Southeast 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, Southeast Asia is arguably best explored by cruise. 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, cruises in Asia have it all.

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Cruises in Asia

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Highlights of Asia Cruises

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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Why choose Intrepid

Small ships, small groups

With fewer than 50 passengers on every adventure cruise, our groups are the perfect size for mingling at happy hour and really getting to know your fellow travellers. Smaller groups mean more personalised service, like one-on-one chats with your leader about history, culture and food, or your favourite ice-cold beer handed to you by the bar manager at the end of a day of exploring.

Specialised service

We’re right there with you to ensure your adventure is memorable for all the right reasons. Our expert local leaders facilitate incredible land experiences, while the ship’s friendly crew make sure you have everything you need – from a room that’s sparkling clean to a glass of sparkling wine – to enjoy your time on board.

Dining with a local twist

Whether it’s a barbecue on a deserted beach, the catch-of-the day cooked up by your onboard chef or the gourmet breakfast that’s served each morning, our culinary experiences are designed to complement your journey and help you create memories you’ll savour forever – on and off the boat.

Cruise the seas less travelled

Our small ships give you access to those out-of-the way spots the big ships can’t reach. We’ll show you the guidebook favourites from a new perspective, then cruise away from the crowds so you can stroll through seaside villages, swim in hidden coves and get a real insight into local living.

A floating boutique hotel

Our ships combine all the comforts and personality of a boutique hotel with the freedom of the open water. Relax in your well-appointed cabin and wake to a different outlook each morning. Enjoy panoramic views from the sun deck, spend time in comfortable lounges and spacious dining rooms, or dine al fresco underneath a sea of stars.

Sustainable travel

We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.

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