On this fantastic 16 night cruise from Singapore to Bangkok you see so many wonderful sights and visit lots of fascinating places. You also have five full days at sea when you can relax and enjoy all that your magnificent cruise ship, the Regent Seven Seas Mariner, has to offer. While sailing along the South China Sea, the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, you stop to visit Penang, Sabang in Indonesia, Yangon, the capital of Burma, Phuket, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur and Sihanoukville in Cambodia . . . so many exciting destinations during one voyage of discovery.
You board the Seven Seas Mariner in Singapore, with plenty of time to explore before setting sail. Straegically located at the end of the Malaysian peninsula, the island nation of Singapore is a modern, thriving metropolis and a true melting pot of cultures. It offers diverse colourful ethnic quarters; a fantastic array of superb cuisines; and a shopping mecca second to none. Be sure to leave time to try a refreshing Singapore Sling at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.
Cruising the South China Sea
The first of your five full days at sea on the cruise and a good time to get to know this magnificent cruise ship and all that she has to offer. Seven Seas Mariner’s bow-to-stern refurbishment has been complete, elevating her to a new level of elegance with dramatic new culinary experiences, elegant new suite designs and completely renewed elegant guest spaces. Relax today and make plans to take part in as many of the activities that you can fit in.
Your first port of call is Penang. Pulau Pinang, as it is known locally, is the northern gateway to Malaysia and also the country's oldest British settlement. The word "Pinang" in Malay refers to the areca nut palm, which provides the betel nut, an essential ingredient in a delicacy chewed by millions in the Far East. Today Georgetown is noted for the largest collection of pre-war houses in all of Southeast Asia and the Penang Heritage Trust has been established to maintain its unique heritage.
Sabang is a city consisting of an interesting mix of fishing villages and colonial villas across six islands. Adventurous travellers enjoy hiking through the volcanic mountains, while those seeking rest and relaxation can find a spot on the pristine beaches, virtually untouched by tourism. Be sure to visit a traditional Acehnese coffee shop and savour the locally grown coffee served along with traditional cakes. Enjoy a fresh fish lunch or the diverse variety of noodles prepared by very friendly locals.
Cruising the Andaman Sea
A relaxing day today as you sail across the Andaman Sea towards your next destination, Myanmar. Two complete Card and Conference Rooms can be used for everything from bridge lectures and tournaments to corporate meetings to special events. The spaces may be combined by removing the dividing door. Well-stocked and exceedingly comfortable, the Library offers a comfortable setting for reading and relaxing. Curl up with a classic novel, play a strategic game of chess or borrow a DVD.
One of the highlights of the cruise today when the Seven Seas Mariner docks at Yangon, formally known as Rangoon, the capital of Myanmar. Here you have three days to explore this fascinating city and take one or more tours into the countryside to meet the people, see some of the famous temples and lots of the famous sights. All these tours, as with all ports of call on the cruise, can be booked on board and are included in the price of the cruise.
The second of your three days in the city. Exotic Yangon was founded as Dagon in the 500's by the Mon, who dominated the lower portions of present-day Myanmar. Yangon harbours the most sacred site in the country, the magnificent Scwedagon Pagoda with its amazing complex of pavilions and shrines. Nearby is the colossal reclining Buddha, almost as large as the famous statue in the town of Bago. As a former British Colony, view many fine examples of colonial architecture including the famous Strand Hotel.
Your final day in the city before the Seven Seas Mariner sails in the late afternoon. Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and is a mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas which define its skyline. Its famed Shwedagon Paya, a huge, shimmering pagoda complex, draws thousands of pilgrims annually. The city's other notable religious sites include the Botataung and Sule pagodas, both housing Buddhist relics.
Cruising the Andaman Sea
Another relaxing day as you soak up the sun while cruising back across the Andaman Sea to the Thai island of Phuket. Located on Deck 11 outside area by the pool, you can join your fellow guests for a cocktail or frozen drink in the relaxed atmosphere of the Pool Bar Lounge or while the day away with a good book and a cold drink on the pool deck. This teak deck is one of the most expansive at sea, including a large heated pool, two whirlpools and table tennis.
With a land area of 215 square miles, Phuket Island is about the same size as Singapore, making it Thailand's largest island. Known as the "Pearl of Thailand," this beautiful retreat offers pristine beaches, lush vegetation, traditional villages, and seascapes of huge limestone pillars that tower over the turquoise waters of Phang-Nga Bay. Apart from tourism, much of the province's wealth derives from tin production, which started back in the 16th century. The ship sails at 10pm.
Today you can explore the relaxed charm of Langkawi with its farms, fishing villages and peaceful rice paddies. Langkawi boasts colourful myths and legends, dramatic mountains, and vast, pristine beaches. Begin with a visit to Eagle Square, then ride up the Langkawi cable car and admire the amazing views at Kereta Kabel. Look for lovely handcrafted plates made from cinnamon trees and be sure to try seafood sizzlers made with coconut and chile and chocolate treats in this romantic paradise.
Spend today discovering this cosmopolitan city and its many cultural levels, from the soaring Petronas Towers to a Royal Palace, Gothic churches, stolid Colonial remnants and a restored Malay timber house, once the residence of a local headman in a lovely Heritage Centre. Browse in the markets and shops which sell excellent pewter, jewellery and batik. The fusion of cultures here offers a variety of menus from Malay and Chinese to continental cuisines. Try a curry or spicy broiled duck, or a satay.
Sailing the South China Sea
Relax and top up that tan today as you sail away from Malaysia across the South China Sea. Only Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers free unlimited shore excursions in every port of call and unlimited means you can take as many excursions in a day and during your entire voyage as time and your penchant for adventure allows. Shore excursions are a way for you to experience the history, culture and cuisine of the exciting ports visited with knowledgeable local guides and comfortable transportation.
Sailing the Gulf of Thailand
The last of your five full days at sea on the cruise so make the most of it. Now is the time to try one of the on board activities that you haven't experienced, a new dining option and to lap up the entertainment and lectures that are a feature of all Regent cruises. There's a great spa and fitness centre and for those in the gaming mood, a few pulls at the slot machine or hands of blackjack in the elegantly appointed casino are the perfect draw.
Another day, another country, when the Seven Seas Mariner docks at the Cambodian seaside resort of Sihanoukville. Here you should think beaches and snorkeling, as Sihanoukville sits on the beautiful island-studded Bay of Thailand. Wats, or Buddhist temples, are abundant and often modest architecturally, as seen at Wat Otres behind Otres Beach. There are even two wats in Ream National Park, which is also a birdwatcher's paradise.
Your final port of call today when you arrive at Laem Chabang, the port city of Bangkok. The capital and largest city in Thailand began as a small trading centre on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River serving the Ayutthaya Kingdom, the precursor of modern Thailand which existed from 1350 to 1767. The city has vastly modernised and undergone numerous changes, including the introduction of transportation and utility infrastructure and has quickly developed into the economic centre of Thailand.
End of cruise
Your wonderful cruise from Singapore to Thailand comes to an end today when you have a final chance to explore and see the sights of Bangkok before heading to the airport to catch your flight home. There are so many things to see and do in this colourful and bustling city including visiting the amazing royal palaces, seeing the Emerald Buddha and taking a trip to one of the fascinating floating markets. So make the most of your final day.