Asia is an incredibly diverse group of countries. Whether you’re seeking ultra-modern clean and tidy cities, incredible history or the cacophonous chaos of traditional life crossed with contemporary living, Asia has a range of options to suit all needs.
You can depart on a cruise from close to home and take the long luxurious journey to Asia by ship. Or, you can fly into an Asian port and depart from there, ensuring maximum time exploring new and exciting cities. Here’s why Princess is perfect for exploring Asia, and a look at just a few of the wonderful places you might see.
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A Princess cruise in Asia will give you options. Onboard, there may be several languages spoken and an incredible array of cruise lovers of many nationalities, but information will always be available in English, so you know what’s going on. Food options offer the best of both worlds too. Be prepared for an exciting encounter with a new culture, particularly when you step ashore - but rest assured you will enjoy a cruising experience very similar to the one you get in the South Pacific.
Every minute you are on a Princess cruise, you will be lavishly looked after. Award-winning food from a range of restaurants on board will satisfy even the fussiest diner. Everything from perfectly executed Asian food through to home-cooked comforts ensures you and your stomach are cared for.
You won’t be bored either, with onboard entertainment that surpasses all expectations. Dazzling stage sets and talented performers create high-quality production shows that rival Broadway. Of course, there are also gyms, pools, a casino, art gallery, shopping, basketball, golf, dancing classes and even a book club and onboard library! Whew!
Singapore is the commercial centre of Southeast Asia. It’s home to four million people and is a hotchpotch blend of modern glittering glass buildings, traditional Chinese shop-houses with the iconic red-tiled roofs, Victorian-era buildings, Buddhist temples and Arab souks. There’s so much to see here - from the botanic gardens with the national orchid garden to the world-famous Raffles Hotel with the famous Singapore Sling.
You can visit Singapore Zoo, one of the best zoos in the world with its wide open spaces, or at the other end of the spectrum, visit Orchard Road, where you can shop and eat for hours. The blend of Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Hindu and Christian religions make Singapore a melting pot culture like no other. The Majestic Princess spends a lot of time in Singapore, so check out her itineraries.
For any traveller, Bali holds secrets and mysteries that are irresistible. The pull of sacred temples hidden deep in forests, friendly locals with amazing traditional art skills, as well as the exotic traditional Balinese dance all combine to make Benoa a must-visit. If you like nature, visit Ubud monkey forest, which has 340 Balinese long-tailed monkeys—just hang onto your possessions and don’t take food in with you. Or, you can delve into Taman Ayun Temple’s 500 years of history. Bali is a romantic destination, too, perfect for couples cruises. Head there on the Sun Princess for the trip of a lifetime.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Vietnam is a country shaped by its past. It’s moved forward since the American War, but somehow, stayed the same. You can see evidence of the war in the Cu Chi Tunnel networks stretched underneath the city. Explore the Jade Emperor Pagoda or walk down Dong Khoi Street, with artisan stores and tempting food. Make sure to try Bo Pho while you’re here; this soup with noodles is filling, satisfying, delicious and addictive. The Diamond Princess will take you to Ho Chi Minh City on some of her exciting itineraries.
Tokyo was a small fishing village until the 17th century. Since then, its race to keep pace with the modern world has been astonishing. The resulting city is a mix of the ancient and startlingly modern. Head to the waterfront to view the city from the top of the Ferris wheel, and then try sushi at any number of waterfront bars. Or explore Sens?-ji, a temple built in 645 AD to honour Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Or Tokyo Imperial Palace may interest you, with scenic and quiet gardens surrounding this piece of Tokyo history. There are plenty of options for Princess cruises around Japan, many starting and departing from Tokyo. If you’re visiting at the right time, you might just catch the cherry blossoms.
Busan, South Korea
Your entry into South Korea, Busan shows the sophistication of the Korean culture. During the Korean War, Busan was where much of the fighting happened, and the United Nations Memorial Cemetery is the final home for soldiers from 16 countries that died during the war.
You could take a tour of Gyeong-Ju Bulguksa Temple and Tumuli Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Buddhist shrine that was built in the 7th Century. It’s filled with tombs of the royal Silla Dynasty. Visit Beomeosa Temple, built around 1300 years ago, or if you prefer more modern attractions, head to the Oryukdo Skywalk, a glass bridge that takes you out over a cliff-top so you can watch the waves crashing beneath you.
If any of these destinations give you itchy feet, explore the cruises that Princess offer and book yours today!