Tauck’s Southeast Asia cruise explores Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore and sails the South China Sea between these fascinating countries aboard L'Austral or Le Soléal, the newest member of our small ship fleet. Discover the cultural diversity and tropical beauty of these lands during two-night stays in both Hong Kong and Singapore, which bookend the days at sea. In Hong Kong, see incredible views of its skyline on a ferry ride across Victoria Harbour and from the 360° observation deck at The Peak, and visit street markets where “anything and everything” is sold. In Vietnam, visit Hanoi where a legacy of French city development meets a chaotic, but fascinating Old Quarter; cruise the sublime beauty of Ha Long Bay on a Chinese-style junk; learn about the beliefs and traditions of the Vietnamese people on visits to ancient temple ruins, historic pagodas and modern places of worship; along the coast of central Vietnam, get a glimpse of rural life at a farm, a kindergarten and a thriving marketplace; and in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), witness the contrasts in a city of poignant history that is developing at a rapid pace. In Singapore, learn about the Pan-Asian civilizations represented by its multicultural society and the ecological approach this city-state is taking towards ensuring its role as the garden city of the future. As you sail aboard your small ship, enjoy relaxing and pampering in a refined, contemporary setting, along with lectures and insights shared by our onboard lecturer for Tauck guests only.