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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.