When it comes to setting off on that cruise of a lifetime, many people look forward to having the chance to explore exotic and exciting destinations that you simply cannot achieve from any other type of holiday. And with many cruise lines now branching out to far and wide locations around the world, there’s never been a better time to visit the Far East.
With oriental charm, rich heritage and much to see, a cruise to the Far East is certainly full of new and memorable experiences that will keep you entertained and captivate you from the start.
Its distinct and spellbinding nature gives off a splendour that is too good to miss. From impressive Buddhist temples, to the stunning beaches of Thailand and Indonesia, the Far East has an array of amazing, must-see locations that will leave you hungry to come back for more.
Experience the burst of culture, tantalise your tastebuds with a selection of the local cuisine, and let a cruise to the Far East take you on an unforgetable adventure and beyond your wildest expectations.
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Hong Kong, Phuket, Singapore and Dubai are just some of the amazing places you can visit when on a cruise to the Far East. Each with their own unique story to tell, and a culture that distinguishes one place from the next, you can dive into what the Far East truly has to offer.
To find out more, read the list below and discover what you could experience when cruising to the Far East:
Get off at the Port of Kobe in Japan and see the wonderful attraction it has on offer. Located right in the heart of the city, you can truly experience the wonders of Japan and everything it has to offer. You can really push your body to the limit by climbing Mount Fuji, or delve into some Japanese culture by visiting the Tokyo National Museum.
The Port of Singapore is another must-see location, as once you get off there’s so much to see and do. If nature is your thing, you can visit the beautiful National Orchid Garden, or maybe you fancy an activity-packed day in the form of Universal Studios, Singapore. The possibilities are endless.
Hong Kong also has a lot to offer so if you find yourself visiting this destination, be sure to get off at the Port of Hong kong. From here you can venture to Disneyland, visit the Big Buddha if historic landmarks are more your taste, or experience the ‘ever changing’ Hong Kong skyline.
Danang Port is a major port system located in Central Vietnam at the mouth of the Han river on the South China Sea. If you happen to be cruising across Vietnam you simply must visit Ha Long Bay. It is one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders.
If you happen to be heading to Indonesia, get off at the Port of Tanjung and explore the Sekumpul Waterfalls where you can relax and witness this beautiful natural wonder. Perhaps you would like to take part in a bit of snorkeling. If so, you can visit the Menjangan Island where you can see some of the most amazing tropical fish and enjoy the scenic view of the mountains.
If you are visiting China, it’s worth getting off at the Port of Tianjin. From here you can make a trip to the famous Great Wall of China. You can also visit the Forbidden City, located in the heart of the China. It is China’s largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings, and the largest palace complex in the world. This is definitely not to be missed.
Phnom Penh & Sihanoukville, Thailand
Thailand also has two major ports: Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Here you can visit the Elephant Home where you can both bathe and ride an elephant, taking you through the scenic jungle trails up to the beautiful Mae Taeng Mountains. This is a once in a lifetime experience that will become an unforgettable memory for you to treasure forever. You can also take part in the Thai Experience where you will try a selection of food and drink, engage with the entertaining hosts and meet new people in the friendly and lively atmosphere.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
As previously mentioned, the Phnom Penh port allows you to explore Thailand but you may also get off here if you wish to venture to Cambodia. Along with the Sihanoukville port you can explore Cambodia in true style by visiting a variety of historical temples, museums and tranquil beaches.
Make your way to the Royal Phuket Marina and you could experience some of Phuket’s most amazing things to see and do. From the aqua waters of Phang Nga Bay to the wonderful history of Old Phuket Town, there’s much to experience here.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Port Klang in Kuala Lumpur allows you to visit the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, or you can choose from over 15 sightseeing tours including an elephant sanctuary, an activity-packed DragonBack Trek and much more.
NEED TO KNOW
It’s important to note that the weather in the Far East can differ depending on what time of year you travel, and so this section is designed to give you an indication as to what weather conditions you can expect to find in China and Japan when travelling to these destinations throughout the year.
January - If you travel to China in January you can expect to find a temperature of 2 degrees. In Japan, the climate is a little warmer with a temperature of 10 degrees throughout the day.
February - In February, the temperature in China increases every so slightly to 4 degrees. The climate usually stays the same in February as it does in January with a 10 degree climate in Japan.
March - You can start to see the weather get considerably warmer in March with the climate reaching 11 degrees. However, Japan is a little warmer with a climate of 13 degrees.
April - April is a great time to visit China. With the climate reaching 20 degrees and 8 hours of sunshine during the day, you can really enjoy springtime in this beautiful place. Japan is very similar in the sense that it is 19 degrees in April.
May - If perhaps 20 degrees isn’t warm enough for you, you can visit China in May where the temperature will increase to 27 degrees. However, you can expect to find a slight increase in Japan in May from April’s climate, which will be 23 degrees.
June - The temperature increases ever so slightly in China in June to 30 degrees. Japan is usually 25 degrees with low in humidity.
July - With just a 1 degree increase, July in China is very similar to June at 31 degrees. In Japan, temperatures can increase up to 29 degrees.
August - August drops to 30 degrees like in June but the weather is still rather steady with 8 hours of sunshine a day. With a climate of 31 degrees in Japan, it’s easy to see why people choose this month to visit this amazing destination.
September - As Autumn begins, a change in temperature takes place in China dropping to 26 degrees. If August isn’t quite right for you but you still want the sun, visit Japan in September where temperatures can reach up to 27 degrees.
October - The temperature drops even further in October in China to 19 degrees but there is still plenty of sunshine throughout the day, with a maximum of 7 hours. October is when you can start to see a decline in the climate in Japan but at 21 degrees, you are still able to enjoy the heat.
November - As winter approaches, the temperature in China decreases considerably to 10 degrees. November is much warmer in Japan than China with a climate of 17 degrees.
December - Finally, as Christmas looms, China’s temperature drops to 3 degrees. In Japan in December you can expect to find a climate of 12 degrees.
NEED TO KNOW
Your nationality will determine whether or not you need a Visa to visit the Far East. If you are unsure, it’s a good idea to speak to your cruise line to get more information. From this they can help you decide what kind of visa you need and where to get it from.
To enter China, a passport with at least six months' validity is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. To enter Hong Kong, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by nationals in the chart above.
In order to keep safe on your travels it’s a good idea to research the areas in which you are visiting and how you can protect your health whilst you are there. Areas in the Far East may require you to receive an injection in order to prevent Hepatitis A and Japanese Encephalitis. Contact your cruise line and your GP for more information on how to stay safe whilst exploring the Far East.
WHY CHOOSE CRUISE NATION?
With amazing opportunities like those listed above, it’s easy to see why a cruise to the Far East is becoming an increasingly popular addition to everyone’s wish list. Luckily, here at Cruise Nation we have a range of cruise liners that venture to these exotic destinations. From Royal Caribbean International to Princess Cruises, there’s a whole host of ships to choose from that will certainly not disappoint.