US $4480 per person based on double occupancy
Cultural tours, boat cruise in Halong Bay with optional kayaking and swimming; village visits; gentle hiking; river boat cruising; temple visits; elephant friendly riding.
10 nights in lovely 4 star hotels
2 nights luxurious, classic yacht
Hanoi, Vietnam / Siem Reap, Cambodia
Experience the best of Indochina with this fabulous exploration of three unsurpassable UNESCO World Heritage sites: the otherworldly landscapes of Vietnam’s Halong Bay, the gleaming Buddhist temples and evocative French colonial architecture of Luang Prabang, Laos and Cambodia’s mystical Angkor temples. An ever-unfolding wonder, this journey is steeped in history, culture, stunning landscapes, fine class cuisine and more than a few delightful surprises! We stay at hotels specially chosen for their comfort, service, ambiance and location. Our local guides share a wealth of knowledge, experience and fascinating stories about each of the three destinations. We have personally overseen every aspect of the itinerary, setting the stage for Indochina to capture your heart!
The magic begins in Hanoi. We tour its historic sites, explore the bustling Old Quarter, and enjoy its best and most unique restaurants. From there we head to Halong Bay, where our classic, junk-style private yacht transports us through a wondrous maze of fantastically shaped limestone islets. Swimming, kayaking and cave explorations are all on the menu, as is the finest Vietnamese cuisine, lovingly prepared by our onboard chef.
A short flight takes us to Northern Laos and Luang Prabang, a perfectly preserved French colonial settlement that redefines the meaning of atmospheric. Temple drums and gongs at dawn, saffron robed monks silently padding through the streets to collect alms, a dazzling array of local produce at the traditional market, the wide reach of the majestic Mekong River and ethnic villages set in the soft green folds of surrounding hills: such delights await us each day as we set out from the beautiful refurbished royal residence in the heart of the old town.
Finally we arrive in Siem Reap to discover one of the most astonishing accomplishments of mankind: the colossal temples of Angkor. A carefully crafted itinerary ensures we experience each temple at its very best, and our expert guide brings alive the enthralling history of these awe-inspiring sites. At the end of each day, our comfortable hotel is a perfect oasis to relax and reflect on the wonders of this once in a lifetime trip.
Adventure Travel has been our specialty since 1991 when we started to explore the world's most spectacular places as photographers and writers. Several years (and several books) later we began sharing our experiences with others by developing and leading adventure tours. We founded Hidden Places Travel in 2000 and quickly became renowned for our unique, off-the-beaten-track itineraries. Our support of local communities and conservation projects gives our trips unprecedented access and our loyal following of repeat guests is a testament to our professionalism and nurturing approach.
We invite you to join us on one of our life-changing adventures.
Dag Goering and Maria Coffey