We embarked on a cruise from Beijing to Bangkok..arrived in Beijing on 28 Feb did the tourist stuff and then boarded the Diamond Princess March 3 ..itinerary
Beijing Tianjin China
Bangkok Laem Chabang.
Beijing to Nagasaki
Nagasaki to Shanghai
Shanghai to Hong Kong
Hong Kong to Nha Trang VN
Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City
Then to Laem Chabang ..
The ship went on to Samui and Singapore and a new cruise to Alaska from there..
My wife and i enjoyed the ship and the destinations ..although the time in each port is not enough..7am to 6pm for most ports.
Anyone looking for a Pattaya type destination of say twenty years ago ..have a look at Nha Trang..very pretty location..
Beijing was a.lot of fun ..we were surprised ant the lack of English being spoken ..our hotel the Crown Plaza was a classic.
We asked them to tell the taxi guy to take us to a super market ..(we needed a few things for the cruise)..twenty minutes later we arrive at the Silk Market ..oh well back to the hotel ..we found what we wanted a five minute walk from the hotel..have some pics of a famous night food market i will put up ..the first is a snake on a stick..alive!!
Nagasaki was also a fun visit..lots of good shopping
Hong Kong busy and fun ..should be an overnight stop ..(the Queen Elizabeth was in port and it was an over night)
Ho chi always a busy fun place (my wife enjoyed the food more here than the ship)
Anyway way..a great way to see some of Asia..
Oh..arriving at Laem Chabang..we were given our Passports back the night of the 14th with a departure card stapled into the book ,also an arrival stamp on the card
So...we have been cleared by customs and immigration ..so Duty free booze here we come ..we filled up as no checks..we were only checked (our day bags) after re boarding from a port call..as we walked into the clearance /arrival terminal i saw two X ray machines and a heap of officials...oops..
But no a red arrow on the floor walked us past all this and to our Hilton car pick up ..and off to Pattaya ...( a big loophole here for customs)