Escorted Small Group Tour
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This incredible small group tour takes you on an in-depth journey across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Discover fascinating glimpses of this historical and once turbulent corner of the Far East as you visit captivating cities and tranquil villages. Gain insight into local communities and ancient arts as you soak up the culture, and enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel by road, cyclo, on foot and on the water.

• Hanoi: 2 nights

• Halong Bay: 1 night

• Hué: 2 nights

• Hoi An: 2 nights

• Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): 2 nights
• Phnom Penh: 2 nights

• Battambang: 1 night

• Siem Reap: 3 nights
• Luang Prabang: 3 nights

20nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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CULTURE
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ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Hanoi Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. There's an optional cyclo tour around Hoan Kiem Lake and through the Old Quarter. This evening you can look forward to a traditional water puppet show before having dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi (or similar). D.

Day 3: Hanoi This morning visit the One Pillar Pagoda, the monumental marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and the Temple of Literature. This afternoon, explore the Old Quarter in a fun and interactive way on a scavenger hunt-style quest to find certain objects, source souvenirs and bargain with local vendors before meeting up with the rest of the group for local refreshments. Stay: Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Hanoi to Halong Bay Today is one of the tour’s highlights – a cruise in beautiful Halong Bay. Drive to Halong City to board a junk and enjoy lunch onboard whilst gliding past limestone peaks and islands. This afternoon, explore Sung Sot Cave, also known as Surprise Cave, and go swimming or hiking on Titov Island. Return to the ship to join a cooking demo and fruit-carving demo as you cruise to Ho Dong Tien. Enjoy happy hour and a cooking demo before dinner. This evening there is an opportunity to try squid fishing on the deck. Approx. journey time: 3½-4 hours. Stay: Bhaya Cruise. B, L, D.

Day 5: Halong Bay to Hué Early risers can join a t'ai chi exercise on the deck as the sun rises. After breakfast, continue cruising the bay and visit Dark and Light Cave by traditional bamboo boat or kayak (subject to availability). Reboard the ship and enjoy brunch as you make your way back to the harbour to disembark and transfer to Hanoi airport for your evening flight to the Imperial City of Hué. Approx. journey time: 1¼ hours. Stay: Pilgrimage Village (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Hué Enjoy a full day of cultural exploration, beginning with a short cycling tour to a nearby village. Visit local handicraft workshops before being welcomed by a friendly family in one of the city’s ancient garden houses. Join them in preparing an authentic home-cooked meal and enjoy a relaxing herbal footbath before cruising along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the magnificent UNESCO-listed Imperial City. Visit Dong Ba Market before tasting local delicacies and experiencing Hué’s vibrant night scene during a relaxing rickshaw ride. Stay: Pilgrimage Village (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Hué to Hoi An Journey south to the charming town of Hoi An, via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, ornate Fujian Assembly Hall and the Jinshang Temple. Pass the Old House of Tan Ky, which was the home of an 18th-Century merchant, and cross the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge before taking a boat trip along Thu Bon river. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Victoria Hoi An (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Hoi An Today you can enjoy the whole day at leisure or join an optional cookery class at the renowned Red Bridge Cooking School in the morning. Stay: Victoria Hoi An (or similar). B.

Day 9: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City Transfer to Danang (approx. 1 hour) for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (approx. 1¼ hours). Learn about Vietnam’s history during a visit to the thought-provoking War Remnants Museum. Continue to the Reunification Palace and the Central Post Office, and visit a local market selling antiques and wartime memorabilia. This evening is at leisure. Stay: Windsor Plaza Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Journey to the charming town of Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta for a cruise on the Mekong River, passing floating markets and visiting a local family to see them use centuries-old methods to produce rice paper. Take a cycling tour around the village, stopping to visit some local families. Take a short trip on a traditional sampan boat before a late lunch at a local home and a cooking demo. Travel by boat back to Cai Be and return to the city. Stay: Windsor Plaza Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Explore the remarkable underground network of tunnels at Cu Chi which served as a hideout and home for scores of Vietnamese insurgents during the war (approx. 1½ hours). Transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh (approx. 50 minutes). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Stay: Himawari Hotel Apartments (or similar). B, D.

Day 12: Phnom Penh Explore the capital during a cyclo tour that visits the Royal Palace and the Khmer-style National Museum of Arts. This afternoon, learn about Cambodia’s tragic history during a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum which was once a prison used by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. The final stop of the day is the Buddhist temple of Wat Phnom. Stay: Himawari Hotel Apartments (or similar). B.

Day 13: Phnom Penh to Battambang Depart this morning for a full-day road transfer to Battambang. This is a great opportunity to chat to your tour leader and learn more about Cambodia’s history and culture. En route, stop at a hamlet in Kampong Chhnang to visit a pottery village and observe the traditional art of pottery production. Transfer to your hotel before visiting the village of Wat Kor to see a traditional wooden Khmer house. An evening foodie tour takes you to the old colonial quarter of the city and along the banks of the Sangke River. Stop for tastings at popular local venues. Approx. journey time: 10 hours with stops. Stay: Maisons Wat Kor (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 14: Battambang to Siem Reap A local livelihood tour of the villages that surround Battambang offers a fascinating insight into village life. Visit the homes of local artisans and observe as local products are created, such as rice paper – you may also have the chance to join in. Continue to Siem Reap by road and set out by boat to visit the Mechrey Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake. On arrival in Siem Reap, transfer to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 9 hours with stops. Stay: Tara Angkor (or similar). B, L.

Day 15: Siem Reap The city acts as a gateway to the world-famous archaeological ruins of Angkor, and today you’ll explore this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the Roluos group, which consists of some of the oldest structures in Angkor, is a great introduction to the temples. Continue to the Prolung Khmer Pottery and Weaving Training Centre which aims to revive the ancient Khmer craft traditions and provide young Khmer women with creative skills. This afternoon, visit the beautifully-preserved Angkor Wat, the most spectacular of Angkor’s many temples. An optional gondola ride as the sun sets over Angkor Thom is the perfect way to end your day. Stay: Tara Angkor (or similar). B.

Day 16: Siem Reap Rise early for a chance to witness the sun rising over Angkor Wat before returning to your hotel for breakfast. This morning is at leisure and there's an optional excursion that's a real treat for foodies – a half-day cooking class at Siem Reap’s Ecole Paul Dubrule, a hotel and tourism school. The afternoon will be spent at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which served as the last capital city of the Khmer empire. See the central Bayon temple with its massive stone faces that adorn the structure’s many towers, and visit the Royal Enclosure, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King as well as the breathtaking Ta Phrom temple where trees grow out of the ruins. This evening, enjoy dinner with a show at a local restaurant. Stay: Tara Angkor (or similar). B, D.

Day 17: Siem Reap to Luang Prabang Visit the Les Artisans d’Angkor arts and crafts school and the artisans’ studio, Theam’s House before transferring to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang in Laos (approx. 1½-2 hours). On arrival, transfer to your hotel and if time permits you can enjoy an orientation tour of the charming city by tuk tuk. Climb Phousy Hill to enjoy spellbinding sunset views over the city and the Mekong River. Stay Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, D.

Day 18: Luang Prabang Board a traditional boat for a cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Visit the caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum which house hundreds of Buddha statues. Lunch is served on board and on the way back you’ll stop at the 'paper village' of Ban Xang Khong. Visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and the night market before having dinner at the Coconut Garden. Stay Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 19: Luang Prabang Rise early to witness the morning ritual of ‘Tagbat’, when monks make a daily collection of alms through the town. Visit a local market before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Head to the pretty Kuang Si Falls (approx. 1 hour) where you can take a dip in the natural pools and see the bear sanctuary. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the falls before returning to Luang Prabang. This afternoon, visit the Royal Palace Museum, the 16th-Century temple of Vat Xieng Thong and the Wat Mai temple. Enjoy dinner at 3 Nagas Restaurant. Stay Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 20: Luang Prabang Enjoy some free time this morning before transferring to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK. B.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Rich in culture and history, this fast-paced and extensive tour covers the main highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

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

• Busy days with some early starts and lots of time spent travelling
• A number of domestic and international flights
• This is a combination of two tours with different guides and groups
• Exploration on foot and by cyclo, bike, cruise boat and sampan boat
• Some time at leisure to relax or explore
• Cambodia’s infrastructure is less developed than some countries and so an element of patience and an open-minded attitude is required
• Driving times are approximate
• Prices do not include the Cambodian visa fee ($30 on arrival) and Laos visa fee ($35 on arrival)
• Not recommended for those with walking difficulties
• Insect repellent and waterproofs are essential for the Mekong Delta cruise on Day 10 if you are travelling during the wet season (May-Oct).

Accommodation on tour

We've selected comfortable hotels that are centrally located or full of character. Pilgrimage Village is a countryside retreat just outside of Hué (a free shuttle runs 6 times a day to the city) offering free yoga and t’ai chi classes. In Battambang, Maisons Wat Kor offers an authentic taste of the region with traditional wooden Khmer houses on stilts. Le Palais Juliana has a peaceful setting surrounded by forests and mountains in charming Luang Prabang.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £100

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2018
Jan 09; Feb 06, 20; Aug 14; Oct 02; Nov 06

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• 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.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £921 per person

Excursions

Day 2: Hanoi Cyclo Tour from £18 per person
Day 8: Cooking Class from £59 per person
Day 15: Angkor Gondola from £15 per person
Day 16: Ecole Paul Dubrule Cooking Class from £56 per person.

Day-use room Pre-book a day-room on arrival or before your return flight from £93 per person.

Why Kuoni?

Why Kuoni?

We've combined two of our most popular Indochina tours to bring you the main highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. We’ve included iconic sights and experiences such as an overnight cruise in Halong Bay and exploration of the spectacular Temples of Angkor, plus plenty of cultural experiences to give you an authentic taste of local life. Learn about traditional arts with visits to local markets, villages, families, artisans and craft centres.