Three Kingdoms of Indochina

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Day 1

Overnight Flight:
Journey to a region rich in culture and history, taking in three extraordinary countries: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Tour Begins:
Your tour opens in historic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. For centuries, the city has been the commercial hub of the region which has created a melting pot of culture.

Accommodation:
New World Hotel Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City:
Get acquainted with the city's colonial landmarks on a tour including the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House. Discover the Reunification Palace where the Vietnam War ended and learn more about the lasting effects of this struggle at the War Remnants Museum. Join your fellow travellers for a welcome drink at Saigon Saigon, the location where daily war briefings were held all through the decade long conflict. A short walk brings you to one of the city's finest local restaurants for dinner.

Accommodation
New World Hotel Saigon

Meal Plan:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Ho Chi Minh City:
Immerse yourself in the culture during a visit to the Mekong Delta and cruise along the bustling river. Be introduced to daily life here during a visit to a local home factory which produces rice paste and coconut candies. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a lush tropical garden and have time to explore local villages. Continue on and make a stop at Cao Dai Temple to take in its striking architectural style. Tonight you may choose to experience the region's multifaceted culinary heritage with an optional dinner at a French restaurant.

Accommodation:
Alma Courtyard Hotel

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Ho Chi Minh City - Hoi An:
Fly to Da Nang. Your first stop is at China Beach where American troops landed. Venture to Hoi An, an ancient merchant trading port and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Board a cyclo for a tour of the preserved town. Feel like you have stepped into the past as you ride by the Tan Ky Old House, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Chua Ong Pagoda and a 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge.

Accommodation:
Alma Courtyard Hotel

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Hoi An:
Learn about the local cuisine at today's cooking class. Begin with a visit to a local market to interact with vendors and learn about traditional ingredients. Learn how each of the vegetables and herbs are used to create everyday Vietnamese cuisine.

Accommodation:
Alma Courtyard Hotel

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Hoi An - Hue:
Early this morning you have the opportunity to partake in an optional sunrise photography class and observe fishermen bringing in their catch in the dawn light. Today's journey takes us to Hue, the Imperial capital city, via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass. En route, pause to savour lunch at Lang Co fishing village. Time is allowed to explore at the haunting Imperial tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Arrive in Hue, home of the Nguyen dynasty and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tonight, enjoy a lavish royal feast, complete with traditional music and Imperial costumes.

Accommodation:
Imperial Hotel Hue

Meal Plan:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hue - Hanoi:
Discover Hue's Imperial past while visiting the Imperial Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, fly to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Spend time at Hoa Lo Prison (the Hanoi Hilton), where American POWs were held, and gain insight into their captivity as you stroll past the poignant exhibits. Tonight, dine in a unique environment, reminiscent of local markets.

Accommodation:
Movenpick Hotel Hanoi

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and dinner.

Hanoi:
Learn more about Vietnam's diverse culture at the Museum of Ethnology. Take in the well-preserved traditional architecture at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university founded in the early 11th century. Enjoy lunch at a non-profit restaurant that empowers underprivileged children by training them with new skills. Then, have time to stroll along tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and through the craft guild streets in the nearby old quartre. End the day with a traditional Water Puppet performance.

Accommodation:
Movenpick Hotel Hanoi

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Hanoi - Halong Bay:
Journey to Halong Bay for your overnight cruise on a luxury junk boat. Marvel at the thousands of limestone islands that dot these waters. Transfer to a sampan to visit a floating fishing village to watch the sunset before sharing a seafood feast.

Accommodation:
Bhaya Classic Halong Bay

Meal Plan:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Halong Bay - Hanoi:
Join a sunrise tai chi class on deck as the fog lifts, revealing the morning light. Explore an ancient cave on a nearby island. Enjoy brunch on board and cruise back to the , returning to Hanoi. This afternoon you have the option of embarking on a street food tour of the city that delves into authentic culinary delights such as pho noodles.

Accommodation:
Movenpick Hotel Hanoi

Meal Plan:
Breakfast

Hanoi - Luang Prabang, Laos:
Begin your day in Ba Dinh Square, home of the mausoleum built to honour Ho Chi Minh, a revered figure in Vietnam. Behind this impressive site and standing in stark contrast is Minh's simple house on stilts. Admire the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. From Hanoi, fly to Luang Prabang, Laos. This evening gather for a traditional Baci ceremony, a "calling of the soul" reserved for special events.

Accommodation:
Sanctuary Hotel

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and dinner.

Luang Prabang:
This morning, venture through the Luang Prabang countryside en route to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls, passing rice fields and small villages along the way. Return to town and board a traditional river boat. Cruise up and down the Mekong River and make a stop at Pak Ou Caves, home to hundreds of Buddhas, before mooring below limestone cliffs for a Laotian lunch. Then we are off to the most remarkable temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong.

Accommodation:
Sanctuary Hotel

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Luang Prabang:
At an elephant village nestled in a jungle valley on the banks of a river, get up-close to these gentle giants and learn how mahouts train their elephants. Perhaps you will opt to take an elephant ride. Then, discover the country's regal history on a guided tour of the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum. The afternoon is yours to independently explore quiet and reserved Luang Prabang. Tonight, enjoy a tasting menu sampling local Laotian delicacies.

Accommodation:
Sanctuary Hotel

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and dinner.

Luang Prabang - Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Wake before dawn and participate in the offering of alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks. Fly to Siem Reap. This evening get to know Cambodian culture during a traditional Apsara show with dinner.

Accommodation:
Angkor Century Hotel

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Siem Reap:
Explore the ancient ruins of Angkor Thom, famous for the Bayon temple and its colossal stone-carved faces. Continue to the haunting Ta Prohm temple, overgrown by creeping jungle. Immerse yourself in daily life during a Khmer lunch set in a traditional wooden house followed by an introduction to local school children at the JWOC Community .* Continue to famous Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious building and symbol of Cambodia. Stand before the stone carvings and bas-reliefs that adorn the complex and remain until sunset, when the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful sunlight.

Accommodation:
Angkor Century Hotel

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Siem Reap:
Be amazed by the Roluos Group, temples remaining from the first major capital of the Khmer Empire. Take an ox cart ride to the Roluos Pagoda where monks celebrate a private blessing ceremony. Feel like a local as you explore Kompong Phluk, a floating village, and enjoy a picnic lunch at a floating restaurant. Later you may choose to partake in an optional visit to the Landmine Museum and the Banteay Srei complex.

Accommodation:
Angkor Century Hotel

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and lunch.

Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
Enjoy a free morning in Siem Reap to explore on your own before flying back to Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon. Tonight, toast to the end of a remarkable trip while savouring your farewell dinner at a highly-acclaimed restaurant.

Accommodation:
New World Hotel Saigon

Meal Plan:
Breakfast and dinner.

Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Ends:
Return home with a wealth of incredible memories.

Meal Plan:
Breakfast