If it’s time for an exotic adventure, consider going on a long cruise vacation in Asia. Many cruises to Asia are longer than two weeks and include once-in-a-lifetime opportunities on the itinerary. Whether you want to explore the beautiful beaches of Thailand or go on a shopping tour in Hong Kong, you’ll find a number of cruises to Asia with exciting excursions and activities. Here are a few to add to your bucket list:

Usuki Stone Buddhas and Usuki Castle Ruins in Japan

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Learn about the history of Usuki Stone Buddhas in Beppu, Japan during your Celebrity Cruise. Stone Buddhas are very rare in Japan and the national treasures are all carved with different expressions of calm and peace. The tour takes you through the castle ruins and up the four-story tower where you can see hundreds of cherry blossom trees around the grounds. The excursion is part of the Celebrity Millennium cruises that go to Southeast Asia, China, South Korea, and Japan.

Shopping Excursion in Hong Kong

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If you’re ready for some retail therapy, Japanese style, book the Royal Caribbean 5-Night Chan May & Nha Trang Cruise for a shopping adventure through Hong Kong’s upscale shopping malls, local markets, and boutique shops littering the central district. The Causeway Bay is the famous shopping district in Hong Kong and is where you’ll find everything from hand-carved paintings and jewelry to designer shoes and stylish home decor.

Best of Shanghai Guided Tour

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Book the 14-Day China, South Korea & Japan cruise with Holland America this spring to take a tour of Shanghai along the way. This port activity includes a trip to the Shanghai Museum, the Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower, a motor coach trip along the Bund, and a Chinese lunch at the Yuyuan Garden. You’ll also get the chance to visit the Jade Buddha Temple where you can see 7,000 Buddha sutras lining the walls.

Country Life and Elephant Ride in Phuket

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You don’t get many opportunities to ride an elephant but if you book a cruise with Seabourn cruises to Phuket Island, you’ll see elephants in their natural environment and get a chance to ride an elephant through the rubber plantations. This shore excursion includes the opportunity to take photos of Wat Chalong, one of the largest Buddhist temples on the island, and visit a cashew nut factory to see how these tasty nuts are made.