If you're looking to go on a Southeast Asia cruise, there are plenty of destinations you can choose from. We take a look at 5 of the best.
For world travelers who appreciate a bustling metropolis, serene landscapes, and exotic culture, few places on earth can compare to Southeast Asia.
And for travelers who prefer to cruise, the region will not disappoint. A Southeast Asia Cruise can allow you to see all sides of this beautiful part of the world.
Many cruises offer flexible itineraries, so there's no need to sacrifice a journey further inland in order to take a cruise.
Cruises are an excellent option for people who are nervous about having to manage accommodations in a far-off location. Some last as long as three weeks, letting you visit multiples locales. And services like WorldRoamer are excellent for finding short-term lodgings near your point of departure.
Here are our five picks for cruise destinations in Southeast Asia: and what makes them special.
Bali is famous for its natural beauty. White-sand beaches, clear waters, and volcanoes can all be found on the island chain.
And inland from the beach, the islands are dotted with picturesque temples where ancient ceremonies are still performed just as they have been for centuries. And for the more adventurous traveler, you can journey to Komodo National Park for the exclusive opportunity to see these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.
Bangkok is another very popular destination, and a cruise can be an excellent way to visit.
As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is one of the most bustling cities in the region. It is also home to the famous Chatuchak Market, one of the largest open-air markets in the world. And in the evening, Bangkok is home to one of the most colorful nightlife scenes in the world.
Outside of the heart of the city, you can find treasures from the country's rich history. Among the must-sees are the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
As a center of global finance, this island city-state is a modern metropolis, it's gleaming skyscrapers towering over the sea.
As with many such cities, it is known for its fashionable shopping districts and fine dining. But it also retains elements of its cultural heritage and of its European influence.
It is also home to many spectacular zoos, gardens and even safari experiences that serve as oases of nature in the fast-paced city.
Though not traditionally thought of as a desirable destination, the Vietnamese capital has seen something of a renaissance in recent decades.
The city is home to ancient temples, remnants of French colonial design, and the marvelous St. Joseph Cathedral, which itself represents a marriage of French and Vietnamese architecture.
The city also boasts the Hanoi Opera House, itself very clearly modeled after the famous Palais Garnier. And of course, no visit would be complete without sampling as much of Vietnamese cuisine as you can manage.
The island nation of Taiwan is a desperately underrated destination.
The country is absolutely spoiled for natural beauty, between the likes of Taroko Gorge, Yushan National Park, and the aptly named Alishan Scenic Mountain Area.
And for animal lovers, perhaps you've heard of Japan's famous "cat islands"? Well, Taiwan has a cat city of its own in Houtong Cat Village.
And as with most of the destinations on this list, the country is also home to innumerable shrines, night markets, and other diversions.
Set Sail on a Southeast Asia Cruise
A Southeast Asia cruise in an experience like few others. Fast-paced nightlife, ancient cultures, and fine cuisines are all on offer.
All you need to do is draw up your personal wish list of places to see and things to do.
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