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20 days - Magical Indochina
Our comprehensive tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.....

  • Hanoi - (2 nights)
  • Halong bay - overnight on luxury junk
  • Hoian (3 night)
  • Hue (1 night)
  • Saigon (3 nights)
  • Can Thou (1 night)
  • Mekong Delta
  • Phnom Penh (1 night)
  • Siem Reap (3 nights)
  • Luang Prabang (3 nights)
  • Angkor Wat
  • Vientiane (1 night)
  • Guaranteed departure

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mekong delta

 

ho chi minh_square.

 

Saigon palace

 

Holy see temple Caodai sect

 

mekong delta

 

 

 

halong cruise

 

halong bay

 

Hanoi Ho Chi Minh memorial.

 

hanoi museum of ethnology

 

angkor wat

 

Ho Chi minh house on stilts

 

phnom penh National Musem

 

phnom penh Royal Palace

 

 

Vientiane

 

Vientiane

 

 

angkor thom

 

angkor thom

Day 1 Hanoi
Meeting & greeting at the airport upon your arrival and transfer to hotel for check-in and tour briefing. If time permits we will take an orientation tour around central Hanoi.

Day 2 Hanoi (B)
Today we'll be on a full day tour to discover the most outstanding attractions of Hanoi. First we pay a visit to the complex of memorials to Ho Chi Minh to know his amazing life. Continue to the Single Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature to gain understanding of the two driving forces in Vietnam culture.

Afternoon we visit the Museum of Ethnology which exhibits a large collection of artifacts about the cultures of the 54 ethnic groups in the country. Next we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the lively Old Quarter, a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers still trade the way they have done for centuries. The rickshaw tour ends up at an old house on Ma May Street, an example of dwellings in the 19 century.

Later we walk through the busy traffic to the water puppet theatre and enjoy a performance of the famed traditional art form created by village farmers around the Red River Delta region.

Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
We Leave Hanoi by road to our next destination of Halong Bay and get a chance to enjoy the rural scenery as our vehicle weaves through the picturesque countryside. Along the way we can stop for close-up views and photographs of water buffalos ploughing, and chat with the rural women wearing their traditional conical hats as they work in the paddie fields.

On arrival at Halong we board a nostalgic traditional junk boat and enjoy a full day and night cruising among the inspirational islets of Halong Bay. Kayaking and swimming are optional and you can also try your luck at fishing in the bay, or just relax after your dinner. Overnight in Halong Bay on a luxury Junk watching the sun set.

Day 4 Halong - Danang - Hoian (B, L)
Wake up to fresh coffee then further cruising and more sightseeing. En route the junk weaves through impressive rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even further!

Disembark and transfer to airport for a flight to Danang in Middle Vietnam. Meet up with our local guide upon arrival and drive 35 km along the scenic coast to the quaint town of Hoian for the night.

Day 5 Hoian (B)
This morning we'll be on foot exploring the ancient quarter of Hoian, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of its historic role in international trade, unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. Sites include the Japanese Bridge, a Sino-Vietnamese merchant house, a Chinese Temple, the Central Market, and the Culture Museum.

There'll be time for independent exploration and shopping opportunities, which many of our guests prefer as Hoian is a very good place to find interesting gifts. This is also the place that you can have a suit or dress tailor-made (usually ready in 24 hours).

Optional tour of herb village: take a bike ride or car depending on your preference through the rural scenery of Hoian to a small vegetable planting village located on the banks of Tra Que lagoon (5km - 15mins cycling from Hoian). Tra Que village has been known for its special aromatic herbs such as mint and basil. Join local people in their daily work of planting and watering vegetables. Learn to cook some local specialties, for example "Tam Huu" - a set of shrimps, pork and aromatic herbs, and then enjoy lunch. Tour finishes around 14:00 PM. We can re-arrange your morning walking tour to suit.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6 Hoian (B)
Free day to relax in Hoian and enjoy the hotels ammenities, the local beaches or shopping.

Day 7 Hoian - Danang - Hue (B, D)
We leave Hoian and travel overland to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam, This visiting the Cham sculpture museum, the Non Nuoc Beach and Marble Mountains in Danang, climbing over the breathtaking Pass of Ocean Clouds and passing by the scenic beach of Lang Co.

In Hue we'll be exploring the former Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built in the early 19th century and a recognized UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. We also take a leisure boat trip on the scenic Perfume River and visit Thien Mu pagoda.

Round off the evening with Hue cuisine and folk music.

Day 8 Hue - Saigon (B)
This morning we visit the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang and also a fascinating royal garden house before taking the flight to Saigon.

Upon arrival in Saigon, meet your guide and explore some of Saigon's famous landmarks including the Former Presidential Palace, War Remnant Museum, War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Opera House, the City Hall, and Ben Thanh Market.

Day 9 Saigon - Tay Ninh/Caodai Temple - Cu Chi tunnels - Saigon (B, L)
Our tour today includes a visit to the opulent Holy See Temple of Caodai Sect in Tay Ninh. Caodai is a fascinating Vietnamese religion combining aspects of Christian, Buddhism, Muslim, Taoism and Confucius into a single religion. There's a chance to observe the impressive noon service of adherents.

Early afternoon we travel to Cu Chi to explore the legendary network of underground combat tunnels where our guide will explain how the Vietcong survived and fought during the Vietnam War. Now the tunnels are a major site of interest for tourists and historians, and those interested in Vietnam's military history. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 10 Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho in Mekong Delta (B, L)
We leave the hustle and bustle of Saigon behind and journey to Mekong Delta, a world that lives and works on the waters.

Arriving in My Tho, a prosperous town just 80 km from Saigon, we take a boat to an insular village to visit family workshops producing handicrafts and candy from coconut. Tasting seasonal tropical fruits in an exuberant orchard, we ride a horse cart to a typical Delta house and enjoy folk music by amateurs.

Proceed by local sampan through the small canals and side arms of the river to further experience river life. For lunch we'll sample regional specialties such as Elephant Ear Fish, Rice Ball, etc…

After a pleasant break we travel to Can Tho where we take a spin around Ninh Kieu Quay - bustling and exciting with river life on Hau River.

Day 11 Can Tho - Chau Doc in Mekong Delta (B, L)
Early morning, we take a boat to the extraordinary market of Cai Rang. Famous as one of the largest markets on the complex of waterways that comprise the Mekong Delta, hundreds of boats packed with local produces gather and make for an exciting maze. Boats come to us from all sides, offering fruits, vegetables, plants, foods, etc… Sellers advertise their wares by hanging samples high atop bamboo poles so that their customers can find from afar. It is a great view of how commerce actually happens in the Mekong. The boat tour is capped off with an orchard visit and we drive to Chau Doc on the border with Cambodia.

In Chau Doc, visit a village that garnishes living from fish farming. Continue to a Cham village marked by stilt houses to learn about this Vietnamese Islam ethnic group. Home and mosque visits are included.

Day 12 Chau Doc - Phnom Penh, Cambodia (B)
This morning we take a high speed boat upstream along the Mekong River. Not just an access to Cambodia, the 4 hour cruise also affords really an excellent opportunity to juxtapose two parts of the Mekong Delta.

In the afternoon we tour the capital city of Cambodia, taking in the opulent Royal Palace with the dazzling Silver Pagoda, the impressive National Museum, the hilltop temple of Wat Phnom, the Independence Monument. Mosey along Sisowath Quay at sunset and take the opportunity to see stalls selling fried cockroaches, spiders, crickets or grasshoppers or other culinary delights.

Day 13 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B, D)
After breakfast we'll immerse in the exotic sights and sounds of the Central Market located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more.

Visit the notorious Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the infamous Cheoung Ek Killing Fields - proofs of the crimes against mankind by Khmer Rouge.

Fly to Siem Reap and enjoy dinner with entertainment from Apsara dancers. Later, visit the lively Pub Street as well the lucky Night Market.

Day 14 Siem Reap (B)
Today we start exploring the wonders left by a highly complex civilization that controlled the greater part of Southeast Asia for four centuries. Enter the Great City of Angkor Thom through the South Gate and visit the temples of Baphoun and Phimeanakas, the Terraces of Elephant and Leper King, and the mysterious smiling Bayon.

Take a break then continue with the fascinating temples of Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Thevoda, and the Royal Bath of Sras Srang. Hike up Phnom Bakheng to behold the magnificent sunset into the land of temples.

Day 15 Siem Reap (B)
This morning we'll be touring the epic Angkor Wat complex. Built in the 12th century as the capital of King Suryavarman II's kingdom, this is the largest and best-preserved of the Angkor temples. It is the apogee of classical Khmer architecture and has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on the national flag, and stands on par with such other monumental achievements as Machu Picchu and the Great Pyramid.

In the afternoon we drive out of town to the rural village of Pour Krom and walk through this lovely village to see local life. We enjoy an ox cart ride before transfer to Chong Knies village to enjoy a boat trip on the Great Lake of Tonle Sap to see the fascinating floating village communities and get a taste of life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture.

Day 16: Siem Reap - Fly to Luang Prabang (B)
Free until transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang, Laos. Meet up with our local guide upon arrival and transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 17: Luang Prabang (B)
Early rise to take the fantastic opportunity to watch or participate in the unique daily morning ritual, where hundreds of saffron-clad monks walk in procession collecting offerings of sticky rice from devout residents along the roadsides.

After breakfast embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. We also visit Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek where local people produce traditional textiles and jute paper.

Return to town and tour the most outstanding temples: Wat Visoun with the watermelon-shaped roof, Wat Xiengthong with the sweeping roofs, Wat Sene boasting the most dazzling facade of all Luang Prabang temples, Wat Aham - the "Monastery of the blossomed Heart", and Wat Mai - the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in town.

We then challenge the steps up Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view. Take a leisurely walk through the iridescent Night Market at the foot of Mount Phosi to see a lovely array of handicrafts.

Day 18: Luang Prabang (B)
This morning we visit the villages of Ban Ouay, Ban Ou and Ban Thapene and get acquainted with the Hmong, Lowland Laotian, and Khmu ethnic minority people.

Visit the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall that offers a chance to cool off in the turquoise pools. En route back to town we call at Ban Phanom village to visit skilled hand-weaving women. Soak in the history of Luang Prabang at the Palace Museum which houses an eclectic collection, including statues, mosaic covered walls, French mirrors, and a piece of moon rock given to "the people of Laos" by President Nixon. There'll be time for independent exploration afterwards.

Day 19: Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B)
This morning we fly to Vientiane, the sleepy capitol of Laos.

Meet up with our guide upon arrival and tour the city's major attraction spots. We'll visit the impressive temples of Wat Sisaket and Wat Phra Keo, the Arc de Triumph of Patuxay, the Great Sacred Stupa of That Luang, and the Buddha Park.

In the evening, an independent walk to see the colonial area as well as the riverside tourist centre is highly recommendable.

Day 20: Vientiane Departure (B)
Free before transferring to the airport for the departure flight.

Small Group Departure Dates & Price
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Weekly Departures- 4 Star hotels

Departure Dates
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MI
Nov 2016 - April 2017

Weekly

£3250
MI
May 2017 - Sept 2017

Weekly

£3250
MI
Oct 2017 - April 2018

Weekly

£3299

Prices are based upon a small group tour excluding international flights from UK. As an agent for airline consolidators, we can obtain your international flights at a competitive rate to suit your preferred departure date. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Hotel upgrade to 5-Star is available and private tailor-made tours can also be arranged.

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Price Includes (The prices shown are 'per person')

  • All flights within Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
  • All airport/hotel transfers where specified (private transfer).
  • Selections of superior/deluxe (4 star) hotels.
  • Sightseeing tours including entrance fee by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Air conditioned transportation and bottle water on coach.
  • Guaranteed Departure

Price Does Not Include

  • International Flights: We are happy to provide flights with full ATOL Protection.
  • Visa letter of ariival fee (please contact us for details).
  • Visa stamping fees at Airports
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tip for driver and Guide.

Meals: As stated in itinerary, B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner

FAQ and further Tour information
Please see our FAQ page for further essential tour information.

The itinerary is designed according to the most updated information of the flight available, although occasionally the sequence in which cities are visited and duration of time spent in each city can change due to local conditions which are out of our control. The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day. Further places of interest may be visited during your stay, which will provide unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping opportunities. We reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary, although we will act in your best interests to handle any amendments. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.

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