Grand Tour of Indochina

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Witness the traditions, scenery and sights of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Stand astounded by the intricacies of Angkor, the majesty of Halong Bay and the tranquility of Luang Prabang.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (3N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (1N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hanoi (1N) - Overnight Train (2N) - Sapa (1N) - Luang Prabang (3N) - Vang Vieng (2N) - Vientiane (1N) - Phnom Penh (2N) - Siem Reap (3N) - New Zealand

Days 1-2: Fly to Saigon
Fly to Saigon for a three-night stay. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2: Fly to Saigon
Day 3: Discover Saigon
This morning, discover the history of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. Visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
Day 3: Discover Saigon
Day 4: Mekong Delta
Travel to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’ – paddle through the maze of palmlined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Lunch on typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.
Day 4: Mekong Delta
Days 5-6: Explore Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of Hoi An including the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the workshop of social enterprise Reaching Out. The next morning visit the beautiful rural Tra Que Village.
Days 5-6: Explore Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An
Spend a day at leisure to explore and unwind in this lovely traditional town.
Day 7: Hoi An
Days 8-9: Imperial Hue
Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day explore the imposing Imperial Citadel before seeing Thien Mu Pagoda and cruising along the Perfume River.
Days 8-9: Imperial Hue
Days 10-11: Journey to Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi. Vietnam’s capital brings all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast paced yet refined city. Take an exciting cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy a Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. In the evening, watch a water puppet show. Tomorrow morning is at leisure. Later, explore the Museum of Ethnology and Temple of Literature, before boarding an overnight train to Sapa.
Days 10-11: Journey to Hanoi
Days 12-13: Sapa Countryside
Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces exploring colourful markets, minority villages including Cat Cat and tribal architecture. Board the overnight train back to Hanoi.
Days 12-13: Sapa Countryside
Days 14-15: Cruise Halong Bay
Arrive back in Hanoi this morning and depart to Halong Bay. Spend two days aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi. This evening enjoy The Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.
Days 14-15: Cruise Halong Bay
Day 16: Fly to Luang Prabang
Visit Hanoi’s Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda, with the afternoon free to do a little shopping. Fly to Luang Prabang.
Day 16: Fly to Luang Prabang
Day 17: Takbat
Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Ascend Phousi Hill for city views and visit Wat Xieng Thong. Take to the waters of the Mekong to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou.
Day 17: Takbat
Day 18: Kuang Si Waterfalls
This morning visit the National Museum. Marvel at the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls before returning to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre.
Day 18: Kuang Si Waterfalls
Day 19: Travel to Vang Vieng
Fly to Vientiane and drive to Vang Vieng, a town beautifully set in a spectacular karst landscape. En route, stop at Nam Ngum Lake.
Day 19: Travel to Vang Vieng
Day 20: Explore Vang Vieng
Venture into the Tham Chang cave before wandering through the limestone karst countryside beside the Nam Song River.
Day 20: Explore Vang Vieng
Day 21: Discover Vientiane
Drive back to Vientiane. Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is more a friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument. Enjoy dinner with a traditional Lao music and dance performance.
Day 21: Discover Vientiane
Day 22: Royal Palace
Fly to Phnom Penh. A city of airy boulevards and colonial villas, it is a pleasurable place to be. Today’s visits include the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Later on, admire the artefacts of the National Museum.
Day 22: Royal Palace
Day 23: Explore Phnom Penh
Visit the children of the Apsara Arts Association and the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum, later exploring the Russian and Central markets.
Day 23: Explore Phnom Penh
Day 24: Phonm Penh to Siem Reap
Ascend to the hilltop Wat Phnom before transferring to the airport to fly to Siem Reap. Visit the captivating Banteay Srei, before taking a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems.
Day 24: Phonm Penh to Siem Reap
Day 25: Explore Angkor
The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Begin at atmospheric Ta Prohm, continuing to Angkor Thom and passing through the South Gate to reach the enigmatic Bayon. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat. This evening enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus.
Day 25: Explore Angkor
Day 26: Tonle Sap
High water season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the community of the floating village of Kampong Kleng. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D'Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. This evening enjoy dinner and an Apsara dance show. Low water season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan D'Angkor after visiting the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening enjoy dinner and an Apsara dance show.
Day 26: Tonle Sap
Days 27-28: Siem Reap to New Zealand
Transfer to the airport for your flight to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day.
Days 27-28: Siem Reap to New Zealand

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:


Single Supplement from $1,410
Land Only (Saigon to Siem Reap) 26 days from $6,980 pp twin share
Additional charges: Customary tipping - US$160 per person (subject to change) payable on arrival.
19 Jan, 02 Feb 2019 and 18 Jan 2020 departures coincides with TET celebrations and sightseeing may be affected.
Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost
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 0800 936 3998. 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 visas in the price of our tour. 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 New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with 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?

It's perfect for those with more time to explore this magnificent region, covering the highlights of each country, while introducing you to more destinations, more culture and more opportunities to interact with local people

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