Grand Tour of Indochina
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Grand Tour of Indochina

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Embark on a wide-ranging tour that immerses you in all the tradition, scenery, and astonishing sights of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Stand astounded by the intricacies of Angkor, the majesty of Halong Bay and the tranquillity of Luang Prabang, and all that’s in between on this one remarkable trip.

tour duration 28 Days from
tour price 3,990pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (3N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Sapa (1N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Luang Prabang (3N) - Vang Vieng (2N) - Vientiane (1N) - Phnom Penh (2N) - Siem Reap (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

See the former underground network of the Vietcong at the Cu Chi Tunnels
Explore Vietnam’s dynastical history at the imperial city of Hue
Walk the tumbling rice terraces of Sapa, a sea of lush verdancy
Embrace the Buddhist way of life in Luang Prabang
Walk the charming boulevards of Phnom Penh
Explore the Angkor Archaeological Park, the remnants of the former Khmer Empire

Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Day 3 Cu Chi Tunnels, discover Saigon
Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels Return to Saigon. The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world, but it is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral, the Saigon Opera House and the Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace; and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
Day 3 Cu Chi Tunnels, discover Saigon
Day 4 Mekong Delta
Pop down to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the 'Rice Basket of Vietnam' – paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Return to Saigon.
Day 4 Mekong Delta
Day 5 Hoi An
Fly to Hoi An and take an afternoon walking tour visiting the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a local pagoda and the bustling market.
Day 5 Hoi An
Day 6 Tra Que
Visit the nearby village of Tra Que to have lunch at a local family’s house.
Day 6 Tra Que
Day 7 Hoi An
Spend a day at leisure to explore and unwind in this wilfully traditional town.
Day 7 Hoi An
Days 8-9 Imperial Citadel, Hue
Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day drive to the imposing Imperial Citadel before seeing Thien Mu Pagoda and cruising the Perfume River.
Days 8-9 Imperial Citadel, Hue
Day 10 Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi and take an exhilarating cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. This evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet show.
Day 10 Hanoi
Day 11 Hanoi
Visit the Temple of Literature and the Ethnology Museum before boarding your overnight train to Sapa.
Day 11 Hanoi
Days 12-13 Sapa Countryside
Discover this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces exploring colourful markets, minority villages and tribal architecture. You will have a chance the next day to continue exploring Sapa before boarding your overnight train back to Hanoi.
Days 12-13 Sapa Countryside
Days 14-15 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Disembark your train in Hanoi and travel to Halong Bay to cruise amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. Spend two days aboard a traditionally designed junk cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi.
Days 14-15 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Day 16 Fly to Luang Prabang
Discover the sights of Hanoi this morning visiting the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Humble House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. This evening say goodbye to Vietnam, transferring to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.
Day 16 Fly to Luang Prabang
Day 17 Takbat
Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat before climbing Phousi Hill for fantastic views. Take to the waters of the Mekong to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of miniature Buddhist sculptures that reside within.
Day 17 Takbat
Day 18 Kuang Si Waterfalls
This morning visit Wat Sene and the National Museum. Marvel at the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls before returning to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre.
Day 18 Kuang Si Waterfalls
Day 19 Journey to Vang Vieng
Fly to Vientiane and continue on to Vang Vieng stopping at Nam Nguem Lake to enjoy a short cruise.
Day 19 Journey to Vang Vieng
Day 20 Explore Vang Vieng
Venture into the Tham Chang Cave before wandering through dramatic countryside beside the Nam Song River.
Day 20 Explore Vang Vieng
Day 21 Discover Vientiane
Drive back to Vientiane. Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is more a friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument.
Day 21 Discover Vientiane
Day 22 Fly to Phnom Penh
Fly to Phnom Penh. A city of airy boulevards and colonial villas, Phnom Penh has been engulfed by energy and optimism making it a pleasurable place to be. Today’s visits include the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Later on admire the artefacts of the lovely National Museum.
Day 22 Fly to Phnom Penh
Day 23 Explore Phnom Penh
Visit the children of the Apsara Arts Association and the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum.
Day 23 Explore Phnom Penh
Day 24 Fly to Siem Reap
Ascend to the hilltop Wat Phnom before transferring to the airport to fly to Siem Reap. Visit the captivating Banteay Srei – a richly-embellished rose-coloured sandstone temple, before watching the sunset from the summit of Pre Rup.
Day 24 Fly to Siem Reap
Day 25 Explore Angkor
The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Begin at Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle, continuing to Angkor Thom and passing through the South Gate to reach the enigmatic Bayon, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat.
Day 25 Explore Angkor
Day 26 Tonle Sap
Explore the less visited Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple completely overrun by the jungle. In the high water season, you will also visit Kompong Khleang a unique village on stilts. In the lower water season you will visit Chong Kneas floating village. Back in Siem Reap visit Les Artisans Dangkor where disadvantaged youth are taught traditional Cambodian handicrafts.
Day 26 Tonle Sap
Days 27-28 Fly to the UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the following day.
Days 27-28 Fly to the UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

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 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3390 (Saigon - Siem Reap)
Single room from £630
Tipping paid locally US$160

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3390 (Saigon - Siem Reap)
Single room from £630
Tipping paid locally US$160

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Lan Lan 1 Hotel
Lan Lan 1 Hotel - Saigon, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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Mercure Hotel
Mercure Hotel - Hoi An, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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Situated minutes away from Thu Bon River and the local markets, Mercure Hotel offers guest’s modern en-suite rooms fitted with amenities including cable TV, a safety deposit box and tea/coffee making facilities. Other superb hotel features include a complimentary bicycle rental service and restaurant serving delicious Asian and European dishes.



Mondial Hotel
Mondial Hotel - Hue, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A 5-minute walk from Ho Chi Minh Museum and Dong Ba Market, Mondial Hotel features a swimming pool, three dining options and lobby bar lounge. Free in-room Wi-Fi is also available. The hotel provides guests with air-conditioned en-suite rooms offering city, pool or mountain views, each equipped with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.



Demantoid 2 Hotel
Demantoid 2 Hotel - Hanoi, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A short distance from Dong Xuan Market and the Weekend night market, Demantoid 2 Hotel in Hanoi offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour front desk. Guests can enjoy views of the city or Hong River in the en-suite rooms, which are fitted with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a microwave and a personal safe. Sky View Restaurant-Bar is located on the 13th floor and serves tasty Asian and Western flavours.



Chau Long Hotel – New Wing
Chau Long Hotel – New Wing - Sapa, Laos (1 Nights)
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Chitchareune Muang Luang Hotel
Chitchareune Muang Luang Hotel - Luang Prabang, Laos (3 Nights)
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The Silver Naga
The Silver Naga - Vang Vieng, Laos (2 Nights)
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Ideally situated on the river bank in the heart of town, The Silver Naga Hotel welcomes guests to experience magnificent mountain views and warm hospitality. Each en-suite room features air conditioning, a TV and minibar. Other facilities and services offered at the hotel include an outdoor pool, restaurant, currency exchange and laundry.



Vientiane Plaza Hotel
Vientiane Plaza Hotel - Vientiane, Laos (1 Nights)
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Located in the centre of Vientiane, 4* Vientiane Plaza Hotel is an ideal location for international travellers, offering luxurious en-suite rooms. The hotel’s gourmet restaurant serves customers with a variety of choices from tasty Laotian and Vietnamese traditional flavours. Customers can also enjoy the hotel’s entertainment services including a fitness centre, tennis court, massage and spa centre.



Ohana Hotel
Ohana Hotel - Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2 Nights)
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A stylish hotel located in the heart of Phnom Penh, Ohana Hotel offers 70 rooms tastefully decorated with art deco and traditional Khmer furnishings. All rooms are en-suite, air conditioned, have satellite television, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Swim in the secluded swimming pool or dine in the poolside bar or roof top restaurant featuring local cuisine.



Angkor Holiday Hotel
Angkor Holiday Hotel - Siem Reap, Cambodia (3 Nights)
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This small hotel features air conditioned rooms with flat screen satellite television, en-suite facilities, safety deposit box and complimentary bathrobes. There is also a spa with sauna, an outdoor pool with a hot tub, and an onsite restaurant offering international cuisine. Room service is available and there is also an onsite bar.



Bangkok Extension

Bangkok Extension

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 380pp
Taste of Macau

Taste of Macau

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 320pp
Hong Kong Glimpses

Hong Kong Glimpses

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 240pp
Hong Kong in Focus

Hong Kong in Focus

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 420pp

UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30 day period. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. Currently the visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2017. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2017 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
 
If you do require a visa Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining one. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into UK. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 8 weeks prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply. Please note we do not accept passports and visa applications within 30 days prior to departure. Passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure.
 
A visa is required for entry into Cambodia. Standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. We will require your passport, completed visa application forms, and 2 passport photos, taken within the last 6 months, to process your visas. We will require all this information 8 weeks prior to departure.  As per our standard visa processing service, passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure. In rare cases you may be required to provide further information or documentation to the Cambodian Embassy; if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.
 
The cost of a Laos visa is not included as there is no Laos consulate in the UK.  However, visas are very easy to obtain upon arrival in Laos and will cost $35, you will need to bring passport photo for the visa. Your guide will assist you with this process.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
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 Wi-Fi 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.

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What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
all meals
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK passport holders (except Laos)

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suited for customers who have an extensive amount of time to explore Indochina and wish to take in the most famous and iconic sights in depth. This tour also incorporates two overnight train journeys and an overnight stay on Halong Bay.

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