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5 Best Cruise Destinations In Asia

5 Best Cruise Destination in Asia

Asia is the largest continent on Earth and home to many astounding natural geographic features, ancient and man-made wonders, modern metropolises, rich traditional heritage and culture. Asia is a great attraction for many travelers from all over the world because of its distinctive  mixture of differences. In the past few years, Asia has also evolved into a famous cruising hotspot, with many international cruise lines focusing in this specific continent and offering itineraries to various countries and exotic port of calls. If you are interested to go on a cruise (Read: 10 Reasons Why You Should Go On A Cruise) or simply just looking for inspirations to start a great holiday, then here are the 5 best cruise destinations in Asia in random order.

5 Best Cruise Destinations In Asia

China

With the expanding number of cruise lines having home-port in China, there are also more diverse choices for excursions. China is vast and has so much to offer to the cruising public and travelers. Many cruise ships call to the port of Tianjin which is about three-hour drive to China’s capital of Beijing and where you can see the the Forbidden City. Another popular cruise destination is Sanya in the island province of Hainan. Its cruise terminal is on a man-made beach resort island which is just a 10-minute walk from the city proper with plenty of shops and restaurants and with available excursions to see the infamous Nanshan Temple and ‘End of Earth’. Other interesting ports to visit in China are Xiamen, Guangzhou, Qingdao and Dalian.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Hong Kong

Many of the Cruise Lines docks at Ocean Terminal in Kowloon which is right at the heart of Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district. In the same district is the  Hong Kong Museum of Art where you can find full of Chinese treasures and you can also stroll at the Avenue of the Stars. For the best view of the city you can simply hop on a Star Ferry to see the entire Island’s glory, this is good to be done at sunset. You can also take a funicular train ascending to The Peak on top of Mount Victoria where you can have the best view of Hong Kong and sights of the Mainland.  At night the city is very colorful and there are also scheduled laser shows in Victoria Harbor.

Hong Kong Skyline

Panoramic View of Hong Kong Skyline

Automatic Bitcome

Japan

Known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, Japan has a very diverse culture, stunning white sand beaches and boasts numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Everywhere you go in Japan, you will definitely love the food because they are really delectable. One of the most visited cruise destination in Japan is the Okinawa Prefecture. It is home to interesting temples, natural beauty and stunning beaches. Fukuoka is also a top choice as you can discover many historical sites, beautiful temples and enjoy shopping for bargains. Hiroshima is also another cruise port where you can experience tranquility in many of its National Shrines and gaze the beauty of Hiroshima Castle.

Temple in Fukuoka

Singapore

This country is popular as a cosmopolitan center with man-made islands like Sentosa, wide array of engineering masterpieces such as Marina Bay Sands Resort, Singapore flyer and Double Helix Bridge just to name a few which will surely take your breath away. Another must see place in Singapore is the “Temple of Heavenly Bliss,”  which is one of the oldest temples in the country. You can also get a taste of Singapore cuisine with blend of flavors. Must try food are Chili Crab, Chicken Rice and Hokkien Mee and sip their own Singapore Sling cocktail. Singapore is known as the cleanest and safest city in Asia and a traveler friendly destination.

Singapore Skyline

Vietnam

Vietnam has a very rich historical and natural features.  Top of the list is the New7Wonders and UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay which is one of the most photographed places on Earth. It has over 2,000 limestone islands standing out of the emerald-green water in a magnificent display of natural beauty. Vietnam’s premier beach in Nha Trang is also a favorite cruise destination, this offers sun and sea in spectacular setting of a turquoise bay and curved expansive. Hue and Danang in Central Vietnam are renowned to their UNESCO World Heritage sites, Ancient Town of Hoi An and Imperial Citadel in Hue.

5 best cruise destinations in Asia

Halong Bay Limestone Islands

Asian cruise will surely quench your thirst for adventure and new discoveries when you merge a manifold of exquisite destinations into one memorable journey. Inimitable beauty of nature, ancient landmarks, wonderfully engineered Skyscraper and colorful cultures are free to explore along the shores of Asia.

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Agness of Fit Travelling
    April 16, 2017 at 4:45 AM

    These places are breathtaking and everyone should visit them once in the lifetime!

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    The Oryx Land Blogger-Sahar
    November 17, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Love the shots especially if the Halong Bay. Have seen it in many pictures and videos but did not know it was limestone rocks!

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      Wandering JM
      November 18, 2016 at 11:39 PM

      Thank yoi ?

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    Thuymi @ AdventureFaktory.com
    September 16, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Did the vietnam cruise only on your list. Can’t wait to try out the others!

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    The Thought Card
    August 20, 2016 at 2:29 AM

    I didn’t think I would see China on this list — I’m happy that you put it first because it definitely caught my attention. Also sounds like there are lots of historic excursions. Would love to see Nanshan Temple and ‘End of Earth’.

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      Wandering JM
      August 20, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      Well China is booming now in terms of cruising industry and I am glad that they opened their country for tourism.

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    Stella the Travelerette
    August 19, 2016 at 6:25 AM

    I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise, but I’ve never thought about going on a cruise in Asia. I think I would be most likely to go to Fukuoka because I love Japan but I’ve never been that far south.

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      Wandering JM
      August 20, 2016 at 10:05 AM

      Well Asia in one of the best destinations now for cruising. Hope you can try it someday.

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    Natasha G
    August 19, 2016 at 5:42 AM

    I have been living in Asia for 2 years now (Korea) so it would be really cool to give all of these a try — even if just for a short cruise. Thanks for sharing!

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      Wandering JM
      August 20, 2016 at 10:05 AM

      Sure. I am sure you would love it. I am visiting Korea next year. Hope to here some more recommendations from you.

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    Chantell
    August 18, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    These are all countries that I want to go too! I have already been to Singapore (just for 3 days) but would love to go back. I am not super into cruises but would be open to trying another one as long as there aren’t too many “At Sea” days 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      August 20, 2016 at 10:10 AM

      Well most of the cruises in Asia have lesser AT SEA days. Usually 2 sea days in a 7 days cruise

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    2travellingsisters
    August 18, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Island hopping in Vietnam seems interesting and cruising sounds like the best and fun way to do it. Thanks for the share, would love to try this someday

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    PaigeBrown
    August 18, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    I never really thought of Asia as a cruise destination, but it’s great to learn that it is for those who love to cruise! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

    • Reply
      Wandering JM
      August 20, 2016 at 10:11 AM

      Asia is a lovely destination for cruising. You can get to see many exotic places at a time

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    Eric
    August 18, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    Taking a cruise in Asia never really crossed my mind, but after reading this article, seems like the perfect way to go!

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    rovingjo
    August 18, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    I never though about cruising Asia what a fantastic idea. Now I will need to look this up in more detail. Japan is on my list of places I MUST visit so I thank you for this. Happy Roving!!!

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    Jen Morrow
    August 17, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    A cruise of a great way to “sample” many ports of an area. This is a great sampler list. Thanks!

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    travel2next
    August 17, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    This is timely as I’m planning a cruise in Asia. China sounds like a good spot for a cruise.

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    Megan Indoe
    August 17, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    We want to explore more cruises actually, so this is perfect! We didn’t really think about enjoying one in Asia, other than Halong Bay! I would be a bit nervous and have to do lots of research beforehand because we were a bit disappointed with a few of the mandatory activities with our Halong Bay Cruise. We didn’t really like how they parked at night on top of a 100 other boats at night and could hear people bellowing in neighboring boats karaoke machines, haha. We still loved our time and couldn’t ever regret going to a beautiful place like Halong Bay, just wish that we knew or did the research to have a better idea what we were getting ourselves into at night (mostly the karaoke) hahah

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    chloelifeunexpected
    August 16, 2016 at 6:11 AM

    I really want to go to Vietnam and Japan! I would never have thought to take a cruise in any of these places. Absolutely brilliant idea. x

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      Wandering JM
      August 16, 2016 at 4:21 PM

      Vietnam and Japan are really recommended. These countries are booming now in the cruising industry in Asia

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    Angela Milnes
    August 16, 2016 at 5:19 AM

    how interesting. I want to cruise the pacific 🙂 It would be nice to go to China too.

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      Wandering JM
      August 16, 2016 at 4:22 PM

      I really recommend that you take a cruise in Asia Pacific. There are many beautiful port of calls for you to explore. 🙂

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    Danielle
    August 15, 2016 at 4:24 AM

    Wow they all sound amazing I wouldn’t of ever thought of cruise to these places, China would be my pick xxx

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    Newcastle Family Life
    August 15, 2016 at 4:06 AM

    Some wonderful suggestions. I want to visit every country on this list

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    Rachel Shawcross
    August 15, 2016 at 2:00 AM

    Vietnam just looks absolutely stunning and so picturesque.

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    Anna
    July 16, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Woow, Vietnam looks breathtaking. I never been on a cruise, I always thought that I would get sea sick and spend my holidays in the room. But hey your suggestions looks amazing will think about it

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    Alina
    July 11, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Since my honeymoon we LOVE cruising so these are awesome and Asia is definitely on my list. Thanks for the tips on the places and what to expect there 🙂

    Alina from The Fairytale Pretty Picture

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    dearmummyblog
    July 11, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    We’ve visited Hong Kong and Singapore before so would go back in a heartbeat. Some great suggestions here!

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    Kara Guppy
    July 10, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    I never thought about cruising through asia but it is such a great idea – I would love to visit all these places

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    Little B & Me
    July 10, 2016 at 5:41 AM

    The pictures you’ve included are SO amazing!

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    fashionandstylepolice
    July 10, 2016 at 3:05 AM

    This is a very useful post. Going to bookmark this for when next I need to book a holiday.

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    Keely
    July 9, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Wow, Japan, Vietnam and Hong Kong – I can’t pick! I hadn’t thought about Asia as a cruise destination.

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    Girl On Fleek
    June 13, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Omg! Halong Bay is gorgeous!!! I’m actually doing a blog post on it next week ?.

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      Wandering JM
      June 13, 2016 at 10:11 PM

      Oh yeah. Will wait for that.

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      Wandering JM
      June 13, 2016 at 10:23 PM

      Oh yeah! Will wait for that. How long did you stay in Vietnam?

      • Girl On Fleek
        June 14, 2016 at 12:09 AM

        12 days (:

      • Wandering JM
        June 14, 2016 at 12:19 AM

        Oh that was long. So you have been to all the places?

      • Girl On Fleek
        June 14, 2016 at 12:57 AM

        Hahah yeah… Pretty long for Vietnam. Have been to Hochiminh and Mekong Delta, Hanoi and Halong Bay ???

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    pagels_badit
    June 10, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    yes i agree with the comments halong bay is super

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      Wandering JM
      June 10, 2016 at 9:54 PM

      It seems like Vietnam is a top pick for all. Well i have my 50% to Vietnam and another 50% for Japan

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    marksinclairphotography
    June 10, 2016 at 6:30 AM

    Cool post. I reckon out of the 5 places Vietnam would be my favourite destination. Halong Bay looks sensational

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      Wandering JM
      June 10, 2016 at 7:07 AM

      Well honestly I have Vietnam and Japan on top of my list. They are both beautiful in different ways.

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