Gold-leafed pagodas glinting in the sun, young monks in saffron robes, women carrying goods to market by yoke basket—the visual images of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia are striking. In Luang Prabang, Laos' romantic temple town, we boat along the Mekong and meet hill villagers. In Vietnam, we take a bicycle rickshaw through Hanoi's Old Quarter, overnight on a private boat in Bai Tu Long Bay, stroll the lantern-lit lanes of Hoi An, and marvel at the palaces of the Nguyen emperors in Hue. Our final treat is Angkor, Cambodia's surreal “lost city,” where the stone towers of a medieval metropolis rise out of a subtropical forest. Our incredible Trip Leaders ensure an unforgettable cultural immersion in these ancient lands.
Arrive: Luang Prabang, Laos
Depart: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Minimum fee (Internal airfare): $200 per person
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Days 1-3 (3 nights)
Steeped in history and colonial charm, the Maison Souvannaphoum is a former royal residence with contemporary design features. Each guest room has a balcony (rooms in the Garden Wing face the pool) and feature one king bed or two single beds. Facilities include an outdoor...
Days 4-6 (3 nights)
Day 7 (1 night)
Hoi An, Vietnam
Days 8-9 (2 nights)
Days 10-11 (2 nights)
Located on the Perfume River near the center of Hue, Azerai La Residence is a former governor's residence renovated into a boutique hotel with a French colonial ambiance. The hotel overlooks the Citadel of Hue and features tranquil, jasmine-scented gardens, Art Deco–inspired rooms, bar, and restaurant. Unwind in the luxurious...
Day 12 (1 night)
The chic Caravelle is situated adjacent to the Saigon Opera House in the heart of downtown. Many luminaries have stayed here, including former US President Bill Clinton and actor Michael Caine, and the Saigon Saigon Bar, once a famous gathering place for war correspondents, is still a lively venue every...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Days 13-15 (3 nights)
Set among lovely gardens and ponds, the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort will feel like an oasis of serenity after a full day exploring the temples of Angkor Wat. A combination of French and Khmer architecture, the hotel features tastefully decorated guest rooms with wooden floors,...
Laos in November and March should be warm-to-hot (80°Fs) during the days, with pleasant evening temperatures (60s). Laos in December-February will be cooler (70s), with cool-cold nights (50s) and cool, foggy mornings. Normally, there is only a small chance of rain from November through early March, and weather for the most part should be sunny.
Vietnam lies within various climate zones. Hanoi during November-March should be warm (70s) during the day with pleasant evening temperatures (60s), while in December through February can be chilly (50s-60s) during the days with cold nights (50s). During winter (November-March), Hanoi has the possibility of drizzle or rain. Bai Tu Long Bay weather is similar to that of Hanoi.
Hue during November-March has a very varied climate (different from all other regions) that may include some drizzle and rain. Hoi An during November-March should be pleasant, sunny, and warm (70°F-80°F) with nice sea breezes but on occasion it can also be rainy. Saigon during November-March (their “dry” season) will be hot and steamy during the days with warm, pleasant evenings (70s), similar to the climate of Bangkok.
Cambodia (Angkor) during November-March is likely to be hot and sunny during the days (80s-90s) with warm, pleasant evenings (70s). The climate at Angkor is dryer and hotter than Hanoi and Laos. Our trips schedule temple visits in the early morning and late afternoon with a rest break during the midday heat.
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Mt. Kisco, NY
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"We were taught so much beyond the usual viewpoint given to a tourist that I felt I had a much deeper understanding of the culture and history than I would have if traveling with a different company."
Palm Springs CA
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David and Linda G.
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Los Gatos, CA
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Santa Monica, CA
"I don't think I have ever been so comfortable in my surroundings, or treated so well on any trip."
"It was a phenomenal journey, with plenty of variety, historical significance, and exposure to local life. Having grown up during the Vietnam war era, it was an emotional journey as well. It was wonderful to see how these countries are now thriving after experiencing such horror and tragedy. We really felt that we got exposure to how people currently live in addition to learning about their history. Thank you, Wilderness Travel, for creating this wonderful experience and itinerary!"
La Jolla, CA
"Sharing Indochine with Andrew was a gift. His extraordinary breadth of knowledge and experience in the area made it all come alive. It was a magnificent adventure that taught me so much about the cultures and history, far more than I could have imagined."
Santa Fe, NM
"Excellence is what I've come to expect from Wilderness Travel, and this trip was all that and more. David Henley, Chan, Long, and Khet were quite simply the best—incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. The places we visited took my breath away. There were numerous cruises to take us to more remote sites. And I particularly loved the personal touches of visiting villages and schools. What a joy to have Khmer children serenade us with ‘If You Miss the Train I'm On.’ This is a trip I may need to take a second time!"
"A great way to see three countries in 2.5 weeks. Very enjoyable and educational."
"This was my second time on this trip, and I found it as enchanting as the first time."
"An incredible variety of activities was packed into the trip, yet we never felt rushed. It would be impossible to do what we did in the same period of time without the expertise of WT guides."
Cle Elum, WA
"We had many wonderful experiences during this trip! Each country had its own special events that helped us better understand its people and the ways they live. As we learned more, we developed increasing respect, knowing about the glories of their pasts and their visions for the future."
San Antonio, TX
"Well planned and well executed, this met all my expectations (and the bar is high because I've so much enjoyed every trip I have taken with WT!)."
Santa Fe, NM
"Experiencing different cultures; viewing beautiful scenery within the cities and in rural areas; learning Indochine's incredible contemporary and ancient histories; and meeting its beautiful people made this trip extraordinary. Every day brought unique experiences. My world view has been profoundly changed by the experience."
"What a fabulous trip!! We saw and did so much—it is going to take me a while to absorb and process it all. Loved every minute of it!"
"The trip was wonderful. I am impressed not only with the itinerary, hotels, and food, but also with how smoothly the trip runs."
"What an excellent adventure! Besides the delicious food and superb hotels, our lead guide was outstanding. His historical, cultural, and anecdotal knowledge is wonderful. The local guides in each country added to our understanding of the individual country."
Presque Isle, WI
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"Everything was great about this trip from start to finish."
"The trip was part Indiana Jones, part Anthony Bourdain, and another part adventure in a land of amazing beauty and culture. The trip itinerary, coupled with David and the three assistant guides, provided a nice immersion into the culture of each country. It wasn’t just about seeing touristy things but being able to visit the villages and schools provided so much depth to the trip."
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Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.