19 Day Indochina Explorer
19 Day Indochina Explorer
Enjoy the journey of a lifetime on a spectacular 19 day trip through the stunning South East Asian nations of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, visiting many cultural and historical sites, admiring the beautiful landscapes and gaining a taste of local life.
Tour highlights
  • Uncover the recent dark history of Cambodia during time in Phnom Penh
  • Explore the stunning Temples of Angkor on a visit to Siem Reap
  • Go underground to see what life was like in the Viet Cong at the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Wander round the ancient trading port of Hoi An
  • Spend the night onboard a boat in Halong Bay
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Lao capital Vientiane
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Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh
Arrive in Phnom Penh where you will be greeted by your guide before heading to your hotel to check-in. The remainder of the day is then yours to start exploring the city, with the opportunity to see some of the delights that await in the Cambodian capital.
  • First Class: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel & Spa
  • Superior: Sunway Hotel
Day 2: Phnom Penh
A day exploring the capital starts with the opportunity to visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the famous Buddhist temple with a floor made up of more than 5,000 heavy silver tiles. You’ll then head to the National Museum to admire the huge collection of Khmer artefacts before returning to your hotel for a mid-day break. The afternoon will then be spent looking at the recent troubled past of Cambodia and its people, starting with a trip to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum; which is to be found in the former school that was converted into the S21 detention and torture centre by the Khmer Rouge. You’ll then travel to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, where an audio headset guide will tell the harrowing stories of survivors from the camp – providing a stark insight into the experiences faced by the Cambodian people in the recent past.
  • First Class: Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel & Spa (B)
  • Superior: Sunway Hotel (B)
Day 3: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
Following breakfast you’ll head to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap and the gateway to the famous Temples of Angkor. After being taken to your hotel, the remainder of the day will be free to explore Siem Reap under your own steam, or simply spend time relaxing at your own leisure in your hotel.
  • First Class: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa (B)
  • Superior: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (B)
Day 4: Siem Reap
Rise early to pay a visit to the five iconic towers to be found at Angkor Wat, arriving in time to the dramatic sight of the sun rising behind the huge temple complex. Featured on the Cambodian national flag, Angkor Wat is regarded as one of the most important religious sites in the country and your early arrival will provide the opportunity to fully explore before the main tourist groups arrive. Following breakfast at a local cafe, you’ll journey to the ancient city of Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple before returning to your hotel for a mid-day break. The afternoon will then see you visit the stunning temple of Banteay Srei, which is unique in the area as the only temple built out of pink sandstone. Prior to returning to your hotel for an evening relaxing at leisure, you’ll also take a stop at Ta Prohm to see what remains of the crumbling temple that now sits overgrown by jungle trees.
  • First Class: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa (B)
  • Superior: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (B)
Day 5: Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh
Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to take in a shopping trip to the local markets before heading for the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh. On arrival in Vietnam, you’ll head for your hotel ahead of more free time to do as you wish.
  • First Class: Au Lac 2 Hotel (B)
  • Superior: Grand Hotel (B)
Day 6: Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh
An early start will see you travel through scenic rice paddies and local villages to the Cu Chi districts to visit the tunnel network built by the Viet Cong and used in both the French and American wars. Going underground into the tunnels, you’ll have the opportunity to imagine what life was like as a guerrilla fighter before halting for lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon will then see you pay a visit to the former Presidential Palace – where the Vietnam War ended – and some of the sights around Ho Chi Minh city, including the Old Saigon Post Office, the Opera House and the colourful surroundings of Dong Khoi Street
  • First Class: Au Lac 2 Hotel (B,L)
  • Superior: Grand Hotel (B,L)
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be - Mekong Delta
Drive away from Ho Chi Minh to the town of Cai Be, where you’ll have board a boat for the chance to explore the floating markets and also visit a local cottage factory to see rice paper and coconut candies being produced. You’ll then admire the scenery as you cruise along the water to Dong Hiep Island, where you’ll enjoy a special Mekong style lunch and there is the option of a sampan trip at additional cost. At the end of your cruise, you’ll then return to Ho Chi Minh.
  • First Class: Au Lac 2 Hotel (B,L)
  • Superior: Grand Hotel (B,L)
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh – Hue
Following breakfast, you’ll head for the airport for the flight to Hue, where you’ll then enjoy a city tour starting at the Imperial Citadel. After exploring the ruins, you’ll ride by cyclo through the Old City to the beauty spot at Tinh Tam Lake, where emperors previously relaxed. Your day will then end with a visit to the seven-storey high Thien Mu Pagoda, which is one of the main symbols of Hue.
  • First Class: Muong Thanh Hue Hotel (B)
  • Superior: Saigon Morin Hotel (B)
Day 9: Hue – Hoi An
Leave Hue for the scenic drive to the coastal resort of Hoi An; which was one of Asia’s main trading ports in both the 17th and 18th centuries. Along the way you’ll pass through the beautiful fishing village of Lang Co before heading over the Hai Van Pass, known as the Pass of Ocean Clouds because of the mists that rise from the coast. On arrival in Hoi An, a walking tour will take in some of the main sights, including the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, the colourful Hoi An market and a selection of former merchants homes.
  • First Class: River Beach Resort (B)
  • Superior: Palm Garden Resort (B)
Day 10: Hoi An
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the sights around Hoi An, with the opportunity to visit some of the museums that tell the story of the region, take in an excursion by boat to some of the local villages or out to Cham Island (own cost) or spend time relaxing on Hoi An’s beautiful beach.
  • First Class: River Beach Resort (B)
  • Superior: Palm Garden Resort (B)
Day 11: Hoi An - Hanoi
Leave Hoi An following breakfast and travel to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, where you will transfer to your hotel on arrival. You’ll then be able to pay a visit to Hoa Lo Prison – previously known as the Hanoi Hilton – and take a trip around the Old Quarter of the city before a traditional Water Puppet Show to end the day.
  • First Class: Medallion Hotel (B)
  • Superior: Sunway Hotel (B)
Day 12: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Today you’ll travel through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta as you journey towards Halong Bay, passing through a number of rice fields and villages as you watch locals going about their daily business. On arrival in Halong, you’ll board your boat for a cruise into Halong Bay itself, passing by rock formations such as the Sail and the Dog before setting anchor to watch the sun set before a night onboard under the stars.
  • First Class: Pelican Cruise (B,L,D)
  • Superior: Victory Star (B,L,D)
Day 13: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Your boat will return to the main dock before you transfer back to Hanoi, where the remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
  • First Class: Medallion Hotel (B)
  • Superior: Sunway Hotel (B)
Day 14: Hanoi– Vientiane
The day starts with a visit to the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam, before heading on to the One Pilla Pagoda and the first university in the country; the Temple of Literature. Following a trip to the famous Tran Quoc pagoda and the Quan Thanh temple, you’ll then be transferred to the airport in Hanoi for a flight to Vientiane. On arrival in the Lao capital, you’ll have to chance to experience the more laid back surroundings compared to capital elsewhere in Asia, with the remainder of the day being free at your leisure to take a wander round the local market, enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Mekong or simply relax in your hotel. A drinks reception with your fellow travellers will come at the end of the day.
  • First Class: Mercure Vientiane (B)
  • Superior: Ansara (B)
Day 15: Vientiane
Following breakfast in the hotel, you’ll head out to enjoy the sights of Vientiane and to discover some of the hidden charms of the city; starting out at the famous Wat Sisaket temple with its many miniature Buddha statues. After time at the Wat Phra Keo museum and a visit to the Presidential Palace, you’ll be able to look out over the city from the top of the Patuxay Monument, which pays homage to the famous Arc de Triomphe. Next stop on a busy day will be a visit to the That Luang temple before heading out of the town to Mai Savanh; a shop specialising in traditional Lao textiles. Your tour of the capital will end with a visit to the COPE centre to see the impact that landmines have had on the Lao people.
  • First Class: Mercure Vientiane (B)
  • Superior: Ansara (B)
Day 16: Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Following some free time in the morning, you’ll take a flight to Luang Prabang where you’ll then check in to your hotel before some time at leisure to explore the World Heritage Site.
  • First Class: Sala Prabang (B)
  • Superior: 3 Nagas (B)
Day 17: Luang Prabang – Pakou Caves
After breakfast, you’ll head away from Luang Prabang to join a cruise along the Mekong River to the Pakou Caves where you can marvel at a collection of thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues. En-route back to Luang Prabang, you’ll call in at the village of Ban Xang Hay before a cooking class at the famous Tamarind restaurant on your return to Luang Prabang.
  • First Class: Sala Prabang (B,D)
  • Superior: 3 Nagas (B,D)
Day 18: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si
Early risers can witness the special sight of monks collecting alms as the sun rises before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. You’ll then transfer through the countryside to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls a short distance away from the city. On the way, you’ll stop off in a local village to see some of the area’s ethnic minorities and learn about their traditions and cultures before reaching the falls. Once there, you can explore the area around the falls on foot, climb to the top for stunning views of the surrounding area or enjoy a dip in the turquoise blue water in one of the many pools. Animal lovers may also like to visit the nearby sanctuary run by the Free the Bears Fund, which is home to a number of Asiatic Black Bears that have been saved from poachers. You could also elect to try your hand at the sport of petanque; a popular pastime with the Lao people.
  • First Class: Sala Prabang (B)
  • Superior: 3 Nagas (B)
Day 19: Depart Luang Prabang
Following breakfast and time at leisure, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
  • First Class & Superior: (B)
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • Visa On Arrival Letter procedure fee if requested
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • English speaking local guide (one city one guide)
  • Flight Phnom Penh-Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh-Hue, Danang-Hanoi, Vientiane-Luang Prabang (Economy class)
  • All admission fee at attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Visa for Cambodia
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee
  • Laos visa stamping fee
  • Any surcharge/extra fees for visit of the Angkor Historical site imposed by the Apsara Authorities in Siem Reap which are subject to change without prior notice

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