With its sublime physical beauty, mysteries of the ancient cultures and its enduring traditions, Vietnam provides travelers with a wealth of treasures. From the traditional junks on Ha Long Bay, the exotic basket boats on the South China Sea, and the dragon boats on the Perfume River to Hue's imperial treasures and Mai Chau serene rural landscapes of vibrant, terraced rice fields tended by graceful women in straw conical hats, you will find Vietnam's tangle of sensory experiences mesmerizing.
The ancient Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, what today is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was the capital of the Khmer Kingdom built around a Hindu temple to Vishnu. This long lost city, which for centuries existed only as a myth, was discovered in 1861 by a French naturalist, Henri Mouhot. Its' enormous temples, towering spires, giant carved faces and ornate bas reliefs, swallowed by the jungle and then rescued, are an eternal tribute to a lost civilization.
During the Vietnam and Cambodia tour, we'll set out on an exotic and luxurious journey into the heart of Indochina. We'll explore the world of ancient cultural traditions, and experience some of the most mesmerizing scenery in the world: from French-influenced Hanoi and Saigon, which have figured so prominently in recent history and are now spirited and cosmopolitan cities, to imperial Hue, once home to emperors and mandarins and the atmospheric royal village of Hoi An. We'll see thousands of limestone islands as we sail on Ha Long Bay in a luxury junk, spend a day in colorful floating markets of the Mekong River Delta, study local cuisine during a private cooking class, enjoy a traditional water puppet show, witness hundreds of Buddhist pilgrims pray in the Perfume pagoda, take a cyclo tour through the French colonial architecture of Hanoi, a motorcycle tour through the streets of Saigon, and explore Viet Cong's Cu Chi Tunnels. Then in Cambodia's Angkor Wat, we'll explore the "City of Kings", with some of the largest religious monuments ever constructed, a mystic and magical place which carries a spiritual significance for many, and once in a lifetime travel experience for others.
HIGHLIGHTS: Cyclo tour of the French colonial Hanoi ● Water puppet theater performance ● 3 days/2 nights' luxury cruise on Ha Long Bay ● The imposing imperial capital of Hue ● Dining in the home of a Vietnamese royal descendant ● Riding the funicular and the Golden Bridge ● The atmospheric royal village of Hoi An ● Bicycling through the rice fields ● Sunset cruise on Thu Bon River ● Private cooking class with a celebrity chef ● Experiencing Saigon's food on a motorcycle ● Full day on the Mekong River Delta ● The temples and palaces of the ancient Khmer Empire: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Banteay Srei ● Apsara dancers' performance ● An elephant ride from the South Gate
Itinerary specifics subject to change.