ASIA RIVER CRUISES
A journey on one of Asia’s great rivers offers a tapestry of
fascinating sights, colorful cultures, and ancient traditions. A
journey with Avalon Waterways gets you closer to all the must-see
sights and introduces you to the locals and their way of life. Our
very design is different because it was inspired by you...for a more
intimate experience on our new all-suite ships in Southeast Asia with
no more than 36 travelers, a more immersive experience with our Local
Favorites designed to spotlight the unique stories in each
destination, and more shore excursions-all led by our expert Cruise
Directors and carefully selected Certified Local Guides. All of this
and so much more await on an adventure you’ll never forget.
As you cruise along, each day is a tapestry of exotic flavors,
captivating panoramas, and bustling river activity. Watch villagers
make candy from the sap of the toddy palm tree, and wander through a
pottery making village to see the process from start to end. Visit a
monastery, where you will present alms to the monks and observe their
daily lunch ritual, and interact with children at a village school.
Other highlights include a visit to a local farmer’s home to learn
more about his work and life. You’ll even have a chance to ride an
elephant! All this and more awaits on this incredible adventure.
More than 90% of the Burmese population follows the Buddhist religion.
Unsurprisingly, the graceful form of the pagoda is a natural part of
the landscape, and you’ll visit the most important in the country,
including Yangon’s stunning Shwedagon—considered by many to be the
oldest pagoda in the world. Explore some of the 2,300 majestic temples
that dot the plains of Bagan, including Ananda, one of the most
beautiful of all the remaining temples. You will also ascend to the
top of a temple for an unforgettable view of sunset! In Mandalay,
visit Mahamuni Pagoda as well as Shwenandaw Monastery, the only
surviving building from the original royal palace complex. In nearby
Amarapura, visit U Bein Bridge for a sampan ride at sunset—an iconic
image you won’t soon forget. Beyond the must-see sights, Avalon
delivers hands on activities and encounters with local people that
allow for a truly immersive and memorable experience. Cruise north of
Mandalay on the most scenic part of the river past traditional
riverside villages, teak forests, lavish shrines, and a host of bird
and animal life. If your are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of
the rare Irrawaddy dolphin.
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