Southeast Asian Cruises
By Carissa Hickok
If you get the chance to go on a cruise, Southeast Asia should be at the top of your destinations list. You have the unique chance to see exotic landscapes, get a glimpse of the colonial history, enjoy cosmopolitan cities, and learn more about the Asian way of life. While there aren’t as many ships in the region as in the Caribbean, you have plenty of options to choose from. The conditions and the trips are among the best in the world, and you will be thrilled to find that they are not as expensive as other popular cruises. Here are the three cruise destinations recommended this year for you. Information about the best time to take a cruise is also included.
Mekong River Cruise
You will head east, towards the cities of Hong Kong and Singapore. You will get to visit the night markets and the temples of Japan – and hopefully you will see the cherry blossoms, depending on the time of year. Visiting the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia will fascinate you as well. Don’t forget about the excursions in the rainforests and the orangutans of Borneo. You will visit Indonesia and see the great Komodo Dragons and venture as far as China, where you can climb the Great Wall. Thailand and South Korea are also on the list of places to visit if you choose a Mekong River cruise.
Japan, China and Korea
Take a cruise of four or even nine nights starting from Tokyo and enjoy the countries of Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Some cruise lines will also visit the Japanese islands. In fact, some will go as far as Russia, to the Vladivostok port. Of course, you will also have the option to pick a cruise that visits Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. Cruises departing from Tokyo are varied, so there are plenty of options.
Vietnam / Halong Bay
Asia River Cruises
These cruises depart from Singapore of Hong Kong in most cases. You can book a 14-night cruise and visit Thailand, Burma, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Taiwan. There are also three-week cruises that will transport you to many more wonderful and unique places. Southeast Asia is huge and there is never a shortage of breathtaking destinations. The river cruises are some of the best in the world and the ships will exceed your expectations at very decent prices.
The Best Time to Take Your Southeast Asia Cruise
It is very complicated to pick the best time for a Southeast Asia cruise because the weather conditions in this area are quite diverse. For example, the weather may be chilly and rainy during the night in coastal areas, while it can be significantly warmer just a few miles inland. The cruise lines generally avoid the humid and hot months. The best months to book a cruise are from November through March. The downside is that most tourists flock to the most popular attractions during these months, so some places may be quite crowded. In general, the most sought-after months for a cruise are July and August. Remember that the monsoon season lasts from May through October.
Cruise Southeast Asia!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.
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