Viking Ocean Cruises - Southeast Asia & Hong Kong

BANGKOK to HONG KONG or vice versa

Note: Price shown is in Australian Dollars

Immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of four Southeast Asian countries on one sweeping journey. Overnight stays in five ports let you pull back the veil of Indochina and connect with locals. Mingle with merchants at vast indoor emporiums and intimate floating markets. Meet monks at revered temples and artisans in their workshop. And witness life on Ha Long Bay as you explore by authentic junk. Uncover the nuances of Indochina with Viking.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok today. Settle in to your veranda stateroom and take time to explore your ship. Because we are berthed overnight in Laem Chabang, you will have much of the day tomorrow to explore the glittering Thai capital.

Day 2 — Bangkok, Thailand

Experience the cultural splendor of Old Siam, beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Take your time to enjoy the exquisite flavors of Thailand during a typical lunch. Then take in the other sights and sounds of one of Southeast Asia’s most colorful and cosmopolitan cities on a panoramic tour that includes a stop for an exterior view of the Wat Arun and Wat Benchamabophit temples. Admire the city’s many canals plied by traditional longboats and other small vessels. You will occasionally stop for photos as you enjoy the kaleidoscopic scenery.

Day 3 — Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Call on Cambodia’s coastal town of Sihanoukville, surrounded by stunning sand beaches and turquoise waters. Here, New Khmer architecture overlooks the comings and goings of modern tuk-tuks, carriages drawn by motorcycles. Visit Wat Krom with its colorful murals and Buddha sculptures, stroll Independence Beach, and explore a local market and fishing village. Sihanoukville is the gateway to Cambodia’s stunning Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and a supreme example of classical Khmer architecture.

Day 4 — Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Take the day to experience the authentic Khmer culture of Sihanoukville, ringed by stunning sand beaches and cerulean waters. Take in the local ambiance at the town’s market, return to Independence Beach or explore the beaches lined with colorful fishing boats.

Day 5 — Scenic Cruising: Gulf of Thailand

As you cruise the Gulf of Thailand today, perhaps you will indulge in a morning cup of coffee on your veranda, while keeping watch for marine life, or unwind on the couch with your favorite book. Later, meet new friends for stories and drinks in the Wintergarden.

Day 6 — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Call in Ho Chi Minh City today, formerly known as Saigon. Explore a heady mix of French and Vietnamese cultures here, where baguettes and croissants are sold alongside pho, Vietnam’s beloved noodle soup. Browse the enlightening exhibits at the National History Museum, where galleries chronicle the nation’s past. Or, view the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office and Chinatown, and meet artisans at a lacquer workshop.

Day 7 — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

With two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, you will have ample time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the south. You might choose to tour the fabled Mekong Delta. Known to many as “Vietnam’s rice bowl,” it is one of the most fertile areas in the nation, overflowing with fruit, vegetables and seafood, much of it sold at the many floating markets. This fascinating region seems untouched by the passage of time.

Day 8 — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Today, you will have ample time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the south. You might choose to tour the fabled Mekong Delta. Known to many as “Vietnam’s rice bowl,” it is one of the most fertile areas in the nation, overflowing with fruit, vegetables and seafood, much of it sold at the many floating markets. This fascinating region seems untouched by the passage of time.

Day 9 — Cruise the South China Sea

Sail into the South China Sea today, waters that were navigated for thousands of years by dynastic emperors and the barbarians that opposed them. Nanhai, or the South Sea, is one of the Four Seas of Chinese literature. In that literary tradition, it serves as mere metaphor. But the beauty of these waters and the enriching destinations to which they lead is very real.

Day 10 — Da Nang, Vietnam

Explore Da Nang, a sleepy backwater transformed into a US base during the Vietnam War and today a bustling cultural center. Witness typical Vietnamese countryside here, blanketed with rice paddies and dotted with water buffalo. Admire the city’s colonial architecture, standing alongside ornate temples, and explore the fascinating Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. You will also visit legendary China Beach, where US soldiers came for relaxation during the war. If you wish, explore the splendid architecture of Hoi An, spared from wartime bombing, or the treasures of Hue, once a dynastic capital.

Day 11 — Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is home to about 2,000 limestone islands rising from the water to astonishing heights. Legend says they were created by dragons who breathed out jewels into the bay to prevent enemy ships from coming ashore. Perhaps embark on a scenic and serene cruise on an authentic junk through one of the world’s most magnificent landscapes. As we dock here overnight, you will have ample time to explore the bay and its surroundings.

Day 12 — Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Spend another day exploring Ha Long Bay, taking in dramatic views from your veranda, the Aquavit Terrace or the Explorers’ Lounge. If you would like, travel to Vietnam’s northern cultural center of Hanoi, a richly textured city evocative of Old Vietnam. In its atmospheric Old Quarter, temples and storefronts date back centuries.

Day 13 — Haikou, China

Discover Haikou today, situated on Hainan Island off the southern coast of mainland China. During a tour of this vibrant city, you will visit the historic quarter and the city’s inviting green parks. Admire a gleaming-white blend of colonial-era Portuguese and French facades alongside Southeast Asian architecture with Indian and Arabic accents.

Day 14 — Hong Kong, China

Cruise into dazzling Hong Kong this morning and admire the glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor and offshore islands. See where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. An overnight stay in Hong Kong lets you explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.

Day 15 — Hong Kong, China

Disembark this morning and transfer to the Hong Kong airport for your flight home. Or explore with our extension in this fascinating city.

* One shore excursion included per port as indicated (included); all others available at an extra charge. Depending on your stateroom category, shore excursions may be reserved beginning 90 days before your cruise sails. Not all excursions will be available for all sailings. Full details of the excursions available on your specific departure date can be viewed at My Viking Journey once your cruise booking has been made.

 

Includes

  • Private veranda stateroom
  • Guided excursion in each port of call
  • Culture Curriculum: Become immersed in your destinations through lectures on, or performances of, music, art, cooking, dance and history
  • All onboard meals with a choice of 8 dining options
  • Wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch & dinner
  • Coffee & tea any time on board
  • 24-hour room service
  • Access to top-rated spa
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Self-service laundry
  • All port charges and government taxes
  • All onboard tipping & gratuities

Please Note:
Price shown is in AU$, based on low season travel in a Veranda (V2) stateroom.
Many upgrade options are available - prices on application.

DEPARTURE DATES: Sep 2018, Apr & Nov 2019, Apr 2020


Departure dates:
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15 days stay from:
$5,995*
per person share twin in Australian Dollars
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