5 Cruising Destinations in Asia You Can’t Afford To Miss
A luxury sea-going adventure is one that is truly exclusive and it allows you to explore and experience different cultures at your own pace. Spend quality time with your family away from the busyness of life and embark on an exciting cruising adventure covering the tropical paradises in Asia. Every port has a different story and every place it's own unique culture. Your luxury yacht is a floating private resort that provides the getaway needs of all of your friends or family. Here are 5 cruising destinations in Asia you can't afford to miss:
#1 Thailand - Koh Samui to Koh Phi Phi
Thailand’s sailing area remains relatively undiscovered by tourists and is a step back in time. Thailand has several very popular beaches among tourists; the famous Phuket, Phang Nga Bay, Krabi and Koh Samui being one of the most coveted holiday destinations in Thailand. While Phuket is known for its lively beach scene, Koh Samui is more exclusive and offers greater tranquility. This island is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, luxurious resorts, abundance of natural resources, great coral reef, and variety of marine life.
In addition, Thailand features other islands such as Koh Phangan, located near Koh Samui, this island has beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. It is a popular destination for partying and relaxation. Nearby there is also Koh Tao, which is a beautiful small island. Within the Andaman Sea, there are Koh Lipe and Koh Phi Phi which features a group of islands known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and rich marine life.
“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin
#2 Vietnam - Nha Trang to Cham Island
Vietnam is a place to watch as it was and still is one of the most difficult countries in South East Asia to visit, mostly due to heavy handed bureaucracy that treats sailing yachts under the same regulations as international cargo vessels and passenger liners - meaning reams of paperwork, extended processing times and expensive fees. However, things are beginning to look brighter with the first-ever marina “Ana Marina” of Vietnam that is being developed. Located in Nha Trang, this presents the possibility of simpler and cheaper entrance paperwork.
Nha Trang is the top-of-the-list on Vietnam’s most wanted destination. This famous coastal city lined with 6km of powdery white sand is an experience one should not miss. In addition, there is Hon Tre that is located in Nha Trang Bay, this island is known for its beautiful beaches and clear waters. It is a popular spot for diving and snorkeling, and is also home to a number of luxury resorts. Phu Quoc, is another beautiful island located in the Gulf of Thailand. Con Dao features a group of 16 islands located off the coast of Vietnam and is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and rich marine life. Cat Ba, located in the Gulf of Tonkin is known for its beautiful beaches, national park, and rich biodiversity. It is a great place to go hiking and explore the natural beauty of the region. Finally, Cham Island that is off the coast of Hoi An, this island is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters and is also home to a number of interesting cultural and historical sites.
#3 Philippines - Boracay to Cebu
Terraced green rice paddies staggering down the sides of mountains, incredibly clear emerald waters and limestone cliffs rising from the sea – the landscape of the Philippines is dramatic, exotic, and heartbreakingly beautiful. The many waterfront towns, cities bustling with energy and captivating local culture makes for an amazing sailing adventure. The Philippines is an archipelago made up of more than 7,000 islands, which means that there are many opportunities for island exploration.
The one island that stands out the most is Boracay, located in the Western Visayas of the Philippines, surrounded by beautiful clear waters. It remains one of the best island destinations because of its breathtaking scenery, colorful marine life, hidden caves and impressive limestone cliff. It is a popular destination for water sports, such as snorkeling, diving, and windsurfing. Palawan, located in the western region of the Philippines, is known for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, and underground rivers. Cebu, located in the central Visayas region, is known for its historical landmarks and natural attractions, such as the Taoist Cemetery and Magellan's Cross. Siargao, located in the eastern Visayas region, is known for its surf breaks and laid-back atmosphere. It is a popular destination for surfers and beach enthusiasts. Finally, Bohol that is located in the central Visayas region, is known for its natural attractions, such as the Chocolate Hills and the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary.
There are many other beautiful and diverse islands in the Philippines that are worth exploring, such as El Nido, Siquijor, and Apo Island. Each island has its own unique charm and attractions, making it a great destination for island exploration.
#4 Indonesia - Bali to Raja Ampat
Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world, consists of more than 17.000 islands stretching over 1700 Km along the equator from South to North and 5000 Km from East to West. In recent years Indonesia has become far more accessible to yachts with the expansion of 10 ports around the islands. Indonesia is best known as a tropical paradise.
Beginning with Bali, the most well-known seascape site in Indonesia. Bali is known for its beautiful beaches, Hindu temples, and rice terraces. It is a popular destination for surfing, diving, and yoga retreats. A lesser known beauty just off the coast of Bali is Nusa Penida. In contrast to the lively Kuta beach which is highly developed as a tourist location, Nusa Penida is decorated with the cliff, high rocks, white sand, and calm waves. While the best sunset can be experienced in Kuta, you can watch the best sunrise in Nusa Penida. Moving on, there is Lombok, located in the western region of Indonesia, which is known for its beautiful beaches and Mount Rinjani, an active volcano. It is a popular destination for trekking and surfing. Gili Islands, located in the western region of Indonesia, is a group of islands known for their clear waters and white sandy beaches. Komodo Island, located in the eastern region of Indonesia, Komodo Island is home to the Komodo dragon, the largest living species of lizard. Not to mention, Raja Ampat, located in the western region of Indonesia, Raja Ampat is known for its rich marine biodiversity and crystal clear waters. Conservation which works with Indonesia’s National Institution of Oceanography, they certified that Raja Ampat holds almost 75% of the coral reefs in the world. The diversity of marine ecosystems is due to Raja Ampat being positioned between 2 continents and 2 oceans. The famous parts of Raja Ampat includes Blue Magic which has beautiful coral, Cape Kri which is not far from Mansuar Island, and the waters of Arborek Island which is the habitat of manta rays.
There are many other beautiful and diverse islands in Indonesia that are worth exploring, such as Bintan, Sumatra, and Sulawesi.
#5 Cambodia - Koh Rong to Koh Tonsay
Cambodia is bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam and has a coastline on the Gulf of Thailand. The capital, Phnom Penh, is located at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers. The start of the 21st century has seen much more political stability for the country after decades of unrest. Tourism is growing significantly but still largely land-based, with only a few yachts sailing there from neighbouring Thailand. This presents an opportunity to explore unspoiled, prestigious beaches & turquoise water!
Koh Rong is an island located off the coast of Sihanoukville and is known for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. It is a popular spot for diving, snorkeling, and relaxation. Nearby there is Koh Rong Samloem which is known for its quiet, laid-back atmosphere and stunning beaches. It is a great place to escape the crowds and relax in a more serene setting. Another spot is Koh Ta Kiev, a small, uninhabited island located off the coast of Sihanoukville and is known for its pristine beaches and crystal clear waters. It is a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. Koh Thmei which is located in the Koh Kong province is known for its unspoiled natural beauty and is a great place to go birdwatching and spot rare wildlife. Finally, there is Koh Tonsay, also known as Rabbit Island, this small island is located off the coast of Kep and is known for its laid-back atmosphere and beautiful beaches. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.
Overall, Asia presents many amazing islands to explore, each with its own unique characteristics and attractions. Whether you're interested in relaxation, diving, or exploring the natural beauty of the region, there is an island in Cambodia that is sure to meet your needs.