Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome reception
Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay in Hanoi. Please book flights to arrive prior to 4pm.
Day 2 | Hanoi Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich - Water puppets
Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or buy ingredients for a cooking class. Alternatively visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature.
Day 3 | Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise Highlights: Au Co Cruise
Board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of Halong Bay. Tonight enjoy a cultural demonstration of Vietnam customs.
Day 4 | Halong Bay Cruise Highlights: Enrich - Wine tasting
This morning awake with a Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.
Day 5 | Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi Highlights: Freechoice Dining
Return to Hanoi for an overnight stay.
Day 6 | Hanoi – Vientiane Highlights:
Fly to Vientiane and enjoy your overnight stay.
Day 7 | Vientiane – Luang Prabang Highlights:
Explore the capital of Laos including the gold covered temple, Wat Sisaket Monastery and Haw Phra Kaew which once housed the Emerald Buddha
Fly to Luang Prabang for a three night special stay at your colonial-style hotel.
Day 8 | Luang Prabang Highlights:
Participate in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to Pak Ou caves.
Tonight bargain at the night markets.
Day 9 | Luang Prabang Highlights:
Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Or set off on a ride to discover Luang Prabang.
Day 10 | Luang Prabang – Siem Reap Highlights:
Fly to Siem Reap. Arrive at your hotel, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay.
Day 11 | Siem Reap Highlights: Temple Discovery, Enrich - Phare Circus
Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.
Day 12 | Siem Reap Highlights: Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Apsara Temple dinner
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a local NGO supported bakery school.
Day 13 | Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise Highlights: Khmer bridge, welcome reception
Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits, with stops at the Khmer bridge, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village.
Day 14 | Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham Highlights: Freechoice
Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham.
Day 15 | Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing
Cruise up the Tonle Sap River to Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride from the ship through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.
Day 16 | Phnom Penh Highlights: Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or tour the local food market before joining a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture.
Day 17 | Phnom Penh > Tan Chau Highlights: Border crossing
Visit the National Museum and Royal Palace before setting sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Relax during your afternoon of cruising as you cross the border into Vietnam. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.
Day 18 | Tan Chau Highlights: Freechoice
Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to the local Cao Dai Temple. Alternatively explore Chau Doc city or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.
Day 19 | Sa Dec > Cai Be Highlights: Sa Dec Markets, Freechoice
Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop for a green tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.
Day 20 | Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City Highlights: Freechoice Dining
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour of your hotel in Saigon, your Special Stay for the next two nights.
Day 21 | Ho Chi Minh City Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels
Travel along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch discover all about Vietnam’s more modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum.
Day 22 | Ho Chi Minh City Highlights: Farewell
Depart with many cherished memories.