Ho Chi Minh City To Hong Kong ASIA expedition cruise Silver Discoverer

A journey rich with new destinations, start your adventure with an overnight in the happy cacophony of scooters and street-sellers in former Saigon. Then, be prepared for a palette of sights and experiences – the incredible floating flower market of Cai Be, the labyrinthine caves and grottoes of Phong Nha-Ke Bang and the remote Chinese villages of Zhuang. Asia has never been so beautiful.
Voyage 9805

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included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • 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 room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
Cruise itinerary

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Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Romantically referred to by the French as the Pearl of the Orient, Ho Chi Minh City today is a super-charged city of sensory overload. Motorbikes zoom day and night along the wide boulevards, through the narrow back alleys and past vendors pushing handcarts hawking goods of all descriptions.

View 1 Land programme(s) in Ho Chi Minh City

The Tien River is one of several offshoots of the Mekong River that splits off and flows through Vietnam before spilling out into the South East Asia Sea. The Mekong (“Nine Dragon river delta”) is the 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia, with a length of approximately length is 2,703 miles. The Tien River is a very important part of the culture and daily life, not only providing a ‘highway’ for transporting, but also livelihoods.
Cai Be is a river-land mixed town in Vietnam. It is a rural district of Tiền Giang Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Along the river, there are docks that handle passengers and goods plus the local floating market. Farmers from the region bring their goods, fruits and vegetables mainly, to the markets and sell them to local dealers. These dealers sell the products to shops in the neighbouring towns and to wholesale dealers from the big towns. In the picture you can see a local farmer with fruits for sale. All big boats have a pole.
Con Son is the largest of 15 islands in the Con Dao Archipelago, 80km from the mainland Mekong Delta region and 230km from Saigon. The island’s remoteness and former use as a penal colony have kept it in relatively pristine condition: 80% is still forested. The thick canopy provides habitat for all sorts of exotic sounding animals endemic to the archipelago: the Con Dao bow-fingered gecko and Con Dao black giant squirrel are just two. The islands are rugged and mountainous, the highest peak reaching 557m.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Quy Nhon in Vietnam is entered through a gracious, sweeping bay and is a city that maintains its charm and natural beauty despite being densely populated, with 300,000 people living there. Quy Nhon is the capital of Binh Dinh Province in Vietnam, and although the city was officially founded in the late 18th century, its history dates back to the 11th century when it was central to Champa culture. The Hinduism and cultural traditions from Quy Nhon’s Champa roots still permeates the arts and culture of this city today.
Da Nang is the third largest city in Vietnam with the land area of 1283 square kilometre and the population of approximately 1million people. Da Nang is growing into one of the most organized urban area, with attractive beach front villas on the one side and Han River flowing on the other. Of the few attractions that belong to the city, Museum of Cham stands out with its rich collection of Cham artefacts. For those who crave for more outdoors activities, My Khe beach is a good place to spend time, either by yourself or with your loved ones.

Quang Binh is a province in Vietnam, about 490km south of Hanoi. The entire area spans 8,037sqkm and serves as home to a population of more than 800,000 people. The city of Dong Hoi is the provincial capital. Dong My is an urban ward in Dong Hoi. From Dong My, we can visit the main tourist destination in the province such as the Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park situated in both the provincial districts of Bo Trach and Minh Hoa. This protected area is found in the Truong Son limestone zone. The national park is home to massive karsts, as well as plenty of caves and grottoes.
Cat Ba is the largest of the 367 islands spanning 260 km2 (100 sq. mi) that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the south-eastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam. Cat Ba island has a surface area of 285 km2 (110 sq. mi) and maintains the dramatic and rugged features of Ha Long Bay. Cat Ba is the largest island in the Bay and approximately half of its area is covered by a National Park, which is home to the highly endangered Cat Ba Langur. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Located immediately north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen is a large, dynamic and highly urbanized metropolis and the gateway to the inland region of Guilin, which is accessed by train. In contrast to this urban starting point, the train from Shenzhen to Guilin reveals magnificent scenery of steep karst hills and beautifully stepped agricultural areas that follow the natural curves of the hilly terrain. Guilin means “Forest of Sweet Osmanthus” for its large number of fragrant trees, and is one of China’s most popular tourist destinations because of its lovely natural landscapes.
The Hong Kong Island skyline, with its ever-growing number of skyscrapers, speaks to ambition and money. Paris, London, even New York were centuries in the making, while Hong Kong's towers, bright lights, and glitzy shopping emporia weren't yet part of the urban scene when many of the young investment bankers who fuel one of the world's leading financial centers were born. Commerce is concentrated in the glittering high-rises of Central, tucked between Victoria Harbor and forested peaks on Hong Kong Island's north shore.

View 2 Land programme(s) in Hong Kong

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Medallion Suite

408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

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Veranda Suite

280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

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Vista Suite

269 ft² / 25m²

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View Suite

181 ft² / 16.8m²

From US$ 13,300

Explorer Suite

186 ft² / 17.3 m²

From US$ 10,800
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Enrichments

Silversea's cruises offer you a chance to indulge your passions and enjoy experiences not found on a typical cruise

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included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • 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 room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • *Free transfers available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer

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Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite
Silver Discoverer - Medallion Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

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9805 - Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationary
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accomodate an additional guest
  • Living room with sitting area and convertible sofa to accomodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Laundry service
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Illy® Espresso machine
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Bose Sound Touch 30 with Bluetooth connectivity (use Bose APP or direct Bluetooth connection)

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Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite
Silver Discoverer - Veranda Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

A Silversea signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture. Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate three guests.

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9805 - Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accommodate an additional guest up to the age of 14 years old. (Veranda Suites 601, 602, 603, 604 only)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access

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Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite
Silver Discoverer - Vista Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 269 ft² / 25m²

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

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  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • Personalised stationary
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Two large view windows
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access

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Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite
Silver Discoverer - View Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 181 ft² / 16.8m²

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

Fares from US$ 13,300 (Per guest)

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9805 - Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • View window
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day

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Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite
Silver Discoverer - Explorer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 186 ft² / 17.3 m²

As spacious as a Explorer Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows. An enchanting retreat, Explorer Suites exude cosy opulence and a cushy seating area perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

Fares from US$ 10,800 (Per guest)

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9805 - Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Umbrella
  • Personalised stationary
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth connectivity
  • 110-volt outlets only
  • Two portholes
  • Sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage draws
  • Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Writing desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Flat screen television with Interactive Media Library
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Explorer View deck US$ 10,800 request a quote
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Silver Discoverer

Silversea's loyal following of adventure travellers can now explore the remote archipelagos of the vast Pacific aboard the sleek, 116-guest Silver Discoverer cruise ship. She's the perfect platform for viewing these untamed landscapes, with all ocean-view suites and plenty of deck space so that a breaching whale or a pod of dolphins is always within sight. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

3 Land programmes and 3 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

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Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Day 1 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Embark Silver Discoverer in Ho Chi Minh City to start – Secrets of Vietnam and the Orient Sea.

After settling in you will attend a mandatory safety drill before leaving port. This evening you will be introduced to important members of the crew and the Expedition Team. Get to know some of your fellow travellers over a sail away cocktail and enjoy the first of many memorable dinners in The Restaurant.

Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam           
With Silver Discoverer snuggly alongside in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon as it is locally known) we would like to offer you the choice of several unique opportunities for exploring the city. Perhaps you would like to start your morning with a morning Tai Chi session in one of the oldest parks in Ho Chi Minh City. With a 6:30 am start time, appreciate the early morning rays as you experience the morning like a local. After class, relax with a glass of the famous Vietnamese coffee, then jump in a rickshaw cyclo to visit a market. Stroll the stalls and see how local people shop for their daily groceries, meats and other exotic items.

Starting slightly later in the morning, you will have the choice to set out on a tour exploring the highlights this vibrant city from the back of a motor scooter to travel as local people do daily. By scooter we will visit attractions such as a flower market and an atmospheric pagoda in Chinatown. Your driver will then zip you back to the city centre to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral. Next to the cathedral is the Grand Central Post Office, designed by Gustav Eiffel offering visitors a chance to imagine life in the time of the Indochinese Empire. Change to motor coaches for your final stop at Ben Thanh market, where you will enjoy a glass of Vietnamese coffee.

Many travellers appreciate Vietnam’s rich history and the Cu Chi Tunnels are an incredible network of hundreds of miles of narrow tunnels that were built during resistance to the French colonization and utilized extensively during the Vietnam War. The tunnels give an amazing insight into life during the war. If you prefer using the day to dive into this history, join us on a guided exploration of Vietnam’s past.

The day begins with a transfer from Ho Chi Minh City by speedboat along the banks of the Saigon River to meet a Vietnamese war veteran who will share his experiences of living in the tunnels with you. Before exploring the tunnels watch a short introductory film to gain a better understanding of the tunnel network. Some have been enlarged, so it is possible to go inside, but there is also so much to see above ground. After your exploration, stop for lunch at a local restaurant where you will meet a reputed United Press International photographer during the Vietnam War to gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s history.

Alternatively, begin the day with a visit to the History Museum, set in the Zoo and Botanical Gardens.  The Museum now houses artefacts illustrating the evolution of Vietnamese culture from ancient times to the 1930s, when Vietnam’s Communist Party was founded. Then visit the Reunification Palace built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. Continue to Notre Dame Cathedral and the classic 19th century French colonial Post Office. The largest post office in Vietnam, it is an important communications hub for city inhabitants.

After lunch at local restaurant, explore Cholon, “Chinatown,” and a prosperous area that has been engaged in trading activities since the 17th century. Known for its Chinese delis, ancient quarters, old temples and pagodas, the area reflects original architecture and age-old rituals. Transfer to visit a Quan Am pagoda built in the 18th century. Unchanged for hundreds of years, the pagoda offers a serene escape from the bustling atmosphere of Chinatown. Meet with Dr. Duong Ngoc Dung to learn more about Vietnam culture and religions.

In one final half-day offering for Saigon, learn the fundamentals of delicious Vietnamese cuisine from preparation to presentation at the GRAIN cooking school. Founded by local celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, GRAIN promises to offer visitors a unique culinary experience. Transfer from the port to the lively Ben Thanh Market where your guide will help you pick out the exotic vegetables, spices and herbs that will be used in today’s cooking lesson. After exploring the market, drive to the GRAIN cooking studio for your hands-on four-course cooking classes. Once you’ve finished your menu, savor each dish as you sit down to feast on the fruits of your labor.

Day 3 – Cruise the Tien River, Mekong Delta, Vietnam                                       
Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon as it is locally known) lies on the Saigon River, a tributary of the massive Mekong River delta. Silver Discoverer will spend the day cruising in the river system downstream to the sea. Join the Expedition Team out on deck as the ship navigates the bends of the river.  Mangrove forests along the shore contain nipa palms, red mangroves, and swiftlet condominiums for the cultivation of lucrative birds’ nest soup.  The morning’s passage will bring both small local fishing boats and large cargo vessels as they carry goods back and forth on this busy river system. 

Join the Expedition Team for any workshops or lectures that are offered today, and enhance your knowledge of Vietnam’s natural and cultural history.


Day 4 – Cai Be, Tien River, Mekong Delta, Vietnam  
Silver Discoverer will anchor in the early morning hours in front of Cai Be, a small town of Tien Giang Province. Upon arrival you may choose to board a local boat and glide through the waterways of the Mekong Delta passing the floating market that sells everything from seasonal fruits to rice noodles for breakfast. Disembark at a local village where you will be able to visit one of the ancient houses. Enjoy refreshments while spending time with the owner of the property. The final stop will be at a local primary school where you can teach the children some English words while you brush up on your Vietnamese before returning to the ship at anchor.

Perhaps you will be keen for an offering that gets you moving, in which case transfer by bus from the landing jetty to the small village that is home of the coveted, “Hoa Loc mango.” Here we will use bicycles to explore beautifully intimate roads that reveal traditional houses and the rhythms of daily life. Next, enjoy a boat cruise to Tan Phang Island to take a small rowboat deeper into the peaceful countryside on small canals. A short walk will bring you to a local house for a taste of some local snacks with hot tea.

In several Mekong Delta provinces the local people preserve a traditional way of fishing in which they manually drain ditches to catch fish. Today you will have the option to work alongside local farmers who will teach you the art of "Bailing ditches – Catching Fish." After boarding local boats, cruise to a nearby canal where the floating market of Cai Be takes place. Here you will visit a local house and be given a “bà ba” – a southern Vietnamese traditional dress – to wear. It is here, under the guidance of the locals that you will learn to bail ponds and catch fish. After your hard work, enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea and snacks, while listening to folk music. In this peaceful land, friends and neighbors often gather together to share moments like this.

Once back aboard Silver Discoverer, the Captain and officers will chart a course for our next stop at Con Som, Vietnam. This gives us time to enjoy an afternoon at sea. Possibly you’ll opt to visit the gym, enjoy a relaxing appointment in the spa, or attend any number of lectures from the Expedition Team that will recap the highlights thus far and prepare you for the coming days in Vietnam.                                                                                                                                 

Day 5 – Con Som, Vietnam
Sleep in today and perhaps attend a lecture presentation as we enjoy a morning at sea. Around lunchtime, Silver Discoverer will anchor outside of Con Dao, an area that had a reputation as a labor camp. Today, it is a place for the Vietnamese to remember and express their gratitude to fallen soldiers.

Disembark on the beach close to the historical pier no. 914 where it is said 914 prisoners died while constructing the pier. A quick visit at pier no. 914 before hopping on an electric buggy to start your guided city tour of Con Dao starting at Con Dao historical museum, where black and white photographs present a chilling reminder of the past. Continue to Phu Hai and Phu Son prison, dating back to 1862 and the largest of the 11 jails on the island. Then pay a visit to the peaceful Hang Duong cemetery where is the burial place of thousands of revolutionaries and Vietnamese patriots through many imprisonment generations, which lasted from 1862 to 1975. Your final stop is at a local market before returning to Silver Discoverer for the evening.

Day 6 – Day at Sea
As Silver Discoverer steams up the southern coast of Vietnam, members of the Expedition Team will be on the bridge and out on deck watching for seabirds or schools of feeding fish. Take advantage of the fresh air and boundless vistas and spend time with Silversea’s expert expedition team on deck, and of course inside, for a wealth of lecture presentations through the day. 

Day 7 — Qui Nhoh, Vietnam
Today you may choose to discover Qui Nhon, a city of around 300,000 people, through its history and culture with a visit to the Binh Dinh Museum. Situated near the beach, this is a museum of history and nature of the Binh Dinh province to know about the Cham culture which was once flourishing. You will meet Mr. Tran Ky Phuong, a specialist on Cham culture history. Formerly a curator of the Museum of Champa Sculture in Danang from 1978 until 1998, he is now an independent researcher on Cham art and cultural studies in Central Vietnam. Tran Ky Phuong is a respected archaeologist and art historian who is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Vietnamese Association for Ethnic Minorities, Culture and Art. He will explain and show the insider perspective of the local culture. We will also be watching a demonstration of Vo Binh Dinh martial art in which participants fight using bamboo sticks at the Twin Towers, which have a unique architecture of both Cham peoples.

Day 8 — Da Nang, Vietnam
From our berth in the busy port, you may like to discover the highlights of Da Nang on a half-day tour and save the afternoon for independent exploration of this city and its colonial architecture. Da Nang boasts tree-lined boulevards with sidewalk cafes and old colonial villas. On the tour, visit a renowned Lady Buddha and tour the Cham Museum with a celebrated lecturer followed by a rickshaw cyclo ride around the city, with a stop at the lively Han Market. We continue to the Marble Mountains where both the Vietnamese and the Cham used these mountains to build shrines, making it a picturesque spot with numerous grottoes, caves and pagodas.

An alternative offering for you today is a visit to Hoi An, a quiet and tranquil town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, located south of Da Nang. Stroll the quaint town and local market to arrive at ‘The Market’ restaurant to sample local foods. Later join the cooking demonstration designed by a talented chef and authority on Vietnamese cuisine.  Once your culinary skills have been honed, sit back and relax over the lunch that you have just cooked.

The best way to visit Hoi An is on foot, and so we also offer a walking tour of the city that visits Hoi An’s historic town houses, assembly halls, and a Ceramic Museum where we will be guided by an expert in the conservation of the ancient town.                                                                                                                                                      

In the spirit of adventure, we present another option to vist Tra Que, a charming little village close to Hoi An – by bicycle. At the village, in the home of your host, there will be welcome drinks and freshly picked fruits. Explore the charming village to learn about its history and customs and join in traditional farming methods picking vegetables and herbs, and learning how to wrap them to prevent damage. Your host will offer a cooking demonstration with the family. Try your hand at making the village’s special spring rolls. Lunch will be made from the fruits of your labor.

Day 9 — Dong My, Vietnam
Silver Discoverer will anchor off Dong My early this morning for what promises to be another busy morning of exploring the Vietnamese coast.  Here we offer three caving options.  The first is to Paradise Cave located inside the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park containing the oldest karst mountains in Asia. Transfer from the quayside by bus and then buggy to reach the entrance of Paradise Cave, which measures 31 km in length. Ornate natural stalactites and pillars skirt wooden walkways through the cave’s many chambers. At its largest the cave is 100 meters high and 150 meters wide. After exploring Paradise Cave, we visit the house of Mr. Ho Khanh who stumbled upon Son Doong Cave in the cave system, but for years he could not find it again. After many expeditions the cave was re-discovered and since then Khanh has been a guide for researchers exploring caves in the area. Spend some time at his homestay and chat with him over a refreshing beer.           

Perhaps opt to visit Phong Nha Cave in the Ke Bang Forest instead. This cave is 7.7 km long with 14 grottos and a 14 km long underground river. The journey to reach the cave will require  a 30 minute journey by small boat to the mouth of the cave. Gliding into the cave you will marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites and enjoy some time to explore with your guide and expedition team. Later stop at a local lakeside resort for light refreshments before heading back to Dong My and Silver Discoverer.

Alternatively, if you are a real cave enthusiast, you may want to intimately explore another part of the cave system. The ‘Dark Cave’ is 5.5 km long and 80 meters high and is still without lights to spoil the experience. You will access the entrance to the cave from a tower by zip line. Once inside, there is a trek and a swim to a bathing pool of mud before kayaking back across the river and cleaning off.

Day 10 — Cat Ba Island, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam             
Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay is one of the world's outstanding natural wonders, resembling a geographic work of art with thousands of limestone islets soaring dramatically from the clear emerald waters. This densely concentrated zone of karst islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With Silver Discoverer at anchor in the heart of the bay, you may choose to board a traditional junk, sit back and relax as she sails into Lan Ha, an extension of Halong Bay, and enjoy the limestone cliffs and emerald waters. 

You may choose to be transferred and tour the old fishing village of Viet Hai. Being entirely situated among the immense sea and surrounded by mountains and jungles of Cat Ba National Park, the village offers tranquil, peaceful atmosphere and charming scenery. You will have chance to interact with the hospitable people here to understand more of their daily life that mainly rely on fishing, farming and breeding and experience the true fishing culture of Halong Bay. 

Perhaps being a bit more active is suited to your tastes and you would like to board a traditional junk to travel through Lan Ha Bay, an extension of Halong Bay, and deep in the bay transfer into kayaks. Paddle and explore spectacular caves known as Dark and Bright Cave. The caves are formed by an enclosed group of islands which create a protected sea lake with only one small entrance. Return to your junk to sail back to the pier.

One final shorter offering is a visit to Cat Ba Island, covered in large part by national park. Begin with a visit to Hospital Cave, which served both as a secret, bomb-proof hospital during the fighting and as a safe house for VC leaders. Continue to explore the National park of Cat Ba Island on foot before a coach ride to pay a visit to Cannon Fort Hill where there are spectacular views over the bay. Finally, transfer back to the ship for lunch aboard.

Day 11 — Day at Sea

Silver Discoverer bids farewell to Vietnam and sets a course for China’s shores. While travel with Silversea Expeditions is primarily about the excitement and delight to be found in exploring remote and infrequently visited corners of the world, it remains that you travel with a company renowned for its attention to detail and offering some of the most exemplary service available at sea today.  Perhaps a sea day is your opportunity to enjoy a late breakfast served in the privacy and comfort of your suite. Later, you may choose to join new friends for a long leisurely lunch, or savor a sunset cocktail on the aft deck as the sun slips below the horizon. Sea days also present a perfect opportunity to enjoy a workout in the gym, indulge in a massage, or visit the salon. In essence, time at sea with us is time to get spoiled.

Days 12-13 – Shenzhen, China
Disembark Silver Discoverer in Shenzhen with an overnight bag and transfer to the train station bound for the inland region of Guilin. A boxed lunch will be arranged on the train for you to enjoy as the magnificent scenery reveals itself around you. Once in the karst peaks of the Guilin region and the town of Sanjian, we will have a half day for sightseeing. Today will be an experience of the wisdom and great creativity of the region’s Dong people, from a traditional village, the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge reflecting the wisdom and great creativity of Dong people to tonight’s special dinner known as the, "Hundred Families Banquet." This style of feast is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and holds great significance for the Dong people. Following dinner we travel to Sanjiang county for a Dong performance and the Sanjiang Dong Xiang Hotel, where we spend the night.

The following morning we continue our exploration of the Guilin region with a visit to the Sanjiang Tea Plantation. The owner of the plantation will personally meet us to show us the property and explain the tea drying process. A traditional lunch of the Guangxi people will be arranged and following that we will drive back to Sanjiang train station and return to the city of Shenzhen with dinner aboard the train.

Alternatively, disembark the ship in Shenzhen and travel overland by train to Guilin. From here we will drive to Yangshuo, Guangxi Province for lunch at a local restaurant. After sampling the local foods, we begin our exploration of the Yangshuo countryside by bicycle. With single and tandem bikes available, you are sure to relish the ride through the picturesque landscape, farmlands and country roads of Yangshuo county. From the end point of our bicycle tour we then transfer to the Green Lotus Hotel to get ready for the evening’s activities. Once assembled, we will transfer by boat to a peaceful and pretty island beside the Li River for a “Bonfire Party.” Dinner will be served beside the river bank and after dinner, delight in local dancing, singing and interactive local games.

After checking out of the hotel this morning we will transfer to Yangshuo and enjoy a morning of sightseeing. You will have the choice to raft on the Yulong River or visit the Yangshuo Moon Hill Scenic Area. Rafting on the Yulong River will allow us to travel on a bamboo raft with reclining chairs down the meandering river lined by green bamboo and rolling hills. Local people use bamboo rafts as daily transportation up and down the river between their houses, markets, and rice paddies. Enjoy a panoramic river and steep karst hills as we ride the waters down the river.

If you would like to spend a little more time on terra firma this morning, you may opt to take a trip to the time-honored town of Xingping. Nestled at the foot of the steep, conical mountains near the meandering Li River, the ancient town is celebrated in China for its natural scenery and heritage. From here, board a local boat for a trip downstream to Yangshouo on the Li River. In Yangshouo, we will come ashore for lunch at a local restaurant and then drive to the Yangshuo Moon Hill Scenic Area. Moon Hill stands at more than 380 meters high with a crescent-shaped hole through the upper portion of the mountain. When the light shines through the hole just so; it appears like the moon, high and bright. Peeling ourselves away from the stunning terrain of this region, we will transfer back by train (with dinner served as we travel) to the Silver Discoverer in her berth in Shenzhen.

Day 14 — Hong Kong

                                                      
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

 

Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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