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Vietnam & Cambodia: Trails of Indochina

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 3-5 Miles Daily

In an inextricable interplay between geography and culture, the many bodies of water encountered in these regions of Indochina serve as a gateway to the beauty and mysteries of this area. The tour begins along Vietnam’s golden Perfume River, with its magnificent fortress and temples, and a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. A magical centerpiece of the tour is a cruise through awe-inspiring Halong Bay in northern Vietnam, an expanse of deep still waters and coves studded with thousands of seemingly endless limestone karsts that drop into the bay. Enjoy the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Sea of China off Vietnam’s central coast before transferring to Siem Reap, Cambodia, home to some of humanity’s most amazing architectural achievements, including the temples of Angkor. This town was originally a cluster of small villages along the Siem Reap River, but is now nicknamed the “Great Gate to Angkor.” The towns and cities along these waterways—Hanoi, Hoi An and Siem Reap—reveal architecture ranging from ancient temples and steep-roofed merchants’ houses to rows and walls of pastel-colored French colonial buildings in their charming old quarters. You are welcomed into these towns and nearby villages with true hospitality and genuine warmth from your Vietnamese and Cambodian hosts.


Tour Highlights:
  • With your knowledgeable guides, explore the royal city of Angkor Thom, a complex of towering temples and intricately carved terraces created by the “god-king” Jayavarman around AD 800.
  • Delight in the humorous, musical, and magical performance of the Thang Long Water Puppets, an art whose origins date back to the 11th century.
  • Enjoy the traditional music and dance of Cambodia during a live performance by young students from Cambodia Living Arts, an organization supporting the revival of Khmer traditions.
Flight + Tour Combo

12 days, 11 nights

FROM $6,648 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
2017 Luang Prabang | 3 nights $1,448
Bangkok | 2 nights $448*

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9 days, 8 nights

FROM $5,448 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival Hanoi. Walking tour of Old Quarter

Upon arrival in Hanoi, discover the city’s fascinating blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, and French history on a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Later, witness ancient legends brought to life at a remarkable water-puppet show.

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Opera

As its name implies, this 5-star hotel exudes French elegance. Totally rebuilt in 2004, the hotel features sumptuous guest rooms, elegant dining, a fitness room with sauna, and a spectacular swimming pool that projects onto an open-air terrace. You may be reluctant to leave this luxury, but when you do, you’ll find yourself in the former French Quarter, close to the Opera House, and just a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and many other downtown points of interest.

Day 2

Set Sail on Halong Bay

Set sail on the waters of dramatic Halong Bay, studded with 2,000 jutting, lushly forested limestone islands. You’ll travel, eat, and sleep aboard a private junk, with opportunities to swim and kayak.

Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise Private Junk, Halong Bay

This traditional wooden junk combines oriental style with contemporary design and classic beauty. There are deluxe sleeping cabins, a sundeck, a lounge and bar, plus a wonderful staff who will take care of all of your needs. All cabins have panoramic windows and air conditioning.

Day 3

Cat Ba Island

Explore Cat Ba Island, home to Cat Ba National Park, on the remote southeastern extreme of Halong Bay. Walking in thick forest and passing through a tiny village, you look for the endangered Cat Ba langur.

Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise Private Junk, Halong Bay

This traditional wooden junk combines oriental style with contemporary design and classic beauty. There are deluxe sleeping cabins, a sundeck, a lounge and bar, plus a wonderful staff who will take care of all of your needs. All cabins have panoramic windows and air conditioning.

Day 4

Sung Sot Grotto

Start the day with a visit to Sung Sot grotto, a massive series of chambers opening onto a “royal garden” surrounded by tall peaks. Later in the afternoon, transfer by air to Hoi An.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 5

Cam Thanh & Cam Chau Villages & countryside

Walk through the villages of Cam Thanh and Cam Chau, passing beside serene rice paddies and domestic water buffalo. In the evening, enjoy an alfresco dinner at your exceptional hotel.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 6

Cam Ha Village to An Bang Beach

Explore the narrow streets, historic Chinese architecture, and Japanese covered bridge of Hoi An, once a thriving international trading center. In its bustling markets, encounter an incredible range of tropical fruits, local textiles, and fresh spices.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 7

Angkor Thom

After an air transfer to Siem Reap, jump into a local tuk-tuk and ride to the mysterious royal city of Angkor Thom, known for its awe-inspiring 50-tower temple. With an expert, local guide, spend the afternoon discovering this marvel.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

This upscale, colonial-style property features tastefully-appointed rooms, beautiful Khmer artwork throughout, and a pool surrounded by peaceful gardens.

Day 8

K’bal Spean & Ta Prohm

Escape the crowds and explore the hidden K’bal Spean, ancient birthplace of the Angkor Empire, following a trail through quiet forest and encountering sculptures of lingum. Later, explore the haunting ruins of Ta Prohm, a 12th-century temple overgrown with fig and silk-cotton trees.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

This upscale, colonial-style property features tastefully-appointed rooms, beautiful Khmer artwork throughout, and a pool surrounded by peaceful gardens.

Day 9

Angkor Wat

Your adventure culminates with an early morning visit to the legendary ruins of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. It dazzles with extensive alleys, courtyards, towers, and hidden shrines.

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Day 1

Walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Today you enjoy an orientation to the tree-lined streets of Hanoi, resplendent with French colonial architecture, including the recently restored Opera House. You head into Hanoi’s Old Quarter and stroll through the Ancient Quarter or 36 Streets District. This densely populated corner of the city was once a center of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers today, the neighborhood has retained traditional street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street, and Paper Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores in this souvenir hunter’s paradise!  In the afternoon you may choose between free time at your deluxe hotel or a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, located in the very center of the city and known as Lake of the Restored Sword from the legend that surrounds it.

Early this evening you enjoy the wonderful Thang Long Water Puppet Show. This amazing art form originated over one thousand years ago in the Red River Delta. The performers who operate the puppets have to spend over an hour in the water, and the result is an intriguing show full of local tales about ancient legends, romance, farming, fishing, and children playing. After the show, you head out to the Wild Lotus Restaurant for a dinner of delicious Vietnamese specialties.

PLEASE NOTE: You are required to obtain a visa prior to your arrival in Vietnam. Please do so as soon as possible to ensure you have it in ample time. The visa for Cambodia can be obtained upon arrival.

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Opera

As its name implies, this 5-star hotel exudes French elegance. Totally rebuilt in 2004, the hotel features sumptuous guest rooms, elegant dining, a fitness room with sauna, and a spectacular swimming pool that projects onto an open-air terrace. You may be reluctant to leave this luxury, but when you do, you’ll find yourself in the former French Quarter, close to the Opera House, and just a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and many other downtown points of interest.

Day 2

Halong Bay; Visit Dark and Bright Lagoon

After a delicious breakfast, you depart Hanoi and head for fantastical Halong Bay, 600 square miles studded with almost 2,000 jutting, lushly forested limestone islands, or karsts. This transfer takes approximately four hours, including a short break along the way. After boarding the junk, you enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by a cruise briefing and al fresco lunch as the Bhaya heads to Bai Tu Long Bay, passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets. Those who wish may visit Dark and Bright Lagoon via rowboat before returning to the junk for a Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck, followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner.

Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise Private Junk, Halong Bay

This traditional wooden junk combines oriental style with contemporary design and classic beauty. There are deluxe sleeping cabins, a sundeck, a lounge and bar, plus a wonderful staff who will take care of all of your needs. All cabins have panoramic windows and air conditioning.

Day 3

Cat Ba Island: Viet Hai Village

Sip coffee as the junk sets sail to Cat Ba Island, home to the Cat Ba National Park. Your walk follows a quiet, dirt road surrounded by thick forest and gently ascends to the tiny village of Viet Hai, home to a small community that produces many of the organic vegetables served on your junk! Upon arrival learn about the community’s efforts to protect the Cat Ba langur, endemic to the island and one of the most endangered primates in the world. After a break in the shade, you continue through the village to visit a primary school and a small cave, or return to the junk via a local tuk-tuk taxi.  While easy, this walk can feel more challenging due to the heat and lack of shade. Those who do not wish to walk today may enjoy more time on the boat, swimming, kayaking, or perhaps indulging in a massage (not included in the tour price). A sunset cocktail is followed by a dinner of freshly caught seafood, delicately seasoned and served in the dining room. The lights from the other boats anchored in the area reflect in the calm waters and provide a unique, intimate atmosphere.

Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise Private Junk, Halong Bay

This traditional wooden junk combines oriental style with contemporary design and classic beauty. There are deluxe sleeping cabins, a sundeck, a lounge and bar, plus a wonderful staff who will take care of all of your needs. All cabins have panoramic windows and air conditioning.

Day 4

Visit to Sung Sot Grotto

Sung Sot Grotto consists of two chambers, one being similar to a wide theater hall, where many stalactites hang from the high ceiling, and a second chamber that is so immense it could hold thousands of people at one time. At the deepest point of the grotto, a “royal garden” appears, with a clear pond and a fascinating landscape that resembles small mountains. Many birds and plants (benjamin figs, cycads, and centenary banyan trees) live here. After this visit, head back to the junk and enjoy a delicious brunch. Later, you disembark at Halong Pier and transfer back to Hanoi, where you board your flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you drive to Hoi An and check into your hotel, where you have time to freshen up before a dinner of delightful Vietnamese cuisine.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 5

Cam Thanh and Cam Chau villages; Guided tour of Hoi An

This morning choose between a stroll through the early morning market or a visit to a seamstress where fabric can be made into a garment in one day (you may bring your own or purchase it from their impressive displays). Afterwards, walk through the villages of Cam Thanh and Cam Chau, winding between rice paddies and organic gardens where there may be a chance to stop at a local school and visit with the children. Lunch is on your own today, allowing you time to either enjoy the hotel’s lovely swimming pool (perhaps dining pool-side) or venture into Hoi An.

After lunch, continue on to the wonderful old part of Hoi An, where your guide shares amazing insights into the history of this area. Hoi An was an international trading center from the 17th to the 19th century, frequented by merchants from China, Japan, India, and Holland. The winding narrow streets and old Chinese-style buildings of its historic center are remarkably intact and have earned it UNESCO World Heritage site status. Particularly fascinating is the Japanese covered bridge, built by 17th century Japanese colonists with its Buddhist temple on one side. You may venture inside a former merchant’s house as well as shops, courtyards, and temples, eventually reaching Hoi An’s colorful central market, its stalls brimming over with tropical produce. This evening, gather for dinner at Brothers Café Restaurant, overlooking the Hoi An River and surrounded by lush gardens.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 6

Cam Ha Village to An Bang Beach

This morning’s initial destination is a small fishing village far removed from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The relaxing walk to Cam Ha follows a palm-lined trail along the broad De Vong River, passing small homes, vegetable gardens, and shrimp farms; from here, you continue on a quiet unpaved road to An Bang Beach for a simple lunch of fresh-caught fish.

After lunch there’s time to relax on the beach or at the hotel, where you may opt for a complimentary spa massage in the late afternoon or early evening. Dinner is on your own; enjoy exploring Hoi An’s charming streets to discover a special restaurant for your evening meal.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 7

Royal city of Angkor Thom

After a wonderful buffet breakfast of muesli, traditional noodle soup, fresh fruits, eggs, and pastries, you pack for your transfer to Siem Reap. On arrival, you are met at the airport by your local Cambodian guide and then transferred to your hotel. From here, take a tuk-tuk to the gate at Bayon, where you begin your walk to explore the mysterious royal city of Angkor Thom. Stroll along the trail to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Wander through the narrow alleyways and see the city’s awe-inspiring fifty tower temple. The enormous stone sculptures reveal enigmatic faces from a remote era. Continue on to Takeo Temple, a towering but plainly decorated structure dedicated to Shiva. Known in its time as the “mountain with golden peaks,” it was the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone. Dinner tonight is at the hotel, featuring some of Cambodia’s most delicious cuisine.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

This upscale, colonial-style property features tastefully-appointed rooms, beautiful Khmer artwork throughout, and a pool surrounded by peaceful gardens.

Day 8

K'bal Spean Trail; Afternoon visit to Ta Prohm

This morning you depart early from the hotel in order to beat the heat. Transfer to K’bal Spean, which is situated on the southwestern slopes of the Kulen Hills and within Phnom Kulen National Park. It was here in 802 AD that King Jayavarman declared himself the god-king and broke away from the Java kingdom. This is the birthplace of the Angkor kingdom and modern Cambodia. You follow a trail through a quiet forest, where at the top you find the K’bal Spean site and riverbed, which is covered with sculptures of lingas, the symbol of the god Shiva’s supreme essence. This amazing Hindu site, referred to as the “River of a Thousand Lingas,” predates Angkor Wat by roughly two hundred years, making it one of the most ancient sites in the region. Along your route youmdiscover a lovely waterfall and great views of the valley below. Lunch today is in a local restaurant at the foot of K’bal Spean which has great views over the area.

In the afternoon you visit Ta Prohm, a site nearly lost in the deep jungle growing around it. The overgrown vegetation combined with the temple’s remains create a somewhat haunted and exotic landscape. Enormous tree roots, pushing between the stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, emphasize the legend of a “lost city.” Intentionally left partially unrestored, the site’s towers and alleyways have become entangled in massive fig and silk-cotton trees, offering ample photo opportunities of temple ruins juxtaposed against untamed nature.

Later, you may choose between a dip in the hotel’s swimming pool or an optional visit to the Conservation d’Angkor Center, a storage area holding over 5000 sculptures that originally stood within temples across the Angkor area. Dinner is at a local restaurant, which serves some of the best authentic Cambodian food in the area.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

This upscale, colonial-style property features tastefully-appointed rooms, beautiful Khmer artwork throughout, and a pool surrounded by peaceful gardens.

Day 9

Visit of Angkor Wat

This morning you rise very early in order to beat the crowds for an exploration of Angkor Wat—the enormous and intricately carved Khmer ruins—one of the world’s architectural wonders. A product of the Khmer civilization, the temple was constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries. Strolling its extensive alleys and courtyards, you see many small shrines still in use by the local residents living near the ancient site. Housed in the main temple are hundreds of fine carvings of Apsaras, depicted from Hindu mythology.

After this remarkable visit to Angkor Wat, you bid farewell to your travel companions before a complimentary transfer takes you to the airport for your onward travels.

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Flight

Overnight flight from USA to Hanoi, Vietnam

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

After arriving at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary private transfer will be provided to the Hotel de l’Opera approximately 45 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Opera

As its name implies, this 5-star hotel exudes French elegance. Totally rebuilt in 2004, the hotel features sumptuous guest rooms, elegant dining, a fitness room with sauna, and a spectacular swimming pool that projects onto an open-air terrace. You may be reluctant to leave this luxury, but when you do, you’ll find yourself in the former French Quarter, close to the Opera House, and just a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and many other downtown points of interest.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Vietnam & Cambodia: Trails of Indochina tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hotel de l’Opera at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Please refer to the Vietnam& Cambodia: Trails of Indochina (9-day/8-night) itinerary for full tour details, and for further information on visa requirements for Vietnam and Cambodia.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, discover the city’s fascinating blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, and French history on a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Later, witness ancient legends brought to life at a remarkable water-puppet show.

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Opera

As its name implies, this 5-star hotel exudes French elegance. Totally rebuilt in 2004, the hotel features sumptuous guest rooms, elegant dining, a fitness room with sauna, and a spectacular swimming pool that projects onto an open-air terrace. You may be reluctant to leave this luxury, but when you do, you’ll find yourself in the former French Quarter, close to the Opera House, and just a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and many other downtown points of interest.

Day 2

Set Sail on Halong Bay

Set sail on the waters of dramatic Halong Bay, studded with 2,000 jutting, lushly forested limestone islands. You’ll travel, eat, and sleep aboard a private junk, with opportunities to swim and kayak.

Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise Private Junk, Halong Bay

This traditional wooden junk combines oriental style with contemporary design and classic beauty. There are deluxe sleeping cabins, a sundeck, a lounge and bar, plus a wonderful staff who will take care of all of your needs. All cabins have panoramic windows and air conditioning.

Day 3

Cat Ba Island

Explore Cat Ba Island, home to Cat Ba National Park, on the remote southeastern extreme of Halong Bay. Walking in thick forest and passing through a tiny village, you look for the endangered Cat Ba langur.

Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise Private Junk, Halong Bay

This traditional wooden junk combines oriental style with contemporary design and classic beauty. There are deluxe sleeping cabins, a sundeck, a lounge and bar, plus a wonderful staff who will take care of all of your needs. All cabins have panoramic windows and air conditioning.

Day 4

Sung Sot Grotto

Start the day with a visit to Sung Sot grotto, a massive series of chambers opening onto a “royal garden” surrounded by tall peaks. Later in the afternoon, transfer by air to Hoi An.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 5

Cam Thanh & Cam Chau Villages & countryside

Walk through the villages of Cam Thanh and Cam Chau, passing beside serene rice paddies and domestic water buffalo. In the evening, enjoy an alfresco dinner at your exceptional hotel.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 6

Cam Ha Village to An Bang Beach

Explore the narrow streets, historic Chinese architecture, and Japanese covered bridge of Hoi An, once a thriving international trading center. In its bustling markets, encounter an incredible range of tropical fruits, local textiles, and fresh spices.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 7

Angkor Thom

After an air transfer to Siem Reap, jump into a local tuk-tuk and ride to the mysterious royal city of Angkor Thom, known for its awe-inspiring 50-tower temple. With an expert, local guide, spend the afternoon discovering this marvel.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

This upscale, colonial-style property features tastefully-appointed rooms, beautiful Khmer artwork throughout, and a pool surrounded by peaceful gardens.

Day 8

K’bal Spean & Ta Prohm

Escape the crowds and explore the hidden K’bal Spean, ancient birthplace of the Angkor Empire, following a trail through quiet forest and encountering sculptures of lingum. Later, explore the haunting ruins of Ta Prohm, a 12th-century temple overgrown with fig and silk-cotton trees.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

This upscale, colonial-style property features tastefully-appointed rooms, beautiful Khmer artwork throughout, and a pool surrounded by peaceful gardens.

Day 9

Angkor Wat

Your adventure culminates with an early morning visit to the legendary ruins of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. It dazzles with extensive alleys, courtyards, towers, and hidden shrines.

Post Night

Flight to Bangkok

After saying goodbye to your group in Siem Reap, you fly to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. There you may either enjoy a complimentary shuttle transfer or walk to the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel for your post-tour night. (Dinner is on your own.)

Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Located just a leisurely five-minute walk away from the airport via air-conditioned underground walkway, Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is an oasis for travelers passing through Bangkok. This four-star facility offers a spa specializing in seawater and thermal springs treatment programs, five restaurants and bars, a fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool. In addition, their commitment to sustainable development makes them a commendable choice for your stay in Southeast Asia.

Departure

This morning, after a complimentary breakfast, you transfer to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport via shuttle or on foot.

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang, Laos

3 nights from only $1,448

  • Two nights at the Villa Malay Boutique Hotel, Luang Prabang, Laos*
  • One night at the Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel, Thailand
  • Flight from Bangkok, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Flight from Luang Prabang, Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Airport transfers in both Luang Prabang and Hanoi
  • Fully guided day in Luang Prabang including a walking tour of the city, exploration of the city’s markets and temples, and a riverside lunch
  • Two Breakfasts

For those guests reserving our 2017 Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995, is an ancient royal city surrounded by mountains and was founded at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and its tributary, the Khan River. The quiet streets lined with white-washed French colonial buildings lead to magnificent Buddhist temples with their fantastically sculpted roofs, painted in gold and vibrant colors, and tranquil surrounding grounds. A fully guided day includes exploration of the city’s markets and temples and a short walk to the top of Phousi Hill for rewarding views over the town. After a riverside lunch, you cross the Mekong River on a traditional flat boat for an easy walk through quiet villages.

On your final morning, early risers may wish to join townspeople on the hushed streets giving morning offerings to monks en route to their temples. The orange-robed monks are participating in the Buddhist ritual of receiving alms, and locals lining the way fill their baskets with fruit, rice, and other small gifts as the monks walk past. (Your hotel staff can provide tips on where to observe the monks.)

Single Supplement: $398

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally. This extension is only available for those traveling in 2017.

Post-Tour Extension: Bangkok, Thailand

2 nights from only $448*

  • Three nights at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok* (Please note that your Flight + Tour Combo post-tour stay at the Novotel Airport Hotel will be replaced with an extra night at the Shangri-La Hotel downtown.)
  • Semi-private transfer from the airport to the Shangri-La Hotel and private transfer from the Shangri-La Hotel to the Bangkok Airport in time for your departure flight
  • Two breakfasts

With a population of over 11 million, Bangkok is by far Thailand’s largest city—and with a landscape richly peppered with golden temples, whitewashed palaces, gourmet restaurants, and intriguing museums, it is perhaps Southeast Asia’s most cosmopolitan as well. Staying in a luxurious five-star hotel perfectly situated beside the Chao Phraya River, you’ll enjoy a plush river-view room with polished wood and Thai-inspired decor. From this home base, you can step out to explore the city, perhaps exploring the white arches and gardens of the Grand Palace, marveling at the 700-year-old, five-and-a-half ton solid gold Buddha in Wat Trimit temple, or wandering countless stalls of Chatuchak Market.

Single Supplement: $148*

Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

For those traveling in 2018, your Post-Tour Extension: Bangkok, Thailand is $898. Single Supplement: $348.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One night at the Hotel de l’Opera, Hanoi and one night at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Bangkok
  • Two breakfasts
  • 9-day/8-night Vietnam & Cambodia: Trails of Indochina guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

2017 Luang Prabang
3 nights from only $1,448

Bangkok
2 nights from only $448*

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Flight

Overnight flight from USA to Hanoi, Vietnam

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam

After arriving at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary private transfer is provided to the Hotel de l’Opera, approximately 45 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Opera

As its name implies, this 5-star hotel exudes French elegance. Totally rebuilt in 2004, the hotel features sumptuous guest rooms, elegant dining, a fitness room with sauna, and a spectacular swimming pool that projects onto an open-air terrace. You may be reluctant to leave this luxury, but when you do, you’ll find yourself in the former French Quarter, close to the Opera House, and just a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and many other downtown points of interest.

Day 1

Join your Vietnam & Cambodia: Trails of Indochina tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at the Hotel de l’Opera at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Today you enjoy an orientation to the tree-lined streets of Hanoi, resplendent with French colonial architecture, including the recently restored Opera House. You head into Hanoi’s Old Quarter and stroll through the Ancient Quarter or 36 Streets District. This densely populated corner of the city was once a center of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers today, the neighborhood has retained traditional street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street, and Paper Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores in this souvenir hunter’s paradise!  In the afternoon you may choose between free time at your deluxe hotel or a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, located in the very center of the city and known as Lake of the Restored Sword from the legend that surrounds it.

Early this evening you enjoy the wonderful Thang Long Water Puppet Show. This amazing art form originated over one thousand years ago in the Red River Delta. The performers who operate the puppets have to spend over an hour in the water, and the result is an intriguing show full of local tales about ancient legends, romance, farming, fishing, and children playing. After the show, you head out to the Wild Lotus Restaurant for a dinner of delicious Vietnamese specialties.

PLEASE NOTE: You are required to obtain a visa prior to your arrival in Vietnam. Please do so as soon as possible to ensure you have it in ample time. The visa for Cambodia can be obtained upon arrival.

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Opera

As its name implies, this 5-star hotel exudes French elegance. Totally rebuilt in 2004, the hotel features sumptuous guest rooms, elegant dining, a fitness room with sauna, and a spectacular swimming pool that projects onto an open-air terrace. You may be reluctant to leave this luxury, but when you do, you’ll find yourself in the former French Quarter, close to the Opera House, and just a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and many other downtown points of interest.

Day 2

Halong Bay; Visit Dark and Bright Lagoon

After a delicious breakfast, you depart Hanoi and head for fantastical Halong Bay, 600 square miles studded with almost 2,000 jutting, lushly forested limestone islands, or karsts. This transfer takes approximately four hours, including a short break along the way. After boarding the junk, you enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by a cruise briefing and al fresco lunch as the Bhaya heads to Bai Tu Long Bay, passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets. Those who wish may visit Dark and Bright Lagoon via rowboat before returning to the junk for a Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck, followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner.

Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise Private Junk, Halong Bay

This traditional wooden junk combines oriental style with contemporary design and classic beauty. There are deluxe sleeping cabins, a sundeck, a lounge and bar, plus a wonderful staff who will take care of all of your needs. All cabins have panoramic windows and air conditioning.

Day 3

Cat Ba Island: Viet Hai Village

Sip coffee as the junk sets sail to Cat Ba Island, home to the Cat Ba National Park. Your walk follows a quiet, dirt road surrounded by thick forest and gently ascends to the tiny village of Viet Hai, home to a small community that produces many of the organic vegetables served on your junk! Upon arrival learn about the community’s efforts to protect the Cat Ba langur, endemic to the island and one of the most endangered primates in the world. After a break in the shade, you continue through the village to visit a primary school and a small cave, or return to the junk via a local tuk-tuk taxi.  While easy, this walk can feel more challenging due to the heat and lack of shade. Those who do not wish to walk today may enjoy more time on the boat, swimming, kayaking, or perhaps indulging in a massage (not included in the tour price). A sunset cocktail is followed by a dinner of freshly caught seafood, delicately seasoned and served in the dining room. The lights from the other boats anchored in the area reflect in the calm waters and provide a unique, intimate atmosphere.

Accommodation: Bhaya Cruise Private Junk, Halong Bay

This traditional wooden junk combines oriental style with contemporary design and classic beauty. There are deluxe sleeping cabins, a sundeck, a lounge and bar, plus a wonderful staff who will take care of all of your needs. All cabins have panoramic windows and air conditioning.

Day 4

Visit to Sung Sot Grotto

Sung Sot Grotto consists of two chambers, one being similar to a wide theater hall, where many stalactites hang from the high ceiling, and a second chamber that is so immense it could hold thousands of people at one time. At the deepest point of the grotto, a “royal garden” appears, with a clear pond and a fascinating landscape that resembles small mountains. Many birds and plants (benjamin figs, cycads, and centenary banyan trees) live here. After this visit, head back to the junk and enjoy a delicious brunch. Later, you disembark at Halong Pier and transfer back to Hanoi, where you board your flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you drive to Hoi An and check into your hotel, where you have time to freshen up before a dinner of delightful Vietnamese cuisine.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 5

Cam Thanh and Cam Chau villages; Guided tour of Hoi An

This morning choose between a stroll through the early morning market or a visit to a seamstress where fabric can be made into a garment in one day (you may bring your own or purchase it from their impressive displays). Afterwards, walk through the villages of Cam Thanh and Cam Chau, winding between rice paddies and organic gardens where there may be a chance to stop at a local school and visit with the children. Lunch is on your own today, allowing you time to either enjoy the hotel’s lovely swimming pool (perhaps dining pool-side) or venture into Hoi An.

After lunch, continue on to the wonderful old part of Hoi An, where your guide shares amazing insights into the history of this area. Hoi An was an international trading center from the 17th to the 19th century, frequented by merchants from China, Japan, India, and Holland. The winding narrow streets and old Chinese-style buildings of its historic center are remarkably intact and have earned it UNESCO World Heritage site status. Particularly fascinating is the Japanese covered bridge, built by 17th century Japanese colonists with its Buddhist temple on one side. You may venture inside a former merchant’s house as well as shops, courtyards, and temples, eventually reaching Hoi An’s colorful central market, its stalls brimming over with tropical produce. This evening, gather for dinner at Brothers Café Restaurant, overlooking the Hoi An River and surrounded by lush gardens.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 6

Cam Ha Village to An Bang Beach

This morning’s initial destination is a small fishing village far removed from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The relaxing walk to Cam Ha follows a palm-lined trail along the broad De Vong River, passing small homes, vegetable gardens, and shrimp farms; from here, you continue on a quiet unpaved road to An Bang Beach for a simple lunch of fresh-caught fish.

After lunch there’s time to relax on the beach or at the hotel, where you may opt for a complimentary spa massage in the late afternoon or early evening. Dinner is on your own; enjoy exploring Hoi An’s charming streets to discover a special restaurant for your evening meal.

Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Hotel

This property located in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An beautifully integrates elements of the local surroundings into its neo-colonial architecture. Rooms are spacious and modern with private porches overlooking tropical courtyard gardens. Amenities include a swimming pool, two restaurants, a lively bar, and a full-service spa.

Day 7

Royal city of Angkor Thom

After a wonderful buffet breakfast of muesli, traditional noodle soup, fresh fruits, eggs, and pastries, you pack for your transfer to Siem Reap. On arrival, you are met at the airport by your local Cambodian guide and then transferred to your hotel. From here, take a tuk-tuk to the gate at Bayon, where you begin your walk to explore the mysterious royal city of Angkor Thom. Stroll along the trail to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Wander through the narrow alleyways and see the city’s awe-inspiring fifty tower temple. The enormous stone sculptures reveal enigmatic faces from a remote era. Continue on to Takeo Temple, a towering but plainly decorated structure dedicated to Shiva. Known in its time as the “mountain with golden peaks,” it was the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone. Dinner tonight is at the hotel, featuring some of Cambodia’s most delicious cuisine.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

This upscale, colonial-style property features tastefully-appointed rooms, beautiful Khmer artwork throughout, and a pool surrounded by peaceful gardens.

Day 8

K'bal Spean Trail; Afternoon visit to Ta Prohm

This morning you depart early from the hotel in order to beat the heat. Transfer to K’bal Spean, which is situated on the southwestern slopes of the Kulen Hills and within Phnom Kulen National Park. It was here in 802 AD that King Jayavarman declared himself the god-king and broke away from the Java kingdom. This is the birthplace of the Angkor kingdom and modern Cambodia. You follow a trail through a quiet forest, where at the top you find the K’bal Spean site and riverbed, which is covered with sculptures of lingas, the symbol of the god Shiva’s supreme essence. This amazing Hindu site, referred to as the “River of a Thousand Lingas,” predates Angkor Wat by roughly two hundred years, making it one of the most ancient sites in the region. Along your route youmdiscover a lovely waterfall and great views of the valley below. Lunch today is in a local restaurant at the foot of K’bal Spean which has great views over the area.

In the afternoon you visit Ta Prohm, a site nearly lost in the deep jungle growing around it. The overgrown vegetation combined with the temple’s remains create a somewhat haunted and exotic landscape. Enormous tree roots, pushing between the stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, emphasize the legend of a “lost city.” Intentionally left partially unrestored, the site’s towers and alleyways have become entangled in massive fig and silk-cotton trees, offering ample photo opportunities of temple ruins juxtaposed against untamed nature.

Later, you may choose between a dip in the hotel’s swimming pool or an optional visit to the Conservation d’Angkor Center, a storage area holding over 5000 sculptures that originally stood within temples across the Angkor area. Dinner is at a local restaurant, which serves some of the best authentic Cambodian food in the area.

Accommodation: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

This upscale, colonial-style property features tastefully-appointed rooms, beautiful Khmer artwork throughout, and a pool surrounded by peaceful gardens.

Day 9

Visit of Angkor Wat

This morning you rise very early in order to beat the crowds for an exploration of Angkor Wat—the enormous and intricately carved Khmer ruins—one of the world’s architectural wonders. A product of the Khmer civilization, the temple was constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries. Strolling its extensive alleys and courtyards, you see many small shrines still in use by the local residents living near the ancient site. Housed in the main temple are hundreds of fine carvings of Apsaras, depicted from Hindu mythology.

After this remarkable visit to Angkor Wat, you bid farewell to your travel companions before a complimentary transfer takes you to the airport for your onward travels.

Post Night

Visit of Angkor Wat

This morning you rise very early in order to beat the crowds for an exploration of Angkor Wat—the enormous and intricately carved Khmer ruins—one of the world’s architectural wonders. A product of the Khmer civilization, the temple was constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries. Strolling its extensive alleys and courtyards, you see many small shrines still in use by the local residents living near the ancient site. Housed in the main temple are hundreds of fine carvings of Apsaras, depicted from Hindu mythology.

After saying goodbye to your group in Siem Reap, you fly to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. There you may either enjoy a complimentary shuttle transfer or walk to the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel for your post-tour night. (Dinner is on your own.)

Please note: Your flight from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand will typically be in the early evening. This means that you will have some “down time” in Siem Reap prior to your flight. The Victoria Angkor Hotel is lovely and will graciously allow you to store your luggage and relax in their common areas (swimming pool, bar, and restaurant). There are also showers you can use in the spa. You can also take a local taxi for approximately $2 USD each way to the local markets, restaurants, and sights. Most flights out of Siem Reap leave early in the morning or in the evening so the other guests are likely to be in the same situation. Your exact flight details will be provided by your Country Walkers guide on tour.

Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Located just a leisurely five-minute walk away from the airport via air-conditioned underground walkway, Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is an oasis for travelers passing through Bangkok. This four-star facility offers a spa specializing in seawater and thermal springs treatment programs, five restaurants and bars, a fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool. In addition, their commitment to sustainable development makes them a commendable choice for your stay in Southeast Asia.

Departure

This morning, after a complimentary breakfast, you transfer to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport via shuttle or on foot.

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  • Two nights at the Villa Malay Boutique Hotel, Luang Prabang, Laos*
  • One night at the Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel, Thailand
  • Flight from Bangkok, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Flight from Luang Prabang, Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Airport transfers in both Luang Prabang and Hanoi
  • Fully guided day in Luang Prabang including a walking tour of the city, exploration of the city’s markets and temples, and a riverside lunch
  • Two Breakfasts

For those guests reserving our 2017 Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995, is an ancient royal city surrounded by mountains and was founded at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and its tributary, the Khan River. The quiet streets lined with white-washed French colonial buildings lead to magnificent Buddhist temples with their fantastically sculpted roofs, painted in gold and vibrant colors, and tranquil surrounding grounds. A fully guided day includes exploration of the city’s markets and temples and a short walk to the top of Phousi Hill for rewarding views over the town. After a riverside lunch, you cross the Mekong River on a traditional flat boat for an easy walk through quiet villages.

On your final morning, early risers may wish to join townspeople on the hushed streets giving morning offerings to monks en route to their temples. The orange-robed monks are participating in the Buddhist ritual of receiving alms, and locals lining the way fill their baskets with fruit, rice, and other small gifts as the monks walk past. (Your hotel staff can provide tips on where to observe the monks.)

Single Supplement: $398

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally. This extension is only available for those traveling in 2017.

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  • Three nights at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok* (Please note that your Flight + Tour Combo post-tour stay at the Novotel Airport Hotel will be replaced with an extra night at the Shangri-La Hotel downtown.)
  • Semi-private transfer from the airport to the Shangri-La Hotel and private transfer from the Shangri-La Hotel to the Bangkok Airport in time for your departure flight
  • Two breakfasts

With a population of over 11 million, Bangkok is by far Thailand’s largest city—and with a landscape richly peppered with golden temples, whitewashed palaces, gourmet restaurants, and intriguing museums, it is perhaps Southeast Asia’s most cosmopolitan as well. Staying in a luxurious five-star hotel perfectly situated beside the Chao Phraya River, you’ll enjoy a plush river-view room with polished wood and Thai-inspired decor. From this home base, you can step out to explore the city, perhaps exploring the white arches and gardens of the Grand Palace, marveling at the 700-year-old, five-and-a-half ton solid gold Buddha in Wat Trimit temple, or wandering countless stalls of Chatuchak Market.

Single Supplement: $148*

Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

For those traveling in 2018, your Post-Tour Extension: Bangkok, Thailand is $898. Single Supplement: $348.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One night at the Hotel de l’Opera, Hanoi and one night at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Bangkok
  • Two breakfasts
  • 9-day/8-night Vietnam & Cambodia: Trails of Indochina guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Hoang Quoc Hung

Hoang Quoc Hung graduated with a tourism degree from Hanoi Open University, earning high honors during his Sustainable Tourism Training courses, a sector of modern tourism very close to his heart. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys traveling throughout Asia.

Pum Roath
Pum Roath

Pum Roath began his career as a teacher but eventually shifted gears to become a tour guide both for foreign tourists as well as television personnel shooting video at the many archaeological sites throughout Cambodia. When not guiding and teaching about the fascinating Khmer culture and history, you will most likely find Pum enjoying a challenging game of chess.

Indonesian Tour Guide Sith Savy
Sith Savy

A native of Siem Reap, Sith Savy grew up under the banner of war in Cambodia and after finishing school dedicated his time to studying Angkor history, eventually becoming a certified guide. When not sharing his experiences and knowledge with people from all over the world, he enjoys reading and spending time with his family.

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