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18 Day Indochina Discovery with Flights

Ho Chi Minh City - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Luang Prabang - Siem Reap

Return international flights from Australia

2-night Halong Bay cruise

Modern hotel accommodation with breakfast

Expert-guided tours

Deluxe accommodation upgrade available

Visit Angkor Wat, Hoi An, Halong Bay and more!

 

From $3,299 $4,070 Include flight pp twin share

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Experience the best of Vietnam and Cambodia in this 18 day unforgettable  Indochina Discovery tour! Absorb the authentic culture and enjoy mouth-watering Vietnamese delights as you make your way through some of the most iconic and spectacular sights in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Luang Prabang and more. 

Start your adventure at the Cu Chi Tunnels, where you will have the chance to take a daring stroll through the maze and witness remains of an American tank amongst numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers! Want to try your hand at real gun shooting? Add it onto your tour and give this once-in-a-lifetime experience a shot (literally!) 

Next on the list is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An. Visit the incredible Tran Quoc pagoda, before you make your way to the timeless Temple of Literature constructed in 1070! Learn how traditional Vietnamese ceramics are made in the village of Bat Trang and take in the magical beauty along the Hoan Kiem lake. 

Insider Tip: Don't miss out on the optional evening street food tour which will take you through the bustling streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter and tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish - Banh Cuon. 

Enjoy the cherry on top of this tour with a one-night stay onboard the V'Spirit Cruise. Explore the Sung Sot Cave, relax on the Titov beach and admire the best moments of the day at a sunset party on the sundeck! You will also have the opportunity to kayak among the hidden areas of the Halong Bay and participate in a cooking class.

As your tour moves to Luang Prabang, you'll visit the quaint Royal Palace Mueum, take a refreshing swim in the stunning Kuang Si Waterfall and climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for a beautiful sunset view of the Mekong River. For a truly unforgettable experience, opt in to participate in the unique morning tradition in Laos of  saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms from faithful residents. Discover some of the most spectacular sights and temples in Siem Reap before you make your way back home with numerous magica memories of an amazing trip.

 

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18

Day 1

Arrival - Ho Chi Minh City

Departure from Sydney/ Melbourne via Vietnam, upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International airport, you will be greeted by our representative and be transferred to hotel for check in.

Accommodation: Liberty Park View Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City

Meal included: Inflight only

Day 2

Cu Chi Tunnels

After breakfast at hotel, we will visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. We stop at a lacquer art factory for the disabled on the way.

We arrive in Cu Chi Tunnels (Ben Dinh). Then we will watch a propaganda film a wartime propaganda film showing how local guerilla fighters were "American Killing Heroes" (a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed). We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels in Cu Chi. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.

Also, you can try to real gun shooting for extra. We arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and finish Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Tour.

Accommodation: Liberty Park View Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City

Today you are free for your own exploration in Ho Chi Minh City.

Accommodation: Liberty Park View Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Mekong Delta Day tour
This morning after breakfast be picked up from the hotel and travel to the city of My Tho (approx. 1.5 hours) on the banks of the Mekong. Upon arrival board a motor boat and cruise along the Mekong River. The boat will take you to Xep Canal, a lovely place where you can escape the traffic of the main river. Here you will cruise under coconut trees before arriving at a small islet. Disembark and walk around a small local village. 

Stop at a local family's home to enjoy tropical fruit, honey tea and wine and listen to traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers. Afterwards continue onwards to another islet where a traditional Vietnamese lunch will be prepared by a local family (included). In the afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City and your hotel accommodation. Inclusions: Transfers to and from your hotel, English speaking tour guide, Mekong River boat trip, lunch, honey tea and honey wine, seasonal fruits, traditional music performance.

Day 4

Hoi An

After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Hoi An. Stop en route to visit the Marble Mountain and Stone Village. The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An.

Accommodation: Vinh Hung 2 Hotel or similar, Hoi An

Meal included: Breakfast

Day 5

Hoi An

Today you are free for your own exploration in Hoi An.

Accommodation: Vinh Hung 2 Hotel or similar, Hoi An

Meal included: Breakfast

Optional tour to My Son
Depart early this morning and travel to My Son (approx. 1 hour), a UNESCO World Heritage site located 40km southwest of Hoi An. My Son was once the capital and religious centre of the Cham people, and is believed to be the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina. The ruins of My Son were built between the 7th to 13th century BC and are located in a valley surrounded by mountains, the sides of which are covered in thick jungle. Hon Quap (Cat's Tooth Mountain) overlooks the site, its crooked peak mimicked by the architecture of some temples' roofs. These mountains are the source of the Thu Bon River, a holy river which flows through the site. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant and after the day’s tour, be transferred back to the hotel in Hoi An. Inclusions: Transfers to and from your hotel to My Son Holy Land, English speaking tour guide.

Day 6

Hoi An

Today you are free for your own exploration in Hoian.

Accommodation: Vinh Hung 2 Hotel or similar, Hoi An

Meal included: Breakfast

Day 7

Hanoi

You are free for your own exploration in Hoi An until we transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. On arrival at Noi Bai airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Then you are free to explore on your own.

Accommodation: La Suite Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8

Hanoi

Meet your tour guide at your suggested places around Hanoi Old Quarter at around 7.45-8.30am.

Start tour with Tran Quoc pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake. Visit Ho Chi Minh complex, the final resting place of Vietnam’s greatest father; his house-on-stilt and One pillar pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi. Visit the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 dedicating to Confucius, sages and scholars. It was also the first university of Vietnam once. Relax and have lunch at a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Explore daily life of traditional ceramics village of Bat Trang. Visit showrooms and see how they model the products. Visit legendary Hoan Kiem lake. Visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao - General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians.

The tour will finish at approximately 3.30pm. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Accommodation: La Suite Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast

Optional tours: Hanoi Evening Street Food tour
This tour into the Old Quarter will begin from your hotel in the early evening. Your English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture, including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walk through the maze of bustling streets that is Hanoi’s Old Quarter, and tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch as the skilled chefs demonstrate to you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing onwards, wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can discover how the local’s live in the old quarter. Afterwards you will stop at the barbeque stalls. Settle down with the locals and sample various meat, vegetables and bread specialties grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. The search for dessert will bring you down to a small alley, here you will find fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this speciality is one not to be missed! Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi include Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee along with many other specialties. Follow these delicious meals with an ice-cold local beer. Your trip ends in the middle of the old quarter and you will continue onwards to discover Hanoi by night at your own leisure, or the tour guide can arrange a taxi for you to go back to your hotel (taxi not included). Inclusions: English speaking tour guide, all food and drink as mentioned above

Day 9

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

8-8.30 am Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, 3 and 1⁄2 hour drive to Halong Bay.

12.30-1 pm Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.

1.30-2.30 pm Savour a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands.

3-4 pm Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.

4-5 pm Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.

5-5.30 pm Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoying beautiful seascape on the way.

5.30-7 pm Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.

7 pm Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.

Accommodation: V’Spirit Cruise Boat on twin share basis with private bathroom facilities 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

Hanoi

6.30-7.15 am Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.

7.30-8.30 am Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.

9-10 am Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau area.

10.15 am Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.

10.15-11 am Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.

11 am-12.15 pm While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

12.15-12.30 pm Disembark V’Spirit Classic.

12.30-1 pm Transfer back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi around at 5pm. Then you are free. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Accommodation: La Suite Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 11

Hanoi

Today you are free for your own exploration in Hanoi.

Accommodation: La Suite Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12

Luang Prabang

You are free until we transfer to airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. Arrive in Luang Prabang which is the first ancient capital of Lane Xang kingdom and the center of religious life in Laos. Today it is a World Heritage City.

Welcome on arrival by our guide and driver and we will take you to the city for hotel check-in.

Accommodation: Sada Hotel or similar, Luang Prabang

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13

Luang Prabang

At 8:00 am the guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and take you to explore Heritage city of Luang Prabang. Visit the quaint Royal Palace Museum, which gives a good overview of the local history and features a guided audio tour and we walk out to visit the unique Wat Mai with its five-tiered roof and we continue to visit the Arts and  Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. We drive to visit Wat Visoun and Wat Aham known as ‘The Water Melon Stupa’ due to its shape.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive out of the town about 30km and take about 40 minutes where you have the option of stopping to visit Khmu, Hmong and Lao Loum villages, representing the main ethnic groups of Laos. This then takes us to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pool or walk along the forest trails. A picnic lunch is taken at the falls. Next to the falls is a Bear Rescue Centre that does a great job in protecting and rehabilitating the rare Asiatic Black Bear. We then return to Luang Prabang by early afternoon before climbing up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.

In the evening, explore the night market, where you can find a wide collection of handmade textile by local and hill tribe people in the surrounding towns before transfer back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Sada Hotel or similar, Luang Prabang

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14

Luang Prabang

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (often in the form of sticky rice) from the faithful residents. The driver and guide would pick you up from the hotel at 5.30am. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the ritual. You can also visit the morning Phosi fresh Market where you can see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Leaving at around 8am, visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall.

Then spend a few hours travelling down the Mekong River on a long-tailed boat. Visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves inside the limestone cliff opposite the mouth of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. Our lunch will be at a local restaurant on the banks of the Mekong River (at own cost).

After lunch we'll visit the village of Ban Xanghai, best known for its production of the traditional delicious rice of this country. Return to Luang Prabang to visit Ban Xangkhong, a village known for its paper making and for its naturally dyed silk weavings.

Accommodation: Sada Hotel or similar, Luang Prabang

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15

Siem Reap

After breakfast free at leisure until the airport transfer for your flight to Siem Reap. You will be welcomed by an English Speaking Guide at Siem Reap International Airport. After you have collected your luggage they will then take you to the hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Accommodation: Mother Home Inn

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16

Siem Reap

After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to discover Angkor Thom and Temples. Firstly, you will visit the wonderful Angkor Thom (the Great City) including the Southern Gate, famous Bayon temple (12th century in the centre of the city remains one of the most enigmatic temples of the Angkor group composed of 54 gothic towers decorated with 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Baphuon temple is lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru. Terrace of Elephants used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall; Terrace of the Leper King a platform 7m high, with statue. Visit to Ta Prohm. One of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the way most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.

In the afternoon, visit the wonderful Angkor Wat Temples – one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world, as a temple and a mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of the 12th Century. Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved of the Angkorian temples, with a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers. The central monument represents the mythical Mount Meru, the holy mountain at the centre of the universe, which was home to the Hindu God Vishnu. The whole complex covers 81 hectares, a rectangular wall measuring 1025 meters by 800 meters borders the inner edge of the moat, and temple's greatest sculptural treasure is its 2 km-long bas-reliefs around the walls. In the late afternoon, visit the Phnom Bakheng temple, is the first temple in Angkor region build by the Yacovarman I King in the first of the 9th century. It’s located on a gently sloped hill, a popular spot for catching a marvellous view of the sunset with Angkor Wat and the jungle.

Evening is your free time for walking at busy pub street. Pop up at a bar for a cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market.

Accommodation: Mother Home Inn

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17

Siem Reap

Today you are free for your own exploration in Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Accommodation: Mother Home Inn

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18

Return home to Australia

There is some free time for your own exploration in Siem Reap until the departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return Economy Class Airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, *Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth (*surcharge applies)
  • International and domestic flights with Vietnam Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 16 nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis
  • 1 night (2 day) Halong Bay cruise (twin share accommodation, private bathroom facilities)
  • Meals as indicated: 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • All transfers and transportation with comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Half day tour of Cu Chi Tunnels, including lunch
  • All entrance fees as program
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person/per day

 

Standard Accommodation (3 Star)

Hanoi: La Suite Hotel in a Deluxe room
Halong: V’Spirit Cruise in a Deluxe cabin
Hoian: Vinh Hung 2 Hotel in a Superior room
Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Park View Hotel in a Deluxe room
Siem Reap: Mother Home Inn in a Deluxe room
Luang Prabang: Sada Hotel in a Deluxe room

 

Deluxe Accommodation Upgrade (4 Star)

Hanoi: Chalcedony Hotel in a Deluxe City View room
Halong: V’Spirit Cruise in a Deluxe cabin
Hoi An: Belle Maison Hadana Hotel in a Deluxe Balcony room
Ho Chi Minh City: Northern Hotel
Siem Reap: Memoire Siem Reap in a Superior room
Luang Prabang: Luang Prabang View Hotel in a Deluxe room


All Traveldream deals are backed by a 14-day refund guarantee! 

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
  • Drinks
  • Visas to Vietnam
  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Tips
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Peak season surcharges if any
  • All not mentioned above

 

Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full-priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveler is $700.

Departure Dates


JUL 2019
22 nd
Monday 22 Jul 2019  ‐  Thursday 08 Aug 2019
AUG 2019
10 th
Saturday 10 Aug 2019  ‐  Tuesday 27 Aug 2019
SEP 2019
07 th
Saturday 07 Sep 2019  ‐  Tuesday 24 Sep 2019
OCT 2019
07 th
Monday 07 Oct 2019  ‐  Thursday 24 Oct 2019
NOV 2019
23 rd
Saturday 23 Nov 2019  ‐  Tuesday 10 Dec 2019

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