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Silhouettes of hot air balloons and temples against an orange sky at sunset in Bagan

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Destination of the Week - Asia

Asia’s rivers are rich with exotic landscapes and fascinating cultural insights; each stunning location boasting endless natural beauty.

In our final week of Cruise Month, we will transport you to spiritual capitals, Buddhist pagodas and royal palaces in some of the most magical destinations on the planet.

Where to river cruise in Asia

Mekong

Crossing six nations from its source in the Qinghai province of China, the Mekong flows between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam before draining into the South China Sea. River cruises along the banks of the Mekong explore the history of this beautiful waterway, from floating markets selling fish and tropical fruit to the biodiversity of plants, mammals and birds.

Many river cruises include itineraries that take guests to explore the bustling Cambodian city of Phnom Penh and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, where classic Asian architecture and exhilarating atmospheres await. You can also enjoy peace and quiet at religious sites such as UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat, and 10th Century temple, Banteay Srei.

Yangtze

As the world’s third longest river, the Yangtze is a 6,300km stretch of must-see sights. Travel between Shanghai and Beijing, where you can walk the inspirational Great Wall of China as it snakes across the northern border, or stand among the Terracotta Warriors as they guard the first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di. You can also witness the man-made majesty of the Three Gorges Dam – the world’s largest hydropower project – after passing through the locks from Chonqing to Wuhan.

Irrawaddy

The Irrawaddy is the lifeline of Myanmar: commercial waterway, food source and spiritual gateway for local communities all at once.

Most cruises begin in Mandalay or Yangon: the former, the last royal capital of Myanmar, and the latter, the home of the sacred golden Shwedagon Paya. Cruise to the temple-city of Bagan and witness the architectural silhouette of almost 2,300 majestic temples turning fiery red against the setting sun. In Mandalay, visit the Shwenandaw Monastery to see teak-carved depictions of Buddhist myths carved into the walls and ceilings.

Experience the magic of Asia’s waterways

No matter which river you choose, an Asia cruise is guaranteed to thrill and inspire. Exotic food, beautiful architecture and rich cultures allow this region to maintain its ancient roots with flair, making it one to explore time and time again.

Take a look at the enchanting Asia river cruises below, and prepare to fall in love.

1 Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong22 sailing dates
2 Mystical Myanmar8 sailing dates
3 Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong0 sailing dates
  • AmaWaterways
  • Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong
  • 25 December 2017 - 7 nights
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon to Tonle Sap Lake
4 Riches of the Mekong32 sailing dates
5 Treasures of the Mekong16 sailing dates
6 Treasures of the Mekong16 sailing dates
7 Charms of the Mekong17 sailing dates
  • AmaWaterways
  • Charms of the Mekong
  • 08 January 2018 - 7 nights
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon to Prek Kdam
8 Discover Vietnam & Cambodia1 sailing dates
9 Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong22 sailing dates
10 Mystical Irrawaddy12 sailing dates
11 Treasures of the Mekong16 sailing dates
12 Mystical Myanmar8 sailing dates
13 Luxury Mekong22 sailing dates
  • Scenic River Cruises
  • Luxury Mekong
  • 14 January 2018 - 11 nights
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon to Siem Reap
  • Book now for 2018 and receive a Luxury HUGE saving of up to £1,800 per couple!
14 Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong22 sailing dates
15 Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia and Mekong46 sailing dates
16 Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong7 sailing dates
  • Scenic River Cruises
  • Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong
  • 19 January 2018 - 21 nights
  • Hanoi to Siem Reap
17 Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia and Mekong46 sailing dates
18 Treasures of the Mekong16 sailing dates
19 Treasures of the Mekong16 sailing dates
20 Luxury Mekong22 sailing dates
21 Essential Vietnam & Cambodia25 sailing dates
22 Charms of the Mekong17 sailing dates
  • AmaWaterways
  • Charms of the Mekong
  • 22 January 2018 - 7 nights
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon to Prek Kdam
23 Hidden Wonders of Myanmar11 sailing dates
24 Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong22 sailing dates
25 Treasures of the Mekong16 sailing dates
26 Luxury Mekong22 sailing dates
  • Scenic River Cruises
  • Luxury Mekong
  • 28 January 2018 - 11 nights
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon to Siem Reap
  • Book now for 2018 and receive a Luxury HUGE saving of up to £1,800 per couple!
27 Riches of the Mekong32 sailing dates
28 Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong22 sailing dates
29 Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia and Mekong46 sailing dates
30 Mystical Irrawaddy12 sailing dates

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