It’s rapidly carving out a place among the hot new cruising destinations of the world, and Asia might be climbing the ranks too on your bucket list for your next river voyage.
What was previously a business consigned to the oceans off the coast of Singapore, Thailand or Japan has – more so in recent years – bloomed into a thriving sector with a multitude of options on inland rivers such as the Mekong or the Irrawaddy, which both provide lifelines to hordes of local communities and economies now benefiting from the interest of intrepid explorers from around the world.
If you’re keen to see the region in 2017, Avalon Waterways has launched a ‘Fly Free’ offer across its entire suite of scheduled cruises next year, valid for return Economy class airfares from Australia to your city of departure and home again at the end. However, if guests prefer to organise their own flights, Avalon will cut $1,000 per person from the cruise fare.
Avalon Waterways operates two ships in the region – Avalon Myanmar on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar and the Avalon Siem Reap on the Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia. Both vessels are still pretty much brand new, with the latter and the oldest of the two being only 16 months of age since the wrappers were removed.
Both vessels are quaint and intimate, catering to 36 passengers per sailing across 18 staterooms and suites beginning at 22 square metres in size. The pair offers two itineraries:
- Avalon Myanmar sails on the 14-day ‘Golden Myanmar & The Alluring Irrawaddy’ itinerary beginning in Yangon and cruising between Bagan and Bhamo, priced from $9,722 per person twin share.
- Avalon Siem Reap cruises between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Siem Reap, Cambodia on the 13-day ‘Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong River’ itinerary, priced from $6,159 per person twin share.