Simply the Best
16 Day Tour
Southeast Asia's quintessential destinations on this independent
journey through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Marvel at
Bangkok's Grand Palace and Cambodia's Ta Prohm, emerging from the
morning mist. Discover a mélange of historic sites, French
colonial architecture and fusion cuisine in Vietnam. Capture the spirit
of Laos during a sacred welcome ceremony just for you.
ceremony, a special, spiritual celebration to welcome you in the Lao
Gain an insider's perspective of Laos when
make morning food offerings to monks and visit a local market in Luang
Contemplate the natural beauty and
the region during a sunset boat trip in old-world Hoi An
Experience Southeast Asia's legendary
and relax in the region's award-winning hotels, including The Nam Hai
with its private villas dotting China Beach
Explore Vietnam as locals would - by cyclo
- and get a close-up view of Hanoi's Old Quarter
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fees; cost of obtaining passports or visas; gratuities to your guide;
expenses such as meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in the
communication charges; laundry.
Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
Day 1: USA or Canada/ Bangkok, Thailand
Depart on an overnight flight to Thailand’s
Arrive in Bangkok, one of the most vibrant
Southeast Asia, distinctly modern while keeping its Eastern flavor.
Transfer to your hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
Explore Bangkok, stopping at the magnificent
Palace, a complex of brightly colored buildings, golden spires and
shining mosaics dating back to 1782. Nearby is the Temple of the
Emerald Buddha. Constructed at the end of the 18th century by King Rama
I, this splendid example of Thai aesthetics and religious architecture
houses Thailand’s most venerated image, the Emerald Buddha.
Peninsula Bangkok B
4: Bangkok/ Luang Prabang,
Fly to Luang Prabang. Laos offers visitors a
of old Southeast Asia. Spend the day exploring this UNESCO World
Heritage Site that has recently been enjoying a facelift of its
colonial buildings and cobblestone streets. Temples are a must-see in
this spiritual city — among your first stops is Phoussy Temple, located
on a hill affording panoramic city views. Tonight, you are honored with
a Lao baci (welcome) ceremony.
La Residence Phou Vao B
5: Luang Prabang
Wake at dawn to take part in a food offering to
Buddhist monks. Watch the procession of saffron-robed monks and novices
as they walk through the streets, silently accepting offerings by the
residents. After breakfast, journey by private boat to the Pak Ou
Caves, filled with thousands of devotional Buddhist sculptures. Then
visit the Wat Longkhoune and the village of Ban Xanghai to sample some
home-brewed Lao rice wine.
La Residence Phou Vao B L
6: Luang Prabang
This morning, explore the Royal Palace Museum,
local market and Kuang Si Waterfall. Your afternoon is at leisure.
La Residence Phou Vao B L
7: Luang Prabang/Siem Reap,
Fly to Siem Reap. Begin your exploration of the
Angkor complex at the South Gate of Angkor Thom and continue to Bayon
Temple. Then visit Ta Prohm, a temple complex in the process of being
swallowed by the surrounding jungle, and the Elephant and Leper King
La Residence d'Angkor B
8: Siem Reap
Explore two less-visited areas: Banteay Srei
Banteay Samre. Return to your hotel to escape the midday heat and
venture out again in the late afternoon to catch the sunset over Angkor
La Residence d'Angkor B
9: Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon,
the Thien Hau Pagoda in the Chinatown of Cholon.
Park Hyatt Saigon B
10: Ho Chi Minh City
Explore the Cu Chi Tunnel network, one of the
notorious battlefields of the Vietnam War. Your afternoon is at leisure.
Park Hyatt Saigon B
11: Ho Chi Minh City/Hoi An
Arrive in Danang and transfer to The Nam Hai on
pristine China Beach. Your afternoon includes a sunset boat trip in the
small traditional town of Hoi An.
The Nam Hai B
12: Hoi An
The day is yours to enjoy the amenities of your
The Nam Hai B
13: Hoi An/Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi. Settle into your historic,
French-colonial style hotel in the heart of the city. Tonight, enjoy a
traditional water puppetry show.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi B
Visit the essential sites of Hanoi: Ho Chi
house, One Pillar Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple and the Fine Arts Museum.
Later, travel by cyclo through the Old Quarter.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi B L
Journey overland on a full day excursion to Ha
Bay for a cruise among its scenic grottoes and islands.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi B L
16: Hanoi/USA or Canada
Transfer to the airport to board your homebound
PER PERSON 2011
(Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh City/Danang/Hanoi).....
Policy: On non-family programs, unless otherwise indicated on
the individual program page, a minimum age of 10 years is required.
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Simply The Best
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or presidents’ autographs.
onto the market this year? Bhutan? Libya? Mongolia? Why not fly over
summer and add it to the collection?
for an entirely different set of reasons. Reasons which have less to do
with collecting countries (who needs another trophy on the shelf?) than
with gathering experience.
If you’re a
member of the latter group, you know that, at its best, a journey down
the Sepik River or up Mount Kilimanjaro, across Provence or along the
Peninsula, can change you deeply in ways both tangible and intangible,
acknowledged and unavowed.
changing the way you look at the world is one of your travel objectives
— when authentic experience matters more to you than casual acquisition
— the travel company you choose has a tall order to fill.
Abercrombie & Kent comes in.
A&K has been doing one thing exceptionally well. We specialize in
unique people with unique places, and in providing the expertise and
support that allows them to experience those places fully, at first
and in their own personal style.
the best way to travel. And it requires a unique combination of local
and global organization that only Abercrombie & Kent is equipped to
industry is filled with companies who own only their brochures and a
of contracts with independent suppliers overseas. In contrast, A&K
has its own network of offices (48 and counting) across the globe,
full time by A&K professionals. We own and operate luxury camps and
lodges in remote destinations to ensure that our clients have access to
And we draw
on the knowledge, humor and creativity of an incredible team of staff
and local “friends of A&K,” to bring you face-to-face with an
iceberg the size of Chartres Cathedral, or make it possible for you to
walk around Chartres itself with an expert on its stained glass. To set
you down for a private picnic a deux in the middle of the African
or give you and the children your own tropical island for a day.
does count. Ours will make yours unforgettable.
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in Luxury Travel
For more than
& Kent (A&K) has been internationally recognized as
the first name in luxury travel. Born in 1962 as a safari company in
Kenya, A&K's unparalleled travel and tour operations now extend
the far and exotic reaches of the globe. A&K takes its travelers on
extraordinary journeys-in extraordinary style-to more than one hundred
countries on all seven continents. The company's tours and safaris span
the globe from Africa to the Middle East, India and Nepal; from the
to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific; and from Europe to
and South America and Antarctica. Forty-five destination management
ensure the "insider access" that only a local staff can provide.
impressive and enticingly
varied list of luxury and adventure holidays combine active days with
luxuriant nights. Small group escorted
allow guests to confidently travel to places they might otherwise
to go on their own, with a choice of itineraries at varying levels of
holidays are tailored to the interests, attention spans and
abilities of all ages, with comfortable hotels and comforting meals,
most importantly, a friendly guide who understands children. Tailor
made private travel offers independent travellers meticulous
attention to detail, safety and customer service. These
programs are one reason why A&K was honored at the World Travel
as “World’s Leading Luxury Specialist Tour Operator.”
along with Jorie
Butler Kent owns and operates A&K, was born-most fittingly-while
British parents were on safari in Zambia. Indeed, he spent much of his
childhood on the African continent. In 1962, Geofrey Kent, along with
parent's Colonel John and Valerie Kent, formed Abercrombie & Kent.
In the 1970s,
Geoffrey Kent, who
by then had long been the Managing Director of the company, entered
a partnership with Jorie Ford Butler of Oak Brook, Illinois, to run
They continue to travel the world in search of adventures that will
and thrill their guests. Under their passionate and visionary
Kent serves as Chairman and CEO, Jorie Butler Kent as Executive Vice
- Abercrombie & Kent represents the uncompromising best at every
in the road.
that is governed
in equal parts by the Kents' unswerving commitment to conservation and
their mission to provide "memories of a lifetime," A&K goes to
limitless lengths to design tours that offer privileged
access and special insight.
Further distinguishing A&K is the fact that the company owns luxury
safari lodges in pristine wilderness areas, including Chief's Camp and
Chobe Chilwero in Botswana; exclusive rights to camps with some of
finest game-viewing; a fleet of comfortable, well-maintained ground
vehicles; and the Sun Boats on the Nile. A&K also creates unique
experiences built around the luxury trains of Venice
and the Royal Scotsman; the Road to Mandalay river cruiser and 29 canal
and river cruisers in Europe; and the legendary Sea Cloud, the world's
most beautiful sailing ship.
are in Oak Brook, Illinois. Forty-seven offices worldwide, employing
than 1,700 travel professionals, offer unrivaled attention to detail,
issues and service standards.
concern for the natural
world infuses each and every A&K trip: Geoffrey Kent and Jorie
Kent believe passionately in "high-yield, low-impact" tourism-adventure
that respects the natural environment and benefits indigenous peoples.
They are the founders of Friends of Conservation and the Abercrombie
Kent Global Foundation, established to address global environmental and
conservation concerns. Among its achievements have been significant
to the preservation of Kenya's famed Masai Mara Game Reserve, as well
to anti-poaching and environmental education projects on all seven
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assured, you will receive the quality that you expect and the unique
value of a well-designed tour program from the beginning and planning
stage to the culmination of this exceptional journey.
the Abercrombie and Kent Difference with Gardner Travel!
& Kent is proud to have received
East Tour Operator”
- December 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
to Work For”
- November 2004
“Best of the
2003, 2002, 2001
World: Machu Picchu”,
Juan Lazo, Best Guide - January 2004
Leading Luxury Specialist
Tour Operator” - 2003
Leading Villa Operator”
+ Leisure Magazine
Operator and Safari
Outfitter” - 2004 (#12), 2003 (#5), 2002 (#2), 2001 (#1), 2000 (#2),
(#1), 1998 (#1), 1997 (#1), 1996 (#1)
Africa” – Joseph
Ndunguru, Gavin Ford - 2001
Awards: Top 15
African Safari Camps”
Camp - 2004
Camp - 2003
Places to Stay,”
Camp - January
Chilwero - 2003
Pros on Earth”
to places and
people that other operators in China don’t – including some of the top
English speaking guides. Hatherly is a cultural encyclopedia, Chen a
with logistics.” - 2003
Top 20 Small-Ship
Cruise Lines" - 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
Operator” - 2004
(#3), 2003 (#5), 2001 (#2), 2000 (#1), 1999 (#1)
Harper’s Hideaway Report
Resorts of the
Past 25 Years”, Chief’s Camp - 2004
Olonana, Chief’s Camp - 2004
Hotels with Drop-Dead Views”, Chief’s Camp - 2003
Best Hotels, Resorts & Hideaways, Chief’s Camp - 2002
& Tourism Council
Leadership in Travel & Tourism - 2002
Guides in Africa”
Award for Enterprise
AND KENT is a member of