A spell-binding 23-night tour of Indochina which showcases the major highlights of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam by water, land and air.
HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE
- Meander along the Mekong River to the historic city of Luang Prabang
- Explore the labyrinth of ancient streets and famous museums of Hanoi alongside a private guide
- Spend a night on board a traditional junk appreciating the tranquil beauty of Halong Bay
- Cycle through the paddy fields surrounding Hoi An and visit colourful Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho
- Explore the world-famous temple complex of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap
On arrival at Bangkok, board a short connecting flight to Chiang Rai where you’ll be met by a member of the Asia Senses team and driven to your riverside hotel. Chiang Rai is the northernmost province of Thailand and shares borders with Myanmar and Laos, the area known as the Golden Triangle, where opium merchants used to trade free from any jurisdiction. Rejuvenate after your long journey.
Recommended Hotels in Chiang Rai:
- The Imperial River House Resort
- Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
After breakfast, you’ll be driven across the border into Laos to board the Luang Say, setting sail along the Mekong towards Luang Prabang, which gives you the opportunity to observe everyday life on the river. You’ll be spending the night in an atmospheric lodge on the riverbank just outside Pakbeng.
Recommended Pakbeng Hotels:
- Namkat Yorlapa Resort
- The Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge
The boat sets sail in a southerly direction to arrive at Luang Prabang, located at the confluence of the Mekong with the River Khan. Luang Prabang is a fascinating city full of the ancient traditions and trades which make Laos so unique. Having disembarked, you will be driven to your hotel.
Recommended Hotels in Luang Prabang:
- Le Bel Air Boutique Resort
- Mekong Riverview Hotel
It’s worth getting up early to witness the saffron-robed monks collecting their alms; according to legend, the Buddha smiled when he rested in Luang Prabang for a day during his travels, predicting that one day it would be the site of a rich and powerful city. The best way to appreciate the charms of this culturally-rich UNESCO town is to explore the streets on foot.
Spend another day discovering the delights of Luang Prabang at a pace that suits you.
Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Phou Si, Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang Elephant Camp, Pak Ou Caves, Night Market...
After a leisurely morning, you’ll be driven to the airport to board a short flight to Vientiane, the sleepy capital of Laos, to spend the rest of the day as you choose, perhaps taking a leisurely stroll along the Mekong as the sun sets.
Recommended Vientiane Hotels:
- S Park Design Hotel
- Mandala Boutique Hotel
Spend the morning exploring Vientiane; we recommend visiting the national monument of Pha That Luang before catching a short flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. There is so much to explore here –we recommend a wander through the bustling Old Quarter, a maze of streets dating back to the 13th century.
Recommended Hanoi Hotels:
- Essence Hotel & Spa
- Church Boutique Hotel (Lan Ong)
Pha That Luang, Hanoi's Old Quarter
A second day to explore Hanoi with your guide who will help you choose what to see, perhaps taking in the Ho Chi Minh complex and eponymous museum or the famous Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a fascinating piece of architecture inspired by Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow.
You’ll be driven to Halong City where you’ll board a traditional Vietnamese junk, and spend a relaxing afternoon cruising around the limestone islets and coves of picturesque Halong Bay; there are almost two thousand islands in the bay, some home to villages, others uninhabited.
Best Halong Bay Cruises
- Signature Cruise
- Prince 2 Cruise
It’s worth getting up early to catch the sun rising over the bay as the boat continues to meander along the bay, returning to Hanoi in the afternoon, from where you’ll catch a flight to Hue, a small city located on the Perfume River, home to a wealth of architectural treasures.
Recommended Hue Hotels:
- Eldora Hotel Hue
- Romance Hue Hotel
A boat journey on the poetically-named Perfume River (so called thanks to its fragrant waters which have wound their way from the source in the mountains through several forests) brings you to the impressive tomb of Minh Mang and Thien Mu Temple, a complex dominated by the Phuoc Duyen Tower, which has seven floors, each dedicated to a different Buddha. Spend the afternoon relaxing or visiting the World Heritage Citadel Site, an important relic from the imperial era.
River Cruise on Perfume River, Thien Mu Temple, Minh Mang Tomb
Drive over the dramatic Hai Van Pass to Hoi An, stopping en route in the Marble Mountains, at the small museum in Danang to learn about the Cham people. The Marble Mountains are five 'mountains', named after the five elements; Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth).
Recommended Hoi An Hotels:
- Hoi An Trails Hotel
- Vinh Hung Emerald Resort
Spend the day exploring the cobbled streets of Hoi An, a town which retains its history and charm having thankfully escaped the numerous civil wars that have destroyed an enormous amount of Vietnamese heritage. If you fancy adding to your wardrobe, there hundreds of tailors in town who will be happy to run up a bespoke garment for you before you leave Hoi An.
Enjoy a second day exploring; we recommend hiring a bike and cycling through the verdant rice paddies that surround the town, checking out the beaches and strolling through the charming streets to take in the sights and sounds of Vietnamese life.
You’ll be driven to Danang to catch a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. En route to the city, you’ll stop to explore the infamous Cu Chi tunnels, to learn how the Viet Cong lived and fought during the conflict. Having arrived at your hotel, spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring as you please.
Recommended Ho Chi Minh City Hotels:
- Lavender Saigon Hotel
- Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel
Cu Chi Tunnels
Meander your way towards Can Tho along the backwaters of the Mekong Delta, often referred to as the ‘rice basket’ of Vietnam due to the vast yield of rice it produces; enough to feed the whole country with a surplus to boot.
Hotel in Can Tho:
- Nam Bo Boutique Hotel
Get up early for a private tour of the Cai Rang floating market, the largest of its kind in the Mekong Delta; the waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats, packed with colourful produce, plied by animated traders. You’ll leave Can Tho in the afternoon, headed for Chau Doc, on the border with Cambodia.
Recommended Hanoi Hotels:
- Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
- Victoria Nui Sam Lodge
Cai Rang floating market
An exhilarating speed boat ride takes you across the border into Cambodia; you reach Phnom Penh at lunchtime, the capital and largest city of Cambodia, founded in 1434 on the Mekong River, and noted for its beautiful architecture. Spend the afternoon uncovering Phnom Penh's turbulent war-torn history with your private guide.
Recommended Hotels in Phnom Penh:
- The Pavilion Phnom Penh Hotel
- King Grand Suite Boutique Hotel
Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Phnom Penh at your own pace, browsing the shops and traditional markets, before taking the short flight to Siem Reap in the afternoon.
Recommended Siem Reap Hotels:
- Home Indochine D’Angkor
- Angkor Village Resort
The temples of Angkor warrant a full day’s exploration – there is such a variety of extraordinary ancient sites to take in. There is the jungle-clad Ta Prohm, the ancient complex Angkor Thom, home to the colossal faces of the Bayon and of course, the majestic Angkor Wat which you will experience in all its spell-binding glory as the sun sets.
Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom
Another day in Siem Reap to spend as you wish – your Angkor pass is still valid, so you may like to return to explore the site in more detail, or simply browse the old French shop-houses and stroll the elegant tree-lined boulevards.
You’ll be driven to the airport for your flight back to Bangkok to connect with a lunchtime flight home.
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- Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Vietnam Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
- Prices include the following:
. All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
. Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
. All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
. Private services of local guides
. All special events & private tours, guest experts
. All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
. Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
. 24/7 support from the Vietnam Senses Travel Team
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- Rooms are modern and fresh, and finished to a high standard, combining marble and polished wooden floors with sophisticated but comfortable soft furnishings.
- Accommodation is kitted out with the latest amenities, including a laptop in every room, blissfully silent fridges, and soundproof double glazing that keeps outside noise to a minimum - a massive benefit, as Hanoi wakes early!
- The Essence is located right in the centre of Hanoi's old quarter, next to an excellent selection of restaurants, shops and bars.
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- Modern decoration with the white color make customer feel a luxury space.
- One of the Newest Cruise on Halong Bay.
- Visit both Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay.
- Helpful, enthusiastic and professional staff.
- Clean and comfortable cabin.
- Skillful, humor and good English speaking guide.
- Clean Waiting lounge for customer with bar.
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- The 81 rooms offer plenty of space and their neoclassical design has an opulent, sumptuous feel: expect clawfoot bathtubs, dark wood flooring, heavy gold silk curtains and ornate furnishings.
- All rooms are similar in size and decor, with the only difference being a city or Perfume River view.
- If you dine within the hotel, the restaurant offers a variety of Western and Asian cuisine as well as a plentiful buffet breakfast. Other notable facilities include the rather dramatic, baroque style indoor pool that offers city views from its 14th floor setting.
- Those impressive city views can also be enjoyed from the top floor Skyline Bar, which is perfect for an early evening cocktail or nightcap whilst looking out over Hue.
HOI AN DA NANG
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- Set around a well-sized swimmimg pool and gardens, the resort has a good standard of overall facilities, including a spa and beauty centre, a basic gym and well positioned restaurant.
- The guest rooms and suites are furnished in a contemporary Vietnamese style and all have views over either the pool, gardens, coconut groves or rice fields which surround the hotel.
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- The décor throughout is sleek, fresh and bright, and the rooms are simply furnished but feature everything required for a comfortable stay.
- In terms of hotel facilities, the in-house restaurant offers a varied menu of Asian and western cuisine (although there’s a good choice of alternative restaurants within walking distance), there’s a small fitness room and, rather uniquely, a foot massage area which is ideal for soothing weary feet at the end of the day.
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- Accommodation consists of seven unique suites, each with a lounge area, separate bathroom and all the latest amenities. Rooms are finished in a French Colonial style, with high ceilings and Vietnamese furnishings and artwork. The effect is somehow swanky but home-like, making it a good choice for families.
- We particularly enjoyed the impressive breakfast menu, served on the roof (or in your suite) and the hotel's two well-received restaurants.
- The Nam Bo restaurant downstairs focuses on classic Vietnamese cuisine, while the roof-top L'Escale serves a high end European menu, complemented by an enticing wine cellar, and beautiful sunset views across the water.
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- The hotel's thoughtful design blends faultlessly with its surroundings, and you are guaranteed a fantastic backdrop to your stay, especially when dining on the poolside terrace, which overlooks the river. Even the spa, located on the hotel's rooftop terrace, has superb panoramic views.
- All guestrooms are well sized, bright with natural light, and feature dark woods combined with comfortable Colonial-era style furnishings. As with all Victoria properties, the facilities are of a high standard (you don't see many swimming pools in these parts!) and the service is faultless.
- Accommodation is spacious, with stylish modern decor defined by tiled terracotta floors, high wooden ceilings, comfortably upholstered wooden furniture, and a tranquil, uncluttered feel.
- Walls and linens are cream, with soft furnishings in a palette of sage and cinnamon. Rooms benefit from ample natural light let in by big French windows, which open onto private terraces with views down the mountainside and across the valley.
- The restaurant and bar boast superb views out across the Mekong Delta below, as does the pool, which is situated on the roof. Cuisine is Vietnamese, with international options at breakfast, and patisserie, sandwiches and lunches can be found at the cosy Baguette cafe.
- Enjoy cocktails by the pool, and for more energetic relaxation take advantage of the ample leafy grounds complete with health trail and volleyball court. The area is also excellent for mountain-biking.