Asia is hands down one of the most colourful regions on the planet, so it should come as no surprise that it’s an extremely popular cruise destination, even though many still associate cruises with the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, two amazing regions, though lacking the colour, not to mention the hustle and bustle, of Asia. As anyone who’s travelled in Asia undoubtedly knows well, it’s difficult, if not outright impossible, to pick their five favourite Asian destinations, so what follows are simply five Asian destinations that you shouldn’t miss.

 

  1. Beppu, Japan

An off the beaten path port, though still an immensely popular tourist destination, the port and town of Beppu on Kyushu won’t disappoint if you’re looking for something truly exotic. The main attraction in this touristic town is the ‘Hells of Beppu’, eight breathtaking hot springs boasting colourful waters, in shades of white to sapphire, and numerous geysers. With elegant Japanese foliage and stunning turquoise waters, this is a breathtakingly beautiful Asian destination that should feature prominently on every visitor’s itinerary.

 

  1. Bangkok, Thailand (Laem Chabang)

Thailand is one of the most exotic destinations and its bustling capital Bangkok certainly doesn’t disappoint. There’s so much to see and do here, from the royal palace of Wat Phra Keow to the famous floating markets of Damnoen Saduak, so it’s no surprise that Bangkok is one of the most popular destinations in Asia. Bangkok is also one of the world’s great shopping destinations, so if you’re a shopper you’ll find yourself in shopping heaven.

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  1. Yangtze River, China

Best explored on a cruise holiday, the Yangtze is very much one of the world’s great rivers and a must see when travelling in Asia. Witness the amazing Three Gorges Dam and spend a few nights in Beijing to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites like Xian, with its famous Terra Cotta warriors, and the Great Wall and Summer Palace. With many cruise holiday deals to the Yangtze, a cruise along this remarkable river should interest all travellers in the region.

 

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By Tan Wei Liang Byorn (Self-photographed) [GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

  1. Mumbai, India

The hustle and bustle of India’s largest city isn’t for everyone, though those who don’t mind the hectic nature of the city find their time here to be extremely rewarding. The fabled ‘Gateway of India’ is not only a city of stark contrasts where ultra-modern buildings stand next to stone structures from eras long gone, but also a place of lingering beauty, with some of the most amazing sights the Elephanta Caves and the Jain Palace with its breathtaking marble serenity.

 

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  1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Although some distance from the port at Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s main port, the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat are one of the most amazing sights to behold anywhere on Earth. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument on the planet, built in the 12th Century by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the capital of the Khmer empire. As you’ll also spend some time in Sihanoukville, don’t miss the excellent diving and the superb seafood.

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Whenever you decide to go on Asian cruise make sure you visit these five amazing destinations.

By Veselina Dzhingarova