Discover Asia by its Rivers

Cruise along ancient canals, enjoy laid-back river life and experience Asia through unique traditional cruises with Secret Retreats.
Board an eco-luxe boat in Kerala, explore floating markets of Mekong Delta, adventure through Borneo’s pristine rainforest and support the preservation of orangutan sanctuaries, or even cruise back in time to an era of bygone elegance in Myanmar.
Lotus Houseboat
Cruise on the only “eco luxury” houseboat in northern Kerala to experience heavenly comfort and spiritual enlightenment during a refreshing 1- or 2-night cruise through Malabar’s backwaters. Visit some of the region’s remote temples and villages and glide through smaller canals motor-free during low-impact canoe tours among. Lotus Houseboat also invite you to fish using sustainable, environmentally friendly fishing practices and then take a cooking class to enhance your understanding of local culinary practices.
Bassac Cruises
Cruise to the greener areas of the Mekong Delta discovering life along the river. Experience the peaceful delta countryside’s small floating market, rice fields, fruit trees and welcoming inhabitants by boat or by a leisurely cycling excursion. Chartering the Bassac is affordable even for a modest group and gives travellers tremendous freedom to customise their journey. All meals are shared as set menus and freshly cooked on board.
The newest boat from Wow Borneo, Kumai has been remodelled in a local boatyard by experienced Bugis boatmen. Previously a fishing boat, the eco-friendly vessel is now silently powered by solar panels. Enjoy the upper open-air viewing deck furnished with comfortable rattan furniture and enjoy delicious food prepared on board by the chef. Cruise with local guides who are experienced in the jungle and able to take guests trekking into the dense forest to view a wide variety of wildlife including the ‘old man of the woods’, the Bornean orangutan.
Discover the finest cruise experience in Myanmar on board this inviting 23-cabin vessel with gleaming white rails, polished lacquer, intricate woodwork and shining brass. Sailing along the Irrawaddy and the Chindwin Rivers, between Mandalay and Bagan, the ship takes you back in time, complemented by a variety of activities, including open-air yoga and Tai Chi classes, and relaxing massages in the signature spa. Take in life along the river passing all manner of other craft, from simple fishing canoes to boats crowded with fresh produce, household goods and even giggling school children. Villagers will come out to wave, water buffaloes will watch you warily and you can keep a lookout for the river’s most famous residents, the Ayeyarwady dolphins.
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