I can't help with China/Cambodia but here goes with Hong Kong: Obviously experiencing the hub bub of the streets of Hong Kong goes without saying. The Star ferry across to Kowloon operates constantly & is only pence to make the few minute journey to find similar hub bub on the mainland. Back in HK the highest point is Victoria Peak, an 8 minute journey by tram to the top to view the island. Down the other side of Victoria Peak is Stanley Market, famous for clothing, silks etc. Aberdeen Harbour can be toured on a ‘Junk’ but the floating ‘Jumbo’ restaurant is known to be a bit of a rip off. HK has a super efficient underground system, a very cheap way of getting around….Bangkok: Laem Chabang port is 112 miles from Bangkok & if your cruise stopping overnight, I would think about a cheap hotel for about £30 to make the most of it. The Floating Market is a popular attraction but it’s some distance outside of the town. An evening cruise/meal on the converted rice boats down the Chao Phraya River to the Golden Temple is excellent & then a tuk tuk to Patpong, bars & markets where all life exists in the manor that Bangkok is famous for!!! It’s also very safe….Singapore: I & others have written recently on this, & I hope/recommend you are spending a few days in this fantastic city before flying home. If you missed the question by Boyd on Costa Classica, just type his/her name into the blue search box & there is some great advice there by other contributors, far too much to copy & paste. Obviously you can google any of the info that I have mentioned if anything appeals further. I too am on Legend before it returns back to the Med & look forward to reading your review as I have not cruised this ship…Regards Wilba.
Sound advice as always Wilba, many thanks. I don't know whether I will go to Bangkok as we spent a week there a couple of years ago as part of a land based holiday in Thailand so we have visited most of the atttractions that you mention - we may stay nearer to the cruise ship and explore that part of Thailand. I have printed your advice out and will take it with me - your tips for Hong Kong look really good. Getting really excited now. Hope that you enjoy your cruise on the Legend. Our late summer cruise is on the Celebrity Summit - have you any experience of that ship?
Hi! Yes, I do recall you asking about Pattaya which is worth a look if your looking for some where with a bit of a 'buzz' as I can't imagine Laem Chabang having much to offer. I have not been on Summit, but I am a fan of Celebrity, just booked December with them, & overall Summit is still getting 4 & 5 star reviews.
We were on this ;cruise in January 2008 - we enjoyed it but the trips are very tiring and a long way from the ship. We went to Hanoi and The coach trips took a very long time. As this was the first time the ship did this itinery, it was not very well organised. We did enjoy the cruise and we sailed from Singapore to Hong Kong. I would imagine a year later it will be better organised,
Averill Moore .
Many thanks for your response. Looking through the reviews for the Rhapsody there did seem to be a few unhappy passengers on the Far East cruise season, I gather it was the first foray for RCI in that area so hopefully the organisation will have improved. I will do a review in March and let you know how it went.