Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on the Indochina Peninsula share a common history much before the before French colonization and the Vietnam War. Today, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is an upwardly mobile city, known for its French colonial architecture, Cu Chi tunnels the Mekong Delta.
In Hoi An, Vietnam, discover a well-preserved ancient city of the Champa Kingdom. The nearby ruins, once impressive tower-temples of Champa Empire date back to 4th to 13th century AD. Halong Bay in the north, is known for the jungle-covered outcrops of Karst, in the Gulf of Tonkin. Spend a night on a traditional wooden junk, and marvel at the intricacy of religious carvings in many forms.
In Luang Prabang, Cambodia, see the ancient temples and visit caves where old Buddhist statues are taken to appease spirits. The highlight of the cruise is Cambodia’s ornate 12th-century Angkor Wat or temple near Siem Reap.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-DAY JOURNEY OF INDOCHINA…
And, experience its most evocative places; Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia.
This comprehensive tour of Indochina includes the highlights of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. On this private tour you will experience the history, culture and natural beauty of Indochina's most evocative places. Accommodation is at the most luxurious hotels and resorts in each location and all touring is with your own private guide and driver.
Begin in dynamic Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), the country’s bustling commercial centre. With your own expert guide and driver, experience the city's most interesting neighbourhoods, historic attractions, museums, art galleries and shops, markets, and excellent restaurants. One day, take an excursion into the countryside to tour the Cu Chi Tunnels and observe a colourful religious ceremony at the Cao Dai Temple.
Continue to Hoi An, a World Heritage town that retains a distinct Chinese atmosphere with colourful historic homes, charming cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets. With your private guide tour the surrounding villages and enjoy the stunning countryside scenes that will simply mesmerise you. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the river.
Take a private transfer to Halong Bay and check-in the luxurious, but traditional junk-style boat for an overnight cruise. Sail among beautiful limestone islands, dine on fresh seafood, enjoy on-board activities such as tai chi at sunrise, and perhaps explore local caves, hike to a scenic overlook, go sea kayaking or visit a floating village.
Transfer to Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. With your guide, ride cyclos around the lake to see the city's historic French colonial architecture. Visit ancient temples, the Museum of Ethnology and the fascinating Old Quarter with its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens and more. While touring the narrow streets, learn about the history of the Old Quarter and its traditional architecture, and see how it has transformed into a fashionable district with cafes, art galleries and boutiques featuring the finest Vietnamese design and style.
Continue to Luang Prabang, a charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed town along the Mekong River in northern Laos. The best way to experience this charming city and its surrounding is on a bicycle. Your private guide will lead you to the most interesting places, nearby villages where you can meet charming Lao people and experience their unique culture and simple way of life.
Travel to Siem Reap for a three-day exploration of Angkor—the ruins of the ancient Khmer empire. Visit Angkor Wat, an enormous temple city built as a model of the Hindu universe in stone. Visit the nearby Angkor Thom, a former capital believed to have once housed a population of approximately one million people around its Bayon, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.
Journey Indochina Experience Indochina's most evocative places – Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
(14 days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Saigon, Hoi An, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap
Day 1 – Arrive
Saigon, Vietnam Fast-track airport assistance. Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Afternoon private city tour.
Day 2 – Tour
Saigon Private excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels or continue city touring.
Day 3 – Transfer
Hoi An Private transfer and flight to Hoi An for 2 nights at beach resort.
Private afternoon tour.
Day 4 – Experience
Hoi An Private morning tour of local villages or cooking class.
Day 5 – Transfer
Hanoi - Halong Bay Private transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi.
Private transfer to Halong Bay for overnight on luxury cruise.
Day 6 – Cruise
Hanoi Sunrise cruise. Private transfer to Hanoi for 2 nights.
Afternoon private city tour.
Day 7 – Tour
Hanoi Private full-day city tour.
Day 8 – Transfer
Luang Prabang, Laos Private transfer and flight to Luang Prabang for 3 nights.
Private traditional ceremony and dinner.
Day 9 – Tour
Luang Prabang Private full-day cultural touring.
Day 10 – Cruise
Luang Prabang Private cruise to Buddhist caves and local villages.
Day 11 – Transfer
Siem Reap, Cambodia Private transfer and flight to Siem Reap for 3 nights.
Private sunset temple touring.
Day 12 – Tour
Siem Reap Private full-day tour of ancient ruins and temples.
Day 13 – Explore
Siem Reap Private touring to remote temples or boat ride to floating villages.
Day 14 – Depart
Siem Reap Private airport transfer
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
When to go The climate in Vietnam and Cambodia remains tropical. The best time to visit the region is in the months between November and mid-March. During these months the days are pleasant and the nights are chilly. Thereafter the temperature begins to rise and March to May gets very hot. The monsoon arrives in the month of April-May and peak in August but continues until mid-October. Travel is difficult during these months. Avoid travelling during March-April and August.
Getting There There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low cost carriers to Vietnam.
There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours.
Passport/Visa British, European and Americans require a visa for Vietnam and Cambodia. You can obtain a 30-day tourist visa on arrival in Vietnam and Cambodia provided your passport is valid for at least six months. Two passport sized photographs will be required. Travellers are advised to check with their nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.