Discover the treasures of East Asia
Uncover the legacies of dynasties when you combine Southeast Asia & Hong Kong and Capitals of the Far East. Explore the cultural treasures and meet the warm people of East Asia on a 29-day cruise that helps you unravel a fascinating history and witness the cutting-edge cities that are shaping Asia's booming economy. You'll enjoy overnight stays in 9 ports, letting you experience local life and giving you the up-close view that this fascinating region deserves.
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Day 1 - Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand
Arrive in Bangkok today. Settle in to your veranda stateroom and take time to explore your ship. Because we are berthed overnight in Laem Chabang, you will have much of the day tomorrow to explore the glittering Thai capital.
Day 2 - Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand
Experience the cultural splendor of Old Siam, beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Take your time to enjoy the exquisite flavors of Thailand during a typical lunch. Then take in the other sights and sounds of one of Southeast Asia's most colorful and cosmopolitan cities on a panoramic tour that includes a stop for an exterior view of the Grand Palace. Admire the city's many canals plied by traditional longboats and other small vessels. You will occasionally stop for photos as you enjoy the kaleidoscopic scenery.
Day 3 - Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Call on Cambodia's coastal town of Sihanoukville, surrounded by stunning sand beaches and turquoise waters. Here, New Khmer architecture overlooks the comings and goings of modern tuk-tuks, carriages drawn by motorcycles. Visit Wat Krom with its colorful murals and Buddha sculptures, stroll Independence Beach, and explore a local market and fishing village. Sihanoukville is the gateway to Cambodia's stunning Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and a supreme example of classical Khmer architecture. If you wish, you may join an overnight excursion to witness this magnificent, sprawling temple complex.
Day 4 - Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Take the day to experience the authentic Khmer culture of Sihanoukville, ringed by stunning sand beaches and cerulean waters. Take in the local ambiance at the town's market, return to Independence Beach or explore the beaches lined with colorful fishing boats. If you ventured to the magnificent 12th-century Buddhist temple complex of Angkor Wat yesterday, you will return today.
Day 5 - Cruise the Gulf of Thailand
Today you will enter the Gulf of Thailand, the former Gulf of Siam. Long an important waterway for traders and merchants, it has helped shape the economies of Southeast Asia and the Malay Peninsula for centuries. As you cruise, you might enjoy the views from your stateroom's veranda or from the Infinity Pool. This evening, attend a port talk about your upcoming Thailand ports and enjoy a star-filled night sky.
Day 6 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Call in Ho Chi Minh City today, formerly known as Saigon. Explore a heady mix of French and Vietnamese cultures here, where baguettes and croissants are sold alongside pho, Vietnam's beloved noodle soup. Browse the enlightening exhibits at the National History Museum, where galleries chronicle the nation's past. View the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and Chinatown. And meet artisans at a lacquer workshop.
Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
With two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, you will have ample time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the south. You might choose to tour the fabled Mekong Delta. Known to many as "Vietnam's rice bowl," it is one of the most fertile areas in the nation, overflowing with fruit, vegetables and seafood, much of it sold at the many floating markets. This fascinating region seems untouched by the passage of time.
Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Enjoy another day exploring the cultural treasures of Ho Chi Minh City, absorbing its French colonial accents and bustling markets. Stop by its oldest and largest, Ben Thanh Market, to experience Old Saigon at its most authentic. If you wish, you can visit the legendary tunnels of Cu Chi, a vast network of subterranean passageways used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
Day 9 - Cruise the South China Sea
Sail into the South China Sea today, waters that were navigated for thousands of years by dynastic emperors and the barbarians that opposed them. Nanhai, or the South Sea, is one of the Four Seas of Chinese literature. In that literary tradition, it serves as mere metaphor. But the beauty of these waters and the enriching destinations to which they lead is very real.
Day 10 - Da Nang (Chan May), Vietnam
Explore Da Nang, a sleepy backwater transformed into a US base during the Vietnam War and today a bustling cultural center. Witness typical Vietnamese countryside here, blanketed with rice paddies and dotted with water buffalo. Admire the city's colonial architecture, standing alongside ornate temples, and explore the fascinating Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. You will also visit legendary China Beach, where US soldiers came for relaxation during the war. If you wish, explore the splendid architecture of Hoi An, spared from wartime bombing, or the treasures of Hue, once a dynastic capital.
Day 11 - Scenic Cruising: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Sail into the breathtaking world of Ha Long Bay, an astonishing 100-mile stretch of some 2,000 towering karst islands. These mystical-looking monoliths are said to have been created by dragons descending to the sea and leaving behind droplets of jade to protect the mainland from marauders. Wind your way through this remarkable seascape on an authentic Vietnamese junk.
Day 12 - Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Explore more of Ha Long Bay today, taking in dramatic views from your veranda, the Aquavit Terrace or the Explorers' Lounge. If you'd like, travel to Vietnam's northern cultural center of Hanoi, a richly textured city evocative of Old Vietnam. In its atmospheric Old Quarter, old temples and storefronts date back centuries.
Day 13 - Haikou, China
Discover Haikou today, situated on Hainan Island off the southern coast of mainland China. During a tour of this vibrant city, you will visit the historic quarter and the city's inviting green parks. Admire a gleaming-white blend of colonial-era Portuguese and French facades alongside Southeast Asian architecture with Indian and Arabic accents.
Day 14 - Hong Kong, China
Cruise into dazzling Hong Kong this morning and admire the glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor and offshore islands. See where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. An overnight stay in Hong Kong lets you explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.
Day 15 - Hong Kong, China
See where Hong Kong's deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Alternately, you may explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.
Day 16 - Hong Kong, China
Witness where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a Hong Kong city tour that takes you up to Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Continue to the former fishing village of Aberdeen, now a dense and fascinating cluster of residential towers. Or perhaps you'll venture to nearby Lantau Island or visit the casino-laden port of Macau, the famous former Portuguese outpost.
Day 17 - Xiamen, China
Built on islands at the mouth of the Jiulong River, Xiamen boasts picturesque colonial architecture. The venerable Xiamen University, with perhaps the most beautiful campus in China, actually has its own beach. On a panoramic tour of the city, you will see the university campus, the Baicheng Beach boardwalk and the majestic Nanputuo Temple complex, perched on a hillside overlooking the city and central to the city's Fujian community. If you'd like, you can immerse yourself in local culture during a bike ride, a tai chi class and a tea ceremony. Or visit the ancient city of Quanzhou, the start of the legendary Maritime Silk Road.
Day 18 - Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China
Visit the fascinating Taiwanese capital of Taipei on the island's northern shore. This city boasts a curious blend of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences. Visit the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a monument dedicated to the founding father of Taiwan, and the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine to those who have fallen in China's wars. You will stop for photos of Taipei 101, a stunning skyscraper that held the reign as "tallest" from 2004 to 2009.
Day 19 - Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China
Enjoy today to explore more of Taipei and the surrounding towns and villages. Create your own lantern and make a wish in Pingxi. In Jinguashi, learn about the gold rush from an old miner. Walk the streets of Jiufen, a picturesque old mining town that was almost forgotten until a local film gave it new fame. Or visit Yehliu, the island's scenic cape dotted with bizarre-looking rock formations. During your stay, you will have ample opportunity to sample the city's diverse and creative cuisine.
Day 20 - Cruise the East China Sea
The East China Sea welcomes you today. In the mid-1800s, British, French and American ships made their way to Shanghai across these waters. In the late 19th century, American whaling ships hunted right whales here in these waters for blubber that fueled lamps and made soaps. As you cruise today, treat yourself to a massage at The Spa or relax in a deck chair by the Infinity Pool.
Day 21 - Shanghai, China
Cruise into one of the world's most important ports this morning for an overnight stay. Shanghai is a modern metropolis and center of finance that orbits around its famous and historic Bund, the city's elegant riverfront promenade overlooked by colonial-era banks and trading houses. Explore the excellent cultural and artistic collections at the Shanghai Museum, followed by time to explore the People's Square and stroll the Bund. Our overnight stay allows you to attend a dazzling Chinese acrobatic show in the city this evening.
Day 22 - Shanghai, China
You have the day to discover more of Shanghai's cultural and historic treasures. Enjoy tea in tranquil Suzhou, the nearby "Garden City" known for its historic silk production and picturesque bridges, temples and pavilions. Ride the superfast Maglev train, an engineering marvel of magnetic levitation. Gaze over Shanghai's skyline from the Jin Mao Tower. Or learn about cooking, traditional medicine, calligraphy and more from local residents during an outing to the Caoyang community.
Day 23 - Cruise the Yellow Sea
Cruise north into the Yellow Sea today toward the Korean Peninsula. These fabled waters were named for the color created by the sediments that flow here from China's mainland rivers. Its rich mineral content draws countless fish and marine mammals. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or enjoy a late-night drink in one of the ship's elegant venues.
Day 24 - Seoul (Incheon), South Korea
Arrive in the Korean port of Incheon this morning and enjoy an introduction to Seoul, South Korea's capital city. Like so many Asian cities, Seoul is part modern metropolis and part ancient walled citadel, a blend of futuristic trends and sacred traditions. You will be provided ample material and guidance to explore the capital on your own. If you wish, you may visit the DMZ, the demilitarized zone that has separated North and South Korea since the end of the Korean War.
Day 25 - Seoul (Incheon), South Korea
Enjoy another day exploring the 2,000-year-old city on the Han River. You may wish to immerse yourself in Bukchon Hanok Village, where hundreds of traditional houses, known as hanok, are preserved as cultural centers, tea houses and more. To view some of the country's artistic and cultural treasures, peruse the galleries of Seoul's impressive National Museum of Korea. Indulge in a lunch of bulgogi and other traditional Korean dishes.
Day 26 - Qingdao, China
Today you will uncover the surprises of Qingdao, once known as the "German Hong Kong." Discover the half-timbered houses of this former German and Japanese colony. You can even sample a beer-brewing tradition that dates back to the days of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. If you wish, you can delve more deeply into this unique past during a panoramic tour featuring the Eight Great Passes and Wusi Square. Alternately, enjoy a walking tour into the heart of Qingdao's Old Town and experience some of the area's heritage.
Day 27 - Dalian, China
This morning, arrive in Dalian, one of China's most livable cities. Under Soviet rule for a decade after World War II, the city today enjoys a picturesque setting, numerous parks and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Past the Stalinist-era buildings in the center, the city exudes a decidedly relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a city tour, featuring a stop at Labor Park, adorned with lovely gardens, modern architecture, quiet walkways and exuberant floral displays. If you wish, you may experience local life up close during a visit to a home and nursery school.
Day 28 - Beijing, China
Call in Tianjin today, located on the Haihe River. The city is famous for its stretch of the Grand Canal, the longest and possibly oldest existing manmade waterway on earth. But the Great Wall is the larger draw, and you will see the section that runs along the ridge of mountains north of the city in nearby Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass). The 13,000 miles of walls, towers and trenches were begun 2,200 years ago to defend the Chinese empire against nomads from the north. If you wish, you may venture to Beijing for an overnight excursion, featuring visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and a cable car ride and optional hike along the Great Wall.
Day 29 - Beijing, China
Disembark your ship this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or stay on in Beijing to explore more of this historic imperial capital.
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- Cruise Line
- Viking Ocean Cruises
- 29 Days
- Cruise Ship
- Viking Spirit
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|Day 1||Laem Chabang|
|Day 2||Laem Chabang|
|Day 5||Cruise the Gulf of Thailand|
|Day 6||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Day 7||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Day 8||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Day 9||Cruise the South China Sea|
|Day 10||Chan May|
|Day 11||Ha Long Bay|
|Day 12||Ha Long Bay|
|Day 14||Hong Kong|
|Day 15||Hong Kong|
|Day 16||Hong Kong|
|Day 20||Cruise the East China Sea|
|Day 23||Cruise the Yellow Sea|