Indochina Grand Tour
Experience the best of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia on this comprehensive tour, staying in charming hotels throughout. The journey begins in the relatively untouched country of Laos, exploring the ancient temple town of Luang Prabang and its French colonial legacy. Continuing on to Vietnam, a rapidly developing and vibrant country, the tour covers the highlights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), then moves on to explore the Mekong Delta. The finale is a journey through the captivating kingdom of Cambodia, finishing at majestic Angkor Wat.
Day 1: Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos, via Bangkok
Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Luang Prabang, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (N)
Day 2: Luang Prabang
Arrive and transfer to the Santi Resort & Spa (or similar) for a 3-night stay. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (D)
Day 3: Luang Prabang
Morning tour of the ancient temple district and the Royal Palace Museum. Afternoon visit to the Ock Pop Tok weaving centre. (B, L)
Day 4: Luang Prabang
Early morning optional excursion to see monks receiving alms (payable locally). After breakfast, take an excursion to Kuang Si Falls with a picnic lunch. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Day 5: Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam
Morning at leisure. Optional boat trip to the Pak Ou caves (payable locally). Afternoon flight to Hanoi, and transfer to The Ann Hanoi for a 2-night stay. (B))
Day 6: Hanoi
Morning tour of Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum* and residence and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple. Lunch is at KOTO restaurant, an organisation that provides vocational training for underprivileged youth in Vietnam, followed by a visit to the Museum of Ethnology. In the evening there is an opportunity to see a water puppet show in Hanoi (payable locally). (B, L)
Day 7: To Halong Bay
Drive to Halong Bay and board a traditional junk sailing vessel for an afternoon cruise and overnight accommodation. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Fly to Danang • Hoi An
Morning cruise around the karst limestone islands. Disembark in the late morning and drive to Hanoi airport for an evening flight to Danang. Transfer to the Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa for a 3-night stay. (B, L)
Day 9: Hoi An
Morning walking tour of Hoi An. Lunch at Streets International restaurant, a social enterprise initiative with the aim of developing and operating sustainable programmes for street children. Afternoon at leisure, or join an optional excursion to the ruined temples of My Son (payable locally). (B, L)
Day 10: Hoi An
Day at leisure. Optional class at the Red Bridge cooking school (payable locally). (B)
Day 11: Hué
Morning drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hue (weather permitting), stopping at Cham Museum en route. Afternoon visit to the Tombs of the Nguyen emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, then visit the Dong Ba market. Either lunch or dinner today will be at a restored royal home of the Nguyen dynasty. Stay 1 night at the Pilgrimage Village. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Morning cycle ride to the Imperial Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City, followed by a river cruise to Thien Mu pagoda. Transfer to the airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Stay 3 nights at the Saigon Prince Hotel. (B)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City
Morning drive through the countryside to the Cu Chi tunnels. Afternoon city tour, visiting the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. (B)
Day 14: Mekong delta cruise
Drive to Cai Be in the Mekong delta and board a cruise through the smaller channels. (B, L)
Day 15: Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fly to Phnom Penh, and transfer to La Rose Boutique Hotel & Spa for a 2-night stay. (B)
Day 16: Phnom Penh
Morning visit to the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Lunch at the restaurant of Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) training centre, a project that provides education for the city’s poorest children. Afternoon tour of the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. (B, L)
Day 17: Fly to Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap and stay at Tara Angkor Hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon tour of the Roluos temples. (B)
Day 18: Angkor temples
Full-day tour of the temples. In the morning visit the magnificent Angkor Wat. Return to Siem Reap for lunch. In the afternoon explore Angkor Thom, the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Bayon temple. (B, L)
Day 19: Angkor temples
Morning at leisure. Afternoon excursion to Banteay Srei temple and the small island temple of Neak Pean. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 20: Fly to London via Bangkok
This afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly overnight to London, via Bangkok. (B)
Day 21: London
Early morning arrival in London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Superior tour departures are based in 4-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room / cabin category, unless otherwise stated.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please contact us for details.
Single Person Supplement
A single person supplement is offered on this tour from £795
This tour is also available using luxury 5-star accommodations. Please ask for details.
† Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum
Each year, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum is closed between 4 September and 4 November for re-embalmment of the body and can only be viewed from outside.
What is included?
- International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
- UK departure and overseas airport taxes
- Accommodation, itinerary and meal basis as described
- Local transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- ATOL and ABTA protection for your financial security
- RB Collection ‘VIP Experience’ service
from £3,395 per person
This comprehensive tour offers you the opportunity to visit three countries in one. Here you will begin your tour in the relatively untouched Laos, continuing through to vibrant Vietnam before ending your tour in Cambodia with the majestic Angkor Wat. This tour provides a mix of flights and cruises and is an ideal tour if you are short on time but would like to see what Southeast Asia has to offer.