Explore and Experience China and South East Asia via the Great Rivers

Print Friendly

Asia has many great rivers with China’s Yangtze and South East Asia’s Mekong two of the most famous. Taking a cruise along either can combine perfectly with escorted tours of these amazing regions, making a truly unforgettable holiday.

Here we look at some of our recommendations for getting the best from your cruise on these two amazing and fascinating rivers.

Along with the Amazon and the Nile, the Yangtze is one of the worlds’ greatest waterways flowing thousands of miles from the Himalayas in the west to the Pacific Ocean. To capture some of the many amazing sights China has to offer, a cruise along the Yangtze River is a ‘must see’ attraction.

Yangtze Dock at night

Yangtze Dock at night

The Three Gorges are rightly famous but there are many other exciting and beautiful locations to see along the way. Take a voyage of discovery featuring ancient temples in Fengdu and Shibaozhai. Discover remote villages and wildlife hidden in the Lesser Gorges, take in the mighty 3 Gorges and visit the colossal 3 Gorges Dam. The extended cruise takes you beyond to the historic cities of Wuhan and Nanjing, the beautiful and holy Yellow Mountain and the exciting and vibrant Shanghai.

From the snow-capped mountains of Tibet to the tropical jungle of Southern Vietnam the Mekong flows through five countries with a diverse range of stunning sights to see. Extreme seasonal variations in flow and the presence of rapids and waterfalls make navigating the whole river difficult but there are fabulous cruises along the way where you can see amazing sights that you can combine to make the most of a tour of the region.

Mekong Cruise Cambodia market

Mekong Cruise Cambodia market

Starting with the pulsating cities of Saigon and Phnom Penh, experience a dynamic melting pot of centuries-old markets and winding streets to glittering skyscrapers. Beyond Phnom Penh, cruise tranquil interior waterways and witness pristine tropical landscapes set with ancient Buddhist pagodas and charming villages. Each embodies a forgotten way of life, where farmers till paddy fields by hand and fishermen cast their nets on glistening lakes. Most serene of all is the beauty of Cambodia’s long lost Angkor temples where the cruise ends in Siem Reap.

A less well known but equally stunning cruise can be found upstream in Southern Laos, where the ancient capital of Champasak and the UNESCO site of Vat Phou are waiting to be discovered. The natural highlights of the “four thousand islands” archipelago and the breath-taking Pha Pheng Waterfalls, where the mighty Mekong thunders down into Cambodia, are certainly not to be missed.

Most cruises along these two great waterways are between 4 and 8 days. Some offer excellent cabins, services and amenities providing luxury at an affordable price. Follow the links below to find out more about our escorted tours to China and more information about the Yangtze River Cruises.

Or let us inspire you, visit our website www.asianhorizons.co.uk or call us on 0207 470 8811

Inspiring Tours of China

See our Top 10 Yangtze River Cruise Highlights

Mekong River Cruise – Saigon to Siem Reap

Like us on Facebook view our latest special offers, tours and blogs


Up to £100 off per couple (that is, up to £50 per person, based on two people sharing a room) for bookings on the following tours that include the Yangtze River Cruise

Classic China Tour with Yangtze River Cruise

Grand China Tour with Yangtze River Cruise

The conditions of the offer are:

The Code to redeem the £100 off from a booking made by 30 June 2015 is: AHSS01

Customers can redeem the offer by Asian Horizons and quoting the code when they make the booking.


Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More River Cruises

Top reasons you should try river cruising amsterdam-netherlands_189863267
Discover some of the world’s most niche locations on board a river cruise. Sail right into...
River Cruise Guide Wonderful views
On a river cruise every day brings new sights and enjoyment, with different views to admire and...
5 reasons to book your 2017 river cruise with Titan Travel MS Serenade1 900x550
Here are 5 reasons to book your 2017 river cruise with Titan Travel, onboard the exclusively...
Sail with AmaWaterways – rated the BEST river cruise fleet on Europe’s rivers! AmaPrima-in-Bratislava (1)
Consistently leading the way in river cruising with exceptional staff, award winning cuisine...
It’s time to... enjoy como
Shearings Holidays are proud to be working with Silversurfers and we look forward to offering...
Fascinating holiday experiences with Shearings River Cruises Serenade2G9655
River cruising is a great way to explore a country at a gentle pace. You unpack once, settle into...
Rhine Cruise & Swiss Delights strasbourg-france
Take advantage of this incredible deal exclusive to RiverVoyages.com and embark on a wonderful...
Explore Britain's canals Kennet_&_Avon_Canal_in_Wiltshire._Courtesy_of_Drifters
Take advantage of Britain's waterways and the warmer weather with a scenic canal boating holiday...
Germany’s most gorgeous gorge – the beautiful Rhine Valley Rhine-Valley (1)
Although making brief appearances in Switzerland, France, Austria and the Netherlands the...
The simple and inspiring joy of European river cruises River Cruises
Whilst Man’s affinity for travelling on water can be traced back to the earliest periods of...
Top Ten Canal Boat Holidays canal_800x500
Canal boats are a great way of winding down into a relaxing holiday, escaping the pace of...
All aboard for the Normandy experience TRAVEL Normandy Cruise 2
From the comfort of a cruise ship on the River Seine, it's easy to take in the myriad historic...