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 on ‘Orchid,’ join a cooking class led by a chef who prepares traditional Vietnamese cuisine, followed by dinner on board.
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 take in a private water puppet show, before transferring back to Hanoi and 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. Rise early this morning for a cyclo ride to experience the vibrant Tao Dan Park, explore the city’s wet markets, and admire a secret bunker. Sip local coffee and sample Pho for breakfast, before returning to the hotel for your morning at leisure. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then visit the city’s Reunification Palace and stop for photos at the Central Post Office, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s Seminary.
Ho Chi Minh City | Design Your Day
This morning, venture outside the city and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, the underground paths used by the Vietcong, and speak with a former Vietcong soldier. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy one of these Design Your Dayactivities:
Tour 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.
Stroll Ben Thanh Market & Craft Boutiques to discover the latest in trendy shops and local market life.
Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Siem Reap | Ruins of Ta Prohm
Fly to charming Siem Reap, the town nearest to the breathtaking ruins of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. After lunch at a local restaurant, set out with your expert guide to explore the stunning ruins of Ta Prohm, where the roots of great trees seem to have spilled over the roof of this iconic stone temple. 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. This afternoon, visit Bayon Temple and the South Gate of Angkor Thom.
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 bidding 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, explore charming Luang Prabang, with the option to cycle through its tranquil streets. Proceed to Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist Temple noted for its “Tree of Life” wall mosaic. Also visit the National Museum, which was once a royal palace. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own.
Luang Prabang | Traditional Baci Ceremony
Rise very early to give alms to Buddhist monks, an optional activity that puts you in touch with the local culture and community, before returning to the hotel for a morning at leisure to relax and pack. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and head to a nearby village to participate 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 vibrant capital.
Bangkok, Thailand | Along the Chao Phraya River
Explore the sprawling Grand Palace, site of the historic Siamese court and home to Thailand’s most important shrine, the green-jade Emerald Buddha. Also visit the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles to view its dazzling array of intricate hand weavings. Return to your hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.