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Whether you prefer a modern boat on traditional cruising grounds like the Rhine or something more offbeat like Volga River itineraries on decidedly proletarian Soviet-era ships, you will not lack for options. In Laos, the Mekong Sun takes up to 28 passengers along a once-unnavigable section of the Mekong River from Vientiane past the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang and into the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar come together amid mountains and jungles. Designed to resemble traditional Southeast Asian riverboats, with bedrooms and public areas furnished in a Colonial style, the Mekong Sun is purpose-built not just for this river—but for adventure-seeking passengers.