Spend two days exploring the ruins of Angkor with your expert guide
Take a tranquil overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay
Enjoy expedited customs and immigration formalities upon arrival in Hanoi, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, and Bangkok
Step back in time as you explore tranquil Luang Prabang
Experience vibrant café culture in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Design your Day®
On these days you have the freedom to pick an experience that is suited to you and your interests. See Day 6 for more details.
This journey includes some long walks.
To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers, we don’t include international flights. Our specialists will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.
As long as we have at least two people booked on an A&K Escorted Tour, it will take place. So you don’t need to worry about a last-minute phone call saying your holiday has to be cancelled. If you’re committed to going, then so are we.
A&K Philanthropy (AKP)
AKP is proud to support numerous projects, some of which you may experience on your journey. These include:
Day 1 Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and transfer to your colonial-style hotel.
Day 2 Hanoi Hanoi is the country’s cultural heart, 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. Also visit the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison. Ride like a Local by cyclo through the city’s Old Quarter. This evening, gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Day 3 Ha Long Bay Travel to Haiphong to board Orchid and cruise picturesque Ha Long Bay. Pass the islets of Con Vit and Gia Luan, on a course less frequented by other cruises, wind past Cat Ba Island, Thoi Quyt, Coc Ngoi islet, and Cua Van floating village. Halt in Lan Ha Bay, where you can disembark to enjoy this remote beach. Back aboard, watch the sun set over the Gulf of Tonkin, before a ‘Chef ’s Table’ demonstration featuring Vietnamese cuisine, followed by dinner.
Day 4 Ha Long Bay & Ho Chi Minh City Greet the day on deck with sunrise tai chi overlooking the bay. Then, set out to explore Toi and Sang (Dark and Bright) cave. Return for brunch on board as Orchid sails home to port in Haiphong. Back on terra firma, proceed to Hang Keng Temple and enjoy a water puppet show. Later, transfer to Hanoi and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, where you settle in at your hotel.
Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City Rise early for a cyclo ride around the city and stroll through Tao Dan Park, alive with birdsong, stopping by a memorial park dedicated to a Buddhist monk. Changing from cyclo to vehicle, continue along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street to visit a weapons bunker, along with a food and flower market. Enjoy a breakfast of pho (noodle soup) with locals in a secret restaurant. This afternoon, take a drive viewing St Joseph’s Seminary, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Tonight, gather for dinner at a local culinary hot spot
Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City Travel into the countryside to explore the expansive Cu Chi Tunnels. On arrival, talk with a former Viet Cong soldier and, if you wish, crawl through these small tunnels once traversed by Viet Cong guerrillas. This afternoon, Design your Day® Option 1: View historic war images Option 2: Sample sublime street food Option 3: Explore the colourful local markets
Day 7 Siem Reap, Cambodia
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.
Day 8 Siem Reap Rise early this morning to experience the incomparable serenity 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 characters from classical poems and mythology. This evening, enjoy a scenic sundowner on a gondola while floating on the Angkor Thom moat.
Day 9 Siem Reap Today, visit a less well-known temple, Banteay Srei, dedicated to Shiva and known as the ‘Citadel of Women’. Learn about the essential work of the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy initiative that builds pumping wells in rural communities throughout the country. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before bidding farewell to Cambodia and flying to Luang Prabang.
Day 10 Luang Prabang, Laos Step back in time for a day, as you explore charming Luang Prabang and its tranquil streets. Start your day of discovery with a visit 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.
Day 11 Luang Prabang – Bangkok, Thailand Early risers can give alms to Buddhist monks, which puts you in touch with the local culture and community. Enjoy a hearty breakfast back at the hotel and then spend a morning at leisure where you can 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 vibrant capital.
Day 12 Bangkok Visit the sprawling Grand Palace, a complex that housed the historic Siamese court, home to Thailand’s most important shrine, the 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 when you can swim or take a treatment in the spa. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.
Day 13 Depart Bangkok After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home.
5 star luxury
12 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 6 dinners
Five-star luxury accommodation
Resident tour director & English-speaking expert local guides
Airport meet & greet, & return private transfers
Entrance fees, taxes & tips, & excursions as stated
Welcome & farewell dinners
12 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 6 dinners
Wifi in accommodation
Design your Day® on Day 6
Traveller’s Valet® once per journey
Complimentary breakfast in bed on two selected days
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