The Best Way To See The Sights of Southeast Asia
Travelling to Southeast Asia is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. Seeing the jaw-dropping sites of Angkor Wat, Mandalay and the Mekong River Delta will change your life and expand your horizons. Overland tours of Southeast Asia have long been a ‘must-do’ for any avid traveller, but there is a better way to see the sights of this diverse and dynamic part of the world: river cruising.
While you might automatically equate river cruising with the ‘golden oldies’ and retirees traversing the Danube, there is a new generation of Southeast Asian River Cruises that will change your mind.
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand are known for their tributaries, rivers, canals and lakes. These waterways are often the lifeblood of the local cultures, home to bustling floating markets, small villages and the daily life of millions of people. There is simply no other way to get up close and experience the vibrant nature of Southeast Asia unless you get off of the tourist trail and onto a river cruise.
The Mekong River (Vietnam and Cambodia)
The Mekong River Delta is one of the cradles of human culture and cuisine. Lush jungle, small villages and bustling towns are all centred around the river and its many tributaries. Numerous reputable river cruise lines offer itineraries through the Mekong River Delta, including Viking, Emerald, APT and Riviera Travel.
A river cruise through the Mekong Delta allows you to experience the best that the region has to offer visitors while staying in luxury and comfort all the way. Most of these itineraries will take you from Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) the world class Vietnamese capital, to Siem Reap, Cambodia – the home of Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is one of the most famous and photographed temple complexes in the world. You have to see it to believe it - it should definitely be on your ‘bucket list.’
The Irrawaddy River Delta and Myanmar
Myanmar (also known as Burma) has long been one of the least visited countries in Southeast Asia, but this is about to change. The food, people and archaeological treasures of Myanmar are one of the highlights of this part of the world, and there is no better way to get up close to these highlights than aboard a river cruise.
The Irrawaddy River winds its way through this scenic country, and travelling on board a river cruise ship allows you to experience it while maintaining a high level of food, accommodation and hygiene. From the fascinating temples of Mandalay to the former capital (and still cultural heart) Yangon, you will experience the best that Myanmar has to offer. Currently, we can recommend these itineraries that are being offered by Riviera Travel, Wendy Wu and Scenic Luxury Cruises.
One of the most exciting and attractive elements of a Southeast Asian holiday has just got to be the food! From sticky rice, mango and coconut in Thailand to piping hot bowls of beef noodle pho in Vietnam, the food that you will find throughout Southeast Asia is some of the most delicious in the world. A unique blend of savoury, sweet, sour and spicy (although heat levels can be adjusted), your taste buds will be singing.
The chefs aboard most Southeast Asian river cruises are highly skilled and trained in the traditions of the region. Their curries, seafood dishes, noodle soups, roasted meats and desserts are all achingly fresh and prepared to order. If you have preferences or allergies, they can cater to your individual needs.
While you will eat most of your meals aboard the river cruise, you will still have plenty of opportunities to enjoy local delicacies, street food and family run cafes.
Culture, cuisine and endless opportunities for learning and laughter – this is Southeast Asia aboard a river cruise. See everything that you have always dreamed of seeing, all while experiencing the continuity of service, accommodation and cuisine that a cruise can offer. Why unpack dozens of times when you can unpack once and still enjoy the best that Southeast Asia has to offer?