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Asia River Cruises

A Giant Buddha Statue Looking to Mekong River (Photo: Knot Mirai/Shutterstock)

About Asia River Cruises

With its mystical temples and exotic sights, sounds and smells, Asia offers a rich and vibrant experience for any traveler. And there is perhaps no better way to experience Asia than in the comfort of a luxurious river ship. Cruising through Vietnam and Cambodia on the Mekong has become a bucket list staple for many cruisers, and those who want to push further afield can try Burma's Irrawaddy, India's Ganges or China's Yangtze.

  • What is the best time to cruise to Asia River?

  • Which cruise lines go to Asia River?

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What is the best time to cruise to Asia River?

The best time for an Asia river cruise depends on which river you choose. Cruise season for the Yangtze River is April through October; for the Mekong River, it's November through February; and for the Irrawaddy River, it's September through April. For more: Tips for Choosing an Asia River Cruise.

Which cruise lines go to Asia River?

There are many Asia river cruise options depending on the river. Abercrombie & Kent, Avalon Waterways, AmaWaterways and Viking River Cruises (among others), offer sailings on all three rivers. Smaller more regional cruise lines that often charter Chinese and Vietnamese vessels offer sailings, as well.

What are some things to do in Asia River?

There are any number of things to do on an Asia river cruise, including city sightseeing in places like Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City or the country of Myanmar, where you can visit local markets, significant religious sites and historic landmarks. Venture out to the countryside and local villages to explore the wildlife and interact with locals.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to Asia River?

Yes, a passport is required to cruise in Asia. Visas might also be required, depending on which countries you are traveling through; consult with your cruise line.

What should I pack for a cruise to Asia River?

Lightweight, breathable clothing that can be layered is highly recommend, along with an umbrella or raincoat. Women should also pack a shawl or cardigan for visiting temples, which require modest dress. Mosquito repellant is a must.

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