Your cruise will take you through some of Asia’s most sought-after cities with stops in a multitude of fascinating ports. Some of these include the vibrant city of Hong Kong, bustling Kaohsiung (Taiwan’s second largest city), historic Hue/Danang and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, frenetic yet fascinating Bangkok and sophisticated Singapore to name just a few.
Hong Kong’s Chinese tradition and British colonial influence mixes rural beauty, urban modernity, religious sites and lofty skyscrapers in equal measure. The massive port city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan comprises a cosmopolitan urban landscape defined by its breezy cafes, manicured parks, fine dining and beautiful waterways. Set on Perfume River, Hue is the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Be sure to visit the walled palace within the citadel, renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Singapore, the busiest port in the world, dazzles the senses with its modern malls, colonial buildings, historic temples and multi-ethnic culture. Located on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam balances the energy of a modern metropolis with its ancient culture.
Asian cuisine is as diverse as its many countries, each offering unique specialities to delight every palate. Dine on spring rolls and sweet and sour chicken in China. Enjoy a fragrant bowl of Pho Bo noodle soup in Vietnam. Fresh seafood with green mango relish is a favourite in Cambodia. Any number of hot, sweet and sour curries and noodle dishes are on the menu in Thailand. And Singapore serves up its own delicious version of tender chicken and rice with spicy chilli and ginger paste.
Stroll along scenic Love River in Kaohsiung, Taiwan with its bankside promenades dotted with benches, shady trees and cafes. Bask on the glistening white beaches on Hainan Island at Sanya in China. For insights into Cambodia’s sombre past, visit Phnom Penh’s Killing Fields and Khmer Rouge’s grim Genocide Museum. Sail down the Singapore River and explore the lush beach park of Pasir Ris. Take the tram up to Hong Kong’s sheer Victoria Peak for jaw-dropping views over the city, harbour and distinctive skyline. Bangkok is a feast for the senses. Stroll down lively Khoa San Road for a truly unique shopping experience. Then travel to its multitude of temples for a taste of ancient Buddhist culture.