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Kingdoms of Southeast Asia Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand 2021-2022

19 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Day 2 Hanoi, Vietnam - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Hanoi. Layers of the city’s complex past can be found interwoven into its modern culture. Known for its French colonial architecture, tree-lined streets, and vibrant street food scene, Hanoi is Vietnam’s dynamic capital and second most populous city.

Day 3 Hanoi
Start your morning with a city tour of Hanoi and the Old Quarter. Visit Ba Dinh Square and the Temple of Literature. Follow the meandering streets, decorated with temples and pagodas, and feast on the history before you. After working up an appetite, enjoy a walking food tour featuring some of Vietnam’s most famous dishes such as banh mi and pho. Enjoy coffee and views of Hoan Kiem Lake – the “Lake of the Restored Sword” – at a rooftop café. Later this evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Hanoi
Your day starts at the infamous Hoa Lo Prison. This historic site, dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American POWs, is now a museum that tells the story of colonial history from the Vietnamese perspective. Following your visit, sit down with a local veteran from the Vietnam War to chat and connect with him as he recounts his history. (B)

Day 5 Hanoi - Ha Long Bay
Journey to Ha Long Bay and board a charming junk boat for an overnight cruise - the perfect vantage point for soaking up the landscape. Once on board, enjoy a feast of fresh seafood as you sail past vistas of low green mountains, small villages, hundreds of islands, and limestone peaks jutting out from the sea. Disembark to discover the wonders of nature, history, and archaeology. Back on board, sit back and relax as the sounds and peaceful sway of the boat lull you to sleep. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An
Your day begins with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck. Then, it’s your choice! Explore vibrant waters by traditional row boat -OR- see it from the seat of a kayak. Cruise back to the harbor and return to Hanoi. Fly to Da Nang and travel to Hoi An (UNESCO), an ancient trading port. Enjoy a savory meal at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 Hoi An
Explore the flavors of Hoi An. Board a basket boat and journey along the Co Co River for an immersive cooking class. Learn how to catch seafood in the river and grind rice into flour. Use your ingredients to cook four classic dishes which you’ll enjoy for lunch. Continue with a moving experience at a local café and celebrate the work of talented artisans that create sustainable and fair-trade products. Before you leave, take part in an immersive lantern-making experience and create colorful beacons of prosperity. Later, on a walking tour of the old town, stroll by the ornate Chinese-style temple Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and a 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. End at the vibrant market on the banks of the Thu Bon. (B,L)

Day 8 Hoi An
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the magic of Hoi An. Walk along the canals that cut through Ancient Town on your own, uncovering a preserved history interwoven into the modern way of life. Perhaps you’ll visit an art gallery, wander through a cultural museum, or go shopping for the perfect souvenir. (B)

Day 9 Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City
Leave Hoi An and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the energetic urban capital formerly known as Saigon. On an eye-opening city tour, you’ll see the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral,* and the Reunification Palace. Head over to explore treasures from local vendors on display at the Old Market in District 1. (B)

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
Take to the waters of the famous Mekong Delta. As you sail along, your guide will delve into the history and culture of the region. Find lush tropical gardens, local markets, and a bustling energy that gives an intriguing peek into everyday life. Discover the region’s cottage industry with a visit to a coconut candy factory and learn how this confection is made. Enjoy lunch featuring southern Vietnamese cuisine before traveling back to Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L)

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City
Spend your morning at the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground passageways used as hideouts by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in metropolitan Ho Chi Minh City before your dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap, Cambodia
This afternoon, board your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia’s gateway to the wonders of Angkor. In this ancient city, you’ll discover a world where colonial and Chinese architecture melds into a sophisticated urban and culinary scene. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant accompanied by a traditional Khmer dance performance. (B,D)

Day 13 Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Siem Reap
Depart for a sunrise at Angkor Wat, a perfect example of classic Khmer architecture. Enter its eastern gate and exit to the west, watching the sunlight dance along stones. Have breakfast back at the hotel before returning to Angkor. Later, visit Ta Prohm, a sprawling monastic complex that is overgrown with jungle. At Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmers, visit the Terrace of the Leper King and the temples of Baphuon and Bayon, 11th- and 12th-century masterpieces at the center of the city. (B)

Day 14 Siem Reap - Preah Dak - Siem Reap
Start your day at the Visitor Center of APOPO, where “hero rats” are trained to navigate minefields and save lives. Learn about the country’s history with war and meet the professional rats at a demonstration. Continue to the village of Preah Dak to see how Nom Banh Jok (rice noodles) are created. Get a peek into the local culture at the palm sugar market, where tree sap is gathered and cooked for sugar. Make your way to Les Chantiers Ecoles, where local apprentices are trained in fine arts, and peruse the different workshops of sculpture, carving, and more. (B,L)

Day 15 Siem Reap - Luang Prabang, Laos
Connect with locals at the JWOC Community Center** and learn about their ongoing projects. Your day continues with a flight to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos. Get acquainted with the city with your guide. Then, it’s your choice! Venture into the lively outdoor markets at night -OR- return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 16 Luang Prabang
Hop into a tuk tuk with a guide and make your way to the city center, including a visit to the National Museum – the former Royal Palace. Continue to Wat Xieng Thong monastery, decorated in eye-catching gold. Meander along the Nam Khan River to Wat Khili, highlighting the local culture and history. After lunch, cruise to the Pak Ou Caves, shrouded in mystery and home to thousands of Buddha statues. End your day with a home-hosted dinner and traditional Baci ceremony – celebrating a significant event in someone’s life. (B,L,D)

Day 17 Luang Prabang - Ban Long Lao - Luang Prabang
Begin your morning with a traditional alms offering, gathering with monks before exploring a nearby market. After breakfast back at the hotel, journey to a traditional Hmong hill tribe village in Ban Long Lao and get to know the tribe and their way of life. Set out on an easy hike*** through lush jungle and panoramic mountain scenery to the incredible Kuang Si Waterfall. After a picnic lunch, return to Luang Prabang. (B,L)

Day 18 Luang Prabang - Bangkok, Thailand
Board your flight to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. A feast for the senses, this bustling city on the banks of the Chao Phraya River blends cosmopolitan sophistication with a strong sense of history and tradition. Tonight, join your fellow travelers and toast to the end of your adventure on a Klong dinner cruise. (B,D)

Day 19 Bangkok - Tour Ends
Return home with memories of your travels through the kingdoms of Southeast Asia. (B)
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All This Included
Delve into an ancient and mysterious world of rural landscapes, bustling cities, and fascinating history in Southeast Asia. From Hoan Kiem Lake and the Hoa Lo prison, to a street food adventure through the city, Vietnam’s balance of peace, modernism and prosperity engage your thoughts and senses. On a charming junk boat, bask in the serenity of Ha Long Bay. Find inspiration at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple, the world’s largest religious structure. A local Laotian family welcomes you into their home for dinner. Explore the hundreds of Buddhas found in the Pak Ou caves. This is an incomparable mosaic of culture and history that unfolds within a blink of the eye.
  • 31 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Highlights
  • Explore Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter on an exciting walking tour.
  • Participate in a lantern-making experience at an organization that benefits local artisans.
  • See the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong.
  • Take part in a private blessing ceremony and meet the monks of a local monastery.
Accommodations
Hanoi: Mercure La Gare 
Ha Long Bay: Bhaya Classic 
Hoi An: La Siesta Resort & Spa 
Ho Chi Minh City: Novotel Saigon Centre 
Siem Reap: Tara Angkor Hotel 
Luang Prabang: Souphattra Hotel 
Bangkok: Rembrandt Hotel 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Mercure La Gare Hanoi
Post Tour Extension:
  • 3 Night Bangkok Extension ( Land Only )
Notes
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.