An Extraordinary Cultural Journey to Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia


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.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is a tranquil oasis of golden temples, colonial-era villas, and frangipani trees along the winding Mekong River. We visit its 15th century pagodas and boat along the Mekong River to a Buddhist pilgrimage site. At sunrise one morning, we’ll “make merit” by giving alms to the monks.

Maison Souvannaphoum
Luang Prabang, Laos
Days 1 to 3 (3 nights)
Melia Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Days 4 to 6 (3 nights)
Days 5-7
Hanoi, Vietnam / Bai Tu Long Bay

We’ll explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo (bicycle rickshaw) and on foot, then head to Bai Tu Long Bay, where our private “junk” (traditional boat) brings us into a stunning UNESCO-listed landscape of sheer limestone islands.

Melia Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Days 4 to 6 (3 nights)
Days 8-12
Hoi An / Hue / Saigon

We walk the riverside lanes of Hoi An, and in Hue, see the elaborate tombs of the Nguyen emperors. In Saigon, we visit the historic Reunification Palace, forever associated with the Fall of Saigon in 1975.

Hotel Royal Hoi An
Hoi An, Vietnam
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Azerai La Residence, Hue
Hue, Vietnam
Days 10 to 11 (2 nights)
Caravelle Hotel
Saigon, Vietnam
Day 12 (1 night)
Days 13-16
Siem Reap, Cambodia / Temples of Angkor

Angkor is a breathtaking expression of the glory of the Khmer Empire. We plan our visits for the least crowded times as we explore iconic temples including Ta Prohm, where huge banyan trees have grown through the walls. Depart on Day 16 via Siem Reap.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Days 13 to 15 (3 nights)



Explore Luang Prabang’s ethereal golden temples, meet hill tribe people
Discover Hanoi’s Old Quarter by bicycle rickshaw
Experience surreal Bai Tu Long Bay on an overnight cruise
Enjoy the majesty of Cambodia’s temple-city of Angkor


Length: 16 days
Cost From: $7495  
Arrive: Luang Prabang, Laos
Depart: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lodging: 14 nights deluxe hotels, 1 night aboard private traditional junk
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours

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