Cambodia for example, is a Far East cruise destination that is stippled with sugar palms, skyscrapers ladder the Asians city of Singapore. Malaysia contains untold treasures, and Bangkok features an extraordinary array of enchanting markets - all of which are available to visit with a ROL Cruise deal to the Far East.
Vietnam, however, is perhaps the most unique place you will visit on your cruise to Asia and the Far East, specifically, Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon). Nicknamed ‘the Paris of the Orient’, this Asian city has hints of French colonialism dating back to the 1860s. The cafés and French façades mix well with hot new bars, Vespa-scattered streets and traditional foods – during your Far East cruise to Vietnam, be sure to try a steamy bowl of Pho noodle soup, fresh from Ho Chi Minh's valleys. To the nation’s north, the striking Halong Bay will take your breath away, with its enormous limestone peaks protruding from the water - undoubtedly one of the very best views available when cruising the Far East.
Hong Kong’s iconic skyline is sure to grab your attention but beneath the mega-metropolis façade, you’ll find a deep complexity to the city’s makeup. Colonial relics, traditional fishing settlements and Taoist temples all recall days gone by and inhabit the world beyond bright lights. During your cruise of Asia and the Far East, you may want to take a trip up to Hong King's Victoria Peak and view the city from over 500 metres high or sit back and enjoy one of the famed Cantonese operas.
A lesser known cruise highlight of the Far East is the city of Laem Chabang, home to Thailand’s largest port and world-class golf courses. Langkawi, known as ‘the Jewel of Keddah’, is an archipelago of islands that sit in Malaysia’s silvery waters – the northern isles are peaceful and secluded, offering sand spits and freshwater lakes. For lovers of colourful bugs, the Butterfly Farm in Penang is one of just a few in the world, and there are plenty of botanic gardens to stroll through in between shopping trips to Penang’s exciting cities on your cruise to Thailand.
Cruising to Singapore finds you discovering a surprisingly lush and green garden city that blends seamlessly with such impressive architecture as the lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum and Marina Bay Sands hotel. Of course, the food is also something to write home about. Singapore’s mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay influences means that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to tantalising flavours. Visiting the famous ‘hawkers’ in the food halls will surely surprise and delight in equal measure.
Of course, on a Far East cruise holiday only so much can be absorbed – cruising along rivers and coastlines to various cities and ports, your senses will be both inundated and invigorated by all that's on offer. From its spicy trade routes to prehistoric landscapes and spiritual festivals, a cruise to Asia and the Far East is undoubtedly a life-changing, sensory experience.