Friends hanging out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Image courtesy of Malaysia Tourism.
What You’ll Get
This 14 day/13 night tour takes you into the heart of three countries in Southeast Asia and the best they have to offer: from Singapore’s cutting-edge modernity to Viet Nam’s appeal for nature and history buffs
Southeast Asia’s cities – while wonderful on their own – also serve as great springboards to adventure in the countryside. See this for yourself when you visit these major metropolises, and follow the roads out to the islands and hinterlands into adventure:
Singapore: one of Southeast Asia’s most forward-looking cities offers a number of surprises – from Southeast Asia’s first zoo for nocturnal animals, the Singapore Night Safari; to the ultra-modern Gardens by the Bay housing thousands of plants from ecosystems around the world (the scenic SuperTrees are a must-see); to its city streets combining colonial British architecture with the most cutting-edge building designs in the world.
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s capital offers a whirlwind view of history and culture with tours through its historic city center (combining century-old architecture and iconic new buildings like the Petronas Twin Towers), best seen on a night tour that concludes with a buffet dinner and cultural show; and visits to Kuala Selangor nature reserve beyond the city.
Hanoi: The Vietnamese capital is a stepping stone to a number of historical and natural wonders, from Hoa Lu Ancient Capital to the scenic Bich Dong Pagoda to the romantic Trang An Grottoes.
Ha Long Bay: rain and tides have carved the local karst landscape into something approaching a fevered fantasy – gently curving islands jut out of the sea, marked by caves, coves and towering spires – you’ll enjoy the view while cruising through these waters.
Ho Chi Minh City: formerly the capital of half of a divided nation, its attractions still hearken back to its colonial days – buildings in the city center like the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post office, and City Hall; the Cu Chi Tunnel network outside the city; and the Mekong River delta, where Vietnamese traditional life goes on around the canals and nearby Thai Son Island.
Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam. Image courtesy of the Viet Nam National Authority of Tourism.