Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat (2015)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 13 | From: $6,995
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam
Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and transfer to your French 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 guerilla 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. Visit Hoa Lo prison, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”; the Temple of Literature and the 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, and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi | Meals: B L D
Day 3: Ha Long Bay | Cua Van Fishing Village
Travel overland through the lush Vietnamese countryside to Ha Long Bay, seeing a traditional way of life en route. Board a luxury junk (boat) and sail through a verdant setting where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the water. After lunch, relax and sunbathe on deck, disembark to trek a nearby summit for panoramic views or a swim by a secluded beach. Later, visit a fishing village in Ha Long Bay, and meet its third-generation fishermen. 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, sail to a spellbinding limestone grotto. Return overland to Hanoi, stopping to observe the multi-generational artisans of Phu Lang Pottery Village. Fly to Danang and ride to your beachfront resort on Son Tra Peninsula near China Beach.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort | Meals: B L
Day 5: Danang to Hoi An | Silk Trade
After breakfast, visit the lovely traditional town of 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 home 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 6: Ho Chi Minh City | Vibrant 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. Later, visit Quan Am Pagoda and stop at Binh Tay Market for a remarkable Market Visit. Explore the surrounding neighborhood of Cholon, the city’s Chinatown. Tonight, gather for dinner at a culinary hot spot.
InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: B L D
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City | Cu Chi Tunnels
This morning, see the city’s colonial legacy, including the Central Post Office, War Remnant Museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Opera House. 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. 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.
InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: B L
Day 8: Siem Reap, Cambodia | Ruins of Angkor Wat
Fly to charming Siem Reap, the town nearest to the ruins of Angkor Wat, 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. Then set off to explore the temple and city of Angkor Wat, a breathtaking expression of Khmer architecture and Cambodia’s most prized national treasure. Visit the Bayon Temple, with its 172 large-scale faces bearing beguiling smiles, and the Elephant and Leper King Terraces. With each step, marvel at the imposing grandeur and remarkable detail of magnificent Angkor Wat.
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor | Meals: B D
Day 9: Angkor Wat | Temple of Treasures
Begin with a lecture on the Angkor complex by a noted authority on Khmer history and culture. Then, tour Ta Prohm temple in the golden light of early morning, exploring at leisure before other visitors arrive. Discover the Angkor National Museum, which houses golden-era Khmer Kingdom artifacts. Thanks to our local expertise and your small group size, access two less-visited areas — Banteay Srei, known as the “Citadel of Women,” and Banteay Samre, one of the most complete temple complexes on site. End your day with a scenic gondola ride at Angkor Thom Moat.
Visit Sam’s Brothers Clean Water project, an A&K Philanthropy project.
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor | Meals: B
Day 10: Angkor Wat | Spiritual Reflection
Watch the sunrise over the main temple of 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 along its floating villages. Continue on with visits to Theam’s House art gallery and Artisans d’Angkor, a school for underprivileged youth specializing in the ancient crafts of wood and stone carving, lacquer ware, painting and silk weaving.
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor | Meals: B L
Day 11: Bangkok, Thailand | City of Life
This morning, fly to lively Bangkok, Thailand’s capital. Breeze through customs and immigration upon arrival with special VIP assistance. Transfer to your luxurious, award-winning hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, and settle in with time for lunch on your own. Then, begin a boat ride along the river and klongs (canals) for an ideal introduction to local life, followed by time at leisure.
The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B D
Day 12: Bangkok | Chao Phraya River
If you wish, rise early to give alms (not included in tour price) to monks at a little-visited temple. Later you 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 lovely gilded Reclining Buddha and 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.
Luang Prabang Pre-Tour Extension
4 days, priced from $1,395; internal air priced from $835
Available on the Jan 18, Jan 29, Feb 8, Mar 1, Mar 22, Apr 26, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 12 and Dec 17 departures.
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel
Day 2: Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, and transfer to your hotel.See the monasteries of Wat Xiengthong, Wat Khili with its rare architecture and Wat Sene. Join a village baci ceremony. Luang Say Residence/Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao | Meals: B D
Day 3: Join locals making food offerings to monks. Later, visit a farm and the Kuangsi Falls before a sunset cruise. Luang Say Residence/Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao | Meals: B L
Day 4: Today, enjoy tours of the Royal Palace, Phousi Hill, and the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center. Later, fly to Hanoi, Vietnam. Meals: B L
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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