The Big Three: River cruises in Asia for couples

The Big Three: River cruises in Asia for couples

For the couple that have either ticked off Europe’s rivers already or want somewhere a little bit more exotic, the waterways of Asia are full of mysticism and a sense of adventure.

From the mighty Mekong to the Yangtze, Brahmaputra, Ganges or Irrawaddy, there is a world of choice – and each river has its own special sights and history.

Following on from the publication of Cruise Adviser’s River 2015-16 guide, each week we will be running our Big Three feature, which gives you a trio of cruise options to choose from. This week it’s Asian river cruises for couples.

To request a copy of Cruise Adviser’s River guide email: or click here to read the digital version. Our Family guide is out now.


Line: Riviera
River: Mekong
Departure port: Siem Reap
Duration: 15 days
Date: October 6, 2015
Price: £3,099

Did you know that only the Amazon basin boasts a higher biodiversity than the Mekong? This cruise is for the couple who want something a little more adventurous than a European sailing. Calling points include Phnom Penh, Saigon and Vietnam and all on board a five-star river vessel.


Line: Far Horizon
River: Brahmaputra
Departure port: Jorhat
Duration: Seven days
Date: August 8, 2015
Price: £1,960


This cruise along the Brahmaputra river takes passengers through the luscious Assam region of India. Take yoga classes on deck or sip Assam tea and watch the landscape roll by with this destination that heads off the main tourist map. However, that’s not to say there’s not plenty to see and do while on the cruise: guests can enjoy an elephant back safari or try to spot a Gangetic dolphin.


Line: Pandaw
River: Irrawaddy
Departure port: Bagan
Duration: Ten nights
Date: August 16, 2015
Price: £2,385


This tour from Myanmar specialists Pandaw River Cruises takes passengers from the splendour of Bagan all the way to Bhamo, the most navigable northerly point of the Irrawaddy River. Calling points along the way include Katha, once home to George Orwell and the inspiration for Burmese Days. And remember, there is nothing more spectacular than an Asian sunset.

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