China’s incredible Yangtse River offers a chance to spend three days cruising through the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges. If you are short on time catch a ferry from Guilin and pass by the remarkable limestone peaks of the Li River en route to Yangshuo. For equally impressive karst scenery you could also hop on a traditional Junk to explore Vietnam’s Halong Bay.
Soak up the atmosphere, take things slow and make time to stop off to meet the people who make Asia’s varied waterways their home. For a different taste of life on the water take a boat from the bathing ghats in Varanasi and float along the sacred Ganges whilst watching the evening aarti ceremony take place. Alternatively jump in a water taxi at Sadarghat terminal and weave between the traffic on Bangladesh’s Buriganga River. Burma’s Inle Lake is home to fishermen who use a unique method of rowing, using a leg to hold and power the oar whilst standing at the front of the boat, as well as floating markets which can be explored by longtail boats.