15 day luxury itinerary to explore Indochina with this fantastic tour to the region. Featuring Halong Bay, Luang Prabang and the temples of Angkor, all of the best sights are covered.

trip highlights

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  • Try your hand at ancient cultivation techniques with members of the local farming community in Tra Que village and enjoy a cooking demonstration of a regional speciality.
  • After a day of exploration relax as you float on the gentle waters of the moat of Angkor Thom, seeing the old walled city from a different perspective and savouring the beauty of a peaceful sunset.
  • Take your seats for ‘the Quintessence of Tonkin’, an outdoor spectacular that perfectly showcases the rich culture and daily life of Vietnam’s northern river delta through talented performers, water puppetry, and lights.
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itinerary details

Day 1-2: Saigon

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Sightseeing today includes a visit to the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Later, visit Cholon and the Thien Hau Pagoda.

Day 3: Excursion to Ben Tre

Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile
lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta.

Day 4: Cu Chi Tunnels

Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, where you’ll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. Later, fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An.

Day 5: Hoi An walking tour

Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An, a wonderfully laidback, graceful and traditional town. Visit one of the oldest homes, still occupied by descendants of merchants that built it over 200 years ago. Also visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese Temple with a stop en route at Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. The afternoon is at leisure to relax at the beach or in a riverside café.

Day 6: Tra Que Village, later fly to Hanoi

Drive out into the countryside to Tra Que,
a small farming community where you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later, take a flight to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, a charming and richly historic city of lakes, parks and shaded boulevards.

Day 7: Explore Hanoi

Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature before taking a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, stopping off for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. Continue on foot, sampling a range of local cuisine as you explore further!

Day 8 - 9: Halong Bay Cruise

Spend the day aboard your comfortable cruise boat sailing amongst the spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. It isn’t hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. Enjoy delicious meals on board and spend the night anchored on the tranquil waters. Return
to Hanoi the next day. This evening, attend the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.

Day 10: Fly to Luang Prabang

Spend the morning exploring Hanoi’s Ho Chi Minh complex, the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple – you’ll also take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a local café. Fly to the enchanting city of Luang Prabang.

Day 11: Takbat Alms giving ceremony

Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos – a place of vivid colours, an extremely rich heritage and enduring French legacy. Today, rise early to watch a Takbat alms giving ceremony. Ascend Phousi Hill for city vistas, visit Wat Xieng Thong, then cruise along the Mekong River to see the Pak Ou Caves. Return to Luang Prabang and visit Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong Village en route.

Day 12: Kuang Si waterfalls

Visit the National Museum before continuing to the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls. Return to Luang Prabang via Ban Na Ouane village and Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre. This evening witness a local Baci Ceremony.

Day 13 -14: Siem Reap, Angkor Wat

Fly to Siem Reap and visit Artisan D’Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts.

The Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses over 1,000 temples, the remains of the mighty Khmer Empire that ruled between the 9th and 15th centuries. Enter the walled city of Angkor Thom and head to its heart to see the enigmatic Bayon, followed by the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the magnificence of Angkor Wat and intricate beauty of Banteay Srei temple. Take a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems.

Day 15: Departure

Departure, end of the 15 day Vietnam Laos Cambodia tour, transfer to the airport