Indochina Discovery

Tour Code: ID21 | 2 Reviews
Duration
21 days
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Capture the quintessence of Indochina with our 21-day Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos tour. Start your Indochina tour with Phnom Penh city tour and Angkor Temples discovery. Take a flight to quaint Luang Prabang city before heading to some of the most famous Buddhist temples. Journey to Vietnam from the north to the south with many must-visit attractions including superb Halong Bay, intriguing Hue, wondrous Hoi An town and bustling Saigon.

Route

Phnom Penh(2N) – Siem Reap(3N) – Luang Prabang(3N) – Hanoi(3N) – Halong Bay(1N) – Hue(1N) – Hoi An(2N) – Saigon(4N)

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Highlights

  • Discover symbols of Phnom Penh capital: Royal Place, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum, Wat Ounalom, Tuol Sleng Museum
  • Uncover the beauty of Angkor Thom complex and Angkor Wat with many famous relics
  • Wander Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Witness Hue’s imperial elegance
  • Enjoy lantern-lit streets and age-old architecture in majestic Hoi An

Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival via Saigon

Depart for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, transiting in Saigon. On arrival in Cambodia, you will be taken to your hotel for check-in.

Meal: In-flight meals.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh City Tour

Today, you will visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime before heading to Royal Palace to learn about the atrocities that took place here. Afterwards, continue to visit the National Museum, Cambodia’s largest museum of cultural history.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 3: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

Take a 6-hour drive through the rice fields to Phnom Penh. The journey offers an excellent opportunity to observe rural Cambodia up-close. Stop along the way and visit a market, where every assortment of street food is available, including a Khmer favourite, fried spiders!
Once you arrive in Siem Reap, you will check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Note: The ride is not less than 6 hours at least. In case you want a better self- comfort you can pay the surcharge to replace it with a domestic flight. Please contact our reservation team for more details.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 4: Siem Reap – Temple Discovery

Spend a full day discovering the mystical Angkor temples. The world heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas-reliefs. It is one of the most amazing man-made monuments in the world. Visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm Monastery, Angkor Thom, Bayon and the Elephant Terrace. Tonight, we are honoured our guests the dinner with “Apsara Dance”.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap Free Day

Spend a day at your leisure.

Tonle Sap Lake Tour
Hop on a private boat to Tonle Sap Lake and visit unique villages with gardens, market, and restaurants all floating on water.

Phare Circus in Siem Reap Tour
Siem Reap’s most unique, authentic, top-rated evening entertainment. You’ll feast your senses on a 90-minute spectacle that blends a riveting theatre with folk music and distinctly Cambodian stories.

Sunset Q-Bike Adventure
Let’s join us on a Q-bike adventure that is exclusively designed to take you away from the tourist crowds and to picture what authentic Cambodia is. The scenic rice fields, forests and villages will roll out as you are riding through the rural area at Sunset.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 6: Siem Reap – Luang Prabang

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will be taken to check in your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 7: Luang Prabang City Tour

Today you will have the chance to visit some of the Buddhist temples that the region is so famous for. Start the trip with a visit to the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses a collection of valuables, including the famous Prabang Buddha statue and gifts received from foreign dignitaries. Then, continue to Wat Visoun, considered the oldest operating temple in Luang Prabang. Later, visit Wat Aham and Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries in the region.
Next, we will visit TAEC Cafe, located inside the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center (TAE), and take a tour of TAEC, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories. It is a great opportunity to gain insight into the Lao people.
In the afternoon climb Mount Phousi, rising 150 metres above the centre of town, from the summit you can enjoy a spectacular 360-degree outlook across the city and its many temples. Admire sunset before heading back down to the hotel where you will be on your own for the rest of the day.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 8: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Khuang Si Waterfall

This morning embark on an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. These two linked caves are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make local rice wine. Relax and enjoy the leisurely cruise back to Luang Prabang.
Upon arrival in the city, we will go directly to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. On our way back to Luang Prabang, we stop to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park, a must-visit spot where you can have an optional 15-minute tour to learn about butterflies and local flora.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 9: Luang Prabang - Flight to Hanoi

Enjoy some free time in Luang Prabang before transferring to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. On arrival at Noi Bai airport and transfer to your new hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is yours to relax and settle into your new surrounds.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

 

Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Today, you will take a 3.5-hour transfer by bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay, “a spectacular seascape sculpted by nature” by UNESCO due to its breathtaking caves and limestone pillars sitting on the water. Upon arrival, you will board a ship to explore the stunning scenery with a myriad of mysterious caves of all shapes and sizes.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

 

Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi

The Halong Bay tour continues today with a morning spent cruising on to the Man’s Head, Tortoise Islands and then Luon Cave by small bamboo boat. After brunch, continue to travel through Bai Tu Long to Bai Chay before disembarking.

Hanoi Street Food Tour
Enjoy a walk around the Old Quarter in the afternoon and have a taste of Northern Vietnamese delicacies such as stuffed pancake, banh my, stuffed sticky rice balls, the unique egg coffee and many more.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 12: Hanoi Free Day

Spend a day at your leisure.

Hoa Lu – Tam Coc Tour 
In the morning, arrive in Hoa Lu and start exploring the ancient kingdom with thousand-year-old buildings. Visit the famous temples worshipping the kings of Dinh & Le Dynasties before proceeding to Tam Coc. Upon arrival, enjoy your lunch before embarking on a boat trip to witness the exquisiteness of the karst formations and caves. We will travel back to Hanoi in the late afternoon.

Bat Trang Pottery Village
This half-day tour is designed to show the famous 550-year-old pottery village which is just 45-minute drive from the downtown. Once in the village, you’ll walk along the narrow alleys to explore the village life.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 13: Hanoi City Tour - Flight to Da Nang - Hoi An

This morning, you will take a half day Hanoi City Tour to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (a monumental edifice built to commemorate the Vietnamese Revolutionary leader), One Pillar Pagoda (one of Vietnam’s two most iconic temples), Temple of Literature (known as the first university of Vietnam) and Tran Quoc Pagoda (one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). In the afternoon, get ready for a flight to Da Nang, then, a transfer to Hoi An Old Town.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 14: Hoi An Walking Tour

Explore Hoi An’s bustling local market and other attractions with unique architecture such as Old Merchants’ House, a local Chinese Temple and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the peaceful Thu Bon River, one of the world’s famous trading port in the past. It will be an ideal day for you to learn about the fascinating stories and history of these ancient architectures.

Teh Dar Show
Join us a fantastic cultural Teh Dar Show and immerse in an interesting story of Vietnamese highlanders. Get ready to be amazed at the stunning acrobatic movements of the skilled artists and feel the spiritual life’s beauty through an exceptional background live music.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

 

Day 15: Hoi An Free Day

Spend a day at your leisure.

Hoi An Cooking Class Tour 
A chance for you to experience all the typical features of traditional Vietnamese cuisine and master your cooking skills with unique recipes.

Golden Bridge Tour
Admire the astounding bridge lifted by two “hands of the Gods” in Ba Na Hill. From this amazing man-made wonders, you can enjoy the marvellous scenery of natures from above. Take this tour and walk among your fairy tales.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 16: Hoi An Free Day

Spend a day to explore the delights of this wonderful town at your own pace.

My Son Sanctuary and Thanh Ha Village 
My Son sanctuary, a great sample of ancient Champa civilization situated in the southern region of Vietnam. Stand astounded by a great number of exquisite stone sculptures, temples and towers nestled in a tropical jungle.

Tra Que vegetable village Tour 
Observe and try the local farming activities. Learn the process of planting vegetable such as raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables and many others. A light meal will be served during the tour.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 17: Hoi An - Da Nang – Flight to Saigon

This morning, get transferred to Da Nang Airport and take a flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel for check-in.

A O Show
A O Show is a sophisticated cultural show featuring talented. This show will bring you on a journey from the rural to the urban life of Vietnam via a series of sketches and acts involving Vietnamese traditional props.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

 

Day 18: Saigon City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels

After breakfast, spend your half day for a Saigon City tour to many highlights such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, War Remnant Museum and have fun shopping at Ben Thanh market. In the afternoon, continue to Cu Chi Tunnels, a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers and booby traps used by both the Viet Minh and the Viet Cong during Vietnam-US war. The tunnel system had become legendary during the 1960s as a strategic military base and underground community life.

Vespa Adventure – Saigon After Dark Tour 
Discover Saigon’s nightlife on the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Enjoy your amazing night by whisking away the city and stop by some shops to taste Saigon’s best authentic local food.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 19: Saigon Free Day - Optional Mekong River Cruise

Spend a day at your leisure.

Mekong River Cruise Tour 
Embark on a cruise to Ben Tre river and visit brickwork, coconut processing workshop, a local village making sleep mattresses. Continue taking a motor cart (xe lôi) or cycling through the green rice fields and vegetable plains. Lunch is served at the restaurant riverside. In the afternoon, sail through water palm creek by rowboat and get back to Hung Vuong Pier for departing to Saigon.

Dinner on Saigon River Cruise Tour
Dinner on Saigon river cruise offers an opportunity to witness another side of Saigon. Enjoy the river breeze gently caressing your skin, together with renowned Vietnamese delicacies which guarantee to make your evening unforgettable.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 20: Saigon – Depart

Enjoy the day at your leisure.

Meal: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 21: Home Arrival

Get ready for a flight back to your home.

Meal: N/A.
Accommodation: N/A.

Inclusions

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Accommodation and meals in the itinerary.
  • All local boat rentals and cycling as mentioned in the program.
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program.
  • Water bottles during tours.
  • Transportation by air-conditioning vehicles.
  • Local English-speaking tour guides.

*Actual accommodation may vary due to availability. However, equivalent quality is guaranteed.


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Dates & Prices

*Prices included Location Surcharge and Peak Season surcharge
* indicates Lowest Price for that region

Important

  • Surcharge of AUD350 for departures from Adelaide, Canberra or Brisbane and AUD500 for departures from Perth
  • Surcharge of AUD200 for departures in March, April, September & November
  • Surcharge of AUD800 for departures in January , February
  • Surcharge of Standard: AUD850; Premium: AUD890; Luxury: AUD1499 for Single Supplement
  • Surcharge of AUD200 for Trip Extension (Administrative Fee only, No Service included)

Tipping: Tipping is not mandatory. However, it’s appreciation and expectation. We suggest 5$/pax/day tipping.

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