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.
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.
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.
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