Join us for a 13-night journey that reveals the daily life, captivating culture, and storied landmarks of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. From the Laotian village of Luang Prabang, travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia, home to centuries-old Angkor temples. Explore riverside villages, history-rich cities, and much more. Cruise the Mekong River, stand among the serene Angkor temples, and explore Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. This journey features authentic experiences, deluxe accommodations, and an extensive meal plan.
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DAYS 1-3: Cross International Date Line | Luang Prabang, Laos
Arrive at Luang Prabang airport where your AHI Travel representative will meet you. Transfer and check in to the Villa Maly Boutique Hotel located near many of the city’s attractions, including the lively night market. Gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception to kick off your incredible journey!
DAY 4: Luang Prabang
After breakfast, head out to explore myriad cultural and historical splendors. Visit a center dedicated to Laos’ ethnic minority groups and witness the golden architecture of Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai with its striking five-tiered roof. Venture through emerald rice paddies to see waterfalls flowing into turquoise pools and learn how talented villagers weave textiles. Tonight, partake in a centuries-old practice at a traditional Baci ceremony, followed by a sumptuous Welcome Dinner.
DAY 5: Luang Prabang | Siem Reap, Cambodia
As the sun rises over Luang Prabang, gilded shrines sparkle and shine. Begin today observing Tak Bat, a sacred ritual that represents a spiritual connection for followers of Theravada Buddhism. Dressed in saffron robes, monks proceed by local people, collecting rice, flowers and fruits. An afternoon flight delivers you to Siem Reap. Once a small market town, Siem Reap brims with incredible dining experiences, inviting shops and an atmospheric Old French Quarter. Check in to the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort.
DAY 6: Siem Reap | Angkor Thom
Journey back in time at the temples of Angkor, a transcendent archaeological site and structure unlike anything else on Earth. Angkor’s spectacular ruins are a showcase of stone carvings and towering spires, bas reliefs and corridors, remarkable water features and incredible engineering feats. Begin at Angkor Thom with its incredible Bayon temple, a 12th-century Buddhist temple with more than 200 smiling faces. Tonight’s activities include a mesmerizing Cambodian dance performance and a tuk-tuk ride through the city.
DAY 7: Siem Reap | Angkor Wat | Ta Prohm | Thommanon
Camera in hand, set off to immerse yourself in a world long forgotten. Built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the crown jewel of the park. Walk across the temple’s moat and admire elaborate wall carvings, etchings of Hindu and Buddhist myths, and depictions of celestial female spirits — each intricate and unique. Continue to the jungle-claimed Ta Prohm, where roots of massive roots merge with the beautiful red sandstone. And marvel at Thommanon, iconic for its carved figurines featuring flower crowns, intricate arm bands and necklaces. Today will be a day like no other!
DAY 8: Siem Reap | Kampong Cham
See more of Siem Reap’s attractions during a morning at leisure. Head to the bustling market to purchase textiles, carvings or spices. Transfer to the port of Kampong Cham to embark the Mekong Navigator. Take some time to explore the expansive Sun Deck, library and lounge area. Later, join your group for a convivial Welcome Dinner and raise a toast to the start of your Mekong River cruise.
DAY 9: Wat Hanchey | Angkor Ban
Your Mekong cruise introduces you to rural living in Cambodia. Today, visit a hilltop pagoda with ancient Sanskrit inscriptions and receive a Buddhist water blessing from the resident monks. Further downriver, visit Angkor Ban, a village that was spared from the destruction of the Khmer Rouge in the mid-1970s.. Engage with a local family, visit a monastery and tour the village school. Back on board, learn about the river’s remarkable tapestry of life and how the waterway shapes the local customs and cultures of today.
DAY 10: Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh’s will intrigue you with its history and storied landmarks. It’s a city of contrasts — colonial buildings sit beside golden stupas and streets teem with motorbikes and marigold-clad monks. Today, you’ll visit the Royal Palace, viewing the stunning Silver Pagoda, and tour the National Museum, Cambodia’s leading historical and archaeological museum. Later, you’re in for a treat during an Apsara performance, a traditional ballet that involves delicate movements and distinct hand gestures.
DAY 11: Phnom Penh
Poignant visits to the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and the Khmer Rouge’s infamous prison shed light into a deeply turbulent time in Cambodia’s history. Tour a memorial dedicated to the Khmer regime victims, followed by a visit to S-21 Prison, and pay respect to the dead, forgotten and unnamed. Your guide offers in-depth commentary and personal insight into this incredibly dark period in history.
DAY 12: Long Khanh A, Vietnam
Cross into Vietnam this morning, and join a local expert to discuss Vietnam’s agricultural customs and practices. Stop in the village of Long Khanh A, a traditional village famous for producing textiles. Witness the intricate weaving process for kramas, the colorful checkered scarves seen throughout Southeast Asia, and see a local temple dedicated to the Phat Giao Hoa Hao religion.
DAY 13: Cu Lao Gieng | Sa Dec
A relaxing sampan ride brings you to Cu Lao Gieng, home to one of Vietnam’s oldest cathedrals. Engage with local craftsmen who craft sampans and rowboats by hand. Explore the scenic canals at Sa Dec, seeing locals going about their daily routines, and visit the riverfront residence of Hyun Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras to write her famous novel, “The Lover”.
DAY 14: Vinh Long | Tien Loi Island
Visit a factory where traditional rice wine and candies are made and meet Buddhist nuns at a senior home. Witness timeless Tien Loi Island, home to only seven families, and experience the hustle of an authentic river delta market. Plus, learn how resident farmers craft rooster cages and decorate bonsai trees in their gardens. As your cruise draws to an end, celebrate your Mekong adventure at a Farewell Reception and Dinner.
DAY 15: My Tho | Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Saigon will draw you in with its French colonial charms! Discover this vibrant town with visits to the Reunification Palace, the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral and the moving War Remnants Museum. Then shop like a local at the bustling Ben Thanh Market where you’ll find everything from flowers and fruit to silk cloths and handicrafts. On your final evening, enjoy a special cruise on the Saigon River aboard the Saigon Princess. Thrill to beautiful views along the riverbanks and dig into a delicious dinner.
DAY 16: Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, bid farewell to Vietnam and head home!
NOTE: Itinerary may change due to local conditions.