We had been to India before and therefore knew what to expect. We did a 5 hour coach trip from the ship. This took in a Jain temple (interesting), Gandhi's house which was awful as there were about 300 people trying to walk round a very small building. Could not wait to get out of the place and they had allowed 3/4 hour for this stop. Most people were bored waiting for their coach. The most interesting things to see were the Gateway of India and the Dhobi Ghat laundry. The least interesting thing to see was the handing gardens. You could easily have left these out and reduced the trip by a good half and hour. The guide was very informative.
It was about a 2 hour coach journey from Port Kelang to KL. We then went on a walking tour of Independence Square, a Chinese Temple and the Chinatown market.We had an excellent lunch at an hotel before going on to the KL Tower. The views from the observation deck were very good. We did not go up the Petronas Towers but got some good pictures of them. The guide was very good.
We had been to Singapore before and stayed on Orchard Road so did not need to do the tourist trail of Orchard Road, Raffles and Clarke Quay etc. We had not been to Sentosa Island. Unfortunately the cable car was closed for maintenance to we got the mono rail over to the island. We then got the free beach tram to the end of the island to see Fort Siloso, went in the fort and then got the tram back to the mono rail station. Once back on Singapore island we went into a hawkers market and had an excellent lunch. Then back on the shuttle to the ship. The whole day cost us £17 including fares, entrance fees and our lunch. This made good use of the free shuttle bus from the ship to the Harbour Front and then the free beach tram on Sentosa island. A really nice day out.
Hanoi is not a port. You have to put in at Halong Bay and then take a 3.5 hour coach journey to get to Hanoi. The views from the coach were an education in themselves as we went through rural Vietnam - no tourist trails here. We only had about 3 hours in Hanoi which included almost an hour for lunch (which was very good). So this meant a dash around Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, his house, the one pillar pagoda and the old French quarter. We were supposed to have had some time to wander round the French quarter but there was not time to do this and we were whisked around on foot through a really interesting market. We then faced a 3.5 hour journey back to the ship and everyone was exhausted. We had to tender to the ship. As everyone was so late returning, the ship was late sailing. Whilst what we saw was interesting, this trip is too much to do in a day from Halong Bay. All in all we were on the go for nearly 11 hours. Too much. Our guide again was really interesting.