We’re sure we are all aware of famous cruises such as the Harmony of the Seas, Carnival Vista, and the allure of the sea. Now do not take us wrong, all those are beautiful and extravagant, but over the years, they have become quietly overrated. Not only do they offer the same experiences all the time, but the conditions on those large ships are not necessarily what you’d expect, as it has been reported that often the air on those massive ships is more polluted than the most polluted cities in the world. We would recommend a much smaller ship that is less crowded.
Here’s a list of a few destinations that would make for a great luxury Asia cruise, but are either underrated or haven’t even been explored in that sense:
Tioman Island, Malaysia
While on the island, one could enjoy the Mining Cove, the most eco-friendly place on the island, The Bagus place retreat, as well as the Golden City. All in all, Tioman is a great southeast Asia cruise destination.
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
There are various historical and unusual sights to visit in the region, some of which include:
• The Cai Rang floating market, which is a laid-back market floating on the sea, a must-see cultural sight
• One could also visit the Tram Chim Natural park which hosts three-quarters of the Delta region’s birds, among which is Sarus Crane, the tallest flying bird in the world.
Koh Tao Island, Thailand
Shodoshima Island, Japan
Shodoshima Island is an island located in the inland sea of Japan. Although the island is a popular tourist attraction, it is only known as a domestic tourist destination.
Some of the best things to do in Timor Island are:
• The Dili waterfront, unlike most beaches on popular cruise lines, the Dili waterfront is perfect for enjoying the sight of the beautiful clear turquoise water, in utter tranquillity.
• Timor Island is home to different ethnicities and people of various religious backgrounds. It is, therefore, one of the best and most authentic destinations to stop at while on a relaxing cruise.
Pulau Ubin, Singapore
In addition to that, there is a broad walk that allows visitors to observe the plant and animal life at a closer range.
Mabul Island, Malaysia
On a small cruise, you could make a stop at Mabul Island, to enjoy the following:
• The Island has historical sites that may be explored with the aid of the residents of the two villages on the island.
Malapascua Island, The Philippines
The Surin Islands, Thailand
Again, it is way better to opt for a smaller Asia cruise ship. This is because, not only is it better for the environment, but you get to go where big ships can’t go on smaller cruises, you have the option of personalized service, you can swim off the boat, you have the freedom of getting o and off as you please and you get to eat proper mouth-watering home-cooked meals.
The destinations mentioned above will definitely quench your thirst for adventure on a small ship.
2021 update: Please note this is a very old post that does not necessarily reflect our views regarding sustainable tourism anymore. Thanks for your understanding.