|Far East cruises will most likely take you to Japan and China. However, other places like Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are often to be found on many Far East cruises. Some will also take you to Thailand and India.
Many Far East cruises have Hong Kong as their starting point. Going north, the most usual destinations are Shanghai, Tianjin (for Beijing), Dalian (also China), Hiroshima, Osaka (for Kyoto), Incheon (for Seoul) and Bussan, these last two being in South Korea. If you cruise north from Hong Kong it is important to check the weather for the time of the year you want to go. In the summer months it can be very hot and humid with heavy rainfalls. In winter and well into spring it can get surprisingly cold.
If you cruise to the south from Hong Kong, to destinations like Bangkok and coastal Thailand, Malaysia (Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu) Indonesia or the Philippines, it is generally hot all year, but the complicated coastline can give big variations in the likely amounts and timing of rainfall. Usually cruise ships don't sail the wet monsoon months (June-October) because of the risk of typhoons.
A Far East Cruise is a combination of incense filled temples, clean beaches, verdant forests, buzzing markets and sophisticated cities. Some of the items that you can shop for are fine antiques, Chinese jade, elegant jewelry and fascinating silk. There are plenty of fake designer goods available in the markets. Far East cruises can be rather hectic. The climate is generally hot and humid and it is recommended that after a sticky day of sightseeing or shopping, one relaxes on the deck watching the sunset.