Day 1 Siem Reap arrival
Arrive and cehck in to your hotel, rest and refresh before beginning your sightseeing. Siem Reap’s Angkor temple complex is one of the most coveted destinations for travelers around the world. Meet with a local archaeologist, who will take you on a private tour through the enchanting chambers of Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple. Make your way through the bustling markets and barter with the lively merchants following the tour.
Day 2 Excursion to Banteai Srei
Enjoy an early breakfast before heading to the 10th century Banteay Srei Temple, built in honor of the Hindu god Shiva. Next, visit the children at a local orphanage and learn about the positive impact being made by the organization and the challenges they face. Find special mementos to remind you of your Cambodian visit on a bespoke shopping trip to some of the city’s best shopping destinations. This evening, experience something truly special with a private meal arranged on the grounds of Angkor Athvea, a 12th-century Hindu temple just outside Siem Reap.
Day 3 Flight to Pakse in Laos
Fly from Siem Reap to Pakse, Laos this morning . Touch down in the country’s third-largest city, and then check in to La Folie Lodge. This former French colony is situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Xe Don rivers and is home to incredible mountain views, ancient temples, and charming French colonial architecture. Spend the afternoon exploring the city and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Take an evening stroll along the mighty Mekong and spend a restful night at your hotel.
Day 4 Pakse
Today we will explore the Bolaven Plateau and its most famous feature, the Tad Fane Waterfall. Visit Talat Dao Heung Market and bargain for coffees, aromatic spices, dried fish, fresh fruits, and special Lao desserts and treats. Enjoy a traditional meal at one of Pakse’s best restaurants before heading back to your hotel for the night.
Day 5 Flight to Luang Prabang
Today flight to Luang Prabang, check in and then tour through this UNESCO World Heritage city, visiting palaces and monasteries, and be enchanted by a history well-preserved. Head to colorful Tai Lue, the home of famed textiles and weaving techniques. Tour to the top of Mount Phousi for an exquisite view of the sun setting behind a magical cityscape before a lovely dinner of Luang Prabang specialties.
Day 6 Luang Prabang
You will have the unique opportunity to interact with and ride atop an Asian elephant through the lush forests along the Nam Khan River. You will visit an elephant camp that exists in order to provide a safe home for elephants. Learn about the gentle giants from their handlers and go for a ride through the jungle. Ride the giants through the river with a backdrop of tiered waterfalls and verdant forest. Tonight, visit the city’s bustling Hmong Night Market. This is where various hill tribes sell their handmade creations and delicious traditional foods.
Day 7 Hanoi, Vietnam
Flight to Vietnam, arrive and check in. This fascinating city has more than 1,000 years of rich history. Today, get a feel for the city by touring its Old Quarter. Stroll down the charming, narrow, tree-lined streets with colorful shop-fronts and the bustle of everyday life. Retire to the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake and admire the 17th century Turtle Tower. Overnight Hanoi
Day 8 Halong Bay
Get your cameras ready – today, you’re setting off to see one of the world’s greatest sights, the panoramas of which adorn the pages of coffee table books and National Geographic magazines: Halong Bay, also a UNESCO World Heritage site around 3 hours’ drive from Hanoi. Not only are you going to see it, but see it in style, from your own cruising junk. Get up close and personal with the limestone karsts by exploring the area by kayak. After a visit to a traditional fishing village, you’ll cap your night off with a gourmet beach dinner or dinner on board your boat, before sleeping in your own cabin. Learn more about Halong Bay Cruise
Day 9 Halong Bay – Hanoi
Spend the morning with a breakfast on board, latter, enjoy kayaking and the lunch on board before cruising back to the pier, our private transfer will take you back to Hanoi for an overnight stay
Day 10 Hanoi departure
Departure, transfer to airport – end of the trip