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Trip Extensions

Bangkok Hospitality

Duration: 3 days

If you are passing through Bangkok and want more than a transit stop, ask for our three day/two night Bangkok Hospitality Extension. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to an attractive centrally located hotel. This extension also includes yo... read more

Phuket

Duration: 4 days

Phuket is the largest of Thailand's islands. It is incredibly varied with rocky beaches, long broad sandy beaches, forested hills, and clear waters great for snorkeling and relaxing. There is no better way to end a trip!

Ko Samui

Duration: 4 days

Relax and explore the beautiful island of Ko Samui. A perfect extension to any Asia tour.

Vietnam: Sapa Excursion

Duration: 4 days

Extend your visit to Vietnam with this delightful visit to Sapa, for a unique cultural interaction with the local tribes.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive ho chi minh city

Enjoy the local Vietnamese cuisineEnjoy the local Vietnamese cuisine

Welcome to Southeast Asia! On arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll be met by your local guide and assisted with the transfer to your hotel. On your short drive, look for French-inspired structures; Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, was once the capital of the French Colony. After arrival at your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day free to relax or explore on your own.

Meals
None
Lodging
Grand Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: cu chi tunnels & ho chi minh city

Vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest cityVibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest city

After breakfast, depart for Cu Chi, the intricate tunnel network built by the Vietnamese fighters during the Vietnam War. Life in the tunnels was difficult for the fighters. Air, food, and water was scarce, and poisonous snakes and vermin were plentiful. The tunnel complex is roughly 75 miles long, and you'll have a chance to walk through some of the safe sections. Afterwards, return to Ho Chi Minh for a city tour of historical landmarks such as the Old Saigon Post Office, designed by the famous architect, Gustave Eiffel in neoclassical style; Notre Dame Cathedral, constructed by French colonists in the mid-1800's out of materials imported from France; the Saigon Opera House, built by French architect, Eugene Ferret in 1897; and bustling China Town with its famous Thein Hau Pagoda and Cho Lon Market.

Return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, or see a Vietnamese New Circus Performance (approx. $60). This new style of art performance provides a chance to witness the charming beauty and cultural heritage of Vietnamese life in the countryside. The performance is a unique combination of bamboo basket boats, acrobatics, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual arts with live Vietnamese music playing in the background. This beautiful performance captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture. The show is 60 minutes long.  Note: There are various versions of the Vietnamese New Circus Show; you may see "The Mist" or "My Village" depending on the schedule.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Grand Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: flight to hanoi

Explore in HanoiExplore in Hanoi

Enjoy a relaxed start to your day before transferring to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, where you will be met by your local guide and assisted with the transfer to your hotel for check-in. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second largest city in the country (after Ho Chi Minh). After a short rest, embark on a walking tour of the city's traditional 36 streets in the Old Quarter and the Hoan Kiem Lake area, a favorite hang-out spot of the locals. The 18th century Ngoc Son Temple extends out onto the lake and contains some ancient artifacts, as well as a preserved specimen of a giant turtle found in the lake and weighing over 500 lbs! Your hotel is located close to the Hoan Kiem Lake in the old quarter, allowing you the opportunity to do some exploring on your own.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: halong bay junk overnight

Float among limestone islands in beautiful  Halong BayFloat among limestone islands in beautiful Halong Bay

After breakfast, set out on an approximately four-hour drive, sometimes on bumpy roads, to Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Views of rocky outcrops in the bay and sailing junks navigating past 3,000 limestone islands are nothing short of spectacular. Arrive around noon at the quay side and board your private junk for your overnight. A junk boat is an ancient Chinese sailing ship used for extensive ocean voyages. Your modern junk features spacious cabins with ensuite bath facilities, a large sundeck, and an elegant dining room and bar. Leisure activities available are board games, massage services, and for those brave enough, squid fishing (with help from the crew). You'll have the option to participate in activities offered on the boat, such as swimming (weather permitting), kayaking, and cave exploration (not included), or visit a fishing village on sampans rowed by the villagers. While on board, indulge in a delicious seafood lunch and dinner.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Indochina Sails junk boat (or similar)

Day 5: halong bay / flight to luang prabang

It's recommended you set your alarm clock early enough to enjoy the spectacular sunrise, but of course, that's up to you. Either way, coffee, tea, and pastries are available at 6:45 am, and Tai Chi lessons are led by the tai chi master at 7:00 am. Leave the boat around 7:45 am for a walking tour of Titov Beach Island, which you can climb for breathtaking panoramic views of the bay. There will be time to relax on the beach and perhaps take a swim before returning to the boat for a breakfast buffet including traditional Vietnamese noodles (Pho). Return to the pier around 11:00 am, and then it's on to the Hanoi Airport for the late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage city and a very charming colonial town, perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. Meet your Laotian guide upon arrival and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
3 Nagas Hotel (or similar)

Day 6: luang prabang & kuang sy waterfalls

Wat Sieng in Luang PrabangWat Sieng in Luang Prabang

If you're an early riser, this morning provides the opportunity to witness the Tak Bat ceremony (procession of monks). Around 5:30am you'll head over to the Wat Nong temple where devoted locals stand on the sidewalk bearing food in their arms which they offer to the monks as they walk by in a procession of orange robes. You'll be drawn deep into the cultural moment that takes place in a peaceful and respectful scene with no words exchanged between the monks and the locals making the offerings. As a guest witnessing the rituals, you are recommended not to wear revealing clothing and you should take photos from a distance to show your respect. (Note: This option is not included in the land cost.) After breakfast, head out on a city tour that includes one of Luang Prabang's most important, largest, and most beautifully adorned temples—Wat Mai. Also, visit the Royal Palace, which is now a National Museum. The Royal Palace, officially known as "Haw Kham" was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. After the death of King Sisavang Vong, the Crown Prince Savang Vatthana and his family were the last to occupy the grounds. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown by the communists and the palace was then converted into a national museum. This afternoon, make the drive out to Kuang Sy Waterfalls, stopping at the villages along the way to meet the friendly locals. Kuang Sy is a beautiful, three-tiered, travertine waterfall and an excellen place to take a break from the heat (swimming is weather permitting.) Enjoy a lunch at a countryside restaurant featuring traditional Lao cuisine.

Return to your hotel in Luang Prabang, where you have the rest of the day free to wander and figure out tonight's dining options. Be sure to check out the night market where you can pick up some local hand-made products.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
3 Nagas Hotel (or similar)

Day 7: city temples & pak ou caves

The Mekong from Pak Ou CaveThe Mekong from Pak Ou Cave

This morning, continue your exploration of the town by visiting the 16th century Wat Xieng Thong (Temple of the Golden City), one of the most important in Laos and a classic example of a Luang Prabang temple. Here you'll learn about the history of Lao and the kingdoms that inherited this place. Next, visit Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in the city, with wooden windows inspired by the Khmer Temple of Wat Phou. Your temple tour continues on to Wat Aham, which is framed by two large Banyan trees.

This afternoon, you'll head over to the pier and board a boat for a cruise along the Mekong River to the sacred Pak Ou Caves to see the hundreds of Buddha statues. From the caves there are good views overlooking the Mekong, which runs into the Nam Ou River here. Cruise back to Luang Prabang while enjoying the beautiful sunset over the Mekong River.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
3 Nagas Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: flight to siem reap

Spend time exploring the charming town of Siem ReapSpend time exploring the charming town of Siem Reap

You'll have some free time this morning until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, where you'll meet your local Cambodian guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure.

Siem Reap, which translates into "Defeat of Siam," is a bustling small town with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafés. The Old Market area is a great place to stroll. Try taking a tuk-tuk to explore the town! 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Shinta Mani Resort (or similar)

Day 9: angkor wat & ta prohm

See the magnificent Angkor WatSee the magnificent Angkor Wat

Today you will discover the incredible temple of Angkor Wat, a world heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas reliefs. It is one of the most amazing manmade monuments in the world, erected in the 12th century (1112-1152) in honor of Vishnu. In the afternoon, leave for Banteay Srei, where a most impressive jewel of Khmer art exists. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple known as the "Citadel of Women" maintains some remarkable sculptured lintels that are in very good condition. On the way back, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery (also nicknamed the Jungle Temple) where immense branches have taken root in the stones. Beyond this impressive vegetation you will find some splendid sculptured Devatas.

In the evening, there are several exciting show options to choose from including:

  • Apsara Show with Dinner (approx. $35 per person): End the day with a Traditional Dance Show, one of Cambodia's most famous arts. The dancers take you on a journey from the Angkorian palaces to villages today. The troupe, featuring live singers and musicians, present eight Classical and folk dances.
  • Phare Circus show (approx $35 per person): Attend a Circus Art performance at Phare Ponleu Selpak—“the brightness of art” school—an NGO that supports community development by providing social, educative and cultural services to children and their families. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to uniquely tell Cambodian historical, folk, and modern stories. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent 

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Shinta Mani Resort (or similar)

Day 10: cooking class & ta prohm monastery

Local Cambodian delicacies - we dare you to try!Local Cambodian delicacies - we dare you to try!

This morning, you will have an opportunity to learn how to cook a Cambodian dish and witness another side of the culture with your enthusiastic and talented local chef and his team. After being welcomed by the chef, who will give a brief orientation, you head out to the local market to shop for ingredients for the lunch you will prepare. Afterwards, your tuk-tuk driver takes you to a local organic farm where you will have an introduction to the agricultural process in Cambodia. You'll also pick up additional vegetables to use in today's recipes. Back in the kitchen, learn authentic Cambodian techniques to prepare favorite local recipes, and enjoy the fruits of your labor as a hard-earned lunch. In the afternoon, continue exploring the temples of Angkor. The ancient city holds the ruins of more than 1,000 temples, and while you won't have time to see them all, your guide is happy to spend as much of the afternoon exploring them with you as your interest demands. When you've had your fill, return to the hotel for a free evening.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Shinta Mani Resort (or similar)

Day 11: lake villages & departure

Visit villages like these in CambodiaVisit villages like these in Cambodia

In the morning, leave for the village of Kompong Khleang. All the houses are built on stilts, offering an exceptional natural environment of flood plains, rice fields and water as far as the eye can see. Walk through the village meeting the locals, including a family who raises crocodiles. Afterwards, travel by boat through the canals to a large lake where Vietnamese people live when they are displaced from their homes by seasonal weather. Return to the village and have a picnic lunch in a villager’s home. Afterwards, return to the city and immediately transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (Your hotel room is available until 12:00 pm. Depending on your flight schedule, it may be necessary to book a day room or an extra overnight for an additional cost.)

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,900
Group size 2-3: $3300 Group size 4+: $2900 *Local Asia flights add approx. $550
Single Supplement:
$1,100
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
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(see full descriptions)
4-star hotels
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Light walking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southeast Asia

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit* and payment schedule: 25% of the land cost per person or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 75 days prior to departure. Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates. All payments may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

*HOLIDAY departures may require an additional deposit. 

Additional cancellation fees
Cancellations that occur between 61-90 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee that is 50% of the land cost, and cancellations 31-60 days prior will be subject to a 75% cancellation fee. Cancellations between 0-30 days are 100% NON-REFUNDABLE. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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See the magnificent Angkor Wat
See the magnificent Angkor Wat
Wat Sieng in Luang Prabang
Wat Sieng in Luang Prabang
See locals selling produce and snacks from a boat
See locals selling produce and snacks from a boat
Explore in Hanoi
Explore in Hanoi
Explore Halong Bay and stay overnight on a boat
Explore Halong Bay and stay overnight on a boat
Float among limestone islands in beautiful Halong Bay
Float among limestone islands in beautiful Halong Bay
Investigate village life on Tonle Sap Lake
Investigate village life on Tonle Sap Lake

Highlights of Southeast Asia

Temples and ancient ruins, awe-inspiring landscapes, and local hospitality in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos

overview

This trip is a comprehensive overview of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. It's a wonderful option for those interested in a cultural, historical, and recreational sampling of Southeast Asia, but who may not have time for a longer, more in-depth exploration like the one offered on Savoring Southeast Asia. From visiting UNESCO World Heritages sites such as Angkor Wat to sleeping on a 'junk' in Halong Bay, the variety of this itinerary will surely keep you on your toes.

As with all of our trips that are available privately on your dates, this itinerary is fully customizable. Our skilled Adventure Specialists can help you pick and choose activities based on your preferences, and will design a custom itinerary just for you and your private group. Use this itinerary as a starting point, but remember that it can be changed however you'd like!

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overview

This trip is a comprehensive overview of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. It's a wonderful option for those interested in a cultural, historical, and recreational sampling of Southeast Asia, but who may not have time for a longer, more in-depth exploration like the one offered on Savoring Southeast Asia. From visiting UNESCO World Heritages sites such as Angkor Wat to sleeping on a 'junk' in Halong Bay, the variety of this itinerary will surely keep you on your toes.

As with all of our trips that are available privately on your dates, this itinerary is fully customizable. Our skilled Adventure Specialists can help you pick and choose activities based on your preferences, and will design a custom itinerary just for you and your private group. Use this itinerary as a starting point, but remember that it can be changed however you'd like!

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive ho chi minh city
    Enjoy the local Vietnamese cuisineEnjoy the local Vietnamese cuisine

    Welcome to Southeast Asia! On arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll be met by your local guide and assisted with the transfer to your hotel. On your short drive, look for French-inspired structures; Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, was once the capital of the French Colony. After arrival at your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day free to relax or explore on your own.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Grand Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: cu chi tunnels & ho chi minh city
    Vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest cityVibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest city

    After breakfast, depart for Cu Chi, the intricate tunnel network built by the Vietnamese fighters during the Vietnam War. Life in the tunnels was difficult for the fighters. Air, food, and water was scarce, and poisonous snakes and vermin were plentiful. The tunnel complex is roughly 75 miles long, and you'll have a chance to walk through some of the safe sections. Afterwards, return to Ho Chi Minh for a city tour of historical landmarks such as the Old Saigon Post Office, designed by the famous architect, Gustave Eiffel in neoclassical style; Notre Dame Cathedral, constructed by French colonists in the mid-1800's out of materials imported from France; the Saigon Opera House, built by French architect, Eugene Ferret in 1897; and bustling China Town with its famous Thein Hau Pagoda and Cho Lon Market.

    Return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, or see a Vietnamese New Circus Performance (approx. $60). This new style of art performance provides a chance to witness the charming beauty and cultural heritage of Vietnamese life in the countryside. The performance is a unique combination of bamboo basket boats, acrobatics, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual arts with live Vietnamese music playing in the background. This beautiful performance captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture. The show is 60 minutes long.  Note: There are various versions of the Vietnamese New Circus Show; you may see "The Mist" or "My Village" depending on the schedule.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Grand Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: flight to hanoi
    Explore in HanoiExplore in Hanoi

    Enjoy a relaxed start to your day before transferring to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, where you will be met by your local guide and assisted with the transfer to your hotel for check-in. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second largest city in the country (after Ho Chi Minh). After a short rest, embark on a walking tour of the city's traditional 36 streets in the Old Quarter and the Hoan Kiem Lake area, a favorite hang-out spot of the locals. The 18th century Ngoc Son Temple extends out onto the lake and contains some ancient artifacts, as well as a preserved specimen of a giant turtle found in the lake and weighing over 500 lbs! Your hotel is located close to the Hoan Kiem Lake in the old quarter, allowing you the opportunity to do some exploring on your own.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hanoi La Siesta Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: halong bay junk overnight
    Float among limestone islands in beautiful  Halong BayFloat among limestone islands in beautiful Halong Bay

    After breakfast, set out on an approximately four-hour drive, sometimes on bumpy roads, to Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Views of rocky outcrops in the bay and sailing junks navigating past 3,000 limestone islands are nothing short of spectacular. Arrive around noon at the quay side and board your private junk for your overnight. A junk boat is an ancient Chinese sailing ship used for extensive ocean voyages. Your modern junk features spacious cabins with ensuite bath facilities, a large sundeck, and an elegant dining room and bar. Leisure activities available are board games, massage services, and for those brave enough, squid fishing (with help from the crew). You'll have the option to participate in activities offered on the boat, such as swimming (weather permitting), kayaking, and cave exploration (not included), or visit a fishing village on sampans rowed by the villagers. While on board, indulge in a delicious seafood lunch and dinner.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Indochina Sails junk boat (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: halong bay / flight to luang prabang

    It's recommended you set your alarm clock early enough to enjoy the spectacular sunrise, but of course, that's up to you. Either way, coffee, tea, and pastries are available at 6:45 am, and Tai Chi lessons are led by the tai chi master at 7:00 am. Leave the boat around 7:45 am for a walking tour of Titov Beach Island, which you can climb for breathtaking panoramic views of the bay. There will be time to relax on the beach and perhaps take a swim before returning to the boat for a breakfast buffet including traditional Vietnamese noodles (Pho). Return to the pier around 11:00 am, and then it's on to the Hanoi Airport for the late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage city and a very charming colonial town, perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. Meet your Laotian guide upon arrival and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    3 Nagas Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: luang prabang & kuang sy waterfalls
    Wat Sieng in Luang PrabangWat Sieng in Luang Prabang

    If you're an early riser, this morning provides the opportunity to witness the Tak Bat ceremony (procession of monks). Around 5:30am you'll head over to the Wat Nong temple where devoted locals stand on the sidewalk bearing food in their arms which they offer to the monks as they walk by in a procession of orange robes. You'll be drawn deep into the cultural moment that takes place in a peaceful and respectful scene with no words exchanged between the monks and the locals making the offerings. As a guest witnessing the rituals, you are recommended not to wear revealing clothing and you should take photos from a distance to show your respect. (Note: This option is not included in the land cost.) After breakfast, head out on a city tour that includes one of Luang Prabang's most important, largest, and most beautifully adorned temples—Wat Mai. Also, visit the Royal Palace, which is now a National Museum. The Royal Palace, officially known as "Haw Kham" was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. After the death of King Sisavang Vong, the Crown Prince Savang Vatthana and his family were the last to occupy the grounds. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown by the communists and the palace was then converted into a national museum. This afternoon, make the drive out to Kuang Sy Waterfalls, stopping at the villages along the way to meet the friendly locals. Kuang Sy is a beautiful, three-tiered, travertine waterfall and an excellen place to take a break from the heat (swimming is weather permitting.) Enjoy a lunch at a countryside restaurant featuring traditional Lao cuisine.

    Return to your hotel in Luang Prabang, where you have the rest of the day free to wander and figure out tonight's dining options. Be sure to check out the night market where you can pick up some local hand-made products.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    3 Nagas Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: city temples & pak ou caves
    The Mekong from Pak Ou CaveThe Mekong from Pak Ou Cave

    This morning, continue your exploration of the town by visiting the 16th century Wat Xieng Thong (Temple of the Golden City), one of the most important in Laos and a classic example of a Luang Prabang temple. Here you'll learn about the history of Lao and the kingdoms that inherited this place. Next, visit Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in the city, with wooden windows inspired by the Khmer Temple of Wat Phou. Your temple tour continues on to Wat Aham, which is framed by two large Banyan trees.

    This afternoon, you'll head over to the pier and board a boat for a cruise along the Mekong River to the sacred Pak Ou Caves to see the hundreds of Buddha statues. From the caves there are good views overlooking the Mekong, which runs into the Nam Ou River here. Cruise back to Luang Prabang while enjoying the beautiful sunset over the Mekong River.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    3 Nagas Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: flight to siem reap
    Spend time exploring the charming town of Siem ReapSpend time exploring the charming town of Siem Reap

    You'll have some free time this morning until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, where you'll meet your local Cambodian guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure.

    Siem Reap, which translates into "Defeat of Siam," is a bustling small town with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafés. The Old Market area is a great place to stroll. Try taking a tuk-tuk to explore the town! 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Shinta Mani Resort (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: angkor wat & ta prohm
    See the magnificent Angkor WatSee the magnificent Angkor Wat

    Today you will discover the incredible temple of Angkor Wat, a world heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas reliefs. It is one of the most amazing manmade monuments in the world, erected in the 12th century (1112-1152) in honor of Vishnu. In the afternoon, leave for Banteay Srei, where a most impressive jewel of Khmer art exists. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple known as the "Citadel of Women" maintains some remarkable sculptured lintels that are in very good condition. On the way back, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery (also nicknamed the Jungle Temple) where immense branches have taken root in the stones. Beyond this impressive vegetation you will find some splendid sculptured Devatas.

    In the evening, there are several exciting show options to choose from including:

    • Apsara Show with Dinner (approx. $35 per person): End the day with a Traditional Dance Show, one of Cambodia's most famous arts. The dancers take you on a journey from the Angkorian palaces to villages today. The troupe, featuring live singers and musicians, present eight Classical and folk dances.
    • Phare Circus show (approx $35 per person): Attend a Circus Art performance at Phare Ponleu Selpak—“the brightness of art” school—an NGO that supports community development by providing social, educative and cultural services to children and their families. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to uniquely tell Cambodian historical, folk, and modern stories. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent 

     

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    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Shinta Mani Resort (or similar)
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  • Day 10: cooking class & ta prohm monastery
    Local Cambodian delicacies - we dare you to try!Local Cambodian delicacies - we dare you to try!

    This morning, you will have an opportunity to learn how to cook a Cambodian dish and witness another side of the culture with your enthusiastic and talented local chef and his team. After being welcomed by the chef, who will give a brief orientation, you head out to the local market to shop for ingredients for the lunch you will prepare. Afterwards, your tuk-tuk driver takes you to a local organic farm where you will have an introduction to the agricultural process in Cambodia. You'll also pick up additional vegetables to use in today's recipes. Back in the kitchen, learn authentic Cambodian techniques to prepare favorite local recipes, and enjoy the fruits of your labor as a hard-earned lunch. In the afternoon, continue exploring the temples of Angkor. The ancient city holds the ruins of more than 1,000 temples, and while you won't have time to see them all, your guide is happy to spend as much of the afternoon exploring them with you as your interest demands. When you've had your fill, return to the hotel for a free evening.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
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    Shinta Mani Resort (or similar)
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  • Day 11: lake villages & departure
    Visit villages like these in CambodiaVisit villages like these in Cambodia

    In the morning, leave for the village of Kompong Khleang. All the houses are built on stilts, offering an exceptional natural environment of flood plains, rice fields and water as far as the eye can see. Walk through the village meeting the locals, including a family who raises crocodiles. Afterwards, travel by boat through the canals to a large lake where Vietnamese people live when they are displaced from their homes by seasonal weather. Return to the village and have a picnic lunch in a villager’s home. Afterwards, return to the city and immediately transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (Your hotel room is available until 12:00 pm. Depending on your flight schedule, it may be necessary to book a day room or an extra overnight for an additional cost.)

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    Breakfast, Lunch
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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,900
Group size 2-3: $3300 Group size 4+: $2900 *Local Asia flights add approx. $550
Single Supplement:
$1,100
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
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4-star hotels
Activity Level:
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Light walking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southeast Asia

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit* and payment schedule: 25% of the land cost per person or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 75 days prior to departure. Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates. All payments may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

*HOLIDAY departures may require an additional deposit. 

Additional cancellation fees
Cancellations that occur between 61-90 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee that is 50% of the land cost, and cancellations 31-60 days prior will be subject to a 75% cancellation fee. Cancellations between 0-30 days are 100% NON-REFUNDABLE. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Bangkok Hospitality

Duration: 3 days

If you are passing through Bangkok and want more than a transit stop, ask for our three day/two night Bangkok Hospitality Extension. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to an attractive centrally located hotel. This extension also includes yo... read more

Phuket

Duration: 4 days

Phuket is the largest of Thailand's islands. It is incredibly varied with rocky beaches, long broad sandy beaches, forested hills, and clear waters great for snorkeling and relaxing. There is no better way to end a trip!

Ko Samui

Duration: 4 days

Relax and explore the beautiful island of Ko Samui. A perfect extension to any Asia tour.

Vietnam: Sapa Excursion

Duration: 4 days

Extend your visit to Vietnam with this delightful visit to Sapa, for a unique cultural interaction with the local tribes.

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Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
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Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
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Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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