With some of its island nations just shy of four hours away, it makes sense that Asia is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. A dizzying blend of bustling cities, traditional villages, and some of the most unique natural landscapes in the world – Asia truly has something for everybody.
From the natural beauty of Southeast Asia to the history of China to the modern metropolises of Japan, Asia is every bit as diverse as its people.
Places such as Thailand, Bali in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Hong Kong are becoming increasingly popular with tourists. While this has translated into an abundance of affordable flights and a variety of accommodation options, it’s also meant bigger crowds to contend with.
Taste of Thailand
Spend five nights on board the billion-dollar Ovation of the Seas—one of the most technologically advanced ships to trace the dramatic coastlines of Southeast Asia. Stop at Phuket, observe village life in Penang, and see the glittering skyscrapers of Singapore.
Giving visitors a taste of the diversity that makes Southeast Asia so fascinating, this tour takes visitors through three very different countries: exotic Thailand, colonial Malaysia, and bustling Singapore.
Editor’s Note: While Phuket gets a bit of a bad wrap as a party destination, there’s certainly plenty of different things to do in Phuket for those looking to get adventurous. While in Singapore, I’d also recommend taking a Singapore food crawl.
Ultimate Southeast Asia
Canvas Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia for 14 nights on board P&O’s Pacific Eden. Ride a tuk tuk, kayak through national parks, visit historic and sacred sites, and shop to your heart’s content at village markets and boutique malls. The spacious suites and round the clock entertainment will keep the whole family occupied throughout this cruise!
This two week tour packs in the very best that Southeast Asia has to offer, hitting all of the region’s most popular tourist destinations while keeping you in the comfort of a luxury liner.
Editor’s Note: These are some of my absolute favourite countries in the world. From exploring Singapore’s Peranakan culture to cycling Koh Yao Noi in Thailand to my unforgettable Sabah farm stay – Southeast Asia is just alive with possibilities.
Board the remastered Queen Mary 2 for 13 nights of luxury, upon which you’ll travel between Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.
This cruise includes a number of shore tours that take you through historic temples and mosques, touring through vibrant floating villages, and into the heart of bustling cities for scenic, open-top bus tours.
Featuring both the cosmopolitan cities of Hong Kong & Singapore, and the off the beaten path charms of Vietnam and Brunei – this cruise is shore to entertain even the most experienced Southeast Asian tourist.
Singapore to Japan
Explore North Asia from a new vantage point. Traveling from Singapore to Japan, you’ll stop along the way in Thailand, Vietnam, China, and South Korea. This cruise is for those wanting an extended adventure – with a total of 22 nights on board the Norwegian Jewel, enjoying options for foodies and entertainment buffs alike!
Editor’s Note: This is especially tempting tour as it features the historically rich regions of China and South Korea. These two countries have been my adopted homes for a combined six years, and you’ll find a wealth of articles on this site about both China and Korea.
Best of China
If you hate not seeing land—a cruise is probably out for you, right? Wrong!
It’s possible to enjoy all the perks of a luxury cruise liner with the added bonus of continual views on board an Asian River Cruise. Take in the cities of Beijing, Yichang, Chongqing, Xi’an, and Shanghai as you trade the ocean for the mighty Yangtze River.
This loop of China will take you to fascinating places over 13 days on board APT’s Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.
Editor’s Note: You’ll find a wealth of content on both Beijing’s fascinating hutongs and Shanghai here on Aussie on the Road, while Adventures Around Asia has you covered with her detailed introduction to Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors.
Have you ever taken a cruise in Asia?