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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 Asian river cruises and tours
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10 Best Asia River Cruises for 2023-2024

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Mekong Discovery - Round-trip Phnom Penh$43504Dec 5, 2023Board the Aqua Mekong for an excellent 4-day round-trip cruise from Phnom Penh along the Tonle Sap River. Along the way, you'll learn about a …
Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong - Cruise Only$23998Oct 9, 2023Embark 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, …
From Mekong River to Siem Reap$22089Oct 11, 2023Embark on a 9-day Mekong River cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap on RV Indochine. Immerse in Vietnam and Cambodia's heritage, exploring …
From the Temples of Angkor to the Mekong Delta & Hanoi and Halong Bay$437214Oct 8, 2023Sail through Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the colonial-style RV Indochine II. Spend 14 days cruising along the Mekong River, traveling from Siem Reap …
Charms of the Mekong - Cruise Only$23998Oct 16, 2023Discover the charms of the Mekong as you cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Prek Kdam on this 8-day Vietnam & Cambodia cruise aboard MS Amadara. Enjoy …
Mekong Expedition - Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh$106408Jan 26, 2024From Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, luxurious Aqua Mekong takes you on this 8-day Mekong River cruise, visiting Buddhist temples, …
Classic Mekong$33938Oct 7, 2023Explore both Vietnam's and Cambodia's striking cultural contrast in this 8-day Upstream Classic Mekong Cruise from Saigon to Siem Reap aboard RV …
Charms of the Mekong$479816Oct 14, 2023Join 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 …
Mekong Expedition - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh$101508Oct 27, 2023This 8-day cultural cruise aboard the Aqua Mekong takes you from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, stopping at Tonle Sap Lake and …
The Lost Civilization - Low Water$25628Nov 18, 2023Discover the Mekong River during low water season aboard The Jahan on this 8-day cruise, which sails along the lower Mekong from Saigon to Siem Reap. …

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Top 10 Asian Small Cruise Ships for 2023-2024

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
National Geographic Resolution126$26670New in 2021, The National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation 126-passager expedition ship purpose-built for polar exploration in comfort with …
Le Commandant Charcot245$47100The polar explorer ship Le Commandant Charcot travels to remote regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. This expedition ship is unique because of its …
Aqua Mekong40$4350The luxurious Aqua Mekong was designed to embody the aesthetic of a sophisticated five star hotel. Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to …
Ombak Putih24$5200Ombak Putih was made in 1995 by Buginese ship builders at Kalimantan. This unique heritage vessel was subject of a major interior transformation in …
Le Soleal264$7580Cruise the polar regions in luxury aboard the Le Soleal. This small ship carries 224 passengers in luxurious accommodations with first class …
Katharina12$5200Built in 1995 using only the very best grades of ironwood, Katharina is a legendary vessel that mixes together traditional materials, shaped by …
Heritage Adventurer140$7650Heritage Adventurer is a true pioneering expedition vessel of exceptional pedigree. Often referred to as the 'Grande Dame of Polar Exploration' due …
Aqua Blu30$8960Board the Aqua Blu as it sails along the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago. This luxurious long-range explorer yacht can accommodate 30 guests. …
MS Amadara124$2399Explore Europe's legendary waterways on the luxurious small ship MS Amadara. It boasts a capacity of 124 passengers, a wide range of facilities, and …
National Geographic Orion102$13940The creation of the National Geographic Orion in 2003 heralds a new breed of expedition ship: a state-of-the-art vessel which combines the latest …
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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, Philipines, 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
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  • Tibet: Everest Base Camp, Buddhist monasteries & the breathtaking Himilayas
  • India: luxury cruises to Mumbai, Goa, Galle, and Cochin combined with Colombo in Sri Lanka
Best Asia Cruise Lines for 2023-2024
  • Ponant sails to the shores of India, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Japan on select voyages, with engaging discussions led by Smithsonian Journeys Experts. Onboard the French-flagged ships Le LaperouseLe ChamplainLe Bellot, and Le Boreal, enjoy the intimacy of an intimate cruise that allows you to explore an ever-growing choice of Asian locations in an ethnic chic ambiance and with five-star service.
  • Silversea CruisesFrom Japan's neon whirlwind to the peacefulness of Sri Lanka, India's vibrant tapestry to the romance of Micronesia, Silversea offers 88 voyages to some of Asia's lesser-known but no less remarkable locations. The Silver Explorer and Silver Cloud boast some of the most luxurious suites in expedition cruising. 
  • Lindblad Expeditions explore Vietnam, Angkor, Saigon, and Cambodia along the Mekong River aboard the 48-guest Jahan, an extraordinary new riverboat that offers a level of luxury previously unavailable on the Mekong.
  • Aurora Expeditions has a 2022 maiden expedition to West Papua that sails Raja Ampat. This region of Indonesia, part of the Coral Triangle, has some of the world's most diverse marine species. The Sylvia Earle features the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW®, enabling the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently. 
  • AMA Waterways operates ten Mekong River cruises that sail from Vietnam to Cambodia. MS Amadara, its sole cruise ship for the Mekong River, features spacious staterooms and suites, two stylish restaurants, an inviting lounge, a fitness room, a hair salon, three spas, and a refreshing Sun Deck swimming pool.
  • CroisiEurope. One of the most seasoned and established river cruise lines, sails the Mekong on its luxury ships, the RV Indochine and RV Indochine II.
  • Aqua Expeditions is the only river cruise service on the Mekong that offers complimentary flight extensions to Siem Reap during the low water season. Aqua Mekong, a premium river cruise ship with trained guides on board, plots a course across the scenic lower Mekong basin.
  • Sea Trek Sailing Adventures offers four cruises between Bali and Komodo along Indonesia's Ring of Fire aboard Ombak Putih, a fully equipped traditional Indonesian schooner with a capacity of 24 guests divided into 12 elegant cabins.
  • Coral ExpeditionsThe Coral Adventurer, a tropical expedition ship purpose-designed to access remote wilderness shores, takes you to some of the most beautiful and remote regions of the Asia Pacific, enabling you to explore enchanting small islands like Wayag in Raja Ampat.
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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 cybercafes 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 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 backcountry.
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

Asia Fun Facts

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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