Indochina Delights

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Venture deep into the heart of Indochina, traversing the Southeast Asian peninsula through the vastly contrasting landscapes and fascinating heritage of three magnificent countries – vivacious Vietnam, enchanting Laos and captivating Cambodia.

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 (2N) - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Luang Prabang (3N) - Siem Reap (3N) - Australia

Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Fly to Saigon, Vietnam's bustling southern city, for a three night stay. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Darwin passengers may depart two days earlier.
Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Day 2: Discover Saigon
Sightseeing today includes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Later, visit the Cholon and the Thien Hau Pagoda followed by a stroll through Ben Thanh Market.
Day 2: Discover Saigon
Day 3: Mekong Delta
Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta.
Day 3: Mekong Delta
Day 4: Cu Chi Tunnels
Explore the amazing network of Cu Chi Tunnels. Later, fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An.
Day 4: Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 5: Hoi An Walking tour
Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An, a wonderfully laidback, graceful and willfully traditional town. Visit one of the oldest homes, still occupied by descendants of merchants that built it over 200 years ago. Also visit the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese Pagoda. The afternoon is at leisure to visit the local markets or relax in a riverside café.
Day 5: Hoi An Walking tour
Day 6: Explore Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi, a charming and richly historic city of lakes, parks and shaded boulevards. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple. You'll also take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter, an area of market alleys still laid out as they were 300 years ago.
Day 6: Explore Hanoi
Days 7-8: Halong Bay overnight junk cruise
Spend the day aboard a traditionally designed junk cruising amongst the spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. It isn't hard to see why it is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations. Enjoy fresh meals on board and spend the night anchored amongst the magnificent seascapes. Return to Hanoi the following day and in the evening, watch a performance of the famous water puppets.

*Activities may vary on days 7-8; please call reservations for further details
Days 7-8: Halong Bay overnight junk cruise
Day 9: Fly to Luang Prabang
An enchanting city, Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos – a place of vivid colours, an extremely rich heritage and enduring French legacy. The afternoon is free for your own exploration. Ascend Phousi Hill for delightful city views.

*Activities may vary today; please call reservations for further details
Day 9: Fly to Luang Prabang
Day 10: Discover Luang Prabang
Rise early to watch a Takbat almsgiving ceremony. Visit Wat Xieng Thong, then cruise along the Mekong River to see the Pak Ou Caves. Return to Luang Prabang and visit Thin Hong and Ban Xong Khong Village en route.

*Activities may vary today; please call reservations for further details
Day 10: Discover Luang Prabang
Day 11: Local Villages & Waterfalls
Visit the National Museum before continuing to the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls. Return to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre. This evening witness a local Baci Ceremony.

*Activities may vary today; please call reservations for further details
Day 11: Local Villages & Waterfalls
Day 12: Fly to Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap and visit Banteay Srei Temple. Climb to the summit of Pre Rup Temple at sunset for a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape.

*Activities may vary today; please call reservations for further details
Day 12: Fly to Siem Reap
Day 13: Explore Angkor Wat
The Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses over a thousand temples, all the remains of different capitals of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries. Rising early, the tour begins at the walled city of Angkor Thom where you’ll pass through the magnificent South Gate. At Angkor Thom’s centre is the enigmatic Bayon, a breath taking temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Also admire the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The rest of the day is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat, the most magnificent and best preserved of all of Angkor’s treasures. It is easy to while away an afternoon in its shady precincts, examining its wealth of fascinating and intricate embellishments.
Day 13: Explore Angkor Wat
Day 14: Tonle Sap & Beng Melea
Enjoy a morning cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake where you can see the floating villages and observe the way of life of these lake communities. Back on dry land visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple completely overrun by the jungle – release your inner adventurer and explore. On the way back to Siem Reap, visit Les Artisans D’Angkor, a workshop which teaches traditional crafts to disadvantaged local youths.
Day 14: Tonle Sap & Beng Melea
Day 15: Depart Siem Reap
Enjoy the morning at leisure before you are transferred to Siem Reap airport to board your overnight flight to Australia, arriving home the following day. Due to flight schedules, Perth passengers will arrive home on Day 15.
Day 15: Depart Siem Reap
Day 16: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
Day 16: Arrive Australia

Tour prices are per person, twin share

2016

2017

Additional Price Information:

Single Hotel Room and Junk Boat Cabin Option from $850
Land Only (Saigon to Siem Reap) 15 days from $4,170 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/Cambodia 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 those who have reasonable time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of three incredibly diverse destinations. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Indochina.

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