The Mekong Grand Journey:
The Trip that (Almost!) Made Me Quit

fishing-164977_640 (1)Don’t get me wrong – I love my job. (And I’m not just saying that because, you know, this is their blog and all.)

But there are definitely days when sitting in front of my computer and promoting the amazing trips my colleagues plan feels like a bizarre and unique type of torture.

You see, a big part of my job involves digging into the details and working with my colleagues to bring the most amazing elements of their trips to light. But often, as I learn about all of the ridiculously opulent hotel properties they visit and once-in-a-lifetime surprises they plan for their travellers, I find myself tempted to leap up from my desk, scream out “I resign!” and run – frantically – to the nearest airport. Making travel my profession simply isn’t enough, I decide immediately in these moments, I have to make it my life.

Fortunately, the temptation usually subsides before I do anything rash or book any non-refundable tickets. But I don’t think I’ve ever been as tempted to abscond as I was while promoting one of our latest (and most ridiculously over the top) trips, the new Mekong Grand Journey.

See For Yourself

Our Mekong Grand Journey is an opulent adventure through Southeast Asia that defies even the loftiest of expectations. Go in deep in UNESCO-protected sites, stay at some of Asia’s most resplendent hotel properties and bike and walk some of its most prized routes. For a journey like this, “Grand” barely begins to describe it.

The Mekong Grand Journey features a special event in Angkor Wat. l
The Mekong Grand Journey features a special event in Angkor Wat.

B&R has been travelling to Southeast Asia for decades and between our Trip Designer Nathan Lane and our Director of Asia-Pacific Kristi Elborne (not to mention the team of local guides and on-the-ground researchers they deploy), we know practically every inch of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. As a result, we try to make sure that each of our itineraries in the region not only hits the highlights, but reveals the hidden charms of the region.

So I was (mostly) able to hold it together when I learned that the Mekong Grand Journey trip includes a private tour of Luang Prabang and the opportunity to participate in a Lao Baci well-wishing ceremony. But when I found out about the private Khmer meal served among the ruins of Angkor (I repeat: a private meal served among the ruins of Angkor!!) it was all I could do not to grab my go-bag and bolt.

(OK, fine: I don’t actually keep a go-bag under my desk. But I still had to resist the urge to run to the mall, buy a go-bag, then go straight to the airport.)

The temptation only intensified when I caught wind of the hotel lineup we have planned: the Amantaka in Luang Prabang, the Amansara in Siem Reap and of course, the Aqua Mekong, which provides a five-star experience while you literally float down the Mekong River.

This trip is shaping up to be one of the most opulent we’ve ever run—and for B&R, that’s saying something.

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