Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your colonial-style hotel.
Hanoi | Asian Grace & Pace
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. Continue to the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, dating back to the first independent Vietnamese empire, and visit the Temple of Literature. After lunch at a local restaurant, set foot in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison, where American prisoners of war were once confined. Later, Ride Like a Local by cyclo through the city’s Old Quarter.
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 past the islets of Con Vit and Gia Luan, their striking karsts (limestone formations) rising dramatically from the emerald waters. On a course less frequented by other cruises, wind past Thoi Quyt and Coc Ngoi islets. Disembark on Cat Ba Island and travel overland through a stunning karst landscape cloaked in verdant forests on your way to Trung Trang Cave. Admire the cave’s intricate features, formed over millennia. Back aboard ‘Orchid,’ cruise to Lan Ha Bay, a quiet corner of greater Ha Long Bay, where you view the sunset framed against the Gulf of Tonkin shoreline. Back aboard ‘Orchid,’ view the sunset framed against the Gulf of Tonkin shoreline. Later, join a cooking class led by a chef who prepares traditional Vietnamese cuisine, followed by dinner aboard.
Ha Long Bay | Sunrise Tai Chi
Greet the sunrise with a tai chi lesson on deck, before enjoying a kayak excursion among the towering limestone pinnacles. Enjoy brunch back on board ‘Orchid,’ and then return to port to disembark. Set out on a city tour of Hai Phong, including Hang Kenh Temple where you enjoy a private water puppet show, before flying to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon.
Ho Chi Minh City | Vibrant Saigon
Recently experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, lively, evocative Ho Chi Minh City is a hub of activity — a sharp contrast to the traditional ambience of Hanoi. Later, see the city’s Reunification Palace and Central Post office, and stop for photos at the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Opera House. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the War Remnants Museum and explore the Benh Thanh Market.
Ho Chi Minh City | Cu Chi Tunnels
Travel to the countryside to explore the expansive Cu Chi Tunnel network, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Siem Reap | Ruins of Temples & Terraces
Fly to Siem Reap, the town nearest to Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Later this afternoon, discover the stunning ruins of Ta Prohm, where the roots of great trees seem to have spilled over the roof of this iconic stone temple. Check-in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Later, check in to your hotel.
Siem Reap | Sunrise over Angkor Wat
Rise early and proceed by tuk-tuk to witness sunrise over Angkor Wat. Return to your hotel for breakfast and a morning at leisure. In the late afternoon, begin your exploration of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer kingdom, with a visit to the Bayon Temple, its 172 large-scale faces bearing beguiling smiles, representing gods, goddesses, and other beings from classical poems and mythology.
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 before visiting the Angkor National Museum, home to golden-era Khmer kingdom artifacts. Then, bid farewell to Cambodia as you fly to Luang Prabang, Laos.
Luang Prabang, Laos | Insights into the Old Ways
Step back in time for a day. This morning, join in a village baci ceremony, and then proceed to Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist Temple noted for its “Tree of Life” wall mosaic. After lunch at a local restaurant, stop at the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center, which is devoted to protecting the ethnic diversity of Laos. In the evening, enjoy a stroll through the vibrant night market before returning to your hotel.
Luang Prabang | National Museum & Silk Weaving
Rise very early to give alms to local monks and explore the bustle of an early morning market before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Next, visit the National Museum, once a royal palace, before continuing to a local restaurant for lunch. Visit a silk weaving center, and then fly to Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant capital.
Bangkok, Thailand | Along the Chao Phraya River
Visit the sprawling Grand Palace, and explore the historic 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 then enjoy lunch at a fascinating local restaurant before returning to your hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home.