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Mekong River & Flores sea

Hidden treasures of the Mekong Basin, and encounters with Komodo dragons

Set sail into the past on the Mekong River aboard Gypsy, the new private, two-cabin river cruiser for four passengers with custom itineraries as adventurous or tranquil as you desire. Soothe your soul aboard this stunner offering the most intimate, luxurious river cruise in the Golden Triangle, along the Northern Thai border and Laos. Cultural, local immersion and thrill-seeking adventures are served up along with wellness and a side of haute cuisine.

Mekong Kingdoms Gypsy living area

Shore excursions include guided jungle treks, whisky tasting in Laos, a little known elephant camp in Pak Beng, and the Pak Ou caves limestone karst formations featuring thousands of Buddha images left by pilgrims from centuries past. Feel the spirit of colonial days of Indochina with a visit to UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang. Then get your adventure on with a river adventure.

Mekong Kingdoms Gypsy – lounge

The mid-ship lounge, bar and dining area is the perfect place to share your tales with fellow shipmates at the end of the day. Enjoy al fresco sunset cocktails on the stunning deck at the bow. Slip into tranquillity as you appreciate ancient wonders and the easy river lifestyle along the ancient waterways that flow from the Tibetan Plateau all the way to Ho Chi Minh City. Top it off with a decadent champagne high tea on Southeast Asia’s most enchanting waterway. mekongkingdoms.com/gypsy-detail

Ayana River Cruise Phinisi Outdoor Deck

Ayana River Cruise Phinisi Outdoor Deck

From river cruising to sailing the high seas, take luxury to the extreme this September and set sail on Ayana Lako di’a, a 54-meter phinisi bringing sophisticated luxury yachting at Ayana Komodo Resort––the exclusive resort on the Indonesian island of Flores. Imagine encountering Komodo dragons from one of nine 1,100 square-meter staterooms, featuring master suites with private decks. ayanakomodo.com ◼

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© This article was first published in Aug-Sept 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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