Nha Trang, Vietnam - Far East Cruises

With a population of 300,000 Nha Trang still retains its small town atmosphere and is well known for the friendliness of the locals.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Leisurely Nha Trang

    Discover the sights of Nha Trang at a leisurely pace.

    Leisurely Nha Trang

    Travel down town, past the beach front, towards Nha Trang Airport, to enjoy a photograph stop at the grey stone city cathedral. Built between 1928 and 1933 in French Gothic style, the cathedral has quirky Vietnamese touches that make the building unique. From here, you’ll have views of most of the city, the beach and your ship.

    At Dam Market, you’ll have the opportunity to briefly browse for souvenirs before continuing your drive. A photograph stop will be made at the Tran Phu Bridge, which offers pleasant views of the colourful fishing boats and of Ponagar Towers perched on the hill.

    A visit will be made to the embroidery workshop, where you’ll see the detailed process from start to finish. Enjoy a cup of green tea in this calming and peaceful environment.

    This excursion will operate by coach. This is a mainly scenic tour with very limited walking; however guests must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach. For maximum enjoyment some walking is required at the embroidery workshop and at Tran Phu Bridge.

    Tour code

    NHA_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Nha Trang by Pedicab

    Referred to as the 'King of the Road' the Pedicab ride is an experience not to be missed.

    Nha Trang by Pedicab

    A short transfer by coach takes you to the beach front of Nha Trang, where your Pedicab awaits. Enjoy the journey in this unusual mode of transport as you travel through the main streets of the city.

    Have your camera ready, as you view everyday life in Nha Trang and take in the local sights. You’ll pass by the French Gothic Style Stone Church and view ccolonial-style houses, the Front Beach and the Cai River Bridge.

    Upon arrival at the Dam Market, the central market, you’ll have some time to explore the market for those all-important souvenirs, before rejoining the coach for your return journey to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach and pedicab. Each Pedicab will accommodate one adult; children must not travel alone. Not all Pedicabs have sunshades, therefore sun protection is recommended. Please be advised that it is usual practice to tip the Pedicab operator. Please bear in mind that this is a truly local tour and the standard of the Pedicabs and drivers may vary. Each guest will be given an FM radio to listen to guide commentary during the ride.

    Tour code

    NHA_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Life on the River Cai

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the River Cai for views of the countryside and a glimpse into the lives of the locals.

    Life on the River Cai

    Your tour begins with a drive along the coast, dotted with coconut trees, passing the statue of Tran Hung Dao, a Vietnamese hero. Visit the Po Nagar Cham Tower located on the hill next to the Cai River. The towers here are dedicated to the Divine Lady, the Mother of the Country, and were built in the 8th century.

    A local boat takes you on a short cruise on the Cai River to Lang Tre where you can see traditional farmers at work planting their vegetable crops. Enjoy some coconut juice, before cruising to another village and pay a visit to a local house to see the traditional clay-baked stoves. Hear tales of the ritual which takes place every year when, 7 days before the lunar new year arrives, a ceremony is held to see off the Kitchen God.

    Enjoy refreshments of coconut juice before cruising to another village, where you will visit a house to see traditional clay-baked stoves. Hear tales of the ritual which takes place every year when, seven days before the lunar new year arrives, a ceremony is held to see off the Kitchen God.

    Back on board the boat, enjoy the scenic view on both sides before disembarking and returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. There are approximately 100 steps to reach the Cham Tower (optional). Some roads are unpaved and may be dusty or muddy depending on rainfall. Shoes must be removed before entering the main tower of the Po Nagar complex. There is approximately two hours of walking during this tour. Early booking is recommended due to limited capacity.

    Tour code

    NHA_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Villages & Countryside

    This tour offers a wonderful insight into the daily lives of the Vietnamese people.

    Villages & Countryside

    Just a few miles from Nha Trang, you will find yourself in the picturesque countryside, dotted with palm trees and fruit orchards. En route, you’ll see locals going about their daily lives, neat rice paddies and perhaps the occasional sighting of a grazing water buffalo. The villages here are post-war, although some ‘ancient’ buildings still remain. Today, life goes on much as it did before the war and you’ll see farmers utilising the same methods practiced by their ancestors.

    Pay a visit to the Loc Tho Pagoda which is a local charity school, and see how the children are raised and educated. (You may wish to take along some small gifts, such as pens and pencils).

    Afterwards, visit a typical Vietnamese country house, handed down from generation to generation. You’ll then head to the Vinh Thai Village to enter a communal house where the locals worship their village gods and first ancestors. Enjoy a coconut drink and seasonal fruits at a local coffee shop, before making a final stop at an embroidery art workshop to view the process from start to finish.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Some roads may be unpaved, dusty or muddy depending on rainfall. This tour involves approximately two hours of walking, some of which is over rough ground.

    Tour code

    NHA_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Jewels of Indochina Overland

    An opportunity to discover the incredible sights of Indochina, incorporating Vietnam and Cambodia with a visit to Angkor Wat.

    Jewels of Indochina Overland

    DAY 1 – NHA TRANG
    Enjoy some time in the coastal town of Nha Trang. See the impressive Po Nagar Cham Towers which stand on the hilltop looking over the bay below. Built between the 7th and 12th century they are reached by 70 sloped steps and offer wonderful views. Back in the town, you’ll see the Long Son Pagoda, which features intricate ceramic tiles and glasswork depicting dragons and has wonderful murals telling local legends. Absorb the vibrancy of Dam Market selling all sorts of foods and wares, before visiting the Nha Trang Cathedral which is a 1930’s construction in a French Gothic style, with a Vietnamese twist. You’ll have chance to purchase some souvenirs at an embroidery and silk workshop. Enjoy luncheon in a local restaurant, before taking your flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) and onto Siam Reap, Cambodia. Check into the Sohka Angkor Resort Hotel, where you’ll have dinner accompanied by an Apsara Dance show.

    DAY 2 – ANCIENT CITY OF ANGKOR
    After breakfast, head for the enchanting Banteay Srei Temple, known as the Citadel of Women. This petite temple possesses wonderful, intricate carvings. You will have chance to visit Preah Dak to witness the lives of Cambodian country people. See the enchanting Ta Prohm Temple, which was used during the filming of ‘Tomb Raider’. Luncheon will be served at the Tara Hotel. The highlight of your day will be visiting the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, a stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry. Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the most breathtaking of all Angkor monuments. Venture on to the South Gate at Angkor Thom and explore the forested centre of this once great city. You’ll also see the Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Leper King, Terrace of the 12 Elephants, the Baphuon and the Royal Palace. Take an early evening flight to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Pen. On arrival, you’ll check into the Sokha, Anghor Hotel, where dinner will be served and you will spend one night.

    DAY 3 - SINGAPORE
    Take an early breakfast, before your flight to Singapore. On arrival, you’ll be met by a local guide and transferred directly to Queen Elizabeth, in time for late luncheon on board. You’ll have an opportunity to explore the city of Singapore as you wish the following day.

    Bookings for this tour will close on 20th December 2015. Any bookings made after this date are on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = NHA802, Single = NHA803). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Nha Trang on 1st April and returns on 3rd April in Singapore. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates before booking this tour. This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, and airport delays. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Flight times and further details will be advised on board.

    The fare includes: transport by coach and economy class air travel, sightseeing, meals and hotel accommodation as stated. Visas for Cambodia and Vietnam are included. Two glasses of house wine, local beer soft drinks, tea and coffee are included with meals.

    The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and any treatment or prescriptions. Those wishing to order alternative beverages during the overland will be charged separately. Guests should check visa requirements for Singapore prior to travel.

    What to pack: please bring two passport sized photos for visa documentation and ensure that your passport has 2 blank pages. Please remember your passport and any medication. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg.

    Cambodia: light clothing, comfortable walking shoes and protection against the sun and mosquitoes are recommended. US dollars in small denominations are widely accepted. Appropriate attire covering shoulders, arms and legs is required when visiting places of worship including Angkor temples (shawls and long shorts are not permitted). You may also be requested to remove your shoes (socks are recommended). Please refrain from raising your voice as this is considered ill-mannered.

    Tour code

    NHA_802

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2 nights

  • Nha Trang Highlights

    Take in the sights of Nha Trang and visit the ancient Cham Tower and Long Son Pagoda.

    Nha Trang Highlights

    Your tour begins with a visit to the fascinating Oceanographic Institute to see some of the thousands of marine-life species that live in the surrounding tropical sea. Heading into the town, you will pass the beachfront lined with Philaos trees before making a photograph stop at the city church, built in grey stone and located on top of a hill.

    Long Son Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Nha Trang, with two decorative dragon balustrades marking its entrance. The interior sanctuary features murals and several images of the Buddha.

    Crossing the Xom Bong Bridge, Nha Trang’s most famous landmark, Po Nagar Cham Tower, comes into view. A visit to this complex of towers, built in the 8th century is a fascinating experience.

    Take a stroll through the bustling Dam market place, the central commercial market of Nha Trang, before visiting a silk embroidery workshop. Here, you will see Vietnamese ladies making beautiful handicrafts, which are also available to purchase.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves up to three hours of walking and there are approximately 100 steps to reach the Cham Tower (optional) and several steps at the Long Son Pagoda. Some roads are unpaved and may be dusty or muddy depending on rainfall. Shoes must be removed before entering the main hall of Long Son Pagoda and the main tower of the Po Nagar complex.

    Tour code

    NHA_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

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