Traveling by boat can be a great way to explore a new country. Sometimes, it’s not possible to get a flight to visit a village hidden inside the jungle or to a small island with no airports. Sometimes, the only way to get there is by hopping on a boat.
The amazing thing is that there are several ways to enjoy life on the water. Not only can you travel on rivers, seas, and lakes, you can also choose whether you’d like a luxurious cruise, or to travel like a local and sleep in hammocks on the deck.
So, what are the amazing boat trips out there? Read on to find out!
15. Amazon Slow Boat Trip – Peru/Brazil
One of the most beautiful boat trips you can do in South America is to follow the length of the Amazon River from Peru to Brazil, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. If you don’t have the time to do the full trip, you can always do just one section. From Yurimáguas to Iquitos, for instance, is quite nice.
Being inside the so-called “lungs of the world” can be an exhilarating experience. As you quietly read a book rocking in your hammock, river dolphins approach the boat to say hello. And every time you stop at a small village, you have the chance to try local fruits and delicacies.
14. Inle Lake – Myanmar
Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar and a place you should put on your bucket list. Travelers tend to stay in the small town of Nyaungshwe, where the majority of the boats leave from.
The boat trip lasts the whole day as there’s a lot see. You start by watching the traditional fishermen, then move on to see the communities that live in stilt houses, and finish it off by visiting a temple and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, which are full of jumping cats!
13. Danube River – Europe
The Danube is one of the longest rivers in Europe. It starts in Germany, passes through several Eastern European countries and goes all the way to Romania, where it ends at the Black Sea.
As you can imagine, there are numerous different boat trips travelers can take on the Danube, but the most popular one is between Vienna and Budapest. Popular attractions are the Wachau Valley in Austria, the Gemenc forest in Hungary, and the Kopački Rit nature reserve in Croatia.