From the shrines of Luang Prabang to the temples of Angkor, experience Southeast Asia on a journey to historic towns and timeless villages of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

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 The mystical Ha Long Bay
 View of Luang Prabang
 View of the Nam Khan River, Laos
 Buddha at Wat Xieng Thong Temple, Luang Prabang
 Kuang Si Falls
 Residence of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi
 Street market in Hanoi, Vietnam Credit: Patrick McGregor
 Temple of Literature, Hanoi
 Ha Long Bay
 Kayaking in mystical Ha Long Bay
 The canals of Hoi An
 My Son Sanctuary near Hoi An
 Cambodian countryside
 Monk at Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat
 The iconic site of Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat
 Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia: A Tailor-Made Journey to Southeast Asia

14 days from $5,995

From the shrines of Luang Prabang to the temples of Angkor, experience Southeast Asia on a journey to historic towns and timeless villages of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

Overview

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Luang Prabang, Laos

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, you’ll be met by your local guide and taken to your hotel, enjoying an overview of the city en route. The rest of the day, you are free to relax or explore Luang Prabang’s leafy neighborhoods at your leisure. Tonight, we recommend wandering through the night market for a fascinating introduction to Laotian craft and culture.

Day 2 - Luang Prabang

Set out with your local guide on a tour of this lovely World Heritage-listed city. Visit some of its many stunning temples, including Wat Xieng Thong, and stroll past historic buildings that recall France’s long colonial presence. Visit the TEAC Centre to learn about the many ethnic minorities living today in Laos. Later, take a tuk tuk with your guide to a small village known for its skilled artisans and the pottery they produce. Visit with local ceramicists, watching them ply their craft, and if you wish, learn local techniques to make your own pot, which will be fired and delivered to your hotel the next day. (B)

Day 3 - Luang Prabang

Rise early to witness the morning alms, a sacred Laotian tradition where monks pass by collecting food and other items from townspeople.  Then head to gorgeous Kuang Si Falls with your guide, where you can enjoy a picnic breakfast and take a swim in the pale turquoise waters. Spend the afternoon at one of the city’s best-loved restaurants, where you’ll learn to prepare and cook traditional Laotian dishes. (B)

Day 4 - Hanoi, Vietnam

After a free morning to go for a swim at your hotel pool or take a last walk through the market, transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Hanoi. You’ll be met by your private driver and escorted to your hotel in the heart of the old quarter. This evening, consider taking a short walk from your hotel to Hoan Kiem Lake, which is beautifully lit up after dark. (B)

Day 5 - Hanoi

This morning you will join a local blogger for a fascinating street food tour of Hanoi's eateries. After a plentiful brunch, your tour continues to some of the city's major sites, including Ho Chi Minh's stilt home; the Temple of Literature (the first university in Hanoi); and perhaps the Fine Arts Museum, which has a wonderful collection of art and sculpture. (B, L)

Day 6 - Ha Long Bay

After breakfast, transfer to Haiphong with a private driver and guide. Arrive around midday, and board your traditional Vietnamese junk boat for a cruise on the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay. Glide among thousands of karst islets and mountains in the lesser-known Lan Ha section of the bay, and enjoy dinner on board while watching the sunset over the water. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Ha Long Bay

Wake up on the calm waters of Lan Ha Bay, surrounded by mystical landscapes of stunning limestone islets and steep slopes. Go kayaking among the islands, and stop on one of them for a bike ride around traditional villages. In the afternoon, participate in a cooking class on board. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Hoi An

Rise early to view the sunrise over the bay before disembarking and driving back to Hanoi by private car. Arrive in time for your flight to the World Heritage site of Hoi An. Upon arrival, settle into your boutique-style resort just steps from the Old Town. (B)

Day 9 - Hoi An

Explore the historic trading post of Hoi An with your private guide, walking past 16th-century buildings and learning about the city’s international influences. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.  You may wish to stroll the charming old town at your own pace, watching daily life along the waterfront. Or enjoy the chance to relax on the beach. Be sure to try some of the town’s excellent restaurants for a taste of central Vietnam’s unique cuisine. (B)

Day 10 - My Son and Hoi An

Take a drive into the mountains to the temples of My Son, the political and religious capital of the ancient Champa Kingdom. Dating back to the 4th century, these Hindu temples—many now picturesquely reclaimed by the surrounded jungle—offer insights into Cham culture. Return to Hoi An this afternoon to enjoy time at leisure.(B)

Day 11 - Hoi An and Siem Reap, Cambodia

You’ll have most of the day to take a last walk through Hoi An, go for a bike ride to neighboring villages, or enjoy the beach. Then board an evening flight to Siem Reap, gateway to the temples of Angkor. On arrival, your driver and guide will escort you to your boutique hotel on the outskirts of town. (B)

Day 12 - Siem Reap

Get an early start today to explore the evocative ruins of Ta Prohm. Engulfed by jungle vegetation, these temples are exceptionally mystically in the morning mists, when the site is still uncrowded. Continue to Angkor Wat to explore its wondrous temples and cultural significance with your private guide. (B)

Day 13 - Siem Reap

Visit a traditional village with your guide today to learn about rural life in Cambodia and local efforts to protect its unique environment. Then set off on a boat ride on the Tonle Sap. Walk or bike through community farms, and relax in a hammock after a picnic lunch overlooking the rice fields. Return to Siem Reap for the evening. (B, L)

Day 14 - Depart for home

Your private driver drops you off at the airport today for your journey home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

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