Indochina Explorer - Gold Accommodation
Small group tour
19 days -
From AU$9094* PP
This comprehensive journey takes in the history, culture and natural beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In historic Cambodia, uncover the museums and monuments of the capital, Phnom Penh, before witnessing the incredible temples of Angkor. Travel from south to north through Vietnam, which reveals bustling cities, sparkling bays, ancient relics and delectable cuisine. In Laos, experience the Asia of yesteryear with its languid pace and welcoming people.
- 17 nights hotel accommodation
- 1 night cruise accommodation
- breakfast daily
- 5 lunches and 5 dinners
- 6 internal flights within Asia
- transport in air-conditioned vehicles except electric trolleys in Luang Prabang
- cyclos in Phnom Penh and tuk-tuks in Angkor
- small group touring
- entrance fees
- local English-speaking guides
- Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers and return transfers.
Prices and Departures
Small Group Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-2: PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer by private car to your hotel. Join your fellow travellers and tour leader for welcome drinks. Discover Phnom Penh's rich French colonial past on a cyclo ride and explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Reflect on the Pol Pot era at Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields then explore the Central Market and Olympic Stadium. Enjoy a drink and appetisers aboard a relaxing sunset cruise on the Mekong River.
Hotel: Raffles Hotel Le Royal
DAYS 3-4: SIEM REAP & ANGKOR WAT
Take a short flight to Siem Reap, gateway to the magnificent temples of Angkor and journey to Tonle Sap Lake and cruise past the floating villages before returning to Siem Reap. Walk through the temple complex in the pre-dawn light to witness the sun rise over Angkor Wat. Wander past Bayon and jungle-covered Ta Prohm temples, and admire Banteay Srei’s intricate pink sandstone carvings before a group dinner.
Hotel: Shinta Mani Club
DAYS 5-7: SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA, VIETNAM
Fly to Saigon and enjoy a welcome drink. Gain insights into the resilience of the Vietnamese people as you investigate the Cu Chi tunnels before wandering the city's historic Dong Khoi Street. Tour the Notre Dame Cathedral and War Remnants Museum, and wind your way through the Mekong Delta’s canals.
Hotel: Renaissance Riverside Hotel
DAYS 8-10: HUE & HOI AN
Fly north to Hue and discover its historic sites, including the Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda, then visit the Spiral Foundation. A spectacular drive brings you to Hoi An. Stop at traditional houses and temples, and see the iconic Japanese Bridge. Enjoy a free day for further exploration.
Hotel: La Residence Hotel & Spa
Hotel: Almanity Hoi An
DAYS 11-13: HALONG BAY & HANOI
Fly from Danang to Haiphong, and drive to Halong Bay for your overnight cruise. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on board. Continue to Hanoi, and see a water puppet performance. Visit the Temple of Literature and ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison before a group dinner.
Hotel: Overnight boat
Hotel: Melia Hotel
DAYS 14-15: VIENTIANE, LAOS
Fly to the Lao capital, Vientiane. Taste traditional Lao coffee at a local coffee shop in the morning, and then explore famous landmarks, such as the COPE Centre, Wat Pha That Luang and the Patuxai Monument. Discover the art of Lao silk weaving during your visit to a weaving centre in an old French villa, and late afternoon receive a unique welcome at a traditional Lao Baci ceremony in a local home.
Hotel: Settha Palace
DAYS 16-19: LUANG PRABANG & PAK OU CAVES
A short flight brings you to fabled Luang Prabang. Take a walking tour of town highlights, then participate in a fun cooking class in a beautiful rural setting. Savour a traditional Lao breakfast and explore Wat Xieng Thong and the Royal Palace. A boat trip to Pak Ou Caves unveils a vast collection of Buddha sculptures spanning many centuries. Return to Luang Prabang for free time. Rise early to witness the ancient ritual of local monks collecting alms at dawn, then visit a morning market. Visit Kuang Si Falls and learn the art of making sticky rice and grilled chicken – your own picnic lunch. End with a game of petanque and sunset drinks. Enjoy a farewell dinner before departure.
Hotel: Maison Souvannaphoum
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