. When you are packing for the cruise it is also best to keep in mind to pack lightweight clothes that are nice and comfortable.


Sun protection gear

Packing a wide-brimmed hat, a scarf and a lightweight umbrella are essentials as the weather is warm and the sun shines nice and bright. Even if you might not feel like wearing them at the initial stages of the excursions there is a big chance you will want to put on a hat and your sunglasses towards the end of the excursion. Mekong Kingdoms and most other Mekong cruise tours inform the travellers what the excursion is bound to be like so that everyone can prepare themselves accordingly.


Comfortable walking shoes

Comfortable shoes are a must. Since the cruise will involve several activities outside of the ship walking will be a major part of the cruise and being able to walk in comfortable shoes for several hours a day is important. Most ships do not allow the guests to come in sandals, flip-flops or bare feet to the dining rooms so having a pair of shoes will air you in this matter as well.


Bathing suit

Some ships will have pools on the deck and this is a delightful way to enjoy the warm weather by taking in a dip. Most ships will not entertain customers who do not have appropriate swimming attire so if you forget your swimwear you might miss out on the opportunity of taking a dip in a jacuzzi or the pool.


Sunscreen and mosquito repellent

Even if it is while you are on the deck of the ship it is recommended that you wear sunscreen so as to make sure you are protecting yourself from the harsh sun rays that can befall during most months of the year since the cruise is in a tropical country in East Asia. The last thing you want is to get sunburnt as this is bound to ruin the vacation. Getting mosquito bites will not only affect your vacation but also keep you up at night if you have exposed yourself to an illness.

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