Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

+ 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 city streets alive with food vendors.
+ Explore historic must-see Hoi An which so many other visitors miss.
+ Learn how to select the best produce and most fragrant spices for your culinary class and lunch.
+ Join Laotian farmers in their fields for a handson experience in rice cultivation – even plowing with a water buffalo!
+ Includes 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites c

2017 Itinerary2018 Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

    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+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. Nearby, in contrast, is the simple wooden house where he lived and worked. This morning, you’ll also see the Presidential Palace, a Beaux Arts architectural landmark built between 1900 and 1906 for the French Governor-General of Indochina. At the unique One Pillar Pagoda, you’ll learn more Vietnam’s enduring Buddhist traditions. 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 lunch onboard as you navigate through this breathtaking scenery, passing through Hoa Cuong – a small fishing village – and along remote beaches and uninhabited islands. After stepping off for an exciting, guided cave adventure, return to ship where you can enjoy a cocktail and the spectacular views as we continue cruising through this enchanting tableau of water, land and sky. Enjoy a cooking demonstration with our onboard chef and toast your fellow guests with some Vietnamese rice wine. Cocktails and light canapés will be available before this evening’s dinner in our ship’s inviting dining room.  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 coffee, tea and pastries are served. Then step off ship to explore Sung Sot Cave. The intrepid can climb the 600 steps for sweeping views of the Bay’s unique limestone formations. Back onboard, a hearty breakfast will be served as our vessel navigates back to the pier. Upon disembarkation, you’ll be escorted to the airport in Hanoi for your included flight to Cambodia. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you’ll be met and escorted to the luxurious Park Hyatt.  Meals B
  • 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 Victoria Xiengthong Palace Hotel, set in the beautifully restored last residence of Laos’ Royal Family.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 12 – Laotian Cultures + 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.
     
    After lunch along the banks of the Mekong River, you’ll visit Ock Pop Tok - the East Meets West Living Crafts Center. Founded to empower local women and to preserve traditional Laotian handicrafts, especially weaving, this unique community project is set in charming house on the banks of the Mekong. You’ll have ample time to engage with the women and to watch as they work their looms, creating fine textiles with both traditional and modern designs. You can hand-dye a scarf and even try your hand at spinning and weaving. From silk cultivation to finished product, you’ll gain insight into one of Laos’ most venerated arts. Your visit at Ock Pop Tok ends with a sunset cocktail in their pleasant garden cafe.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 13 - Living Lands Farm + Kuang Si Waterfall

    Designed to develop sustainable farming techniques, the pioneering Living Lands Farm community project gives you a chance to join Laotian farmers for an authentic hands-on experience in the labor-intensive process of rice cultivation. Learn how to plant rice in the paddy 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. Indeed, the farm now sells produce to restaurants in Luang Prabang and also supports education for underprivileged children.
     
    After lunch, we’ll take you to Kuang Si Waterfall where terraced pools and cascades promise a refreshing afternoon! Then visit the Sun Bear Reserve to learn about their important conservation work rescuing this indigenous tropical species from the illegal trade in wildlife. Back in Luang Prabang, you’ll tour Wat Xieng Thong. Among the city’s many impressive temples, this historic landmark is regarded as one of the finest – with an intricate Tree of Life mosaic, beautifully carved walls, and a sweeping two-tiered roof.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 14 - Fly to Bangkok, Thailand

    After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a visit through the Royal Palace. Built in the early 1900’s this revered landmark features a classic French Beaux-Arts style embellished 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.
     
    After your visit, you’ll be escorted 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 and evening are at leisure to enjoy as you wish.  Meals B+L
  • Day 16 - Depart Bangkok

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

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Our Small Group 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

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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

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  • Nancy from MI gives this tour 

    Delighted by the hands-on activities. Read More »

  • John from MI gives this tour 

    Good Variety of Activities Read More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Barbara from MN gives this tour 

    Enjoyed the varied experiences from dyeing silk scarves to cooking classes to planting rice. This was not a trip where you just saw temples and museums it was engaging and active. Read More »

  • Burnell from CA gives this tour 

    Nearly everything was great about this trip -- the sights and sounds, the hotels and rooms, the restaurants and meals, the guides and drivers, the friendliness of the locals. Our guide in Viet Nam, Hoi Do Van, was exceptional. He was knowledgeable, personable, and patient in his dealing with the idiosyncrasies of some members of our group. Read More »

  • James from GA gives this tour 

    I was very pleased with the trip. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos were all fascinating. Our tour kinds and excursions were excellent. Our hotels and restaurants were great. The highlight of the trip for me was Laos. I loved our guide, Hoi, I loved Luang Prabang and our trip to the Hmong village. Read More »

  • Mary Lou from IL gives this tour 

    There was a lot to like about this trip. Overall highlights: 1. The hotels were excellent and 2. the guides were very knowledgeable. Kudos especially to the 2 Park Hyatts in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap and the Anantara in Bangkok. Our guide, Yae, in Laos was exceptional. He rearranged our schedule and agenda to suit our preferences and was extremely personable and warm. In large part he contributed to making the visit to Laos our favorite experience. We visited in November and despite the... Read More »

  • Joseph from FL gives this tour 

    The trip helped me to better understand the visited countries history, culture, cuisine. It was a great opportunity to have an inside look to their everyday life, political system and customs. See the differences and similarities of the region’s countries. Read More »

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