Enchanting Far East 2
Eagle Square & harbour view. Langkawi, Malaysia.
Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang island, Malaysia
Angthong National Marine Park, Koh Samui, Thailand.
Marble Temple in Bangkok, Thailand.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Malacca Straits Mosque, Malacca, Malaysia.
The Enchanting Far East 2 cruise around the Gulf of Thailand is exactly what is says it is – truly enchanting. Set sail for the exotic lands of Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia for a taste of the Orient.
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 – Langkawi, Malaysia
This tropical island off the coast of Malaysia is a beach-lovers' dream, and it's where you begin your adventure. Langkawi port is around a half hour drive fro Langkawi Airport. Transfers are included with Marella Cruises, so you'll be on-board your ship in no time!
Langkawi's main town of Kuah is very laid-back, with plenty of local shops and bars, plus a huge statue of a swooping red eagle. Along the pristine coastline, sleepy fishing villages add to the relaxed pace of life. If time allows and you are good with heights, take the trip to Langkawi Sky Bridge and be amazed at views of the virgin jungle below from 100 meters up!
Day 2 – Penang, Malaysia
Time in port: 08:00 –16:00
Your Enchanting Far East 2 Cruise continues as you arrive in Penang, one of the country's most popular destinations. Make your way to Macalister Road, which has some of the best street eats around. Visit the UNESCO listed George Town, where you can explore a fusion of Chinese and colonial architecture. If time allows, take the funicular railway up to Penang Hill – the longest track of its kind in Asia.
Day 3 – Port Klang (for Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
Time in port: 08:00 – 19:00
It's time to visit Malaysia's national capital after docking in Port Klang. Kuala Lumpur is around 30km from Port Klang, with buses, trains and taxis available for your journey. Treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy in Kuala Lumpur. Pavilion KL lines up luxury labels, and Berjaya Times Square has 10 floors packed with shops, restaurants and a cinema.
Day 4 – Singapore
Time in port: 08:00 – 20:00
Next stop on your Enchanting Far East 2 adventure is Singapore – a melting pot of old and new architecture and East-meets-West culture. Get your shopping fix in the city's shopping district, find a spot on the SkyPark deck at Marina Bay Sands, visit the animals at Singapore Zoo, or stroll through the Gardens by the Bay, an oasis of calm in the buzzing metropolis.
Day 5 – At Sea
It's time to take advantage of the facilities on board Marella Discovery. She has seven restaurants and seven bars - enough to make full use of that All Inclusive package!
Marella Discovery's open-air pool also has built-in hot tubs, and she even boasts her own onboard gym and spa.
Feel like a kid again and have a go of the rock-climbing wall and mini-golf green.
Day 6 – Koh Samui, Thailand
Time in port: 07:00 – 17:00
After Phuket, Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-biggest island. Only it has more beautiful beaches, five-star resorts, lush jungle and temples. Sip fresh coconut water on Chaweng Beach – the island’s longest and most popular coastline, before enjoying a bowl of laksa or having a massage on the beach. If time allows, Koh Phan's towering Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai is also worth a visit.
Day 7-8 – Laem Chabang (for Bangkok), Thailand
Arrive in port: 06:00 (Day 7)
Depart from port: 16:00 (Day 8)
The gateway to the Chonburi Province, Laem Chabang is close to party-destination Pattaya, and a 90-minute taxi from Bangkok. Visit Wat Arun temple and the Grand Palace, before stopping by a street food stall for lunch. Make the most of the shopping at seven-storey Harbour Mall, a 10-minute drive from the port. It has plenty of shops, restaurants, an ice rink and an adventure zone all under one roof.
Day 9 – Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Time in port: 07:00 – 21:00
Sihanoukville is a perfect destination for laid-back days and lively nights on your Enchanting Far East 2 cruise. Find time for a snack at a street-food stand on your way to seeing the area's five Buddhist temples and impressive views from their hilltop positions. Catch a few rays on one of unspoiled beaches or try your hand at a new water sport. Ream National Park’s is only a 30-minute drive from the port, too. Bring your camera for some perfect snaps of mouse-deer and rhesus monkeys.
Day 10 – At Sea
Relax on board Marella Discovery, with her wealth of restaurants serving everything from tapas, sushi, surf and turf and Asian fare. Make time to explore the spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and visit the Broadway Show Lounge and casino.
Day 11 – Phu My (for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Time in port: 07:00 – 18:00
A 90-minute drive takes you to the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's former capital (Saigon). Visit the War Remnants Museum, pick up souvenirs in Ben Thanh Market or take a tour of the red-brick Notre Dame Cathedral and the French-style Post Office.
Day 12 – At Sea
You'll now be approaching the end of this jam packed itinerary so you may feel grateful for a day spent at sea.
Kick back and relax on board Marella Discovery. Spend some time topping up your tan by the pool, enjoy a speciality meal at Kora La or do a spot of shopping at the onboard duty free stores.
Day 13 – Malacca, Malaysia
Time in port: 07:00 – 14:00
This town has earned UNESCO recognition and is a great place to explore on foot. Thanks to its colonial past, it fuses Chinese, British, Dutch and Portuguese cultures. Take a ride to the top of the Taming Sari Tower, tour the A’Famosa Fort, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, or visit the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum.
Day 14-15 – Langkawi, Malaysia
Arrive in port: 16:00 (Day 14)
Following your Enchanting Far East 2 Cruise, you'll arrive back on the paradise island of Langkawi with a heap of memories to treasure for a lifetime. Inspired to book another Asia cruise for your next holiday? Of course you are!