Land Journey

Essence of Indochina: Vietnam & Cambodia

Ken Burns American Journeys


Year, Departure Type

Select small group departures (averaging 24 Tauck guests), or classic departures, and the year you would like to travel.

$6,890 USD
Journey Type
Time of Year
Cities & Landmarks
Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phnom Penh, Angkor, Siem Reap, Hoi An
Indochina Vietnam Cambodia Laos Escorted Tour
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam


Uniquely Tauck



TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Tauck Exclusive dinner and Cambodian entertainment at the home of an acclaimed artist 




Multiple-night stays at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Furama Resort Da Nang, Park Hyatt Saigon, and Rosewood Phnom Penh, and Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor


Overnight cruise onboard Paradise Elegance on Ha Long Bay


Tauck Exclusive dinner and Cambodian entertainment at the home of an acclaimed artist 


In Hoi An, the AO Vietnamese cultural show combining acrobatics, dance, and drama with bamboo and fishing baskets





Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Experiences of a lifetime

Opening doors to unseen worlds, Essence of Indochina: Vietnam & Cambodia may cause you to rethink everything you know of these two Southeast Asian nations. Today the treasures of the past meet the renewal of the present… and dreams for the future.

Explore the uniquely rich artistic heritage of each country, their ethnic groups, and complex histories… meet the people, from the chefs and Vespa drivers of Ho Chi Minh City to the performers of Hoi An and Siem Reap. Spend days exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor… cities where French colonial influence is still felt… countryside dotted with rice paddies and floating villages untouched by centuries… ancient temples, pagodas, gardens… and cultural stories reclaimed from a turbulent past. A range of sightseeing choices in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap provide a more personal travel experience. Multiple-night stays in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap – plus an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay – complete this living portrait of Vietnam and Cambodia, then and now. Prepare to expand your horizons, deepen your insights, and transform your view of the world.

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Tauck Exclusive – Stories by Ken Burns

Days 2 – 15

Insights on The Vietnam War

Our development team worked with award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein to bring personal insights, stories and themes from the PBS documentary series The Vietnam War to life in filmed on-tour vignettes – “Stories by Ken Burns” – produced exclusively for Tauck guests traveling on Indochina: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand.

Overnight Cruise on Ha Long Bay

Days 3 and 4

Life on the "Bay of the Descending Dragons"

Experience life along the historic rivers, bays and deltas of Indochina firsthand on an overnight cruise among the limestone islets of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known in local legends as the “Bay of the Descending Dragons.” According to local mythology, when the gods sent dragons to help defend the people of this region against ancient invaders, the dragons spat out jewels and jade; these became the many emerald green islands and islets you’ll encounter as you cruise the bay today. Ancient temples, local farmers, water buffalo and more pass by as you sail into the bay aboard a ship employing Vietnamese design concepts and featuring comfortable, well appointed accommodations.

Alms-giving in Luang Prabang

Day 14

A sunrise alms-giving ritual led by monks in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, once the royal capital of the former Kingdom of Laos, is a city of gleaming temple tops, pearly frangipanis and faded French colonial architecture, encircled by mountains. Each morning, shortly after dawn, a gong announcing the end of morning prayers is heard, and saffron-clad monks emerge from the temples for the daily ritual of alms-giving, accepting tokens of thankfulness in the form of donated food. Rise early to take part in this extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

The Luang Say Residence

Nights 13, 14 and 15

Tropical luxury in Laos

A proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Luang Say Residence is located in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, set within lush tropical gardens with great mountain views… where you can enjoy the cool breeze and have a drink in the original 1860s colonial bar. Accommodations are spread out among five pavilions and the main residence; air-conditioned guest rooms feature every amenity to make your stay unforgettable.


Your Journey

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Small Group Departures

Our small group departures, averaging just 24 guests, are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie on a journey with like-minded travelers who share similar interests, enjoying the spirit of travel that makes exploring the world a necessary part of life – and sharing the special travel experiences found on Tauck’s guided land trips and cruises that create lifetime memories. For 90+ years, solo travelers have found a special "travel" home with Tauck in destinations the world over – and we’re offering solo travelers an additional reason to travel with Tauck – special Solo Traveler Savings on select departures.

Book Your Air

Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

What you need to know

Before You Go


Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

Protect Your Travel Investment

Guest Protection Product

Your vacation is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Guest Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; you'll also find deposit details and information should you have to cancel. Truly peace of mind travel at its best!

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Reviews (5)

Excellent organisation and lead by our Tauck Director who was the best guide ever. Interesting itinerary and very good hotels and restauarants.

Most Memorable Moment:

16 days of on the go learning. History. Culture. Politics. Eye-opening. If you want to see, learn, and experience, this was a first rate trip led by Tauck's experienced Tour Director and local guides who are knowledgable and share their family stories. Each city has it's own history. Site visits are well-planned. Accommodations/food are top-notch.

Most Memorable Moment:

Siem Reap at sunset and sunrise. Halong Bay in the clouds. Feet in the mud planting rice. Sunrise alms giving in Luang Prabang. Elephant riding. Vespa tour in Saigon.

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Discover The World

Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.