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INDOCHINA FAMILY ADVENTURE

VIETNAM - LAOS - CAMBODIA

INDOCHINA FAMILY ADVENTURE

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Indochina refers to three countries, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This trio’s cultural and historical connections are centuries-old, but have more recently been rooted in French colonialism. Soak up the charming atmosphere of Luang Prabang. Have a cup of Vietnamese coffee in Ho Chi Minh city whilst getting a new wardrobe from a tailor or discover Cambodia’s modern history in Phnom Penh.

Summary:

Day 1: Siem Reap: Arrival

Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Discovery

Day 3: Siem Reap – Angkor Temple – Further Discovery

Day 4: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap boat trip – Flight to Vientianne

Day 5: Vientiane Sightseeing

Day 6: Vientiane – Flight to Luang Prabang (QV 112 VT – LPQ 0915-1010)

Day 7: Luang Prabang – Boat trip & Local villages

Day 8: Laung Prabang – Textiel Village – Jewell and Elephant Camp

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Flight to Hanoi (QV312 LPQ – HN 1710-1810)

Day 10: In Hanoi

Day 11: Hanoi Sightseeing

Day 12: Hanoi – Transfer to Sapa

Day 13: Sapa – Explore the remote Hill Villages

Day 14: Sapa – Silver Waterfall & Heaven Gate – Overnight Train back to Hanoi

Day 15: Arrival Hanoi – Transfer to Halong Bay

Day 16: Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Hue

Day 17: Hue Motorbike tour

Day 18: Hue – Drive to Hoi An

Day 19: Hoi An Biking Excursion – Visiting local villages

Day 20: In Hoi An

Day 21: Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City – Sightseeing tour

Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City – Cao Dai Temples & Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 23: HCM City – Vinh Long – Local home-stay

Day 24: Cai Be Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City

Day 25: Ho Chi Minh City: Departure

 

Tour Information:

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services.

Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vihicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • All domestic flights within Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights
  • Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

Hotel Selection:

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour, Fanily Indochina Adventure 25 days. However, Indochina Pioneer offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different “star ratings”, allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget.

Location Boutique Option 3 Star Option 4 Star Option 5 Star Option
Siem Reap Central Boutique Hotel Soria Moria Hotel Siam Siemreap Hotel Sokha Angkor Resort
Vientiane Salana Botique Hotel Laos Orchid Hotel Lao Plaza Hotel Green Park Hotel
Luang Prabang La Sen Boutique Hotel Villa Chitdara Hotel Villa Santi Hotel Xieng Thong Palace
Hanoi Hanoi Charming 2 Hotel Gondola Hotel La Siesta Hotel & Spa Hanoi Hotel De I’Opera
Sapa Sapa Elite Hotel Sapa Elegance Hotel U Sapa Hotel Victoria Sapa Hotel & Spa
Halong Dragon Pearl Junk Glory Legend Cruise Pelican Cruise Aphrodite Cruises
Hue Serene Hotel Asia Hotel Moonlight Hotel Best Western Indochina Palace
Hoi An Vaia Boutique Hotel Betal Garden Hotel & Villas Vinh Hung Resort Hoi An Sunrise Beach Resort
Ho Chi Minh City Little Saigon Boutique Hotel Signature Sagon Hotel Eden Saigon Hotel Hotel Majestic Saigon
Vinh Long Ut Trinh Homestay Muong Huong Homestay Mekong Lodge Mekong Lodge

Remarks:

  1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Request” Tap and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!
  2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
  • Boutique & character hotels (highly recommended): from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night
  • First Class = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 – US$ 60 per room/night
  • Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 – US$ 110 per room/night
  • Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 – US$ 180++ per room/night
  1. Sgl Sup = Single Supplement or Single room surcharge.
  2. More people = lower prices. Please ask for a quote based on your group size.
  3. Child policy: Under 2 years old are free of charge for tour & pay 50% of internal airline charges, from 2 to 5 years old 50% charge for tour & 75% of internal airline charges, from 5 to 12 years old 75% for tour & full internal airline charges. 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult).
  • Departure
    Siem Reap/ Ho Chi Minh city
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
  • Include
    International Flight
    Domestic Flight
    Departure Taxes
    Entrance fees
    Accommodation
    Personal Guide
    Airport Transfers
    Meals (As mentioned in the itinerary)
  • Not Included
    Personal Travel Insurance
    Tips and Personal Expenses
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Day 1: Siem Reap: Arrival

Upon landing in Siem Reap airport, you will be met by Indochina Pioneer’s tour guide arranged privately for you. He will hold up a signboard with your names and transferred to a nearby hotel and check in. Tonight we will enjoy with the buffet dinner followed by the Apsara performance to describe of Khmer myths. Stay overnight in Siem Reap
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Day 2: Siem Reap - Angkor Discovery

After breakfast, we set off on an exploration to Angkor Wat, an architectural and artistic masterpiece of the mighty Khmer Empire before witnessing dusk at Phnom Bakheng or Pre Rup casting the temple in an orange hue. Come back to the hotel in the late afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight in Siem Reap Included meals: breakfast
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Day 3: Siem Reap - Angkor Temple - Further Discovery

Rise early this morning and be rewarded with views of sunrise against the Angkor Wat revealing its timeless beauty, harmony and grandeur (optional). Back to have breakfast at the hotel. Then we start on our bike and cycle (45 minutes for cycling) or drive to world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist.The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century)  the South Gate, Bayon Temple- unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara ,Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru, The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Stay overnight in Siem Reap Included meals: Breakfast
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Day 4: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap boat trip – Flight to Vientianne

Moving in tune with the rhythm of the great annual flood of Tonle Sap, take a boat ride to the village of Kompong Phhluk on stilts this afternoon. Explore this great ecosystem by way of canoeing and hear the calls of the macaque monkeys while observing the forest beneath the lake’s surface. In the afternoon we will take a short flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival, meet your tour guide and driver then transferred to your hotel. Included meals: Breakfast
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Day 5: Vientiane Sightseeing

After breakfast, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Hor Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We continue to take a trip by road to outskirts of Vientiane, following the road along the bank of Mekong river to visit the Buddha park of Xieng Khuan, the park (28km East of Vientiane), containing a combination of hundred statues of Hindu divinities and Buddha. We drive pass villages on the bank of Mekong through beautiful views of vegetable garden, tobacco plantation ... etc. It’s nice to make a photo stops and see rural life of local people. We also have a nice view of the Mekong Friendship Bridge as the border between Laos and Thailand. Return to Vientiane town and continue to visit Ban Nongbuathong the hand weaving Village. Take a walk on Mekong Riverside before transfer back to Hotel for overnight. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 6: Vientiane – Flight to Luang Prabang (QV 112 VT - LPQ 0915-1010)

After breakfast, a private driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to Wattay Airport to take a short flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival we will be met by the tour guide and embark on a guided tour of Luang Prabang. Visit National museum, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; visit Wat Xieng Thong, we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 7: Luang Prabang – Boat trip & Local villages

After breakfast, we enjoy a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 8: Laung Prabang – Textiel Village – Jewell and Elephant Camp

After breakfast, we drive in a private van out of town to visit the Jewel land Elephant camp at Ban Ann. En route stop at famous and well-known village, Ban Phom Nom, almost of those villagers are weavers. They used to be servants and made handicraft souvenirs for the last king of Laos. Another stop at Henrimouhot monument at Kang Noon, a French man, who founded Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, but he died at Kang Noon when he moved to Laos for his discovery as Mararia. Then continue to the camp, Arrival, your guide brief about those elephants about original come from and daily living condition, and take some vegetables for those elephant, take elephant ride for one hour before we return to the town transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free and relax. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 9: Luang Prabang – Flight to Hanoi (QV312 LPQ - HN 1710-1810)

Morning is free to relax and chill out. Check-out at mid-day. In the afternoon a private driver will pick us up and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival we will be met by our private guide and driver transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Hanoi Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 10: In Hanoi

The whole morning is free to relax in town. In the afternoon, we enjoy a walk from our hotel visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Then we attend a performance of the traditional water puppet show, a typical northern Vietnam art form at the nearby Theater. Our guide will recommend you a place for dinner where you can go and try Vietnamese food before returning to the hotel for a good night sleep. Stay overnight in Hanoi Included meals: Breakfast
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Day 11: Hanoi Sightseeing

Today you will enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi with the assistance of your private guide. Starting our day with a cyclo tour of the fascinating Old Quarter - 36 streets in old-schooled French colonial style would present you the past days. Cycling ends in the Old Citadel, from where we will walk along the beautiful tree-lined boulevards until we get to Ba Dinh Square, site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. We visit the humble House on Stilts, in which Uncle Ho lived and painted a brighter day for Vietnam. Then continue on to visit the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards, we visit the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' - Hanoi's former central prison made famous first for the incarceration of the leaders of Vietnam's national liberation movement and later US Air force pilots shot down over North Vietnamese airspace. Lunch is in a local Vietnamese restaurant. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 12: Hanoi – Transfer to Sapa

Early morning, we depart Hanoi and take a 5 hour road journey to Sapa, a lovely charming town established as a hill station by the French in early nineteen century. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sapa was once a hill resort of French administrators when the summer heat became unbearable. The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of ethnic minority people are a highlight of Sa Pa although conditions are basic. Freshen, relax and take a walking visit to Sapa town, Sapa market then take a drive to Lao Chai – Ta Van villages, short trek to Lao chai, Ta van villages to meet and talk with Giay people and to explore their daily life and beautiful landscape. Enjoy a home-hosted dinner at the local family and return to town. Stay overnight in Sapa. Included meals: Breakfast, home-hosted dinner
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Day 13: Sapa – Explore the remote Hill Villages

Trekking distance: 4km/ 2 hours We start our day with a 2 hour drive to the lowest valley of Sapa.  Along the way you will have many chances to see the breathtaking views of the largest terraced paddy fields and cornfields of the Sapa District. Passing Ban Ho village you ascend to My Son Village then Nam Cang Village. Here minorities live, such as Xa Pho, Red Zao and White H’mong. Stopping at Nam Thang Village we will visit a minority home, then cross a suspension bridge. Along the way you will see many waterfalls, together with stunning views of the lowest valley, paddy terraces and Buffalo houses on stilts, while listening to the birds singing in nearby forests. This wonderful 2 hour trek ends with lunch at a minority stilt house in Thanh Phu Village. We return to Sapa while viewing the sun setting over the mountains. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 14: Sapa – Silver Waterfall & Heaven Gate – Overnight Train back to Hanoi

The whole day is free at leisure. Perhaps you can visit the town market or climb the Ham Rong "Dragon's Jaw Moutain". Check out of the hotel room at mid-day. In the afternoon you will be picked up by a private guide and driver and transferred to Lao Cai station to board the overnight train to Hanoi (20:12pm – 05:00am). Stay overnight on train – 4 berth cabin – Soft sleeper with A/C. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
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Day 15: Arrival Hanoi - Transfer to Halong Bay

Morning arrival in Hanoi you will be picked up and transfer to a mini hotel nearby the station for shower and relax. After that we head out for breakfast. Depart Hanoi we drive through green rice paddy fields to Halong Bay to board our Authentic traditional Vietnamese Junk sailing boat. Seafood lunch will be served on board while we cruise among the hundreds of islets of Halong Bay, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Take a short visit to Titop Island for kayaking, swimming and relaxation. Enjoy the sunset before we drop anchor for a delicious meal and a peaceful overnight stay. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
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Day 16: Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Hue

Morning rising to the sound of Halong Bay we take part in a Tai Chi class on sundeck. It is followed by breakfast and then we will explore Sung Sot grotto where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling take on numerous shapes and forms. We return to the boat for check-out and brunch as we continue cruising amongst the islands and islets. At mid-day we get back to the pier for dismemberment. From here we will be picked up again and driven back to Hanoi Airport for a short flight to Hue. Before boarding the flight we will visit Thanh Chuong Palace for a delicious meal. Upon arrival in Hue you will be picked up and driven to the hotel to check-in. Overnight in Hue Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 17: Hue Motorbike tour

Today we will enjoy fun bike rides through the lush rice fields and local villages visiting the major attractions of Hue. Your private motorbike driver will be waiting for you at the hotel lobby.  After a short tour briefing you will be picked up (1person per bike) and driven to Thanh Toan Village where you can see the lively morning market. This is where the locals come to buy their daily food. Nearby is the 300 years old Thanh Toan bridge and a Cultural Museum where you can visit and talk to the locals. Continue our visit to the Royal Tomb of Tu Duc King, the final resting place. Then we head to the nearby Vong Canh Hill to watch the stunning panorama view of the Perfume River below. Return to our bikes and drive to a local Buddhist Monastery for a delicious vegetarian lunch, prepared and served by the nuns. After lunch we return to town to visit the Forbidden Purple City, former home to the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 – 1945.  End up our day by visiting the central Dong Ba Market sited on the bank of the Perfume River. Walk across the historic Trang Tien Bridge to return to our hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Hue Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 18: Hue – Drive to Hoi An

After breakfast we will be picked up again by our private tour guide and driver and transferred to the Ancient Town of Hoi An via Da Nang. It will be a 4 hour scenic journey hugging the coastline with some photo stops en‐route at Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass and Marble Mountain. Around mid-day we arrive and check in to our hotel in Hoi An. Free to relax and chill out afterwards. Enjoy the evening at leisure to wander the peaceful lantern lit streets of this picturesque town. Hoi An is a great place for tailor-made clothes so you may visit the tailor shops to get a whole new wardrobe. Included meals: Breakfast
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Day 19: Hoi An Biking Excursion - Visiting local villages

Note: if you don’t want the bike ride, it will be replaced by private car. Today, we will take a cycling/bike trip to visit Hoi An's hottest attractions: Japanese Bridge, Old Merchant House, China Assembly Halls and some other interesting shops. You will ride by bicycle to the home of a craftsman in the old street in Hoi An Town. Where you will discover the daily life of Hoi An people and see how they make a lantern. You will have a chance to enjoy making the lantern and keep it as a souvenir. Later, we will walk deep into a narrow alley in search for a special lunch in a secret garden-like restaurant. In the afternoon, a fisherman will greet you at the shore and help you step on Hoi An’s special boat: Basket Boat. The basket-shaped transportation is widely used in Southern Vietnam; sitting in one would be one of the precious fun moments in your Vietnam holiday. Just as other fishermen, you will be back to shore with a boat-load of fish when sunset. What a harvest! Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 20: In Hoi An

The whole day is free to relax. Perhaps choose to join an optional Vietnamese cooking class or learn more about the ancient Champa civilization with a trip to My Son Cham Towers. Included meals: Breakfast
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Day 21: Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City – Sightseeing tour

In the morning you are picked up at the hotel and transferred to the airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formally called Saigon. On arrival you will be picked up by your private tour guide and transferred to downtown for a guided tour of this Metropolitan City. The tour begins with a visit to Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern time. We pass the historic Ben Thanh market – where all kind of goods are offered. After that, free time for you to hang out at the local coffee shop or local market. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City – Cao Dai Temples & Cu Chi Tunnels

Late morning, we will take a 2 hour drive to the ornate temple of Cao Dai in Tay Ninh Province which is a combination of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. Then, attend the fantastic mid-day service together with the followers. After lunch, drive back and stop to visit Cu Chi Tunnel system, the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors. Back to Ho Chi Minh City. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 23: HCM City – Vinh Long – Local home-stay

At 08:00 we depart HCM City to drive to Vinh Long, located in the heart of the Mekong Delta. A three-hour journey through the lush fields and farms will take us to the southernmost region of Vietnam - the Mekong Delta. This is the end of a 4,500 km journey the Mekong River makes after traveling through six countries towards the China Sea. Upon arrival, we embark on a boat trip to visit local cottage industries such as the production of floor tiles, pottery, soya bean and tofu. We will also visit one of many local orchards where we can enjoy some of the exotic fruit and have a taste of Mekong cuisine. We arrive at our homestay in the late afternoon, where we can check into our bedding and explore the island to get a feeling of the area. Tonight we enjoy a delicious dinner prepared and served by our host family. Stay overnight in Mekong homestay. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
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Day 24: Cai Be Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City

At 08:00 bidding a fare-well to the local the host family, we continue our boat trip to visit the Cai Be Floating Market. This is a local retail market where you can witness hundreds of boats loaded with fruit, vegetables and other produce for trade. Afterwards, we visit a family business where they make popular sweets such as coconut candy, pop rice cakes and rice paper. We return to the dock and drive back to Saigon, stopping en route to have lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Stay overnight in HCM City. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
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Day 25: Ho Chi Minh City: Departure

Today is your last day (unless you extend this tour) and we allow you time to explore or relax by yourself. If you have a late evening flight and want a late hotel check out, please ask your travel consultant. As with every city, your private driver will transfer you in a private vehicle to the airport and ensure you are at the correct gate. End of services Meals included: breakfast.

Tour Location

Indochina - The Jewel of Asia

History of the City

VIETNAM
  • Sensory Overload:
Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. There’s the sublime: gazing over a surreal seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a traditional junk in Halong Bay. The ridiculous: taking 10 minutes just to cross the street through a tsunami of motorbikes in Hanoi. The inspirational: exploring the world’s most spectacular cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The comical: watching a moped loaded with honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane. And the contemplative: witnessing a solitary grave in a cemetery of thousands of war victims.
  • A Culinary Superpower:
The Thais may grumble, but in Southeast Asia nothing really comes close: Vietnamese food is that good. Incredibly subtle in its flavours and outstanding in its diversity, Vietnamese cooking is a fascinating draw for travellers – myriad street food tours and cooking schools are testament to this. Geography plays a crucial role, with Chinese flavours influencing the soups of the north, spices sparking up southern cuisine, and herbs and complex techniques typifying the central coastline, rightly renowned as Vietnam’s epicurean epicentre. And up and down the country you can mingle with villagers, sample local dishes and sip rice wine in Vietnam's many regional markets.
  • Thrills & Chills:
If you’ve got the bills, Vietnam’s got the thrills and chills. Some require a little physical effort, like motorbiking switchback after switchback up the jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam. Others require even more sweat: kitesurfing the tropical oceanic waters off Mui Ne or hiking the evergreen hills around Bac Ha or Sapa. And when you’re done with all that adrenaline stuff, there’s plenty of horizontal ‘me’ time to relish. Vietnam has outstanding spas – from marble temples of treatments, to simple family-run massage salons with backpacker-friendly rates.
LAOS
  • Something for Everyone:
Laos deserves all the accolades it receives. Adrenaline junkies can lose themselves in underground river caves, white-water rapids or jungle ziplines. Wildlife nuts can trek through some of Southeast Asia's most pristine forests, still home to rare creatures. Foodies can experiment with the kaleidoscope of flavours that is Lao cuisine. From thrillseeker to gourmand, every type of traveller finds what they're looking for in Laos, one of the most authentic destinations in Asia.
  • Fairytale Landscapes:
Away from the cities, it’s easy to make a quick detour off the beaten track and end up in a fairytale landscape with jagged limestone cliffs, brooding jungle and the snaking Mekong River as a backdrop. Community-based trekking combines these spectacular natural attractions with the chance to experience the 'real Laos' with a village homestay. The Lao people are wonderfully welcoming hosts and there is no better way to get to know their culture than by sharing their lives.
  • Land of a Million Elephants:
In ancient times, Laos was poetically known as the 'land of a million elephants', but cynical Vietnam War correspondents renamed it the 'land of a million irrelevants'. But four decades after the war, Laos is becoming an increasingly relevant destination for the intrepid traveller. Pockets of pristine environment, a kaleidoscope of diverse cultures and quite possibly the most chilled-out people on earth have earned Laos cult status. Imagine a country where your pulse relaxes, smiles are genuine and the locals are still curious about you.
CAMBODIA:
  • An Empire of Temples:
Contemporary Cambodia is the successor state to the mighty Khmer empire, which, during the Angkorian period, ruled much of what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The remains of this empire can be seen at the fabled temples of Angkor, monuments unrivalled in scale and grandeur in Southeast Asia. The traveller’s first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is sublime and is matched by only a few select spots on earth, such as Machu Picchu or Petra.
  • The Cambodian Spirit:
Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia’s real treasure is its people. The Khmers have been to hell and back, struggling through years of bloodshed, poverty and political instability. Thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism, they have prevailed with their smiles intact. No visitor comes away without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitants of this enigmatic kingdom.
  • The Urban Scene:
Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its temples, and its urban areas can surprise with their sophistication. Chaotic yet charismatic capital Phnom Penh is a revitalised city earning plaudits for its gorgeous riverside location, cultural renaissance, and world-class wining-and-dining scene. Second city Siem Reap, with cosmopolitan cafes and a diverse nightlife, is as much a destination as the nearby iconic Angkor temples. And up-and-coming Battambang, reminiscent of Siem Reap before the advent of mass tourism, charms with graceful French architecture and a thriving contemporary art scene.
  • Upcountry Adventures:
Siem Reap and Phnom Penh may be the heavyweights, but to some extent they are a bubble, a world away from the Cambodia of the countryside. This is the place to experience the rhythm of rural life and timeless landscapes of dazzling rice paddies and swaying sugar palms. The South Coast is fringed by tropical islands, with just a handful of beach huts in sight. Inland from the coast lie the Cardamom Mountains, part of a vast tropical wilderness providing a home to elusive wildlife and a gateway to emerging ecotourism adventures. The mighty Mekong River cuts through the country and is home to some of the region’s last remaining freshwater dolphins. The northeast is a world unto itself, its wild and mountainous landscapes a home for Cambodia’s ethnic minorities and an abundance of natural attractions.

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