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Indochina Delights


     

Venture deep into the heart of Indochina, traversing the Southeast Asian peninsula through the vastly contrasting landscapes and fascinating heritage of three magnificent countries - vivacious Vietnam, enchanting Laos and captivating Cambodia.

 

 

Our Opinion

 

Explore the very best of the Indochina region, with this incredible tour through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Experience the amazing culture, cuisine and unique landscapes of this region, and visit some of the most iconic landmarks in all of Asia.

 

 

 

Tour Highlights

 

Experience the edgy and evocative blend of past and present in Vietnam's largest city, Ho Chi Minh

Drift on emerald waters amongst the picturesque peaks of the famous Ha Long Bay

Savour rich heritage and colonial legacy in the vivid Luang Prabang

Take a glimpse of daily life in the industrious floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake

Discover your adventurous side at Angkor Wat, Cambodia's most famous temple complex

 

 

Itinerary in Brief

 

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) - 3 nights

Hoi An - 2 nights

Hanoi - 2 nights

Halong Bay - 1 night

Luang Prabang - 3 nights

Siem Reap - 3 nights

 

 

 

Full Itinerary

 

Days 1-2: Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) - Fly overnight to Saigon. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Day 3: Discover Saigon - Sightseeing today includes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Later, visit Cholon and the Thien Hau Pagoda.

 

 

Day 4: Mekong Delta - Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the 'Rice Basket of Vietnam', the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta.

 

 

Day 5: Cu Chi Tunnels - Explore the amazing network of Cu Chi Tunnels, where you'll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. Later, fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An.

 

Day 6: Hoi An Walking Tour - Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An, a wonderfully laidback, graceful and wilfully traditional town. Visit one of the oldest homes, still occupied by descendants of merchants that built it over 200 years ago. Also visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese Temple with a stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. The afternoon is at leisure to relax at the beach or in a riverside cafe.

 

 

Day 7: Tra Que Village - Drive out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community where you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later, take a flight to Hanoi, a charming and richly historic city of lakes, parks and shaded boulevards and Vietnam's capital. In the evening, watch a performance of the famous water puppets.

 

Days 8-9: Halong Bay Cruise - Spend the day aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst the spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. It isn't hard to see why it is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations. Enjoy fresh meals on board and spend the night anchored on the tranquil waters. Return to Hanoi.

 

 

Day 10: Luang Prabang - Spend the morning exploring Hanoi's Ho Chi Minh complex, the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple - you'll also take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a cafe overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. Fly to the enchanting city of Luang Prabang.

 

Day 11: Discover Luang Prabang - Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos - a place of vivid colours, an extremely rich heritage and enduring French legacy. Today, rise early to watch a Takbat alms giving ceremony. Ascend Phousi Hill for city vistas, visit Wat Xieng Thong, then cruise along the Mekong River to see the Pak Ou Caves. Return to Luang Prabang and visit Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong Village en route.

 

Day 12: Local Villages & Waterfalls - Visit the National Museum before continuing to the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls. Return to Luang Prabang via Ban Na Ouane village and Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre. This evening witness a local Baci Ceremony.

 

 

Day 13: Siem Reap - Fly to Siem Reap and visit Artisan D'Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts.

 

Day 14: Explore Angkor Wat - The Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses over a thousand temples, all the remains of different capitals of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries. Enter the walled city of Angkor Thom and head to its heart to see the enigmatic Bayon, followed by the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the magnificence of Angkor Wat and intricate beauty of Banteay Srei temple. Climb to the summit of Pre Rup Temple at sunset for a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape.

 

 

Day 15: Tonle Sap Lake - High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng and observing the way of life of these lake communities. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show.

Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle and the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show.

 

Days 16-17: Fly Siem Reap to UK - Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.

 

 

 

Extensions

 

Due to it's geographical location, there are plenty of places you can tag onto this amazing tour to create your dream holiday. A week on a Thai island, in a luxury hotel in the Middle East or even another tour elsewhere in Asia; feel free to contact one of our team of experts and we would be happy to help.

 

 

 

Need to Know

 

What is included:

- All international airfares

- All domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges

- All accommodation

- All meals

- Entrance fees, guides and daily tours

- Visa fees for UK passport holders (except Laos)

 

 

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