Introduction
Most tourists never see Halong Bay in the morning. They miss the fishing junks sliding past limestone spires that thrust from the turquoise water. They can't imagine how the scent of fresh coffee hangs in the air as eagles float overhead. It's an extravagant sensory moment possible only because we spend the night on the water...on a luxury junk. And it's just one unique event we'll share with you in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Of course we visit the great cities of Indochina. But we also stop at the simple homestead of a rice farmer...meet the enormous residents of a Laotian elephant preserve…wander the temples of Angkor with an expert guide…and stay in Indochina’s finest hotels and resorts. Along the way, you’ll wend your way through exotic markets, eat truly remarkable local specialties, and experience the traditional cultures you only find if you approach the region like a traveler, rather than a tourist.
Picture yourself...
  • Rambling past rice fields to friendly villages
  • Cruising a breathtaking bay by junk boat
  • Marveling at magnificent pagodas and temples
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - SAIGON
We meet in Saigon (1 night) and we start our time here with a visit to the countryside. Southern Vietnam is a lush, classic landscape, carpeted with rice fields and brightly dressed workers in conical straw hats. From Cai Lay, a small town on the Mekong River, we take a long-tail boat to the start of an ultra-leisurely bike ride into the heart of the Mekong Delta. We see no tourists on narrow country roads that curve past fruit gardens and sleepy villages. Tonight, dinner is at one of the city’s finest French restaurants. Tomorrow go exploring by bike-powered rickshaw. Just outside the city, we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the underground refuge for thousands of Viet Cong during the war.

DAYS 2-3 - DANANG
An evening flight takes us to Danang (2 nights) where our resort sits on pristine China Beach. From here, we visit Hoi An for a glimpse of a Vietnam that exists almost nowhere else with Chinese, Japanese and European architecture and a riverfront where boats brim with people and wares. In the afternoon, our guide leads us along footpaths to Hoa Chau, a village in the endless rice fields, for a special insight into the everyday life.

In Hue, a local friend joins us to show off the Imperial City, an amazing complex of museums, lakes and gardens. Midday, a vice president of the Hué Monuments Preservation Center hosts us for a traditional lunch and a chance to meet descendants of King Khai Dinh.

DAYS 4-5 - HANOI
An afternoon flight takes us to Hanoi (2 nights). In the countryside, we walk from a pagoda through bamboo groves to a small village where we visit a local school to interact with the children and their teacher. Back in Hanoi, we’ll stroll in the lovely Old Quarter before dinner at the Press Club, a true local institution.

DAY 6 - HALONG BAY
Halong Bay (1 night) is considered Vietnam’s eighth wonder of the world, and it’s easy to see why. Three thousand chalk and limestone islands sweep like a dragon’s tail across the emerald green bay. From our luxury junk boat, we see local fishermen glide by, selling their catch. On deck, you can join in a cooking demonstration and discover the tasty secrets of spring rolls.

DAYS 7-8 - LUANG PRABANG
Next day, a late afternoon flight leads to Luang Prabang (2 nights) in Laos. From our glamorous colonial-style hotel, we venture into the town’s night market, known for fine ethnic handicrafts. Early risers will witness a moving ritual as lines of barefoot monks walk silently along the streets on their morning alms rounds. Then we visit a 2,000-acre elephant sanctuary in the unspoiled Nam Khan River valley. Spend the afternoon walking along scenic riverside farms and taking a narrow boat back to Luang Prabang, or take our vehicle back to the hotel to relax poolside or even take advantage of the excellent optional spa treatments.

DAYS 9-10 - SIEM REAP
For the week’s grand finale, we fly to Siem Reap (1 night) in Cambodia for a stay at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, one of Indochina’s finest properties. You’ll meet our good friend Roath, one of the country’s first and most experienced guides. Sleep in if you like, but it’s worth rising before the sun to see Angkor Wat at daybreak. After breakfast, we all return for an in-depth walking tour of the world’s largest temple. Later, you’ll have time to explore more on your own. We’ll also take in the monastic complex of Preah Khan (The Sacred Sword). Late afternoon, you catch your flight back home.
Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia
Cultural Walking Adventure
10 Days / 9 Nights
Starting Point: Saigon, Vietnam - lobby of first night hotel - 9:00am (Note: your airport transfer to our starting hotel is included in the trip price)

Ending Point: Siem Reap, Cambodia - approximately 1:00pm. Complimentary airport transfers provided from 3pm to 7pm.

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Logistics made easy
On Vietnam and Angkor Wat tours, logistics can be daunting. But Classic Journeys takes care of all the details so you can focus on the amazing scenery, culture and historic sites.
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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Dec 28, 2016-Jan 6, 2017$4995.00$1395.00
January 15-24, 2017$4995.00$1195.00
January 17-26, 2017$4995.00$1195.00
March 9-18, 2017$4995.00$1195.00
May 17-26, 2017$4895.00$1195.00
October 20-29, 2017$4995.00$1195.00
Dec 29, 2017-Jan 7, 2018$5095.00$1395.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners
• Airport transfers in Park Hyatt Saigon and Siem Reap
This trip includes internal flights, which are priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flights is approximately $895 per person.
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The climate of Vietnam varies considerably from North to South. North Vietnam has four distinct seasons. Summer (May to August) is very warm weather and occasional heavy rains. Fall (September to November) is drier with occasional rainfall. Winter (late November to January) is dry and cold. Spring (February to April) is warmer and often overcast and damp. South Vietnam is hot and humid. The wet season is from May to November. Expect brief downpours that provide relief from the heat. The dry season is from December to April, although it may rain slightly. Temperatures in the south vary little from month to month. Highs are 88-93 and lows are 72-79 year round.

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Hotels
Park Hyatt Saigon

Consistently named one of Asia's top hotels, this grand 5-star property is renowned for its sophistication, elegance and incredibly gracious service. It's a truly remarkable retreat right at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City's bustle.

Furama Resort Danang

Ranked as Vietnam's #1 resort and among the best resorts in Asia, this idyllic retreat is in a stunning location on the palm-fringed China Beach. Beautifully appointed rooms, all with a private terrace, overlook the garden and the swimming lagoon.

Sofitel Metropole Hotel

Hanoi's most legendary 5-star hotel, the Metropole, is in the French Quarter. It's a study in sophisticated design and extreme comfort, with its superb service, tropical gardens and outdoor pool. It is consistently ranked one of Asia's best hotels.

Dragon Legend Cruise

Each of the 24 spacious, wood-paneled cabins have been luxuriousy designed for the comfort and enjoyment of our guests. The restaurants and bars are perfect for lounging. There is a mineral seawater pool, along with fitness and spa facilities.

Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel

The former residence of Laos' Prince Souvanna Phouma in the 1960s and 70s, this hotel has been renovated in a manner that combines the contemporary with colonial and traditional Lao influences. Amenities include a celebrated Angsana Spa.

Raffles Grand D'angkor

Rated as one of the world’s best places to stay, the Raffles Grand has been synonymous with Angkor Wat for 75 years. Guest rooms are appointed with Cambodian art and art deco furnishings. The state-of-the-art spa includes a 35-meter lap pool.

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