27 DAYS ●
Go Beyond Tour
This complete Indochina adventure, covering Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, shows you the highlights of the region whilst giving you plenty of time for independent exploration and a choice of experiences to help you delve deeper into the local
culture and heritage.
Wander charming Hoi An
Cruise the glassy, limestone-studded waters of Halong Bay
witness the daily dawn ceremony of Takbat
See the world-famous Angkor temples
Our Indochina: The Big One itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Saigon for a two-night stay. (D)
Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Saigon and tour the Central Post Office as well as the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. (B,L)
Transfer to Ben Tre in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Cycle through lush scenery to a local house for lunch and stay overnight in Ben Tre. (B,L,D)
Visit Vinh Bac bonsai and flower village. Return to Saigon. This evening is free, or there are three optional excursions available (at your own expense): 1) dinner and an AO Show performance at the Saigon Opera House, 2) a tour of Saigon at night on a Vespa, or 3) discover street food on a tour of Saigon’s best street eats. (B,L)
Fly to charming Hoi An. This afternoon, wander the old cobbled streets and soak up the town's delights. (B,L)
Today is at leisure for your own explorations, or choose between the following experiences (at your own expense)
1) A cooking class, with a visit to the produce market, or
2) A full day farmer and fisherman experience, learning traditional techniques of both. (B)
Journey by road to Hue via the Hai Van Pass and stop en route at the Son Tra Peninsula. (B,L)
Take a cyclo ride up to Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Visit the imperial tomb of Minh Mang, before admiring Thien Mu Pagoda and a cruise on the Perfume River. (B,L)
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s atmospheric capital. This evening is free, with the option of taking a mini backstage tour of the Hanoi Opera House, followed by dinner and a performance of ‘Lang Toi' (at your own expense). (B)
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Stilt House and the Temple of Literature. Next, take a thrilling cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. This evening, enjoy a traditional water puppets show. (B,L)
Journey west to Mai Chau, where a patchwork of rice fields and tiny stilt house villages are set against a backdrop of rolling hills. Walk to the ethnic minority villages of Pom Coong and Lac and explore magnificent Mo Luong cave. This evening, enjoy dinner with a traditional dance performance in Lac village. (B,L,D)
Today is at leisure, or choose between the following experiences (at your own expense)
1) Spend the day walking amongst the incredible limestone landscapes of Pu Luong Nature Reserve, 2) a cycling adventure through Mai Chau, an alternative way to see this beautiful, untouched area. (B)
Spend the morning at leisure before returning to Hanoi. (B)
Travel to Halong Bay. Board your junk boat for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. (B,L,D)
Rise early to catch the sunrise and practice Tai Chi on deck. After brunch on board, return to Hanoi. (B)
This morning is at leisure, with two optional activities available (at your own expense)
1) a Vietnamese cooking class
2) a tour of the Hanoi’s hidden gems. Later, fly to Luang Prabang, Asia’s most atmospheric city. (B)
Rise early to witness the daily dawn ceremony of Takbat, before heading to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Later, see Wat Xieng Thong and take in the sunset views from Mount Phousi. This evening is free, with the option of taking part in a traditional Baci ceremony (at your own expense). (B,L)
This morning is at leisure with two optional experiences available (at your own expense)
1) Learn about the traditional uses of bamboo, from products to food with a bamboo experience, or
2) Travel up the Mekong by boat to visit the Pak Ou Caves. This afternoon, fly to Vientiane. (B)
Visit the city’s most important sights - Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa and Patuxai Victory Monument before spending time at Buddha Park. This evening, enjoy a music and dance performance. (B,L,D)
Fly to Phnom Penh. (B,D)
Take a cyclo through the city to Wat Phnom before heading to the glittering Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. This afternoon is free, with two optional extra experiences (at your own expense)
1) a visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields
2) a boat trip up the Mekong to Silk Island to visit a silk weaving village. (B,L)
Fly to Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor! (B,D)
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. Enter the walled city of Angkor Thom and head to its heart to see the enigmatic Bayon, followed by the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the magnificence of Angkor Wat and intricate beauty of Banteay Srei temple. Take a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems. This evening attend the Phare Cambodian Circus. (B,L)
Enjoy a free day or take part in one of the following optional tours. Choose between (at your own expense)
1) A full day amongst rural Cambodian communities, learning about their daily life
2) Explore the hidden temple of Beng Mealea. (B)
High water season (Aug-Feb)
Cruise on the waters of Tonle Sap to visit the village of Kompong Kleang. A fully-fledged village of both floating and stilted houses, here you’ll get a glimpse of real Cambodian village.
Low water season (Mar-Jul)
The village of Chong Khneas is a floating village right on the edge of the Tonle Sap where you can see locals going about their day-to-day lives on and by the water. Both seasons include dinner with a traditional Apsara dance show this evening. (B,L,D)
Transfer to Siem Reap airport and board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Vietnam. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888. Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual. Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate. Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. View Hotels Here
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