Set sail on an incredible 11-day cruise aboard Norwegian Sun. Tour Manila’s historic colonial-style villas, cobbled streets and the towering churches located in the Walled City (also called Intramuros) or stroll along the Manila Baywalk promenade and sample local cuisine and enjoy waterfront vistas. From Coron, kayak or paddle board Kayangan Lake – considered one of Asia’s most pristine lakes – or go diving in turquoise waters among WWII shipwrecks. In Kota Kinabalu, shop for local goods at the colourful Handicraft Market and stand in awe of the ornate gold and blue dome of the City Mosque located alongside a peaceful lagoon. Then see Muara’s ornate mosques, tour unique stilt villages located along the banks of the Sungai Brunei (Brunei River) or browse a vibrant local market.
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This former British colony brims with modern skyscrapers, ancient traditions and incredible food. A shopper’s paradise, local shops and markets offer everything imaginable, from silk to jewellery and electronics. The highest point in the city, Victoria Peak, offers sweeping views of this vibrant city. Hollywood Road’s temple and antique shops are worth exploring, or take a junk cruise and explore the magnificent bay. As Asia’s culinary capital, your gastronomic desires are sure to be fulfilled.
Discover the rich heritage of Saigon and the Mekong Delta. You won’t forget a ride on a cycle rickshaw, known locally as xích lô (“sick-low”). Sit back as your driver whisks you past pagodas, colonial architecture and vibrant markets. A nice contrast to the city is the lush countryside of rice paddies and tiny villages along the Mekong. The freshness of the food is highlighted by the phenomenal fusion of local cuisine, a unique blend of Asian spices and French cooking styles.
Feel like Thai royalty as you ride an elephant then see these clever animals show their work skills. Ko Samui is an idyllic, forested island with pristine sandy beaches, but venture inland and see majestic cascading waterfalls or a plantation where monkeys harvest coconuts. Back in town, shop for Thai silk, elegant resort clothes and handicrafts. Don’t leave the island without sampling the spicy local fare, which will pleasantly jolt your taste buds.
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