From the grand temples of Angkor and the laidback town of Hoi An, to the islands of Halong Bay, vast stretches of the Mekong Delta and ancient monasteries of Luang Prabang, our Discover Indochina tour promises to be the trip of a lifetime. Take in the very best this region has to offer starting with a downstream cruise on the mighty Mekong, travelling via Pakbeng, to Luang Prabang and then journey onward into scenic Vietnam.
Day 1 Luang Prabang
On arrival, transfer and check-in to the Shanti Resort or similar for two nights. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Luang Prabang
Visit Talat local market and explore this veritable treasure-trove of beautiful temples and historical monuments including its many pagodas and the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. In the afternoon take a walk through the town to see its beautiful French-colonial buildings and the local market. View the town and its surroundings atop Mount Phousi at sunset.
Day 3 Luang Prabang, Hanoi
An excursion by boat to the Pak Ou caves today, located in the limestone cliffs at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. These caves are full of Buddha images of various styles and sizes that have been collected over centuries. Take an evening flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Transfer to the Ann hotel or similar for a two-night stay.
Day 4 Hanoi
A full day tour starts with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university, established in the 11th century. Also visit the Ngoc Son temple, on the Hoan Kiem Lake. In the afternoon visit take a walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter to glimpse bustling local life. Enjoy a Water Puppet show in the evening.
Day 5 Hanoi, Halong Bay
A morning drive to the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise. As you set sail into the bay, pass limestone islands and visit Sung Sot cave. Trekking and swimming at Titov island.
Day 6 Halong Bay, Hue
Visit Luon cave in the morning, disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Stop at a pottery village and enjoy some snacks and tea. Take the evening flight to Hue and check in to the Emm Hue hotel or similar for two nights.
Day 7 Hue
Visit the Imperial tombs of Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese Emperor, and Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. The afternoon sightseeing includes a tour of the Old Imperial City, which is modelled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. Also visit the Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a boat back to the hotel on the Perfume River.
Day 8 Hue, Hoi An
In the morning drive to Danang ( 3-4 hours), crossing the picturesque Hai Van pass. Also have the chance to visit the Cham Museum which houses the finest examples of Cham art, reflecting 1,000 years of Hindu influence in Vietnam. Continue the drive south to Hoi An, past the Marble Mountains and numerous villages, before checking in at the Emm Hoi An hotel or similar for two nights.
Day 9 Hoi An
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Hoi An, once a prosperous trading post. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 10 Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City
Fly from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest of the Vietnamese cities. Visit Cu Chi Tunnels, outside the city. Stay at the Saigon Prince Hotel or similar for three nights.
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Chinatown. In the afternoon take a city tour to see the former Presidential Palace now known as the Reunification Hall, the War Museum and the Notre Dame cathedral.
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
A full day out to Mekong Delta. Tour the Cai Be floating market and explore the smaller waterways and canals by local boat, visiting orchards and local cottage industries.
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap in the morning and check in for three nights at the Tara Angkor hotel or similar. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire with its centrepiece, the Bayon temple.
Day 14 Siem Reap
Visit Ta Phrom temple and the Banteay Srei temple, one of Angkor’s most significant structures, built in the 10th century. In the afternoon see the well-preserved carvings at Angkor Wat. Witness the spectacular sunset in the countryside.
Day 15 Siem Reap
This morning take a short drive through the countryside to Tonle Sap Lake, stopping to visit a local village en route. Board a local boat for a glimpse of life on this Great Lake of Cambodia to see floating schools, police stations and markets. The afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy the performance of the Phare Cambodian circus, with dinner in the evening.
Day 16 Siem Reap, Phnom Penh
This morning fly to Phnom Penh, set on the banks of the mighty Mekong river. Check-in to stay at the Le Mont hotel or similar for two nights.
Day 17 Phnom Penh
Explore the sights in and around this capital city, which has the atmosphere of a provincial French town. Visit the Royal Palace and its silver-tiled pagoda. See Khmer art and sculpture from different periods of Cambodian history in the National Museum. Later visit the Central Market. In the afternoon visit the Genocide Museum and ‘killing fields’.
Day 18 Phnom Penh
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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