Home to some of the world’s oldest civilisations, an Asia cruise should be at the top of any traveller’s bucket-list. And with so much to see in such a vast region, cruising makes the task of navigating from country to country a piece of cake.
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Beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and sizzling street food – Asia is a continent full of colour, culture and exquisite cuisine. A place where cherry blossoms sway in the breeze and lanterns light the streets, temples twinkle in the sunlight and holy shrines sit proudly for all to see.
Being so large, it can be difficult to choose an itinerary that fits everything in. If you decide on a China, Korea and Japan cruise you could be gazing up at futuristic skyscrapers in Shanghai and walking along the iconic riverfront promenade, The Bund.
Take a historic walk along the Great Wall of China or feast your eyes upon ancient palaces and beautiful Buddhist temples in South Korea. Be mesmerised by the neon-lit capital that is Tokyo or take a trip to the miraculous sight of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain.
Southeast Asia doesn’t disappoint, either. Singapore could be best described as a serene city set in a glowing garden – you’ll see what we mean when you take a stroll through the one-of-a-kind Botanic Gardens. You can also see the city from the Singapore Flyer – a wheel offering panoramic views of the ‘Lion City’ as well as the surrounding islands of Indonesia and Malaysia.
Colombo in Sri Lanka is a contrasting and yet charming city – make your way to the Gangarama Vihara temple to be educated about stone carvings and brilliant Buddhist art.
And if you’re after sun, sea and sand then not to worry, there’s plenty of that still on offer too. Ko Samui’s palm fringed beaches and coconut groves will have all your troubles melting away, so feel free to doze in a hammock, indulge in a Thai curry, or venture to the Fisherman’s Village to witness the island’s most popular weekly market.
The temperatures in Asia remain reasonably warm all year round, with the summer months – May to September – reaching the highest temperatures. Different parts of the region hold completely different climates throughout the year, with Singapore’s wettest month being December – and yet the same month meaning blue skies and dry days in Hong Kong.
Asia is a large region and so depending on which places you’re wanting to visit, it’s best to research the climate of these individually beforehand. China and Vietnam are susceptible to hurricanes from July to October, so you might want to bear this in mind.