From the urban city nightlife and skyscrapper skylines to the vast gardens of the Chinese emperors, Asia has it all. Advisor, Marci Goode, recently visited Singapore, Lo Samui, Bangkok, Saigon, Hoi An and Hong Kong while on board Silversea Cruises. She was afforded luxury and pampering that Silversea is known for while enjoying the centuries of rich history, culture and traditions that Asia is known for.
Tell us about the ports/cities you visited.
Ko Samui is really a pretty uneventful place to visit in Thailand. Some guests on the cruise made arrangements to go the Four Seasons Hotel which would have been much better and closer than the 2 hotels that Silversea offered for ‘Beach Days’ for their guests.
What shore excursions did you go on? Which ones would you recommend?
Recommend the Mekong Delta tour while in Ho Chi Minh. Definitely take a tour to HOI AN when the ship ports in Da Nang, Vietnam (or other ports the ship may dock at in Northern Vietnam. It’s the most wonderful town and great shopping for more unique things (rather than the normal touristy junk). It’s a city with lanterns hanging everywhere and has wonderful coffee shops and restaurants on the pedestrian-only streets.
Did you do any pre/post activities?
Singapore – stayed at Mandarin Oriental in a Marina Bay View room (amazing!). Saw the Gardens by the Bay and Botanical Gardens in Singapore. Post stayed at Langham Hotel in Hong Kong in a great location and near the port.
What are your top 3 pieces of advice for someone going on a similar trip?
- If ship overnights in Bangkok – stay in the city overnight at Peninsula Hotel and tour 2 days. The port is over 2 hours from the city of Bangkok
- It’s HOT and HUMID in Asia so dress accordingly
- If the cruise begins or ends in Singapore without an overnight, you must extend your stay to see Singapore for at least 2 nights.
What did you like most about the cruise line?
Lots of dining options, easy to get around, neutral décor.
What are 3 things one can expect from this cruise line?
- Understated elegance
- Big choice of dining options on The Muse
- There will be one or more FORMAL nights on this line so be prepared with attire OR dine in an alternate venue on those evenings like The Grill (Hot Rocks).
Did you do any shopping or specialty dining on board the ship? What were your favorites?
Liked INDOCHINE (no cover charge) the best.
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