Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam
Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and transfer to your colonial-style hotel.
Hanoi | Asian Grace and Peace
Hanoi is the country’s cultural heart, bearing traces of centuries of changing dynasties. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house, a simple structure that served as home to the revolutionary guerrilla leader. After lunch, visit the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison, where American prisoners of war were once confined. Ride Like a Local by cyclo through the city’s Old Quarter. This evening, gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Ha Long Bay | Cruising Among the Karsts
Travel to Hai Phong, where you board ‘Orchid’ for a cruise of picturesque Ha Long Bay. Relax on deck as ‘Orchid’ snakes her way past countless islets, their striking karsts (limestone formations) rising dramatically from the emerald waters. Disembark on Cat Ba Island and discover Trung Trang Cave’s intricate features, formed over millennia. Back on board ‘Orchid,’ view the sunset framed against the Gulf of Tonkin shoreline. Later, join a Chef ’s Table demonstration featuring traditional Vietnamese cuisine, followed by dinner aboard.
Ha Long Bay & Ho Chi Minh City | Sunrise Tai Chi
Greet the day on deck with sunrise tai chi overlooking the bay. Set out for an early morning kayak excursion among the towering limestone pinnacles. Return for brunch on board as ‘Orchid’ sails home to port in Hai Phong. Back on terra firma, enjoy an orientation tour of this important port city, proceed to Hang Kenh Temple and take in a local water puppet show. Later, transfer to Hanoi and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, where you settle in at your hotel.
Ho Chi Minh City | Vibrant, Evocative Saigon
Recently experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, Ho Chi Minh City is a lively, evocative hub of activity. Rise early for a cyclo ride through the streets, as the city slowly comes to life. Stroll through a special section of Tao Dan Park where locals congregate with their prized birds and the air is alive with birdsong. Next, visit the memorial park dedicated to a Buddhist monk remembered for performing self-immolation in protest of the South Vietnamese government in 1963. Changing from cyclo to vehicle, continue along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street to visit a little-known, hard-to-find weapons bunker, as well as a food market and flower market. Then sample some of the city’s most sensational pho at one of its best-kept-secret restaurants. Return to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the morning at leisure. This afternoon, view examples of the city’s colonial legacy, including the Reunification Palace and the Central Post Office. Tonight, gather for dinner at a local culinary hot spot.
Ho Chi Minh City | Design Your Day
Today, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, learning how the Vietcong used this vast subterranean network to conceal and support a stealthy underground fighting force. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:
Visit the War Remnants Museum to view photographs from Bunyo Ishikawa, a Vietnam War photojournalist.
Explore the City’s Bustling Culinary Scene, sampling traditional dishes prepared by local street food vendors.
Visit Nguyen Hue Street & Ben Thanh Market to discover the latest in trendy shops and explore local market life.
Return to your hotel.
Siem Reap, Cambodia | Ta Prohm
Fly to Siem Reap, the town nearest to Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Then, begin your exploration of Ta Prohm, where the roots of great trees seem to have spilled over the roof of this iconic stone temple. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Siem Reap | Sunrise Over Angkor Wat
Rise early this morning to experience the incomparable serenity and inspiration of watching the sun rise over mystical Angkor Wat. Return to your hotel for breakfast and a morning at leisure. This afternoon, visit Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer kingdom, and Bayon Temple, its 172 large scale faces bearing beguiling smiles, representing gods, goddesses, and other beings from classical poems and mythology. This evening, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner on a gondola while floating on the Angkor Thom moat.
Siem Reap | Hidden Temples & Treasures
Today, explore a less-visited temple — Banteay Srei, known as the “Citadel of Women.” Learn about the essential work of the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy project that builds pumping wells in rural communities throughout the country. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, bid farewell to Cambodia as you fly to Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang, Laos | Living Temples
Step back in time for a day, as you explore charming Luang Prabang and its tranquil streets. Proceed to Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist Temple noted for its “Tree of Life” wall mosaic, and Wat Khili, known for its mix of French and Lao architecture. Next, visit the National Museum, which was once a royal palace. After lunch, enjoy your afternoon at leisure or explore on your own. Gather this evening for dinner.
Luang Prabang | Giving & Receiving
Rise very early to give alms to Buddhist monks, which puts you in touch with the local culture and community. Return to your hotel with some time to relax and pack. After lunch, take part in a baci ceremony — a good-luck ritual for a safe onward journey that is part of the local culture — before flying to Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital.
Bangkok, Thailand | Along the Chao Phraya River
Visit the sprawling Grand Palace, a complex that is the historic Siamese court, home to Thailand’s most important shrine, the green-jade Emerald Buddha. Also visit the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles to view the dazzling array of finely detailed ethnic fabrics on display. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, before gathering for a farewell dinner tonight.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home.
Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Signature Indochina & Angkor Wat. Priced from $6,795.