From Vietnam to Myanmar

13 days / 12 nights
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    From Vietnam to Myanmar

    Cruise Asia

    from 28 October 2017 to 9 November 2017
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    Arrival Port : Yangon

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A281017

    Through this exceptional itinerary, PONANT invites you to discover the thousand faces of Asia and get as close as possible to its history, traditions and many vestiges.

    In Ho Chi Minh, you will board the L’Austral for anexceptional 13-day cruise that will take you to 5 countries!

    From this city founded in the 17th century and formerly known as Saigon, you will reach the Mekong, a mythical river on which small, colourful boats throng on market days.

    The ship will call in Singapore. You will be seduced by the unique multicultural atmosphere of this city-State on the edges of the Orient, once a British trading settlement.

    You will sail to Malaysia and Thailand, discoveringMalacca. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city will reveal to you the many vestiges of the period ofDutch rule.

    Lastly, the L’Austral will sail to Myanmar. You will visitYangon (Rangoon), the nation’s former capital, home to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the country’s most revered religious shrine.

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    Highlights

    • UNESCO sites: Discover the old town Malacca and its fascinating Asian, Portugese and Dutch heritage.
    • Overnight in Singapore and tour of the city, areas and temples.
    • Call in Port Klang, gateway to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.
    • From Yangon, discover the most sacred Burmese pagoda: Schwedagon.
    • Lecturer on board, expert in the region and its culture.

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      L'AUSTRAL

      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
       
      A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
       
      You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

      Port of call & excursions

      28 October 2017 – Ho Chi Minh City

      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

      Embarkation 28/10/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 28/10/2017 at 00H00 .

      Located near the Mekong delta, Ho Chi Minh-Ville is the largest city in Vietnam. It is both the historic heart and economic hub. Formerly Saigon, the city is an imposing avant-guard metropolis. You can admire its famous central post office and its emblematic Reunification Palace. From 95 years of French presence, the city has kept some remarkable monuments, like the Cathédrale Notre-Dame with its neo-Gothic façade built in 19th century red brick. You’ll succumb to the magic of this hectic city, where everything is about contrast, like the very brightly-coloured district of Cholon, Saigon’s “Chinatown”.

      29 October 2017 – Ho Chi Minh City

      29 October 2017 – Ho Chi Minh City

      Arrival 29/10/2017. Departure 29/10/2017.

      Located near the Mekong delta, Ho Chi Minh-Ville is the largest city in Vietnam. It is both the historic heart and economic hub. Formerly Saigon, the city is an imposing avant-guard metropolis. You can admire its famous central post office and its emblematic Reunification Palace. From 95 years of French presence, the city has kept some remarkable monuments, like the Cathédrale Notre-Dame with its neo-Gothic façade built in 19th century red brick. You’ll succumb to the magic of this hectic city, where everything is about contrast, like the very brightly-coloured district of Cholon, Saigon’s “Chinatown”.

      30 October 2017 – Ho Chi Minh City

      30 October 2017 – Ho Chi Minh City

      Arrival 30/10/2017. Departure 30/10/2017 early morning.

      Located near the Mekong delta, Ho Chi Minh-Ville is the largest city in Vietnam. It is both the historic heart and economic hub. Formerly Saigon, the city is an imposing avant-guard metropolis. You can admire its famous central post office and its emblematic Reunification Palace. From 95 years of French presence, the city has kept some remarkable monuments, like the Cathédrale Notre-Dame with its neo-Gothic façade built in 19th century red brick. You’ll succumb to the magic of this hectic city, where everything is about contrast, like the very brightly-coloured district of Cholon, Saigon’s “Chinatown”.

      31 October 2017 – At sea

      31 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 31/10/2017. Departure 31/10/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      1 November 2017 – Singapore

      1 November 2017 – Singapore

      Arrival 01/11/2017 midday. Departure 01/11/2017.

      Nicknamed the Garden City, Singapore stretches across Malaysia's southern-most region. Experience the vibrant hustle and bustle of this city-state for yourself at the Marina Bay. No too far away is the historic centre, offering up a unique smorgasbord of neoclassical buildings and contemporary towers. Decked out in topiary, the pavements of Orchard Road are also home to countless shopping centres. The colourful markets in Chinatown and Little India are the perfect opportunity to quell hunger pangs in a hawker centre, one of the city's traditional snack bars. Between the two districts, get a slice of history with a trip to the Raffles dock. It was here that Englishman Sir Raffles, the founder of the city, is said to have arrived one fateful day in January 1819.

      2 November 2017 – Singapore

      2 November 2017 – Singapore

      Arrival 02/11/2017. Departure 02/11/2017 early evening.

      Nicknamed the Garden City, Singapore stretches across Malaysia's southern-most region. Experience the vibrant hustle and bustle of this city-state for yourself at the Marina Bay. No too far away is the historic centre, offering up a unique smorgasbord of neoclassical buildings and contemporary towers. Decked out in topiary, the pavements of Orchard Road are also home to countless shopping centres. The colourful markets in Chinatown and Little India are the perfect opportunity to quell hunger pangs in a hawker centre, one of the city's traditional snack bars. Between the two districts, get a slice of history with a trip to the Raffles dock. It was here that Englishman Sir Raffles, the founder of the city, is said to have arrived one fateful day in January 1819.

      3 November 2017 – Malacca

      3 November 2017 – Malacca

      Arrival 03/11/2017 early morning. Departure 03/11/2017 early evening.

      Lying along the shores of the eponymous Strait, Malacca City has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A witness of the maritime traffic between Asia and the West, the city is inextricably linked to the trade of spices and silk. This cultural oasis will show you the history of a fascinating ancient civilization, the Baba Nyonya, the descendants of Chinese immigrants who married Malay women. In a Peranakan house in Chinatown, you will discover the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, which reproduces the interior of a traditional elegant home from the 19th century. The Baba Nyonya were wealthy traders who liked to indulge their taste for sumptuous furniture made from teak and mother-of-pearl, rare jewels and silk brocade.

      4 November 2017 – Port Kelang

      4 November 2017 – Port Kelang

      Arrival 04/11/2017 early morning. Departure 04/11/2017 late afternoon.

      5 November 2017 – Penang (Georgetown)

      5 November 2017 – Penang (Georgetown)

      Arrival 05/11/2017 early morning. Departure 05/11/2017 midday.

      The leading British trading post of the Far East in the 19th century, this tiny island has a unique atmosphere of both East and West. Known as the “Pearl of the East” in the past, for its many trades of spice, fabrics, and tin, Penang has become one of the most sought-after destinations in Malaysia, with its fine sandy beaches and its fabulous scenery. Here the traveller can observe South East Asia in a nutshell. Along the coast of Penang, admire jungle-covered slopes that plunge into the blue seas off golden beaches lined with palm trees. The homes on stilts of the Malaysian fisherman straddle the shoreline. The fragrance of frangipani trees, clove trees and nutmeg trees perfume the warm air.

      6 November 2017 – Phangnga

      6 November 2017 – Phangnga

      Arrival 06/11/2017 early morning. Departure 06/11/2017 early afternoon.

      7 November 2017 – At sea

      7 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 07/11/2017. Departure 07/11/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      8 November 2017 – Yangon (ex Rangoon)

      8 November 2017 – Yangon (ex Rangoon)

      Arrival 08/11/2017 late afternoon. Departure 08/11/2017.

      9 November 2017▸8 November 2017 – Yangon (ex Rangoon)

      Yangon

      Disembarkation 09/11/2017 at 00H00 .

      Better known under its colonial name, Rangoon, the former capital of Myanmar was long nicknamed “the garden city of the East” and it remains the country’s administrative and economic capital. The city is lush and refreshing thanks to its luxuriant vegetation and its royal lakes. Having retained a colonial ambiance that contributes to its nostalgic charm, Yangon exudes a very special atmosphere. During your visit, do not miss the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred in Burma. Its dome is covered in gold and encrusted with over 2,500 precious stones. Nestling in the heart of a vast religious complex, it is surrounded by 72 other buildings. The purely Burmese architecture includes golden Buddhas and legendary Nats.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Myanmar: visa delivered and charged onboard ( 45€ subject to change). This visa allows you to exit Myanmar up to one month after disembarkation. Please bring one passport photo.

      • Vietnam: an individual visa must be obtained prior to your cruise, you can apply online at https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn

      Lectures on board

      Lectures on board

      Luc Ferry will deal in French only  with following lectures :

      • The great wisdom of the East : Confucianism  and  Taoism
      • The great ancient wisdom : Buddhism  and  Stoicism
      • The pursuit of happiness: wisdom or  illusion ?

      Luc Ferry will host a Philosophy Café.

       

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Luc Ferry

      Luc Ferry

      Philosopher, politician and literary man, Luc FERRY is a specialist of Philosophy and Ph.D. in Political Science. Minister of Youth, Professor and writer, he has received numerous decorations, including the Officer of the Legion of Honor, Commander of the National Order of Merit and Knight of Arts and Letters. On board, you will have the opportunity to attend several conferences in French.

      Language spoken : French

       

      Photo credit : Dominique Fillon

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        24/10/2017 – The Imperial City of Angkor and visit of Saigon (4 days/4 nights)

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        25/10/2017 – In the footsteps of the French Writer Marguerite Duras: Saigon, the Mekong Delta and Sadec (3 days/3 nights)

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        27/10/2017 – Grand Saigon Discovery (2 days/1 night)

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      2. After your cruise

        09/11/2017 – Ancient Temples of Bagan (2 days/1 night)

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        09/11/2017 – Ancient Kingdoms of Myanmar (3 days/2 nights)

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      3. Your packages

        23/10/2017 – Flights + Pre Angkor & Saigon + Post Temples of Bagan

        24/10/2017 – Flights + Pre Saigon, the Mekong Delta and Sadec 3N + Post Ancient Kingdoms of Myanmar 2N

        26/10/2017 – Flights + Pre Saigon 1N + Post Temples of Bagan 1N

        23/10/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Business Class) + The Imperial City of Angkor & Visit of Saigon 4N (Pre) + Ancient Temples of Bagan 1N (Post)

        26/10/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Business Class) + Grand Saigon Discovery 1N (Pre) + Ancient Temples of Bagan 1N (Post)

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      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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