The peoples of Southeast Asia have water-borne travel in their blood. Many local cultures still rely on the rivers or the sea for sustenance; their experience has shaped the vessels that locals and tourists use today, from Indonesia's phinisi to the longtail boats so integral to the Thailand island experience.
If you're hankering for an adventure on the high seas (or fast-flowing rivers), you'll find what you need here in Southeast Asia. You can watch dragon boat races from the sidelines in Penang in Malaysia. Or travel through Indonesian waters on a phinisi boat, crossing between islands of unspeakable beauty. Or take a slow river boat between cities in Cambodia. Or paddle a kayak into a rain-carved sheltered cove in the Philippines.
Click on one or more of the articles linked below to get started on an oceangoing adventure of your own.