Indochina Revealed

This three-week sample South-East Asia holiday has all the ingredients you would want from a tour of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Highlights: Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Mekong Riverboat – Luang Prabang – Hanoi – Halong Bay- Hue – Hoi An -Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap – Angkor Wat

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Day 1

Bangkok

You will be met on arrival at the airport for the transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2

Bangkok

A full-day excursion to see the hidden gems around Bangkok. Board a long-tail boat up the Mae Klong River and visit King Rama II Memorial Park and Museum and the Amphawa floating market.

Day 3

Bangkok

Visit Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples, famous for the 43m reclining Buddha. The tour continues at Lak Muang, Bangkok’s city pillar, before heading to the famous Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom.

Lunch is included at a riverside restaurant before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs, Bangkok’s maze of canals and waterways to see parts of Thai traditional life which have disappeared from most of Bangkok.

End the day with a visit to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, before returning to your hotel.


Day 4

Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Optional excursions from Bangkok. Overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Day 5

Chiang Mai

Visit Worarot Market and Thapae Gate, one of the four original city gates, where you continue by “Samlor,” or rickshaw. The tour includes a visit to Wat Suandok, where you can meet with an English-speaking monk.
Lunch at a restaurant near the Huay Kaew Waterfall before visiting Wat Prathat Doi Suthep.

Day 6

Chiang Khong

Travel to Chiang Khong and overnight in a local hotel. Chiang Khong is a picturesque place on the banks of the Mekong, which has long been a trading post between Thailand and Laos.


Day 7

Mekong River - slow boat

Cross the border into Laos and board your slow boat for the journey down the Mekong.

Day 8

Luang Prabang

Continue down the Mekong to arrive at Luang Prabang.

Day 9

Luang Prabang

City tour with lunch at a local house, followed by some time at leisure back at your hotel.

In the late afternoon, visit a small village about half an hour away, for a traditional Lao ceremony and a game of of petanque with some villagers before returning to your hotel.

Day 10

Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital. Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter ending with a beer (or two) in a local bar.

Day 11

Hanoi

Free day to explore Hanoi in your own time. If you would like us to arrange any particular excursions or activities please let us know.

Day 12

Ha Long Bay

Transfer to the Gulf of Tonkin to board a wooden sail boat for a journey in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of around 1,600 islands and uninhabited islets, of outstandingly beauty. Overnight in a cabin on board. All meals will be provided on board.

Day 13

Hue

Return from Ha Long Bay to Hanoi airport in time to check in for the short flight to Hue, formerly the political, cultural and religious capital of Vietnam.

Arrival transfer to your hotel.


Day 14

Hue

City tour of Hué including the Forbidden Purple City. After lunch board a dragon boat for a trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. Afterwards visit the tombs of the emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.

Day 15

Hue

Free day in Hue. Please call us to discuss optional excursions and activities.


Day 16

Hoi An

Travel along the spectacular coastal road known as the Hai Van Pass to reach Hoi An, an attractive UNESCO World Heritage Site with historic houses, congregation halls, pagodas and architecture reflecting indigenous and foreign influences.

Day 17

Hoi An

Exploring Hoi An. A walking tour to include the lovely 18th century Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant local market.

Day 18

Ho Chi Minh

Transfer to Da Nang airport in time to check in for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city, the "Diamond of the Far-East", Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam's largest city, an amalgam of modern skyscrapers with oriental pagodas, where office workers in business suits mingle side by side with those wearing traditional palm-leaf conical hats.

City tour in the afternoon.

Day 19

Ho Chi Minh

Visit the Cu Chi tunnels which played a significant role in the US-Vietnam War.

Free afternoon.

Day 20

Siem Reap

Fly to Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel.

Late afternoon visit to Angkor Wat, after the main crowds have subsided. After exploring the grandest of all the temples, we’ll take a moment to relax on the wall of the ancient city of Angkor Thom to take in sunset with some drinks.

Optional Evening Experience: Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus.

Day 21

Siem Reap

Free day to explore Siem Reap or to relax at your hotel. Please call us to arrange a tour by tuk-tuk or an excursion to the waterfall of Phnom Kulen.

Day 22

Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

The above sample South-East Asia holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels in South-East Asia

South-East Asia offers a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made South-East Asia holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your South-East Asia Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample South-East Asia holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made South-East Asia holiday.

Duration of your South-East Asia Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample South-East Asia holiday but have either fewer days to spend, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made South-East Asia holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made South-East Asia holiday.