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Explore Asia on a tour or cruise with Adventure Life. Asia is the world's biggest continent with diverse cultures, customs and breathtaking scenery. A cruise down the Mekong River will take you through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, where sites like Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, and  Hanoi bring art, culture, architecture & history to life. 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 or on the beaches of Phuket. Experience dense jungles & vibrant reefs in tropical Indonesia. Don't miss a chance to see orangutans in Borneo, pagodas in Myanmar, & buddhist temples in Tibet. Contact us to help plan your trip!

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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 in the lap of luxury. Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel exclusive, it accommodates a maximum of 40 guests.
 
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

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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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