Whether you’re cruising down the Mekong or Irrawaddy, or sailing to Benoa to explore mysteries undiscovered, Southeast Asia Cruising is a unique and exciting experience. Temples, ruins, pilgrimages and more are waiting in the Far East.
Imagine journeying through Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or The Taman Ayun Royal Temple in Bali where thousands of years of religion and history have been made. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Malaysia in Penang, from Butterfly farms to Botanical Gardens. Southeast Asia is a diverse and exciting destination prime for an unforgettable vacation.
Things to Do on a Cruise to Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is the home to many up-and-coming cities and is filled with exotic cuisine that is fast becoming a favorite in America. However, this collection of nations also holds on tight to its Hindu and Buddhist cultures with expansive and shining temples dating back centuries. Continue below for sample experiences to help you make the most of your time spent cruising through Southeast Asia:
Explore the extensive temple complex of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. These stunning buildings were constructed in the 12th century and are surrounded by a protective moat.
Take a moped ride through the lively streets of Bangkok, a crowded metropolis that has bustling markets, bright colorful produce, exotic street foods and a vibrant population.
We’ve already touched on the stunning Angkor Wat, but there are amazing temples all over this land, from the extremely intricate designs of Bangkok’s temples to the Bagan Archaeological Zone in Myanmar (Burma) where at one time there were 10,000 religious structures. Now this area is still home to over 2,000 remaining temples.
Walk through the streets and the markets to find beautiful handiwork, different street foods and interesting performers, like snake charmers.
Take in the arts of Indonesia with a stop in Bali, which takes seriously its historical dances, songs and paintings.
Relax with a massage. Massage is like medicine to the people of Southeast Asia, so try all different forms of the service – from the pressure filled approach of the Thai massage to the soothing Balinese approach.
Map of Southeast Asia: