The Earth’s largest continent offers some truly incredible experiences for cruisers. Sixty per cent of the world’s population live there, meaning there are some incredible cities and cultures to discover, not to mention some astounding natural wonders, too. Here’s a look at just some of Asia’s top ports, visited by lines such as Silversea, Regent Seven Seas and Crystal Cruises.
Hong Kong, China
When you’re a port in possession of arguably the world’s finest skyline, you’re an Asian cruise must and indeed, Hong Kong’s is one of its most popular attractions. By day the backdrop of Victoria Peak is unmissable and an attraction in itself, while by night, it’s every bit the neon-soaked spectacle you’ve imagined.
Tianjin is the port which serves China’s historically rich capital, which in turn serves as many cruisers’ gateway to the Great Wall of China. The city’s Summer Palace is another must-see which boasts some stunning parkland, temples, pavilions and a beautiful lake.
Singapore’s ultra-modern side is showcased perfectly with a stroll along Marina Bay, which boasts some truly eye-popping architecture, not to mention shopping opportunities. Fans of flora should make the National Orchid Garden, the Botanic Gardens or the stunning Cloud Forest Dome a priority.
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
Bali’s reputation for natural beauty goes before it and cruisers who call at Benoa will be able to experience it for themselves. As well as lush tropical expanses, inland mountain ranges and of course stunning beaches, it’s a great showcase for Indonesia’s religious and cultural heritage too.
A destination formerly known as Rangoon in Burma, Yangon is always popular with tourists thanks to its wealth of cultural and architectural attractions. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a huge and beautiful Buddhist shrine which dates back around 2500 years, while the Taukkyan War Cemetery is a poignant but rewarding attraction.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The former Saigon is great for lovers of both fine architecture and fine cuisine and indeed, the city’s legacy of French colonial occupation means there’s a blend of both cultures to be found in both those areas of interest. Key structures not to be missed include Notre Dame Cathedral, Cao Dai Temple and the Saigon Opera House.
It may be a cliché but ‘something for everyone’ perfectly sums up Shanghai. It’s not one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations for nothing and icons like the shimmering Temple of Dawn, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Grand Palace are must-sees, while the shopping and dining opportunities are many.