See all the most iconic sights of Indochina on this trip of a lifetime through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Explore the jungle wreathed temples at Angkor, watch the sunrise over otherworldly karstscapes in Halong Bay and meet monks swathed in orange in the temples of Luang Prabang. Local guides in each country uncover the hidden secrets and charms of the places you visit.
Take private boat trips on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Laos as well as tours in Saigon, Hanoi, Luang Prabang and Siem Reap. Sleep on Halong Bay on an overnight cruise onboard a traditionally designed Junk Boat with all modern amenities and meals provided.
- Expert local guides in each country
- Breakfast included daily and three dinners
- Spend the night on Halong Bay on a traditional Junk boat with meals included
- Departs: london
- Arrives: ho chi minh city, Vietnam
- Departs: siem reap, Cambodia
- Arrives: london
Highlights of Indochina- Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos - Superior Tour
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Hassle-free tour with all internal flights included
- Get of the beaten track in Laos, Southeast Asia most pristine jewel
- Uncover temples buried in jungle and cruise through otherworldly scenes
See all the most iconic sights of Indochina on this trip of a lifetime through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Explore the jungle wreathed temples at Angkor, watch the sunrise over otherworldly karstscapes in Halong Bay and meet monks swathed in orange in the temples of Luang Prabang.
Day 1: Fly overnight to Saigon
Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Saigon
Day 2: Arrive Saigon
Arrive in Saigon and meet your driver to transfer to your hotel
Saigon is one of the world's truly cosmopolitan cities with a history, culture and style obtained from colonial France, ancient China and the art deco era.
Although the city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in 1975, the government soon realised that the proud 'Saigonese' would never stop calling it Saigon. Now it's accepted that Ho Chi Minh City refers to the greater metropolitan area, while the older and central suburbs are called Saigon.
Day 3: Discover the Mekong Delta
This morning drive to Ben Tre, a southern province located in the Mekong Delta. You will pass lush rice paddies and fruit farms emerging alongside the highway as you leave the city behind.
Upon arrival in Ben Tre explore the riverside communities, stilt houses and markets that make this part of the world so unique.
Drive back to Saigon in the afternoon
Breakfast and lunch included
Overnight in Saigon
Day 4: Explore Saigon and the Cu Chi Tunnels
This morning head to the Cu Chi Tunnels which are located in an area known during the American War in Vietnam as the 'Iron Triangle', on account of the strength of its Communist insurgency. The network, which is several storeys deep in some parts, includes trapdoors, living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens.
In the afternoon, you will begin your sightseeing around Vietnam's largest and busiest city with a visit to the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, the French-style Central Post Office and the Reunification Palace
Afterwards, you will be transferred to Ben Thanh Market where you can enjoy some bargain hunting!
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 5: Saigon to Hanoi
Free activities until the transfer to the airport to take the short light to Hanoi
Upon arrival, our guide will meet and greet you. We will be transferred to our hotel. Hanoi is a charming and richly historic city of lakes, shaded boulevards and verdant public parks, with a population of about four million. The city centre is like an architectural museum, with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a provincial French town from the 1930s.
We will have a quick look from Ba Dinh square to Ho Chi Minh Complex.
Next we will drive to the serene Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university dating back to 1070 and a historical centre of learning, now dedicated to Confucian worship.
The rest time of the day is free to explore the city, shop for souvenirs or simply relax in a local cafe and watch the world go by.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 6: Halong Bay Cruise
This morning we drive to the area that is regarded as the 'Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam', Halong Bay.
Upon arrival in Halong Bay, we board our boat for a cruise around the 3,000 islets that rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
Bizarre rock sculptures jutting dramatically from the sea and numerous grottoes have created an enchanted, timeless world; the sails of the junk boats and sampans add further to the scenic beauty. Enjoy a seafood lunch on board before we set sail. We cruise around the bay this afternoon stopping to explore fascinating caves and to enjoy a swim at one of the beaches. Dinner will be served on board while watching the sun set over the bay. The remainder of the night is ours to relax on board the anchored junk boat.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight Halong Bay
Please note that our itinerary in Halong Bay is subject to change due to local conditions.
Day 7: Sunrise over Halong Bay
One of the most special experiences for travellers in Vietnam is to watch the sun rise over Halong Bay. If you are up early enough you can watch this spectacular and peaceful scene. After our breakfast we continue cruising through the bay. We enjoy a late brunch on board before arriving at the wharf around midday and travelling back to Hanoi. This afternoon we enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter. This area of crowded, market alleys is still laid out as it was 300 years ago and is also known as the '36 Streets'. Traditionally in Vietnam, all the shops on a single street were devoted to selling one product. We can see rope, button, copper and herbal medicine streets.
Breakfast and brunch included
Day 8: Hanoi to Luang Prabang
This morning is at leisure enabling you the chance to take a stroll around the lakes and boulevards to soak up the colonial and romantic atmosphere that is Hanoi.
Fly to Luang Prabang where you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Take advantage of a free afternoon to explore one of the most attractive and spiritual towns in Southeast Asia.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 9: Luang Prabang and the boat trip to Pak Ou Cave
Option: Consider an early wake-up call to join the locals giving food to hundreds of Buddhist monks returning from morning prayers. Take a stroll through the morning market and participate in this solemn, everyday ritual.
Explore Luang Prabang including the former Royal Palace. Later take a cruise along the Mekong Delta and stop at Pak Ou caves to see the thousands of statues of Buddha. Return to Luang Prabang and explore arguably the finest night market in Southeast Asia.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 10: Kuang Si Waterfall
Continue your exploration of Luang Prabang including Wat Xieng Thong before leaving the town and heading out to the brearthtaking Kuang Si Waterfalls. The turquoise waters and limestone cliffs give the waterfalls a fairytale aspect.
Depending on water levels we can swim at the base of the falls.
Next to the falls is the Sun Bear Reserve, a conservation centre that rescues animals from the wildlife trade. Meet the cute furry residents and learn about the efforts to protect Sun Bears in the wild.
This evening we will witness a Baci Ceremony at a local home. The Baci Ceremony is an integral part of the Lao culture and is used to bless, welcome or wish good luck. We will help in the preparation of the flower trays and have the honour of receiving blessings from the locals.
Breakfast and dinner included
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 11: Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
Take the morning to relax, get some souvenirs or one last opportunity to wander around delightful Luang Prabang before boarding your flight to Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 12: Angkor Complex
Get up early to catch the beautiful sunrise over Angkor Wat then return to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast in hotel begin an extensive guided tours of the remarkable set of temples that make up the UNESCO listed Angkor complex, including the Bayon, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat itself.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 13: Angkor Complex
This morning, you will transfer to visit Kbal Spean, where you can see carvings in the riverbed, and also the nearby waterfall.
Next head to the "gem" of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Bantey Srey. Bantey Srey, the citadel of the women, displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art and is built largely of red sandstone
Late afternoon drive up to Siem Reap and stop en route at Pre Rup Temple, the trip will reward you with a spectacular sunset over the Angkor Temple Complex and its surroundings.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 14: Depart Siem Reap
Take any time before your flight to shop for last minute souvenirs or relax. Meet your driver and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
We had an absolutely fabulous holiday, We were looked after really well by our Tour Guides and drivers. I would highly recommend this holiday, it had a bit of everything, culture, history, nature and fun! Once in a lifetime holiday, Well Done Holiday place and HG Travel.
Tanya Thomas reviewing Highlights of Indochina- Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos - Superior Tour (12-Apr-2016)
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