Far East

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Explore the mysterious Far East with its diverse cultures, exotic scenery and vibrant cities. Most cruises visit several countries, including Hong Kong and China, Thailand and Vietnam, Indonesia and Bali.

Cruises in the far eastern summer are geared to the local market in China and Japan; the weather can be warm and humid.

In the autumn and spring ships may cruise the ports of Asia en route to Australia, others will follow a number of itineraries throughout the northern European winter. Popular routes include Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong, and further south Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, perhaps extending into Indonesia and Borneo. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and the coast of Vietnam are popular, with the limestone islands of Halong Bay a highlight.

Far East Port Guide

Alotau (Papua New Guinea)
Alotau is the capital of Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea, and the gateway to its remote islands and coral reef. Close to the harbour are markets selling fruit, seafood and staple goods for the local population, with more facilities in town. This area was the scene of fierce fighting in 1942 between the Allied Forces and the Japanese. There is a war memorial in the town
Amarapura means City of Immortality. It was the capital of Myanmar during the Konbaung period. Today, it is a township of Mandalay and home to the famous U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge which crosses Taungthaman Lake. The best time to visit the bridge is just after sunrise when many monks and villagers commute across it.
Angkor Wat
The Angkor Archaeological Park is has one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angkor Wat is the best-preserved and most iconic of the Angkor temple complex, built in the early 12th century to honour the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple took over 30 years to be completed by King Suryavarman II
Aomori (Japan)
Aomori is situated in the Tohpku region of Japan below the Hakkoda Mountains. The prominent triangular building in the town is the Aspam tourism centre, giving details of the hot spring resort of Asamushi Onsen and rural apple orchards nearby. In Aomori is the Folklore Museum, and Ukiyoe woodblock paintings at the Munakata Shiko Museum. Accessible by train is Lake Towada and the scenic Shimokita Peninsula.
Bagan (Burma)
Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan during the 9th and 13th centuries. Over 10,000 Buddhist temples and monasteries were built, of which approximately 3000 still remain. Highlights include the revered Ananda Temple and the spectacular Shwzigon Pagoda, the holiest site in Bagan.
Bali (Indonesia)
The resort island of Bali has two main ports, Benoa and Pedang Bay, both in the south. North of Pedang Bay is the Blue Lagoon, a reef rich in marine life, and both ports are close to the sandy beaches for which Bali is famous. Inland are paddy fields, rain forests and volcanoes. Sights include the murals at Kerta Gosa Courthouse and 13th-century Kehen Temple in Pedang.
Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei)
Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital of Brunei, which occupies the north-eastern area of the island of Borneo. The port has a water taxi service to the water village of Kampong Ayer, built on stilts and criss-crossed by wooden walkways. The wealth of the Sultanate of Brunei is on show at the gold-domed Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and in the Royal Regalia Building, housing cornonation chariots, ceremonial armory and jewels.
Bangkok (Laem Chabang, Thailand)
Laem Chabang is the Thailand's main deep-sea port, and the chief entry-point for visitors to Bangkok. It is best-known for its world-class golf courses, notably the International Country Club designed by Jack Nicklaus. 10 miles south is the resort of Pattaya which has theme parks and a coral reef which can be explored by submarine.
Beijing (Tianjin, China)
Tianjin is the port for Beijing and its many attractions. At the heart of Beijing is the Forbidden City, which is more than five centuries old and has 9,999 refurbished rooms. Around Tiananmen Square are Mao's Mausoleum, the ornate Heavenly Peace Gate and the Qianmen, or Front Gate. Visits can be made to the Great Wall of China and the Sacred Way ' leading to Ming Dynasty tombs - from Beijing.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world and one of the most biodiverse areas on earth. It is home to approximately 15,000 varieties of flowering plant, mammal and bird species. Many national parks have been established on the island. At Gunung Palung, orangutans can be seen in the wild.
Busan (South Korea)
The large port of Busan is South Korea's main seaport and its capital, combining high-rise tower blocks with Buddhist temples and parkland. The city has the world's largest department store, Shinsegae, and the interesting Ja-Gal-Ch'i Fish Market, set up by female refugees from the Korean War. Temples include ancient Pulguk-sa and Beomeo-sa, and within reach is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gyeong-ju, the old capital of the Silla Dynasty.
Cheju (South Korea)
Jeju is the largest city on the South Korean island of the same name. It is a popular resort with Korean and Japanese holidaymakers, and the island has many areas of natural beauty. Jeongbang Waterfall, the Sanbang Cave Buddhist Temple on the slopes of Mount Sanbang, and the 500 rock pillars of Yeongsilgiam are the main ones. Horses roam free at the foot of Mount Halla
The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is one of Chengdu’s most popular attractions. The enclosures house around 120 giant pandas and 76 red pandas. Other highlights include the Tomb of Wang Jian, decorated with carvings of musicians and the Jinsha Site Museum which contains ruins of the Shu kingdom.
Da Nang (Vietnam)
This friendly city is developing as a tourist destination in its own right, having good sandy beaches and being close to the caves, grottos and Buddhist temples of the Marble Mountains. The main reason for visiting however, is Da Nang's proximity to My Son, the ruined capital of the Champa Kingdom; the lovely city of Hoi An and its pagoda bridge and tailors, and the grand imperial city of Hue.
Fuzhou (China)
Fuzhou lies on the Min River. The city is 2000 years old, and ancient buildings stand alongside soaring skyscrapers, surrounded by the Fu Mountains. It is also known as Banyan City for the many banyan trees planted between the 10th and 13th centuries. The tiered structures of the Black and the White pagodas face each other across the city, which has several hot springs and a reputation for gourmet food.
Halong Bay (Vietnam)
The thousands of vertical limestone karsts and islands of Ha Long Bay are a memorable sight. Topped off with jungle vegetation, some of the islands are hollow and contain large cave chambers, whilst others like Cat Ba are inhabited and offer facilities for tourists. Floating villages with a population of fishermen can be seen during cruises through the bay.
Hanoi (Vietnam)
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and renowned for its spectacular colonial architecture and ancient temples. Highlights include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, the One-pillar Pagoda, a historic Buddhist temple and the Temple of Literature founded by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. Hanoi serves as the gateway to the dramatic limestone cliffs of Halong Bay.
Hiroshima (Japan)
Now a city of broad avenues, Hiroshima was all but obliterated by the nuclear bomb dropped in 1945, and this human disaster is commemorated at the Peace Memorial, which is dedicated to the promotion of world peace. Places to visit include the re-built Hiroshima Castle, the miniature Shukkeien Garden and its tea houses, and the island of Mihajima, backed by wooded hills and famous for the huge red O-torii gate in the bay.
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Large cruise ships reach Ho Chi Minh City via the Saigon River and berth in the port of Phu My, whilst smaller vessels can approach along the Mekong Delta. Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has many places of interest, including the Cu Chi Tunnels which hid the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War; Reunification Hall, once the Presidential Palace, and the temples and Pagodas of the Cholon Chinatown district.
Hoi An (Vietnam)
Hoi An is a picturesque town of well-preserved ancient buildings, Chinese-style shophouses, and famous for its covered pagoda bridge, its tailors, and colourful lanterns. It is World Heritage Listed for its importance as a 15th to 19th-century trading port, with a mixture of local and foreign architectural styles. The Museum of Trade ceramics is housed in an interesting old Hoi An home.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the world's busiest ports. The cruise terminal in Victoria Harbour is within walking distance of markets and restaurants, set against a skyline of futuristic skyscrapers, and junks and sampans plying the harbour. Stanley Market sells a range of goods, and an historic tramway takes visitors up Victoria Peak for panoramic views. Dining in floating restaurants, shopping in Causeway Bay and visiting Man Mo Temple are popular Hong Kong experiences
Hue (Vietnam)
The World Heritage Site of Hue can be visited from Chan May or Da Nang. This exquisite city was once Vietnam's capital, built beside the Perfume River in the early 19th century, and contains a Forbidden City, pagodas, tombs, palaces, temples and lakes. It was described by the Director General of UNESCO in 1981 as 'a masterpiece of urban poetry', whose treasures include the six-tiered Thien Mu Pagoda, the Citadel and the Emperor's Tomb.
Inwa, formerly known as Ava was the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries. Sights include the magnificent Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery, an impressive example of Myanmar architecture, the Nanmyint Watch Tower also known as the Leaning Tower of Inwa and the Bargaya monastery, supported by 267 teak posts.
Java (Semarang, Indonesia)
The island of Java is the administrative and economic heart of Indonesia. In the northern port of Semarang is Sam Po Kong temple, built during the Ming Dynasty, and beyond, the World Heritage Site of Borobudur, one of the finest Buddhist temples in the world. Shoppers will find a wide variety of crafts and antiques in Jakarta. The rural scenery is dominated by a string of volcanoes, beaches and tropical islands off the north coast.
Keelung (Taiwan)
Taiwan's capital, Taipei is served by the busy container port of Keelung. It has several interesting old forts including Gongzih Liao and Baimiwong, and a colourful fish market at Kanziding. Outside the ornate Dianji temple are snack stalls selling Maiokou, and swimmers can visit the long coastal stretch at Waimu Shan seashore, made up of cliffs, beaches and a swimming pool, or go to picturesque Heping Island, attached by bridge to Keelung.
Ko Samui (Thailand)
Ko Samui is the second most popular island destination in Thailand after Phuket. Ko Samui is noted for its natural beauty - white sandy beaches, coral reef and crystal clear water. There are two picturesque waterfalls at Na Muang with a natural swimming pool, and on the north coast is a famous 12-meter-high statue of Buddha. At Wat Kunaram is one of the many mummified monks of Ko-Samui, this one on display.
Kobe (Japan)
The lively cosmopolitan city of Kobe is associated with fashion, jazz and the highly prized Kobe Beef, and its futuristic skyscrapers house headquarters of international corporations like Mitsubishi, Nestle and Proctor and Gamble. Along with a thriving contemporary culture, Kobe has the 13th-century Taisanji temple, and the wonderful hot spring of Arima Onsen behind Mount Rokko, which can be reached by a variety of quirky funiculars, cable cars and a ropeway.
Komodo Island (Indonesia)
The Indonesian island of Komodo is one of the few places to see the remarkable Komodo Dragon, the world's heaviest lizard which grows up to 10 feet and a weight of 200lbs. Visitors can observe them soaking up the sun on the riverbanks from the safety of a protective enclosure. Komodo also has a dazzling variety of exotic plants, coral reefs, mangroves and a population of orange-footed scrub fowl and Timor deer.
Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia)
The busy port of Kota Kinabalu is a major Malaysian tourist destination, overlooked by Mount Kinabalu and the gateway to Borneo's Kinabalu National Park. The waterfront area of Anjung Samudra has restaurants, cafes and a nightclub, and the scenic North Borneo Railway runs from the city. Along the coast are stilt villages and the long beach of Tanjung Aru, shaded by casuarina trees. Trips may include Rafflesia Forest Reserve, where the world's largest flower grows.
Kuching (Sarawak)
Kuching was the first major port in Sarawak and lies just outside the city. Kuching city was once the home of the White Rajahs who founded the Kingdom of Sarawak, and the Astana Palace Gardens, built by the second White Rajah, Charles Brooke, are open to the public. Other places of interest are the Main Bazaar, Chinatown, old Chinese shophouses and the nearby orang utan orphanage at Semenggoh.
Langkawi (Malaysia)
Langkawi is the main island of a group separated from mainland Malaysia by the Straits of Malacca. Langkawi Island has been awarded World Geopark status by UNESCO, and there are now three visitor parks in the Geopark. Another attraction in Langkawi is the cable car to the top of Gunung Mat Chinchang at 705m above sea level for spectacular views over the island.
Madang (Papua New Guinea)
This picturesque port is close to the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea and is a popular destination for divers, with an array of lagoons, outer islands and reefs. There are views to the Bismarck and Finisterre mountains across farmland, and Madang's local market sells jewellery made from shells, carvings, and pots made in the surrounding villages. The film 'Robinson Crusoe' was shot in Balek Wildlife Sanctuary, where you will find jungle walks, caves and hot springs
Malacca (Malaysia)
Malacca is a multicultural capital with many different traditions, combining elements of Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the British rule until 1957. Visit the centre on foot or in one of the many rickshaws. Old junks still sail up the river, and the whole city is full of narrow streets lined with Chinese shops, small antique shops, temples and traces of colonial rule such as Portuguese Fort A Famosa and Dutch St Johns Fort.
Male (Maldives)
Male is the principal port of the Maldives, a jumble of skyscrapers, old buildings and markets. Majeedhee Magu is the main road on the island, bordered with shops selling everything from perfume to electronics. The town is surrounded by sea walls and has an artificial beach and a wide variety of restaurants.17th-century Hukuru Mosque is worth a visit for its black coral walls, engraved beams and panels decorated with carved Arabic writings.
Mandalay (Burma)
Mandalay was once the capital of Myanmar. Today, it is the second largest city in the country after Yangon. Highlights include the Bronze Mahamuni Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, said to contain the world’s largest book and the Shwenandaw monastery, filled with wood carvings. Some cruiselines offer excursions to nearby Amarapura, home to the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge.
Manila (Philippines)
The Philippines’ main port and capital is bounded by volcanic peaks. With a skyline of skyscrapers, the city is divided into six districts. The Makati area is its commercial heart and in Chinatown is the Buddhist tenmple of Kuang Kong. In the historic Intramuras area you can tour by calesa, a traditional horse-drawn carriage, to see Fort Santiago, the Rizal Shrine, Manila Cathedral and the Spanish architecture of Casa Manila on Plaza San Luis.
Nagasaki (Japan)
Nagasaki district is spread across 971 islands with national parks and the volcanic peak of Unzen-dake. The atmospheric Sofukuji Temple was built in 1629 for the city's Chinese residents, and Nagasaki's Shinchi Chinatown district is Japan's oldest. Nagasaki Peace Park commemorates the atomic bomb which fell on the city in August 1945, and on the hill-top at Glover Garden, mansions of British merchants are now part of an open-air museum.
Nagoya (Japan)
South of Tokyo, Nagoya is one of Japan's largest ports and has a well-developed harbour at Garden Pier with an aquarium, malls, and the Fuji Icebreaker which explored the Antarctic in the 1960s, now a museum. Noritake and Toyota are based around Nagoya, and both have interesting public displays in the city. Atsuta Shrine is surrounded by woodland, and the re-built Nagoya Castle houses a museum.
Naha (Japan)
Naha is situated on Okinawa Island in the East China Sea. The main shopping mall is Palette Kumoji which can be found on Kokusai-dori, a long street of shops, restaurants and bars. 400 metres south is Tsuboya, the pottery district with workshops and museums. Shuri Castle is a World Heritage Site with an impressive, red-pillared gate, the Shureimon, and nearby is Tamaudaun Mausoleum which contains three royal burial chambers.
New Mangalore (India)
New Mangalore port is situated in Panambur north of the Gurupura river. Besides the beautiful beach of Tanniru Bhavi, places to visit in Panambur include Nandaneshwara temple. There are many more temples in Mangalore itself, the most famous being Shir Sharavu Mahaganapathy, where devotees gather during religious festivals. Mangalore is considered a scenic city, shaded with coconut palms and crossed by hills and streams.
Nha Trang (Vietnam)
Nha Trang is an international tourist resort set in a beautiful bay. More lively and urban in character than other Vietnam beach destinations, it is the scuba diving centre of Vietnam. Local artwork can be found on Doc Lop Street and to visit the beaches of Hon Tre Island, take the hi-level Vinpearl Cable Car. Po Nagar Cham Towers are an elaborate series of 8th-century towers and temples on Cu Lao Mountain.
Okinawa (Okinawa, Japan)
Okinawa is an island in the East China Sea, and the most southerly region of Japan. The main port is Naha, where the main sights are the vermillion-coloured World Heritage Site of Shuri Castle, the pottery district of Tsuboya and the impressive Tamaudun Mausoleum with its three burial chambers. The long central street of Kokusai-dori has shops, restaurants and bars and the large Palette Kumoji shopping mall.
Osaka (Japan)
With a population of over five million, Osaka is Japan's second-largest city and a thriving metropolis. The Umeda Sky Building has two towers joined by the Floating Garden Observatory on the 39th floor, and Minami is the neon-lit shopping and entertainment district. Osaka was once Japan's capital, and there are remnants of its historic past ' 16th-century Osaka Castle has been partially re-built and in its Nishinomaru Garden there are 600 cherry trees and a tea house.
Penang (Malaysia)
Founded by the British in 1786, Penang was under British control until Malaysian independence in 1957. Its capital George Town (named after George III) is now a World Heritage Site, recognised for its unique architectural and cultural townscape. Rows of 100-year-old shophouses, colonial villas, and a banking and commercial heritage give George Town its distinctive atmosphere. Penang's long-standing Chinese population has also created a distinctive cuisine, elaborate nyonya kebaya costume and handicrafts.
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Phnom Penh is a busy, noisy city, still recovering from the horrors of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Itineraries often include trips to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and the grim Tuol Sleng or S21 Detention Centre. Less harrowing is the Royal Palace, and its two magnificent pagodas - the Silver Pagoda and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the historic hill-top temple complex of Wat Phnom.
Phuket (Thailand)
Phuket is Thailand's largest island, connected to the mainland by a bridge. It's noted for its beaches, bars, restaurants, spas, exotic markets, boutiques and nightlife. The last remaining parcel of virgin rain forest in Thailand is in Khao Phra National Park. There are several Buddhist temples, including Chalong Wat and its Grand Pagoda and among the many lovely beaches is Phang-Nga Bay which is spectacularly dotted with limestone karsts.
Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur)
Port Klang is the port for the capital, Kuala Lumpur, roughly 40km away. There is little of interest apart from the stilt village and local seafood served on the mangrove-covered island of Pulau Ketam, which can be reached by ferry in 30 minutes from Port Klang. In Kuala Lumpur, see Petronas Towers, the Moorish Sultan Abdul Samed building, and the narrow streets of Chinatown. North is the important Hindu shrine at Batu Caves.
Pusan (South Korea)
The large port of Pusan is South Korea's main seaport and its capital, combining high-rise tower blocks with Buddhist temples and parkland. The city has the world's largest department store, Shinsegae, and the interesting Ja-Gal-Ch'i Fish Market, set up by female refugees from the Korean War. Temples include ancient Pulguk-sa and Beomeo-sa, and within reach is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gyeong-ju, the old capital of the Silla Dynasty.
Rabaul (Papua New Guinea)
Rabaul port is on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea's largest island, New Britain Island, which is covered by tropical rainforest and surrounded by coral reefs. The town was rebuilt after World War II, but heavily damaged by the eruption of Tavurvur in 1994. An extensive tunnel network was built by the Japanese around Simpson Harbour, and the Kokopo War and Cultural Museum has a collection of Japanese war relics.
Sabah (Sandakan, Borneo)
Sandakan port is in Malaysian territory on the island of Borneo, scenically positioned between sea and cliffs, and was once the capital of British North Borneo. Close to the port is the shopping and restaurant area of Sandakan Harbor Square and other attractions include the Pug Gih Jih Chinese temple and the English teahouse at Newlands. Calls to Sandakan usually include a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
The former royal capital of Sagaing is an important religious site, famous for its hundreds of monasteries. Highlights include the magnificent Sun-U-Ponya-Shin pagoda located at the top of Sagaing Hill, the Uminthonese Pagoda which contains 43 colourful Buddhist statues and the large Kaunghmundaw Pagoda with its golden egg shaped dome.
Sanya (China)
This tourist resort on Hainan Island has a tropical atmosphere, and the scenic, 4-mile long Yalong Bay where there are watersports on offer. Snack vendors and barbecue stands can be found in Sanya around the clock. On the coast nearby is Tianya Haijiao, an area of interesting rock formations, some inscribed with poems. The island's landscape is mountainous, and crossed by rivers and valleys.
Seoul (Incheon, South Korea)
Incheon is a large South Korean port, global business centre and Free Economic Zone, which is home to the country's tallest building, the Northeast Asia Trade Tower. An observation deck is open to the public on the 65th floor. Stores, designer shops and restaurants are located in the underground market area of Bupyeong and there is a ferris wheel at Songdo Resort. Ferries cross to Incheon Islands, which have hiking trails and beaches.
Shanghai (China)
Shanghai port sits at the head of the Yangtze and Huangpu Rivers. To the south is Hangzhou Bay where a spectacular 20-mile-long bridge connects Shanghai to its offshore deep-water port. Shanghai has many attractions, including the shops along Nanjing Road, the Jade Buddha Temple, and the superb Ming Dynasty landscape of Jichang Garden. Art Deco and colonial buildings can be found in the waterfront Bund District, with views of the Pearl Oriental TV Tower.
Siem Reap (Cambodia)
Siem Reap is the stepping-off point for visits to the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. In Siem Reap itself, there are French shop-houses, and tree-lined avenues beside the river. The Angkor National Museum has displays tracing the history of the complex, and a short distance away by tuk-tuk is Kampong Phluk Floating Village, built on stilts in a mangrove forest. Siem Reap has good restaurants and several luxurious spas.
Sihanoukville (Cambodia)
The port town of Sihanoukville is an attractive beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand. There are watersports on offer along the beaches, where there are thatched beach umbrellas and seaside cafes. Sihanoukville has several temples in leafy surroundings, including the lovely hillside Wat Leu and its carved white elephant. In the Downtown area are markets, bars and cafes.
The large cruise and container port of Singapore is a fifteen-minute taxi drive away from the city centre. The old district of this ex-colonial city has a British flavour, as exemplified by the famous Raffles Hotel. There are plenty of other attractions, including the shopping district of Orchard Road, the ornate buildings of Chinatown, the Chinese garden and its pagodas, the richly-decorated Sri Mariamman temple and the Botanical Gardens.
Sumatra (Indonesia)
Located in western Indonesia, Sumatra is an island of extraordinary beauty with towering volcanoes and dense jungles home to an abundance of wildlife. Many species are endangered including the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant and Sumatran orangutan.
Taipei (Taiwan)
Taipei is the capital of Taiwan and home to many famous buildings including Taipei 101, once the world’s tallest building, the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek and the magnificent Dalongdong Baoan Temple. With Chinese, Japanese and Western influences, Taipei has a fascinating mix of cultures.
Three Gorges (China)
The Three Gorges region is a beautiful stretch of the Yangtze River. Qutang Gorge is the shortest of the three gorges but the most dramatic, Wu Gorge is known for its forest-covered mountains and Xiling Gorge is the longest. The Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydropower project in the world is located in the middle of the Xiling Gorge. Some cruiselines offer excursions to the Lesser Three Gorges on the Daning River – Dragon Gate, Misty and Emerald.
Tokyo (Japan)
Cruise ships arrive at the Harumi Passenger Terminal, where there are good views of Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge and the futuristic skyline. Once in this lively city, the tourist attractions include the moated Imperial Palace, the mature gardens of Koishikawa Korakuen, and Asakusa, which is admired for its flavour of old Tokyo and the 7th-century Buddhist temple of Sensoji. The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka Forest has innovative displays of animation from the famous Studio Ghibli which created the film 'Princess Mononoke'.
Tonle Sap (Cambodia)
Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia is a UNESCO Biosphere known for its tranquil fishing villages. It is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia during the wet season and home to an abundance of wildlife including crocodiles, macaques and otter. Fishing is the main source of income however the flood plains are used to grow vegetables. Angkor, the capital which is located on the northeastern edge of the lake is a designated World Heritage site.
Ujung Pandang (Indonesia)
Ujung Pandang has been renamed Makassar, and is the largest city on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Fort Rotterdam on the waterfront is a remnant of Indonesia's Dutch colonial past, and now houses the La Galigo Museum. Makassar is also the site for one of the world's largest indoor theme parks, Trans Studio. The cluster of islands offshore can be admired from Losari beach and its Esplanade, and in Paotere Port, schooners and traditional local boats frequently tie up along the quay.
Yangon (Burma)
Yangon was founded in the 11th-century as a fishing village and transformed into a major hub during the colonial era. Today, it is the largest city in Myanmar and home to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, a spectacular Buddhist temple and the most important religious site in the country.
Yokohama (Japan)
Yokohama port has an interesting construction, built below a park and flowing boardwalks. The city of waterfront high-rise buildings has Japan's largest Chinatown district, with colourful gated entrances and many food stands, and the unique Shinyokohama Raumen Museum dedicated to the history and sale of the Japanese noodle dish. Traditional Japanese landscapes and buildings are laid out in the large Sankeien garden.
Da Nang
Halong Bay
Ko Samui