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 tranquillity of Luang Prabang.

Places Visited

Australia - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (3N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Overnight Train (2N) - Sapa (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. Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Day 2: Discover Saigon
This morning, confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. This exuberant city 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 the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 2: Discover Saigon
Day 3: Mekong Delta
Drive 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 3: Mekong Delta
Days 4-5: Explore Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, with a stop at the Marble Mountains en route. This afternoon take a walking tour of Hoi An including the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge. The next morning drive 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 wilfully traditional town.
Day 6: Hoi An
Days 7-8: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day take a drive up to the imposing Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City before seeing Thien Mu Pagoda and cruising the Perfume River.
Days 7-8: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Day 9: Fly to Hanoi
Hanoi combines all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet refined city. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature. Later, board an overnight train to Sapa.
Day 9: Fly to Hanoi
Days 10-11: Sapa Countryside
Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces exploring colourful markets, minority villages and tribal architecture. Board the overnight train back to Hanoi.
Days 10-11: Sapa Countryside
Day 12: Water Puppets
On arrival back in Hanoi, browse the exhibits of the Ethnology Museum, afterwards taking a thrilling cyclo ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter. This evening enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets.
Day 12: Water Puppets
Days 13-14: Cruise Halong Bay
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.
Days 13-14: Cruise Halong Bay
Day 15: Fly to Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang. This afternoon is free for your own exploration. Ascend Phousi Hill for delightful views this evening.
Day 15: Fly to Luang Prabang
Day 16: 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 16: Takbat
Day 17: 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 17: Kuang Si Waterfalls
Day 18: Journey to Vang Vieng
Visit Pathang Village for stunning karst mountain views.
Day 18: Journey to Vang Vieng
Day 19: Explore Vang Vieng
Venture into Tham Chang Cave before wandering through dramatic countryside beside the Nam Song River.
Day 19: Explore Vang Vieng
Day 20: 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 20: Discover Vientiane
Day 21: 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 21: Fly to Phnom Penh
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: 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 23: Fly to Siem Reap
Day 24: 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 24: Explore Angkor
Day 25: 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.
Day 25: Tonle Sap
Days 26: Depart Siem Reap
This morning is at leisure before you are transferred to Siem Reap airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
Days 26: Depart Siem Reap
Day 27: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
Day 27: Arrive Australia

Tour prices are per person, twin share

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2017

Additional Price Information:

Single Hotel Room and Junk Boat Cabin Option from $1,380
Single Rail Compartment Option from $560
Land Only (Saigon to Siem Reap) 26 days from $6,111 pp (includes tipping)
Darwin passengers may require a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost
Passengers departing Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra will fly with Virgin Australia to connect with Vietnam Airlines departing Sydney or Melbourne
Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
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 4 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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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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