9 Night Thailand & Vietnam Cruise on Quantum of the Seas from Singapore, Singapore Hue, Danang, Chan May, Vietnam Old Building
The 9 Night Thailand & Vietnam Cruise from Singapore, Singapore visits Bangkok (Laemchabang), Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam; Nha Trang, Vietnam; Hue / Danang (Chan May), Vietnam; Hong Kong, China. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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9 Night Thailand & Vietnam Cruise
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Explore Quantum of the Seas
Day 1 - Singapore, Singapore
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Bangkok (Laemchabang), Thailand
Day 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam
Day 6 - Nha Trang, Vietnam
Day 7 - Hue / Danang (Chan May), Vietnam
Day 8 - 9 - Cruising
Day 10 - Hong Kong, China
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Hue, Danang, Chan May, Vietnam Old Building
An old historical building in Chan May, Vietnam
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9 Night Thailand & Vietnam Cruise

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Leaving from
Singapore, Singapore
Quantum of the Seas
Day Port
Singapore, Singapore
Departs at 5:00 PM
Day at sea
Bangkok (Laemchabang), Thailand
From 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Day at sea
Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Tendered from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hue / Danang (Chan May), Vietnam
From 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8 - 9
Day at sea
Hong Kong, China
Arrives at 7:00 AM
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Quantum of  the Seas, Side View, China and Japan Destinations
Side View of Quantum of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Destinations in China and Japan
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Quantum of the Seas
Discover everything this vacation visionary has to offer, from 300-foot-high views in the North Star®, to jamming out at an impromptu parade. In between thrills, fuel up on dining designed to please your palate, like family-style favorites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated fare at Chef's Table.


The first of its class, Quantum of the Seas® is real a game changer. Defy gravity on RipCord® by iFLY® — the first skydiving simulator at sea. Soak up 360 views 300 feet above deck in the North Star®. Practice riding waves on the FlowRider® surf simulator. And take in transformative entertainment at Two70®.


You'll find plenty onboard to tease your taste buds, like cocktails mixed by robotic bartenders at the Bionic Bar® and five courses of gourmet goodness at Chef's Table. Not to mention family-style favorites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated Mediterranean fare at Coastal Kitchen.


Craving some futuristic sounds? Take in an epic fusion of music and innovation at Sonic Odyssey. Or dive into the mysteries of the sea in the spellbinding production, Starwater.

Day 1: Singapore, Singapore

Day 1
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Singapore, Singapore Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda
Beautiful day at Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda in Singapore
Things to do in
Departs at 5:00 PM
Singapore is small in size but big on excitement. Discover the multicultural medley of this city-state through its neighborhoods: Check out the statue-adorned temples of Little India and the colorful pagodas of Chinatown. Cruise to Singapore and explore the city's Malay section on the Kampong Glam Heritage Trail, which will take you past Arabic-influenced mansions and the gold-dome-topped Masjid Sultan mosque. Experience the contrast between the lush rainforest flora of the Singapore Botanic Garden and the high-tech "supertrees" and biodomes of Gardens by the Bay. Complete your Singapore adventure with a panorama from the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands or a Singapore Sling cocktail at the historical Raffles Hotel.
Singapore, Singapore Masjid Sultan Street View
View of the street with Masjid Sultan in the background in Singapore

Multicultural Medley

Singapore has four official languages and even more ethnicities that have influenced its culture. Discover the city's Muslim heritage at Sultan Mosque along Arab Street and its Chinese character (and food!) in Chinatown. Little India is the heart of the city's Tamil Indian community, while Kampong Glam is the epicenter of Malay-speaking Singapore.
Insider tip
Taxis in Singapore are plentiful, but locals increasingly use applications (namely, the "Grab" app) to get around. Consider downloading this before you dock in Singapore.
Singapore, Singapore Gardens By The Bay Park
Sculptural vegetation towers from Gardend by the Bay in Singapore

Two Sides of Nature

Singapore's tropical landscape is as diverse as its culture. The Singapore Botanic Garden (and adjoining Orchid Garden) approach horticulture from a more traditional perspective, while the spacey Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay would seem more at home in "Avatar" than an issue of "Better Homes and Gardens."
Singapore, Singapore Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Head to the rooftop of the massive Marina Bay Sands to enjoy a panorama of the Singapore skyline, which is also beautiful as seen from the city's symbolic Merlion statue on the other side of the bay. Or visit a more inward-looking Singapore icon when you order an original Singapore Sling cocktail at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.
Singapore, Singapore Wantan Mee
Wantan Mee, popular street food noodles with bbq pork, in Singapore

Local Cuisine

The best way to get a cross-section of Singaporean cuisine is to visit its street vendors, or hawkers, in hubs like Tiong Bahru. Jump onboard a Singapore cruise to try Cantonese-derived wantan mee noodles, with dumplings and yellow egg noodles topped with slices of char siu pork. Snack on chai tow kway, also called carrot cake, even though it's made from rice flour and daikon radish fried with eggs in pork fat.
Singapore, Singapore Chopsticks
Colorful variety of chopsticks in a small shop in Chinatown, Singapore


Singapore is a shopper's paradise, whether you stick to the high-end boutiques of Orchard Road or the local shops throughout the city. One way to guarantee a special souvenir during your Singapore cruise vacation is to shop in the city's ethnic neighborhoods: Seek out chopsticks and lacquerware in Chinatown or incense and South India dolls in Little India.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
At Sea
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North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
North Star Raised During the Evening
North Star Raised During Outdoor Movie Night

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure — with 360-degree views of the world from 300 feet above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule — winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
Ripcord by iFly Instructor
iFly instructor on Anthem in the Skydiving Tunnel, wind tunnel, skydive, skydiver, skydiving simulator, iFly by Ripcord, instructor in the Anthem ifly

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving — and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.
Bumper Cars at the Sea Plex
Bumper Cars at Night


The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and bumper cars — it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  

Day 3: Bangkok, Thailand

Day 3
Laemchabang, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand Buddhist Temple
Great palace Buddhist temple with famous green tree gardens in center of Bangkok, Thailand
Things to do in
From 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
In Bangkok, the old meets the new: Skyscrapers contrast ornate Thai temples, high-end cocktail bars lie around the corner from bustling stalls of street-food vendors, and tuk tuk rickshaws pedal beside cars on the busy streets. Cruise to Bangkok to explore the city's green space at Lumpini Park, where you can take a stroll alongside the early-morning tai chi practitioners. Encounter the culture's deep roots at the Bangkok National Museum, home to the country's largest collection of Thai artifacts, including Khon masks and traditional armaments. Then, head to Wat Pho to see the 15-meter-tall, 46-meter-long, gold-leaf-covered statue of the Reclining Buddha. Or behold the towering spires and porcelain flower patterns of 19th-century Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn.
Bangkok, Thailand Chao Phraya River
Grand palace with long tail boat in Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

Glide Along

Take a tranquil boat ride down what used to be the city's lifeline, the Chao Phraya River. It's still an active waterway, but today it's lined with some of Bangkok's most iconic site. From the river, you can take in views of the Grand Palace and the spires of Wat Arun, as well as the bustling riverside markets.
Insider tip
If you're visiting Sky Bar, bear in mind the dress code requires formal attire (no jeans or sandals).
Bangkok, Thailand Tuk Tuk Blue Taxi
The blue tuk tuk is the traditional taxi car in Bangkok

Change Your View

The best way to discover a new city is to see it from a different perspective. Cruise around in a tuk tuk — the driver-powered rickshaws you'll see all around Bangkok — and put yourself right in the heart of the city's hustle and bustle. Or head to Sky Bar on the 63rd floor of the Dome State Tower and see the metropolitan sprawl from above.
Insider tip
Carry a scarf or sarong with you — shoulders must be covered in temples.
Bangkok, Thailand Gold Reclining Buddha
The reclining buddha gold statue face in Wat Pho Bangkok, Thailand

A Tale of Two Buddhas

No visit to Bangkok would be complete without seeing its world-famous Buddha statues. Inside the Grand Palace, you'll find the ornate Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the statue of the religious figure made from the precious green stone. Afterward, take an easy 10-minute walk to Wat Pho Temple, famed for its giant statue of the Reclining Buddha.
Insider tip
Have cash in the form of Thai baht, the local currency, with you for the markets.
Bangkok, Thailand Fried Food Sticks Thai Cuisine
Fried food with sticks, Thai style food, Thailand street foodl, Bangkok

Local Cuisine

You've come to the right place for the best of Thai food. Bangkok is home to countless restaurants — but the real experience lies within its street markets. Try fried sen yai (white, flat noodles made from rice flour) with moo daeng, red barbecued pork. Snack on gai bing or moo bing, skewers or tender grilled chicken or pork. Or spice it up with red curry chicken with your Bangkok cruise.
Bangkok, Thailand Shopping
Chatuchak market, largest market in Thailand, in Bangkok


In addition to the Weekend Market, Sampeng Market, Pratunam Market and Wang Lang Market are perfect spots to pick up distinctive Thai souvenirs. Cruise to Bangkok and look for coveted elephant pants, traditional paper lanterns, scarves embroiderd with geometric Thai patterns and Buddha carvings and sculptures.

Day 4: Cruising

Day 4
At Sea
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Shrimp Wonton Soup - Izumi Restaurant
Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Jamie's Italian Lobster Al Forno
Delicious Lobster Al Forno

Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.
Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine Crispy Mac Cheese Fries
Crispy mac and cheese fries served at Wonderland


Our Wonderland chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes, inventing elaborate dreamscapes of never-before-seen fare. The story begins as you "brush" the menu and find your element— Sun, Ice, Fire, Water, Earth and Dreams.
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food


Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Day 5
Ho Chi Minh City
Phu My, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Buu Long Pagoda
The Buu Long Pagoda at District 9 ornated with gold finishings on a sunny day in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Things to do in
Ho Chi Minh City
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Officially named Ho Chi Minh City in 1976 to celebrate the reunification of Vietnam, many in the country's largest city still call it Saigon, especially when talking about the city center. Cruise to Vietnam to get to know the immense, bustling metropolis that is HCMC, as its commonly abbreviated, by visiting Cholon (Chinatown) in District 5 — wander its narrow streets and picturesque pagodas, and step foot in the incense-filled Thien Hau Temple. Then, fill up on spicy beef noodles at Ben Thanh market. See the massive dragon carpet inside Independence Palace, the former home of South Vietnam's president before reunification, or learn more about what the Vietnamese call the American War at the War Remnants Museum.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Elephant Garden
Topiary elephant in a botanical garden, Saigon, Vietnam

Escape the Traffic

Saigon's one million motorbikes don't make for calm explorations, but you can escape the fray at the 130-year-old Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Wander the vast green park with its bonsai trees and orchid collection, and check out elephants and tigers in the zoo.
Insider tip
Crossing the street in Vietnam is not for the timid. But just keep a steady pace with no sudden moves and traffic will weave effortlessly around you.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Remembrance Musem
American military planes on display at Vietnam Remembrance Museum

Get a History Lesson

The War Remnants Museum in District 3 has immaculate tanks and planes outside, as well as sobering exhibits detailing the realities of the war. Note it's closed for an hour and a half starting at noon. Outside town, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to learn how the Viet Cong moved underground.
Insider tip
Always be clear whether you're negotiating for prices in Vietnamese dong or U.S. dollars. Double-check when paying with dong, as some bills of vastly different denominations look similar.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Financial Tower
Bitexco Financial Tower, the tallest building in Vietnam, view from below looking up

Architecture Old and New

See District 1's ultra-modern Bitexco Tower with its sky deck and extending helipad, or the actively used Jade Emperor Pagoda with its fertility goddess statue in District 3. Also in District 1 is the 1975 time capsule of the Reunification Palace where the Vietnam War ended when a North Vietnamese tank drove through its gate.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Noodle Soups
Traditional vietnamese noodle soups pho in bowls

Local Cuisine

Try pho in the birthplace the now-popular soup, made with a rich, long-simmered broth and flavored with cloves, cardamom and other spices. During your Vietnam cruise, feast on a banh mi sandwich, which integrates Vietnam's French colonial past with pork, pickled vegetables and herbs on a crusty baguette. Or try banh tam bi, thick noodles with pork in a coconut cream sauce.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Souvenir Lacquer Bowls
Souvenir lacquer bowls with cover in Vietnam


Lacquerware, in the form of bowls, trays and vases, is a popular souvenir in Vietnam. You'll see it everywhere, but head for the An Dong Market, Binh Tay Market and Ben Thanh Market. Dong Khoi Street is considered the main shopping street with a mall and the Parkson Department Store.

Day 6: Nha Trang, Vietnam

Day 6
Nha Trang
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Nha Trang, Vietnam Buddha Statue
Giant white buddha statue at the top of a wide stair case in a temple in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Things to do in
Nha Trang
Tendered from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The easy-going city of Nha Trang is known for its six-mile palm-lined sandy beach with clear turquoise water. Spend some time relaxing by the bay at Nha Trang Beach or the more secluded but arguably even more beautiful Bai Duong Beach, shaded by lushly forested mountains. See the picturesque boulders overlooking the waters at Hon Chong. Then, check out the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers, with its sand-colored temples that date back to the 700s. Head to the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area for scuba diving and snorkeling, or take the 45-minute drive past rice paddies and coastline and hike to the contemplative Ba Ho Waterfall and its three swimmable pools.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Cable Car
Aerial cable car over ocean in Nha Trang, Vietnam

High in the Sky

The gondola ride over the sea leading to Vinpearl and Hon Tre, or Bamboo Island, is the world's longest. Here, you'll find the Vinpearl Amusement Park, a waterpark with a lazy river, a wave pool, an aquarium and a golf course. The cable car entrance is close to the cruise port.
Insider tip
Don't be surprised if you see Russian signs and menus; Nha Trang is a popular beach holiday for Russians.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Sleeping Buddha
Sleeping Buddha at the Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Buddha Basics

Learn about Buddhism by visiting the Hai Duc and Long Son pagodas. The latter has a giant white Buddha statue which can be seen from anywhere in Nha Trang. Look for dragons and other mythical animals in the temple designs, inside and out.
Insider tip
Bargaining is par for the course in the markets here, so it's OK to haggle on price.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Po Ngar Towers
Po Ngar Cham Towers in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Rejuvenate Mind and Body

The Po Nagar Cham Towers are less than two miles north of the city. Only four of the eight towers built in the 7th to 12th centuries remain. Find your inner calm at this ancient worship site, which blends Buddhist and Hindu traditions in its statues and architecture. Then, head to the hot springs and mud baths at nearby Thap Ba to refresh your body, too.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Seafood Beach
Seafood sold on the beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Local Cuisine

Nha Trang is well-known for its excellent seafood. Locals farm lobster just offshore — have a feast on the beach or at one of the city's many restaurants. Or try the Vietnamese version of steak and eggs, bo ne, traditionally served on a hot plate for breakfast with lime and chili sauce.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Silk Scarves
Silk vietnamese scarves o fall sorts of colors


Check out street markets like Dam or Vinh Luong. Here, you'll find souvenirs like pearl jewelry, clay pots painted with Champa designs or hand-embroidered artwork. Peruse Tran Phu Street along the beach — look for silk clothing in the form of shirts, skirts and scarves.

Day 7: Hue / Danang, Vietnam

Day 7
Hue / Danang
Chan May, Vietnam
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Hue, Danang, Chan May, Vietnam Yellow Columns
Tall yellow columns at the entrance of the Thien Mu Pagoda in Vietnam
Things to do in
Hue / Danang
From 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
When you arrive at Chan May Port, you'll have Vietnam's imperial history and natural splendor at your fingertips. As you travel through the countryside near the port, you'll see fields of grazing water buffalo and lagoons overlooked by misty mountains. But you'll want to spend your day exploring one of the two nearby cities: Hue and Danang. About 80 minutes north of the port, Hue was Vietnam's capital city until 1945: Experience the country's imperial past at the moat-surrounded citadel of Hue Imperial City, or see the Khai Dinh Tomb, an emperor's resting place high up in the mountains. Cruise to Chan May, Vietnam and head one hour south to Danag: Relax on white-sand My Khe Beach, or hike up the Marble Mountains dotted with Buddhist temples.
Hue, Danang, Chan May, Vietnam Citadel World Heritage Site
Entrance of the citadel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hue, Vietnam

City Citadel

The last emperor of Vietnam gave up his throne for Ho Chi Minh's communist government in 1945. Since 1802, his family ruled the country from Hue, and you can visit what remains of the Imperial Citadel. It's being restored after damage by the French in 1947 and the Americans in the 1968 Tet Offensive. The city's imposing gates, halls and moat give a peek into imperial life of old.
Insider tip
Look for fair-trade shops, where sales help families in need and nonprofit charities.
Hue, Danang, Chan May, Vietnam Statues of Warriors
Statues of warriors in Imperial Khai Dinh Tomb in Hue, Vietnam

Emperors of Old

In Hue, you can find the ancient tombs of the emperors along the Perfume River. The tomb of Tu Duc was designed to be used by the emperor when he was still alive, as well as after death. You'll see pavilions, elephant statues, thrones and other royal artifacts. Or head to Khai Dinh Tomb, with its European-influenced design inspired by Khai Dinh's travels to France.
Insider tip
When shopping, focus on handmade local items — most luxury brands you find from street vendors aren't the real deal.
Hue, Danang, Chan May, Vietnam Majestic Giant White Buddha
A majestic giant white buddha at Danang, Vietnam

Guardians of Danang

In Danang, visit China Beach for a swim or a walk. You'll see Lady Buddha, Vietnam's tallest statue, guarding over the city and its fishermen at the Son Tra Linh Ungh pagoda. Cruise to Vietnam to get up close to Danang's guardian dragon by walking across the Dragon Bridge — it breathes fire and water on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Hue, Danang, Chan May, Vietnam Vietnamese Pho
Vietnamese Pho with spicy Sriracha and chopsticks

Local Cuisine

Banh beo is a traditional dish in both Danang and Hue — these steamed rice cakes are served in small bowls and topped with shrimp, mung bean paste and scallions. Dip them in salty fish sauce. Or seek out banh khaoi, a crispy crepe stuffed with savory pork belly and shrimp.
Hue, Danang, Chan May, Vietnam Bamboo Hats
Traditional bamboo hats are common souvenirs while shopping in Vietnam


Conical Vietnamese hats, called non bai tho, are available all over Vietnam. In Hue, hat makers often put poems and drawings of the city inside the hat. Hold the hat up to the light to see it. You might wear the hat while on holiday; it makes a nice wall-hanging at home.

Day 8 - 9: Cruising

Day 8 - 9
At Sea
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Ice Skating Shows Performers Tent Bright Lights
Performers skating under a tent with bright red lights during ice skating shows onboard.
Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show Man Drums Royal Caribbean Cruise Entertainment
A man is drumming during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean

Sonic Odyssey

Take your seat for an immersive musical journey, where instruments envelop you in the next dimension of global sound.
Two Couples Enjoying the Jazz Bar Lounge
Performer in the Jazz Bar Lounge Performing for Guests

Live bands

Pick the genre you please and you're likely to find a band of talented musicians onboard to match, from live jazz to cover bands, quartets, Latin, and acoustic performers across the fleet nightly.
Ice Skating Shows Performers Tent Bright Lights
Performers skating under a tent with bright red lights during ice skating shows onboard.

Ice Skating Shows

Royal Caribbean is the first and only cruise line with ice-skating rinks right onboard, plus complimentary ice spectaculars with amazing jumps, lifts, and spins performed by professional skaters .

Day 10: Hong Kong, China

Day 10
Hong Kong
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Hong Kong, China Giant Buddha Monastery
The Giant Buddha Monastery in Hong Kong, Lantau Island
Things to do in
Hong Kong
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Although it's officially part of China, Hong Kong is a world unto itself. This bustling city is full of ancient and modern architecture, lots of people and — of course — the best dim sum around. Head to the Kowloon Peninsula for Golden Mile shopping along Nathan Road. Then, make your way to Hong Kong Island to admire the views from the top of Victoria Peak — you can see the skyscrapers of the financial district as well as the fishing village of Stanley Harbour. Cruise to Hong Kong and trek out to mountainous Lantau Island to see the famous Tian Tan Buddha, standing a full 112 feet tall. Or score some quiet time at Hong Kong Park, full of contemplative rock gardens and tree-lined paths.
Hong Kong, China Victoria Peak Tram
The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.
Hong Kong, China Harbor Pier Ferry Dock
Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.
Hong Kong, China Victoria Harbor Sailboat
Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.
Hong Kong, China Dim Sum
Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.
Hong Kong, China Traditional Jade Necklaces
Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China


Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.