From Vietnam to Myanmar

28 October - 9 November 2017

Duration

12 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

7 Ports

Ship

L'Austral of Ponant

28-30 October

Setting sail from Ho Chi Minh City

Still often referred to by its old name, Saigon, Vietnam's busiest city is much more westernised than Hanoi, though it still retains plenty of charm. Saigon was the capital of the South during the Vietnam War, and American-style capitalism has been embraced more enthusiastically here than in the North, with a clutch of shining skyscrapers standing as testament to Vietnam's surging economic growth. You can learn more about the city's turbulent recent history at the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, shop for souvenirs at the colourful markets, or take a trip out of the city to the fascinating (and claustrophobic) Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of underground passages excavated by the Viet Cong during the war.

Don't miss

Ben Thanh Market has an eclectic mix of wares. From the usual tourist fodder to kitchen utensils and everything in between, go there for the atmosphere rather than the shopping.

31 October

At sea

1-2 November

Singapore: Singapore

3 November

Malaysia: Malacca

4 November

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang)

5 November

Malaysia: Penang

6 November

Thailand: Phang Nga

7 November

At sea

8-9 November

Arriving in Yangon

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, may no longer be Myanmar's capital, but it remains the largest and most important city, and the gateway to exploring this beautiful country. Visible from all around the city is Yangon's crowning jewel, the shimmering golden Shwedagon Paya, one of South East Asia's most beautiful Buddhist temples. As in the rest of the country, Yangon's creaking infrastructure has not yet caught up with the recent tourism boom, and much of the city remains in a state of elegant decay. It's also blissfully free of western chain stores and burger restaurants, offering a snapshot of an Orient that has largely disappeared from other big cities in the region.

Our tip

Since the people were allowed to buy cars of their own, the traffic has been terrible – walk if you can.

The Ship

Your home from home

What we love

More about L'Austral

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Park Hyatt Saigon

Where to stay in Saigon

We think the Park Hyatt is a good choice.

Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

Sightseeing in Saigon

The country’s turbulent past is captured superbly at the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. A fascinating visit.

The Strand Hotel, Yangon

Our favourite hotel in Yangon

It has to be The Strand – grand colonial splendour.

Balloons over Bagan

See more of Myanmar

Assuming your call is overnight, don’t miss flying to Bagan, and include ballooning at dawn if you possibly can.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

Enquire Now

Mundy Office Wells Steet, W1T 3PP