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Journey through Southeast Asia, visiting the countries of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam that span the heyday of the ancient Khmer Kingdom to the present day, discovering timeless Angkor Wat, Hué, cosmopolitan Hanoi and Bangkok – with special experiences like cyclo rides, visits to local hill tribe villages, and boat cruises through Bangkok's klongs and along Hué's Perfume River.


16 Days, From US$6950

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Journey through Southeast Asia, visiting the countries of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam that span the heyday of the ancient Khmer Kingdom to the present day, discovering timeless Angkor Wat, Hué, cosmopolitan Hanoi and Bangkok – with special experiences like cyclo rides, visits to local hill tribe villages, and boat cruises through Bangkok’s klongs and along Hué’s Perfume River.

Journey Highlights

  • Guided visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Angkor, Hué and Hoi An
  • See Bangkok’s golden Reclining Buddha, Hué’s Imperial Citadel on the Perfume River, and the Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam
  • Discover Southeast Asian life on the water on a cruise along the Perfume River in Hué, through the klongs of Bangkok, and on Siem Reap’s Tonle Sap Lake
  • A private tour of the Jim Thompson House, the art-filled home of an American-born silk entrepreneur and legendary figure in Bangkok
  • A scenic drive to the hilltop, 14th-century temple of Wat Doi Suthep, overlooking the verdant landscape of Chiang Mai
  • Hill tribe village visits to meet people of the Padong, Palong and Karen tribes of Chiang Mai



Day 1: Arrival Hanoi, Vietnam
Welcome to Hanoi! A transfer is included from Noi Bai International Airport to the landmark Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, your home for the next two nights, close to the historic Old Quarter and other notable attractions in Vietnam’s capital city. Meet your Destination Indochina program director and your fellow adventurers at our welcome cocktail reception and dinner at Le Beaulieu this evening.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi | Meals: D


Day 2: Hanoi, Vietnam 
Begin your Vietnam tour with a day including a memorable buggy ride through the back streets of Old Hanoi; a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; the colonial Presidential Palace that Ho Chi Minh refused to live in, along with his “house on stilts”; the famous One-Pillar Pagoda, constructed in 1049 to resemble a lotus blossom; and a visit to the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Sample Vietnamese specialties for lunch, then spend the afternoon as you wish. An art form that is unique to Vietnam and popular since the 18th century entertains you this evening during an enchanting water puppet performance. Please note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex is closed each year for annual renovations from September to December; Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house and the One-Pillar Pagoda are still open for viewing.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi | Meals: B/L


Day 3: Hue, Vietnam 
Vietnam travel experience would be incomplete with a visit to Hue, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; you’ll arrive this morning following a flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, visit the tomb of 19th-century emperor Tu Duc. After lunch, ride your private, pedal-powered cyclo to explore Hue’s Citadel – which housed the Imperial City for the emperor’s official functions, and the Forbidden Purple City for his personal time – then settle in to your riverfront accommodations along the Perfume River.
Azerai La Residence, Hue | Meals: B/L


Day 4: Danang, Vietnam 
This morning, explore Hue’s tranquil setting as you admire Thien Mu (“Heavenly Lady”) Pagoda, a seven-story octagonal tower built in 1844, and cruise along the Perfume River; view the boats that continue to serve as complete family homes for many residents of Hue. Then take in the scenery along the Vietnamese coast and Hai Van Mountain during a drive to Da Nang and the 18-mile-long “China Beach” – made famous by the 1980s TV show of the same name and now a popular destination.
Four Season The Nam Hai, Hoian | Meals: B/L


Day 5: Hoian, Vietnam 
Meeting the locals is one of the best ways to connect with a destination and promises a close-up look at daily life in Vietnam. Pay a delightful visit to a local kindergarten in Da Nang this morning, then continue your Vietnam travel by journeying to historic Hoi An, a key South China Sea trading port in the 15th through 19th centuries, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its shop-lined streets via cyclo and tour the 200-year-old “Phung Hung” house, noted for its unique architecture. What you’ll see there will reveal much about the lives of Hoi An merchants long ago. Enjoy some time on your own in the afternoon, and have dinner at your leisure tonight.
Four Season The Nam Hai, Hoian | Meals: B/L


Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 
Take a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), Vietnam’s second-largest city; set off to the battlefield memorial site of Ben Duoc, northwest of the city, where you’ll explore an underground world of tunnels and chambers three stories deep at Cu Chi Tunnels with your local guides. Used during the Vietnam War, the 120-mile tunnel network housed kitchens, dormitories, munitions factories, hospitals, and schoolrooms. Dine at the hotel this evening in a restaurant of your choosing.
Park Hyatt Saigon | Meals: B/L


Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 
Explore Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) with your local expert today, visiting the Ben Thanh Market and the former Presidential Palace, now called Reunification Hall (after negotiations rejoined the North and South in 1975). See the former U.S. Embassy, the Saigon River, 19th-century Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and the stately Central Post Office designed by Paris’ Gustave Eiffel. Enjoy the afternoon and evening as you please.
Park Hyatt Saigon | Meals: B/L


Day 8: Siem Reap, Cambodia 
This morning, your journey continues on to Cambodia as you fly to Siem Reap for a two-night stay at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, the closest hotel to the treasures of the fabled archaeological site at Angkor, covering an area twice the size of Manhattan. You’ll be dazzled by what you see this afternoon at the vast, 12th-century Angkor Wat temple; the bas-reliefs and many devatas (guardian spirits) that cover its walls inspire awe and admiration. This example of classical Khmer architecture has been a significant religious center for Hindus and then Buddhists through the ages. Tonight’s dinner is à la carte at your hotel.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor | Meals: B/L


Day 9: Siem Reap, Cambodia 
Enveloped by jungle roots, fascinating Ta Prohm Temple almost seems to be a part of the dense rainforest that surrounds it. A legacy of Cambodia’s Khmer civilization dating from 1186, it was originally built as a Buddhist university and monastery and continues to captivate today, as you’ll see on your visit. The last capital of the Khmer empire, the walled city of Angkor Thom is home to the richly decorated Bayon Temple, known for its eerily smiling carved faces; see the Elephant Terrace in Angkor Thom, which was the foundation of the pavilion in which the king held audiences. Later this afternoon, if you wish, join us for a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, revealing fascinating floating villages with a return to the hotel via tuk-tuk. Dinner is at your leisure at your choice of restaurant in Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor | Meals: B/L

Day 10: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Fly via Bangkok to charming Chiang Mai, Thailand, the “Rose of the North,” established in the 13th century, and known for its artistic and cultural heritage. Enter another world when you arrive at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, where your richly appointed accommodations feature a Lanna-style sala (pavilion) looking out over gardens, terraced rice paddies, and mountains.Take a scenic drive to Doi Suthep National Park, home to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep –a temple perched at the top of a peak more than 3,500 feet above sea level –before enjoying dinner at your choice of restaurants back at the resort.
Four Season Resort, Chiang Mai | Meals: B/L


Day 11: Chiang Mai, Thailand 
Elephants – Thailand’s national animal – are an integral part of Chiang Mai’s economy and culture. Visit an elephant camp today to see how these marvelous animals are trained to work in a teak forest; you’ll have a chance to feed them bananas and sugar cane, watch them demonstrate various skills, and view baby elephants in the nursery before you return to your Mae Rim Valley resort. The remainder of the day is spent as you please.
Four Season Resort, Chiang Mai | Meals: B/L


Day 12: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Take an unforgettable excursion to the hill tribe villages of Chiang Mai today to meet the people of the Palong, Padong and Karen tribes, who live peacefully there as small farmers, observing and honoring their traditional ways of life. They’ll share their crafts and folkways with you… you’ll even get to try on the traditional neck rings worn by members of the “long-necked” Karen tribe. Return to your resort midday; the remainder of the day is free to spend as you please, with dinner à la carte this evening.
Four Season Resort, Chiang Mai | Meals: B/L


Day 13: Bangkok, Thailand 
A morning flight takes you to Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok fora three-night stay at Rosewood Bangkok; arrive in time for lunch at the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore as you please.
Rosewood Bangkok | Meals: B/L


Day 14: Bangkok, Thailand
An express boat whisks you from the hotel to the Maharaj Pier for a morning of sightseeing in Bangkok, an intriguing mix of ancient and modern. Walk to Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple in the city, to see the giant Reclining Buddha, then travel to the 18th-century Grand Palace for an “audience” with the Emerald Buddha and a visit to the Flower Market. Following a traditional Thai lunch, a motorboat ride returns you to your hotel for an evening at leisure in Bangkok.
Rosewood Bangkok | Meals: B/L


Day 15: Bangkok, Thailand 
Cruise up the Chao Phraya River and through a network of canals, called klongs, which lace the city. These often-bustling “city streets,” lined with homes and small businesses, are where much of life in Bangkok is found; stop at Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) along the way. Then journey from the riverside to the Jim Thompson House & Museum, where you’ll join a local guide to tour the art- and artifact-filled Bangkok home of the expatriate American architect, OSS officer and postwar Thai silk entrepreneur who mysteriously disappeared in the 1960s. Return to the hotel by the Skytrain for a free afternoon. Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner at your beautiful hotel.
Rosewood Bangkok | Meals: B/L


Day 16: Departure Bangkok, Thailand
A transfer from Rosewood Bangkok to Bangkok International Airport is included. Please allow 3 hours for your flight check-in for your onward flight.


Preferred Accommodation

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  • Four Seasons The Nam Hai Hoian

    Idyllic location on Vietnam’s culturally rich central coast with unspoiled views of the South China Sea and the Cham Islands, The Nam Hai offers a portal to three extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites and a breezy respite on the country’s most celebrated beach. Reconnect with your loved ones – whether you take to the East…

  • Park Hyatt Saigon

    Park Hyatt Saigon, inspired by the colonial traditions of the French, enjoys a prime location on the city’s most famous square, within walking distance of the most popular cultural attractions including the Opera House. The hotel’s recently renovated 245 rooms and suites are decorated in elegant neutral tones channelling the old-world charms of colonial Saigon,…

  • Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap

    A grand, historic hotel, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor opened its doors in the early 1930s. It is located on the main road to Angkor Wat and was planned so that it aligns on a north-south axis with Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Now sensitively restored, the hotel’s classic style coupled with its renewed modernity complement…

  • Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

    The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is an iconic award-winning luxury Hanoi old quarter hotel. Blending a heritage colonial style with neo-classical luxury and a dash of modernity, elegance. Located only 35km away from Hanoi Noibai airport, and mere steps from the Opera House in Hanoi’s culturally rich French Quarter, one of Hanoi’s prime locations for…


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