Go­ing Deep in Asia

New cruise itin­er­ar­ies in this part of the world are tak­ing a close look at a sin­gle des­ti­na­tion or re­gion, im­mers­ing pas­sen­gers in their cul­ture, food and his­tory. Choose the voy­age that's right for you.

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - CRUISE -

CHINA Vik­ing's 15-day Far East Dis­cov­ery voy­age on the 930-pas­sen­ger Vik­ing Orion gives you plenty of time to tour and shop in China's great­est cities, in­clud­ing Shang­hai, Bei­jing and Hong Kong. In lesser-known Qing­dao, you can visit the for­mer Gov­er­nor's Res­i­dence and the Qing­dao Beer Mu­seum, on the site of the orig­i­nal Ts­ing­tao Brew­ery, which was founded by Ger­man colonists in 1903. vikingcruises.com; from US$4,799 per per­son. IN­DIA In De­cem­ber, Pan­daw Ex­pe­di­tions will de­but week­long Lower Ganges river voy­ages on the Ori­ent Pan­daw, sail­ing from Kolkata to Far­raka (and vice versa) through the heart of West Ben­gal. Ex­pe­ri­ences along the way in­clude colo­nial­her­itage tours in Chan­dan­na­gar, ruled by the French un­til 1950; vis­it­ing the brass works in the vil­lage of Ma­tiari; and tak­ing in the famed terra-cotta tem­ples of Barana­gar. pan­daw.com; from US$1,700 per per­son, all-in­clu­sive. GOLDEN TRI­AN­GLE Mekong King­doms just launched the twocabin, ex­clu­sive-use Gypsy—a vi­sion of wood, thatch, bam­boo and vi­brant Thai silk that takes small groups be­tween Luang Pra­bang and the Golden Tri­an­gle, where Laos, Thai­land and Burma meet. Land op­tions in­clude guided jun­gle treks and weav­ing work­shops; on board, there are folk danc­ing, cook­ing and Lao lan­guage classes. mekongk­ing­doms.com; from US$5,450 for three nights for up to four peo­ple. — BROOKE PORTER KATZ

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