Whether you’re spending hot sticky nights eating chilli crab in a Singapore hawker market or perusing the neon lights of the shopping districts in Hong Kong, Asia remains one of the world’s most exciting regions.
Asia has an allure which attracts culture lovers, foodies, shopaholics and travellers.
A cruise aboard the luxurious Crystal Symphony, which departs Hong Kong and visits Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Sihanoukville in Cambodia and Koh Samui in Thailand, is a luxurious way to experience the best of Southeast Asia.
Cruiseco, have carefully curated a bespoke journey which includes a pre cruise stay at the historic Langham Hotel in Hong Kong, two nights at the plush Marina Mandarin in Singapore, flights, private transfers as well as overnight stays in stunning destinations like Angkor Wat.
Starting your journey in Hong Kong with a pre cruise stay, means that you can explore the city’s vibrant food, shopping and cultural scene.
For breakfast, a steaming bowl of egg noodles in a delicious hot broth served with wontons is the local way to wake up in the morning. Hong Kong’s Cantonese community are renowned for their dumplings and wontons and you’ll find them in tiny local restaurants or on the street.
Another local treat is roasted goose at the famous Yung Kee restaurant, an institution which has been on the Hong Kong dining scene for 75 years. Similar to crispy Peking duck, you’ll often find a queue of hungry diners waiting to sample this delicacy.
This city was under the British rule for decades, so Hong Kong’s modern architecture and art scene boasts a heady mix of imperialists influence and Chinese culture.
The Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art is a specialised creative hub, comprising of 16 heritage buildings filled with galleries, restaurants and bars. It’s a showcase for world-class exhibitions and theatre performances from local and international performers. You’ll have a front row seat.
Step aboard the newly refurbished Crystal Symphony which boasts a Japanese restaurant from Michelin-starred chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, beautifully appointed suites and ornate public spaces for a 15-night voyage.
One of the highlights of the sailing is a call to Ho Chi Minh City, perhaps better known as Saigon. The high-octane city is a heady mix of commerce and culture, and visitors will find remnants of French influences in the food and architecture.
The busy city is filled with motorcycles, juxtaposed with serene pagodas, imposing museums from the Communist era, European-styled parks as well as quirky coffee shops down hidden alleyways.
Part of this unique journey is also overnight stays in ports like Sihanoukville, which gives cruisers the opportunity to visit Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world. The temple complex spans 162.6 hectares and is a stunning display of the Khmer empire. Intricately decorated, the temple and its surrounding complex is a maze of towers and moats.
The final leg of this journey ends in Singapore, fondly known as the Lion City. The name comes from an old fable story – legend has it, that a fisherman once saw a merlion swimming off the shores of Singapore.
These days, instead of Merlions, you’ll find glitzy shops, hawker markets, high end restaurants, swanky resorts and lush parks.
While you have two nights in Singapore, there are a number of attractions which come highly recommended to visitors.
For example, Gardens by the Bay, is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land on the ocean front. The tropical temperatures of Singapore mean the country is green all year round and this amazing space has both super trees made of electric lights as well as real trees hundreds of years old.
Luxury shopping and dining can be found in the city centre on Orchard Road. Aside from European designers like Chanel, Gucci, Prada and more, you’ll find local designers as well as some Asian collectibles and unique souvenirs at TANGS – the country’s oldest department store.
Departs 15 Feb 2020 | 15 nights
Hong Kong to Singapore | Crystal Symphony
Priced from $8873 per person, twin share
19-night fly, cruise & stay holiday includes:
- Economy Class airfare from Australia to Hong Kong, returning from Singapore
- 2-night pre cruise hotel stay at the Langham Hotel Hong Kong in an Executive room with Club privileges including breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapes in the Langham club and all-day coffee, tea and light snacks
- 15nights cruising from Hong Kong to Singapore aboard Crystal Symphony
- 2-night post cruise hotel stay at the Marina Mandarin, Singapore, including breakfast
- Private car transfers between airport, hotel and port throughout
- Port charges, government fees, air taxes and onboard gratuities