What Will I See on an Asian River Cruise?
Asia is a vast continent which beckons exploration of the exotic as temples peek through wild jungle landscapes and local cultures and traditions fascinate travelers with their distinct sense of otherness.
Asia is also home to some remarkable rivers. The big three for Asia’s river cruise regions are the Yangtze in China, the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia, and the Irrawaddy in Myanmar (Burma). Many are wild, untamed and even uncharted. Fascinating cultures, traditions, religious and spiritual practices offer the ultimate attraction. Keep in mind that road travel can often be slow and unpleasant, so traveling by river offers a beautiful alternative.
The Yangtze River is Asia’s longest river and flows through 18 Chinese provinces. Perfect for photos as you cruise thru misty mountains surrounded an ever-changing color palate from yellow to emerald green. See sights such as the Forbidden City, The Great Wall and the Terracotta Army. Some cruises offer highlights of sailing through the scenic gorges and bamboo forests of the Three Gorges region, and a visit to the engineering marvel, Three Gorges Dam. During Cruise Tour excursions, the river journey is typically combined with hotel stays and touring in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap.
If travel stories are what you seek, you may want to visit The Irrawaddy River in Burma. Tourism has long been off-limits in Burma, but is now booming after decades of military rule. The Irrawaddy River dissects the country from north to south before empting out into the Indian Ocean, linking several of Burma’s key tourism destinations. See age old traditions, as most River Cruises visit fishing and pottery villages.
If you are looking for a classic colonial getaway, there’s no match for the Mekong – you’ll visit French colonial sites such as Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, the temples of Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh, once known as the Pearl of Asia, now is a city rebuilding itself following the years of the Khmer Rouge destructive rule. You will also find some of the most incredible architecture and some of the best food in the world here. A standard riverboat voyage here includes stops in Vietnam and Cambodia, with viewings of wildlife, rice paddies, floating villages, and ashore visits to temples, monasteries, markets, as well as to sites from the region’s troubled past, like the notorious “killing fields” of the Khmer Rouge regime.
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