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Wings Over Indochina (2016)

Wings Over the World: Luxury Journeys by Private Air

Limited to 14 guests
Days: 16  |  From: $29,995


Itinerary

Wings Over Indochina

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Day 2: Luang Prabang, Laos | Buddhist Sites

Fly by private charter aircraft to Luang Prabang, former capital of Laos, known today for its Buddhist temples. See the monasteries of Wat Xiengthong; Wat Khili, with its unusual architecture; and Wat Sene. Visit the Heritage House for a baci ceremony, an ancient ritual of welcome.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao   |   Meals: B D

Day 3: Luang Prabang | Spiritual Offerings

Join locals as they make food offerings to the monks, then visit the weaving center at Ock Pop Tok. Following lunch, visit local villages en route to Kuang Si Falls, capping the day with a sunset cruise.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: Luang Prabang | Climb the Sacred Hill

Today, enjoy tours of the Royal Palace, Phousi Hill, and the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center. This afternoon, fly by private charter aircraft to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Hanoi, Vietnam | Asian Grace and Pace

Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house, and then 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.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi   |   Meals: B L

Day 6: Ha Long Bay | Among the Limestone Islands

Travel overland through the lush Vietnamese countryside to Ha Long Bay, viewing 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. Later, explore Tien Ong Cave, formed out of ancient limestone karsts 700,000 years ago. Spend the night on board.

'Halong Jasmine'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Ha Long Bay to Danang | Art by Nature

Greet the sunrise with a tai chi lesson on deck of 'Halong Jasmine.' Then, relax on a natural white sand beach or climb to a lookout point for breathtaking views of Ha Long Bay. Return overland to Hanoi before flying by private charter to Danang and your beachfront resort.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Danang and Hoi An | Secrets of the Silk Trade

Set out on a day trip to discover lovely Hoi An, a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site. 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

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City | Vibrant, Evocative Saigon

Fly by private charter aircraft to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Visit Quan Am Pagoda and visit Binh Tay Market. Explore the neighborhood of Cholon, the city’s Chinatown. Gather for dinner at a culinary hot spot.

InterContinental Asiana Saigon   |   Meals: B L D

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City | Cu Chi Tunnels

This morning, see the city’s colonial legacy, including the Central Post Office and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. After a lunch of flavorful local cuisine, 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.

InterContinental Asiana Saigon   |   Meals: B L

Day 11: Siem Reap, Cambodia | Ruins of Angkor Thom

Enjoy our private flight to charming Siem Reap, the town nearest to the ancient city of Angkor, and transfer to your hotel. Set off to explore Angkor Thom, a breathtaking expression of Khmer architecture. Visit the Bayon Temple’s hundreds of large-scale faces bearing beguiling smiles, as well as the Elephant and Leper King Terraces.

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor   |   Meals: B D

Day 12: Siem Reap | Temples and Treasures

Journey to Ta Prohm temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then discover the Angkor National Museum, home to golden-era Khmer Kingdom artifacts. Enjoy a lecture by a local expert on the ruins and receive a private blessing from a monk at a Buddhist temple. Next, explore Banteay Srei Temple and then board a gondola for a boat ride at Angkor Thom Moat.

Visit the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy clean water initiative.

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor   |   Meals: B

Day 13: Siem Reap | Angkor Wat at Daybreak

Watch the sunrise over the five-point-patterned towers of Angkor Wat. Then, explore the extensive bas-reliefs along its walls and ascend the steps to the highest level of the temple. After lunch, visit Tonle Sap Lake to observe local life unfolding among its floating villages.

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor   |   Meals: B L

Day 14: Bangkok,Thailand | Along the Chao Phraya River

Fly by private charter to Bangkok, Thailand’s lively capital. This afternoon, board a boat to experience life along the Chao Phraya River and its klongs (canals). Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and a special puppet show performance.

The Peninsula Bangkok   |   Meals: B D

Day 15: 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.

The Peninsula Bangkok   |   Meals: B D

Day 16: Depart Bangkok

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home.

Meals: B







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