Let yourself be introduced to the stunning landscapes and remarkable history of Southeast Asia on this custom tailored tour through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. From ancient temples of the Angkor complex that are decorated with tremendous carved detail and grand size, to the natural caves that wind deep into the mountains of Vietnam, on this tour you will find the culture of hill tribes and the historic ruins of emperors. Whether strolling along French Colonial architecture or hearing monks chant...
Hanoi – Only the Beginning
Welcome to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and a city that is both lush with modern luxury and in touch with its historic roots. You are met at the airport by a private transfer and taken to your hotel where you can enjoy the comforts of its central location. The city’s greenery dangles on the fringes of the trees that surround the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake. You notice the boulevards that resemble French design dating back to the colonial days where it is common to see modern motorbikes roaming through the city alongside wandering bicycles. The riders wear traditional conical hats and button down shirts and carrying a wide basket on the handlebars filled with limes or lemon grass. In the evening you will enjoy the cultural phenomenon of Water Puppet Theater. What grew out of rural entertainment from 11th century flooded rice paddy fields turned into a way to share the collected familiar legends of North Vietnam.
Hue – Venturing into the Imperial City
Hue – A More Recent Past
Hue – Showing Imperial Stature
Hoi An – Along the Hai Pass
Hoi An – Charming Old Merchant
Hoi An – Standing Ancient Relics
Siem Reap – Arrival in Wonders
Siem Reap – Beyond the Ancient Gates
Siem Reap – Red Stone and Detail
Luang Prabang – A Variation of Ancient Charisma
Luang Prabang – Time within Time
Luang Prabang – City Wonder to Natural Grandeur
Luang Prabang – More than an Introduction
- Experience the expansive architecture and delicate artistry of the Angkor temple complex home to Angkor Wat
- Witness the remaining imperial grandeur within the city of Hue including a collection of emperors’ tombs
- Explore the history of Hoi An along its charming, Chinese lantern strung streets
- Discover the imperial past and the magnificent landscape of Luang Prabang
- Visit the ancient temple complex of My Son to see the incredible uniquely carved details
- Find the impressive grottos of Vietnam’s famous caves within the expansive space at Paradise Cave
It doesn’t have to be your first time to Southeast Asia for you to be introduced to the paramount culture and landscapes of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Spend your days strolling along classic streets within the charm of an old bustling merchant town and discovering the ancient temples of Angkor. From the ancient imperial capitals of Luang Prabang and Hue to the gilded caves within the mountains of Vietnam you will be introduced to the fabulous history and magnificent landscape, with each moment growing in significance.
Your introduction to Southeast Asia begins with your arrival in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. The streets are filled with a combination of the past and present in the skyline and the ancient lake that sits at the city center. The following day you will make your way to the imperial capital of Hue. Cruise along the Perfume River and visit the elegant and modest temples set within the staggering landscape. A tour along the Demilitarized Zone brings contemporary history into the present, and offers an opportunity to see the shaken earth and surviving villages that were once at the center of a battlefield.
Within the sweeping complex of the earth you will find not only the Vinh Moc Tunnels but also the sensational natural Paradise Cave that reaches over 17 miles beneath the surface. Spend the rest of your time in Hue finding the magnificent architecture of Minh Mang and Tu Duc before transferring to the ancient commercial city of Hoi An. The quintessential streets of Hoi An stem from 16th century trade. Tour through the classic architecture before venturing to the bright red sandstone temples of My Son ; witness its graceful display of reliefs and statues. From Hoi An you will transfer to Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat and the surrounding temple complex.
Your days will take you through the majesty of the ancient Khmer stronghold, and deeper into Banteay Srei and Tonle Sap Lake as well. Once in Luang Prabang you will find yourself in an imperial city once more, only this time the preservation of the architecture sits within the palace and the temples while surrounded by marvelous jungle clad mountains. Explore the cityscape and the landscape beyond, from Kuang Si Falls to the Pak Ou Caves, each detail bringing a new and radiant memory to light before your journey home.
$3,271 per person (excluding international flights)
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