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Top Cruise Ports in Southeast Asia

Top Cruise Ports in Southeast Asia

By CindyUpdated Oct. 27, 2022

Discovering Southeast Asia’s mystique from on board a premium cruise liner is an attractive proposition to cruising enthusiasts, who might like to experience different cultures on one voyage. Many international cruise companies operate cruises in Southeast Asia over a wide variety of routes.

A popular cruise starts from Hong Kong and ends in Singapore, or vice-versa; with both cities home to a major international airport. This voyage usually takes 10 to 15 days, passing Cai Lan port for Halong Bay or Hanoi, Chan May port for Hue or Hoi An or Da Nang, Phu My port for Ho Chi Minh city, Sihanoukville port for Angkor Wat, and Laem Chabang port for Bangkok and Phuket. A 30-day cruise provides scope for more travel, with possible stops at Thilawa for Yangon, in Malaysia or in the Philippines.

Here is a brief guide to the top cruise ports.

Southeast Asia Cruise Ports

Cai Lan Port (Vietnam)

Cai Lan port is in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province.

Journey time by car from Cai Lan Port to:

  • Bai Chay Pier (which hosts Indochina Sails, Alova Day Cruises and more), 15 minutes.
  • Tuan Chau Island (which hosts Paradise Cruises, Phoenix Cruises, Glory Cruises, L'Azalée Cruises and more), 30 minutes.
  • Hanoi, 3 to 4 hours.

Popular shore excursions:

  • Halong Bay day-tour, which usually lasts 4 or 8 hours, depending on your arrival time. Get aboard to enjoy stunning views and for the chance to explore local caves or fishing villages.
  • Hanoi day-tour, for cruises departing after 9:00 pm. If your cruise departs the next day, we recommend you stay a night in the city to discover the old-quarter charm and enroll in a street-food tour.
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Chan May Port (Vietnam)

Chan May port in Hue is a gateway to Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An.

Journey time by car from Chan May Port to:

  • Hue (the former imperial city), 90 minutes.
  • Da Nang (the largest city in central Vietnam), 1 hour.
  • Hoi An (a charming ancient town), 95 minutes.

Popular shore excursions:

  • Hue day-tour, for exploring the royal culture of Vietnam during a visit to Hue’s landmarks, such as the Imperial City. Join in a cruise on the Perfume River.
  • Da Nang day-tour, for enjoying the most beautiful stretches of sand.
  • Hoi An day-tour, to see renowned landmarks such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, or to attend a cooking class and learn about Vietnamese cuisine.

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Cau Da Port (Vietnam)

Cau Da port is about 7 miles from Nha Trang city center, at the southern end of the city.

Journey time by car from Cau Da Port to:

  • Nha Trang city center, 15 minutes.

Popular shore excursions:


  • Nha Trang day-tour, to explore the beautiful beachfront and scenic landmarks.
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Phu My Port (Vietnam)

Phu My Port is a commercial port in Ho Chi Minh City, with not much to speak of nearby.

Journey time by car from Phu My Port to:

  • Downtown Ho Chi Minh, 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Cu Chi Tunnels, 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • My Tho, 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Popular shore excursions:

  • Ho Chi Minh day-tour, to see the most capitalist city of Vietnam and visit city landmarks and local markets.
  • Cu Chi Tunnels day-tour, to experience the tunnel system which provided shelter for Vietnamese guerrillas.
  • My Tho day-tour, for enjoying a boat trip in the Mekong Delta.

Sihanoukville Port (Cambodia)

Sihanoukville port in the Bay of Kompong Som is the only deep-water seaport in Cambodia.

Journey time by car from Sihanounkville Port to:

  • Victory Beach, 10 minutes.
  • Sokha Beach, 15 minutes.
  • Ochheuteal Beach, 25 minutes.
  • Sihanounkville International Airport, 30 minutes.

Popular shore excursions:

  • Beach day-tour to see the white sandy beaches nearby and enjoy some free time on the beach.
  • Flight to Siem Reap to see the magnificent Angkor temples.

Laem Chabang Port (Thailand)

Laem Chabang port is about 25 kilometers north of Pattaya, and is the largest port in Thailand.

Journey time by car from Laem Chabang Port to:

  • Pattaya (a resort city on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand), 40 minutes.
  • The Grand Palace (a landmark complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok), 2 hours.
  • Ayutthaya (an ancient capital), 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Popular shore excursions:

  • Pattaya day-tour, for delving into the enchanting local history and culture.
  • Bangkok day-tour, for seeing the symbols of Thailand and cruising along the Chao Phraya River.
  • Ayutthaya day-tour, to experience the charms of the ancient city and remnants of the old glory days.

Phuket Port (Thailand)

Phuket port is on the Andaman Sea, and cruise ships dock at the south end of Patong or at Ao Makham Deep Seaport.

Journey time by car from Phuket Port to:

  • Patong Beach (the most popular beach), 40 minutes.
  • Karon Beach (a quieter beach), 35 minutes.

Popular shore excursions:

  • Phuket day-tour to see the finest island, with picturesque beaches.

Koh Samui Port (Thailand)

Koh Samui port is at Nathon on the west coast of Koh Samui. Once off the pier, you’re in the center of town.

Journey time by car from Nathon Pier to:

  • Chaweng Beach, 40 minutes.
  • Namuang Safari Park, 20 minutes.

Popular shore excursions:

  • Koh Samui day-tour, to experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the island.
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Thilawa Port (Myanmar)

Thilawa port is a deep river port about 25 kilometers south of Yangon.

Journey time by car from Thilawa Port to:

  • Yangon downtown, 1 hour.
  • Yangon International Airport, 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Popular shore excursions:

  • Yangon day-tour, to explore the most famous highlights such as the glittering Shwedagon pagoda and Sule pagoda.
  • Flight to Bagan, to see thousands of temples and join in a hot-air balloon trip.

Marina Bay Cruise Center (Singapore)

Marina Bay Cruise Center is at the southernmost tip of Singapore, and has been built for a new generation of mega-sized cruise liners.

Journey time by car from Marina Bay Cruise Centre to:

  • Singapore downtown, 12 minutes.
  • Changi International Airport, 20 minutes.

Popular shore excursions:

  • Singapore day-tour, for the charm of this cosmopolitan city brimming with diversity.

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