With the simple markets and peaceful temples of Laos, the bustling cities and iconic vistas of Vietnam and Cambodia’s history, winding river journeys and endless beaches, a trip to Indo China takes in the highlights with some insider secrets.
This trip is suggested to highlight some key destinations within each of these fascinating countries but also including longer at Halong Bay to allow visits to remote islands. We’ve used a mixture of smart boutique properties such as La Residence Hue, La Residence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, local river lodges and the Ginger Junk on Halong Bay.
Vietnam, being long and thin has two seasons but for this itinerary our suggestion would be to visit from December to March (January can have some rain in North Vietnam). This also coincides with the warm but dry season in Cambodia and Laos.
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.
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Fly London to Bangkok
Fly Bangkok to Hanoi
You will be staying at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Bed & Breakfast
Half Day City Tour of HanoiSpend a few hours exploring this facinating city with the Ho Chi Minh Complex containing his Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh's former home and the One Pillar Pagoda followed by the Temple of Literature and Hoan Kiem Lake finishing at the bustling Old Quarter.
Travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay
A journey of about three hours.
Embark and Sung SotCheck in at the cruise centre at 12:30 and depart from Tuan Chau at 12.45. Lunch on board whilst cruising towards Sung Sot (Surprise Cave). Take a guided tour of the cave, and when back on board take part in a cooking demonstration. Happy hour is at 6pm followed by a 5 elements signature dinner of Wood, Fire, Metal and Water, while the boat is anchored for the night.
You will be staying at Au Co Cruise, Full board and house beverages
Cat Ba IslandStart the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy views of the bay while the ship begins to cruise. Breakfast is served on board at 7am whilst cruising in Bai Tu Long Bay. At 9 am visit Vung Vieng floating village by traditional bamboo boat. After lunch spend the afternoon on a guided biking or hiking excursion through the National Park of Cat Ba island and visit Au Co organic farm. Later swim and kayak in Viet Hai Lagoon. Spend the evening on board, enjoy happy hour, a BBQ buffet or join the crew and try squid fishing.
DisembarkStart the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy views of the bay while the ship begins to cruise. The ship disembarks in Tuan Chau and you will be transferred to Noi Bai airport to catch the flight to Hue.
Transfer from Halong Bay to Hanoi
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Travel from Danang to Hue
Between 1802 and 1945, Hue was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty's Vietnam. Picturesquely nestled at the mouth of the Perfume River, Hue today is a relatively tranquil city albeit still popular with tourists attracted by its World Heritage Site status. Although it is a city that is famed for its past, it is unequivocally forward-looking.
You will be staying at La Residence, Hue, Bed & Breakfast
Explore the Imperial PalaceVisit the remains of the Imperial City, currently undergoing a slow process of refurbishment and rebuilding, after being destroyed by the American bombers. It was built on the same principles as the Forbidden Palace in Beijing. Begun in 1804 at the instruction of emperor Gia Long its grounds incorporated eight villages and it was surrounded by a wall 7-10 metres thick. Continue with a visit to the local Dong Ba market returning to the hotel by cyclo.
Transfer from Hue to Hoi An
Travel by car to Hoi An, a journey time of three hours.
Hoi An is a picturesque and friendly old port town. Once a major port and trading centre, it is now altogether more laid-back. Despite a recent surge in popularity with tourists, its beautifully preserved old quarter - dating back to the 15th century - ensures the town maintains its calm and distinctive old atmosphere.
You will be staying at Anantara Hoi An Resort, Bed & Breakfast
Walking tour of Hoi AnHoi An is a pretty town with some wonderfully attractive river front restaurants serving delicious seafood. The inhabitants originally came from southern China and today their culture is reflected in the architecture of their houses and temples. Walk though Hoi An, visiting a Chinese Communal House or Hokkien Temple, ancient merchants’ houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colourful local market. See local residents raising silkworms and producing silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry and visit a workshop where artisans make Hoi An’s famous lanterns. You may also include an optional visit to a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine.
Transfer Hoi An to Danang
Driven from Hoi An to Danang.
Fly VN012 to Ho Chi Minh
Still known to locals and much of the rest of the world as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is an exhilarating city of culture, commerce and bikes. Vietnam's largest city, it is a sprawling and chaotic metropolis that pulsates with innovation and energy.
You will be staying at Park Hyatt Saigon, Bed & Breakfast
City TourA city tour today will include the Reunification Palace, Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, War Remnants Museum an the Theatre.
Fly Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap
Back in the 1960s, Siem Reap was the place to be in Southeast Asia and saw a steady stream of the rich and famous. Today it's well and truly back on the tourist map. Siem Reap is home to the wondrous Temples of Angkor, and the city itself exudes charm with old French shop-houses, Psar Chaa - an Aladdin's cave for silverware, silk, wood carvings and bargains galore, and contemporary dining, Khmer style with celeb chefs now an integral part of Siem Reaps' international scene.
You will be staying at Belmond La Residence d’Angkor, Bed & Breakfast
Full Day Exploring Angkor Wat and Ta ProhmAwake early in order to experience the beauty of sunrise at Angkor Wat. Embark upon a morning tour of the exquisite carvings, beginning with the stunning bas-reliefs that illustrate tales from Hindu mythology, as well as the glories of the Khmer Empire.Afterwards, visit the ruins of Ta Prohm, a 12th century temple dedicated to King Jayavarman's mother. Decorated with carvings of nymphs, these ruins remain trapped in the clasp of giant roots that wrap themselves around the crumbling stonework.
Explore Tonle Sap LakeThe lake which is linked to Phnom Penh by a narrow waterway is the largest body of water in the country. During the rainy season the water level can rise by up to 10 metres meaning that local people live for part of the year on floating villages. By boat visit some of these villages and explore the lake.
Fly Siem Reap to Luang Prabang
The entire town of Luang Prabang, in landlocked Laos in Southeast Asia, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. An exotic former royal capital, it nestles in a peaceful valley on the edge of the Mekong River and represents Laos' spiritual heart and principle showpiece. It is a haven for nature and history enthusiasts.
You will be staying at Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, Bed & Breakfast
Spend the Day Visiting Temples and the National MuseumExplore Luang Prabang's impressive selection of temples, including Wat Mai, Wat Wisunarat and Wat Xieng Thong. One of the most celebrated religious structures in Laos, the 16th century Wat Xieng Thong is the quintessential Luang Prabang temple; it's graceful sweeping roof stretches almost to the floor and a unique 'tree of life' mosaic decorates its western wall. The temple is one of the few to not have been destroyed by successive invaders.Afterwards visit the national museum, housed in Luang Prabang's former Royal Palace. Mixing traditional Lao and French architectural styles, this colonial building houses an array of historic and religious artefacts.Finish by exploring the narrow alleys that crisscross the town, and stop to enjoy views over the Mekong River.
Explore Pak Ou cavesAfter a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, cruise away from the city with a boat trip on the mighty Mekong. Meander upriver to the junction with the Nam Ou river, where the Pak Ou Caves are nestled in the limestone karsts. Explore these shrines carved into the cliff face before returning by road at Ban Xanhg Hai village. Along the way, visit the typical Lao villages at Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand-made Jute Sar paper.
Fly Luang Prabang to Bangkok
Fly Bangkok to London
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