Asia Cruise Expert Guide
Posted by John Metcalfe
Ever since Marco Polo returned from his 24-year trek to China at the end of the 13th century, Asia has beckoned travelers from around the world to explore its enchanted lands courtesy of an Asia cruise...
Ever since Marco Polo returned from his 24-year trek to
China at the end of the 13th century, Asia has beckoned
travelers from around the world to explore its enchanted
lands courtesy of an Asia cruise. Befitting of a
continent that is the largest on Earth, the mesh of
countries that make up this landmass embrace some
mind-blowing extremes. The thickest forests, highest
mountains and longest coastline on the planet all belong
to Asia, as do some of the world's most varied wildlife
and plant species..
Few places on Earth can offer cruise visitors such a
varied and dramatic experience. From the vestiges of
ancient China to the modern day wealth and opulence
of Singapore and Taipei, an Asia cruise encapsulates
thousands of years of history and diverse cultures in a
When choosing an Asia cruise, tourists are presented
with a variety of cruise routes to pick from. Many Asia
cruises offering a taste of the Orient depart from
Beijing in China, taking in Hong Kong and ports of call
in Japan and along the Chinese coastline. The more
exotic Asia cruises may include stops in Korea,
Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand...
Other Asia cruise options include routes around the Bay
of Bengal, and routes that follow in the footsteps of
Marco Polo's return sea journey from China in 1293.
The typical duration of an Asia cruise is 12-16 nights,
although extended cruise vacations that take in a
voyage through the South China Sea and Bay of Bengal
can be arranged...
China: Beijing - the capital of China - is a 'must see'
destination on every Asia cruise. The fabled Forbidden
City and Temple Of Heaven, both of which are
accessed through the vastness of Tiananmen Square,
reside in Beijing. Only a short distance from the city is
the Beijing section of the Great Wall of China.
A city on an island, Hong Kong is the
antithesis of Beijing. Gleaming towers of power exude
a modern wealth that contrasts sharply with the older
districts of the Chinese capital. Hong Kong is one of the
wealthiest places in the world - something that is very
much in evidence as you walk the numerous districts on
this thirty square-mile chunk of rock.
Singapore is the ultimate exotic destination
on an Asia cruise. Situated at the southern tip of the
Malaysian Peninsula, it represents the furthest point
south an Asia cruise is likely to extend to. Here all year
round warmth, stunning architecture and cuisine that is
truly out of this world combine to make it a stop not to
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