SouthEast Asia: The drama of planning

The dream of going to Southeast Asia was born last year when I saw a cruise on Princess Cruises. The itinerary (below) seemed to resonate with me.  But I had some hesitancy. I have only cruised once on the Carnival brand and I didn’t love it.  Reviews on Cruise Critic, for the specific cruise, were not great.

Mon Dec 14 Singapore 4:00pm
Tue Dec 15 Penang, Malaysia 3:00pm 11:59pm
Wed Dec 16 Langkawi, Malaysia 8:00am 5:00pm
Thu Dec 17 Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang), Malaysia 8:00am 6:00pm
Fri Dec 18 Singapore 7:00am 6:00pm
Sat Dec 19 At Sea
Sun Dec 20 Muara (Bandar Seri Begawan), Brunei 10:00am 8:00pm
Mon Dec 21 At Sea
Tue Dec 22 Nha Trang, Vietnam 7:00am 4:00pm
Wed Dec 23 Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam 7:00am 6:00pm
Thu Dec 24 At Sea
Fri Dec 25 Sihanoukville, Cambodia 7:00am 4:00pm
Sat Dec 26 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand 7:00am 7:00pm
Sun Dec 27 Ko Samui, Thailand 8:00am 5:00pm
Mon Dec 28 At Sea
Tue Dec 29 Singapore

Then, I received a coupon book from Celebrity Cruises.   I had just cruised them the previous November in Australia and I was a Select member. I am now Elite but I digress.

To me, the itinerary (below) was better and there were more days in port.  So, I called a friend and we booked it. We wanted to see Angkor Wat on our own and that was an added cost. But the deal breaker was when I added the cost of the room as a solo and tours it was $5699.22. The issue became the total cost and what I was seeing. So, I canceled the cruise and decided to plan it on my own.

2-Dec Siem Reap, Cambodia 2:00pm Beng Melea
3-Dec Siem Reap, Cambodia 4am 10am Angkor Wat
3-Dec Siem Reap, Cambodia 1pm 1)Banteay Srei
2) BanteaySamre
4-Dec Siem Reap, Cambodia 6:30am 12pm Ta Prohm
4-Dec Siem Reap, Cambodia/ Singapore 4:15pm 7:20pm
5-Dec Singapore, Asia Orchard District, Flyer, Museum
6-Dec Singapore, Asia Boarding
7-Dec Singapore, Asia 5:00PM Sensota
8-Dec At Sea
9-Dec At Sea
10-Dec Bangkok / Laem Chabang, Thailand 7:00AM BP07 BANGKOK OVERNIGHT SINGLE
11-Dec Bangkok / Laem Chabang, Thailand 6:00PM
12-Dec At Sea
13-Dec Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Vietnam 7:00AM 8:00PM UH02 CU CHI TUNNELS
14-Dec At Sea
15-Dec Hue / Danang (Chan May), Vietnam 7:00AM 6:00PM HZ05 IMPERIAL HUE
16-Dec Hanoi (Halong Bay), Vietnam 12:00PM HJ01 HA LONG BAY BY BOAT
17-Dec Hanoi (Halong Bay), Vietnam 10:00PM HJ02 HANOI IN A DAY
18-Dec At Sea
19-Dec Hong Kong, China 7:00AM HQ41 MACAU FULL DAY EXCURSION
20-Dec Hong Kong, China

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