Discover the Treasures of Indochina; Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia
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  Duration: 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS STYLE: Classic Travel

Discover the Treasures of Indochina; Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia

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This 15-day tour takes you to the main treasures of these three enchanting countries. You will take flights, boat rides and drives to get to the significant tourist attractions of these three close neighbors who share borders but are totally and intriguingly unique in their cultures, history, food and ways of being. 

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  • Personal attention to detail by all HGH from the time of your initial enquiry through to the end of your tour
  • 24 hour support available during the tour
  • Enjoy the degree of historical and cultural information throughout your tour from our local and knowledgeable tour hosts to the degree that you and your group are interested.
  • We focus on sustainable tourism by creating the very best experience for you as the tourist while supporting our local environment and local people
Itinerary Highlights
Day 1: Arrival Ha Noi

Your arrival at the Noi Bai International Airport marks the start of your tour. Our guide is waiting to welcome you and take you into Ha Noi, the 1000-year-old capital city of Vietnam, and the commercial, political, and cultural heart of the country.

Later in the afternoon, you will get a chance to relax for a 1-hour cyclo ride around the 36 streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi followed by a welcome dinner at one of the many local restaurants. After that, you are free to explore on your own or relax in your hotel room.

Hotel in Ha Noi

Day 2: Ha Noi

The city tour takes you on a drive around the city while visiting the main tourist hotspots. After the One-Pillar Pagoda, we go to the Temple of Literature. Built in October 1073, the temple honors Confucius and is the first known university built in Vietnam. If Ha Noi is the heart of the country, Hoan Kiem Lake is the heart of Ha Noi. In the centre of the lake is the Ngoc Son Temple, which is our next stop.

Marvel at the contrast between the Old Quarter and the wide tree lined elegant boulevards and splendid buildings of the French quarter including the Opera House, the State Bank, the former Governor's palace, and the Hanoi Cathedral (Saint Joseph’s built in the late 19th century), all within easy walking distance.

You will also see the unique and intriguing Water Puppet Show, a traditional folk performance held on the Red River Delta. Dinner specialty of Hanoi Cha Ca fish cooked in a brazier with aromatic herbs.

Hotel in Ha Noi

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Day 3: Ha Noi – Ha Long

After breakfast, we drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, one of the most beautiful and mystical places in Southeast Asia. The day starts with a leisurely boat ride through the breathtaking Ha Long Bay where you will see unique mountainous rock formations (karsts) reaching majestically out of the water. We can enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh seafood cooked in a characteristically Vietnamese style while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, Teapot Islet, Blockhouse Islet, and Goat Head Islet.

After lunch, explore the mystery of Sung Sot Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay. This is en route to the beach where you can enjoy swimming & kayaking in the bay. We return to the boat in time to settle in and enjoy a spectacular sunset while cruising to the Hang Trong area to anchor at Ho Dong Tien. During the evening, relax in the casual and comfortable atmosphere on the luxury boat and enjoy an elegant dining experience.

To complete a perfect day, relax on deck under the clear, starry sky, enjoying the peace and quiet of the Bay before retiring to your cabin.

Overnight on Board

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Day 4: Ha Long – Ha Noi

The cruise continues karst. Some of which display fantastic shapes, many of which have ancient stories connected to them. We also pass Hoa Cuong and Ga Choi Islands on the way to visit the Luon Cave. Back onboard, we have an early lunch before saying goodbye to the boat and to the crew. On the way back to Ha Noi, we have a short stop at the Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village where they make and sell all kinds of ceramics, embroidery and marble statues.

Dinner at the “Rung” Restaurant.

Hotel in Ha Noi

Day 5: Ha Noi – Vientiane

Day-5 takes you back to the airport for a flight to Vientiane, Laos. After settling into your hotel, we visit some of the most spiritual Buddhist locations in Laos starting with the 200-year-old Wat Sisaket temple (the sole surviving temple during the Thai invasion of 1828).  We then go to the magnificent Ho Phrakeo Chapel (which houses the Emerald Buddha and dates back to the Lane Xang Kingdom) and the breathtaking Patouxai & That Luang Stupa (monument to Buddha).

Vientiane is the capital of Laos but has more of an air of a charming cosmopolitan town than a capital city. It is a charming place to walk around and enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Hotel in Vientiane

Day 6: Vientiane – Luang Prabang

Day-6 there is a short flight to the northern town of Luang Prabang. Once you are have dropped off your luggage at the hotel (early check-in is NOT included and is subject to hotels availability), the tour starts of this sacred city.

After visiting some of the 50 temples, we go to the National Museum, which was the former king’s Palace. The Palace finished in 1909 by French architects. Here you will get to see a blend of French and Laos art such as paintings and murals of the royal family. In the reception area, you can see busts of all the past Lao kings.

Next, see the peaceful Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.

You can then enjoy a casual stroll around the Darat market to observe the locals buying and selling goods. Finally, we will climb the 328 steps to the summit of Mount Phousi, which dominates the skyline of Luang Prabang and provides the finest panoramic view in the whole city. For the remainder of the day, you are free to do whatever you wish.

Hotel in Luang Prabang

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Day 7: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou – Luang Prabang

After breakfast, we go to the 450-year-old Vat Xieng Thong, which has survived Chinese sieges as well the wear and tear over time. The Vat Xieng Thong is a UNESCO world heritage site. Then onto the Mekong River for a 2-hour riverboat cruise towards the Pak Ou which is at the confluence of the Nam Ou, and Mekong Rivers. Here you will visit the sacred caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phum, home to hundreds of Buddha Statues.

After lunch at a local restaurant near one of the caves, we head back to Luang Prabang. On the way, we will stop at the Ban Xang Hai village where sticky rice wine distillation can be observed and the weaving village of the Ban Xang Khong where the traditional Sa paper is produced.

Hotel in Luang Prabang

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Day 8: Luang Prabang – Phnom Penh

After breakfast, we go by car to the Wat Visoun temple, built in the 16th century and designed in a Singhalese-style stupa. In the same area are That Makmo and Wat Aham, both major tutelary shrines housing the puppets of Lao ancestors. We then drive to the airport for your transfer flight to Phnom Penh.

Hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 9: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

After breakfast, we visit the Royal Palace, which used to house the kings of Cambodia until internal problems arose. Next to the Royal Palace stands the Silver Pagoda, one of the most beautiful Pagodas in the area due to its lavish style. Built in 1962, the Silver Pagoda has statues of Buddha’s made from precious metals and stones. The floors are made from concrete and marble. The pagoda has over 5000 silver tiles each weighing 1 kilo. It is famous for its 90 kg solid gold Buddha made in 1907 and an emerald Buddha said to be made of baccarat crystal. We then go to the National Museum of Phnom Penh, which houses the world’s largest and extensive collection of Khmer and Angkor art. The museum stands as a tribute to both the Khmer and Angkor era. At the end of the city tour, we will get to explore the Wat Phnom Pagoda.

In the early afternoon, you take a short domestic flight to Siem Riep. We then visit one of 7 wonders of the world - Angkor Wat. The Wat was built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. It is the largest and most preserved temple at the 400km Angkor Site. Later in the evening, enjoy the breathtaking sunset from Phnom Bakheng Hill.

Hotel in Siem Reap

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Day 10: Siem Reap

On day 10, we enter the Site by the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple and marvel at the wonders of the eerie Bayon, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. You will also get the opportunity to visit one of the most popular Angkor Temples, the Ta Prohm Temple. Ta Prohm is unlike most other Angkor temples, in the sense that it has been untouched over the years. The jungle that weaves itself protectively through and around the ruins creates a mystical and awesome sight and atmosphere. To make your trip to Siem Reap even more memorable and enjoyable, we offer you a 1-hour full body or foot massage at one of the local shops. Finally, you will have dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 11: Siem Reap

After breakfast, we head out to visit the Banteay Srey, considered one of the most unusual of the Angkor temples in Cambodia. Marvel at the elaborate and deeply carved decorations etched into the red sandstone. We then travel to Preah Khan, a huge monastic complex. The complex is full of carvings and passages for you to explore. Along the way, we have lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, you will see the Roluos Group. The Roluos Group is a collection of monuments that represent the remains of the Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. It has become known as the ‘Roluos Group’ due to its proximity to the modern town of Roluos.

Our journey will end with a boat cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake to experience and enjoy the daily life of the local people at the floating village.

Hotel in Siem Reap

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Day 12: Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City

During the morning, you are free to shop, relax and do whatever you would like at your own leisure until it is time to transfer to the Airport to get the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

The HCM tour starts with a visit to the imposing Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat). Next, we go to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the most famous landmark in Vietnam as the twin bell towers are visible from a long distance. In the same square is the famous Saigon Post Office, the largest functioning post office in Vietnam. Designed and built by Gustave Eiffel, this building is extraordinary. Gustave Eiffel is also famous for designing and building the Eiffel Tour in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York.

After that, you will travel and see China Town, Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Temple. After some history and culture, we will take you to do some shopping at the Ben Thanh Market. The rest of the night is yours to venture out on your own or relax in your hotel room.

Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

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Day 13: HCM City – Vinh Long – HCM City

We leave the big city for a beautiful scenic drive through the Mekong River Delta, home to the richest agricultural lands in Vietnam. Enjoy a boat trip to an island that houses orchard gardens and the beautiful Cai Be floating market, a famous place in the Mekong Delta. The Cai Be floating market is a magnificent site to see as hundreds of small merchant boats anchor alongside the banks of the river trading their commodities with locals and tourists alike. We continue with our cruise through the maze of canals that crisscross around An Binh Island.

Lunch at Mr. Muoi Huong old house. We can then enjoy the delicious fresh tropical fruits of the Delta as we continue to cruise through islands and cross the Mekong River to Vinh Long (2km). On our way back by road to Ho Chi Minh City, we visit the bonsai garden. Enjoy dinner with delicious dishes and elegant music.

Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 14: HCM City – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi – HCM City

Stunning landscapes, beautiful scenery culture and history are all on the menu after breakfast. The day begins with an excursion to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh. This amazing temple combines Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity and Islam religions giving it a unique appeal and interest. Lunch at a local restaurant.

We will then visit some of the marvels of the Vietnam War as we take you just outside of Ho Chi Minh to visit the extraordinary Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels were built by the Viet Cong guerillas and formed a labyrinth underneath the U.S bases. They were used for surprise raids and to avoid the damaging effect s of air strikes. The tunnels themselves extend over 200 kilometers. Later in the afternoon, you will travel back to Ho Chi Minh City where you will have dinner at the floating restaurant on Saigon River.

Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

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Day 15: HCM City – Departure

On the day of your departure, you are free to shop, relax and do whatever you would like at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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