The Best of Southeast Asia

Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia & Burma
Repertory Trip: No Future Dates Set

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: TBA  
Length: 26 days
Arrive: Luang Prabang, Laos
Depart: Yangon, Burma
Lodging: 25 nights in deluxe hotels
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches and 7 dinners
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Overland travel wtih walking tours, cultural explorations
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Highlights

  • Luang Prabang, an ancient Laotian temple town on the Mekong
  • Hanoi, with its medieval Old Town, Hoi An, 17th century trading port
  • Angkor Wat, one of the architectural wonders of the world
  • Burma’s magical Shwedagon, ethereal pagodas of Bagan, Inle Lake’s floating market


This was a very complex trip that was impeccably choreographed to maximize our sightseeing time.Kathe W.—Pittsburgh, PA

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Repertory Trip

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered every two to five years.  Future dates have not been set for this trip, but you can see the “Itinerary at a Glance” and the “Full Detailed Itinerary” below (there may be small changes to the itinerary for the future departures, and prices will be finalized closer to departure). Contact us to receive early notification of the trip dates. These special trips fill very quickly once the exact dates are set!

Join veteran Asia Trip Leader Roger Williams for a journey into a world of gold-leafed pagodas, straw-roofed sampans drifting down tranquil rivers, and ornate royal capitals. Our exploration of Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Burma brings us into a realm of stunning beauty and vibrant cultures. We get a glimpse of daily life as we meet a mosaic of intriguing peoples in their villages, schools, homes, and temples, and discover irresistible settings like Luang Prabang in the heart of the old Lao kingdom, glorious Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s jungle-shrouded city of temples lost in time, and magical Burma, with its shimmering lakes and hilltop shrines. Our adventure abounds with visual delights, from the bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi to sunset over the pagodas of Bagan, but it’s our encounters with its graceful and deeply spiritual people of Southeast Asia that linger in our minds long after journey’s end.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-5
Luang Prabang, Laos / Vientiane

Explore Laos’ ancient royal capital, a delightful l town of gilded temples, palaces, and French colonialist architecture, now a World Heritage Site visit hilltribe markets,  and boat up the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, a Buddhist pilgrimage site. In Vientiane, Laos’s sleepy capital, visit traditional temples including Wat Ho Phra Keo, originally constructed in 1565 as the Lao royal family’s personal chapel.

Days 6-10
Hanoi, Vietnam / Hue

Discover ancient Hanoi, whose Old Quarter still features magnificent French colonial architecture. In Hue, Vietnam’s cultural and religious capital, venture into the countryside to visit two Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty then take a private “dragon boat” up the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous structures in all Vietnam.

Days 10-13
Danang / Hoi An / Saigon

Visit Danang’s Marble Mountains en route to 17th century Hoi An, a picturesque riverside town with a real sense of history on its streets.  Stroll around this charming town, a World Heritage Site, and visit houses, temples, and the old Japanese Covered Bridge. On Day 12, fly to Saigon to tour Vietnam’s vibrant capital, including the Chu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong.

Days 14-19
Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Siem Reap / Angkor Wat

After exploring Phnom Penh, fly to Siem Reap to experience Angkor, a lasting monument to the glory of a bygone Khmer civilization and one of the wonders of the world, all in a spectacular jungle setting. The city was built between the 9th and 13th centuries to glorify a succession of Khmer kings.

Days 19-26
Yangon, Burma / Inle Lake / Mandalay / Bagan

Fly to Yangon, Burma, with its magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, then fly to Heho and visit shimmering Inle Lake, home to fascinating villages and “floating markets.”  In Mandalay,  hike up Mandalay Hill and visit the venerated Maha Muni Pagoda, a huge Buddha image that devotees have covered with countless layers of gold leaf. In Bagan, one of the most extraordinary sights in all of Southeast Asia, explore a valley filled with over 2,000 pagodas and temples, some huge and glorious, others small and graceful, all set in simple fields. Depart via Yangoon on Day 26.

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated 3, Moderate, according to our trip rating system. While this trip is not expected to be physically strenuous, the rustic accommodations, long travel days, and transportation conditions may be quite demanding. Accommodations are in excellent hotels. Overland travel is in minivans and small buses, depending upon the size of the group. Road conditions can be very basic, and trip members should be prepared for long drives. Please note, however, that on some parts of the trip, we will be traveling in some areas with a still-developing tourist infrastructure. We believe that the most important requirements are a spirit of adventure and the understanding that you are visiting a remote and fascinating region. This is not a hiking trip, but we do hope to have opportunities for walks of two hours or more during the journey.

Explanation of Trip Levels

Client Comments

This was a very complex trip that was impeccably choreographed to maximize our sightseeing time. Kathe W., Pittsburgh, PA
Taking the trip as a whole over the near month-long that it was, I unquestionably rate it as outstanding. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to Southeast Asia. Greg W., Pittsburgh, PA