Indochina Adventure

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and timeless traditions of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos on this in-depth three country journey.

Journey Overview

Immerse yourself in the timeless traditions of Southeast Asia on this in-depth three country journey. Absorb Vietnam’s poignant war history, its natural highlights, rich culture and spiced-up cuisine. Discover why Luang Prabang has World Heritage status and an important textile tradition. Finish in Siem Reap where the ancient temples of Angkor and authentic artisan encounters await.

Journey Highlights

  • Experience village life along the picturesque Mekong Delta
  • Gain insight to the life and times of Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi
  • Be part of spiritual ceremonies that connect you with the ancient traditions of Southeast Asia
  • Savour the tastes of the region on street food tours, cooking demonstrations, home-style banquets and chef designed feasting
  • Witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat with an acclaimed archaeologist followed by a champagne breakfast
  • See the positive impact of the gift of clean water, visiting AKP’s Clean Water Project
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Welcome to Saigon with A&K’s fast track arrival services. Transfer to your hotel and soak up the city vibe before your adventure begins.
Park Hyatt Saigon (Park Room Garden View)

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City.

Skim along the Saigon River this morning on a private luxury speedboat passing mangroves and palm trees on your way to a small community northwest of Ho Chi Minh City and its famous wartime landmark – the Cu Chi tunnels – for an unrivalled insight into life during the Vietnam War. This incredible network of narrow tunnels was built during resistance to the French colonisation and used extensively throughout the war. Take a guided exploration of the complex network, discovering underground storage rooms, make-shift hospitals and sleeping quarters.

Return to the hotel driving past the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post office en route.  Spend the afternoon at leisure. 
Park Hyatt Saigon (Park Room Garden View) | Meals: BL

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City.

Venture out into the Mekong Delta to Ben Tre, a province famous for its coconut production and tranquil network of crisscrossing rivers and canals. Take a xe loi (rickshaw) through the village and around the rice fields. Experience life on the water with a scenic boat ride through shaded canals before stopping at a brick factory to witness the centuries-old tradition of brick-making by hand. 

The day continues with more unique local encounters on foot, by bike and aboard a traditional sampan boat, spending time in the company of villagers whose livelihood includes rice paper and coconut liquor manufacturing, fishing and fruit farming. Experience firsthand the endearing slow pace and charming appeal of their country existence, savouring local delicacies over lunch at a riverside restaurant before returning to the bustling city streets.
Park Hyatt Saigon (Park Room Garden View) | Meals: BL

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi.

Transfer to the airport for your flight north to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, and your iconic hotel. After lunch visit an intriguing small community uniquely established either side of the city’s railway lines. Meet the locals and take a peek into their homes as you marvel at how life pauses momentarily to make way for the passing trains. 

Then, taste the delights of Hanoi while you explore the city’s cultural landmarks. Discover the intriguing story of Ngoc Son temple which sits serenely in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Then sample iconic street food, including the best pho in town. Explore the exotic maze of fruits and vegetables at Hang Be market and see a temple dedicated to merchants of silver. Try banh cuon (steamed rice rolls) and later experience the exciting vibe at the “International Crossroad", a lively intersection where the city’s residents and travellers meet for a refreshing bia hoi (locally brewed beer). 
Sofitel Legend Metropole (Grand Luxury Room) | Meals: BL

Day 5: Hanoi.

Spend your morning discovering the many sides to this enthralling city. Start with insight into the life of Vietnam’s revered revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh, visiting his mausoleum and stilted house, built in 1958 to resemble a traditional ethnic village home. Set beside an elegant carp-filled pond, the house is surrounded by a charming garden with banyan, frangipani, poinciana and milkweed trees. Next stop, the iconic One Pillar Pagoda and the complex of atmospheric halls, pavilions and courtyards of the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. The afternoon is at leisure. 
Sofitel Legend Metropole (Grand Luxury Room) | Meals: BL

Day 6: Hanoi – Lan Ha Bay.

Leave the city behind as you journey to World Heritage listed Halong Bay. Board your boutique wooden junk and enjoy lunch as you drift over emerald waters past towering limestone outcrops, some more than 100 metres high. Venture south into the maze of Lan Ha Bay, stepping ashore on the island of Cat Ba and cycling through a wonderland of lush greenery to the remote village of Viet Hai (or taking an electric car, if you prefer). Here, meet the islanders and learn about their daily life. Back on board, try your hand at preparing traditional dishes in the restaurant kitchen. After a day of adventure, take your place on the terrace deck and watch the sun sink behind the bay’s myriad islands. 
Ginger (Junior Suite Cabin) | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Lan Ha Bay – Luang Prabang, Laos.

Rise early for a Tai Chi class on the deck, or simply drink in the first rays touching the water. After breakfast, hop on a small bamboo boat rowed by locals, or paddle yourself in a kayak through an endless sea of islands. Back on board, enjoy breakfast with spectacular views as you drift back to port. Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Hanoi with connection to Luang Prabang. 

On arrival be privately transferred to your hotel with an evening at leisure. 
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao (Garden View Junior Suite) | Meals: B

Days 8: Luang Prabang.

Discover more of Luang Prabang today, starting with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, showcasing the city’s culture and history. Meander along the quiet laneways to the beautiful Huan Chuan Heritage House, a traditional house and museum with connections to the Royal Palace. 

Head up the peninsula to see the country’s most historic and enchanting temple, Wat Xiengthong. Cross Continue to Wat Khili and browse its fascinating archive of historical Buddhist photographs.

This afternoon, meet Emi Weir, co-founder and Managing Director of Ma Te Sai, a social enterprise and fair-trade organisation that supports rural women through handicrafts. Venture into rural villages with Emi to meet the artisans in their workshops and gain insight to the traditional arts and crafts scene. Watch silversmiths at work shaping alms bowls and other ornaments and meet a master paper craftsman, Mr. Nalingkhone, who creates paper with elephant dung and is known for his intricate sand paintings. Continue to Patta Textile Gallery for a refreshing drink and a chat with innovative textile designer, Tadam, known for her unique way with colour.  

Return to your hotel and take part in a traditional goodwill Baci ceremony, before an evening at leisure.
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao (Garden View Junior Suite) | Meals: B

Day 9: Luang Prabang.

This morning drive out to Kuang Si Waterfall, a beautiful three-tiered cascade known for its brilliant turquoise pools and streams. Walk along a scenic forest trail to see the main falls, or cool off with a refreshing swim in one of the shimmering pools. 

Then, spend an interactive morning at Laos Buffalo Dairy, a social enterprise supporting underprivileged farmers with a commercial dairy and production facility. Meet the dairy manager who will lead you on a tour of the farm and teach you about their methods. Get up close with the friendly buffalos, helping to wash and feed the calves. Then, sample the farm’s delicious, fresh produce with a cheese tasting platter.  

Return to your hotel in time for lunch and the afternoon at leisure. This evening join the locals for a round of the local game petanque before a Laotian BBQ dinner. 
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao (Garden View Junior Suite) | Meals: BD

Day 10: Luang Prabang – Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Rise before dawn to take your position on the street for the silent morning ritual of Tak Bat, the giving of alms to the daily procession of saffron-clad monks, a wonderful insight into the local Buddhist culture. Visit the local market before returning to your hotel for breakfast.

Transfer airport for flight to Siem Reap with a private transferring to the hotel. This evening, a gourmet experience awaits. Travel by tuk tuk to the finest kitchens in Siem Reap led by the country’s top chefs. Start with a cocktail at an intimate lounge  that harks back to the speakeasies of the 1920s. Whet your tastebuds with appetisers at a traditional house and garden serving sophisticated Khmer cuisine followed by mains at an authentic home-style eatery that serves timeless recipes. Complete your meal with dessert at a contemporary venue dishing up Cambodia’s culinary heritage with a twist.
Phum Baitang, Siem Reap (Pool Villa) | Meals: BD

Day 11: Siem Reap.

Rise early this morning and join a professional archaeologist for an exclusive tour of legendary Angkor Wat – one of the final vestiges of the Khmer Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificent temple was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, and images of Apsara dancers decorate the five famous towers which replicate the universe according to Hindu mythology. 

Experience the dramatic sunrise as the first rays of the day touch this majestic icon. Your archaeologist will then take you on an hour-long tour of the beautifully decorated temple. 

Afterwards, toast the day with a champagne picnic breakfast on the banks of the ancient reservoir at Srah Srang Baray, Next, climb through the snake-like roots that engulf the temple of Ta Prohm to discover an intriguing history, marvelling at towers etched with bodhisattva faces and bas-reliefs revealing ordinary Khmer life. A photographer’s paradise, the temple seems to be held together by the thick roots in places. 

Return to hotel where you can relax and enjoy the facilities before returning to Angkor and drifting along the moat of the ancient walled city in a traditional Khmer gondola sipping a glass or two at sunset. Soak up the peace and quiet and perhaps pause for a stroll to Prasat Chrung temple where you are rewarded with magical views at twilight.
Phum Baitang, Siem Reap (Pool Villa) | Meals: B

Day 12: Siem Reap.

Today's exploration takes you to the former capital of the great Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, travelling by your choice of vehicle or bicycle. Embark on your guided discovery at the glorious Bayon in the heart of the ancient city. Take in the 37 stone faces of this elaborate temple built by and for King Jayavarman VII. Wander through the perfectly square, walled city and stop awhile at the sanctuary of Baphuon. See where kings once worshipped at Phimeanakas Temple and marvel at the impressive Terrace of the Elephants. The Terrace of the Leper King, with its fascinating sculptures, promises the perfect finale. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

If you so choose, you can embark on an afternoon excursion to Siem Reap’s outer villages and visit the exquisitely preserved Banteay Srei temple, nicknamed the ‘Citadel of Women’ due to its pink sandstone façade.  Continue to a local family home to learn about the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) initiative installing wells in rural areas to provide much-needed clean water. Meet one of the recipient families to see firsthand how this project is changing lives, one well at a time. If you would like to find out more, or to get involved, visit www.akphilanthropy.org.

This evening witness a mesmerising and exhilarating performance of theatre, dance, contortion and acrobatics, coordinated by a not-for-profit organisation offering disadvantaged youth the opportunity to develop careers in the arts. 
Phum Baitang, Siem Reap (Pool Villa) | Meals: B

Day 13: Depart Siem Reap.

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Park Hyatt Saigon

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Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, Halong Bay

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Ginger Cruise

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The gracious Ginger is Heritage Line’s newest vessel cruising Lan Ha Bay, a tranquil part of the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam. With just ... Read more

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang

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The only hotel located on Phou Vao Hill - the Hill of the Kites - affords glorious panoramic views of the golden dome of the Vat Chamsi S ... Read more

Phum Baitang Siem Reap

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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