This memorable small group tour visits the main highlights of Indochina, including enchanting towns, bustling cities, historic temples, ancient monuments and spectacular scenery. This fast-paced yet intensely rewarding multi-country tour has the added benefit of a UK tour manager smoothing the way from start to finish.

• Luang Prabang: 2 nights

• Hanoi: 2 nights

• Halong Bay: 1 night

• Hué: 1 night

• Hoi An: 3 nights

• Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): 2 nights

• Phnom Penh: 1 night

• Siem Reap: 3 nights

17nights
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Day 1: London to Luang Prabang Meet your UK tour manager at Heathrow before your overnight flight to Luang Prabang via Bangkok. Guests choosing alternative flights will meet the tour manager at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 2: Luang Prabang Arrive in Laos’ charming UNESCO-listed city and visit the 16th-Century temple of Vat Xieng Thong, the former King’s Palace. Climb Phousy Hill to enjoy spellbinding sunset views over the city and the Mekong River. This evening you’ll get to know the rest of your group during a welcome dinner hosted by your tour leader. Stay: Le Palais Juliana, or similar. D.

Day 3: Luang Prabang Rise early to witness the morning ritual of ‘Tagbat’, when saffron-robed monks make a daily collection of alms through the town. Soak up the atmosphere during a visit to a local market selling fresh fruit, vegetables and meat as well as local favourites such as rodents, bugs and frogs! Return to your hotel for breakfast before visiting the Royal Palace Museum which houses Phra Bang – the country’s most sacred Buddha image.

Cruise in a traditional boat to the Pak Ou Caves, home to hundreds of Buddha statues. On the way, stop at a pretty village and a rice wine distillery. Return to Luang Prabang by boat via the village of Ban Xang Khong where you can observe locals making paper by hand. Visit an ethnic museum and a weaving workshop. Stay: Le Palais Juliana, or similar. B, L.

Day 4: Luang Prabang to Hanoi Visit the H’mong village of Ban Na Ouane on the way to Kuang Si Falls. A short walk through the forest leads to these pretty waterfalls and you can enjoy a dip in the natural pools. Spend the afternoon at leisure before flying to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi (approx. 1 hour). Stay: Sunway Hotel, or similar. B, L.

Day 5: Hanoi Explore the elegant capital with a visit to Ho Chi Minh’s former residence, the One Pillared Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Soak up the atmosphere during lunch at a local restaurant followed by a cyclo tour around Hoan Kiem Lake and through the evocative Old Quarter. In the evening enjoy a short talk on Vietnamese history before dinner and a traditional water puppet show. Stay: Sunway Hotel, or similar. B, L, D.

Day 6: Hanoi to Halong Bay Today you can look forward to one of the highlights of your tour – a tranquil cruise in stunning Halong Bay. Drive to Halong City (approx. 3½-4 hours), board a traditional junk and enjoy lunch on board as you admire the breathtaking scenery – emerald waters dotted with limestone karsts. Visit Vung Vieng fishing village before enjoying some relaxation time. Sunbathe on the deck, arrange a massage, go kayaking, swim or visit a secluded beach. Enjoy happy hour and a cooking demo before a seafood dinner. Stay Bhaya Cruise, or similar. B, L, D.

Day 7: Halong Bay to Hué Rise early for a t’ai chi session on deck and cruise to Surprise Cave before brunch. After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Hanoi for your flight to Hué, the former royal capital (approx. 1¼ hours). Enjoy dinner at your hotel. Stay: Saigon Morin, or similar. B, L, D.

Day 8: Hué to Hoi An Journey down the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before exploring the Imperial Citadel – a remarkable site of riverside temples built by the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945. Visit the hillside Khai Dinh Tomb before journeying to the charming city of Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass, passing red-tiled villages with fruit orchards (approx. 2 hours). Upon arrival, enjoy time at leisure. Stay: Almanity Hoi An, or similar. B, L, D.

Day 9: Hoi An Discover the highlights of this former sea port city that features an eclectic range of architectural influences which reflect its Asian and French-colonial heritage. Visit the Phuc Kien Hall, the Japanese Covered Bridge and a traditional workshop. In the afternoon there is an optional tour to UNESCO-listed My Son Sanctuary. Stay: Almanity Hoi An, or similar. B.

Day 10: Hoi An Today you have the rare luxury of a whole day at leisure. You could unwind on a white-sand beach, soak up the atmosphere in a pavement café, book a cooking class, or shop for hand-made lanterns. Stay: Almanity Hoi An, or similar. B.

Day 11: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City Transfer to Danang (approx. 1 hour) for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (approx. 1¼ hours). Visit the War Museum and Reunification Hall, and stop for photos at the Central Post Office. Stay: Liberty Central Riverside, or similar. B, L.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Drive to My Tho for a boat ride along the Mekong Delta and a traditional horse and cart ride in the countryside. Visit a local village and Con Lan island where you can enjoy fruit, coconut candy and honey tastings before a short sampan boat ride. Return to the city in the afternoon. Stay: Liberty Central Riverside, or similar. B, L.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Morning at leisure with an optional tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground city dug out during the Vietnam War. This afternoon fly to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh (approx. 45 minutes). Stay: Sunway Hotel, or similar. B.

Day 14: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Learn about Cambodia’s harrowing past and the Khmer Rouge regime at the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. An afternoon city tour visits the Royal Palace, National Museum, Wat Phnom and the Silver Pagoda. Fly to Siem Reap this evening (approx. 45 minutes) and dine at your hotel. Stay: Tara Angkor, or similar. B, L, D.

Day 15: Siem Reap Learn about the Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom at the Angkor National Museum before one of the highlights of your tour – a visit to Ta Prohm. These remarkable temple ruins have been swallowed up by the jungle and offer incredible photo opportunities. This afternoon explore some of the region’s most renowned temples and sights including the late 12th-Century South Gate of Angkor Thom which served as the last capital city of the Khmer empire. You will travel by 15-seater bus to the Angkor Thom area. Stay: Tara Angkor, or similar. B, L.

Day 16: Siem Reap Visit the more isolated Banteay Srei temple – which is renowned for its exquisite stone carvings – and Banteay Samre temple. Your afternoon visit to the temple city of Angkor Wat is another remarkable highlight. This 12th-Century architectural masterpiece will take your breath away with its beauty and immense scale. There is an optional gondola ride as the sun sets over Angkor Thom before your farewell dinner. Stay: Tara Angkor, or similar. B, L, D.

Day 17: Siem Reap Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay. B.


Stay longer

Bangkok (pre-tour) 3 nights
Spend time discovering Thailand's vibrant capital before you begin your Indochina tour. The city boasts an abundance of shopping and dining opportunities as well as cultural highlights including the spectacular Grand Palace, Wat Arun and floating markets.

Beaches of Thailand (Hua Hin) 3 nights
Made famous as the summer residence of the Thai royal family, Hua Hin is a peaceful beach retreat that is ideal for some post-tour relaxation.

Stay longer

Bangkok (pre-tour) 3 nights
Spend time discovering Thailand's vibrant capital before you begin your Indochina tour. The city boasts an abundance of shopping and dining opportunities as well as cultural highlights including the spectacular Grand Palace, Wat Arun and floating markets.

Beaches of Thailand (Hua Hin) 3 nights
Made famous as the summer residence of the Thai royal family, Hua Hin is a peaceful beach retreat that is ideal for some post-tour relaxation.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Ideal for those keen to explore the main highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos on a busy tour with the peace of mind of having a UK tour manager throughout.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests.

What to expect

• Some days involve a lot of travelling time
• A number of domestic and international flights
• Busy days spent sightseeing.

Themed itinerary

Single supplement from £910

Accommodation on tour

Experience traditional Lao charm and hospitality at Le Palais Juliana which offers rooms with private balconies and a peaceful setting surrounded by forests and mountains in charming Luang Prabang. Almanity Hoi An is a unique wellbeing lifestyle hotel close to Hoi An’s historic town centre and guests can enjoy a free daily 90-minute spa journey for the body, mind and soul.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

All departure dates are guaranteed to operate.

2017 Feb 14; Mar 07; Dec 05

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• A UK tour manager throughout
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Excursions

Day 9: Half-day My Son Sanctuary from £41 per person
Day 13: Half-day Cu Chi Tunnels from £38 per person
Day 16: Sunset gondola ride at Angkor from £19 per person.

Why Kuoni?

You’ll have a UK tour leader with you every step of the way so you can simply relax and enjoy the journey as you’re whisked from one country or city to the next. This tour is packed with sightseeing and optional excursions so we’ve included a full day at leisure halfway through so that you can recharge your batteries. And we’ve saved the best until the last – two full days to explore the magnificent Temples of Angkor. 

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