Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview


Free Trekking Poles

Free trekking poles when you book your active expedition

Book your Active Expedition by November 30, 2018 to receive your trekking poles! To redeem this offer:

  • Call 888-689-2557 and reference the code TREK2018 to your travel specialist at the time of booking; or
  • Visit natgeoexpeditions.com/active, select your trip, and enter TREK2018 in the Promo Code field of the reservation form at the time of booking.

Offer Details:

  • Offer is valid for National Geographic Active Expeditions for new bookings made by November 30, 2018 for trips departing prior to October 20, 2019.
  • One pair of trekking poles/person on a booking, valid for up to two people traveling together.
  • Not valid on previously booked trips.
  • Valid for one-time use. Not redeemable for cash or cash equivalent.
  • The offer applies to bookings for active expeditions only.
  • Offer code may only be used at the time of booking.
  • Spend the night onboard a traditional style wooden junk boat in stunning Ha Long Bay, and set out in kayaks to explore secluded lagoons and beaches.
  • Join a Laotian family at their home in Luang Prabang for a Buddhist Baci ceremony, followed by a dinner of local specialties.
  • See Angkor's spectacular temples by bicycle, and enjoy a picnic lunch among the ruins.
  • Trek across the Laotian countryside and visit remote hilltribe villages for a glimpse into the daily lives of local farmers.



The allure of Southeast Asia is in the unexpected blend of stunning pagodas and romantic colonial architecture; the colorful cacophony of market streets where silks and silver are sold next to cilantro and roasted fish; the terraced rice fields and timeless villages. Experience Indochina on a unique adventure that adapts our activity to best fit each location. Bike through the garden districts of Hûe’ and among the ancient Khmer temples of Cambodia. Walk the historic streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Board a traditional-style Chinese junk for a two-night cruise on Vietnam’s magnificent Ha Long Bay, discovering the karst landscape by kayak. Go hiking and explore caves and waterfalls in the jungles surrounding Laos’ beautiful Luang Prabang. Then cap off the adventure among the spectacular temples of Angkor.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and check in to our hotel. After time to relax or explore the city, meet for an orientation and a welcome dinner.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City/Hue

Go on a walking tour past the city's famous sites, including the old Saigon Post Office, Reunification Palace, and Chinatown. Then fly to Hue—capital of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 until 1945—where our home is a former French colonial governor’s mansion on the banks of the Perfume River.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue
Day 3: Hue

This morning, ride a bike past dragon boats and long-tailed canoes on the Perfume River to the leafy Phu Mong District. Our path winds among gardens and stately homes to Tha Om, a garden house where a delicious lunch of Hue specialties awaits. Then return to the center of Hue to explore the Imperial City and the citadel. (6-8 miles bicycling, 1-2 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue
Days 4-5: Hanoi

After breakfast, we fly to Hanoi, a beautiful city of colonial architecture and lilting pagodas. Explore the captivating Old Quarter by rickshaw, where merchants preside over everything from silk and sandals to roasted fish. If you wish, attend an evening performance of traditional water puppetry before dinner. The next morning, trace the life of Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and his traditional stilt house. Visit the Temple of Literature—Vietnam’s first university—and discover the city’s restaurants on your own tonight.

Meals Included:Day 1 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) / Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Accommodations:InterContinental Westlake Hanoi
Days 6-7: Ha Long Bay

Take a morning drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, where our private traditional-style wooden junk awaits. Set sail into waters dotted with tiny islands and fantastic karst formations. After a kayak lesson the next day, venture into one of the most spectacular parts of the bay. Discover “tunnel lakes,” remote lagoons, and sandy beaches, and pull up on shore to explore on foot. Kayak to the remains of a floating village and then take a swim or relax on deck this afternoon. (2–6 miles paddling, 2–4 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Indochina Sails Junk
Day 8: Luang Prabang, Laos

After breakfast, drive back to Hanoi and fly to Luang Prabang. A World Heritage site, the city is a breathtaking combination of Buddhist temples and charming colonial buildings nestled in jungle-covered hills at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. Check into our secluded resort, located just outside the bustle of town.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Kiridara Hotel
Day 9: Luang Prabang

Spend the day visiting some of the city’s many shrines, including Wat Xieng, Wat May, and Wat Visoun. Tonight, join a local family for a Buddhist Baci ceremony followed by dinner in their home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Kiridara Luang Prabang
Day 10: Luang Prabang

After breakfast, we travel by private mini-van to the village of Ban Nong Heo. On arrival, take time to discover this charming Khmu village, with its traditional houses, water buffalo, and ducks walking around, and the farmers and master blacksmiths completing their daily tasks. Your local guide will take you for an easy hike in the countryside, passing through hill forests and plantations, with scenic viewpoints along the way. Continue to Ban Thapene, a village lying at a butterfly park where we'll stop for a lunch and an interesting tour by the owner to hear more about Lao’s fauna and flora, as well as nature conservation and education projects in the surrounding communities. Take a rest or have a stroll around handicraft village Ban Thapene before returning to Luang Prabang. (2–4 miles hiking, 2-3 hours)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Kiridara Hotel
Day 11: Luang Prabang/Siem Reap, Cambodia

Rise early to catch an enchanting sight of hundreds of saffron-robed monks walking silently through town to collect offerings. After breakfast, visit Wat Xieng Thong, a temple whose swooping, overlapping roofs shelter a treasure trove of Buddhist and royal artifacts. Fly to Siem Reap and transfer to our hotel. There will be time to relax or swim at the pool before dinner at the hotel.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Shinta Mani Shack resort
Days 12-13: Angkor Wat/Siem Reap

This morning, explore one of the most ancient temple sites in the region: the Roluos Group. Bike around the impressive Bakong—a 9th-century temple—followed by Preah Ko and Lolei, which today houses a small monastery. Continue cycling in the countryside and make a stop at local house to enjoy snacks and meet the locals. Later on, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery, where immense branches have taken root in the stones—hence the “Jungle Temple” nickname. In the afternoon, we visit the Great City of Angkor Thom, and its famous Bayon temple, Elephant Terrace, and Leper King of the 12th and 13th centuries. The following day, rise early to enjoy a sunrise over the incredible temple of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage site with that was erected in the 12th century in honor of Vishnu. We then explore Preah Khan Temple. Later, transfer to the airport in Siem Reap for your flight home. (Day 12: 4-5 miles bicycling, 1-2 hours)

Meals Included:Day 12 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) / Day 13 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Accommodations:Shinta Mani Resort