Grand Tour of Indochina
From $6,343 - 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 it’s bustling capital 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, adorned by beautiful mountains and cascading waterfalls. Immerse yourself in history as you tour some of the country’s oldest temples. Visit Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, and learn about the country’s history. The magnitude of Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat will astound you, as will the beauty and serenity at Ta Prohm.
Embrace this extensive journey of discovery through Indochina and be rewarded with lasting memories.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon for a four night stay.
DAY 2: SAIGON
Tour Saigon, beginning with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. End the day at Ben Thanh Market.
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 and travel to Tay Ninh where you will experience the midday service at the 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. Later, tour Hoi An on foot. Visit an old Merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple.
DAY 6: HOI AN
Drive to Tra Que Village to learn about traditional rural life. Return to Hoi An and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure.
DAY 7: HOI AN TO HUE
Drive over the scenic 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 the Forbidden Purple City. Later, visit Thien Mu Pagoda and cruise along the Perfume River.
DAY 9: HUE TO HANOI TO SAPA
Fly to Hanoi. Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you will see the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to 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 villages of minority tribes on foot. On the second night you will board your overnight soft 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.
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. Upon arrival enjoy some time free at your leisure before climbing Phousi Hill to watch the sun set over the Mekong River.
DAYS 16-17: LUANG PRABANG
Rise early this morning to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Visit Wat Xieng Thong and cruise the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves. Return to Luang Prabang, stopping en route to visit local villages. Tomorrow visit Wat Sene, the National Museum and travel to the Kuangsi Waterfalls. Stop at a weaving centre before returning to Luang Prabang.
DAY 18: LUANG PRABANG TO VANG VIENG
Travel to Vang Vieng, enjoying the mountainous scenery along the way. Stop at Phou Khoun to visit the local lively market and Kasi village for lunch.
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 visit the Patuxai Victory Monument, Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo and That Luang Stupa. This evening you will watch a traditional Lao dance performance at dinner.
DAY 21: VIENTIANE TO PHNOM PENH
Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This afternoon visit the Royal Palace, the majestic and unique Silver Pagoda to see the Emerald Buddha, and explore the National Museum.
DAY 22: PHNOM PENH
Learn about the atrocities of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge at the emotional Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes. Visit the Apsara Association, where underprivileged children are taught traditional dance and music and end the day with a visit to the Russian and Central markets.
DAY 23: PHNOM PENH TO SIEM REAP
Visit Wat Phnom before you are transferred to the airport to board your flight to Siem Reap. This afternoon visit Banteay Srei and enjoy the sunset from the summit of Pre Rup.
DAYs 24-25: SIEM REAP
Rise early to explore the amazing temples of Angkor, starting with Ta Prohm. Continue to Angkor Thom, the Bayon, Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and the magnificent Angkor Wat. Tomorrow, travel by boat to see the floating villages, schools and restaurants along Tonle Sap. Continue to the less visited temple of Beng Mealea.
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.
Dates & Prices
Vietnam Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $671. Please note the Tipping amount of USD160 (AUD174) is payable on arrival in 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.