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Sail to Asia’s Highlights

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Holland America Line’s cruises in Asia call at some of the continent’s most fascinating ports, from its dazzling metropolises, with culinary and cultural highlights, to picturesque ports like those on the smaller islands of Japan and in Vietnam’s Halong Bay. Here, AFAR contributors share their tips when exploring sites in some of Holland America Line’s popular stops. Make sure to come back here after your cruise to Asia and share your suggestions too.
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18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
With its domed greenhouses of epic proportions dotted across some 100 hectares (250 acres), the sustainable Gardens by the Bay are educational and fun. The Cloud Forest is a misty, 42-meter-high (138-foot-high) “mountain” that...
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128 Peak Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong

If the weather cooperates, the view from the top of Victoria Peak, which is also simply called the Peak, will make your day. Get up to Hong Kong Island's highest point (552 meters, or 1,811 feet, above sea level) by bus, train or taxi, or better...

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Nishiurakou, Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture 410-0241, Japan

The variety of geographical features, flora and fauna in this national park is astounding. Unlike many parks, Fuji-Hakone-Izu consists of a number of different sites throughout the region, which is roughly 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of...

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Số 20, Đường Hoàng Hoa Thám, Phường Thanh Bình, (Đường Vào Ga Tàu Cũ), Vân Gia, tp. Ninh Bình, Ninh Bình, Vietnam
The villages of the Red River Delta are famous for their pottery and ceramics. Tho Ha village, for instance, was once a major center for pottery and is also famous for rice paper manufacturing. Other Red River Delta villages where you can see clay...
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1 Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Bangkok’s most iconic site is a massive palace complex that served as the royal residence until 1925. Of its many buildings, the one with the most architectural interest is Chakri Mahaprasat. It was designed in 1882 by British...