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Indochina Essentials

Highlights

  •  Explore the Angkor Thom Complex
  •  Enjoy a boat trip to discover Ha Long Bay
  •  Visit the different spots in Hoi An World Heritage Site
  •  Take a boat cruise on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda
  •  Visit Ho Chi Minh City and its most significative places
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Overview

This is the ideal tour for people who want to discover Vietnam and Cambodia and the best these two amazing countries have to offer. We have chosen some of the best-loved Indochina highlights and combined them with many off-the-beaten-track visits and surprising experiences. Whether it is modern or ancient history, culture or leisure you will find what you are looking for.

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All the suggested prices on our website are based on a 2-people private group price. As the number of people in a group increases the price per person decreases.

Price Includes:

 

  • Accommodation + daily breakfast.
  • Meals: as specified in the itinerary.
  • Water on tours (2 bottles x 330ml/pax/day)
  • Airport transfers + land transportation on tours.
  • Sightseeing with REGIONAL ENGLISH speaking guides
  • Boat cruise.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Flight: REP-HAN-HUI /  DAD-SGN (Economy class, 23 kg luggage)

Not Included:

  • Vietnam & Cambodia visa
  • All drinks, other meals.
  • International airfare.
  • Insurance of all kinds.
  • ALL other services

 

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Indochina Essentials

Indochina Essentials

13 Days covering Vietnam and Cambodia

Day 1
London - Siem Reap

Upon arrival at the airport, meet with your guide and embark on your comfortable vehicle for transferring to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 2
Siem Reap

Enter Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate and explore the ancient city. Then proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace. In the afternoon, visit the epic Angkor Wat, viewing its extraordinary architecture and bas-reliefs. After that, you can enjoy the late afternoon in Angkor Wat temple, which is illuminated beautifully by the setting sun. (B)

Day 3
Siem Reap

After breakfast, visit the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva – Banteay Srei – and the Banteay Samre Temple. On the way back, swing by the Ta Prohm Temple which is mystically enveloped in the jungle. In the afternoon, we drive to a local monastery, meet the resident monks and participate in a private good luck blessing ceremony and wishing you good health and a safe journey, performed by local monks. Sit on the mat while the monks chant blessings and sprinkle holy water – a traditional way which is believed to pass on the good luck of the gods. Afterward, a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist. This will protect you from any evil spirits or accidents – a memorable experience! (B)

Day 4
Siem Reap - Hanoi

Transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel & the rest of the day is free at leisure. (B)

Day 5
Hanoi

Take a full-day tour to explore Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (CLOSED ON MONDAYS & FRIDAYS) before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son Temple, and an ancient Vietnamese "longhouse". A one-hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter allows you to catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture. In the evening enjoy the amazing water puppet show. (B)

Day 6
Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Drive through rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay with your private driver. You will board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay while enjoying lunch. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea. Overnight on a junk. (B, L, D)

Day 7
Ha Long Bay - Cruise - Danang - Hoi An

Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the wharf. Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, transfer to Hoi An. (B)

Day 8
Hoi An

Set off on a walking tour to explore this World Heritage Site. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the vibrant riverside market. In the afternoon, visit one of Hoi An’s famous lantern workshops and learn how to make one yourself. End the day by taking a peaceful boat trip on the Thu Bon and afterward enjoy free time to further explore the old town. (B)

Day 9
Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue

Free in the morning. Check-out and drive to Da Nang to visit the Cham Museum which houses the world’s finest collection of Cham artwork before continuing on a coastal drive via the Cloudy Pass and the photogenic village of Lang Co to the ancient capital of Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, check-in and relax. Overnight in Hue

Day 10
Hue

In the morning, take a boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and then take a car to the poetic mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Imperial Citadel and the Dong Ba Market. The spectacular Citadel (which was built in accordance with strict principles of geomancy) houses a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and colleges.

Day 11
Hue - Ho Chi Minh

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, transfer to a hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the city.

Day 12
Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels

In the morning, you will visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon for a half-day city tour. Highlights include the photo stops at the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. Visit a local market in Chinatown and either the Thien Hau Temple or the Quan Am Pagoda.

Day 13
Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh

Our excursion leaves the bustle Ho Chi Minh City behind as we travel to the rural area of the Mekong Delta. On our way, we will pass through the landscape of rice paddies and vast waterways. On the journey, we will travel by motor-boat to experience how locals make their living along the river bank. Disembark and start walking on the island roads to a farm that grows Suong Sam – a native plant in South East Asia which used mostly in local refreshments. Pick the leaves and learn how to make Suong Sam, a dessert jelly. Enjoy a typical Mekong delta lunch served at a villager’s house. After the meal, walk through the orchards to visit a family where traditional coconut brooms are still made before a sampan ride through a canal lined with water coconut palms to the main Mekong River. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 14
Ho Chi Minh - London

Free until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your departure.

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