Cruises in Asia are becoming more frequent, not only because of the growth of the local populations interest in cruising but also the interest from the rest of the world toward these places with exotic cultures and mild winter temperatures. The most sought-after destinations of the region are surely Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, but also Japan and China. The main departure ports are Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as Bangkok and Shanghai. The itineraries vary between the more southern areas like the islands of Indonesia and Malaysia, to the north towards Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Japan. The main attractions of the region include Asian folklore, the markets, the interior villages, the large rivers, and the modern cities. These are combined with the fairytale landscapes and incredible seas like those of Thailand and the Philippines.