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Highlights of Indochina- Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos - Superior Tour

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saigon (ho chi minh city), vietnam

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.

  1. Arrival
    Day 1-2

    Flight

    Fly from Heathrow to Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Vietnam Airlines

  2. highlights of indochina- vietnam, cambodia and laos - superior tour
    Day 2-14

    highlights of indochina- vietnam, cambodia and laos - superior tour

    1. Day 2

      Saigon–Upon arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. Arrive in Saigon and make your way to your hotel Saigon is one of the world's truly cosmopolitan cities with a history, culture and style from colonial France, ancient China and the art deco era. Once the main port of Cambodia's Mekong territory, Saigon became the capital of France's Cochinchina and later the capital of the Republic of Vietnam. It remained the capital until the end of the American War in Vietnam in 1975, when it was moved to Hanoi. 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. Overnight in Saigon.

    2. Day 3

      Saigon–This morning you will 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, take a short stroll through a shaded area of coconut gardens before reaching a rest-stop to enjoy freshly picked fruit, a cup of honey tea and a traditional folk song performance. Walk further to the river bank where you continue your journey by sampan. Take the time to discover the maze of small palm-lined canals. Directly in front of the small pier you will have the chance to see a family-run business where they make coconut candy. Embark on another motorised boat ride toward Turtle Island. Take some time to enjoy a leisurely walk through the village observing fruit orchards along the way. Your lunch will consist of typical Mekong dishes at a local restaurant. After lunch you will cruise to Chuong Duong waterfront pier where you can take in the Delta scenery of stilt houses and local fish farms. Drive back to Saigon in the afternoon Breakfast and lunch included Overnight Saigon

    3. Day 4

      Saigon–This morning we head to 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. Cu Chi was also the conclusion to many caravan paths that traced down from the Chinese border, across mountain borders with Laos and into the Mekong Delta, which later became known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. 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, built between 1886 and 1890, and the French-style Central Post Office. You will then continue on to the Reunification Palace. This was the scene for the final stages of the American War when a North Vietnamese tank bulldozed through the gates and the tank commander ran to the fourth floor of the palace to raise a North Vietnamese flag from its rooftop, being directed on the way by the recently appointed new President of South Vietnam. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Ben Thanh Market where you can enjoy some bargain hunting! Breakfast included Overnight in Saigon.

    4. Day 5

      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. Breakfast included Overnight in Hanoi

    5. Day 6

      Halong Bay–This morning we drive to the area that is regarded as the 'Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam', Halong Bay. Halong Bay has been compared with the landscape of Guilin in China and the limestone islets of Krabi in southern Thailand and is more impressive than either. 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. This province shares a common border with China in the north and harbours some of the most stunning scenery in Vietnam. 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.

    6. Day 7

      Hanoi–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 lunch included Overnight in Hanoi.

    7. Day 8

      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. Breakfast included Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    8. Day 9

      Luang Prabang–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. Breakfast at the hotel, your day will start with the National Museum. Housed in the former Royal Palace, uninhabited since the royal family was deposed in 1975, the museum showcases many treasures of Laos' royal past and allows visitors to glimpse the private and public quarters of Lao royalty. Also displayed here is the Prabang, the sacred Buddha image for which Luang Prabang was named. Then take a short drive to the boat pier, where we embark on boat cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Take in breathtaking views of the tranquil countryside as well as exploring the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On the way back, stop to visit Ban Xang Khong, where the weaving of Lao textiles still takes place on ancient wooden looms and explore the Luang Prabang Night Market, offering a lovely variety of handmade textiles crafted by local and hill-tribe people, along with street food, knick-knacks and friendly banter. Breakfast included Overnight in Luang Prabang

    9. Day 10

      Luang Prabang–After breakfast, explore many of the former royal capital's cultural highlights. You'll visit Wat Xieng Thong, one of the largest and most decorative temples before continuing on to the former Royal Palace, a commanding structure in the centre of town that until 1946 was the heart of the Lang Xang Kingdom. Today it is the National Museum. Next continue travelling a short distance from Luang Prabang to the Kuang Si Waterfall. The turquoise colour of the water with a backdrop of white limestone cliffs gives the waterfall a magical appearance. Depending on the season the water level varies and swimming may not always be possible. 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

    10. Day 11

      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. Breakfast included Overnight in Siem Reap

    11. Day 12

      Siem Reap–We get up early to catch the beautiful sunrise over Angkor Wat then return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast in hotel, start your visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, surrounded by an 8m high wall, it was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Continue to Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries is your next visit. Ta Prohm Temple, unlike most other Angkor temples, has been left just it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings, making it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. Next we take in the great Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1150. It was constructed over a period of 30 years and is world famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In 1992 the UNESCO declared the monument and the whole city of Angkor a World Heritage Site. Breakfast included Overnight in Siem Reap

    12. Day 13

      Siem Reap–This morning, you will transfer to visit Kbal Spean, you will pass by villages, schools and through rice fields. To get to the "river of a thousand lingas" is about a 30 minute walk up the hill. You can see the carvings in the riverbed, and also the nearby waterfall. Today, we will travel 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. Bantey Srey is built largely of red sandstone, an ideal medium for the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves, unusual among Angkor era structures, are miniature in scale. 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 Archaeological Park and its surroundings. Breakfast included Overnight in Siem Reap

    13. Day 14

      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. Breakfast included

  3. Departure
    Day 14

    Flight

    Fly from Angkor International Airport to Heathrow on Vietnam Airlines

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Price for 13 nights, 2 Adults flying 30 April 2019 from Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines
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Price for 13 nights, 2 Adults flying 30 April 2019 from Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines