Grand Tour of Indochina

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Witness the traditions, scenery and sights of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Stand astounded by the intricacies of Angkor, the majesty of Halong Bay and the tranquility of Luang Prabang.

Please note: This page shows the 2017 Itinerary. To see the itinerary for tours departing in 2016, please Click Here.

Places Visited

Australia - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (3N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Sapa (1N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Luang Prabang (3N) - Vang Vieng (2N) - Vientiane (1N) - Phnom Penh (2N) - Siem Reap (3N) - Australia

Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Fly with Vietnam Airlines 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 1: Fly to Saigon
Day 2: Discover Saigon
This morning, contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. Visit the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
Day 2: Discover Saigon
Day 3: Mekong Delta
Travel 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. Lunch on typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.
Day 3: Mekong Delta
Days 4-5: Explore Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of Hoi An, including the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge. The next morning take a short bike ride to Tra Que Village.
Days 4-5: Explore Hoi An
Day 6: Hoi An
Spend a day at leisure to explore and unwind in this lovely traditional town.
Days 7-8: Imperial Hue
Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day explore the imposing Imperial Citadel before seeing Thien Mu Pagoda and cruising along the Perfume River.
Days 7-8: Imperial Hue
Day 9: Journey to Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam's capital. Take an exciting cyclo tour of the Old Quarter before enjoying a performance of the traditional Water Puppets.
Day 9: Journey to Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi
Spend the morning at leisure. Later, explore the Museum of Ethnology and Temple of Literature, before boarding an overnight train to Sapa.
Days 11-12: Sapa countryside
Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces exploring colourful markets, minority villages including Cat Cat and tribal architecture. Board the overnight train back to Hanoi.
Days 11-12: Sapa countryside
Days 13-14: Cruise Halong Bay
Arrive in Hanoi this morning. After some time to freshen up, continue to Halong Bay. Spend two days cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. Return to Hanoi.
Days 13-14: Cruise Halong Bay
Day 15: Fly to Luang Prabang
Visit Hanoi's Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda, with the afternoon free to do a little shopping. Fly to Luang Prabang.
Day 15: Fly to Luang Prabang
Day 16: Takbat
Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Ascend Phousi Hill for city views and visit Wat Xieng Thong. Take to the waters of the Mekong to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou.
Day 16: Takbat
Day 17: Kuang Si Waterfalls
This morning visit 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 17: Kuang Si Waterfalls
Day 18: Travel to Vang Vieng
Fly to Vientiane and drive to Vang Vieng, a town beautifully set in a spectacular karst landscape. En route, stop at Nam Ngum Lake.
Day 18: Travel to Vang Vieng
Day 19: Explore Vang Vieng
Venture into the Tham Chang and Tham Loup caves before wandering through the dramatic limestone karst countryside beside the Nam Song River.
Day 19: Explore Vang Vieng
Day 20: Discover Vientiane
Drive back 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. Enjoy dinner with a traditional Lao music and dance performance.
Day 20: Discover Vientiane
Day 21: Royal Palace
Fly to Phnom Penh. A city of airy boulevards and colonial villas, it is a pleasurable place to be. Today's visits include the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Later on, admire the artifacts of the National Museum.
Day 21: Royal Palace
Day 22: Explore Phnom Penh
Visit the children of the Apsara Arts Association and the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum, later exploring the Russian and Central markets.
Day 22: Explore Phnom Penh
Day 23: Sunset from Pre Rup
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 sun set from the summit of Pre Rup.
Day 23: Sunset from Pre Rup
Day 24: Explore Angkor
Beginning at Ta Prohm, continue to Angkor Thom and pass 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 24: Explore Angkor
Day 25: Tonle Sap
High water season (Aug to Feb)
Enjoy a morning cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting a floating village and observing the way of life of these lake communities. Back on dry land visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by jungle. Return to Siem Reap via Les Artisan D'Angkor, where disadvantaged youth are taught traditional Cambodian crafts.

Low water season (Mar to Jul)
Visit Chong Kneas floating village before heading to Beng Mealea where you will explore this mysterious temple overrun by jungle. Return to Siem Reap via Les Artisan D'Angkor, where disadvantaged youth are taught traditional Cambodian crafts.
Day 25: Tonle Sap
Day 26: Depart Siem Reap
This morning is at leisure before you are transferred to Siem Reap airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
Day 26: Depart Siem Reap
Day 27: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.

Tour prices are per person, twin share

2016

2017

2018

Additional Price Information:

Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
Single Hotel Room and Cruise Cabin Option from $1,160
Land Only (Saigon to Siem Reap) 26 days from $6,180 per person (includes tipping)
Darwin and Cairns passengers may require stopovers in Singapore at an
additional cost.
22 Jan 2017 and 21 Jan 2018 departures coincide with TET celebrations and sightseeing may be affected.
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 318 203. Limited seats denotes 5 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visa in the price of our tour for Australian passport holders. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Vietnam/Cambodia and you will find high quality coverage. Vietnam/Camobodia has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suited for customers who have an extensive amount of time to explore Indochina and wish to take in the most famous and iconic sights in depth. This tour also incorporates two overnight train journeys and an overnight stay on Halong Bay.

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