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About Vung Tau

In the 19th century, Vung Tau - a seaside town just 125 km from Saigon - was a holiday playground for Vietnam's wealthy French rulers. They left a rich legacy for today's visitors to enjoy in the form of grand hotels and exquisite Belle Epoque mansions like the White Mansion (Bach Dinh). This was built in 1898 and has been a summer home to Vietnamese Heads of State ever since.

When taking one of our cruises to Vung Tau, stroll along the broad beach, flanked by two mountains and now lined with stylish hotels, and you will soon see the appeal of this lovely place, famed throughout the Far East for its exquisite pagodas.

Vung Tau cruises will give you the opportunity to visit the famous Niet Ban Tinh Xa, a place which lies on the side of Nui Nho mountain facing the ocean and is famed for its tranquil central garden, which is modelled on the garden in which Buddha entered Nirvana.

 

Shore excursions in Vung Tau

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Countryside and Cu Chi Tunnels

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 11 hours

This tour focuses on the ingenuity and resilience of the Vietnamese fighters, who lived and fought from the underground Tunnels.

The busy road to Cu Chi passes by rice paddies, where villagers use the hot roadside as a platform for drying all manner of produce. At the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will have an introduction to their history, construction and design, while a guide explains the underground network and some of the tools and weapons used.

The Tunnels were up to 39 feet below ground. Most were only two foot wide, and five feet high, with thick roofs capable of withstanding the weight of tanks or the impact of bombs. Much of the tunnel complex has been opened and ventilated, so that you can more easily experience the underground rooms, kitchens, hospital and sleeping areas.

A local Vietnamese lunch will be served at a restaurant located on the banks of the Saigon River and includes a soft drink or local beer.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is not suitable for guests who have heart problems or suffer from claustrophobia. The drive to/from the Tunnels is approximately 3½ hours with a comfort stop en route. You are advised to bring a hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. There is approximately 2 hours of walking involved. There will be an opportunity to shop for souvenirs during the tour. A video is shown at Cu Chi, which contains propaganda content against American involvement in the Vietnamese War. Experiencing the enclosed tunnels is only one element of this tour and there is plenty to enjoy on the remainder of the excursion.

Ho Chi Minh City

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 11 hours

Explore the highlights of bustling Ho Chi Minh City, still commonly referred to as Saigon.

Located on the banks of the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant city full of contrasts. Visit the National History Museum filled with ancient ceramics, traditional costumes and relics crafted in stone and bronze. Afterwards, watch a short performance of the uniquely Vietnamese spectacle – water puppetry.

Stop for photos at the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, whose twin spires are a distinctive city landmark. See the Reunification Hall, once the Presidential Palace and where Liberation forces, on 30th April 1975, marked the end of the Vietnam War.

After a buffet lunch, including typical Vietnamese dishes and a performance of traditional music and dance, continue to Cho Lon, the city’s Chinatown. Enjoy an orientation drive through the colourful streets full of stalls, hidden temples, shrines and pagodas.

Visit the Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the Sea Goddess - Protector of Sailors, before returning to the 3rd district to visit a lacquer factory, where you will see talented Vietnamese craftsmen at work.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to/from Ho Chi Minh City is approximately 2½ hours with a comfort stop en route. There is approximately 3 hours of walking on this tour with steps. Pavements can be narrow and uneven with raised kerbs, so please take care. Mineral water will be available on the coach transfer, but it is also suggested you take bottled water with you for the day.

Ho Chi Minh City On Your Own

Activity highShopping

Duration: 10 hours

This ‘On Your Own’ tour is a great choice for those guests who wish to explore independently.

An English-speaking escort will accompany your transfer to Ho Chi Minh City and will assist with your plans, providing information on shopping opportunities and attractions.

Ho Chi Minh is home to some eight million people and is the economic heart of Vietnam. Drive through scenic countryside, dotted with rice fields on your way to this bustling city. On arrival, you will be immersed into a city full of life, colourful sights and sounds and a steady stream of bicycles and motorbikes!

En route to your drop-off point at the Tax Trade Centre, opposite the Rex Hotel, you will pass the former US Embassy, Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and several other points of interest.

Enjoy the day exploring on your own. Try some of the local delicacies, visit one of the markets; walk through the Botanical Gardens; or simply watch the world go by from a pavement café.

Please listen carefully to the escort’s instructions regarding your return departure arrangements from Ho Chi Minh City.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey time to/from Ho Chi Minh City is approximately 2½ hours with a comfort stop en route. Mineral water will be available on the coach transfer. Please be mindful that this excursion is non-guided and exclusive of lunch and any entrance fees. Pavements can be narrow and uneven with raised kerbs, so please take care when walking and crossing roads. As the return coach may be different from that used on the outward journey, please do not leave any belongings on board.

Jewels of Indochina Overland - Single

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 2 nights

An opportunity to delve a little deeper into Vietnam and Cambodia and discover the incredible Angkor Wat.

DAY 1 – HO CHI MINH CITY
Your Indochina overland adventure begins in Vietnam with a 1½ hour drive to the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City. Visit the National History Museum, which includes an unusual water puppetry performance. A brief stop will be made at a lacquer factory for you to see the traditional local craftsmanship. Stop for photos at Notre Dame Cathedral, and visit the Reunification Hall, where Liberation forces marked the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. After a buffet lunch, continue on to City Hall and the Dong Khoi district where you’ll have free time for shopping. After your Ho Chi Minh sightseeing, transfer to the airport for an hour’s flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Check into the Sohka Angkor Resort Hotel, where you’ll have a buffet dinner and spend 2 nights.

DAY 2 – ANCIENT CITY OF ANGKOR
After breakfast, head for the enchanting Banteay Srei Temple, known as the Citadel of Women. This petite temple possesses wonderful, intricate carvings. The highlight of your day will be the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, a stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the most breathtaking of all Angkor monuments. Venture on to the South Gate at Angkor Thom and explore the forested centre of this once great city. You’ll also see the Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Leper King, Terrace of the 12 Elephants, the Baphuon and the Royal Palace. Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy lunch at the Tara Hotel. After lunch, you’ll see the enchanting Ta Prohm Temple, which was used during the filming of ‘Tomb Raider’. Before returning to the hotel, you’ll have the chance to shop for souvenirs of Cambodia at the Central Market. In the evening, enjoy an Apsara dance show with a buffet dinner at the hotel.

DAY 3 – PHNOM PENH
Take an early breakfast before heading to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival, you’ll be met by your city guide for a tour of the highlights. See the beautiful Royal Palace, which has been occupied by the Kings of Cambodia since 1860. Its gilded finials, gleaming white and gold walls contrast beautifully with the green of the manicured gardens. Located on the south side of the Palace, you’ll find the Silver Pagoda, which houses many of the nation’s treasures, including the 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha. Enjoy lunch at Le Royal Hotel before beginning your 4 hour cross-country drive to the port of Sihanoukville to rejoin Adonia.

Essential information

Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2013. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = VTG800, Single = VTG801). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs on 19th March in Vung Tau and returns on 21st March in Sihanoukville. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates before booking this tour. This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, and airport delays. The contents and order of activities are subject to change depending on airline schedules. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Flight times and further details will be advised on board.

The fare includes: transport by coach and economy class flights, sightseeing, meals and hotel accommodation as stated. Visas for Cambodia and Vietnam are included. Two glasses of house wine, local beer soft drinks, tea and coffee are included with meals.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and any treatment or prescriptions. Those wishing to order alternative beverages during the overland will be charged separately.

What to pack: please bring 2 passport sized photos for visa documentation. Please remember your passport and any medication. Your passport must have 2 blank pages. Luggage limit is 1 bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg.

Cambodia: light clothing, comfortable walking shoes and protection against the sun and mosquitoes are recommended. US dollars in small denominations are widely accepted. Appropriate attire covering shoulders, arms and legs is required when visiting places of worship including Angkor temples (shawls and long shorts are not permitted). You may also be requested to remove your shoes (socks are recommended). Please refrain from raising your voice as this is considered ill-mannered.

Jewels of Indochina Overland - Double

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 2 nights

An opportunity to delve a little deeper into Vietnam and Cambodia and discover the incredible Angkor Wat.

DAY 1 – HO CHI MINH CITY
Your Indochina overland adventure begins in Vietnam with a 1½ hour drive to the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City. Visit the National History Museum, which includes an unusual water puppetry performance. A brief stop will be made at a lacquer factory for you to see the traditional local craftsmanship. Stop for photos at Notre Dame Cathedral, and visit the Reunification Hall, where Liberation forces marked the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. After a buffet lunch, continue on to City Hall and the Dong Khoi district where you’ll have free time for shopping. After your Ho Chi Minh sightseeing, transfer to the airport for an hour’s flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Check into the Sohka Angkor Resort Hotel, where you’ll have a buffet dinner and spend 2 nights.

DAY 2 – ANCIENT CITY OF ANGKOR
After breakfast, head for the enchanting Banteay Srei Temple, known as the Citadel of Women. This petite temple possesses wonderful, intricate carvings. The highlight of your day will be the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, a stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the most breathtaking of all Angkor monuments. Venture on to the South Gate at Angkor Thom and explore the forested centre of this once great city. You’ll also see the Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Leper King, Terrace of the 12 Elephants, the Baphuon and the Royal Palace. Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy lunch at the Tara Hotel. After lunch, you’ll see the enchanting Ta Prohm Temple, which was used during the filming of ‘Tomb Raider’. Before returning to the hotel, you’ll have the chance to shop for souvenirs of Cambodia at the Central Market. In the evening, enjoy an Apsara dance show with a buffet dinner at the hotel.

DAY 3 – PHNOM PENH
Take an early breakfast before heading to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival, you’ll be met by your city guide for a tour of the highlights. See the beautiful Royal Palace, which has been occupied by the Kings of Cambodia since 1860. Its gilded finials, gleaming white and gold walls contrast beautifully with the green of the manicured gardens. Located on the south side of the Palace, you’ll find the Silver Pagoda, which houses many of the nation’s treasures, including the 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha. Enjoy lunch at Le Royal Hotel before beginning your 4 hour cross-country drive to the port of Sihanoukville to rejoin Adonia.

Essential information

Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2013. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = VTG800, Single = VTG801). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs on 19th March in Vung Tau and returns on 21st March in Sihanoukville. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates before booking this tour. This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, and airport delays. The contents and order of activities are subject to change depending on airline schedules. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Flight times and further details will be advised on board.

The fare includes: transport by coach and economy class flights, sightseeing, meals and hotel accommodation as stated. Visas for Cambodia and Vietnam are included. Two glasses of house wine, local beer soft drinks, tea and coffee are included with meals.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and any treatment or prescriptions. Those wishing to order alternative beverages during the overland will be charged separately.

What to pack: please bring 2 passport sized photos for visa documentation. Please remember your passport and any medication. Your passport must have 2 blank pages. Luggage limit is 1 bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg.

Cambodia: light clothing, comfortable walking shoes and protection against the sun and mosquitoes are recommended. US dollars in small denominations are widely accepted. Appropriate attire covering shoulders, arms and legs is required when visiting places of worship including Angkor temples (shawls and long shorts are not permitted). You may also be requested to remove your shoes (socks are recommended). Please refrain from raising your voice as this is considered ill-mannered.

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