Thinking of your next travel destination? Wherever your traveling soul may be hoping for, don’t wander too far without seeing the most talked about favorite places in Southeast Asia. Take your choice of Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia and start customizing your private luxury itinerary. For each destination, we have put together the best places to see, nicest hotels to stay and the very top choices of things to do when you travel to this enchanting region.
Private Luxury Vietnam Tours
Travelers talk widely about Vietnam’s incredibly friendly people, beautiful countryside and natural wonders, tightly held traditions, welcoming smiles and very tasty foods.
In the leafy capital of Hanoi, explore the stunning French quarter with beautiful tree-lined boulevards, take a rickshaw along narrow streets in the fascinating Old Quarter and sample the world’s best street foods, shop at fashionable boutiques and galleries featuring impressive contemporary art, and dine in colonial villas converted into gourmet restaurants.
Venturing outside of the city to the former French hill station of Sapa, visit remote hill tribe villages to meet colorfully dressed ethnic people and hike through amazing terraced rice fields. Head to the northeast coast, cruise on a traditional luxurious wooden junk boat to take in the magnificent views of Halong Bay’s dramatic limestone islands.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An ancient town features centuries-old merchant houses, visit busy silk shops and local fish markets, and swim at one of the country’s best beaches. Farther south, explore Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) – Vietnam’s dynamic commercial center, visit important historic attractions, art galleries, or cruise the narrow canals of the Mekong Delta and explore lively floating markets.
At the end, enjoy the pristine and sandy beach on the hidden islands of Con Dao. The luxurious resorts off the coast are offering a surprising contrast to the rice paddy fields typically associated with Vietnam.
Private Luxury Laos Tours
Laos is one of the most traditional and atmospheric destinations in Southeast Asia. This tranquil country holds tight to its Buddhist tradition, its people live each day peacefully and gracefully with a pleasant and laid-back attitude.
From the capital Vientiane, explore the living lifestyle of the Laotian by visiting the gilded Buddhist stupa Pha That Luang, which is the most important monument in the country, and many other attractive wats (Buddhist temples), the French colonial-era Presidential Palace. Vientiane has many interesting markets, filed with hand-woven textiles and local specialties such as purple sticky rice and Lao coffee.
In the northern Laos, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang is home to a unique blend of traditional Laos and French colonial architecture. Become a part of baci ceremony (the calling of the soul) where spirits are summoned for important events; births and marriages, entering the monkhood or welcoming guests after long journeys.
Learn about Buddhism and its central role in Lao culture and society. Visit Wat Xieng Thong (Golden City Temple), Royal Palace Museum and Mount Phousi with great sunset views. Explore local markets and hill tribe villages, meet silk weavers and modern textile designers. Or take an exciting cruise on the Mekong River and visit the mysterious Pak Ou caves filled with thousands of Buddhist statues.
Join the Laotians in their daily alms giving ceremony, and watch hundreds of saffron-robed monks walking among centuries-old temples in Luang Prabang. Submerge yourself in the Lao culture with legendary tales and haunting melodies with colorful costumes during their traditional dances.
Private Luxury Cambodia Tours
Land of the former powerful Khmer empire and French colonial, Cambodia today is a country with a mysterious past and emerging future.
Begin in Phnom Penh, where the mingling of the French colonial and Khmer styles earned its nickname “Pearl of Asia”. Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and view beautiful sights such as a Baccarat crystal Buddha. See the world’s premier collection of ancient Khmer artifacts and sculpture at the National Museum of Cambodia. Spend sometimes to explore markets and shop for silver, cotton textiles or silk. For more of recent history of Cambodia, visit the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. You may also want to take a sunset cruise on the Mekong, or relax at vibrant cafes, or perhaps enjoy a cocktail on the roof top bar at the famous Foreign Correspondents Club.
Then fly to Siem Reap to explore the mysterious Angkor temples, the incredible ruins of the ancient Khmer empire. Explore the most interesting parts of this UNESCO World Heritage Site; visit the enormous Angkor Wat built as a model of Hindu universe in stone, visit the Angkor Thom which is the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer, which is filled with iconic sites such as the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King, and also the smiling stone faces at the Bayon temple. Visit the Ta Prohm temple being swallowed by jungle, and visit the Banteay Srei with elaborate carvings in pink sandstone as well as many other lesser-known temples.
Upon request, Incense Travel can also incorporate special touring such as biking, kayaking, Khmer cooking classes, cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake, jungle excursions, photography excursions, hiking, attending special occasions, or chartering a helicopter to remote jungles.