Indochina Classic Tour

Multi Country Tour - 15 Days

There's so much to see and do in Laos and the great thing about it is that it's easy to do with the help of a single day or multi-day tour with professionals.

This is the quintessential Mekong tour – a fantastically well-organised 15-day romp through Indochina taking in the exotic sights of Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Halong, Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue, Saigon, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Find out more about the glittering culture of these lands, enjoy the fabulous beaches, discover the delicate cuisine and simply bask in the divergence that makes these destinations so alluring.


Indochina Classic Tour
Day 1 - Vientiane

Arrival in Vientiane
Transfer
Sightseeing in Vientiane
The capital city of Laos, Vientiane still feels like a sleepy city with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards, interesting wats and colorful markets. Tour the different highlights of the city, including Pha That Lung, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps most important national monument in Laos; Ho Pha Keo, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; Wat Si Saket; and Patuxai, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs.
Overnight in Vientiane

Day 2 - Luang Prabang

Transfer
Flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang
Transfer
Sightseeing in Luang Prabang
Set between the Nam Khan and Nam Ou rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Begin your tour with Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stenciled murals. From there, stroll down the main street (Wat Street) of Luang Prabang. Time permitting, stop at some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moung, Wat Sop and Wat Sene.
Visit Mount Phousi for sunset
Climb the hillside stairs to the small temples atop PHOU SI, the 100m high hill which sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 3 - Luang Prabang

Sightseeing in Luang Prabang
In the morning, visit a Local Market to see the bustle and activity of the early morning. Continue to the National Museum (Royal Palace), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. (Closed on Tuesdays). Afterwards, visit Wat Mai.
Excursion by boat to Pak Ou Caves
Travel down the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the Pal Ou Caves. These extraordinary caves are filled with Buddha images, of every style and material imaginable. On the return journey, stop at Ban Xang Hai, a local village famous for the production of lao lao, the local rice wine whisky.
Visit the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong
A village near Luang Prabang well known for its traditional handwoven cotton and silk, as well as production of the local sa (mulberry) paper.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 4 - Luang Prabang

Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls
From Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Waterfall, travel by vehicle to visit minorities village of Ban Muang Khai Continue by car to Kuang Si Waterfall, located in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang, this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. Enjoy swimming in the clear water or just relaxing in the natural environment. Continue to Ban Tha Pene, a nearby Khmu village, before returning to Luang Prabang by vehicle.
Afternoon at leisure
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 5 - Halong

Transfer
Flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi
Arrival in Hanoi
By vehicle from Hanoi Airport to Halong
Overnight in Halong

Day 6 - Hanoi

Excursion by boat through Halong Bay including lunch (4 hours)
Cruise on a traditional wooden boat among the emerald waters and craggy limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, stopping to explore one of the many caves in this area. Sail past picturesque islands, floating villages, fishermen casting their nets and pearl fisheries and observe the rhythms of daily life on the bay. Return to Halong pier.
By vehicle from Halong to Hanoi
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 7 - Hoi An

Sightseeing in Hanoi with a visit by cyclo to the Old Quarter
Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, HANOI still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shophouses invite exploration by cyclo, while its many beautiful public spaces lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals. Begin your day visiting the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best surving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university. Continue to the miniature One Pillar Pagoda. Also dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Today it stands near the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial, a lovely park setting which is home to Ho Chi Minh's final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials. Stroll past the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed to visitors on Mondays and Fridays), where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. Continue through the park to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1948 until his final days. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows. Finally, discover the Old Quarter of Hanoi by cyclo. This fascinating network of narrow alleys and shophouses is also known as 'The 36 Streets,' each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts to medicines to tombstones. A handicraft-lover's paradise and a endlessly interesting place to explore local life.
Transfer
Flight from Hanoi to Danang
By vehicle from Danang to Hoi An
Journey south past the Marble Mountains and small villages.
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 8 - Hoi An

Sightseeing in Hoi An
The exquisitely preserved merchant town of HOI AN was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Its colorful shophouses and temples reflect a diverse heritage, dating back to the 16th and 17th century, when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving center of traditional crafts and a shoppers’ paradise, best explored on foot. Wander through the cobbled streets, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling Central Market and the small Harbour where colorfully painted boats are moored. The walking tour will include visits to a Private House, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting; to one of the Family Chapels built by prominent merchant or official families as centers for ancestor worship; and to a typical Chinese-Style Pagoda or Assembly Hall. Finally, continue to the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream.
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 9 - Hue

By vehicle from Hoi An to Hue with sightseeing in Danang
From Hoi An begin driving north, stopping just outside Danang to visit the Marble Mountains, five stone hillocks, once islands, that now rise sharply from the surrounding ricefields. Riddled with caves and shrines, they are said to each represent one of the five elements of the universe. Continue to the city of Danang, briefly passing China Beach, a famous R&R spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam-American War, and touring the Cham Museum an elegant colonial building which now houses the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. From Danang, journey north past Lang Co, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the South China Sea, before arriving at Danang. Continue along steep mountainous roads with spectacular views of the coastline, crossing the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam.
Sightseeing in Hue
Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.
Excursion to Thien Mu Pagoda with a boat trip on the Huong Giang river
Embark on a local boat and cruise down the Perfume River to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue's most widely recognizable monument. During the early 1960s, this became a center of anti-government protest, and the site of the famous self-immolation of the monk Thich Quang Duc.
Overnight in Hue

Day 10 - Saigon

Sightseeing in Hue
Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.
Visit the Old Imperial City
Located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modelled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking Flag Tower, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing Ngo Mon Gate, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit Dien Tho Residence ( Dien Tho palace) is where the Queen mother lived, visit Thai Hoa Palace, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the original Nine Dynastic Urns, among other sites.
• Visit Dong Ba Market
A local market near the Imperial City
Transfer
Flight from Hue to Saigon
Transfer
Overnight in Saigon

Day 11 - Saigon

Sightseeing in Saigon and Cholon (Chinatown)
A vibrant metropolis, SAIGON teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorcyles, chatting on cellphones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense. Begin your tour of this exciting city with a tour of the historic center, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville, the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Afterwards dive into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style uwas famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. Continue to the harrowing War Remnants Museum, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War. Inside are detailed photographic exhibitions; outside is a collection of tanks, planes and weapons. A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions. In the afternoon, head out to Cholon (China Town), stopping to visit two of Saigon's most interesting pagodas, the Jade Emporer Pagoda and Giac Lam Pagoda, the oldest in the city. The sprawling, densely packed Cholon retains a traditional Asian feeling, unlike the more modern Saigon city center. Explore the highlights of this fascinating area, beginning with a brief visit to Binh Tay Market, the vast wholesale market selling every kind of good from dried foods to T shirts to electronics. Continue to Thien Hau Pagoda, build by the Cantonese congregation and dedicated to the heavenly goddess. End your tour at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste
Overnight in Saigon

Day 12 - Phnom Penh

Transfer
Flight from Saigon to Phnom Penh
Arrival in Phnom Penh
Transfer
Sightseeing in Phnom Penh
Explore Pnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city. Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendor hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business. Start your tour at Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital; according to legend the city began here when a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues and built the temple to house them. Afterwards, see the splendor of Cambodia's royal heritage by visiting the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi, the adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, and the elegant National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer art. In the afternoon, learn about a chapter from Cambodia's more recent, tragic, past at the Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide). Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime - at that time known as Security Prison 21, or simply S-21. Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors - only seven of whom came out alive. Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh's two great markets, the Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building, and the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more.
Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 13 - Siem Reap

Transfer
Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Transfer
Sightseeing in Angkor
Visit Angkor Thom
The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public cermonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle.
Visit a temple for sunset
Watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 14 - Siem Reap

Sightseeing in Angkor
Visit Angkor Wat
The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Ankor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stonecarvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.
Visit Ta Prohm
One of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.
Visit Banteay Srei Temple
Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, BANTEAY SREI is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, fairy-like atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favorite with visitors.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 15 - Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for departure flight to onward destination 

Special Rates
01/11/13 - 31/10/14
(LA) 15 Days Indochina Classic 2, A
Rates per person in US Dollar
Private Groups Price Single Supp
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-6 Pax 435
4,625 2,965 2,685
  • Please note, due to unpredictable fuel costs, this price may be amended without notice, but as soon we receive a booking request we will immediately check with our agents to find the cheapest price possible.
  • Reduction for 3rd pax in triple room Var. A:$63; Var. B:$80; Var. C:$121.
  • Child reduction (sharing bed of parents): under 2 years FOC; under 12 years -30%
01/11/13 - 31/10/14
(LA) 15 Days Indochina Classic 2, B
Rates per person in US Dollar
Private Groups Price Single Supp
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-6 Pax 605
4,970 3,140 2,860
  • Please note, due to unpredictable fuel costs, this price may be amended without notice, but as soon we receive a booking request we will immediately check with our agents to find the cheapest price possible.
  • Reduction for 3rd pax in triple room Var. A:$63; Var. B:$80; Var. C:$121.
  • Child reduction (sharing bed of parents): under 2 years FOC; under 12 years -30%
01/11/13 - 31/10/14
(LA) 15 Days Indochina Classic 2, C
Rates per person in US Dollar
Private Groups Price Single Supp
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-6 Pax 1,115
5,985 3,645 3,370
  • Please note, due to unpredictable fuel costs, this price may be amended without notice, but as soon we receive a booking request we will immediately check with our agents to find the cheapest price possible.
  • Reduction for 3rd pax in triple room Var. A:$63; Var. B:$80; Var. C:$121.
  • Child reduction (sharing bed of parents): under 2 years FOC; under 12 years -30%

Note: All prices are per person in USD, based on twin-sharing in double rooms in the default hotel for the listed category. Single supplement will be charged starting from 2 pax up for each pax occupying a single room.

* Meal plan: included in itinerary

Hotel
Var. A
Var.B
Var.C
Vientiane Avalon Hotel
Standard Twin (TWN) (No Extra Bed)
Avalon Hotel
Standard Double (DBL) (No Extra Bed)
Sengtawan Riverside
Standard (DBL) (No Extra Bed)
Phasouk Residence
Deluxe Standard
Vansana Riverside Hotel
Standard
City Inn Vientiane
Deluxe
Sabaidee@Lao Hotel Vientiane
Superior Double (DBL)(No Extra Bed)
Lao Plaze Hotel
Superior/Regular Floor
Luang Prabang Treasure Hotel Laos
Studio Courtyard(TWN)
Villa Saykham
Superior (No Extra Bed)
Villa Pumalin
Superior
Ban Lao Hotel
Deluxe/New Building (TWN)
My Dream Boutique Resort and Spa
Classic Courtyard
Maison Dalabua
Classic [TWN] (No Extra Bed)Courtyard
Le Palais Juliana Luang Prabang
Deluxe
Halong Saigon Halong Hotel
Superior Mountain New (No Extra Bed)
Heritage Halong Hotel
Superior [EUR/USA/JAP/AUS/Africa Mkts] )
Ha Long Palace Hotel
Deluxe
Halong Dream Hotel
Supeior
Halong Plaze
Deluxe
Royal Lotus Hotel Halong
Deluxe (No Extra Bed)
Novotel Ha Long Bay
Standard (No Extra Bed)
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter Hotel
Premium (No Extra Bed)
Anise Hotel
Superior (No Extra Bed)
Galaxy Hotel
Deluxe
Royal Gate Hotel
Deluxe (No Extra Bed)
Boss Hotel
Superior
La Dolce Vita Hotel
Superior
Hotel Nikko Hanoi
ROH [Deluxe City/Park View/Non JAP]
Horison Hanoi Hotel
Standard (F. Superior) (No Extra bed)
Hoi An Phuoc An River Hotel
Deluxe River
Van Loi Hotel
Standard Garden (No Extra Bed)
Hoian Pacific Hotel & Spa
Superior
Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa
Superior
Hotel booked separately by client
Hue Hue Queen 1 Hotel
Standard [EU Mkt]
Festive Hue Hotel
ROH [Superior and Deluxe]
Mondial Hue Hotel
ROH [Standard/Superior with City/Pool View]
Romance Hotel
ROH [Deluxe Mountain & Stadium View/Deluxe City View]
Camellia Hue Hotel
ROH (Deluxe City View/Deluxe Sky View) (No Extra Bed)
Imperial Hotel Hue
Deluxe City View
Best Western Premier Indochine Palace
Palace Deluxe
Saigon Liberty 3 Hotel
Deluxe [f. Superior]
Sapphire Hotel
Junior
Elios Hotel
Superior
Liberty 4 Hotel
Deluxe
Ramana Saigon Hotel
Superior (No Extra Bed)
Kingston Hotel
Premium Superior
Vien Dong Hotel
ROH
Moevenpick Hotel Saigon
Superior
Equatorial Hotel
Deluxe (Worldwide except JAP /AUS/New Zealand)
Phnom Penh Pacific Hotel Phnom Penh
Deluxe
Princess Hotel Phnom Penh
Superior [F.Standard]
New York Hotel
Standard
The Juliana Hotel
Superior
Ohana Hotel
Deluxe with Balcony
Nagaworld Hotel
Deluxe (Worldwide except Asian Market)
Siem Reap Royal Empire Hotel
Superior
Angkor Holiday Hotel
Superior
Casa Angkor Hotel
Superior
Khemara Angkor Hotel
Deluxe
Angkor Riviera Hotel
Superior (No Extra Bed)
Pacific Hotel
Superior
Borei Angkor Resort & Spa
ROH [Deluxe/Landmark/Special Rate]
Additional Information

Includes

- Accommodation and meals as described (please note that some hotels provide only continental breakfast).
- All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport.
- Domestic airfares as states in the itinerary in economy class.
- All entrance fees.
- English, French or German-speaking guides (other languages available upon request).

Excludes

- Visa fees.
- Airport taxes.
- Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, souvenirs.

Remarks

For bookings of roundtrip or module packages, we will confirm one of the hotels mentioned above according to the selected category. Please note that compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges may apply during peak periods surrounding the public holidays of Christmas and New Year - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.

 

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