Delight in our insider access on this luxury journey

+ Explore the waterways of the Mekong Delta for an intimate look into its timeless ways of life.
+ Savor Hanoi’s culinary scene on an evening tour through streets alive with food vendors and city residents out to enjoy their evening.
+ Discover historic must-see Hoi An which so many other visitors miss; this ancient sea port was once the busiest and wealthiest in all of Asia!
+ Learn how to select the best produce and most fragrant spices for your culinary class and lunch in Hoi An.
+ Behold the glory of Angkor; our unhurried, expertly-guided tour includes the oft-photographed and evocative Ta Prohm and a chance to watch the sun set over these jungle ruins.
+ Embark on a deluxe overnight cruise deep into magnificent Ha Long Bay, an ethereal region of forested islands, hidden coves and towering limestone peaks.
+ Join Laotian farmers in their fields for a hands-on experience in rice cultivation - even plowing with a water buffalo!
+ Includes 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

    On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Park Hyatt. Ideally situated on Lam Son Square in the heart of the city, our luxury hotel is the best in town.
  • Day 2 - Out and about in Saigon

    This morning we take you outside of the city to visit the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, the incredible underground network that was built by guerilla fighters beginning in 1940 and expanded throughout the Vietnam War. Marvel at secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living quarters and even conference rooms. You’ll have ample opportunity to view the excavated areas from above; the more adventurous can explore the deeper second and even third-level tunnels. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and then return to the city for sightseeing including the handsome 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Hall - 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. Strolling along Le Cong Kieu Street, you’ll discover colorful shops offering Colonial memorabilia, old coins, art, fine antiques and moderately priced souvenirs. This evening, you’ll dine at Hoa Tuc, famed for its fine presentation of traditional Vietnamese cuisine.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 3 - Excursion into the Mekong Delta

    After breakfast, we’ll take you south of the city to Ben Tre, a bustling port in the Mekong Delta. Boarding a small boat, you’ll embark on a guided foray into the life, culture and landscapes of this vibrant region, known as the “Rice Bowl” of Vietnam for its thriving rice paddies, traditional family farms and modern aquaculture enterprises. You’ll also learn about the Delta’s other cottage industries as you visit a small brick-making workshop and a family-run business that process coconuts into oil, candy and woven mats.

    After a guided stroll through a small Delta village, you’ll board a beautiful teak boat to continue your cruise along the Mekong’s colorful waterways. Enjoy a cooking demonstration, a congenial onboard luncheon and time to relax as you cruise back to Ben Tre. Back in Saigon, you’ll have time to refresh at the Park Hyatt before dining at a historic Colonial-style restaurant.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 4 - Travel to Hoi An

    You’ll be escorted to the airport this morning for your included flight to central Vietnam. On arrival in Danang, a scenic drive takes you past the five towering marble outcrops known as the Marble Mountains and Danang Beach; during the Vietnam War, Americans used the name China Beach to refer to this beautiful coastal stretch where they would come on R&R leave from bases all over the country.

    This afternoon you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Hoi An. Known as Faifo to early western traders, this was one of the region’s major trading ports during the 17th to 19th centuries. Today, this historic town is still graced with finely-preserved homes built by Japanese, Indian, Dutch and Portuguese merchants of old. As you explore through the charming cobblestone streets of this ancient port, it’s easy to imagine yourself a sailor of the 18th century when it was one of the busiest and wealthiest ports in all of Asia. Your guided sightseeing also showcases ancient Chinese temples, art galleries and colorful local markets. You’ll also have time to explore a bit at your own pace or just relax before this evening’s dinner. Enjoy two nights here at the luxurious Anantara Hoi An Resort.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 5 - Get to Know Hoi An

    After breakfast, our in-the-know guide will take you to Hoi An’s bustling central market, where residents come to shop for fresh seafood, herbs, produce and other daily staples. Learn about Vietnam’s culinary traditions and some of the exotic produce for sale as you browse in the market and sample regional specialties. A short cruise brings you to our modern kitchen for a hands-on cooking class with an engaging local chef. Then sit down to lunch featuring some of the dishes you and your fellow classmates have prepared! Enjoy a free afternoon to relax at the resort or take the time to explore more of ancient Hoi An at your own pace. This evening, you’ll dine at Brother’s Café, an inviting riverside restaurant set amidst lush tropical gardens.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 - Onward to Hanoi

    After breakfast, your scenic return transfer takes you to the airport in Danang for your included flight to Hanoi. On arrival, you’ll be met and escorted to the Sofitel Legend Metropole, the finest luxury hotel in the city. This afternoon you’ll embark on a guided exploration of the city, starting at the Temple of Literature, founded nearly 1,000 years ago and dedicated to the famous Chinese scholar and philosopher Confucius. At Ngoc Son Temple, built in the 18th century on a tiny island in picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake, you’ll hear a colorful legend about an emperor, a magic sword and a giant turtle! End your day on a high note with a Water Puppet performance - a traditional and uniquely Vietnamese art form which is believed to have started centuries ago in the nation’s flooded rice fields.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 7 - The Sites and Flavors of Hanoi

    Today’s sightseeing begins after breakfast at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an impressive monument constructed of marble, granite and precious woods. Next up is a cyclo adventure! Traveling along in a traditional Vietnamese pedi-cab is a terrific way to explore the colorful streets of the historic city center, where names like Tin Street and Bamboo Street still indicate the products for sale by vendors - many of whom have occupied the same shop for generations!

    This evening, our in-the-know resident expert will take you on a privately guided culinary adventure to experience the city’s vibrant food scene. Bustling by day, Hanoi’s Old Quarter is equally lively come nightfall as city residents head out to enjoy the many food vendors and cafes that line these historic streets and alleyways. Begin with a locally brewed draft beer and then set out along the quarter’s colorful streets as your guide answers questions and shares insight into the exotic foods being offered. Take in the tempting aromas arising from the sizzling woks and steaming pots and decide which dishes you’d like to sample - grilled meats, vegetable skewers, noodles and rice dishes are just some of the many options. End the night at one of Hanoi’s most popular ice cream parlors and then return to your hotel.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 8 - Ha Long Bay Cruise

    This morning’s drive from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay takes just a few hours, but the amazing scenery that greet you on arrival will feel worlds away from the city… 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 deluxe Paradise Cruise vessel.

    Enjoy a welcome drink and lunch onboard as you navigate through these breathtaking landscapes with their pristine beaches, tiny fishing villages and uninhabited islands. An afternoon cooking demonstration with our onboard chef is a chance to learn more about traditional Vietnamese cuisine. As water and weather conditions permit, there may be a chance to go swimming in a sheltered bay. Delight in a beautiful sunset before sitting down to a congenial meal accompanied by complimentary Vietnamese beer and house wines.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 9 - Disembark + Fly to Cambodia

    Arise to the majestic beauty of Ha Long Bay! If you wish, you can join a Tai Chi class on deck before this morning’s delicious buffet breakfast. Step off at Ti Top Beach and ascend to the top of a nearby peak for breathtaking panoramic views before cruising back to the Paradise Cruise pier on Tuan Chau Island. Upon disembarkation, you’ll be escorted to the airport in Hanoi for your included flight to Cambodia. Arriving in Siem Reap, you’ll be met and escorted to the luxurious Park Hyatt.  Meals B+D
  • Day 10 - Temples of Angkor

    Your full-day guided tour of the sprawling Angkor complex begins this morning with the impressive South Gate of Angkor Thom, where ancient statues of the Gods of Good and Evil line the entrance. Nearby, Bayon Temple is renowned for its magnificent carvings - hundreds of smiling faces that adorn its ancient towers and detailed bas reliefs that tell stories of daily life during the Khmer Empire and the battles they waged. From the top of Phimeanakas, you’ll have impressive views of two ancient pools that were once used for religious rituals. This morning, you’ll also visit the Terrace of the Elephants and Ta Prohm; dedicated in 1186, this last temple complex has been largely left in its natural state - surrounded by the massive roots and limbs of the encroaching jungle.

    After lunch, you’ll explore the imposing majesty of 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. Late in the day, your guide will lead you to a prime vantage point to witness the sun set over Angkor, a magnificent and unforgettable spectacle.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 11 - Tonle Sap Lake + Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos

    Check out after breakfast and travel to the shores of Tonle Sap Lake, an impressive body of water that dominates the landscape in this tranquil part of the country. A morning excursion aboard a shaded boat transports you across the tranquil lake waters to see traditional floating villages and small fish farms. It’s a fascinating up-close look at the enduring traditions and timeless rhythms of life in rural Cambodia.

    Then transfer to the airport in Siem Reap for your included flight to Laos. Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, you’ll be escorted to the elegant Sofitel Luang Prabang Hotel.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 12 - A Temple, Palace + The Living Lands Farm

    Your exploration of Luang Prabang begins this morning at Wat Xieng Thong, a splendid Buddhist temple with intricate carvings, rare Buddhist deities and the revered Tree of Life mosaic. Next is a tour of the Royal Palace, built in the early 1900’s in classic French Beaux-Arts style with traditional Laotian motifs. Today, it’s one of the city’s finest museums with extensive exhibits including the nation’s crown jewels, ancient art and artifacts and even several royal apartments that have been preserved to show the mid-20th century life of the king and his family. Then take in the views from atop Mt. Phousi before sitting down to lunch.

    In the afternoon, you’ll spend time at the Living Lands Farm, a community project designed to develop sustainable farming techniques. Joining Laotian farmers for an authentic hands-on experience in the labor-intensive process of rice cultivation, you’ll learn how to plant rice and even try your hand at guiding a water buffalo to plow the field. If all that sounds a bit too adventurous, you might help with the harvesting of other organic vegetables and herbs or learn how to husk rice. There’s also an expansive verandah if you just prefer to sit back and watch. Faced with other destructive farming methods that persist elsewhere in Laos and the rest of Asia, Living Lands has successfully demonstrated the potential of sustainable organic farming methods.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 13 - Laotian Culture + Tribal Traditions

    Arise early this morning to the sound of reverberating temple gongs.  As hundreds of saffron-robed monks walk silently through the streets, you’ll join local residents for their daily alms ritual. Collecting sticky rice and other foods in their bronze bowls is a way for the monks to demonstrate their humility; and giving alms is an important religious action, one that is respectfully carried out by Buddhists here in Laos and across Southeast Asia.

    After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll embark on a fascinating excursion into the mountains. Take in the spectacular views and visit a family farm to learn about some of their local crops and daily life here in the Laotian countryside. At a Hmong village, you’ll gain insight into tribal culture and traditions. You’ll also visit Kuang Si Waterfall where you’ll find tranquil terraced pools and beautiful cascades. Before returning to Luang Prabang, you’ll spend time with skilled weavers to learn about traditional Laotian textiles.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 14 - Royal Palace + Fly to Bangkok, Thailand

    Enjoy a leisurely morning and then transfer to the airport for your included flight to Thailand. Upon arrival in Bangkok, you’ll be met and transferred to the deluxe Anantara Riverside Resort. The rest of this day is yours to enjoy the idyllic setting of your resort along the fabled Chao Phraya River. Or, of course, you can step out to begin your exploration of Bangkok at your own pace.  Meals B
  • Day 15 - Palaces + Temples

    Join your expert guide this morning to tour the spectacular Grand Palace. Built in 1782, this was the fabulous royal residence for the powerful Kings of Siam for more than 150 years. Today, it’s a major historical landmark filled with more than 100 royal halls, pavilions and buildings - many of them graced with golden spires and glittering mosaics that attest to the artistry and skill that thrived in the ancient Kingdom of Siam. Your guided sightseeing continues with the city’s most significant temples including Wat Phra Kaew. Popularly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this revered site houses a 2-foot tall image of the Buddha that sits atop a golden alter. Often adorned in a seasonal costume, this culturally priceless statue of the Buddha is made of green jasper or jadeite - and not emerald. After sightseeing, the rest of your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy as you wish. This evening, we’ll gather for a farewell dinner.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 16 - Depart Bangkok

    We’ll take you to the airport today for your onward flight.  Meals B

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    Deluxe Cabin

    Built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design, the ships of Paradise Cruises blend in subtle harmony with the natural environment. Each vessel features a stylish restaurant and bar for an exclusive dining experience on the third deck. The top deck serves as a perfect place to enjoy lingering in the sunshine and discovering the splendid beauty of Halong bay with a 360° view, thus promising unforgettable and thoroughly relaxing moments. These Cruises are celebrated for being the only ships in Halong Bay to provide complete spa facilities with dry sauna, Jacuzzi, massages and beauty treatments.

Our Original Journey Value

+ Comprehensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
+ 40 meals: 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners featuring some of our favorite restaurants in Southeast Asia
+ Wine or beer are served at all midday and evening meals
+ 14 nights in our deluxe and luxury hotels
+ Overnight cruise through Ha Long Bay in a deluxe outside balcony cabin aboard our Paradise Cruises ship
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and all 5 internal flights
+ Luggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and service charges, and all airline fees for your included flights

Trip Pricing

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Arrive Ho Chi Minh City - Per Person Double

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11/27/2018 $7099 $6799
12/19/2018 1/3/2019 $7399 $7099
1/7/2019 1/22/2019 $7099 $6799
2/5/2019 $7099 $6799
2/11/2019 2/26/2019 $7099 $6799
3/4/2019 3/19/2019 $7099 $6799

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Our Private Journey Value

Comprehensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
37 meals: 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners featuring some of our favorite restaurants in Southeast Asia
14 nights in our deluxe and luxury hotels
Overnight cruise through Ha Long Bay in a Deluxe Outside Cabin aboard our Paradise Cruises ship
All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and all 5 internal flights
Luggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and service charges, and all airline fees for your included flights

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodations
Departure Return   Regular Deal
1/16/2018 12/31/2018 $8299 $7999
1/1/2019 5/15/2019 $8299 $7999

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  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you book and pay-in-full.

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  • Nancy from MI gives this tour 

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  • Cathy from PA gives this tour 

    There were many unique experiences that this trip offered; however, feeding the monks in the early morning hours was a highlight, as well as planting rice in the paddies of Laos. Read More »

  • Jeffrey from PA gives this tour 

    Hotels were beautiful. Guides were knowledgeable and helpful. Read More »

  • Jane from MA gives this tour 

    Everything was exceptional! Our guides Cuong Nguyrn (Vietnam) Sokly (Cambodia) Johnny (Laos) and Boeing (Bangkok) were exceptional. They really made our trip. The accommodations were the very best and the food was amazing. The hands on experiences as well as the historical and cultural events were amazing. Also assistance at the airports was very welcome and well done. We will definitely travel with A&R again Read More »

  • Marjorie from NC gives this tour 

    The variety of activities and learning about the people and sharing in some of the cultural experiences was outstanding. I loved everything about this trip from the superb hotels, the excellent guides, and the ease of all of the transfers. The most unique activity was arising before daybreak in Luang Prabang, Laos to greet the Buddhist monks carrying their baskets and giving them sticky rice that our guide, Yae Yang, had so generously provided for each of our group so that we could... Read More »

  • Robert from NC gives this tour 

    The tour provided a very interesting mix of activities and we learned so much about each place that we visited. Our guide in each country was very knowledgeable and showed us that they truly cared about each guest, making the adventure very enjoyable for everyone. Loc in Vietnam, Sokhoeun Bout in Cambodia, Yae Vang in Laos and Mindy in Bangkok were all wonderful and exhibited a love for their work. Read More »

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    The trip was great. We especially enjoyed Halong Bay, Angkor Thom ruins, and walking through the villages in rural Cambodia. Read More »

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    Highlights were Ha Long Bay, Mekong Delta, the people. Read More »

  • Margaret from FL gives this tour 

    Wonderful variety of activities that are rarely part of tours, such as planting rice, feeding Buddhists monks, visiting with a Shaman, tye dying your own silk scarf. Each day had totally different experiences. Read More »

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