Day 1 - Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam
Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and transfer to your
Day 2 - Hanoi
Hanoi is the country’s cultural heart, bearing traces of
centuries of changing dynasties. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house,
a simple structure that served as home to the revolutionary
guerrilla leader. After lunch, visit the infamous “Hanoi
Hilton” prison, where American prisoners of war were once
confined. Ride Like a Local by cyclo through the city’s Old
Quarter. This evening, gather with your fellow guests for a
Day 3 - Ha Long Bay
Travel to Hai Phong, where you board ‘Orchid’ for a cruise of
picturesque Ha Long Bay. Relax on deck as ‘Orchid’ snakes
her way past countless islets, their striking karsts (limestone
formations) rising dramatically from the emerald waters.
Disembark on Cat Ba Island and discover Trung Trang Cave’s
intricate features, formed over millennia. Back on board
‘Orchid,’ view the sunset framed against the Gulf of Tonkin
shoreline, followed by dinner aboard.
Day 4 - Ha Long Bay & Ho Chi Minh City
Greet the day on deck with sunrise tai chi overlooking the
bay. Set out for an early morning kayak excursion among the
towering limestone pinnacles. Return for brunch on board
as ‘Orchid’ sails home to port in Hai Phong. Back on terra
firma, proceed to Hang Kenh temple and take in a local water
puppet show. Later, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the former
Saigon, where you settle in at your hotel.
Day 5 - Ho Chi Minh City
Recently experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, Ho Chi
Minh City is a lively, evocative hub of activity. Rise early for a
carefully curated, A&K-exclusive experience that starts with
a cyclo ride through the streets as the city slowly comes to life.
Stroll through Tao Dan Park, a neighborhood gathering place,
and then enjoy specialty Vietnamese coffee at a local shop.
Changing from cyclo to vehicle, continue along Nguyen Dinh
Chieu Street to visit a little-known, hard-to-find weapons
bunker. Round out your morning exploration of local life by
sampling some of the city’s most sensational pho at one of its
best-kept-secret restaurants. Return to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the morning at leisure. At lunch, participate in a
Chef ’s Table experience where you try your hand at making
banh koht, a savory Vietnamese pancake. This afternoon, view
examples of the city’s colonial legacy, including Reunification
Palace and the Central Post Office, and then explore a Cao
Dai temple to get in touch with southern Vietnam’s spiritual
side. Tonight, gather for dinner at a local culinary hot spot.
Day 6 - Ho Chi Minh City
Today, venture outside of the city to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels and speak with a former Vietcong soldier, learning
how this vast subterranean network was used to conceal
and support a stealthy underground fighting force. This
afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.
Visit the War Remnants Museum to view photographs
from Bunyo Ishikawa, a Vietnam War photojournalist.
Explore the City’s Bustling Culinary Scene, sampling
traditional dishes prepared by local street-food vendors.
Stroll Ben Thanh Market & Craft Boutiques to discover
the latest in trendy shops and local market life.
Return to your hotel, where the rest of your afternoon and
evening are at leisure.
Day 7 - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Fly to Siem Reap, the town nearest to Angkor Thom and
Angkor Wat. Begin your exploration of Ta Prohm, where the
roots of great trees seem to have spilled over the roof of this
iconic stone temple. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 8 - Siem Reap
Rise early this morning to experience the incomparable
serenity and inspiration of watching the sun rise over
mystical Angkor Wat before exploring the vast temple
complex with your expert local guide. Return to your hotel
for breakfast and time to relax. This afternoon, visit Angkor
Thom, the last capital of the Khmer kingdom, and Bayon
Temple, its 172 large-scale faces — bearing beguiling smiles
— representing gods, goddesses, and other beings from
classical poems and mythology. This evening, take a tranquil
gondola cruise on the Angkor Thom moat while sipping a
cool drink on a Scenic Sundowner.
Day 9 - Siem Reap
Today, explore a less-visited temple: Banteay Srei, known as
the “Citadel of Women.” Learn about the essential work
of the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy
project that builds pumping wells in rural communities
throughout the country. After lunch at a local restaurant,
bid farewell to Cambodia as you fly to Luang Prabang.
Day 10 - Luang Prabang, Laos
Step back in time for a day as you explore charming Luang
Prabang and its tranquil streets. Begin with a visit to the
National Museum, once a royal palace. Then, follow quiet
back lanes to the beautiful Heuan Chan Heritage House.
After a refreshing tea in the gardens, proceed to the
enchanting Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist Temple noted for
its “Tree of Life” wall mosaic, and then visit Wat Khili. Later,
join your fellow guests for a relaxing sunset cruise along the
tranquil and iconic Mekong River before dinner.
Day 11 - Luang Prabang
Rise very early to give alms to Buddhist monks, putting you
in touch with the local culture and community. Return to
your hotel with some time to relax and pack. After lunch,
join locals in their home for a baci ceremony — a good-luck
ritual for a safe journey that is part of the local culture —
before flying to Bangkok.
Day 12 - Bangkok, Thailand
Visit the sprawling Grand Palace, a complex that is the
historic Siamese court and home to Thailand’s most
important shrine, the green-jade Emerald Buddha. Also
visit the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles to view a dazzling
array of finely detailed local fabrics. Your afternoon is
at leisure. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner of Thai
Day 13 - Depart Bangkok
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to begin your
Myanmar post-tour extension or depart for home.