Indochina Delights Private Tour


Ancient temples, floating villages, and touching history all combine onthis private adventure through three extraordinary countries to give you a truly unforgettable experience.

Places Visited

Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (3N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hanoi (1N) - Luang Prabang (3N) - Siem Reap (3N)

Day 1: Arrive Saigon
Upon arrival at Saigon airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (D)
Day 1: Arrive Saigon
Day 2: Saigon
Visit the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. (B,L,D)
Day 2: Saigon
Day 3: Mekong Delta
Travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Explore the river, passing stilt houses and fish farms. Paddle through palm-lined canals in sampans and walk through villages before returning to Saigon. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Cu Chi & Hoi An
Explore the network of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Cu Chi & Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An
Explore Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. The afternoon is at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Hoi An
Day 6: Hoi An to Hanoi
Drive to Tra Que village to learn about traditional rural life. Fly to Hanoi. Enjoy a performance of the famous water puppets. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Hoi An to Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi to Halong Bay
Travel to Halong Bay and spend a relaxing night on board a junk boat. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Hanoi to Halong Bay
Day 8: Halong Bay
After a relaxing morning on board, disembark after brunch and return to Hanoi. The afternoon is at your leisure. (Br,D)
Day 9: Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Visit the serene Temple of Literature and take a cyclo around Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter. Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos. Enjoy some time at your leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Day 10: Luang Prabang
Rise early to view the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Climb Phousi Hill for views over Luang Prabang. Visit Wat Xieng Thong and cruise along the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves. Return to Luang Prabang. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Luang Prabang
Day 11: Kuang Si Waterfalls
Visit the National Museum and drive to Kuang Si Waterfalls. Later, witness a Baci Ceremony at a local home. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Day 12: Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
Day 13: Temples of Angkor
Explore the temples of Angkor, starting with Ta Prohm. Continue to Angkor Thom, the Bayon, Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and the magnificent Angkor Wat. End the day at the Hindu temple of Banteay Srei (B,L,D)
Day 13: Temples of Angkor
Day 14: Siem Reap
Explore the less visited temple of Beng Mealea. Travel by boat to see the floating villages, schools and restaurants along Tonle Sap. (B,L,D)
Day 14: Siem Reap
Day 15: Depart Siem Reap
After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Siem Reap airport where your arrangements end. (B)
Day 15: Depart Siem Reap

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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:

Price excludes:
International airfares
Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders
Tipping for this tour is at your own discretion

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.


Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suited for those who have reasonable time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of three incredibly diverse destinations. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Indochina.

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