STAR COLLECTOR: VIETNAM NIGHTS, MALAYSIAN SIGHTS

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Star Collector: Vietnam Nights, Malaysian Sights

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Halong Bay, Vietnam



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
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 $99
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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 $99
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12.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
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 $239
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13 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
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 $239
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5.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
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 $89
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
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 $99
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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 $99
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Da Nang, Vietnam



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 $99
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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 $159
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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 $99
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10 HRS

Moderate

dining

unesco

sightseeing
Da Nang, Hue - The Ancient Capital
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 checkered 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 closer to the city and a 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 $159
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11.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
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 $299
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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 $179
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9 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

dining

culture

unesco

walking
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 $139
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Nha Trang, Vietnam



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

biking

refreshments

sightseeing
Nha Trang, Biking to Countryside
Explore the country trails, village life, see the town and farms, and a pagoda, on your bike, the best way to experience the "true" Vietnamese countryside. This countryside tour will offer you a fascinating insight into the "real lives" of everyday people who are the backbone of Vietnam.  Your tour guide will pick you up at Nha Trang port and transfer with you by bus to Nha Trang Beach Public Park where you will get your bike. Start cycling along the coastal road to stop at Nha Trang Cathedral for photos. Then begin your ride to discover the rural life of a countryside village. Visit a family whose business entails weaving mats from the rushes that grow abundantly nearby. They are the only ones still keeping this traditional craft in Nha Trang.  Then ride to Loc Tho pagoda where orphan children are living with the nuns. You will stop at a local Vietnamese house and learn that these houses are traditionally laid out in the same manner throughout the village. Take a little rest at a local restaurant by Cai Riverside and have a drink. Continue the trip through the beautiful countryside back towards the city where you can view the Cham Tower – a Hindu temple over 1,000 years old.  Leave your bike here and transfer to Nha Trang port by bus. Your biking distance will be about 7.5 miles.

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


price $99
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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 $69
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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 $59
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
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 $79
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Half Day City Tour
The first stop on today’s itinerary is be in the city center at  the Reunification Palace. Formerly named the Presidential Palace, this important city landmark was assured its place in history on April 30, 1975, when the first North Vietnamese tanks rumbled past, signaling the Fall of Saigon and ultimately the end of the Vietnam War. The palace is now a museum complete with period meeting areas, war rooms and a basement communication center. Take a panoramic drive through the city toward the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. You will pass the Notre Dame Cathedral and the French colonial-era post office as well. Translating to ‘big market’, 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. Begin your exploration of the area with a visit to Thien Hau temple. Thien Hau is the Lady of the Sea and it is believed that she can skim across the high seas, locating and rescuing those in trouble. Drive back downtown and experience an unprecedented 360-degree view of Ho Chi Minh City from the Sky Deck – Bitexco Financial Tower. The elevator, which travels at 23 feet per second, is a must but equally breath-taking are the incredible views from the public observation platform, 614 feet above the city. At a height of 860 feet and spanning 68 floors, the Bitexco Financial Tower is currently the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City.  Inspired by the country’s national flower, the lotus, this urban masterpiece is more than a skyscraper of glass and steel. It has come to represent the energy and aspirations of this progressive city and the millions that live and work in it. Your last stop today is Ben Thanh market to explore a lively local market and shopping. Drive back to the port.

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 $79
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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 $129
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Half Day City Tour
The first stop on today’s itinerary is be in the city center at  the Reunification Palace. Formerly named the Presidential Palace, this important city landmark was assured its place in history on April 30, 1975, when the first North Vietnamese tanks rumbled past, signaling the Fall of Saigon and ultimately the end of the Vietnam War. The palace is now a museum complete with period meeting areas, war rooms and a basement communication center. Take a panoramic drive through the city toward the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. You will pass the Notre Dame Cathedral and the French colonial-era post office as well. Translating to ‘big market’, 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. Begin your exploration of the area with a visit to Thien Hau temple. Thien Hau is the Lady of the Sea and it is believed that she can skim across the high seas, locating and rescuing those in trouble. Drive back downtown and experience an unprecedented 360-degree view of Ho Chi Minh City from the Sky Deck – Bitexco Financial Tower. The elevator, which travels at 23 feet per second, is a must but equally breath-taking are the incredible views from the public observation platform, 614 feet above the city. At a height of 860 feet and spanning 68 floors, the Bitexco Financial Tower is currently the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City.  Inspired by the country’s national flower, the lotus, this urban masterpiece is more than a skyscraper of glass and steel. It has come to represent the energy and aspirations of this progressive city and the millions that live and work in it. Your last stop today is Ben Thanh market to explore a lively local market and shopping. Drive back to the port.

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 $79
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8 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
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 $129
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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 $99
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Bangkok, Thailand



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bangkok, City Temples with Transfer to Airport
This will be a beautiful cultural experience with striking architecture.  Your guide will meet you at the dock for the 45-minute van ride to the Golden Buddha, Wat Trimit which houses a 700-year-old, 10-foot-tall golden statue, cast from 5.5 tons of solid gold.  You will then go to Wat Pho, commonly known as Temple of the Reclining Buddha built by King Rama I nearly 200 years ago and housing the gigantic Reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas. This distinctive image is 150 feet long and almost 50 feet high, entirely covered in gold leaf and is the largest in Bangkok illustrating the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The soles of the feet are intricately inlaid with 108 auspicious signs of the Buddha.  Take a private vehicle to the Marble Temple, commonly known as Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram. Iit is one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples. Construction of the temple began in 1899 at the request of King Chulalongkorn after building his palace nearby. The temple's name literally means the Temple of the Fifth King located nearby Dusit Palace.  It is built of Italian marble and has Carrara marble pillars, a marble courtyard and two large sangha (lions) guarding the entrance. The interiors are decorated with crossbeams of lacquer and gold, and the cloister around the assembly hall houses 52 images of Buddha.You will then be transferred to the airport.

Please note:    Bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera (optional).   Modest attire is required for visiting temples; no fitted or collarless tops are allowed; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and skirts are not permitted.  Wear comfortable walking shoes which must be taken off when entering the chapel.


price $149
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bangkok, City Temples with Transfer to Hotel
This will be a beautiful cultural experience with striking architecture.  Your guide will meet you at the dock for the 45-minute van ride to the Golden Buddha, Wat Trimit which houses a 700-year-old, 10-foot-tall golden statue, cast from 5.5 tons of solid gold.  You will then go to Wat Pho, commonly known as Temple of the Reclining Buddha built by King Rama I nearly 200 years ago and housing the gigantic Reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas. This distinctive image is 150 feet long and almost 50 feet high, entirely covered in gold leaf and is the largest in Bangkok illustrating the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The soles of the feet are intricately inlaid with 108 auspicious signs of the Buddha.  Take a private vehicle to the Marble Temple, commonly known as Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram. Iit is one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples. Construction of the temple began in 1899 at the request of King Chulalongkorn after building his palace nearby. The temple's name literally means the Temple of the Fifth King located nearby Dusit Palace.  It is built of Italian marble and has Carrara marble pillars, a marble courtyard and two large sangha (lions) guarding the entrance. The interiors are decorated with crossbeams of lacquer and gold, and the cloister around the assembly hall houses 52 images of Buddha.You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Please note:    Bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera (optional).   Modest attire is required for visiting temples; no fitted or collarless tops are allowed; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and skirts are not permitted.  Wear comfortable walking shoes which must be taken off when entering the chapel.

price $149
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bangkok, Grand Palace Tour and Transfer to Airport
You will meet your guide and board vans for the 45-minute ride to the Temple of Emerald Buddha, commonly known as Wat Phra Kaew, part of the Grand Palace.  It was built according to traditional Thai belief from the Sukhothai reign.  It’s where Phra Kaew or the Emerald Buddha, the most revered - Buddha image of Thai people, is housed.  The temple comprises an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics, all gleaming under the tropical sun.  You will have a chance to admire the Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade. Then tour the magnificent buildings of the Grand Palace.  It was constructed some 220 years ago by the command of King Rama I and was once the residence of the Royal Family. The Grand Palace is now used for ceremonial purposes and to accommodate royal visits.You will then be transferred to the airport.

Please note:    Bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera (optional).   Modest attire is required for visiting temples; no fitted or collarless tops are allowed; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and skirts are not permitted.  Wear comfortable walking shoes which must be taken off when entering the chapel.


price $119
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bangkok, Grand Palace Tour and Transfer to Hotel
You will meet your guide and board vans for the 45-minute ride to the Temple of Emerald Buddha, commonly known as Wat Phra Kaew, part of the Grand Palace.  It was built according to traditional Thai belief from the Sukhothai reign.  It’s where Phra Kaew or the Emerald Buddha, the most revered - Buddha image of Thai people, is housed.  The temple comprises an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics, all gleaming under the tropical sun.  You will have a chance to admire the Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade. Then tour the magnificent buildings of the Grand Palace.  It was constructed some 220 years ago by the command of King Rama I and was once the residence of the Royal Family. The Grand Palace is now used for ceremonial purposes and to accommodate royal visits.You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Please note:    Bring a hat, sunscreen, and your camera (optional).   Modest attire is required for visiting temples; no fitted or collarless tops are allowed; shirts/blouses must cover shoulders; trousers must cover ankles; shorts and skirts are not permitted.  Wear comfortable walking shoes which must be taken off when entering the chapel.

price $119
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Malacca, Malaysia



6 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Explore Historic Malacca with Lunch
This tour will reveal Malacca’s prosperous trading heritage and numerous foreign interlopers who include the Portuguese, Dutch and British.  You will begin your tour with a photo stop at Porta de Santiago - the only remains of the Dutch fortifications that were blown up by the British – before seeing The Stadthuys, arguably Malacca’s most photographed building.  Constructed in the mid-1600s it is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East.  Continue on to the ruins of St Paul’s Church, where the remains of St. Francis Xavier were briefly enshrined.  Visit the Melaka Sultanate Palace, a replica of the original 15th century wooden palace, which is now a Cultural Museum.  You will take a ride up to the 360-degree viewing tower, Menara Taming Sari, at a height of 262 feet.  You will see a spectacular and panoramic view of Melaka UNESCO World Heritage City from the cabin deck.  Proceed on to cross the bridge, which will lead you to Chinatown. Walk to the Baba & Nyonya Museum, showing typical 19th century Baroque style homes of wealthy Chinese families.  Continue on to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, and Kampung Kling Mosque. As you continue on to Jonker Street, you will see many antique and curio shops.  This is the final stop and you will enjoy lunch at Casa Del Rio Hotel or alternative for a taste of mixed culture and traditions!

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with steps to negotiate some sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. Coffee, tea and water are complimentary with lunch. Sodas and alcohol are available for purchase.




price $89
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Historic Malacca
This fascinating tour reveals Malacca’s glorious heritage. The streets and buildings are steeped in history illustrating its prosperous trading heritage and numerous foreign interlopers that include the Portuguese, Dutch and British. You will begin your tour with a visit to the Princess Hang Li Poh’s Well (King’s Well) – located at the foothill of Bukit China and next to Sam Po Temple. It was built in 1459 by the followers of Princess Hang Li Poh and was the main source of water in the town. Continue your walk to the Bukit Cina (also known as Chinese Hill) Chinese Cemetery, the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China itself with over 12,500 graves.  You will proceed to the Dutch Square - the hub of the town due to its proximity to the river mouth. You will see town hall (Stadthuys),  the church (Christ Church), market square and a school that all reflect the character of ancient European towns. Cross the bridge to Malacca’s Chinatown. Walk to Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, a gallery housing exhibits about Chinese Ming Dynasty admiral, Cheng Ho (Zheng He). In a warehouse to the north of the Melaka River, the gallery has exhibits on the admiral’s life. Then visit Jonker’s Street, the main street of Chinatown before you return back to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho.
 
price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Malacca, Malacca & Countryside
Departing from the pier, you’ll proceed to a small rubber tree plantation, where you will have an opportunity to see local rubber tappers in action. Malaysia produces almost 20% of the world's natural rubber. Next, you will visit  a palm oil plantation before heading to the village of legendary Malay warrior, Hang Tuah. It is commonly believed that Kampung Duyung (Mermaid Village) was the home of this legendary warrior during the early days of the Malacca Sultanate. The village highlights the cultural, architectural and traditional values of the Malay community and consists of the houses of the five most renowned Malay warriors during the Malacca Sultanate. Stop briefly for photos and souvenir shopping outside the Stadthuys. Built as the official residence for the Dutch governors and their officers, the Stadthuys is an excellent example of Dutch period architecture. Continue to Porta de Santiago—a Portuguese-built fortress—and St Paul's Church, where missionary St. Francis Xavier was briefly interred in 1553. You will also have a chance to take photos outside the Sultan's Palace—a replica of the original 15th century palace of Malacca's now-extinct Sultanate. The palace also houses the Culture Museum.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. There are about 100 steps up and around this tour.

price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing

boating
Malacca, Walk The Dutch Trail
Walk back through time as you discover the great empires of Malacca the Malay Sultanate, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.  After tendering from the ship to the local jetty, you will embark on a boat for a scenic cruise on the Malacca River. Along the way, pass through the downtown area, where you can see old warehouses, shop houses, bridges and traditional Malay villages. Next, a short walk from the jetty will bring you to Stadthuys and Christ Church for a brief photo stop. The Stadhuys is the most imposing relic of Dutch rule and features salmon red walls, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. It now houses the Historical Museum. The adjacent Christ Church is a Dutch Reformed church constructed in 1753. Proceed to the Porta de Santiago. Although the original fortress dates from 1511, a small gatehouse is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing. After a photo stop here, you will head to the Sultanate Palace, a replica of a 15th century palace that currently is a cultural museum.  Then you will take a trishaw ride along the Street of Harmony where you will pass the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, one of the first Hindu temples in Malaysia, the Kampong Kling Mosque with its 3-tiered roof and make a brief stop at the Cheng Hoon Temple, built in 1646. It is the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia. Your tour will conclude with a brief ride by rickshaw back to the tender pier.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards, at times over flat and sloping surfaces, with 10 steps to negotiate at the sites visited, a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the riverboat and tender. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and a poncho. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion. The boat operator will load 40 people ( local and tourist) per boat due to the limited number of boats available. Boat trip will not be exclusive to Windstar guests.


price $69
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



8 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur On Your Own
Enjoy a 90-minute scenic ride from the port to the Golden Triangle to explore Kuala Lumpur at your own pace. You'll disembark near the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the tallest twin towers in the world. Easily accessible by monorail, LRT (Light Rail Transit) and taxi, you might want to visit Chinatown, Little India or Independence Square.  Shopping, restaurants, skyscrapers, landmarks and other points of interest can be found along Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur's trendiest shopping and entertainment district. Local currency is required for most shops as well as for entrance fees and credit cards are accepted in most department stores. For lunch, you may want to stroll over to Bintang walk, a wide pedestrian walkway that is filled with restaurants and open air cafés, as well as specialty shops. At the end of the day, you'll board your motorcoach at the predetermined time for a scenic ride back to your ship.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring local currency, your sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and rain gear. 


price $59
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Panoramic Kuala Lumpur with Local Breakfast
Your journey will begin as you board your motorcoach for a half day tour to some of Kuala Lumpur's most fascinating and colorful sights. Before you enter Kuala Lumpur City, a stop will made at a nearby coffee shop for a refreshing cup of local “pull tea” and “pratta” bread.  After breakfast, KL Tower will be your first destination. Rising over 1,381 feet, the telecommunications and broadcasting tower also houses shops, restaurants, an open-air amphitheater, and a mini-theater that shows a documentary on the tower's construction. A ride up to the Skydeck will reward you with stunning views of the city. Before returning to the ship, you will have a photo stop at the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers.     

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


price $89
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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Twin Tower Skybridge & City Tour
This tour will take you in to the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Your first stop after a 90-minute drive, will be at the National Monument. This 49-foot-tall bronze monument was built to pay tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives defending the country during the Insurgency in the 1950s and World War II. Then continue on to Independence Square, one of the most photographed sites in all of Malaysia and the playing field of the Royal Selangor Club, the National History Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral, the impressive Sultan Abdul Samad Building and where parades and Independence Day festivities are celebrated. You’ll then proceed to Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Soaring 1,483 feet into the sky, the towers are united by a sky bridge that rises 557 feet above street level, making it the tallest sky bridge in the world. The majestic steel and glass towers look very 21st century but their design is based in ancient Islamic tradition - the 241-foot tall spires, which sit atop the towers are reminiscent of the minarets that adorn mosques. Your final stop of the day is the Suria KL Shopping Centre where you’ll have almost two hours to shop at your leisure. Stretched over 1.4 million square feet, here you’ll find 450 outlets offering something for everyone - have lunch in one of the many restaurants, shop in the fashionable boutiques, have fun in the entertainment centers, sit down for cup of coffee in a coffeehouse, work out in a fitness center or unwind in a spa.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Bring local currency, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Lunch will be on your own at Petronas Twin Towers and is not included on this tour. Tour route may vary to avoid congestion. This tour cannot be operated on Mondays. Your tour guide will not go up the Petronas Tower when ascending to the Skybridge, but a Petronas Skybridge in-house guide will escort you.

price $99
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Langkawi, Malaysia



3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing
Langkawi, 4 X 4 Adventure
Enjoy a ride on a Yamaha Rhino 4x4, side by side off-road vehicle. The 45-minute ride will depart from the Paku Pakis Activity Centre, which is located at the Tanjung Rhu beach. You will be guided by a tour supervisor who will ride in front of the Rhinos. You will also be given a routing map to enable you to drive safely along the moderately rough terrain and back to the start-up station. Safety helmets and seat belts are compulsory. The vehicle is equipped with comfortable bucket seats and automotive-type controls which will make driving as easy as it is fun with super strong 4-wheel disc brakes to ensure that when the terrains gets rough, the Yamaha 4x4 Rhino holds steady!!

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing, and bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older, and have a valid driver’s license. Humidity is around 80%.

price $159
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing
Langkawi, Cable Car with Skybridge at Orental Village
This half-day tour unveils Langkawi's breathtaking beauty and rich heritage. Ride a cable car to the summit of Mat Cincang for sweeping views of Langkawi. Your tour will begin as you board your motorcoach for a scenic drive southwest to Pantai Cenang, a white-sand beach lined with picturesque chalets and coconut trees, overlooking the waters of the Andaman Sea.  You'll make your way to Oriental Village, home to a wide array of shops and boutiques, and a popular cable car system. The system has the longest suspension in the world between two stations, and was built without constructing any roads through the jungle.  Upon arrival in Oriental Village, you'll board your cable car for the approximately 10-minute ride to Mount Mat Cincang, Langkawi's second highest peak, soaring over 2,000 feet above sea level. The car travels a 42-degree incline along the slopes, and on a clear day, you can see from Thailand in the north to Indonesia in the southwest. Now you have the opportunity to experience Skybridge, this suspended bridge is built on top of the Machinchang Mountain. Accessible from the Top Station, the bridge is suspended from a 269-foot (82 meter)- high single pylon, hanging at about  328 feet (100 meters) above ground and it can accommodate up to 250 people at the same time. It swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique spatial experience and to bring them into otherwise unattainable locations, above virgin jungle with spectacular views. Notably, in contrast to a straight bridge, where the end is always monotonously in sight, a curved bridge offers spectacularly changing perspectives that reinvent themselves, as one proceeds along it. 

Please note:  Cable Car operation is weather dependent. Expect long lines and delays at the Cable Car, as you will be sharing the gondola with other visitors.  There are 20 steps at Oriental Village & Cable Car and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties and those who are afraid of height.


price $79
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

boating
Langkawi, Island Getaway
Most people feel the serene beauty of Langkawi's islands is best appreciated on a laid back jet boat. This thrilling tour can be customized for you to see the highlights of the southern islands. Thrill to the sight of the mountainous limestone islands, strange cave formations, sea-arches and sea-stacks. You will be dropped off at an isolated island for leisure time. You’ll arrive back at the jetty after your day of adventure and relaxation with memories you’ll treasure forever.  Stroll the short distance back to your ship, reminiscing about this special day.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a swimsuit, towel and extra clothing.  This tour is not suitable for wheelchair bound guests or guests with mobility issues.


price $99
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

refreshments

sightseeing
Langkawi, Kampung Experience
This tour will take you to the interior of the island to explore and experiencing the true traditional Malay lifestyle. Set-up in the midst of Malay village, you will have the chance to explore the serenity of the village’s day-to-day living. You will experience and be involved in activities such as Village Tour, Coconut dis-husking, Coconut Grinding & Milking.  Savor the hand-picked traditional Malay kueh (snacks) paired off with hit local coffee and tea.  Learn to wear a sarong,  a large tube or length of fabric, often wrapped around the waist and worn as a kilt by men and as a skirt by women throughout Malaysia and Southeast Asia which will be demonstrated by the villagers.

Please note:  This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility issues. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, hat, rain gear, and wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $99
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Langkawi, Mangrove Kayak Adventure
Enjoy the mangroves of Kilim River which are part of Geopark Langkawi with a taste of adventure and some exercise during this kayak trip.  You will be up close to the ecology of the mangroves while gliding in your kayak through the smaller channels, away from the larger rivers.  You might be lucky to see monkeys, snakes, eagles, kites, kingfishers, otters or monitor lizards.  You will transfer to a motor launch for the approximately ¾-hour cruise to your departure point in Kilim. After basic instructions and a safety briefing, set out on a leisurely paddle through this ecosystem of tidal mangroves, lagoons and isolated islands. Watch for brown eagles, tree crabs, iguanas, and Macaque monkeys. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent.

price $99
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Phuket, Thailand



6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture

beach
Phuket, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
This is an enjoyable opportunity to spend quality time with elephants in their natural home, as well as gain an insight into their history and behavior.  You will be privileged enough to meet and interact with members of the Karen tribe, and witness stunning views of the surrounding jungle, mountains and beach – all while interacting personally with friendly, happy elephants in a safe and sustainable environment. You will board your waiting van for the 60-minute drive to the Sanctuary. There, you will meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants, before changing into traditional Karen clothing.  You will be given bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants and then walk with your guide through the Sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you have met all the elephants, you will accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, you will walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friends and change into some dry clothes. Finally, have a meal of traditional Thai food and seasonal fresh fruit.  There will be time to relax at Naithon Beach before your ride back to the ship, enjoying the lovely rural scenery along the way.

Please note: The order of events may change. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunglasses, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, your swimsuit,  towel, change of clothes and your camera. The mud pools and the sites at the sanctuary are not exclusive to Windstar guests.



price $189
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8 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

outdoors

dining

beach

boating
Phuket, Phang Nga Ba Exploration
After a 90-minute scenic drive you will arrive at the pier to board a local-style boat and start a day of exploration. You will cruise the inner waters of Phang Nga Bay, where you will be awestruck by the beauty of the spectacular natural surroundings.  Discover a world of sea caves and limestone karsts all formed naturally as a result of calcite deposits over millions of years.  Enjoy Koh “Hong” which is an open-air, cliff-lined cylindrical tidal lagoon connected to the outside world only through a series of tunnels and caves.  Here you will have the opportunity to board guided sea canoe. The guide will paddle so you can sit back and relax in complete comfort and safety, taking in the peace and total tranquility while learning about the ecosystem of this “lost world.”  Along the way you may see a variety of wildlife such as sea eagles, Brahminy kites, kingfishers, fruit bats, water monitor lizards, and monkeys. You will also have the opportunity to take a stroll or swim on a sandy beach and visit “James Bond Island” the island made famous by the classic James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun.” This tour includes a Thai buffet lunch and optional kayaking.

Please note:  There are 15 steps to access the boat at the pier.  Bring your raincoat, swimsuit and wear comfortable shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for guests with limited mobility or back issues. The boat trip may not be exclusive for Windstar guests. 


price $149
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Phuket, Unique Phuket
This tour will be a combination of highlights which include culture, sightseeing and tasting of Thai foods. You will start with a 45-minute ride to an old temple in Phuket to attend the Monks’ Blessing Ceremony.  The monks will chant their mantras and sprinkle holy water to bring good luck to the participants while you will present offerings to them in return.  It is an uplifting start to the day. Then you will walk through Rommanee Alley where scenes from Good Morning Vietnam were shot.  Walking along the roads, you will marvel at the well-preserved old Sino-Portuguese buildings and visit Thai Hua Museum.  You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind market tour which is both enriching and fun. Within the market, colorful characters hawk condiments, sell dried herbs and spices, and proudly display pungent pickled kapi fish, squirming eels and succulent durians.  Be prepared for sensory overload. Then you will take a short walk to the twin Phuket shrines where you will learn your fortune through sticks and wooden blocks.  Here you will see - and participate in – a Lion Dance, gongs, drums and firecrackers in the temple, representing good fortune and good health.  The first one is Phud Jaw Chinese Shrine which is dedicated to Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy.  It is the oldest shrine in Phuket, built over 200 years ago.  Right next door is the more ornate Jui Tui Shrine.  Proceed to Tuu Kap Khao Restaurant where you will be served local Thai food family style.. 

Please note:  Wear light clothing, rubber/comfortable shoes.  Bring local currency, a hat, adequate sun protection, sunglasses and a raincoat in case of rain. Modest attire is required for visiting the temple and shrines, no tank tops or shorts. You do not have to be Buddhist to join the Monk’s Blessing Ceremony.  Everybody is welcome. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users due to lots of steps at Thai Hua Museum.


price $199
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture

beach
Phuket, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
This is an enjoyable opportunity to spend quality time with elephants in their natural home, as well as gain an insight into their history and behavior.  You will be privileged enough to meet and interact with members of the Karen tribe, and witness stunning views of the surrounding jungle, mountains and beach – all while interacting personally with friendly, happy elephants in a safe and sustainable environment. You will board your waiting van for the 60-minute drive to the Sanctuary. There, you will meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants, before changing into traditional Karen clothing.  You will be given bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants and then walk with your guide through the Sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you have met all the elephants, you will accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, you will walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friends and change into some dry clothes. Finally, have a meal of traditional Thai food and seasonal fresh fruit.  There will be time to relax at Naithon Beach before your ride back to the ship, enjoying the lovely rural scenery along the way.

Please note: The order of events may change. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunglasses, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, your swimsuit,  towel, change of clothes and your camera. The mud pools and the sites at the sanctuary are not exclusive to Windstar guests.



price $189
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Penang, Malaysia



3.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

biking

dining

sightseeing
Penang, Explore Penang Heritage Town by Bike
Begin your day of discovery with a bicycling tour in Penang and you will feel like you are in an open air gallery. You’ll cycle along the historic harbor and to a Clan Jetty. The Jetty forms part of a Heritage Trail, which features fascinating street art. Continue to a traditional hawker food stall for a delicious late breakfast and cycle past historic mosques, temples and forts. Enjoy the pleasant ride along Pitt Street named after the first Prime Minister of England, Mr. William Pitt or better known as Street of Harmony, which is bordered by religious landmarks such as the Kapitan Keling Mosque with its dome and minarets, the Sri Mahamariaman Hindu Temple, a popular goddess among the Hindus, Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) Temple and St. George's Church, oldest Anglican Church in the region.  Explore the street of George Town and its rich heritage. Admire the intricate carving, woodwork and porcelain décor of Khoo Kongsi, established in 1835; one of the most beautiful Chinese clan houses to be built outside of China. After the visit at Khoo Kongsi, you will be guided to walk to Armenian Street to explore the unique painted walls mimicking life in the city such as Little Children on a Bicycle, Lion Dance, The Big Cat, basking in its street art glory. It was an awesome effort by the Lithuanian artist - Ernest who gave new life to the old town. Now Armenian Street becomes one of the most interesting attractions in Penang. You will pass by the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion also known as Blue Mansion for a photo stop, and the 100-year-old Eastern & Oriental Hotel along the way. You will conclude the day with a photo stop at Fort Cornwallis before returning the bicycle and walking back to the Port.

Please note:  Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, hat and a poncho.


price $49
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture
Penang, Hill & Temple
Board your motor coach for a spiritual journey to SE Asia’s largest Buddhist temple. Your 30-minute drive will take you to the Kek Lok Si Temple, better known as the Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas, your visit will be infinitely intriguing from the start. Among the features or the temple are the Tortoises’ Pond of Longevity where devotees release the creatures to earn blessings in life and the Seven Tier Pagoda that incorporates Chinese, Thai & Burmese architecture. In 2002, a 99-foot bronze statue of the Kuan Yin was completed and opened to public. It replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years ago. The bronze statue is located on the hillside above the pagoda while the head of the previous statue which survived the fire is preserved and placed on the right hand corner of the new statue. There is an inclined lift to carry pilgrims and visitors further uphill. On the elevated platform, you can find a pond filled with Koi and the towering statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, which can also be regarded as Avalokitheshvara, Bodhisattva of Universal Compassion. Visit Penang Hill, a cool resort accessible by a funicular tram you will take to reach the peak. It will offer a refreshing garden quality, with old colonial mansions that are reminiscent of an old English Village. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative clothing is required to enter the temple. Bring local currency, a hat, adequate sun protection, and a raincoat in case of wet weather.  There are approximately 200 steps at the temple and the grounds may be slippery in places


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8 HRS

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Penang, Jewels of George Town
You will board your motor coach for the 30-minute drive to Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Chinese Buddhist Temple in Malaysia.  Among the temple’s features are the Tortoises’ Pond of Longevity where devotees release the creatures to earn blessings in life and the Seven Tier Pagoda that incorporates Chinese, Thai & Burmese architecture. Proceed to the home and ancestral hall of Chung Keng Kwee, Kapitan China of Perak and Hakka mine-owner, which is known as the Pinang Peranakan Mansion.  The opulent lifestyle of a Peranakan (Straits Chinese) tycoon is recreated in this century-old stately mansion, offering a glimpse into the Peranakan customs and traditions. After your lunch at the leading hotel, you will head  to the Tropical Spice Gardens, which is home to more than 500 species of native and exotic plants. Spread over a magnificent eight acres, it boasts three trails and 11 garden rooms where you can view their staggering collection of herbs, spices, bamboos, ginger plants, heliconias, and orchids. The highlight will be at the Entopia, the first butterfly, dragonfly and firefly Sanctuary Park. It houses 15,000 butterflies from about 100 species. Your spectacular day continues with a visit to a Batik Factory  and here you will enjoy a delightful demonstration of this traditional art of printing fabric using dyes and wax. There will also be an opportunity for you to buy Batik fabrics and goods before returning to the port. You will return to your ship with a true insight into the architectural design of George Town, which has lost nothing of its original charm and character.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and conservative dress. There are about 200 steps to negotiate at the temple. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, local currency, a hat and rain gear.




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3 HRS

Moderate

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Penang, Street of Harmony
This walking tour will offer you a glimpse of a different part of George Town and highlight some of its most popular attractions! The journey will begin with a photo stop at Fort Cornwallis, where Captain Francis Light landed in Penang. Then on to the Penang Municipal Town Hall, and St. George Church, the oldest Anglican church in SE Asia and designated as one of the 50 National Heritage Treasures of Malaysia. Next stop, The Goddess of Mercy Temple, constructed using Feng Shui principles, the temple has three wells – one on the right side of the main shrine, another outside the temple and the third hidden under the main altar. Your next stop will be Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, dedicated to the Mother of the Universe. Another one of the main houses of worship along George Town’s “Street of Harmony,” is the Kapitan Keling Mosque, built and designed by German architect Henry Alfred Neubronner. With Moorish and Roman arches and a towering minaret, the mosque stands as a regal landmark and one of the country’s most beautiful and historically rich mosques. Khoo Kongsi is one of the most distinctive Chinese clan associations in Malaysia. It is well known worldwide for its extensive lineage that can be traced back 650 years ago, as well as its closely knit and defensive congregation of buildings and a magnificent clan house. Then take a leisurely trishaw ride on the enchanting and aptly named “King of the Road,” a favorite for tourists as well as locals. Lastly, you will be dropped off at a colonial building for light refreshments before returning to the port. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, local currency and a hat. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with mobility issues.


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4 HRS

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Penang, Taste of Penang and Skywalk
Begin your day of discovery with a stop at the  Penang Wonderfood Museum which offers visitors a kitsch, kooky and in-depth look at the city’s unique food culture with larger-than-life displays of Malaysian dishes. It showcases over 100 types of popular street foods and traditional delicacies of the Malays, Indians, Chinese, and Perakanan, all of which are displayed in individual glass cases. It also features miniature displays of how the locals eat on a typical day, including breakfast at a roadside nasi lemak stall, Chinese-style porridge for lunch, followed by roti canai and teh tarik at a mamak stall. Penang Wonderfood Museum’s giant replica food section proves to be a big hit among locals and tourists alike. Visitors can pose beside massive models of Penang delicacies such as cendol, laksa, curry mee, rojak, char kuey teow, and ais kacang. The museum also educates the public on how certain dining choices can have negative impact on the environment. Next you will have a bird’s-eye view of Penang, the Rainbow Skywalk and Observatory Deck offering stunning seamless views of George Town and beyond.  Located at George Town’s highest point, the open-air Rainbow Skywalk is at Level 68, on the rooftop of Komtar Tower, offering visitors the thrilling experience of walking on air 817 feet (249 meters) above ground. Meanwhile the air-conditioned Observatory Deck at Level 65 also features a glass walkway that will let you watch the world go by below.  Save some of your appetite for the next stop, the Penang foodie’s corner, where you may purchase and enjoy a variety of Penang’s local foods. Street food is very popular in Penang, and watching it being made in front of your eyes is almost as much fun as eating it!  

Please note:  This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.


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Singapore



3.5 HRS

Moderate

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Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Airport
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the airport.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $69
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

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Singapore, City Experience with Transfer to Hotel
This tour will be a great way to relax and explore Singapore.  Leaving the port you will drive into the city and see the Civic District, past the Padang Area, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall as well as Merlion Park. As you drive past the City Centre, you will be impressed by the fantastic work of visionary architect Moshe Safdie. The Marina Bay waterfront. The Marina Bay Sands is considered the world's most expensive resort casino property, and dominates the skyline and Singapore's new financial district. You will get to visit the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temple in Singapore - the Thian Hock Keng Temple before heading to Chinatown. You will drive past Arab Street to view the magnificent Sultan Mosque before a quick stop at Little India. Your final stop will be the National Orchid Garden, displaying the world's largest collection of orchids in full splendor. It houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. See the "dignitaries," such as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Laura Bush and Princess Diana in the VIP (Very Important Plants) Garden. Packed with fond memories as well as load of photographs, your motor coach will take you to the hotel.

Please note:  Bring local currency, your credit card, camera, umbrella or poncho in case of rain. Order of sites visited may vary.

price $69
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