On The Go Tours Inside Indochina - 21 days

21 days from Vientiane to Siem Reap - ININD

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21 Days

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Overview

Take an exciting journey through Indochina. Discover enchanting Laos with its Buddhist temples and beautiful scenery, uncover the highlights of Vietnam such as Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong before travelling to the captivating kingdom of Cambodia, to explore iconic Angkor Wat.

Highlights

  • Angkor Temple Complex – marvel at legendary Angkor Wat and see the many stone faces of the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom
  • Halong Bay – sail in the UNESCO listed bay which is dotted with beautiful limestone peaks and spend the night aboard a deluxe junk boat
  • Vientiane – see the highlights of Laos’ capital including Wat Si Saket and the iconic Patuxay Monument
  • Luang Prabang – enjoy a tuk-tuk tour of the old quarter and experience the life of a rice farmer at the Living Land Farm Experience
  • Khouangsi Waterfall – swim in the crystal pools beneath the waterfall and visit fascinating ethnic minority villages en route
  • Vang Vieng – browse the colourful Thalat Market, explore the lush countryside and visit the eerie Tham Jang Caves
  • Hanoi – ride on a cyclo rickshaw through the capital of Vietnam to highlights including the Opera House and Ly Thai To Park
  • Hue – discover the famous seven storey Thien Mu Pagoda and visit the Imperial Purple Palace in the ancient walled Citadel
  • Hoi An – travel on the famous Hai Van Pass and explore the quaint city including the Chua Ong Pagoda and Japanese Bridge
  • Tra Que village – cycle through lush countryside, learn how to farm the land and enjoy a fun and hands-on cooking lesson
  • Mekong Delta – cruise along the maze of waterways on a traditional sampan and enjoy lunch in a local home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island
  • Ho Chi Minh City – explore highlights of the ‘Pearl of the Orient' on a walking tour and visit the sobering War Remnants Museum
  • Cu Chi Tunnels – discover the incredible network of tunnels which were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War
  • Phnom Penh – visit highlights of the city including the Silver Pagoda and learn about the horrors of the Pol Pot regime at Toul Sleng

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Vientiane

    Sunday. Welcome to Laos! Airport arrival transfer from Vientiane airport and hotel check in. The rest of the day is free to relax and spend at leisure

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  • Day 2 Vientiane city tour

    After breakfast we explore the charming capital of Laos on a city tour. Highlights include Wat Si Saket - the oldest Buddhist monastery temple in the country, the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaeo, Pha That Luang monument and the Buddha Park with its incredible array of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. We also visit to the COPE Centre, a charity working with victims of unexploded bombs and mines. End the day with a spectacular sunset dinner beside the Mekong River.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Dinner

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  • Day 3 Vang Vieng

    Vientiane – Vang Vieng. We leave the capital early and journey north through lush countryside to Vang Vieng. Along the way we visit Ban Keun, famous for its salt extraction plant and a village of local Lao rice wine whiskey distillation. Our next stop is the busy and colourful market of Thalat, where local hill tribes come to trade and shop. Arriving at Vang Vieng, nestled on the banks of the Nam Song River is our delightfully rustic and rural hotel. The remainder of the afternoon offers free time, perhaps opt to explore the local caves, take a scenic bike ride or go tubing along the river.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Dinner

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  • Day 4 Tham Jang Caves, Ban Huai Ngai village

    Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang. This morning we explore the famous caves of Tham Jang once used by the local people as a hideout during Chinese invasions. Then we head to Ban Huai Ngai village to gain an insight into local life before making our way further north to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Luang Prabang.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 5 Luang Prabang

    Consider rising early this morning to view the daily ritual of saffron-clad monks and their procession down the streets of Luang Prabang collecting alms from the residents. Then we hop on a vintage Tuk-tuk to explore the old quarter of Luang Prabang, visiting the bustling Morning Market, magnificent Wat Xiengthong temple and the former Royal Palace, which is now a national museum.

    This afternoon we visit the beautiful Khouangsi waterfall, stopping en route to visit some ethnic minority villages, meeting the locals and gaining a fascinating insight into the local culture.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 6-7 Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang - Hanoi (Vietnam). We head out of town to a local farm to learn about rice production. After lunch we cruise up the Mekong River to visit the Pak Ou caves crammed with Buddha images of all shapes and sizes, stopping Ban Xanghai village en route to sample local rice wine. Returning to Luang Prabang we stop at Ban Phanom village - known for its hand weaving, before boarding our evening flight to Hanoi. Day 7 offers free time for you to explore Vietnam’s capital, or better still, why not opt to get off the beaten track and explore Hanoi with us on our optional Back Streets of Hanoi add-on which explores the quaint districts of Cho Buoi, Hoang Hoa Tham and Vinh Phuc, and also includes an exhilarating local experience - riding pillion, on taxi-motorbikes through a maze of tiny streets and along the shore of beautiful Ho Tay Lake.

    Meals: 2 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 8 Halong Bay

    Hanoi – Halong Bay. Take a moment to picture in your mind some two thousand rugged karst islands dappled with lush vegetation seeming to float on top of pristine emerald coloured waters and you have the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. This morning a scenic drive will take us to this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site where we will enjoy a junk boat cruise.

    Based on traditional designs, these wonderful vessels combine oriental style with modern luxury. Soak up the panoramic views from the sundeck as the boat gently plies its course. This afternoon we visit Trinh Nu Cave, one of the finest caves in Halong Bay, covering an area of 2,000m² with a stunning array of stalactites and stalagmites. There's also the opportunity to go kayaking and enjoy a refreshing swim. Later this evening back on board, watch a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before settling down for a sumptuous seafood dinner.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch 1 Dinner

    Accommodation: Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat

  • Day 9 Halong Bay

    Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Early birds can start the day with a relaxing Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage - the perfect way to start the day. Before heading back to port this morning we explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave (Surprise Grotto), which is 10,000m² and consists of two major chambers. These spectacular chambers are spacious enough to hold thousands of people.

    On arrival back into Hanoi mid-afternoon we’ll explore the maze of streets in the French Quarter by cyclo (rickshaw), taking in highlights such as the Opera house and Ly Thai To park. We then swap our wheels for a leisurely walk through ‘36 streets of the old quarter’, named after the numerous guilds that once set up shop on a particular street from silk tailors to traditional medicine shops.

    Later this evening there's a chance to freshen up before boarding the train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue. An option to fly from Hanoi to Hue is also available.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

    Accommodation: Sleeper train

  • Day 10 Hue

    Arriving to Hue we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the 19th-century Nguyen empire capital. We visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city, whose 21m high tower has become something of a symbol for Hue and the citadel. Within the citadel is the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin.

    In the countryside lies the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings and here we’ll view the elaborate mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. As the sun sets take an optional cruise in a long boat along the gentle Perfume River, beautifully illuminated at night or enjoy some retail therapy at Dong Ba Market.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 11 Hoi An

    Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. Today we take the scenic Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds), which offers magnificent views of beaches to one side and lush hills to the other. En route we stop for a walk along China beach and visit peaks of the Marble Mountain. Reaching the summit of Thuy Son Mountain (Mountain of Water), we enter the naturally formed grottoes-cum- Buddhist sanctuaries. The enormous cathedral like Huyen Khrong cave is illuminated by shards of light and the towering seated Buddha carved from the rock face is spectacular.

    Onward to Hoi An. The charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An with it cobbled streets, traditional homes and tiny shop houses is a perfect place to lose yourself in a by gone era. Boutique restaurants, hip cafes along the waterfront, delightful craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors (whose services come at a nominal price), all can be found here.

    On a short walking tour of the enchanting historical town, we’ll visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants’ homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.

    During your stay in Hoi An, we offer a unique optional Hoi An Street Eats add-on, which explores the city’s most popular local haunts. Cruise the city the way the locals do, by vintage Vespa and enjoy lots of tasty Vietnamese Cuisine. Book early with your reservation consultant, as numbers are limited.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 12 Hoi An

    A scenic bicycle ride into the countryside leads us to Tra Que village this morning. Here we discover age old farming practices and learn about traditional medicine. It’s a fun, hands on experience today where we’ll don conical hats and assist with tending the fields. Then we'll enjoy an entertaining cooking demonstration and help to cook a tasty lunch.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 13 Hoi An

    A free day for you relax or further sightsee. You may wish to take a relaxing rowboat journey along the river or spend the day lazing by the beach or hotel pool. Alternatively you can opt for an excursion to the UNESCO-listed My Son sanctuary or enjoy a day trip to the popular Ba Na Hills mountain resort, where you will ride the second longest cable car in the world and walk along the striking Golden Bridge (book and pay locally).

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 14 Can Tho

    Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City. Early morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon). Drive to the Mekong Delta. Often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits, flowers and rice, as well as it fantastic views while boating along the canals. Taking our sampan from Cai Be we’ll cruise through the maze of waterways visiting local cottage industries that produce popcorn, coco candies and paper along the way. Lunch is served today in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City

    Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City. Early today we visit the ever lively Cai Rang floating market. Watch as melons, pineapples, fresh greens, sacks of rice and children's toys get tossed from one sampan to another at great heights and speed before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City. Once called the Pearl of the Orient, modern Ho Chi Minh City is a thriving metropolis on the move. Sleek sky scrapers, gourmet restaurants, designer malls and swanky bars and spas are scattered between ancient pagodas, colonial era landmarks and lively street markets. On a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City we will see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post office before visiting the sobering War Remnants Museum. Evening at leisure.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 16 Ho Chi Minh City

    Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh. This morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a sprawling underground network of tunnels and living quarters used by the Viet Cong during the war. Then we drive to the Cambodian border (crossing at Moc Bai/Bavet) and continue on to the capital of Phnom Penh. Today the nation’s capital offers a bustling mix of Asia’s past and present, a city quickly taking its place amongst the trendy capitals of the region with superb restaurants and a number of attractions.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Dinner

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  • Day 17 Phnom Penh

    Today we’ll enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh. The National Museum of Fine Arts, a graceful terracotta building of traditional design, houses the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture. We continue with the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, famed for its lavish decorations – the floors are paved with silver tiles and statues of Buddha are encrusted with thousands of diamonds.

    We later come face to face with the horrors of the Pol Pot regime as we visit Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21), a school that was gruesomely transformed into a torture chamber under the Khmer Rouge, and visit the Killing Fields where over 10,000 people were executed.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 18 Angkor National Museum & Angkor Wat

    Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. Hotel check out and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Siem Reap.

    After time to freshen up we visit the Angkor National Museum - an archaeological museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of Angkorian artifacts and Khmer civilisation, with collections mainly dated from Khmer Empire's Angkor period circa 9th to 14th-century.

    This afternoon we explore iconic Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. It is a massive three-tiered structure crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. The centrepiece of any visit to the temples around Siem Reap, Angkor Wat provides plenty of incredible photo opportunities.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 19 Angkor Thom & NGO circus project

    Early this morning you can opt to return to Angkor Wat for sunrise. Later we drive out to see the well-preserved temples of Banteay Srei, stopping at an exotic butterfly sanctuary an the village of Preak Dak where we support a community tree planting initiative along the way. After we return to the Angkor Temple Complex to explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom. The last capital of the Great Khmer Empire, it is home to the fascinating Bayon Temple, the Baphuon royal enclosure and the Terraces of the Elephants and Leper King.

    We continue on to Tra Prohm Temple, which unlike the other temples here has been left in the same ruined state that it was first discovered in with a tangle of trees growing out of its ruins. Tonight we attend the wonderful Phare Cambodian Circus - an NGO project that teaches children living on the streets how to become talented circus artists.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 20 Tonle Sap Lake

    This morning we drive to Kampong Phluk, a cluster of three villages of stilt houses built within the floodplain of Tonle Sap Lake. After a boat trip on the lake we return to Siem Reap for free time. Pick up some last minute souvenirs at the central market or head down to lively Pub Street.

    Note: Between Feb - July the water levels at Kompong Phluk village maybe too low to go boating, if so, we will visit Chong Kneas floating village where it will still be possible to go boating. Afternoon and evening at leisure.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 21 Siem Reap

    Saturday. Today marks the end of our holiday. Lap up the hotel facilities this morning before hotel check out and included departure transfer to the airport.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • 20 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 18 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train (Junk boat: private cabin, Sleeper train: basic, 4 berth cabin)
  • 3 economy class flights from Luang Prabang - Hanoi, Danang - Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
  • Guided sightseeing - Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor
  • Living Land Farm Experience
  • Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - opt to swim, kayak and explore caves
  • Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
  • Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta
  • Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 21
  • Escorted by an English speaking Laotian, Vietnamese and Cambodian tour guides
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Accommodation

4 star

  • Crowne Plaza Vientiane, Vientiane - 5 Star Hotel
  • Santi Resort and Spa, Luang Prabang - 4 Star Hotel
  • Sunway Hotel, Hanoi - 4 Star Hotel
  • La Casa Hotel, Hanoi - 4 Star Hotel
  • Bhaya Classic I Junk Boat, Halong Bay - Mid Range Junk
  • Syrena Junk Boat, Halong Bay - Mid Range Junk
  • Sleeper train - 4 berth cabin, Hanoi - Train
  • Mondial Hotel, Hue - 4 Star Hotel
  • ÊMM Hotel, Hue - 4 Star Hotel
  • Thanh Binh Riverside hotel , Hoi An - 4 Star Hotel
  • River Green Hotel, Hoi An - 4 Star Hotel
  • Vinh Hung Riverside Resort, Hoi An - 4 Star Hotel
  • Victoria Hotel Can Tho, Can Tho - 4 Star Hotel
  • Iris Hotel, Can Tho - 4 Star Hotel
  • Muong Thanh Centre, Ho Chi Minh City - 4 Star Hotel
  • Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh - 4 Star Hotel
  • Kravan Hotel, Phnom Penh - 4 Star Hotel
  • Angkor Paradise Hotel , Siem Reap - 4 Star Hotel

Exclusions

  • International flights and visas
  • Tip for your tour guides. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
  • Entrance Fees: USD$165-175pp, paid in USD

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Age Policy

18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult

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Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons (or 3 persons if you wish to book a triple) sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same gender, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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