For many people travelling is counted among life's most rewarding experiences. We expand our horizons as we venture across unfamiliar terrains, explore different cultures and experience new adventures. Of course, in recent times a lot of us have come to treasure the added reward of capturing and sharing photos of our travels with our friends, families, and connections on social media.People love to showcase the destinations they've visited and sights they've seen to preserve the memories, start conversations, and maybe even make their friends a little bit jealous. It's fun. Most of the world's most instagrammed places, however, aren't actually that interesting to share with others. These include Times Square in New York and the Las Vegas Strip. Fine spots, sure. But it is difficult to have an original experience – or take a unique photo – in places that so many people visit.
You can do better than that! A cruise vacation allows you to visit a variety of ports, islands, cities or towns all in a single trip. There are cruises you can book right now that will take you to some of the world's most beautiful, legendary, and off-the-beaten path destinations in luxury and style. You'll be able to capture photos of ancient cities, towering waterfalls, and magnificent coastlines while enjoying it all in the comfort that comes from having your own top-notch stateroom along the way and the hospitality provided by a dedicated crew.
Here are just some of the amazing spots you can tour from the deck of a ship and explore on land excursions.
The Mekong River.Just imagine experiencing a cruise along one of the world's largest rivers, the Mekong, winding its way from the Tibetan plateaus of China’s Yunnan province, through the rainforests, plains and rice fields of five Southeast Asian countries before meeting the South China Sea.
On the banks of the Mekong you'll pass by some of the most historically, culturally and ecologically rich landscapes on Earth. The sagas of ancient empires, colonial powers and modern conflicts have unfolded along these shores. Temples, trade routes and fishing villages along the river remain untouched by time. Travellers can visit historic palaces and temples, browse colourful markets and artisan workshops, and hike through breathtaking landscapes.
AmaWaterways offers a Mekong river cruise from the lively Ho Chi Minh City, once known as the “Pearl of the Orient,” to the charming small city of Kampong Cham in Cambodia.
Think of the memories – and photo opportunities – you'll create as you experience the heritage of the region with visits to rural villages, historic pagodas and bustling local markets. Be treated to a special blessing by monks in a Buddhist monastery, and witness skilled artisans creating exquisite handicrafts and delicacies.
At many destinations along the way, you’ll be free to choose from a variety of outings and excursions to suit your tastes, all while sailing on a luxury ship with critically acclaimed dining and onboard amenities.