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    Best Cruises in the Far East


    From the bustle of tuk-tuks in Bangkok and the colourful markets of Singapore, to the ancient temples hidden deep in the Cambodian jungle and the crystal clear waters of the Malaysian coast – cruising in the Far East is a sensory experience that is becoming more and more popular as holiday makers opt for adventure, variety and first class travel. There is an extensive range of Far East cruises itineraries available from top cruise lines that combine mystic charm with oriental tradition. A world cruise is one of the most popular ways of exploring the East. Not only does this type of cruise offer for value for money but it also allows travellers a hassle free way of experiencing those once of a lifetime destinations, for for those of us that are limited on time and want to get in all the best sites in one trip a cruise of the far east is the way to go.



    Far East Cruise Start Points



    Most Far East cruises start from a range embarkation points including the UK, UAE or Asia itself. Whilst you could set sail from UK soil, our favourite embarkation point has to be SINGAPORE.  Here at HQ, we recommend easing yourself into oriental life by spending a few nights in this lush and vibrant city pre-cruise. This really gives you time to acclimatise to Asian life and also gives you that little extra vacation time. In Singapore make sure you shop ‘til you drop in Orchard Road, enjoy fusion food at local hawker stores and of course don’t forget to leave without sampling an obligatory Singapore Sling in the iconic Raffles hotel.


    Far East Cruise Main Ports of Call 



    With an plethora of stop off choices, a Far East cruise can be confusing to even the most seasoned of traveller. It is important to find a cruise that is right for you and that offers the perfect combination of both city sightseeing with beach time. BALI is a cruise stop off that should not be missed as it is quite simply paradise. Most cruise liners offer a range of off-shore excursions, our favourite being Cunard’s ‘Bali Introduction’ which is a great way for first timers to see their first snippet of Indonesia. It teams visits to the artistic centres of Ubud and Mas with stunningly beautiful beach stops making it the perfect combi trip. Indonesia Reviews >

    THAILAND is also on our Far East bucket list and due to it’s popularity plenty of cruise liners make sure this is on their itinerary. Travel in style on board Fred Oslen’s Balmoral that teams a full day in bustling Bangkok with a day on the stunning shores of Phuket. Whilst in Phuket make sure you visit the premier beach resort of Patong as well as venturing around the island to the hills to witness stunning views over the Andaman sea. Bangkok could be a holiday destination in it’s own right, with temples, palaces, shops and nightlife to keep travellers well and truly entertained. Thailand Reviews >

    The Malaysia capital of KUALA LUMPUR should also not be missed. The town’s historic centre is dominated by the iconic Petronas Towers, a must visit for any traveller. The maze of winding streets in Chinatown gives a great taster of Asian culture. Pick up some bargain gifts for those back home and sample an array of cheap eats - the traditional Malaysian satay is divine! Malaysia Reviews >

    Multi-cultural JAPAN is another recommended port of call. Royal Caribbean’s ‘Voyager of the Sea’s’ makes a show stopping 4 day trip incorporating Tokyo, Kobe and Okinawa. Off shore excursions include a trip to Japan’s premier port of Yokohama, just south of Tokyo. Here travellers can view Mount Fuji from 69th floor of the country’s tallest observatory, the Yokohama Landmark Tower. Japan reviews >

    For the Indiana Jones in you, CAMBODIA should be on your must-see list. The temples of Angkor, located just outside Seam Reap, are one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in world and should definitely make everyone’s bucket list.  The capital city of Phomn Penh is also worth a visit, the city oozes charm and there is lots to see including the stunning Royal Palace and the National Museum with its vast collection of Khmer treasures. Cambodia Reviews >



    Far East cruises combine fast and furious with rest and relaxation. To really see everything this continent has to offer we recommend pre-booking shore excursions before you travel. Knowing when to cruise to the Far East is also important. Whilst cruises to the East run year round, each country has it’s own climate zones therefore we suggest that you research your destinations thoroughly before booking if beach time is important to you, this will enable you to choose the right intinerary for the right time of year with the climate varying so dramatically between locations in this area. See our Best Months to Holiday or search our individual destination pages.



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