The Grand Tour of Indochina
From $6,465 - 27 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
Encounter breathtaking scenery, diverse cultures, captivating history and gracious people on this Grand Tour of Indochina.
Vietnam will fascinate you with bustling Saigon and the mighty Mekong River. Board the overnight train to the charming town of Sapa where you will explore villages of the minority tribes. In the neighbouring country of Laos, you will see some of the most stunning landscapes, dominated by beautiful mountains and cascading waterfalls. Immerse yourself in history as you tour some of the country’s oldest temples.
The magnitude of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat will astound you, as will the beauty and serenity at Ta prohm.
Embrace this extensive journey of discovery through the three countries of Indochina, and you will be rewarded with lasting memories.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon for a four night stay.
DAY 2: SAIGON
Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and the lively Ben Thanh Market, where you can enjoy some shopping.
DAYS 3-4: SAIGON
Travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta and explore the river by boat. Tomorrow, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels where you are led by a War Veteran and travel to Tay Ninh where you will experience the midday service at the head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion.
DAY 5: SAIGON TO HOI AN
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains en route.
DAY 6: HOI AN
Tour Hoi An on foot. Visit an old merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple.
DAY 7: HOI AN TO HUE
Drive over the Hai Van Pass to Hue. Upon arrival visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang.
DAY 8: HUE
Take a cyclo this morning to the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. Later, visit Thien Mu Pagoda and cruise along the Perfume River.
DAY 9: HUE TO HANOI (via Danang) TO SAPA
Hue Airport will be closed from the 20th of March until the 20th of November 2013. During this time our group tours that fly in/out of Hue Airport with Vietnam Airlines will be flying in/out of Danang Airport instead.
Transfer to Danang Airport through the Hai Van Tunnel and fly to Hanoi. Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you will see the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Visit the Temple of Literature before boarding your overnight soft sleeper train to Sapa.
DAYS 10-11: SAPA
Early this morning you will arrive in Sapa. Over the next two days explore some of the different minority villages on foot. On the second night you will board your overnight sleeper train back to Hanoi.
DAY 12: HANOI
Arrive in Hanoi this morning. Later, visit the Ethnology Museum and watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets, which have a history dating back thousands of years.
DAY 13: HANOI TO HALONG BAY
Travel to Halong Bay where you will spend the night on board a junk boat relaxing and watching the sun set over the bay.
DAY 14: HALONG BAY TO HANOI
Continue cruising this morning before returning to Hanoi.
DAY 15: HANOI TO LUANG PRABANG
Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos. Tour the city by tuk-tuk visiting Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Visoun, Wat Sene and the National Museum. Later, climb Phousi Hill for panoramic views of the city.
DAYS 16-17: LUANG PRABANG
Rise early this morning to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Cruise the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, visiting Tham Ting and Tham Phoum caves en route. Return to Luang Prabang, stopping along the way at Ban Xang Khong. Tomorrow you will travel to the Kuangsi Waterfalls. Stop at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre before returning to Luang Prabang.
DAY 18: LUANG PRABANG TO VANG VIENG
Travel to Vang Vieng, stopping along the way in Phoukoune to visit the local market.
DAY 19: VANG VIENG
Visit Tham Chang Cave followed by Tham Loup Cave. Walk through the peaceful Laos countryside along the Nam Song River.
DAY 20: VANG VIENG TO VIENTIANE
Continue south to Vientiane. This afternoon you will visit the Patuxai Victory Monument, Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo and That Luang Stupa. This evening enjoy dinner while watching a traditional Lao dance performance.
DAY 21: VIENTIANE TO PHNOM PENH
Fly to Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. This afternoon you will visit the majestic Silver Pagoda to see the Emerald Buddha and explore the National Museum.
DAY 22: PHNOM PENH
This morning you will learn about the atrocities of Pol Pot at the emotional Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes. Afterwards, visit the Apsara Association, where underprivileged children are taught traditional dance and music. End the day with a visit to the Russian and Central markets.
Day 23: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Visit Wat Phnom, from which the city got its name, before you are transferred to the airport to board your flight to Siem Reap. This afternoon visit Banteay Srei, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Enjoy the sunset from the summit of Pre Rup, overlooking the Cambodian rice fields.
DAY 24: SIEM REAP
Rise early to explore the amazing temples of Angkor, starting with the fabulous Ta Prohm. Continue to Angkor Thom, the Bayon, Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and the magnificent Angkor Wat.
DAY 25: SIEM REAP
Travel by boat to see the floating villages, schools and restaurants along Tonle Sap. Continue to the lesser visited temple of Beng Mealea, enjoying a picnic lunch en route.
DAY 26: DEPART SIEM REAP
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Siem Reap airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 27: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"The only South African amongst a group that consisted mostly of Australian members, I was fortunate enough to participate in your Grand Tour of Indochina between 19 October to 13 November 2011. It was a fantastic, stimulating, and even adventurous trip with sights and activities well chosen. The tour was especially amazing right from the time our National Escort Mr. Pham Van Anh met us at the airport outside Saigon. To see such a friendly face and receive the welcome he gave us instilled immediate confidence in me that we were going to be in excellent hands. I was also impressed with Mr. Pham’s ability to get to know the names the 19 group members in no time. Mr. Pham’s presence, guidance and incredible knowledge contributed to our enjoyment of every minute of our time with him in Vietnam. But it was particularly his gentle, consistently patient, kind and interested manner in which he dealt with our group, whenever a matter that needed his attention cropped up. He kept his cool, and entertained us with his great sense of humour and particular sayings all while enthusiastically sharing with us his wealth of knowledge of his country and the places we were visiting. When I needed to say ‘good-bye’ to Mr. Pham Van Ahn it indeed felt as if I were leaving a good friend behind.
My thanks to the Wendy Wu company for a wonderfully comprehensive 27 days but particular thanks for the national escorts who looked after us to the best of their abilities and with such great enthusiasm. I would recommend your company without hesitation."
*Departure coincides with Tet New Year celebrations and sightseeing may be affected due to public holiday closures.
# Prices are for departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.
Important Note: Prices include Vietnam Airlines Fuel surcharges and tipping of $575 (correct as at May 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD160 is payable on arrival in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.