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Indochina Explorer

Highlights Include:

  • Discovering ancient cultures, beautiful countryside & bustling cities
  • Indulge in sights, smells  & local cuisines
  • The amazing temples of Angkor
  • Cruising on the magnificent Ha Long Bay
  • Wandering & exploring gorgeous Luang Prabang
Tour Details

From: $2,900 per person | Single supplement on request

16 days

Departures: Daily, All Year

This private tour combines the best of the fascinating countries of Indochina: Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. A great introduction to the diverse and rich cultures of Southeast Asia, you will discover the fascinating history of the area by visiting the most important cities and sites. Delight in the white sandy beaches of Hoi An, relax on an overnight cruise in the magnificent Ha Long Bay, explore the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang, and more on this 16-day adventure.

Itinerary
This is a sample semi-independent itinerary. Travel will be independent with guided tours and activities along the way. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. Welcome to Thailand! Overnight in Bangkok

Day 2Amazing Bangkok | Meals: B

Hidden away in a quiet street in the center of the city is Jim Thompson’s house, once the home of the man regarded as the father of Thai silk. The building is one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and it houses an incredible collection of Southeast Asian art. Bangkok has many temples but Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is the most exquisite; famed for its huge and majestic reclining Buddha, its 10-foot-tall feet are decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations. Continue to Bangkok Royal Grand Palace with over 100 buildings that represent 200 years of history and architectural wonders. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha adjoins the Grand Palace and enshrines the most revered image of Buddha carved in Jade. Overnight in Bangkok

Day 3Local Food & Chao Phraya River Cruise | Meals: B L

Bangkok’s Chinatown is a haven for foodies. With its endless rows of wooden shop-houses packed with market stalls, street-side restaurants, and a dense concentration of street vendors, Chinatown is an experience not to miss. After strolling around this fascinating neighborhood, it’s time for a traditional Yum Char: drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum dishes. For a view of Bangkok from the river, travel by a long-tailed boat on the picturesque Chao Phraya River and the canals of Thonburi. On the return journey, visit the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), whose towering spire has become an iconic symbol of Bangkok. Overnight in Bangkok

Day 4Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia | Meals: B

Transfer to Bangkok airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Meet your guide upon arrival and transfer to your hotel, just in time to enjoy the sun setting over Angkor Wat. Overnight Siem Reap

Day 5The Famed Temples of Angkor | Meals: B

Among the temples you will see today are the ineffable Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon Temple, and Ta Prohm, which was left just as it was discovered with giant tree roots hugging and climbing the walls of the temple. Experience the spectacular Angkor Wat, considered the world’s largest single religious monument with bas-reliefs on four sides, each telling a story. The day ends with a panoramic sunset view of the area from the summit of one of the temples. Overnight Siem Reap

Day 6The Citadel of Women | Meals: B

Banteay Srei, The Citadel of Women, is a monument of artistic mastery, a small temple with elaborate, decorative wall carvings in fine detail. Continue to Tonle Sap Lake to the unique floating villages by boat. Cambodia’s Great Lake is one of the geographical wonders of the world. Its extraordinary biodiversity makes it an ecological marvel. Overnight Siem Reap

Day 7Cambodia to Vietnam | Meals: B

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Vietnam. Upon arrival in Hoi An, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own! Overnight Hoi An

Day 8Exploring Hoi An Old Town & Beach | Meals: B

Hoi An Ancient Town is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This exceptionally well-preserved trading port, active between the 15th-19th centuries, contains colorful scenes of traditional merchant houses painted yellow and blanketed in purple bougainvillea and presents picture-perfect scenes. As night falls, delicate silk lanterns create a rainbow of hues against the darkening sky. In the evening, enjoy your beach-front hotel. Overnight Hoi An

Day 9Travel to Hue via Scenic Hai Van Pass | Meals: B

The morning is at leisure to stroll through the back streets of Hoi An or just relax on the beach. Depart for Hue and appreciate the beautiful scenery of the mountains and the South China Sea as you travel through the Hai Van Pass. Hue was the ancient royal capital of the Nguyen Dynasty and is now a UNESCO site. Visit the magnificent Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc overlooking tranquil lotus ponds and Khai Dinh’s Tomb, designed with colonial flair and a glass mosaic frieze that dominates the interior. Overnight in Hue

Day 10Boat ride on the Perfume River | Meals: B

This morning, delight in a dreamy dragon boat ride on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue to the majestic tomb of Minh Mang. This tomb is well known for its harmonious blend of architecture and natural landscape. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. Overnight in Hanoi

Days 11Charming Hanoi | Meals: B

A city of lakes, parks, and colonial mansions, Hanoi retains much of its historical charm. With an eclectic mix of Asian tempo and French refinement, Vietnam’s capital is a city to be savored. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s House, the Temple of Literature, and Hoa Lo, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison museum. Explore Hanoi’s colorful Old Quarter on foot and by cyclo, a Vietnamese rickshaw. Overnight in Hanoi

Day 12The Magic of Ha Long Bay | Meals: B L D

This morning, transfer to Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO sites and the world’s largest marine limestone “karst” landscape, to embark on an overnight cruise. Sail through the magnificent bay admiring the fascinating limestone towers. Stop at an islet and climb through a series of breath-taking caves and grottoes, marvelling at some of the most impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations. Swim or relax on a white sandy beach or go kayaking through the mysterious Karst Mountains. Overnight on cruise

Day 13Sunrise on the Bay & Fly to Laos | Meals: B

Rise early for sunrise, when the bay is at its very best, and enjoy an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck, if you wish. After a light breakfast, head out in canoes to explore the bay. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi Airport for your flight to Luang Prabang, Laos. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 14Alms Giving & Hidden Charms of Luang Prabang | Meals: B L

At dawn, golden lines of monks emerge to receive their morning rice from the townspeople. Rise early to witness this sacred ritual. Begin exploring this historic and charming World Heritage town with Wat Xieng Thong. This 500-year-old temple is exquisite and is the best example of the classic Luang Prabang style. Meandering through side streets, along back alleys, and through temples, this walking tour allows you to soak up the ambiance and appreciate the hidden charms of Luang Prabang. Visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace, where relics from Laos’ royalist past are housed. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 15Boat Ride to Pak Ou Caves | Meals: B

Depart through Laos’ scenic countryside to Pak Ou Caves, a mystical pilgrimage site perched high above the Mekong River. A boat will ferry you across the river to reach the caves. Peering into dark corners, your eyes gradually adjust to reveal the serene faces and figures of more than 3,000 Buddha images. Return by boat to Luang Prabang, enjoying lush river life along the Mekong while sipping a drink and tasting Lao snacks, stopping at two riverside villages along the way. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 16Depart Luang Prabang, Laos | Meals: B

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight – or extend your stay in Asia!

Included
  • Fifteen nights’ accommodation
  • Two-day/one-night overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) 
  • English-speaking local tour guides
  • Excursions to: Jim Thompson’s House and Museum, Wat Po, Grand Palace, China Town, Temple of Dawn, Angkor Temples, Tonle Sap, Hoi An Walking Tour, Tu Doc Mausoleum, Khai Dinh’s Tomb, Thien Mu Pagoda, Ming Mang Tomb, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature, Hoa L Prison Museum, Hanoi Old Quarter, Halong Cruise, Luang Prabang Temples, and Pak Ou Caves
  • Boat rides: Thonburi Canal, Hue, Luang Prabang
  • City Tours: Bangkok, Hoi An, Hanoi, Luang Prabang
Not Included
  • All flights and related taxes & surcharges
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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