Discover South East Asia's rich history, enchanting landscapes and enduring cultural traditions as you journey from the southern reaches of Vietnam's Mekong Delta through Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Throughout this sweeping journey, you'll enjoy all the benefits of our small group touring outstanding luxury hotels and resorts, authentic dining in some of our favorite restaurants, attentive service from our expert trip leaders and special cultural experiences you won't find on other tours!
Our prices start from7,799 LAND ONLY
17 Days • GUIDED • 41 MealsOperated Tour
- 16 nights accommodation
- On-coach Wi-Fi throughout the tour
- Services of a trip leader
- All on-tour transportation and related fees, including on-tour flight
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- All gratuities are included except for your trip leader
- Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
- 16 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
Day 1 - Enjoy Your Free Extra Night In Ho Chi Minh City
On arrival, our VIP Fast Track Immigration Service expedites your arrival formalities. Before you know it, you'll be on your way to the Park Hyatt to enjoy your complimentary pre-tour overnight in the heart of the city.
Day 2 - Enjoy Your Extra Day In Ho Chi Minh City
Guests have this entire day to do as they wish. Take advantage of your hotel's central location to explore on your own - or simply relax. Our other guests will be arriving today.
Day 3 - Out And About In Saigon
After lunch in a local restaurant, return to the city for sightseeing - starting with Reunification Hall. Formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975 as Saigon fell. Nearby, the War Remnants Museum offers a penetrating look into the ravages of the war as seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese people. Continue to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Hotel de Ville, two iconic city landmarks. Strolling along Le Cong Kieu Street, you'll discover colorful shops offering Colonial memorabilia, old coins, art, fine antiques and moderately priced souvenirs. This evening, you'll dine at Hoa Tuc, famed for its fine presentation of traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
Day 4 - Excursion Into The Mekong Delta
Visit a finely-preserved, 19th-century home to learn more about the Delta's history, and then continue your cruise - visiting a number of small communities to learn about some of the cottage industries that sustain many Delta families. For lunch, we've made reservations at Le Longanier, an inviting restaurant set in a Colonial-style villa surrounded by riverside gardens and fruit trees. Enjoy a post-luncheon stroll with your guide along a quiet Mekong canal before returning to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5 - Travel To Hoi An
You’ll be escorted to the airport this morning for your included flight to central Vietnam. On arrival in Danang, a scenic drive takes you past the five towering marble outcrops known as the Marble Mountains and Danang Beach; during the Vietnam War, Americans used the name China Beach to refer to this beautiful coastal stretch where they would come on R&R leave from bases all over the country. This afternoon you'll enjoy a guided tour of Hoi An. As you explore through the charming cobblestone streets of this ancient port, it's easy to imagine yourself a sailor of the 18th century when it was one of the busiest and wealthiest ports in all of Asia. Your guided sightseeing also showcases ancient Chinese temples, art galleries and colorful local markets. You'll also have time to explore a bit at your own pace or just relax before this evening's dinner. Enjoy two nights here at the luxurious Royal Hoi An MGallery Hotel by Sofitel, where guests enjoy deluxe rooms with private balconies overlooking the peaceful Thu Bon River.
Day 6 - Get To Know Hoi An
After breakfast, our in-the-know guide will take you to Hoi An's bustling central market, where residents come to shop for fresh seafood, herbs, produce and other daily staples. Learn about Vietnam's culinary traditions and some of the exotic produce for sale as you browse in the market and sample regional specialties. A short cruise brings you to our modern kitchen for a hands-on cooking class with an engaging local chef. Then sit down to lunch featuring some of the dishes you and your fellow classmates have prepared! Enjoy a free afternoon to relax at the resort or take the time to explore more of ancient Hoi An at your own pace. This evening, you'll dine at Brother's Café, an inviting riverside restaurant set amidst lush tropical gardens.
Day 7 - Fly To Hanoi + Enjoy A Taste Of The City
This evening, our in-the-know native guide will take you our exclusive culinary adventure to experience the city's vibrant food scene. Bustling by day, Hanoi's Old Quarter is equally lively come nightfall as city residents head out to enjoy the many food vendors and cafes that line these historic streets and alleyways. Begin with a bowl of Pho, Vietnam's famed beef noodle soup, and then take in the street life as you refresh with some locally brewed draft beer. Continuing along the quarter's colorful streets, you guide will answer questions and share insight into the exotic foods being offered. Take in the tempting aromas arising from the sizzling woks and steaming pots and decide which dishes you'd like to sample – grilled meats, vegetable skewers, and classic banh mi sandwiches are just some of the many options. End the night with a traditional Vietnamese dessert – fresh tropical fruits served over shaved ice and drizzled with sweetened condense milk. After this exclusive culinary adventure, your guide will take you back to your hotel.
Day 8 - Hanoi, Past + Present
After lunch, you'll visit the Temple of Literature, founded nearly 1,000 years ago and dedicated to the famous Chinese scholar and philosopher Confucius. At Ngoc Son Temple, built in the 18th century on a tiny island in picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake, you'll hear a colorful legend about an emperor, a magic sword and a giant turtle! End your day with a Cyclo adventure through Hanoi's colorful Old Quarter, where ancient byways like Tin Street and Bamboo Street are named for the goods that have long been sold there.
Day 9 - Ha Long Bay Cruise
Enjoy a welcome drink and lunch onboard as you navigate through these breathtaking landscapes with their pristine beaches, tiny fishing villages and uninhabited islands. An afternoon cooking demonstration with our onboard chef is a chance to learn more about traditional Vietnamese cuisine. As water and weather conditions permit, there may be a chance to go swimming in a sheltered bay. Delight in a beautiful sunset before sitting down to a congenial meal accompanied by complimentary Vietnamese beer and house wines.
Day 10 - Disembark + Fly To Laos
Upon disembarkation, we'll take you back to Hanoi where you'll have a late lunch. Then transfer to the airport for your included evening flight to Laos. Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, you'll be met and escorted to the elegant Sofitel Luang Prabang Hotel.
Day 11 - A Temple, Palace + The Living Lands Farm
Your exploration of Luang Prabang begins this morning at Wat Xieng Thong, a splendid Buddhist temple with intricate carvings, rare Buddhist deities and the revered Tree of Life mosaic. Next is a tour of the Royal Palace, built in the early 1900’s in classic French Beaux-Arts style with traditional Laotian motifs. Today, it’s one of the city’s finest museums with extensive exhibits including the nation’s crown jewels, ancient art and artifacts and even several royal apartments that have been preserved to show the mid-20th century life of the king and his family. Then take in the views from atop Mt. Phousi before sitting down to lunch. In the afternoon, you'll spend time at the Living Lands Farm, a community project designed to develop sustainable farming techniques. Joining Laotian farmers for an authentic hands-on experience in the labor-intensive process of rice cultivation, you'll learn how to plant rice and even try your hand at guiding a water buffalo to plow the field. If all that sounds a bit too adventurous, you might help with the harvesting of other organic vegetables and herbs or learn how to husk rice. There's also an expansive verandah if you just prefer to sit back and watch. Faced with other destructive farming methods that persist elsewhere in Laos and the rest of Asia, Living Lands has successfully demonstrated the potential of sustainable organic farming methods.
Day 12 - Laotian Culture + Tribal Traditions
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll embark on a fascinating excursion into the mountains. Take in the spectacular views and visit a family farm to learn about some of their local crops and daily life here in the Laotian countryside. At a Hmong village, you’ll gain insight into tribal culture and traditions. Be sure to bring a swimsuit today as you’ll also visit Kuang Si Waterfall; with tranquil terraced pools and beautiful cascades, this is the perfect place to take a break from sightseeing. End your morning at a local conservation center where you’ll learn about their work rescuing sun bears from the illegal wildlife trade. After lunch, return to the city to spend time at Ock Pop Tok – the East Meets West Living Crafts Center. Founded to empower local women and to preserve traditional Laotian handicrafts, especially weaving, this unique community project is set in charming house on the banks of the Mekong. You'll have ample time to engage with the women and to watch as they work their looms, creating fine textiles with both traditional and modern designs. You can hand-dye a scarf and even try your hand at spinning and weaving. From silk cultivation to finished product, you'll gain insight into one of Laos' most venerated arts. Before returning to your hotel for a free evening, you can enjoy a sunset cocktail in the pleasant garden café of the Living Crafts Center.
Day 13 - Fly From Laos To Cambodia
After breakfast, you'll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Cambodia. Arriving in Siem Reap, our VIP Fast Track Immigration Service expedites your arrival formalities. Ahead of other airline passengers, you'll soon be on your way to the luxurious Park Hyatt.
Day 14 - Temples Of Angkor
Your full-day guided tour of the sprawling Angkor complex begins this morning with the impressive South Gate of Angkor Thom, where ancient statues of the Gods of Good and Evil line the entrance. Nearby, Bayon Temple* is renowned for its magnificent carvings – hundreds of smiling faces that adorn its ancient towers and detailed bas reliefs that tell stories of daily life during the Khmer Empire and the battles they waged. From the top of Phimeanakas, you’ll have impressive views of two ancient pools that were once used for religious rituals. This morning, you’ll also visit the Terrace of the Elephants and Ta Prohm; dedicated in 1186, this last temple complex has been largely left in its natural state – surrounded by the massive roots and limbs of the encroaching jungle. After lunch, you'll explore the imposing majesty of Angkor Wat - the largest temple in the world with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops Pyramid in Egypt. Inspired by 12th-century Hinduism, it took an estimated 30 years to build Angkor Wat, including the intricate bas-relief carvings which adorn all four sides of the temple. Late in the day, your guide will lead you to a prime vantage point to witness the sun set over Angkor, a magnificent and unforgettable spectacle.
Day 15 - Tonle Sap Lake + Fly To Bangkok, Thailand
Then continue to the airport in Siem Reap for your included flight to Thailand. Upon arrival in Bangkok, you'll be met and transferred to the deluxe Anantara Riverside Resort, our inviting hotel along the fabled Chao Phraya River.
Day 16 - Palaces + Temples
Join your expert guide this morning to tour the spectacular Grand Palace. Built in 1782, this was the fabulous royal residence for the powerful Kings of Siam for more than 150 years. Your guided sightseeing continues with the city's most significant temples including Wat Phra Kaew. Popularly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this revered site houses a 2-foot tall image of the Buddha that sits atop a golden alter. Often adorned in a seasonal costume, this culturally priceless statue of the Buddha is made of green jasper or jadeite – and not emerald. After sightseeing, the rest of your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy as you wish. This evening, we'll gather for a farewell dinner.
Day 17 - Depart Bangkok
We'll take you to the airport today for your onward flight.
2022 Tour Dates
2023 Tour Dates
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and on-tour flights only, based on January 16, 2022 travel date. Single supplement from $3,300. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Save an extra $600 or more per couple ($300 or more solo) when you pay in full at booking..
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