Holidays in Phuket and cruise trips around Asia
Although many people in the UK still travel to Spain and other European countries for their annual vacation, there are a host of other possibilities for the more adventurous traveller. Thailand is one of these and despite rising flight costs, a holiday in this tropical paradise can work out to be surprisingly good value for money owing to the relatively low cost of food, drink and accommodation. Sometimes it is hard to pick just one destination but this need not be a problem as there are many trips with companies such as Regent Cruises that allow people to visit several places in the course of a week or two. For those who have a little longer to spare, a 25 day journey from Sydney to Beijing might appeal. If a fortnight by the beach is more to your tastes then Phuket is definitely worth checking out. In common with many other areas of Thailand this island boasts a wide range of hotels and guesthouses with something to suit every budget. For people that would like to visit nearby Singapore, operators like Silverseas Cruises have ships stopping there, after departing from Perth, Australia and visiting Indonesia along the way. It is also possible to combine a holiday in Phuket and Singapore into one trip travelling by air as there are plenty of inexpensive flights that take less than 3 hours. The advantage of seeing such places by boat is that there is no need to move from one hotel to another.Something for everyone
Phuket has plenty to offer tourists of all ages and nationalities as do the trips that are organised by Princess Cruises and their competitors. Many Asian cities have a vibrant nightlife that will appeal to younger holidaymakers as well as numerous markets and shopping centres where more mature travellers can spend their days hunting for bargains. Places of historical interest tend to attract young and old alike. When booking a sea voyage it is also possible to book shore excursions for the various ports of call. These outings can be a good way to discover new places with the help of a knowledgeable guide. All major operators offer these and Msc Cruises are no exception as their trips to Jordan exemplify. Organising a guide in Thailand is not difficult but it pays to be a little discerning in your choice as the quality of the service they offer varies widely from one company to another. Phuket has a sprinkling of monuments, temples and museums that are popular with tourists but most visitors are more interested in the beautiful beaches and the nightlife of places like Patong. For people that would like to visit the island as part of a sea trip, Fred Olsen Cruises are one of the companies whose ships visit Phuket whilst in the area. Many travellers find this type of trip useful as they can get a taste of several different countries and then take a longer holiday afterwards in the ones that they enjoyed the most.Food and drink
One of the attractions of visiting a country in the Far East is the cuisine, which is usually quite different from what is on offer in British restaurants and supermarkets. The food served onboard luxury liners such as those run by Cunard Cruises is also a big draw and combined with what can be found in countries like Thailand will ensure that passengers on trips to the Orient never go hungry. Phuket is home to the restaurant started by the late Keith Floyd as well as a number of other establishments that offer visitors a fine dining experience and there is a good choice of local dishes and international ones on offer to suit all palates. This makes the island an ideal destination for food lovers. Some of the P&O Cruises include Phuket in their itinerary as well as Vietnam, China, Singapore and Malaysia, so somebody that wants to sample a variety of dishes from South East Asia might find a holiday with a company like this very appealing. Certain operators arrange themed breaks with lectures to help passengers improve their own cooking techniques and there are many cookery schools in Thailand that run courses for visitors so it is possible to book a holiday that offers much more than the chance to simply eat the food that is encountered. Cruises from Barcelona are well worth considering if you would like the opportunity to sample the great wines and cuisine of Spain before setting off on a voyage of discovery.Finding value
Given that the majority of working people only have time for one decent holiday a year it is not surprising that getting the best value for money possible is high on most of our lists when it comes to booking our annual break. Waiting until just before you want to go away and then looking at the various deals for Lastminute cruises advertised online is one approach that can pay dividends as long as you are flexible with regard to destinations and the duration of the break. This used to be a good way to secure a great deal on flights too but over the last few years things have changed so that it can sometimes be the people that book earliest that get the best deals. Whether you decide to go on a conventional package holiday to Spain or travel to somewhere a little more exotic on a luxury cruise with one of the big names, making sure you calculate how much spending money to take is important when working out the total cost of a break. Meals and drinks are often included in the price of ship-based holidays whereas people that opt for a self-catering break in Phuket will obviously need to think about how much they will need for their food every day. Thailand scores highly in this area as it is possible to eat very cheaply if you are happy to visit the same places that the locals choose to dine at, for all your meals.