Places Visited: Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Phom Penh
From the grand temples of Angkor and the laid-back town of Hoi An, to the islands of Halong Bay, vast stretches of the Mekong Delta and ancient monasteries of Luang Prabang, our Discover Indochina tour promises to be the trip of a lifetime. Take in the very best this region has to offer starting with a downstream cruise on the mighty Mekong, travelling via Pakbeng, to Luang Prabang and then journey onward into scenic Vietnam.
After sightseeing in Hanoi and an overnight cruise in Halong Bay, travel southward along the Vietnamese coast to the charming towns of Hue and Hoi An whose sights showcase fine art and architecture. Explore Ho Chi Minh City and take an excursion to the Cu Chi tunnels as well as the Cai Be floating market. Finally, fly to Siem Reap, your base to visit the impressive Angkor Wat and spend two nights in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, before you travel back home.
- Group Size 4-16 people
- Internal Travel A combination of road and air. Road travel by air-conditioned vehicles
- Accompanying Guide English-speaking accompanying guide in Vietnam and Laos. Local English-speaking guides in Cambodia
- Accommodation 17 nights
- Meal Plan Breakfast daily, lunch on days 2 to 8, 10 to 14 & 16, dinner on days 5 & 15
Itinerary for Discover Indochina
On arrival, transfer and check-in to the Shanti Resort or similar for two nights. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Visit Talat local market and explore this veritable treasure-trove of beautiful temples and historical monuments including its many pagodas and the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. In the afternoon take a walk through the town to see its beautiful French-colonial buildings and the local market. View the town and its surroundings atop Mount Phousi at sunset.
Luang Prabang, Hanoi
An excursion by boat to the Pak Ou caves today, located in the limestone cliffs at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. These caves are full of Buddha images of various styles and sizes that have been collected over centuries. Take an evening flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Transfer to the Ann hotel or similar for a two-night stay.
A full day tour starts with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university, established in the 11th century. Also visit the Ngoc Son temple, on the Hoan Kiem Lake. In the afternoon visit take a walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter to glimpse bustling local life. Enjoy a Water Puppet show in the evening.
Hanoi, Halong Bay
A morning drive to the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise. As you set sail into the bay, pass limestone islands and visit Sung Sot cave. Trekking and swimming at Titov island.
Halong Bay, Hue
Visit Luon cave in the morning, disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Stop at a pottery village and enjoy some snacks and tea. Take the evening flight to Hue and check in to the Emm Hue hotel or similar for two nights.
Visit the Imperial tombs of Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese Emperor, and Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. The afternoon sightseeing includes a tour of the Old Imperial City, which is modelled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. Also visit the Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a boat back to the hotel on the Perfume River.
Hue, Hoi An
In the morning drive to Danang ( 3-4 hours), crossing the picturesque Hai Van pass. Also have the chance to visit the Cham Museum which houses the finest examples of Cham art, reflecting 1,000 years of Hindu influence in Vietnam. Continue the drive south to Hoi An, past the Marble Mountains and numerous villages, before checking in at the Emm Hoi An hotel or similar for two nights.
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Hoi An, once a prosperous trading post. Afternoon at leisure.
Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City
Fly from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest of the Vietnamese cities. Visit Cu Chi Tunnels, outside the city. Stay at the Saigon Prince Hotel or similar for three nights.
Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Chinatown. In the afternoon take a city tour to see the former Presidential Palace now known as the Reunification Hall, the War Museum and the Notre Dame cathedral.
Ho Chi Minh City
A full day out to Mekong Delta. Tour the Cai Be floating market and explore the smaller waterways and canals by local boat, visiting orchards and local cottage industries.
Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap in the morning and check in for three nights at the Tara Angkor hotel or similar. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire with its centrepiece, the Bayon temple.
Visit Ta Phrom temple and the Banteay Srei temple, one of Angkor’s most significant structures, built in the 10th century. In the afternoon see the well-preserved carvings at Angkor Wat. Witness the spectacular sunset in the countryside.
This morning take a short drive through the countryside to Tonle Sap Lake, stopping to visit a local village en route. Board a local boat for a glimpse of life on this Great Lake of Cambodia to see floating schools, police stations and markets. The afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy the performance of the Phare Cambodian circus, with dinner in the evening.
Siem Reap, Phnom Penh
This morning fly to Phnom Penh, set on the banks of the mighty Mekong river. Check-in to stay at the Le Mont hotel or similar for two nights.
Explore the sights in and around this capital city, which has the atmosphere of a provincial French town. Visit the Royal Palace and its silver-tiled pagoda. See Khmer art and sculpture from different periods of Cambodian history in the National Museum. Later visit the Central Market. In the afternoon visit the Genocide Museum and ‘killing fields’.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Group Tour 18 days from £2335 per person
✓ 17 nights accommodation
✓ All internal transportation and transfers
✓ English-speaking accompanying guides in Vietnam and Laos. Local English-speaking guides in Cambodia
✓ Breakfast daily, lunch on days 2 to 8, 10 to 14 & 16, dinner on days 5 & 15
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
Holiday Extensions for this tour
Laos & Cambodia Explorer - Sihanoukville beach break
5 days, 4 nights from £345 per person
Single supplement £ 235 per person
Single supplement £ 235 per personview itinerary
Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville
Drive to Sihanoukville in the morning (3-4 hours). Stay at the Sokha Beach Resort for three nights.
Days at leisure.
Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh
Drive back to Phnom Penh for your onward flight.
2018/2019 tour prices for Discover Indochina
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Places and Experiences in this tour
Enfolded by low, wooded hills, Luang Prabang languishes amid a gauzy tranquillity on a peninsula in the Mekong. Long regarded as the country’s preeminent cultural and religious ca...
Vietnam’s charismatic capital, on the Red River, may be expanding and modernizing at an extraordinary pace, but it’s a great city to explore on foot. Surrounded by parks and tranq...
During the 143-year reign of the Nguyen dynasty (1802–1945), the last ruling family of Vietnam, Hue was an imperial capital famed for the piety of its monasteries and splendour of...
A thriving port before it was eclipsed by nearby Da Nang, Hoi An’s Old Quarter preserves a unique cultural legacy spanning more than three-hundred years of colonial trade. Wanderi...
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City – or ‘HCMC’ as it’s more often referred to these days – epitomizes the contrasting facets of modern Vietnam. Vibrant, dynamic and evolving at a breathless pace, i...
Cu Chi Tunnels
During the Vietnam War, among the tactics used by Vietcong guerrillas to evade capture, was the digging of extensive tunnel networks, protected by hidden entrances. One of the lar...
A provincial market town until the tourism explosion of the post-Pol Pot era, Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor. Over a million visitors pour through here each year and most stay...
Lake Tonle Sap
The largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap, due south of Siem Reap, supports a population of over a million people, the majority of whom live from rice cultivation a...
The Cambodian capital doesn’t feel in quite so much of a rush to embrace the future as its counterparts elsewhere in Southeast Asia. High-rise buildings are beginning to spring up...
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