Sailing from Sri Lanka
Setting sail from Colombo
Colombo may be a little chaotic, but there is plenty to recommend Sri Lanka's colourful capital. Faded colonial architecture and beautiful Buddhist temples hint at the city's considerable history, while the excellent restaurants, lively bars and characterful streets provide the perfect introduction to contemporary Sri Lankan culture.
Sri Lanka: Galle
The Dutch colonial architecture of the Fort, Galle’s walled old quarter, is one of the highlights of Sri Lanka’s south coast. The atmospheric streets are home to all manner of beguiling boutiques, cafés and restaurants, and the beach towns of Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna are just a short drive away.
Sri Lanka: Hambantota
Investment has poured into Hambantota since the city was devastated by the 2004 tsunami, and this is now one of South Asia’s biggest ports. Hambantota is a jumping off point for Yala National Park, famous for its leopards, and the less well known Bundala National Park, rich in birdlife including flamingos and storks.
Sri Lanka: Trincomalee
The predominantly Tamil city of Trincomalee, on Sri Lanka’s less developed east coast, has begun to re-emerge as a tourist destination following the end of the island’s bitter civil war in 2009. The sleepy streets are scattered with churches, mosques and Hindu temples, and the nearby beaches of Uppuveli and Nilaveli are stunning.
India: Port Blair
Originally established by the British as a penal colony, vibrant Port Blair is the biggest town in the Andaman Islands. You can learn about the colonial history of the islands at a handful of interesting museums, or you may prefer to head straight for one of the beautiful beaches.
India: Long Island (Andaman Islands)
Myanmar (Burma): Kawthaung
The frontier town of Kawthaung, known during the colonial period as Point Victoria, is situated at the southern tip of Myanmar, close to the Thai border. The town is home to an interesting cultural mix, with strong Indian and Muslim influences, as well as a hilltop Buddhist monastery.
Myanmar (Burma): Lampi National Park, Frost Island
Myanmar (Burma): Mergui Archipelago
The Mergui (or Myeik) archipelago is a chain of around 800 idyllic islands in the Andaman Sea, barely touched by tourism and largely uninhabited. The islands are known as the home of the Mokken people, or ‘sea gypsies’, who traditionally lived nomadically, moving from island to island.
Myanmar (Burma): Bo Cho Island, Shark Island
The busy Sumatran port of Belawan is the gateway to Gunung Leuser National Park, a remarkably biodiverse habitat that receives relatively few visitors. The jungle is home to some of the world’s most endangered species, with a decent chance of spotting wild orangutans.
Singapore’s heritage as an important trading post means that there is a real cultural mix, with four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Step away from the gleaming towers and you’ll find yourself transported into another world amongst the intoxicating streets of Chinatown and Little India.
Indonesia: Belitung Island
Indonesia: Karimunjawa Islands
The little known Karimunjawa Islands, off the north coast of central Java, are an unspoilt tropical paradise where white sand beaches are fringed by lush jungle, with barely another tourist in sight. There’s little to do except for relax or snorkel amongst colourful coral reefs.
Indonesia: Labuan Haji (Moyo Island)
Indonesia: Palau Komba
Indonesia: Komodo Island
Komodo Island is situated within an area of spectacular natural beauty, home to the famous Komodo dragon. The stunning beaches are tinged with pink thanks to the high concentration of red coral just offshore, and the waters draw intrepid divers from all over the world.
For travellers by ship, Broome is the gateway to the extraordinary Kimberley region, but that’s not all. It is also the pearling capital of Australia and boasts fantastic white sand beaches and memorable sunsets.
Australia: Lacepede Islands
Australia: Buccaneer Archipelago
The remote Buccaneer Archipelago consists of some 800 islands scattered along Australia’s Kimberley Coast, difficult to reach and virtually untouched by humans. Ancient Aboriginal art hints at past inhabitants, and the landscape of bizarre rock formations, mangroves and deserted beaches is rich in wildlife.
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Australia: Hunter River & Mitchell Falls
The Hunter River region is home to a spectacular system of mangroves surrounded by red sandstone cliffs, providing a habitat for mudskippers, fiddler crabs, saltwater crocodiles and numerous species of bird. Head further inland and you’ll reach the stunning Mitchell Falls, where the waters cascade from one shimmering emerald pool to the next.
Arriving in Darwin
More of a large town than a city, Darwin is less about what's contained within the city limits and more about the huge expanse of wild landscape that's outside it. Closer to Jakarta than Sydney, the city really does feel remote in its tropical perch. There are a number of waterfront restaurants and pretty parks, making it a pleasant place to relax after a long flight. For those with the energy we highly recommend a visit to Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.
With rugged escarpments, sites of Aboriginal art, dramatic waterfalls and huge wetlands, Kakadu National Park is truly beautiful. The iconic scenery is some of Australia’s best, and served as the backdrop to the film 'Crocodile Dundee'.
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Where to stay near Darwin
Don’t hang around in Darwin itself; if you want to see more of the Top End, we recommend Bamurru Plains.
Visit the Red Centre
From Darwin take a flight to the Red Centre to see the magical sites of Uluru and Kings Canyon, yet another one of those once in a lifetime experiences!