Grand Indochina

19 Days

from £3,698

The 19 day Grand Indochina tour starts in Cambodia, discovering the sights of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap including the famous Angkor Wat temples! Cross the border into Laos and visit the 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 delightfully atmospheric town of Hoi An, and catch a glimpse of the life in the local area as you explore the Mekong Delta by boat.

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Day 1 UK to Phnom Penh

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, our local tour guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 3 Phnom Penh Day Tour and to Siem Reap (BL)

Today starts at the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, where 5,000 silver tiles cover the floor, and continues 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, giving an insight into how the country has developed. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, you will 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. The famous Temple of Angkor Wat, the largest and best preserved temple at the site, is this afternoon’s location. Enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Day 5 Tonle Sap Lake (BL)

A morning transfer to the pier for a boat trip to Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, where you can see the stilt villages. Continue to see the Roluos Group Monuments. Finally you will tour 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)

Head to the exquisite Banteay Srey Temple, one of the finest displays of classical Khmer art, and stop at Pre Rup, a stunning temple-mountain with marvellous countryside views. Also explore the Ta Prohm Temple, famed for the trees growing out of the ruins. Later, transfer to airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.

Day 7 Luang Prabang City Tour (BL)

Following breakfast, your tour starts at the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the impressive Wat Xiengthong. Cruise along the Mekong to the Pak Ou Caves, passing spectacular views as you go. Explore the caves crammed with thousands of golden Buddha statues. Continue to Ban Xangkhong village, famed for its silk hand weaving and traditional Saa paper making, and the magnificent Stupa of Wat Visoun. Climb to the top of Mount Phousi for panoramic sunset views of the city, the surrounding countryside and the Mekong Delta.

Day 8 Khuang Si Falls (BL)

Visit the local indigenous Lao villages at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools, or walk along the shady forest trails. 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, the rest of your morning is at leisure. Lunch at local restaurant, before your afternoon pick-up and transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, be met by your 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. 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, for your journey through the rich farmlands and rice fields to Halong City and your overnight cruise aboard a traditional wooden junk, to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Visit the Surprise Cave and maybe a spot of swimming or hiking on Titov Island. Optional onboard activities include cookery class, massage, kayaking and swimming.

Day 12 To Hue (B Brunch)

Start your day with Tai Chi on the sundeck, followed by breakfast and an excursion to the Dark and Bright Caves. Brunch is served on board as the boat winds through the spectacular limestone landscape. Disembark and take a shuttle bus back to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, enjoy free time at your leisure before your late afternoon transfer to the 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, and stop off at the Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue to the Mausoleum of Minh Mang, built in the 1840’s, and lunch is a special vegetarian meal with the nuns of the Dong Thuyen Pagoda. The tour resumes at 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 discover the Mausoleum of Tu Duc and the Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh, before driving to Danang. Stop off for refreshments on the way, 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, before lunch at a local restaurant and your transfer to Danang Airport, stopping en route to admire the Marble Mountain and the Cham Museum. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will be met at Tan Son Nhat Airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel to check in.

Day 17 Ho Chi Minh City Tour and Cu Chi (BL)

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, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels on the city’s outskirts.

Day 18 Mekong Delta (BL)

A morning transfer takes you through the beautiful countryside of My Tho and Ben Tre province. On arrival at Hung Vuong Pier, board your boat to sail along the Ben Tre River – one of the tributaries of the Mekong – through scenic mangroves into the heart of the Mekong Delta. Stop at a traditional brick works to see bricks being made by hand and continue to My Long Village. Here you will view rice paper making and sample some rice cakes. Journey along the canals, stopping at a coconut workshop and a bee garden. Try native fruit with a cup of honey tea and listen to some local music. Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant, and experience a bustling market. Return to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 19 Ho Chi Minh City to London (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Your 4★ Hotels

Phnom Penh: Kravan Hotel 4★

The Kravan Hotel offers comfortable guestrooms in the heart of Phnom Penh. There is an outdoor rooftop swimming pool and bar and a restaurant with panoramic views.

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: Sada Hotel 4★

Characterful Lao-style accommodation with free shuttle services to Luang Prabang centre. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant.

Hanoi 2018 Tours: 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.

Hanoi 2019 Tours: The Light Hotel 4★

The Light Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and is a short walk from many historical and cultural sites. There are 89 well-equipped rooms, a rooftop swimming pool, a restaurant, lounge and bar.

Halong Bay: Bhaya 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: Bay Hotel Saigon 4★

Within walking distance to the Opera House, guestrooms are air conditioned with modern amenities. There is a bar, restaurant and an outdoor rooftop swimming pool with great views.

Tour Name: Grand Indochina

Tour Code: GI19

Duration: 19 Day

Depart Return Price from
09/11/18 27/11/18 £3,698
23/11/18 11/12/18 £3,698
11/01/19 29/01/19 £3,698
15/02/19 05/03/19 £3,698
22/03/19 09/04/19 £3,698
05/04/19 23/04/19 £3,698
11/10/19 29/10/19 £3,698
25/10/19 12/11/19 £3,698
15/11/19 03/12/19 £3,698
31/01/20 18/02/20 £3,698
21/02/20 10/03/20 £3,698
20/03/20 07/04/20 £3,698
17/04/20 05/05/20 £3,698

 

Single supplement from £750

Land only from £2,898

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 departing from London Heathrow. Regional departures and flight upgrades on request.
  • Domestic flights in economy class
  • 4★ accommodation on twin share basis
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees