Exploring Vietnam & Cambodia with Luang Prabang & Chiang Mai
Explore several of the world’s greatest treasures and experience the warmth and hospitality bestowed by the locals on this fascinating journey through Southeast Asia. As a hub of culture and cuisine, Vietnam paints an exotic picture of Southeast Asian life. In vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, explore the city on a walking tour and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong. In historic Hanoi, explore the city by cyclo, take a walking tour through the fascinating Old Quarter, and see a performance of the famed Water Puppets. Other highlights include a cruise on stunning Ha Long Bay, a visit to the Royal Tomb of Tu Doc in Hue, and a fishing lesson with a local fisherman in Hoi An, where you will learn how to use a traditional round fishing net, known as a “ro.” No visit to this part of the world would be complete without a visit to the Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. These ancient temples, built between the 9th and 13th centuries, are unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat, built in the 12th century and honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. Beyond the temples, witness Khmer culture come to life at a traditional Apsara dance performance and enjoy some free time to explore this charming town on your own.In Luang Prabang, visit a local village and enjoy time on your own to witness the colorful almsgiving ceremony, where Buddhist monks walk through the streets to collect alms (offerings of food). In Thailand, visit Chiang Mai’s Wat Doi Suthep, a temple at 3,464 feet above sea level that draws Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world. From sightseeing and cultural performances to sumptuous cuisine and interactions with the locals this adventure is sure to delight all your senses!
HO CHI MINH CITYSightseeing with a Local Guide; Cu Chi Tunnels excursion; walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; welcome dinnerDANANG Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit China Beach and the Cham MuseumHOI ANSightseeing with a Local Guide; cruise on the Thu Bon River; [LF] fishing lesson with local fisherman; learn how to paddle a bamboo basket boat; walking tour of the city; visit an old merchant house, the Hoi An Museum, and a Chinese assembly hallHUE Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tombs of Nguyen Emperors, Khai Dinh Mausoleum, and Royal Tomb of Tu DucHANOISightseeing with a Local Guide; [LF] water puppets performance; visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi Hilton, and Temple of Literature; [LF] take a “cyclo” ride; walking tour in the Old Quarter; guided walk around Hoan Kiem LakeHA LONG BAY Cruise the baySIEM REAP Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Banteay Srei, and Ta Prohm; cruise on Tonle Sap; [LF] Apsara dance performanceLUANG PRABANG Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Wat Visoun, the Royal Palace Museum, and a local village; Host service during your stayCHIANG MAI Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Wat Phra Singh, Wat Doi Suthep, an elephant training camp, and an orchid farm; Host service during your stay
HO CHI MINH CITY Duxton Hotel (SF)HOI AN Palm Garden Resort (SF)HUE Saigon Morin Hotel (F)HANOI Melia Hotel (F)HA LONG BAY Novotel Ha Long Bay (F)SIEM REAP Tara Angkor Hotel (SF)LUANG PRABANG Villa Santi Resort & Spa (F)CHIANG MAI Chiang Mai Empress Hotel (MF)BANGKOK Majestic Grande (F)
American breakfast (B) daily, 5 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner in Ho Chi Minh City and a farewell dinner show in Siem Reap
NOTE:Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.