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Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Hanoi, with Vietnam Airlines. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Arrive and transfer to The Ann Hotel Hanoi (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (D)

Visit Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Lunch is at KOTO restaurant, an organisation that provides vocational training or underprivileged youths in Vietnam. In the evening there is the opportunity to see a water puppet show (payable locally). (B, L)

Cruise on Lan Ha Bay

Today, cruise in an area similar to Halong Bay but with far fewer visitors, known as Lan Ha Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin. Overnight accommodation on board the Indochine. (B, L, D)

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Morning cruise around the karst limestone islands. Disembark in the late morning and drive to Hanoi airport for an evening flight to Danang. Transfer to the beachfront Boutique Hoi An Resort for a 3-night stay. (B)

Morning walking tour of Hoi An. Lunch at Streets International restaurant, a social enterprise initiative with the aim of developing and operating sustainable programmes for street children. Afternoon at leisure, or join an optional excursion to the ruined temples of My Son (payable locally). (B, L)

Day at leisure. Optional class at the Red Bridge cooking school (payable locally). (B)

Morning drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hue (weather permitting). Afternoon visit to the Tombs of the Nguyen emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Either lunch or dinner today will be at a restored royal home of the Nguyen dynasty. Stay 1 night at the Pilgrimage Village. (B, L, D)

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Morning cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City, followed by a river cruise to Thien Mu pagoda. Transfer to the airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Stay 3 nights at the Grand Hotel. (B)

Ho Chi Minh City

Morning drive through the countryside to the Cu Chi tunnels. Afternoon city tour, visiting the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. (B)

Mekong Delta

Drive to Cai Be, and explore the Mekong Delta by boat and on foot. (B, L)

Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Fly to Phnom Penh and transfer to La Rose Boutique Hotel & Spa for a 2-night stay. (B)

Morning visit to the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Afternoon tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. (B, L)

Fly to Siem Reap

Fly to Siem Reap and stay at Tara Angkor Hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon visit to the Angkor National Museum. (B)

Angkor Temples

Full-day tour of the temples. In the morning visit the magnificent Angkor Wat. Return to Siem Reap for lunch. In the afternoon explore the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Bayon Temple. Watch the sun set with a boat ride on Angkor Thom moat, drink in hand. Farewell dinner at Khmer House at Srah Srang within the Angkor Archaeological Park. (B, L, D)

Angkor Temples & Fly to London

Morning excursion to Banteay Srei temple and the small island temple of Neak Pean. Transfer to the airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. (B)

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  • Cruise in the less-visited Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam
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  • Small group size - average 10 people (max 18)
  • 4-star accommodation
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  • 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 4 dinners
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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Discover old Saigon, cruise on the Mekong River and mystical Ha Long Bay, see the temples in Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi and ancient Angkor, and explore Laos home to luxuriant landscapes and intriguing cultural customs; and Cambodia encapsulates Indo-Chinese heritage in ancient Angkor

Once administered as a single entity, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were collectively termed ‘Indochina’, a concise description of their Indian Hindu and Chinese Buddhist heritage. This tour takes you, via rivers and islands, from their varied origins to vibrant cities. Ho Chi Minh City is an astonishing transformation of Saigon, an amalgam of past and present. Amiable and uncrowded, My Tho hems a river scene of sampans, cruisers, and cargo boats, where the Mekong Delta flows with a swan-like serenity on the surface and a bustling commerce paddling briskly beneath. Spread beside the Perfume River, Hue’s huge UNESCO listed citadel is a centre of culture, religion, and cuisine; while Hoi An is a tranquil little town, an architectural portrait of its past, with Chinese temples and wooden shophouses, colonial buildings, and the Japanese Bridge. Ha Long Bay is spangled with hundreds of islands and islets; and Hanoi is as lovely as it is historic, with twenty lakes, and a thousand years of culture. In Laos, beguiling Luang Prabang is filled with long-hidden temples, and steeped in a sense of timelessness. Cambodia teams the world’s largest religious complex, Angkor, with Phnom Penh’s mix of sumptuous and sombre monuments.

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Hanoi  - 2 nights
  • Ha Long Bay  - 2 nights
  • Hoi An  - 2 nights
  • Hue  - 2 nights
  • Ho Chi Minh City  - 3 nights
  • Phnom Penh  - 2 nights
  • Siem Reap  - 3 nights
  • Luang Prabang  - 3 nights
  • Return flight  - 1 night

Overview - 4 Sep & 2 Oct

  • Hanoi  - 1 night

Woman wearing a traditional vietnamese hat, Vietnam

Tour Highlights

  • Historic Hanoi
  • Overnight Ha Long Bay Cruise
  • Vibrant Ho Chi Minh City
  • Sombre Phnom Penh
  • Impressive Angkor Wat
  • Forgotten Luang Prabang

Apsara Dancing Show, Vietnam

Unique Experiences

Baci ceremony, apsara dance and cruises.

In Vietnam, enjoy a medley of cruises, including a Ha Long Bay overnight cruise. Attend a traditional Baci ceremony and Ballet performance unique to Laos. In Cambodia, enjoy an Apsara dance dinner and show.

Fly overnight direct from London Heathrow to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi.

Key: B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner

Itinerary - 8 Nov 2024

Itinerary - sep & oct, - itinerary -.

On arrival, transfer to the 5-star Grand Mercure Hanoi (early check-in) for a two-night stay. Afternoon tour of Hanoi focussing on the Temple of Literature, a place of learning for 700 years, known as ‘the first university’, and dedicated to philosopher Confucius; the History Museum, with exhibits from pre-historic to present day; Hoan Kiem Lake, the city’s social centre and a sunrise spot for Tai Chi sessions; and the tight tangle of ‘the 36 streets’ of the city’s Old Quarter. Later, enjoy a Water Puppet show. (B, D) 

Discovery in Hanoi includes visits to Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum; the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist shrine, its 11th-century temple set atop a single pillar, at the centre of a lotus pond; and the city’s Ethnological Museum, focused on the 54 recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam. (B)

Transfer (3hrs) to Ha Long Bay, its mystical scenery a magnet for visitors, made even more spectacular when colour-washed by sunset skies. Board the stylish Au Co cruise for two nights. Among its many islands, some are little more than limestone pillars crowned with forestry, others have beaches hemming ragged shorelines, or clusters of craggy karst cones soaring skyward from the sea, and one is a National Park with numerous caves. Enjoy a buffet lunch with an assortment of Vietnamese dishes. Cruise towards the southeast of Ha Long Bay, passing several islets and by kayak or tender boat to Trinh Nu Cave, one of the finest sunlight-filled caves in Ha Long Bay with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Perhaps take a swim or sunbathe on Trinh Cave’s beautiful private beach. Dinner and evening activities on board. (B, L, D)

At sun rise, you can start your day with the ancient and spiritually healing martial art of Tai Chi. Arrive on Cat Ba Island and pedal by bicycle to Viet Hai Village, a small village nestled in the heart of Cat Ba National Park, visit an ancient Vietnamese house and learn about the Viet Hai Community Farm and Save the Langeurs, two social projects. Cruise towards Cua Van area. By kayak or being rowed by a traditional rowing boat explore around Cua Van Floating Culture Centre well-known for its beautiful location in the heart of ha Long Bay. Return to your cruise to relax and have dinner. (B, L, D)

Enjoy Ha Long Bay’s stunning scenery and explore Sung Sot Cave, the largest cave in Ha Long Bay. Buffet brunch whilst cruising back, passing Lom Bo Island, Trong Mai Islet and Ba Hang Fishermen Village. Disembark and travel back to Hanoi for the flight to Da Nang, where the Cham people once ruled much of central Vietnam. Transfer to Hoi An, its UNESCO listed old town a web of narrow streets and shallow canals. Two nights at the 4-star Allegro Hoi An Hotel. (B)

Visit the extensive My So’n ruins of the Champa Kingdom, inhabited between the 4th and 19th centuries, atmospherically set amid jungle scenery, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, a cruise on the Thu Bon River echoes the easy tempo of Hoi An, and visits the villages of Kim Bong and Thanh Ha. (B)

A morning walking tour of Hoi An takes you to historic merchants’ houses and the fabulous, 400-year-old, ‘Chùa Cau’ Japanese Covered Bridge. A stone and painted timber structure, with mythical monster legends, it is a cultural symbol of the ancient town. Travel to Danang to visit the Cham Museum of Sculpture, recording the ancient culture with a large collection of exhibits.  Cross the mountain on the Hai Van Pass to Hue, a vibrant, forward-looking city, where stylish modern towers share the ground with grand and glorious testaments to its imperial past, from tombs and temples to palaces and pagodas. Two nights at the 4-star Senna Hue Hotel. (B)

Visit the tomb-temples of the (19 th  century) Emperor Tu Duc, who moved his household into his own tomb ‘citadel’; and (20 th century) Khai Dinh, whose lavishly opulent tomb took 11 years to build. Continue to the Thien Mu (‘heaven fairy lady’) Pagoda. An iconic landmark, shrouded in legends and set on a hilltop outside the city, its seven-storey octagonal tower is the tallest stupa in Vietnam. Cruise back to Hue on the Perfume River; and later enjoy a village dinner with a local family. (B, D)

Visit the Imperial Citadel, with gardens, shrines, mandarins’ villas, and the imperial palace within the walled and moated enclave. Fly to vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer to 4-star Novotel Saigon Centre Hotel for three nights. (B)

Exciting, energising, almost effervescent, the phoenix of former Saigon is a confusion of old and new, soaring skyscrapers and riverside stilt-houses, chic boutiques and smoky temples, thriving commerce and thrilling culture. A morning tour of the city introduces its highlights and landmarks. This evening, enjoy a Dinner Cruise on the Saigon River. (B, D)

Drive through the Mekong Delta, where rivers and streams form highways and alleys between swamps and islands, towns and villages, orchards, and coconut palms, while storks circle overhead and working water buffalo are in their element. Visit the magnificent Vinh Trang Pagoda, a 19th century Buddhist temple with a huge rooftop statue of a smiling Buddha; and continue to Vinh Long, for a cruise on the Mekong River. (B, L)

Visit the labyrinth of tunnels running beneath the city’s Cu Chi district, dug by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam/American war, to house troops, transport, and supplies. The extensive network here is a just a small part of the thousands of miles of tunnels burrowed between Saigon and the Cambodian border. Leave Vietnam for Cambodia, with a flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, cultural hub, and largest city. Its pre-1970 epithets, Pearl of Asia and Paris of the East, may no longer apply, but modern Phnom Penh has a new reputation as one of Asia’s friendliest cities. Two nights at the 4-star Sunway Hotel. (B)

Morning visit to the National Museum of cultural history; the Ounaloam Pagoda, Buddhist monastery, one of the five original pagodas of Phnom Penh; and Wat Phnom, crowning a small hill in the city. Afternoon visits this morning include the Genocide Museum, housed in the Tuol Sleng / ‘S-21’ Khmer Rouge Prison, and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields, a mass grave and memorial monument to the 1975-79 victims of the Khmer Rouge. Switch to the water for a cruise on the Mekong River. (B, L)

Take a ‘cyclo’ (bicycle rickshaw) to tour quietly and gently to Phnom Penh’s landmarks, including the shimmering marble ‘Silver Pagoda’ Buddhist temple, within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the residence of Cambodia’s king. Travel by road (6hrs) to Siem Reap, a lively mix of modernity and history, with a cultural scene of theatre and dance, and a perfect position for visits to Angkor, one of the great cultural wonders of the world. Three nights at the central 4-star Lotus Blanc Hotel. (B, L)

Visit the temples of Banteay Srei, the intricately engraved ‘Lady Temple’, and the ornate and intimate Banteay Samre. This afternoon, discover the star of the show, the 12 th -century Angkor Wat temple complex. Covering 162 hectares with shrines to the Hindu god Vishnu, later re-dedicated to Buddhism, it was abandoned in the 15 th century, yet is still enveloped in haunting mythology. Return to Siem Reap centre to visit ‘Les Artisans d’Angkor’, reviving traditional Khmer crafts. (B)

Take a tuk-tuk ride to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, approached by a causeway across a moat; the astonishing façade of the Bayon Khmer temple; the Elephant Terrace parade, forming part of the Angkor city wall; the Terrace of the Leper King, every inch of its stonework intricately carved; and Ta Prohm, still tangled in the tree roots of the jungle which has hidden it for so long. In the afternoon, visit Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia and a UNESCO listed Biosphere Reserve, sprinkled with stilt-house ‘floating villages’; and this evening enjoy an Apsara dance theatre show and dinner. (B, D)

Most of the day at leisure to explore Siem Reap. Fly north into Laos, to Luang Prabang, cushioned in a landscape of mountain slopes and waterfall cascades. Three nights at the 4-star Santi Resort & Spa. (B, D)

Witness the early morning ritual of the Tagbat, when 2,000 monks walk around the old royal capital in a daily ceremony embraced by the local people, who come out to give them food. Visit the Royal Palace Museum, the last palace of Laos royalty, housing the country’s most sacred Buddha image; cruise on the Mekong to visit a typical village and Pak Ou caves, a religious site with hundreds of Buddha statues. Experience a ‘Baci’ ceremony, a custom to celebrate life events, with traditional music and dance. (B, L)

A morning tour takes you to the beautiful, three-tiered Kuang Si Waterfall, with the chance to swim in its pool. Enjoy an afternoon tour in enchanting Luang Prabang, visit Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist temple where Lao kings were crowned; Wat Vixoune, the area’s oldest temple, now a museum of religious artefacts; and (‘watermelon stupa’) That Makmo, a nickname that stuck as it is watermelon-shaped, though its actual name is That Pathun, ‘Lotus Stupa’. and an evening ballet performance at the Royal Palace followed by a walk through the souvenir and street-food stalls of Hmong market. (B, L)

Climb Phousy Hill this morning, for fabulous panoramic views; then visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre, a museum of the heritage of diverse ethnic groups. Transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight, via Hanoi. (B)

Morning arrival at London Heathrow.

- Itinerary - 8 Nov 2024 -

On arrival, transfer to the 5-star Grand Mercure Hanoi (early check-in) for a one-night stay. Afternoon tour of Hanoi focussing on the Temple of Literature, a place of learning for 700 years, known as ‘the first university’, and dedicated to philosopher Confucius; the History Museum, with exhibits from pre-historic to present day; Hoan Kiem Lake, the city’s social centre and a sunrise spot for Tai Chi sessions; and the tight tangle of ‘the 36 streets’ of the city’s Old Quarter. Later, enjoy a Water Puppet show. (B, D) 

Transfer (3hrs) to Ha Long Bay, its mystical scenery a magnet for visitors, made even more spectacular when colour-washed by sunset skies. Board the stylish Au Co cruise for two nights. Among its many islands, some are little more than limestone pillars crowned with forestry, others have beaches hemming ragged shorelines, or clusters of craggy karst cones soaring skyward from the sea, and one is a National Park with numerous caves. Enjoy a buffet lunch with an assortment of Vietnamese dishes. Cruise towards the southeast of Ha Long Bay, passing several islets and by kayak or tender boat to Trinh Nu Cave, one of the finest sunlight-filled caves in Ha Long Bay with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Perhaps take a swim or sunbathe on Trinh Cave’s beautiful private beach. Dinner and evening activities on board.  (B)

At sun rise, you can start your day with the ancient and spiritually healing martial art of Tai Chi. Arrive on Cat Ba Island and pedal by bicycle to Viet Hai Village, a small village nestled in the heart of Cat Ba National Park, visit an ancient Vietnamese house and learn about the Viet Hai Community Farm and Save the Langeurs, two social projects. Cruise towards Cua Van area. By kayak or being rowed by a traditional rowing boat explore around Cua Van Floating Culture Centre well-known for its beautiful location in the heart of Ha Long Bay. Return to your cruise to relax and have dinner.  (B, L, D)

njoy Ha Long Bay’s stunning scenery and explore Sung Sot Cave, the largest cave in Ha Long Bay. Buffet brunch whilst cruising back, passing Lom Bo Island, Trong Mai Islet and Ba Hang Fishermen Village. Disembark and travel back to Hanoi for overnight stay at the 5-star Grand Mercure Hanoi. (B, L, D)

Discovery in Hanoi; includes visits to Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum; the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist shrine, its 11th-century temple set atop a single pillar, at the centre of a lotus pond; and the city’s Ethnological Museum, focused on the 54 recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang, where the Cham people once ruled much of central Vietnam. Transfer to Hoi An, its UNESCO listed old town a web of narrow streets and shallow canals. Two nights at the 4-star Allegro Hoi An Hotel. (B) (B)

- Itinerary - Sep & Oct -

On arrival, transfer to the 5-star Grand Mercure Hanoi for overnight. Afternoon tour of Hanoi focussing on the History Museum, with exhibits from pre-historic to present day; Hoan Kiem Lake, the city’s social centre and a sunrise spot for Tai Chi sessions; and the tight tangle of ‘the 36 streets’ of the city’s Old Quarter. Later, enjoy a Water Puppet show.  (D) 

At sun rise, you can start your day with the ancient and spiritually healing martial art of Tai Chi. Arrive on Cat Ba Island and pedal by bicycle to Viet Hai Village, a small village nestled in the heart of Cat Ba National Park, visit an ancient Vietnamese house and learn about the Viet Hai Community Farm and Save the Langeurs, two social projects. Cruise towards Cua Van area. By kayak or being rowed by a traditional rowing boat explore around Cua Van Floating Culture Centre well-known for its beautiful location in the heart of ha Long Bay. Return to your cruise to relax and have dinner. (B, L, D) 

Visit the tomb-temples of the (19th century) Emperor Tu Duc, who moved his household into his own tomb ‘citadel’; and (20th century) Khai Dinh, whose lavishly opulent tomb took 11 years to build. Continue to the Thien Mu (‘heaven fairy lady’) Pagoda. An iconic landmark, shrouded in legends and set on a hilltop outside the city, its seven-storey octagonal tower is the tallest stupa in Vietnam. Cruise back to Hue on the Perfume River; and later enjoy a village dinner with a local family. (B, D) 

Drive through the Mekong Delta, where rivers and streams form highways and alleys between swamps and islands, towns and villages, orchards, and coconut palms, while storks circle overhead and working water buffalo are in their element. Visit the magnificent Vinh Trang Pagoda, a 19th century Buddhist temple with a huge rooftop statue of a smiling Buddha; and continue to Vinh Long, for a cruise on the Mekong River. (B, L)   

Visit the temples of Banteay Srei, the intricately engraved ‘Lady Temple’, and the ornate and intimate Banteay Samre. This afternoon, discover the star of the show, the 12th-century Angkor Wat temple complex. Covering 162 hectares with shrines to the Hindu god Vishnu, later re-dedicated to Buddhism, it was abandoned in the 15th century, yet is still enveloped in haunting mythology. Return to Siem Reap centre to visit ‘Les Artisans d’Angkor’, reviving traditional Khmer crafts. (B)

Take a tuk-tuk ride to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, approached by a causeway across a moat; the astonishing façade of the Bayon Khmer temple; the Elephant Terrace parade, forming part of the Angkor city wall; the Terrace of the Leper King, every inch of its stonework intricately carved; and Ta Prohm, still tangled in the tree roots of the jungle which has hidden it for so long. In the afternoon, visit Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia and a UNESCO listed Biosphere Reserve, sprinkled with stilt-house ‘floating villages’; and this evening enjoy an Apsara dance theatre show and dinner. (B, D) 

Most of the day at leisure to explore Siem Reap. Fly north into Laos, to Luang Prabang, cushioned in a landscape of mountain slopes and waterfall cascades. Three nights at the 4-star Santi Resort & Spa.  (B, D)

Climb Phousy Hill this morning, for fabulous panoramic views; then visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre, a museum of the heritage of diverse ethnic groups. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi. Spend two nights at the 5-star Grand Mercure Hotel. (B) 

Discovery in Hanoi includes visits to the Temple of Literature, a place of learning for 700 years, known as ‘the first university’, and dedicated to philosopher Confucius; Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum; the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist shrine, its 11th-century temple set atop a single pillar, at the centre of a lotus pond; and the city’s Ethnological Museum, focused on the 54 recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam. (B)

Transfer to Hanoi airport for return flight. Arrival later the same day in London. (B) 

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Grand Mercure Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam, Roof Terrace at Night

Grand Mercure Hanoi – Hanoi

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Allegro Hoi An Hotel, Hoi An, Vietnam, Exterior

Allegro Hoi An Hotel - Hoi An

Senna Hue Hotel, Hue, Vietnam, Swimming Pool

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Novotel Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Exterior

Novotel Saigon Centre - Ho Chi Minh City

Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Exterior

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Au Co Cruises - Ha Long Bay

Au Co Cruises is part of Bhaya Cruises and is the largest and most reputed cruise operator in Halong Bay. Established in 2007, it is the first company to introduce the overnight cruise service with innovative ships and unsurpassed customer service. Au Co vessels were built in 2011/12 and are an amazing mix of oriental style with contemporary design. Two wooden boats with 32 cabins incorporate modern state-of-the-art facilities to serve passengers to the most comfort while bringing about mystery feeling of featured oriental culture. The vessels offer a dining room, authentic Vietnamese cuisine, bar, spa, jacuzzi and spacious sundeck. Cabins are air-conditioned with private facilities, Panoramic window, hairdryer, safe and mini-fridge.

Extra Nights

Stay in hanoi before you start your tour, or spend extra nights in luang prabang before flying back to the uk.

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Grand Mercure (per night) £72 Single supplement £72 Arrival transfer add £28

Palais Juliana (per night) £48 Single supplement £48 Departure transfer add £25

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Air travel and taxes, transfers, 19 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 7 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

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This 28-day tour, crafted for adventurous travelers, takes you on a captivating journey through five vibrant Southeast Asian nations: Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Over four weeks, you'll delve into a rich tapestry of history, diverse cultures, and breathtaking landscapes, creating unforgettable memories that will forever transform your soul.

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Immerse yourself in bagan's rich history with visits to its awe-inspiring temples ., experience the serene beauty of inle lake and witness the unique skill of the leg-rowing fishermen., marvel at the breathtaking sunset over the u bein bridge , one of myanmar's most iconic landmarks., immerse yourself in the daily life of yangon with a ride on the circular train., cruise through the emerald waters of halong bay and kayak in hidden lagoons., discover ho chi minh city's bustling energy and historical sites on a vintage vespa tour ., explore the local waterways on a traditional vietnamese round basket boat in hoi an., participate in a morning alms giving ceremony in luang prabang., unveil the hidden story of angkor thom and be awestruck by the majestic angkor wat., relax on the pristine beaches of phuket and explore the surrounding islands., suggested itinerary for inspiration.

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Mandalay welcomes you with a warm embrace!Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and unwind after your journey.

  • Embark on a captivating tour of Mandalay's highlights, including the magnificent Kuthodaw Pagoda , home to the world's largest book.
  • Journey to Inwa, the former royal capital, and explore the remnants of Bargaya Monastery.
  • As the sun dips below the horizon, witness the breathtaking sunset over the iconic U Bein Bridge.
  • Soar to Bagan, a treasure trove of ancient temples and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Immerse yourself in local life by taking a cooking class with villagers supported by JICA.
  • Wander through the bustling Nyuang U Market , soaking in the vibrant atmosphere.
  • Explore the awe-inspiring Shwezigon Pagoda , a must-visit for any Bagan visitor.
  • Delve into the heart of Bagan's rich history with visits to the Bagan Archaeological Zone.
  • Explore iconic sites like the magnificent Ananda Temple, the elegant Shwesandaw Pagoda , and the imposing Htilominlo Pahto.
  • As dusk settles, be mesmerized by the captivating sunset view over the sprawling pagoda complex.
  • Take a short flight to Inle Lake, a haven of tranquility amidst stunning natural beauty.
  • Enjoy the cool weather and serene surroundings as you spend the next two days exploring this unique region.
  • Embark on an hour-long boat ride to visit the Indien Pagoda Complex in Indein village, a cluster of ancient pagodas nestled amidst lush greenery.
  • Witness the remarkable leg-rowing skills of the local fishermen as the sun paints the sky in vibrant hues.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture as you witness the bustling activity at the 5-Day Market.
  • Take another boat ride to visit the revered Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda and the intriguing Nga Hpe Kyuang , a monastery complex built on stilts above the water.
  • For a truly unique experience, indulge in a wine tasting at the Red Mountain Estate Winery , renowned for its exquisite vintages.
  • Conclude your Myanmar adventure in the vibrant city of Yangon, the former capital.
  • Take a walk through the charming Colonial District , soaking in the remnants of British rule.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich history of Myanmar at the National Museum , housing a vast collection of artifacts and cultural treasures.
  • As the sun sets, ascend to the top of Shwedagon Pagoda , the iconic landmark of Yangon, for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city bathed in golden light.
  • Continue your exploration of Yangon with a visit to the Sule Paya , a revered Buddhist pagoda located in the heart of the city.
  • Afterwards, lend a helping hand at the Thadama Myintzu Nunnery , a local public welfare organization dedicated to serving the community.
  • For a glimpse of everyday life, hop aboard a local train and experience the bustling energy of the city.
  • Conclude the day with a stroll through the bustling Bogyoke Aung San Market , where you can find an array of souvenirs and local crafts.
  • Flying to your next destination Vietnam.
  • Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh, transfer to your hotel and take a rest.
  • Begin your day with an early visit to the famous Bird Lovers Club. Immerse yourself in local life while enjoying a cup of delicious Vietnamese coffee.
  • Next, make a stop at the monument of Thich Quang Duc . Continue your journey with a quick visit to the colorful Ho Thi Ky flower market.
  • Roll through Chinatown to reach to the Nhi Phu Temple , built in the late 17th century by Chinese immigrants from Fukkien Province.
  • Visit two landmarks— the Post Office and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
  • Lastly, enjoy a short history lesson to outside the striking Independence Palace before concluding the tour and heading back to your hotel.
  • In the morning, embark on a speedboat journey to the renowned Cu Chi Tunnels . Within just 15 minutes of cruising, you'll witness the transition from city buildings to lush jungle along the riverbanks.
  • Once you arrive, explore the intricate network of underground passages, chambers, rooms, and booby traps, used by the Vietminh and Viet Cong.
  • In the afternoon, fly to Danang, and then transfer to Hoi An directly after your arrival.
  • Start your day with a leisurely walking tour in Hoi An Ancient Town, hitting  Japanese Covered Bridge, Fujian Assembly Hall, Old House of Tan Ky and Tran Family Chapel.
  • In the afternoon, visit a fishing village near Hoi An, experience the fishermen's lifestyle. Cruise down Cua Dai River and try your hand at casting Vietnamese fishing nets.
  • Paddle a unique Vietnamese round basket boat on tranquil coconut-tree-flanked waterways , just as the fisher-folk do traditionally.
  • A short flight takes you to the capital of Vietnam, bustling Hanoi waits to delight you.
  • Upon your arrival, transfer to your hotel and take a rest.
  • Explore Hanoi's top attractions: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
  • Hop on a cyclo (a local rickshaw) and catch a glimpse Hanoi's city life, passing through the famed Old Quarter.
  • Conclude your day by watching an entertaining water puppet performance.
  • After breakfast, you will be transferred from Hanoi to Halong Bay.
  • Board your junk cruise at noon. This smaller craft is both more intimate and authentic than the usual group-tour boats.
  • Swim in the emerald waters of Tra Bau in Lan Ha Bay.
  • Join in interesting activities on board, such as cooking demonstrations and squid fishing.
  • Taste exquisite drinks and savor delicious food on board while enjoying the spectacular views.
  • In the morning, kayak in the Ao Ech area to discover Ha Long's hidden charm — Lan Ha Bay.
  • After brunch, transfer from Halong Bay back to Hanoi for your onward flight to Luang Prabang.
  • Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel.
  • Visit Elephant Village , engage with these gentle giants, offering them treats and learning about their fascinating behaviors and habits.
  • Delve into the world of elephants by visiting the elephant hospital, museum, gallery, and dung paper making facility. 
  • Venture into the heart of the jungle on a 2-kilometer trek along the Trail of Falls.
  • Participate in an important ritual: morning alms giving . To show respect, locals offer their first pot of sticky rice of the day to Buddhist monks, who walk a long distance barefoot into the town.
  • Visit the morning market of Luang Prabang, Xieng Thong Temple, the Traditional Art Exhibition Center and the Royal Palace Museum.
  • In the afternoon, head to Kuang Si Waterfall , where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
  • Fly from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap!
  • Upon your arrival at Siem Reap, our private transfer will bring you to your hotel.
  • Embark on a journey through the exquisite temples of Angkor, marveling at iconic landmarks like Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the enigmatic Bayon Temple, the jungle-embraced Ta Prohm, and the intricately carved Banteay Srei.
  • Your adventure doesn't stop there, as you'll also delve into the sobering history at the Cambodia Landmine Museum and explore the remote temples of Beng Mealea and Preah Khan.
  • Start your day by listening to the monks chanting at Wat Pho , which is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok.
  • Take a tuk tuk ride via Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market to the Grand Palace . Continue with a long-tail-boat ride along the ancient canals of Thonburi to get a flavor of its local life.
  • Stop at iconic Wat Arun , which was once the grand royal temple of King Rama II, who ruled 1809–1824.
  • After lunch at a local restaurant, cross the Chao Phraya River and we'll drive you to Chinatown for a look at Old Bangkok.
  • Floating markets and railway markets are special sights you can only witness in SE Asia!
  • In the morning, you will visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market , known for its size and fascinatingly chaotic vibes, and Maeklong Railway Market to see how locals shop even as trains pass by.
  • After a leisurely breakfast, our private airport transfer will smoothly connect with your flight to Phuket.
  • Upon arrival at Phuket International Airport, our private transfer will bring you to your beautiful hotel.
  • You will have two free days to spend at your leisure on Phuket's beaches.
  • You could take a speedboat to a nearby tropical paradise: visit the famous Phi Phi Islands, serenely cruise around mystical Phang Nga Bay...
  • As your Southeast Asia tour comes to its end, your private guide and driver will transfer you to Phuket Airport.
  • Fly to Bangkok and connect your onward flight back home.

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Luxury Grand Tour of Indochina

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Mekong River Cruises

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A grand and luxurious journey of Indochina's cities, cultural highlights and physical wonders

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Indochina is an intoxicating mix of incredible temples, ancient ruins, beautiful countryside and vibrant cities. Not to mention fascinating cultures and some of the best food in the world. This 19-day adventure takes you through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos on an epic exploration of both its iconic sights and hidden corners.

Your discovery starts in Hanoi, where you’ll discover this fascinating city by cyclo, weaving your way through the backstreets of the old quarter. You’ll also head out to the beautiful Tay Phuong Pagoda. You’ll then spend a night on a luxury junk boat cruising through the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay before moving onto the charming city of Hoi An. Here you’ll discover wonderful architecture and bustling markets, and head out on a cycling trip into the countryside to get a glimpse of life in rural Vietnam.

Further south is the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh. Uncover its fascinating history on a guided tour before taking to the water where you’ll spend three nights making your way down the Mekong River. Soak up the scenery and enjoy a really relaxing few days aboard your luxury boat. Your cruise ends in Phnom Penh, a city with so much history. Its past is difficult, but one that cannot be forgotten and visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields is a sobering experience.

It’s then onto the magnificent Angkor Wat temples which are every bit as impressive as you expect. Enjoy sunrise and sunset visits and explore some of the lesser-known temples, too. The final three nights are in the chilled-out city of Luang Prabang. Wonderfully scenic and with a lovely relaxed feel, this is the perfect place to finish your epic exploration of Indochina.

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Private transfer from Hanoi Airport to your hotel in Hanoi

Accommodation in Hanoi

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Just moments from the Opera House in the French Quarter of Hanoi, Hotel Metropole Hanoi boasts the most prestigious address in the city and ideally located for visitors to explore the charming architecture and bustling streets.

The hotel has 364 rooms and 22 suites and offers the finest heritage accommodation with all the contemporary comforts and impeccable service expected in a hotel of this stature. The bars and restaurants, especially Le Beaulieu, within the hotel are celebrated with Hanoi and guests have a choice of French, Vietnamese or International cuisine. After a busy day exploring Hanoi, the tranquil pool and Le Spa du Metropole are very welcoming.

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  • Wellness area with sauna, steam room and gym
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Three restaurants

Nestled on a peaceful boulevard along Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Capella Hanoi is an ode to the opera artists, designers and composers. Uncover unexpected moments of delightful retrospection in this palace of artistry highlighted by resplendent suites, enthralling dining experiences and the award-winning Auriga Spa.

This ultra-luxury masterpiece is designed by celebrated architect Bill Bensley, with hopes to revive the spirit of the Roaring Twenties in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Under Bill Bensley’s meticulous eye, the property was infused with early 20th-century details, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the spirit of the decade as part of a transformative travel experience.

As for the hotel itself, it houses 47 rooms and suites, each of which are individually styled with operatic memorabilia that pay tribute to Opera’s legendary artists, composers, designers and performances.

Discover a symphony of flavours at their dining venues – inspired by quintessential Northern Vietnamese dishes, Backstage elevates the region’s authentic flavours to new heights with modern touches, with lavish Hanoi luxury dining settings offering you the perfect restaurant near Hoan Kiem to wine and dine in. While at the heart of the hotel is their Diva’s Lounge, serving bohemian cocktails and ambrosial sweets in celebration of famous female artists who dared revolutionise their craft.

After a hard day’s exploring, sign yourself up at Auriga Spa – this wellness destination adopts a unique philosophy that taps on the celestial rhythms of the moon and fuses it with ancient Vietnamese traditions and nature’s finest ingredients. In the surroundings, guests can find a plethora of eclectic restaurants, bars, shops and markets.

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Found within the heart of the historic quarter of Hanoi is the Hotel De L’Opera. You’ll find this boutique hotel to be luxurious in style and brimming with colonial charm.

The hotel’s elegant interior has been influenced by the iconic opera house nearby. Each of the 107 rooms has a vibrant and bold colour scheme, wooden floors and feature walls set off by delicate traditional silk drapes. Promising comfort, each of the sumptuous rooms have spacious en suites and modern amenities with views overlooking the city or the courtyard.

Choose from a la carte or buffet dining menus throughout the day, offering a fusion of international gourmet delights. In the evening, unwind in the hotel bar which features a relaxing atmosphere and an extensive cocktail list. This is a perfect base to explore the enchanting attractions and tranquil lakes found right on the hotel’s doorstep.

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Spend your time relaxing and exploring Hanoi. You’ll have our top recommendations for sightseeing and restaurant recommendations, and we can arrange a private guides and specialist excursions for you to see the best of this fascinating city.

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With ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, where the preserved body of ‘Uncle Ho’ resides. Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh’s house where his belongings are on display - you can walk up the steps to see his bedroom. You’ll also visit One Pillar Pagoda which is regarded as one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples.

You’ll then enjoy a cyclo tour through the old quarter, one of Vietnam’s liveliest areas. It is known for its ‘tunnel’ or ‘tube’ houses which were built to reduce the fees paid when fares were set according to the width of the house. Weaving your way through the maze of back streets, you’ll get a glimpse into everyday life and an insight into the country’s long history.

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Following a private 45-minute drive from Hanoi you will arrive at Tay Phuong Pagoda. Dating back to the 17th century, this famous site is known for its valuable collection of 18 jack-wood Buddha statues coated with lacquer. Climb the 239 laterite steps up to the pagoda to enjoy lovely views of the surrounding fields, mountains and villages. Then take a short drive to a peaceful and pretty village to visit the eleventh century Thay Pagoda which combines elements of a Buddhist pagoda and a Taoist Temple. You will then be driven back to Hanoi.

Private transfer to Lan Ha Bay

Yachts in Lan Ha Bay

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This vessel is small, yet exquisite. Built to resemble a traditional Asian junk ship, it is named after the delicate Violet Chirita flower and offers a wonderful way to experience the beauty of Lan Ha Bay.

Due to the modest size of the Violet, there are only two types of room available. Deluxe rooms feature 20sqm of floor space, which extends out onto a 5sqm balcony, and an Italian marble bathroom with both a walk-in shower and a Jacuzzi. The four larger suites feature 1930s inspired Indochina décor and plush king-sized beds with a massive 38sqm of space on the upper deck.

Enjoy creative Vietnamese fusion cuisine in the boat’s dining room, serving seafood fresh from the Mekong and take drinks up on the sun deck in the evening. It’s here on the top level of the Violet that you can also take part in Tai Chi sessions each morning.

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  • Restaurant, lounge and two bars
  • Massage room
  • Swimming, snorkelling and kayaking
  • Bamboo row boating

An elegantly relaxed experience in Lan Ha, an area which is quieter than Halong Bay.

Three decks of polished woodwork, Indochine decor and panoramic views of the UNESCO-protected bay fill this cruiser. Despite its large size, the Ginger is home to just ten cabins, ensuring there is still an intimate atmosphere awaiting you on board.

Take in those gorgeous emerald views during a morning Tai Chi lesson, whilst dining at the restaurant or from the comfortable sundeck. Then, explore the fabulous limestone scenery close-up with unforgettable kayaking, snorkelling and caving tours.

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Ylang is the exquisite newest member of Heritage Line’s ship collection, that sails through Lan Ha Bay. Its sleek and luxurious design set to the backdrop of this jaw dropping scenery is a picture to behold.

Once in its expansive and stylish interior, you’ll find ten magnificent suites. Natural light floods the interior of this ship and your private suite is no exception, thanks to panoramic doors pulling you into the phenomenal scenery that floats by.  Be sure to further explore the natural wonders around you on your private balcony, which are a welcome feature of each suite.

On board you’ll experience delicious Vietnamese cuisine at the restaurant and bar, where you’ll be surrounded by 180-degree windows, offering perfect views of the bay.

Throughout the ship you’ll notice a splendid blend of Asian-Vietnamese design and local artisans decorate Ylang’s interior with hand-crafted paintings.

During the day, make the most of the invigorating activities on offer from kayaking to cycling and hiking through Cat Ba Island National Park. There is also a strong focus on wellness with activities on board ranging from yoga to early morning Tai Chi lessons on the upper deck.

After an active day on the water, relax in the Ylang spa, where you can indulge in a variety of treatments or make use of the sauna. For some downtime later in the evening head to the library salon or marvel at the stars from on top of the terrace deck.

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Limestone outcrops blanketed in lush vegetation rise up from the still, jade-coloured water. Your boat glides smoothly across the glassy surface, the shapes and shadows of the islets changing as you navigate this watery paradise. This is Lan Ha Bay, the smaller, quieter and altogether more serene neighbour of Halong Bay.

Although belonging to a different province, Lan Ha is essentially an extension of Halong Bay and offers the same mesmerising scenery. Lying south-east of Cat Ba Island, fewer boats make their way to Lan Ha meaning you'll get to enjoy this idyllic setting without the busy crowds.

As you weave your way through the islands, you'll come across secluded bays, white sandy beaches and floating villages. There are caves to explore, islands to cycle on, and the pristine waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking.

Your luxury junk boat will be your home away from home as you explore Lan Ha Bay, and there are few experiences as magical as watching the sunrise from the comfort of your cabin, then watching it sink behind the sparkling water as the day draws to a close.

Private transfer to Hanoi airport

Flight from Hanoi to Danang

Private transfer to your hotel in Hoi An

Accommodation in Hoi An

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Tranquil and classic French colonial style enfolds you at the Anantara for an intimate stay. Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River and right in the heart of the city of Hoi An, you are ideally situated to explore the treasures of this charming region.

93 rooms and suites are housed in a two- and three-story white pillared building and come with river or garden views. Rooms are comfortable and gracefully furnished with a host of modern comforts and feature spacious balconies. The airy terrace of the Riverside Café is a great spot for a light lunch as you gaze out across the river, while the Heritage Bar in the courtyard is the place to grab a pre-dinner cocktail. For something really special, take advantage of their ‘dining by design’ service where you can dine al fresco with your own private chef.

Pretty gardens and an outdoor pool are perfect for when you want to simply relax and unwind and there is a spa where you can create a ‘spa journey’ and indulge in a series of tailored treatments. For those who want to get out and explore, you are just a short stroll from the centre of this historic port town.

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  • 50 one-bed villas and 40 pool villas
  • Three swimming pools
  • Full service spa
  • Two restaurants and one bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Complimentary morning yoga daily
  • Hoi An, UNESCO protected town
  • The UNESCO protected ruins of My Son

Within 35 hectares of tropical gardens set on the pristine shoreline of Ha My beach, sixty one-bedroom villas and forty pool villas make up this exclusive and palatial hotel.

While away your days here next to one of three expansive infinity pools or take a dip in the tranquil Gulf of Tonkin. Then, rejuvenate with an Oriental ritual therapy treatment before dining at one of the three varied and excellent restaurants. The Beach restaurant is particularly recommended in the evening to sample the day’s freshest catch.

If you are after something extra special, the pool villas come with their own private butler. From romantic candle-lit dinners on the beach, to Hoi An’s finest tailors custom fitting your formal attire, to private Vietnamese cooking classes, your butler will ensure you experience every touch of sophisticated decadence during your stay.

Hoi An and its UNESCO World Heritage Site old town are minutes away and a delight to explore the pretty streets steeped in history and culture. Those in search of gifts and souvenirs can shop quality silk, jade, pearls and quality linen from the riverside stores.

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A private enclave surrounded by high granite walls with direct beach access and daily complimentary spa treatments, TIA Wellness Resort is a sophisticated, spoiling and tranquil haven 20km outside Hoi An.

The focus here is on allowing guests to completely switch off, offering a discreet but impeccable service. Its pool, spa and beach villas are minimal and modern in design and feature outdoor courtyards and private plunge pools. Pool villas are perfect for couples or friends while the two-bedroom spa villas and three-bedroom beach villas are ideal for families or groups of friends.

One of the real highlights of TIA Wellness Resort is the spa, set within the lush, tropical gardens. A range of treatments are available, totally tailored to suit you, and there is an outdoor pool for relaxing in before or after.

When it comes to dining, it is all about fresh, vibrant food made with the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy the fusion menu at the Fiving Dining Room as well as grilled seafood and salads at the aptly named ‘Fresh’ poolside restaurant. There is also the option to experience destination dining and enjoy a delicious meal in a special and unique location.

Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most enchanting towns and there is a shuttle bus to take you back and forth for when you want to explore. When you want to simply relax and unwind, indulge in a spa treatment or sit back with a bucket of popcorn and enjoy a film in the hotel’s very own HD cinema.

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Hoi An is a charming town with lots of beautiful archirecture, lively markets and serene waterfront spots. Enjoy a few days wandering through its backstreets, discovering your own favourite corners.

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Stroll through the narrow lanes of Hoi An and soak up the heritage of this old-world town. Highly prosperous between the 17th and 19th centuries, this world-heritage listed area boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse into its illustrious past. On this walking tour there is plenty to visit, including the old merchants' houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.

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Start cycling along the Thu Bon River, a great spot to take photographs of the many fishing boats and traditional houses. Continue cycling through Thuan Tinh Ecological village where you'll be able to see gardens, family shrines and local villagers going about daily life. Continue along quiet inland trails, past water-coconut palm trees, fishing farms and rice paddies to reach Cua Dai Beach and Cam Thanh, a local fishing village with charming ocean views. On your return to Hoi An town, you may wish to stop by Tra Que village to learn how farmers cultivate their herbs and vegetables.

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Red Bridge cooking school is one of the highlights of the culinary scene in Hoi An. You will meet with your chef at Hai Café for an introduction and welcome drink before meandering through Hoi An's central market, You will then experience a hands-on cooking lesson. Here you can learn how to select fresh produce and ingredients essential for Vietnamese cuisine. Embark on a boat trip to the school, which offers glimpses of local river life. Upon arrival, visit the school’s herb garden followed by a hands-on cooking class. Afterwards, sit down and eat what you have created in the lovely restaurant overlooking the river. The cookery school is set in three acres of lush tropical gardens. 

Private transfer to Danang airport

Flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh

Private transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Ming

Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh

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A stylish new addition to Ho Chi Minh’s luxury hotel scene, the Hotel Des Arts Saigon is well located a little outside District 1 and within walking distance of the city’s best attractions and buzzing nightlife.

Hotel Des Arts is as much an art museum as it is a top-end boutique hotel and guests can peruse the owner’s personal collection of paintings and antiques that adorn the walls and hallways.

168 rooms and suites all feature chic details, crisp white linen, elegant bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular city views, but the real gem is the Social Club up on the roof – a buzzy bar and trendy restaurant by the city’s highest infinity pool – exclusive to hotel guests.

Sit back and relax at the sophisticated Cafe des Beaux Arts which evokes plenty of old-world charm and enjoy afternoon tea and cocktails, pluck a book from the shelves, or simply enjoy the live music as the resident pianist tickles the ivories. Vietnamese and Western dishes are prepared in the open kitchen at the Saigon Kitchen Restaurant, where one wall is covered in French Provencal tiles and the others in works of art that represent the harmonious blend of cultures in Vietnam.

There is also a modern gym and sumptuous spa with hammam, Jacuzzi and a solarium for some relaxation after a day exploring the city.

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With its French, colonial style and wonderful location overlooking the Saigon Opera House, the Park Hyatt is one of the city’s most iconic and elegant hotels.

Its 245 rooms and suites are sophisticated in design with plenty of handcrafted details such as custom designed rugs, fine linens and huge windows with white wooden shutters that fill the space with natural light. Many rooms come with private terraces that look out over the lush gardens and outdoor pool and they all feature mini iPads and Nespresso coffee machines for added comfort.

Square One offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine which you can see being cooking in the integrated show kitchens. On balmy evenings, guests can choose to dine on the terrace surrounded by twinkling lights. Opera is a more casual trattoria-style restaurant serving a range of mouthwatering pasta dishes and pizza fresh from the wood-fired oven. There is a also a pastry boutique offering delicious home-made delicacies and a bar and lounge serving some of the best cocktails in Ho Chi Minh.

With some of the city’s landmark sights such as the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the Reunification Palace just a short stroll away, you’re ideally situated to explore this buzzing capital. Alternatively, relaxing and unwinding has never been easier with a fantastic pool and tranquil spa offering treatments inspired by the herbs, grains and fruits of the Mekong Delta.

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Step into complete decadence at this soaring hotel where luxury becomes an art form. The Reverie Saigon commands the top floors of the multi-purpose Times Square Building in the heart of the central business district, with sweeping views of Ho Chi Minh wherever you look.

Crafted to absolute indulgence by Italian interior designers, the style here is more Venetian than Vietnamese. Opulence drips from every corner, from the gilt mirrors and velvet curtains of the rooms and the elaborate chandeliers in the fine dining restaurants, to the heli-pad and fleet of Rolls Royces awaiting your arrival. Sophisticated but fun is what guests can expect from this very unique hotel, with design touches and an attention to detail that cannot fail to impress.

The Royal Pavilion with its jade, vermilion and gold colour scheme is an elegant restaurant serving mouthwatering Cantonese cuisine. R&J, named after Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, features wall-to-wall mosaics and offers a tempting array of Italian dishes. Heading up the kitchen in The Long Bar is a pizza chef from Napoli who works to family recipes passed down through the generations. There is also a gelato bar offering over 30 flavours including Asian specialties such as soursop, purple sticky rice and salted caramel cashew.

When you’re not out exploring the city, relax and unwind at The Reverie’s spa, spread over two floors and featuring treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre and outdoor pool.

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Enjoy Ho Chi Minh, with its pretty streets, buzzing atmosphere and rich history. We can arrange private guides and specialist excursions, restaurant recommendations and suggest the best places to go to simply watch the world go by.

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Discover Vietnam's commercial centre of Ho Chi Minh on this interesting half day tour. While it is a busy, vibrant city, this tour will also show how Ho Chi Minh is steeped in history with stops at historic landmarks including the former Presidential Palace where Saigon's government ruled from throughout the American war. This tour will also take you to sights such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is based on Paris' original monument, the Central Post Office plus the War Remnants Museum. Here at the war museum you will have the chance to gain an intense insight into the war through the eyes of the local people.

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Mekong River

Luxury mekong vessels.

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Named after the Indian Emperor Shah Jahan, this vessel evokes strong a British Raj colonial aesthetic with no expense spared on its design.

Of the 26 cabins aboard the Jahan, you’ll find a variety of guest rooms and suites. These start from the 30sqm Superior Staterooms, which come with large outdoor balconies and queen-sized beds and move up to the 36sqm signature staterooms, with their wooden poster beds and thoughtful details such as treasure chests to store your belongings.

The three decks of the Jahan are resplendent with a host of amenities. Dine al-fresco on the terrace deck with the Mekong as your backdrop or put your feet up in the elegant boutique lounge, The Raj of India. The best way to while away the days drifting down river, however, is to take a seat on one of the comfy colonial sofas of the East India Club, the hotel bar where you can enjoy a refreshing drink whilst savouring the views of the setting sun.

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Cruising the cross-border Mekong River, Aqua Expeditions’ new boat has all the luxurious facilities required to ferry passengers through Cambodia and Vietnam in style.

Guests can watch the world go by from the outdoor deck, which has a plunge pool and an indoor section for those sudden afternoon downpours!

The suites are all air-conditioned and have California king beds, flat screen TVs, and sitting areas. Some suites have balconies with daybeds and panoramic windows; the suites without balconies have daybeds inside and panoramic windows, so you still get the great river views. For families, there are four pairs of interconnecting suites.

When you’re on board, you can take advantage of the two spa treatment rooms, relax in the library, or chill out in the private cabanas around the plunge pool. The food comes courtesy of Michelin-starred Chef David Thompson, and is a fusion of Khmer and Vietnamese cuisines, centred around the catch-of-the-day and fresh produce from local markets.

Excursions depart throughout the day, offering guests the chance to explore the shores of the Mekong with expert English-speaking guides. You can trek through the jungle, hop on a bicycle and cycle down the banks of the river, or visit one of the local villages for a glimpse into life by the water.

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You'll spend three blissful nights aboard your luxury vessel, watching life go by on the river and enjoying the beautiful Mekong scenery. Your itinerary will depend on which boat you choose, but you can expect first-class service and wonderful views and the change to get a very special insight into the people and nature that depend so much on this waterway.

Private transfer to your hotel in Phnom Penh

Accommodation in Phnom Penh

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The Le Royal has been the most glamorous place to stay in Phnom Penh since its opening in 1929. Set just off a tree-lined avenue in the heart of this re-emerging city, the hotel is a grand oasis, with a warm welcome awaiting you.

Colonial in style and impossibly elegant, 170 rooms suites are a distinguished blend of Khmer, French and art deco architecture. The polished wooden floors, overhead fans and white linen are reminiscent of a bygone era with balconies overlooking the tropical garden or to the wonderful central swimming pool a perfect finishing touch.

A choice of dining options, the favourite and finest restaurant in Phnom Penh is Restaurant Le Royal which serves Royal Cambodian and modern French cuisine. The iconic Elephant Bar is something of an institution in its own right and the place for an afternoon tea that blends into an extended happy hour.

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The Rosewood Phnom Penh takes up residence in the top 14 floors of the Vattanac Capital Tower, the city’s most iconic modern structure and a symbol of the new Cambodia, soaring some 188m above the heart of the city

175 rooms, including 37 suites, all have incredible views. Interiors blend traditional refinement with sophisticated technology to create comfortable, residential-style living spaces.

There are five distinct dining venues, from casual to fine dining, and a range of cuisines including Cambodian, French and Japanese. Crowning it all is one of the most spectacular sky bars and entertainment space in the city, if not the region. Back inside, on level 33, find a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre and an indoor lap swimming pool.

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Discover this charming city with a wealth of history and unique architecture. We will arrange specialist guides and unique excursions so you see the best of Phnom Penh.

The Silver Pagoda or Wat Preah Keo, Wat Ubosoth Ratanaram or Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot is located on the south side of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. Silver Pagoda, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Attractions in Cambodia.

Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered as some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. They were initially constructed in 1866 by the French. The Royal Palace is home to the current King Sihamoni. The neighboring Silver Pagoda stands out in its own distinctive way. The floor consists of 5,329 solid silver tiles to which the building owes its name. Next head to the National Museum, which houses the world's foremost collection of Khmer art. You can then opt to explore the shops and boutiques in Street 240 area or visit the small hill within the city, Wat Phnom and learn how the city got its name.

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Visit the infamous Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school that the Khmer Rouge converted to an interrogation centre and prison in 1975 during the genocide. More than 17,000 people were tortured there before being murdered at the killing fields outside of the city. Pol Pot’s brutal attempt to create a society without class resulted in nearly 2 million people dying from execution, starvation, or disease.

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The peaceful stretch of green fields of Cheung Ek, known as 'The Killing Fields', 17km (11 miles) from Phnom Penh, perhaps at first does not indicate what kinds of horrors took place there. A large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. The remnants inside the memorial and the mass graves that dot the area remind you of the suffering of the victims. It will give an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation.

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Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Private transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap

Accommodation in Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

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Set within the charming French Quarter of Siem Reap, in close distance to the Old Market area, Shinta Mani Angkor promises a tranquil escape of complete sophistication. This elegant establishment, with a strong focus on responsible tourism, also allows guests to contribute to the local community through the Shinta Mani Foundation – a percentage of your daily room rate goes towards funding an array of instrumental projects.

With just 39 guestrooms, carefully curated by Bangkok-based designer, Bill Bensley, you’re guaranteed warm, personalised service of the highest quality. Inspired by Khmer culture, the polished guestrooms feature inlaid ceiling artwork, and black and white colour schemes are enhanced by orange elements.

Centred around an outdoor pool, encircled by cabanas and a tropical garden, Shinta Mani Angkor provides a most serene base from which to explore the temples of Angkor Wat. After a day of sightseeing, guests can reflect in the incredibly serene spa while indulging in a therapeutic treatment, or the coolness of the library or art gallery. Spirits can also be replenished at the on-site restaurant, Kroya, serving local and international dishes. Further refreshment can be enjoyed at the poolside bar, with a menu of tempting cocktails, or the refined Bensley’s Bar, overlooking a courtyard.

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  • 45 private villas
  • Swimming pool
  • Two restaurants

Away from the bustle of Siem Reap, yet still just minutes from the temples of Angkor.

And indeed it does appear as a traditional Cambodian village on first sight, but you’ll soon notice intricate design touches and modern luxuries between the rusticity.

There are 45 private stilted and thatched villas, each built in a traditional style with carefully considered contemporary touches, with extensive use of reclaimed wood, expansive terraces, handpicked furniture and wonderfully spacious bathrooms with egg-shaped baths carved from local stone. 20 of the villas have their own outdoor plunge pools.

Two restaurants lie in the village, Hang Bay, which serves a fusion of cultural cuisine, and Bay Phsar, which has the feel of a local market and is the venue to try vibrant Cambodian flavours created using freshly picked ingredients including herbs from the organic garden and rice straight from the surrounding paddies.

One of the bars sits alongside the scenic 50m infinity pool but our favourite is the cigar and cocktail lounge, housed within a reconstructed century-old farmhouse that has shelves bursting with vintage liqueurs, gin and whisky, surely one of the coolest bars in Southeast  Asia .

End a day of temple exploration at the spa, an ancient looking temple offering age-old healing techniques and beauty recipes using indigenous ingredients.

Aside from temples, Phum Baitang offers a range of activities, including a kids’ club, private dining experiences and cooking classes, cultural excursions, trips to Tonle Sap and vintage jeep drives..

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An elegant hideaway located close to the 12th century UNESCO ruins of Angkor in the heart of Siem Reap.

With Khmer-inspired contemporary architecture and design touches, the Park Hyatt is a tranquil urban oasis, with cool, crisp white colonnades leading to the central swimming pool and ancient banyan tree in the main courtyard.

There are 108 rooms and suites with custom-made furniture dress and modern luxuries. Some feature courtyard or downtown views plus a separate living room and an indulgent sunken bathtub for two. For further luxury, opt for a suite for your own private outdoor patio, plunge pool, balcony or sun garden.

The Dining Room is elegant with black and white marble walls and floors, a cosy venue for intimate dining, while The Living Room bar lounge is a chic place for a cocktail. For comfort food, freshly baked goods and home-made ice cream, head to the Glasshouse Deli.

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During your time in Siem Reap we can arrange privately guided specialist tours to show you the best of the city, Angkor Wat and the Khmer temples in the region.

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Travel by road to Srah Srang and then continue to Ta Prohm, pausing to collect your entry passes at the Archaeological Park Entrance. Take your time to walk through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance where you will rejoin our driver. From the Northwest of Ta Prohm, walk 15 minutes through the forest to the seldom visited temple of Ta Nei. There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple all to yourself. Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further. End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the 'mountain with bronze peaks', and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.

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Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. You have the choice of either walking along the path along the city wall to the Death Gate or continuing around by road. En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you'll stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng. Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, past Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the centre of the city. Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces. Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.

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Enjoy sunset drinks at Angkor Thom whilst sailing on the complex's vast moat.

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Visit Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world, and watch the sun rise behind this ornate temple. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people.

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Explore Siem Reap's rural landscape beyond its temples, which has changed little since the days of Jayavarman VII. After a short drive from Siem Reap, visit a colourful contemporary pagoda to understand more of the importance of Buddhism in these rural communities and seek a blessing from the monks. Buy seasonal fruits straight from the tree, speak to families who have been baking sticky rice in bamboo for over 30 years and gain hands-on experience of the essential rural skills of the rice harvest, thatching, fishing, or even making a simple meal over an open fire.

Then, take an ox-cart ride through typical villages followed by an easy 20-minute walk to bring you to the vast Western Baray. An impressive engineering feat, this man-made reservoir was once integral to the complex Angkorian rice irrigation system which you will voyage by boat (depending on water level). This will be both an education and an adventure from a slower, more romantic era of travel. Then reach the villa, surrounded by rice paddies, across a stream to the north of a village where tourists are rarely seen and the greetings for visitors are warm and generous. This is a wonderful spot to relax in the quiet of the countryside and enjoy sunset drinks. While the chef prepares your dinner, wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk a short distance to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir, whilst listening to the elegance of traditional Khmer music played by local musicians, before enjoying your evening meal.

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Flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang

Private transfer to your hotel in Luang Prabang

Accommodation in Luang Prabang

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Together with its great location in a peaceful corner on a confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, set beside the Wat Xiengthong Temple, in the heart of Luang Prabang’s historic centre, the boutique hotel Victoria Xiengthong Palace is both ideally located and a stylish base to explore this city.

Converted from one of the last residences of the Royalty of Laos, the 26 rooms and suites are steeped with history and grandeur without compromising on modern comforts. Most of them have balconies or terraces too.

‘Kitchen by the Mekong’ offers a fusion of carefully crafted Laotian and European cuisine, and meals can be taken in the gardens with atmospheric views overlooking the nearby Wat and the Mekong. Sink into the relaxing spirit of the locale with a whole menu of treatments at the hotel’s Ayu Spa.

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The main residence and five white colonial pavilions house twenty luxury pioneer suites and four explorer suites. Gracefully furnished with polished wood floors, four poster beds and open terraces make the Luang Say Residence a relaxing and homely choice for your time in Luang Prabang.

The library and lounge exhibit a selection of antique literature and original artefacts offering insight into Laotian and European history. From the lounge enjoy a stroll through a grapevine covered pergola to the tranquil pool and tropical gardens.

The dining room and airy veranda of La Belle Epoque overlook the gardens where white bougainvillea, hibiscus and lantanas mingle with soaring palms. Much of the menu features produce from Luang Say Residence’s own organic garden.

The hotel is a 10-minute drive away from downtown Luang Prabang.

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With pool, garden or mountain views, La Residence Phou Vao’s 34 spacious, zen-style suites are elegantly but simply furnished with polished rosewood and fresh linens. All suites offer a double bedroom, separate living area and a very high and attentive level of service throughout.

The freshwater infinity swimming pool drops dramatically over a cliff edge overlooking the valley below with gold pagodas and shrines scattered across the hillside and views across to Luang Prabang (the hotel is 2 kilometres from the city centre).

Set in lush gardens guests will enjoy the fragrance of flourishing bougainvillea, papyrus and frangipani trees. Meals can be taken al fresco in the gardens lit by the glow of lanterns and candles in the evening, or dine inside in sophisticated comfort on a blend of inventive Lao and French cuisine.

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A charming city, spend your time relaxing and soaking up the culture. Visit temples, trek through virgin rainforest to beautiful waterfalls and give alms to the monks. We can arrange a special and unique time in Luang Prabang.

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Wake up before dawn to witness and participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks. This early morning ritual dates back generations in Laos and is an awe-inspiring sight. The monks walk through the streets of Luang Prabang accepting offerings of food from local residents and businesses. Rising early also gives the chance to wander through the fresh market on the way back to the hotel for breakfast.

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Explore the UNESCO -protected city centre to appreciate its unspoiled Laotian-colonial fusion architecture, taking in notable Buddhist temples. Visit the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xiengthong, with its traditional roofs sweeping low to the ground, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, Wat Sene, the city’s oldest temple, and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.

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Drive out to the beautiful waterfalls of Tat Khouangsi. Below the 90m drop of the main cascade are a series of pools, connected by smaller falls and cascades. At low water levels, the water is an unbelievable turquoise, and swimming in the lower pools is a great way to cool off. On the walk through the forest to the falls, you will also pass the Free the Bears project – home to a group of rescued Asiatic Black (Moon) Bears and one Malayan Sun Bear. They are often searching for food hidden in their enriched environment enclosures, or simply sleeping. The route home offers the chance to stop at the villages of Ban Ou, Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene, home to some of the different Lao ethnic groups.

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Grand Tour of Indochina

27 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Witness the traditions, scenery and sights of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Stand astounded by the intricacies of Angkor, the majesty of Halong Bay and the tranquillity of Luang Prabang.

Please Note: The uppermost level of Bayon Temple will be undergoing restorations from January 2020 and may last several years. During this maintenance period passengers will be unable to access this area but can continue to enjoy the impressive architecture from the lower two levels.

  • Fully Inclusive Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals Breakfasts: 25 , Lunches: 24 , Dinners: 25
  • Flights International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation 25 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Visas Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Cruise Mekong River Cruise, Halong Bay Cruise
  • Group Tour Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2 Learn More X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Learn More Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Tour Highlights

Our Grand Tour of Indochina tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Hue

Explore Vietnam’s dynastical history at this imperial city

Luang Prabang

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Embrace the Buddhist way of life in this majestic city

Angkor Archaeological Park

Angkor Archaeological Park

Explore the remnants of the former Khmer Empire

Mai Chau

Meet the locals who live in this beautiful rural area

Mai Chau Traditional Life

Mai Chau Traditional Life

In the rural village of Mai Chau, dine on a delicious barbeque dinner at a local stilt house, washed down with tasty local rice wine, and accompanied by a traditional dance performance.

Cambodian Circus Show

Cambodian Circus Show

A rip-roaring combination of theatre, music, dance and circus, Phare: the Cambodian Circus, tells tales woven from local folklore, history and modern life in a unique, magical and authentically-Cambodian way.

Takbat Dawn Ceremony

Takbat Dawn Ceremony

Witness the dawn ceremony of Takbat, a daily ritual which sees the saffron-robed monks of Luang Prabang's monasteries collect alms, in the form of food, from the local people who line the streets.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Fly To Saigon

Fly to Saigon, Vietnam's most evocative city.

Day 2: Discover Saigon

This morning, contemplate the horrors of guerilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world but is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum.

Day 3: Mekong Delta

Travel to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Lunch on typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.

Days 4-5: Explore Hoi An

Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. In the afternoon take a walking tour of Hoi An including the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the workshop of social enterprise 'Reaching Out'. The next morning visit the beautiful, rural Tra Que Village.

Day 6: Hoi An At Leisure

Spend a day at leisure to explore and unwind in this wilfully traditional town.

Days 7-8: Hue's Imperial Citadel

Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day explore the imposing Imperial Citadel before seeing Thien Mu Pagoda and cruising along the Perfume River.

Day 9: Journey To Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi. Vietnam's capital brings all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet refined city. Take an exciting cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy a Vietnamese 'egg coffee' break.

Day 10-11: Mai Chau

Take the picturesque mountain road to Mai Chau. This afternoon, explore the rice fields and visit the White Thai community villages of Pom Coong and Lac with their traditional stilt houses. The next day, drive higher into the mountains to visit the H'mong hill tribe village of Sa Linh and hike to Pa Co.

Day 12: Return To Hanoi

Transfer back to Hanoi and enjoy time at leisure.

Days 13-14: Cruise Halong Bay

Head east to Halong Bay, where you'll spend two days aboard your comfortable cruise boat sailing amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil waters of the iconic Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi. This evening, enjoy a traditional performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.

Day 15: Fly To Luang Prabang

Visit Hanoi's Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda. Fly to Luang Prabang.

Day 16: Takbat

Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Ascend Phousi Hill for city views and visit Wat Xieng Thong. Take to the waters of the Mekong to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of Buddhist sculptures that reside within.

Day 17: Kuang Si Waterfalls

This morning visit the National Museum. Marvel at the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls before returning to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre.

Day 18: Travel To Vang Vieng

Fly to Vientiane and travel to Vang Vieng, a town beautifully set in a spectacular karst landscape.

Day 19: Explore Vang Vieng

Venture into the Tham Chang cave before wandering through the dramatic limestone karst countryside beside the Nam Song River.

Day 20: Discover Vientiane

Travel back to Vientiane to visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument. Enjoy dinner with a traditional Laotian music and dance performance.

Day 21: Royal Palace

Fly to Phnom Penh, a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Today's visits include the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Later on admire the artefacts of the lovely National Museum.

Day 22: Explore Phnom Penh

Visit the children of the Apsara Arts Association. Continue to Tuol Sleng Museum, once a brutal Khmer Rouge prison.

Day 23: Sunset Over Angkor

Ascend to hilltop Wat Phnom before transferring to the airport to fly to Siem Reap. Visit the captivating Banteay Srei, before taking a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems.

Day 24: Explore Angkor

The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Begin at atmospheric Ta Prohm, continuing to Angkor Thom and passing through the South Gate to reach the enigmatic Bayon. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat. This evening enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus.

Day 25: Tonle Sap

High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D'Angkor. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by jungle. Drop by Artisan D'Angkor after visiting the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show.

Days 26-27: Fly Siem Reap To Australia

Enjoy a free morning before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Australia, arriving home the following day.

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  • Stay in Hanoi, Vietnam's beautiful capital and enjoy a tour by cycle rickshaw, seeing the Temple of Literature, colonial belle-époque villas and Ho Chi Minh's thought-provoking mausoleum
  • Take a leisurely cruise in UNESCO-listed Halong Bay aboard a converted Chinese junk
  • Be inspired by the hauntingly beautiful and inspirational countryside with shimmering rice fields
  • Stay in Hue, Vietnam's last royal capital, and visit its awe-inspiring Citadel and Forbidden City
  • Stay in the heart of exciting Saigon, visiting the fascinating Cu Chi tunnels, the former Vietcong underground stronghold and a poignant reminder of the US-Vietnam conflict
  • Enjoy a full-day trip on the mighty Mekong delta, the world's 10th-largest river system
  • Stay and tour in Phnom Penh, Pearl of Asia, considered the most beautiful of Indochina's French colonial cities
  • Stay in Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor city ruins
  • Visit the Angkor ruins, a UNESCO-listed temple complex and one of the world’s greatest ancient sites
  • Stay in the beautiful colonial city of Luang Prabang, Laos for four nights
  • Stay in hand-picked five-star and four-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with daily breakfast and six meals 
  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room with sole occupancy rooms available at the relevant supplement. Price includes:
  • Seventeen nights’ accommodation in four and five-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast and six lunches, afternoon tea included
  • All flights as mentioned
  • All touring as mentioned
  • All transfers
  • All local accommodation taxes
  • Airport/flight taxes
  • Hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • Included excursions on this Vietnam tour are: Halong Bay cruise, guided tours of Hanoi, Hue, Saigon, Cu Chi tunnels, Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh and Luang Prabang, plus one-day entrance and guided tour of Angkor
  • Visas not included.
  • Please note that the luggage allowance for internal flights is limited to one bag per person weighing no more than 20kg.

You should arrive at Heathrow airport to take your overnight direct flight to Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines.  

Upon our arrival, we checked into our hotel. Then, we enjoy a wonderful introduction to Hanoi, taking a trip into the city's old town on cycle rickshaws. Later on, we returned to our hotel and spent the rest of the day at leisure.

Today we explore Hanoi, past and present. The French created this gorgeous colonial city of tree lined avenues, belle epoque villas, grand public buildings and an Opera house, all built around more than a dozen enchanting lakes. This graceful scene blends beautifully with its old quarter, a tangle of narrow streets, the commercial heart of the city for hundreds of years and now full of tiny shops, pagodas and the ever-present populace astride their bicycles and mopeds. During our guided tour we also see the beautiful Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius and Vietnam’s first university, and the imposing marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh himself, embalmed and eerily on display. This afternoon is free for you to explore this beautiful city as you wish. You could even visit a traditional water puppet show (book and pay local)- a real spectacle where, as the name suggests, with the aid of fireworks and music, folk stories are played out by skilful puppeteers.

Today we visit Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay. Leaving Hanoi, we enter a timeless landscape of rice paddies, following the Red River delta to the emerald seas of the Gulf of Tonkin. Just offshore, some 3,000 limestone islands and outcrops rise almost vertically from the sea, forming one of the most extraordinary and spectacular bays in the world. As we board our converted Chinese junk and glide along the jade-green waters it’s not hard to imagine how the myths of their creation began: a dragon is said to have plunged into the sea and its thrashing tail sculpted the craggy islands. We visit some of the vast and beautifully illuminated caves and grottoes before having lunch on board. We return to Hanoi late afternoon.

Today we fly south to Danang and then drive over the stunning scenery of the Hai Van Pass before descending to Hue, Vietnam’s last royal capital and its traditional centre of religion, culture and education. It’s one of the country’s most beautiful small towns, bisected by the serene Perfume River and dominated by its immense Citadel. This houses the ancient capital, encircled by an amazing 6 miles of high, 65 foot-thick walls and a moat. Tonight we stay for two nights on bed and breakfast basis at the excellent five-star Imperial Hotel Hue.

This morning we start with a leisurely river cruise to the magnificent seven-storied Thien Mu pagoda, a working Buddhist shrine, affording beautiful views towards the mountains on the border with Laos. We then visit the incredible complex of the Citadel and within it, the Imperial City. We see the Palace of Supreme Harmony, which contained the emperor’s throne and was the site of the most important official ceremonies and functions. Everything is painted in the royal colours of red and gold and the whole building is a stunning example of the magnificent lifestyle enjoyed by the Vietnamese royal family. In the afternoon we visit Emperor Tu Duc’s mausoleum. More interested in poetry than running the country, Tu Duc’s lifestyle suggests he had plenty of free time - he had 104 wives, 50-course meals and tea made from the dewdrops of lotus blossoms! It took 3,000 workers three years to build his amazing mausoleum, which includes a large lake, pavilions and a theatre. Lunch is included today and the evening is at leisure.

Today we fly to Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as the locals still insist on calling it. Brash and boisterous, it has real zest for life. Built virtually from scratch by the French, on a bend of the wide Saigon River, we stay three nights on bed and breakfast at the excellent, five-star Equatorial Hotel. Saigon is Vietnam’s culinary capital offering a very wide variety of excellent dining experiences, from top class restaurants in swish luxury hotels to French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Indian options, plus everything in between.

This will be a day to remember! We visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a complex underground network stretching for 200 kilometres, which included hospitals, meeting rooms, sleeping quarters and kitchens. Begun during the last years of French rule and vastly expanded during the 1960’s, the tunnels provided a base for the Vietcong from which to attack US forces within just 30 miles of Saigon. Our visit here is a fascinating insight into these times: we see the tunnels themselves and examples of the many mantraps and stake pits which protected them. Despite being carpet-bombed, the tunnels were never really penetrated and should you wish, you may even try out real period weapons on a firing range. We continue through rural farming communities back to Saigon. In the afternoon our city tour covers all the major sights including the colonial-style central post office, the cathedral and the Reunification Palace where famously in 1975, a tank burst through its gates in the final defining moment of the Vietnam War. We also see the War Remnants Museum and the lively Ben Thanh market a fascinating insight into Saigon daily life, you can find anything here, all at extremely good prices!

Today we drive out of Saigon towards the great Mekong River delta. The first stop is at one of the many islands where we walk through a typical village and try out several different types of tropical fruit that are grown in the area. Travelling in small boats we continue our exploration through the narrow canals by visiting the aptly named Coconut Island, where locals specialise in producing rice paper, coconut cakes and other local delicacies. Dappled sunlight filters through the wide leaves of the mangroves as we arrive at a typical local restaurant for lunch. We return to Saigon in the afternoon.

Our last morning in Vietnam and we have just enough time for a morning walk round Saigon centre, a coffee and a delicious pastry in one of the many cafés before taking the short flight to Phnom Penh and our hotel, the centrally-located four-star Palace Gate Hotel for two nights on bed and breakfast.

Today we’ll visit the majestic Royal Palace with its silver pagoda and the fascinating National Museum. After lunch in a local restaurant, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum – originally a school, turned into the country’s most notorious prison by the Khmer Rouge, it now charts the terrible suffering during their occupation of the city. Finally there’s time for a stop at one of the local markets before we return to our hotel for the evening.

Today we journey through the heart of rural Cambodia stopping at Kompong Thom for an included lunch en route to Siem Reap. (B, L)

Today we visit one of the largest religious structure in the world, Angkor Wat. We see the haunting soft morning light rise over the eerie temples of Angkor. At its height in the thirteenth century, Angkor had a staggering one million inhabitants. The incredible state of preservation, the beauty of its design and sculptures have, for many, made Angkor one of the great wonders of the world. We visit the fortified 13th century city of Angkor Thom, with its five monumental gates, and 300-foot wide moat - its centre containing the temple of Bayon. We’ll also visit the smaller temple of Ta Prohm which has been left unrestored, with giant tropical trees bursting through the ruins, their roots clinging like tentacles. (B, L)

Today we have left free for you to return to the many monuments of Angkor, explore Siem Reap or relax around the attractive pool at the hotel. Alternatively, you could take an interesting tour to the nearby lake of Tonle Sap to visit a floating village (subject to season and water levels - book and pay local) or try your culinary skills by taking an optional half day cooking class (book and pay local.)

Later this afternoon we transfer to the airport for a short (1 hr 30) flight to Luang Prabang.

The whole of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO-protected area, containing a wonderful fusion of beautiful French colonial buildings and traditional Lao houses. After breakfast our walking tour explores this amazing small town, with its quaint Royal Palace. The Mekong flows through the town and we board a private boat for a journey upriver, through beautiful scenery, to the Pak Ou caves, set in a limestone cliff and filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. We stop at a couple of riverside villages en-route to see some traditional rice-wine making and weaving. Lunch will be served on the boat. Next, it’s the magnificent Royal temple of Wat Xiengthong, with its sweeping roofline in the classic Laos style. As dusk falls, the main street is closed to vehicles and the fascinating night market takes over, full of great street food stalls and wonderful handicrafts.

This morning we take a private boat ride upriver on the Mekong through lovely scenery to the Pak Ou caves. Set in a limestone cliff and filled with thousands of Buddha statues, this cave complex is one of the holiest sites in Lao with a history dating back thousands of years. Lunch will be served on the boat as we make our way back to Luang Prabang for mid-afternoon, making a stop at the unique Wat Done Khoun Temple, located on its own island in the Mekong River.

This morning before breakfast you can witness and even partake if you wish, in the early morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’, or offering alms to the monks, a tradition providing some wonderful photo opportunities. You’ll also visit the market to see the locals shop for superb fresh produce. Not far from town is the picturesque Kuang Si waterfall, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the many turquoise pools and walk along the woodland trails. Just adjacent is the Bear Rescue Centre whose worthy mission is protecting and rehabilitating the rare Asiatic black bear. We arrive back in Luang Prabang by lunchtime, with the rest of the day is at leisure. An included afternoon tea is available for you to enjoy at your hotel.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK via Hanoi (B)

We arrive back in the UK early morning after a truly unforgettable tour.

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Hello Mandalay! When you arrive at the first stop of this long adventure, you will be greeted by your private tour guide who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Then, you will be transferred to your selected hotel. Your guide will assist you with the check-in process and leave you to freshen up.

Visit the main attractions in Mandalay. Kuthodaw Pagoda is situated at the foot of Mandalay Hill. There are 729 white pagodas there, forming a spectacular group of stupas. In each stupa, there is a slab with Buddhist scriptures engraved on it, which is why it is known as the world's largest book.

Among the ancient towns in Mandalay, Inwa is a must-visit. Because of the destruction caused during World War II, a large number of buildings in the ancient city were severely damaged but these scattered ruins are hidden among lush trees and farmland so people still lament this despite the amount of time that has passed.

Visit the Bagaya Monastery, which is said to be the oldest one in Inwa. The entire temple is made of teak and has remained intact after centuries of wind and rain. Unlike Myanmar's many temples, this temple looks particularly quaint and natural. Remember to walk around every room in the monastery (as some people don't do this) — you will see monks praying and local children studying there.

Later, have a relaxing visit to the ancient town of Amarapura. This calm and elegant town was once the short-term capital of Myanmar.

What makes Amarapura special is the famous 1,200-meter-long U Bein Bridge, which is the longest teak bridge in the world. All the timber used to build the bridge came from the former royal palace and it was built with precious teak. The elegant bridge is still standing after a century of erosion from the wind and rain. Take a short cruise on the lake to see the beautiful sunset over U Bein Bridge.

A visa is needed to enter Mandalay for Western travelers:

1. Either apply for a visa online at the embassy in your country or use the approval letter provided by Global Highlights along with your passport and a passport-size photo — you can apply for the arrival visa at the airports in Yangon, Mandalay, or Nap Pyi Taw. This service is free of charge.

2. You can access Mandalay via Singapore, Bangkok, and Guangzhou.

Hotels in Myanmar

To have a better travel experience, you are advised to choose higher ranking hotels for your trip in Myanmar because most of the old hotels built in the 1990s are not in very good condition and don't even have air-conditioning in the rooms. We have selected newly-built Western chains to ensure your comfort and all of the rooms are equipped with air-conditioning and have a minimum size of 30 meters squared.

After a leisurely breakfast in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan.

Bagan is the essence of culture and religion in Myanmar and is not to be missed. In this 2-day tour, you will explore the most popular Nyuang U Market, get a real insight into the local people's lifestyle, and join in with a cooking class to learn how to make authentic local cuisine from a cooking expert. This cooking class is run by JICA, which is a Japanese non-profit government organization committed to improving environmental health, reducing epidemic diseases, enhancing education and the quality of life, and decreasing poverty in poor and underdeveloped countries.

There are thousands of legendary stupas in Bagan Archaeological Zone. Among these, we recommend you visit the exquisite Ananda Temple and Htilominlo Pahto where you will appreciate the beautiful clay engravings and interesting market nearby. Later on, finish the day's tour at the highest pagoda in Bagan — the Shwesandaw Pagoda. Please watch out for the steep steps when climbing to the top of the pagoda. You will be rewarded with the magnificent view of the ancient city and thousands of stupas during sunset.

Take a 40-minute flight from Bagan to Inle Lake.

Enjoy a 2-day getaway in the Inle Lake area. The scenery there is very beautiful as the mountains are surrounded by water, the water reflects the mountains, and countless birds are flying around. Take the chance to visit the 5-day market, Indein temples, and floating villages. You will also see the paddy fields where people live.

Highlight: Experience the most beautiful harmony between humans and nature in this idyllic land.

  • Visiting the Indein temples by boat is only offered during the rainy season from May to February.
  • Each raft can only accommodate four people including the rafters. We will provide a life jacket for you for safety.
  • The rafts are open-air so you are advised to take sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you from getting sunburnt.
  • Giving a tip of 1 USD per person to your rafter would be appreciated.

Your Myanmar tour will finish in its capital, Yangon.

This 2-day Yangon tour covers all the must-sees — explore Bogyoke Aung San Market, the National Museum of Myanmar, and the colonial district.

Take a slow circular train ride around the city to enjoy the scenery of Yangon's countryside and various open-air bazaars.

Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda during sunset when the soft sunlight covers the whole scenic area.

Highlight: Circular Train Ride

The circular railway is a very important mode of public transportation for the locals. The train has no air-conditioning but with its open windows and doors you won't feel too hot. Take this authentic train experience early in the morning when it's cooler. Taking this slow, shaking train ride from the busy and brightly lit urban area to the dilapidated houses and sparsely populated suburbs, it seems as though you have gone back in time.

You can also interact with the local people from a close proximity. During the ride, you will be able to get off the train to hang around the market, try some snacks, or relax in a café if you wish.

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City to discover Vietnam as part of your Indochina adventure!

This 2-day tour in Ho Chi Minh City will take you to Ben Tre, a beautiful town located in the Mekong Delta. This small town is perfect for experiencing the quiet riverside life and enjoying the charming pastoral scenery.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City and take a relaxing walk in the downtown area. Visit some of the key spots on a traditional cyclo.

Highlight: Take a canoe ride that's steered by a Vietnamese boatman through dense grove-lined canal tributaries in the Mekong Delta.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang to start your cultural experience in the beautiful coastal city of Hoi An.

Have a leisurely walking tour in Hoi An Ancient Town. The value of Hoi An's heritage lies in the many well-preserved ancient buildings and streets, which reflect the organic combination of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese cultures and architectural styles. They have not been damaged by war nor have they been demolished for the construction of high-rise buildings. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, Fujian Assembly Hall, the Old House of Tan Ky, and Tran Family Chapel — these are must-see heritage sites in Hoi An Ancient Town.

Highlight: Learn how to make a lantern in a workshop. The workshop is run by the Lifestart Foundation Workshop, a non-profit organization that inspires locals to create items and to improve their lives.

Take a 50-minute flight to arrive in the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi.

Your personal tour guide will take you to visit the must-see attractions: the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison, and to hang around the famous Old Quarter. Take this chance to learn about the history, culture, and the development of this amazing country.

Highlight: Navigate the Old Quarter to integrate into the vivid lifestyle of the locals with your local guide.

You will be picked up by the cruise staff and transferred to the port for your cruise in the scenic Halong Bay. It is good to enjoy this laid-back cruise to feel refreshed.

Halong Bay is about 160 kilometers away from Hanoi and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are hundreds of thousands of islands with karst hills making various fantastic shapes in the sea, which are very picturesque. You will have the chance to stop at some fishing villages and landmark islets, such as Fighting Cock Islet and Human Head Islet. The activities on the boat and stops will depend on the different cruise boats.

Highlight: Enjoy spending a beautiful night on the cruise boat in a quiet port.

Notes for the Halong Bay Cruise

  • The distance between Hanoi and Halong Bay is about 170 kilometers, taking 3–4 hours by car. There are no stops for sightseeing during the journey so have a good rest during this time.
  • Please advise us in advance if you are traveling with a baby and we will arrange for a crib to be placed in your room.
  • Meals are included on the cruise but drinks are excluded. If you want to buy some drinks or snacks before boarding the cruise boat, please let your tour guide know in advance so that he/she can find some shops for you to do so.

After you have disembarked from the cruise, you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang — the famous ancient capital and Buddhist center of Laos.

In Luang Prabang, there are many historical temples and stupas. Most of the locals are devout Buddhists, which may be why they are so kind and gentle.

Walk around the charming old town and immerse yourself into the cultural heritage. Visit the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong, and relax at the beautiful Kuang Si Falls. You will also have the chance to participate in a ritual Buddhist activity — to offer alms to the monks early in the morning.

Highlight: Have a unique Buddhist experience by joining the ritual of almsgiving with the local people.

Take these 2 days to have an in-depth exploration of Angkor Wat by yourself.

The important sites are Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, the Cambodian Landmine Museum, Beng Mealea, and Preah Khan.

Highlight: Immerse yourself in the ancient civilization and religion by visiting these grand heritages.

  • The scenic area of Angkor Wat is very large and there are many historical sites, among which the Small Circle Tour and Big Circle Tour must be taken. Each circle tour takes a day to complete. Therefore, if you want to fully experience the excitement of Angkor Wat, you need to go through each lap and it will take at least 2 days to do this. We will get you 3-day tickets so if you feel tired and want to go back to your hotel to have a break, you can continue the visit later in the day or the next day.
  • The Small Circle Tour mainly concentrates on the temples and attractions in Angkor Wat. The distance between the opposite points and those closest to you is relatively close. The attractions can be reached on foot in a relatively short amount of time. If you visit the attractions fairly quickly, you can complete the tour in half a day, so the layout is commonly called a small circle.
  • The Big Circle Tour (or Grand Circuit Tour) is a route that connects the nearby attractions and temples around Siem Reap. Compared with the smaller circle, this one is relatively large. You can do the tour via tuk tuk, car, or other means of transportation, such as by bicycle. Generally speaking, half a day is not enough.

After discovering the mysteries of Cambodia, you can now be excited to visit Bangkok — the capital of Thailand.

There is so much to see and experience in vibrant Bangkok! Your guide will take you to visit the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Bangkok National Museum, and the Jim Thompson House. You are also advised to explore the local markets, spas, and parties in your free time.

Highlight: A lovely dinner will be included on a cruise along the Chao Phraya River. This is a great way to enjoy the city when it is lit up at night.

Use these free days to enjoy the colorful activities, delicious Thai food, and beautiful beaches in Phuket Island.

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight back to Bangkok for your departure flight home. Farewell! We hope you have had a wonderful time with us!

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  Places Visited: Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay Cruise, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

For those really special ocassions like honeymoons and annivarsaries experience the cream of Indochina’s world-renowned sights on this 3-week odyssey around Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Taking advantage of the region’s excellent flight network, we’ve devised a way to see Luang Prabang, cruise Halong Bay, flit from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City via Hue and Hoi, then sail up the Mekong to Angkor Wat all in the space of 20 days. A fair amount of travel is involved, but rest assured that it’s all conducted in great style and comfort, with stays at some of Asia’s most chic and characterful hotels.

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Fly overnight from the UK to Luang Prabang, in northern Laos.

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Luang prabang.

On arrival, you’ll be met by your driver and guide, and accompanied to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day recovering from your flight, perhaps venturing out in evening to Wat Phu or the night market.

Enfolded by low, wooded hills, Luang Prabang languishes on a peninsula in the Mekong. Long regarded as the country’s pre-eminent cultural and religious capital, the town served for 15 centuries as the abode of Lao royalty. Stucco French villas and wooden colonnaded houses, festooned with bougainvillea and the foliage of overhanging mango and jackfruit trees, line its quiet streets, along with a wealth of delicately gilded temples and monasteries. At sunset time, we recommend you climb the frangipani-lined steps leading to the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phu, from where the 360-degrees panorama is wonderful.

Sightseeing in and around the city.

Begin your tour of the city sights at the former Royal Palace – a graceful fusion of Lao and European styles housing a glittering throne room and exhibitions of heirlooms. Afterwards, relax in one of the many stylish cafés or restaurants occupying the old quarter’s colonial-era mansions. In the afternoon, take a trip into the countryside around Luang Prabang to experience the life of traditional rice farming families. Try your hand at planting, harvesting or threshing – depending on the time of year – and visit local handicraft workshops to see bamboo weavers, blacksmiths, and sugar cane processors in action.

Rise early to watch a thousand barefoot monks and novices, dressed in luminescent saffron robes, make a circuit of the peninsula to collect alms from the town’s householders. Afterwards, take a river trip to the Pak Ou Caves.

Hollowed from a limestone escarpment, the caves at Pak Ou were formed by erosion from the river but embellished over the centuries by local people with hundreds of gilded Buddhas – among the area’s most striking spectacles. The caves are usually accessed by boat.

Spend the afternoon relaxing by your hotel pool, or browsing the pretty souvenir boutiques back in Luang Prabang. In the evening, attend a recital by the Royal Ballet, whose dancers are dressed in vibrant brocaded silk, elaborate headdresses and masks, accompanied by live music from a traditional orchestra – a magical experience.

Spend the morning shopping and taking in a few last sights around town. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, in Vietnam, where you’ll stay for two nights.

On arrival in Hanoi, you’ll be escorted by your TransIndus guide and driver to your hotel. In the evening, unwind in one of the city’s traditional Vietnamese restaurants, or catch a performance of old-style puppetry, where performers stand waist-deep in water wielding elaborate fire-breathing dragons and other ornate figures to a soundtrack of exotic live music!

A full day’s sightseeing in and around Hanoi.

Vietnam’s charismatic capital, on the Red River, may be expanding at an extraordinary pace, but it’s a great city to explore on foot. Surrounded by parks and lakes, the core is a picturesque Old Quarter – one of the most atmospheric square kilometres in all of Asia – where traditional craftsmen ply their trade in narrow alleyways lined with antique tube- and shop-houses. Uptown, colonial mansions and relaxing cafés line the boulevards and leafy shores of Hoan Kiem Lake. Iconic landmarks include Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the 11th century ‘One Pillar Pagoda’, and ‘Temple of Literature’, a feast of medieval Vietnamese architecture.

Halong Bay Cruise

Travel by road to Halong Bay and board a traditional junk boat for a one-night cruise.

Comprising 2,000 islands, islets, outcrops and towering mountains draped in vegetation, the karst limestone formations of Halong Bay create a unique landscape. In an overnight trip, it’s possible to take in both the more famous landmarks – such as Hang Dau Go (the ‘Cave of Marvels’) – as well as the more rarely visited eastern fringes, where many of the islands are edged by exquisite white-sand beaches. Whichever option you choose, superb landscape is guaranteed, along with opportunities to swim, lounge on deck, sunbathe or kayak and enjoy guided cycle or jungle treks on the larger islands.

Disembark from the boat in the morning, and drive to Hanoi airport for your onward flight to Hue, where you’ll spend two nights.

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During the 143-year reign of the Nguyen dynasty (1802–1945), the last ruling family of Vietnam, Hue was an imperial capital famed for the splendour of its royal palaces and tombs. Much damage was inflicted on its monuments by the Indochina wars, but extensive restoration work has revived some of the town’s former glory. It’s a delightful place to wander, with plenty of traditional Vietnamese atmosphere despite the tower blocks which these days encircle the old citadel.

Visit the Imperial Enclosure and Nguyen Tombs today.

Hue’s north side is dominated by the Imperial City or Dai Noi (literally ‘Great Enclosure’) – a splendid fortress of interlocking courtyards encircled by high ramparts. At its heart lies the ‘Forbidden Purple City’ where the Emperor, his Queen and five ranks of concubines, servants and eunuchs resided amid fabulous pomp. No less architecturally impressive are the Nguyen’s ornate tombs, dotted over pretty farmland to the south of the town, best reached by bicycle.

Drive to Hoi An in the morning, via the coastal city Danang en route.

With the beautiful, pristine sands of ‘China Beach’ on the east-side, and a maze of local cafés, street food stalls and markets on the west, there’s plenty to occupy you for an afternoon in the rapidly growing seaside city of Danang. Before moving on, consider a trip up to ‘Marble Mountain’, a cluster of peaks bristling with ancient temples, pagodas and Buddhist statues. You can climb to the top via an endless flight of stone steps or take the elevator! Either way, the view will be stupendous.

In the evening, soak up the magical atmosphere of Hoi An's Old Town, with its hundreds of paper lanterns and lively bars. Housed in a stately colonial building, Brother’s Café has a particularly gorgeous candlelit garden.

Take a walking tour of Hoi An’s old town in the morning, and spend the afternoon at leisure, lazing in cafés and browsing local handicraft boutiques.

A thriving port before it was eclipsed by nearby Danang, Hoi An’s Old Quarter preserves a unique cultural legacy spanning more than three-hundred years of colonial trade. Wandering its grid of 17th century streets, you’ll pass some fine examples of old tube houses, Chinese pagodas, elaborately decorated community halls and shrines, and a wonderful Japanese covered bridge, as well as a restored French enclave. Savour the traditional Vietnamese atmosphere of the riverfront and market district, or shop for locally made art, crafts and silk, displayed in numerous boutiques around the backstreets. Hoi An’s traditional tea shops and restaurants are good places to sample local cau lau noodles and white-rose dumplings.

Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, in the far south of Vietnam, for a two-night stay.

As ‘Saigon’, Ho Chi Minh City earned the epithet ‘Paris of the Orient’, and more than a hint of Gallic grandeur survives in the swanky Dong Khoi district (setting for Graham Greene’s novel, The Quiet American). In the evening, wander around the atmospheric Cholon quarter, whose markets are brimming with silk, spices and jade souvenirs, then head for one of the rooftop bars for a dizzying view over the metropolis – the Eon Heli Bar, on the 52nd floor of the city’s tallest building, Bitexco Financial Tower, is one of our favourite venues for a sundowner.

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning, and the sights of HCMC in the afternoon.

During the Vietnamese War, Vietcong guerrillas evaded capture by digging an extensive tunnel networks, protected by hidden entrances. One of the largest of these secret underworlds survives at Cu Chi village, just north of HCMC, where you can explore a small section of a staggering 125 miles (200km) of cavities carved on various levels.

Back in Ho Chi Minh City itself, start your sightseeing at the former presidential palace, now known as ‘Reunification Hall’. The 1960s behemoth has been turned into an extraordinary museum where visitors can marvel at the decadent décor installed by the South Vietnamese régime. No less extravagant, though more traditionally Asian, is the resplendent Jade Emperor Pagoda, the loveliest of HCMC’s many Chinese-style temples.

Travel by road to the Mekong Delta and board a small boat to explore the region. Continue in the afternoon to Can Tho, where you’ll spend the night.

One of the most intensively farmed regions in Asia, the Mekong Delta is also one of the most ethnically diverse – a fact reflected in the rich architectural heritage of the larger towns, many of whose inhabitants live crammed into houseboats on the river, or in stilt houses perched above it. During your excursion you’ll get to experience Delta life at close quarters: field workers in conical straw hats hunched over fields of ripe rice paddy; boats piled high with cargoes of pink dragon fruit; children sluicing water over their buffaloes in the morning, as fishermen cast hand-nets from tiny canoes.

Visit Cai Rang floating market in the morning, then travel by road to Chau Doc for a one-night stay.

Local people from across the Delta travel to Cai Rang’s ‘floating market’, near Chau Doc, to buy and sell fresh produce. Farmers begin to gather shortly before dawn, advertising whatever they may have to sell that day by tying samples to tall bamboo poles (in the absence of space for stalls) and hoisting them into the air. Buyers chug or paddle around the wholesale vessels in smaller craft to compare prices, serviced by a flotilla of long-tail boats selling hot-noodles-and-crab-broth breakfasts, with steaming cups of coffee – all a compelling experience for the visitor.

Travel down the Mekong by motorboat to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, for a two-night stay. The river trip takes just half a day.

The river broadens as you leave Chau Doc and head north up the Mekong towards Cambodia. Border formalities are generally brisk and cordial, and the 4–5-hr journey itself comfortable, with pleasant views and cooling breezes off the water. You can sit on deck or in the cabin on reclining chairs.

After you’ve checked in to your hotel in Phnom Penh and had a spot of lunch, head across town to breezy Sisowatch Quay, a riverside promenade where trinket sellers and strollers mingle in the evenings. At the Foreign Correspondents Club, enjoy a sundowner while savouring the views over the confluence of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong.

Spend today sightseeing in the capital.

Begin your city tour with a visit to the splendid Royal Palace and adjacent Silver Pagoda, whose central shrine, lined with thousands of solid silver tiles and marble pillars, holds a Buddha made from an enormous emerald. Then admire the impressive collection of antiquities at the National Museum before visiting Boeung Keng Kang Market, where you can sample local delicacies such as pungent durian and dragon fruit.

In the afternoon, consider a visit to the Killing Fields memorial, on the outskirts of the city, where a stupa containing 8,895 human skulls commemorates the 20,000 people who were put to death here by the Khmer Rouge. Phnom Penh’s heart-rending Genocide Museum tells the full story.

Fly to Siem Reap, where you’ll spend a couple of nights. Visit the market in the afternoon, followed by an early supper and culture show.

Siem Reap may have been transformed by the tourism boom of the past decade or so, but a few pockets of authentic Cambodian atmosphere survive, notably the old fresh produce market, which is a delightful place for aimless wandering and crowd watching. When the stall holders pack up, head across the river and turn right for a traditional Khmer barbeque, washed down with chilled beer. For evening entertainment you have a choice between performances of Apsara dance, music and shadow puppetry or a visit to the colourful Angkor Night Market, which sells a wide range of locally made textiles, jewellery and handicrafts.

Angkor Temples

A full day’s sightseeing around Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.

To make the most of the soft morning light, an early start is recommended when visiting Angkor Wat, the greatest of all the shrines created by the Khmers, and a vivid testament to the power, ambition and unbridled narcissism of the region’s ancient rulers. Colonnaded galleries of exquisite stone-carved apsaras (celestial dancers) enfold the corn-cob towers of the shrine, reflected to sublime effect in the lotus-dappled moat. No less emblematic of Angkor are the colossal smiling faces adorning the nearby Bayon, in the walled royal city of Angkor Thom, where you’ll also find the famous bas-relief panels depicting battles with the Cham – some of the finest stone carving to survive from the Khmer era.

Angkor Temples, Siem Reap, Bangkok

You’ll be at leisure today to explore more temples at your own pace, cram in a final shopping trip or simply lounge by the poolside ahead of your evening departure for Bangkok, where you’ll board an onward flight to the UK.

If you’ve still not had your fill of temples, we’d recommend a brief visit to Ta Prohm, a hauntingly beautiful shrine where the roots of giant banyans and strangler figs enfold much of the stonework. Further north, Banteay Srei is famous for its sculptures of voluptuous female deities standing in intricately framed niches around the base of the main sanctuary towers.

Anyone interested in traditional Cambodian arts and crafts should also squeeze in a visit to the workshops of the renowned Artisans Angkor company, which has spearheaded the revival of silk-making, stone and wood carving, lacquering and painting in the area.

Bangkok, UK

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Places and Experiences in this tour

Angkor Wat

The greatest of all the shrines created by the Khmers – in fact, the single largest religious building anywhere in the world – is Angkor Wat. Dedicated to Vishnu (the Hindu deity o…

Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom

The remains of the Khmers' last great city, Angkor Thom, stand just north of Angkor Wat, enclosed by massive laterite walls and a broad moat. From its centre soars the central sanc…

Phnom Penh

The Cambodian capital doesn’t feel in quite so much of a rush to embrace the future as its counterparts elsewhere in Southeast Asia. High-rise buildings are beginning to spring up,…

Siem Reap

A provincial market town until the tourism explosion of the post-Pol Pot era, Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor. Over a million visitors pour through here each year and most stay…

Luang Prabang

Enfolded by low, wooded hills, Luang Prabang languishes amid a gauzy tranquillity on a peninsula in the Mekong. Long regarded as the country’s preeminent cultural and religious cap…

Halong Bay

Rising in majestic fashion from the northern shore of Vietnam, the limestone formations of Halong Bay create a unique, spellbinding landscape. Around 2,000 islands, islets, outcrop…

Hue

One of the most ancient cities of Vietnam, Hue was the imperial capital throughout the 143-year reign of the Nguyen Dynasty. Famed for the piety of its monasteries and the splendou…

Hoi An

A thriving port before it was eclipsed by nearby Da Nang, Hoi An’s Old Quarter preserves a unique cultural legacy spanning more than three hundred years of colonial trade. Wanderin…

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City or HCMC, previously known as Saigon is Vietnam’s busiest and most popular city epitomizes the contrasting facets of modern Vietnam. Vibrant, dynamic and evolving a…

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

During the Vietnam War, among the tactics used by Vietcong guerrillas to evade capture, was the digging of extensive tunnel networks, protected by hidden entrances. One of the larg…

The Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta

The Delta of the Mekong River begins a couple of hours’ drive south of Ho Chi Minh City, and extends west over 15,000 sq miles (39,000 sq km) to the Gulf of Thailand. Known as ‘Vie…

Can Tho

Although the Delta is primarily a rural region, it holds plenty of large, bustling towns too, and Can Tho is the liveliest of them. It’s also the most rewarding to explore, thanks…

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The Grand Tour of Indochina

The grand tour of indochina (24 days).

The "Grande Dame" tour of Indochina, this is a comprehensive three week journey through Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam done in comfort and style. See the main highlights of each country including the temples of Angkor, the delightful town of Luang Prabang, the emerald waters of Halong Bay, the imperial city of Hue, Hoi An's ancient buildings, and the capital cities of each country. The tour also includes areas more off the beaten track, including the charming town of Battambang in eastern Cambodia, the 4000 Islands of the Mekong in southern Laos, and a two-night stay at the Muang La Resort in the wilds of northern Laos. The hotels on this tour are of a superior standard throughout, and all have been carefully selected for their individual style and character.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Southern Laos
  • Cruise on Halong Bay
  • Stay at the Muang La Resort

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  • First-timers
  • Culture seekers
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  • Departures: November to April

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From £7,495 per person based on a shared room for departures in April.

  • Return economy class international flights
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  • 22 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Road transfers, boat journeys and tours on a private basis
  • Private English-speaking guides and drivers

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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Fly from London Heathrow to Phnom Penh, via Bangkok

Flight:  TG911 London Heathrow - Bangkok 11.50 - 06.15 (overnight)

Day 2: Arrive in Phnom Penh and transfer to your hotel

Flight:  TG580 Bangkok - Phnom Penh 07.40 - 08.50

Meet & greet:  Upon arrival at Phnom Penh airport, you will be welcomed to Cambodia by your private English-speaking guide, and then transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free at leisure for you to settle into your hotel and relax after your flight.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  iRoha Garden Hotel  (Deluxe Room with Balcony)

Phnom Penh

Day 3: Guided tour of Phnom Penh

Guided tour of Phnom Penh:  Start your tour of Cambodia's capital at the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. Here, you will see beautiful gardens landscaped with tropical plants and the Throne Hall, where the royal receptions are held and the Cambodian king's coronation took place. Continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5,000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country's most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9,584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. Leave the Royal Palace and continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The exquisite building was completed between 1917 and 1920 and features a lush courtyard garden surrounded by collections from the pre-Angkor, Angkor and post-Angkor periods.

You will then have the option to learn of the Khmer Rouge's horrific crimes at Tuol Sleng, a former high school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a centre for interrogation, torture and death. 17,000 people passed through the gates of this prison and only seven lived to tell the tale. The Khmer Rouge were meticulous in their record keeping, photographing all the prisoners and many of these haunting black and white images are on display in the cells. Tuol Sleng is a profoundly moving experience and not everyone will want to visit. However, it is key to understanding the hell into which Cambodia descended and how far it has come in the years since.

Finish your tour at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8,985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  iRoha Garden Hotel  (Deluxe Room with Balcony)

Meals: Breakfast

Rooftop view, Phnom Penh

Day 4: Road journey to Battambang, via Udong

Road journey from Phnom Penh to Battambang:  After breakfast this morning, travel by road from Phnom Penh to Battambang, a journey of 180 miles. En route visit Udong, capital of the Khmer kingdom between 1618 and 1866. Today Udong consists of a collection temples and stupas containing ashes of several kings, and precious Buddha relics. The ruins are sprinkled across two ridges and are generally very quiet - it is possible that you will have the site all to yourself. At the base of the ridge is a memorial to victims of Pol Pot, containing the bones of people buried in the 100 or so mass graves found in the area. On arrival in Battambang, you will be transferred to your hotel to check in. 

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  Bambu Hotel  (Superior Room)

Udong

Day 5: Full day tour of Battambang

Full day tour of Battambang: After breakfast, you will travel to Wat Koh district to visit a local village and learn about rural life in Cambodia. Here, you will learn about the rice harvest, fruit farming and how the sugar palm is used. Later, continue to the hilltop temple of Wat Banan. The winding road follows the Sangker River and passes by many traditional wooden homes, offering an authentic glimpse of rural Cambodia. Arriving at the temple, ascend to the summit, where you will be rewarded with striking views of the surrounding plains. There are five towers here, leading some ambitious Battambang residents to claim it may have been the inspiration behind Angkor Wat. Continue to Phnom Sampeau, a sacred mountain dotted with interesting pagodas and stupas. There is also a moving memorial to Khmer Rouge victims, who were thrown into one of the many caves that pepper this holy mountain. You then return to Battambang town for the night.

Phnom Sampeau, Battambang

Day 6: Cruise across Lake Tonle Sap to Siem Reap

Private boat trip across Lake Tonle Sap to Siem Reap:  This morning, depart Battambang on a private local boat journey across Lake Tonle Sap to Siem Reap, on one of the most beautiful river journeys in Cambodia, a trip of between 6-7 hours. Enjoy views of the Cambodian landscape and the daily life along the river. See the incredible network of bamboo fish traps, areas of water hyacinth and pass the Prek Toal Biosphere, where you may be lucky enough to see some rare large water birds. Travel across Lake Tonle Sap, which feels like a vast inland sea, until the journey ends at the floating village of Chong Kneas. From here, you will be transferred to your hotel in Siem Reap by road.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  Shinta Mani Shack  (Pool View Room)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Lake Tonle Sap

Day 7: Guided tour of the Angkor Temples

Guided tour of Angkor Wat:  Probably the best time to visit Angkor Wat, the largest and most famous of the Angkor temples, is early in the morning, when the light is good and it is relatively quiet. Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 metres from ground level. At the apex of Khmer political and military dominance in the region, Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in the form of a massive 'temple-mountain' dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat and an exterior wall and the walls of the temple are covered inside and out with bas-reliefs and carvings. Nearly 2,000 distinctively rendered apsara carvings adorn the walls throughout the temple and represent some of the finest examples of apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.

Lunch at Sala Kdei : In the middle of the day you will stop for lunch at Sala Kdei, a beautiful traditional wooden house overlooking the royal bathing pool of Sra Srang. Once used by the ancient Khmer kings and their concubines, this is a celebrated spot for sunrise and sunset. In a serene setting amid the rural village atmosphere of Angkor, Sala Kdei is the perfect private escape from the crowds around Angkor during the heat of the day. Today, you will be enjoying a delicious Khmer meal, but the Sala can also be used for cooking classes, yoga, or meditation. Unwind or indulge, it’s the perfect complement to the majestic temples.

Guided tour of Angkor Thom & the Bayon:  In the afternoon continue your exploration. Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) is a walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire. After Jayavarman VII recaptured the badly damaged Angkorian capital from the Cham invaders in 1181, he began a massive building campaign across the empire, constructing Angkor Thom as his new capital city. He began with existing structures such as Baphuon and Phimeanakas and built a grand enclosed city around them, adding the outer wall and some of Angkor's greatest temples including his state-temple, Bayon, set at the centre of the city. There are five entrances (gates) to the city, one for each cardinal point, and the victory gate leading to the Royal Palace area. Each gate, as well as much of Jayavarman VII's architecture is crowned with four giant faces. The giant stone faces of Bayon have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. There are 37 standing towers, most sporting four carved faces oriented toward the cardinal points.

Monks, Angkor Wat

Day 8: Continue to explore the Angkor Temples

Dawn at Ta Prohm, tour of Preah Khan and Banteay Srei:  Rise early to travel to Ta Prohm in the dawn light. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered' by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy.

Afterwards, drive to the mighty temple of Preah Khan, or 'Sacred Sword', built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Sister temple to Ta Prohm, the cruciform corridors here are impressive and there are some wonderful carvings adorning the walls, including the spectacular hall of dancers. Look out for the curious two-storey structure that is almost Grecian in inspiration. This is one of the few temples originally dedicated to Buddhism and Hinduism. The original eastern entrance was for Mahayana Buddhists, while the other cardinal points represented the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

Afterwards, head to Banteay Srei, Angkor's ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women', thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. Originally believed to date from the latter part of the Angkor period, inscriptions at the site suggest it was built by a Brahman in 967. However, some architectural historians have suggested that the inscriptions may date from an earlier structure on this site and the temple is in fact later, marking a high-water mark in Khmer sculpture.

Ta Prohm, Siem Reap

Day 9: Fly from Siem Reap to Pakse, and transfer to Champasak

Private transfer:  After a leisurely start this morning, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Siem Reap for your Lao Airlines flight to Pakse.

Flight:  QV514 Siem Reap - Pakse 14.40 - 15.40

Road journey from Pakse to Champasak:  On arrival, you will be met by your driver and head south from Pakse by road to the small town of Champasak, set on the Mekong River.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at The River Resort  (River Front Villa)

Waterfall, Champasak

Day 10: Full day tour of the 4000 Islands

Full day tour of the Four Thousand Islands:  After an early morning breakfast, you will head south by road and boat to explore Khone Island. Here, you will begin by re-tracing the French colonial-past at Ban Khone, where some old colonial houses still stand, and glimpse the first Lao railway with its own locomotive. Continue your exploration of the 4,000 Islands area on foot and visit the beautiful Liphi waterfall, also known as the Samphamith, which forms a natural border between Lao and Cambodia. You then return to Ban Nakasang and visit the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng – one of the largest waterfalls in South East Asia, also known as the 'Niagara of the East'. From here, you will take a boat ride back out onto the Mekong to one of the few places in the world, where it is possible to see freshwater ‘Irrawaddy’ dolphins. The dolphins reside in deep pools near to the Cambodian border and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of them. In the late afternoon, you will head back to Champasak in time for dinner at your lodge and a chance to relax.

Khone Phapeng Waterfall, Laos

Day 11: Visit Wat Phou, and then fly to Vientiane

Morning tour of Wat Phou:  This morning, take a guided tour of one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples, the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phou near Champasak. Founded in the first decades of the 9th century by Jayavarman II, the first king of an independent Khmer nation, Wat Phou served for some time as the Khmer capital. Wat Phou is often compared to Angkor, not only because it was built in the same style but because it too was lost to the jungle for centuries. Whilst the structures themselves are thrilling, it is the jungle overgrowth that creates the atmosphere. The Wat stood unused for centuries because it is a Hindu temple in what became a devoutly Buddhist land.

Road journey from Champasak to Pakse:  After the morning tour, you will be transferred to Pakse Airport in time for your onward flight to Vientiane.

Flight:  QV306 Pakse - Vientiane 12.30 - 13.45

Private transfer:  On arrival in Vientiane, you will be met by your local guide and taken to the Ansara Hotel for a one-night stay.

Afternoon tour of Vientiane:  Your tour of Laos' capital city starts with a visit to the enchanting Si Muang Temple. Continue to the Siamese style Wat Si Saket and the That Luang Stupa, the bright golden monument which represents a lotus bud and is used as a symbol of the Lao nation, and Patuxay Monument, Vientiane’s very own Arc de Triomphe. The tour ends with a visit to the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day to day basis in the form of unexploded ordnance, as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  Ansara Hotel  (Savvy Room)

Wat Phou, Laos

Day 12: Fly from Vientiane to Muang La

Private transfer:  After breakfast this morning, you will be collected from the Ansara Hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Oudomxay.

Flight:  QV501 Vientiane - Oudomxay 11.40 - 12.30

Road journey from Oudomxay to Muang La:  Upon arrival at Oudomxay airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the village of Muang La, a drive of around 45 minutes. Stop en route to visit the intriguing Pra Xack Kham temple, with its sacred Buddha image. Continue to Muang La, and arrive in the mid-afternoon.

Afternoon at leisure:  This afternoon, you are free to relax at your riverside retreat, stroll around the village or enjoy a traditional massage and soak in the hot spring baths.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  Muang La Lodge  (Garden View Bungalow)

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Rice paddies, Muang La

Day 13: Visit minority villages around Muang La

Morning minority village tour:  This morning, depart Muang La by 4x4 and travel along a decent road that follows the river Nam Phak to a remote Ikho village, a community from Yunnan and Tibet, which has retained many of their traditional customs. Have a look around their mountain village, where the houses are constructed of wood and bamboo, and learn about their way of life and spiritual beliefs. You will also see the unique way that they have to dye their clothes with dyes from plants. 

Please note that there are several other excursions and activities such as trekking and mountain biking that can be arranged for this day - please ask for more details.

Afternoon / evening activities:  The afternoon can be spent relaxing in the natural hot springs, or taking a traditional massage, before enjoying the excellent Lao fusion cuisine in the restaurant this evening.

Farmer's shelter, Muang La

Day 14: Road journey from Muang La to Luang Prabang

Road journey from Muang La to Luang Prabang:  After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel for the drive to Luang Prabang, a journey of approximately 5 hours. You will drive through some wonderful scenery, with numerous villages and scenic spots to stop off at along the way. Along the way, stop to visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two caves set in a limestone cliff facing the Mekong River crammed with thousands of Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Arrive in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon and check into your hotel.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  Burasari Heritage  (Deluxe Balcony Room)

Pak Ou Caves, Luang Prabang

Day 15: Walking tour of Luang Prabang

Morning walking tour of Luang Prabang:  Your morning tour starts with a visit to the quaint Royal Palace Museum, which gives a good overview of the local history and features a guided audio tour. Afterwards, begin your walking tour, taking in some of Luang Prabangs hidden secrets, including a stroll down the quiet back lanes. Along the way stop at Wat Chomkhong, which is known for its decorative carvings. This area contains a mix of beautiful old French Colonial buildings, and traditional old Lao houses, which you will have time to admire, along with a stop at the small but charming Wat Phapai. Your final visit of the tour is the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style. The rest of the day will be free at leisure for you to relax and continue exploring at your own pace.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  Burasari Heritage (Deluxe Balcony Room)

Night market, Luang Prabang

Day 16: Time at leisure in Luang Prabang and then fly to Hanoi

Morning at leisure:  This morning is free to explore this picturesque & atmospheric ancient capital independently. A side trip to Kuangsi Falls is recommended and can be arranged either in advance or through your guide. Staying within the city, there are a number of excellent cooking classes, plus great shopping opportunities in local craft centres.

Private transfer:  This afternoon, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Luang Prabang Airport for the flight to Hanoi Noibai Airport.

Flight:  QV313 Luang Prabang - Hanoi 17.10 - 18.10

Private transfer:  On arrival in Hanoi, you will be welcomed to Vietnam by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in a chauffeur driven car for a two-night stay.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  Hotel de l'Opera  (Deluxe Room)

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Day 17: Guided tour of Hanoi

Morning tour of Hanoi:  After breakfast, start your tour of Hanoi with a visit to the 900 year old Temple of Literature, Vietnam's principal Confucian sanctuary and its historical centre of learning. Made up of five courtyards, this is one of the few remnants of the original city. Continue to the Soviet style Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh read out the declaration of the nation's independence in 1945. Visit the museum dedicated to Ho Chi Minh, before passing through the mausoleum (you will be asked to remove hats if entering, and no shorts or vests are allowed) escorted by a soldier in full regalia. As you leave, you will be able to walk through the gardens of the Presidential Palace, before seeing Ho Chi Minh's house, the modest dwelling he built based on a rural Vietnamese stilt house, and where "Uncle Ho" lived for the last years of his life.

Afternoon at leisure:  You have an afternoon at leisure to explore the Vietnamese capital independently. Stroll around the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake, take in a water puppet show, go shopping in the Old Quarter, or sample some of Hanoi’s many culinary delights.

Special Dinner:  This evening, you will be taken for dinner at the charming Green Tangerine Restaurant which serves French fusion cuisine. The restaurant is set in a restored French colonial style building that dates from 1928, and is somewhat of an oasis in the heart of the chaotic Old Quarter. Green Tangerine specializes in modern French fare with a Vietnamese twist, so you can expect stylishly presented dishes bursting with flavour.

Temple of Literature, Hanoi

Day 18: Transfer to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise

Road journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay:  This morning, you will be met at your hotel and driven for approximately 3 hours through the Red River delta to the coast and the Gulf of Tonkin, where the waters of Halong Bay are found.

Overnight Halong Bay Cruise on Halong Jasmine:  Board the Halong Jasmine in time for lunch, and set sail across the bay. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay. There will also be the opportunity for swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck of the Halong Jasmine. In the late afternoon, there will be an excursion to a local fishing village, and a water tunnel. Return to the boat in time for a pre-dinner drink as the sun is setting.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight on board the  Halong Jasmine  (Deluxe Cabin)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Floating village, Halong Bay

Day 19: Return to Hanoi and fly to Hue

Halong Bay Cruise:  After some morning activities, enjoy brunch on board. Disembark the Halong Jasmine late morning.

Road journey from Halong Bay to Hanoi:  Upon arrival at the quay, you will be met by your private guide and transferred back to Hanoi. En route you will stop off at the Phu Lang ‘ceramic village', where the villagers have been practicing this traditional craft for generations. Continue to Hanoi airport in time to catch your onward flight.

Flight:  VN 1545 Hanoi - Hue 18.30 - 19.40

Private transfer:  On arrival in Hue, you will be met by your local guide and taken to the Azerai La Residence Hue for an overnight stay.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at Azerai La Residence Hue  (Superior Room)

Meals: Brunch

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Day 20: Explore Hue and then drive to Hoi An

Morning Perfume River Cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda & Imperial Citadel:  Take a morning cruise on the Perfume River, named after the tree resins and blossoms it carries on its way to the Pacific. Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, sitting on the riverbank outside the city, this octagonal seven tier stupa has long been regarded as the symbol of Hué and was founded in 1601. It is still a site of Buddhist worship and its huge bell is said to be audible from the city. Continue to the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing by the Nguyen emperors in the early 19th century, the city was badly damaged during the war but the imposing city walls surrounded by a large moat afford good views of Hué. The palace retains a feeling of its past scale and importance, with detailed stonework and pavilions and it is at the moment in the process of being restored to its former magnificence.

Road journey from Hue to Hoi An: This afternoon, you will be driven south, along Highway 1, to Hoi An, a journey of approximately 3 hours. Soon the highway meets the Hai Van Pass (meaning Pass of the Ocean Clouds). There are some spectacular vista points and photo opportunities en route as the Truong Son mountain range cuts across the narrow centre of the country. The mountain range has created a barrier to the cold airstreams from the north, which often results in thick cloudbanks over the peaks. The pass has been a strategic military focal point during Vietnam's turbulent history and from the top, there are views of the curve of Danang Bay. En route, pass through the port city of Danang, with the option of stopping to see the famous 'Danang Beach', before continuing south to Hoi An where you will check-in to your hotel.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  Anantara Hoi An  (Deluxe Room)

Gates to the Citadel, Hue

Day 21: Day at leisure in Hoi An

Day at leisure:  Today you have some time to relax. Alternatively, there are opportunities to visit the beach, cycle in some beautiful countryside, visit the ruins at My Son, discover the artists of Hoi An or see a tailor to get some clothes made.

Thu Bon River, Hoi An

Day 22: Transfer to Danang and fly to Saigon

Private transfer:  After a leisurely morning, you will be transferred to Danang Airport for your flight to Saigon.

Flight:  VN125 Danang - Ho Chi Minh City 14.00 - 15.25

Private transfer:  On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met by your local guide and taken to the Caravelle Hotel for a two-night stay.

Accommodation:  Stay tonight at the  Caravelle Hotel Saigon  (Deluxe Room)

Jade Emperor Temple, Saigon

Day 23: Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels by speedboat and take a guided tour of Saigon

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels by speedboat:  After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bach Dang jetty, where you will board a speedboat to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This river journey provides a glimpse of the changing faces of Vietnam – the glittering skyscrapers and busy commercial centres give way to green paddy fields and pottery villages dotted along the Saigon River. The Cu Chi tunnel complex was initially started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, storage facilities for food and weapon caches, as well as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American War. A visit to the underground villages will provide a better understanding of how the tunnels were constructed, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat. Note that the Cu Chi tunnels have been widened in places for visitors, however they can still be dark, hot and claustrophobic inside, so please bear this in mind if you do not like enclosed spaces. After touring the complex, you will enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant, before returning to the speedboat and heading back to Saigon.

Afternoon tour of Saigon: This afternoon, you will visit some of Saigon's historic landmarks. Start with the former Presidential Palace, which was once headquarters for the Saigon Government during the "American War". Then head to the historical heart of the city and visit the Notre Dame Cathedral. The red bricks of the cathedral walls were originally from Paris. From there, take a short walk to the old Central Post Office, then visit the best-preserved buildings from the colonial era, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville, which is now home to Saigon’s municipal authorities. Continue to the Catinat building. Built in 1927 in an art deco style, it has once again become a hub for fashion conscious Saigonese and contains many designer boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafés.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City

Day 24: Fly from Saigon to London Heathrow, via Bangkok

Private transfer:  This morning, your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport in time to check in for your flight home.

Flight:  TG551 Ho Chi Minh City - Bangkok 10.05 - 11.30

Flight:  TG916 Bangkok - London Heathrow 12.40 - 18.45

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Grand Tour of Indochina

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  • Stay in Hanoi, Vietnam's beautiful capital and enjoy a tour by cycle rickshaw, seeing the Temple of Literature, colonial belle-époque villas and Ho Chi Minh's thought-provoking mausoleum
  • Take a leisurely cruise in UNESCO-listed Halong Bay aboard a converted Chinese junk
  • Be inspired by the hauntingly beautiful and inspirational countryside with shimmering rice fields
  • Stay in Hue, Vietnam's last royal capital, and visit its awe-inspiring Citadel and Forbidden City
  • Stay in the heart of exciting Saigon, visiting the fascinating Cu Chi tunnels, the former Vietcong underground stronghold and a poignant reminder of the US-Vietnam conflict
  • Enjoy a full-day trip on the mighty Mekong delta, the world's 10th-largest river system
  • Stay and tour in Phnom Penh, Pearl of Asia, considered the most beautiful of Indochina's French colonial cities
  • Stay in Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor city ruins
  • Visit the Angkor ruins, a UNESCO-listed temple complex and one of the world’s greatest ancient sites
  • Stay in the beautiful colonial city of Luang Prabang, Laos for four nights

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Take in five of the region's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the charming towns of Luang Prabang and Hoi An.

Follow in the footsteps of gentle giants, visiting an elephant conservation project in Laos.

Your family become farmers for the day, enjoying a hands-on experience in Hoi An.

Take to the water and explore the majestic Lan Ha Bay by kayak.

Travel back in time and explore the mesmerizing temples of Angkor with a fun-filled family scavenger hunt.

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Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, your family will be greeted by a local representative and taken to your hotel. Your guide can give a short introduction to the city en route. The rest of today is free to relax or explore at your leisure.

Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang

Enjoy a family tuk-tuk ride with your guide to a small village known for its pottery-making skills. Spend time with a local family who will teach you how to make your very own masterpiece, which will be fired and delivered to your hotel in 24 hours.

Tad Sae waterfall

An early rise this morning to witness the Luang Prabang tradition of giving alms to the local monks. From here, head to the stunning Kuang Si Falls with your guide, where you can enjoy breakfast and swim if you wish. In the afternoon, visit Mandalao, one of the area's best and most ethical elephant experiences, to see these gentle giants up close. This will no doubt be a highlight for the whole family.

Street scene in Luang Prabang, Laos

This morning is free to relax or explore at your leisure. Your family may wish to visit the market again to take home some souvenirs or relax by the hotel's pool. Drive to the airport this afternoon by private transfer to catch a flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. On arrival, you're met and escorted to your hotel in the heart of the old quarter.

Temple of Literature, Hanoi

Leave the busy city and visit the local village of Ky Son for a bike ride through the countryside. Lunch will be served in the village before you finish at a local homestay for a snack and a herbal foot bath. Your guide will speak with you about your family's activity level before you set out to explore by bicycle.

Dancing in the park, Hanoi

After breakfast, your family will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Halong Marina with a private driver and guide. The journey here takes around two and a half hours, with stops available en route if required. Upon arrival, board your traditional Vietnamese junk for an afternoon cruising around the thousands of islets that make up this spectacular area. Enjoy dinner on board this evening while watching the sunset over the bay. All meals are included while on board. The menu on board can be tailored to your family's preferences.

Halong Bay

Visit one of the many islands for a bike ride around the local villages. In the afternoon, your family can opt to join a fun hands-on cooking class.

Heritage Line Ginger morning Tai Chi

An early rise for your family today as you wake to sunrise over the stunning limestone islets from your cabin, before driving back to Hanoi by private transfer this afternoon in time for your flight to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An.

Japanese bridge, Hoi An

After yesterday's traveling, spend today at leisure. Your family may wish to visit Hoi An's beach or explore the charming old town. Be sure to try some of the excellent restaurants serving cuisine that can only be found in central Vietnam. There are plenty of options to please the whole family.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Your family will be driven to a local farm today where you will don a traditional Vietnamese outfit before heading into the field. Watch the farmer work with the farm's water buffalo to plow the field and get your hands dirty participating in the harvest. A fun day out for everyone.

Planting the rice

Spend the morning relaxing before your evening flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor. On arrival, your driver and guide will meet you and your family for the drive to your homely boutique hotel on the outskirts of town. The inviting pool and proximity to local shops make this a convenient base to explore Siem Reap.

Ta Prohm temple being reclaimed by the jungle, Siem Reap

Meet your guide this morning for an exciting family scavenger hunt around the temples of Angkor Thom by tuk-tuk. In the afternoon, join your guide for an exploration of the most famous of the temples, Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Visit a local conservation community with your guide today to learn about traditional life in Cambodia and the efforts to maintain its unique environment. Enjoy a family boat ride on the Tonle Sap, walk or bike through the community farms, and relax in a hammock after a picnic lunch overlooking the rice fields.

Monk, Angkor Wat

It's time to say goodbye to Cambodia. Your guide and driver will be waiting to escort your family to the airport in time for your journey home.

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Sofitel Legend Metropole

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Orchid Cruise, Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

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Vinh Hung Merchant's House, Hoi An

Vinh Hung Merchant's House

Hoi An Chic Hotel, Hoi An

Hoi An Chic Hotel

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Garuda swimming pool, Montra Nivesha, Siem Reap

Montra Nivesha

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Day 2 : Arrival In Hanoi

Location: hanoi, accommodation: hotel, overnight flight, accommodation name: melia hotel, meals included: no meals, no meals.

After our morning arrival, we check in to our hotel before we have a wonderful introduction to Hanoi on our trip into the city’s old town by cycle rickshaws with time for some lunch before returning to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 : Hanoi

Accommodation: hotel, meals included: breakfast.

Today we explore Hanoi, past and present. The French created this gorgeous colonial city of tree lined avenues, belle epoque villas, grand public buildings and an Opera house, all built around more than a dozen enchanting lakes. This graceful scene blends beautifully with its old quarter, a tangle of narrow streets, the commercial heart of the city for hundreds of years and now full of tiny shops, pagodas and the ever-present populace astride their bicycles and mopeds. During our guided tour we also see the beautiful Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius and Vietnam’s first university, and the imposing marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh himself, embalmed and eerily on display. This afternoon is free for you to explore this beautiful city as you wish. You could even visit a traditional water puppet show (book and pay local)- a real spectacle where, as the name suggests, with the aid of fireworks and music, folk stories are played out by skilful puppeteers.

Day 4 : Halong Bay Cruise

Location: hạ long bay, hanoi.

Today we visit Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay. Leaving Hanoi, we enter a timeless landscape of rice paddies, following the Red River delta to the emerald seas of the Gulf of Tonkin. Just offshore, some 3,000 limestone islands and outcrops rise almost vertically from the sea, forming one of the most extraordinary and spectacular bays in the world. As we board our converted Chinese junk and glide along the jade-green waters it’s not hard to imagine how the myths of their creation began: a dragon is said to have plunged into the sea and its thrashing tail sculpted the craggy islands. We visit some of the vast and beautifully illuminated caves and grottoes before having lunch on board. We return to Hanoi late afternoon.

Day 5 : Hue

Location: da nang, hue, accommodation name: senna hue hotel.

Today we fly south to Danang and then drive over the stunning scenery of the Hai Van Pass before descending to Hue, Vietnam’s last royal capital and its traditional centre of religion, culture and education. It’s one of the country’s most beautiful small towns, bisected by the serene Perfume River and dominated by its immense Citadel. This houses the ancient capital, encircled by an amazing 6 miles of high, 65 foot-thick walls and a moat. Tonight we stay for two nights on bed and breakfast basis at the excellent five-star Imperial Hotel Hue.

Day 6 : Hue Imperial City

Location: hue, meals included: breakfast, lunch.

This morning we start with a leisurely river cruise to the magnificent seven-storied Thien Mu pagoda, a working Buddhist shrine, affording beautiful views towards the mountains on the border with Laos. We then visit the incredible complex of the Citadel and within it, the Imperial City. We see the Palace of Supreme Harmony, which contained the emperor’s throne and was the site of the most important official ceremonies and functions. Everything is painted in the royal colours of red and gold and the whole building is a stunning example of the magnificent lifestyle enjoyed by the Vietnamese royal family. In the afternoon we visit Emperor Tu Duc’s mausoleum. More interested in poetry than running the country, Tu Duc’s lifestyle suggests he had plenty of free time - he had 104 wives, 50-course meals and tea made from the dewdrops of lotus blossoms! It took 3,000 workers three years to build his amazing mausoleum, which includes a large lake, pavilions and a theatre. Lunch is included today and the evening is at leisure.

Day 7 : Saigon

Location: ho chi minh city, accommodation name: equatorial hotel.

Today we fly to Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as the locals still insist on calling it. Brash and boisterous, it has real zest for life. Built virtually from scratch by the French, on a bend of the wide Saigon River, we stay three nights on bed and breakfast at the excellent, five-star Equatorial Hotel. Saigon is Vietnam’s culinary capital offering a very wide variety of excellent dining experiences, from top class restaurants in swish luxury hotels to French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Indian options, plus everything in between.

Day 8 : Cu Chi Tunnels

Location: cu chi tunnel, ho chi minh city.

This will be a day to remember! We visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a complex underground network stretching for 200 kilometres, which included hospitals, meeting rooms, sleeping quarters and kitchens. Begun during the last years of French rule and vastly expanded during the 1960’s, the tunnels provided a base for the Vietcong from which to attack US forces within just 30 miles of Saigon. Our visit here is a fascinating insight into these times: we see the tunnels themselves and examples of the many mantraps and stake pits which protected them. Despite being carpet-bombed, the tunnels were never really penetrated and should you wish, you may even try out real period weapons on a firing range. We continue through rural farming communities back to Saigon. In the afternoon our city tour covers all the major sights including the colonial-style central post office, the cathedral and the Reunification Palace where famously in 1975, a tank burst through its gates in the final defining moment of the Vietnam War. We also see the War Remnants Museum and the lively Ben Thanh market a fascinating insight into Saigon daily life, you can find anything here, all at extremely good prices!

Day 9 : Mekong River Delta

Location: mekong river delta, ho chi minh city.

Today we drive out of Saigon towards the great Mekong River delta. The first stop is at one of the many islands where we walk through a typical village and try out several different types of tropical fruit that are grown in the area. Travelling in small boats we continue our exploration through the narrow canals by visiting the aptly named Coconut Island, where locals specialise in producing rice paper, coconut cakes and other local delicacies. Dappled sunlight filters through the wide leaves of the mangroves as we arrive at a typical local restaurant for lunch of local Mekong specialities, including the famous and delicious deep-fried elephant ear fish! We return to Saigon in the afternoon.

Day 10 : Fly To Phnom Penh

Location: phnom penh, accommodation name: palace gate hotel.

Our last morning in Vietnam and we have just enough time for a morning walk round Saigon centre, a coffee and a delicious pastry in one of the many cafés before taking the short flight to Phnom Penh and our hotel, the centrally-located four-star Palace Gate Hotel for two nights on bed and breakfast.

Day 11 : Phnom Penh

Today we’ll visit the majestic Royal Palace with its silver pagoda and the fascinating National Museum. After lunch in a local restaurant, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum – originally a school, turned into the country’s most notorious prison by the Khmer Rouge, it now charts the terrible suffering during their occupation of the city. Finally there’s time for a stop at one of the local markets before we return to our hotel for the evening. 

Day 12 : Phnom Penh To Siem Reap

Location: krong siem reap, accommodation: resort, accommodation name: borei angkor resort & spa.

Today we journey through the heart of rural Cambodia stopping at Kompong Thom for an included lunch en route to Siem Reap.

Day 13 : Angkor

Location: angkor wat.

Today we visit one of the largest religious structures in the world, Angkor Wat. We see the haunting soft morning light rise over the eerie temples of Angkor. At its height in the thirteenth century, Angkor had a staggering one million inhabitants. The incredible state of preservation, the beauty of its design and sculptures has, for many, made Angkor one of the great wonders of the world. We visit the fortified 13th century city of Angkor Thom, with its five monumental gates, and 300-foot-wide moat - its centre containing the temple of Bayon. We’ll also visit the smaller temple of Ta Prohm which has been left unrestored, with giant tropical trees bursting through the ruins, their roots clinging like tentacles.

Day 14 : Siem Reap Free Day

Today we have left free for you to return to the many monuments of Angkor, explore Siem Reap or relax around the attractive pool at the hotel. Alternatively, you could take an interesting tour to the nearby lake of Tonle Sap to visit a floating village (subject to season and water levels - book and pay local) or try your culinary skills by taking an optional half day cooking class (book and pay local)

Day 15 : Flight To Laos

Location: laos, accommodation name: pullman luang prabang.

An afternoon transfer to the airport for the short 1h.30 flight to Luang Prabang. Our hotel is the three-star superior Luang Prabang View Hotel with breakfast, located on a low hillside with wonderful views overlooking the town and verdant mountains beyond. There’s a stunning pool, restaurant, bar, a spa and a regular shuttle into town. Our Superior rooms have twin or double beds, bath with separate shower, hairdryer, safe, TV, tea/coffee facilities and free wi-fi.

Day 16 : Luang Prabang

Location: luang prabang.

The whole of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO-protected area, containing a wonderful fusion of beautiful French colonial buildings and traditional Lao houses. After breakfast our walking tour explores this amazing small town, with its quaint Royal Palace. The Mekong flows through the town and we board a private boat for a journey upriver, through beautiful scenery, to the Pak Ou caves, set in a limestone cliff and filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. We stop at a couple of riverside villages en-route to see some traditional rice-wine making and weaving. Lunch will be served on the boat. Next, it’s the magnificent Royal temple of Wat Xiengthong, with its sweeping roofline in the classic Laos style. As dusk falls, the main street is closed to vehicles and the fascinating night market takes over, full of great street food stalls and wonderful handicrafts.

Day 17 : Luang Prabang

This morning you can witness and even partake if you wish, in the early morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’, or offering alms to the monks, a tradition providing some wonderful photo opportunities. You’ll also visit the market to see the locals shop for superb fresh produce. Not far from town is the picturesque Kuang Si waterfall, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the many turquoise pools and walk along the woodland trails. Just adjacent is the Bear Rescue Centre whose worthy mission is protecting the rare Asiatic black bear. We arrive back in Luang Prabang by lunchtime and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 18 : Luang Prabang

Location: hanoi, heathrow airport.

This morning before breakfast you can witness and even partake if you wish, in the early morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’, or offering alms to the monks, a tradition providing some wonderful photo opportunities. You’ll also visit the market to see the locals shop for superb fresh produce. Not far from town is the picturesque Kuang Si waterfall, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the many turquoise pools and walk along the woodland trails. Just adjacent is the Bear Rescue Centre whose worthy mission is protecting and rehabilitating the rare Asiatic black bear. We arrive back in Luang Prabang by lunchtime, with the rest of the day is at leisure. An included afternoon tea is available for you to enjoy at your hotel.

Day 19 : Return Home

Location: united kingdom.

We fly back to the UK via Hanoi, arriving at Heathrow the next day.

We arrive back in the UK early morning after a truly unforgettable tour.

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This review is for the....

This review is for the italian Lake Como trip Aug 1-8 Wow what a trip. Riviera from start to finish were excellent the booking and help line answering questions were very good and clear. The travel booklet you get is laid out that it is simple to read and follow with step by step info from booking in to flights to meeting the guides. Our guide Matt Purse was just the best guide and real credit to Riviera with his knowledge and straight forward approach to running the trips. Matt kept us informed and told us all the sort of info you want to know without going over the top....This chap should teach other reps ..thank you so much. The coaches they use are all clean and well equipped with usb chargers and have aircon. The places chosen to visit were well researched even down to where coaches park or drop you off. The Bernina Express was the highlight for our family and matts photo tip was welcomed. The only down point was the hotel,a little dated and evening meal in main restuarant was a bit of a let down. I think we were lucky with our room on level 7 and with balcony as the walls are very thin and noise travels. We would book again with riviera

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I have been on three trips with Riviera Travel so far, with two more booked during 2024. Highly recommended. Excellent tour guides. Great program of visits. Great hotels used.

We would go again in a heartbeat

Oh my goodness, what a relief it was to actually get away! Full marks to all at Riviera for keeping us up to date before our trip and for the help so cheerfully and patiently given with the extra admin that Covid brought our way. We felt totally safe with the measures taken on board, thank you very much for this. Without exception, Staff were fantastic and our every need was attended to. The additional Covid testing ran smoothly, organised by our Riviera Reps. The guided tours were most interesting: the guides very knowledgeable and more importantly, interesting to listen to. We loved this trip and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you again Riviera, you were FAB!

Second escorted tour with this...

Second escorted tour with this company. Did 5 days in Iceland tour. Everything went smoothly, excellent tour guide, Per. Extremely knowledgeable and interesting guy. Very friendly too. Highly recommend. Just let down by the room given at the hotel, but I guess the travel company doesn't have control over this.

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Riviera have amazing holidays and tours to choose from. The one we chose was South Africa and wow! It turned out to be our best trip ever - incredible memories we will never forget. We’ve been all over the world which was because of all our experiences, this one was awesome. The organisation of the holiday, the guide and the travel was e cells that. The choice of hotels, meals, restaurants, trips was absolutely fantastic - very good quality and character - nothing bland or boring! The Riviera guide was permanently with us along with a South Africa guide and they were both extremely friendly, professional, informative and you could ask any questions you want! I would massively recommend this holiday/trip and when you’ve experienced it, you realise how reasonable the price is. We reflect on this trip a lot and thank you Riviera for giving us such a wonderful experience.

Rhine Christmas markets cruise

Just completed a 5 day trip on the Rhine. Our first river cruise and a tester for future cruises. The boat was well appointed and the cabin and public areas were spotlessly clean. The staff were attentive and contributed to the very relaxed atmosphere on the boat. The quality of the food surpassed that which we have experiened on sea cruises in recent years. I have written little because it was a faultless experience. We have booked a further cruise (in France) on the basis of our experience.

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My first cruise and I couldn’t have done better than my recent Seine River cruise. Carmen the tour organiser was excellent and always willing to go the extra mile to sort out any problems. The crew were amazing , friendly and helpful, the captain was great when explaining the controls on the bridge. Everything was very clean, food truly delicious and the pianist a delight and I was able to indulge my passion for dancing. My fellow guests were a delight and I made many new friends. Thank you Riviera

Although most people seem to...

Although most people seem to book and pay for their holidays online, because we live close by we prefer to make a personal visit. In my opinion if they are offering this as an option they should be better equipped to accommodate visits in person. We have not been on our river cruise yet, so can't comment on that yet.

My 3rd Riviera trip within...

My 3rd Riviera trip within a year and I wasn't disappointed 😁 This time it was https://www.rivieratravel.co.uk/escorted-tours/southern-india-coastal-route-solo-travellers This trip, although not cheap, it really offers exceptional value for money as you see a lot of Tamil Nadu and Kerela, stay in fantastic hotels, excellent breakfasts every day as well as some lunches and dinners also included. George Bareham, our "Tour Manager" was brilliant, very professional, but also friendly and diligent. Satheeshan, our local guide was helpful and picked me up antibiotics when I got ill, he was a nice chap, if (for my taste) went on a bit and used 20 words when 1 would suffice. Mr Sweeny, our coach driver was fantastic,really professional and an exceptionally good driver. His assistant, Murgon wad a delight, always smiling and attentive. This is a full on trip, early morning starts and quite a packed itinerary, but still leaving time to laze around some brilliant hotel swimming pools. Only a couple of suggestions to improve the holiday. More shopping time in Cochin and change carriers from Etihad who, unfortunately aren't the excellent airline they used to be. But, will I use Riviera Travel again - Yes 😁

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Presently in Croatia staying at Arauana Hotel, supposedly a 4 star property, but wouldn't give it any star rating. Rooms are small and dirty. Wallpaper blistering. Meals served in a shed like lean-to. Food like warm, greasy and always self service. Second holiday with Riviera this year and neither at standard advertised. Have travelled with them previously and everything was fine, but standards have really dropped. Have booked a holiday with them next year and now dreading it. Certainly don't provide the standard advertised. We have never stayed in such a hovel and have visited youngsters in back packers accommodation which was far better than this supposedly 4 star accommodation. There are no indoor bars or lounges only a shed as a so called restaurant. Absolutely disgusting. Won't be boking with them again

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