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Availability : 19 Dec'20
Singapore
Hong Kong
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A gentle journey of the Far East. Beginning in the fabulously futuristic Singapore, sail back centuries, via new port Ko Kut, to Bangkok, city of floating markets, reclining Buddhas and mouth-wateringly delicious food. The ethereal beauty of Cambodia comes next, before three dazzling days in Ho Chi Minh City. Relax before experiencing the jewel of Vietnam’s heritage, during an overnight in mystical Ha Long Bay.

Price in USD Includes

  • Spacious suites – over 80% with private verandas
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • 24-hour dining service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Onboard gratuities
Itinerary

Day 1Singapore

Advanced, airy and elevated, Singapore is a spectacular, futuristic vision of utopian city life. A healthy population of almost six million call it home, but this is a city designed with space to breathe, and gorgeous outdoor parks, massive indoor greenhouses and beautiful recreational spaces spread between the City of Gardens’ skyscrapers and soaring structures. Once a quiet fishing village, now a glistening island city-state and an international beacon of science, education and technology. Singapore is almost intimidatingly clean – and the hyper-efficient public transport system whips residents and visitors across the city’s neighbourhoods in a heartbeat. Glorious fountains and audacious skyscrapers loom up – nodding to traditional feng shui beliefs – and putting on dazzling illuminated displays after dark. The lush green botanical gardens are a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering 52 hectares and decorated with impressive colourful orchids. Or breathe in more of the freshest air by heading up to wander the canopy strung bridges of MacRitchie Reservoir Park. Head for the iconic Marina Bay – a landmark of the city crowned by three interconnected towers, which watch out over island sprinkled waters. Jaunt between Little India and the atmospheric Chinatown in minutes, where beautiful temples – like the Chinese Thian Hock Keng Temple and Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple add rich cultural intrigue. Singapore’s cuisine is a mouthwatering fusion of its Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, and Malay influences, taking and enhancing the best of each. Enjoy dishes in towering restaurants, or toast the glowing skyline with the city’s eponymous gin-soaked cocktail – a Singapore Sling.

Day 2Day at Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 3Ko Kut, Thailand

Once the realm of the backpacker and the bohemian, travelling in Thailand has become fairly mainstream over the last decade. As the main cities slowly become westernised, those looking for an authentic Thai experience need to go further afield. Therefore, Ko Kut’s untouched beaches, deep mangrove forest and warm, crystalline seas come as a welcome surprise. Long kept secret from mainstream tour operators, perhaps due to the fact it is only accessible by boat, one should not expect the bright lights of Phuket or Koh Samui in Ko Kut. Patches of tourism are beginning, but these are charmingly rudimentary to what one might expect elsewhere. Set 50 kilometres west of the Cambodian border, at 100k2, Ko Kut is the fourth largest island in Thailand’s archipelago. The deserted beaches are clearly the jewels in the crown of the island, but those who want to venture further afield will enjoy getting to know the island by bike, songthaew (traditional Thai pick-up) or long tail boat. If you can peel yourself off from the beach, you could be plunging into the warm waters for some spectacular fish-gazing, hiking up the trio of spectacular waterfalls (and cooling off in the adjacent ponds) or simply exploring the ancient mangrove forests on the lookout for exotic flowers and passing geckos . A trip to the traditional working fishing village of Baan Aow Salad will give you an authentic taste (quite literally if you stay for lunch), of life on this Thai island, so far removed from its neighbours.

Day 4Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand

A voyage of flavour, and an all-out sensory assault, Bangkok is one of the world’s most fascinating cities, and a place to plunge right in at the deep end. Immense tradition and relentless modernity combines, and it’s these contrasts and collisions that make Bangkok the remarkable, all-encompassing experience it is. One second you can be dodging whizzing hordes of mopeds, the next, absorbed into the blissful tranquillity of a silent temple courtyard. Ornate towers and places of worship blend in alongside cathedral-like shopping malls and skyscrapers, while the streets hum with bartering from the markets that spill out wherever you walk. Part of Bangkok’s allure is that Iife is well and truly played out on its streets. Stalls of flowers, spices and silk fabrics fill bustling alleyways with colour and exotic fragrances. You can find fine dining hidden away here – including Michellin-starred restaurants – but the real Bangkok is the feast of flavours on street level – where authentic Pad Thai is cooked up alongside spicy papaya salad. To truly know Bangkok you must sail the waters of the Chao Phraya river, which provides a cooling thoroughfare through the city. You’ll sail through Bangkok’s soul, with glorious temples leaning up against the river’s banks, filled with intricately decorated Buddha statues. One of the country’s most sacred sites – the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – rises in a river bend, while the beautiful Grand Palace, and the skyscraper-like tower of the colourful Wat Arun temple, also watch out over the water. It’s hard to leave the intoxicating fizz of the city behind, but the journey north to Ayutthaya is an incredible voyage, where you can see the extraordinary ruins of the former capital Kingdom of Siam, which was destroyed in 1350.

Day 5Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand

A voyage of flavour, and an all-out sensory assault, Bangkok is one of the world’s most fascinating cities, and a place to plunge right in at the deep end. Immense tradition and relentless modernity combines, and it’s these contrasts and collisions that make Bangkok the remarkable, all-encompassing experience it is. One second you can be dodging whizzing hordes of mopeds, the next, absorbed into the blissful tranquillity of a silent temple courtyard. Ornate towers and places of worship blend in alongside cathedral-like shopping malls and skyscrapers, while the streets hum with bartering from the markets that spill out wherever you walk. Part of Bangkok’s allure is that Iife is well and truly played out on its streets. Stalls of flowers, spices and silk fabrics fill bustling alleyways with colour and exotic fragrances. You can find fine dining hidden away here – including Michellin-starred restaurants – but the real Bangkok is the feast of flavours on street level – where authentic Pad Thai is cooked up alongside spicy papaya salad. To truly know Bangkok you must sail the waters of the Chao Phraya river, which provides a cooling thoroughfare through the city. You’ll sail through Bangkok’s soul, with glorious temples leaning up against the river’s banks, filled with intricately decorated Buddha statues. One of the country’s most sacred sites – the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – rises in a river bend, while the beautiful Grand Palace, and the skyscraper-like tower of the colourful Wat Arun temple, also watch out over the water. It’s hard to leave the intoxicating fizz of the city behind, but the journey north to Ayutthaya is an incredible voyage, where you can see the extraordinary ruins of the former capital Kingdom of Siam, which was destroyed in 1350.

Day 6Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Let Cambodia’s leading beach spot, Sihanoukville, draw you in with promises of relaxed white sand beaches, and exotic island adventures. Alive with a summery holiday atmosphere, the city is also a major hopping off point for those exploring the area’s deep heritage and complicated history. Formerly known as Kampong Som, Sihanoukville bathes in the balmy waters of the Gulf of Thailand and is perfect for ventures out among the area’s mangrove forests, ornate temples and wild beaches. Local sands like Otres and Independence beaches offer easy access relaxation, or you can head out across the bobbing waves to islands of palm trees and wooden fishing boats like Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem. With gleaming sand and turquoise water – these unspoiled isles invite you to really kick back and relax. Or explore from Sihanoukville and hop on a tuk-tuk to visit the Kbal Chhay Waterfall, which cascades close by. Surrounded by greenery and trees, the waters thunder dramatically after being awoken by fresh rainfall. The Wat Leu Buddhist temple rises over the city with an intricately painted roof and triple-headed elephant statue. It’s a beautiful, peaceful site, with sweeping views down from the hill, but it’s the lounging monkeys who often steal the show. Elsewhere, the city’s war memorial hints at the dark events of Cambodia’s past. Walk among the dense, web-like roots of mangrove forests in Ream National Park, as you push a kayak through waterways, and discover white sand beaches and stilted wooden huts. With 37,000 acres of park to explore, and more than 150 different birds flocking to the area, there’s a lot to see. All of that activity is sure to build an appetite – enjoy a local flavour of Khmer cuisine and try fish served up in coconut milk, with a ginger kick, in the local dish, amok.

Day 7Day at Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 8Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A chaotic, enchanting swirl of sensory stimulation – Ho Chi Minh City is a place of incense-infused temples, colonial architecture, warm people and delicious street food. Formerly known as Saigon, the city was affectionately-labelled the Pearl of the Orient by the French. Afternoons here drift by lazily on the gentle chaos of the River Saigon, as taxi boats and motor canoes flit up and down, and parks fill out with locals playing jianzi, kicking shuttlecocks back and forth. The French colonial imprint is evidenced in the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica, which stands out with its grand double bell towers and red brick hue. Just across the road, you’ll also find the celebrated Ho Chi Minh Post office, which was erroneously credited as a Gustav Eifel creation. In reality, the architect was another Frenchman, Alfred Foulhoux. The French also caffeinated this city with coffee culture, and a refreshing iced coffee, from the innumerable coffee shops, will perk you up instantly. Taste the street food to get under Ho Chi Minh City’s skin, with humble restaurants serving up rich flavours – from the Vietnamese take on the baguette, a banh mi sandwich – to the local staple of pho, a delicious noodle soup. The Tortoise pagoda is a tranquil escape and a serene place of worship for Vietnamese who practice Buddhism and Taoism, while the Vietnamese medical museum has a fascinating collection of remedies and potions – some dating back to Stone Age. Journey out to learn more of the Vietnam War at the Remnants Museum and Cu Chi tunnels. Offering a vivid glimpse of conditions, and the ingenuity and resilience of the soldiers, you’ll learn of the guerrilla war campaign raged from within this claustrophobic, 70-mile network of war tunnels.

Day 9Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A chaotic, enchanting swirl of sensory stimulation – Ho Chi Minh City is a place of incense-infused temples, colonial architecture, warm people and delicious street food. Formerly known as Saigon, the city was affectionately-labelled the Pearl of the Orient by the French. Afternoons here drift by lazily on the gentle chaos of the River Saigon, as taxi boats and motor canoes flit up and down, and parks fill out with locals playing jianzi, kicking shuttlecocks back and forth. The French colonial imprint is evidenced in the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica, which stands out with its grand double bell towers and red brick hue. Just across the road, you’ll also find the celebrated Ho Chi Minh Post office, which was erroneously credited as a Gustav Eifel creation. In reality, the architect was another Frenchman, Alfred Foulhoux. The French also caffeinated this city with coffee culture, and a refreshing iced coffee, from the innumerable coffee shops, will perk you up instantly. Taste the street food to get under Ho Chi Minh City’s skin, with humble restaurants serving up rich flavours – from the Vietnamese take on the baguette, a banh mi sandwich – to the local staple of pho, a delicious noodle soup. The Tortoise pagoda is a tranquil escape and a serene place of worship for Vietnamese who practice Buddhism and Taoism, while the Vietnamese medical museum has a fascinating collection of remedies and potions – some dating back to Stone Age. Journey out to learn more of the Vietnam War at the Remnants Museum and Cu Chi tunnels. Offering a vivid glimpse of conditions, and the ingenuity and resilience of the soldiers, you’ll learn of the guerrilla war campaign raged from within this claustrophobic, 70-mile network of war tunnels.

Day 10Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A chaotic, enchanting swirl of sensory stimulation – Ho Chi Minh City is a place of incense-infused temples, colonial architecture, warm people and delicious street food. Formerly known as Saigon, the city was affectionately-labelled the Pearl of the Orient by the French. Afternoons here drift by lazily on the gentle chaos of the River Saigon, as taxi boats and motor canoes flit up and down, and parks fill out with locals playing jianzi, kicking shuttlecocks back and forth. The French colonial imprint is evidenced in the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica, which stands out with its grand double bell towers and red brick hue. Just across the road, you’ll also find the celebrated Ho Chi Minh Post office, which was erroneously credited as a Gustav Eifel creation. In reality, the architect was another Frenchman, Alfred Foulhoux. The French also caffeinated this city with coffee culture, and a refreshing iced coffee, from the innumerable coffee shops, will perk you up instantly. Taste the street food to get under Ho Chi Minh City’s skin, with humble restaurants serving up rich flavours – from the Vietnamese take on the baguette, a banh mi sandwich – to the local staple of pho, a delicious noodle soup. The Tortoise pagoda is a tranquil escape and a serene place of worship for Vietnamese who practice Buddhism and Taoism, while the Vietnamese medical museum has a fascinating collection of remedies and potions – some dating back to Stone Age. Journey out to learn more of the Vietnam War at the Remnants Museum and Cu Chi tunnels. Offering a vivid glimpse of conditions, and the ingenuity and resilience of the soldiers, you’ll learn of the guerrilla war campaign raged from within this claustrophobic, 70-mile network of war tunnels.

Day 11Nha Trang, Vietnam

Home to some of Vietnam’s best beaches and dive sites, the coastal city of Nha Trang is a magnet for those seeking sunshine and underwater adventure. Backdropped by mountains, white sandy coves shelter lovely bays and distant islands. The capital of Khanh Hoa province, Nha Trang lacks the culture found in neighboring areas but still has a few temples and such to remind you that you’re in Vietnam. But don’t be surprised to find signs written in Russian—more than 10,000 Russians come here each month. Now is the time to visit Nha Trang; Bai Dai Beach is slated for development, and by 2018 it won’t be so pristine. The beach is the main draw here, and most people either come to bask in the sun or dive at nearby islands. Major sites can be seen in a single day, but plan to tack on another day or two for island-hopping, scuba diving, or a visit to neighboring waterfalls and villages.

Day 12Day at Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 13Chan May (Hue/Danang), Vietnam

Experience the rich imperial past, stoic resilience, and blissful beaches of central Vietnam, as you delve deep into this fascinating country’s past and present. The sheer beauty and vitality of the scenery will amaze you, as you explore the stories this now tranquil land has to tell – all the while surrounded by rolling rice paddies, freely grazing water buffalo and soaring limestone scenery. Cut in half by the evocatively named Perfume River, and home to a spectacular sprawling citadel, Hue is a true experience for the senses. Vietnam’s timeless beauty outshines the shadows of its past, but Hue still bears the heavy scars of war – whether it’s from American bombs, or harrowing events like those of Hue Jungle Crevice – where the Viet Cong pushed 3,000 civilians to their deaths. Hue’s Old City was once the jewel of Vietnam, standing proudly as its Imperial Capital. Lotus flowers now twirl peacefully in the grand moat around its mighty walls, which encase a spectacular array of charred palaces, temples and regal residences. Danang’s Marble Mountains rise dramatically close by, and they are scattered with Buddhist shrines and plunging caves. While there is an endless treasure trove of rich cultural experiences waiting here, it’s hard to resist the call of Danang’s idyllic beaches, where white sand gives way to a fringe of palm trees. The undulating humps of the city’s Dragon Bridge soar across the wide River Han, and this ambitious structure comes alive at night, when strobing light shows illuminate its flowing form, and the bridge’s dragon head rasps fire into the dusk.

Day 14Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

The extraordinary, mossy limestone mountains that rear from the waters of Ha Long Bay form one of the most spectacular natural landscapes on the planet. At least 1,600 green islands rise over a flotilla of strung-together fishing boats and floating villages. Spectacular at any time, sunset bathes the remarkable limestone formations in warm, honey-coloured light, adding an extra layer to the seascape’s heart-stirring beauty. Emerald green sea washes around this immense network of islands and limestone outcrops, which you can explore at leisure on junk boats and by sea kayak. Local legend says the islands were formed when a dragon descended, spitting fire and emerald and jade jewels across the water to deter invaders. The sheer scale points to the supernatural – but scientists stubbornly maintain that this collection of towering sculptures was the result of various forms of erosion and a flood of seawater following the ice age. The water continues to chip away at the islands, and you can venture into the mouths of caves hollowed out by the relentless wash of the waves. Dau Go Cave and Sung Sot Caves are adorned with rows of spectacular stalactites, descending like dragon teeth from above. Investigate via boat, and find island jewels like Ti Top – a sharp, slope of land decorated with a crisp fringe of gleaming sand. The seaplanes that soar overhead, offer a magnificent bird’s eye perspective. Located in Vietnam’s northeast, the unique topography that forms the islands continues into neighbouring national parks like Cat Ba – which rises and falls in a similar, jaggedly undulating fashion, just without the flooded seawater in-between.

Day 15Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

The extraordinary, mossy limestone mountains that rear from the waters of Ha Long Bay form one of the most spectacular natural landscapes on the planet. At least 1,600 green islands rise over a flotilla of strung-together fishing boats and floating villages. Spectacular at any time, sunset bathes the remarkable limestone formations in warm, honey-coloured light, adding an extra layer to the seascape’s heart-stirring beauty. Emerald green sea washes around this immense network of islands and limestone outcrops, which you can explore at leisure on junk boats and by sea kayak. Local legend says the islands were formed when a dragon descended, spitting fire and emerald and jade jewels across the water to deter invaders. The sheer scale points to the supernatural – but scientists stubbornly maintain that this collection of towering sculptures was the result of various forms of erosion and a flood of seawater following the ice age. The water continues to chip away at the islands, and you can venture into the mouths of caves hollowed out by the relentless wash of the waves. Dau Go Cave and Sung Sot Caves are adorned with rows of spectacular stalactites, descending like dragon teeth from above. Investigate via boat, and find island jewels like Ti Top – a sharp, slope of land decorated with a crisp fringe of gleaming sand. The seaplanes that soar overhead, offer a magnificent bird’s eye perspective. Located in Vietnam’s northeast, the unique topography that forms the islands continues into neighbouring national parks like Cat Ba – which rises and falls in a similar, jaggedly undulating fashion, just without the flooded seawater in-between.

Day 16Day at Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 17Hong Kong, China

A spectacular, serrated skyline of soaring towers and neon lights, Hong Kong is a vibrant, immersive metropolis and cultural hub. Dramatic harbour-front light shows transform the waterfront’s gleaming buildings into a colourful canvas – best seen from the Star Ferry, when the Symphony of Lights blares into life each evening. A city where future and tradition collides – perhaps best illustrated by the skyscrapers that feature gaping holes, designed to allow spirit dragons to soar from the hills to the waterfront unimpeded. Wander flowing shopping streets, wade through sprawling markets and soak up the neon glory of this one-of-a-kind city – which continues to reach for the sky. Hong Kong’s dense jumble of activity is one of its main appeals, but once you’ve felt the thrill of rising to towering observation decks, to see the soaring city from above, it’s surprisingly easy to find peace among Hong Kong’s intense urban wonders. Victoria Peak is the highest point and it offers staggering views down over the city and harbour. The Peak Tram funicular can ferry you to the top, to the vantage point which was historically adored by the rich for the cooler air found here, away from the busy bustle of the city streets. Many elaborate temples add a tranquil element to Hong Kong’s whirr, and Tin Hau temple has a surprisingly urban location, considering its dedication to the Goddess of the Sea. It did once occupy the shorefront, but the city’s growth saw land reclaimed from the sea around it, leaving the temple marooned inland. Having been leased to the British for 99 years, milky tea is a revered tradition here – enjoy your cup with a serving of local dim sum.While it’s easy to think all the bright lights are the sum of today’s Hong Kong, you need only walk or board a tram for the short jaunt west into Western to discover a side of Hong Kong that is more traditionally Chinese but no less high-energy. You’ll discover the real Hong Kong to the east of Central, too, in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and beyond. Amid the residential towers are restaurants, shopping malls, bars, convention centers, a nice smattering of museums, and—depending on fate and the horse you wager on—one of Hong Kong’s luckiest or unluckiest spots, the Happy Valley Racecourse. Kowloon sprawls across a generous swath of the Chinese mainland across Victoria Harbour from Central. Tsim Sha Tsui, at the tip of Kowloon peninsula, is packed with glitzy shops, first-rate museums, and eye-popping views of the skyline across the water. Just to the north are the teeming market streets of Mong Kok and in the dense residential neighborhoods beyond, two of Hong Kong’s most enchanting spiritual sights, Wong Tai Sin Temple and Chi Lin Nunnery. As you navigate this huge metropolis (easy to do on the excellent transportation network), keep in mind that streets are usually numbered odd on one side, even on the other. There’s no baseline for street numbers and no block-based numbering system, but street signs indicate building numbers for any given block.

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