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. 
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. On your way back to Ho Chi Minh City stop at an orchid farm to meet the owner, an ex-prisoner who will share some of his story. 

After lunch, there’s further exploration of Ho Chi Minh City with a visit to the Reunification Palace where the official handover of power took place during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. Then choose between the History Museum or the War Remnants Museum. Built in 1929, the History Museum houses a collection of artefacts illustrating the evolution of Vietnamese culture since ancient times, while the War Remnants Museum contains an at-times grisly display of wartime photographs and relics including an American tank, an original 20th century French guillotine and a UH-1 "Huey" helicopter. Finish the day on a peaceful note as you venture into a rarely-visited seminary. Founded by a French bishop, this garden sanctuary was one of the city’s first Catholic institutions and contains a beautiful chapel and a 19th century Gothic structure. You may wish to stop for a complimentary refreshment at a local place along the way. Return to the hotel driving past Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post office en route.
Park Hyatt Saigon (Park Room Garden View) | Meals: BL

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City.

Venture out into the Mekong Delta this morning 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 simple country existence. Savour local delicacies over lunch at a riverside restaurant before returning to the bustling city streets of Saigon.
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 experience another side of Hanoi when you wander through a small community uniquely established either side of the city’s railway lines. Meet the locals as they go about their daily chores 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. Connected by a red bridge, the temple is dedicated to Tran Hung Dao who defeated Mongolian troops on three separate occasions in the 13th century. 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. Walk to a local shop to 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, ‘where the dragon descends to the sea’. 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, the little-visited extension of Halong Bay. Step ashore on the island of Cat Ba and cycle through a wonderland of lush greenery to the remote village of Viet Hai (or take 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 more 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 you are whisked by A&K through arrival formalities and transferred to your hotel. Take part in a traditional good will Baci ceremony welcoming you to the country.
Rosewood Luang Prabang (Riverside Room) | Meals: B

Days 8: Luang Prabang.

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. This unique ritual is still observed by locals in Luang Prabang and offers a wonderful insight into the local Buddhist culture. Visit the local market before returning to your hotel for breakfast. 

Discover more of Luang Prabang starting with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which provides a fine overview of 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. With a roof that sweeps low to the ground, this temple is one of the best representations of classical Luang Prabang architecture. Cross the road to visit 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, Tadam produces one-off silk and cotton products that are refreshingly modern and unique in design. 

Return to your hotel with the evening at leisure.
Rosewood Luang Prabang (Riverside Room) | 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, which drop from a height of 60 metres 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, challenges, achievements and future plans. 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 game of petanque before a Laotian BBQ dinner.
Rosewood Luang Prabang (Riverside Room) | Meals: BD

Day 10: Luang Prabang – Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Transfer airport for flight to Siem Reap where you are met and assisted with arrival formalities before 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 hidden in a small lane that harks back to the speakeasies of the roaring 20’s. 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 from the chef’s mother and grandmother. Complete your meal with dessert at a contemporary venue that dishes up Cambodia’s culinary heritage with a twist.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Room) | 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. Said by some to symbolise the soul of the Khmer people, the magnificent temple was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Historians believe that many of the fascinating bas reliefs and stone carvings immortalise many of the mighty king’s wars. Images of Apsara dancers decorate the five famous towers which replicate the universe according to Hindu mythology. 

Your archaeologist will take you to a serene viewpoint where you can experience the dramatic sunrise as the first rays of the day kiss the magnificent temple good morning. 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 hidden amongst strangler figs and kapok trees. Marvel 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; your guide will show you the most popular photo opportunities. 

Return to hotel where you can relax and enjoy the facilities until late afternoon when you return to Angkor and drift 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.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Room) | Meals: B

Day 12: Siem Reap.

Take a morning trip to the former capital of the great Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom. 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. Imagine life in the Royal Palace and picture the performances that once regaled royal crowds on the impressive Terrace of the Elephants. The Terrace of the Leper King, with its fascinating bas-reliefs, promises the perfect finale. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. 

This evening a mesmerising and exhilarating performance of theatre, dance, contortion and acrobatics is in store. Set to a musical score that transcends traditional and contemporary Cambodian music, Phare (which translates to ‘Brightness of Art”) was established by the Phare Ponleu Selpak Association, an NGO founded by eight refugees from a village in Battambang. A big promoter of maintaining Khmer culture, the non-profit organisation gives disadvantaged youth the opportunity to develop careers in the arts.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Room) | Meals: B

Day 13: Depart Siem Reap.

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

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Park Hyatt Saigon

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this Private Journey 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