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The Heart of Southeast Asia - 2023

Hanoi • Halong Bay, Chan May, Ho Chi Minh City, Sihanoukville, Koh Samui, Kuantan • Singapore
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Unravel fascinating Southeast Asia’s histories on this discovery of five nations — Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore — and discover how this region’s fabric of cultures and religions intertwine.

With 24 included features and Cultural Discoveries, you’ll get a firsthand experience of life in this part of the world. Step into one of the largest tin mines in the world in Kuantan, bask on the postcard-perfect beaches of Koh Samui, venture deeper into Vietnam’s past at Ho Chi Minh City and Hue, and visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including mythical Halong Bay. Plus, a special overnight excursion to Phnom Penh gives you added insight into the “Pearl of Asia,” from the turbulent Khmer Rouge years to its present-day rise as Cambodia’s economic center.

Best of all, you’ll be cruising on the Ocean Odyssey — a 5-star sanctuary complete with infinity pool, onboard spa, bespoke dining options, enriching lectures, and the services of our onboard Concierge. With extensions to Siem Reap & Angkor Wat or Chiang Mai, Thailand, you can maximize your time in this captivating region and take home more unforgettable memories.

Hanoi to Singapore

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

FROM: $1399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $350 PER DAY
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DAY 1:

Board an overnight flight to Hanoi

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Hanoi. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension to Chiang Mai.

DAY 2:

Cross the International Date Line

You’ll cross the International Date Line today, meaning that you’ll arrive in Hanoi on Day 3.

DAY 3:

Arrive in Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist with the transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to acclimate before a Welcome Briefing later today. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

Included meals:


DAY 4:

Tour Hanoi’s historical and cultural highlights

Today you’ll discover the capital city of Hanoi, an amalgam of French colonial mansions, tree-lined avenues, and traditional Vietnamese architecture that was known as the “Paris of the East.” Your tour begins with a stop at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and a visit to the Presidential Palace of Vietnam, one of the grandest examples of the city’s French Colonial architecture. You’ll also be able to see the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist temple remarkably perched on a single stone pillar, and the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and home to Vietnam’s first national university.

After a vegetarian lunch at a local monastery, return to your hotel and unwind before attending an exclusive water puppetry show — a traditional form of entertainment that originated in the rice paddies of Vietnam. You’ll have the evening at leisure, with dinner on your own.

Included Features:
  • Hanoi city tour
  • Visit the Temple of Literature in Hanoi
Inaugural Feature:
  • Water puppetry show at a local theatre
Cultural Discovery:
  • Vegetarian lunch at a local monastery

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 5:

Ride a trishaw through Hanoi’s Old City; embark the Ocean Odyssey

You’ll explore Hanoi’s historical city center — the Old Quarter — with a trishaw tour today. The Old Quarter is known for its “36 streets of 36 wares,” where 13th-century artisan guilds built their specialized workshops. You’ll wind through a maze of fascinating back streets lined with narrow houses known as “tunnel” or “tube” houses, built that way so owners could avoid paying taxes based on the width of their street frontage. Lunch is included at a local Vietnamese restaurant, with amazing views of distant Hoan Kiem Lake.

Then, it’s time to embark the Ocean Odyssey! After settling in, take some time to explore the ship and its amenities. Take a walk around the pool or meet your Concierge to arrange a spa appointment, then convene in the dining room for your first dinner on board — one of many memorable meals on this journey! This evening, the Ocean Odyssey sets sail for Halong Bay.

Included Feature:

  • Trishaw tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
Cultural Discovery:
  • Explore a local market

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Cruise idyllic Halong Bay

Savor your breakfast on board, then board a small private boat for what is sure to be a highlight of your journey!

Behold the nearly 2,000 jutting limestone outcrops of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose mystique has inspired artists for centuries. Legend says that its emerald pinnacles are the humps of a sea dragon’s back. Your tour takes place on board a small, private boat that will glide you through the silent channels and hidden lagoons. As you cruise, you’ll see an entire city on boats, including a bank, bar, shops, and houseboats. Waving children, mothers hanging laundry, old men mending their fishing nets… here is where the everyday life of traditional Vietnam reveals itself.

Later, we will return to the Ocean Odyssey and set sail for our next destination, taking in more scenic views of Halong Bay as we leave.

Included Feature:

  • Private boat cruise around Halong Bay
Cultural Discovery:
  • Witness local Vietnamese life
Scenic Sailing:
  • Admire the grottoes and tranquil waters of Halong Bay

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Discover central Vietnam with your choice of tours

Enjoy breakfast on board as your ship docks at the port of Chan May, your gateway to central Vietnam. You’ll have two fascinating tours to choose from today — both equally fascinating!

You can delve into history at Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam’s Nguyen dynasty and home to the UNESCO-listed Complex of Hue Monuments. Step back in time in the Royal Citadel and its sprawling Imperial City, with its ancient palaces, gardens, and temples. Then, stop at Chua Thien Mu, or the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, and admire its iconic seven-story pagoda. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll return to the ship.

Or, you can choose to explore the lush coastal city of Da Nang. Stop at the Museum of Cham Sculpture, which houses the world’s largest collection of Cham artifacts spanning from the 5th to 15th century. Then, discover the remarkable sophistication of the ancient Champa Kingdom at My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll savor lunch at Marble Beach, with views of the Marble Mountains and the sea.

Enjoy your evening at leisure, with dinner on board.

Included Feature:

  • Hue city tour or excursion to Da Nang

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Unwind while cruising the South China Sea

Enjoy a free day to enjoy the luxurious amenities of the brand-new Ocean Odyssey as your ship rounds southern Vietnam and continues toward Ho Chi Minh City. Perhaps you’ll indulge in a spa treatment, do laps in the infinity pool, watch a movie under a canopy of stars on the sun deck, or meet friends for drinks in the lounge. But that’s just the start!

Then, learn about the transformation of Vietnam when an expert historian presents a lecture on Vietnam, Past & Present.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture: Vietnam, Past & Present

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Experience old Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City

Take your time over breakfast and relax as we sail into Nha Rong, the port for Ho Ch Minh City. Once known as Saigon, the city is Vietnam’s business and financial hub.

Upon arrival this afternoon, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, a neo-Romanesque, red brick edifice with twin spires topped with iron. It was constructed around 1888 with materials imported from France. Across the way, the classic 1960s exterior of the Reunification Palace may seem familiar to you. It was here that the first Communist tanks rolled into town and the building was prominently on the news when South Vietnam fell in 1975. On the other side of the square admire the Central Post Office, completed in 1891. With its barrel-vaulted central hall and pale pink façade, it seems just too pretty to be relegated to mail! Also featured are the restored exteriors of the Saigon Opera House and the elegant City Hall (the former Hotel de Ville), two of Saigon’s most stunning French colonial monuments.

This evening, enjoy a Vietnamese cultural performance specially arranged for the Ocean Odyssey’s inaugural season, with dinner on board.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of old Saigon
Inaugural Feature:
  • Onboard entertainment: Vietnamese cultural performance

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Explore more of Ho Chi Minh City

We’ve left this morning free so you can pursue your own interests here in Saigon. Perhaps you’ll nibble on exotic street food at the Ben Tranh Market, where your choices range from savory spring rolls to skewers of tarantulas and everything in between! Step back in time at the War Remnants Museum, or admire the masterworks at the Fine Arts Museum. Your onboard Vantage Concierge can assist with all your plans. You'll enjoy lunch on board before the Ocean Odyssey departs Ho Chi Minh City, bound for Sihanoukville.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Enjoy a day of leisure at sea

Relax with a day at sea or enjoy your ship’s resort amenities. Perhaps you’ll join a morning stretching class, read on your balcony, or catnap on the sun deck. Then, join friends for cocktails in the multilevel lounge, browse the boutique, or attend a lecture by a local historian. Later in the day, your Cruise Director will present a port talk.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lecture on Cambodian history

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Cruise to Sihanoukville; overnight excursion in Phnom Penh

Today you’ll disembark ship and travel inland to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, staying overnight at an elegant 5-star hotel. Once known as the “Pearl of Asia,” Phnom Penh nestles on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, and was renowned as one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina. After surviving the destructions of the Khmer Rouge regime, it is once again a vibrant, youthful capital.

Spend a sobering but important half day learning about the turbulent Khmer Rouge years as you visit sites related to the infamous “Killing Fields.” Tuol Sleng, a high school turned interrogation prison known as S-21, is now a genocide museum. You’ll also call at Choeung Ek, a large memorial commemorating the 17,000 victims who died there under the reign of Pol Pot. While disturbing, these somber relics also provide an appreciation for the courageous struggles that Cambodian people have faced.

This evening during dinner, you’ll enjoy a traditional Apsara Dance Show with beautifully costumed performers.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Cambodia’s Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Inaugural Feature:
  • Evening entertainment: Apsara dinner and traditional dance show

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Tour Phnom Penh and return to ship in Sihanoukville

After checking out of your hotel, you’ll transfer to Phnom Penh for some more city touring, beginning with the Royal Palace, home to the present King Norodom Sihamoni. Opened in 1870, it now contains the Royal Residence, Throne Hall, Silver Pagoda, and other historic buildings. The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is named for its more than 5,000 silver floor tiles. The building is a repository of cultural treasures, such as the famous Emerald Buddha, and a life-sized gold Buddha adorned with 2,086 diamonds.

At the National Museum, admire a collection of Khmer art that includes more than 5,000 objects, such as statues and other artifacts from Angkor Wat. Then, you’ll get around Phnom Penh as the locals do, riding past the elegant Post Office, Central Market, and Public Library on board a bicycle-powered carriage called cyclo.

Back in Sihanoukville and on board the Ocean Odyssey, you’ll enjoy another memorable dining experience and a relaxing evening at leisure.

Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Phnom Penh
Cultural Discovery:
  • Cyclo ride around Phnom Penh

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Admire local culture in Koh Samui, Thailand’s romantic beach paradise

Relax on board as your ship plows through the turquoise waters around Koh Samui. After lunch, get ready for a cultural tour that will whisk you around the island!

Your exploration starts at Wat Khunaram, where the mummified body of a monk named Luang Pho Daeng sits in a meditative pose, looking very much alive. Stop for refreshments at the impressive Na Muang waterfall, which cascades 59 feet into a sparkling natural pool below. You’ll pass the unusual Grandma and Grandpa rock formations, then continue to Ladd Koh for panoramic views of famed Chaweng Beach. See the golden Buddha at Wat Phra Yai, who sits on hill and is nearly 50 feet tall. Heading back to the ship you’ll pass many stands selling handicrafts such as batiks and products made from seashells and coconuts. Time pending, you might stop at a local market in Nathon to browse the beachwear and other Koh Samui specialties. This evening, enjoy an off-board dinner with a traditional Thai dance performance.

Included Feature:

  • Koh Samui tour
Inaugural Feature:
  • Traditional Thai dance performance, with dinner off ship

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 15:

Enjoy a free day in Koh Samui

Take advantage of your free time to savor another day in this seaside heaven. Koh Samui is a foodie favorite, so ask your onboard Vantage Concierge for recommendations. Perhaps you’ll just relax on a secluded beach or indulge in a Thai massage. 

Active Feature:

  • Swimming or snorkeling on the beaches of Koh Samui
Scenic Sailing:
  • Savor a last view of Koh Samui’s emerald hills and golden beaches as you depart for your next destination

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 16:

Relax on board with a day at sea

Enjoy a full day at sea to relax and enjoy your ship’s 5-star amenities. Pamper your body with a relaxing massage, a facial, a swim in the infinity pool, or a soothing soak in the hot tub. Or, stimulate your mind with a lecture on Malaysia, a movie, or a great book borrowed from our library. The choice is yours!

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 17:

Discover Kuantan, Malaysia

Wake up to a day of discovery in Malaysia today. After breakfast on board, we’ll disembark to explore the capital of Pahang province, Kuantan. The city is popular for its excellent beaches, but our touring will concentrate on some of the more interesting cultural and historical attractions.

Your exploration begins in Sungai Lembing, an old tin mining town that was once known as the “El Dorado of the East” because of the wealth it generated. During their peak at the turn of the century, these were among the world’s longest and deepest mines, and you’ll have the chance to peer into them. You’ll also visit the Sungai Lembing Museum, which displays many old photographs and mining equipment. Back in Kuantan, you’ll see its main sights, such as the imposing Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah mosque and Teluk Chempedak Beach.

The Kuantan region is famous for its beautiful, intricate batik prints that adorn clothing and many other decorative objects. During your city tour you’ll stop at a local studio to see how batik printing is done, then return to the ship for lunch.

Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Sungai Lembing and Kuantan

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 18:

Disembark the Ocean Odyssey and explore Singapore’s cultural diversity

This morning you’ll disembark the Ocean Odyssey — we hope you enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime experience on Vantage's second 5-star ocean cruising small ship!

Singapore is known by many names, the "Garden City" and the "Lion City" among them, and you’ll get insight into these monikers as you explore the city’s beauty and dynamism today. During your full-day guided city tour, you’ll see the historic Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall, and Merlion Park — featuring impressive views of Marina Bay and the city’s futuristic architecture. Then, delve a little deeper into Singapore’s diverse culture during visits to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, Little India, and the Yong Gallery, which displays handcrafted woodcarvings and artworks by Chinese artists.

This afternoon, explore the alleys around popular Bugis Street during a trishaw ride, then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After a visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a 161-year-old tropical garden and UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day Singapore city tour
Cultural Discovery:
  • Trishaw ride around Bugis Street
Scenic Sailing:
  • Get your camera ready for a picture of Singapore’s skyline as you sail into port!

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 19:

Take in Singapore’s lush views

After breakfast, you'll depart for a half-day city tour, featuring sweeping views of Singapore from the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, and a visit to the awe-inspiring Gardens by the Bay nature park. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant during the tour.

Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Reception at the legendary Raffles Hotel — birthplace of the Singapore Sling cocktail — and sip a few before celebrating with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.

Inaugural Feature:

  • Farewell Reception and Farewell Dinner at Raffles Hotel, with Singapore Sling cocktails
Included Feature:
  • Half-day tour of Sands SkyPark and Gardens by the Bay

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 20:

Fly home

After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the Singapore airport for your return flight home. Or, if you’re joining our post-trip extension to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, you’ll stay on four more nights!

Please note: Arrive to your destination rested and refreshed! Convenient gateway city stopover options mean you can break up longer flights easily — just ask our Flight Experts for assistance.

Included meals:


Post-Trip Extension

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

FROM: $1499 PER PERSON | 5 DAYS | $300 PER DAY

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Cruise Director or regional expert.

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