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Asia River Cruises

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River cruise holidays in Asia


The rivers of Asia, from the mighty Mekong to the spiritual Ganges, are among the greatest on earth. And, there's no better way to take in their landscapes and ancient cultures than aboard a luxury river cruise.

The Mekong River flows through Indochina, its course winding from the high Himalayas to the South China Sea. Board a luxury river cruise to witness daily life along its storied banks, sailing from just south of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, through the Mekong Delta and across the border to Siem Reap in Cambodia, stopping along the way at floating markets, fish farms and ancient temples. Speak to our cruise experts to add on a visit to Angkor Wat or perhaps follow the river further towards its source to explore Luang Prabang in neighbouring Laos.

The Mekong, Laos

Then, in China, the mighty Yangtze River provides a wonderfully scenic way to explore the heart of this fascinating country, from the sheer beauty of its karst landscapes to the infamy of the controversial Three Gorges Dams project. Starting in Chongquing, most Yangtze cruises, including our clients' favourite by Sanctuary Retreats, take in all of the region's highlights, including Fengdu, the Snow Jade Cave, the aforementioned Three Gorges Dam, Dongting and Wuhan, and mix in regionally inspired dining with such authentic experiences as Tai Chi classes and traditional tea ceremonies.

And that's not all. Over in Myanmar, the Irrawaddy meanders from high mountains to vast plains, cutting past ancient towns and temples complexes. First among these is Bagan, whose riverside collection of stupas dates back to the 9th century. And, in India, a cruise along the Ganges takes in the spirituality of Varanasi alongside ancient Mughal ruins, 6th-century rock carvings and even rare sightings of Gangetic dolphins. The Brahmaputra, too is just as enthralling, as it winds past verdant tea plantations and the Kaziranga National Park – home to one-horned rhinos and royal Bengal tigers. 

The Ganges in Varanasi, India

Tailor-make your river cruise by adding a visit to Beijing, Shanghai or any of China's other attractions before or after your sailing, to see more of this complex, compelling country.

Our top itineraries for Asia River Cruises

RV Vaikundam Kerala HouseBoat

Cochin & Kerala Backwaters Cruise

11-day tailor-made journey from £3,220 pp incl. flights

Kerala’s dreamy Backwaters provide the idyllic setting for this cruise holiday, which sees you sail across mirrored lagoons and through palm-fringed canals to explore artisan villages and ancient temples in truly laid-back style.

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Lower Ganges Cruise with Pandaw

11-day tailor-made cruise from £2,275 pp incl. flights

This spectacular itinerary will see you travel in traditional style on the RV Orient Pandaw as you explore the incredible Lower Ganges.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Charms of the Mekong and Siem Reap

14-day cruise from £3,255 pp incl. flights

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Save up to £1,000 on Vietnam and Cambodia
Book by: 31 July 2019

The lively city of Ho Chi Minh City provides the perfect start to your incredible journey through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Aqua Mekong Exterior View, South Vietnam & Mekong

Aqua Mekong River Cruise

14-day tailor-made journey from £5,495 pp incl. flights

Either side of a luxurious cruise along the Mekong River, enjoy private touring and luxury stays among Angkor Wat’s world wonders, Saigon’s colonial beauty and Phnom Penh’s glittering palaces.

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Top offers for Asia River Cruises

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Charms of the Mekong and Siem Reap

14-day cruise from £3,255 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save up to £1,000 on Vietnam and Cambodia
Book by: 31 July 2019

The lively city of Ho Chi Minh City provides the perfect start to your incredible journey through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Sagaing, Myanmar

Myanmar Uncovered on Pandaw

17-day stay and cruise from £6,160 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Between royal-capital tours and cottage-industry workshops, explore life along Myanmar's storied Irrawaddy River. There's also included hotel stays in Yangon and Inle Lake, introducing you to the gilded headlines of this most enigmatic of destinations.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia River Cruise

14-day stay & river cruise from £2,660 pp incl. flights


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The Mekong is one of the world's great rivers. The seventh longest in Asia, it begins its journey high on the Tibetan Plateau, cuts through China and into Laos and through Cambodia, finally emerging into the vast Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam before spilling its contents into the South China Sea.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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