Wonders of Indochina

Wonders of Indochina

The splendor of the region’s history and culture unfolds before you on this 20-day journey as you discover Vietnam’s royal dynasties, the ancient mysteries of the Khmer civilization, the peaceful spirituality of Laotian monks and the melding of the old world with modern society in Bangkok.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

  • Day 1:

    Arrive Hanoi / Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

  • Day 2:

    Hanoi / Sofitel Metropole Hanoi (B,L)

  • Day 3:

    Ha Long Bay / Halong Violet (B,L,D)

  • Day 4:

    Hue / La Résidence Hotel & Spa (B,Br)

  • Day 5:

    Hue / La Résidence Hotel & Spa (B,D)

  • Day 6:

    Hoi An / The Nam Hai (B)

  • Day 7:

    Hoi An / The Nam Hai (B)

  • Day 8:

    Hoi An / The Nam Hai (B)

  • Day 9:

    Ho Chi Minh City / Park Hyatt Saigon (B)

  • Day 10:

    Ho Chi Minh City / Park Hyatt Saigon (B)

  • Day 11:

    Ho Chi Minh City / Park Hyatt Saigon (B,L)

  • Day 12:

    Siem Reap / La Résidence d’Angkor (B)

  • Day 13:

    Siem Reap / La Résidence d’Angkor (B)

  • Day 14:

    Siem Reap / La Résidence d’Angkor (B)

  • Day 15:

    Luang Prabang / La Residence Phou Vao (B)

  • Day 16:

    Luang Prabang / La Residence Phou Vao (B)

  • Day 17:

    Luang Prabang / La Residence Phou Vao (B)

  • Day 18:

    Bangkok / The Peninsula Bangkok (B)

  • Day 19:

    Bangkok / The Peninsula Bangkok (B)

  • Day 20:

    Depart Bangkok (B)

Itinerary Description:

Begin your journey in Hanoi, Vietnam's dynamic capital city. Wind your way through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter for a delicious tour of the best street food, and meet one of the country's top historians at the Temple of Literature. Continue to the coast and Ha Long Bay for an idyllic cruise aboard a traditional sailing junk, the Halong Violet. Floating villages, hidden caves and the towering limestone karsts are among the sights you'll take in on the emerald waters.

Next, travel to Hue, the former imperial city home to the tombs of Vietnam's royal past. Stay on the Perfume River in an incredible suite overlooking the Imperial Citadel at the La Résidence Hotel & Spa. Tour the Citadel, the river and the medieval architectural wonders before driving along the South China Sea coast to Hoi An, a trading port of old. The city is famous for its quaint cafes and shops, especially the expert tailors who will craft a fine suit at a fraction of Western prices. From your private villa at The Nam Hai, cycle to the local fishing villages and farmlands of the coastal countryside.

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is the final stop in Vietnam, with full day tours of the city on the agenda. You will see iconic French-colonial landmarks like the Opera House and walk through the streets of the bustling Chinatown commercial center. Outside of the city, cycle through Vietnam's "rice basket", Cai Lay at the Mekong Delta. You also have the option of touring the Cu Chi tunnels with a former VC soldier or attending a prayer ceremony at a Cao Dai temple.

Depart for Siem Reap next, the epicenter of Cambodia's ancient Khmer civilization. See the ruins of Ta Prohm, the Bayon temple and the stunning Angkor Wat on your tour, culminating with an afternoon balloon flight over the Angkor Wat complex. More Khmer culture is presented at the state-of-the-art Angkor National Museum in the city, tracing the traditions and accomplishments of the Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom.

Travel to peaceful Luang Prabang in Laos on the fifteenth day of your journey. Stay in the hillside La Residence Phou Voa and head into the city where colorful temples and revered images of Buddha await. Escape to the countryside via the Khan River and hike next to the picturesque Tad Se Waterfall.

Close your trip in Thailand's cosmopolitan capital, Bangkok, with accommodations at The Peninsula Hotel on the famed Chao Phraya River. Take a tuk-tuk through old Bangkok and Chinatown, and cruise the river through the heart of the city to see the opulent Grand Palace and Wat Po's massive reclining Buddha. On the morning of your departure, rise to witness the spectacle of the Damnonen Saduak floating market, ending your trip in a flourish of color and fragrance.

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