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Essential Indochina
14 days - Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia...

  • Vietnam
  • Hanoi tours (2 nights)
  • Halong Bay - overnight on luxury junk
  • Saigon tours (3 nights)
  • Mekong Delta Cruise & sampan rides
  • Can Thou (1 night)
  • Cambodia
  • Siem Reap (3 nights)
  • Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom
  • Laos
  • Luang Prabang (3 nights)
  • Elephant santuary or boat ride
  • Guaranteed departure

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Luang Prabang



Holy see temple Caodai sec


Hanoi Ho Chi Minh memorial.


Ho Chi minh house on stilts


mekong delta


Holy see temple Caodai sect


Saigon thien hau pagoda


angkor thom


angkor wat sun set.



angkor thom


khouangsi waterfall.


Saigon palace




hanoi museum of ethnology

Day 1 Arrival in Hanoi
Arrival in Saigon - Meeting & greeting at the airport upon your arrival and transfer to your hotel for check-in and tour briefing. If time permits we will take a short orientation tour of Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi (B)
Today we'll be on a full day tour to discover the most outstanding attractions of Hanoi. First we pay a visit to the complex of memorials to Ho Chi Minh to know his amazing life. Continue to the Single Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature to gain understanding of the two driving forces in Vietnam culture.

Afternoon we visit the Museum of Ethnology which exhibits a large collection of artifacts about the cultures of the 54 ethnic groups in the country. Next we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the lively Old Quarter, a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers still trade the way they have done for centuries. The rickshaw tour ends up at an old house on Ma May Street, an example of dwellings in the 19 century.

Later we walk through the busy traffic to the water puppet theatre and enjoy a performance of the famed traditional art form created by village farmers around the Red River Delta region.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
This morning we journey east to Halong Bay, Vietnam's greatest natural wonder. Board a beautiful traditional wooden junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay's 3000 magnificent limestone islets.

In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Stay overnight aboard. NOTE: Kayaks are available if specified at time of booking.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Saigon (B, L)
Wake up to fresh coffee then further cruising and more sightseeing. En route the junk weaves through impressive rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even further!

Disembark and return to Hanoi for a flight to Ho Chi Minh city - Saigon. Meet up with our local guide upon arrival and transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 5: Saigon (B)
After breakfast we embark on a full day tour of the largest and most vibrant city of Vietnam.

In the morning we'll see the famous sights in the very centre, taking in the Reunification Palace, the War Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Colonial Post Office, the Opera House, the City Hall, Ben Thanh Market, etc...

In the afternoon we'll visit Cho Lon - Saigon's China Town - to see the Museum of Traditional Medicine and the elaborately ornate Thien Hau pagoda. End up touring at a trendy café, watching life go by.

Day 6: Saigon - Caodai Temple - Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon (B, L)
Our tour today includes a visit to the opulent Holy See Temple of Caodai Sect in Tay Ninh. Caodai is a fascinating Vietnamese religion combining aspects of Christian, Buddhism, Muslim, Taoism and Confucius into a single religion. There's a chance to observe the impressive noon service of adherents.

Early afternoon we travel to Cu Chi to explore the legendary network of underground combat tunnels where our guide will explain how the Vietcong survived and fought during the Vietnam War. Known as the "Iron Triangle" during the war of the 60's, the story of Cu Chi is one of struggle, determination against all odds, and eventual victory. Now the tunnels are a major site of interest for tourists and historians, and those interested in Vietnam's military history.

Day 7: Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho in Mekong Delta (B, L)
We leave the hustle and bustle of Saigon behind and journey to Mekong Delta, a world that lives and works on the waters. Arriving in My Tho, a prosperous town just 80 km from Saigon, we take a boat to an insular village to visit family workshops producing handicrafts and candy from coconut. Tasting seasonal tropical fruits in an exuberant orchard, we ride a horse cart to a typical Delta house and enjoy folk music by amateurs.

Proceed by local sampan through the small canals and side arms of the river to further experience river life. For lunch we'll sample regional specialties such as Elephant Ear Fish, Rice Ball, etc… After a pleasant break we travel to Can Tho where we take a spin around Ninh Kieu Quay - bustling and exciting with river life on Hau River.

Day 8: Can Tho - Saigon - Fly to Siem Reap (B)
Early morning, we take a boat to the extraordinary market of Cai Rang. Famous as one of the largest markets on the complex of waterways that comprise the Mekong Delta, hundreds of boats packed with local produces gather and make for an exciting maze. Boats come to us from all sides, offering fruits, vegetables, plants, foods, etc… Sellers advertise their wares by hanging samples high atop bamboo poles so that their customers can find from afar. It is a great view of how commerce actually happens in the Mekong.

The boat tour is capped off with an orchard visit. We then return to Saigon to take a flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Meet up with our local guide on arrival and drive to the hotel.

Day 9: Siem Reap (B, D)
Today we start exploring the wonders left by a highly complex civilization that controlled the greater part of Southeast Asia for four centuries.

Enter the Great City of Angkor Thom through the South Gate and traverse to admire the temples of Baphoun and Phimeanakas, the Terraces of Elephant and Leper King, and especially the mysterious smiling Bayon.

After a break we'll visit the fascinating temples of Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Thevoda, and the Royal Bath of Sras Srang. Hike up Phnom Bakheng to behold the magnificent sunset over the land of temples.

This evening, enjoy dinner with entertainment from Apsara dancers.

Day 10: Siem Reap (B)
This morning we tour the epic temples of Angkor Wat - a vast rambling complex of diverse temple structures dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries. Many are adorned with exquisite carvings and bas-reliefs; some are so entwined with trees and vines that they almost returned to the jungle.

Angkor Wat is the apogee of classical Khmer architecture and has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on the national flag, and stands on par with such other monumental achievements as Machu Picchu and the Great Pyramid.

Afternoon, we drive out of town to Pour Krom and walk through this lovely village to see rural Khmer life. Experience an ox cart ride before a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to see floating villages and get a taste of life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture. One of the most productive bodies of fresh water in the world, Tonle Sap was classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997.

Day 11: Siem Reap - Fly to Luang Prabang (B)
Free until transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang, Laos.

Meet up with our local guide upon arrival and transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 12: Luang Prabang (B)
Early rise to take the fantastic opportunity to watch or participate in the unique daily morning ritual, where hundreds of saffron-clad monks walk in procession collecting offerings of sticky rice from devout residents along the roadsides.

After breakfast embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims.

We also visit Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek where local people produce traditional textiles and jute paper. Return to town and tour the most outstanding temples: Wat Visoun with the watermelon-shaped roof, Wat Xiengthong with the sweeping roofs, Wat Sene boasting the most dazzling facade of all Luang Prabang temples, Wat Aham - the "Monastery of the blossomed Heart", and Wat Mai - the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in town.

We then challenge the steps up Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view. Take a leisurely walk through the iridescent Night Market at the foot of Mount Phosi to see a lovely array of handicrafts.

Day 13: Luang Prabang (B)
This morning we visit the villages of Ban Ouay, Ban Ou and Ban Thapene and get acquainted with the Hmong, Lowland Laotian, and Khmu ethnic minority people. Visit the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall that offers a chance to cool off in the turquoise pools.

En route back to town we call at Ban Phanom village to visit skilled hand-weaving women. Soak in the history of Luang Prabang at the Palace Museum which houses an eclectic collection, including statues, mosaic covered walls, French mirrors, and a piece of moon rock given to "the people of Laos" by President Nixon. There'll be time for independent exploration afterwards.

Day 14: Departure (B)
Free before transferring to the airport for the departure flight.

Small Group tour starting every Saturday

Dates & Price (per person)


Weekly Departures- 4 Star hotels

Departure Dates
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Jan - Sept 2016


Oct 2016 -April 2017



Prices are based upon a small group tour excluding international flights from UK. As an agent for airline consolidators, we can obtain your international flights at a competitive rate to suit your preferred departure date. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Hotel upgrade to 5-Star is available and private tailor-made tours can also be arranged.

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Price Includes (The prices shown are 'per person')

  • All flights between Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia incl airport tax.
  • All airport/hotel transfers where specified (private transfer).
  • Selections of superior/deluxe (4 star) hotels
  • Sightseeing tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Mini Water provided on coach
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Guaranteed Departure

Price Does Not Include

  • International Flights: We are happy to provide flights with full ATOL Protection.
  • Visa letter of ariival fee (please contact us for details).
  • Visa stamping fees at Airports
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tip for driver and Guide.

Meals: As stated in itinerary, B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner

FAQ and further Tour information
Please see our FAQ page for further essential tour information.


The itinerary is designed according to the most updated information of the flight available, although occasionally the sequence in which cities are visited and duration of time spent in each city can change due to local conditions which are out of our control. The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day. Further places of interest may be visited during your stay, which will provide unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping opportunities. We reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary, although we will act in your best interests to handle any amendments. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.
















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