Mekong Delta, Vietnam

River Cruises That Explore Asian Rural Life

To observe rural life along some of Asia’s most renowned rivers, as well as iconic sights and dramatic landscapes, there are a number of cruises that will pack a punch.

Asia specialist, Wendy Wu Tours, is now offering a greater range of combined river cruise and land itineraries for travellers. We take a look at your options…

Rivers of Indochina (15 days)

Rushing down from the upper reaches of the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong makes its final journey to the South China Sea through Cambodia and Vietnam. Offering the chance to observe life on the Mekong from a premium cruise vessel, this 15 day group tour highlights the best of the verdant Mekong Delta, combined with exuberant Saigon, Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh, and awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park.

Highlights include a wonderful seven night Mekong cruise, offering various land excursions such as a visit to Chau Doc, home to a diverse array of communities including Chinese, Cham and Khmer and the vivid green rice paddies of Cambodia and Vietnam.

The tour departs on 28th October and is priced at £4,390 per person on a fully inclusive basis including international flights, domestic transportation, seven night cruise, hotel accommodation, all meals, touring with guides, visitor attraction entry fees and visas for UK/EU passport holders.

Irrawaddy Voyager (12 days)

The Irrawaddy River continues to be Burma’s main highway, with many locals living and working along its lush banks. This new 12 day tour offers visitors the chance to experience a relatively unexplored side to the country, sailing for seven nights from the cultural capital Mandalay to the magical temples of Bagan.

Experiencing authentic rural village life, as well as a visit to the Sagaing Hills; an important religious and monastic centre nestled amongst verdant greenery, other highlights include the village of Mingun, the potteries of Kyauk Myoung and Rangoon; the heart of Burma’s spiritual life and a bustling city full of colonial charm.

The tour departs on 14th October and is priced at £2,990 per person on a fully inclusive basis including international flights, domestic transportation, seven day cruise, hotel accommodation, all meals, touring with guides, visitor attraction entry fees and visas for UK/EU passport holders.

Grand Yangtze (18 days)

Following a course carved from the landscape over millions of years, the Yangtze runs through a wealth of spectacular scenery. This 18 day tour includes dramatic gorges and pastoral panoramas as we’ll as iconic man-made wonders and imperial cities

Including an eight night cruise sailing from the exuberant city of Shanghai through to Chongqing, guests will enjoy wonderful sights on route including historical Nanjing; China’s capital under six dynasties, Mt Jiuhua; one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism and the spectacular Three Gorges Damn. The trip also includes a visit to see the pandas in Chengdu, the Terracotta Warriors of China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang in Xian and the Imperial city of Beijing.

This tour has multiple departure dates and is priced from £3390 per person on a fully inclusive basis including international flights, domestic transportation, eight night cruise, hotel accommodation, all meals, touring with guides, visitor attraction entry fees and visas for UK/EU passport holders.

If you want more info head to wendywutours.co.uk.

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