Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River with Hanoi, Ha Long Bay & Luang Prabang – Northbound
Immerse yourself in fascinating cultures and ancient traditions as you embark on an inspiring journey through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Along the way, learn more about the history of each country, marvel at spectacular scenery, and interact with the friendly locals. This is a journey that will create memories you won’t soon forget!Begin in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam. Ride a cyclo through Hanoi’s fascinating Old Quarter, see a water puppet performance, and take a trip through the countryside to stunning Ha Long Bay for a cruise through the 3,000 limestone islands. Next, visit bustling Ho Chi Minh City, home to 7.5 million people. Sightseeing includes the Cu Chi Tunnels—a vast network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong. You will also partake in a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class. Then, start your cruise on the Mekong River, the thread that connects the people of Southeast Asia. Visit a colorful local market, a fish farm, and a local establishment to see how rice paper and traditional candy are made. In Phnom Penh, take a tour of the city by private cyclo, with visits to the National Museum and the Royal Palace with the stunning Silver Pagoda. Walking tours through the rural villages of Prek Bang Kong and Angkor Ban and an ox cart ride through the countryside at Kampong Tralach will grant you a memorable inside look at life along the river and interactions with the local people. In Siem Reap, visit the spectacular Angkor temple complex, whose architectural grandeur is arguably unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat and the mesmerizing faces of Bayon. Here you will also enjoy a private Apsara dance performance and will visit a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. Finally, in Laos, tour the town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stop at a local village to see a weaving demonstration.All of this and more await you on this fabulous journey!
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in a spacious outside stateroom measuring 172 square feet with hotel-style beds on board the Avalon Angkor®, an intimate ship with a maximum capacity of 32 peopleDay 1 Arrive Hanoi: welcome to VietnamDay 2 Hanoi: visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and Temple of Literature; lunch at Koto; take a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter; water puppets performanceDay 3 Ha Long Bay: cruise on Ha Long BayDay 4 Ha Long Bay–Hanoi–Ho Chi Minh City: fly to Ho Chi Minh CityDays 5-6 Ho Chi Minh City: walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class; welcome dinner; Cu Chi Tunnels excursionDay 7 Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation): begin your cruiseDay 8 Cai Be–Sa Dec: see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made; visit An Kiet house, a cathedral, a brick factory, local market, and the ancient house of Mr. Hyynh Thuy LeDay 9 Chau Doc–Cambodian Border Crossing: visit a local fish farm, the religious sites at Sam Mountain, and a local marketDay 10 Phnom Penh: sightseeing by private cyclo including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanageDay 11 Phnom Penh–Prek Bang Kong: visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields; walking tour through Prek Bang Kong village with silk-weaving demonstrationDay 12 Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban: visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour through Angkor Ban village with school visitDay 13 Prek Dam–Konpong Louang–Kampong Tralach: visit a silversmith village; ox cart ride through the countryside; meet a local farmerDay 14 Siem Reap (Disembarkation): visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, and Angkor WatDay 15 Siem Reap: visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and Les Artisans d’Angkor; Apsara dance performanceDay 16 Siem Reap–Luang Prabang: fly to Luang Prabang; time at leisureDay 17 Luang Prabang: visit the National Museum, Wat Mai, Wat Visoun, Wat Xieng Thong, and Ban Xang Khong; weaving and sa paper-making demonstrationsDay 19 Luang Prabang–Bangkok: fly to Bangkok; time at leisureDay 20 Bangkok: end of vacation
Hanoi InterContinental Hanoi Westlake (D)Ha Long Bay Novotel Ha Long Bay (BA)Ho Chi Minh City InterContinental Asiana Saigon (D)Siem Reap Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (D)Luang Prabang Maison Souvannaphoum (SF) Bangkok InterContinental Bangkok (D)
Breakfast (B): American breakfast dailyLunch (L): 12 lunchesDinner (D): 11 dinners including a welcome dinner in Ho Chi Minh City and a farewell dinner in Siem Reap