Experience real life on excursions in south-east Asia

5 years ago

Women boating on a lake in Vietnam

Luxury cruising on south-east Asia’s waterways allows travellers to become fully immersed in local culture without the hassle of having to make all the plans.

What will you do today? Visit the tunnels used by the Viet Cong in Ho Chi Minh City or attend a memorial service for those lost in the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War? Perhaps you’ll take a train ride or browse the Chinese and Indian quarters of Yangon in Myanmar?

Or maybe you’d enjoy an ox-cart ride through paddy fields, a glimpse of village life on a rickshaw or watching street food being prepared in a Vietnamese market?

These kind of activities are perfect examples of how a river cruise with luxury tour operator APT takes you to the heart of a country and its culture.

Visit floating markets, temples and remote villages, many accessible only by water

Its Vietnam and Cambodia and Myanmar river cruises include a host of complimentary excursions and activities led by hand-picked local guides who love to share their personal stories.

As well as visiting well-known landmarks including the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia and the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar, guests are taken off the tourist track to engage with rural people and get an authentic taste of local life. You’ll visit floating markets, temples and remote villages, many accessible only by water.

APT has engaged a regional celebrity chef to further enhance the authentic experience. Luke Nguyen – TV presenter, leading proponent of Indochinese cuisine, writer of award-winning cookery books and APT ambassador since 2011 – is proud to share the cuisine and culture of his Vietnamese homeland both on board your river vessel and ashore.

Vietnam and Cambodia holidays include a degustation menu created by Luke with matching wines at Xu Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City and guests can also enjoy his dishes on board in his Indochine Restaurant.

One of celebrity chef Luke Nguyen’s signature dishes
Fine dining: one of celebrity chef Luke Nguyen’s signature dishes

APT’s stylish river cruise ships are among the best on the river. Gracing the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers in south-east Asia are the elegant RV AmaLotus and RV Samatha, boasting all-suite accommodation with private balconies.

The company’s fully inclusive pricing policy – flights, sightseeing, accommodation, drinks and meals, overseas transfers, taxes, port charges and all tipping – enables guests to relax and completely immerse themselves in the experience without worrying about running up extra bills.

Guests only have to unpack once and travel from one onshore adventure to the next

What’s more, APT appreciates that not everyone wants to do the same thing each day. That’s why, unlike most operators, in key locations it offers a range Freedom of Choice activities. In Ho Chi Minh City, for example, options include a walking tour, a cookery class or a shopping outing, all at no extra cost.

APT’s worry-free, all-inclusive approach has won the company many awards, including Best River Cruise in the Telegraph Travel Awards for the past two years.

No matter how remote the destination, guests only have to unpack once and travel from one onshore adventure to the next.

This year, APT celebrates an amazing 90 years of taking guests to some of the world’s most magnificent places and the company’s portfolio also extends to China, Europe and Russia.

Wherever you choose to go, you will embark on an unforgettable, luxurious and great-value journey that combines history, culture, superb cuisine and adventure.


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