The five ancient cities of Indochina create an overture of history and embody the essence of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Your customizable tour will immerse you in captivating ruins and marvelous artistry that spans ancient trails and contemporary luxuries. Bask in the passing sunlight while relaxing on a gilded dragon boat, and then wander the walkways of Imperial cities preserved in rich detail. Linger beneath the jungle canopy to see the sprawling stone gateways of Angkor’s hidden temples....
Hanoi – Arrive in the Bustling Vietnamese Capital
The capital of Vietnam brims with scooters cruising along the wide lanes and the stores that overlook the cobbled walkways glow with vibrant colors. Restaurants and small street-side stands cook enticing noodles as old men with goatees play chess on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake. From the sky, you will find a blend of skyscrapers and emerald trees bringing lush greenery to urban culture and rural charms. Your flight will land at Noi Bai International Airport, and your private transfer will greet you upon arrival. As you drive into the city, the waters of the Red River will flow against the quiet banks before winding for more than 714 miles to the Gulf of Tonkin. Cyclists ride beneath the shade of the tree-lined lanes and cafes fill with the sweet and rich aroma of Vietnamese coffee, which blends freshly brewed coffee with condensed milk.
After settling into the comforts of your hotel, you can make your way to Thang Long Water Puppet Theater for an introduction to the heritage of Vietnam through the stories shared. The art form of puppetry in the region dates back to the 11th century as farmers would entertain the village during flooding in the rice paddies. The crowd will be a blend of locals and visitors from around the world with all marveling at the movement of the puppets with the puppeteers hidden behind a large screen. Musicians drum along with the story, alongside bamboo flutes and cymbals. The puppets will dance along the water as they share the folktales that many from North Vietnam already know and enjoy.
Hanoi – Delight in a Tour of Hanoi’s History, Cuisine, and Architecture
Hue – Fly to the Imperial City of Hue to View the Preserved Prestige
Hue – Discover Hue with a Cooking Class and Day at Leisure
Hoi An – Experience Museums and Culture en route to Charming Hoi An
Hoi An – Traverse the Quaint Streets and Captivating History
Hoi An – Explore the Remarkable My Son Sanctuary
Siem Reap – Explore Sensational Angkor Wat
Siem Reap – Continue to Discover Marvels with an Angkor Sunrise Tour
Siem Reap – Relish a Guided Tour of Tonle Sap and a Flight of the Gibbon
Luang Prabang – Venture to the Former Imperial Capital of Laos
Luang Prabang – Revel in a Full Day Tour of the City’s History and Culture
Luang Prabang – Visit Villages, Temples, and Caves on a Mekong Excursion
Luang Prabang – Depart for Home
- Enjoy a cruise down the Mekong River to discover historical caves carved into limestone cliffs and filled with thousands of Buddha statues outside Luang Prabang
- Embrace the breathtaking ruins of the Angkor dynasty during a private tour of Angkor Wat
- Witness the shifting color of the forest and historical stone structures of hidden temples in the Angkor complex at sunrise
- Traverse the walkways of My Son Sanctuary to view the preserved Hindu temples and reliefs of the Cham Kingdom
- Delight in the flavors of Hue, Vietnam with a private cooking class that will bring you from the traditional markets of the city into the kitchen to produce a four-course meal
- Bask in the traditions of Hanoi during a production of Water Puppet Theater, which focuses on the unique folktales of North Vietnam
- Soar through the forest canopy of Angkor on zip lines and sky bridges while traversing the Flight of the Gibbons aerial course that blends natural wonder with the sporadic spires of nearby temples that burst through the trees
- Embrace the notable art and architectural styles of Hoi An, an old fishing port known for blending the customs and cultures of passing merchants
- Relish a dragon boat ride on the Perfume River in Hue, Vietnam to see the dramatic ruins of the Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda
Experience the Imperial cities of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos during your 14-day tour that will encompass the rich history and fascinating culture that will begin with your arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam. Your private transfer will meet you at Noi Bai International Airport and escort you to your gorgeous hotel in the heart of the city. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Theater, which will offer insight into the celebrated performance that dates back to the 12th century. Wake the next morning and your guide will meet you at your hotel and lead you through the enchanting walkways around Hoan Kiem Lake as you take in everything from the Vietnamese architecture of the Temple of Literature to the marvels of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.
The following day, you will make your way to the airport for the short flight south to Hue. Your private transfer will greet you at Phu Bai International Airport before escorting you to your luxurious hotel that overlooks the banks of the Perfume River. Step aboard a dragon boat and enjoy a guided tour of the historical Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to wander the bustling streets of the city and through the vibrant night market. Step into the thriving morning market guided by a local chef to begin the next morning to learn the basics of Vietnamese cuisine, including the staples of popular dishes, before creating a four-course meal. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the pleasures of the nearby beaches or the soothing waters of an ancient hot spring.
Continue and travel along the scenic Hai Van Pass to reach the former port city of Hoi An. En route you can stop in Da Nang to explore the galleries in the Museum of Cham Sculpture, which exhibits artifacts of the Cham Dynasty. You can also visit the shrines along the trails of the Marble Mountains before reaching Hoi An. The next day, your guide will lead you on an engaging tour around the riverbanks and the charming streets of the historical port to see how the many cultures blended between the 15th and 19th centuries. In the evening, the riverside streets blossom with activity set beneath the Chinese paper lanterns.
Traverse the cobbled walkways to discover the preserved ruins of the Cham Dynasty at My Son Sanctuary the next day. Find significant bas-reliefs and remarkable architecture adorned with intricate statues before returning to Hoi An for the evening. Fly the following day from Da Nang International Airport to Siem Reap, Cambodia. After settling into the splendors of your hotel, your guide will lead you through an introduction to the fascinating temples of Angkor Wat. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular show at the Phare Cambodian Circus. Wake up before sunrise the next morning to experience the sensation of watching the sunlight spread over the historical temple grounds. Escape the crowd by viewing the spectacle at Angkor Thom before relishing a half-day tour of the lesser-visited structures.
The remainder of the day will be yours to relax in town along the various spas or visit the artisan craft shops at your leisure. The next morning, set out onto the waters of Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake on a guided tour of Tonle Sap and the floating villages. Continue into the trees with an unforgettable zipline tour with the Flight of the Gibbon. Move on and leave Cambodia as you fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang, Laos. Your private transfer will collect you at the airport and escort you into the charming ambiance of the former imperial city set alongside the shores of the Mekong River.
The remainder of the day will be yours to discover the enchanting walkways at your preferred pace. You could linger in the cafes or climb the stairs to the peak of Mount Phu Si. Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby the next day and lead you through a comprehensive tour of Luang Prabang’s Royal Palace and 33 temple complexes. The next day, you will step aboard a boat to cruise the Mekong River and visit the Pak Ou Caves and the village of Ban Xang Hai before returning to Luang Prabang for the evening. To conclude, your private transfer will meet you at your hotel the next day and escort you to Luang Prabang Airport for your flight home.
$3,271 per person (excluding international flights)
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