Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Experience the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia, as you sail serenely on Ha Long Bay, stroll a market in Ho Chi Minh City, behold sunrise over Angkor Wat, and visit the Grand Palace complex in Bangkok.

Journey Overview

Join this breathtaking journey to four of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing destinations, each with their own world class attractions. Admire the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay and its extraordinary limestone pinnacles, the tree-lined boulevards and colonial villas of Hanoi and vibrant Saigon. Marvel at the extraordinary ancient temples of Angkor and the sleepy pace of Luang Prabang. The adventure culminates in buzzing Bangkok where you’ll soak up the river views at your landmark hotel. At every turn you’ll enjoy the fresh flavours of the subtly spiced local cuisine and be warmly welcomed by some of the friendliest people on the planet.

Journey Highlights

  • Travel to four countries — Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand on one comprehensive journey
  • Spend two days exploring the stunning ruins of Angkor with your expert local guide, including visits to Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm
  • Discover a tranquil corner of Ha Long Bay, gliding among its limestone islands, savouring a Chef’s Table experience, and watching sunset and sunrise, on a relaxing overnight cruise
  • Step back in time as you explore tranquil Luang Prabang and its many temples, and join locals for a baci ceremony — a good-luck ritual unique to their culture
  • Enjoy expedited customs and immigration formalities upon arrival in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Bangkok
  • Delve into Vietnam’s recent history, descending into the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City
  • Experience the vibrancy and colour of café culture in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam.

Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and transfer to your colonial-style hotel.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi | Asian Grace and Peace.

Hanoi is the country’s cultural heart, bearing traces of centuries of changing dynasties. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house, a simple structure that served as home to the revolutionary guerrilla leader. After lunch, visit the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison, where American prisoners of war were once confined. Ride Like a Local by cyclo through the city’s Old Quarter. This evening, gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Ha Long Bay | Cruising Among the Karsts.

Travel to Hai Phong, where you board ‘Orchid’ for a cruise of picturesque Ha Long Bay. Relax on deck as ‘Orchid’ snakes her way past countless islets, their striking karsts (limestone formations) rising dramatically from the emerald waters. Disembark on Cat Ba Island and discover Trung Trang Cave’s intricate features, formed over millennia. Back on board ‘Orchid,’ view the sunset framed against the Gulf of Tonkin shoreline. Later, join a Chef’s Table demonstration featuring traditional Vietnamese cuisine, followed by dinner aboard.
‘Orchid’ | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Ha Long Bay & Ho Chi Minh City | Sunrise Tai Chi.

Greet the day on deck with sunrise tai chi overlooking the bay. Set out for an early morning kayak excursion among the towering limestone pinnacles. Return for brunch on board as ‘Orchid’ sails home to port in Hai Phong. Back on terra firma, enjoy an orientation tour of this important port city, proceed to Hang Kenh Temple and take in a local water puppet show. Later, transfer to Hanoi and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, where you settle in at your hotel.
The Reverie Saigon | Meals: BL

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City | Vibrant, Evocative Saigon.

Recently experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, Ho Chi Minh City is a lively, evocative hub of activity. Rise early for a cyclo ride through the streets, as the city slowly comes to life. Stroll through a special section of Tao Dan Park where locals congregate with their prized birds and the air is alive with birdsong. Next, visit the memorial park dedicated to a Buddhist monk remembered for performing self-immolation in protest of the South Vietnamese government in 1963. Changing from cyclo to vehicle, continue along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street to visit a little-known, hard-to-find weapons bunker, as well as a food market and flower market.

Then sample some of the city’s most sensational pho at one of its best-kept-secret restaurants. Return to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the morning at leisure. This afternoon, view examples of the city’s colonial legacy, including the Reunification Palace and the Central Post Office. Tonight, gather for dinner at a local culinary hot spot.
The Reverie Saigon | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City | Design Your Day.

Today, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, learning how the Vietcong used this vast subterranean network to conceal and support a stealthy underground fighting force. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Visit the War Remnants Museum to view photographs from Bunyo Ishikawa, a Vietnam War photojournalist.
  • Explore the City’s Bustling Culinary Scene, sampling traditional dishes prepared by local street food vendors.
  • Stroll Ben Thanh Market & Craft Boutiques to discover the latest in trendy shops and local market life.

Return to your hotel.
The Reverie Saigon | Meals: B

Day 7: Siem Reap, Cambodia | Ta Prohm.

Fly to Siem Reap, the town nearest to Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Then, begin your exploration of Ta Prohm, where the roots of great trees seem to have spilled over the roof of this iconic stone temple. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: BL

Day 8: Siem Reap | Sunrise over Angkor Wat.

Rise early this morning to experience the incomparable serenity and inspiration of watching the sun rise over mystical Angkor Wat. Return to your hotel for breakfast and a morning at leisure. This afternoon, visit Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer kingdom and Bayon Temple, its 172 large scale faces bearing beguiling smiles, representing gods, goddesses and other beings from classical poems and mythology. This evening, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner on a gondola while floating on the Angkor Thom moat.
Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: BD

Day 9: Siem Reap | Hidden Temples & Treasures.

Today, explore a less-visited temple — Banteay Srei, known as the “Citadel of Women.” Learn about the essential work of the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy project that builds pumping wells in rural communities throughout the country. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, bid farewell to Cambodia as you fly to Luang Prabang.
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao | Meals: BL

Day 10: Luang Prabang, Laos | Living Temples.

Step back in time for a day, as you explore charming Luang Prabang and its tranquil streets. Proceed to Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist Temple noted for its “Tree of Life” wall mosaic, and Wat Khili, known for its mix of French and Lao architecture. Next, visit the National Museum, which was once a royal palace. After lunch, enjoy your afternoon at leisure or explore on your own. Gather this evening for dinner.
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao | Meals: BD

Day 11: Luang Prabang | Giving & Receiving.

Rise very early to give alms to Buddhist monks, which puts you in touch with the local culture and community. Return to your hotel with some time to relax and pack. After lunch, take part in a baci ceremony — a good-luck ritual for a safe onward journey that is part of the local culture — before flying to Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital.
The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: BL

Day 12: Bangkok, Thailand | Along the Chao Phraya River.

Visit the sprawling Grand Palace, a complex that is the historic Siamese court, home to Thailand’s most important shrine, the green-jade Emerald Buddha. Also visit the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles to view the dazzling array of finely detailed ethnic fabrics on display. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, before gathering for a farewell dinner tonight.
The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: BD

Day 13: Depart Bangkok.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart for home.
Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 9:00 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 12.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Nov 1, 2020 - Nov 13, 2020
Price AU$13,745pp Single Supplement AU$4,630 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Nov 5, 2020 - Nov 17, 2020
Price AU$13,745pp Single Supplement AU$4,630 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Nov 12, 2020 - Nov 24, 2020
Price AU$13,745pp Single Supplement AU$4,630 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Dec 6, 2020 - Dec 18, 2020
Price AU$13,745pp Single Supplement AU$4,630 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Dec 17, 2020 - Dec 29, 2020
Price AU$15,920pp Single Supplement AU$5,790 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Dec 20, 2020 - Jan 1, 2021
Price AU$17,805pp Single Supplement AU$6,515 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire

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