Day 1: Hanoi, Vietnam
Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam’s charming capital city.
Day 2: Hanoi
Enjoy a Hanoi city tour, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and the Museum of Ethnology. Take a cyclo (bicycle rickshaw) ride through the vibrant street life of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Enjoy a traditional water puppet show this evening.
Day 3: Hanoi / Halong Bay
Board a traditional junk ship and cruise around Halong Bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the water like dragon’s teeth. Hike around the bay or swim on a secluded beach. Spend the night on the ship.
Day 4: Halong Bay / Hanoi / Danang / Hoi An
Learn tai chi on the boat’s sundeck. Visit the Sung Sot Grotto, one of the largest caves on the bay. Kayak through the picturesque, floating Cua Van fishing village. Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, an enchanting old trading port.
Day 5: Hoi An / Hue
Enjoy a guided tour of Hoi An’s Old Quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Alternatively, embark on a day trip to Hue to relax on the beach, have clothing made by local tailors, and visit local villages.
Day 6: Hoi An / Danang / Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels and tour underground villages with a Viet Cong veteran. Visit Reunification Palace and embark on a walking tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks.
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta
Drive to the Mekong Delta, stopping along the way to visit the Trang Pagoda, an ancient southern Vietnamese architectural gem. Visit a small family-run, coconut-candy workshop. Explore sleepy villages and picturesque orchards along the Mekong Delta. Jump in a rowing sampan for a memorable excursion along idyllic, narrow canals.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City / Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Explore the stunning Royal Palace, visit Hanuman Traditional Arts, and enjoy a performance by local musicians.
Day 9: Phnom Penh
Take a city tour of Phnom Penh. Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Tour the Vocational Training Center, a handicrafts shop that employs local woodworkers.
Day 10: Phnom Penh / Siem Reap / Tonle Sap Lake
Fly to Siem Reap, the gateway to the famous Angkor temple complex. Board a boat for a cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake, observing communities living and working on the lake. Watch a performance by Cambodian dancers this evening.
Day 11: Siem Reap
Visit Ta Prohm, a jungle-clad temple with overgrown trees and roots pushing between the huge stone blocks. Proceed to the 10th century temple of Banteay Srei, birthplace of classical Khmer-style architecture. Visit a local school to see how future generations in Cambodia are receiving their education. Explore the immense, walled city of Angkor Thom.
Day 12: Siem Reap / Depart for Home
Visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – truly one of the world’s most impressive ruins. Visit Artisans d’Angkor to see how local artists preserve age-old Khmer arts and crafts. Bid farewell to Southeast Asia and depart for home.