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Discover a patchwork of cultures, landscapes, ancient traditions and an unspoilt bounty of beauty on one of 80 river cruises through Asia. Journey along the Yangtze in China taking in the stunning Three Gorges, explore Vietnam & Cambodia along the lively Mekong or embrace India's culture on a Ganges river cruise.

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Travelmarvel
Make the most of Europe’s waterways on Travelmarvel’s three new European river ships: Polaris, Capella and Vega. Combining state-of-the-art design with...more more dining options and social spaces, the contemporary-class ships will offer a relaxed new standard of cruise. Or perhaps a river cruise on the life-giving Ganges or Mekong to get to the heart of these colourful and spiritual nations. Experience life in their small villages, whose communities have much to teach us about their local culture and customs.
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Emerald Cruises
From culture-rich cities to world-famous wine regions, Emerald Cruises represents a new chapter in the world of river cruising. Our deluxe fleet of revolutionary...more Star-Ships promise contemporary comfort and unique on-board innovations, while our generous offering combines affordability with great dining, exceptional service and immersive itineraries across Europe and Asia. With return flights, transfers, all on-board meals, complimentary drinks, tips and much more included in the price of an Emerald Cruises river cruise, we’ve taken care of everything. Our attentive team of crew, sommeliers and personal butlers are available day and night to ensure every minute on-board the Emerald Cruises fleet is as enriching, enjoyable and relaxing as possible.
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Viking
A Viking river cruise is the discerning traveller’s dream. Whether you choose to visit Egypt, Asia, Europe or the Mississippi, our itineraries are designed...more to immerse you in the history and culture of each destination. With us, you could be exploring a local food market with our head chef one day and experiencing an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of a world-famous museum the next. Our state-of-the-art ships take you right into the heart of each destination, and you won’t find any kids or ‘nickel and diming’ on board. In fact, our fares include everything you need - from meals, beverages and Wi-Fi to a culturally enriching shore excursion at every port of call. This unique combination of features has become affectionately known as ‘the Viking difference’. Viking has 70 award-winning river ships sailing all over the world, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board to discover the Viking difference for yourself.
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Asia River Cruising View all

Mekong River Cruises River Cruises
Mekong River Cruises

Explore the contrasts of Cambodia and Vietnam on a Mekong river cruise.

China River Cruises River Cruises
China River Cruises

Cruise the Three Gorges and onto the Three Gorges Dam on a Yangtze river cruise.

India River Cruises River Cruises
India River Cruises

Incorporate a luxurious river cruise along the Ganges to your holiday in India.

Discover Must do experiences and highlights along the rivers of Asia

Kalna's Terracotta Temples

Kalna's Terracotta Temples

Don’t miss Naba Kailash, otherwise known as 108 Shiv Mandirs, when you stop in at the terracotta temple town of Kalna on your Ganges river cruise.

The Three Gorges – Damn!

The Three Gorges – Damn!

Drift through the Three Gorges region where the Yangtze carves its way between dramatic cliffs and the iconic Three Gorges Dam boasts its engineering prowess.

Temples of Bagan

Temples of Bagan

Explore the temples of the Bagan Archaeological Area and marvel at the assembly of stupas dotting the horizon, a highlight of your Irrawaddy river cruise.

Historical Phnom Penh

Historical Phnom Penh

Mourn Cambodia’s turbulent past with a visit to the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and marvel at its monuments including the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

The Local Life

The Local Life

River cruising in Asia lets you get a different insight into the regions you travel through, sometimes visiting remote villages inaccessible by road and getting to know the floating life along these tributaries.

Recent Asia River Cruise Reviews What our clients are saying about their river cruises and tours through Asia

Slowly down the Mekong     , NSW, Australia, Feb 2024
Wonderful experience on the Emerald Harmony . Lovely crew and delicious food on board, plenty to do or as little as you want. Highlight was experiencing Siem Reap and Angkor, much changed after 20 years since last here, as was Phnom Penh and Bustling Saigon, made more colourful by being there in Chinese NY and TET.
Beautful boat, food and staff on the Mekong Rivercruise   , NSW, Australia, Jan 2024
The cabin on the lower deck was absolutely fine and on the same level as the dining room so easy access for all meals. Relaxing on the sundeck as the boat cruised along was amazing. The itinerary was quite busy and we enjoyed meeting other travellers to share travel stories. We hired a tuk tuk at the end of the tour to see more temples independently ...read more which was super easy, safe and enjoyable.
Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong   , QLD, Australia, Nov 2023
Firstly I would like to thank Tracey, my travel consultant at Global Journeys, for all the help she gave to me in booking and processing this tour. This Emerald Cruises tour was the best trip I have been on for a long time. From day 1 arriving in Ho Chi Minh City to the end in Siem Reap the Tour Directors and their support staff along with the staff ...read more and crew on the Emerald Harmony were absolute professionals and the service provided by all was excellent.

The Emerald Harmony was a beautiful and comfortable ship and the food provided was beyond amazing, a great chef and his staff provided some of the most enjoyable meals I have experienced. The tours were short but interesting, taking into account the humidity still rather high in November. I had an amazing look into Vietnamese and Cambodian life and culture. The hotels in Ho chi Ming City and Siem Reap were excellent and very comfortable. I applaud Emerald for the support they give to various organisations, the dancing troupe, Satcha Cambodian handicrafts etc. I am highly recommending Emerald cruises and this tour and hopefully will be able to return to Vietnam and Cambodia in the future.
Vietnam and Cambodia by river   , Christchurch, New Zealand, Sep 2023
We have just returned from an amazing cruise on board the Emerald Harmony. Our only other river cruise was in Europe in the winter (Emerald also) so we were not sure what to expect on hot steamy days in South East Asia. From the Cruise director, AB, to the cabin staff and all in-between we were treated like VIPs and always knew what, where and why things ...read more were happening.
Sampan rides, tuktuk rides, rickshaws - all safely navigated.

The cultural events on board were worth attending and were given with passion by the people of the culture. Our new cruise friends were great fun but we also were able to find a quiet place if needed. The transfer and hotel service provided by Emerald made everything so easy so I really could relax for the whole journey. The cabins were all that was needed and were super clean and comfy.

Explore More Your guide to touring and cruising through Asia

10 Reasons to Take a Mekong River Cruise

14 September, 2018

10 Reasons to Take a Mekong River Cruise

The Mekong Delta is a hub of scenery, history, culture and cuisine. The Mekong River winds its way through the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia and is the perfect gateway to uncover the deep traditions, moving archaeological sites and remnants of a tumultuous past that sit beyond...

Georgie's 11 Day Highlights of China & the Yangtze with Uniworld

23 August, 2018

Georgie's 11 Day Highlights of China & the Yangtze with Uniworld

My sister and I ventured off for a trip of a lifetime with Uniworld to China (although I’m definitely going back for more). We decided on the 11 Day Highlights of China & the Yangtze itinerary, beginning in Shanghai and ending Beijing. I loved China, every day was full of intrigue, history and...

Irrawaddy vs Mekong

17 August, 2018

Irrawaddy vs Mekong

When you are thinking about planning a river cruise in South East Asia you might wonder whether you should choose the Mekong or Irrawaddy. Of course there is no comparison – they are two very different rivers running through different countries and landscapes. However, if you are travelling...

The Best Time to River Cruise the Mekong

14 August, 2018

The Best Time to River Cruise the Mekong

Mekong river cruises through Cambodia and Vietnam operate for most of the year but not between early May and late-June. The rest of the year sees a varied climate from hot and dry in March through to May, a wet season spanning from July through to October, and a cooler patch between November...