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MV Tucano

Explore the mighty Amazon aboard the MV Tucano, an elegant 80 ft. riverboat that evokes the time-honoured river cruises of yesteryear.

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Peralta The Pantanal

First of its kind in the Pantanal, the Peralta is a luxurious 35m riverboat that explores the breathtaking wildlife along the wild and remote Paraguay River. 

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Battambang, meaning “disappearing stick”, is named after a powerful staff used by a legendary Khmer king to achieve and maintain power and is Cambodia’s second city. Located on the Sangker River, 40 kms west of Tonle Sap Lake, it retains the character of a sleepy local market town and is still host to a good number of colonial buildings.

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Tonle Sap

Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It forms a natural floodplain reservoir that is drained by the Tonle Sap River into the Mekong River near Phnom Penh.

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Guilin, located in the north-eastern part of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is one of the most-visited Chinese cities and has long been renowned for its limestone karst hills.

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Sancturary Yangzi Explorer

The Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer has introduced a new and improved standard of river cruising in China and is the definitely the most intimate and luxurious ship on the Yangtze River.

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Victoria Cruises - Yangtze River

There are a host of different companies running cruises along the Yangtze River but in our opinion the Victoria Group operates the best quality and value cruises. The American owned company runs a number of different cruise ships along the Yangtze. All are excellently furnished and since 2002 undergone annual renovation and restoration.

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Yangshuo & Li River

After you’ve had your fill of Guilin’s honking cars, it’s time to escape 20km south to the backpacker focused town of Yangshuo. The town has been carefully preserved by the government to retain its high tourist appeal. For example buildings cannot be higher than six stories for fear that they block the karst landscape and, best of all, no taxis are allowed in to the centre.

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MV Anakonda

The height of luxury and style on the mighty Napo River, the 148 foot MV Anakonda Riverboat was constructed in 2013 and offers unique cruises through the steamy rainforest of the Yasuní National Park and Cuyabeno National Reserve. 

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MV Manatee Amazon Explorer

The MV Manatee Amazon Explorer is a comfortable 80 foot riverboat, custom built in 2002 for rainforest cruises. The Manatee offers 4, 5 and 8 day cruises along the mighty Napo River to explore the breathtaking flora and fauna of Yasuní National Park. 

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Cairo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Though some of its suburbs have spilled over onto the Nile’s west bank, its attractions lie on the eastern bank. Central Cairo is the heart of the modern city and boasts beautiful Nineteenth-century architecture. 

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Built to house construction workers involved in the completion of the hydroelectric dam, Akosombo is the location of the world's second-largest artificial lake, making that mark, until the Three Gorges Dam was completed in China.

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Known as one of the holiest destinations in India, Varanasi sits on the banks of the sacred river Ganges and is the site where Hindu pilgrims come to bathe in the ghats in a ritual that washes away ones sins and cleanses the mind body and spirit.

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Luang Say Boat (2 day / 1 night)

Oasis Travel's favourite way to enter Laos and arrive in the wonderful town of Luang Prabang is to take the relaxing boat trip down the Mekong River, stopping overnight at the Luang Say Lodge. The trip may also be taken in the opposite direction at certain times of year.


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Taman Negara National Park

For a truly unique experience in ancient rainforest but yet easily accessible from KL, Taman Negara is a great choice. Originally named King George V National Park, Taman Negara (National Park) is the first and the oldest official Protected Area in the country. It was gazetted to preserve the land's indigenous nature and was renamed Taman Negara after the nation gained independence in 1957.

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Mopti's port is a dynamic place, where boats from up and down the river unload their cargo. You'll see slabs of salt from Timbuktu, dried fish, firewood, pottery, goats, chickens and much more.

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Myanmar (Burma)

Pandaw Expedition Cruises

Our favourite river cruising company in Burma, Pandaw, offers a range of longer cruises that ply the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers for different durations on various boats.  Onboard a Pandaw boat you will travel deep into the interiors of these little developed nations and explore a pristine eco environments inaccessible by anything other than a river boat.

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Paukan Short River Cruises

Two Days - One Night Cruise and Three Days - Two Nights Cruises

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Chobe River

The river begins its existence as a small mountain spring in Angola, where it is known as the Kwando (a Hambukushu name). From here, it travels great distances through the Kalahari sands before it reaches Botswana and becomes the Linyanti (a Subiya name).

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Chobe Princess Chobe River

As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you’ll be able to relax in an intimate river safari experience ultimately. With only a small number of guests per boat staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own houseboat.

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MV Aqua Nera

The MV Aqua Nera was launched in late 2020 to accompany sistership MV Aria in offering unique cruises along the headwaters of the mighty Amazon River.  

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MV Aria

Sister ship to the MV Aqua, the MV Aria was launched in April 2011, the latest luxury riverboat to offer unique cruises along the mighty Amazon River. Custom built by the eminent architect Jordi Puig, the 140 foot MV Aria merges a traditional riverboat design with a modern, sleek, contemporary finish.

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MV Delfin II

Launched in 2009 on the back of the success of the Delfin I, now an exclusive 4 berth floating hotel, the Delfin II is a charming, wooden riverboat which offers cruises along the mighty Amazon River.

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MV Queen Violeta

Constructed in 2012, the Queen Violeta is a comfortable 174ft Amazon River Boat which runs 3 and 6 night cruises from Iquitos up towards the natural wonderland of the magnificent Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve.

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Anantara Song

This 20-meter-long rice barge has been carefully restored and sumptuously converted into an ultra-deluxe river cruiser often dubbed as Dubbed “The Orient Express of the River”.

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The Mekhala

Mekhala Cruises comprise three beautifully three restored rice barges that provide the setting for daily journeys between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, retracing the paths of former royal processions. Their journey is a fascinating insight into how life on the river has changed over this time.

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The RV River Kwai

The RV River Kwai is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920s was the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world.

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The Gambia

River Gambia National Park

The winding stretch of the River Gambia lined as it is with a green belt of jungle riparian forest evokes the steamy Congo Basin rather than the Sahel. The centrepiece of this fantastic national park was first gazetted to protect Baboon Island and four smaller islets. 

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At the foot of the escarpment, stands a ruined 16th-century castle crowning a rocky outcrop, and where the area's mild climate makes summer visits delightfully refreshing and draws crowds of tourists. In June see the Kafka or Festival, where the spectacle of fighting bulls is a highlight of the celebration or try out white-water rafting on the wild, romantic Çoruh River.


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Istanbul, the city of the past, present and future, not only joins continents, but it also brings cultures and people together. Close your eyes and imagine the mysticism of the East and the modernity of the West and enjoy the constant time travel between past and the future, the balance of the traditional and the contemporary, from all over the world.

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Mekong Riverside Resort Cai Be - Mekong Delta

Located in the heart of the countryside near Cai Be, the Mekong Riverside Resort & Spa is an ideal spot from which to discover the region.

There are 34 rooms to choose from, all of which exude a tranquil atmosphere. All face the Mekong river from different angles. Some face both lakes and the river, some opposite the river and all have a balcony.

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Cai Be - Mekong Delta

The charming town of Cai Be is situated in the heart of the Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, approximately two hour’s drive from Saigon. The town is well known for its bustling floating market where you will find local traders buying and selling locally grown fruit and vegetables, the markets are at their busiest early in the morning and are well worth a visit.

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Mekong Lodge Cai Be - Mekong Delta

Located on the banks of the Tien River, Mekong Lodge is an evergreen eco-tourist resort where cultural interest and natural architecture blended together. The lodge is carefully designed to blend in natural harmony with the green scenery, picturesque river, fruit orchards and floating markets.

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Can Tho - Mekong Delta

The Mekong River is possibly the most scenic of the mighty rivers that run through Southeast Asia and nowhere more so than at its most southern point where it fans out to form the nine rivers that make up the delta flood plain. The area is the most agriculturally rich and is the centre of rice and food production, fishing and fruit growing.

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Chau Doc - Mekong Delta

The Mekong River is possibly the most scenic of the mighty rivers that run through Southeast Asia and nowhere more so than at its most southern point where it fans out to form the nine rivers that make up the delta flood plain. The area is the most agriculturally rich and is the centre of rice and food production, fishing and fruit growing.

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Halong Bay Cruises

Halong Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders and is renowned as one of the most stunning destinations in Vietnam, an absolute must on all itineraries! Halong Bay features more than one thousand limestone karsts and islands of various sizes and shapes.

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Jayavarman - Luxury Cruise Ship

The stylish Jayavarman is 190-foot long and has just twenty-six spacious cabins, including two large state rooms. The sophisticated design is a blend of French Colonial meets Indochine-inspired splendour. The name “Jayavarman” hails from the revered, wise and caring Buddhist King of the Khmer Empire in the 9th century.

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My Tho - Mekong Delta

Located 90 minutes by car from Saigon, My Tho is the gateway to the picturesque Mekong Delta Region. The tranquil atmosphere and scenic rural villages make it a delightful and authentic part of the delta to visit.

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RV Mekong Saigon to Angkor

There is no river life as captivating and diverse as that found along the Mekong River. Indeed there is hardly a more striking cultural contrast as that between the vibrant Mekong Delta and the laid back calmness of Cambodia.

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Song Xanh - Mekong Delta Cruises

The  Song Xanh Sampans offer an authentic way to see the Mekong Delta. The uniquely built sampans, are stylishly designed and inspired by the ancient traditional Indochinese river boats that have plyed the Mekong for many years. At first glance these luxury small boats look just like any other in the Delta but a real surprise awaits the guests!

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In his search for ‘’the Smoke that Thunders” David Livingstone discovered one of the most majestic sights in the world and to this day, the spectacular Victoria Falls has the power to leave a man speechless with its beauty. It is beside this World Heritage Site that the quaintly colonial, Livingstone Town was born.

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Matusadona Luxury Houseboat Lake Kariba

Matusadona has been described as “an intimate luxury lodge on the water”. With a length of 28.6 meters, a beam of 6.85, powered by two reliable 420 hp diesel motors, Matusadona is made up of three elegantly furnished decks with hardwood finishes and rich, classic fabrics.

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