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Asia is the world's biggest continent and every corner has its own distinct customs, diverse cultures and breathtaking scenery. From the modern metropolises of Beijing or Shanghai to the ancient Great Wall, China combines modern and ancient history into one seamless story. Visit the Emerald Buddha of Bangkok, in Thailand, before biking through the countryside of Chiang Mai. Experience dense jungles & vibrant reefs in tropical Indonesia. A cruise down the Mekong River, on the Indochina Peninsula, will take you through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, where sites like Ho Chi Minh City, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, and Hanoi bring art, culture, architecture & history to life. Don't miss a chance to see orangutans in Borneo, pagodas in Myanmar, & buddist temples in Tibet. Your Asia adventure awaits you!

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Mekong Expedition- Upriver$89958RelaxedBoard the Aqua Mekong for an unforgettable 8-day cruise up the Mekong River from Saigon, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia, with stops in Phnom Penh and Tonle Sap Lake, among other highlights of the Indochina peninsula.
Mekong Discovery - Downriver$38554RelaxedEmbark the luxurious Aqua Mekong in Phnom Pehn on this 4-day discovery cruise along the Mekong River from Phnom Penh, Cambodia all the way to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You'll peruse vibrant markets and visit typical Mekong Delta villages while getting to know local cultures and ways of life.
Mekong Explorer - Upriver$51405RelaxedBoard the Aqua Mekong in My Tho for a 5-day tour of Cambodia & Vietnam, including stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, and Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain. Travel back in time as you sail upriver through the thriving Mekong Delta past floating villages, colonial vestiges, and gilded pagodas.
Charms of the Mekong$449816RelaxedJoin the MS Amadara on this 16-day Cambodia and Vietnam adventure - Starting with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, depart on a 7-night Mekong River cruise. Then you'll spend two nights in Siem Reap, two nights in Hanoi, overnight in Ha Long Bay, and end your journey with a one-night stay in Hanoi.
Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong$449816RelaxedBoard the MS Amadara in Cambodia for a 16-day adventure cruise down the Tonle Sap River, visiting local villages, markets, and pagodas along the way. Begin in Vietnam exploring the highlights of Hanoi and cruising Ha Long Bay on a junk boat. Disembark in Ho Chi Minh City for the opportunity to explore the city at your leisure.
Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong - Cruise Only$22998RelaxedEmbark on your 8-day Mekong River cruise aboard the MS Amadara from Prek Kdam to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and finally on to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with opportunities to ride an oxcart through the rice paddies of a small village, tour the former military base of Xeo Quyt, and explore the architecture, cafes, and nightlife of Phnom Pehn.
Mekong Explorer - Downriver$51405RelaxedEmbark the Aqua Mekong on this 5-day voyage down the Mekong River from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Stop in charming floating villages, interact with the local peoples of the area, and explore the colorful markets and cultural sites which line the shores.
Mekong Discovery - Upriver$38554RelaxedEmbark on this 4-day Mekong Discovery Cruise and experience a richly-rewarding adventure by heading up river in Cambodia and exploring the Tonle Sap River.
Expedition Kurils and Kamchatka$1025013RelaxedJoin the Silver Explorer on a 13-day cruise starting in Otaru, Japan, and sailing all the way to beautiful Petropavlovsk, Russia. You will learn about the Aleut people, discover the uninhabited island of Makanrushi, and observe huge populations of sea mammals, birds, and brown bears along the way.
Corals, Carvings and Cloves$990013RelaxedEnjoy a variety of corals and fish on this small ship cruise from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Papua, Indonesia, the Banda Islands, and the Lesser Sunda Islands. Each village or island visited has a different approach to culture and traditions. This voyage is sure to be an interesting kaleidoscope of culture and nature.

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Asia's Top Small Ship Cruise Ships

Cruises in Asia range from tropical destinations like Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand to the arctic regions of Russia and the Bearing Sea. Choose from one of Adventure Life's luxurious small cruise ships for the Asian adventure of a lifetime.

The Caledonia Sky, a beautiful 100 passenger small cruise ship takes you to the best of Asia including Japan, Taiwan, Phillapines, Melanasia, Easter Island and even the sub Antarctic New Zealand.

Le Soleal and L' Austral are sister ships that share French and Italian sophistication on elegant, luxurious 132 passenger small ship. 

Aqua Mekong cruises the Mekong river of Vietnam and Cambodia in the lap of luxury. Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel exclusive, it accommodates a maximum of 40 guests.

MS Amapura cruises the waterways of  Myanmar (Burma) exploring acred sites, small villages, craftsmen’s workshops, markets Buddhist monasteries, and the temples of Bagan.
Highlights of Asia
Asia is both the world's biggest and most populous continent, with close to 50 countries spanning from the middle East to the Pacific coast. Each country has its own unique cultures, religions, flavors, customs, and traditions. Our tours showcase the best that Southeast Asia has to offer. We feature tours that visit:
  • China: Shanghai, The Great Wall, Beijing, and more.
  • Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki
  • Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket & Hong Islands
  • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) & the Mekong River
  • Laos: Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, Buddhist temples
  • Bali: Hindu temples, Mount Agung, Menjangan Island, surfing
  • Borneo: Considered "Asia's Galapagos" for its exotic wildlife and pristine landscapes
  • Indonesia: Cruise in luxury among these idyllic tropical Pacific islands
  • Cambodia: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat, Mekong River cruises
  • Tibet: Everest Base Camp, Buddhist monasteries & the breathtaking Himilayas

Asia Travel FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Asia?
Generally speaking, you will need a visa or a travel permit to visit most countries in Asia if you are traveling from North America or Europe. Tourist visas are not hard to get, and we can help point you in the right direction throughout the process. Check the visa requirements for more specific information.

Is tipping customary in Asia?
It all depends on where you are. As a general rule, tipping is appreciated when you receive excellent, friendly, or expert service. There are certain countries, like Japan, where tipping is countercultural, but otherwise it is largely at your discretion. Each country has more specific norms for tipping as well.

What is internet access like in Asia?
On the whole, internet access throughout Asia is improving considerably, with WiFi available in many parts of the more developed cities and countries (like Beijing, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong), and prolific cyber cafes throughout most major cities as well. The countries that are less developed tend to have less internet access across the board, but it is usually still offered at the nicer hotels. The parts of rural Asia tend not to have internet access. There are several countries (China & Vietnam among them) that have reliable access but strict censorship rules.

Can I use my cell phone while in Asia?
While you can purchase international plans or stick to the WiFi networks, the most common option for people hoping to use their phones while abroad is asking their service provider to unlock their GSM-capable phone and then buying a SIM chip when they arrive at their destination airport, which allows access to the local network. You will probably be out of range of cell towers in certain parts of the Asian back country.

Do I need power adapters?
Asia has a diversity of outlets, but the most common are the US-style (A&B - two or three prongs, grounded) or various two round prong European styles (C, E, F). There are also a mix of other styles, so you should check each country page for more specific information. Power is generally 220-240v, but you probably won't need a converter for most 110v devices.

What are the toilets like in Asia?
The majority of toilets throughout Asia can be characterized as squat toilets, or toilets that you don't actually sit on. It can be tough to get used to them, but you'll catch on quickly. The other kind of toilets are the Western style bowl toilets, which can be found on most cruise ships or in nicer hotels. You should always carry extra toilet paper in case the bathroom you are in does not have any.

Can I drink the water in Asia?
Other than Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea, you cannot drink the tap water throughout Asia. You can use it to bathe, but drinking water will be provided to you either bottled or purified.

Are credit cards accepted in Asia? Will I be able to find ATMs?
It's a tossup. Asia is home to some of the most developed cities in the world, like those of Japan, Korea, and China, and some of the most isolated corners of the world as well. Our recommendation is having multiple forms of payment available, like several cards and safe amount of cash in pocket, just in case. Bigger cities throughout Asia tend to have a lot of ATMs and businesses that accept cards, however the further you are from the cities, the less likely it is that you will find a vendor that accepts credit cards or an ATM, so make sure to have cash on hand. 

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Yes! Having travel insurance is very important, so check out our Once You're Booked page for more details on the discounts available via our associate TravelGuard Insurance.

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Did you know...?
  • There are only two countries in the world that have populations greater than 1 billion people, and both of them are in Asia: India & China.
  • Because of the population density and the sheer size of the Asian continent, Asia is not only the biggest geographical continent in the world, it is the most populous.
  • Asia is also home to the world's tallest mountain, measured from sea level - Mt. Everest.
  • There are hundreds of languages spoken throughout Asia, the most prominent of which are Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and English, depending on where you are.
  • Nine of the top 10 tallest buildings in the world can be found in Asia.
  • There are more than 50,000 people in Japan who are over 100 years old.
  • China decided to have only one time zone, even though it is geographically large enough to encompass several.

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