Our Indochina exploration tour offers clients 22 days of exploration and discovery of the historical and cultural sites of ancient Indochina, a truly remarkable tour of the neighboring countries. Although similar in many respects each individual country has many differences as well, and what better way is there to compare them than visiting them and finding out first hand. Beginning in Hanoi this tour will highlight the city sites, before embarking on a delightful overnight cruise on Vietnams famous Halong Bay. Fly to Laos and explore Luang Prabang (a World Heritage listed town), and discover hidden secrets in its surrounds. Take flight to the Temples of Angkor for more jaw-dropping discoveries in Siem Reap and its surrounds. Explore Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, and cruise to Southern Vietnam. Explore your way around the “rice-bowl” of Vietnam and partake in a city tour of HCM City sites and discover the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. You then fly to the centre of Vietnam and visit Hue and Hoian before completing the circle and returning to Hanoi, where your tour ends.


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Hanoi - Arrival

  • Met and welcomed by your guide upon arrival
  • Transfer to hotel by private car
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Hanoi City Tour

  • Our city tour gives a glimpse and an introduction to the history and highlights of the nation’s capital, and includes:
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum to see the embalmed body of the nation’s hero. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda
  • Discover Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple
  • Enjoy a water-puppet show, a traditional and ancient art form, unique to Vietnam
  • Enjoy a lunch of the specialties of Hanoi
  • Visit the Ethnology Museum, one of the finest museums in the country
  • Enjoy a traditional cyclo ride of exploration through the busy streets of the ‘Old Quarter’
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Hanoi – Ha Long - Cruise and night on board

  • Transfer from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay by private car with tour guide
  • Halong Bay, with its 1969 islands, is set in beautiful turquoise waters and was recognized for its natural beauty by UNESCO in 1994, and classified as a World Heritage Site.
  • Receive a welcome drink on boarding
  • Install in private cabins
  • Start your cruise while enjoying lunch.
  • Lunch is served from a delicious seafood menu while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Admire the beautiful landscapes
  • Visit the mysterious Canh Thien cave
  • Relax on the island beach and enjoy swimming
  • Kayak for 1 hour
  • Dinner is served outdoors, (weather permitting), or in the indoor dining room
  • Overnight on board
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Ha Long - Cruise - Hanoi

  • Breakfast will be served under the morning sun
  • Enjoy a journey through the Vung Vieng fishing village
  • Discover the floating houses and the lifestyle of its population, who live permanently on the water, and visit a floating school
  • Lunch on board the junk will close this beautiful cruise
  • Disembark from the junk
  • Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon
  • Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi including breakfast.
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Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

  • Travel to Halong Bay with our tour guide. Halong Bay, with its 1969 islands, is set in beautiful turquoise waters and was recognized for its natural beauty by UNESCO in 1994 and classified as a World Heritage Site, and is the premier tourist destination in the country.
  • Arrive around midday and board your traditional junk.
  • Receive a welcome drink on boarding and installation in private cabins
  • Start your cruise while enjoying lunch.
  • Lunch is served from a delicious seafood menu while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay.
  • Admire the beautiful landscapes as they pass before your eyes and visit the mysterious Canh Thien cave, relax on an island beach and enjoy some swimming or sun-bathing and kayak for 1 hour.
  • Dinner is served outdoors, (weather permitting), or in the indoor dining room
  • Overnight on board
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Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Hue

  • Cruise through the Vung Vieng fishing village on a sampan; discover a floating school, the floating houses and the lifestyle of its population, who live permanently on the water.
  • Lunch on board the junk will close this beautiful cruise
  • Disembark from the junk, and return to Hanoi, on the way back, we visit the village of Dong Trieu, specializing in ceramics, and the But Thap pagoda
  • Transfer by private car to the airport for a flight to Hue
  • Met and welcomed by our guide upon arrival, and transferred to your hotel in Hue
  • Overnight at a hotel in Hue
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Luang Prabang - Cruise - Pak Ou cave

  • Arrive at the Luang Prabang pier
  • Board a traditional wooden boat for the Mekong River cruise
  • Keep an eye on the riverbanks for Elephants or local’s gold panning
  • Discover and explore the sacred caves at Pak Ou
  • On the return journey, stop at Ban Xang Hai to witness Lao-Lao being distilled
  • Visit two ethnic villages that produce silk products on traditional looms
  • Stroll through the H’mong night market
  • Enjoy a dance show at the Royal Palace
  • Overnight at a hotel in Luang Prabang, including breakfast.
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Luang Prabang – Khuang Sy - Minority Ethnic villages

  • Depart for the beautiful Khuang Sy Waterfalls
  • Past traditional houses and lovely nature places
  • Discover the falls, nestled in lush vegetation
  • Relax and swim in the clear, blue pools of water there
  • Visit several villages, including a weaving and Saa paper producing one
  • See the Ock Pop Tok textile gallery
  • Stroll through the H’mong night market
  • Overnight at a hotel in Luang Prabang, including breakfast.
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Luang Prabang - FLY- Siem Reap

  • Enjoy free time in the morning
  • Transfer to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap
  • Met and welcomed by the guide and transferred to hotel
  • Overnight at a hotel in Siem Reap, including breakfast.
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Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Ta Phrom - Angkor Wat

  • Explore the walled city of Angkor Thom, 10sq kms in size
  • Visit the South Gate, Bayon
  • See the fascinating Buddhist monastery of Ta Phrom, invaded by the jungle over many years
  • Visit the Baphuon with its splendid sculptures
  • Pass through the Terrace of the Elephants
  • See the Terrace of the Leper King with its beautiful carvings of gods, nagas, and dancers
  • Discover and explore Angkor Wat, built in the first half of the twelfth century, and dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.
  • Witness the sunset, from the top of the hill of Phnom Bakheng
  • Overnight at a hotel in Siem Reap, including breakfast.
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Siem Reap - Rolous group – Banteay Srei – Banteay Samre

  • Visit the Roluos group, Hindu worship temples dating from the late 9th century
  • Explore the temple Preah Ko, erected by Indravarman in the late 9th century
  • See the temple Lolei, the twin to Preah Ko, and see its sandstone carvings
  • Visit the temple Bakong, the largest of the Rolous group
  • Discover the temple of Banteay Srei, a Hindu temple dating back to the 10th century
  • Visit the Banteay Samre temple, a Hindu temple dedicated in the 12th century to Vishnu Shiva
  • Overnight at a hotel in Siem Reap including breakfast.
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Siem Reap - Tonle Sap – FLY - Phnom Penh

  • Drive to the fishing village of Kampung Phluk, on the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake
  • Take a cruise on a local boat to explore some of the nearby floating villages
  • See the huts of bamboo and straw, built on stilts to avoid flooding
  • Practice some of the traditional fishing techniques employed by the locals
  • Transfer to the airport for a flight to Phnom Penh
  • Met and welcomed by the guide and transferred to hotel
  • Overnight at a hotel in Phnom Penh, breakfast included.
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Phnom Penh - City tour

  • Visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, a collection of sculptures exhibition pre-Angkorian and Angkorian
  • Visit the Royal Palace, resplendent in traditional Khmer architecture
  • See the Silver Pagoda and its magnificent Emerald Buddha
  • Explore Wat Phnom, the oldest of the city, and see the statue of Madam Penh
  • Visit the Museum of Genocidal Crime, which was the S-21 prison – the scene of the worst examples of brutality and torture under the infamous Pol Pot
  • Visit the camp Choeng Ek Killing Field, outside Phnom Penh, the last resting place of many Cambodian people, whose killings were committed by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.
  • Take a stroll through the Central Market, famous for its Art Deco architecture.
  • Overnight at a hotel in Phnom Penh, including breakfast.
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Boat journey to Chau Doc

  • Enjoy free time in the morning
  • Transfer to the pier for boarding to Chau Doc – Vietnam at 12:00 pm
  • Upon arrival, transfer to hotel
  • Overnight at a hotel in Chau Doc including breakfast.
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Chau Doc - Long Xuyen - Can Tho

  • Discover Chau Doc on the banks of the Bassac River and its Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities.
  • Take a boat trip to explore the floating markets and intense movie
  • Discover the daily lives of the Mekong
  • Enjoy lunch at local restaurant
  • Take a boat ride to the island of Tigre “Cu Lao Ong Ho”
  • Visit the museum dedicated to the second President Ton Duc Thang
  • Overnight at a hotel in Can Tho including breakfast.
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Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market - HCM city

  • Board a local sampan and travel on the water
  • Visit to the colorful and vibrant Cai Rang floating market and Ba Cong fruit orchard
  • Taste their fine wares
  • Go to the 100yr old Binh Thuy Ancient House
  • Admire the workmanship and architecture of yesteryear
  • Observe the thick, lush vegetation along the riverbanks and life of the local people
  • Return to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit either the Vinh Trang Pagoda or Cao Dai Temple on the way
  • Overnight at a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City including breakfast.
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HCM City – City tour - Cu Chi tunnels

  • Discover the War Remnants Museum
  • Visit the old Presidential Palace
  • See the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Saigon Post Office
  • Enjoy lunch will be taken at a local restaurant
  • Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an unbelievably complex system of tunnels built by the Vietnamese resistance fighters
  • Return to HCM City late in the afternoon
  • Overnight at a hotel in HCM City including breakfast.
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HCM City - FLY - Hue - City tour

  • Transfer to the airport for a flight to Hue
  • Upon arrival, met and welcomed by the guide and transferred to hotel.
  • Visit the Imperial Palace, where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945
  • Enjoy a lunch of Hue’s unique, spicy cuisine
  • See Khai Dinh’s tomb
  • Visit Tu Duc’s Mausoleum
  • Overnight in a hotel in Hue, breakfast included.
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Hue – Thuy Bieu village - Cooking class

  • Transfer by private car to Toa Kham wharf to begin the cruise
  • Stop at Dong Ba Market to buy the ingredients for the cooking class
  • Visit the iconic Thien Mu pagoda • Cruise to Thuy Bien Village – famous for its Green Tea
  • Take a walking or cycling tour of the village to see the ancestral temple, the gardens, and houses
  • Meet and communicate with the locals and visit an incense making family
  • Enjoy a cooking class at the Thuy Bieu restaurant
  • Relax with a medicinal herbal foot bath and an excellent body massage by a blind masseur
  • In the late afternoon, transfer back to your hotel
  • Overnight at a hotel in Hue including breakfast.
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Hue - Hoian - City tour

  • Travel by private car from Hue to Hoian via the Hai Van Pass.
  • Visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang on the way.
  • Discover the five Marble Mountains, each named after a component of the planet; Fire, Wood. Iron Water and Earth
  • Enjoy a delightful stroll around the ancient town, and discover the reasons why UNESCO bestowed World Heritage rating on the town.
  • See the 400yr old covered Japanese Bridge, temples, pagodas, museums and other architectural monuments
  • Overnight at a hotel in Hoian including breakfast.
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Hoian - Free time

  • Enjoy a free day at your leisure to discover the city by yourselves or go to Cua Dai or An Bang beach for swimming and relaxing.
  • Overnight at a hotel in Hoi An including breakfast.
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Hoian - FLY - Hanoi - Departure

  • Free time until transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi
  • Free time at the airport until departure flight