Tauck’s Southeast Asia cruise explores Hong Kong and Vietnam and sails the South China Sea between these fascinating countries aboard L'Austral, one of the stars of our small ship fleet. Discover the cultural diversity and tropical beauty of these lands during stays ashore in both Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City, 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; discover past and present along the coast of central Vietnam in Hué, Da Nang and Hoi An; and in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), witness the contrasts in a city of poignant history that is developing at a rapid pace. As you sail aboard your sleek yacht, enjoy relaxing and pampering in a refined, contemporary setting, along with lectures and insights shared by our onboard lecturer for Tauck guests only.