February 13 – March 2, 2017
With lush landscapes, blissful beaches, numerous UNESCO sites, brooding volcanoes, ancient temples, modernist architecture, and creative cuisine, Southeast Asia is a land like no other, offering unforgettable experiences.
Travelers explored Hanoi, Vietnam’s cultural center, an urban whirl of the country’s rich heritage. The private city tour was an enchanting glimpse into Vietnam’s vibrant culture, enhanced further with curator-led art gallery tours.
The glimmering emerald waters of Halong Bay provided travelers with an exquisite sailing experience. Over 2,000 limestone islets are dotted around the Bay. Travelers cruised through the Gulf of Tonkin on a luxury boat, viewing the various caves and grottos the Bay had to offer.
In Hoi An, visitors strolled along the many canals of this unique cultural melting pot. The indigenous and foreign influences on food and architecture are reflected throughout this unique heritage site.
Upon visiting Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), travelers were experienced the largest remaining assortment of French architecture, all the while exploring the timeless alleys and thriving street markets of this flourishing town on the verge of reinvention. Travelers were led on a private tour of the Cu Chi tunnels with a Viet Cong veteran, and had further relaxation on a full-day Mekong cruise.
The grand and crumbling world of the lost Cambodian Khmer Empire was revealed to travelers as they visited Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. Juxtaposed with the iconic ruins of Angkor, Siem Reap is a tranquil way to experience ancient wonders. Travelers also had a private view of Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat, as well as the privilege of watching the sunset at Angkor Thom.
Travelers discovered Luang Prabang, the former capital city of Laos with its vividly colored temples and surrounding waterfall-filled landscapes. Observing monks giving alms in the early morning, as well as exploring the beautifully ornate temples provided visitors with a tranquil and one-of-a-kind experience.
Finally travelers advanced to the bustling and energetic Bangkok, holding something for everyone. Bangkok is a haven for shoppers, historians, foodies, and culture-seekers alike. The beautiful Grand Palace and City Temple were shown to travelers on a private tour. The Wat Traimat and jaw-dropping Golden Buddha (the largest solid gold statue), adding an air of mystery and wonder to the already thrilling trip.
The beauty and mystery of the exotic East continues to inspire travelers; its architecture, culture, and delicious cuisine offer a trip unlike any other, and one that will surely be remembered forever.