As we sail into the 2016/17 cruising season, Viator, a TripAdvisor company, have recommended their top ten shore excursion tours for ships bound to Southeast Asia.
Last cruising season over 95,000 people sailed to Southeast Asia. A popular stop is Indonesia, a nation known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo Dragons and jungles. Viator offers a range of thrilling activities to keep you entertained from dawn to dusk, one is the Bali Canyon Tubing Adventure. Providing round-trip transport and a buffet lunch, you will be driven through tropical rainforest to begin your river ride and optional Flying Fox Zipline. Jump in your inflatable raft and drift away before stopping in the middle of the canyon for an inclusive Zipline experience that captures 50 metres of scenic views. AUD$116 per person.
For those journeying to Singapore, Viator offers a leisurely shore excursion to widen your horizons and experience the very best of the city. The Private: Half Day Singapore City Tour Including Botanical Orchid Garden allows you to stroll the lively streets alongside an experienced guide and uncover Singapore’s diverse culture. Spanning half a day, this tour dips into China Town, Little India, The National Orchid Garden and the Colonial district. From AUD$84 per person.
Sailing north in Malaysia; if you’re lucky enough to stay docked overnight you can’t look past this magical Kuala Selangor Tour from Kuala Lumpur with Fireflies Boat Ride and Seafood Dinner. As the evening falls, you will step aboard a private boat and be entranced by the sunset and dazzling fireflies. After gliding through the mangroves of Kuala Selangor, your tour guide will take you through a royal burial ground to a local fishing village where you will dine on a fresh seafood dinner. AUD$85 per person.
Experience Ko Samui from a different perspective with this exhilarating ATV Quad Safari on Koh Samui tour. Jump onto your own all-terrain quad bike and begin your off-road adventure at your own pace. The one-hour route will lead you through enchanting grounds, across a scenic river and past coconut groves. Take the two-hour tour further into the jungle and find a hidden waterfall, fruit farms and water buffalo. From AUD$80 per person.
After cruising through the Gulf of Thailand to Bangkok, escape the vibrant street life and soar through the exotic rainforest on one of the longest and highest ziplines in the world. The Rainforest Canopy Zipline Adventure from Bangkok tour includes equipment for all ages, experienced guides, a delicious Thai lunch, a visit to Khao Kheow Open Zoo and transfers to/from central Bangkok in an air-conditioned coach. Featured by TripAdvisor as one of the most recommended things to do in Thailand, this adrenaline pumping tour covers nearly 3km of breathtaking sights, two hanging sky bridges and two rock faces to rappel down. AUD$142 per person.
A fantastic shore excursion for the whole family, the Angkor Private Tour features the country’s most unique temples and the mysterious stories hidden within each of them. A few highlights include Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm – the original Tomb Raider temple. Your friendly guide will take care of all your entry fees and lead you into the village for lunch at an authentic restaurant. AUD$106 per person.
Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture by boat, bike and foot with this Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour. This full day tour takes you on a whirlwind through the rural countryside of Ho Chi Minh City. Accompanied by a friendly guide, you will take part in a traditional cooking class, satisfy your sweet tooth at the candy factory, browse the stalls at the floating markets and finish with an intimate bike tour. From AUD$142 per person.
When cruising to Beijing, you can’t miss visiting two of China’s most famous attractions, the Great Wall and the sacred Ming Tombs. The Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing tour includes transfers on an air-conditioned minivan which will travel though the rural countryside. You will stop to absorb the sights of China’s historical landmarks before being guided thorough the iconic Longdi jade factory. Here you may browse the local products and relax with a delicious Chinese lunch. AUD$96 per person.
Most cruise liners will take the swift overnight trip from Beijing to Shanghai, where Viator offer a culinary tour to tingle your taste buds. The Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Street Food Night Tour allows you to feast your senses on explosive flavours and wafting aromas as you stroll through Shouning Lu – a vibrant market offering a variety of traditional specialities and dessert stalls. After being lead through the neighbourhood by your friendly guide, you will taste a selection of delicacies including tewed crawfish, grilled lamb & eggplant, late-night wontons. AUD$91 per person.
In Tokyo, one of the most popular cruise ports in the world, With Viator you can embark on a journey to uncover everything from city landmarks to local neighbourhoods on the Private Custom Tour: Tokyo in a Day. Your tour guide will assist you in planning your perfect itinerary before handing you entrance fees, snacks, transport and lunch. When you’re all packed, you will be on your way to explore the best of the city, fish markets, temples, local food and shopping. From AUD$160 per person.