It's a journey full of color and intrigue, both dramatic and tranquil. A quiet sail among the limestone peaks of Halong Bay. Friendly greetings from villagers. Touching Angkor's ethereal ruins with your own hands. Every meal is a metaphor for the complex culture. Temples defy centuries. Smiles bridge oceans. And local guides open doors long closed.
1 Be inspired by the wealth of insight from our local guides, who bring to life the intertwined cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia Ride in a bicycle rickshaw through old Hanoi's narrow streets packed with food and flower stalls Hungry? Asia's freshest and tastiest cuisine is within reach.
2-4 Cruise and kayak on heavenly Halong Bay, a World Heritage site with hidden beaches, cool caves and picturesque lagoons A morning cruise takes us into the bay, where we kayak to a small beachside temple.
5 Step back in time and into the imperial city of Hué, with its centuries-old palaces and battle-scarred temples For a unique look at everyday life, you're welcomed into a traditional home Venture into the mysterious and imposing citadel, site of heavy conflict during the Vietnam War.
6-7 Wander the colorful streets of Hoi An, an ancient trading town with gorgeously preserved Chinese and Japanese architecture Ride a traditional dragon boat up the Perfume River, and walk among waterfront villages and imperial mausoleums Get a feel for the rhythm of rural life with a stroll around Cam Kim island Learn the secret to local dishes in a cooking class.
8-10 Lose yourself in Angkor The remains of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer Empire will thrill you with immense spires, giant carved images and beautiful bas-relief Explore iconic temples, statues and other wonders off the beaten path Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat and learn the stories behind the carvings that wrap around the temple.