South East Asia’s glittering waters and tropical landscapes are no secret, but this captivating corner of the world offers so much more than just beaches and jungle.

Forest-clad mountains, traditional villages, bustling cities and spread out archipelagos contain an unbelievably diverse array of cultures, religions and mouth-watering food. Carved up by coral-filled waterways containing some of the best dive and snorkelling spots in the world, South East Asia is arguably best explored by boat. Drop anchor off palm-lined coasts to feast on Penang’s legendary street food, explore historic port towns such as Hoi An, paddle past towering limestone cliffs or simply relax on a secluded Indonesian beach. Whatever adventure you’re after, South East Asia has it all.

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Highlights of Asian Adventure Cruising

Coral and beautiful fish species in Surin islands

Swim and snorkel in the Andaman Sea

The Andaman Sea contains not only some of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, but extraordinary coral reefs and marine life. Warm, clear and shallow – it’s easy to spot parrotfish, clownfish, turtles and sometimes even whale sharks not far off the coast. Snorkelling and diving is particularly spectacular around the Similan and Surin Islands.

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Natural waterfall in Langkawi

Explore Langkawi’s waterfalls and beaches

Malaysia’s island paradise, Langkawai, is in fact an archipelago of 99 islands (though locals joke they find new ones every day). Its turquoise waters and palm-fringed beaches are the stuff of dreams. But what makes Langkawi’s main island so special is its jungle-covered interior where mangrove forests, lagoons, unusual wildlife and the most incredible waterfalls can all be found.

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Local dish of Char Kway Teow in Penang

Discover Penang’s street food-filled old town

Penang’s old town wears its multicultural heritage on its sleeve. Atmospheric streets are lined with colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses, mosques and temples. Though less famous than that of Bangkok, Penang’s street food is just about as good as it gets. Vendors serve a mouth-watering variety of multi-ethnic dishes like rich assam laksa and fiery char kuey teow.

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Komodo Dragon perches on rock in Indonesia

See Komodo dragons in Indonesia

There are only a handful of places in the world where Komodo dragons can be spotted in the wild, and all those places happen to be in Indonesia. While most head to Komodo Island for a chance to spot the world’s largest lizard, dragon-spotting is less staged and more natural on Rinca Island.

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