An Example Itinerary

South East Asia: A Place Where Time Stands Still

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam

18 Day Itinerary

Best Time
November to April
Perfect for
Culture Seekers
Guide Price

£19,000pp

$22800pp

Beginning in Thailand and taking you onto Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, this journey highlights the best of Southeast Asia, giving you time to connect and recognise the true merit of exploration off-the-grid.

Highlights

  • Board a overnight cruise along the Chao Phraya River of Bangkok aboard a traditional restored barge. Enjoy afternoon tea on the sundeck and, come evening, as the sun dips below the horizon, toast with a signature cocktail in hand.
  • Follow in the footsteps of an elephant herd in Chiang Rai, learning about their habitat and observing their distinct and playful personalities first-hand.
  • Observe the morning alms procession in Luang Prabang, Laos, from a private viewpoint, away from the crowds.
  • Cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam, in pursuit of villages and temples untouched by the modern tourist and indulge in the freedom of exploration.

Day 1 - 3: Capella, Bangkok

Day 3 - 6: Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai

Day 6 - 9: Anouvong Cruise, Mekong River

Day 9 - 12: Amantaka, Luang Prabang

Day 12 - 19: Aqua Mekong Cruise, Mekong River

Day 1 - 3: Capella, Bangkok

  • Board an overnight river cruise along the Chao Phraya river
  • Take a street food tour, visiting some of the biggest and best markets in the city

Beginning in Bangkok, an electric city built on the unexpected, you’ll find streets of hawking traders as they celebrate their craftsmanship, from the latest woven rugs to artwork frosted with gold adornments. Aromas of garlic, ginger and chilli fired up in a wok drift among the city, interspersed with the rumbles of tuk-tuks and distant chimes of temple bells.

Explore the city on foot before boarding a luxury barge for an overnight cruise along the Chao Phraya river. As you sail aboard the Loy Dream, observe the hum of life in Bangkok unfold beyond the banks, watch as residents hang out laundry to dry in the humid air, cheer for a team of students as they play a friendly game of football and take a journey through time, experiencing the rich history of the country’s old capital, Ayutthaya.

Four Seasons Tented Camp - Room

Day 3 - 6: Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai

  • Try your hand at the traditional techniques of bamboo fishing along the Ruak River
  • Learn about the wild language of elephant etiquette and observe the gentle giants in their natural habitat

Back on land and moving on from Bangkok, arrive in Chiang Rai, a city in the northern provinces of Thailand. Arrive at the Four Seasons Tented Camp by a traditional long-tail boat along the Mekong River and settle in at this elevated glamping experience. Offering all the comforts of a luxury stay and more, the slowed down style of living here connects you to the outdoors.

Follow the footsteps of an elephant herd, observing their distinct personalities in situ; try your hand at bamboo fishing with the skilled teachings of a local; and cycle through the lush green paddy fields of Chiang Rai, spotting farmers tending to their harvest en route. Each moment here, slow and considered, is a stark reminder of the luxury that lies in simplicity.

Day 6 - 9: Anouvong Cruise, Mekong River

  • Cruise from Thailand to Laos along the Mekong River

From Thailand, and already with one foot on the Laos border, step aboard the Anouvong luxury ship to cruise the upper Mekong River. Blending Laotian ambience with French-Colonial finesse, the ship pays homage to King Anouvong who found sanctuary in a small village on the banks of the Mekong, and whose statue you will pass along your journey.

Anouvong Cruise, Mekong River
AS_Laos_Luang Prabang_Sofitel Luang Prabang-house

Day 9 - 12: Amantaka, Luang Prabang

  • Observe the morning alms procession from a private viewing spot
  • Spend an afternoon connecting with the Buddhist faith at the Buddhist Learning Centre

Docking at Luang Prabang, once the royal capital of the Kingdom of Laos, check-in at Amantaka. Described as utterly in tune with the seductively slow pace of the city, here you celebrate quality over quantity. Wake at first light for the morning alms procession with the monks of Luang Prabang and later spend the afternoon at the Buddhist Learning Centre with abbot Sengdao Santikaro. Connecting with the faith, and finding your inner peace, is not a pursuit to rush, instead it is an experience where time becomes inconsequential.

View Amantaka
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Day 12 - 19: Aqua Mekong Cruise, Mekong River

  • Explore the famed temples of Angkor in Siem Reap
  • Board the luxurious Aqua Mekong cruise vessel for a 7 night cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam

From Laos to Cambodia, spend time in Siem Reap, exploring the temples of Angkor before cruising to your final destination, Ho Chi Minh City, aboard the Aqua Mekong. Charting a path across the waters of Cambodia and Vietnam, taste the flavours of Michelin-starred chef David Thompson as you dine onboard and, at your leisure, disembark back to land to visit the temples and villages that escape the noisy influence of Google’s most searched. Instead giving you time, and freedom, to indulge in the spirituality of Asia beyond the crowds.

Aqua Mekong Outdoor lounge and plunge pool, Mekong River

What is typically included

  • All accommodation
  • All ground transfers
  • Overnight cruise in Bangkok
  • 7 night cruise aboard the Aqua Mekong
  • 3 night cruise aboard the Anouvong
  • Elephant excursion in Chiang Rai
  • Bamboo fishing experience
  • Street food tour in Bangkok
  • Dedicated True concierge

South East Asia: A Place Where Time Stands Still

18

Day Itinerary

Best Time
November to April
Perfect for
Culture Seekers
Guide Price

£19,000pp

$22800pp

$22800pp

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