This incredible small group tour takes you on an in-depth journey across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Discover fascinating glimpses of this historic 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: 2 nights
• Phnom Penh: 2 nights

• Battambang: 1 night

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

20nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

This incredible small group tour takes you on an in-depth journey across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Discover fascinating glimpses of this historic 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: 2 nights
• Phnom Penh: 2 nights

• Battambang: 1 night

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

20nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
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. Time at leisure before a traditional water puppet show and a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi (or similar). D.

Day 3: Hanoi Visit the marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, One Pillar Pagoda, and 11th-Century Temple of Literature. See the Ngoc Son Temple and take a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter. Visit a coffee shop for a taste of Vietnamese egg coffee and sample street food in the Old Quarter during a Street Eats tour. Stay: Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi (or similar). B, D.

Day 4: Hanoi to Halong Bay Today is a real highlight – a cruise in beautiful Halong Bay. Drive to Halong City (approx. 3½-4 hours) to board a junk and enjoy lunch whilst gliding past limestone peaks and islands. This afternoon, transfer by tender to the mysterious Tien Ong cave. Return to the ship for a cooking demonstration and dinner. Stay: Bhaya Cruise (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Halong Bay to Hué Early risers can join a t’ai chi exercise on the deck at sunrise. After a light breakfast, cruise the bay and visit Cua Van, a large floating fishing village. Brunch is served as you make your way back to the harbour. Transfer to Hanoi airport (approx. 3½-4 hours) for your evening flight to Hué. Stay: Pilgrimage Village (or similar). B.

Day 6: Hué Cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial City, a walled fortress and palace. A short cycling tour takes you to the ancient village of Thuy Bieu. Join a local family to help prepare a meal. Enjoy a herbal footbath before visiting Dong Ba Market. Stay: Pilgrimage Village (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Hué to Hoi An Journey south to Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, the Fujian Assembly Hall and the Jinshang Temple. Pass the Old House of Tan Ky and cross the Japanese Covered Bridge before a boat trip along Thu Bon river. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Almanity Hoi An Resort & Spa (or similar). B.

Day 8: Hoi An Day at leisure. Stay: Almanity Hoi An Resort & Spa (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). Highlights of a half-day city tour include the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Opera House. Stop at the Reunification Palace and discover the country’s turbulent past at the War Remnants Museum. Stay: Amena Residence & Suites (or similar). B.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Journey to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta for an incredible cruise on the Mekong River. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Stay: Amena Residence & Suites (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Explore the remarkable network of tunnels at Cu Chi which served as a hideout and home for 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. Rest of the day at leisure. Stay: La Rose Suites (or similar). B, D.

Day 12: Phnom Penh Explore the capital during a full-day tour, visiting the Royal Palace and the harrowing Killing Fields of Choeung Ek which serves as a shocking reminder of the brutalities of the Khmer Rouge regime. Learn about Cambodia’s tragic history during a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum, visit the National Museum of Arts and continue by cyclo to the temple of Wat Phnom. There is an optional sunset cruise on the Mekong River. Stay: La Rose Suites (or similar). B, L.

Day 13: Phnom Penh to Battambang Depart for a full-day road transfer to Battambang. En route, visit a pottery village. Transfer to your hotel before visiting the village of Wat Kor. This evening, you can look forward to a tour of Battambang's old colonial quarter and a stroll along the banks of the Sangke river, followed by dinner in a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 11 hours with stops. Stay: Maisons Wat Kor (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 14: Battambang to Siem Reap During a local livelihood tour of the villages that surround Battambang you’ll visit the homes of local artisans. Continue to Siem Reap by road. This evening is at leisure. Approx. journey time: 9 hours with stops. Stay: Tara Angkor (or similar). B, L.

Day 15: Siem Reap Rise early to experience the archaeological ruins of UNESCO-listed Angkor at sunrise. A real highlight is a visit to the beautifully preserved Angkor Wat. This afternoon you'll have lunch at Sala Bai School – learn about the history of this remarkable school, created in 2002 to fight poverty and human trafficking through social and professional training of young underprivileged Cambodians. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Siem Reap independently. Stay: Tara Angkor (or similar). B.

Day 16: Siem Reap Explore some of Angkor’s lesser-visited temples including Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. On your return to Siem Reap, stop at a village to see how the locals harvest the rice or collect sugar palm. This afternoon, explore the South Gate of Angkor Thom. One of the highlights is the Ta Phrom temple where trees grow out of the ruins. There’s an optional gondola ride as the sun sets over Angkor Thom. Dinner with a traditional dance 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 an artisans’ studio. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang in Laos (approx. 1½-2 hours). Enjoy dinner at your hotel. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, D.

Day 18: Luang Prabang Cruise upstream on the Mekong River and visit the ‘whiskey village’ of Ban Xang Hai, the mysterious caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum, the beautiful 16th-Century temple of Wat Xieng Thong and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Evening at leisure. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L.

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 and return to your hotel for breakfast. Head to the Kuang Si Falls (approx. 1 hour) where you can swim in the natural pools. Enjoy a tuk-tuk tour of the city and climb Phousy Hill at sunset to enjoy views over the city and river. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L.

Day 20: Luang Prabang Enjoy some free time this morning before visits to the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Mai temple. Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK. B.

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

Day 2: Hanoi Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Time at leisure before a traditional water puppet show and a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi (or similar). D.

Day 3: Hanoi Visit the marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, One Pillar Pagoda, and 11th-Century Temple of Literature. See the Ngoc Son Temple and take a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter. Visit a coffee shop for a taste of Vietnamese egg coffee and sample street food in the Old Quarter during a Street Eats tour. Stay: Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi (or similar). B, D.

Day 4: Hanoi to Halong Bay Today is a real highlight – a cruise in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay. Drive to Halong City (approx. 3 hours, 105 miles) to board a junk and enjoy lunch while gliding past limestone peaks and islands. This afternoon, transfer by tender to the mysterious Tien Ong cave. Return to the ship for a cooking demonstration and dinner. Stay: Bhaya Cruise (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Halong Bay to Hué Early risers can join a t’ai chi exercise on the deck at sunrise. After a light breakfast, cruise the bay and visit Cua Van, a large floating fishing village. Brunch is served as you make your way back to the harbour. Transfer to Hanoi airport (approx. 3 hours) for your evening flight to Hué. Stay: Pilgrimage Village (or similar). B.

Day 6: Hué Cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial City, a walled fortress and palace. A short cycling tour takes you to the ancient village of Thuy Bieu. Join a local family to help prepare a meal. Enjoy a herbal footbath before visiting Dong Ba Market. Stay: Pilgrimage Village (or similar). B, L.

Day 7: Hué to Hoi An Journey south to Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Visit the Fujian Assembly Hall and the Jinshang Temple. Pass the Old House of Tan Ky and cross the Japanese Covered Bridge before a boat trip along Thu Bon river. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort (or similar). B.

Day 8: Hoi An Enjoy a day at leisure – relax on the beach, explore local art galleries or stroll along the river bank. Join an optional excursion to Ba Na Hills and the Golden Bridge. Hop on the cable car for rainforest and waterfall views, see the 37-metre-high Buddha statue and walk along the Golden Bridge, supported by a pair of huge stone hands. Stay: Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort (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. 1½ hours). Highlights of a half-day city tour include the Central Post Office and the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Stop at the Reunification Palace and discover the country’s turbulent past at the War Remnants Museum. Stay: Caravelle Saigon Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Journey to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta for an incredible cruise on the Mekong River. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy a farewell dinner on the Bonsai Cruise as it glides along the Saigon River. Stay: Caravelle Saigon Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Explore the remarkable network of tunnels at Cu Chi which served as a hideout and home for 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. Rest of the day at leisure. Stay: La Rose Suites (or similar). B.

Day 12: Phnom Penh Explore the capital during a full-day tour, visiting the Royal Palace and the harrowing Killing Fields of Choeung Ek – a shocking reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime. Learn about Cambodia’s tragic history during a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum, visit the National Museum of Arts and continue by cyclo to the temple of Wat Phnom. Enjoy an optional Mekong River sunset cruise. Stay: La Rose Suites (or similar). B, L.

Day 13: Phnom Penh to Battambang Depart after breakfast for a full-day road transfer to Battambang (approx. 5½ hours, 180 miles). En route, visit a pottery village in Kampong Chhnang. Transfer to your hotel before visiting the village of Wat Kor. Take an evening tour of Battambang's old colonial quarter and a stroll along the banks of the Sangke river. Dinner in a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 11 hours with stops. Stay: Maisons Wat Kor (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 14: Battambang to Siem Reap During a local livelihood tour of the villages that surround Battambang you’ll visit the homes of local artisans. Continue to Siem Reap by road. Evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 9 hours with stops. Stay: Tara Angkor, Siem Reap (or similar). B, L.

Day 15: Siem Reap Rise early to experience the archaeological ruins of UNESCO-listed Angkor at sunrise, including the beautifully preserved Angkor Wat. This afternoon you'll have lunch at Sala Bai School – learn about the history of this remarkable school, created in 2002 to fight poverty and human trafficking through social and professional training of young underprivileged Cambodians. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Siem Reap independently. Enjoy an optional evening excursion to the famous (animal-free) Phare Cambodian Circus. Stay: Tara Angkor, Siem Reap (or similar). B.

Day 16: Siem Reap Explore some of Angkor’s lesser-visited temples including Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. On your return to Siem Reap, stop at a village to see how the locals harvest rice or collect sugar palm (October-April). This afternoon, explore the South Gate of Angkor Thom. One of the highlights is the Ta Phrom temple where trees grow out of the ruins. Enjoy an optional sunset gondola ride. Dinner with a traditional dance show at a local restaurant. Stay: Tara Angkor, Siem Reap (or similar). B, D.

Day 17: Siem Reap to Luang Prabang Visit the Les Artisans d’Angkor arts and crafts school and an artisan studio. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang in Laos (approx. 1½-2 hours). On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, D.

Day 18: Luang Prabang Cruise upstream on the Mekong River and visit the ‘whiskey village’ of Ban Xang Hai, the mysterious caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum, the beautiful 16th-Century temple of Wat Xieng Thong and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Evening at leisure. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L.

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 and return to your hotel for breakfast. Head to the Kuang Si Falls (approx. 1 hour) where you can swim in the natural pools. Enjoy a tuk-tuk tour of the city and climb Phousy Hill at sunset to enjoy views over the city and Mekong River. Stay: Le Palais Juliana (or similar). B, L.

Day 20: Luang Prabang Enjoy free time this morning, or an optional excursion to Chan Nua Pottery for an authentic Laos village experience. Visit the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Mai temple in the afternoon. Transfer 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

• 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 in each country
• Exploration on foot and by cyclo, bike, cruise boat and sampan boat
• Cambodia’s infrastructure is less developed than some countries
• Driving times are approximate
• Prices do not include the Cambodian visa fee (approx. $30 on arrival) and Laos visa fee (approx. $35 on arrival)
• Not recommended for those with walking difficulties
• Please dress appropriately when visiting temples. Revealing clothes are not permitted and clothing should cover the knees and shoulders.
• Insect repellent and waterproofs are essential for the Mekong Delta cruise on Day 10 if you are travelling during the wet season (May-October).

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 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 £1069

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

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey, where the minimum age is 12)

• Average group size of 10 guests

• A maximum of 18 guests

• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions

• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag

• A good level of fitness is required

• Prices do not include the Cambodian visa fee (approx. $30 on arrival) or Laos visa fee (approx. $35 on arrival).

What to expect

• Busy days with lots of walking, so a pair of comfortable walking shoes is recommended

• Exploration on foot, boat and cyclo

• A considerable amount of travelling (particularly on Days 13 and 14) with some early starts

• Delays may occur due to under-developed infrastructure

• Authentic local experiences

• Knees and shoulders need to be covered during temple visits

• Mosquito repellent is essential, particularly along the Mekong River

• Insect repellent and waterproofs are essential for the Mekong Delta day cruise if travelling in the rainy season (Apr-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 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 £1069

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Apr 16, 30; Oct 08; Nov 05, 12

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.

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Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £1215 per person

Tour dates

2020 Jan 07; Feb 04, 11, 18, 25; Mar 03, 10, 17, 24, 31; Apr 21; May 05; Jun 09; Jul 07; Oct 06; Nov 03, 17

2021 Jan 05; Feb 02, 09, 16, 23; Mar 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; Apr 20; May 04; Jun 08; Jul 06; Oct 05; Nov 02, 16

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

• 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 £1215 per person

Kuoni highlights

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.

Kuoni highlights

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, sunrise at the spectacular Angkor Wat, 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.