Orient/Asia – Singapore to Hong Kong -19 Dec 2022 – Holland Westerdam

14-Day Far East Discovery

Start your Southeast Asia exploration in electrifying Singapore before setting off to experience the dramatic landscapes of Vietnam and a thrilling overnight in Bangkok.

During your cruise to Asia, you’ll walk in the footsteps of emperors as you explore the palaces and temples they commissioned, and marvel at engineering feats from grand canals to immense fortifications. When you visit some of the world’s most exciting cities, you’ll be quickly and joyfully immersed in the buzz of cosmopolitan energy. Sample amazing new flavors in the street markets of Bangkok, trace the vestiges of colonial Britain among the modern shopping lanes of Hong Kong and stroll the serene, otherworldly gardens of Kyoto. Whichever ports you visit on your cruise to Asia, you’ll never cease to be enchanted by the fascinating histories, cultures and landscapes you encounter across this vast continent.   

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14-Day Far East Discovery

Start your Southeast Asia exploration in electrifying Singapore before setting off to experience the dramatic landscapes of Vietnam and a thrilling overnight in Bangkok.


Day 1

Date : December 19, 2022

Singapore, Singapore

Embarkation Day

Singapore's food scene—which is arguably the world's most dynamic and runs the gamut from beloved street hawkers to Michelin-starred venues—would merit a trip alone, as would its never-ending shopping options. But the city is also packed with world-class museums, many designed by celebrated architects, and it hosts many major international events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix. Yet only about half of the 720-square-kilometer (278-square-mile) island is developed, which leaves plenty of room for parks and open spaces such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where an old-growth forest still thrives.

Day 2

Date : February 20, 2022

Cruising, At Sea

Take advantage of this Sea Day to look at the wide variety of options for excursions you can participate in during the remainder of your journey. With an overnight in Bangkok, you may want to select a few.

Day 3

Date : December 21, 2022

Time : 8:00 am

Koh Samul, Thailand

Koh Samui can feel like a screensaver landscape. As if designed by Mother Nature for posters, calendars and daydreams, it’s Thailand’s most famous island for a number of reasons. The beach-fringed coast is edged with vivid, blue water that’s a surf-and-sand playground for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, building sandcastles and simply lounging. Along with busy food stalls and restaurants where you can find a whole world of cuisine made with local produce and fresh seafood as well as authentic Thai dishes, the lively streets are lined with bars, boutiques, markets and spas.

By contrast, the island’s interior can provide moments of reflection and replenishing solitude. Enter the dense, hilly jungles for hikes to ancient temples and pristine waterfalls and quaint villages where you can experience true Thai hospitality.

With dreamy landscapes and island adventures from boat excursions to nature treks, you'll soon be enchanted by Koh Samui.

Day 4

Date : December 22, 2022

Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok at 7 am and indulge in the experience with an overnight stay.

Day 5

Date : December 23, 2022

Time : 3:00 pm

Bangkok, Thailand

Many of the country's most important historic areas can be found not far from Bangkok. Ayutthaya, the former Thai capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with impressive Buddhist ruins. The 16th-century town of Chachoengsao is known for its many temples, including Wat Saman Rattanaram with its 22-meter-long (72-foot-long) statue of the Hindu god Ganesha. In Pattaya, on the coast, the Pattaya Elephant Village is a sanctuary for Asian elephants.

Whether you travel by boat, bus or tuk-tuk (a three-wheeled motorized taxi) to explore Bangkok's temples, palaces and markets, be prepared to fall in love with this city that somehow manages to be both chaotic and captivating at the same time.

Day 6

Date : December 24, 2022

Time : 1:00 pm

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

A sample of one of the excursions Holland offers is


Enjoy a scenic overview of Sihanoukville, stopping at the Intra Ngean Pagoda—the city’s most prominent religious site. Then, you’ll drive through the outskirts of town and stop along the way for a short stroll along Ochheuteal beach under the shade of tall pines.Stop at the local market to see Khmer commerce firsthand. Returning to the ship you’ll visit the nearby fishing village of Tumnuk Rolok.

Day 7

Date : December 25, 2022

Cruising - At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day onboard the Westerdam and possibly treat yourself to one of the many treatments offered at the spa.

Day 8

Date : December 26, 2022

Time : 12:00 pm

Phu My, Vietnam

The best way to explore the city is on foot. Most major tourist venues are in compact District 1, which is easy to get around. Or hop on the back of a xe om (motorbike taxi) to see the city like a local. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be swept along in the pulsating energy of it all.

Day 9

Date : December 27, 2022

Time : 9:00 am

Nha Trang, Vietnam

In Nha Trang, on the southern Vietnamese coast, you'll find a magical combination of historic sites along with a stunning beach. You can while away a day here soaking up the sun, sand and sea, alternating snorkeling or scuba diving sessions with naps in the shade, lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf. And while warm, clear waters and a white-sand beach dotted with restaurants and bars would be enough for most visitors, the city has worthy historic sites that make it more than just a beach town.

Day 10

Date : December 28, 2022

Cruising - At Sea

Enjoy a dip in the pool, a spa treatment or a drink at one of the many bars and lounges onboard the Westerdam. This Sea Day will allow you to relax and reflect on the amazing experiences you have had so far.

Day 11

Date : December 29, 2022

Time : 3:00 pm

Hue, Vietnam

Ship docks at 7 am and does not depart until 11:59 pm, allowing for a full day of immersion.

Da Nang is a great launchpad for day trips, whether to the picturesque city of Hoi An to the south, the old imperial capital of Hue to the north, or the majestic Marble Mountains to the southwest. The UNESCO-protected Champa temple complex, My Son, which lies 69 kilometers (43 miles) southeast, is definitely worth the trip—but for those who don’t want to leave the urban environs, many of the ruins have ended up at Da Nang's excellent Museum of Cham Sculpture, where you can learn all about the history and architecture of this fascinating culture.

Day 12

Date : December 30, 2022

Cruising - At Sea

Tantalize your taste buds by trying a specialty at one of the many restaurants onboard
Have you tried the famous "Pinnacle Grill" ?

Day 13

Date : December 31, 2022

Time : 1:00 pm

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Some travelers come here for active days filled with kayaking, caving and islet-hopping but you can also sit back and simply sail through this stunning bay or take a day trip to fishing villages with their colorful markets. If you are up for venturing farther afield, it's a three-hour trip (each way) to Hanoi but worth the effort if you have yet to visit the city.

Day 14

Date : January 1, 2023

Cruising - At Sea

Celebrate the beginning of a New Year as the Westerdam makes its way to Hong Kong

Day 15

Date : January 2, 2023

Hong Kong

The ship will dock at 7 am. Your extended stay will allow for you to explore one of the world's most glamorous and cosmopolitan cities.

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