One where your flights connect seamlessly, your hotel is in the heart of a culturally-rich, bustling city, and your cruise takes in the best of this continent’s high-voltage contrasts. Well that’s exactly what Escape Travel’s Tailor Made Cruise will do for you. Uncover the delights of Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Halong Bay and Hong Kong on this exclusive tailor made itinerary, only available at Escape Travel.
Flying direct from Australia to Singapore, you’ll land right in the heart of this modern metropolis. Take a walking tour of the city’s vibrant Little India district, shop til you drop in the high end boutiques of Orchard Road, or see how movies are made at Universal Studios. Animal lovers will do well to spend a morning at the cage-free Singapore Zoo, famed as one of the prettiest zoos in the world. Then for a slice of time out, be sure to the magnificent Gardens by the Bay. A clean, cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural heritage, Singapore is the perfect place to begin your Asian escape.
Having climbed onboard your luxury 14-night cruise around some of Asia’s most eye-opening and inspiring cities, your first stop is Bangkok. An always-on, organised chaos, Bangkok is at once a commercial, political and spiritual city. Cycle along the banks of the bustling Phraya River, step inside the opulent Grand Palace with its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple, and explore the many market streets of Chinatown for a unique cultural experience. Shopaholics should seek out antiques at Chatachak Weekend Market, or luxury clothes and gadgets at the impressive Siam Square.
Ho Chi Minh City
After leaving Bangkok, you’ll head to a completely different Asian city in historic Ho Chi Minh. No visit would be complete without a trip to the sobering War Remnants Museum, or authentic, and somewhat overwhelming Ben Thanh Market. History buffs will enjoy a visit to Reunification Palace and the Museum of Vietnamese History, while the famed Cu Chi tunnels are not for the faint hearted. That’s all without even getting onto the food!
The heart of imperial Vietnam, Hue (pronounced ‘hway’) was once the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors, and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. The city’s major drawcard is its 19th century Citadel, encircled by an impressive moat and imposing stone walls. Inside is the magical imperial city, with adorned palaces and intricate shrines. After exploring the citadel, climb aboard a river cruise for a view of the Tombs of the Emperors and the Thien Mu Pagoda.
Halong Bay and Hanoi
Docking in the majestic Halong Bay, you’ll bear witness to its 2,000 limestone karsts that stand eerily above the powdery blue waters of the bay. Travel inland to Hanoi, Vietnam’s captivating capital and explore how it differs greatly to the southern Ho Chi Minh. A blend of Parisian sophistication and high octane Asian pace, rise early to see sunrise t’ai chi by the lake before a bustling show of bartering at market stalls in the Old Quarter.
Arguably Asia’s most captivating city, Hong Kong magically blends nature and neon lights. Disembark your 14-day cruise to spend two nights exploring the city at your own page. Start at ground level to see ancient temples, enthralling markets and delicious food around every corner. Then make your way up, onboard the Peak Tram to the highest point on Hong Kong Island, with views over the harbour city and all the way to Kowloon and the New Territories.