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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Hanoi sightseeing
  • Ha Long Bay cruise and overnight
  • Charming Hoi An
  • Extensive touring of Angkor Wat complex
  • Luang Prabang alms giving ceremony
  • Interactive rice farming experience
  • Home-hosted Laotian dinner
  • Two-day Mekong cruise with overnight in riverside lodge
  • Elephant sanctuary
  • Bangkok sightseeing
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Depart U.S. for Hanoi, Vietnam

Day 3: Arrive Vietnam We arrive in the Vietnamese capital today and transfer to our hotel.

Day 4: Hanoi Our tour of this French-accented city begins in Ba Dinh Square at the revered mausoleum and home of Ho Chi Minh. Next: historic One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist retreat; the serene Temple of Literature (c. 1070); Hoa Lo Prison, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” of the Vietnam War; and Hanoi’s Ancient Quarter, dense with street vendors. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 5: Hanoi/Ha Long Bay We travel this morning by coach to Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking waterway in the Gulf of Tonkin dotted with 2,000 islands and islets, and surrounded by limestone cliffs and hidden caves. Here we board a traditional “junk” for lunch and an afternoon cruise through the fairytale seascape, a UNESCO site. Our hotel tonight overlooks the bay. B,L,D

Day 6: Ha Long Bay/Da Nang/Hoi An An early departure for the airport and our flight to Da Nang. After lunch at a local restaurant, we reach Hoi An and our riverside hotel, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. B,L,D

Day 7: Hoi An An easy boat ride on the Thu Bon River brings us to the colorful ancient port of Hoi An. We tour the lively daily market, and stroll the shop- and gallery-lined back streets and alleyways of Old Town, now a UNESCO site. Tonight’s small group highlight: an interactive Vietnamese cooking class, followed by dinner. B,D

Day 8: Hoi An/Da Nang/Siem Reap, Cambodia We see local life up close this morning as we take a walking tour of a nearby farming settlement. Later we transfer to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap, arriving late afternoon. B,D

Day 9: Siem Reap We make our first visit to the temples at the Angkor Wat complex, a small-scale city built between the 9th and 13th centuries and now a UNESCO site. We travel via tuk-tuks (auto rickshaws) to Angkor Thom, the last Khmer capital; and Bayon Temple, an imposing stone edifice of 54 towers each carved with four enigmatic faces. Later we tour stunning 12th-century Angkor Wat itself, the world’s largest temple. B,L

Day 10: Siem Reap Today’s highlights include the restored 12th-century monastery and temple complex at Preah Khan; and 10th-century Banteay Srei, the “citadel of women” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and known for its delicately carved pink sandstone. B,D

Day 11: Siem Reap/Luang Prabang, Laos We explore our final temple today, 12th-century Ta Prohm, the mystical, decaying Buddhist shrine where the giant roots and limbs of banyan trees have overtaken the labyrinth of stone rooms and hallways. Then we visit Les Artisans d’Angkor, a development project for young adults to learn traditional crafts. Late this afternoon, we fly to Luang Prabang. B,L

Day 12: Luang Prabang Our introduction to Laos begins early today with a time-honored tradition: the “tak-bat” where hundreds of saffron-robed monks collect alms from their fellow Buddhists. Later we set out to explore this ancient royal city; our walking tour features the Old City, a UNESCO site, where we tour the beautiful 16th-century Wat Xieng Thong temple complex, and the National Museum, formerly the royal palace. We return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure; tonight, we enjoy a home-hosted dinner. B,D

Day 13: Luang Prabang This morning we see the life of local farmers up close as we travel to a community-based rice farm where we can join in the farming activities. After a lunch of traditional Laotian specialties, we visit three-tier Kuang Si Waterfalls. B,L,D

Day 14: Luang Prabang/Mekong River Cruise/Pakbeng We begin a tour highlight today as we board a private riverboat for an upstream voyage on this remote stretch of the Mekong. Along the way we stop to visit villages of ethnic hill tribes, and the Pak Ou Buddha Caves, housing hundreds of Buddha icons. Upon arrival in Pakbeng, we check in at our riverside lodge, where we dine tonight. B,L,D

Day 15: Pakbeng/Mekong River Cruise/Chiang Rai, Thailand Back on board our riverboat today, we cruise past wild and diverse mountain scenery, stopping in two local villages. After crossing the border into Thailand, we transfer to our hotel in Chiang Rai. B,L,D

Day 16: Chiang Rai Today we visit an elephant sanctuary set on 40 acres of jungle habitat. After a morning shadowing these magnificent animals, we travel to Wat Rong Khun, the unusual “White Temple” celebrating Lord Buddha’s purity. Tonight: the lively night market, where we can select dinner on our own from the many food stalls. B,L

Day 17: Chiang Rai/Bangkok Today we visit the Doi Tung Royal Villa and Gardens, the former home of the king’s mother who led efforts against the heroin trade. Late today we fly to Bangkok. B,L,D

Day 18: Bangkok We discover the Thai capital at the colorful Flower Market; Wat Pho Temple, home of the gold-leafed Reclining Buddha; and the splendid Grand Palace complex, where we visit the revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha. B,L

Day 19: Bangkok A morning visit to the Jim Thompson House reveals the prized Southeast Asian art collection of the American who revived the Thai silk industry. Tonight we gather for a farewell dinner, complete with traditional Thai dance. B,D

Day 20: Bangkok/Depart for U.S. Today is at leisure; tonight, we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to the U.S. B

Day 21: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. and connect with our return flights home.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 17 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class accommodations
  • 39 meals: 17 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018/2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

2018
Oct 3
Oct 10

2019
Mar 6
Mar 13

2018
Oct 31
Nov 7, 14
Nov 28

2019
Feb 20
Feb 27

2019

Jan 2
Jan 9, 16
Jan 23
Feb 6

Los Ang, New York,
San Francisco
$5,487$5,687$5,887
Atlanta, Chicago,
Houston, Phoenix,
Port (OR), Seattle,
Washington, DC
$5,787$5,987 $6,187
Boston, Dallas,
Denver, Minn
$5,887$6,087 $6,287
Balt, Charlotte,
Cincinnati, Cleve,
Detroit, Miami,
Orl, Phil, Tampa
$5,987$6,187 $6,387

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $192, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $1,695. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2018/2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Airline upgrades on round-trip Trans-Pacific flight: Business Class – $4,195 per person; Premium Economy – $1,495 per person

A visa is required for this tour. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.

Accommodations
    Melia Hanoi , Hanoi / Days 3-4 / Superior First Class 


    The Melia Hanoi offers an elegant, understated stay in the very heart of Vietnam’s capital.  With high ceilings, modern furnishings, and a sophisticated atmosphere, the Melia Hanoi offers a comfortable escape from the bustling city.  The hotel’s amenities include two restaurants, a lounge, a deli and bakery, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, spa, beauty salon, hairdresser, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms feature private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Wyndham Legend Halong , Ha Long / Day 5 / Superior First Class 


    The high-rise Wyndham Legend Halong hotel enjoys an ideal location on the shores of Ha Long Bay, a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The hotel offers three restaurants, two bars (including a fourth-floor bar with direct access to the swimming pool, which looks over the bay), fitness center, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room has private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery by Sofitel, Hoi An / Days 6-7 / Deluxe 


    Set along the banks of the Thu Bon River in the western portion of Hoi An, the Hotel Royal Hoi An exudes luxury.  The hotel’s design draws inspiration from the story of Sotaro Araki, the 17th-century Japanese merchant who married Princess Ngoc Hoa of Hue.  This marriage was the first between an outsider and a Vietnamese citizen, and forever linked the two cultures.  The hotel’s delicate Japanese-inspired design touches and gourmet Japanese restaurant celebrate these ties.  The Hotel Royal Hoi An also offers an international restaurant, two bars, lounge, year-round outdoor pool with mosaic floors, fitness center, spa with massage and sauna (for a fee), gift shop, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with rainfall shower and hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar, TV, and phone.

    Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Siem Reap / Days 8-10 / Deluxe 


    Set amidst tranquil landscaped gardens on beautiful tree-lined Charles de Gaulle Avenue, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is close to the ruins at Angkor Wat, as well as near traditional markets and other local attractions.  The 238-room hotel features French and Khmer architecture and offers three restaurants and two bars, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, 18-hole golf course, spa with massage treatments, fitness center with Jacuzzi and sauna, unheated outdoor pool, and gift shop.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone.

    Avani Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang / Days 11-13 / Superior First Class 


    Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, the Avani Luang Prabang is a boutique hotel set within the former quarters of French military officers. The 53-room hotel offers a French-inspired bistro, two bars, outdoor swimming pool, manicured grounds, fitness center, spa with massage treatments, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms all include either terrace or balcony and have private bath with hair dryer, rainfall shower, coffee maker, minibar, TV, and phone.

    Pakbeng Sanctuary Lodge , Pakbeng (Mekong River) / Day 14 / First Class 


    The Pakbeng Sanctuary Lodge sits on the banks of the Mekong, halfway between Luang Prabang and the main border crossing into Thailand.  The lodge offers a relaxing atmosphere with teak and bamboo furnishings, river views, two restaurants, orchid garden, massage services, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in public areas, and volleyball/badminton area.  Guest rooms are decorated with Hmong wall hangings and include large private balconies facing the river, along with private bathrooms.   Note: As the lodge sits in a remote section of the Mekong, the standard here will be slightly lower than at other hotels on your tour.  Also, there is no air conditioning.

    Le Meridien Chiang Rai , Chiang Rai / Days 15-16 / Deluxe 


    Set on the banks of the Kok River and close to Chiang Rai’s town center, Le Méridien offers a host of amenities including two restaurants and two bars, outdoor infinity pool overlooking the river, fitness center, full spa, laundry and dry cleaning services, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (in public areas).  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, internet access (for a fee), TV, and phone.

    Royal Orchid Sheraton , Bangkok / Days 17-19 / Deluxe 


    The Royal Orchid Sheraton enjoys an ideal location in the heart of Bangkok, on the banks of the city’s Chao Phraya River.  Amenities of this luxury hotel include four restaurants and a bar, two pools, 24-hour fitness center, full spa, tennis court, laundry service, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room boasts river views and has private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore , Singapore / Extension / Superior First Class 


    Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore offers a comfortable, modern retreat in the heart of Singapore’s nonstop metropolis.  The hotel’s décor features clean lines and understated, contemporary furnishings, and its amenities include three restaurants, three bars, fitness center, rooftop pool with lounge chairs and views of the city, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms look over the city and feature private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

     

     

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Singapore

4 days/3 nights for $995 total price
Single Supplement: $395

Encounter this multi-cultural city-state, at once exotic and sophisticated.

Your Tour Price Includes
  • Air transportation Bangkok/Singapore, including transfers
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore (Superior First Class)
  • 5 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including Singapore cultural tour, bumboat ride on Singapore River, National Orchid Garden, and Gardens by the Bay
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Land only guests: $1,295 total price

A visa is required for this extension. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.

Tour Directors for this Journey
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Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

Norman Lewis
A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere with wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951.

Footprint Guides
Footprint Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos
With practical information on attractions, transportation, food,
activities, and lodgings. Includes Bangkok.

Tom Vater
Moon Angkor Wat
Drawing on his long association with Cambodia, Vater covers all the practicalities of visiting Angkor, Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh in this slim guide.

Nelles
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Map
A great folded map of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia at a scale of 1:1,500,000. With inset maps for Central Vientiane, Hanoi, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat
Featuring innovative site diagrams, local maps and hundreds of color photographs, this handy companion introduces the culture, history and attractions of Vietnam.

Nguyen Xuanthu
Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook
A handy palm-sized guide to pronunciation, grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.

Kim Fay
Communion, A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam
Fay recounts in savory detail a five-week journey with two friends from Hanoi to Saigon in search of the traditions, rituals and pleasures of food from local markets and street foods to haute cuisine.

David Chandler
A History of Cambodia
An excellent, scholarly history from early civilization through the rise of Angkor, French colonial period, Vietnamization of Cambodia, Khmer Rouge and Coup de Force of 1997.

Joel Brinkley
Cambodia’s Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley returns to Cambodia a generation after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime to report on the country’s continuing struggle to recover from its past.

Frances FitzGerald
Fire in the Lake
A classic historical, political and cultural portrait of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, FitzGerald, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a reporter in Vietnam, presents a vivid image of a revolution and a clear-sighted case for why the
U.S offensive was doomed from the start.

Bill Hayton
Vietnam, Rising Dragon
The veteran BBC newsman covers the tangled politics, rapidly changing economy, culture, history and people of Vietnam with great insight in this timely portrait of a nation in transition.

Helen Ibbitson Jessup
Art & Architecture of Cambodia
Jessup includes not just Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei but also lesser-known recent discoveries in the surrounding jungle in this illustrated overview in the World of Art series.

Fiona Kerlogue
Arts of Southeast Asia
A handsome guide to the art, architecture, textiles and crafts of Southeast Asia.

Milton Osborne
The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future
A cultural history of the great river from prehistory to European exploration, colonial tensions and modern challenges. It’s an engaging introduction to the history of Southeast Asia.

Bruno Dagens
Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire
An excellent guide to the site, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia of discovery features hundreds of color photographs, illustrations and maps.

Andrew X. Pham
The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars
Pham recounts the story of his father’s life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily life.

Stephen T. Asma
The Gods Drink Whiskey
Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his year-long stint teaching at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh. His account is both an overview of Theravada Buddhism and a down-to-earth portrait of contemporary Cambodia.

Duong Van Mai Elliott
The Sacred Willow, Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family
This vivid family saga, beginning with the author’s great- grandfather, captures the momentous history of Vietnam over the last 100 years.

Graham Greene
The Quiet American
A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule.

Bao Ninh
The Sorrow of War, A Novel of North Vietnam
A powerful novel by a former North Vietnamese soldier, this short book captures the appalling conditions of war, alternating vivid scenes from the front lines with flashbacks from the protagonist’s rural youth.

Tim O’Brien
The Things They Carried
National Book Award-winner O’Brien captures the daily life of a soldier in Vietnam in this loosely structured, powerful collection of stories.

John Balaban, Nguyen Qui Duc
Vietnam, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam’s finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions.

Craig Robson
Birds of Southeast Asia
This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.

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