Bangkok, Bali & Beyond – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Bangkok, Bali & Beyond – Viking Oceans Cruise

Visit Asian arts & culture capitals

Witness the fascinating juxtapositions of Southeast Asia, where long-held traditions infuse bustling capitals. See the floating markets of Bangkok with a Thai guide. Marvel at Kuala Lumpur’s soaring Petronas Towers. Absorb the vast cultural diversity of Singapore with a resident by your side. And gain unmatched insight into the spiritual and arts culture of Java, from the enormous temple of Borobudur to the historic riches of Jakarta and Surabaya.
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*Expires 31st July 2024

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

Day 1: Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Often called the “City of Angels,” Bangkok is Thailand’s largest and most populous city. A sprawling and heady mix of modern skyscrapers, floating markets and longtail boats skimming the Chao Phraya River, the scintillating capital of old Siam engages all the senses. Yet it all seems devoutly grounded by the presence of its revered gilded wats, or temples. Wat Arun, in particular, can be seen from all corners of the city. This majestic riverside “Temple of Dawn” catches the first light of each day like a pearl, casting a soft glow on one of Asia’s most remarkable cities.

Historic Siam of old, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Thai culture is rich and engaging in this bustling center, and its origins are reflected through centuries-old Buddhist wats, or temples. The towering Wat Arun, named for the god of the rising sun, stands dramatically on the river’s banks. The revered temples and elegant buildings within the walls of the renowned Grand Palace date to the late 1700s. A gilded array of golden pagodas and stupas (shrines), it has been the royal family’s residence for more than 150 years.

Shore Excursion

PANORAMIC BANGKOK (INCLUDED)

INSPIRING TEMPLES, VIBRANT CULTURE AND CULINARY DELIGHTS
See the highlights of Bangkok during a panoramic tour designed to help you make the most of your time. Straddling the winding Chao Phraya River, this fascinating metropolis blends Thailand’s cherished traditions with the advances of the modern world. View the vibrant streets of Chinatown, one of the city’s oldest areas. Drive along the famous Ratchadamnoen Road, the Royal Way, a tree-lined boulevard commissioned by King Chulalongkorn after he visited the grand cities of Europe in 1897. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, where you will savor the delicious cuisine of Thailand. Then, travel to the ornate Wat Benchamabophit, or Marble Temple. Completed in 1911, this Buddhist temple is a fine example of traditional Thai architecture. Admire the symmetry and proportions of its high gables and stepped roofs, then enjoy free time to browse nearby shops, before returning to your ship.

The Gulf of Thailand, the massive sea basin bordered by Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, is still known as the Gulf of Siam to the Malay and Khmer people. Long stretches of sandy beach, low-lying emerald hills and soaring mountains surround this oval-shaped gulf. The lush hills of Botum Sakor National Park unfold north of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Along Thailand’s shores, several beach-ringed islands point the way to Laem Chabang port.

This narrow passage between Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra was a major route for early traders shipping glassware, precious stones, camphor, ivory and sandalwood. Today, it is one of the busiest shipping channels in the world, linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Along this historic waterway, the lush shores of Sumatra grace the horizon to the south, stretching out to lowlands, mangroves and swamps. The more urban skylines of Malaysia—George Town and Kuala Lumpur among them—shimmer in the distance to the north.

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur was built by Chinese tin prospectors in the mid-1800s. Since then, the city of KL, as the locals call it, has grown into a stunning mix of colonial, Moorish, Tudor, neo-Gothic and Grecian-Spanish architecture. The two-story shophouses of Old Market Square, with storefronts below and residences above, reveal the lives of merchants. The magnificent Petronas Towers are the centerpiece of this fascinating city; the side-by-side twin spires resemble a pair of rockets, connected by a two-story sky bridge that spans the 41st and 42nd floors.

Shore Excursions

A GLIMPSE OF KUALA LUMPUR (INCLUDED)

THE HEART OF MALAYSIA
Discover Malaysia’s city of delightful contrasts, one of the most vibrant metropolises in Asia. You will join your guide for a panoramic tour that takes you to the National Museum, a fascinating collection that chronicles the nation’s past from prehistory through the Malacca Sultanate, colonial era and present day. Also visit the National Monument, a huge bronze monument built in tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives during the Communist Insurgency of the 1950s. Make photo stops at the elegant, historic 1910 Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the National Mosque of Malaysia. In Merdeka Square (Independence Square), admire the wide cricket green and the British-style Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Drive through the Golden Triangle, the city’s entertainment district, before stopping to gaze up at the soaring Petronas Towers, resembling a pair of steel-clad rocket ships linked by a towering catwalk. This architectural wonder is the pride of Malaysia.

Singapore is the world’s only island city-state. Established in 1819 for the East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles, after whom the famed hotel is named, it grew from a secluded backwater into a shabby port city before transforming itself into a sophisticated metropolis. The technology and economy are highly advanced here, yet the islands host plentiful green parks with tree-lined footpaths and the stunning National Orchid Garden. For a panoramic view of it all, the observation deck of the Marina Bay Sands towers offers the perfect solution.

Shore Excursion

PANORAMIC SINGAPORE (INCLUDED)

THE MELTING POT AT THE TIP OF THE MALAY PENINSULA
Witness the remarkable diversity of Singapore, where traditions endure in one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities. Along the banks of the Singapore River, admire old British-flavored residences. You will pass through Little India, where Indians developed their own unique community of trading houses and homes during British rule. Today, its bright colors and sounds echo those of the subcontinent. On Arab Street, see a rich Muslim influence, where shops sell textiles and Persian carpets. Today, the Arab Quarter is home to Malays, Sumatrans, Indonesians and Yemeni. Its gold-domed centerpiece is the elegant Sultan Mosque. You will also view the diverse streets of Chinatown, brimming with markets and restaurants representing different regions of China. Mosques and Hindu and Buddhist temples bring even more variety to this vibrant pocket of Singapore. After free time here, return to your ship.

Sail one of the world’s most successful commercial trade routes in history. The countless crates of spices carried over the Java Sea reportedly contributed to the famed Dutch Golden Age. As you sail, explore our well-curated Library, tucked in a private alcove of the Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

Jakarta is a melting pot of cultures and a bustling capital. The city has been important to trade since the 4th century; it was founded as Sunda Kelapa, a significant trading port for the Sunda Kingdom, the Hindu realm that once occupied this area. The Dutch arrived in 1619 to establish the Dutch East Indies, renaming the city Batavia and proclaiming it their capital. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and more were exported from here. During the Japanese occupation of World War II, the Dutch were expelled and the city took its current name, which it retained after independence.

Shore Excursion

JAKARTA HIGHLIGHTS (INCLUDED)

THE BEST OF JAKARTA’S SIGHTS
Experience the fascinating history and culture of the Indonesian capital. Drive into the heart of the city, pausing in Independence Square at the National Monument, a 450-foot-tall marble obelisk topped with a flame covered in gold foil. In Fatahillah Square, the heart of the 18th-century Dutch colonial administration, admire well-preserved buildings and the legendary Portuguese cannon. Visit the Wayang Museum, dedicated to Indonesia’s beloved tradition of shadow puppetry. Inside, delight in thousands of two-dimensional creations. Next, enjoy a visit to the Museum of the Bank of Indonesia. See fascinating visual displays that showcase the history of currencies and trade in Indonesia, from the spice trade era of the Dutch East India Company and currencies used during the Japanese occupation to Indonesia’s recovery from the 1997 economic crisis.

Jakarta is an enormous mélange of cultures imported from Indonesia’s 6,000 inhabited islands. Whether strolling the capital’s outdoor markets or dining at a high-end restaurant, the city’s menus reveal a cornucopia of cuisines that reflect the varied traditions of today’s Jakartans. The local Betawi food is the culmination of centuries of Malay, Chinese, Javanese and other influences. Gado-gado, salad in peanut sauce, is one popular dish. Countless variations of skewered meats, fried rice and dumplings are also on offer.

Shore Excursions

JAKARTA HIGHLIGHTS (INCLUDED)

THE BEST OF JAKARTA’S SIGHTS
Experience the fascinating history and culture of the Indonesian capital. Drive into the heart of the city, pausing in Independence Square at the National Monument, a 450-foot-tall marble obelisk topped with a flame covered in gold foil. In Fatahillah Square, the heart of the 18th-century Dutch colonial administration, admire well-preserved buildings and the legendary Portuguese cannon. Visit the Wayang Museum, dedicated to Indonesia’s beloved tradition of shadow puppetry. Inside, delight in thousands of two-dimensional creations. Next, enjoy a visit to the Museum of the Bank of Indonesia. See fascinating visual displays that showcase the history of currencies and trade in Indonesia, from the spice trade era of the Dutch East India Company and currencies used during the Japanese occupation to Indonesia’s recovery from the 1997 economic crisis.

Java is Indonesia’s repository of history and island culture. The bustling port of Semarang was founded by the Dutch and hints of the island’s colonial past dot the cityscape. Outside the city, Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, strikes a dramatic pose against a backdrop of four volcanoes. A popular place of pilgrimage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the massive pyramidal temple towers to a great height. The devout walk up a clockwise path to the pinnacle, passing 2,672 reliefs and 504 Buddha statues along the way.

Shore Excursion

DISCOVER SEMARANG (INCLUDED)

EXPLORE CHINESE AND DUTCH TREASURES
See Semarang’s Javanese, Chinese, Dutch and Indian heritage as you explore its highlights and historic Old Town. Drive with your guide into Semarang, pausing at the Gereja Blenduk, the oldest church in Central Java. Another center of worship awaits at the Sam Po Kong temple, a unique Chinese Muslim temple shared by Buddhists and Muslims. The impressive temple was built for the Muslim Admiral Chen Ho of the Ming Dynasty, who led Chinese fleets throughout Asia and Java during the 15th century. Visit Semarang’s Old Town, home to about 50 Dutch-period buildings, and pass Lawang Sewu (Thousand Doors)—a colonial building that features more windows than doors—and Blenduk Church. Stop at the colorful Rainbow Village, strolling its narrow passageways adorned with murals and learning about its amazing transformation. You may choose to visit the Simpang Lima mall en route back to your ship.

Surabaya played a central role in the Indonesian War of Independence. The memorials to that struggle stand as soaring testaments to the will and courage of the Javanese. Today, Surabaya is a diverse patchwork of vibrant cultures. Mosques stand proudly in the Arab district and elegant churches adorn the European quarter. But perhaps the most authentic way to fully experience Java’s varied cultural influences is by tasting them. A stroll through the Pasar Pabean traditional market reveals fresh fish, vegetables, spices, incense and countless other specialties.

Shore Excursion

SCENIC SURABAYA (INCLUDED)

EAST JAVA’S DIVERSE CITY OF HEROES
Discover what many call the birthplace of Indonesian independence during a panoramic tour of Surabaya. Once the center of the Dutch East Indies, the city rivaled Singapore and Hong Kong in its trading power. It was later the site of a decisive battle that set the nation on the road to sovereignty. Following a brief stop at the Surabaya Kriya Gallery, continue to the Joko Dolog Statue. This Buddhist statue was erected in 1289 to honor King Kertanagara of the Singhas?ri Dynasty and displays a lengthy Sanskrit inscription with important historical information dating from the period before the founding of the Majapahit Kingdom. After a warm Javanese welcome, watch a traditional dance and enjoy a snack of various local cakes and beverages. Then, take a short tour of the first Dutch Government building in Surabaya during the colonial era, before transferring back to your ship.

With a thriving arts scene, lush beauty and magnificent seaside vistas, Bali has long beckoned travelers in search of ultimate beauty. The island’s rich Hindu culture has forever held that gods live in all things natural—from mountains to streams to pebbles on the beach—lending the island a peaceful air. Denpasar is the island’s thriving capital. Founded as a market town, it still bustles with colorful stalls and vast emporiums selling bright sarongs and intricately patterned batik.

Shore Excursion

MARKET VISIT & BALINESE HINDU TEMPLE (INCLUDED)

THE COLORFUL CULTURE OF BALI’S CAPITAL
Explore the rich history, revered temples and busy markets of Denpasar. Meet your guide and drive to Denpasar, capital of the province of Bali. This inviting city has a rich history dating back to its days as the center of the Badung Empire, which once controlled the southern region of Bali. Explore the endless colorful offerings at a traditional market, perhaps purchasing stone carvings or a sarong as keepsakes. At the Bali Museum, browse galleries featuring local art and history. On Denpasar’s north side, visit the Maospahit Temple, known for its bare, red-brick architecture. Pura Maospahit, the only pura in Bali, was built using a concept known as Panca Mandala, where the most sacred area is situated at the center of the complex instead of facing the direction of the mountain. Explore the temple at your leisure before returning to your ship.

With its distinct flavors and traditions, Bali’s food culture stands apart from that of the rest of Indonesia. Indigenous ingredients, recipes and techniques blend with influences from the island’s Chinese and Indian heritages to create dishes found nowhere else. For many, a daily ritual may involve shopping for ginger, turmeric and kaffir lime in spice markets or for fruits, vegetables and meats in a pasar pagi. Traditional warungs, tiny family-owned food stands, often specialize in a particular dish, such as babi guling (suckling pig) or bebek betutu (crispy duck). After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruise tour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.

Pre & Post Cruise Extensions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

2024 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON

Nov-01

Bangkok (Laem Chabang) to Bali (Benoa) FROM FROM
AU$10,095 AU$11,095
Nov-25 Bangkok (Laem Chabang) to Bali (Benoa) FROM FROM
AU$7,945 AU$8,945
2025 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON

Mar-08

Bali (Benoa) to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) FROM FROM
AU$8,995 AU$9,995
Apr-06 Bali (Benoa) to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) FROM FROM
AU$9,595 AU$10,595
Nov-02 Bangkok (Laem Chabang) to Bali (Benoa) FROM FROM
AU$9,495 AU$10,495
Nov-04 Bangkok (Laem Chabang) to Bali (Benoa) FROM FROM
AU$9,495 AU$10,495
2026 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON

Mar-10

Bali (Benoa) to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) FROM FROM
AU$8,795 AU$9,795
Apr-15 Bali (Benoa) to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) FROM FROM
AU$8,795 AU$9,795

 

*All prices are in Australian dollars, per-person, based on double occupancy and reflect our current offers. Strikeout prices reflect brochure pricing.

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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

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