OVERVIEW OF ASIA

Asia is a melting pot of cultures, offering a kaleidoscope of exotic sights, sounds, tastes and experiences. Imagine immersing in nature's beauty and tranquillity of Busan, South Korea, savouring the distinctive flavours of curries and satays at a Bangkok cafe, or enjoying world-class shopping in the bustling open-air markets of Hong Kong. Now if you can’t wait to pack your bags and come explore the Far East, we have just the perfect getaway cruise for you to create your own adventure.

   Ports of departure

This city is a traveller's paradise, with stalls hawking cheap bargains lining the streets and a selection of street food which would satisfy any stomach. Take advantage of Thai hospitality, with museums and temples which act as windows to their past.

 

Located in the northern part of Shanghai city, Baoshan is at the meeting point of the Huangpu River and the Yangtze River. It is the birthplace of Shanghai's port opening, nearly 100 years ago.

Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java and Lombok. With miles of sandy beaches, towering volcanoes, flowing rivers, and lush tropical forests full of exotic wildlife, Bali has been the favorite destination for locals and international tourists for ages.

The second largest city in South Korea is not only a major international port, but also is a wonder to look at, with islets and mountains which make for great exploring. Experience the beautiful Haeundae Beach for its therapeutic hot springs and mineral baths.

This modern city has all you could wish for, with shopping, dining, sports and culture all easily within reach. Visit the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum and explore a 150-year old home filled with authentic objects. See artisans create the famed Hakata-ori cloth, to be used for kimono sashes and sumo loincloths.

The port of Phu My (pronounced Foo Me) is the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau. From Phu My you can discover the fascinating tunnel network at Cu Chi, used by the Viet Cong during the war. At their height they stretched from the South Vietnamese capital to the Cambodian border. The port of Phu My also leads to the vibrant and exciting Ho Chi Minh City, also know as Saigon where you can immerse yourself in unique colors, aromas, and sights.

 

A study of contrasts no matter how you look at it, Hong Kong's mix of the old and traditional alongside the new and contemporary can only mean a fascinating journey of discovery.

This tranquil island off the coast of South Korea is a favourite with couples due to its waterfalls, beaches and warm tropical waters. Breathtaking views range from waterfalls at Hae-anjidae to the naturally sculpted cliffs at Jusang Jeolli. Jeju Island is much more than just a tourist destination.

Kaohsiung (say "gow-shung") is a little off-the-beaten-path, but a gem of a destination for the lucky ones who go. Originally a fishing village, it's now the largest shipping port on Taiwan and full of surprises. Explore the old city on one side of the river, the new downtown on the other side, the park area of Shoushan (Mount Shou) where indigenous monkeys roam free, or the Lotus Lake district where Buddist temples, pavilions and pagodas stand ever tranquil.

This multicultural city offers you the chance to experience golfing and hot springs against a backdrop of misty mountains.

Malaysia's cosmopolitan capital city is beautiful as it is bustling with activity. With sprawling shopping centres, a vibrant nightlife and a scrumptious selection of food, you'll have a ball of a time.

Explore a city touched by natural beauty that’s also fused with modernity. Kuantan’s scenic beaches and waterfalls line the South China Sea, and its urban core offers plenty of city attractions and shopping centers to wander in.

This island off the West coast of Malaysia is a beach paradise, with a history that hints at ancient mysteries. Get familiar with the wildlife on the island excursions or dive straight into the clear, blue waters.

The locals know it to be one of the most beautiful places in the country, with an offering of cultural insights owing to its many festivals and parades.

Naha is the largest city in the Okinawa prefecture, and connects travellers from not only Japan, but all over Asia. Places of interest include Shuri Castle which houses the ruins of the Enkaku-ji Temple, Tama-don and the tombs of Kings of Ryukyu.

Penang combines breathtaking beauty with substance. Its multicultural background adds character to the city and is also the reason why it's known as the food capital of Malaysia.

 

Perth, the capital of the state of Western Australia, is the fastest growing major city in Australia, with a population of over 1.5 million people. Situated alongside the tranquil waters of the Swan River (named for the indigenous population of Black Swans), much of Perth's growth and vitality is due to its proximity to surrounding natural resources.

One of the world's most popular holiday destinations, boasting world-famous beaches and a tranquil, tropical setting.

 

Sapporo is located in western Hokkaido and is the largest city on the island. In the heart of the city, Odori Avenue Park stretches from east to west and is filled with art objects, fountains, lilac and acacia plants and lots of flowerbeds. Trading companies, financial institutions and local government offices populate the northern area and a large underground shopping mall dominates the southern area.

 

This island city seems to be ultra modern and a commercial centre at first, but dig a little deeper and you'll discover a mix of cultures and colonial history which gives it its unique character.

 

Tīanjīn, "Jin" for short, is China's largest municipality-level city after international superstars Shanghai and Beijing. Sightseeing in Tīanjīn has much to offer: an eclectic stock of colonial-era, European-style buildings, excellent examples of classical architecture, a dynamic culture featuring delicious seafood-based cuisine and enough historical sites that illuminates the city's past, present and future.

One of the finest natural harbors on the Arabian coast of India, Kochi (also known as Cochin) was once known as the center of the Indian spice trade. Subsequently, the town has a distinct European feel, due to the fact that it was once inhabited by the Portuguese, Dutch, and English. Their influence on the town's forts, palaces, museums, and old churches is still evident today. Which is why Kochi is known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea."

How can you resist a place whose local motto is "Sossegade," which translates to "Take it Easy"? Long a favorite destination for New Age travelers seeking the transcendent good life, these days Goa is more hip than hippie. High-end restaurants and shopping complement the dreamy beach life. Goa's historical atmosphere, shaped by a fascinating mix of Portuguese and Indian influences, is unique.

 

Taichung is located in Central Taiwan, a region marked by striking mountains, hot springs, and rich, cultural resources. A city that enjoys spring all year-round, Taichung is home to a thriving cultural scene, friendly people and exquisite scenery. The city also offers a pedestrian-only street which is lined on both sides with fashion boutiques, tea and coffee shops, foreign restaurants, galleries, and other establishments.

Taipei is a city of opposites. There are ancient temples and neon-laden clubs. The world's tallest building and tiniest markets. The bustle of millions of people and the peace of botanical gardens. And if you are a gourmet, Taipei offers the greatest variety of Chinese food in the world. This capital of the Republic of China and Taiwan's largest city is one destination that will leave you feeling a more fulfilled person.

 

Even though Tokyo is among the largest, most frenetic cities in the world, it's still able to maintain a great deal of efficiency and charm. Amid the endless buzzing neon signs and the overhead cable webs, Tokyo is home to some of the world's most impressive architecture, stylish shops and 4-star restaurants.

 

There are two sides to this city. There's the constant buzz synonymous with city life, but also a more relaxed side to it, which adds character to this lively city.

 

The city of Hualien is located in Hualien County, facing the vast Pacific Ocean in the east and leaning against the grand Central Mountain Range in the west. Recognized for its beautiful scenery, the area offers tourists many attractions that keep the cameras clicking and eyes round with astonishment. Natural sights, including Taroko National Park, East Coast National Scenic Area and Yushan National Park make Hualien one of the most beautiful places in Taiwan.

CRUISES TO CONSIDER
MA 3 NIGHT BEST OF JEJU CRUISE
MARINER OF THE SEAS

From SGD$329 BOOK NOW
VY 2 NIGHT BEST OF HONG KONG CRUISE
VOYAGER OF THE SEAS

From SGD$349 BOOK NOW