The temples of Angkor, the mighty Mekong River, a Ha Long Bay overnight cruise and ancient and modern capitals of South East Asia
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Flight - 1 night
Ho Chi Minh - 3 nights
Hue - 2 nights
Hoi An - 2 nights
Ha Long Bay - 2 nights
Hanoi - 2 nights
Luang Prabang - 3 nights
Siem Reap - 3 nights
Phnom Penh - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night
The expression, Indochina, is perhaps a creation from French colonial times when Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam were administered as one entity, but the meaning becomes clear at Angkor. The original Hindu temples were inspired by India, but the later Buddhist additions came from further east, a fascinating and awe-inspiring combination.
After Angkor was abandoned due to pressure from Thailand, nature overwhelmed the temples and only now have they been partly reclaimed from the jungle. Angkor Wat is the most impressive and Ta Prohm, the 'jungle' temple the most photogenic, but every temple represents a variation on the theme and the accumulated effect is astounding.
Vietnam is historic and scenically beautiful, but also thought-provoking and moving. Increasing prosperity is changing the country, the villages as well as the cities. The palace and tombs of Hue make a strong impression, reminiscent of the Forbidden City and Terracotta Army in China, whilst Ha Long Bay equals the scenic beauty of Guilin. Vietnam has moved on from the 'American War', as they call the 'Vietnam War' - observe how the victors write the history! The Cu Chi tunnels and Presidential Palace with helicopter, present a snapshot of the war, whilst our central Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) hotels facilitate a drink at the iconic rooftop bars of the Caravelle or Rex. The water puppet show and Saigon River cruise are good entertainment, colourful and varied in content.
Laos is a surprising contrast to Vietnam, less developed with everything on a smaller, more personal scale. Local colour can equate to 'tourist shows' in some countries, but here it is the Tagbat: 2,000 monks walking around the old royal capital of Luang Prabang at 6am every morning in a ceremony embraced by the local people, who turn out daily to give food to the monks. You will wonder at the impressive temples and palaces but the gentle people and beautiful scenery may stay longer in the memory - the French called Laos 'the earthly paradise of South East Asia'.
The Mekong River rises in Laos, forms the border between Thailand and Cambodia and finally emerges in the fertile delta to the south of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, creating a connecting thread through the trio of countries.
Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
6 UNESCO Heritage Sites
5 Lunches and 6 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 4 – 18
Day 1 Fly overnight direct from Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Saigon Prince Hotel (early check-in) for three nights. Afternoon city tour. (B)
Day 3 Visit the Cu Chi tunnels. Dinner cruise on the Saigon River. (B, D)
Day 4 A scenic drive through the Mekong Delta to Vinh Trang Pagoda and My Tho for a cruise on the Mekong River. (B, L)
Day 5 Fly to Hue for two nights at the 4-star Saigon Morin (riverside rooms). Visit the Imperial Citadel. (B)
Day 6 Cruise on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Visit the tombs of the Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Village dinner with a local family. (B, D)
Day 7 Cross the Hai Van Pass to Danang to visit the Cham Museum. At Hoi An, a walking tour visits merchants’ houses and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Two nights at the 4-star Hoi An Historic Hotel. (B)
Day 8 Visit the My Son ruins of the Champa Kingdom. Thu Bon River cruise visiting Kim Bong and Thanh Ha villages. (B)
Day 9 Fly to Hanoi and transfer to Ha Long Bay (3 hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Wyndham Legend Ha Long Hotel overlooking Ha Long Bay. Lunch at a local restaurant. (B, L)
Day 10 Morning free. Overnight Ha Long Bay cruise with seafood lunch. Visit a variety of islands and caves. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Further cruising, then transfer to Hanoi (3 hrs) to visit the Ethnological Museum. Two nights at the 5-star Melia Hanoi. (B)
Day 12 Visit Ho Chi Minh’s home and Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, History Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake and old quarter. Water puppet show. (B)
Day 13 Fly to Luang Prabang. Three nights at the 4-star Villa Santi Resort. Visit Vat Xieng Thong, Vat Vixoune and That Makmo. Baci ceremony with traditional music and dance. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 14 Early morning, witness monks during their ritual of Tagbat. Visit the Royal Palace Museum. Cruise on the Mekong to Pak Ou caves and visit a village. Walk through the Hmong market. (B, L)
Day 15 Visit Kuangsi waterfall (chance to swim). Afternoon free. Evening ballet performance at the Royal Palace. (B)
Day 16 Morning climb up Phousy Hill with panoramic views, then visit the Ethnic Museum. Fly to Siem Reap for three nights at the central 4-star Prince d’Angkor. (B)
Day 17 Visit by tuk tuk the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Ta Prohm. Afternoon visit to Tonle Sap Lake. Apsara dance theatre show and dinner. (B, D)
Day 18 Visit the temples of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. Afternoon visit to Angkor Wat and ‘Les Artisans d’Angkor’. (B)
Day 19 Travel by road to Phnom Penh (6 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star Sunway Hotel. Farewell dinner at Bopha Phnom Penh restaurant. (B, D)
Day 20 Visit Tuol Sleng prison (Genocide Museum) and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. Cyclo tour of Phnom Penh includes the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace and take a cruise on the Mekong River. (B, L)
Day 21 Morning free. Visit the National Museum, Ounaloam Pagoda and Wat Phnom. Transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight via Saigon. (B)
Day 22 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
This is a full itinerary with some visits on foot and some uneven surfaces and inclines.
A 4-star hotel is in the heart of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) on the Nguyen Hue Boulevard. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 191 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A 4-star French colonial-style hotel on the riverside. Restaurants, bar, pool and gym. 198 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
This 4-star hotel is admired for its charm and facilities, located a short walk from Hoi An’s World Heritage city centre and its architecturally unique buildings. Featuring classic hardwood furnishings, all rooms are elegantly furnished in light beige and have air conditioning, a personal safe and desk. A cable flat-screen TV, minibar and an electric kettle are included.
A 4-star hotel set on the coastline of Bai Chay and within easy access to downtown Ha Long. Restaurants, bars, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 217 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Located in the heart of Hanoi, this 5-star hotel is a short distance from Hanoi's Old Quarter. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 306 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A traditional resort hotel located in private gardens a short drive from downtown. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 67 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and TV.
A 4-star central hotel with a mix of modern and traditional furnishings. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, lounge, spa and WiFi (free). 222 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel walking distance from Wat Phnom, the Mekong River and central market. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 138 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdyer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A traditionally designed wooden ship combining modern and Vietnamese décor. The Indochina Sails offers a dining room, bar, jacuzzi and sundeck. Cabins are air-conditioned with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and mini-bar.
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