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Vietnam + Angkor Wat - NEW

11 days

Never more than 16 guests OR Travel Privately

Our Distinctive A+R Style

+ Mingle with Hanoi residents at a charming lakeside cafe and then delight in a Water Puppet performance – an ancient Vietnamese art form.
+ Immerse in the beauty of Ha Long Bay from your balcony stateroom on our luxury cruise.
+ Delve into the seafaring heritage of Hoi An, an ancient port which so many other visitors miss.
+ Delight in our private cocktail reception high above Saigon as the sun sets over the city.
+ Meet the HeroRATs who have saved countless lives by detecting long-buried landmines.
+ Discover Banteay Srei; this lovely, lesser-visited temple is hailed by many as the jewel of Angkor.
+ 9 nights luxury hotel and 1 night cruise; 19 meals with wine at lunch + dinner; comprehensive sightseeing; all transfers; all 3 internal flights; and all gratuities except for your Trip Leader.

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On arrival, our VIP Fast Track Service expedites your arrival through immigration, baggage claim and customs. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to the stylish Sofitel Legend Metropole, the finest luxury hotel in the city.

After breakfast, your full-day sightseeing begins at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an impressive monument constructed of marble, granite and precious woods. A tour of the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, ironically nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton by American POW’s during the war, offers a sobering and thought-provoking look into history. End your morning at the Temple of Literature, founded nearly 1,000 years ago and dedicated to the famous Chinese scholar and philosopher Confucius.

After lunch, explore Hanoi’s colorful Old Quarter, where ancient byways like Tin Street and Bamboo Street are named for the goods that have long been sold there. Continuing along labrynthine streets explored by few tourists, you’ll have a chance to peer into old temples and homes, meeting residents as your in-the-know guide shares insight. Take a break with a refreshing cup of Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake and then visit Ngoc Son Temple, built in the 18th century on a tiny island in the lake. End your sightseeing with a Water Puppet performance, a traditional and uniquely Vietnamese art form which started centuries ago – possibly in the nation’s flooded rice fields.  Meals B+L

 

The scenic drive from the bustling city to Ha Long Bay is just a few hours, but the magnificent landscapes that greet you upon arrival will feel worlds away from Hanoi… Ha Long Bay is filled with thousands of limestone islands, forested peaks, hidden coves, mysterious caves and emerald green waters that stretch forth as far as you can see. Traditional sailing junks and local fishing boats ply these waters and here awaits our intimate luxury ship, the Paradise Elegance.
 
Settle in to your spacious balcony stateroom and enjoy a welcome cocktail as we begin our voyage into the sublime vistas of Ha Long Bay. After lunch onboard, you’ll explore Sung Sot Cave. Later, you can visit a pearl farm where traditional ways of cultivating pearl oysters have been enhanced with the most recent developments by Japanese marine biologists. The adventurous can choose to go kayaking instead! Return to ship for a cooking demonstration, sunset cocktails and dinner in the restaurant.  Meals B+L+D

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4

Disembark + Travel to Hoi An

Royal Mgallery Hotel - Hoi An, Vietnam

Early risers can join a Tai Chi session on deck as the sun is rising over the magnificent landscapes of Ha Long Bay. After a light breakfast, go ashore on Soi Sim Island where you can enjoy a refreshing swim or hike to the island’s summit for panoramic views. Return to ship where you’ll find a lavish breakfast buffet awaiting you in the restaurant. As we cruise back toward the marina, take these last moments to enjoy the passing vistas from your private balcony or the Sun Deck. Upon disembarking, transfer to the airport for your included flight to Danang. On arrival, a scenic overland journey brings you to Hoi An, a historic coastal town missed by many other travelers. Check in to the Royal Hoi An MGallery where Grand Deluxe Rooms with private balconies have been reserved for our guests.  Meals B
 

Join your engaging guide this morning for a walking tour in town. From the 16th to the 18th centuries, Hoi An c was one of the wealthiest ports in all of Asia – home to Dutch, French, Portuguese, Arab, Japanese and Chinese merchants. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its splendidly preserved architecture and ancient seafaring heritage. Your tour includes Chua Ong Pagoda, built in 1653, and Jinshang Temple – dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea and the protector of seafaring merchants. You’ll also visit the 200-year-old Tan Ky Ancestral House and the oft-photographed covered bridge, built by Japanese craftsmen in the 17th century. A pleasant cruise on the Thu Bon River is a wonderful way to conclude your exploration of this ancient and lively port.  Meals B+L

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Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Park Hyatt - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Return to Danang for your included flight to Saigon. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the Park Hyatt Hotel. Situated on Lam Son Square in the heart of town, our luxury hotel is Saigon’s best – heralded for its style and attentive service.  Meals B
 

Begin your sightseeing with the graceful, Colonial-era landmarks of the city including the Central Post Office, built in the late 1800’s with its creamy yellow façade, and the Opera House - designed by French architect Eugene Ferret in the flamboyant style of the French Third Republic. Next up is a guided tour of Reunification Hall, from its landscaped gardens to its stately interior; formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975 as Saigon fell. Nearby, the War Remnants Museum offers a penetrating look into the ravages of the war as seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese people. 
 
After lunch, explore a local market filled with exotic tropical fruits and embark on our Cyclo adventure through the colorful streets of Chinatown. A guided walk down one particular street reveals small shops specializing in traditional herbal remedies; meet some of the merchants as our guide offers insight into Vietnam’s ancient healing practices. Your day of exploration ends with a cocktail as you watch the sun set over Saigon from atop one of the tallest buildings in Asia.  Meals B+L+D

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Cambodia. Touching down in Siem Reap, our VIP Fast Track Service expedites your arrival through immigration and customs. Ahead of other airline passengers, you’ll soon be on your way to the luxurious Belmond La Residence d’Angkor where a Junior Suite with terrace has been reserved for you.  Meals B
 

This morning, you’ll discover the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom – the last capital of the Khmers, with its remarkable Elephant Terrace and elaborately carved Terrace of the Leper King. At the very heart of Angkor Thom, the stunning Bayon temple is a 12th-century architectural masterpiece of symmetry and grandeur. Continue on with your guide to visit Preah Khan, an extensive monastic complex built by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII.
 
Take a break from sightseeing for a delightful lunch at Viroth’s, where fine traditional Khmer cuisine is attentively served in a chic and contemporary setting. In the afternoon, your  guided sightseeing focuses on the less-visited but equally impressive sites of Angkor, including Chau Say Tevoda, Prasat Kravan, and Ta Keo. You’ll also tour the oft-photographed Ta Prohm; dedicated in 1186, this vast temple complex has been largely left in its natural state, surrounded by the massive roots and limbs of the encroaching jungle. End your sightseeing on a high note as you tour Angkor Wat - the largest temple in the world with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops Pyramid in Egypt. Inspired by 12th-century Hinduism, it took an estimated 30 years to build Angkor Wat, including the intricate bas-relief carvings which adorn all four sides of the temple.  Meals B+L+D

Begin another day of guided exploration at Banteay Srei; also known as the Citadel of Women, this delicately carved, pink sandstone temple is hailed by many as one of the finest of all the temples in the sprawling Angkor complex. Not far away, Banteay Samre was built in the mid 12th century and distinctively features beautiful carvings that reflect both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. With its impressive towers and balustrades, its overall architectural style has been compared to the grandeur of Angkor Wat. In the afternoon, we’ve arranged a special visit with the amazing organization that has been training the HeroRATs that have saved countless lives worldwide by detecting long-buried landmines. Across Africa, Asia and South America, their work to clear these dangers remnants of war has allowed local communities to move forward and safely develop their land in productive ways.  Meals B+D

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Tonle Sap Lake + Departure

Check out after breakfast and travel to the shores of Tonle Sap Lake, an impressive body of water that dominates the landscape in this timeless part of the country. A morning excursion aboard a shaded boat transports you across the tranquil lake waters to Kompong Phluk, a remote Khmer community comprised of three villages. Home to about 3,000 residents, their homes are built in the traditional fashion – “floating” above the lake on wooden stilts that can be up to 25 feet above the water level. With insight from our expert guide, you’ll learn about their timeless way of life, raising fish and vegetables on unique floating platforms. Then return to the airport in Siem Reap for your onward flight.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Journey on to Bangkok & Chiang Mai

6 day FreeStyle Add-on

The extraordinary diversity and close proximity of neighboring Thailand make this a wonderful Small Group complement to your exploration of Vietnam and Angkor Wat. We’ve planned six perfect days for you to experience Thailand’s legendary hospitality, world renowned cuisine and the highlights of Bangkok and the mountainous north.

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From Ancient Angkor to Glittering Bangkok

After your tour finishes in Siem Reap, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your included flight to Thailand. Upon arrival in Bangkok, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the legendary Shangri-La Hotel, a luxurious city-center resort overlooking the Chao Phraya River.

You’ll have time to freshen up before boarding the gleaming Manohra, a traditional rice barge that has been meticulously restored to accommodate just 40 guests. As you cruise along the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok’s historic River of Kings, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner of freshly prepared Thai delicacies. This romantic evening voyage takes you alongside the towering Temple of Dawn and the magnificent Grand Palace. You’ll see the Royal Barges Boat House and experience the endless and fascinating flow of boat and barge traffic along the river and its many canals. Meals D

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The Blue Elephant Cooking School

This morning’s hands-on culinary experience reveals the ingredients and techniques of Royal Thai Cuisine. Start out with your chef-instructor at a colorful local market, selecting produce, herbs and spices to enhance your culinary creations. Back at the renowned Blue Elephant Cooking School, set in a beautiful century-old city mansion, you’ll learn how to prepare several classic dishes inspired by ancient Royal Thai Cuisine. Then sit down in the inviting restaurant to sample your culinary efforts – along with additional Thai dishes prepared by our professional chefs.

The balance of your afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy the resort-style amenities of your luxury hotel or step out and explore the nearby shops and sights at your own pace. Meals B,L

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Fly to Chiang Mai

Transfer to the airport for your flight into northern Thailand. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Shangri-La Hotel, a 5-star city resort close to the city’s famous Night Bazaar. Revered by the Thai as the artistic, cultural and spiritual heart of their country, Chiang Mai offers a fascinating contrast to the 21st century, urban pace of Bangkok. The balance of your day is free to enjoy the beguiling charms of the city. Meals B

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Full Day Elephant Safari and Rafting Expedition

Chiang Mai is surrounded by the beautiful hills and mountains of northern Thailand. This morning you’ll travel through scenic countryside and deep into these forested landscapes. At the Chiang Dao Elephant Conservation Center, learn how elephants were once the backbone of a thriving lumber industry. Watch as the elephants are bathed in a swift flowing river and then witness a demonstration of the work skills which made them so vital – carrying and transporting enormous logs of teak and other valuable hardwoods. Logging is now banned in Thailand, and camps like this are becoming increasingly important to the preservation of these enormous animals.

After this informative and entertaining presentation, climb atop an elephant as the mahout (the elephant’s handler, usually a lifelong relationship) leads you and the pachyderm on a one-hour trek into the surrounding forest. Return to camp for a luncheon of northern Thai specialties and then head down to the banks of the Ping River where bamboo rafts and guides await to lead you on an unforgettable expedition down the river. Visit an Orchid Farm to learn about the cultivation of these exotic plants and then return to your luxury retreat in the city. Meals B,L

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Back to Bangkok

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the capital, where you’ll be met and escorted once again to the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel. With the rest of your day free to do as you wish, you can relax by the crystal-clear swimming pool, indulge in a spa treatment, or step out to pursue your own interests in this friendly and sophisticated city. Meals B

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6

Farewell to Bangkok

After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport for your homeward journey. Or if the beaches of Phuket are beckoning, give us a call and we can arrange another affordable extension including flights, transfers and the perfect beachfront resort! Meals B

Be a Hong Kong Insider...

4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $1,399

Sophisticated Hong Kong is the perfect way to enhance your trip! We include your flight from Shanghai, 3 nights at the stylish Mira Hotel, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy's Kitchen and our Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.

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Phuket

4 days from $1,899

Enhance your travels in Thailand with our perfectly-planned Phuket island get-away. We include roundtrip flights from Bangkok, 3 nights at your choice of beachfront hotel, all on-tour transportation, and a full-day excursion to the Phi Phi Islands. This Private Tour is easily added in between Day 3 and Day 4 of our core 7-day itinerary.

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1

Bangkok to Phuket

You’ll be chauffeured to the airport today for your included flight to Phuket. On arrival, your personal car and driver will take you to your choice of beachfront hotel.  Meals B

Day
2

Excursion to the Phi Phi Islands

After breakfast, your car and driver will take you to the pier where you’ll join other travelers aboard a speed boat for the 1-hour journey to the Phi Phi Islands. Your first stop will be Koh Pai, a tiny idyllic isle with pristine white sand beaches and lush vegetation including the Casuarinas and Bamboo trees that give the island its name. You’ll have time to relax, swim and snorkel before sitting down to a delightful lunch. In afternoon, you’ll continue by speed boat to Phi Phi Ley where you’ll explore a limestone cavern known for its ancient wall paintings and the harvesting of the birds’ nests used in Bird’s Nest Soup – a traditional Chinese favorite. Return to Phuket in the late afternoon where you’ll be met at the pier and chauffeured back to your beachfront hotel.  Meals B+L

Note: This excursion includes snorkeling equipment, life jacket, and National Park fees.

Day
3

A Day in Paradise

This entire day is at leisure so you can enjoy the idyllic beachfront setting and amenities of your resort.  Meals B

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4

Back to Bangkok

Your personal car and driver will take you to the airport for your included flight to Bangkok. Connect with your flight to Chiang Mai for the continuation of our Thailand In-Style journey.  Meals B

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Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
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