ICONS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

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Ko Kut, Thailand



3.5 HRS

Easy

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Ko Kut, Benz Thai Cooking Class
This opportunity will be for all Thai food lovers to meet and learn to cook with Chef Benz where you will discover the best Thai food recipes.  You will start the day by joining the lovely Khun Benz (named after her father’s car) as she heads to the local fishing village to choose the catch of the day whether it is squid, crab, scallops or any number of local fish. Khun Benz will then teach you how to prepare your very first delicious Thai dish the local way. Moreover, you will take your favorite culinary delights and  be able to recreate them at home to share with your family and friends.

Please note: Capacity is limited to 7 persons only. Advance reservations are required and subject to space availability.


price $299
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4.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

culture

walking
Ko Kut, Discovery
On this tour you will visit the Ao Salad fishing village at the northeast tip of Ko Kut to witness the local way of life.This area consists of a beautiful Buddhist temple and bay. The locals transport and sell fishery goods including prawns, crabs, fish and preserved sea foods.  Drive further south and stop for a photo opportunity at the beautiful mangrove forest hugging the river banks at Khlong Chao. You will take a short walk along a jungle path that will bring you to the stunning Klong Chao Waterfall, where you can swim in the cool, fresh water lagoon.  The waterfall is at its most striking during the rainier months of the year.

Please note: Capacity is limited to 6-8 persons only. Advance reservations are required and subject to space availability. You will have a driver/guide. Bring your swimsuit and towel if you want to swim in the lagoon.

price $179
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3 HRS

Easy

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dining

wine

culture
Ko Kut, Treepod Dining
The free spirited nature of childhood was the inspiration for the Treepod - that desire to climb high up into a leafy canopy and find shelter amidst a simple wooden construction where imagination soared and dreams are born. The unique Treepod Dining Experience will take you to fine dining to new heights. Comfortably seated in a bamboo pod, you will be gently hoisted high up into the tropical foliage of Ko Kut’s ancient rainforest. Gaze out across the boulder-covered shoreline dancing with gentle waves, as you savor gourmet delights and your chosen wines, delivered via the zipline acrobatics of your personal waiter.

Please note: Capacity is limited to 4 persons only and minimum age is12 years. You will be sharing food and advance reservations are required and subject to space availability. 


price $269
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

culture

walking
Ho Chi Minh City, A Touch of Saigon Local Life
This morning’s exploration will offer a chance to see a different aspect of Ho Chi Minh City. Leaving downtown Saigon behind, travel south across the Khanh Hoi Bridge to the city’s District 4. Once home to hoodlums and gangsters, this triangular district is much friendlier nowadays and a superb place to witness regular Saigonese going about their daily business. Beginning on Ton Dan Street, you will almost immediately be in the heart of the community’s street market. Everything you can imagine is on sale here and it’s fascinating to observe the daily goings on. This is real Saigon, where few tourists care to venture, so expect a few curious stares and a bit of friendly banter with the locals along the way. Take a rickshaw ride through one of the busiest part of the city. Cholon is located southwest of the city’s center and is the core of its Chinese community. Here you will find Mandarin speakers, ancient pagodas and Chinese script adorning shopfronts.  You will visit Thien Hau Temple. It is not uncommon for the photogenic large coils of incense that hang from the ornate ceiling of this temple to burn for up to three months at a time. Finish your tour of Cholon with a visit to a tiny Cao Dai Temple hidden away in the center of the district.. On the way back to the port, conclude your excursion to one of the city’s lesser-visited districts with a well-earned Vietnamese coffee or the like at a local cafe, before being driven back to your waiting yacht.

Please note:  Please wear conservative clothing for visiting the temples and pagoda.so knees and shoulders are covered. Bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.

price $129
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3.5 HRS

Easy

dining

culture
Ho Chi Minh City, An Evening in Saigon
Depart from the pier for your Vietnamese dinner at a local restaurant this evening. Then, drive to the City Theatre to appreciate the A O show (pronounced Ahhh! Ohhh!)  which has been performing to rapturous acclaim since February 2013. The 60-minute production depicts the transformation of modern Vietnamese society. Performed in the French colonial-era Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon Opera House, the show is essential viewing for anyone with an interest in performing arts. Depending on the schedule, as an alternative to the A O Show (which sometimes goes on tour), the troupe may also perform My Village or The Mist.  Depicting life in a North Vietnamese village, My Village was developed in 2005 in Hanoi by the creators of the A O Show and adopts a cirque approach, seamlessly blending tradition and innovation to produce a stunning 60-minute performance that enthralls and entertains. With innovative use of lighting and a troupe of skilled performers, the Mist is a mesmerizing 60-minute show which beautifully conveys the strength and determination of the Vietnamese farmer. The show takes the audience on a journey through the trials and tribulations of everyday village life. Throughout, the focus of the performance is rice and the importance of this tiny grain in everyday Vietnamese life.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.



price $169
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

culture

walking
Ho Chi Minh City, Cooking Class and Local Market Visit
Discover the culture of Vietnamese culinary art with a local renowned chef who will entertain and provide a “hands-on” cooking experience of some of Vietnam’s most famous dishes. The morning will start with a visit to Ben Thanh Market and a walk through with the chef to be introduced to the ingredients for the meal you are about to prepare. Following the market visit you will return to the cooking school where you will be provided with a handbook and guided assistance to help produce some unique Vietnamese dishes.

Please note:  Bring sunscreen and a hat and wear comfortable walking shoes.



price $109
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9 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

dining

culture

boating
Ho Chi Minh City, Explore the Mekong Delta
Depart from the port with your local guide for a 2.5-hour drive to Cai Be, a famous town in the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta is a rich fertile region of farmland interlaced with countless waterways and crisscrossed by low-lying rice paddies. Today you will explore one of the country’s most enchanting landscapes travelling by car and then motorized sampan into the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. Start with visiting of Cai Be, the colorful floating market where you will cruise among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop will be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice, and popcorn. A rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside into smaller canals to enjoy the peace found there. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some of the activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish. Lunch will be served at a local home. After lunch, walk around the village and enjoy some samples of fruits while listening to the traditional music.  You will take a boat back to a pier in Vinh Long then take your bus back to the port.

Please note: The boat for the Mekong River ride is not wheelchair accessible. Bring sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent.


price $99
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8 HRS

Moderately
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Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Highlights
You will board your motor coach for the 15-minute ride to the center of the city and the unforgettable Jade Emperor Pagoda. With the pungent smell of incense hanging heavy in the air and an interior packed full of ornate carvings and fierce-looking statues, this Taoist temple is one of the most atmospheric places of worship in the city. Next stop will be the Museum of Vietnamese History housed in a fine example of Sino-French architecture. It contains an excellent series of exhibits dating from the Bronze Age to the Nguyen dynasty. Continue your drive to the Reunification Palace. This important city landmark was assured its place in history on 30th April 1975, with the Fall of Saigon and ultimately the end of the Vietnam War. The palace is now a museum. You will walk through a green park to reach the Notre Dame Cathedral which dates back to the late 19th century. Across the street from the cathedral is the city’s striking French colonial-era post office.  After lunch, you will spend the afternoon exploring the hustle and bustle of China Town. Here you will find Mandarin speakers, ancient pagodas and Chinese script adorning shopfronts. Begin your exploration of the area with a visit to Thien Hau Temple. Then continue to busy Binh Tay Market. Drive back downtown and experience the unprecedented 360-degree views of Ho Chi Minh City from the Sky Deck 614 feet above the city at the Bitexco Financial Tower. Experiencing the elevator there, which travels at 23 feet per second. At a height of 860 feet and spanning 68 floors, the Bitexco Financial Tower is currently the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. Drive back to the port (or you may wish to be dropped off at Ben Thanh Market for shopping then make your own way back to the port).

Please note: Guests are welcome to stay on the motor coach if the tour becomes too strenuous. Please wear conservative clothing for visiting the temples and pagoda.so knees and shoulders are covered. The museum visit will include a 20-minute water puppet show. Bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $115
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7 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking
Ho Chi Minh City, Visit to Cu Chi Tunnels
Depart from the port with your local guide for a 2-hour drive to Ho Chi Minh City. Synonymous with the Vietnam War and a testament to the determined spirit of the Vietnamese, the underground network of passages at Cu Chi is a fascinating day trip out of the city. Work on the tunnels began during the war against the French in the 1940s and over the next 25 years as the conflict with America escalated, they were improved and expanded to create an underground city of meeting areas, storerooms, living quarters and much more. The tunnels allowed the Viet Cong to control a vital area of South Vietnam and at their height, extended for more than 155 miles in length and stretched from what was then Saigon to the Cambodian border. Preserved as a memorial park, two sections of this remarkable network are open to the public. Visiting the area at Ben Duoc, you will have the option to go below the surface and visit sections of the tunnels first hand. The more adventurous may go deeper and your guide will be on hand to give guidance on the degree of expected difficulty. 

Please note: The Cu Chi Tunnels are not wheelchair accessible.   Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen and a hat. You may get dusty if you decide to go underground.


price $59
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Nha Trang, Vietnam



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking
Nha Trang, Local Life in Nha Trang
Nha Trang’s beachfront is a spectacular façade for the equally picturesque countryside behind it. Just a few miles inland, the terrain is dotted with palm trees and fruit orchards. Industry here is simple indeed, with small farming businesses making up the principal commercial enterprise. Board your motor coach to visit a local market to observe the daily rituals and local trade – a colorful place bustling with activity. Take a stroll along a village path to the home of a family whose business entails weaving mats from the rushes that grow abundantly nearby. Two people working together can weave four mats each day. These are sold or bartered at the local market for food and other essentials. Step inside a traditional village house. Ancestor worship is an important part of daily life in Vietnam and a large area of this small home is reserved for the family altar. Re-join your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Please note:   Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is wheelchair accessible. Bring sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent.

price $59
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Nha Trang, Nha Trang Highlights
Away from the beach, Nha Trang reveals a traditional, more sedate side of Vietnam, with plenty of local character and ancient history. You will board your motor coach for the short ride to the Institute of Oceanographic, an important place for tropical oceanic research. Then another short drive will take you to a beautiful stop – XQ Embroidery Workshop. Hand embroidery is a 700-year-old tradition that has been part of Vietnamese culture for many centuries. Here you will have the opportunity to see the incredibly intricate designs woven by hand by local women. Some people consider the embroidery so realistic that it resembles photographs. Next you will transfer to visit Po Nagar Cham Tower. This is a group of four Cham Towers built between the 7th and 12th centuries and are still used as a place of worship by ethnic Chinese, Cham and Vietnamese Buddhists. Your last stop today will be Long Son Pagoda, originally founded in the late 19th century, with its ornately decorated entrance and roof tops that glisten with mosaic dragons made from glass and ceramic tiles. The more energetic can climb the 154 stone steps to a gleaming white giant Buddha statue and those who do will be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. 

Please note: The Long Son Pagoda and the Po Nagar Cham Towers are not wheelchair accessible. If guests want to get to the giant white Buddha statue behind the Long Son Pagoda, they will need to climb 154 steps up to the hill. Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing that covers shoulders and knees. Bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.

price $55
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Nha Trang, Rickshaw Ride and Shopping
Drive from the pier to Dam Market which is the most popular spot for local shopping in the area. Then drive to visit the iconic place of Nha Trang - the Po Nagar Cham Towers where you will discover that these towers are evidence of the ancient Cham civilization and were built between the 7th and 12th centuries on a site used for Hindu worship. Today, both ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists come to Po Nagar to pray and make offerings. In addition, you will explore Nha Trang by rickshaw—a fun and interesting way to get around in Vietnam. You will ride through Nha Trang’s city center to view the fishing boats moored in the shallow harbor. The boats are brightly painted in blue and red. A rickshaw drive from the temple brings you to an embroidery shop where you will see a demonstration of this handicraft. Finally, take a leisure walk through the beach park to feel the sea atmosphere and enjoy your time before heading back to your ship.

Please note: Bring your hat, sunscreen, and local currency. Wear conservative clothing that covers shoulders and knees.

price $69
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Da Nang, Vietnam



8 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

unesco

beach
Da Nang, An Ancient Town and a Modern City
Depart from the port for the 60-minute ride to Hoi An ancient town. Devoid of most forms of motorized transport, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of this ancient port is ideal for exploring on foot. Discover beautifully preserved old merchant houses, atmospheric temples and lively markets as you stroll through the back streets of this enchanting destination. You will visit the iconic 400-year old Japanese Bridge and the busy waterfront, where colorful fishing boats bob up and down on the Thu Bon River. There will be time to shop the numerous boutiques and galleries. During the walk, a quick stop will be made to visit a local house located in a hidden alleyway where you will have chance to try one of the best known cakes in Hoi An – Banh It la Gai. It’s also a great time to learn from local people and make your own lantern. After lunch at a local restaurant drive back to Da Nang and start the afternoon with a visit to the fascinating Museum of Cham Sculpture. Located near the Han River the museum is one of a kind and houses an incredible collection of Cham artifacts including exquisite statues of Apsara dancers, mythical Garudas as well as images of the Hindu gods, Shiva and Vishnu. Then rickshaws will take you around the city and to a beautiful beach where you can enjoy the stunning setting and golden sands.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for leisurely walking. Bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.




price $139
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing

beach
Da Nang, Da Nang Half Day Highlight Tour
Today’s half day excursion will begin with a 30-minute motor coach ride to visit Linh Ung Pagoda and appreciate the beautiful panoramic view from the hill. Then you will continue to the excellent Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang. Located near the Han River the museum is one-of-a -kind and houses an incredible collection of Cham artifacts including exquisite statues of Apsara dancers, mythical Garudas as well as images of the Hindu gods, Shiva and Vishnu. You will then have a whirlwind tour through the city streets to see such landmarks as the Han Market, the Da Nang Cathedral and the TV Broadcasting Station by rickshaw. Before heading back to the port, enjoy your free time at My Khe Beach.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the pagoda. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat.



price $79
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10 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

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sightseeing

boating
Da Nang, Hue - The Ancient Capitol
Depart for 3-hour drive from the port to Hue – the old capital. Your first stop in Hue is the Imperial Citadel. Built between 1804 and 1833, this heavily fortified structure is still very much the heart of modern-day Hue and despite a chequered history, the fortress remains superbly intact. There will be time for exploration this old citadel. Then a rickshaw ride through the city will bring you more close to the city. Ride a rickshaw to stop at a restaurant for lunch.  Then take an interesting boat ride along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Consisting of seven stories, the pagoda is the tallest religious building in Vietnam and within its grounds is the Austin car in which Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk who demonstrated against the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War, was driven to Saigon prior to his widely reported self-immolation in 1963. Drive back to your ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the pagoda. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat.


price $129
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11.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

unesco

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Da Nang, Unveiled Hue Royal Life
Depart for a 3-hour drive from the port to Hue – the old capital. Located in attractive settings along the banks of the Perfume River, the tombs of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty were not just designed as their final place of rest. Here, the emperors would come during their twilight years to enjoy recreational activities such as fishing and hunting as well as the company of their many concubines. Of these tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc is considered to be the most magnificent. After visiting Tu Duc Tomb, the next stop will be Hue’s garden houses, known locally as Nha Vuon, illustrious examples of grand dynasties past. Once the home of Princess Ngoc Son, the garden house that you will visit today now belongs to a prominent local historian, writer and conservationist. Decorative pools, peaceful courtyards and stunning interiors, all designed in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, are but a few of the delights in store. A particular highlight is the artificial rock garden and, if time permits, there may also be a chance to meet with the owner of the home, and talk awhile about the property’s fascinating history and royal heritage. The morning will conclude with a delicious lunch at a traditional style restaurant set in lush gardens close to the city center, where you will enjoy sumptuous regional cuisine prepared by some of Hue’s most talented chefs.   A short drive will bring you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site listed Imperial Citadel. Constructed in the early 19th century, this heavily fortified structure is still very much the heart of modern-day Hue and remains superbly intact. As well as learning about the citadel’s history, you will also attend a special performance that includes royal music and dance and classical Vietnamese opera, known as “Hát tuồng.”  You will see a 30-minute production inside the citadel itself. One of just two royal theatres remaining in the city, Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theatre was built in 1826 and has recently been restored with the assistance of UNESCO. The decorative design of the theatre is as much a highlight as the performance itself. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen and your hat.


price $239
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6 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

boating
Da Nang, Vietnamese Culinary Experience
Transfer from the port on a 60-minute drive to Hoi An ancient town and begin the morning by experiencing the cacophony of sights and sounds at Hoi An’s vibrant marketplace. Here you will have the chance to interact with the local vendors and purchase the necessary ingredients to be used in your cooking lesson later this morning. Walking the short distance to the jetty, board a small boat and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school. As you journey, the bustling scene close to town gives way to peace and tranquility and the boat trip is a wonderful way to experience life on the river. Hoi An is renowned throughout Vietnam for its delicious culinary specialties and this morning’s cooking class will begin with an introduction to some of the region’s best-known dishes. You will tour the school’s vegetable and herb garden before following the example of the local chef and preparing some of the dishes yourself. The class will last approximately 2 hours and will culminate with lunch and a short demonstration of Vietnamese vegetable carving and plate decoration.

Please note:  Hoi An Market is not wheelchair accessible.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $159
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9 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

dining

culture

unesco

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Da Nang, World Heritage Sites Visit
Board your waiting motor coach for the 90-minute journey through rustic countryside, passing fields of rice and small market towns along the way, to the ancient ruins at My Son. The final approach to the temples necessitates a third of a mile walk through lush vegetation before finally emerging at the main site itself.  My Son was once the most important city in the Champa Kingdom, the center for both intellectual and religious activities as well as the burial place of choice for the Cham kings. My Son received UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999 and is considered one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia. About 20 structures still stand and the complex remains a place of rural tranquility and is a delight to discover. Then take a 60-minute drive to Hoi An for a lunch in the ancient town. Join a relaxed guided walk through the town. This sublime riverside town is a feast for the eyes. Devoid of most forms of motorized transport, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town is ideal for exploring on foot. Discover beautifully preserved old merchant houses, atmospheric temples and lively markets as you stroll through the back streets. You will visit the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Bridge and the busy waterfront, where colorful fishing boats bob up and down on the Thu Bon River. There will also be time to peruse the numerous boutiques and galleries that line the narrow streets and perhaps make a purchase or two. During the walk,  make a quick stop and visit a local house located in a hidden alleyway where you will have a chance to try one of the best-known cakes in Hoi An – Banh It la Gai. Enjoy your free leisure time for shopping or simply sit down for a cup of coffee (on your own account) in this timeless ambiance before heading back to your ship.  

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring local currency, sunscreen and a hat.


price $129
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Halong Bay, Vietnam



2 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing
Halong Bay, Halong Bay by Seaplane
Transfer from your ship to Tuan Chau island where the seaplanes park. Taking off from the Tuan Chau Island Marina, this 25-minute sightseeing flight will take in all the highlights of Halong Bay, with amazing views over the magnificent landscape of limestone pillars reaching up from the green waters. The islands, scattered all round, have different shapes which provoke the imagination and recall the passage of time, waiting thousands of years to seek justice in Heaven. The sightseeing tour will be unforgettable as you can admire this breath-taking beauty from the top of view. Then transfer back to your ship.

Please note:   The maximum age to take this flight is 69.


price $299
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4.5 HRS

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easy

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Halong Bay, Halong Bay City Tour
Witness the magnificence of Halong Bay.  You will ride in comfort on this narrated tour of the bay's most noted attractions. Take in the beautiful scenery as you pass by the beach side to Hon Gai. Visit the impressive Quang Ninh Museum with a mirror façade reflecting Halong Bay's beauty. Next stop will be at Hon Gai Market. Then, take a short walk to Long Tien Pagoda, the largest one in Halong City and continue to Tran Quoc Nghien Temple. At the last stop, enjoy a cup of coffee and appreciate the beauty of the bay before you head back to the port.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the pagoda. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat.

price $89
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

unesco

walking

boating
Halong Bay, Halong Bay Cruise & Thien Cung Cave
Bay of the Descending Dragon is the English translation for Halong Bay. This remarkable natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site became famous in the West when it was featured in the French film “Indochine.” Halong Bay is dotted with more than 1,600 limestone islands, their jagged points jutting out of an oceanic area of over 579 square miles. Some are covered in dense vegetation; others are bare and rocky. You will sail gracefully past these imposing formations in a scene that is as timeless as the bay itself. See tiny islands dotted with rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white-sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names: Heavenly Gate, Tortoise Rock, Man Head Rock, the Isle of Wonders, Tea Pot Rock and Devil's Face. You will stop at Thien Cung Cave and have plenty of time to wander through the cavern to marvel at its stalagmite and stalactite formations.  

Please note:  There are 180 stone steps up to the Thien Cung Cave.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring sunscreen and a hat.


price $69
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12.5 HRS

Moderate

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culture

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Halong Bay, Hanoi Highlights
Visit Hanoi—Vietnam's capital and a remarkable city that will seduce you with its old-world charm. It will be an approximately 3½-hour drive from the pier and, upon your arrival, lunch will be served. Afterwards, you will visit Ba Dinh Square, also known as the Ho Chi Minh Quarter (the mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday). Nearby you will find the One Pillar Pagoda, and visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. Step inside the Hoa Lo Museum, known widely by the nickname of “Hanoi Hilton” — so dubbed by the Americans during the Second Indochina War. Hoa Lo Prison was originally established by the French colonial government in 1896 for the purpose of detaining political prisoners and formed part of a northern network of “unjust and cruel prisons.”  You can view the original cells, complete with leg-irons, along with a selection of bilingual (Vietnamese and English) displays illustrating the horrors of life in the prison during the French colonial period. Before a Vietnamese dinner at a local restaurant, enjoy a touch of Hanoi Old Quarter as you visit the Thirty-Six Streets—an ancient district where the essence of Vietnamese culture is alive and well. Finally, re-board your motor coach for the return journey through the undulating countryside to Halong. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the pagoda. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen, local currency, and a hat. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $199
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13 HRS

Moderate

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Halong Bay, Hanoi the Capital of Culture
Visit Hanoi—Vietnam’s capital and a remarkable city that will seduce you with its old-world charm. Board your motor coach for a 3½-hour drive from the pier, and upon arrival in Hanoi you will visit the Museum of Ethnography. Those interested in learning something of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups will be well-rewarded. In a leafy green suburb just outside the city center, this excellent museum will offer an informative exhibition including tribal art, shaman masks, handicrafts and everyday items gathered from the spectrum of ethnic minorities who live across the country. In the open-air section of the museum, excellent recreations of traditional houses display the differing styles of architecture found in tribal areas, and provide an enlightening introduction to the multicultural nature of Vietnam.  You will have lunch at a local restaurant then step inside the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. This is a serene retreat from the busy streets and was Vietnam’s first university. Then enjoy a touch of old Hanoi as you visit the Thirty-Six Streets—an ancient district where the essence of Vietnamese culture is alive and well. The next culture highlight in Hanoi will be water puppetry which is a tradition that dates to the 11th century. The stage is a pool of water in which the puppeteers stand waist deep, hidden by a screen from behind which they skillfully maneuver the lacquered wooden puppets. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra will provide the musical accompaniment while performers sing songs telling the story being acted out by the puppets. Pho is a must for any tourist who wants to taste Hanoi. Enjoy a bowl of Pho as a light dinner before you leave Hanoi and head back to the ship.   

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress . Bring sunscreen, local currency, and a hat. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.




price $199
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5.5 HRS

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Halong Bay, Northern Vietnam Countryside Village
After disembarking the ship, you’ll set off by coach through the countryside of Halong. Along the way, you will see seemingly endless rice fields, and the daily activities of local people tending their farms along the highway. Upon arrival at Yen Tu Monastery, you can stroll around the main hall of the temple to explore the long history of Buddhism, which is presented through pictures on the walls and ceiling. At a typical village, nearby, meet the locals for a chance to exchange culture and lifestyle information. You’ll see their rice fields and learn about their daily lives. Leaving the village, you will re-board the coach to return to Halong, visiting the local market before returning to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate conservative dress for visiting the monastery. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Bring sunscreen and a hat. The monastery is not wheelchair accessible.

price $79
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