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Southeast Asia Odyssey

From $7,097
total price from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle
$6,495 air & land inclusive plus $602 airline taxes and fees
Enhanced Itinerary
Tour Days
19 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Engaging, diverse, intriguing … This just begins to describe Southeast Asia and our small group odyssey through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand … through sublime landscapes and spectacular ruins … through historic cities and tranquil countryside ... through encounters with Buddhist monks and rural villagers.

Enhanced Itinerary
Enhanced Itinerary

Tour Details

Southeast Asia Odyssey

From $7,097

total price from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle
$6,495 air & land inclusive plus $602 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
19 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
19 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Engaging, diverse, intriguing … This just begins to describe Southeast Asia and our small group odyssey through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand … through sublime landscapes and spectacular ruins … through historic cities and tranquil countryside ... through encounters with Buddhist monks and rural villagers.

Small Group Highlights

  • Hanoi sightseeing
  • Ha Long Bay cruise
  • Majestic landscape of Ninh Binh
  • Traditional sampan ride through Tam Coc
  • Charming Hoi An
  • Extensive touring of Angkor Wat complex
  • Luang Prabang alms giving ceremony
  • Interactive rice farming experience
  • Elephant sanctuary
  • Visits to ethnic villages in Vang Vieng
  •  Lao cooking class and lunch
  • Bangkok sightseeing

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Hanoi, Vietnam
Depart U.S. for Hanoi, Vietnam
2
Arrive Hanoi
Arrive Hanoi

We arrive in the Vietnamese capital and transfer to our hotel.

We arrive in the Vietnamese capital and transfer to our hotel.

3
Hanoi
B
D
B
D
Hanoi

Our tour of this French-accented city begins at the serene Temple of Literature (ca. 1070); and Hoa Lo Prison, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” of the Vietnam War. Then we explore Hanoi’s Ancient Quarter, a dense warren of street vendors, where tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Our tour of this French-accented city begins at the serene Temple of Literature (ca. 1070); and Hoa Lo Prison, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” of the Vietnam War. Then we explore Hanoi’s Ancient Quarter, a dense warren of street vendors, where tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

4
Hanoi/Ha Long Bay
B
L
B
L
Hanoi/Ha Long Bay

We depart this morning on a full-day excursion to Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking waterway in the Gulf of Tonkin dotted with 2,000 islands and islets and surrounded by jagged limestone cliffs and hidden caves. Here we board a traditional “junk” for lunch and an afternoon cruise through this fairytale seascape of an UNESCO site.

We depart this morning on a full-day excursion to Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking waterway in the Gulf of Tonkin dotted with 2,000 islands and islets and surrounded by jagged limestone cliffs and hidden caves. Here we board a traditional “junk” for lunch and an afternoon cruise through this fairytale seascape of an UNESCO site.

5
Hanoi/Ninh Binh
B
D
B
D
Hanoi/Ninh Binh

This morning we tour Ba Dinh Square, the national landmark complex of cultural and historic sites. We visit the revered Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the French colonial Presidential Palace, and thousand-year-old One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist retreat. This afternoon we travel by coach to Ninh Binh, capital of Vietnam’s Red River Delta and UNESCO site known for its majestic landscapes. After settling in at our resort, we take a sunset walking tour through the peaceful countryside.

This morning we tour Ba Dinh Square, the national landmark complex of cultural and historic sites. We visit the revered Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the French colonial Presidential Palace, and thousand-year-old One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist retreat. This afternoon we travel by coach to Ninh Binh, capital of Vietnam’s Red River Delta and UNESCO site known for its majestic landscapes. After settling in at our resort, we take a sunset walking tour through the peaceful countryside.

6
Ninh Binh
B
L
D
B
L
D
Ninh Binh

Our day begins with a traditional sampan ride through Tam Coc, with its stunning limestone mountains and vivid green rice paddies. We pass through grottoes and past hidden caves before coaching to the citadel of Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital, where we visit the two temples here.

Our day begins with a traditional sampan ride through Tam Coc, with its stunning limestone mountains and vivid green rice paddies. We pass through grottoes and past hidden caves before coaching to the citadel of Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital, where we visit the two temples here.

7
Ninh Binh/Hanoi/Da Nang/Hoi An
B
D
B
D
Ninh Binh/Hanoi/Da Nang/Hoi An

A travel day today as we return to Hanoi for this afternoon’s flight to Da Nang. Then we coach to the ancient trading port of Hoi An. Tonight, we enjoy dinner in the colorful Old Town.

A travel day today as we return to Hanoi for this afternoon’s flight to Da Nang. Then we coach to the ancient trading port of Hoi An. Tonight, we enjoy dinner in the colorful Old Town.

8
Hoi An
B
D
B
D
Hoi An

A leisurely boat ride on the Thu Bon River brings us to Hoi An’s lively and cacophonous central market, selling everything from produce to clothing to souvenirs. We tour the market then stroll through the shop- and gallery-lined back streets and alleyways of the pedestrian Old Town. Tonight we enjoy a small group highlight: an interactive Vietnamese cooking class, followed by dinner.

A leisurely boat ride on the Thu Bon River brings us to Hoi An’s lively and cacophonous central market, selling everything from produce to clothing to souvenirs. We tour the market then stroll through the shop- and gallery-lined back streets and alleyways of the pedestrian Old Town. Tonight we enjoy a small group highlight: an interactive Vietnamese cooking class, followed by dinner.

9
Hoi An/Da Nang/Siem Reap, Cambodia
B
L
B
L
Hoi An/Da Nang/Siem Reap, Cambodia

We see local life up close as we take a walking tour of a nearby farming settlement. Later we visit the acclaimed Cham Museum, then transfer to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap.

We see local life up close as we take a walking tour of a nearby farming settlement. Later we visit the acclaimed Cham Museum, then transfer to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap.

10
Siem Reap
B
L
D
B
L
D
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. This morning, we explore stunning 12th-century Angkor Wat itself, considered the world’s largest religious structure. After lunch, we travel via tuk-tuks (auto rickshaws) to Ta Prohm, the mystical, decaying Buddhist shrine where the giant roots and limbs of banyan trees have overtaken the labyrinth of ruins here; and Angkor Thom, site of Bayon Temple, an imposing stone edifice of 54 towers each carved with four enigmatic faces.

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. This morning, we explore stunning 12th-century Angkor Wat itself, considered the world’s largest religious structure. After lunch, we travel via tuk-tuks (auto rickshaws) to Ta Prohm, the mystical, decaying Buddhist shrine where the giant roots and limbs of banyan trees have overtaken the labyrinth of ruins here; and Angkor Thom, site of Bayon Temple, an imposing stone edifice of 54 towers each carved with four enigmatic faces.

11
Siem Reap
B
L
D
B
L
D
Siem Reap

Today’s highlights include the restored 12th-century 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.

Today’s highlights include the restored 12th-century 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.

12
Siem Reap/Luang Prabang, Laos
B
D
B
D
Siem Reap/Luang Prabang, Laos

After a morning at leisure, we visit Satcha Handicrafts, a development project for young adults to learn traditional Cambodian crafts. From here we head to the airport for our late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang.

After a morning at leisure, we visit Satcha Handicrafts, a development project for young adults to learn traditional Cambodian crafts. From here we head to the airport for our late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang.

13
Luang Prabang
B
L
D
B
L
D
Luang Prabang

Our day begins early with a time-honored tradition: the “tak-bat,” where hundreds of saffron-robed monks collect alms from their fellow Buddhists. Then we embark on a half-day cruise along the Mekong, lifeblood of Southeast Asia. We visit the Pak Ou Buddha Caves, housing hundreds of Buddhist icons, then enjoy lunch on board before stopping at a village that produces traditional Lao-Lao whiskey.

Our day begins early with a time-honored tradition: the “tak-bat,” where hundreds of saffron-robed monks collect alms from their fellow Buddhists. Then we embark on a half-day cruise along the Mekong, lifeblood of Southeast Asia. We visit the Pak Ou Buddha Caves, housing hundreds of Buddhist icons, then enjoy lunch on board before stopping at a village that produces traditional Lao-Lao whiskey.

14
Luang Prabang
B
L
B
L
Luang Prabang

This morning we visit an elephant sanctuary in the scenic Nam Khan River valley. Then we learn about the lives of local farmers as we travel to a communal rice farm, where we enjoy lunch before joining in farm-based activities.

This morning we visit an elephant sanctuary in the scenic Nam Khan River valley. Then we learn about the lives of local farmers as we travel to a communal rice farm, where we enjoy lunch before joining in farm-based activities.

15
Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng
B
L
D
B
L
D
Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng

We set out on a walking tour of this ancient royal city this morning, beginning with the Old City, a UNESCO site, where we tour the beautiful 16th-century Wat Xient Thong temple complex, and the National Museum, set in the former royal palace. Later, we board the new Boten-Vientiane highspeed railway from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng, an eco-tourism center and home to a wide range of ethnic tribal villages.

We set out on a walking tour of this ancient royal city this morning, beginning with the Old City, a UNESCO site, where we tour the beautiful 16th-century Wat Xient Thong temple complex, and the National Museum, set in the former royal palace. Later, we board the new Boten-Vientiane highspeed railway from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng, an eco-tourism center and home to a wide range of ethnic tribal villages.

16
Vang Vieng/Vientiane/Bangkok
B
L
B
L
Vang Vieng/Vientiane/Bangkok

We encounter two of Laos’ 160 ethnic groups on today’s visit to a Hmong village, where we learn about traditional basket weaving; and to a Khmu village, where we’re introduced to rice wine brewing. Then we help to prepare our lunch at a Lao cooking class at a farm-to-table restaurant. This afternoon we travel to the Lao capital of Vientiane for the flight to Bangkok.

We encounter two of Laos’ 160 ethnic groups on today’s visit to a Hmong village, where we learn about traditional basket weaving; and to a Khmu village, where we’re introduced to rice wine brewing. Then we help to prepare our lunch at a Lao cooking class at a farm-to-table restaurant. This afternoon we travel to the Lao capital of Vientiane for the flight to Bangkok.

17
Bangkok
B
L
B
L
Bangkok

We discover the vibrant Thai capital on today’s tour that features the Grand Palace complex with the revered Emerald Buddha; Wat Pho Temple, home of the gold-leafed Reclining Buddha, and the colorful Flower Market.

We discover the vibrant Thai capital on today’s tour that features the Grand Palace complex with the revered Emerald Buddha; Wat Pho Temple, home of the gold-leafed Reclining Buddha, and the colorful Flower Market.

18
Bangkok
B
D
B
D
Bangkok

This morning’s visit to the Jim Thompson House reveals the prized Southeast Asian art collection of the American who revived the Thai silk industry. Tonight we celebrate our Southeast Asia odyssey at a farewell dinner.

This morning’s visit to the Jim Thompson House reveals the prized Southeast Asian art collection of the American who revived the Thai silk industry. Tonight we celebrate our Southeast Asia odyssey at a farewell dinner.

19
Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

Today we transfer to the airport for our return flights to the U.S.

Today we transfer to the airport for our return flights to the U.S.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 17 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class accommodations
  • 38 meals: 17 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 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)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Oct Nov Dec
Hanoi 68 69 74 84 78 72
Luang Prabang 81 87 92 87 83 79
Bangkok 89 89 91 89 88 87

Average Temperature (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Oct Nov Dec
Hanoi 68 69 74 84 78 72
Luang Prabang 81 87 92 87 83 79
Bangkok 89 89 91 89 88 87

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Post-Tour Extension

Singapore

4 days, 3 nights
From
$1,695
+$445 Single Supplement

Singapore

4 days, 3 nights
From
$1,695
+$445 Single Supplement

Encounter this sophisticated multicultural city-state.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • Air transportation Bangkok/Singapore
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at Carlton City Hotel 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

 

 

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Tuấn Quang Đỗ

"Tuan was excellent from the very first meeting with the group. He was upbeat, informative, and intuitive. I was very pleased with his leadership for our group."

Kathy Spicer
Fort Worth, TX

Hung Nguyen Duy

“We travel a lot and I can recommend Hung among the best tour directors we have ever used.  A man of great knowledge, organization and seemingly endless patience.”

Dr. David Warth
Seattle, WA

Dương Liên Vương (“Yang”)

“Yang was wonderful – well organized, interesting, enthusiastic, thoughtful, and fun. Ten stars!”

Daniel & Terri Potter
Lexington, KY

Hoàng Huy Nguyễn

“Excellent guide! He was extremely organized and attentive to each guest's needs.  Highly recommend him as he enhanced the enjoyment and satisfaction of each aspect of the trip.”

Elaine Heffernan
Winchester, CA

Hùng Quốc Hoàng

“His constant smile and upbeat mood, and his knowledge of the tour logistics, made for a truly wonderful and carefree trip… He is a real asset to Odysseys.”

Paige Morrison
Annapolis, MD

Phong Thanh Nguyễn

“Phong was outstanding in every way possible… We found him to be great fun to travel with, while being on top of everything needed to make our trip the most enjoyable.”

John W. & Patricia Dorward
Burlington, NC

Tuyen Huu Vu

“We couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide than Tuyen: always smiling, full of information, always willing to share ‘ideas’ for our free time – all were excellent!”

Linda Duncan
Dahlonega, GA

Pham Van Chinh

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Tour Directors

Pham Van Chinh

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Tuấn Quang Đỗ

"Tuan was excellent from the very first meeting with the group. He was upbeat, informative, and intuitive. I was very pleased with his leadership for our group."

Kathy Spicer
Fort Worth, TX

Hoàng Huy Nguyễn

“Excellent guide! He was extremely organized and attentive to each guest's needs.  Highly recommend him as he enhanced the enjoyment and satisfaction of each aspect of the trip.”

Elaine Heffernan
Winchester, CA

Tuyen Huu Vu

“We couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide than Tuyen: always smiling, full of information, always willing to share ‘ideas’ for our free time – all were excellent!”

Linda Duncan
Dahlonega, GA

Phong Thanh Nguyễn

“Phong was outstanding in every way possible… We found him to be great fun to travel with, while being on top of everything needed to make our trip the most enjoyable.”

John W. & Patricia Dorward
Burlington, NC

Hung Nguyen Duy

“We travel a lot and I can recommend Hung among the best tour directors we have ever used.  A man of great knowledge, organization and seemingly endless patience.”

Dr. David Warth
Seattle, WA

Dương Liên Vương (“Yang”)

“Yang was wonderful – well organized, interesting, enthusiastic, thoughtful, and fun. Ten stars!”

Daniel & Terri Potter
Lexington, KY

Hùng Quốc Hoàng

“His constant smile and upbeat mood, and his knowledge of the tour logistics, made for a truly wonderful and carefree trip… He is a real asset to Odysseys.”

Paige Morrison
Annapolis, MD

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We have traveled widely throughout the world. This was our first Odysseys tour. It exceeded expectations. Ten stars!
Daniel & Terri Potter
Lexington, KY
The tour hit all the highlights I wanted to see and more. Our tour guide and local guides were outstanding.
Debra Chun
Kaneohe, HI
If this tour was any indication of the service, itinerary, and accommodations you provide, we can’t wait for our next tour!
Robert & Sandy Fountain
Fairfax, VA
Tremendous varied experiences, and an opportunity to participate in many activities.
Dr. Christopher Knaggs
Chester, VA
We have traveled widely throughout the world. This was our first Odysseys tour. It exceeded expectations. Ten stars!
Daniel & Terri Potter
Lexington, KY
The tour hit all the highlights I wanted to see and more. Our tour guide and local guides were outstanding.
Debra Chun
Kaneohe, HI
If this tour was any indication of the service, itinerary, and accommodations you provide, we can’t wait for our next tour!
Robert & Sandy Fountain
Fairfax, VA
Tremendous varied experiences, and an opportunity to participate in many activities.
Dr. Christopher Knaggs
Chester, VA
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