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The Symphony of Lights laser show in Hong Kong.

Courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

The Symphony of Lights laser show in Hong Kong.

Asia travel & port guides

Our original travel guides cover the best things to do & see in port

Travel guides: Asia

Cruiseable's editorial team has written the following guides to help travelers prepare for your time on shore during your cruise travels. Use them to prepare for your visit to a foreign city or port. Save bookmarked pages to your My Planner page. bookmark


A garden in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.
Region: Asia / Destination in: China
While Beijing can be enjoyed by every traveler, it truly rewards the adventurous soul. It's a safe city, with plenty of room for exploration. Although you'll be tempted to spend most of your time near Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, don't limit yourself. ... See more
Hong Kong
Region: Asia / Port in: China
This high-energy East Asia hub pulsates with fascinating street markets, high-end designer shops, dim sum restaurants and harbor traffic, yet still offers tranquil mountain trails and vestiges of colonial-era charm. Even during a short visit, cruise passengers ... See more
The Paramount Theater in the Jing'an District of Shanghai (multiple exposures).
Region: Asia / Port in: China
Shanghai is a paradox, both an anachronism and a look toward the future. The Pearl of the Orient has a rich history, replete with multiculturalism and international intrigue. After the Communist takeover, Shanghai hibernated, before beginning to reemerge in the past decade. The city has undergone a complete facelift ... See more

Myanmar (Burma)

The Great Dagon Pagoda or Golden Pagoda — officially the Shwedagon Zedi Daw — is a dazzling gilded pagoda and stupa 325 feet in height in Yangon, Myanmar. See it on a luxury river cruise aboard the AmaPura.
Region: Asia
The former Burma, Myanmar sits at the crossroads of many cultures despite its relative political isolation. Located on the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea with Bangladesh and India to the west, China to the north and Laos and Thailand to the east, Myanmar (pronounced Me-Yen-Mar) presents visitors with a dizzying array of Buddhist temples ... See more


Region: Asia
Founded in the early 19th century by Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading outpost, Singapore has turned from trading mecca to an Asian port where people from varied backgrounds have mixed, creating an Asian melange of cultures. Arab, Chinese, Indian and ... See more


A golden dragon figurine in Thailand.
Region: Asia
With its golden temples, monks in marigold robes and taxi cabs in candy-colored hues, Bangkok is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities, with magnificent palaces, navigable canals, busy markets, fabulous food and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone. ... See more
The floating market in Bangkok, Thailand.
Region: Asia
Virtually everything about Bangkok is amazing. The gorgeous beaches, fast-paced nightlife and exquisite Thai cuisine are capturing the hearts and minds of visitors everywhere. It is only in the past few years that travel to Bangkok has really exploded. But now that it has, watch out. ... See more
Koh Racha Island in Phuket Province, Thailand.
Region: Asia
Phuket is among Thailand's most popular tourist areas and one of the top tourist destinations in Asia. What used to be a small tin-mining community has been transformed into a vacation haven where beach, sea, sun and a fair amount of hedonistic revelry are the draws. ... See more

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