When travelling to this part of the world you will witness a phenomenal cultural diversity where soaring skyscrapers of modern cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur contrast the green paddy fields and bustling markets of peaceful rural towns and villages.
Asia cruises mainly depart from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tianjin (China), Singapore and Tokyo. These cruises sail throughout the year. The period from November to June boasts of the most number of cruise ships sailing in the region, giving you a wide variety of choices. Seasonally you can find cruises sailing to the Far East from Dubai and Sydney.
Fast-growing cities such as Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul offer luxury shopping, superb cuisine and breath taking scenery. Home to sushi, curries, satays, rickshaws and tuk tuks you will be blown away by what this region has on offer.
Heading more down to the south, the colourful dragon boat festivals in Phuket (Thailand) and the towering coconut trees and white sandy beaches of Koh Samui (Thailand) are a must see. Get acquainted with Big Buddha or amazed by the beauty of Kuala Lumpur. In short, you will have the vacation of a lifetime.
Hong Kong is the cosmopolitan hub of the Far East. Visit the Wong Tai Sin Temple, tour local markets and the floating village of Aberdeen. Take the Tram to the top of Victoria Peak for one of the world’s most exciting views, or cross the harbor aboard one of the famous Star Ferries. After shopping and exploring, enjoy high tea at the favored retreat of many world travellers – the Peninsula Hotel.
The real Shanghai is a teeming metropolis of 11 million, bustling with energy, towering skyscrapers and art deco buildings, honking traffic and shopping crowds. Tai Chi along the Bund, the serenity of exquisite ponds and gardens, and an endless flotilla of sampans edging along the Huangpu River are places worth spending time. Explore the busy bazaars and alleyways of the Old Town, Yu Garden, the Wuxingting Tea House, Long Hua Temple and many more places.
Few cities evoke such a wealth of sensations as Bombay. Entering the city under the Gateway of India, the sounds and aromas are exotic and the level of activity from the bazaars to the street vendors is non-stop. The Marine Drive arcs along the shore of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point past Girgaum Chowpatty and continues to the foot of Malabar Hill. Lined with flaking art deco apartments, it is one of Mumbai’s most popular promenades and sunset-watching spots. The cave-temples carved into the basalt rock of Elephanta Island, represent some of the most impressive temple carving in all of India. Bombay also serves as the gateway for land tours to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and Delhi, the historical centres of India.
Inchon is the port of Korea’s booming capital, a shopping paradise which vies with Hong Kong. But historic Seoul also brims with treasures. Begin with a bird’s-eye view atop Namsan Hill. Visit Kyonbok Gun, the Palace of Bright Happiness, and the 14th-century Changdok Palace, home of the royal family. Stroll through its beautiful Secret Garden, 80 acres of ponds, tea houses and pavilions. Discover the extensive collection of Korean art in the National Museum. Or travel beyond Seoul’s ancient gates to the Nanhan Mountain Castle or historic Suwon and its wonderful Folk Village of Minsokchon.
Often called the mirror of Venice in Asia, this ‘City of Angels’ is a bustling place with a maze of extensive waterways constantly in motion. In between the office towers and royal palaces are beautiful parks, boulevards and gardens. Bangkok is a city with more than 400 Buddhist temples. The most famous of these is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, containing a statue carved from a single piece of jade. Gaze at one of Bangkok’s best known landmarks, Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. Spend time in the city’s oldest and biggest monastery, Wat Pho, where you’ll be awed by its famed Reclining Buddah. Shoppers will enjoy the excitement of the world famous ‘Floating Markets’.
After 20 years of isolation, this history-laden Vietnamese capital will charm and fascinate you with her vibrant sights. Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a blend of magnificent French colonial architecture set against spacious boulevards thronged with trishaws, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Leave time to shop in the Ben Thanh Market or wander in the landmark Reunification Hall. The more adventurous may opt for an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong in hiding from Allied troops.
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