Tailor-make your cruise in Southeast Asia
Sometimes, the best way to experience a destination is by water - whether it's on the ocean or a mighty river.
Depending on the country, you can enjoy either a relaxing and comfortable cruise on one of the world's great rivers, such as the Mekong, or an adventure cruise on the open sea around a place like Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam.
Whichever you choose, you will avoid the normal hustle and bustle of land-based travel, which leaves you free to observe the local culture, wildlife and scenery at a pace more in keeping with your surroundings.
Adventure cruising explained
Adventure cruises typically operate in coastal waters and therefore the vessels tend to be larger than those which operate solely on calmer rivers. Cruises vary in length from one to three days, during which you will be able to explore rugged coastlines, discover deserted beaches and experience some of the best diving and snorkelling in Southeast Asia.
Adventure cruising in Indonesia
Amanikan is a 32-metre Phinisi coastal cruiser custom-built for Amanresorts. It is ideal for private cruises for one or two couples or a family.
The Katharina Phinisi is an elegant two-masted schooner with main sails, top-sails and three jibs. It offers an excellent standard of reliability, safety and comfort for cruising the Indonesian archipelago.
Adventure cruising in Vietnam
With just five cabins, the Valentine is one of the smallest junks that plies the waters of Halong Bay. You can be sure of an intimate experience with highly personalised service. Sail around the magnificent limestone karsts with a cocktail in hand and toast the beauty of this UNESCO protected site.
Of the many ships that ply the waters of Halong Bay, the Jasmine is one of the most luxurious. Her elegant 1930s design is in keeping with the UNESCO protected surroundings. Enjoy sundowners on the upper deck as you marvel at the magnificent limestone karsts that rise up out of the calm sea.
River cruising explained
Travelling by river is the traditional means of transportation in many areas of Southeast Asia and a great way to observe everyday life, wildlife, and the scenery.
Notable river journeys include travelling aboard paddle steamers along the Ayeyarwaddy River in Myanmar, the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia, and the River Kwai in Thailand. There are also shorter day and overnight trips, generally on small vessels that navigate the rivers of Laos, Malaysian Borneo and Kalimantan.
Generally, you will have a boat to yourself for most excursions.
River cruising in Myanmar
Belmond Road to Mandalay
Well-known for its personality and splendour, the Belmond Road to Mandalay provides an exceptionally comfortable vantage point from which to absorb the surrounding beauty of Burma along the mighty Ayeyarwady River.
The atmosphere on board one of the Pandaw vessels is relaxed and informal. All cabins are air-conditioned and contain a shower room with hot and cold water and windows that open whilst beds are traditional teak ships cots.
River cruising in Thailand
Cruise the River Kwai on a Colonial style cruise boat
The RV River Kwai combines the grandest luxuries of the colonial era with ten wood-lined, deluxe air-conditioned cabins, with a window looking out over the river.
Mekhala Rice Barge
The Mekhala is fully self-contained and offers comfortable amenities to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Twelve passengers can be accommodated in six separate, air-conditioned cabins.
River cruising in Indochina
Luang Say Cruise
One of the best ways to enter Laos is by river from the Thai border. The journey takes you through surprisingly varied scenery, from remote 6,000 foot mountains to lunar rock faces and sandbanks.
Vat Phou Rice Barge
This sympathetically converted rice barge cruises between Pakse and the Four Thousand Islands area of southern Laos.