In pictures: Boat travel in Asia

RIVERS form much of the landscape and lifeblood of Asia, providing not only vital resources such as water, fish stock and  crop hydration but a means of transport too.

Boats are essential in places such as the Ganges in India, the Mekong in Indochina, and lakes and rivers in Nepal and China. Here are some images of the way boats are used around Asia.

Tourists are ferried across the beautiful landscapes of Yangshuo, Guangxi, China. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Passengers eat, drink and feed children on board a ferry in Laos. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Boats line the shores of Pokhara lake, Nepal. Pic: Joanne Lane,


The holy Ganges river at dawn, Varanasi, India. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Fruit seller in Vietnam's famed Halong Bay. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Ferries offload passengers on the Bajang river, Kapit, Malaysian Borneo. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Children arrive at school by boat in Maluku, Indonesia. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Crossing the Cambodia Laos border by boat. Pic: Joanne Lane,

A fruit seller makes the most of an audience of Bangkok's ferry passengers, Thailand. Pic: Joanne Lane,


A ferry plying the Ayeyarwady River to Bhamo, Myanmar. Pic: Joanne Lane,

All images are taken by Joanne Lane,