Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand’s multi-faceted capital.
Visit the Grand Palace, a complex at the heart of Bangkok that houses more
than 100 elaborate buildings, formerly used as residences for the city’s kings.
Enter the Wat Phra Kaew, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, where you can see the
ornate statue itself, carved from a single block of jade. Continue to the Wat Pho,
or Temple of the Reclining Buddha, before embarking on a cruise down the Chao
Phraya River, where you will stop to see a traditional puppetry performance.
In the evening, take in the graceful movements and brilliant colors of a
traditional Thai dance showcase, accompanied by dinner.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city as you embark on a boat
ride down a winding river through a lush Thai forest. Look out for stilt
houses constructed from bamboo as you listen to the calls of exotic birds.
Ride on a rickshaw through the beautiful countryside before returning to
the city, where you can relax in your hotel or stroll through one of the
area’s many exciting and colorful bazaars.
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Enjoy a truly unique experience at the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle,
where luxurious, state-of-the-art tents with stunning views of the Ruak River,
moutains of Laos and dense Thai jungle await. You will have the opportunity to
bathe, feed and ride elephants; float down the Mekong River; take a day trip
to local markets and temples; lounge by the pool or in your private hot tub;
or enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa located amidst a bamboo jungle.
Hoi An, Vietnam
Take a short flight to Hoi An, an ancient town located on the coast of the
South China Sea. Walk along the beach, visit a local museum or stop by the
area’s 400-year-old covered bridge. In the evening, a local will show you how
silkworms are raised and a seasoned artisan with demonstrate how to make a silk lantern.
My Son, Vietnam
Wander through My Son, an ancient Hindu sanctuary surrounded by mountains.
Take in the historic monuments, stone statues and eleborate buildings at your
leisure before returning to your hotel in Hoi An.
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. Begin your journey at Ho Chi Minh’s residence,
a surprisingly modest wooden stilted house. Next, visit One Pillar Pagona, a
historic Buddhist temple. Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first
national university; and the Quan Thanh Temple, one of the capital’s “Four Sacred
Temples.” End your day at the Hoa Lo Prison, a notorious prisoner of war camp also
known as the “Hanoi Hilton.”
View artifacts and works from every historical period at the Vietnam National
Museum of Fine Arts before embarking on a walking or cyclo (three-wheeled bicycle)
tour of the Old Quarter, comprised of nearly 400 streets brimming with shops,
restaurants and markets.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, home to the Ta Prohm, an ancient temple where crumbling
stone walls intermingle with massive tree roots.
Watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world,
before taking in the intricate carvings of the Banteay Srei, a red sandstone temple.
In the afternoon, take a boat across the serene Tonle Sap Lake, which is lined with
floating fishing villages.
Visit Angkor Thom. This 12th century city flanked by eight-mile-high walls and
surrounded by a moat contains gems too numerious to count. See its towering
monuments and richly decorated shrines before stopping by Bayon, a Khamer temple
composed of massive stone faces. Walk along the majestic Elephant Terrace and the
moss-covered Terrance of the Leper King before returning to your hotel.
Depart Siem Reap
Board a flight home at the Siem Reap International Airport.