River and Ocean Cruises in Asia

Enjoy a private charter on magnificent Halong Bay, gliding past hundreds of towering limestone peaks, or a river journey on the legendary Mekong passing through busy floating markets and riverside villages, cruise Thailand's stunning Pha Nga Bay by longtail boat, see Hong Kong's dusk light show during a happy hour cruise on historic Victoria Harbor, or enjoy a unique perspective of cities including Tokyo, Kyoto, Hoi An, and Bangkok up close from the water.

Sumida River taki ferry boat in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo from another perspective
"Water buses" are the perfect way to enjoy a unique and relaxed view of Tokyo, cruising between Asakusa and Odaiba, between the bookends of an itinerary we've planned for your time in Tokyo.

Japan Trips
Mekong River cruise ship in the Golden Triangle.

On the Mekong in north Thailand
After exploring Thailand, enjoy a private river cruise Through the legendary Golden Triangle along lush jungle stretches of the Mekong from Thailand to Laos.

Thailand Trips
Traveler rowing in a sampan along the Mekong in Chau Doc, Vietnam

Vietnam's Mighty River
The Mekong Delta, Vietnam's "rice basket," is fed by the Mekong River ending its 3,000 mile flow from the Tibetan Plateau. Explore the scenic canals, islands, and floating markets by private sampan or small cruise ship.

Vietnam Trips
Front observation car in Shiki-Shima luxury train, Japan

A stunning wonderland of karst topography.
Halong Bay is a UNESCO Site of nearly two thousand picturesque limestone peaks. The calm waters wonderfully suited for lazing on the deck or kayaking close up to the limestone formations that offer fantasy water landscapes of exploration. Large caves that served as hidden bunkers for pirates, revolutionaries, and bandits can be explored on foot. Experience the highest-quality private tours on Halong Bay, excursions we have organized for over 25 years.

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Mekong River cruise ship from the air.

A cultural journey through Cambodia and Vietnam
Enjoy an exotic cruise embarking from historic Saigon deep into the Mekong Delta to Cambodia's busy capital, Phnom Penh, across Southeast Asia's largest lake, Tonle Sap, and culminating with the magnificent temples of Angkor. Smaller luxury ships plying the Mekong ensure an intimate and comfortable experience, witnessing scenic landscapes, villages, plantations, islands and floating markets up close.

Vietnam Trips
Wat Arun at dusk from the Chao Praya River

Witness life on river and canals
Life in Bangkok has always featured the historic Chao Praya River, but also hundreds of canals and small channels that meander through the capital, still used today for transportation and lined with villages and life.

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Boat vendor rowing in floating market on the Mekong River, Vietnam

Historic Waterways
Hanoi's historic Red River, the serene Perfume River in Hue, Hoi An's busy waterfront, the Saigon River, and busy floating markets in the Mekong Delta feature a vivid glimpse of traditional Vietnam.

Vietnam Trips
Boatman rowing a traditional boat on the Yoshemine River in Kyoto

Tranquil waterways in Kyoto
Kyoto has quiet beautiful rivers to enjoy a tranquil break away from the busy temples and gardens in traditional style, flat-bottomed boats piloted by boatmen with oars and bamboo poles.

Japan Trips
Cruising karst islands in Southern Thailand by longtail boat.

Tropical Island Paradise
Cruise the turquoise waters of Thailand, enjoy pristine beaches and snorkeling its crystalline blue waters, Soak in the sun and sand and unwind on famed island of Koh Samui, Phuket, Krabi, and secluded ones less frequented by travelers.

Thailand Trips
Luang Prabang, Laos and the Mekong from the air.

Asia's Hidden Gem
At the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers lies one of Asia's most tranquil and beautiful towns, Luang Prabang. Explore the delights of this traditional place far away from the crowds, enjoying day or multi-day cruises along some of the most beautiful stretches of the Mekong and astounding landscapes of untouched jungle and mountain.

Laos Trips
Wooden junk cruising on Hong Kong harbor.

Cruise the Historic bay
A cruise is the best way to experience Hong Kong, with incredible views of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon skylines while experiencing Victoria Harbor—one of the world's busiest, with large cargo freighters and passenger cruise liners sharing the waterways along with tiny sampans and junks, barges and ferries, all passing by.

Hong Kong
Boating on the Kinabatangan River in Borneo.

Borneo's famed wildlife river
One of the world's most amazing river cruises, viewing Borneo’s lush natural beauty and rich diversity of rare wildlife up close from your boat including exotic birds, primates, endangered Pygmy Elephants, macaques, monitor lizards, and, perhaps most famously, the proboscis monkey with his unique coloring and large nose.

Borneo Trips
Miyajima Island bay pagodas and red torri gate

Cruise Setonaikai National Park
Nestled between the main islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu is the great "inland sea" with approximately 700 islands, large and small, woven together by the quiet sea creating a place of singular beauty that is one of Japan's most sublime places. Highlights on the sea include the Art Island of Naoshima, Hiroshima, and Miyajima.

Japan Trips

The Indochina Travel Difference

Asia Expert

Asia changes quickly and is, well, very different from trip planning to other places. Many of our travelers have never used a tour company before.


The first American tour operator in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia and to organize specialty adventure, family, arts, photography, and culinary trips.

Insider Travel

Toss the guidebook and discover the authentic, away from crowds, overlooked gems, immersive activities, and amazing encounters that provide real insight into places you visit.

Unique Experiences

Skip the boring, the unremarkable, and tourist traps. Thrill to unique insider experiences, fascinating people encounters, and activities that only we arrange.


We provide full-service booking for your international flights, discounted and refundable, and arranging of all regional and in-country flights.

Only Private Trips

Access our decades of experience in the region on an entirely private custom trip, enjoying insider access, exceptional people, maximum flexibility, and activities few travelers experience.

Visas and More

Relax while we handle airlines, visas, and all other incidentals, including VIP immigration for your arrivals. Benefit from attentive local offices, experienced staff, and premier guides.

Culinary Delights

We organized the 1st culinary trips in Indochina. We plan and organize our dining from street eats to the finest formal. View one of our remarkable culinary trips.

Premier Guides

Experienced travelers know the guide makes the trip. Our guides are the most experienced and knowledgeable, typically with two decades in their position.


Enjoy a private trip for what many companies charge for a group trip, all with equal or better quality guides, itinerary, and accommodation.

Trip of a Lifetime

Even the most jaded our travelers return thrilled about their unique and unforgettable trips. Ask us for references and read our testimonials.

Peace of Mind

Enjoy services premier travel agents use with meticulous trip planning and attentive 24x7 service between our San Francisco and and in-country offices.

INDOCHINA Travel Company

San Francisco California
Phone: (415) 418-6800