Discover the absolute jewels of Indochina on a classic tour to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The UNESCO sites come one after the other, and you end up in the charming coastal town of Hoi An.
Discover the absolute jewels of Indochina on a classic tour to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The UNESCO sites come one after the other, and you end up in the charming coastal town of Hoi An.
Extensive excursion package:
The tour starts in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where one of the world’s greatest sights, the impressive temple complex of Angkor Wat and the ruin city of Angkor, blows most people away.
Next, one of Indochina’s most beautiful cities, Luang Prabang, awaits you, where you will discover the soul of Laos. The city boasts some of Indochina’s finest temples and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery with forest-clad mountains, waterfalls and caves.
In Vietnam, the atmospheric capital of Hanoi greets you with zipping scooters, the Old Quarter with exciting little shops and the French quarter with its colonial buildings. The beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake with its distinctive red bridge sits like an oasis in the heart of the city. Look forward to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, the Temple of Literature, the historic Long Bien Bridge and a bike ride in the Old Quarter.
Unique scenery awaits you on a 2-day mini-cruise in Ha Long Bay amid thousands of green-clad limestone cliffs that shoot up from the sea.
You round off the tour in the charming coastal city of Hoi An, which most people fall in love with. The city is best known for its architecture, silk production, amazing tailors and the Old Town where colourful lanterns, Japanese buildings, Chinese temples and yellow, French merchant’s houses form the cityscape.
Upon your arrival at the airport in Siem Reap, you go through immigration, showing the e-visa that you have obtained electronically from home. This fast tracks you through immigration with minimum waiting time.
After picking up your luggage, you head out into the arrivals hall, where you will be met by a guide holding up an Asiatours sign with your name on it. After a short, 15-minute transfer to your hotel, you’ve got time to unwind after your flight, and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
Siem Reap is a cosy, laid-back town, perfect for relaxing strolls in the French Quarter or under the shady trees along the Siem Reap River, where you will find small shops, cafés and several markets. In the evening, things liven up in Pub Street, which, lined with restaurants and bars, is the natural gathering point. In the quiet area along the river, you will find some really good restaurants.
Today one of the absolute highlights of the trip and one of the world’s great wonders await you: the magnificent temple complexes at Angkor Wat and at the ruin city of Angkor Thom, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
You will be picked up from the hotel by the guide and driven a mere 5 km outside Siem Reap where the sights are located. As the temple area is quite large, the car accompanies you all day, so you are driven the longer distances from place to place, but you will be dropped off by the guide so that you can view all the sights on foot.
The ruins and temples are scenically situated in an area surrounded by jungle and a moat. The atmosphere here is serene and sublime. It’s like stepping into a whole new world.
You start out at the 12 km-long city wall by Angkor Thom’s beautiful south gate and moat, where it is always lovely and green, even in the dry season. Angkor Thom means the “great city” and it was the largest city of the Khmer Empire. The wall was built in the late 12th century. The next stop is at one of the main temples, Bayon, where an impressive sight awaits in the form of countless smiling Buddha faces. You then move on to the 350-metre-long Terrace of the Elephants, where the king could both stand and survey his troops and enjoy various ceremonies and performances. The name refers to the numerous sandstone carvings of elephants. You then continue to the king’s private temple, the pyramid-shaped Phimeanakas, which means “Celestial Palace”. Finally, you visit the famous Ta Prohm temple, made unique by the beautiful, large trees that have taken root in the temple buildings, becoming as one.
To avoid the hottest time of day, you will then be driven back to Siem Reap for a lunch break. After a much-needed rest, it’s time to explore one of the world’s biggest religious monuments and the best-preserved temple in Cambodia, Angkor Wat. Most people are blown away by the spectacular temple comprising three levels, crowned by the 5 towers, which are shaped like the buds of the lotus flower. In the inner courtyards and vaulted walkways, you can admire the endless friezes and stunning carvings. The upper level of the temple affords a fantastic view of the area. In the sunset over one of the temples in Angkor, you can digest all the amazing impressions of the day that you won’t forget in a hurry.
There is nothing on the itinerary today, so you are free to relax by the pool, explore the town on your own or choose one of our extra excursions.
Siem Reap and the area around it have much to offer in the way of experiences. You might like to go for a walk in the French Quarter and down along the river and then visit the nearby old market, Psaar Chaa. In the side streets and along the river, you will come across small temples with gold roofs and the finest of gardens. A visit to the Royal Gardens, a nice little park located directly opposite the royal residence in the town, is also recommended. Sit yourself down at one of the many cosy cafés and restaurants and watch life go by in the town.
In the afternoon, will you be picked up from the hotel and driven the short distance to the airport in Siem Reap before flying to Luang Prabang in Laos.
On your arrival in Luang Prabang, you will pass through immigration and be issued with your tourist visa. After picking up your luggage, you head out into the arrivals hall, where you will be met by a guide holding up an Asiatours sign with your name on it. After a 15-minute transfer to Luang Prabang, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please..
Luang Prabang is one of Indochina’s most beautiful gems, hence its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The centre of the city is located on a peninsula in the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery with forest-clad mountains, waterfalls and caves. The lush greenery is found throughout the city, between the elegant temples and cosy little, quiet streets.
The former royal capital of Luang Prabang is the epitome of Lao’s heart and soul with its unique mosaic of traditional Laotian culture and the beautiful buildings of the French colonial era.
This morning will begin with a visit to one of Luang Prabang’s largest and most decorative temples, Wat Xieng Thong. Also known as the Temple of the Golden City, the temple is adorned with neat, gold-plated mosaics and its characteristic layered roof, which hovers just above the ground. It is a splendid example of the classic Luang Prabang style from the 16th century. In olden times, this was where the coronation of the new king took place. Today, it is the gathering place for major annual celebrations.
The tour continues to another of Luang Prabang’s most important temples, Wat Mai, which was formerly the royal family’s temple and residence of the highest Buddhist dignitary, Pra Sangkharat. The temple’s gold-plated façade greets you, and inside, the gold-plated pillars with their neat carvings do their best to outshine the golden Buddhas. The atmosphere here can only be described as majestic.
Opposite Wat Mai in the middle of Luang Prabang, and surrounded by fine gardens, awaits a visit to the former royal palace of King Sisavang Vong, built in 1904 during the colonial era. Today, the palace has been transformed into a national museum, where you can see the well-preserved royal chambers with rare religious and cultural artifacts. You will get a feel of how life was lived on the polished floors.
After the royal palace, the tour continues up 328 steps to the highest point in the city on Mount Phousi. On the way up, you will pass small temples and Buddha statues where you can stop if you need a breather. Your efforts are richly rewarded when you reach the top in the form of a picturesque panoramic view of beautiful Luang Prabang with its rivers, temples and lush mountain scenery in the background.
After a lovely lunch and a short drive 30 km south of Luang Prabang, a refreshing dip Kuang Si Falls may sound tempting? Surrounded by lush tropical jungle, the Kuang Si Falls cascade over 3 levels down a steep hillside. The longest drop is at 60 metres, and at the lowest level, you can cool off in the calm pools of turquoise blue water.
The day ends with a visit to the nearby Sun Bear Reserve. Run by the Free the Bears organisation, the reserve is a sanctuary for black Malay bears, which are highly endangered as their bile is sought after for medicine. Here, you will be told all about the centre’s work with the beautiful bears.
The day is your own to enjoy Luang Prabang’s many wonders and mystery or choose one of our extra excursions.
Bright and early every morning, a very special event takes place in Luang Prabang, when 300+ monks proceed silently through the streets of the city to collect alms. All families send a representative onto the street with food or drinks, which is shared between the monks’ collection pots. You cannot fail to be amazed by the respectful silence and great dignity with which this daily ritual takes place.
And be sure to visit Luang Prabang’s colourful and lively night market, which is one of the best in South-east Asia and open every night from 5 pm – 11 pm.
The time has come to say goodbye to charming Luang Prabang. In the afternoon, will you be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport before flying to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. After arriving at the airport in Hanoi, you go through immigration and collect your luggage. Your guide is waiting for you in the arrivals hall, holding up an Asiatours sign, and you will be driven to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
Hanoi oozes atmosphere with its bustling scooters, rickshaws, the old quarter with exciting little shops and the French Quarter with its colonial buildings and peaceful parks. The beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake with its distinctive red bridge sits like an oasis in the heart of the city.
Today’s sightseeing promises an exciting day for all the senses in Hanoi.
You will be picked up from the hotel by the guide and start by heading to one of Hanoi’s main attractions, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, located on Ba Dinh Square. This is the final resting place of national icon Ho Chi Minh, who led Vietnam’s independence movement against French colonisation. The mausoleum was built in 1973, modelled on Lenin’s mausoleum in Russia.
You then move on to the imperial citadel Thang Long, which was named a UNESO World Heritage Site in 2010. The citadel has been the political centre of power for more than 1,000 years, and research and excavation work are still carried out on the site to this day. After a delightful Vietnamese lunch, one of Hanoi’s most picturesque and well-preserved buildings, the Temple of Literature, awaits. It is a prime example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Built as a university in 1070, it was here that the country’s powerful officials, the Mandarins, were educated in accordance with Confucius’ teachings. The area also includes various courtyards with beautiful architect-designed gardens where the students could relax.
You will then see the historic Long Bien Bridge over the Red River, built by the French colonial power and completed in 1903 as a strategically important point for securing control over northern Vietnam. Today, cyclists, scooters and pedestrians flock across the bridge, which still plays a role in the capital’s self-perception and is often mentioned in songs and poems.
It’s time to sit back and rest your legs a bit and enjoy Hanoi from a rickshaw, which takes you on a half hour tour of the Old Quarter. This is where the locals buy everything from noodles to Buddha statues. The 36 small streets are named after what is sold in the shops on that street (Tin Street, Bamboo Street, etc.). The day rounds off late afternoon with a cup of Vietnamese coffee overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake.
You are free to explore Hanoi on your own or choose one of our extra excursions.
There is plenty to do in the bustling capital. While away many an hour in the charming Old Quarter by Hoan Kiem Lake, where you will find old colonial buildings as well as a large selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and art galleries.
An early morning start, in the space of just a few hours, you will be at the iconic Ha Long Bay, where hundreds of green-clad limestone cliffs shoot up from the sea, which varies in colour over the year, from deep blue to jade green. The unique 1500 km² setting is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the foundation stones were laid more than 300 million years ago.
After check-in on the small cruise ship, you can enjoy a welcome drink and a lovely lunch on the sun deck. The ship sails out into the enchanting landscape among the many thousands of islands, most of which are uninhabited. A stop is made at one of the bay’s largest and most beautiful caves, Sung Sot. In the evening, you have the opportunity to watch and/or participate in a demonstration of Vietnamese cooking, or you can fish for fresh squid. You round off the day on the sun deck, enjoying the many colours of the sunset.
NB: In the event of inclement weather or storms, the Vietnamese authorities reserve the right to bar sailing in Ha Long Bay for safety reasons. This happens a few times a year. In this event, the mini-cruise will be replaced with a stay at a hotel and an excursion in Hanoi.
Start the day with a refreshing dip in the warm, clear waters of Ha Long Bay, or perhaps you’d simply like to enjoy the sunrise from the ship’s magnificent sun deck. Breakfast is served as the ship gently begins to head back to port. Along the way, depending on the season, you will either visit either the island of Ti Top (in summer), where you can swim or hike, or a pearl farm (in winter). Late morning, you go ashore and are driven back to Hanoi by car. You spend a few hours here on your own before being accompanied to the train which will take you to Da Nang. The night train departs from Hanoi at 7 pm and arrives in Da Nang at 11 am the next day.
For an additional fee, you can fly from Hanoi to Da Nang instead of taking the night train. This option will include an extra night in Hoi An.
You wake up to a beautiful view as the train makes its way along the coast. Look out over the green mountains and the beautiful blue sea.
You arrive in Da Nang mid-morning, where you are met by a guide who drives you to your hotel in Hoi An. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
Most people fall in love with the charming, colourful coastal city of Hoi An, which is best known for its architecture, silk production, great tailors and the Old Town, which has made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Thu Bon River runs through the middle of the Old Town. Away from the river, you will find yourself in a maze of cosy streets. Wherever you turn, you will see how the former colonial powers have each made their mark on the district. Colourful lanterns, Japanese houses, Chinese temples and French yellow merchants’ houses fill the cityscape. Shops, street kitchens, cafés and restaurants line the streets, where you can while away several hours. The streets might be busy, with many tourists, but there is still a lovely calm to the area, and the district has managed to retain its authenticity and charm.
There is no set itinerary today, so you are free to explore the city on your own, head out to one of the nearby beaches or choose one of our exciting extra excursions.
You will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport in Da Nang, from which you will fly home with connecting flight(s) on the way. If you wish to extend your tour with either a beach holiday on the exotic island of Phu Quoc, the vibrant metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) or the imperial city of Hue, you continue to the destination of your choice.
Experience the vibrant metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), where you will encounter an exciting mix of modern and old, with beautiful colonial buildings flanked by the shining façades of the skyscrapers, beautiful temples and exotic markets. Look forward to highlights such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Central Post Office designed by the famous French architect Gustav Eiffel, Reunification Palace and the city’s China Town. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s economic dynamo, which is clearly reflected in the large number of smart shops, cafés and restaurants. Finally, this city is where you seriously feel the history from the Vietnam War.
The city is also a great base for day trips to Vietnam’s lush Mekong Delta or the famous Cu Chi tunnels.
The extension includes a 3-night stay at the hotel with breakfast, flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to and from the airport.
Just a 3-hour drive north of Hoi An, you can experience Vietnam’s last imperial capital, Hué, which was the home of the Nguyen imperial dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Despite many of the city’s buildings having been damaged by bombings during the Vietnam War, you can easily take in the atmosphere of the glories of its past. The remaining buildings have been restored and the entire city is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The truly incredible attractions are the gorgeous citadel and the impressive imperial tombs. The citadel was built in the 1800s with the Forbidden City in Beijing as a model, and is located on the northern end of the Huong Suong River, also known as the Perfume River. The river was named for the perfume-like scent that emerges in the fall, when orchids drop into the water and drift with the stream through the city. On the several-kilometre long stretch along the river, the imperial tombs jut out with different magnificent monuments – one for each deceased emperor.
Look forward to tasting the local, traditional cuisine of Hué, which the Vietnamese consider to be the best in the country. A particular emphasis is placed on the aesthetic and harmonious presentation of the food through decorations and colours, creating a gastronomic artwork.
The extension includes a 3-night stay at the hotel with breakfast, transfer between Hoi An and Hué, as well as a transfer to the airport in Hué or Da Nang.
Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and is located at Vietnam’s west coast, in Siambugtens warm water. The island has beautiful, palm-covered golden sandy beaches and dense green forests central to the island. The water surrounding the island is crystal clear and provides great opportunities for lovely a lovely swim in calm waters. Around the An Thoi islands there are excellent opportunities for diving and snorkelling to enjoy the beautiful reefs. The best time to visit the island is from November to April.
The extension includes a 3-night beach holiday at a hotel with breakfast, flight to Phu Quoc and transfers between the airport and the hotel at Phu Quoc.