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Singapore
to Hong Kong

Silversea Cruises
Dec 01, 2014 11 Days
Silver Wind 2436
US$4,950
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
December 01st, 2014 Monday Singapore   5:00 PM
December 02nd, 2014 Tuesday Day at Sea    
December 03rd, 2014 Wednesday Koh Samui 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
December 04th, 2014 Thursday Bangkok (Klong Toey) 8:00 AM  
December 05th, 2014 Friday Bangkok (Klong Toey)   5:00 PM
December 06th, 2014 Saturday Day at Sea    
December 07th, 2014 Sunday Ho Chi Minh City 2:00 PM  
December 08th, 2014 Monday Ho Chi Minh City   3:00 PM
December 09th, 2014 Tuesday Nha Trang 9:00 AM 2:00 PM
December 10th, 2014 Wednesday Chan May, (Hue/Danang) 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
December 11th, 2014 Thursday Day at Sea    
December 12th, 2014 Friday Hong Kong 8:00 AM  
Included in this Cruise
  • Spacious suites – over 85% with private verandas
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
Gentleman Hosts
Bridge Sailing
Overnight in Port

Excursions

Singapore is well-known for the bustling activity along its streets and waterfront. Explore the sights and sounds up close as you experience a Singapore run-around on the city's different forms of transportation - river boat, MRT (Subway), and trishaw.


Depart the pier with your guide on foot. Depending on the day of the week and the traffic patterns, your guide will lead you through the city. Each group is limited to 12 participants who will 'make their own way' on a customised route, armed with a Singapore survival kit of essential items like a map, coins for subway, mineral water, tiger balm ointment, and a sandalwood fan.


City Highlights

Explore Chinatown or Bugis Village, where the streets are lined with century-old shop-houses, selling food items and trinkets. Ride along the Singapore River in one of the colourful riverboats. In Raffles' days, these vessels were used to transport goods. Today, they are a popular way to experience a kaleidoscope of historic river images, including the 'godown' warehouses and the gracious buildings of the old waterfront set against the skyline of the new business district. Enjoy the architecture and quaint feel of the Colonial District.


Raffles Hotel

This fun-filled trip concludes at the legendary Raffles Hotel where you are treated to the hotel's signature drink, a Singapore Sling. If you wish, walk through the hotel gardens at your leisure or perhaps visit the Raffles Hotel shops, which include the Raffles Gift Shop, Raffles Museum and Thos. S B Raffles for any last minute souvenir hunting.


Afterwards, a short transfer returns you to the ship.


Please note: This tour is offered to guests continuing on to the following cruise. It requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is self-exploration and a sense of adventure is necessary. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests wishing to may walk through the hotel gardens at their leisure. Casual-smart dress is recommended for entrance into the Raffles Hotel; no shorts, please. Price is per person, based on two guests per trishaw. The order of sights may vary and the tour route is subject to the conditions of the day. The riverboat may not be exclusive to Silversea guests.

Excursions

Discover the coastal beauty, lush countryside, and local highlights on this half-day introduction to Ko Samui.


After tendering ashore, begin your exploration of Ko Samui with a coastal drive, passing beaches and lush coconut plantations along the way.


Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple)

Located off the northern shore of Ko Samui, on a small rocky island connected by a causeway, stands the 'Temple of the Big Buddha', or Wat Phra Yai. The temple is a popular site; its 36-foot (11-metre)-high statue provides an impressive silhouette against the sea and sky. Surrounding the Buddha image are kutis or meditation huts.  Although the monks welcome visitors, a sign requests that proper attire be worn on the temple premises.


Plai Leam Temple

Newly built in 2004, this very ornate temple follows in the tradition of temple art, dating back centuries and provides a good example of the influence and style that are still significant in modern Thai religious architecture. The elaborate entry doors were made from two enormous slabs of Laotian hardwood and are intricately carved with images of the life of the Buddha.  The highlight is the big statue of the Goddess of Mercy which is housed elegantly outside the shrine in the temple compound.


Island Safari

One of the attractions on Ko Samui, Island Safari, provides a glimpse into the amazing skill and training of elephants. During your visit, learn about the many uses of these gentle giants in the daily work on the island. Sample a young fresh coconut before driving to your next venue.


Coconut Plantation

Ko Samui, producing over 3,000,000 coconuts a month, is known as the island of coconuts, and harvesting the commodity requires special skills. Your visit to a coconut plantation offers the opportunity to discover the islanders' unique way of life and daily work, making for a memorable introduction. Learn how the pig-tailed monkey becomes a member of the family and watch a demonstration of how man and monkey work as a skilled team, picking and collecting coconuts.


Following this entertaining show, a 30-minute drive takes you back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking.  There are 72 steps to climb to fully view the temple, which is optional. Guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach via the bus steps. This tour is not suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. As the weather is expected to be hot and humid, we recommend wearing lightweight clothing. Modest dress is requested of those wishing to visit temples where shoes must be removed to enter. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.

Excursions

Enjoy a fun-filled elephant ride, monkey show, temple visit, and other memorable events during this unique and memorable Ko Samui excursion.


Elephant Camp

Departing the pier, drive to the elephant camp, where upon arrival you will meet your guide. You and a partner are invited to climb aboard an elephant for a trek through the plantation's lovely forest area.  Afterwards, watch an engaging demonstration performed by young elephants that will no doubt impress you with their extraordinary intelligence and dexterity. Learn how elephants are utilised to help locals perform their daily tasks on the island, and watch in amazement as these magnificent beasts perform a variety of feats, including a game of football.  


Monkey Show

After the elephant exhibition, watch an entertaining monkey show that illustrates how locals use monkeys to pick ripe coconuts. This centuries-old tradition certainly comes in handy as Ko Samui, the 'Island of Coconuts', produces over three million coconuts per month. Marvel at the exceptional abilities of these entertaining creatures, along with their amusing antics.


Next, observe the some of the culinary traditions and technique demonstrated during the preparation of a Thai favourite, Thai papaya salad. This dish is among the most popular in the country and was originally a mainstay in north east of Thailand before spreading to other parts of the country.


Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple)

Afterwards, visit Big Buddha Temple, located off the northern shore of Ko Samui. On a small rocky island connected by a causeway stands the 'Temple of the Big Buddha,' or Wat Phra Yai.  The temple is a popular site; its 36-foot (11-metre)-high statue provides an impressive silhouette against the sea and sky. Surrounding the Buddha image are kutis or meditation huts. Although the monks welcome visitors, a sign requests that proper attire be worn on the temple premises.


Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach, located on Koh Samui's east coast, is the most developed area on the island. It attracts many young travelers and families alike, and remains good value for the money. The beach is approximately seven kilometres long, with powdery white sand. The central part of the beach is a bit more crowded than the quieter north. Many vendors pass by offering beverages, fruit, ice cream and local Thai food for the more daring. A variety of local crafts and Thai souvenirs are also available.


A 30-minute journey then returns you to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking; flat, comfortable walking shoes and lightweight clothing are recommended. Transportation is by vans that are air-conditioned, accommodate up to 8 guests and the ride is not narrated.  Portions of the drive are over a rough surface and the ride may be bumpy.  There are 72 steps to climb at the temple, which is optional. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, those who utilise a wheelchair, or guests who suffer from neck or back problems.  Guests weighing more than 264lbs (120 kilogram or 18.8 Stone) are not able to participate.  Animals are loosely chained for safety reasons, due to the proximity to town and camp is routinely inspected to ensure there is no abuse to the animals.  Guests ride 2 per elephant. Participation is limited; we recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Chaweng Beach is the most popular beach in Ko Samui and the resort capital of the island.  Spend a relaxing time at this picturesque location, one of two beach resorts, with both beach and pool facilities.


Depart the pier in a van for the 45-minute, scenic drive to the Chaweng Beach.  The journey along this cross-island route provides an introduction to Ko Samui.  Depending on the resort occupancy visit the Imperial Boat House Beach Resort and Spa, the Nora Buri Resort or the Nora Beach Resort.


Imperial Boat House Beach Resort

Enjoy a relaxing day at this beautiful resort located on the north-eastern tip of Samui Island, on a tranquil Choeng Mon Beach. The resort has two pools, one situated in a tropical garden and one on the beach, each with a jacuzzi. participate in a range of non-motorized water sports, including sailing, canoeing, snorkeling and windsurfing.


Nora Buri Resort

Nora Buri personifies both the natural beauty of Koh Samui and the relaxed demeanor of its people. One look at the view experienced at countless vantage points here and your worries are no more. The resort is well conceived, well designed and well executed. It's a truly magical place from which to explore this delectable gem of an island.


Nora Beach Resort

Located on the beachfront, the Nora Beach Resort is the ideal holiday destination for people of all ages. A stunning view of one of Samui's most charming beaches, restaurants and bar to ensure that there is never a dull moment at Nora Beach. The pool has its own Jacuzzi as well as a swim-up bar. Why not lie around on a sun lounger and read a favorite novel or simply take in the wonderful view of the Thai Gulf and the nearby island or take a swim in the warm waters just offshore.


Use of the facility's lounge chairs and a complimentary soft drink are included; however, alcoholic drinks, snacks, and other resort amenities may be purchased directly from the resort which accepts U.S. dollars, local currency, and credit cards.


Afterwards, the transfer van takes you back to Na Thon town and the pier.


Please note: This tour is a transfer with day use at a local island resort.  The distance to Chaweng Beach is 12 miles (20 kilometres). Transfer is in air-conditioned vans and offers no commentary. Guides meet vans and drop-off/pick-up locations. This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and it is at guest's own pace. Tour price includes the use of the hotel and beach facilities at the resort; beach chairs are available on a first-come basis.  Please remember to bring cash/credit card, your swim suit, a towel, and protection from the sun to the beach.

Excursions

Thai cuisine is a wonderful blend of flavours with dishes that can be quite spicy. Enjoy this unique opportunity to explore Thai gastronomy with the Chef of the Nora Beach Resort and Spa, followed by an introduction to the art of Thai cuisine on this exclusive, Silver Shore Collection private cooking lesson.


Nora Beach Resort & Spa

Meet your guide at the pier and begin your day's outing with the drive to the Nora Beach Resort and Spa. The resort enjoys a spectacular hillside setting, overlooking a secluded bay just north of the world-famous Chaweng Beach. The Nora is secluded and private, a little village within lush gardens.


Cooking Class and Lunch

Guests are welcomed at the resort with a traditional Thai herbal beverage, that you next learn how to concoct. Watch the Chef prepare the food and explain the traditional methods used in Thai cooking. Properly attired with an apron and chef's hat, you are encouraged to lend a hand.


Following your cooking class, relax and enjoy the cuisine from your lesson. A delicious chicken soup with fresh coconut milk precedes the main course of deep fried stuffed crabmeat in the original shell. Of course, no Thai menu would be complete without the Thai-style noodles to complement the main course. Coconuts are common around the island and make a refreshing ice-cream as dessert. Wine or soft drinks are provided with your meal.


Afterwards, some free time is made available for you to relax and enjoy the pool or beach on the resort before re-boarding your coach for the 30-minute drive back to the port.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a minimal amount of walking at the resort; however, there is a hill to descend to reach the restaurant on the beach. Wear lightweight clothing. Guests planning to swim at the resort should bring a swim suit and towel. Changing facilities are available.

Excursions

Explore Ko Samui at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Board a 4X4 jeep that will take you to visit the Kunaram Temple, the Grand Parent Ricks, to see monkey's at work and enjoy the scenic drive along the Southern Coast of Ko Samui. Part of an archipelago of 80 small islands, Koh Samui is an island of forested hills, majestic coconut palms and alluring pristine beaches.


Kunaram Temple

Enjoy the approximate thirty minute ride by 4x4 jeep from pier.  Arrive at the Kunaram Temple, visit a small monastery with the sense of simplicity and tranquility where body of Samui's most famous mummified monk, Luang Poh Deang, is displayed in a sitting posture for more than 20 years ago.


Grand Parent Rocks

Continue to Grand Parent Rocks, strangely shaped rocks south of Lamai Beach are locally dubbed Hin Ta- Hin Yai.  According to legend, an old couple was shipwrecked in the bay and their bodies washed ashore creating the rocks. The views from the rocks and vicinity are spectacular, stretching across the sea to nearby islands.  


Coconut Plantation

Enjoy the scenic surroundings while driving past plantations, local life and some beaches before a stop is made at a coconut plantation where dexterous monkey plucking ripe coconuts from the treetops will entertain you.


Afterwards board the jeep for the wonderful journey back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, 5 steps to climb at the temple; you will also walk stone surfaces, slopes, and unpaved areas.  Flat, comfortable walking shoes and lightweight clothing are recommended however no tank tops are permitted during the temple visit. One tour guide will conduct 3 jeeps to give information at all the stops.  Portions of the drive are over a rough surface and the ride may be bumpy.  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, those who utilise a wheelchair, or guests who suffer from neck or back problems.  

Excursions

Explore the Imperial treasures of Bangkok, the Grand Palace and its Emerald Buddha, on this half-day orientation tour. A sightseeing drive through the old city completes your outing.


Following a 45-minute coach trip from the Port of Bangkok through the bustling streets of the city centre, arrive at Bangkok's greatest treasure,The Grand Palace. During a 1.5-hour guided walking tour, visit or view some of its most important highlights:


Royal Palace Grounds

These vast grounds encompass over 100 buildings, representing 200 years of history and architectural experimentation. Most of the architecture, royal or sacred, can be classified as old Bangkok style. Extensive murals line the inside walls of the compound. The temple structures are colourful, comprising gilded stupas, polished orange and green tiled roofs, mosaic-encrusted pillars, and rich marble pediments.


Grand Palace

The main building is the Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siam Court. Built in 1782 by King Rama I at the beginning of the Chakkri Dynasty, the palace was at one time the residence of the Kings of Thailand. Today, royal ceremonies and state events take place here. Visit the audience hall and marvel at its splendid interior.


Wat Phra Kaew

Known also as the 'Temple of the Emerald Buddha', Wat Phra Kaew adjoins the Grand Palace and houses the revered image of the 23- inch-high (58-cm-high) Emerald Buddha. The jade statue is enshrined in a glass case, sitting on a pedestal high above the worshippers. This mystical figure and its legendary spiritual power draw pilgrims from all over.


At the end of your visit, re-join the coach for a sightseeing drive through Old Bangkok.


Sights of Old Bangkok

Enjoy viewing major highlights from your coach as it passes the City Pillar Shrine, Chitraladarahotarn Palace (official residence of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit), the Democracy Monument (built in commemoration of the change of government from absolute monarchy to democracy with the king as head of state), and the City Pavilion, primarily used today for royal ceremonies and official events.


Ananta Samakom Throne Hall

Stop for exterior photos of the majestic the Ananta Samakom Throne Hall, the ornate grey-marble Italian renaissance-style building, built by King Chulalongkorn in 1907 to receive guests and foreign dignitaries. Currently, the Royal Throne Hall is only used for the ceremonial opening of the first session of Parliament, royal receptions, and private functions.


Following your tour, time permitting, a brief stop will be made at a local store that offers a range of vibrant Thai silks, local souvenirs and superb jewelry before being transferred back to the ship.


Conclude your tour with the return to the ship.


Please Note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking with approximately 50 steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. There is a strict dress code for visiting the Grand Palace. No sleeveless shirts or blouses are allowed. Tight or see-through blouses are not permitted, even if a jacket is worn over them. Guests may not wear shorts of any kind, and skirts must cover the knees. Tight-fitting trousers or leggings are not permitted, and trousers must be full length to cover the ankles. Shoes must be removed when entering into the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Video and still cameras are allowed within the Palace grounds, but no photography is permitted inside buildings. The Grand Palace can become crowded; your patience is appreciated. Traffic conditions can affect tour duration. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.

Excursions

Visit three of the most impressive temples in Bangkok: Wat Po, known as the 'Temple of the Reclining Buddha', Wat Suthat, and Wat Benchamabophit, the 'Marble Temple'. A short Tuk Tuk ride compliments your half-day outing.


Wat Po

As 95% of Thailand's population is Buddhist, there are around 400 wats (temples) in Bangkok. Begin your outing with a 45-minute drive from the pier to the 'Temple of the Reclining Buddha', or Wat Pho, one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok. Home to more than one thousand Buddha images, it is named after the largest single Buddha image, that of a reclining Buddha, 150 feet (46 metres) long and 50 feet (15 metres) high. It is decorated with gold plating on the body and mother of pearl on the eyes and the soles of his feet.


Tuk Tuk Ride

Next, board a Tuk Tuk for a sightseeing ride to Wat Suthat. Tuk Tuks are three-wheeled, motorised taxis or 'auto rickshaws', named after the noise they make. Covered, with room for two, these quaint scooters are nimble at navigating the congested city streets.


Wat Suthat

Arrive at Wat Suthat, famous for its old and stunning murals inside the main building from the reign of King Rama III (1824-1851). The Viharn should be seen for its collection of gilded Buddha images. In front of the temple is the famous Giant Swing. Re-join the coach for a drive to the 'Marble Temple'.


Wat Benchamabophit

Your last visit is to Wat Benchamabophit, the 'Marble Temple', built of Italian marble with unique European ecclesiastic details. Complemented by stained-glass windows housing a Sukhothai-style Buddha statue, a superb cloister-collection of bronze Buddha images are housed here.


The coach then takes you back to the port and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, for approximately one mile (1.6 kilometres), with many steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Two guests occupy each Tuk Tuk. Order of sites may vary.

Excursions

A visit to the Flower Market followed by a boat trip on the bustling Chao Phraya River makes for a fascinating experience. In addition, visit two of Bangkok's major attractions, the 'Temple of Dawn' (Wat Arun) and the Royal Barge Museum.


Flower Market and Boat Cruise

A coach drive of 45 minutes takes you to the Flower Market, where you can enjoy a stroll amongst the colourful display of the country's exotic flowers. Then, board a private boat for a cruise on the Chao Phraya River and through some of the more peaceful canals. Here you have the opportunity to observe the busy river traffic as well as the traditional way of the local people living and working along the water.


Wat Arun

At the 'Temple of Dawn', Wat Arun, the boat pauses to allow you a closer look at this magnificent temple, which is among Bangkok's most recognised landmarks. While the temple is best seen from the river, its curious decorations and statues of mythical figures are well worth a visit.


Royal Barge Museum

Leaving Wat Arun, resume your cruise through the klongs (canals) and head toward the Dockyard, home to the ceremonial royal barges. Once a year, the king would proceed down the river to Wat Arun in a flotilla of royal barges.Today, these elaborately decorated boats are preserved in this specially constructed museum and are a rare treat to visit.


Your cruise ends at the boat landing where the coach stands ready for the transfer back to the port.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking with few steps. Guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the boat and cross over pontoons, requiring some agility. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Rubber-soled shoes and light-weight clothing are recommended.

Excursions

This full-day excursion offers a visit to one of Thailand's most majestic historical sites, included on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1991. Begin your outing with a 90-minute drive north to Ayutthaya, considered one of Thailand's major attractions. Then, enjoy visiting the following highlights:


Ayutthaya Historical Park

The now ruined city of Ayutthaya was once the ancient capital of Siam for four centuries and in its heyday was said to be more beautiful than either London or Paris. Located on a 2.5-mile (four kilometre) island at the confluence of three rivers, Ayutthaya was once encircled by a seven-mile (11-kilometre) wall. After the destruction of the city by the Burmese in 1767, a new dynasty was established and the capital was moved to Thonburi. Today, much of the ancient fabled city is contained within a Historical Park, where archaeological studies are still carried out.


While many of the buildings are in ruins, those drawn to relics of the past still find a visit to the remaining temple compounds and numerous structures awe-inspiring and a memorable experience. Especially noteworthy is the spectacular Wat Chai Wattanram, reminiscent of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.


Wat Na Phra Meru

Another good example of typical Ayutthaya-style temple, it was not destroyed by the Burmese. Constructed during the late 14th- and early 15th-centuries, the name suggests it was a royal cremation site. Of special note are the Buddha images - one fully decorated in regal attire and the other of black stone.


Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy lunch at the Krungsri River Hotel.


Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

Next, drive to the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace. Located south of Ayutthaya, the palace comprises a collection of buildings of various ages and various architectural styles surrounded by a lake. Left unoccupied when Bangkok became the capital, the palace gained importance again in 1851 when King Mongkut restored it and resumed residence there. Enjoy a visit and marvel at the richly decorated turn-of-the-century European aristocratic style, interspersed with whimsical Thai touches.


Following your visit, re-join your coach for the trip back to Bangkok and the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) with about 50 steps to climb. Wear comfortable shoes and light-weight clothing; shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. Shoes must be removed to enter the buildings visited.

Excursions

Explore the Royal history and art of Thailand during this picturesque, half-day excursion to the throne halls of Abhisek Dusit and Ananta Samakom.


Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 45-minute drive to the Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. This one-storey building is beautifully adorned with patterned balustrades, wooden fretwork and stained glass windows. It has been used as a meeting hall for state functions, as well as a banquet hall for the Royal family. Upon arrival, take a guided tour and view an exhibit of Thai handicrafts. Following your visit, proceed on-foot to the adjacent Ananta Samakom Throne Hall.


Ananta Samakom Throne Hall

The Ananta Samakom Throne Hall is renowned for its beautiful Renaissance architecture and interior design. It has played an important role in Thai political history; King Rama VII presented Thailand's first constitution here, and the first meeting of the Thai Parliament convened in this hall. The Ananta Samakom Throne Hall houses the Royal Throne, and is still occasionally used for Royal functions.


Today, the Ananta Samakom Throne Hall also exhibits arts and crafts created by villagers under the Support Foundation of Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of His Majesty the King's 60th anniversary of his ascension to the throne in 2006, and his 80th birthday in 2007. The exquisite national heritage works of art displayed here are the pride of the nation, and now enjoy international acclaim. After viewing the exhibits, proceed to the coffee shop for refreshments before re-boarding the coach and commencing the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and approximately 40 steps to access the exhibition area at the Ananta Samakom Throne Hall. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Proper attire is required to enter the throne halls; ladies must wear dresses or skirts covering the knees, and men must wear full-length trousers (sarongs are available for those who are not dressed appropriately). Sleeveless shirts or blouses, and open shoes and slippers are not permitted. Photography is not permitted inside the buildings. This tour does not operate on Monday, Songkran and New Year holidays.

Excursions

Explore Bangkok at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Bangkok at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Bangkok at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Bangkok at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Sample some of the Thai way of life on this full-day tour that includes a visit to a riverside community market, river cruise, traditional lunch, and a cultural show.


Meet your guide pierside and begin your tour with a 75-minute drive.  Heading northwest of Bangkok, your journey ends at the Don Wai market, home of a fascinating old riverside community. At this colourful local market, you can find varieties of local delicacies and fresh produce.  


Afterwards, board a wooden boat for a leisurely, hour's cruise along the Tha Chin River.  Take in the sights and some cool breezes before arriving at the Rose Garden Riverside.  Here, a traditional Thai lunch is served at Inn Chan Restaurant.


After lunch, explore the Thai art and craft demonstration around the village. Then, you are invited to sit in the cultural show theatre for a performance that focuses on Buddhist customs and the traditions of rural communities, such as wedding ceremony, Buddhist ordination, folk dances, and Thai boxing.  The show concludes with a brief elephant demonstration.


Return to the coach for the drive back to Klong Toey and your awaiting ship.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, approximately 65 yards (700 metres), with about 20 steps to climb.  Guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the boat.  This tour is not suitable for guests who utilse a wheelchair.  Wear lightweight clothing and anticipate hot and humid weather at the market.  

Excursions

Experience the splendid landmarks, culture and cuisine of Bangkok during this exclusive, half-day dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River.


Chao Phraya River Cruise

Depart the pier for the scenic drive to the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa. Upon arrival, embark the Manohra, a restored ancient rice barge, for an exclusive dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Along the way, pass by the Temple of Dawn, Grand Palace, striking bridges and glittering temples.


Thai Dinner and Dance Performance

During your leisurely cruise, dine on a culinary trove consisting of 12 Thai delicacies, including appetizers, soups, seafood marinated in Thai herbs, stir fries, curries, and a traditional Thai dessert accompanied by a classical Thai dance performance. Following your memorable dinner cruise.


After the cruise and performance re-board the coach and transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and stairs to embark/disembark the barge. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Smart-casual clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes is recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Visit three of the most impressive temples in Bangkok: Wat Po, known as the 'Temple of the Reclining Buddha', Wat Suthat, and Wat Benchamabophit, the 'Marble Temple'. A short Tuk Tuk ride compliments your half-day outing.


Wat Po

As 95% of Thailand's population is Buddhist, there are around 400 wats (temples) in Bangkok. Begin your outing with a 45-minute drive from the pier to the 'Temple of the Reclining Buddha', or Wat Pho, one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok. Home to more than one thousand Buddha images, it is named after the largest single Buddha image, that of a reclining Buddha, 150 feet (46 metres) long and 50 feet (15 metres) high. It is decorated with gold plating on the body and mother of pearl on the eyes and the soles of his feet.


Tuk Tuk Ride

Next, board a Tuk Tuk for a sightseeing ride to Wat Suthat. Tuk Tuks are three-wheeled, motorised taxis or 'auto rickshaws', named after the noise they make. Covered, with room for two, these quaint scooters are nimble at navigating the congested city streets.


Wat Suthat

Arrive at Wat Suthat, famous for its old and stunning murals inside the main building from the reign of King Rama III (1824-1851). The Viharn should be seen for its collection of gilded Buddha images. In front of the temple is the famous Giant Swing. Re-join the coach for a drive to the 'Marble Temple'.


Wat Benchamabophit

Your last visit is to Wat Benchamabophit, the 'Marble Temple', built of Italian marble with unique European ecclesiastic details. Complemented by stained-glass windows housing a Sukhothai-style Buddha statue, a superb cloister-collection of bronze Buddha images are housed here.


The coach then takes you back to the port and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, for approximately one mile (1.6 kilometres), with many steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Two guests occupy each Tuk Tuk. Order of sites may vary.

Excursions

A visit to the Flower Market followed by a boat trip on the bustling Chao Phraya River makes for a fascinating experience. In addition, visit two of Bangkok's major attractions, the 'Temple of Dawn' (Wat Arun) and the Royal Barge Museum.


Flower Market and Boat Cruise

A coach drive of 45 minutes takes you to the Flower Market, where you can enjoy a stroll amongst the colourful display of the country's exotic flowers. Then, board a private boat for a cruise on the Chao Phraya River and through some of the more peaceful canals. Here you have the opportunity to observe the busy river traffic as well as the traditional way of the local people living and working along the water.


Wat Arun

At the 'Temple of Dawn', Wat Arun, the boat pauses to allow you a closer look at this magnificent temple, which is among Bangkok's most recognised landmarks. While the temple is best seen from the river, its curious decorations and statues of mythical figures are well worth a visit.


Royal Barge Museum

Leaving Wat Arun, resume your cruise through the klongs (canals) and head toward the Dockyard, home to the ceremonial royal barges. Once a year, the king would proceed down the river to Wat Arun in a flotilla of royal barges.Today, these elaborately decorated boats are preserved in this specially constructed museum and are a rare treat to visit.


Your cruise ends at the boat landing where the coach stands ready for the transfer back to the port.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking with few steps. Guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the boat and cross over pontoons, requiring some agility. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Rubber-soled shoes and light-weight clothing are recommended.

Excursions

Explore Bangkok at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Bangkok at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Bangkok at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Bangkok at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Indulge your senses as you explore Jim Thompson's Thai house with its renowned silks before a Thai cooking demonstration on this Silver Shore Collection, half-day tour.


Depart the ship by minivan for the 30-minute drive to Jim Thompson's world famous Thai house.  Built in old Thai style, this rambling house was the work of the legendary American adventurer, Jim Thompson, who came to Thailand at the end of World War II and revitalised the Thai silk industry. His disappearance into the Malaysian jungle still remains a mystery today. The house, now a museum, displays Mr. Thompson's extensive collection of Thai paintings, pottery, Benjarong porcelain, and exquisite furniture.  One part of the complex includes show rooms and a store where bolts of beautiful silk fabric and finished items are on display.


Re-board your mini-van and drive Bussaracum Restaurant, Thailand's first restaurant to specialise in royal household dishes, which are known for their distinctive ingredients, decorations and flavours.  It is a spacious renovated home compound surrounded by the gardens where many of the herbs and spices used by the restaurant's skilled kitchen staff are grown. Here you are invited to watch a cooking demonstration, followed by a sampling of Thai refreshments.  


Afterwards, your minivan returns you to the ship.


Please note:  This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a moderate amount of walking, approximately 1,300 feet (425 metres), with about 30 steps to climb.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Transportation is via minivans as the road to Jim Thompson's House is too narrow for coaches. Shoes must be taken off before entering the Thai Houses at Jim Thompson's House; we suggest you wear slip-on shoes and carry socks. There is limited space on this tour; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.  

Excursions

Experience an evening of traditional Vietnamese food and cultural entertainment as you bid Saigon a 'good evening'.  


Begin with a transfer to the legendary Majestic Hotel, which, since 1925, has occupied one of the finest locations in Saigon, boasting stunning views of the Saigon River. After you are graciously welcomed by hostesses in traditional dresses, sip pre-dinner cocktails on the rooftop terrace, with its sweeping view of central Saigon.  Both the old world boutique charm of the hotel and the elegance of the columned and arched classical French-colonial design help create a special ambiance for your evening.  

The Majestic has gone through several reincarnations over the years, changes that reflect the tumultuous history of Vietnam. During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army used this French colonial structure as military barracks. During the Vietnam War, it was frequented by foreign correspondents and espionage agents.


Enjoy a special show featuring traditional music, dances, and costumes from the northern and southern regions of Vietnam.  Following the entertainment, proceed to one of the finest Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon to savour a feast of local specialties.  


All too soon this special evening of Vietnamese culture and tradition comes to a close and your coach returns you to the ship.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with steps to climb at the Majestic Hotel.  The roof-top area is not wheelchair accessible.  Although space is limited, a minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour.  Should the ship be docked outside of the city, the tour duration will be a minimum of 30-60 minutes greater.

Excursions

The history of Vietnamese Fine Arts can be traced to the French colonialists, who established the Fine Arts College of Indochine, which followed the European training method. When the Viet Minh led a general resistance against the French in 1945, some Vietnamese intellectuals followed this patriotic insurrection and formed a new artist generation.


After the war, the government favoured a social and economic reform while at the same time working on an 'opening policy' which encouraged joining the general world trend. In its wake, several brilliant artists began to emerge, creating their own individual styles without abandoning traditional heritage. Today, many Vietnamese artists and their works are highly regarded by Western art aficionados.


Today visit an Artist's village that emerged approximately 10 years ago when a group of famous artists in Saigon decided to move out of the crowded and busy city and resettle along the Saigon River.  They wished to be surrounded by nature in order to support their artistic creations. Over time, more artists arrived, forming an artistic community, which includes different artists from various art schools. The artists specialize in various forms - oil, lacquer, black and white, water colours, as well as pieces from the war.


Walk through the streets, and see artists at work.  Note the architecture of the houses which are representative of the different styles of houses in areas such as the Mekong Delta, Hue and the Hilltribes.


After the tour, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour involves a moderate amount of walking.  It is not suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Participation is limited; however, a minimum number of participants is necessary for tour's operation.

Excursions

Explore Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Ho Chi Minh at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

This excursion provides an introduction to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, a vibrant and exciting city.  Explore the highlights and have time to shop.


Departing the port, head toward Central Saigon to see or visit some of its many attractions.


History Museum

Start with a visit to this outstanding museum, considered the best place to get acquainted with Vietnam's history. Housed in a building from the early 1900s, the museum displays artefacts from the Bronze Age to the early communist presence in Vietnam. Other exhibits feature Cham art, ceramics, and traditional costumes.


Leaving the museum, the bus will take you to the Notre Dame Cathedral, distinguished by its imposing twin spires. Along the way, stop for photos at the splendid Reunification Palace and the elegant Saigon City Hall. Then, switching back to the coach, drive to China Town, known locally as Cholon.


Saigon Market

Visit the large market place in central Ho Chi Minh City Ben Thanh located in the Saigon Market. A short twenty minute stroll through Ben Thanh market offers a kaleidoscope of colours and a hive of activities.


Thien Hau Temple

Next, proceed to this beautiful temple built in 1825 and dedicated to the cult of Thien Hau, Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors.


Lacquer Factory

The last visit is to one of Saigon's best known establishments for an introduction to the making of the city's renowned lacquer ware. Browse through the showrooms, where a fascinating array of items tempts even the most jaded shopper.


From here, the tour returns to the port. Time permitting and if you prefer, remain in town and make your own way back to the ship at your leisure.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress in lightweight clothing and bring sun protection; anticipate hot and humid weather. Order of sites seen or visited may vary.  Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.

Excursions

Experience Vietnam, off-the-beaten path, to the heart of the Mekong Delta. Tour the local villages and cruise along the river for a rewarding and a truly unforgettable impression on this full-day excursion.


Mekong Delta

Depart the ship upon arrival for the 2.5-hour journey along a well-paved road to the Mekong Delta area. The mighty Mekong River, originating in Tibet and flowing through several countries before its 120-mile (193-kilometre) course through Vietnam, divides into nine river mouths, aptly called the Nine Dragon Delta by locals. This flourishing region is criss-crossed by numerous natural and man-made canals serving the local traffic.  


Cai Be Floating Market

Following the drive through villages and small towns, arrive at a branch of the Cai Be River. Here, board a local long boat for an interesting ride past villages and lush vegetation to the floating market. Cruise between the many boats from which vendors sell their wares. Rising above the busy Cai Be village, you can spot the bell tower of a Catholic church built in the 19th century when the French tried to spread Christianity in the delta region.


Scenic Canal Cruising

Continue cruising along the river and through smaller canals to Tan Phong Island. Observe local sampans full of fruits and flowers being rowed to the market and children on their way to school. The scene offers some great photo opportunities and vivid impressions of life along the canals. Cross the Mekong River and stop for a visit at a local farm.  Stroll through a garden of bonsai, flowers and fruit trees and then enjoy a refreshing cup of tea with your host.


Next, the boat brings you to a local restaurant for a tasty meal of spring rolls and freshly caught Mekong fish.


After dining, re-join the van for the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City and the ship.


Please note:  This tour requires an extensive amount of walking. All areas visited are wheelchair accessible; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the van via steps and manoeuvre on and off the local boat with little assistance. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Transportation is by van. Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.  Order of sites may vary.  The traditional meal may be served late in the afternoon when the tour departs after 10am.  The drive from the pier to the Mekong Delta is approximately 2-2.5 hours in each direction and timings can be affected by traffic.

Excursions

The history of Vietnamese Fine Arts can be traced to the French colonialists, who established the Fine Arts College of Indochine, which followed the European training method. When the Viet Minh led a general resistance against the French in 1945, some Vietnamese intellectuals followed this patriotic insurrection and formed a new artist generation.


After the war, the government favoured a social and economic reform while at the same time working on an 'opening policy' which encouraged joining the general world trend. In its wake, several brilliant artists began to emerge, creating their own individual styles without abandoning traditional heritage. Today, many Vietnamese artists and their works are highly regarded by Western art aficionados.


Today visit an Artist's village that emerged approximately 10 years ago when a group of famous artists in Saigon decided to move out of the crowded and busy city and resettle along the Saigon River.  They wished to be surrounded by nature in order to support their artistic creations. Over time, more artists arrived, forming an artistic community, which includes different artists from various art schools. The artists specialize in various forms - oil, lacquer, black and white, water colours, as well as pieces from the war.


Walk through the streets, and see artists at work.  Note the architecture of the houses which are representative of the different styles of houses in areas such as the Mekong Delta, Hue and the Hilltribes.


After the tour, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.


Please note:  This tour involves a moderate amount of walking.  It is not suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Participation is limited; however, a minimum number of participants is necessary for tour's operation.

Excursions

The Vietnam War, or the American War as it is known in Vietnam, pitched modern American technology against fierce Vietcong resistance waging a guerilla war. On this half-day tour, experience a local perspective on wartime memories and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.


The two-hour drive southwest from Saigon to the Cu Chi Tunnels is a pleasant foray into the surrounding countryside. It is hard to believe you are entering a former war zone of such strategic importance.  The busy road passes through tranquil rice paddies where entrepreneurial villagers use the hot roadside as a platform for drying all manner of produce. Hundreds of sheets of paper dot the countryside, drying on woven racks in the relentless sun. A short stop is made at a small village for photos of the countryside view and paddy fields.  


At Cu Chi, your guide explains the underground network, displays of tools and weapons used by the guerillas, and provides insight into the ingenious methods that the Vietnamese soldiers employed to remain undetected.  Work on the tunnels began in 1948 during the war against the French, and greatly expanded throughout the 1960s. Measuring 31 inches wide and five feet tall, the maze of tunnels was extensive, extending over 120 miles. They included storerooms, sleeping quarters, kitchens, medical facilities and classrooms, and at one time, over 16,000 people lived in the tunnels. Most only 2 or 2.5 feet wide by 5 feet high, the tunnels had thick roofs capable of withstanding the weight of tanks or the impact of bombs weighing up to 200 pounds.  Some have been enlarged to accommodate visitors at the site.


Following your visit to the tunnels, board your coach for your return to the ship.


Please note:        Guests participating on this tour should be fit and not prone to claustrophobia although guests may opt not to enter the tunnels. In the tunnels closest to the surface the actual rooms may be open to the sky above, with the tunnels in between fairly short. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Approximately one hour is spent on site.  Sturdy shoes, sun protection, and mosquito repellent are recommended.

Excursions

Explore Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Ho Chi Minh at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

This excursion provides an introduction to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, a vibrant and exciting city.  Explore the highlights and have time to shop.


Departing the port, head toward Central Saigon to see or visit some of its many attractions.


History Museum

Start with a visit to this outstanding museum, considered the best place to get acquainted with Vietnam's history. Housed in a building from the early 1900s, the museum displays artefacts from the Bronze Age to the early communist presence in Vietnam. Other exhibits feature Cham art, ceramics, and traditional costumes.


Leaving the museum, the bus will take you to the Notre Dame Cathedral, distinguished by its imposing twin spires. Along the way, stop for photos at the splendid Reunification Palace and the elegant Saigon City Hall. Then, switching back to the coach, drive to China Town, known locally as Cholon.


Saigon Market

Visit the large market place in central Ho Chi Minh City Ben Thanh located in the Saigon Market. A short twenty minute stroll through Ben Thanh market offers a kaleidoscope of colours and a hive of activities.


Thien Hau Temple

Next, proceed to this beautiful temple built in 1825 and dedicated to the cult of Thien Hau, Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors.


Lacquer Factory

The last visit is to one of Saigon's best known establishments for an introduction to the making of the city's renowned lacquer ware. Browse through the showrooms, where a fascinating array of items tempts even the most jaded shopper.


From here, the tour returns to the port. Time permitting and if you prefer, remain in town and make your own way back to the ship at your leisure.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress in lightweight clothing and bring sun protection; anticipate hot and humid weather. Order of sites seen or visited may vary.  Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.

Excursions

Travel to see the impressive Cham Towers and catch a glimpse of the city and its well-known pagoda on this half-day, scenic drive and tour.


Departing the pier, a 30-minute drive takes you north of the city to the site of the Po Nagar temple complex.


Po Nagar Cham Towers

Originally, there were eight of these magnificent towers standing on this granite hilltop overlooking the picturesque Nha Trang region. Today, only four remain. The towers were built between the 7th and 12th centuries and are reached via 70 sloping steps. Most visitors make the trip for the superb views from the top.


Long Son Pagoda

Heading back towards town, visit the best-known pagoda in Nha Trang. Note the ceramic tile and glass images of dragons decorating the roof and the entrance to the structure, as well as murals telling of local legends. Stairs to one side lead to a 30-foot (9.2-metre)-high white Buddha statue that can be seen from many parts of the city.


Nha Trang

Continue with an orientation drive through the city and along its beautiful beachfront. A visit is made to an embroidery and silk paintings workshop where you enjoy green tea and the arts of Vietnamese weaving.


Then, return to the port via the coastal road.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking; however, the hilltop Cham Towers can only be accessed via 70 steps. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Shoes must be removed for the interior temple visit. Wear slip-on shoes and bring a pair of socks for comfort. We recommend you bring your camera. Order of sights may vary.  Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.

Excursions

Discover a few of Nha Trang's highlights today on this short outing, including a view of the city as the ancient mariners witnessed - from the river.


A 30-minute drive takes you from the pier to the riverboat to begin a voyage on the Nha Trang River. The embarkation point is at the foot of the Po Nagar Cham Tower, perhaps the best preserved of all Cham sites. Dedicated to the goddess Uroja, the central tower features a black stone sculpture of a deity. Local villagers still bring offerings of flowers and incense to her shrine. The cruise takes you past numerous fishing boats and a lively fish market en route to a riverside clay-oven workshop and a rural village.


Come ashore at a local village where a family produces clay ovens used by the country people of Khanh Hoa Province. Every year, families mark the onset of Tet (the lunar New Year) by smashing their clay ovens. From the workshop, re-board the riverboat once more and head towards a refreshment stop where coconut juice, a local favourite is offered. On the river once again, cruise to a local farmers homestead and leaving the boat behind, explore his home and garden and sample some refreshing tropical fruit.


From the farm, begin the return to the ship via coach.


Please note: Although only a moderate amount of walking is required, the village path is unpaved and rough and guests must be able to manoeuvre on and off the boat. Flat, walking shoes are suggested. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. The boat is traditional and rustic, with only some protection from the sun. We suggest you bring a hat, sun lotion, and glasses.

Excursions

Explore Nha Trang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Nha Trang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Get a up-close look at the heart of the Vietnamese port city of Nha Trang from the seat of a pedi-cab on this half-day outing.


Board your coach and drive along the beach front of Nha Trang. A 15-minute ride takes you to Tran Phu Street, where you climb aboard your own pedi-cab. Travel through the main streets of the city which have colonial-style houses. Pass by the populated area before slowing to take photos from the pedi-cabs of the Nha Trang Cathedral, locally known as 'Stone Church'. Continue your ride along the Front Beach, passing Cai River bridge.


Next, the pedi-cab driver takes you to Dam Market, the Central Market of Nha Trang. Leave your pedi-cab to explore the market on foot. Some time is made available for shopping.


At the appointed time, meet your coach for the return ride back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires some walking at the market, at each guest's discretion. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the pedi-cab via steps. The pedi-cab ride is non-stop and guests will not get on/off the pedi-cabs along the route. Due to the requirements of the local traffic authority, the pedi-cab may only slow and not stop for photos. We thank you for your understanding. Light rain gear is provided if necessary. Tour sequence may vary. Pedi-cabs accommodate one guest only. Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.

Excursions

Explore the beautiful Vietnamese countryside and village lifestyles in a unique new way during this scenic, half-day bicycle excursion.


Depart the pier for the short transfer to the Bicycle Station at the Nha Trang Beach Public Park. Upon arrival, receive your safety instructions and equipment, then board your bicycle for a guided ride along country trails, through villages and towns, and past farms.


During your bicycle tour, observe the local lifestyles of the Vietnamese people and explore local landmarks. Highlights include the Nha Trang Cathedral, Stone Church, Loc Tho Pagoda, Ancient House, Cai riverside, Cham Tower, a 1,000-year-old Hindu temple, and a refreshment stop at the Lang Tre restaurant. Your tour concludes with photo stops at the Ponagar and Tram Huong towers before re-boarding your coach and transferring back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers and sun protection is recommended. Guests must be between 13 and 75 years old and between 62 and 74 inches (157 and 188 centimetres) to participate on this tour. The maximum weight to participate on this tour is 210 pounds (95 kilograms) per person. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.  Guest who would like to donate colouring books, crayons, pencils ect, can bring the items and give them directly to the children.

Excursions

Vietnam's culture and heritage fascinate all who visit. On this full-day exploration of the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam's treasure chest of history, begin with a visit to the Cham Museum of Da Nang before heading to Hoi An. This picturesque river town has remained unchanged for centuries. Initially an important trading port, Hoi An boasts some of Vietnam's most historic architecture as well as colourful temples and old community houses. Visit the Hoi An Museum, experience a guided walking tour of the town and enjoy a traditional lunch. Enjoy some shopping time and the opportunity to take some photos at Marble Mountain round out the day's journey.


Cham Museum

Travel for approximately 75-minutes via coach from the pier to the Cham Museum in Da Nang, with its ornate temples and colonial-style buildings. Stroll through its outdoor exhibits of sandstone sculptures and temple decorations created between the 4th and 14 centuries by the Cham people. The displays are grouped into four time periods, and named after the regions in which the sculptures were discovered.


Hoi An

Your next destination is Hoi An, a pretty river town that has earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Your walking tour begins along its colourful streets, which have remained largely unchanged for centuries before you enter the Hoi An Museum. Housed in a traditional merchant's house, this museum is known for its fine collection of objects relating to the town's heydays as an important trading port.


Phuoc Kien Temple

Next, visit the Phuoc Kien Temple, a structure built in honour of Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea.


Perhaps one of the most intriguing and beautiful of Hoi An's sights is the Japanese covered bridge. Built in 1593 over a stream, it is a wonderful amalgamation of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese architectural characteristics. Appropriately, it connects Hoi An's Japanese and Chinese districts. At the centre of the bridge stands a small temple.


Following lunch at a local restaurant, return to the town and its busy streets to do some shopping in the lively open-air market.


Your tour concludes at the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking to take in all the sights; exploration of the town is entirely on foot, for approximately 2.5 hours, mainly on flat ground, with some steps to climb. Lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests wishing to may independently hire a trishaw for the market visit. Due to the popularity of sights visited, dense crowding can be anticipated and the order of sights seen may vary. Please exercise caution with personal items in the market area, particularly when walking through crowded areas frequented by tourists. Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.

Excursions

This full-day excursion combines an exploration of Da Nang's Cham Museum with a visit to My Son Holysee, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Savour lunch at Marble Beach and take in the views of Marble Mountain on this overview of the southern areas of Vietnam.


Da Nang

Depart the pier and travel by coach to the Cham Museum in Da Nang, a journey of approximately 75 minutes. The road south from Chan May is scenic, with tall sand dunes along the coast and numerous rice paddies and water buffalo in the fields. As you venture through the centre of Da Nang, discover a charming town, with ornate temples and colonial-style buildings.


Arriving at the Cham Museum, stroll through its outdoor exhibits of sandstone sculptures and temple decorations created between the 4th and 14 centuries by the Cham people. The displays are grouped into four time periods, and named after the regions in which the sculptures were discovered. Your guide, well-versed in Cham history provides a comprehensive explanation of these relics.


My Son Holysee

Your next destination is My Son Holysee. This World Cultural Heritage Site is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works, and includes temples and towers connected to each other by a series of intricate red brick designs. The main component of the site's Cham architectural design is the tower, which was built to reflect the divinity of the king. During your visit to My Son Holy Land, listen to your guide's lecture and see the 1,000-year-old brick ruins of temples built by Central Vietnam's Hindu Chams, which were damaged during the Vietnam War.


Marble Beach

Venture next to Marble Beach, the famed stretch of sandy coastline that served as a place for military personnel to find some R&R, and for Hollywood to shoot movies. With its Marble Mountain views and five-star resorts, it has become a favourite stomping ground for international travellers and ex-patriots. Enjoy lunch and a refreshment and a chance to relax at the resort on the beach.


Marble Mountain

Re-board the coach and travel next to the village at Marble Mountain. Shaped like a dragon at rest, Marble Mountain is actually a series of marble and limestone formations, each named after an element: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.


After your brief visit here, travel back to Chan May and the ship.


Please note: This tour requires moderate amount of walking, some of which is over uneven ground. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests who would like to swim at Marble Beach should bring a swimsuit with cover up. The order of sights seen may vary. Please exercise caution with personal items in the market area, particularly when walking through crowded areas frequented by tourists. Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.

Excursions

Discover the history of Vietnam, both ancient and more recent, on this visit to Da Nang and Marble Mountain Beach. Highlights of this half-day outing include the Cham Museum, Han Market, XQ embroidery workshop, Marble Mountain village, and Marble Mountain Beach.


Da Nang

Your adventure begins with a transfer of approximately 75 minutes to Da Nang. Visit the Cham Museum, a rather primitive yet altogether charming museum boasting an extensive array of Cham artefacts. The museum's more than 300 pieces are displayed outdoors, which proves to be an appropriate space for its collection of temple decorations and sandstone sculptures. The exhibits represent four time periods and are named after the geographic regions where the pieces were found.


Pedicab ride

Enjoy a pedicab ride from the Cham Museum to Han Market, winding through the small side streets of Da Nang to experience the heartbeat of the city. Riding in a pedicab, or cyclo, pronounced see-klo, offers a charming and intimate way to experience the hectic pace of Da Nang. Be pedaled through this animated and bustling city, and enjoy numerous opportunities for photos of the industrious vendors, streets full of motorcycles and pedicabs, local markets and colonial buildings


Han Market & Embroidery Workshop

Having become acquainted with the treasures of an ancient culture, continue with a drive to the nearby Han Market, where you will find the offerings of modern commerce. After your investigation of this colourful marketplace, walk to the XQ Embroidery Workshop.


The Vietnamese people are very skilful at embroidery. The ancestor of this embroidery workshop came from Hue and trained many generations of workers, dedicated to this form of art. The artisans can spend months on a single piece, with embroidery themes that include Vietnamese daily life and literature. Re-board the coach and travel next to the village at Marble Mountain.


Marble Mountain

King Minh Mang in 1837 named the mountains of Ngu Hanh after the five basic elements of the universe: Kim mountain (metal); Moc mountain (wood); Thuy mountain (water); Tho mountain (earth); Hoa mountain (Fire). In Marble Mountain Village, the skilful hands of the area's talented workers have created thousands of stone statues. Of particular note are the different coloured pieces, very interesting to most stone lovers.


Marble Mountain Beach

The sandy beach at Marble Mountain Beach is more than 25 miles (40 kilometres) long. During the Vietnam War, American Marines and South Korean troops used this area as a basecamp. Since then, many famous resorts have been built along the beach. Sip a local drink, relax, and enjoy the sea breeze, sun, and sand. If you feel adventurous, go for a swim, climb the nearby mountain with more than 100 steps to see both the area pagoda and caverns, or admire the view of Da Nang and Marble Mountain Beach.


Afterwards, the coach returns you to the ship in Chan May.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over uneven ground. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests who would like to swim at Marble Mountain Beach should wear a swimsuit with cover up. The order of sights seen may vary. Please exercise caution with personal items in the market area, particularly when walking through crowded areas frequented by tourists. Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.  

Excursions

Relive Vietnam's royal grandeur and become immersed in her culture as you visit the imperial city of Hue (pronounced 'whay'), with a cruise on the Perfume River. Adding to your experience is a stop at a lively marketplace and a visit to the magnificent tomb of Emperor Minh Mang.


Begin your day at the pier in Chan May, where you board an air-conditioned coach for the approximate 1.5-hour journey to Hue.


Hue

Located eight miles (thirteen kilometres) from the coast and close to the Laos border, Hue has long been known as the 'Imperial City of the Nguyen Emperors'. The Emperors rose to glory during their reign from 1802 to 1945 and were the last ruling family of Vietnam. The city's fascinating treasures include the Imperial Citadel, Kings' Tomb, temples, and pagodas.


Royal Citadel

Functioning as the centre of imperial activity for 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, the city boasts impressive buildings and a sense of history. Gain an appreciation of that history with an exploration of the Royal Citadel. Built by Emperor Gia Long in 1804, the citadel features what is called the Noon Gate, or 'Ngo Mon'. This is the spot where kings announced the yearly calendar and the names of new doctors of philosophy.


The Palace of Supreme Harmony and adjoining Esplanade of Great Salutation were equally important in imperial life, hosting coronations, emperors' birthday parties, and court proceedings. Having been restored, the early-19th-century palace retains much of its original grandeur.


Continue your walking introduction of the Citadel with a look at the Imperial Enclosure. The Citadel's comparison to China's Forbidden City will be apparent as you observe this intriguing citadel within a citadel.


Thien Mu Pagoda

Next, visit Thien Mu Pagoda, located a short drive from the Citadel. Founded in 1601 by Lord Nguyen Hoang, the governor of Thuan Hoa Province, Thien Mu is the symbol of the city and one of the holiest pagodas in all of Vietnam. With its days as a hot-bed for anti-government protests long past, the pagoda today is a serene place where novice gardeners tend bonsai and monks deliver incantations.


Dragon Boat Cruise

Awaiting you in front of the pagoda is your dragon boat. Climb aboard and cruise on the Perfume River in a similar manner to that of the kings who travelled this route before you. Take in the sights and savour tranquillity as you relax. At the conclusion of your cruise, witness skilled workers crafting fine pieces of embroidery as you call to their workshop. Afterwards, travel to the lunch venue, where Vietnamese cuisine is offered.


Emperor's Tomb

There is one more stop on your comprehensive itinerary: a visit to the magnificent tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. Considered the most brilliant emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, Minh Mang had his tomb built on the west bank of the river. The tomb features unique green and yellow tiles.


From this picturesque spot, begin your return journey to Chan May.


Please note: The driving distance between Chan May and Hue is approximately 1.5 hours in duration. Sightseeing in Hue requires an extensive amount of walking; comfortable shoes are essential. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The order of sites seen or visited may vary. Please exercise caution with personal items in the market area, particularly when walking through crowded areas frequented by tourists.  Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.  

Excursions

Explore Chan May at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Chan May at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Chan May at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Chan May at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Experience a taste of Vietnam's cuisine in one of its more picturesque towns, on this full-day local culinary exploration.


Meet your guide on the pier and depart via coach for the approximate 75 minute ride to Hoi An, a pretty river town that has earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.


On arrival, meet the Chef of the Morning Glory School and head off to the local market with its neat displays of wares and produce. The Chef will select items that will be used later in the preparation of local delicacies.


Walk to the cooking school, one of Hoi An's best, and learn about Vietnamese cuisine. At your cooking station, follow the demonstrations of an expert chef who will teach you to prepare such Vietnamese delicacies as spring rolls, grilled chicken, rice pancakes and chicken and mango salad. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the dishes you have prepared.


After lunch, set off with your guide to the Hoi An Museum. Housed in a traditional merchant's house, this museum is known for its fine collection of objects relating to the town's heydays as an important trading port.


Next, visit perhaps one of the most intriguing and beautiful of Hoi An's sights, the Japanese covered bridge. Built in 1593 over a stream, it is a wonderful amalgamation of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese architectural characteristics. Appropriately, it connects Hoi An's Japanese and Chinese districts. At the centre of the bridge stands a small temple.


Board the coach for the journey back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking to take in all the sights; exploration of the town is entirely on foot, for approximately 2.5 hours, mainly on flat ground, with some steps to climb. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests wishing to may independently hire a trishaw for the market visit. Lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Due to the popularity of sights visited, dense crowding can be anticipated and the order of sights seen may vary. Please exercise caution with personal items in the market area, particularly when walking through crowded areas frequented by tourists. Bring local currency for any purchases; US dollars and credit cards are accepted in many stores.  

Excursions

Experience the scenic beauty and most renowned destinations of Hong Kong's largest outlying island during this day trip to Lantau Island. Depart the port for the scenic drive via coach to Lantau Island.  Upon arrival, your tour begins with a brief stop at the Tsing Ma Lookout.


Tsing Ma Lookout

The Tsing Ma viewing platform offers spectacular vistas and photo opportunities of the Tsing Ma Bridge.  The world's longest suspension bridge carrying both rail and road traffic, Tsing Ma links the new airport on Lantau Island to the Kowloon Peninsula.  Upon arrival in the town of Tung Chung, you will switch to a franchised bus for your tour of Lantau Island.


Tai O Fishing Village

This fishing village, renowned for the stilt houses built by the river's shore, was the centre of Hong Kong's salt-panning industry for 100 years.


Po Lin Monastery

Your tour continues on through beautiful mountain scenery en route to the Po Lin Monastery, the principal centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong.  The monastery houses the world's tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statue, the Tian Tan Buddha.  This imposing statue of Buddha weighs over 250 tonnes (227,000 kilos), and is more than 100 feet high (34 metres).


After a vegetarian lunch served at the monastery, return to Tung Chung town via cable car.  Should the cable car be out of service, the 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometre) drive to Tung Chung will be by bus.  


Upon arrival at Tung Chung, re-board your coach for the return drive to the port.


Please note: This tour, available only to guests continuing on from the previous cruise, requires an extensive amount of walking, with an incline to the platform. The road to Lantau is very narrow and full of turns; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from travel motion sickness. There are narrow lanes and an uneven floor at the fishing village. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The lunch served is vegetarian cuisine. Expect lines at the Skyrail; your patience is appreciated.  This tour is available for guests February 23, 2015 sailing on voyages 4504-4505 who are in transit only.

Excursions

Explore some of Hong Kong's most popular historic landmarks during this half-day orientation tour of the city.


Depart the pier for the drive across the harbour via the sub-ocean tunnel, and on to Hong Kong Island. Your scenic orientation tour begins with a visit to Victoria Peak.


Victoria Peak

From Garden Road, a tram takes you for the five-minute ride uphill to the 1,300-foot (396-metre) Victoria Peak. After taking in spectacular views and photo opportunities of Hong Kong and Kowloon, board a coach for the drive downhill. Next, your drive continues on to Aberdeen via Deep Water Bay.


Aberdeen

Upon arrival, a sampan boat ride provides a fascinating look at this floating settlement. As you glide along the city's oldest harbour, your cruise takes you past houseboats, fishing sampans and floating restaurants. At the end of the cruise, re-board your coach for the ride to the Stanley Market via Repulse Bay.


Stanley Market

Once a fishing village, Stanley Market has earned a reputation as a paradise for bargain hunters as well as for its interesting scenery. The narrow lanes are lined with small shops selling the latest in fashion clothing, such as overruns of designer jeans and sportswear, leather and silk clothing in Western sizes. In addition, a good selection of souvenir items can be found here.


During your visit, you can stroll around the market and perhaps make a few purchases. Serious shoppers will want to return and explore the market at their leisure.


Leaving Stanley Market, your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the port.


Please note: This tour, available only to guests continuing on from the previous cruise, a moderate amount of walking, with some stairs to climb and guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach and boat via steps. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable shoes are recommended.  If the ship is docked at China Merchant Wharf, there is no drive to Hong Kong Island; the ship is located here.  

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Set in peaceful surroundings amidst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best business hotels. It is situated in the heart of the city, just a short walk away from the entertainment and shopping at the bustling Orchard Road. It offers exceptional dining options at award-winning restaurants ranging from international buffet at The Line via 16 theatre kitchens, classic Cantonese at Shang Palace, authentic Japanese at Nadaman and healthy yet creative Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Waterfall Cafe. Recreational facilities are simply unsurpassed in variety. In the midst of beautifully landscaped grounds are tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a state-of-the-art Health Club. In December 2012, Singapore's first CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La was unveiled featuring unique healing therapies that will indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalise your spirit.

Guests on the Grande Hotel program will enjoy accommodations in the Valley Wing:

As the accommodation of choice for heads of states, captains of industries and discerning travellers, the Valley Wing epitomises the very best in luxury accommodation. With 131 beautifully furnished guestrooms including 26 suites, this elegant wing's exclusivity is experienced once the guests arrive at the private lobby.

From arrival to departure, guests in the Valley Wing enjoy an unparalleled level of luxurious amenities and personalised services:

  • Complimentary breakfast in the private Summit Room
  • 24-hour personalised menu
  • Bathrooms with LCD televisions and choice of mood lighting
  • Complimentary champagne and cocktails
  • Complimentary WiFi and broadband Internet access
  • Largest and most luxurious deluxe rooms in the city
  • Personalised butler service for all suites
  • Personalised stationery
Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Set in peaceful surroundings amidst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best business hotels. It is situated in the heart of the city, just a short walk away from the entertainment and shopping at the bustling Orchard Road. It offers exceptional dining options at award-winning restaurants ranging from international buffet at The Line via 16 theatre kitchens, classic Cantonese at Shang Palace, authentic Japanese at Nadaman and healthy yet creative Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Waterfall Cafe. Recreational facilities are simply unsurpassed in variety. In the midst of beautifully landscaped grounds are tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a state-of-the-art Health Club. In December 2012, Singapore's first CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La was unveiled featuring unique healing therapies that will indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalise your spirit.

Guests on the Simply Hotel program will be accommodated in Tower Wing Deluxe rooms.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

The Peninsula has long been hailed as one of the finest hotels in the world.  Created in 1928, and Hong Kong's oldest hotel, the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East" continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance.  A stay at the hotel allows you to re-live the glamour of travel of a by-gone era and explore the many antiques and historical artefacts on display around the hotel.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Over two-thirds of the 503 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and all 87 suites offer sensational views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. Rooms are furnished throughout with rich silks, Asian art and exquisite furnishings. The spacious bathrooms are fitted in Italian marble with large sunken tubs and separate showers. All rooms have 24-hour butler and In-Room Dining.

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Land Programmes

Discover one of Southeast Asia's almost forgotten countries, which recently started to attract ever more savvy and adventurous travellers. Thanks to Laos' breathtakingly beautiful landscape, long history, rich Buddhist culture, and laid back lifestyle the country's isolation is now quickly changing and becoming a popular destination for those in the know. Visit the country's capital, Vientiane and temple-filled Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site situated 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level amid a backdrop of scenic mountains.


02MIDBKK-P Discover Laos

Departure: From Bangkok on Day 2

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Rejoin ship: In Ho Chi Minh City on Day 1    

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days before your cruise begins. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  Although space is very limited, a minimum number of participants is required to operate this excursion. Guests must bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them.


Discover Laos, one of Southeast Asia's almost forgotten countries. Officially called Lao People's Democratic Republic, the country has only recently begun to attract the attention of savvy and adventurous travelers due to Laos' breathtakingly beautiful nature, long history, rich Buddhist culture, and laid back lifestyle. The country's isolation is now quickly changing and the number of visitors is ever more increasing. On this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure you will have the opportunity for a brief visit to Laos' capital, Vientiane and to Luang Prabang, the country's showpiece and a World Heritage Site.


DAY ONE - Bangkok/ Luang Prabang

After a full breakfast, leave the ship and begin the hour's drive to Bangkok Airport.  After check-in and security, board your two-hour flight to Laos, arriving in Luang Prabang.  Visa formalities are handled on arrival and your guide will be there to assist you to your transfer to the hotel. After check-in, your guide takes you to Prabath Tai to admire the beautiful sunset view of the Mekong River.  Next, explore the Street Night Market, home to a lovely collection of textiles, handmade by the local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.   Take advantage of this stop to acquire a few local souvenirs, if you wish.


Return to the hotel where dinner is served before retiring for the evening.


Overnight accommodations are at La Maison Suvanaphoum or Hotel de la Paix - Luang Prabang


DAY TWO - Luang Prabang/ Vientiane  

Optional: For early risers a special treat awaits. Near the hotel you can watch one of Luang Prabang's most fascinating rituals as hundreds of orange-robed monks begin their walk at dawn to collect alms from faithful residents. It is a great opportunity for some very unusual and memorable photographs.


After breakfast and check-out, discover the major sites of Luang Prabang. The beautiful setting, splendid scenery and blend of foreign influences have earned the town top billing as the country's showpiece. Located at an elevation of 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level, Luang Prabang is encircled by impressive mountains and wedged between the Mekong and Khan Rivers. As the former royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, Luang Prabang has long been a centre of culture and preserved heritage.


The main attractions of this World Heritage Site can be seen within a short period of time and include ornate temples of and charming colonial architecture.  A stop at Wat Mai lets you admire the most richly decorated of all the temples in Luang Prabang. Visit the nearby Royal Palace Museum. Once the residence of the kings of Luang Prabang, exhibits feature a collection of personal memorabilia of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments and numerous gifts received from dignitaries of foreign countries. Many of the rooms have been preserved since the day of the revolution when the royal family was forced into exile. (Shoes have to be removed at the entrance to the museum.)


From here proceed to Wat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Golden City and one of the most important temples in Laos. The temple's rear wall is adorned with one of the best known artworks in Laos - the exquisite Tree of Life mosaic. Next, make your way to the airport for your 40-minute flight to Vientiane.


Upon arrival in Laos' capital city, you are met and taken to the Settha Palace Hotel for lunch and check-in. Built in the 1930s, this Vientiane landmark hotel underwent extensive restoration and now serves once again as a testament to classical elegance and gracious service.  After lunch, enjoy an overview of Southeast Asia's 'biggest village'.  An interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French and American influences makes Vientiane a charming and fascinating capital.  An afternoon tour of the city will show you the major highlights. Most of the sites are in relatively close proximity of each other.  


Begin with a visit to the most important national monument in Laos, Pha That Luang. This impressive gold-covered stupa is a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. The exterior of the 'Great Stupa' resembles a fortress surrounded by high walls. The main stupa stands 148 feet (44 metres) tall and is covered with gold leaf.

Legend has it that Ashokan missionaries from India erected a thâat or reliquary stupa here to enclose a piece of the Buddha's breastbone as early as the 3rd century BC. Excavations have found no trace of this, but did find suggestion of a Khmer monastery that might have been built near here between the 11th and 13th centuries AD.  Continue for a photo stop at the imposing Patuxai Monument, or 'Victory Gate', touted as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph. It was built in the 1960s to commemorate those who fought in the struggle for independence from the French.


Dinner this evening is at the Khua Lao Restaurant where you are treated to a traditional dance show.


Overnight accommodation at the Settha Palace Hotel - Vientiane.


DAY THREE - Vientiane/ Ho Chi Minh City  

Following an early breakfast and check-out, visit Wat Sisaket, the temple famous for its cloister wall with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Vientiane's oldest surviving monastery, it was built by King Anouvong in 1818, in the Siamese style.  Its grounds are richly planted with a variety of vegetation that is lovingly tended, so it becomes a restful retreat as well.  Next, visit Ho Phra Keo, 'Altar of the Emerald Buddha'. Built as a royal chapel and repository for the celebrated Emerald Buddha which Loatians took from northern Thailand in the 16th century (it was taken back to Bangkok two centuries later), this temple was restored to its former glory in 1993.


Conclude your Laos Discovery with a lunch-time flight to Ho Chi Minh City, via Phnom Penh. A light meal is served in-flight. Upon arrival in Vietnam, you are met and assisted with arrival visa formalities. Then board your transfer coach that returns you to your awaiting ship.



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of steps at all sites visited, making the tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Visas for both Laos and Vietnam are included and will be issued upon arrival at the airports. Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. Lightweight clothing, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Bring a jacket or shawl for the cooler region of Luang Prabang.  Comfortable walking shoes that are easy to slip on and off are essential.  Out of respect, dress modestly, with any skirts or pants well below the knee and shoulders must be covered for visits to Buddhist shrines. Some temples and the Royal Palace Museum require shoes be removed at the entrance.  Remember to bring your camera. Monks may be at the sites; their picture may only be taken after obtaining their permission and women may not touch monks. US dollars are well accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited however you should carry small change. Bargaining is common at markets. Airlines restrict baggage to 44 lb (20 kg) per person; hand luggage cannot exceed 11 lb (5 kg) in weight, should smaller aircraft be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes; order of sites and/or the itinerary may change.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel or  Hotel de la Paix - Luang Prabang  

·        One-night stay at Settha Palace Hotel (or similar) - Vientiane  

·        Two breakfasts, one lunch, one in-flight lunch and two dinners  (Lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; dinner includes also house wine as an additional choice)

·        Flights in Economy Class: Bangkok/Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang/Vientiane, Vientiane/Phnom Penh/Ho Chi Minh City

·        Laos and Vietnamese visas      

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary



Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guide, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Once the capital of the Khmer Empire from 800 AD to approximately 1200, Angkor spreads out over an area of about 40 miles (63 km). The city and its famous temples were abandoned in the early 15th century and remained unknown to the outside world until 1860, when a French botanist stumbled upon them in the jungle overgrowth. Today, travellers flock to Angkor to see this spectacular temple city, rated among the world's premier architectural sites and since 1992 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Three with an exploration of Cham civilization and the pretty ancient river town of Hoi An, also a UNESCO site.        



02MIDSGN-K   Angkor Wat!  

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Departs from: Ho Chi Minh City

Re-join ship:  Chan May  

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations 90 days prior to sailing. Requests received after the applicable date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Guests must bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them.



Experience the magical Angkor Temple City, acclaimed as being one of the most incredible ancient religious monuments in the World and Asia's most famous archaeological attraction.


DAY ONE - Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap

Depart the ship after lunch and transfer to the airport for the one-hour flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, drive to your hotel and check-in to the five-star Sokha Angkor Hotel. Located in the heart of Siem Reap, the hotel's decor is inspired by the local culture. Your photograph will be taken at the hotel and your temple pass issued, facilitating admission to the temple sites next morning. Dinner this evening is served poolside and is enhanced by a performance of lovely Apsara dancers.


Overnight accommodation is at the Sokha Angkor Hotel - Siem Reap.


DAY TWO - Siem Reap/Angkor Wat/Da Nang

Begin your day with the drive to the Angkor site to visit to Ta Phrom. The temple is reached via a footpath through the forest and your first glimpse is of an extraordinary sight. The invading jungle-like growth has been left in place. Serpentine trunks of towering fig trees wind around the temple ruins, across walls and through doorways, creating an incredible atmosphere. Ta Phrom is also featured in scenes of Angelina Jolie's movie, Tomb Raider.  As you enter and exit the sites of Angkor, you may notice children selling various souvenirs.  To promote education of the area's youth, Silversea has made a donation on your behalf to the school of the local orphanage to encourage education and the betterment of these children.


Continue to Angkor Thom, the former capital of the Khmer Empire. King Jayavarman VII established Angkor Thom in the late-12th century. It spans 3.5 square miles (90.65 square km), and features 25-foot-high (7.6-metres-high) gates at each of the cardinal points.


After entering via the narrow South Gate, continue to Angkor Thom's most significant sites, including Bayon, a temple known for its 49 towers and a terrace full of colossal heads with smiling faces. The stunning architecture and unusual décor makes Bayon one of the most visited sites at Angkor Thom. Other highlights include the Terrace of Elephants and the Leper King, representing one of Angkor's many mysteries.


Exit the site of Angkor Thom and head to a local hotel for a buffet-style lunch. Return to the Sokha Hotel to check-out and collect your belongings before proceeding to Angkor Temple.


Angkor Wat is the most famous of the Angkor sites and the largest Buddhist monument ever built. It spans an area of 500 acres (202 hectares), and is surrounded by a 660-foot-wide (201-meter-wide) moat. The construction required some 385,000 workers and 40,000 elephants over a 35-year period. The site remained covered by dense jungle growth until the late-19th century, when French archaeologists began a long restoration process. While some sections are still in ruins, others are used for worship and are occupied by Buddhist monks.


Entrance to this majestic and vast complex is via a long causeway across the moat. Then begin your exploration with a guided walking tour through corridors and courtyards. The walls are covered with bas-reliefs featuring battle scenes, dancing deities and visions of punishment in hell and rewards in paradise. The temple's central building is three stories high and accessible via a steep staircase (only recommended for very fit and agile guests).


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and travel to the airport for your early evening flight to Da Nang.  After claiming your luggage, you are met and transferred to the Grand Mercure Hotel for dinner before your night's stay.  


Overnight accommodation is at the Grand Mercure Hotel - DaNang


DAY THREE - Da Nang/Hoi An/Chan May

After an early breakfast at the hotel, check-out and board your coach for the short drive to the Cham Museum.  Visit the Cham Museum, a rather primitive yet altogether charming museum boasting an extensive array of Cham artefacts. The museum's more than 300 pieces are displayed outdoors, which proves to be an appropriate space for its collection of temple decorations and sandstone sculptures. The exhibits represent four time periods and are named after the geographic regions where the pieces were found.


Your next destination is Hoi An, a pretty river town, approximately 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Da Nang that has earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. The picturesque river town has remained unchanged for centuries. Initially an important trading port, Hoi An boasts some of Vietnam's most historic architecture as well as colourful temples and ancient community houses, much of which remains unchanged after centuries. Upon arrival at Hoi An, your coach parks at the Hoi An Hotel, from where you proceed on foot to the centre of ancient Hoi An. Stop at the small, local museum, in a traditional merchant's house, known for its fine collection of objects relating to the town's heydays as an important trading port.   From the museum, continue with your walking tour to the local market for a look at the colourful display of produce, fruits, flower and fish.  Next, head toward the Covered Bridge and take a stroll across for a visit of an ancient home on the other side. (Visiting the upper floor of the building requires climbing a flight of stairs.)  A brief stop at this ornate Chinese temple dedicated to Thien Hau, Goddess of the Sea, is made before walking back to the coach parking area.


On the drive to the ship, pause to take photographs at Marble Mountain, the famous collection of five marble and limestone formations that take the shape of a dragon at rest.  Your Land Adventure concludes at the port of Chan May where the ship awaits.


Please note:    This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of steps at all sites visited, making the tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. A Cambodian visa is included and will be issued upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport. Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. Lightweight clothing, comfortable shoes, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative.  Remember also to bring your camera. Angkor Temple is still an active place of worship. Dress modestly, with any skirts or pants well below the knee and shoulders must be covered. Scarves and skirts are NOT available for those who have their legs or shoulders exposed and access to the top floor of the Angkor Temple will not be permitted. Monks will be at the sites; their picture may only be taken after obtaining their permission and women may not touch monks. US dollars are well accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. Airlines restrict baggage to 44 lb (20 kg) per person; hand luggage cannot exceed 11 lb (5 kg) in weight, should smaller aircraft be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes; order of sites and/or the itinerary may change. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is one of Silversea's "Good Citizen" tours. A portion of your Land Adventure cost is donated to the school of the Siem Reap Children's Orphanage. If you wish, you may bring school supplies to add to your donation.  Our representatives will ensure these are delivered to the school's directors for a very welcomed distribution. Please refrain from giving money to children begging at the sites as this encourages the practice.







Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel (or similar), deluxe city view category- Siem Reap

·        One-night stay at the Grande Mercure Hotel (or similar), deluxe category - Da Nang

·        Scheduled flights: Ho Chi Minh/Siem Reap/Da Nang (Economy Class).  Business Class upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability as most aircraft do not offer business seating    

·        Two breakfasts, two lunches, an evening supper and a dinner/performance (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

·        Apsara dance performance with dinner at the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Angkor Temple Pass

·        Cambodian visa


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.