Studded with countless picturesque waterways, river cruises in one of the most fascinating way to explore Asia in slow, gentle pace. The immersive cruise itineraries operated on Irrawaddy, Mekong, Yang Tze River or Borneo rain forest offers intriguing encounters to not only the Unesco World heritage sites but also the less-visited attractions.
To help you get started, we have lined up some of the best ways to set sail in Asia:
Irrawaddy River, Myanmar
Showcasing a wealth of spectacular sceneries, Irrawaddy is the premier cruising destination in Myanmar. There is a wide range of cruise with different budgets from superior 3 star standards to the luxurious 5 stars cruise. Amongst the top choices, Road To Mandalay, Orcaella, Pandaw, Paukan, Ananda are the most prominent ones.
The most popular routes is from Mandalay to Bagan with distinctive itinerary from 2 nights to 4 nights combining gentle navigation with impressive shore excursion to reverted temples and fascinating traditional workshops.
For those who are eager to see the less-visited sights of Myanmar kingdom, Pandaw cruise operates a unique itinerary to the unspoiled Chindwin River with the price from $ 3,900/ person for 14 nights.
Yang Tze River Cruise, China
The iconic Yang Tze has its own charm and it is no doubt that embarking a long day river journey is the best way to appreciate the beauty of this river. For the last few years the demand of cruising in this river is increasing and thus the services offered are better. You will find many luxury cruises with gorgeous suites where you can behold the riverside life while plunging into a cozy pool.
Borneo Rain Forest River Cruise
It is hard to resist the call of Borneo rain forest, especially those who love to escape from busy city life. Once in Borneo, you will surely be charmed by its world oldest rain forest, filled with countless wildlife and spectacular landscape. Borneo River may not reveal everything about this magical land but give you the insightful experience as the orangutan; birds and fishes are just next to your anchors.
The other highlight is the Ngaju`s festivals.
Mekong River, Indochina
Being the third longest river in Asia, Mekong is the bloodline of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Whether you take a cruise down river in Laos or up river from south Vietnam to Siem Reap, Mekong river charms you with untouched nature and exotic cultures. The cruise itineraries are crafted to expose the World Unesco heritages sites like Angkor temples, Luang Prabang, Siphandon, Watphou as well the local lifestyle through market visits, soft adventure excusion or day trips to the rewarding attractions.
A 8 days cruise from Can Tho to Phnom Penh before ending in Siem Reap is always a dream trip of any first timers.