Cruises in Southeast Asia
The breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay has been inspiring visitors since French colonial days, and remains an undoubted highlight of any Vietnam holiday. For those with time to delve deeper, however, less-celebrated but equally inspiring landscapes await.
In northern Laos the Mekong demarcates the border with neighbouring Thailand, and having journeyed for more than an a thousand miles from the Tibetan Plateau the scale is already dramatic. Much of the subsequent thousand miles downstream to the sea are navigable, passing through the dramatic landscapes of Laos, the bucolic rural scenery of Cambodia and into the bountiful Mekong Delta. Whether you are seeking a week of serene luxury aboard a classic river cruiser or a gentle afternoon on a converted rice barge we hope these ideas inspire you to take to the water!
Recommended Cruises Experiences
Travel up the river on a traditionally built small cruise ship, watching local life unfold along the riverbanks as you go.
Take a luxurious waterborne journey along the rivers, across the lakes and amongst the islands of beautiful Laos.
Cruises accommodation across Indochina
Luang Say Lodge (Pakbeng)
At the midway point between Luang Prabang and the Thai border you will break your journey at the beautiful Luang Say Lodge, located on the banks of the river in the small village of Pakbeng. Set against a backdrop of mountainous jungle. the property's large pavilions of solid teak and rosewood all have beautiful vistas looking out over the Mekong River. The traditional Laotian architecture provides accommodation of comfort and character, each bedroom equipped with high ceiling mosquito nets, electric fans and a large private bathroom with hot shower and western style toilet.
Bassac cruise (Mekong Delta)
The converted rice barges that comprise the small fleet of Bassac Mekong cruise boats provide our favourite setting from which to explore the waterways and floating markets of the delta. Ranging from 6 to 24 cabins, each of the dark-wood Bassac boats has two dining rooms, a sun deck, bar and lounge area providing plenty of space to relax and make the journey your own.
Paradise Elegance Cruise (Halong Bay)
The Paradise cruises are amongst the finest and the new Elegance ship provides superb quality accommodation on the beautiful waters of Halong Bay.
The steel Elegance boat features 31 all balcony cabins. These are spacious, comfortable and elegantly designed with Vietnamese touches, they feature separate dressing rooms, rain showers and floor to ceiling glass doors. Paradise Elegance boasts an array of upscale amenities, including an artfully sectioned dining room with piano bar and a spa with four treatment rooms. One of the unique features of the ship is the top deck, which is equipped with a circular bar that sits under a large shade sail. A la carte menus offering a wonderful range of authentic Vietnamese dishes are served for both lunch and dinner and dinning is flexible, in terms of both time & location.
Au Co Halong Bay Cruise (Halong Bay)
The luxurious Au Co Cruise offers a unique proposition on the world-famous waters of Halong Bay, being the only ship that offers a true two-night cruise.
Whereas most two-night options transfer you to a day-boat while the main vessel shuttles back to harbour, the Au Co is able to continue deep into the rarely-visited corners of Halong and nearby Bai Tu Bay, allowing you to experience the scenic wonders of this UNESCO site in glorious tranquility. The vessel itself is modern, with comfortable, elegantly furnished cabins, each with a private balcony.
Halong Jasmine (Halong Bay)
The Halong Jasmine is one of our favourite boats that cruise the calm waters of Halong Bay. Cabins are compact but attractively finished, many on the upper decks with small private balconies. Bathrooms are private, having walk-in showers and are fully separated from the bedroom area. The public spaces are finished in dark wood, with an open lounge and dining area on the second deck, and a spacious upper sun deck for relaxation between excursions and activities.
Legend Halong Private Cruise (Halong Bay)
This luxurious private option offers an intimate way to explore the stunning surrounds of Halong Bay
Modelled on the traditional Chinese junks that used to sail on the bay, the handcrafted teak and oak the Legend Halong is an intimate and elegant option for a Halong Bay cruise. With only two cabins the Legend Halong offers the chance to escape the crowds and absorb the atmosphere of this beautiful region in peace and privacy. The small size of the vessel also permits it to take a different route taken through Bai Tu Long Bay, visiting hidden corners off the usual tourist trail. On board you will have your own captain, boat mechanic, chef, waiter, and tour guide who will all be on hand to make sure you have a great time!