Exotic Asia — where exciting, futuristic cities compete with laid-back, traditional villages to reveal the region’s pulsing heartbeat. And there’s no better way to sample them than on a cruise.
As Windstar Cruises adds Asia to its destinations for the 2017-2018 winter season, its Star Legend will call on major cities from Bangkok to Tokyo. But although the region is fast growing and swiftly modernizing, even in these bustling capitals old traditions live on — if you know where to look.
Here are five large ports where you can still experience Asia’s authentic traditions.
Da Nang, Vietnam
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When You Go
Windstar’s collection of 11 Asian cruises takes in both major capitals and sleepy fishing villages aboard the 212-passenger all-suite yacht, Star Legend. Explore Malay and Philippine ports on the 14-day Best of the Philippines & Borneo cruise, bookended by the striking skyscrapers of Singapore and Hong Kong. Icons of Southeast Asia focuses on the coast of Vietnam, including Da Nang, on a 14-day journey from Bangkok to Hong Kong. The 14-day Marvels of China & the Japanese Islands takes in the major ports of the Middle Kingdom from Hong Kong to Tianjin (Beijing), along with three remote tropical islands of Japan. Windstar’s 10-day Grand Japan itinerary journeys from Tokyo to the peace memorials of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and on to Osaka, gateway to Kyoto and Sakai.