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Insider Journeys Adds More River Cruise Options in 2016

Tour Operator | Insider Journeys | Janeen Christoff | October 15, 2015

Insider Journeys Adds More River Cruise Options in 2016

PHOTO: Shwedagon Pagoda, Bagan, Myanmar. (Photo courtesy of Insider Journeys)

In response to the growing interest in river cruising worldwide and particularly in Southeast Asia, travelers will be happy to know that Insider Journeys has created two new itineraries and updated two popular itineraries with more river cruise options in the coming year.

The company, dedicated to sustainable small-group travel throughout Asia, is adding cruise components to several journeys that focus on the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers.  

The 16-day Mekong & Beyond journey travels from Siem Reap to Hanoi and includes an eight-day river cruise onboard the Jayavarman boutique river boat. The trip begins with a sunrise over Angkor Wat and explores the rich cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia, delving into the region’s rich history and getting to know its welcoming people and natural beauty.

In addition to Angkor Wat, which just took the number-one spot on Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel Top 10 list, guests will visit Ta Prohm before embarking on a cruise along the Mekong River. The journey also includes stops at the Cu Chi Tunnels, Hoi An Old Town, Halong Bay, Hanoi’s Old Quarter and much more.

The Laos & Cambodia Mekong Discovery is also a new offering from Insider Journeys and follows the Mekong River by boat, by road, by air and even by elephant. Like the Mekong & Beyond, this journey is 16 days long and includes a river cruise. Guests will take in iconic destinations in Southeast Asia that include the Pak Ou Caves, Luang Prabang architecture, Kuang Si Falls, Cope Center, Wat Phou, the 4,000 Islands, Kratie’s Irrawaddy dolphins, Angkor Wat, The Bayon and more.

Insider Journeys' 14-day Vietnam Discovery, one of the company’s most popular journeys, also received a river cruise makeover. The trip already included an overnight river cruise amid the limestone karsts of Halong Bay but now it also includes an overnight cruise on the river and canals of the Mekong Delta.

This well-loved itinerary begins with the Mekong cruise and visits the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Central Highlands, the Thien Mu Pagoda, the Imperial Palace, Hanoi’s Old Quarter and more before finishing in Halong Bay on the overnight cruise.

Insider Journeys has also added a cruise component to its in-depth Burma journey, Burma Revealed. The 15-day itinerary now includes a two-night cruise on the Irrawaddy River with stops at a pottery village and a local school to learn about the region’s cottage industries.

The journey begins in Bagan with a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the Bagan temples, the Kalaw Elephant Sanctuary and a local train ride. Visitors experience the Pindaya Caves, local markets, Inle Lake and Sagaing Hill in addition to the river cruise.

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