Indochina Adventure

Product Number: LTVCL

Vietnam, Cambodia and Loas beckon. Three weeks, three countries, countless experiences and memories. Become immersed in culture and customs. Be enchanted by the natural beauty of the landscape, allow village inhabitants to introduce you to their way of life and sample the local delicacies. Visit World Heritage sites and take a dip in refreshing pools or walk along forest trails.

Economy return air fares
Comfortable 3* hotels
Meals as per itinerary
Cruise on Halong Bay
Cruise on Perfume River
Hanoi-Lao Cai train
English-speaking escorted tour

Depart Sydney/Melbourne. You will be welcomed by our guide at Tan Son Nhat airport and transferred to your hotel in the centre of the city to freshen up. Free at leisure
Overnight in Saigon

In the morning, visit Cu Chi tunnel. In the afternoon, visit Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau Pagoda, China Town and .
Overnight in Saigon

 

Drive to My Tho in the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, board your boat for a cruise in the Mekong River, passing river banks and floating markets to the area of the Four Islands of Dragon, Phoenix, Turtle, and Unicorn. Land on the Unicorn Island and visit different farms of tropical fruits. Enjoy seasonal fruits and listen to southern traditional music performed by the locals. Visit the coconut candy workshop and taste freshly made candies. Ride on the horse cart along the countryside road. Arrive at the bee farm and enjoy honey tea. Drift on the Vam Chua Canal in the rowing boat. Lunch at a local restaurant. Drive back to Saigon in the afternoon.

Overnight in Saigon

After breakfast, transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight to Danang. Upon arrival, transfer to Hoi An Town.  Our guide will lead you through narrow lanes lined with centuries-old buildings influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. Later visit the town’s traditional market and riverfront area.

Overnight in Hoi An

Free time for shopping in the lantern streets (without tour guide and car)

Overnight in Hoi An

In the morning, we will transfer you to Hue through Hai Van Pass with a visit to Cham Museum on the way. After check-in and lunch, visit King Tu Duc‘s Tomb and King Minh Mang’s Tomb.

Overnight in Hue

Visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Citadel, another World Cultural Heritage site. Free at your leisure then transfer to the airport  for the flight to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi , meet up with our guide and transfer to the hotel in the city centre.  Free at leisure
Overnight in Hanoi

Today visit Van Mieu – QuocTuGiam (the Temple of Literature & the first university in Vietnam). Then go to Ba Dinh Square to visit the Ho Chi Minh President Mausoleum, His residence area, and One Pillar Pagoda are nearby. Next site you will visit is Tran Quoc pagoda, Ngoc Son temple and Hoan Kiem (the lake of Restored Sword). Later watch a traditional Water Puppet show at Thang Long Theater.
Overnight in Hanoi

Note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closes on Monday and Friday afternoons and from  September to November every year for maintenance. If closed, you still continue visiting other places of the Ho Chi Minh complex as House on Stilts, Presidence Palace, One Pillar Pagoda etc.

 

We will transfer to Halong Bay through the scenic countryside. Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs.
Overnight on cruise

Note: The itinerary of cruise can be changed due to the weather without prior notice

Wake up and have breakfast served onboard. Continue cruising around the bay. Take a sampan to visit Luon Cave and come back to the boat. Have brunch before disembarking and a van will pick you up at the pier and transfer you back to Hanoi Railways Station for night train to Sapa.
Overnight on the train

Arrival at Lao Cai railway station, our driver will pick you up and transfer for breakfast and then head to Sa Pa town, trek to Cat Cat Village of H’mong ethnics. Take photos and meet & talk with locals to learn more about their daily life.
Afternoon: Free at leisure
Overnight in Sapa.

                   

After breakfast, visit Lao Chai Village of Black H’mong people. Trek to visit Ta Van village of Dzay ethnic people. A short stop in town for shopping before going to Lao Cai station. In the evening, take the train back to Hanoi.
Overnight on the train.

Arriving at Hanoi railway station, transfer for breakfast, then head to Noi Bai airport for flight to Luang Phrabang. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel, free at leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Today, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then embark on the a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.
On arrival back in the city, we will visit magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.  Afterwards, we will visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. From there, we will transfer to visit Wat Siphouthabaht to admire the sunset; this is the really peaceful place to catch the last beauty of the day. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there, we will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find anything from rice, to fresh vegetables, to steamed fish, frogs, and anything else that might be the day’s catch, just set up on the ground, this is what the locals do every day. This is really the chance for you to get a real flavor of the local culture.
After breakfast at the hotel, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River. We then visit Wat Visoun, dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), this is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddhas.

We then transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails.
Before returning to Luang Prabang, we stop to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesday), one of the must-visit spots, where you can have an optional 15 minute tour to learn about butterflies and local flora.
Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Centre, where you will have a short tour so you get information about Silk, about weaving, about the women that work in the centre.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

After breakfast, transfer to Luang Prabang airport for flight to Vientiane, the largest city and the capital of Laos.
Upon arrival, we will first visit the major sights of the capital; including Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national icon, That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Last but not least, we visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power before driving to the Mekong River to admire the sunset.

Overnight in Vientiane

Today, take a short flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, meet your tour guide. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda which is located within the Royal Palace ground, and the Wat Phnom Temple.
Overnight in Phnom Penh

Leave for Siem Reap on the late morning flight. When arriving in Siem Reap, go to Banteay Srey (40km from Siem Reap town). The town displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. Have welcome dinner with an Apsaras show. Spend three nights in Siem Reap.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Breakfast at the hotel, then visit the Angkor Thom, South Gate, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of Leper King and Phimean Akas temple. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat, the major of Angkor complex. End of the day, climb up to the Bakheng Hill to enjoy sunset and panorama of Angkok.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

After breakfast, visit ChantierEcole-Artisan d’Angkor, which is renowned for woodworking, stone carving and polychrome training center and workshops.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Free at leisure or optional visit before transfer to airport for flight to Australia

Arrive Australia

Inclusions

  • Return economy flight from Australia
  • Airport tax and fuel surcharge
  • 3* hotel accommodation
  • One night private cabin on Halong Bay
  • Private boat on Perfume River
  • Hanoi-Laocai train: shared 4 berth
  • Water Puppet Show
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary

Exclusions

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