Vibrant Vietnam, charismatic Cambodia, beguiling Bangkok; this journey covers the very best of Indochina. From the graceful elegance of Hanoi, across the serene beauty of Halong Bay, to the quaint charms of Hoi An and the frenetic energy of Ho Chi Minh City, experience ancient customs and delicious cuisine while travelling through the heart of Vietnam. Embark on an exciting tour down the Mekong river to Phnom Penh, and spend several days exploring the enigmatic temples of Angkor Wat. The bright lights of Bangkok are the ideal way to cap off this Indochina Discovery adventure.

Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Countries
Themes
Explorer
Code
TVSLC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
244kg pp per trip

Travel across the heart of Indochina through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand


Highlights

  • Hop aboard a boat tour on Halong Bay
  • Glide down the Perfume River in a dragon boat
  • Take in the tranquillity of Hoi An
  • Dive into the excitement of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Be humbled by the Killing Fields outside Phnom Penh
  • Be mesmerised by sunrise over the ancient temples at Angkor Wat
  • Kick back with a brew in Bangkok

Itinerary

Arrive in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, and get lost in the whirl of colour, commotion and horn-blowing traffic. Visit the mausoleum of the father of modern Vietnam and end the day at a water puppet show.
Have breakfast with the kids at the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation before leaving the frenetic pace of city life behind to visit one of Vietnam's most breathtaking spots, Halong Bay. Spend the evening being rocked to sleep by the boat bobbing on the water. Return to Hanoi and then travel overnight on the Reunification Express, bound for Hue.
Disembark at Hue and relive the opulence of imperial Vietnam within the Thai Hoa Palace, see the scars of former wars in the Forbidden Purple City or discover the legacy left behind by the fussy Emperor Tu Duc's tomb. Relax aboard a Perfume River cruise.
Travel through Vietnam's coastal rice paddies to the fishing village of Lang Co before heading into the mountains and crossing the breathtaking Hai Van Pass. Take a step back in time in the ancient streetscapes of Hoi An. Here there are centuries-old family homes to explore, the wonderful Japanese Covered Bridge to wander across and bowls of Vietnam's mouth-watering cao lau to try.
Visit the sweeping beaches of Nha Trang, Vietnam's idyllic bayside destination. Devour a delicious seafood lunch or float in basket boats on the sparkling waters of the South China Sea.
Enjoy a relaxed cyclo tour through hidden Ho Chi Minh City tourist spots. Later, take a rowboat along the Mekong Delta. Learn the secrets of longan honey from a family of beekeepers and gain insight into rural Vietnamese life on a village visit before ending the adventure back in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.
As Vietnam's largest city, Ho Chi Minh City brims with street side shops, boutiques stores and motorbikes carrying everything from children to chickens. Arrive early to slurp a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho or go bargain hunting in Ben Thanh Market.
Cross into Cambodia and travel to Phnom Penh. A sobering visit to the infamous Killing Fields provides a glimpse into Cambodia's tragic past, the site being marked by a stupa made of some 8,000 skulls. There's time to explore other attractions such as the frantic Russian Market, the National Museum or the Silver Pagoda with its dazzling silver-tiled floor. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll along Sisowath Quay and stop for coffee at a riverside cafe.
Travel back to a brighter time in Cambodian history with a trip to the Angkor Wat temples. From sun-up to sundown, relish the sacred beauty of these ancient wonders, from the eerie shadows of Ta Prohm to the serene smiles of the carved faces at Bayon.
Admire elegant French architecture and a relaxed country pace in Battambang. While here, learn the secrets of Khmer cuisine in a cooking class, take a walk along the river front or maybe take a trip out to surrounding villages.
Skip back across the border from Cambodia to Thailand and enjoy an evening in bewitching Bangkok. Grab a fragrant curry, a soothing Thai massage, charter a longtail boat or take in the Grand Palace's gleaming architecture as a fitting end to this historic journey.
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Inclusions

Meals
15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train, Van
Accommodation
Hotel (18 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • Hanoi - Blue Dragon breakfast
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum
  • Hanoi - Water puppet show
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Hoi An - Ancient town
  • Hue - Imperial citadel
  • Hue - Motorbike trip including lunch
  • Hue - Perfume River boat ride
  • Hue - Royal tomb
  • Phnom Penh - Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Guided Tour of Choeung Ek
  • Siem Reap - Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake boat trip

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