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A multitude of delights await you in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia as you enjoy this comprehensive tour and its deluxe touches. Uncover affecting history, immerse yourself in rich culture, and savour the simplicity of life in the wonderfully contrasting landscapes of the region.
Get to grips with the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine
Cruise on the emerald seas for views of stunning water vistas
Explore rich heritage and antiquity in this Buddhist haven
Lose yourself in the splendid temples of this famous city
Our Deluxe Collection Heart of Indochina Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Watch the spectacular AO Show in Saigon
Travel by speedboat to a riverside restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine
Enjoy a private Water Puppet Show in Hanoi
View the sunset from Phnom Krom with a glass of champagne
Our Heart of Indochina 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 three-night stay.
Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. This morning see the Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace; and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. Take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of Chinatown before taking a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset view. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views. (B,L,D)
Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a 19th-century house, a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying lunch served in a colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon for the cultural extravaganza that is the A O Show, staged at the Saigon Opera House. (B,L)
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. En route stop by a cricket farm. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. Fly to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. (B,L,D)
This morning tour the market to choose fresh ingredients from the colourful array of local produce for your Vietnamese cookery class, where you’ll be learning to prepare a number of local dishes. This afternoon wander the old streets, visiting the Japanese Covered Bridge and Chua Ong Pagoda. Take tea at the Reaching Out Teahouse, a peaceful place, run by hearing and speech impaired locals, to savour the flavours of Hoi An produce. (B,L)
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hoi An. This afternoon, depart for Hue, driving across the scenic Hai Van Pass. On arrival, cruise the Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda. (B,L,D)
Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home to emperors from 1802 to 1945. Enter through its grandiose entrance and you’ll be able to explore before heading out, along the river, into Hue’s lush surroundings to see Minh Mang’s tomb. Lunch will be vegetarian dishes prepared by the nuns of Lien Hoa Pagoda, before you try your hand at making paper flowers in a village that is known for the art. Admire the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House – the owner, Mr Vinh, is descended from royalty. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport to fly to Hanoi. Visit the Thanh Chuang Viet Palace. (B,L,D)
Hanoi evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic. Spend the morning exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learning about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. Visit the revered Temple of Literature and the One Pillar Pagoda. Meet a water puppeteer who will put on a private water puppet show. You will also be able to get involved in creating the puppets. (B,L)
Thousands of limestone islets dot the emerald waters of Halong Bay creating a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Voyage the bay aboard your comfortable cruise boat stopping to explore the sights as you go. Spend the night anchored amongst glorious scenery. (B,L,D)
Rise early to see the sun rise over the karst-scapes of the bay and savour the serenity of the early morning. Continue cruising through the bay, heading back to the wharf where there’s time for a tasty buffet before disembarking. Return to Hanoi where an indulgent Afternoon Tea experience awaits you. (B,D)
Enjoy the morning free in Hanoi before catching an afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Nestled amongst green mountains, the city is Laos’ cultural heart, an oasis of calm antiquity and rich heritage. (B)
Rise early to observe the ceremony of Takbat. Watch the monks, swathed in their vibrant robes, collecting alms from the locals. Ascend Phousi Hill for views over the town and visit Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang’s most glittering temple. Take to the languid waters of the Mekong to visit the Pak Ou caves, renowned for the hundreds of carved Buddha statues that reside within. (B,L)
Wander the National Museum before heading to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. This evening you are invited to a local home to participate in a Baci Ceremony, an integral part of Laos' culture. (B,L)
After a free morning in Luang Prabang, fly to Siem Reap. This evening enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Circus, run by an NGO that teaches street kids circus skills. Later enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. (B,L)
The day begins with a masterclass that takes you behind the scenes at Angkor with one of its lead stone conservationists. You’ll learn little-known secrets and get a crash course in conservation techniques. Full of knowledge you’ll then embark on a full-day tour of Angkor. Beginning in Angkor Thom, the walled city, see the enigmatic Bayon before exploring the atmospheric Ta Prohm. The afternoon is dedicated to the breathtaking Angkor Wat before a champagne sunset at Phnom Krom temple. (B,L,D)
High water season (Aug to Feb)Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle and enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the community of the floating village of Kampong Kleng. (B,L)
Low water season (Mar to Jul)Visit a village to meet some of the locals and pop into Khapor High School to learn about the library project. Explore the exquisite temples of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. (B,L)
Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our 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. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
Since 1959, Caravelle Saigon has been Ho Chi Minh City’s landmark 5* address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel boasts elegantly decorated rooms featuring full-length windows which overlook the city or Saigon River. Modern comforts include a flat-screen TV, a pillow menu and 24-hour room service in all rooms. Guests can enjoy an international meal served in a casual buffet style on-site.
Experience an idyllic blend of beach and river side relaxation and Asian comfort at the Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa. Spend time in the expansive pool, take a sidecar trip into nearby Hoi An, or unwind in one of three bars. There are also plenty of activities to choose from including complimentary mountain bikes and beach sports....Read more
La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa is a classic colonial villa spread over 2 hectares on the banks of the scenic Perfume River. The well-appointed en-suite rooms are individually designed with beautiful Art deco furniture and spacious terraces. All rooms include a TV, minibar and breath-taking views of the city or river. The hotel is close to Vietnam’s superb attractions - Ho Chi Minh Museum, Dong Ba Market and Hue Train Station....Read more
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi is located in the heart of Hanoi, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. The luxuorious 5* hotel offers guests 105 exquisite en-suite rooms with hand-picked luxurious amenities and 21st Century technology. The hotels facilities include restaurants, a bar, a four-season swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Mediterranean inspired cuisine and Vietnamese specialties are dishes served at Hotel De L'opera Hanoi....Read more
Located in the heart of Luang Prabang, surrounded by the golden spires of the town’s famous Buddhist temples is Victoria Xiengthong Palace. This beautiful boutique hotel sits proudly on the banks of the Mekong River, featuring 26 elegantly appointed en-suite rooms. The hotels facilities also include a spa and wellness centre, restaurant and garden.
The Sokha is perfectly located a short walk from Siem Reap’s centre and is a quick drive from the temples of Angkor. Wander in the tropical, frangipani-filled gardens or take a refreshing dip in the saltwater pool before retiring to your spacious Khmer-styled room, with marble bathroom. The restaurant serves a fantastic range of cuisines....Read more
Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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