With the Port of Singapore being one of the busiest in the World and having access to excellent direct sea routes to a wide range of beautiful destinations, it is unsurprising that Singapore has become a vastly popular cruise location. With some of the most popular and breath-taking cruise liners setting sail from the country, there are some beautiful destinations and sights to take in.
With more than 10 million tourists visiting Singapore every year, there is an endless list of reasons to spend a few days before or after your cruise on the Island. With two casino resorts being built in the last decade, the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas has been recreated with an Asian twist. Singapore can be the perfect first and final leg of your cruise itinerary, customised to your tastes.
The state of Penang in Malaysia has long been attracting high profile holidaymakers including Queen Elizabeth II and was included in the bestselling '1,000 Places to See Before You Die' travel book. With stunning stretches of beach to explore, Penang is hugely popular with tourists looking for a relaxed atmosphere. Muka Head and Monkey Beach are both within the Penang National Park and offer the most pristine swimming waters on the Peninsular.
Accessed by the popular Port Klang, the capital of Malaysia is a hub of culture with the Islamic Arts Museum, Petronas Philharmonic Hall, National Art Gallery of Malaysia and more welcoming tourists in droves every year. The city is known for its impressive skyline including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower.
Thailand's largest island, Phuket attracts holidaymakers from around the World every year with its outstanding beauty, sandy beaches and diving opportunities. Fortune magazine voted Phuket as one of the World's Top 5 retirement destinations in 2005, demonstrating the relaxed nature of the island Phuket is the island's most developed beach, stretching for almost two miles and hosts a fantastic range of restaurants, nightclubs and bars.
Due to its British Colonialism until 1997, Hong Kong is often considered to be perfect example of 'East meets West', offering the best of both Worlds. Drawing from a wide range of different cultures, turning every corner in Hong Kong can be a new experience, with many traditions of centuries past still in existence today. Sports fans will find plenty to do in Hong Kong with football, basketball, swimming, badminton, table tennis, cycling and running being hugely popular, thanks in part to the British influence in the second half of the 20th century.