Vietnam: Culture & Cuisine

Halong Bay, Vietnam
January 31, 2017
16 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
65 Guests
From $14,980
Pre-Trip Extension
Angkor Wat

Depart USA

January 28

Board your independent flight to Cambodia, crossing the International Date Line en route.  

Siem Reap, Cambodia

January 29

Arrive in the very late evening and transfer to the Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor for overnight.

Siem Reap

January 30

After breakfast explore wondrous Angkor Thom, the 12th-century capital built by Jayavarman VI encompassing the Bayon temple with its enormous mysterious faces. Continue to Ta Prohm Temple built in 1186 by Jayavarman VII to honor his family. Atmospheric and mystical, many of the temple monuments are enveloped by the sinuous roots of soaring silk cottonwood trees. After lunch at a local restaurant visit Banteay Srei, the Citadel of Women, a temple dating from the 10th century. Perhaps the most beautiful temple in Siem Reap, it is remarkable for its fine pink-sandstone carvings relating episodes from the Ramayana. Then board a traditional wooden boat for a sunset cruise and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.  

Siem Reap

January 31

Depart early to view the sunrise at the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. Enjoy breakfast with magnificent views of the temple, then spend the morning exploring its soaring towers, courtyards, and tiered galleries. After lunch, visit Preah Khan Temple, “the Sacred Sword,” an extensive monastic complex surrounded by a moat and guarded by statues of warrior deities. Continue to Neak Pean, a unique island temple rising from the center of an artificial pond. This evening attend a festive farewell dinner accompanied by a private cultural performance of traditional dance and music.

Siem Reap / Hanoi, Vietnam

February 1

After breakfast, visit the floating village of Kampong Khleang, and learn about fishing techniques. Then make a stop at Artisans d’Angkor Handicrafts Center to admire the beautiful metal works, silk weaving, and wood and stone carving from the region. After lunch at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, check in to the Hotel de l’Opera.