Asia Cruise Yearbook : ASEAN Yearbook 2018
CAMBODIA / The next 12 months Angkor Wat near Siem Reap remains the major drawcard for river and ocean cruisers and international visitors continue to flock to the country to see this UNESCO site. River cruising is one of the best ways to get to Angkor Wat. CroisiEurope launched the RV Indochine II at the end of last year, which sails between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia. The 11-day trip includes the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat as well as the Tonlé Sap Lake. The ship has the capacity for 62 passengers in 31 spacious cabins with private balconies, and a restaurant. Other river cruise lines such as APT, Uniworld, Scenic, Viking River Cruises have announced their itineraries for the next 12 months, featuring a number of trips that include Vietnam and Cambodia ranging from 13 to 34 days. In terms of ocean ships, luxury line Regent Seven Seas offers a new 67-night Down Under and Far East Grandeur ocean, river and land itinerary on Seven Seas Mariner. Highlights include Asian ports such as Bali, Penang, the Thai islands, Ho Chi Minh City, and Sihanoukville. Norwegian Cruise Line also visits Sihanoukville on a number of itineraries, including local cruises from Singapore. Princess Cruises’ Asian itineraries on Sapphire Princess and Sun Princess sail around the region and visit Sihanoukville. / Things to do and see While the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat are still a major attraction for cruisers, there are plenty of other archaeological sites, such as Banteay Srei, which are well worth a visit. The 10th-century Cambodian temple is dedicated to Hindu god Shiva and is the only major temple in the Angkor complex not built by a monarch. If you’re looking to soak up some sun, Otres Beach is a picturesque strip of white-sand beach lined with tamarisk and casuarina trees. Sihanoukville offers access to smaller, less-developed islands for a spot of relaxation. / Top places to stay Phnom Penh, the capital city, offers a good range of luxury hotels as well as more affordable options. Raffles Hotel, with its pool, beautiful gardens and grand lobby, is the city’s most famous address. Sofitel has similar amenities, while for a more boutique experience, the stately White Mansion Hotel is another top choice. The smaller city of Siem Reap, the base for Angkor Wat visits, also offers a good range of luxury hotels, with international hotel brands such as Sofitel and the Grand Hyatt, plus a good choice of mid-range hotels and stylish guest houses. CAMBODIA: PORTS Royal Palace in Phnom Penh (left); a traditional Cambodian dancer at Angkor Wat (below) ASEAN CRUISE DIRECTORY 2018/2019 31 Getting around: Ships dock close to the Victoria Beach area. Take a bus or tuk tuk into town. PHNOM PENH Who goes there: AmaWaterways, Aqua Expeditions, Avalon Waterways, G Adventures, Mekong River Cruises, Pandaw, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. Cruisers like: Phnom Penh offers elegant French colonial architecture, the magnificent Royal Palace, dripping with gold, silver and precious stones, the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. More pleasant is the hilltop Wat Phnom, complete with monkeys. Or a stroll along the park- like riverside boulevard opposite the Royal Palace, flanked by cafes, shops and smart bars. Take a tuk tuk ride by day or return in the cool of the evening when the pace quickens. Don’t miss: Tour the city by private cyclo and visit the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the stunning Silver Pagoda. Otherwise join a walking tour through the rural villages of Prek Bang Kong and Angkor. Best for: All ages. Getting around: Motorcycle taxis are cheap and plentiful. MAJOR PORTS 1 BUSIEST PORT Sihanoukville NUMBER OF PORT CALLS 35 ANNUAL GROWTH 2 per cent SIHANOUKVILLE Who goes there: Coral Expeditions, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, P&O, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn. Cruisers like: Laid-back, with tranquil beaches, it’s hard to believe this was the site of the last official battle of the US Army in the American-Vietnam war. From here you can explore more than a dozen islands, although many visitors choose to stay at the beach, swimming, sunning, scuba diving, fishing, and snorkelling. Don’t miss: The coastal towns of Kampot and Kep, as well as Bokor Mountain, are just two hours away, and two shipwrecks off one of the islands beckon keen divers. Best for: All ages, especially photographers, water-lovers and couples.
ASEAN Yearbook 2015