Phnom Penh | Siem Reap | Saigon | Hue | Hoi An | Hanoi | Halong Bay | Vientiane | Luang Prabang
Begin your epic journey in Cambodia, where the temples of Angkor are sure to captivate you, then continue to Vietnam to experience her most important highlights from south to north, before ending your adventure in Laos, the area's least-visited, yet most atmospheric destination.
Day 1 - Phnom Penh
On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel. Join new friends and your tour leader for welcome drinks and a tour briefing. Phnom Penh offers up an array of exploits. Explore the majestic Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace and reflect on the heartbreaking Pol Pot regime at Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields, where you gain insight into the confronting past.
Hotel: Frangipani Royal Palace
Day 3 - Siem Reap
Take the short flight to Siem Reap, gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor where on arrival, a boat trip is taken on Tonle Sap to see the floating local communities.
The next day, edge through the jungle past the little-used eastern gate, to come upon the magnificent rays of dawn's first light illuminating glorious temple at Angkor Wat - an unforgettable experience. A tuk-tuk provides an entertaining way to travel between temples, ideal for taking photos. At Angkor Thom, marvel at the stone heads of the Bayon and the intricate carvings at the Terrace of the Leper King, before ambling through the atmospheric ruins of tree-covered Ta Prohm.
Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel &
Day 5 - Saigon & Mekong Delta
A flight to Saigon begins the Vietnamese chapter of your tour. Tonight meet your new group of travellers for a tour briefing.
Over the next two days, embark on a number of tours to explore the city and region. There will be half a day spent at the Cu Chi tunnels where you will learn about the 155 mile network of tunnels used to wage guerilla warfafe against the French and later the Americans. A city tour will take in the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office and Dong Khoi Street, whilst a full day out to the Mekong Delta will give you a glimpse into the lives of local people. Glide across the canals of the lush Mekong Delta, stopping at shaded orchards and family homes to observe local industry.
Hotel: Northern Hotel
Day 8 - Hue & Hoi An
Fly north to Hue and discover the historic sites of this antique city, including the Citadel and Imperial Palace, once the home to Nguyen Dynasty. Then visit the tranquil Thien Mu Pagoda located on the banks of the Perfume River and Hue's oldest and most beautiful religious monument. There will also be a visit to the Spiral Foundation whose disabled workers make hamdicrafts which are then sold to raise funds for charitable causes.
The next day a spectacular drive along the coastal scenery of the Hai Van Pass brings you to Hoi An. The heritage listed old quarter reflects influences from Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, French and Bristish traders. On a walking tour visit the old merchant house, Chinese assembly hall and Japanese covered bridge. The next day is free to explore this charming town or maybe head to the nearby beaches.
Hotels: Hotel Saigon Morin, Hoi An Historic
Day 11 - Halong Bay & Hanoi
Fly to Haiphong and then enjoy the scenic drive to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise. Considered Vietnam's greatest natural wonder, enjoy sailing in a junk boat style vessel amongst the limestone islands that rise abrupty out of the bay.
The next day enjoy the scenery as you sail back to port to be driven to Hanoi, Vietnams's capital city. Take a walking tour of the back streets to visit the market and try some of the delicious local food such as Che and Bahn Tom. A further day of exploration awaits with a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter where peddlers continue to trade as they have done so for centuries. Later visit the Temple of Literature which dates back to 1070, the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening with your group.
Hotels: Overnight boat, The
Day 14 - Vientiane
Fly to Vientiane and begin the Lao chapter of your holiday with a meeting this evening with the rest of your group.
The next morning take a short walk to a nearby cafe to enjoy a traditional Lao cofee, before exploring some of the city's most impressive sites including Wat Pha That Luang, Wat Sisaket and the Patuxai Monument. In the afternoon learn about traditional Lao textiles, before a welcome at a traditional Lao Baci ceremony to wish you safe travels.
Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel,
Day 16 - Luang Prabang & Pak Ou Caves
Fly to the riverside town of Luang Prabang, whose old quarter is a UNESCO heritage site and one of Asia's most enchanting places. Visit the National Museum with its fine example of Lao art and the serene Wat Mai, before an evening of fun preparing your own dinner at a cooking school.
The next day savour a traditional Lao breakfast before walking to Wat Xieng Thong, regarded as the most beautiful temple in Laos. Next take a boat cruise on the Mekong river to the Pak Ou Caves where hundreds of Buddha effigies can be seen, followed by free time back in luang Prabang. You may like to climb the steps of Phou Si hill for sunset views over the town or mingle with the locals at the night market.
On your final day in Luang Prabang, witness local monks collecting alms at dawn in an ancient ritual known as Tak Bat. Then head on foot to the market to sample some of the tasty fruits and snacks, before breakfast back at the hotel. Later travel into the countryside to the stunning Kuang Si Falls where there is time to swim in the turquiose pools, before learning about the Asiatic Black bear at a nearby sanctuary. This evening take time out for a game of petanque with the locals, before a farewell dinner.
Hotel: Sala Prabang (Lodge)
Day 19 - Farewell
Today enjoy some free time until your departure transfer.
Make friends along the way as you discover the sights and experience the culture of this fascinating region.
Your small group tour includes: