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Kingdoms of Southeast Asia

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand
19 DAYS
$3,999 pp*
*Rate is per person, land and on tour air only, double occupancy.

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Delve into an ancient and mysterious world of rural landscapes, bustling cities, and fascinating history in Southeast Asia. From Hoan Kiem Lake and the Hoa Lo prison, to a street food adventure through Hanoi, Vietnam’s balance of peace, modernism and prosperity engage your thoughts and senses. On a charming junk boat, bask in the serenity of Ha Long Bay. Find inspiration at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple, the world’s largest religious structure. A local Laotian family welcomes you into their home for dinner. Explore the hundreds of Buddhas found in the Pak Ou caves. This is an incomparable mosaic of culture and history that unfolds within a blink of the eye.

Your Tour Includes
  • 7 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 31 Meals
  • 2 Choice on Tour Options
Included Highlights
  • Hanoi
  • Walking Food Tour
  • Discussion with Vietnam War Veteran
  • Ha Long Bay

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Your Tour at a Glance

Stay

19 Days

18 Nights


Meals

31 Meals

17 Breakfasts

7 Lunches

7 Dinners


Activity

3 - Active

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$699.00 pp

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Pre Night: Mercure La Gare Hanoi
From $60 per night

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Mercure La Gare Hanoi

Nights 1-3

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Bhaya Classic Halong Bay

Night 4

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Allegro Hoi An

Nights 5-7

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Novotel Saigon Centre

Nights 8-10

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Tara Angkor Hotel

Nights 11-13

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Souphattra Hotel Luang Prabang

Nights 14-16

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Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok

Night 17

Trip Reviews

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Rating

44 reviews
Overall Trip Rating
4.5
Out of 5
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Based on 44 independent reviews
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    The tour was great but I didn’t like the food.
    George Montoya
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Great journey. Informative and fun. Culturally interesting. Lots of activities. Great guide!
    Susan Moreno
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I had a wonderful experience on this tour, seeing such a different part of the World. We were busy every day, and during our free time there were enough places around the hotels to walk around, with maps provided by the tour director. I especially loved seeing the Ancient Temples and the local markets. I really enjoyed the shows like the Water Puppets, and the Cambodian Circus. I also enjoyed the rides in different kinds of boats and on the Mekong River. The small tour size of 24 people was comfortable, and made it quite easy to travel around
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    i truly enjoyed the trip to all the destinations including the tour guide Dinh. he was well informed about the destinations we visit and made it exciting to learn about the cities and country. for the most part, the restaurants that we attended were great and the food was tasty. the only part i did not agree with the trip is that we flew into thailand only for a dinner cruise and departure. there weren’t any sites visited. i feel collette could’ve managed the trip better so that more days are spent in Thailand and not just half a day.
    Maria Lamas
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    the best part of the tour was Vietnam, to be more specific saigon and hoi an. Our tour guide Dinh was great and knowledgeable of the history.
    David Lamas
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    I found that the jungle walk in Laos which was described as an easy walk was incorrect. The trail was very rocky and was obstructed in some parts by fallen trees.. I also did not like that only beer was included for most meals. I feel that wine could have been added at a discounted cost. Our tour manager was excellent. Tee was always informative and gave us great suggestions for where to eat I.e. when the meal was not included in the tour package. Tee was also very informative re the Vietnamese culture. I feel I have a much better understanding of the history of Vietnam and today’s culture. I would recommend Collette to my family and friends
    Aline Payne
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Everything was well planned and presented by our tour guide, Tee, in a professional and enthusiastic way.
    Patricia Phillips
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    budist temples and angora wat
    Kamala Naik
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    angora wat and saigon city.
    Natwarlal Naik
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Many memorable experiences - no favorite.
    Judith Baenen
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    A variety of activities—visiting Angkor Wat and other temples and pagodas, water puppet show, Cu Chi Tunnels, the various river cruises, Mekong Delta, the temples, the monks, JWOC Community Center, cycle tour of Hanoi, Halong Bay overnight cruise, making lanterns, cooking lessons, and much more.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    L'itinéraire était fantastique! Le détails des journées sur place un peu confus.
    Lise Gagnon
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Although overall tour was good the local rep in Vietnam was disappointing. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about his country but was immature and arrogant. On three separate occasions people were lost or left behind because he didn’t bother to check everyone was with him before leaving for the next venue, The local guides in Cambodia and Laos were excellent.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Anchor Wat disappointment.we had lunch and were booked for dinner so had to leave without seeing this at sunset:clearly in your itiniary so very disappointing.
    Georgina Keelan
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    I have deducted one star for the disappointing tour manager, which has been detailed in a separate email.
    Jennifer Burtwistle
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    The tour at other locations was accomplished and very good
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The pace was fine and the transfers smooth. The sights were outstanding and I had a great group. Ankor Wat was awe inspiring.
    Wendy Duvall
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Ha Noi water puppet show Ha Noi Mosaic mural Ha long bay Cooking class Hoi An Luang Prabang Lao All temples Visits on ethnic villages and handcrafts Mekong cruises
    Flore Baudouin
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    The tour was hard with early mornings and an inordinate amount of time in airports, too many temples in Cambodia but over all the tour, the manager and the others in the crew were great.
    Christopher Savill
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Excellent tour. Well organized!!!
    Helen Mendoza
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Laos, Hoi An were great. SUGGESTION: I wish that each tour guide would have a site on Collette where the tour group could go to and retrieve all photos taken by that person.
    James Hoot
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I feel that for the price I paid got full value for my money.
    Sheila Rumberg
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    We enjoyed all the countries. My favorite was Laos. I think it was because of the quaintness and interactions with the monks. The local guide was excellent. There were special parts of each country that we enjoyed. Mekong Delta in Vietnam, also the ethnology museum in Hanoi (added due to Ho Chi Minn mausoleum was closed). This was so awesome! You should consider making this part of your tour always! Halong Bay was wonderful. Another day out there would be Great! Cambodia was just right. JWOC was interesting, but it would have been nicer if we could have interacted wtih the children. Our extension in Bangkok was super interesting and our guide was wonderful! It was HOT though. It would have been even better if there were a few more days and we could have gone North. We should have added more days and gone there on our own.
    Kathy Hoot
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Tour guides knowledge and humour
    Linda Assad
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Sanctuary Resort needs updating and new towels and bedding Royal Angkor Resort had no comfortable chairs in the room. No option for a 4 1/2 rating Buses and drivers were excellent-always on time
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Because I found everything first class and cannot find anything else
    Robert Greaves
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Angkor Wat, Ha Long Bay, Hon Hai Cu Chi tunnels were memorable The pace of the tour was excellent
    Terrence Cribbs
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Our favourite and most memorable experiences involved water - the various boat trips (especially Halong Bay) and the day at the waterfall in Laos.
    John Osborne
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    The overall experience of visiting 3 countries was extremely interesting. Luckily, the tour group, which was larger than I anticipated, was comprised of very interesting and affable travelers.
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    This was not up to Collettes other tours we were on, this one was not organized as it could have been. Why couldn’t we have had 1 or 2 morning fights instead of 5 evening ones.
    Joyce Jacobs
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    We sat around for 5 days waiting on flights, the meals could have been better planned, manager did not have the experience for such a group. An elderly woman was on the trip who should not have been there, every one had to help her which interferes with our experience.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia
    Martin Gibson
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Amazing from start to finish, I could not pick up anyone memorable moment as it was all perfect, absolutely memorable from start to finish
    Elaine Johnson
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Food tours/cooking lessons, Halong Bay cruise.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    It's difficult to choose a favourite memory. The cooking class in Hoi An was fantastic. The floating village in Laos, with the many forms of transportation to get there and back are my favourite memory. I would have loved to have been able to spend more time at the temples in Cambodia FYI. The label for the photo attachment is over the title of the first category. I don't know what I'm rating, so I just randomly put good.
    Brenda Saaltink
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    A lot of great experiences and the Hanoi Street food was unforgettable.
    William Hemmila
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    A great experience and a mention of the Ha Noi Street Food was something we will never forget.
    Teresa Hemmila
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    hands on experience; cooking, silk making. The guide Long su Ho was the best guide ever!
    Janice Trottier
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Great cultural learning experience. The planned meals that were part of the package were at very nice restaurants and the quality of food was excellent. We really enjoyed the river and lake cruises, as well as our overnight trip in Halong Bay. Meeting people and creating friendships with fellow tourists is important. Our local guides' knowledge and friendliness added a nice personal quality to every place we toured. Interacting with the locals is always special and gives that personal touch to the overall experience. Wonderful tour. Would highly recommend this trip to others.
    Donald
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    We were very pleased indeed with the tour and would particularly like to praise the Tour Manager Maryse Blouin. Maryse worked tirelessly to ensure that the journey went smoothly and as well as being super-efficient, she always greeted everyone with a wonderfully happy and positive demeanour. To make some constructive criticism, we would have preferred the tipping structure to have been collected as a lump sum at the start of the holiday, instead of constantly having to donate amounts. The pace of the holiday was quite strenuous but I would say that it was entirely appropriate and allowed us to gain the maximum benefit from our time in Indochina.
    Tony
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    The only hotel that was poor was the Sanctuary Hotel in Luang Prabang as breakfast was very limited choices and rooms very dark
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Felt that from the time we landed, our trip was very well organized. I like having an American tour guide who works with local guides. We had the best of both worlds. Many great experiences - enjoyed tour of local market in Vietnam and time with elephants in Laos. Collette had cancelled the elephant trip because of PETA concerns. I have never seen elephants so well cared for! It is actually a preserve that rescues them.
    Kimberly
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    There were many highlights but the Halong Bay cruise was probably number one. It would have been good to include a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels, perhaps instead of the War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
    Alan
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I liked everything about it
    Thomas

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