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A peak view of Hong Kong at night.

Three's a Charm

Asian escapes in Bali, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

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Take the Crystal Symphony round-trip from Singapore.
Sail from India to Singapore aboard the Azamara Quest.

Reaching Nirvana
Set upon a tranquil hill with views of rice fields and the Bali Sea, Brahmavihara Arama stands as the largest Buddhist temple on Bali. Inspired by the ancient Borobudur complex on Java, this sanctuary is the spiritual home of monks and novitiates, and Virtuoso travelers sailing with Seabourn are invited to share in their bliss during a full-day shore event with Virtuoso Voyager Club. Departing from the port of Celukan Bawang, you’ll behold the center’s many statues and stupas before heading to Lake Bratan and the Ulun Danu Temple, which dates from 1663. Afterward, a luncheon waits in Munduk, complete with a performance by Balinese dancers. The 450-passenger Seabourn Odyssey sails 13 days between Singapore and Benoa, Indonesia.
 
Peak Times
Until 1888, Hong Kong residents could only reach the top of Victoria Peak via sedan chair. Many bearers’ backs were saved with the arrival of the Peak Tram, which endures as one of the city-state’s most beloved attractions. A ride in the funicular gives spirits a lift with views across the metropolis and Victoria Harbour. This Voyager Club event also includes a visit to Man Mo Temple. Travel 16 days round-trip from Singapore with Crystal Cruises aboard the 922-passenger Crystal Symphony.
 
Precious Metal
The wealth generated from tin once found in southern Thailand is evidenced in Phuket’s Sino-Portuguese Quarter, where many of the buildings – a mix of Chinese and Western architecture – were constructed during the first mining boom of the nineteenth century. Explore its historic streets with Voyager Club during a 14-day voyage from Azamara Club Cruises that sails from Chennai, India, to Singapore aboard the 688-passenger Azamara Quest.
 
Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine, June 2014.

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Ulun Danu Temple in Bali.