Grand Indochina

Japanese Bridge in Hoi An. Vietnam, Unesco World Heritage Site.

20 Days

from £3598

The 20 day Grand Indochina journey starts in Cambodia where you will discover the sights of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap including the famous Angkor Wat temples. Cross the border into Laos and visit the beautiful and picturesque Kuang Si Waterfalls close to Luang Prabang. In Vietnam relax on a cruise aboard a traditional junk on Halong Bay and zigzag your way through the colourful markets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy the atmospheric and delightful town of Hoi An. Explore the Mekong Delta by boat to see the Cai Rang floating Market.

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2017 – 18

Day 1 Fly to Phnom Penh
You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Phnom Penh. Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrive Phnom Penh
Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, be met by our local tour guide and transferred to the hotel.

Day 3 Phnom Penh day tour and to Siem Reap (BL)
Start at the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda where 5,000 silver tiles cover the floor. Continue to the National Museum built in traditional khmer style. In the afternoon tour Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields – a reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime and gives an insight into how the country has developed.
Transfer to the airport and take an evening flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the hotel.

Day 4 Angkor Wat (BL)
In the morning visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. Enter the impressive South Gate flanked by stone elephants and giants. In the afternoon visit the famous Temple of Angkor Wat, the largest and best preserved temple at the site. Enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Day 5 Tonle Sap Lake (BL)
A morning transfer to the pier and take a boat trip to Tonle Sap Lake, South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake, see the villages on stilts. See the monuments representing the Rolous Group. Visit the workshops of Artisan’s d’Angkor where traditional wood and stone carving techniques are taught.

Day 6 Ta Prohm and to Luang Prabang (BL)
Today head to the exquisite Banteay Srey Temple, one of the finest displays of classical Khmer art. Stop at Pre Rup, a stunning temple-mountain with excellent views of the countryside. Also visit Ta Prohm Temple, famed for the combination of trees growing out of the ruins. Transfer to airport. Fly to Luang Prabang.

Day 7 Luang Prabang city tour (BL)
In the morning visit the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the impressive Wat Xiengthong. Take a cruise up the Mekong to the Pak Ou Caves, pass spectacular views. Explore the caves crammed with thousands of golden Buddha statues. Visit Ban Xangkhong village, famed for its silk hand weaving and traditional Saa paper making. also see the magnificent stupa of Wat Visoun. Climb to the top of Mount Phousi for panoramic views of the city, the surrounding countryside and the Mekong Delta at sunset.

Day 8 Khuang Si Falls (BL)
Visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We return to the city by late afternoon to observe the sunset at Wat Prabath.

Day 9 To Hanoi (BL)
An early start to see the morning ritual of monks collecting offerings of Alms (sticky rice) from residents. After breakfast, free day. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon pick up by your tour guide and driver at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, be met by guide and transfer to the hotel.

Day 10 Hanoi city tour (BL)
Experience the rich culture of Hanoi. Spend time at the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the Presidential Palace. Visit the Vietnam History Museum and the Hanoi Opera House. Take a stroll around the Old Quarter and end the day by watching a performance of a traditional Water Puppet Show.

Day 11 Halong Bay – night on board (BLD)
A morning pick-up by shuttle bus, take a journey through the rich farmlands and rice fields. Arrive in Halong City and board the traditional wooden junk boat for the overnight journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay cruising past beautiful rock formations. Visit the small floating fishing village of Vung Vieng. Optional onboard activities include cookery class, massage, kayaking or swimming.

Day 12 To Hue (BL)
Start your day with Tai Chi on the sundeck, followed by breakfast. Explore the Sung Sot Caves. Enjoy lunch as the boat winds through the limestone rocks. Disembark at midday and take the shuttle bus back to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, enjoy free time at your leisure. Late afternoon transfer to airport. Fly to Hue, be met by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel.

Day 13 Hue City tour (BL)
Cruise along the Perfume River, stop off at the Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue to the Mausoleum of Minh Mang which was built in the 1840’s. Lunch is a special vegetarian meal with the nuns of Dong Thuyen Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden City. End the day with some retail therapy at Dong Ba Market.

Day 14 Lang Co Beach and to Hoi An (BL)
Today visit the Mausoleum of Tu Duc and the Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh. Drive to Danang, stop off for refreshments at Lang Co Beach – an attractive island-like stretch of palm-shaded white sand and inviting waters.

Day 15 Hoi An (B)
Day at leisure to enjoy the ancient town of Hoi An. Optional tours include a cooking class or cycle ride to the local beach.

Day 16 Fly Ho Chi Minh City (BL)
Morning at leisure. Transfer to restaurant for lunch, then to Danang airport. Stop en route to visit Marble Mountain and the Cham Museum. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, met at Tan Son Nhat airport by your tour guide and transfer to your hotel to check in.

Day 17 Ho Chi Minh City tour and Cu Chi (BL)
Today, experience the best of Ho Chi Minh City on a half-day city tour. Soak up the history of Dong Khoi Street on a walking tour, visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, and the city’s biggest wholesale market in Chinatown. This afternoon, discover the Cu Chi Tunnels on the city’s outskirts.

Day 18 To Mekong Delta (BL)
A morning transfer through the beautiful countryside of My Tho and Ben Tre province. Take a boat ride, visit the islands, join the folk music performance and visit a local family producing coconut delicacies. Depart from My Tho and drive to Can Tho, the hub of the Mekong Delta.

Day 19 To Ho Chi Minh City (BL)
Transfer to the port and board a sampan for a cruise through the picturesque canals and waterways. Visit Cai Rang Floating Market and witness the local life. In the afternoon afternoon drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in to your hotel.

Day 20 Fly back to London (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Your 4★ Hotels
Phnom Penh: King Grand Boutique
Siem Reap: Saem Siem Reap
Luang Prabang: Villa Santi Resort
Hanoi: The Ann Hanoi
Halong Bay: Lavela Classic Cruise
Hue: Eldora Hotel
Hoi An: Thanh Binh Riverside
Ho Chi Minh City: Harmony Saigon
Can Tho: West Hotel

Phnom Penh: King Grand Boutique 4★

Conveniently located close to the Royal Palace and National Museum, there are 40 comfortable guestrooms. There is also a restaurant and swimming pool.

Siem Reap: Saem Siem Reap 4★

A luxury hotel with elegant design and unique Khmer architecture. There is a swimming pool, spa, lobby bar and a restaurant.

Luang Prabang: Villa Santi 4★

Located in the centre of this World Heritage Site, within walking distance of the temples and night market. The restaurant serves Lao and international cuisine.

Hanoi: The Ann Hanoi 4★

Located next to the Old Quarter, close to the Hanoi Opera House, National Museum of Vietnamese History and from Ba Dinh Square Square. Facilities include an outdoor pool, a restaurant and a bar.

Halong Bay: Lavela Classic Cruise 5★

A very comfortable and stylish vessel with 28 cosy cabins with private bathrooms. There is a spacious deck area with sun loungers and the restaurant.

Hue: Eldora Hotel 4★

Centrally located, the Eldora Hotel offers stylish guestrooms. There is an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant and free WiFi access throughout the hotel.

Hoi An: Thanh Binh Riverside  4★

Located on the banks of the River Thu Bon. There is an outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace and the comfortable guestrooms have views of the river.

Ho Chi Minh City: Harmony Saigon 4★

Within walking distance of Ben Thanh market, the Harmony Hotel offers an indoor pool, fitness centre and spa. The restaurant offers great views over the city.

Can Tho: West Hotel 4★

The West Hotel offers elegant and stylish accommodation. Guestrooms have river or city views. There is a bar and a restaurant serving Asian and International cuisine.

Tour Name: Grand Indochina

Tour Code: GI20
Duration:
 20 Day

Depart – Return
18/10 – 06/11/17 £3598
08/11 – 27/11/17 £3598
22/11 – 11/12/17 £3598
17/01 – 05/02/18 £3598
21/02 – 12/03/18 £3598
07/03 – 26/03/18 £3598

Single supplement from £769

Land only from £2798

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights and domestic flights
  • 4★ accommodation
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Transfers
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees