Life Resorts has launched a 22-junk fleet in Halong Bay in Vietnam—a welcome addition given the somewhat dodgy operators around the area. The boats can accommodate up to four guests and have all the modern conveniences, sunbeds on the deck, and kayaks and snorkeling gear. They’re doing day trips at the moment, but longer journeys will soon be introduced.
Some of Indonesia’s most beautiful spots are becoming more accessible with better accommodation options. The recently launched, 108-foot Pearl of Papua plies the waters of Raja Ampat, the country’s biggest marine park with the highest marine biodiversity in the world. The owners commissioned shipbuilders from Sulawesi, famed for traditional pinisi schooners, to make the ironwood-and-teak vessel that has seven cabins plus a spa cabin.
Jennifer Chen is Travel + Leisure's Asia Correspondent.