Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

Wild & wonderful Hanoi, world-heritage Halong Bay, alluring Hue & historic Ho Chi Minh; plus Phnom Penh & the breathtaking temples of Angkor Wat; optional extension to Bangkok

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures September 2021 – May 2023 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & CultureGrand Tours
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. Travel safely and confidently with our new health & safety protocols.
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Discover Vietnam and Cambodia, among the most fascinating and stunningly beautiful natural settings on earth, where ancient civilizations, welcoming people and dramatic history await. Our 16-day escorted tour of Vietnam and Cambodia includes the highlights of Vietnam from north to south: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as an overnight cruise on the picturesque Halong Bay. Then, continue to Cambodia and to the amazing Angkor temple complex and the lovely Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh. To maximize your visit to Southeast Asia, take advantage of your already-included airfare by joining our optional extension to Bangkok, Thailand.

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Cruise
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from Los Angeles including taxes & fees
  • All intra-Asia flights and ground transportation
  • 14 nights at superior & deluxe hotels
  • Overnight cruise on Halong Bay aboard the Boutique Indochina Sails
  • 25 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour director and local guides

Optional add-ons

  • Optional excursions in Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Optional Bangkok post-tour extension

Why you'll love it

  • Experience Hanoi’s must-see sights, including the “Hanoi Hilton” and the One Pillar Pagoda.
  • Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch at KOTO, a non-profit restaurant and vocational training program for young people in Vietnam.
  • Cruise along serene Halong Bay aboard the Indochina Sails Boutique and attend a Vietnamese cooking class directed by the ship's chef.
  • Stop by the Reaching Out workshop, a fair-trade organization where traditional handicrafts are made by disabled craftspeople.
  • Explore Angkor Wat, a 900-year-old architectural masterpiece that impresses travelers with its beauty.
  • Savor a special lunch at STREETS International, an institution that teaches disadvantaged youth about the culinary arts.
  • Tour the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground passageways used during the Vietnam War.
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh City’s Old Saigon Post Office, Reunification Hall and War Remnants Museum.
  • Be inspired by the smiling faces of the workers at the L'irresistible jam factory in Phnom Penh.

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you book. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia1
Rooming selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Sep 18, 2022;  Oct 16, 2022;  Nov 13, 2022;  Dec 4, 2022;  Feb 26, 2023;  Mar 19, 2023;  Apr 16, 2023 $1099
All other dates $999

1. Reservations for triples are possible for this tour. On the cruise portion, passengers will stay in one double and one single cabin. Please contact us for price and availability.

Separately Paid Fees
Vietnam Visa Fee1 (paid separately) $85
Cambodia Visa Fee2 (paid separately) $30
Cambodia Departure Tax3 (paid separately) $25

1. All visitors to Vietnam must obtain their own visa before departure. This price is approximate, based on a single-entry visa from VisaHQ. Actual price varies depending on the type of service you request.

2. Paid locally.

3. Paid locally.

Bangkok Post-Tour Extension1
Bangkok Extension
Sep 18, 2022;  Oct 16, 2022;  Nov 13, 2022;  Dec 4, 2022;  Feb 26, 2023;  Mar 19, 2023;  Apr 16, 2023 $599
All other dates $549
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Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Apr 18, 2021;  Mar 20, 2022;  Apr 17, 2022 $199
All other dates $249

1. Requires a minimum of two passengers to operate. You will return to the US three days later than the package return date shown.

Transfers for Passengers Booking Land Only
Optional Airport Transfers
Arrival Transfer: Hanoi airport to hotel1 $30
Departure Transfer: Phnom Penh hotel to airport2 $20

1. Price based on a minimum of two passengers.

2. Includes English-speaking guide. Price based on a minimum of two passengers.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX) included
New York City (NYC) $75
San Francisco (SFO) $75

This package offers round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Your exotic journey to Cambodia and Vietnam begins as you check in for your wide-body jet flight bound for Hanoi, Vietnam via Taipei, Taiwan

Day 2 En route

  • Cross the International Dateline and lose a day. (You'll recover this day on your return trip.)

Day 3 Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Arrive today in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam
  • Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in
  • Time permitting, take an electric car ride around Hanoi's Old Quarter, also known as the "36 streets”
  • This evening, join your fellow passengers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant

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Hanoi's Old Quarter

Arrive today in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon, time permitting, take an electric car ride around Hanoi's Old Quarter, also known as the "36 streets." This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore, with plenty of photo opportunities all around. This evening, join your fellow passengers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 Hanoi

  • Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his residence
  • Continue to the One Pillar Pagoda, a prayer here is said to bring fertility and good health
  • See the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university and Hoa Lo Prison (the "Hanoi Hilton")
  • Have lunch at KOTO, a non-profit restaurant that trains young people
  • Visit the Hidden Gem Café and try a traditional Vietnamese egg coffee
  • Enjoy and afternoon at leisure or take part in an optional excursion

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Hoa Lo Prison

This morning discover the highlights of Hanoi. First, enjoy a view of Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum then explore his "house on stilts" where he resided during the later years of his life, one of the most important and visited sites in Vietnam. Continue to the One Pillar Pagoda, built on stilts over a lake in 1049 by King Ly Thai Thong. A prayer here is said to bring fertility and good health.

Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university constructed in 1070 by King Ly Thanh Tong to pay tribute to education and to those of high academic achievement. Today, art students sit on the grass and try to reproduce the traditional Vietnamese architecture on paper while enjoying the beautiful and well-preserved gardens of this quiet retreat into Vietnamese educational history.

Continue on to Hoa Lo Prison, formerly known as the “Hanoi Hilton”. This notorious prison got its nickname during the Vietnam War—which the locals call the American War. Long before Americans were imprisoned here, many Vietnamese who fought against the French were held here. Afterwards, have lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One) restaurant, a non-profit restaurant and vocational training program for young people in Vietnam.

End the afternoon with a stop at the Hidden Gem Café, a unique coffee shop built around sustainability and reducing the use of plastics. Take notice of the unique décor as you meet the owner and learn more about how this idea came came to fruition. Watch as he shows how a traditional Vietnamese egg coffee is made and indulge in a tasting.

Later today, take some time to rest at the hotel, explore more of Hanoi or take part in an optional excursion.

Optional Excursion: Water Puppet Show (purchased locally), $23
Water Puppet Show

Enjoy a traditional water puppet show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form, designed to depict scenes of rural life and historical events. Requires a minimum of 2 passengers.

Optional Excursion: Hanoi Culinary Tour (purchased locally), $43
Food vendor

This afternoon take advantage of an optional culinary excursion through the streets of Hanoi. Begin your exploration at a "wet market" where a huge variety of produce is sold, everything from fresh tropical fruits, to live fish and frogs. Sample some different dishes as you stroll through the market. Next, walk through the backstreets where there are makeshift smaller markets set up along the road. Enjoy some excellent street food: choose between "pho gad" (chicken noodle soup and Vietnam's national dish) or "bun cha" (fresh rice noodles with grilled pork and herbs) in a local style specialty restaurant where only the dish mentioned is served. Continue south to the "thieves' market" where motorbike spare parts and industrial machinery are sold. The labyrinth of stalls makes for excellent photos and the chaos is captivating. Requires a minimum of 2 passengers. Tour overlaps with Water Puppet Show.

Later, return to your hotel.

Day 5 Hanoi, Halong Bay & Indochina Sails Boutique Cruise

  • After breakfast, drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay
  • Board the Boutique Indochina Sails and enjoy a welcome drink and orientation
  • During lunch you’ll cruise through Halong Bay, passing by the beautiful grottoes and islets
  • Enjoy a cooking class held by the ship’s chef
  • Join your fellow shipmates for happy hour before a sumptuous Vietnamese dinner

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Halong Bay

After breakfast, drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay. This amazing bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is dotted with thousands of limestone karsts and isles.

Local legend has it that long ago, when the Vietnamese were fighting Chinese invaders, the gods sent dragons to help defend the land. The dragons spit out jewels and jade, which turned into the islands and islets of Halong, forming a great wall against the invaders.

Here you’ll board the Boutique Indochina Sails. Upon boarding, you will be greeted with a welcome drink and gather in the dining room for a comprehensive safety and boat orientation briefing followed by itinerary details. Lunch is served on board at 1:00PM. During lunch, you’ll cruise through the most beautiful and quiet areas around Halong Bay. Stop at Sung Sot Cave, or "Surprise Cave," one of the most spectacular grottoes of Halong Bay. Walk up approximately 60 steps to reach the mouth of the grotto. Afterwards, enjoy a cooking class held by the ship’s chef, who will show you how to prepare traditional Vietnamese food and guests will taste the food after the class. Later, join your fellow shipmates for happy hour before your sumptuous Vietnamese dinner. After dinner, relax in the lounge or upper deck and enjoy the second happy hour. Board games and playing cards are available onboard or take advantage of the cruise’s massage services. Guests can even try their luck at squid fishing from the boat!

Day 6 Indochina Sails Boutique Cruise, Da Nang & Hoi An

  • Wake up to fresh coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries
  • An early morning Tai Chi lesson will be led by the ship’s Tai Chi master
  • Then disembark for a walking tour of Titov Beach Island
  • Once back on board, freshen up before enjoying breakfast
  • Disembark, and transfer to the airport for your flight to Da Nang
  • Continue to Hoi An by touring coach

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Hoi An

Wake up to fresh coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries. An early morning Tai Chi lesson will be led by the ship’s Tai Chi master before disembarking for a walking tour of Titov Beach Island. Climb the steps to the peak for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the bay stopping at the expansive viewing deck half way up. Once back on board, freshen up before enjoying breakfast. After breakfast, relax in the dining room and lounge or on the deck enjoying the last views of the bay. After disembarkation, board your touring coach and drive to the airport for your short flight to the coastal city of Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s most important ports. During the Vietnam War, Da Nang was home to a huge U.S. Air Force base. Continue to Hoi An, on the banks of the Thu Bon River. The colorful market town of Hoi An is an exceptionally well preserved example of a major Southeast Asian trading port from the 15th to the 19th centuries, with ships arriving from all over the world to obtain silk and other fabrics, sugar, tea, and ceramics. Hoi An’s traditional Vietnamese architecture has been preserved and there are many historic temples and pagodas in the area. Check-in to your centrally located hotel and enjoy dinner.

Day 7 Hoi An

  • Enjoy today at leisure in Hoi An to explore on your own

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Enjoy today at leisure to explore on your own. You might want to take advantage of Hoi An's world-famous tailors during your stay here. Anything you might want to wear can be made for you in Hoi An, all at bargain prices and with expert workmanship.

Optional Excursion: Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge (purchased locally), $115
Golden Bridge

Depart this morning for Ba Na Hills, a mountainous theme park perched high among the mountains of a former French resort. First, ascend one of the world's longest and highest cable car rides while taking in breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Once on top of the mountain, visit the Lin Ung Pagoda, Loc Uyen Garden and the Quan Am Pavilion. Next, amid the misty hills of the mountains, bask in awe at the Golden Bridge, held by two hands that seemingly protrude out of the Earth to hold it up. Get your camera ready to take some incredible pictures of the bridge, as well as the neighboring hills and distant ocean. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before you transfer back to Hoi An. Minimum 3 passengers to operate.

Optional Excursion: Tra Que Village (purchased locally), $68
Aerial view of Tra Que Village Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash

Take advantage of an optional bicycle excursion with lunch. Ride your bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que Village. Take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilising it with seaweed. Continue gardening activities such as raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens etc. After farming activities you will be shown how to prepare tam huu, a local delicacy. Then sit down for a home cooked meal including banh xeo a specialty savory pancake wrapped in rice paper. Requires a minimum of 2 passengers. This visit takes place in the morning during the Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge excursion.

Day 8 Hoi An & Hue

  • This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An
  • Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge and a beautiful Chinese Assembly Hall
  • Conclude your tour at the Central Market with some time for souvenir shopping
  • Afterwards, visit the Reaching Out workshop, a fair trade organization featuring handicrafts made by disabled craftspeople in Vietnam
  • Enjoy lunch in Hoi An at STREETS International before continuing your journey by motor coach to Hue
  • En route to Hue, stop at the Cham Museum

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Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An. Along the way, visit the Japanese Covered Bridge which features a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side and the town's most famous landmark, a beautiful Chinese Assembly Hall built in 1740 as a meeting place for all Chinese residents of the town. The hall is lavishly decorated with murals and a replica of a Chinese ship, and Phuoc Kien Pagoda, also called Kim Son Pagoda, built in 1697 by Chinese Phuoc Kien merchants at Hoi An. Conclude your tour at the Central Market, where you will find everything from fruit and flowers to tailor-made clothes and silk lanterns, whose flexible bamboo frames are designed to collapse, so they're easily transported home as a souvenir.

Afterwards, you will have the unique opportunity to visit the Reaching Out workshop. This fair trade organization features high quality handicrafts made by disabled craftspeople in Vietnam.

Next, join your fellow travelers for a special lunch at a unique local restaurant. STREETS International is much more than your typical restaurant, it is an innovative vocational training program for underprivileged children to learn hospitality management, entrepreneurship skills and the culinary arts. Today, you’ll support the program and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the students. Afterwards, continue your journey by motor coach to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam and seat of the Nguyen Dynasty that ruled Vietnam between 1802 and 1945. Stop en route at the Cham Museum, home of the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world.

Day 9 Hue

  • Visit An Dinh Palace, the former residence of Vietnam Emperor Khai Dinh
  • Make your way to the Tran Dinh Son Museum and the walled Citadel containing the Imperial City
  • Explore Hue's best known religious site, the Thien Mu Pagoda
  • End the day by boat with a visit to the popular Dong Ba Market

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Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue

Start your day with a visit to the magnificent An Dinh Palace, the private residence of Khai Dinh, Vietnam's penultimate emperor. The palace was built in 1917 with French architectural styles in mind, but was seriously damaged during the war, and was only recently restored as part of a German Government aid project. Get an overview of the life of this Royal family through the bedroom, entertainment rooms and book room.

Next, hop on a cyclo for a short ride to Tran Dinh Son museum, the first private museum in Hue, once a residence of Emperor Minh Mang. Admire the antique bowls, dishes, and tea pots that were used by the kings and have been preserved to this day. Then, make your way to the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.

Continue on to Hue's best known religious site, the Thien Mu Pagoda. According to legend, an old woman appeared on the hill where the pagoda now sits and predicted that a great leader would one day build a pagoda in that spot in order to bring peace to the country. Lord Nguyen Hoang visited the area in 1601 and upon hearing of the legend, he ordered the pagoda built, naming it Chua Thien Mu, the Heavenly Lady Pagoda.

End the day by boat with a visit to the popular Dong Ba Market, one of the must-see sites in Hue, where fruit, vegetables, fish, rice and other staples of the traditional Vietnamese diet are sold along with foods made from these ingredients.

Day 10 Hue & Ho Chi Minh City

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
  • In the afternoon, depart for a half day tour of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Hall, the Saigon Post Office and more
  • See the Jade Emperor Pagoda

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Reunification Hall, Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.

Take a stroll around and admire the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. Next, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, depart for a half day tour of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (still called Saigon by many locals). Your program includes the War Remnants Museum where exhibition halls display imagery of both the French and American wars. Continue to the Reunification Hall, formerly the Presidential Palace, it was towards this building that North Vietnamese tanks stormed on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell.

Later, visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda located on the fringe of District 1. Dating from 1909 and built by Cantonese Buddhists, this quiet oasis was designed using feng shui principles showcasing ornate statues and effigies.

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels

  • After breakfast, drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Return to Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon for the balance of the day at leisure

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Cu Chi Tunnels

After breakfast, drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, begun by the Viet Minh in the 1940's. The incredible network of tunnels once stretched for 210 miles and contained extensive Viet Cong infrastructure including tactical quarters, storage rooms, kitchens, a school and even an underground hospital. Most entrances were so well disguised that only a small portion of the system was ever discovered during the war, despite the fact that some 125 miles ran under a U.S. military base. Return to Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon for the balance of the day at leisure, or join an optional excursion this evening.

Optional Excursion: Saigon Nightlife by Vespa (purchased locally), $125
Streets of Saigon in the early evening

Tonight offers a chance to experience the vibrant nightlife of Saigon from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. The city comes alive at sundown and people congregate on sidewalks, parks and all over the city. The first stop on your culinary exploration will be to sample some light evening snacks and refreshments at a roof top bar. Continue through the city streets, seeking out bustling stalls serving authentic Vietnamese dishes. Conclude the evening at a hidden cafe, where you can enjoy a musical performance over a drink and ice cream, and see the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique style.

Day 12 Mekong Delta

  • Depart this morning for Cai Be, deep in the heart of the Mekong Delta
  • Visit to a local home factory which produces rice paste, rice popcorn and coconut candies
  • Transfer to smaller boats for a ride through beautiful canals
  • Enjoy lunch at Ut Kiet Mandarin Home before slowly cruising back Cai Be
  • On your return, stop at Cao Dai Temple then continue back to Ho Chi Minh City

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Cai Be floating market

Depart this morning for Cai Be, deep in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Embark on a private cruise to the colorful Cai Be floating market. Your tour continues with a visit to a local home factory which produces rice paste, rice popcorn and coconut candies. Transfer to smaller boats for a ride through the beautiful canals of Tan Phuong island (weather permitting). Then, enjoy lunch at Ut Kiet Mandarin Home before boarding the junk again and slowly cruise back Cai Be as you take in the beautiful landscapes and observe typical rural life on the Mekong Delta. On your return, stop at Cao Dai Temple to witness firsthand a fascinating fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, native Vietnamese spiritualism, Christianity & Islam. Return to Ho Chi Minh City later today.

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap & Angkor

  • Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in
  • Set off for the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Begin your explorations at the mysterious royal walled city of Angkor Thom
  • Other sites you'll visit include the Baphuon, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace and Royal Palace
  • Enjoy dinner at Spoons Cafe, a restaurant that aims to provide hospitality training to Cambodian youth

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Aerial view of Angkor Wat

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Set off for the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that contains the ruins of more than a thousand stone temples. The temples are the surviving remnants of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings were built of wood and are long since decayed and gone. Built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, the temples and the great city that surrounded them are one of mankind's most astonishing architectural achievements.

Satellite photographs reveal Angkor to have been the largest preindustrial city in the world, with an urban sprawl of 3000 square kilometers and supporting a population of up to one million people. Mysteriously abandoned in the 15th century, the site remained largely cloaked by the forest until the late 19th century, when archaeologists began to clear away the forest and embark on a long restoration process that continues today.

Begin your explorations at the mysterious royal walled city of Angkor Thom. Its temple is an awesome and surreal sight that most visitors never forget. Atop each of its 50 towers, staring out in the directions of the four points of the compass, are four giant, barely-smiling faces, depicting Khmer royal rulers as Buddhist deities. You are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic gaze of those faces, staring out through half-closed eyes from a remote time in history.

Other sites you'll visit in this complex include the Baphuon, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace and Royal Palace area, from which the Khmer kings ruled over a vast domain that reached from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Spoons Cafe, an extension of the Everything is Gonna Be Ok Foundation where Cambodian students gain the skills and experience needed to succeed in future hospitality careers.

Day 14 Siem Reap

  • After breakfast, depart for your exploration of the temples of the Small Circuit
  • Next, visit Preah Khan, originally known as "the city of victorious royal fortune"
  • This afternoon, depart by local Tuk-Tuk to visit the intricately carved ruins at Angkor Wat
  • Continue to visit the Lake Tonle Sap where you will learn about life on the lake
  • Board a boat and visit the floating village of Chong Kneah

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Ta Prohm

After breakfast, depart for your exploration of the temples of the Small Circuit. The most famous is Ta Prohm temple, shrouded in jungle and left untouched among twisted banyan trees and stone pillars, it has the most mysterious atmosphere of the temples in the Angkor area. Visit Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the 12th century and Srah Srang, also known as the "pool of ablutions", as well as the twin towers of Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.

Next, visit Preah Khan, originally known as "the city of victorious royal fortune." Built in the late 12th century in honor of the great King Jayavarman VII's father, this massive temple complex originally had a population of 97,840 in its service. Less frequently visited than its counterpart Ta Prohm (which was built for the king's mother), Preah Khan is similar in design but is larger and more complex, and features numerous unique structures and carvings. Enjoy the sounds of exotic wildlife that now make the forested compound their home as you venture into the crumbling corridors of the labyrinthine complex in search of hidden features.

This afternoon, depart by local Tuk-Tuk to visit the intricately carved ruins at Angkor Wat, built by Suryavarman II during the early years of the 12th century to honor the Hindu god Vishnu. Consisting of an enormous temple symbolizing the mythic Mt. Meru, its rectangular walls and moats represent chains of mountains and the cosmic ocean. Hundreds of fine carvings and scenes from Hindu mythology can still be viewed here.

Continue to visit the Lake Tonle Sap where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is Souteast Asia's largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. Board a boat and visit the Chong Kneah village where you will see floating houses, farms and even a floating hospital.

Day 15 Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

  • After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Phnom Penh
  • Meet with your guide and visit the National Museum containing over 5,000 statues and artifacts
  • Continue to the Royal Palace complex and the Silver Pagoda
  • Evening at leisure, or partake in an optional excursion

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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Phnom Penh, the fascinating, bustling capital city of Cambodia on the banks of three rivers, the Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Tonle Bassac. Upon arrival, meet with your guide and check into your hotel.

This afternoon, visit the National Museum, built in 1917. Housed there are over 5,000 statues, lingas and others artifacts arranged according to pre-Angkor and post-Angkor periods of Cambodia's history. Continue to the Royal Palace complex, dating back to the French colonial period of the 1860's. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddha's in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

Tonight, explore Phnom Penh further on your own, or take part in an optional excursion.

Optional Excursion: Phnom Penh Nightlife by Remork (purchased locally), $66
Cambodia cuisine, Phnom Penh

Tonight, discover the capital city of Cambodia in a Tuk-Tuk and visit a variety of nighttime venues, sampling Cambodia's nightlife and exotic cuisine, all of which feature an abundance of fresh and local ingredients. Khmer herbs and spices light up the flavors of striking Cambodian dishes while the bright lights of the city offer unique photo opportunities at some of Phnom Penh's most renowned landmarks. This is a special city exploration that offers a fun, exotic, and incredible unique Cambodian culinary experience.

Day 16 Phnom Penh

  • Pay a respectful visit to the Choeung Ek Killing Fields
  • Be inspired by the smiling faces of the workers at the L'irresistible jam factory
  • Discover where most of the workers and staff at L'irresistible started out, Pour un Sourire d'Enfant, meaning "For the Smile of a Child"
  • Visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes
  • Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant

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Memorial stupa, Choeung Ek Killing Fields

This morning, pay a respectful visit to Choeung Ek Killing Fields. This rural compound was used as an execution site and burial ground for some of the millions killed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Here you will learn about the atrocities and brutal killings that occurred at this site through an informative audio-headset tour complemented by the information provided by your local guide.

The next stop is in one of Phnom Penh's most impoverished neighborhoods, however there are seeds of hope producing fruitful results. L'irrestistible is more than just a factory producing fruit jams and flavored syrups, it is the living and working space for sixteen intellectually disabled Cambodians. These individuals have been given jobs and are taught life skills from a handful of caring Khmer and French staff, as well as volunteers from the Action Cambodge Handicap Foundation. The all-natural jams and simple syrups, which are made from local ingredients such as pumpkin and coconut, are truly delectable, and the warm welcome you'll receive from the workers will be sure to brighten your day.

Continue a short distance and visit the organization where most of the workers and staff at L'irresistible started out, Pour un Sourire d'Enfant, meaning "For the Smile of a Child." This organization is helping to improve the lives of the residents of Stung Meanchey, one of the poorest neighborhoods of Phnom Penh. Here, learn about the struggles of daily life in poor urban Cambodia and how history has impacted the present. Be inspired by the work being done at the center through its education, vocational training, and job placement programs for street children.

After lunch, pay a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes, a Khmer Rouge prison and torture chamber from which only seven out of more than 30,000 inmates survived. Take a sobering tour of the site, learning about the prison's history and hear the stories of the people held within its walls.

End the day with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers.

Day 17 Depart Phnom Penh/Arrive USA

  • Today, transfer to the airport to check in for your return flight to the USA.
  • Passengers returning to San Francisco (SFO) will have a 8-hour layover in Taipei before continuing to SFO, a day-use room will be provided

Breakfast

Bangkok Independent Optional Extension

Why not take advantage of your already included international airfare and add three days in exotic Bangkok, bustling capital of Thailand? Your extension includes airfare from Phnom Penh to Bangkok, three nights at a deluxe hotel, half day city tour, breakfast daily, and all group transfers!

Day 17 Depart Phnom Penh/Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

  • Transfer to the airport to board your short flight to Bangkok, bustling capital of Thailand
  • Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to your deluxe, centrally located hotel

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Bangkok

Transfer to the airport to board your short flight to Bangkok, bustling capital of Thailand, situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to your deluxe, centrally located hotel. Your hotel boasts a prime location within walking distance to many attractions.

Day 18 Bangkok

  • Enjoy an included half day sightseeing tour of Bangkok

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Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho

After breakfast, enjoy a half day sightseeing the major landmarks of Bangkok. Begin the day with a visit to the Grand Palace, which for 150 years functioned as the home of the King and his court as well as the entire administrative seat of government. Within its grounds, you'll also visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) built to house a large Buddha image carved from a solid piece of green jadite (jasper). Continue to Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest temple, which is home to the magnificent reclining Buddha as well as the first school of traditional medicine and Thai massage, and is also regarded as Thailand's first University.

Day 19 Bangkok

  • Full day at leisure in Bangkok

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Day 20 Depart Bangkok/Arrive USA

  • Today, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA via Taipei, Taiwan

Breakfast

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Meliá Hanoi
Meliá Hanoi
Deluxe

The luxurious five-star Meliá Hanoi is located in the heart of Hanoi, inside the diplomatic and financial district and minutes from main tourist attractions and entertainment and shopping areas. From its 22 stories, guests can enjoy impressive views of the city and its various parks, rivers, and lakes. Offering excellent services and amenities and renowned Vietnamese hospitality, this award-winning hotel frequently hosts celebrities and dignitaries from around the world including Majesty Queen Sofia de Bourbon of Spain, British Princess Anne, Mr. John Prescott - Deputy Prime Minister of UK, Thai Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of Philippines, Cambodia Princess Norodom Vacheahra, and Miss Universe 2002 Justine Pasek.

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Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort
Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort
Superior First Class

Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort is located in the heart of the ancient town of Hoi An. The Almanity’s architecture and philosophy reflects Hoi An’s cultural heritage with a modern twist. The hotel surrounds tropical gardens and inviting terrace pools.

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Senna Hue Hotel
Deluxe

Located in the heart of Hue, Senna Hue Hotel is near attractions such as the Imperial Citadel, Truong Tien Bridge, and Dong Ba Market. The hotel is inspired by historic French architecture with a modern touch, evoking its timeless design. The 129 rooms are fitted with state of the art equipment to deliver a high level of comfort. The spacious rooms all feature a private balcony, sitting area, desk, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning, and a flat screen television. Enjoy a drink or afternoon tea outside in the garden at the Brick & Barrel Bar, or head inside to the Brick & Barrel Restaurant to enjoy a traditional Hue family meal. The signature menu is designed with European and Asian influences and is open for all day dining.

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Pullman Saigon Centre
Pullman Saigon Centre
Deluxe

The 5-star Pullman Saigon Centre is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, close to Ben Thanh market and other major tourist attractions.

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Lotus Blanc Resort
Lotus Blanc Resort
Deluxe

This 5-star hotel is ideally located in the heart of Siem Reap, just minutes away from both the airport and Angkor Wat and only 5 minutes by Remork (Cambodian tuk-tuk) to downtown Siem Reap and the Night Market.

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Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Deluxe

Raffles Hotel Le Royal is located in the heart of energetic Phnom Penh, offering easy access to the Central Market, National Museum and Royal Palace complex.

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COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
Deluxe

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is a contemporary and stylish hotel located in the central district of Sathorn. The hotel is located 10 minutes away from Silom’s vibrant nightlife scene with close access to train stations, including the Skytrain Station.

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Indochina Sails Boutique
Indochina Sails Boutique

Indochina Sails Boutique is a leading cruise operator offering unparalleled service and hospitality. Their luxurious wooden junk is designed in a traditional style, but with contemporary, modern cabins and facilities. The Boutique boasts a rooftop sundeck, 2 decks, and 15 beautifully appointed cabins – the perfect way to experience the natural beauty and spectacular seascape of this UNESCO World Heritage site!

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