Exotic Vietnam & Angkor Wat Cruise Aboard Le Lapérouse

Exotic Vietnam & Angkor Wat Cruise Aboard Le Lapérouse

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Uniquely designed itinerary featuring the scenic beauty, rich culture and history of Vietnam and Cambodia Experience the full breadth of Vietnam afforded by a small ship cruise of the South China Sea. Three nights in Siem Reap for the magnificent temples of Angkor. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites—Ha Long Bay, Hue and Hoi An; Vietnam; and Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Enjoy specially arranged guest speakers, Phan Thi Kim Phuc UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Author of Fire Road and Jim Laurie Former TV news correspondent, media consultant and producer.
Complimentary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!

 

Pricing from
$6,695

Reserve early & SAVE up to $4,600 per Cabin!

Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Oct 29, 2022 - Nov 12, 2022

EXTENSIONS

Hong Kong Pre-Program Option
Experience the dynamic contrasts and epic drama of Hong Kong, where present-day life embraces the past. See ancient junks juxtaposed with ocean liners in the harbor and temples and markets tucked below ultramodern high‑rises. Enjoy a scenic sampan ride through the floating community of Aberdeen and an excursion to Victoria Peak for spectacular views of Hong Kong. Visit the opulent Man Mo Temple; the Wong Tai Siun Temple, known for fortune‑telling and divine guidance; and the stunning Chi Lin Buddhist Nunnery. Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Tang Dynasty‑style Nan Lian Garden and walk through Kowloon’s lively market. Accommodations are for three nights in the ideally located, Five‑Star Kowloon
Shangri‑La Hotel.

Double at $1,195 per person
Single at $1,695 per person

Bangkok Post‑Program Option
Travel to Southeast Asia’s “City of Angels,” filled with more than 26,000 shrines and multi‑tiered roofed temples. Visit three of Bangkok’s most famous temples: Temple of the Golden Buddha, featuring a solid gold Sukothai Buddha statue; Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Bangkok’s largest temple; and Marble Temple, a magnificent white marble sanctuary. Explore the Grand Palace Complex, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha where Thailand’s holiest treasure is made of solid jade. Tour the Jim Thompson House Museum, the former home of the American who revitalized Thailand’s silk industry. Accommodations for three nights are in the Five‑Star Peninsula Bangkok Hotel.

Double at $995 per person.
Single at $1,345 per person

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

CANCELLATION FEES: Final payment due at least 95 days prior to departure. Cancellation fees and penalties apply as follows:

PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

96 days or more prior*

95-61 days prior

60-45 days prior

44-0 days prior

FEE

Full refund

50% of program price

75% of program price

100% of program price

*In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply. Click here for more information.

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1 & 2

    Depart the U.S./ Cross the International Date Line

  • day 3 & 4

    Hanoi

    The undeniable charm of this enigmatic capital city resides in its time‑honored rituals and compelling fusion of Vietnamese, Chinese and French‑colonial influences. Wide leafy boulevards, modeled after the Champs‑Élysées in Paris, are lined with stately Neoclassical mansions and palaces. A red wooden bridge leads you to the Ngoc Son Pagoda, a jewel box on the mystical Hoan Kiem Lake. In Ba Dinh Square, the revered father of the nation lies in state in the granite Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Starkly juxtaposed against the Beaux Arts‑style
    Presidential Palace and facing a pristine lake, Ho Chi Minh’s modest two‑room stilt house—where he lived from 1958 until his death in 1969—was built to reinforce the revolutionary leader’s image as a “man of the people.” Nearby, the 11th‑century One Pillar Pagoda is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples, designed to resemble a lotus blossom. Tour the Temple of Literature, a Confucian sanctuary and learning center since A.D. 1070 and a paradigm of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Visit the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, or “Hanoi Hilton,”
    where American pilots, including the late Senator John McCain, were held as prisoners during the Vietnam War. In the 13th-century Old Quarter, stroll its 36 Streets, named after guilds formed in the Middle Ages by resident craftspeople.

  • day 5

    Hanoi/Haiphong/Embark Le Lapérouse

  • day 6

    Ha Long Bay/Gulf of Tonkin

    Board a traditional Vietnamese junk for a private cruise and experience the ethereal beauty of Ha Long Bay, the “Bay of the Descending Dragon.” This UNESCO World Heritage Site is characterized by a seascape of over 1,600 emerald green pinnacles that soar from the bay’s tranquil waters. Cruise between limestone islands with wave‑eroded caves and coves, and walk among the tapering stalactites and stalagmites in the natural grottoes of Thien Cung, the Heavenly Palace Cave.

  • day 7

    Cruising the South China Sea

  • day 8

    Chan May for Hue

    The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hue, located on the banks of the Perfume River, was the Imperial City of the Nguyen kings from 1601 to 1945. Explore its Imperial Citadel and the massive ramparts and moat dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Tour the Imperial Enclosure of the emperor’s residence, palaces, temples and state buildings and the Forbidden Purple City— a citadel within a citadel formerly reserved for the royalty of the Nguyen Dynasty. Visit the 17th‑century Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, built and designed by the emperor himself during the Nguyen dynasty.

  • day 9

    Da Nang/Hoi An

    Encircled by the Marble Mountains and clear‑blue waters, coastal Da Nang is known for its exquisite Museum of Cham Sculpture, exhibiting the world’s largest collection of indigenous Cham sandstone art and statues dating from the fifth to 15th centuries.

  • day 10

    Cruising the South China Sea

  • day 11

    Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

    Prior to the 14th century, ancient Hoi An was the commercial capital of the Cham Empire and a strategic global port for the spice trade. This captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site preserves more than 800 buildings from the 15th to 19th centuries that emanate a timeless, mystical aura. Learn about the city’s heritage at the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture housed inside the 17th‑century Quan Am Pagoda. Visit the grand temple of Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, a masterpiece of Fujian artistry. Stroll the city’s famed handicraft workshops and colorful riverside market and admire the graceful arc of the Lai Vien Keiu Bridge, originally built in 1590.

  • day 12

    Saigon/Disembark ship/Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Saigon remains a vibrant convergence of Vietnamese heritage and French panache. Women still don the traditional áo dài, a silk tunic worn over pantaloons. Here, see the neo‑Romanesque‑style Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Opera House, a stunning counterpart to the Petit Palais in Paris, recalling the city’s French‑colonial history. Visit the European‑style Central Post Office; the imposing Reunification Hall Palace, the former South Vietnamese presidential palace; and the War Remnants Museum, which offers a Vietnamese perspective on the Vietnam War. Explore the Ben Thanh Market, an authentic symbol of Saigon, where merchants offer aromatic spiced cuisine, traditional Chinese medicines and handcrafted wares and textiles. Outside Saigon, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground complex and an engineering marvel built by the Viet Cong, stretching over 150 miles from Saigon to the Cambodian border.

  • day 13

    Siem Reap for Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei

    Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once the capital of the Khmer Empire. Located in the lush jungles of northern Cambodia, today it is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. Near Siem Reap, the Temple of Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world, built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II to honor the Hindu god Vishnu. Angkor Wat stands in testament to the centuries‑long grandeur of the prosperous Khmer Empire. The astounding Banteay Srei Citadel of the Women is considered the ultimate expression of Khmer genius. Constructed in the 10th century from rose‑pink sandstone, the temple is believed to have been built by women based on the intricacy of the elaborate three-dimensional carvings and filigree relief work that adorn its peaked buildings. On the banks of the Siem Reap River, the monumental walled city of Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Khmer Empire. The towers of its Bayon Temple have approximately 200 stone faces and bas‑relief sculptures depicting historical scenes from everyday life of the Angkorian Khmer while interior artwork depicts scenes from Hindu mythology. The area surrounding the complex includes the ruins of the 11th‑century Baphuon “temple‑mountain” and the intricately carved Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and Royal Palace. Nearby, fascinating Ta Prohm, a 12th‑century Buddhist temple, remains largely untouched, leaving encroaching jungle fig, banyan and kapok trees to grow out of the ruins. Here, the dynamic lifecycle between nature and humanity provides the basis for Ta Prohm’s legendary “lost city” tales. Visit a local workshop which provides training for thousands of Cambodians to perpetuate the creation of their traditional, cultural handcrafts.

  • day 14

    Siem Reap for Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm

  • day 15

    Siem Reap/Depart for the U.S. / Cross the International Date Line / Arrive in the U.S.

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