Backyard Travel Sets the Trend with Luxury Cruises through Southeast Asia

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Bangkok-based Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative tour and travel operator, highlights a selection of in-demand luxury Asia cruises.

RV Paukan, Heritage style cruising on the Irrawaddy

RV Paukan, Heritage style cruising on the Irrawaddy

The recent Virtuoso report confirms our feeling that travelers to Asia are seeking exactly what we offer; off the beaten path and innovative experiences, in comfort and style.

River cruises through exotic locales are one of the year's fastest-growing trends, announced the luxury travel network Virtuoso at the recent Virtuoso Travel Week. Travelers seeking unique holidays are increasingly opting for trips to lesser-known destinations and engaging in specialized 'experiential' activities that take them off the main tourist trail and into unexplored heartlands.

To meet a growing demand for cruises and authentic travel experiences in the Southeast Asia region, Backyard Travel has designed unique trips throughout Myanmar and Vietnam. The Irrawaddy to Inle Experience offers travelers unseen glimpses of Myanmar ethnic culture with a tour through hill tribe villages, visiting locals markets in Bagan and embarking on a river cruise on the Irrawaddy to Ava, the country's ancient capital. A motorboat cruise of Inle Lake provides further insight into local life, with the option of joining a riverside family for lunch of traditional Inthar cuisine.

Also in Myanmar, the Cruise the Kingdoms tour is a seven-day trip through the picturesque back-country of Bagan, wending its way along the Irrawaddy to Mandalay, incorporating temple visits, cycling tours and time aboard the RV Paukan. Cruising upstream, travelers can glimpse everyday river life from the deck, and enjoy sunrise over the water before disembarking in Mandalay for a tour of monasteries, pagodas and ancient city ruins.

Vietnam is also an increasingly popular luxury destination, according to the Virtuoso report. The Backyard Travel Saigon to the Delta tour explores this fascinating country from the Mekong River, aboard the Song Xanh – a traditionally styled luxury vessel. Showcasing South Vietnam, this five-day tour explores the tributaries and canals of the Mekong Delta, including the Cai Rang Floating Markets, a Cao Dai Temple and the colonial style Victoria Can Tho Resort – the perfect place for a relaxing spa treatment.

Backyard Travel’s Product & Operations Director Maeve Nolan says, “As travel pioneers in the region we recognized the opportunities for amazing travel experiences along Asia’s waterways and created trips around this theme earlier this year. The recent Virtuoso report confirms our feeling that travelers to Asia are seeking exactly what we offer; off the beaten path and innovative experiences, in comfort and style.”

Backyard Travel offers a wide array of luxury tours through Asia, some offer cruise options and some are purely land-based. With the help of one of Backyard Travel's on-the-ground consultants, clients can create the perfect itinerary – for ideas, see the complete range of specialized tours.

ABOUT BACKYARD TRAVEL:
Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit http://www.backyardtravel.com. See their Facebook page facebook.com/BackyardTravel

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