Here we have picked out five of our favourite Asian cruise options...
1. Japan with Windstar
In March and April 2018, as the spring breezes thaw the glorious islands of Japan, you can visit the Land of the Rising Sun on board Windstar's Star Legend. UNESCO wonders abound, and you will learn about 5,000 years of culture along the way. See Edo-period gardens, exquisitely preserved samurai homes and the peace memorials of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Visit Fukuoka, the Samurai City, and Osaka, the gateway to Kyoto with great street food, bright lights and delightful night life. Visit Buddhist temples, imperial Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. And don't miss the extraordinary metropolis that is Tokyo.
2. Cambodia with Aqua Expeditions on the Mekong
The Mekong river at its delta in Vietnam throbs with vital economic activity. Further upstream, you pass into Cambodia. Two thousand years of human history flow along the Mekong River. It is
said that the rise and fall of the great Khmer civilisation, responsible for the building of Angkor Wat, was inextricably linked to the Mekong's shifting tides. Today, you can explore the region from the comfort of your Mekong river boat, the Aqua Mekong, sailing from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, then travelling onward to Siem Reap to see the iconic temples at Angkor Wat.
3. Indonesia on board Star Clipper
From May 2017, Star Clippers will operate a series of 7, 10 and 11-night sailings to a range of gorgeous islands in the Indonesian archipelago, sailing out of Bali. The tranquil beaches, untouched wilderness and national parks, inaccessible to larger cruise ships, are easily reached under sail on the magical Star Clipper. Some itineraries even visit Komodo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is the only place on earth where Komodo dragons naturally reside. For beautiful beaches, colourful fishing villages and amazing snorkelling these itineraries offer a unique Asian experience.
4. Vietnam with Silversea
The amazing scenery, rich culture and fascinating history of Vietnam captivate the visitor. In the course of a Vietnam coastal cruise you will visit some of the most beautiful spots on Earth, such as Ha Long Bay, along with amazing cities such as Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon); Hoi An, Vietnam's treasure chest of history; and Hue, the 'Imperial City of the Nguyen Emperors'. See moving memorials to the devastating war, and discover cultural treasures from another era including art, ceramics, and traditional costumes. Visit bustling markets for a kaleidoscope of colours, explore extraordinary temples and palaces, try amazing foods and soak up the atmosphere.
5. Great value explorations with Holland America Line
Holland America's Volendam explores throughout the Far East, with lots of longer cruises and back to back options which enable you to get a wide ranging overview. Cruises starting and ending in Shanghai give you the opportunity to visit China, Korea and Taiwan in the autumn and spring, whilst the winter months focus on Vietnam and Indonesia. With fares from just over £100 per person per day and free upgrades, this is a great time to choose Holland America in the Orient.