Cruise the treasures of Indochina, from the golden temples of Luang Prabang in tranquil Laos to Vietnam, where you’ll fall in love with Halong Bay and the cultural heritage of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Saigon. At the end you drive along the mighty Mekong and experience the authentic life on the river. Then you will reach charming Cambodia. Finish off with a boost at the spectacular temples of Angkor.
Our inspiring Indochina Route is designed for those who want to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are complete with international flights, accommodation and all the tours listed below. You’ll be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts, whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will make your tour a memorable one.
Fly to Luang Prabang, where you will be picked up at the airport in the arrivals hall by your local guide or National Escort. Along with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will be taken to your hotel and check in to your room or stow your luggage if your room is not ready yet. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is available to get to know the local culture.
Far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts.
Separated they live in bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows through their place and supplies it with the necessary regulialia.
Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos – a place of vivid colors, an extremely rich and enduring French legacy. Today, visit Wat Xieng Thong, the National Museum, Wat Visoun and Aham, then ascend Phousi Hill to visit the Ock Pop Tock weaving center. Return to Luang Prabang for an evening tour of the bustling night market.
Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the serene Temple of Literature. After lunch, enjoy the ride through the vibrant backstreets of the Old Quarter.
Luang Prabang is the epitome of Laos – a place of vivid colors, rich heritage and a permanent French heritage. Visit Wat Xieng Thong, the National Museum, Wat Visoun, and Aham today, and then head to Phousi Hill for a city view after visiting the Ock Pop Tock web center. Return to Luang Prabang for an evening tour of the bustling night market.
Get up early to watch the sunrise over the bay and enjoy an invigorating session of Tai Chi. Transfer back to Hanoi and fly to Hue, the imperial capital of Vietnam.
This is the imposing Imperial Citadel and the forbidden purple city in the heart of Hue, once the home of the Vietnamese emperors. Drive on the picturesque Perfume River and admire the Thien Mu Pagoda. See the magnificent tomb of Minh Mang before heading to the Zen House to learn more about the architecture and spiritual significance of this beautiful place. Finally, visit Tha Om Garden to see the heritage of Mr. Vinh, his 19th century owner.
Leave Hue for Hoi An and take a scenic route across the Hai Van Pass. Take a tour of this enchanting city this afternoon. A wonderfully laid-back place, the streets invite you to stroll – visit the Japanese bridge, the colorful market and the Chinese temple. Stop by to visit Reaching Out, a craft workshop for social businesses, and watch the craftsmen at work.
Head into the lush surroundings of Hoi An to Tra Que, where you can see local farmers working and lush gardens with vegetables and herbs. Join a local family for lunch and a cooking demonstration. Back in Hoi An, the rest of the day is free.
The lush city of Saigon drives Vietnam into the modern world, but is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the main post office, the reunification palace and the cool war museum.
Leave the city in the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war. After an afternoon of free time, dine in the dark at Noir, a restaurant for the visually impaired in Saigon.
Drive via Can Tho aboard Victoria Mekong and board the Delta. Dine on delicious local cuisine and enjoy a traditional music show as you head upriver to the welcome dinner. Retire later to your comfortable cabin for the night.
Explore Tiger Island and the local industry by either Sampan or electric bike before continuing upstream to visit a floating market and local museum.
Continue your shore excursion around Tan Chau, including a stop in a Cao Dai Temple, a Silk Village, and the opportunity to see the Tra Su Forest. Watch an exciting lion dance performance in the evening.
Cross Cambodia and enjoy the passing scenery. On-board activities such as cocktail making are offered. In the late afternoon, dock at Sisowath Quay for a traditional apsara performance and farewell dinner.
Leave the ship behind this morning and drive the Cyclo into the heart of the city. Visit the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before heading to the National Museum and Wat Phnom.
Visit the city’s history with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields, places that eerily recall the Khmer Rouge regime. Later, see how traditional arts are preserved on a Cambodian Living Arts tour before sampling a local beer
After breakfast, fly to Siem Reap. First, visit Kbal Spean to see the intricate carvings of Hindu gods and the sacred Linga carved into the riverbed and shores. Continue to enchanting Banteay Srei – a richly decorated Hindu temple made of rose sandstone. The work is so complicated that it is said that it could only have been carved by a woman.
Drive into the old town of Angkor Thom and pass the magnificent South Gate, flanked by 54 gods and demons. In the center of Angkor Thom is the enigmatic Bayon, a stunning temple with countless sculptural ornaments. Admire the Elephant Terrace and the Leper’s Terrace. Continue to Ta Prohm before the rest of the day is devoted to Angkor Wat, the most magnificent and best preserved of Angkor’s treasures. Enjoy an exuberant performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus this evening.
Flood season (August to February) Enjoy a morning cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visit the floating village of Kampong Phluk and observe the way of life of these sea communities. Low season (March to July) Visit the floating village of Chong Kneas. Return to Siem Reap for an afternoon free.
Today you will be taken to the airport on time for your departure. Today, you have free time before departure. Fly to Australia the next day.
The Trip Cost Includes
- Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
- Transportation to and from!!
- Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
- Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
- Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
- First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
- All the required permits and paperwork
The Trip Cost Excludes
- International Airfare
- Visa Charges
- Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
- Your travel and medical insurance
- Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
- Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
- Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
- Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
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