Discover Indochina

14 days / 13 nights

A great combination of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia the perfect way to explore Far East countries, the tour start from north of Vietnam, Hanoi to the World Heritages of Ha Long bay, Hue citadel, Hoian ancient town, Angkor temples, Luang Prabang as well as Indochina traditional and cultures throughout the vacation.

Best time to travel: October, November, December, march and April

Shoulder months: January & February- May, might be misty or breezy at Halong bay

Travel to save the money: May to September

Day 1  Arrival Hanoi

Your holiday starts as we meet you at Hanoi airport (Noi Bai), and you’re taken directly to your hotel. Hanoi is a stylish and exciting city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia‘s most striking colonial architecture. The lakes and parks provide pleasant and relaxing escapes from the bustle of the city, overnight in Hanoi.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Day 2 Hanoi – Halong

You start with a transfer out to the internationally famous and stunningly beautiful Halong Bay, made world famous by James Bond in “Tomorrow Never Dies”. Arriving just before lunch, you’ll embark on a traditional Vietnamese junk. Take lunch on board and enjoy the afternoon and overnight cruise as it provides you with fantastic views of the fabulous scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands which amazingly rise from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves, some of which you’ll visit. Overnight on board in Halong Bay.

Day 3 Halong bay – Hanoi

The tour continues with a morning spent cruising on to the Man’s Head, Tortoise islands and then Luon Cave by small bamboo boat and continue to travel though Bai Tu Long to Bai Chay for disembark, meet the driver and guide to transfer you back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4 Hanoi – Hue

Half day city tour in Hanoi starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this site is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origin dates back to the foundation of Hanoi a thousand years ago. Your tour of Hanoi continues with a trip to the remarkable Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first university. Then you will transfer to Noi Bai airport for an hour flight to Hue – Vietnam’s last feudal capital. This small and quiet city is widely known for its magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in many small villages and surrounding hills. Overnight in Hue.

Day 5  Hue tour

Hoian

Hoian

Your vacation continues on day 5 with a full exploration of Hue starting with a dragon boat cruise upstream on the Perfume River which will give you a taste of the scenic countryside as well as an enjoyable visit to the beautiful pagoda of Thien Mu. The next stop of your trip is the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and the famous Tu Hieu pagoda. You’ll spend this afternoon visiting Hue with the massive citadel, containing the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This Royal Residence was destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins of the Vietnam history timeline. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6 Hue – Danang – Hoian

Upon leaving Hue you drive south to Hoian, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by traders from various cultures. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes of Lang co Beach. The ancient architecture of Hoian is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional buildings with Chinese and Japanese influence. There’s plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, Pottery Museum, 200 years old Tan Ky House, Chua Ong Pagoda and vibrant market. Today we include these on a walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 7 Hoian – Danang – Ho Chi Minh

Your vacation begins with an early morning transfer to Danang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival you’ll guided round of some of the most important attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, beginning with the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the Southern Vietnam President until the end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. You’ll also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the best examples of Taoist temples in Vietnam, and the War Remnant Museum. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Cuchi Tunnels

Cuchi Tunnels

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh – Cuchi tunnels – Tayninh

You’ll avoid the city heat to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the American war. Afterwards, you’ll continue to the headquarters of Cao Dai religious sect which is located in Tay Ninh. This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. It’s an unusual religion with an eclectic mix of different saints from different religions, and has Victor Hugo and Charlie Chaplin as patron saints. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 9 Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta travel

On Day 9 of your holiday you’ll head out of the city for the Mekong Delta. You’ll travel by road to My Tho province about 1:30 drive, arriving in My Tho, where you board a boat navigating around the small canals in the Mekong Delta, and you’ll have the chance to observe the local lifestyles close-up. Pass through the lush green vegetation to an orchard you can observe various fascinating local industries. After feasting on a huge lunch followed with Elephant ear fish, seasonal fruits, return to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap – Angkor tour

There is some free time for your own exploration in Ho Chi Minh before transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Arrival at Siem Reap airport, Transfer to visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate, the Bayon Temple, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King, over view of Angkor Wat under sun setting from Bakheng Hills. Over night at hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 11  Angkor Tours

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

This morning we will visit the largest complex and impressive sand stone art here Angkor Wat. The temple constructed in the 12th century cover an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive structure, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Continue our private tour in Siem Reap we visit incredible Ta Prohm temple settle among of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of mans creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 12 Siem Reap – Luang Prabang

Group will have some time to visit a final site of Siem Reap tours is Les Artisans D’ Angkor, home of handicraft center and the Old Market” Phsa Chas” before transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight to Luang Prabang. Transfer from Luang Prabang International Airport to your hotel, time permitting climb Phousi Hill, with its 328 steps, it’s a rewarding walk as once at the summit you’ll have for a fabulous panorama view over the town centre and the mighty Mekong River and beyond. We return to your hotel late afternoon and the evening will be at your leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Pakou Cave, Luang Prabang

Pakou Cave, Luang Prabang

Day 13 Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves

We’ll take you on an amazing long tail boat journey along the Nam-Ou & Mekong Rivers , through the beautiful Laotian countryside all the way to Luang Prabang, passing by the local villages and seeing the real everyday life of the villagers going about their chores including fishing, trading & washing along the rivers on our 5 hour journey. We’ll stop on the way to see the fascinating Pak Ou caves, which in fact are a cave system of two interlinked caves, crammed full of Buddha statues left behind by pilgrims over generations and then we’ll observe the traditional process of rice wine distillation in Ban Sanghai, before returning to Luang Prabang early afternoon. Spend the rest of the day to stroll around and enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage town. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 14: Luang Prabang – Departure

For those early risers you have a fantastic opportunity to take part in the daily morning ritual of Alms giving to the saffron-clad monks who walk along in single file collecting offerings, normally food. This is a unique tradition throughout Laos and the monks are fully supported by the local residents. Visit the Laotian Royal Palace officially known as Haw Kham which was built during the French colonial era for the King and his family. The site was chosen so that official visitors to Luang Prabang could disembark from their river voyages directly by palace and be received there. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown and the Palace was then converted into a National museum. Today it houses many artifacts which showcase the richness of Laotian culture. Transfer to the airport for your onward departure.

Price per package from £1590.00GBP per person

Package price includes: accommodation in double/twin sharing room, breakfasts, domestic flights Hanoi- Hue and Danag Ho CHi Minh, international flights: Ho Chi Minh- Siam Reap and Seam Reap- Luang Prang, boat trip in Halong bay,transport according to the programme, English speaking driver- guide, admission fees for sightseeing spots listed in itinerary, taxes.

Price does not include: international flights, personal travel insurance, optional tips, visa fee (if required), meals not mentioned in itinerary, drinks/other personal expenses.

  • Single supplement upon the request.
  • Deposit of 20% will be required at the time of confirmation.

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