Southeast Asia is one of the most desirable destinations for cruiser passengers, and no one knows the region better than Princess Cruises.
While indulging on your Princess Cruises’ ship, you’ll also be visiting exotic locations throughout Asia. The team at Princess Cruises have designed bespoke shore excursions so you can make the most of the places you visit.
Princess Cruises visits fabulous locations like Penang, Langkawi and Kota Kinabulu in Malaysia, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Laem Chabang in Thailand.
In Penang, guests can eat at some of the best hawker food stalls at Macalister Road. Your gastronomic tour of the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ will not be complete without trying Penang’s char kuay teow and assam laksa.
Some of the highlights of Penang include George Town, recognised as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for well-preserved colonial buildings. Take a walk up Penang Hill, visit Kek Lok Si’s Temple of Paradise, which features a seven-storey pagoda, or hunt for bargains at the Lorong Kulit Flea Market.
Langkawi is famed for its idyllic beaches and lush forested hills. When you’re on the island, visit the Langkawi Fish Farm Restaurant and feast on the freshest seafood with stunning views of the Andaman Sea.
Take a ride on the Langkawi Cable Car, where you will reach the island’s second highest peak. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of jungle waterfalls and lush greenery. Visit Langkawi’s Underwater World, where you’ll see marine life from sub-Antarctic to tropical rainforest environments.
Ho Chi Minh City is one of Asia’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan capitals, and Princess passengers can’t go past eating a bowl of Pho, a noodle soup which is the national dish of Vietnam.
Visit the Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the sea goddess Thien Hau, who travels on clouds to rescue seafarers from storms and shipwrecks.
If your itinerary calls at Laem Chabang, you can hop off and travel to Bangkok.
You’ll be able to find the best Thai food which includes Tom Khaa, a rich soup made from coconut cream, lime, chillis and chicken.
Or if you’re looking for a funkier vibe, visit cafes like After You and Mr Jones Orphanage to hang with the city’s younger crowd. For shoppers, visit the street and night markets or head to Siam Centre and MBK to purchase some luxury goods.
Remember, you can visit these exciting destinations unpacking only once and staying in luxury aboard your Princess Cruises ship.