This memorable journey visits the main highlights of Indochina, including enchanting towns, bustling cities, historic temples, ancient monuments and spectacular scenery.
Arrive in Laos’ charming UNESCO-listed city. Begin exploring with a visit to the stunning 16th-Century temple of Vat Xieng Thong, the former King’s Palace. Climb Phousy Hill to watch the sun set over the city and the Mekong River. Enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening.
Vat Xieng Thong, Phousy Hill
Rise early to witness the morning ritual of ‘Tagbat’, the daily collection by monks of alms through the town. Your full day of sightseeing continues with a cruise on a traditional boat upstream to the Pak Ou Caves, home to hundreds of Buddha statues. On the way you will stop at a pretty village and a rice wine distillery. Return to Luang Prabang by boat via the village of Ban Xiang Khong. Later, visit an ethnic museum and weaving workshop.
River cruise to Pak Ou Caves, ethnic museum and weaving workshop
Visit the H’mong village of Ban Na Oune on the way to Kuang Si Falls. A short walk through the forest leads to the waterfalls and you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural pools. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.
- Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel
- Oriental Suites Hotel
H'mong village of Ban Na Oune, Kuang Si Falls (Laos)
Explore the city with visits to Ho Chi Minh’s former residence, the One Pillar Pagoda, a marble mausoleum housing his embalmed remains (closed on Monday, Friday and throughout October and November), and the Temple of Literature. Soak up the atmosphere during a cyclo tour around Hoan Kiem Lake and through the Old Quarter. In the evening, enjoy a short talk on Vietnamese history before dinner and a traditional water puppet show.
Depart early for one of the highlights of your tour – a tranquil cruise in stunning Halong Bay. Board a traditional wooden junk and enjoy lunch on board while admiring the breathtaking scenery – emerald waters dotted with limestone karsts. Sunbathe on the deck, arrange a massage or choose from the following activities: kayaking, swimming or visits to a local fishing village or secluded beach. A sumptuous seafood dinner is served on board in the evening.
- Bhaya Legend 2 Cruise
- Red Dragon Junk
Pick up from hotel by cyclo and head to dai noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax; full of lotus flowers in summer there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study.
Continue by cyclo to Tay Loc Market which is located in the northwest part dai noi. This market is mostly for locals and is rarely visited by tourists.
From Tay Loc transfer by vehicle to the beautiful pagoda which dates back to 1843. What is most interesting at the pagoda are the eunuch tombs from the former Royal Court which in the whole city of Hue are only found here. If in Hue on Thursday or Sunday mornings between 09.00-10.00 it is the gathering place for up to 20 Buddhist monks and nuns who gather together to pray and read aloud scriptures. This is a fascinating time and highly recommended. Ho Quyen, which was an arena where duels between elephants and tigers were fought for the entertainment of former Kings, will be visited next. The last fight was held here in 1904 and although small, you can climb the nearby ramparts and gaze down upon the area where the animals once fought. At the end of the tour visit the recently restored An Dinh Palace where magnificent murals can be seen, as well as the stunning façade where oriental and European designs are integrated.
In the afternoon see the tomb of the former emperor Khai Dinh before journeying to the charming city of Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival you will have time to relax.
Cyclo tour to Tay Loc Market, Visiting Imperial Citadel
Discover the highlights of this former sea port city that features an eclectic range of architectural influences which reflect its Asian and French-colonial heritage. Visit the Phuc Kien Hall, the Japanese Covered Bridge and a traditional workshop. In the afternoon there is an optional tour to My Son Sanctuary.
- Hoi An Trails
- Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Phuc Kien Hall, Japanese Bridge, My Son Sancturay
Enjoy a whole day at leisure. You may choose to unwind on a white-sand beach, soak up the atmosphere in a pavement café or book a cooking class.
Transfer to Danang for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will have great opportunities to learn about the legacy of war at the dramatic War Remnants Museum. The Requiem photo exhibition showcases the work of the era's most famous combat photographers and is a must. You will also visit Reunification Hall, formerly the Presidential Palace of South Vietnam. It was here that a North Vietnamese tank famously crashed through the gates bringing an end to the long Vietnam War and the building has been preserved exactly as it was in 1975. You will then take a stroll around the impressive old French-built post office and Notre Dame Cathedral before continuing to the City Hall area, another grand old colonial-era relic. Break time for lunch at PHO 2000 and then we will proceed to China town where you will visit Thien Hau Temple. Back to the city centre and you will be free to go shopping at Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
- Northern Hotel Saigon
- Little Saigon Corner
Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Thien Hau Temple
Drive to My Tho for a boat ride along the Mekong Delta and a traditional horse and cart ride in the countryside. Visit a local village and Con Lan island where you can enjoy fruit, coconut candy and honey tastings. Return to Ho Chi Minh City then rest.
Boat ride along the Mekong Delta, Con Lan Island
Visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to discover Cambodia’s harrowing past. This afternoon explore the city on a tour which includes visits to the Khmer-style Royal Palace, National Museum, Wat Phnom and the Silver Pagoda. Fly to Siem Reap in the evening.
Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng Prison Museum, Royal Palace
This morning visit the Angkor National Museum to learn about the Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom. One of the highlights of your tour is a visit to Ta Prohm – remarkable temple ruins swallowed up by the jungle. This afternoon explore some of the region’s most renowned temples and sights including the South Gate of Angkor Thom. You will travel by 15-seater bus to the Angkor Thom area.
- Angkor Village Resort
- Frangipani Villa Hotel
Angkor National Museum, Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Thom Complex
Visit the more isolated Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples. There’s also an optional excursion to the Golden Silk Farm. Your afternoon visit to Angkor Wat is undoubtedly one of the tour highlights. There’s a choice of two optional tours before your farewell dinner: an enchanting gondola ride as the sun sets over Angkor Thom or an energetic performance by the Cambodian Circus.
Angkor Wat Complex, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay.
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