One of the highlights of cruising through Asia is the eclectic mix of destinations to choose from. Spend a day lazing on the shores of one of Phuket’s idyllic beaches or experience the vibrancy of Ho Chi Minh City. From exploring ancient temples to bartering for some of the world’s best bargains, Asia has no shortage of exciting places to visit.
Here are our top five Asian cruising destinations.
Arriving in Singapore, you’ll be met with an incredibly modern and attractive city infused with Asian culture. On your visit, be sure to take the kids to the Singapore Zoo where you can see thousands of animals wandering through the open plan rainforest. For a unique experience, take a ride on one of the zoo’s gentle elephants. Singapore’s historical Botanical Gardens are also worth a visit and make sure you leave room in the suitcase, as Singapore is home to world class shopping.
Thailand’s largest island, Phuket is an ideal destination on your cruise for a relaxing beach escape. With an abundance of beautiful beaches and colourful reefs, it’s no wonder tourists flock to this island all year round. Experience the warmth of Thai hospitality and be sure to visit Phuket’s Old Town to see the historical temples, museums and cafes. Take a day trip to Phang Nga Bay and see firsthand the sharp limestone cliffs that protrude from the sparkling emerald waters.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
As you land on the banks of the Saigon River, you’ll be confronted with the fascinating history of Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the modern precincts which remain intertwined with the city’s rich ancient history. See famous attractions including the Museum of Vietnamese History and the stunning Reunification Palace. Take the kids to Dai Nam Park which is a family friendly entertainment area home to an amusement park, zoo, water park, shopping centre and movie theatre.
The energy of Shanghai is contagious and will make for an exciting destination on your cruise. This fast paced metropolis has numerous areas to explore including the Bund, home to a display of grand buildings along the waterfront. Visit Nanjing Lu Pedestrian Mall for the best shopping and the Yu Garden is perfect for a peaceful walk through lush gardens and tranquil lakes.
Kids will love spending time at Osaka where they can visit the Universal Studios theme park and the biggest aquarium in the world, Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium. Take a tour to the Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous sites and be sure to enjoy the local cuisine which is believed to be the best in the country.