Escape to delightful flavours and dazzling sights in Asia

Jun 5 2015

Culturally and traditionally, Asia is every travelers dream destination. It offers its visitors the chance to experience ancient temples belonging to various religions and cultures. It is also a continent with some of the densest cities in the world, and at the same time, offers breathtaking island paradise locations.

Asian food consists of delicious flavours of sweet and sour, hot and spicy, and a contrasting bitterness with a dash of refreshing zing! Asian ingredients include (but are not limited to): ginger, chilli, lemon grass, lime, soy sauce, fish sauce and coconut milk.

Malaysia has some of the most exquisite scuba diving and white water rafting in the world, and offers jungle tours as well as a number of Zoo’s for you to visit. If you’re here for the shopping and prefer to stay city-bound, well then Kuala Lumpur will thrill you to the core, especially when you behold the Petronas Towers


After an exciting day of scuba diving or traipsing around the jungle, concrete or natural – take a loadoff and indulge in some delicious Malay cuisine. With its emphasis on spices, coconut milk, shrimp paste, chillies, onions and garlic, be prepared for an experience your taste buds will love you for.


In Thailand, make sure you have a Thai massage at least once, preferably on the beach as you soak up the sun’s rays and occasionally sip on your delicious cocktail. The cities and even towns are bustling with loads of shopping hotspots where you can pick up electronic goods, clothes, and other mementos from your holiday. Take a boat tour of the islands, catch a sunset on the beach, go snorkelling, sea canoeing or rock climbing for the time of your life in Thailand.

Thai cuisine is full of aromatics with a spicy zing added to some of the dishes. Thai food is also renowned for its use of fresh herbs and spices as opposed to dried ingredients. You’ll find plenty of flavours ranging from garlic, coriander, lemon grass, chilli, lime and fish sauce and usually complemented with freshly prepared Thai noodles.


One of the top places to visit in Vietnam is Halong Bay – an immense waterway with thousands of islands protruding from the Gulf of Tonkin. Also make sure you explore the dazzling city of Ho Chi Minh with its vibrant energy and alleyways of cultural and historical significance, these cities are not short of discoveries to be made.

Vietnam is home to some of the world’s healthiest food. It offers delicacies like bamboo shoots and duck noodle soup, rice with clams, spring rolls, and river rice, to name only a few. It is renowned for its use of sweet, sour, bitter, salty and spicy flavours. The cuisine has a strong focus on being healthy and enriching the relationship between the body and the natural ingredients used.


The Phillipines consist of more than 6000 islands, making this one fabulous beach holidaydestination. The scuba diving is incredible, and you’ll be able to enjoy a number of island style adventures with beach activities, rice plateaus to explore, as well as museums and natural parks that are visited by thousands of visitors every year.

Because of the Phillipines diverse history, its cuisine is full of Indian, Malay, Chinese, American andSpanish influence. Try out a simple dish of fried, salted fish on rice, or go extravagant with a dish called Puchero which is beef in bananas and tomato sauce. You’ll also find a variety of paellas with Spanish influence, usually adapted to include local ingredients.

Hong Kong

For centuries, Hong Kong has been an international port receiving visitors from around the world forcommerce and tourism. The city of Hong Kong is made up of tall skyscrapers, traditional ancient architecture, and in the harbour the waterways are bustling with junks, cargo ships and cruise liners. When visiting Hong Kong, check out the Kowloon Peninsula and the Temple Street night market, the Golden Mile and Tsim Sha Tsui area.

Hong Kong is known as a food lovers paradise because of the diversity of dishes you can find here. Most main meals are complimented by a generous portion of rice or noodles. Some of the most celebrated Chinese dishes include roast duck, poached chicken, and dishes containing shark fin and abalone.

With these inspiring, wonderful experiences and flavours waiting for you, contact your Cruiseabout consultant today to begin your Asian adventure of delightful sights and dazzling flavours.The best of all is that we hold the rate of exchange on all our Asia packages and therefore, what you see is what you get.