Get Inspired / Vietnam / Myanmar Go With The Flow Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Vietnam / Myanmar Go With The Flow story by: Anna Sarjeant The water arteries that make up the back waters of Asia provide a unique insight into the continent's less accessible landscape. Asia has long been a favourite among travellers for its lush scenery, incredible hospitality and mouth-watering cuisine. For a different perspective on an all-time classic, take to the water. THE MEKONG Opening the curtains hasn’t been this exciting since, well never actually. Onboard a Mekong River cruise you’ll be greeted with a new (and totally unexpected) view every morning. Whether it’s a silver pagoda towering on the hillside, a congress of wooden sampans heaving with fruit, or an overly excited gibbon wishing you a cheery hello, every day is different. As the longest river in Southeast Asia, the Mekong effortlessly transports its guests from Vietnam into Cambodia, across Laos and through Thailand, via a vast network of backwater river arteries. A rich tapestry of life that explores everything from Phnom Penh’s eroded French architecture, the famed Angkor Wat and little-visited communities that move with an unquenchable energy. THE IRRAWADDY Detox from the Western World; from flashy technology and a relentless pace. Take to the river. Cruise along the Burmese Irrawaddy and open your eyes to a country that’s still emerging from isolation. Run-down motorbikes zip their way along pot-holed dirt tracks, racing past bare-footed monks and fishermen heaving their catch home. Water buffalo paddle the shallow fringes of the riverbed and heat-fatigued cows pull wooden carts. The land is lush with thick foliage and forged gorges, the occasional glint from sun bouncing off its pagodas. For scenery that has remained unchanged for centuries, now is the time to visit the beautiful waterways of Myanmar. THE PANDAW EXPERIENCE The nights are balmy but an iced G&T cures all. Sit atop the deck and watch paddy fields float by, flanked with children playing on the muddy banks of the river. So is the life onboard a Pandaw. These waterborne boutique hotels are usually replete in teak and brass, their twin-decks carrying between 30-60 privileged guests. Bespoke staterooms are spacious but free from TVs, internet or phones, the entertainment is outside not in. For the intrepid traveller with a penchant for the finer things in life, the dining is refined and the amenities include a spa, gym and plenty of space for relaxing; book in one hand, beverage in the other. For all those with an appetite for luxury as well as discovery, Pandaw cruising supplies both. > VIEW ALL OUR HOT DEALS TO VIETNAM, MYANMAR AND THE REST OF ASIA HERE Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inle Lake, Venice of the East? Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Bagan, Myanmar's Hidden Gem Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.