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Highlights of Indo China

A gentle journey through the iconic sites of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

17 days

from £4,390pp (excluding flights)

Local markets and peaceful temples of Laos combined with the bustling cities and iconic vistas of Vietnam and Cambodia’s history, winding river journeys and endless beaches. This holiday through Indo China takes in the highlights with some insider secrets.

  • Witness the magical sight of the monks moving silently through the streets of Luang Prabang
  • Explore the remote islands of Halong Bay by kayak
  • Experience the temples of Angkor at their most magical, with no one else around
  • Cycle to traditional villages outside Hoi An where rural life thrives
  • Watch river life unfold during a peaceful river journey on the Mekong 

Journey from Vietnam to Cambodia and Laos on this holiday to Indo China, including highlights from each of these fascinating countries. 

Vietnam

This holiday to Indo China begins in Vietnam with visits to the iconic cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, both of which showcase the vibrancy of the country. Spend time cruising among the peaceful limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, exploring remote islands before flying south to the Imperial city of Hue, home to an impressive 19th century citadel. Finally, the UNESCO city of Hoi An allows for colourful exploration and delicious food with time for rural adventures.

Cambodia

Moving south for several days in Cambodia allows time for Khmer temples - some hidden and others well known but all sublime. Witness meandering river life along the Mekong and hot and steamy street food or sophisticated dinners at former French shop-houses. Shop, wander and explore the traditional streets of charming Siem Reap.

Laos

This exploration of Indo China ends in the sleepy and delightful town of Luang Prabang, certainly one of the highlights of this journey. Saffron clad monks, markets brimming with colour and gold tiled temples roofs make this the fitting end of a fascinating trip. 

Best time to visit Indo China

Vietnam, being long and thin has two seasons but for this itinerary, our suggestion would be to visit from December to March (January can have some rain in North Vietnam). This also coincides with the warm but dry season in Cambodia and Laos.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4390 £ 900
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure in Hanoi


You will be staying at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Half Day City Tour of Hanoi
Spend a few hours exploring this facinating city with the Ho Chi Minh Complex containing his Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh's former home and the One Pillar Pagoda followed by the Temple of Literature and Hoan Kiem Lake finishing at the bustling Old Quarter.


You will be staying at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay


A journey of about three hours.


Embark and Sung Sot
Check in at the cruise centre at 12:30 and depart from Tuan Chau at 12:45. Lunch on board whilst cruising towards Sung Sot (Surprise Cave). Take a guided tour of the cave, and when back on board take part in a cooking demonstration. Happy hour is at 18:00 followed by a five elements signature dinner of Wood, Fire, Metal and Water, while the boat is anchored for the night.


You will be staying at Au Co Cruise, full board and house beverages

Day 4

Cat Ba Island
Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy views of the bay while the ship begins to cruise. Breakfast is served on board at 7am whilst cruising in Bai Tu Long Bay. At 9 am visit Vung Vieng floating village by traditional bamboo boat.

After lunch spend the afternoon on a guided biking or hiking excursion through the National Park of Cat Ba island and visit Au Co organic farm. Later swim and kayak in Viet Hai Lagoon. Spend the evening on board, enjoy happy hour, a BBQ buffet or join the crew and try squid fishing.


You will be staying at Au Co Cruise, full board and house beverages

Day 5

Disembark
Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy views of the bay while the ship begins to cruise. The ship disembarks in Tuan Chau and you will be transferred to Noi Bai airport to catch the flight to Hue.

Transfer from Halong Bay to Hanoi


A journey of about three hours.

Fly Hanoi to Danang

Travel from Danang to Hue


Between 1802 and 1945, Hue was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty's Vietnam. Picturesquely nestled at the mouth of the Perfume River, Hue today is a relatively tranquil city albeit still popular with tourists attracted by its World Heritage Site status. Although it is a city that is famed for its past, it is unequivocally forward-looking.


You will be staying at La Residence, Hue, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Explore the Imperial Palace
Visit the remains of the Imperial City, currently undergoing a slow process of refurbishment and rebuilding, after being destroyed by the American bombers. It was built on the same principles as the Forbidden Palace in Beijing. Begun in 1804 at the instruction of emperor Gia Long its grounds incorporated eight villages and it was surrounded by a wall 7-10 metres thick. Continue with a visit to the local Dong Ba market returning to the hotel by cyclo.


Perfume River exploring the scenic surroundings
Cruise up the Perfume River to see the Thien Mu Pagoda which stands on the banks of the river. Thought by some to be the most important Buddhist site in Central Vietnam the structure was built in 1601 by Nguyen Hoang. The Great Bell, in the grounds of the pagoda was struck in 1710 and weighs 2,200 kg.


You will be staying at La Residence, Hue, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Transfer from Hue to Hoi An


Travel by car to Hoi An, a journey time of three hours.


Hoi An is a picturesque and friendly old port town. Once a major port and trading centre, it is now altogether more laid-back. Despite a recent surge in popularity with tourists, its beautifully preserved old quarter - dating back to the 15th century - ensures the town maintains its calm and distinctive old atmosphere.


You will be staying at Anantara Hoi An Resort, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Walking tour of Hoi An
Hoi An is a pretty town with some wonderfully attractive river front restaurants serving delicious seafood. The inhabitants originally came from southern China and today their culture is reflected in the architecture of their houses and temples. Walk though Hoi An, visiting a Chinese Communal House or Hokkien Temple, ancient merchants’ houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colourful local market. See local residents raising silkworms and producing silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry and visit a workshop where artisans make Hoi An’s famous lanterns. You may also include an optional visit to a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine.


You will be staying at Anantara Hoi An Resort, bed and breakfast

Day 9

Transfer Hoi An to Danang


Drive from Hoi An to Danang. The journey is approximately 30 kilometres and takes around 45 minutes.

Fly VN012 to Ho Chi Minh


Still known to locals and much of the rest of the world as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is an exhilarating city of culture, commerce and bikes. Vietnam's largest city, it is a sprawling and chaotic metropolis that pulsates with innovation and energy.


You will be staying at Park Hyatt Saigon, bed and breakfast

Day 10

City Tour
A city tour today will include the Reunification Palace, Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, War Remnants Museum an the Theatre.


You will be staying at Park Hyatt Saigon, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Fly Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap


Back in the 1960s, Siem Reap was the place to be in Southeast Asia and saw a steady stream of the rich and famous. Today it's well and truly back on the tourist map. Siem Reap is home to the wondrous Temples of Angkor and the city itself exudes charm with old French shop-houses, Psar Chaa - an Aladdin's cave for silverware, silk, wood carvings and bargains galore and contemporary dining, Khmer style with celeb chefs now an integral part of Siem Reaps' international scene.


You will be staying at Belmond La Residence d’Angkor, bed and breakfast

Day 12

Full Day Exploring Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm
Awake early in order to experience the beauty of sunrise at Angkor Wat. Embark upon a morning tour of the exquisite carvings, beginning with the stunning bas-reliefs that illustrate tales from Hindu mythology, as well as the glories of the Khmer Empire.

Afterwards, visit the ruins of Ta Prohm, a 12th century temple dedicated to King Jayavarman's mother. Decorated with carvings of nymphs, these ruins remain trapped in the clasp of giant roots that wrap themselves around the crumbling stonework.


You will be staying at Belmond La Residence d’Angkor, bed and breakfast

Day 13

Explore Tonle Sap Lake
The lake which is linked to Phnom Penh by a narrow waterway is the largest body of water in the country. During the rainy season the water level can rise by up to 10 metres meaning that local people live for part of the year on floating villages. By boat visit some of these villages and explore the lake.


You will be staying at Belmond La Residence d’Angkor, bed and breakfast

Day 14

Fly Siem Reap to Luang Prabang


The entire town of Luang Prabang, in landlocked Laos in Southeast Asia, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. An exotic former royal capital, it nestles in a peaceful valley on the edge of the Mekong River and represents Laos' spiritual heart and principle showpiece. It is a haven for nature and history enthusiasts.


You will be staying at Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, bed and breakfast

Day 15

Spend the Day Visiting Temples and the National Museum
Explore Luang Prabang's impressive selection of temples, including Wat Mai, Wat Wisunarat and Wat Xieng Thong.

One of the most celebrated religious structures in Laos, the 16th century Wat Xieng Thong is the quintessential Luang Prabang temple; it's graceful sweeping roof stretches almost to the floor and a unique 'tree of life' mosaic decorates its western wall. The temple is one of the few to not have been destroyed by successive invaders.

Afterwards visit the national museum, housed in Luang Prabang's former Royal Palace. Mixing traditional Lao and French architectural styles, this colonial building houses an array of historic and religious artefacts.

Finish by exploring the narrow alleys that crisscross the town, and stop to enjoy views over the Mekong River.


You will be staying at Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, bed and breakfast

Day 16

Explore Pak Ou caves
After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, cruise away from the city with a boat trip on the mighty Mekong. Meander upriver to the junction with the Nam Ou river, where the Pak Ou Caves are nestled in the limestone karsts. Explore these shrines carved into the cliff face before returning by road at Ban Xanhg Hai village. Along the way, visit the typical Lao villages at Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand-made Jute Sar paper.


You will be staying at Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, bed and breakfast

Day 17

Day at leisure in Luang Prabang

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

The Metropole Hotel, a French colonial building, has stood proudly in the heart of Hanoi since 1901....

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Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon

Experience the essence of the modern Vietnamese lifestyle at Park Hyatt Saigon, a 5-star hotel situated at Lam Son Square in Ho Chi Minh City centre....

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Anantara Hoi An Resort

Anantara Hoi An Resort

Located along the Thu Bon River, the Life Heritage Resort has 94 rooms and is right on the doorstep of Hoi An's colourful and bustling Ancient Town....

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La Residence, Hue

La Residence, Hue

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, this graceful Art Deco building was once the residence of the French governor of Central Vietnam....

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Belmond La Residence Phou Vao

Belmond La Residence Phou Vao

The Belmond La Residence Phou Vao sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, nestling on the Hill of Kites, overlooking the majestic Mekong and just a 10 mintute walk from the center of Luang Prabang....

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Belmond La Residence d’Angkor

Belmond La Residence d’Angkor

Featuring stunning Khmer architecture, La Residence d'Angkor is a small luxury hotel overlooking the Siem Reap River....

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