Cruises offer such luxury on board, to many the journey is every bit as enjoyable as the destinations. But to add to the luxury and enjoyment, where better to go than the exotic Far East?

Cruises to Eastern Asia are becoming more popular every year, with more cruise lines such as Coop Cruises offering them.

Below is a list of popular stopover destinations that make Far East cruises unforgettable experiences.


Nagasaki, Japan

Located on the island of Kyushu, Nagasaki is most famously known as the last city in the world to be devastated by a nuclear attack. But it is a rich, diverse place, with plenty to take in and do while you’re visiting.

A few of the recommended areas of interest are Nagasaki Peace Park, Mount Inasa and Nagasaki China Town. Try and time your visit with the Kunchi Festival, the most famous celebration in Nagasaki.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Formerly known as Saigon before its fall during the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh City is an absolute must for travellers.

The city is simply gorgeous, with the old French-style buildings still scattered around the streets and boulevards.

There are also a number of  property for rent in Ho Chi Minh or even historic hotels that date back to the colonial era; these are where French officers used to spend much of their time. Other attractions include the museums that tell tales of the various wars fought in Vietnam, as well as the Saigon Zoo and the Botanical Gardens.


If you’re visiting the city-state of Singapore, there should be three things on your mind; shopping, shopping and more shopping!

But when you are tired of this there are plenty of other things you can do during your stay.

Due to its incredibly rich and diverse population, the cuisine of Singapore is a masterpiece of fusion food, and a delicious testament to the many ethnicities that have come to call Singapore home.

Manila, Philippines

The capital city of the Philippines, Manila has plenty to do for visitors. While your liner is docked make sure you check out the National Museum of the Philippines; the City Chinatown; and Manila Zoo.

Visiting Rizal Park is an absolute must. The vast, sprawling area has so much packed into it: relax in the Chinese Garden, visit one of the many museums or attend a free concert at the open-air auditorium.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world, and with good reason.

As well as the numerous ornate temples and palaces, the river cruises, the museums, theatres and vast shopping malls, what truly makes Bangkok stand out are its open-air markets.

The Chatuchak weekend market is one of the largest shopping areas in Thailand, and probably the world. A trip here truly separates experienced shoppers from amateurs. Get ready to browse through just about everything; from antique furniture, music, mind-blowing food, to pets and wholesale clothes – Chatuchak has simply everything you could wish for.