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3 Asia River Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

food was fantastic, almost felt like being fattened up for Christmas,so too bad if diet conscience, The river itself didn't do much for me, but it still was interesting & there was various opportunities to get off & look ... Read More
food was fantastic, almost felt like being fattened up for Christmas,so too bad if diet conscience, The river itself didn't do much for me, but it still was interesting & there was various opportunities to get off & look around. Phenom Penh had plenty to do. Royal Palace, National & Genocide Museums, The guides gave plenty of information regarding the history of Vietnam & Cambodia, the killing fields, Silk making loom set up in Cambodia was very interesting as was the village silversmith all tour guides had very clear English so language was never a problem. It can be any type of cruise you want, relaxing, cultural, historical be continually pampered or just read a book. The rooms were very well appointed, the staff were genuinely pleasant & so helpful a real pleasure to meet. I don't think it matters which floor one takes, but a stair case is the only way to get up & down. River crossing entry into Cambodia Do not do visa for Cambodia on line as it will not be accepted. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This cruise was the first of the season. Although it was still during the monsoon season, we were lucky in that we only had a half hour delay on one land tour because of rain. It was however very hot and humid throughout the cruise. The ... Read More
This cruise was the first of the season. Although it was still during the monsoon season, we were lucky in that we only had a half hour delay on one land tour because of rain. It was however very hot and humid throughout the cruise. The service and the food was beyond exceptional. I have never had better service or food especially on a river boat. The capacity was 56 passengers, but because this was the first of the season, we only had 9 passengers with 32 crew members. All passengers were solo travelers, and some of the single supplements were waived. The country is still quite unspoiled, and the people were very friendly. They really need tourism in the country. It's only been since about 2012 that tourism has started to take off. We only saw one other international level river boat during the entire cruise. What you will see is many many pagodas. However the highlight for me was when we visited a local school in the village of Pha Hto. The children had very little, but when the passengers distributed school supplies to them, they were very happy. There were two issues, one major and one not so much. The major issue for me was that I found out when I tried to fly from Kunming to Mandalay that my visa was not valid. Myanmar has a policy of electronic visas. Unfortunately the on-line company that I chose was a fraud. Their website was meant to look official, but it was not. I was delayed in China for two days while applying for a new visa. During that time, the AMA Waterways staff in Mandalay failed to answer the emergency contact numbers. I was left on my own, but eventually I was able to connect with the cruise at a location I found on my own by reviewing the detailed itinerary. The second issue was the evening before we were to visit Mount Popa, one of the tour highlights in Bagan, we were told that there would be an extremely large gathering of 80,000 pilgrims. We were not going to be allowed to visit. The following day was a bust, as almost the entire itinerary was cancelled. Because of river conditions the boat ties up every night. When traveling downstream from Mandalay to Pyay, I suggest booking odd numbered cabins. Most nights the odd numbered cabins face towards the river. There is some river traffic at night, but it is less noisy than the local riverbank intrusions and the views are worth it. I encourage everyone to visit this country soon, before the country changes too much. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I needed to be in China anyway, so we looked at organized travel options to help us find our way around in a very different culture. Viking's Imperial Jewels Of China not only looked like it covered things we really wanted to see, ... Read More
I needed to be in China anyway, so we looked at organized travel options to help us find our way around in a very different culture. Viking's Imperial Jewels Of China not only looked like it covered things we really wanted to see, but the dates meshed perfectly with our existing plans. Only parts of this cruise were actually on the Yangtze river, since it also included sights such as the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, and Tienanmen Square, in or near Beijing; the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an; and various other locations in those cities as well as Chongqing, Wuhan, and Shanghai. When we were on land, Viking arranged outstanding hotel accommodations (for us, JW Marriott, Crowne Plaza, and Four Seasons - all exceptional). We were guided to interesting cultural experiences, provided with good food, and our tour guide was sincerely a caring, considerate, and kind individual. On the river boat, the service was even better than those 4- or 5-star hotels, and the food at least as good. Activities, excursions, and free time were all well planned. I'd say "never a dull moment", but if you really needed one, just to relax and unwind, it was allowed! If you go in August, prepare for heat and humidity; we planned to do some laundry, so we didn't have to pack nearly three weeks' worth of clothes; we did not expect to shower and change outfits 2-3 times per day, but it was muggy - still wonderful, but muggy. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016

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