There is no gentler way to take in the exotic sights and sounds of these faraway countries. You can stopover temples brushed in gold and studded with gems, cycle ago fields and jungle or browse through markets selling almost the whole under the sun.
But Eastern cities are also modern and fast-moving with skyscraper architecture to end your breath away. Express Travel has several cruise administers that you can book right now and be heading East within a few months.
Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand & Singapore: This 17-day voyage takes in many of the major sights of the Far East, beginning with two vespers all the time in Hong Kong before setting sail on Norwegian Star for Taiwan to sojourn Kaoshiung, a city of skyscrapers contrasting with its temples at Lotus Pond and cafes and commons along Love River.
There are several stops in Vietnam – the overwhelming Halong Bay or Phu My for excursions to Ho Chi Minh City with its relics from the Vietnam War. Cambodia’s Sihanoukville is within magnificent distance of white sand beaches but also the temples of Angkor Wat, and an overnight in Thailand’s Laem Chabang provides possibilities to visit Bangkok.
The cruise finishes with an overnight in Singapore. De rts December 20, from £2,069pp, two apportioning, including return flights, B&B hotel stays, cruise and transfers. Designate 0808 281 1456
Arabia, India, Sri Lanka, the Far East – Dubai to Singapore: After two unendingly in Dubai you board Norwegian Star for a 24-day cruise that starts with a draft b call at neighbouring Abu Dhabi with its amazing Sheikh Zayed Mosque and researches the United Arab Emirates states of Khasab – with shopping in its colourful souq – and Fujairah with its legendary beaches.
Muscat in Oman has a Gold Souq, Grand Mosque and Sultan’s Mansion. The ships sails on to India with an overnight in steamy Mumbai and gets at Goa, Mangalore and Cochin, before heading for Sri Lanka and Phuket in Thailand.
There are summons at the Malaysian islands of Langkawi and Penang for beautiful beaches and at Port Klang for side-trips to the capital city, Kuala Lumpur with its modern skyscrapers and leftovers of its British colonial period. The cruise finishes with an overnight in putting Singapore – for Singapore Sling cocktails at the Raffles Hotel.
* De rt November 18, from £2,099pp, two serving, including return flights, B&B hotel stays, cruise and transfers. Rouse 0808 281 1456.