Cruise in style along Vietnam’s sultry southern coast
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- The 49 m long reclining Buddha on Tra Cu Mountain
- The Fairy Spring and sand dunes at Mui Ne
- Bau Tuc oldest pottery village in South East Asia
- Cham architecture dating back to the 11th century
- Nha Trang – ‘the Cannes of the Orient’
- A Tay Son martial art demonstration
- The Pagodas of Hoi An
Vietnam is a joy to explore on foot, but there is only so much you can see. Coastal cruising in this part of the whole gets you to places most visitors never get to experience. This is a whole new cultural take on a still relatively undiscovered part of the world and with no more than 48 people on board it will stay that way.
This week-long cruise along southern Vietnam’s beautiful blue-sea coast, from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang via Nha Trang, Hoi An is the perfect combination of leisure and discovery. Drop anchor in quiet spots along the way and find sun-kissed sand dunes, centuries-old Cham architecture, traditional arts and crafts still thriving, shimmering waters full of coral and tropical fish, and that light, fresh, crunchy Vietnamese cuisine done by those who do it best. It’s all rather stunning in a quiet and polite Asian way.
Ports of call: Ho Chi Minh City - Phan Tiet - Phan Rang - Nha Trang - Quy Nonh - Ly Sin Islands - Hoi An - Danang
Vietnam is located in both a tropical and a temperate zone. It is characterized by strong monsoon influences, but has a considerable amount of sun, a high rate of rainfall, and high humidity. Regions located near the tropics and in the mountainous regions are endowed with a temperate climate.
In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool in the far north. The temperatures are more moderate and rainfall is lighter.
Ho Chi Minh city
Good Morning Vietnam! We meet up at a central point, then transfer to the elegant yacht Panorama II, for boarding, setting sail around 5.00pm after a welcome meeting and safety briefing. Enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travellers and settle in for a night at sea.
Star of the show today is the biggest reclining Buddha in Vietnam – he’s nearly 50m long and 11m high and lives a laid-back life in the Linh Son Truong Pagoda, reached by cable car. Next on the agenda it’s Fairy Spring, a lovely waterfall, and the dunes of Mui Ne, an amazing quirk of geology much loved as a sand-sledding destination (you might be happy just to take photos!). It all very lovely.
Phan Rang to Nha Trang
A short road trip from Phan Rang takes us to the bustling beachside town of Nha Trang where in around 1400 CE, King Jaya Simhavarman III constructed the grand Po Klong Garai Cham Towers, an imposing work of architecture. Next, we go to Bau Truc to meet traditional pottery makers at the oldest pottery village in South East Asia. It’s most definitely souvenir time and you’ll have chance to compare your wares back on board, as tonight we stay in port
Vietnam was once a French colony and Nha Trang is often know as the ‘Cannes of the Orient’. The bay and beach here are great and there is a truly cosmopolitan seaside atmosphere. We take you on a morning walking tour to show you the sights, then your afternoon is at leisure. Overnight we sail to Quy Nhon.
It’s history and culture to start the day as we visit the Warlord Museum dedicated to Quang Trung, the Emperor who ruled here in the late 1700s and was a forerunner to the Vietnamese nationalist movement. You’ll see a Tay Son martial arts demonstration, and check out the nearby Twin Cham Towers, some of the largest in South East Asia. Finally we hit the beach to see local fisherman in their traditional basket boats. We dine onboard the Panorama II while sailing north.
Dao Ly Son Islands
Dao Ly Son Island, a bit south of Danang, is an area famous for garlic production (could be the French influence?), has a lovely shoreline and is great cruising country. We’ll be checking out the coastal beaches today, making time for swimming off the Panorama II, as well as kayaking, snorkelling and stand-up paddle-boarding. Lunch on board today.
Hoi An started life as a Cham port town but, by dint of being visited by a myriad of traders from various cultures over the ages, it has become a cosmopolitan entrepôt. There’s a distinctly Chinese feel to it with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small lanes and charming tiled houses. It’s a delightful and tranquil place to stroll around in small groups with a local guide, or see on a bike ride. We can also arrange an optional cookery class. Later we make our way back to Panorama II for our farewell dinner. Overnight we sail to Danang.
Disembark after breakfast as the trip comes to an end. A transfer from the dock to the Peregrine hotel is included.
Your vessel: The M/S Panorama II
Panorama II was launched in 2004 and fully renovated in 2012, offering the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety. In 2015,the main lounge and bar area have been completely refitted followed by a redecoration.
The swimming platform enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.
Home at Sea
- Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
- Indoor & Outodoor Restaurant
- Audiovisual in Lounge
- Mini library
- Beach Towels
- Snorkeling equipment
- Board Games
- Swimming Platform
- Windows: Upper & Main deck cabins
- Portholes: lower deck cabins
- Triple Occupancy cabins: Category B
- Flat-Screen TV
- Mini Safe
- Mini Fridge
- Individually controlled A/C
- En suite bathroom with shower
- Telephone for internal use
- Central music
Lower Deck – (Double Bed)
The category C cabins are located on the lower deck featuring portholes and bathrooms with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Lower Deck – (Twin Beds or Triple Beds)
Main or Upper Deck – (Twin or Double Bed)
Category A cabins are located on the main or upper deck offering windows and bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Upper Deck – (Double Bed)
Category P cabin is located on the upper deck offering a large window and bathroom with showers. The cabin is equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Upper Deck Outdoor Bar & Lounge area
- Half Board. Buffet – 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
- Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin, with ensuite SH/WC, individually controlled air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
- Professional English speaking cruise director.
- Welcome Dinner
- Fairy Spring Falls & Sand Dunes Visit at Mui Ne
- Cable Car to Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda
- Po Klong Garai Cham Towers Visit
- Bau Truc Village Visit
- Nha Trang City Tour
- Quang Trung (Warlord Museum) Visit
- Twin Cham Towers Visit
- Kayaking from the Panorama II
- Farewell Dinner
- Hoi An City Tour
- Arrival transfer to vessel
- Flights & transfers (where booked as a flight inclusive package)
Flights London to Ho Chi Minch and Da Nang to London
Flights are not included in the tour cost, however we can assist with booking these.
Intrepid has partnerships with many of the major airlines, which means we can get you the best price on flights for your intended travel dates. We know it can sometimes be challenging to organise flights – and some destinations are harder than others – which is why we can assist with negotiating dates, transfers and prices. Speak to us about how we can help.
As cruising is a heavily weather-dependent activity, which can cause delays in returning to port, we recommend allowing an additional night at the end of the trip to ensure nobody misses any onward flights.
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