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Southeast Asia: Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam (2016)
Limited to 24 guests
Days: 15 | From: $5,795
Days 1-3: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Arrive in Thailand’s capital city, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. The next day, explore the grounds of the sprawling Grand Palace, dotted with gardens and statues of mythological creatures. Continue to Wat Phra Kaew, home to the famous Emerald Buddha, and Wat Pho, where the 150-foot-long Reclining Buddha lies. After a boat trip to a local flower market and Chinatown, gather for a special welcome dinner with a traditional Thai puppet show. On the third day, a walking tour leads you to a local Buddhist temple. After a samlor (bicycle taxi) ride through the greenest part of Bangkok followed by lunch, the rest of your day is at leisure.
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort | Meals: B L D (Day 2); B L D (Day 3)
Days 4-5: Chiang Mai / Night Markets & Buddhist Inspiration
Fly to Chiang Mai. Meet and chat with a Buddhist monk at Wat Umong, a famed center of meditation. Afterward, visit Wat Doi Suthep and stroll Chiang Mai’s famous Night Market, a kaleidoscope of merchants and food carts. The next day, enjoy lunch at a local’s home. Ride through Chiang Mai in a rickshaw, stopping at Wat Phra Singh, home to the prized Phra Singh (Lion Buddha).
Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai | Meals: B L D (Day 4), B L (Day 5)
Days 6-8: Siem Reap / Khmer Crown Jewel
Fly via Bangkok to Siem Reap, where you visit romantic Ta Prohm, a temple entangled in the jungle. Examine its crumbling stonework and marvel at the tree roots dripping down the temple’s walls. Before dinner, enjoy a scenic tuk-tuk ride around the city. The next day, rise early to catch the sunrise over the Angkor complex. Discover this masterpiece of the Khmer Empire, walking amid moss-covered pathways and intricately carved bas-reliefs. After lunch, board a wooden boat and cruise the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting a local school. The last day, explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple, with its beguiling, 172 large-scale faces.
Visit Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy endeavor.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra | Meals: B D (Day 6); B L (Day 7); B D (Day 8)
Days 9-10: Ho Chi Minh City / Old Saigon
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, exploring the city formerly known as Saigon. See Cholon — its Chinatown — home to markets, ancient quarters and beautiful temples. Continue to Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to Tian Hou, “The Lady of the Sea.” The next day, see Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House, then drive into the countryside to explore the Cu Chi Tunnel network, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War. Meet a war veteran who recounts his experience there.
Caravelle Saigon | Meals: B L D
Day 11: Hoi An / Pearl of China Beach
Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang and continue to traditional Hoi An, visiting a colorful local market and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. At a local shop, see how silkworms are raised. Afterward, visit a local lantern artist and learn how to make the silk lanterns for which Hoi An is known. Return to your hotel in Danang.
Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa | Meals: B L D
Day 12: My Son / Seat of the Champa Kingdom
Visit My Son, the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization. Return to Danang for an afternoon at leisure.
Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa | Meals: B
Days 13-15: Hanoi / Capital of Culture
Fly to Hanoi. Explore Vietnam’s capital starting at Ho Chi Minh’s House, continuing to the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and Quan Thanh Temple. Finish at the famed “Hanoi Hilton” prison. The next day, visit the Fine Arts Museum, then set off on an exciting cyclo ride into the Old Quarter, where narrow streets date back to the 15th century. Join your fellow guests tonight for a farewell dinner. On your final day, transfer to the airport for your international flight home.
Sofitel Plaza Hanoi | Meals: B L D (Day 13); B D (Day 14); B (Day 15)