Southeast Asia (27 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Orion  |  2 Reviews
Hong Kong, China to Bali, Indonesia
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DAY 1
Hong Kong, China

Arrive in dazzling Hong Kong today and admire the glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor, and offshore islands. Settle in to your veranda stateroom and get to know your ship. Because we are berthed overnight here, you may explore this glittering cultural capital on your own this evening.

DAY 2
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 3
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 façades alongside Southeast Asian architecture with Indian and Arabic accents.

DAY 4
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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

DAY 5
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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

DAY 6
Chan May, Vietnam
Da Nang, Vietnam
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 7
South China Sea (Cruising)

Sail into the South China Sea today, waters that have been navigated for thousands of years. 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 8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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

DAY 9
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 10
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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

DAY 11
Gulf of Thailand (Cruising)

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

DAY 12
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 13
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 14
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 Wat Arun and Wat Benchamabophit temples. Admire the city's many canals plied by traditional longboats and other small vessels. You will occasionally stop for photos as you enjoy the kaleidoscopic scenery.

DAY 15
Laem Chabang, Thailand

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

DAY 16
Laem Chabang, Thailand

Experience the splendor of Siam of Old during an overnight stay. Cultural and political capital of Thailand, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Marvel at the towering Wat Arun on the river's banks and the temples and elegant buildings of the renowned Grand Palace. Sample the famous Thai cuisine for lunch and take in the city's canals, bustling with traditional longboats. If you wish, visit the Dusit Palace complex and the Jim Thompson House, former home of the city's renowned silk merchant.

DAY 17
Gulf of Thailand (Cruising)

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

DAY 18
Strait of Malacca (Cruising)

Cruise through the Strait of Malacca today. This narrow passage between Malaysia and Indonesia was long a major trade route for the earliest traders shipping glassware, precious stones, camphor, ivory, and sandalwood. As you cross its historic waters, you might attend a lecture to learn about your upcoming ports. This evening, sample some regional cuisine at the World Café or at The Restaurant.

DAY 19
Port Kelang, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Port Kelang, Malaysia

Take in the beautiful cityscapes of Kuala Lumpur, the lively capital of Malaysia. From your berth in Port Klang, you will journey to KL, as the locals call it, for a panoramic city tour with many photo opportunities. You will pass the National Museum, the huge bronze National Monument, and the National Mosque of Malaysia. Stop in scenic Merdeka Square (Independence Square), the most photographed spot in the city, and view the impressive Petronas Towers, resembling a pair of steel-clad docked rocket ships linked by a towering catwalk.

DAY 20
Singapore, Singapore

Arrive in Singapore today. This city-state is spread across 63 islands at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and was established in 1819 for the British East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles, after whom Singapore's famed hotel is named. Today, it is a diverse city of varied influences, as you can see during visits to the Colonial District, Little India, Arab Street, and Chinatown.

DAY 21
Java Sea (Cruising), Indonesia

Sail the Java Sea today in waters that were traversed by merchant ships from the Dutch East India Company throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. As you cruise, you will have a chance to sample some cuisine of the islands such as rijsttafel, a rice dish adopted by the Dutch and still enjoyed throughout The Netherlands.

DAY 22
Jakarta, Indonesia

Arrive in Jakarta, Indonesia's bustling and colorful capital, for an overnight stay. The city has been important to trade since the 4th century, and served as the capital of the Dutch East Indies during its 150-year presence here. Discover its treasures during a city tour that takes you to the National Monument, Jakarta History Museum, Wayang Museum (dedicated to Javanese puppetry), Sarinah Thamrin Plaza, and enormous Fatahillah Square.

DAY 23
Jakarta, Indonesia

Enjoy another day in Jakarta. Uncover more of its cultural landmarks on your own, perhaps pausing for a lunch of Betawi cuisine, rich in the food traditions of nearby nations. Or, head up 1,000 feet to the town of Bogor to see its tea plantations and farms and explore its lush botanical gardens and safari park.

DAY 24
Semarang, Indonesia

Call in Semarang today on the island of Java. Stop for photos of the Great Mosque of Central Java and visit the Sam Poo Kong temple, a historic Chinese Muslim temple. Alternatively, venture to Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may walk in the footsteps of the devout, tracing the clockwise path along its round base and climbing to its apex, where sweeping views of four volcanoes reward you.

DAY 25
Surabaya, Indonesia

Explore the capital of East Java, central to the Indonesian War of Independence. View the Heroes Monument, then enjoy a panoramic tour that reflects the city's diversity, from its mosques and churches to its Arab and European districts. If you prefer, you can experience local culture during a flavorful tour through the Pasar Pabean traditional market—where fresh fish, vegetables, spices, and incense are traded—and to some of the city's authentic food spots.

DAY 26
Bali Sea

As you cruise the waters of the Bali Sea, enjoy the amenities of your ship. You might visit The Spa for a relaxing treatment or enjoy a simple soak in the Thermal Pool. Visit Mamsen's gourmet deli for an authentic Norwegian snack and settle in a comfortable chair in the Explorers' Lounge to watch the seascape unfold. Or, attend a colorful Destination Performance of Balinese music.

DAY 27
Bali, Indonesia

Disembark in Bali today, Indonesia's deeply spiritual island. Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or explore more during our post-cruise extension to Bali.

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About the Ship

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Viking Orion

Viking Ocean Cruises boasts a fleet of new, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships. Each identical sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” the fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

What's Included

Included

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi

  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

  • Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining

  • 24-hour room service, specialty coffees, teas & bottled water

  • Top-rated spa and state-of-the-art fitness center access

  • Self-service launderette with iron/ironing board

  • All port taxes and fees

  • Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with purchase of Viking Air

  • Included features valued at $203 per person, per day

About Us

Viking® offers destination-focused river and ocean cruises to the world’s most fascinating locations on board elegant, state-of-the art ships. With Viking, guests will journey with like-minded travelers on The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests explore the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, informative lectures and port talks, engaging Destination Performances, wine tastings and regional cuisine. Plus, Viking Inclusive Value provides guests all they need in one inclusive cruise fare.

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