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River cruising in Asia

9th September 2013 Print
The Jayavarman

Travel Indochina has unveiled its new Asia River Cruising brochure for 2013-2015 featuring a significantly expanded range of cruising options in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma and China. Among the latest additions are 13 new cruise itineraries, two additional vessels on the Mekong and Irrawaddy River, and a greater choice of flexible packages with trips varying in length from 4 - 22 days.

New in the brochure for 2013-2015, customers of Travel Indochina can discover Burma's untouched regions onboard the deluxe Orcaella. A recent addition to the Orient Express fleet in 2013, the Orcaella explores the upper reaches of the Irrawaddy River and the remote Chindwin River between Bagan and Yangon. It features 25 stylish cabins with en-suite bathrooms, a wellbeing and fitness area, swimming pool and sun deck. Travel Indochina has 8-day and 12-day itineraries on the Orcaella, with prices starting from £3,270 per person*.

Also new to the tour operator's portfolio is the Mekong Sun which winds through the upper Mekong in Laos. The Mekong Sun provides an intimate cruise experience with just 14 air-conditioned cabins and maximum capacity for 28 customers. Travel Indochina offers a 5-day package combining a 3-day cruise and 2 nights' deluxe accommodation at the Luang Say Residence in Luang Prabang following the cruise. This memorable escape also includes a Lao cooking class at Tamarind Restaurant, plus time to explore Luang Prabang. Prices start from £1,260 per person**.

Together with these newly-added vessels, Travel Indochina has introduced 13 new itineraries for 2013-2015. The new packages cover the Mekong, Yangtze, Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers in Indochina, China and Burma respectively. Among the new itineraries are a 12-day "Irrawaddy River Cruise to Mandalay" in Burma, a 16-day "Enchanting Rivers of Indochina" through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, and a 15-day "Emperor's China & Yangtze River" from Beijing to Shanghai.

These new journeys are complemented by a greater choice of shorter options for those who prefer to spend more time on land. Options include a 10-day "Classic Mekong River Journey" which combines a 4-day cruise aboard the Jayavarman with 6-days touring on land, travelling from Vietnam to Cambodia. Further good news is that the specialist tour operator has significantly reduced its pricing for cruises on The Jahan and Jayavarman, the smallest and most luxurious boats to sail the Mekong River.

Travel Indochina's latest brochure and recently-updated online cruise portal are packed with everything travellers' need to know about river cruising in Asia, including a wealth of new content that covers shore excursions, cuisine, charters, full deck plans, cabin layouts and detailed boat specification pages. They perfectly showcase the specialist operator's unrivalled range of river cruise holidays for those seeking a more intimate atmosphere with big doses of culture and constantly-changing scenery along the river shores.

With an increasing demand for small boat river cruising, these new updates are testament to Travel Indochina's continued efforts to expand its river cruise portfolio and keep up with customers' growing appetite for new experiences along Asia's mesmerising main rivers.

*Prices include 7 nights' cruise accommodation in a Deluxe Cabin (twin share), 1 internal flight within Asia, all sightseeing as specified including entrance fees, local English-speaking guides throughout, transfers as specified and all meals. Excludes international flights.

**Prices include 2 nights' deluxe hotel accommodation, 2 nights' cruise accommodation in a Classic Cabin (twin share), road transport in air-conditioned vehicles, all sightseeing as specified including entrance fees, local English-speaking guides throughout, airport transfers, daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. Excludes international flights.

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