South East Asia covers a wide area whose waters are scattered
with idyllic islands, so a cruise enables you to get a wonderful
overview of this remarkable region. It's an incredibly diverse
place, home to some of the friendliest, most welcoming people you
will ever meet.
Thailand's capital Bangkok is an eclectic mix of stunning
palaces, shimmering temples and atmospheric markets, while further
north the pace of life is slower, and the green hills surrounding
Chiang Mai are perfect for excursions into more rural areas. To the
south, you'll find beautiful Islands such as Koh Samui and Koh Phi
Phi, where the beaches are tantalisingly white and the waters are
Malaysia, Thailand's southern neighbour, has the rice paddies of
the Cameron Highlands, the ancient Taman Negara rainforest, great
beaches and the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia also shares
the wildlife paradise of Borneo with Indonesia and the tiny
Sultanate of Brunei. The Indonesian archipelago is made up of
17,508 islands, and is littered with volcanoes, as are the
Philippines further east. The Philippines is also home to the
spectacular Banaue rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
October to February is the best time to visit the west coast of
Thailand and particularly Myanmar which can be reached on 14 night
itineraries departing from Singapore. December to April is a
pleasant time visit the areas around the Gulf of Thailand, Java Sea
and South China Sea.