Reawaken your senses and sample the sights and sounds of the Far East on a lavish Asia cruise. Far East Asia is a hub of colourful cultures, exotic landscapes and a wealth of delectable cuisine and offers those who visit a truly momentous experience.
Asia is so often divided into regions, and as such, a generous choice of Far East cruises are available for your pleasure. Choose from an assortment of appealing itineraries; each specially selected to allow you to explore the very best of the intriguing Far East. Embrace the opulent metropolis of Dubai, take some time to astonish at the Buddhist temples of Ko Samui and weave your way through the markets and bazaars of Singapore.
The Far East offers excitement and adventure to all those who visit, contrasting between some of the world's tallest buildings in Singapore and Taiwan, the crystal clear waters off the coast of South Korea, and the lush Cambodian jungle. With all these incredible attractions, you'll have a hard time deciding where to spend your trip.
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Princess Cruises, Diamond Princess, 4th Aug 16, 11 nights, sailing from Tokyo (Yokohama)
Royal Caribbean International, Ovation of the Seas, 3rd Nov 16, 2 nights, sailing from Hong Kong Ocean Terminal
Princess Cruises, Diamond Princess, 12th Nov 16, 17 nights, sailing from Beijing
Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seven Seas Voyager, 2nd Dec 16, 20 nights, sailing from Dubai
Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Constellation, 5th Feb 17, 14 nights, sailing from Singapore Harbour Front
Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Constellation, 19th Feb 17, 14 nights, sailing from Singapore Harbour Front
With its easy air-access from any point in the world, Hong Kong is the perfect place to begin or end your cruise holiday. It is situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. If you come to Hong Kong there are certain foods that you cannot leave without trying, from dim sum to fusion. The city is one of the most vibrant commercial centres in the world and it has first-rate shopping destination, much to the delight of cruise passengers who discover that they can shop in the city's biggest mall without even leaving the impressive Ocean Cruise Terminal.
Beijing has played host to iconic revolution, the country's first-ever Olympic Games and the origin of the Peking duck, which is considered the national dish of China. It is a city of great culture and history - including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. It is also the most convenient jumping-off point for tours to the famous Great Wall of China. As Beijing is often an embarkation or debarkation destination for cruise ships, it's easy to tack on extra time there in order to see and do as much as possible. For any first-time visitors to East Asia, China and Beijing in particular has much to offer. From the Old World hutongs (historic neighbourhoods), which line the alleyways in a testament to what the place once was, to the innumerable eateries and great bargain shops, Beijing is a destination well worth visiting.
Shanghai is located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China. The city is a popular tourist destination renowned for its landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, Oriental TV Tower as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline. It is a global city and a major financial centre, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology and transport. Shanghai is hailed as the "Shopping Paradise" and "Oriental Paris", and shopping areas in the city are clearly divided into "Four Streets and Four Cities". Shanghai Cuisine is not one of the Eight Major Cuisines of China (which are categories of the major styles and flavours) but is a choice blend of the most appealing aspects of the other national styles of food.
Tianjin, the one-time imperial port, serves as Beijing's vital gateway to the sea. In recent years it receives more and more attention from visitors owing to its illustrious historical heritage and other magnificent structures. Huangyaguan Great Wall is located at the juncture of four cities, Beijing, Tianjin, Tangshan and Chengde, and is a wonderful example of ancient Chinese military engineering. Dule Temple is more than 1,000 years old and consists of a complex of grand structures. Once in the temple you can see the oldest multi-storied wooden pavilion in the country and the Kwan-yin statue, one of the biggest clay sculptures preserved in China. Tianjin TV & Radio Tower is the fourth highest TV tower in the world and is located in Tianta Lake. Tianjin dining culture is renowned throughout China and Food Street is a good place for you to sample these cross-cultural Chinese dishes.
Called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, Zian is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilisation in the Yellow River Basin area. The ancient cultural street of Shuyuanmen and Antique Market are recommended for buying souvenirs, particularly craftwork and curios. There are also many modern shopping outlets including big shopping centres, department stores and supermarkets in and around the city. Visitors can enjoy the night scenery around the Bell Tower, stroll around the ancient Big Wild Goose Pagoda and view the music and light fountain performance on the north square under the pagoda, as well as watch a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show or a show of the local Shaanxi Opera (Qin Qiang). For the party-loving owls, more modern and fashionable hangouts are available including various karaoke bars, discos and nightclubs.
Chongqing's focal point is the unique Yangtze Three Gorges Dam and hence the city is the starting point for the Yangtze River Cruise, which explores the stunning scenery of the Three Gorges. When cruising along the Yangtze River, look out for a huge rock standing along the river's northern bank in the Territory of Zhongxian County of Chongqing. Standing 164 feet high, the rock is in a shape of an imperial seal. Other attractions include the Dazu Rock Carvings, Gold Buddhist Mountain and Fishing Town. General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum, Three Gorges Museum, People's Assembly Hall and Wulong Karst are also worth a visit. Chongqing is famous for its hot Sichuan cuisine and world-famous hotpot dishes.
Jingzhou is situated at the Jianghan Plain, close to the Yangtze River or Golden Waterway. Jingzhou's central urban area has grown out of a city that was historically known as Shashi. These days, this name is preserved in the name of Shashi District, which includes this city's historical centre, as well as in the names of a number of local facilities, such as the Shashi Airport and a railway freight station. The main attractions are the City Wall and the City Gate Tower, Jingzhou Museum and Relics of the Three Kingdoms.
Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in central China, is situated on Jianghan Plain. Hubei Provincial Museum and Yellow Crane Tower are places to appreciate ancient Chinese history and culture. For local snacks the best place to visit are Ji Qing Jie night street and Hu Bu Xiang breakfast street. Han Zheng Street and the bustling walking street near Hanjiang Road are two excellent choices for shoppers.
Singapore is a shoppers’ paradise, with a wide collection of malls all over the island state, which is just off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Three great shopping destinations are 313@Somerset, Orchard Central and the Mandarin Gallery. Chinese New Year is the biggest and most significant event of the Chinese community and it is observed by Singaporeans from all walks of life. Bring your whole family down to the Bedok Reservoir, a quick 20-minute taxi ride east from the city, and watch the annual Singapore Dragon Boat Racing Festival. While here, you'll catch dragon boating crews from all corners of the world compete for honours in this prestigious competition. The other thing that's appealing about Singapore is its multifarious offering of food & day or night, there will always be something to whet your appetite.
Port Kelang (Klang) is a town, the main gateway by sea into Malaysia and also the location of the largest and busiest port in the country. Most locals head out to the Bagan Hailam area to visit fantastic seafood restaurants, most of which are built on stilts over water. Other areas famous for seafood include Pandamaran and Teluk Gong, both south of Port Kelang.
Phuket is Thailand's largest island. There are three main tourist beaches: Patong is the biggest town and busiest beach, shopping opportunities appear to be endless, and whatever your culinary liking, a restaurant catering to it can be found. The second largest beach is Karon and the third is Kata. Hey Island off Phuket’s south coast is so well known for its coral reef that it is often referred to simply as Coral Island. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese, and has a strong Mediterranean character. Some key places to visit are the Phuket Aquarium, Phuket Cultural Centre, Sea Shell Museum and the Phra Nang Sang Temple.
Bali is main port is at the entrance of Benoa Bay, a wide and shallow bay east of the airport runway. Low tide is an interesting occasion when you can spot fisherman standing in the water in what seems to be the middle of the harbour. Kuta Beach is the most popular and most developed beach in Bali. The area has a few small malls and lots of surf shops. Ubud is the cultural centre of Bali with many temples and museums. This beachside resort town of Sanur is more upscale and popular with older families. Denpasar is the largest city and capital of Bali. There are temples and a central market here. Nusa Dua / Tanjung Benoa, across the harbour from Benoa port, has a long beachfront with plenty of resorts.
Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon or by the abbreviations HCMC or HCM, is the largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). You simply cannot visit Ho Chi Minh City without making time to get out of the city to crawl through the Cu Chi tunnels and explore the Mekong river by boat. Mekong Lodge is an eco-resort where cultural interest and natural architecture blend together. Dalat, a former colonial resort provides a respite from Southern Vietnam's year-round swelter. The town is full of beautiful French-era buildings and surrounded by pine trees and farms growing exotic vegetables and flowers. It's worth the trip just to escape the heat for a few days. Phu My is the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City.
Known as the Venice of the East owing to the many canals slicing through the city, Bangkok lies at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River and has been wowing tourists with its exotic temples, lavish palaces and teeming markets for decades. Most cruise ships call on the port of Laem Chabang on the Gulf of Thailand, which is two hours south of Bangkok, the nation's capital, though smaller ships often dock at Klong Toey on the Chao Phraya River, right on the outskirts of the big city. If you don't fancy taking an excursion into Bangkok there are a few spots near the port itself including the beach resort of Pattaya or the Jack Nicklaus-designed Laem Chabang International Country Club golf course.
Sihanoukville, originally called Kampong Som, is the only deep-water port in the country. The town and its surrounding province are named after King Norodom Sihanouk. There are temples to see, although Cambodia is known for Siem Reap in the north, home to spectacular Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and other ancient Khmer temples. Tourists can also discover Sihanoukville's beautiful beaches. The first luxury beach property opened nearly a decade ago, and more development followed. Recently, the New York Times labelled the area "Asia's next trendsetting beach". There is also a bustling market in Sihanoukville town.
Busan is the second largest city in Korea and has gained a reputation as a world-class city for tourism and culture. One of the must-visit Busan attractions is the Jagalchi Fish Market, Korea's most famous & largest seafood market offering fresh raw fish for you to try. Beomeosa is an old Buddhist temple with a long history and contains numerous cultural properties and relics. Gwangalli Beach is famous for its fine sand. Around the beach, there are restaurants and cafes, and over 300 raw fish restaurants. Nearby, Gwangan Bridge is Korea’s largest double-leveled bridge and is a must-see because of the illuminating lights that produce over 100,000 colours matching the night view of the beach. Taejongdae is a natural park of Busan, with magnificent cliffs facing the open sea. The Busan Aquarium located at the entrance to Haeundae Beach, is a high-tech submarine theme aquarium, containing over 35,000 species of fish, algae, reptiles and amphibians.
Penang offers a fascinating fusion of the East and West, it embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm. These are reflected in its well-preserved buildings, which contributed to George Town's status as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. For those who love to drink and party, the Upper Penang Road party hotspot in George Town comes alive when the sun sets. You can sunbathe at one of the many beaches, explore the quaint nooks and crannies of George Town, feast on delicacies from hawker street stalls, shop at the many quaint night markets, explore Grand churches, elaborate Buddhist, Indian temples, magnificent mosques and much more.
Nha Trang is a coastal city and capital of Khanh Hoa province, on the south central coast of Vietnam. Nha Trang is well known for its beaches and scuba diving and has developed into a popular destination for international tourists. But visitors will also find amusement parks, mud baths, golf, and the historic Po Nagar temple complex, as well as a variety of hotels and restaurants. Adventurous foodies can sample bun cha ca, a soup made from sailfish and jellyfish.
It allows you to travel in style between these ancient glories and modern-day miracles, calling at a host of major cities, from Hong Kong and Singapore to Bangkok and Beijing, as well as rarely seen places difficult that can be difficult to reach by land. So much of what we've come to associate with exotic foreign travel is tied up in Asia and the Indian Ocean islands, whether you explore China, Japan, the countries of Southeast Asia or the islands of the Indian Ocean. More recently, Asian fly/cruise holidays have become available so that passengers can conveniently join their ships at one of the region’s key cities. Singapore and Hong Kong, which have invested in new, modern port facilities and are served by an excellent network of flights from Europe and throughout the Far East, are key embarkation points. The most popular and mainstream Asian sailings tend to be between these two cities, on a route that hugs the coastlines of Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.
Destinations in the Far East can be enjoyed all year round. Each country may have various climate zones - we suggest you research your destination thoroughly before departure and stay up to date with local holiday weather information whilst away.
Starting ports include Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong.
All the major cruise lines sail to this region. Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, Holland America, Princess Cruises, P & O cruises, Oceania and Silverseas, to name a few.
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