Asia Rivers Cruises
Embark on a journey of a lifetime in these historically and culturally rich waters
Take on the enchanting rivers of Asia including the Ganges, Irrawaddy, Mekong, Yangtze and much more with an unforgettable river cruise. The rivers of Asia are the cultural and economic backbone of the continent as well as being of high spiritual importance. They support breath-taking scenery that has to be seen to be believed. What better way to do so than with a top class river cruise? From the majestic Mekong River to tropical jungles, the vibrant landscapes of Asia are sure to leave visitors captivated.
Indulge in world-renowned Asian cuisine from China to India. Get lost in the ancient wonders and sacred sites that span the continent including the Great Wall of China, the Pagodas of Myanmar and the temples of Angkor as well as the marvels of Vietnam and more. Experience the art deco architecture of Shanghai and witness the unique culture of Asia's pottery villages. Appreciate the bewildering wildlife on offer including the elephants in India and don't miss out on a trip to the Silk Road in Bukhara. Cruising through Asia's rivers will guide visitors to the hotspots of the fascinating continent and provide highly unique and unforgettable experiences.
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city. Until 1975, the city was known under the name Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City is located north of the Mekong Delta on the west bank of the Saigon River. There are attractions such as the Reunification Palace, the French-built 'Notre Dame' Cathedral, as well as numerous theaters and parks. The Reunification Palace is widely seen as a symbol of the end of the war and guided tours of the palace are highly recommended. Ben Thanh Market is an ideal spot for trying authentic Vietnamese cuisine and local crafts.
The port of Cai Lan opens its doors to the wonders of Vietnam, including Ha Long Bay. The bay is located in northern Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. Since 1994, the bay has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What makes Ha Long Bay unique is its abundance in caves and grottoes and estimated 1,600 limestone islets and rock formations. Many of the beaches can only be accessed during low tide.
Chau Doc is located a few kilometers from the border with Cambodia and is characterized by a bustle and market sentiment by the city's riverside. The temple of Chau Doc and the 230-meter-high Sam Mountain are popular tourist destinations in the city. A breathtaking view of the Mekong Delta of Cambodia can be seen from the mountain summit.
Vinh Long a city and the capital of Vinh Long Province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. A number of canals run through Vĩnh Long, with tall vehicular bridges crossing them. The city is lush with fruit orchards and tropical plants. Tourists can relax and unwind in hammocks swinging under a coconut tree. A trip to the markets lets you explore the local cuisine such a Nem - fresh spring rolls or Pho
Tan Chau is located in Vietnam's An Giang Province, along the Mekong River in the South-East of the country. Tan Chau is known globally for the high quality silk produced in the region. Visitors to Tan Chau usually enjoy the unique experience of witnessing the craftsmanship involved in producing silk. Visitors to the region also have the opportunity to witness locals making mats from palm leaves and reeds.
Bagan is a beautifully preserved royal city, which lies on the east bank of the Irrawaddy. Thanks to its favourable location, the city gained prosperity through trade with China over the years. The city has always been known as a hotspot for archaelogical findings. There are hundreds of ancient temples in Bagan, many of which have been preserved by UNESCO. A fantastic way to view the temples is via hot air balloon tour. The village has been divided into Old and New Bagan. Bagan itself is continuing to expand as more and more visitors come to the area.
Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Myanmar offers a number of attractions to visit both around the center, and closer to the riverside. Add palaces, churches, temples, mosques, or pagodas to the agenda while visiting the city. Mandalay also has its very own palace, built in the '90s to mimic the original palace which was built in the 1850s. Myanmar is a popular spot for many Asian river cruises. Visitors to Myanmar can expect to find lively markets as well as well as a colourful street food scene.
Chongqing is one of the five national central cities of China. It offers great sights such as the vast temples of Baidicheng, the Qutang Gorge, the Great Hall and the beautifully lit Chaotianmen Bridge. Chonqguing is also known due to its proximity to the Three Gorges, hydropower dam, the largest of its kind worldwide. The Three Gorges are a popular cruising spot for Asian river cruises along the Yangtze River. The Three Gorges Museum is also located here, showing artifacts which reflect the local culture of the area and provide information about the Three Gorges dam project.
Yandabo is a small port village located along the banks of the Irrawaddy River, in between Mandalay and Bagan. Yandabo is highly regarded for the pottery produced in the village. Many locals make beautiful pottery pots which are made using clay from the banks of the river.The pots are a key part in maintaining the local economy and are shipped and sold throughout Myanmar Yandabo is also the spot of an important moment of history. In 1826, along the banks of the river, the Yandabo Treaty was signed by the Burmese and the British to end fighting between the countries.
Koh Okhna Tey, or “Silk Island” as it is often referred to, is an Island in southern Cambodia, in the province of Kandal. It is connected to another island, Koh Dach by an old metal bridge. The island naturally gets its nickname from its tradition silk industry. Walking through the village you’ll see woman on the porch of their houses weaving and are often happy to see visitors. Those who speak English are happy to tell you all about their honoured tradition, including stories from the history behind it. The river bed is dotted with picnic areas and cheap food stalls, so you can enjoy a bite to eat either under the sun or in a shaded hut. Koh Okhna Tey is an island steeped in a well-preserved culture, where a traditional way of life is enough for the locals.
Mingun, located along the Irrawaddy River., is an ancient town in Myanmar. Mingun is a popular excursion for those on river cruises in nearby Mandalay. A main tourist attraction of the area is the Mingun temple, the incomplete stupa whose construction began in 1790 by King Bodawpaya but was never completed due to legends that upon completion either the King would die or a devastating event would take place in the country. Mingun is also home to the worlds largest and functioning ringing bell which is well worth seeing.
Shibaozhai can be found along the banks of the Yangtze River. It is a large hill with a striking red temple on top, which was built in the mid 1700's. A pavillion offers visitors a walkway to climb the steep hill and visit the unique temple whcih has approximately 12 floors. Shibaozhai is easily accessible due to works carried out as part of The Three Gorges dam project due to Shibaozhai 's location between the Three Gorges and Chongqing.
Salay is a city in Myanmar located to the south of Bagan, along the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The river banks are the main hub of activity in Salay. The city's streets are lined with many colonial buildings. The city is recognised as being a center of religion, due mainly to the presence of many impressive structures such as monasteries, Pagodas and more. A popular attraction in the area is the Yoke Sone Kyaung, known for the unique wooden carvings which adorn the monastery.
With over 4 million residents, Wuhan is a port city and the capital of the Hubei province. It offers many worthwhile sights such as the Yellow Crane Tower which was reconstructed in 1981 and now serves as a place for Taoist teachings.
Pakokku is the largest city in the Magway Region of Myanmar and found on the Irrawaddy river. The city itself is quiet and traditional. The remains of the ancient city of Pakhangyi are a short drive away. Here you can find the oldest surviving wooden monastery in Myanmar as well as old city walls and a museum. Pakokku is also home to the Shwe Ku Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist temple which is also home to a local festival every May
Why Cruise along Asian Rivers?
Asia has a mystical and fascinating history and passengers get to experience this by visiting stunning temples and sights as part of onshore excursions. Its sounds and smells make for a rich and vibrant experience for any traveller and there is no better way to experience Asia than in the luxury of an opulent river vessel.Some of the best cruise is Asia are along the Mekong River. Experience up to 6 different countries and culture all on one cruise. For the best Asian ocean cruises have a look at our selection on our Asian cruise section. For all the best deals and information talk to our cruise experts today by calling 1300 887 590.
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