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Journey to Borneo, Boracay and Vietnam

19 Nights featuring Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong, Singapore, Borneo, Boracay, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Land Program: Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

Start Date: March 3, 2025
(Sailing March 10, 2025)

About This Journey

Take part in an immersive Journey along the coastal cities and tropical islands of Southeast Asia. Your Journey begins with the warm embrace of Vietnamese culture in Ho Chi Minh City, where vivid hues and fragrances of traditional markets await you. Enjoy an excursion to the serene waterways of the Mekong Delta, experience the tranquil beauty of Thoi Son Island and stopping to bargain for local handicrafts. Savor the fresh, herb-infused flavors of Vietnam as you participate in a hands-on cooking class, then delight in an enchanting evening performance of acrobatics, traditional music and dance that depicts a vivid narrative of Vietnamese life and culture. Learn about the complex history of the Vietnam War and its lasting effects with a visit to the War Museum and nearby Cu Chi Tunnels. Transition from the land of dragons to the futuristic cityscape of Singapore and lose yourself in the city’s dazzling blend of modernity and tradition, exploring colonial landmarks, the vibrant Botanical Orchard Garden and sacred temples. Then, take your adventure to the seas with an incredible 11-night cruise aboard the Oceania Riviera, navigating through the diverse cultures and landscapes of Borneo, the Philippines and Taiwan. Each port offers a window into the kaleidoscope of local life, from the serene beaches of Boracay Island to the bustling streets of Manila and the variety of wildlife in Borneo. Disembarking in Hong Kong, you’ll explore the luxurious Tsim Sha Tsui area, learn about Chinese shadow boxing, and delight in the Symphony of Lights dazzling against the city’s skyline. Discover the heights of Victoria Peak, the rustic charm of Aberdeen Fishing Village and the spiritual harmony of the Wong Tai Sin Temple. Each day is a new chapter in this epic tale, filled with cultural wonders, historical marvels, and sensory delights, leaving you with a mosaic of unforgettable memories.

Visits: Oceania Riviera, 38278 and Singapore, Muara, Brunei, Kota Kinabalu (Borneo), Malaysia, Puerto Princesa, Boracay Island, Manila, Philippines, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China.

Journey to Borneo, Boracay and Vietnam

Itinerary

Start Date: March 3, 2025
(Sailing March 10, 2025)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City – Welcome Dinner
2 Ho Chi Minh City – City Tour
3 Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Tour
4 Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam War Tunnels Tour
5 Ho Chi Minh City – Cultural Tour
6 Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore
7 Singapore – City Tour
8 Singapore – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 1:00 PM
9 Singapore, Singapore 4:00 PM
10 At Sea
11 Muara, Brunei 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
12 Kota Kinabalu (Borneo), Malaysia 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
13 Puerto Princesa, Philippines 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
14 Boracay Island, Philippines 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
15 Manila, Philippines 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
16 At Sea
17 Kaohsiung, Taiwan 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
18 Hong Kong, China – City Tour 1:00 PM
19 Hong Kong, China – Disembarkation and City Tour 8:00 AM
20 Hong Kong, China – Transfer to Airport for Return Flight Home

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to arrive to Ho Chi Minh City one day early to recover from jetlag before the start of the tour, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension.

Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City

Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace

Start your day with a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax or explore the hotel’s amenities. We will transfer you to a local restaurant for lunch, then set out to explore Ho Chi Minh City with a private sightseeing tour. Our first stop will be at the War Museum, which contains exhibits from the First Indochina War and the Vietnam War. We will then stop for photos at the Central Post Office and the Reunification Palace, a landmark and symbol of historical and architectural significance. We will then end our tour with a stroll along the shopping Dong Khoi Street, witnessing the economic heart of Vietnam in full swing, as we walk from the Notre Dame Cathedral to the Municipal Theatre. (B, L)

Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong River

Mekong River

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide and driver will pick you up for an excursion to the Mekong Delta. The two-hour drive to My Tho offers a window into the vibrant outskirts of the city, painting a beautiful backdrop of rice fields and rural landscapes. Upon arrival, take a boat trip up Mekong River, stopping at Thoi Son Island to visit a honey bee-farm and a coconut candy workshop. The tour continues with tastings of seasonal fruits and an enchanting experience of traditional folk songs performed by local residents. At a local village, witness the authentic day-to-day life of the locals and engage with them, visiting handicraft shops, where you can test your bargaining skills and collect unique souvenirs. Our tour will conclude with a serene journey in a sampan, a traditional flat-bottomed wooden boat, as you glide along the tranquil palm-shaded creeks. For lunch, you’ll be treated to a variety of Vietnamese specialties and eat local cuisine. After the tour, you’ll return to your hotel where the evening is yours to enjoy. Relax at the hotel or explore more of the city’s dynamic evening scene at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 4 – Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnel

Cu Chi Tunnel

Today’s Journey offers a solemn glimpse into Vietnam’s wartime history. Travel to the Cu Chi region to explore the vast Cu Chi Tunnels, a 125-mile underground network built by the Viet Cong. These tunnels, once used for strategic military operations and survival, reveal the intricate and complex nature of the war. Witness the booby traps and concealed entrances, seeing the harrowing realities of the Vietnam War firsthand. This tour provides deep insights into this significant period of history. Upon completing the tour, you’ll return to the hotel for an evening of leisure, reflecting on the day’s profound insights.(B, L)

Note: The Cu Chi Tunnels are narrow and confined. They can be tight and may trigger claustrophobia. Please let your guides know if you have any concerns before the tour begins. If at any point you feel uncomfortable, it’s okay to skip certain sections or exit the tunnels.

Day 5 – Ho Chi Minh City

Water Puppet Theatre Show

Water Puppet Theatre Show

Start your day with a leisurely morning at your hotel, giving you time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The day’s culinary Journey begins with a hands-on cooking class where you’ll prepare and try regional dishes, characterized by fresh herbs and vegetables. Chop, season and indulge in the local flavors of Vietnam, known as some of the world’s healthiest cuisine. End your day with a spectacular Vietnamese Acrobatics performance acclaimed for its captivating storytelling and the skillful portrayal of Vietnamese life through physical and musical artistry. Be captivated by the talented performers who expertly blend acrobatics with traditional music and storytelling, showcasing the vibrant spirit and heritage of Vietnam. This day promises a delightful mix of relaxation, culinary exploration, and cultural immersion. (B, L)

Day 6 – Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore

This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Singapore. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy some free time before re-joining the group for dinner. (B, D)

Day 7 – Singapore

Thian Hock Keng Temple

Thian Hock Keng Temple

Today, you will drive past Padang field at the Cricket Club, one of the world’s more picturesque sports grounds. At Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall, glimpse at landmarks of Singapore’s colonial past and journey to independence; these buildings have borne witness to many pivotal events in the nation’s history. The tour continues with a visit to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples on the island, built with donations from the early Chinese immigrant workers before driving past Chinatown. You will continue to the National Orchid Garden, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Botanic Gardens boast a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants comprising of 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids. You will also visit Chinatown with fascinating temples and traditional turn-of-the-century shop houses before continuing on to Little India where you will be enthralled with the scent of spices, jasmine, orchid garlands and exotic fruits.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before taking in the breathtaking views from the Skypark observation deck, located 57 stories above the city, atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Your last stop will be at the Long Bar inside the fully restored historic Raffles Hotel for a taste of Singapore’s unofficial national drink that was invented here in 1915, ‘the Singapore Sling’. As the saying goes, “If you have not been to Raffles, you have not been to Singapore”. (B, L)

Day 8 – Singapore Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Oceania Riviera for an 11-night cruise to Borneo, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong. (B)

Day 9-17 – Cruising onboard the Oceania Riviera (see below for cruise highlights)

 

Day 18 – Hong Kong Shore Excursion

People Doing Tai Chi

people doing Tai Chi

After lunch on board, disembark and set off with your local guide for an exclusive shore excursion in Hong Kong. Begin your afternoon with a leisurely stroll around Tsim Sha Tsui, a dynamic area known for its luxury shops, cultural landmarks and stunning waterfront views. After absorbing the city’s energetic pulse, you’ll be treated to a short presentation of Chinese shadow boxing, also known as Tai Chi. This ancient martial art, known for its graceful, flowing movements, is not only a cornerstone of Chinese culture but also a practice of meditation and physical well-being. As the evening sets in, indulge in a sumptuous Chinese dinner before experiencing the Symphony of Lights, an iconic light and sound show that illuminates the Hong Kong skyline, creating a magical spectacle over the Victoria Harbour. Then, return to your ship for your last night on the Oceania Riviera. (D)

Day 19 – Hong Kong Disembarkation

Victoria Peak

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Oceania Riviera and meet your guide for a full-day city tour. We’ll start our tour with an incredible panoramic view of the city of Hong Kong. To reach this scenic vista point, we’ll take a funicular railcar up into the forests of Hong Kong Island to the summit of Victoria Peak. This area is surrounded by natural beauty, as well as Hong Kong’s most exclusive neighborhood. At an elevation of 1,800 feet, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the city below. After descending the peak, we will then visit the Aberdeen Fishing Village, known for its picturesque harbor and seafood markets. Continue to a local market, where you’ll enjoy some time to shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs.

Dim Sum Meal

Dim Sum Meal

After an exciting morning of touring, we’ll rest our legs and treat ourselves to a popular Hong Kong lunch: dim sum. A traditional Cantonese style of eating, dim sum is a wonderful way to try a variety of local cuisine, especially steamed dumplings and buns. After lunch, visit the Wong Tai Sin Temple, a beautiful Taoist temple complex with gardens, pavilions and colorful architecture. We will then end our tour at the hotel for check-in. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. (L)

Day 20 – Hong Kong

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Singapore, Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

Singapore, Singapore: Discover a delightful city of contrasts, from its old Chinese quarter and colorful Hindu temples to its modern skyscrapers, famous Tiger Balm Gardens and magnificent National Orchid Garden. Stroll along the Esplanade. Take a short cruise along the Singapore River and a tri-shaw ride through town. Visit the Kranji Memorial and Changi Chapel and Memorial, dedicated to those who lost their lives here during World War II.

Muara, Brunei

Muara, Brunei

Muara, Brunei: Enjoy a drive through this fascinating city past the beautiful mosques with their glittering domes and minarets and the Sultan’s palace, the largest in the world. Visit the Brunei Museum, a repository of Malay culture and priceless Islamic art. Or take a riverboat through the city’s canals and experience its daily life. Travel into the primitive Borneo countryside to a Dayak village where warriors dance in the longhouse.

Kota Kinabalu (Borneo), Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu (Borneo), Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu (Borneo), Malaysia:Enjoy the sights in this bustling, ethnically diverse city as you see the gold-domed mosque, unique high-rise architecture and the Heritage Village. Or venture into the interior and astonishing Kinabalu Park. Stroll past rare plants along a nature trail and through a garden of rare orchids. Or ride Borneo’s last train into the lush countryside of farms, water buffalo and villages. Spend time on the glorious beaches.

Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Puerto Princesa, Philippines: Founded as a Spanish naval hub in 1872, Puerto Princesa is developing a new identity as the ecotourism center of the Philippines. Marvel at the sights of the popular underground river, located in a nearby national park, or go zip-lining at Ugong Rock. In town, learn about the Palawan massacre of Allied soldiers during World War II, and then reflect at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Boracay Island, Philippines

Boracay Island, Philippines

Boracay Island, Philippines: Declared “World’s Best Island” by Travel + Leisure, Boracay Island can only be described as paradise. Surrounded by miles of stunning white sand beaches, this hidden gem offers the beauty and romance of the world’s most celebrated islands without all the crowds. Spend the day frolicking on popular White Beach or find a deserted stretch of sand all to yourself. The island also offers luxurious spas and a variety of water sports.

Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines: Dynamic Manila never slows down, so go with the flow by delving headlong into the attractions, including the elegant Malacanang Palace, the National Museum of the Philippines, verdant Rizal Park and the poignant American Cemetery and Memorial. The walled medieval district of Intramuros is also well worth exploring.

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung, Taiwan: The canal-like Love River flows through the heart of this wonderfully modern city, and a boat ride along its shores reveals Kaohsiung’s beauty. The former British Consulate, built in 1865, is a historic landmark juxtaposed with more modern sites such as the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, known for its contemporary sculptures.

Hong Kong, China – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive shore excursion in Hong Kong. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Airfare from Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore, including transfers and baggage handling
  • 7-night pre-cruise land program in Vietnam and Singapore
    • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:5-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
      • Full-day city tour
      • Full-day tour to the Mekong Delta
      • Full-day tour of the Vietnam War
      • Full-day cultural tour with cooking class and evening show
    • Singapore, Singapore: 2-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
      • Full-day city tour
  • 1-night post-cruise land program in Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong, China:1-night hotel stay
      • Full-day city tour
  • Tour Leader throughout Ho Chi Minh City land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 11-night sailing aboard the Oceania Riviera
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Hong Kong, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • simply MORE: FREE $600 simply MORE Shore Excursion Credit; FREE Champagne, Wine & More; FREE Gourmet Specialty Dining; FREE Unlimited WiFi
    • Featuring standard Oceania inclusions:
      • The Finest Cuisine at Sea®
      • Access to the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center
      • Shows and guest lectures
      • Spacious staterooms
      • Much more!

    • Special Offer—Ends 2/29: Receive up to a $550 Visa Gift Card per stateroom, including a $200 Limited Time Bonus shown in total. Call for details!

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Pacing 5 Out of 5

 

5 out of 5 – Land program Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

The overall pace is active, as most days include a full-day tour. Guests should be prepared to walk a couple miles per day while on full-day tours. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals will be included, while other meals may be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators, or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program.

For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

The pre-cruise program will include visits to local villages and museums, a cruise along the Mekong River, Vietnam War sites, an evening performance, and delicious local dishes. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Please note that propaganda from the Vietnam War era may be on display at war sites and/or museums, and this should be regarded as insight into the use of propaganda during the war and not as current sentiment. Sometimes the attractions, beaches, and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

Please remember to dress conservatively when visiting temples. If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Please note the narrow and confined nature of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which can potentially trigger claustrophobia. It’s essential to inform your guides about any claustrophobia concerns before the tour commences. The guides are well-equipped to offer additional information and assistance tailored to your needs. Should you feel uncomfortable at any point, feel free to skip specific sections or exit the tunnels. Prioritize your comfort and safety during this visit.

Transportation

While on tour:

Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta: 2-hour coach transfer

Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore: 2-hour flight

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

International Airfare:

Included international airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

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Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group!

Special Offer—Ends 2/29: Receive up to a $550 Visa Gift Card per stateroom, including a $200 Limited Time Bonus shown in total. Call for details!

Journey to Borneo, Boracay and Vietnam

1-night Ho Chi Minh City Extension (pre)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Ho Chi Minh City a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $90 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Ho Chi Minh City with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

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Dates & Prices
3/3/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Veranda (B4) $10,932 $8,199 $2,733 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (B3) $11,065 $8,299 $2,766 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (B2) $11,199 $8,399 $2,800 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (B1) $11,332 $8,499 $2,833 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Veranda (A4) $11,599 $8,699 $2,900 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Veranda (A3) $11,665 $8,749 $2,916 CALL FOR DETAILS
Penthouse Suite (PH3) $13,199 $9,899 $3,300 CALL FOR DETAILS
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Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

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Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $450 Houston Intercontinental $300 Seattle $250
Boston $400 John F. Kennedy $350 San Francisco $250
Chicago $300 Los Angeles $0 Miami $400
Newark $400
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.

Accommodations
New World Hotel

76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +84 28 3822 8888

New World Saigon Hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, amidst a bustling neighborhood of restaurants and entertainment venues, within walking distance to markets, museums, and places of cultural interest. The hotel is located 20 minutes away from Tan Son Nhat International Airport and steps away from the central bus station, making it a perfect location to explore the city. The hotel offers 533 guestrooms and suites with multiple event venues, a casual all-day restaurant, a sophisticated Cantonese restaurant, and a vibrant lounge for late-night enjoyment.

Paradox Merchant Court at Clarke Quay

20 Merchant Road near Clarke Quay MRT station, Singapore 058281 Singapore

Telephone: 011 65 6337 2288

Paradox Singapore is an urban resort that offers guests a sophisticated yet playful blend of traditional refinement and modern elegance. Located in the vibrant river district of Clarke Quay, the hotel is perfect for those looking for a stylish home base during business travel, or a quiet sanctuary to relax and unwind. Our comfortable rooms and spacious suites feature picturesque views of the city’s skyline and are equipped with thoughtful amenities for laid-back style without any fuss.

1 night at a 4-star Hotel in Hong Kong (or similar) including breakfast
Oceania Riviera

Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises

Whatever corner of the globe beckons you to explore, Oceania Cruises takes you there in comfort and style. Relax on board luxurious ships and savor exquisite cuisine that not only is renowned as the finest at sea, but also rivals the best restaurants ashore. Inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pépin, these culinary delights have always been a hallmark that distinguishes the Oceania Cruises experience from any other. Considering the uncompromising quality, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of an Oceania Cruises voyage is its incredible value. Lavish complimentary amenities abound and there are never supplemental charges in any of the onboard restaurants. Each of our voyages is an invitation to discover your next travel story and reignite your passions. Experience faraway places that you have always dreamed of. Encounter new ways of looking at the world and travel to the far corners of the globe. Savor your experience with imaginative insider tours that immerse you in the heart of the destination’s culinary and cultural traditions. Every moment spent on an Oceania Cruises voyage confirms that this is Your World. Your Way.®

Ship: Riviera

Riviera blends sophistication with a contemporary flair to create a casually elegant ambiance. From the sparkling Lalique Grand Staircase to the stunning Owner’s Suites furnished with Ralph Lauren Home, designer touches are everywhere, highlighting the finest residential design and furnishings. More than anything, Riviera personifies the Oceania Cruises experience.

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Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

Vietnam uses the Vietnamese Dong (₫), currency code VND

Singapore uses the Singapore Dollar ($ or S$), currency code SGD

Brunei uses the Brunei Dollar ($ or B$), currency code BND

Malaysia uses the Malaysian Ringgit (RM), currency code MYR

Philippines uses the Philippine Peso (₱), currency code PHP

Taiwan uses the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$), currency code TWD

Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong Dollar (HK$), currency code HKD

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is customary in Southeast Asia (including Hong Kong). Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $10-$12 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. To view the gratuities policy for Oceania Cruises, please visit https://www.oceaniacruises.com/legal/terms-conditions.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Ho Chi Minh City 88/70 90/70 92/73 95/75 91/75 88/73 88/73 88/73 88/73 88/73 85/72 88/70
Singapore 87/75 89/76 90/76 90/76 90/78 89/77 89/77 89/76 89/76 89/76 88/76 87/75
Taipei 64/57 64/57 68/59 75/66 79/70 86/75 91/79 90/79 86/75 79/72 73/66 68/59
Hong Kong 67/58 67/59 71/63 77/69 83/75 86/79 89/81 89/81 87/79 83/75 76/67 70/60

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some keywords and phrases:

Vietnam: Vietnamese

  • Xin chào. (Seen chow): Hello
  • Khỏekhông? (Kwehkohng?): How are you?
  • Khôngsaođâu (Kohng sao doh): You’re welcome
  • Tôikhônghiểu (Toy kohnghee-oh): I don’t understand
  • Biếtnóitiếng Anh không? (Byet noy tyeng ang kohng): Do you speak English?
  • Tôibịlạc. (Toi bee lack): I’m lost
  • Làmơn. (Lam uhhn): Please.
  • Tắc xi! (Tuck see): Taxi!
  • Bao nhiêu (tiền)? (Bahwngew tee-uhn?): How much is this?
  • Sẽ quay lạisớm (Se-ay kway lie-ay sohm): Be back soon

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/vietnamese/ for more phrases with sound.

Singapore: While English is one of the official languages of Singapore and many of its residents are bilingual, Chinese Mandarin and Malay are also very common.

Chinese Mandarin

  • nǐhǎo (Knee how): Hello
  • Zàijiàn (Zi gee’en): Good Bye
  • Shì (Shr): Yes
  • Búshì (Boo shr): No
  • Qǐng (Ching): Please
  • Xiè xiè (Sheh sheh): Thank you
  • Búyòngkèqì (Boo yongsheh): You’re welcome
  • Duìbuqǐ (Dway boo chee): Excuse me
  • duōshǎoqián (Dor sheowchen): How much?
  • Wǒtīngbùdǒng (Wore ting boo dong): I don’t understand
  • kuàizǐ (Kwhy za): Chopstick

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/chinese/ for more phrases with sound.

Malay

  • Halo (Ha lo): Hello
  • Terimakasih (terima ka say): Thank you
  • ya (ya): Yes
  • tidak (ti dak): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/malay/ for more phrases with sound.

Malaysia and Brunei: Malay (see above)

Philippines: Filipino

  • Hi/Hello: Hello
  • oo: yes
  • hindi: no
  • OK: OK
  • Salamat: Thank You

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/filipino/ for more phrases with sound.

Taiwan: Taiwanese Mandarin

  • lí-hó (for one person) or lín-hó for more than one: Hello.
  • góathiaⁿ-bô: I don’t understand
  • to-siā, kám-siā, or lólàt: Thank you
  • biánkheh-khì: You’re welcome
  • chhiáⁿ: please
  • lōa-chōe/chēchîⁿ: how much is this
  • piān-so tītó-ūi?: Where is the toilet?
  • gâu-chá: Good morning
  • gō-an: Good afternoon
  • àm-an: Good evening
  • chài-kiàn: Goodbye

Hong Kong: Cantonese

  • néihhóu ma: How are you?
  • hóuhòisàmyihngsīknéih: Pleased to meet you
  • yātlouhseuhnfùng: Bon voyage
  • Nīgogéidōchín a: How much?

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/cantonese/ for more phrases with sound.

Fun Facts

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Vietnam

  • In an area slightly larger than New Mexico, Vietnam has a population of more than 92 million, with the capital city of Hanoi holding 2.6 million.
  • Vietnam is the largest exporter of cashews in the world, and the second largest exporter of rice.
  • There are 54 ethnic groups in the country (H’mong is one of these). The most populated ethnic group is Viet (88% of the population).
  • From elementary school to high school, students are required to wear uniforms when they go to class.
  • Ruou ran (snake wine), a Vietnamese specialty of rice wine with a pickled snake inside, allegedly can cure any sickness.
  • The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change in tone changes the meaning of the word. This makes their language somewhat difficult to learn.

Singapore

  • Singapore consists only of one main island and 63 other tiny islands with a population of 4.6 million people. Most of these islands are uninhabited.
  • Although English is the official working language and the most widely used language in Singapore, the national anthem “Majulah Singapura” is actually sung in Malay.
  • The Singapore Sling was first served in 1915 at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel. The ingredients are gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, Grenadine, Angoustura bitters and limes.

Brunei

  • Brunei is only a little larger than the U.S. state of Delaware.
  • As an Islamic nation, the sale and public consumption of alcohol is illegal in Brunei.
  • Eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attacked and occupied Brunei to secure a source of oil.

Malaysia

  • Malaysia is made up of two non-contiguous regions: West Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula, which consists of 11 states, and East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, which consists of two states.
  • Malaysia’s national dish is Nasi lemak, a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, often served wrapped in a banana leaf, and usually eaten for breakfast.
  • Some buildings in Malaysia do not have a fourth floor. They are replaced by “3A” as the sound of four (sì) is similar to the sound of death in Chinese (sĭ ).
  • Malaysia is the world’s third largest natural rubber producer. It is also famous for being the world’s largest supplier of rubber gloves.
  • Malay brides wear their engagement rings on the fourth finger of their right hand. The ring is placed there by a senior female relative of the groom, instead of the groom himself.

Philippines

  • The Philippines consists of over 7,000 islands.
  • Although the official language is Filipino, there are over 170 dialects! However, most locals speak English. There is a strong emphasis on English education in the country, and the Philippines now ranks as the fifth-largest English-speaking country globally.
  • The Philippines is the only Asian nation that is predominantly Christian.

Taiwan

  • 7-11 convenience stores are everywhere, and they are basically open all night with various amenities. These stores are owned by a Japanese company. In these stores, you can print a document, call a taxi, send a parcel, pay your bills and so much more.
  • There are no garbage cans outdoors. Garbage cans are usually kept inside of a house or place of business. The garbage is tossed into a garbage truck when it arrives. These trucks play loud music to indicate their arrival in the streets.
  • Politeness, honor, and respect for elders are of major concern in this culture.

China

  • One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is four times that of the United States.
  • The Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
  • Hong Kong means “Fragrant Harbor”.
  • Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world; double that of New York City.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • Singapore: Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theoux
  • Singapore: The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew by Lee Kuan Yew
  • Singapore and/or Malaysia: Crossroads: A Popular History of Malaysia & Singapore by Jim Baker
  • Malaysia: A History of Malaysia by Barbara Watson
  • Malaysia: Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O’Hanlon
  • Vietnam: A Dragon Apparent by Norman Lewis
  • Hong Kong: The Last Governor by Jonathan Dimbleby

Travel Guides

Films

  • Singapore: Saint Jack (1979)
  • Vietnam: Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Vietnam: Indochine (1992)
  • Malaysia: Anna and the King (1999) was filmed in Malaysia
  • Malaysia: Entrapment (1999)
  • Malaysia: Sandokan (1976)

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