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Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat (2016)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 13 | From: $6,245 (was $6,995)
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam
Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and transfer to your colonial-style hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi | Asian Grace and Pace
Hanoi is the country’s cultural heart, bearing traces of centuries of changing dynasties. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house, a simple structure located among banyan and milkweed trees, which served as home to the revolutionary guerrilla leader who pursued independence for Vietnam at any cost. Continue to the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, dating back to the first Vietnamese empire independent from China. Also visit the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison, where American prisoners of war were once confined; the Temple of Literature and the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts. Later, travel by cyclo as a local would through the Old Quarter. This evening, see a traditional Vietnamese roi nuoc (water puppetry) performance, before gathering with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi | Meals: B L D
Day 3: Ha Long Bay | Among the Limestone Islands
Travel overland through the lush Vietnamese countryside to Ha Long Bay, seeing a traditional way of life en route. Board a classic junk (wooden boat) and sail through a verdant setting where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the water. After lunch, relax and sunbathe on the deck before taking the opportunity to explore a limestone cave. Later, visit an old fishing village in Ha Long Bay and meet the fishermen who call it home. Spend the night at anchor, so you can witness both sunset and sunrise on this magical body of water.
'Halong Jasmine' | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Ha Long Bay to Danang | Art by Nature
Greet the sunrise with a tai chi lesson on deck. After breakfast, disembark for a trek to a nearby summit for panoramic views or swim at a secluded beach. Return overland to Hanoi before flying to Danang and your beachfront resort on Son Tra Peninsula near China Beach.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort | Meals: B L
Day 5: Danang to Hoi An | Secrets of the Silk Trade
Set out on a day trip to discover lovely Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that retains architectural styles of the many nations that used its port; it includes the Old House of Tan Ky, the Fujian Assembly Hall and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Visit a local shop to see how silkworms are raised and how the silk is produced. Afterward, visit a lantern artist and learn how to make the silk lanterns for which Hoi An is known.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort | Meals: B D
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City | Vibrant, Evocative Saigon
Fly this morning to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Recently experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, this lively, evocative city is a hub of activity — a sharp contrast to the traditional ambience of Hanoi. This afternoon, see the city’s colonial legacy, including the Central Post Office and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Pass by the Opera House, as well.
InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: B L
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City | Cu Chi Tunnels
Early this morning, travel out of the city and into the countryside to explore the expansive Cu Chi Tunnel network, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War. You have the opportunity to shoot a war-era rifle, and squeeze into and crawl through the small tunnels once traversed by Vietcong guerrillas, experiencing for yourself life here as it once was. Later, visit Quan Am Pagoda and stop at Beinh Tay Market for a remarkable Market Visit before experiencing the powerful images of the Vietnam War, as taken by war correspondents, at the War Remnant’s museum. Tonight, gather for a dinner at a culinary hot spot.
InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: B L D
Day 8: Siem Reap, Cambodia | Ruins of Angkor Wat
Fly to charming Siem Reap, the town nearest to the Angkor complex, and transfer to your hotel. Over the next few days, explore the region with your guide, who was born and raised in Cambodia and experienced firsthand the challenges under the Khmer Rouge and the country’s optimistic rise above them. Visit the Bayon Temple, with its 172 large-scale faces bearing beguiling smiles, and the Elephant and Leper King Terraces.
Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor | Meals: B L D
Day 9: Angkor Wat | Temple of Treasures
Journey to Ta Prohm temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, discover the Angkor National Museum, home to golden-era Khmer Kingdom artifacts. Thanks to our local expertise and your small group size, access two less-visited areas — Banteay Srei, also known as the “Citadel of Women,” and Banteay Samre, one of the most complete temple complexes of Angkor.
Visit Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy project that provides local communities with clean water.
Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor | Meals: B
Day 10: Angkor Wat | Time for Spiritual Reflection
Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, an unforgettable Southeast Asia experience. Then, walk amid the moss-peppered pathways or climb the steep temple steps to wide courtyards. Contemplate the temple’s spiritual power while walking its shaded hallways wafting with incense. After lunch, visit Tonle Sap Lake to observe local life unfolding among its floating villages.
Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor | Meals: B L
Day 11: Bangkok, Thailand | Along the Chao Phraya River
This morning, fly to Bangkok, Thailand’s lively capital. Breeze through customs and immigration with special VIP assistance. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then board a boat to experience life along the Chao Phraya River and its klongs (canals), including a stop to visit a colorful flower market. Later, check in to your luxurious riverside hotel.
The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B L D
Day 12: Bangkok | A City Filled with Life
Today, Ride Like a Local on a tuk-tuk around the sprawling Grand Palace. Explore the ancient Siamese court, home to Thailand’s most important shrine, the green-jade Emerald Buddha. Discover Wat Pho temple, with its massive, gilded Reclining Buddha and listen to the musical sound of coins dropping into brass offering bowls. Tonight, gather for a special farewell dinner hosted by Abercrombie & Kent.
The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B D
Day 13: Depart Bangkok
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home.
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Take This Journey Private | This itinerary is also available as an independent journey, Signature Indochina & Angkor Wat, with A&K local guides.
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