Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia: Trails of Indochina

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Discover rich diversity as you trek through the heart of Southeast Asia. You’ll find it in the people, with their distinct indigenous cultures. You’ll see it in the architectural mix: traditional Khmer, French-colonial and Chinese style. You’ll savor it in local cuisines, which present a succulent balance of delicate and intense flavors at every meal. Fill yo...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • With your knowledgeable guides, explore the royal city of Angkor Thom, a complex of towering temples and intricately carved terraces created by the “god-king” Jayavarman around AD 800.
    • Delight in the humorous, musical, and magical performance of the Thang Long Water Puppets, an art whose origins date back to the 11th century.
    • Participate in a joyful Lao Baci ceremony, a transcendent ritual meant to “call the soul” and used to mark important occasions in a person’s life.

What's this trip about?

    Discover rich diversity as you trek through the heart of Southeast Asia. You’ll find it in the people, with their distinct indigenous cultures. You’ll see it in the architectural mix: traditional Khmer, French-colonial and Chinese style. You’ll savor it in local cuisines, which present a succulent balance of delicate and intense flavors at every meal. Fill your senses with exotic sights: Angkor Wat at sunrise, open-air markets brimming with colorful goods, jungle paths that open to cascading waterfalls. All around you are ancient temples, lost cities, and saffron-robed monks. Visit tribal villages steeped in ancient custom; meet local weavers and craftspeople; watch a magical water-puppet performance. One moment you’re in a cavernous coastal grotto, the next you’re walking through rice paddies en route to visit a rural school. From the joyful Lao Baci welcoming ceremony to the farewell celebration featuring Cambodian musicians, it’s a deeply rich lifetime experience.               

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal transport included (including local flights)
Start CityLuang Prabang
End CitySiem Reap

Travel Themes

  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam

Attractions

  • Angkor Wat
  • Hanoi

Activities

  • Educational/ learning
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Kayaking
  • River cruise

Trip includes

    • Experienced, friendly and knowledgeable guides. On this tour there will be Laotian CW guide(s) with you on Days 1-3,
    • Vietnamese CW guide(s) with you on Days 3-9 and Cambodian CW guides with you on Days 9-11.
    • At Ho Chi Minh City Airport there will be a local representative to assist you during the flight transfer.
    • All meals included, except one lunch; wine and local beer included with dinner
    • All accommodations while on tour
    • Complimentary airport transfer to the first hotel on arrival in Luang Prabang and on departure in Siem Reap
    • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
    • Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
    • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Luang Prabang

Accommodation: Villa Maly

There is no better place to begin a tour of Southeast Asia than in the Laotian town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. This ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains and was founded at the sacred confluence ...

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Accommodation: Villa Maly

Early risers may wish to join townspeople on the hushed streets giving morning offerings to monks en route to their temples. The orange-robed monks are participating in the Buddhist ritual of receiving alms, and locals lining the way f...

Day 3: Hanoi

Accommodation: Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel

After rising early and enjoying a wonderful buffet breakfast of muesli, traditional noodle soup, fresh fruits, eggs, and pastries, you walk from the hotel to the morning market, already bustling with activity...

Day 4: Hanoi

Accommodation: Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel

Your first full day in Vietnam is devoted to exploring the capital city of Hanoi. While smaller than Ho Chi Minh City, it is a fascinating blend of centuries of Vietnamese, Chinese, and French history. In add...

Day 5: Halong Bay

Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise Private Junk

The destination for the next two nights is fantastical Halong Bay, 600 square miles studded with almost 2,000 jutting, lushly forested limestone islands, or karsts. Halong translates as “where the dragon descends into th...

Day 6: Halong Bay

Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise Private Junk

Enjoy breakfast as the junk sets sail to Cat Ba Island. Your walk starts at the entrance to Cat Ba National Park and continues on along a forest trail up to a Ranger Station, where you eat a boxed lunch of fresh, local p...

Day 7: Hoi An

Accommodation: Anantara Hoi An Resort

After a light breakfast on board, the junk makes its way to Sung Sot Cave, or “the Cave of Surprises,” the largest grotto in Halong Bay. It consists of two chambers, one being similar to a wide theater hall, where many stal...

Day 8: Hoi An

Accommodation: Anantara Hoi An Resort

Begin your day with a winding walk through the villages of Cam Thanh and Cam Chau, where there may be a chance to stop at a local school and visit with the children. Continue on to the wonderful old part of Hoi An, where yo...

Day 9: Siem Reap

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

An early morning departure from Danang takes you to Siem Reap, Cambodia, the “Great Gate to Angkor.” On arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met at the airport by your local Cambodian guide and then transferred to yo...

Day 10: Siem Reap

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

This morning, you depart early from the hotel and transfer to K’bal Spean, which is situated on the southwestern slopes of the Kulen Hills and within Phnom Kulen National Park. It was here, in 802 AD, that King Ja...

Day 11: Siem Reap

This morning you rise very early in order to beat the crowds for an exploration of Angkor Wat—the enormous and intricately carved Khmer ruins—one of the world’s architectural wonders. A product of the Khmer civilization, the temple was constructed between the 9th and ...

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Single supplement (single occupancy)$998
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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