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Enjoy the best of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on our most comprehensive tour of Indochina. This diverse itinerary samples the wide-ranging culture, history and geography of this fascinating region. From Sapa’s impressive rice terraces to the beautiful Buddhist temples in Luang Prabang, this tour has it all.
– Experience the bustling city of Saigon
– Wander the traditional town of Hoi An
– Relax on an overnight cruise in Halong Bay
– Hike in the stunning Sapa hills
– Experience a traditional Takbat Ceremony
– Cruise the languid Mekong River to explore the Pak Ou Caves
– Discover awe-inspiring Angkor
Days 1-2: Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Discover Saigon
The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world, but it is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace; and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish at Cholon and the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 4: Mekong Delta
Pop down to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’ – paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Return to Saigon.
Day 5: Explore Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of Hoi An including the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the workshop of social enterprise, Reaching Out. The next morning visit the beautiful, rural Tra Que Village.
Days 7: Hoi An at leisure
Spend a day at leisure to explore and unwind in this atmospheric and traditional town. The streets here are a delight to wander.
Days 8-9: Imperial Citadel, Hue
Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day take a cyclo ride up to the imposing Imperial Citadel before seeing Thien Mu Pagoda and cruising the Perfume River.
Day 10: Hanoi
Hanoi brings all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet refined city. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature before strolling the Old Quarter’s atmospheric streets. Later, board an overnight train to Sapa.
Days 11: Journey to Mai Chau
head southwest from Hanoi to Mai Chau, one of Vietnam’s better-kept secrets. This area is visually very similar to the more famous Sapa region, but with lighter walking and fewer crowds.
12: Mai Chau
Drive higher into the mountains to visit the H’mong hill tribe village of Sa Linh, and enjoy a gentle hike to Pa Co.
Day 13: Return to Hanoi
Explore the rice fields and meet the White Thai community villages of Pom Coong and Lac with their traditional stilt houses. This afternoon, drive back to Hanoi for the night.
Days 14-15: Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Spend two days aboard a traditionally designed junk cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi.
Day 16: Fly to Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang. This afternoon is free for your own exploration. Ascend Phousi Hill for delightful views.
Day 17: Takbat
Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat visit Wat Xieng Thong and take to the waters of the Mekong to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of miniature Buddhist sculptures that reside within.
Day 18: Kuang Si Waterfalls
This morning visit Wat Sene and the National Museum. Marvel at the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls before returning to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre.
Day 19: Journey to Vang Vieng
Visit the lively local market at Phouk Houn.
Day 20: Explore Vang Vieng
Venture into the Tham Chang and Tham Loup Caves before wandering through dramatic countryside beside the Nam Song River.
Day 21: Discover Vientiane
Continue south to Vientiane. Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is more a friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument.
Day 22: Fly to Phnom Penh
Fly to Phnom Penh. A city of airy boulevards and colonial villas, Phnom Penh has been engulfed by energy and optimism making it a pleasurable place to be. Today’s visits include the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Later on admire the artefacts of the lovely National Museum.
Day 23: Explore Phnom Penh
Visit the children of the Apsara Arts Association and the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum.
Day 24: Fly to Siem Reap
Ascend to the hilltop Wat Phnom before transferring to the airport to fly to Siem Reap. Visit the captivating Banteay Srei – a richly-embellished rose-coloured sandstone temple, before watching the sunset from the summit of Pre Rup.
Day 25: Explore Angkor
The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Begin at Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle, continuing to Angkor Thom and passing through the South Gate to reach the enigmatic Bayon, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat.
Day 26: Tonle Sap
Spend the morning experiencing life on the water in the floating village of Kompong Kleang. From here continue to Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple completely overrun by jungle. On the way back to Siem Reap, visit Les Artisans D’Angkor.
Days 27-28: Fly to the UK
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities.
Dining in the Dark
Enjoy a fun ‘dining in the dark’ experience at Noir, a restaurant in Saigon
Hanoi Cyclo Tour
Explore the vibrant streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo, stopping off at a café to sample a traditionally-made, local speciality, egg coffee.
Cruise the Mekong Delta
Cruise the Mekong in style aboard the contemporary Victoria Mekong with state-of-the-art facilities and an itinerary packed with culturally-immersive shore excursions and onboard activities.
– Return international flights
– All Accommodation
– All meals: 25 breakfasts, 24 lunches and 25 dinners
– All transportation & transfers
– All sightseeing & entrance fees
– English speaking National Escort & local guides
– Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
– Based on London Heathrow departures
– Flight upgrades available on request
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary. However, mini buses may be used for smaller groups (under 10 passengers).
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of Southeast Asia on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts or local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 28 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
This tour has a Level 3 fitness rating. This means that a good level of fitness is required as you need to be comfortable walking for 2-3 hours and covering longer distances. Other activities such as cycling will be at a gentle pace and will involve straightforward terrain.
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Venture deep into the heart of Indochina, traversing the Southeast Asian peninsula through the vastly contrasting landscapes and fascinating heritage of three magnificent countries – vivacious Vietnam, enchanting Laos and captivating Cambodia.
Explore the best bits of Vietnam – Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Saigon, on a flexible itinerary that gives you the choice to discover each destination independently or choose between a series of wonderful cultural experiences. This tour is Vietnam, your way.
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