20 DAYS ●
Packed full of exclusive experiences
designed to help you soak up the
local cultures, this tour meanders at
a relaxed pace through the must-see
sights of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia,
including Halong Bay, Angkor and
Luang Prabang, in 5* style.
Get to grips with the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine
Cruise on the emerald seas for views of stunning water vistas
Explore rich heritage and antiquity in this Buddhist haven
Lose yourself in the splendid temples of this famous city
Our Exclusive Collection Heart of Indochina Tour Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Watch the spectacular AO Show in Saigon
Afternoon Tea Experience
View the sunset from Phnom Krom with a glass of champagne
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Saigon.
Day 3: Discover Saigon
Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. This morning see the Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace; and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. Take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of Chinatown before taking a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on its delicious cuisine. (B,L,D)
Sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, passing sleepy towns exploring markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a 19th-century house and a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before lunch served in a colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon for the cultural extravaganza that is the ‘A O Show’, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House. (B,L)
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. Fly to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. (B,L,D)
Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of architectural styles. This morning tour the market to choose fresh ingredients from the colourful array of local produce for your Vietnamese cookery class, where you’ll be learning to prepare a number of local dishes. This afternoon wander the old streets, visiting the Japanese Bridge and Chinese Pagoda. Take tea at the 'Reaching Out' Tea House, a peaceful place, run by hearing and speech impaired locals - savour the flavours of local produce. (B,L)
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hoi An where you can further explore, relax by the pool or take a trip to the beach. This afternoon, depart for Hue, driving across the scenic Hai Van Pass. On arrival, cruise the Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda. (B,L,D)
Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home to emperors from 1802 to 1945. Enter through its grandiose entrance and you’ll be able to explore before heading out, along the river, into Hue’s lush surroundings to see Minh Mang’s tomb. Lunch will be vegetarian dishes prepared by the nuns of Lien Hoa Pagoda, before you try your hand at making paper flowers in a village that is known for the art. Admire the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House – the owner, Mr Vinh, is descended from royalty. (B,L)
Travel to the airport to fly to Hanoi. Visit the Thanh Chuong Viet Palace. (B,L,D)
Hanoi evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic, a heady mix of the exotic and European elegance. Spend the morning exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learning about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. Visit the revered Temple of Literature and the One Pillar Pagoda. Meet a water puppeteer who will introduce you to this traditional 11th-century art and put on a private water puppet show. You will also be able to get involved in creating the puppets. (B,L)
Thousands of limestone islands dot the emerald waters of Halong Bay creating a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Voyage the bay aboard your comfortable cruise ship stopping to explore the sights as we go. Spend the night anchored amongst glorious scenery. (B,L,D)
Rise early to see the sun rise over the karst-scapes of the bay and savour the serenity of the early morning. Continue cruising through the bay, heading back to the wharf where there’s time for a tasty buffet before disembarking. Return to Hanoi where an indulgent Afternoon Tea experience awaits you. (B,D)
Take a free day in Hanoi before catching an afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Nestled amongst green mountains, the city is Laos’ cultural heart, an oasis of calm antiquity and rich heritage. (B)
Rise early to observe the ceremony of Takbat. Watch the monks, swathed in their vibrant robes, collecting alms from the locals. Ascend Phousi Hill for views over the town and visit Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang’s most glittering temple. Take to the languid waters of the Mekong to visit the Pak Ou caves, renowned for the hundreds of carved Buddha statues that reside within. (B,L)
Get to grips with Laotian history at the National Museum before heading to the picturesque Kuang Si waterfalls. On the return to Luang Prabang stop at the Ock Pop Tok weaving centre. This evening you are invited to a local home to participate in a Baci Ceremony, an integral part of Laos culture. (B,L)
After a free morning in Luang Prabang, fly to Siem Reap. Tonight enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Circus, run by an NGO that teaches street kids circus skills and perform pertinent shows that address the issues in Cambodian society. Later enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. (B,L)
The day begins with a masterclass that takes you behind the scenes at Angkor with one of its lead stone conservationists. Learn little-known secrets about these magnificent monuments and get a crash course in conservation techniques. Full of knowledge you’ll now embark on a full day tour of Angkor. Beginning in Angkor Thom, the walled city, see the enigmatic Bayon before exploring the atmospheric Ta Prohm, a tussle of stone and jungle. The afternoon is dedicated to the breathtaking Angkor Wat before a champagne sunset at Phnom Krom temple. (B,L,D)
High Water Season (Aug to Feb)
Visit Beng Mealea, a temple overrun by the jungle and enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the community of the floating village of Kampong Kleng. (B,L,D)
Low Water Season (Mar to Jul)
Visit a village to meet some of the locals and pop into Khapor High School to learn about the library project. Explore the exquisite temples of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. Drop in on the excellent Artisan D’Angkor, before a rejuvenating spa treatment. (B,L,D)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day and journey home in your chauffeured transfer. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. 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 Tour would be more ideal.
Want to fly direct to your destination? Choose Manchester, Heathrow or Gatwick for the biggest selection of direct flights.
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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.
A visa is required for entry into Cambodia. Standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost.
For Laos visas are easy to obtain upon arrival and will cost $35.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount 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 is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 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 high quality coverage. 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.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
Since 1959, Caravelle Saigon has been Ho Chi Minh City’s landmark 5* address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel boasts elegantly decorated rooms featuring full-length windows which overlook the city or Saigon River. Modern comforts include a flat-screen TV, a pillow menu and 24-hour room service in all rooms. Guests can enjoy an international meal served in a casual buffet style on-site.
A classic resort set in twelve acres of lush, landscaped gardens, the Palm Garden is just metres from Cua Dai Beach. Rooms are spacious and classically decorated with a balcony complete with garden or sea views, whilst hotel facilities include a spa, outdoor pool and tennis courts. There is also a free shuttle services to Hoi An old town, just five minutes away....Read more
La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa is a classic colonial villa spread over 2 hectares on the banks of the scenic Perfume River. The well-appointed en-suite rooms are individually designed with beautiful Art deco furniture and spacious terraces. All rooms include a TV, minibar and breath-taking views of the city or river. The hotel is close to Vietnam’s superb attractions - Ho Chi Minh Museum, Dong Ba Market and Hue Train Station....Read more
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi is located in the heart of Hanoi, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. The luxuorious 5* hotel offers guests 105 exquisite en-suite rooms with hand-picked luxurious amenities and 21st Century technology. The hotels facilities include restaurants, a bar, a four-season swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Mediterranean inspired cuisine and Vietnamese specialties are dishes served at Hotel De L'opera Hanoi....Read more
Located in the heart of Luang Prabang, surrounded by the golden spires of the town’s famous Buddhist temples is Victoria Xiengthong Palace. This beautiful boutique hotel sits proudly on the banks of the Mekong River, featuring 26 elegantly appointed en-suite rooms. The hotels facilities also include a spa and wellness centre, restaurant and garden.
A 7-minute walk from the bars and restaurants along Pub Street, this upscale hotel features elegant decor. Its airy rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and a minibar, as well as city or pool views. Other amenities include 3 restaurants, a bar, an outdoor pool and a hot tub, as well as a gym, a spa, a sauna and a steam room....Read more
A traditional wooden junk in design, the two Paradise Prestige ships offer a sophisticated and luxurious cruise experience. With a classically elegant interior, both ships have just 15 traditionally-styled cabins, each with large picture windows (plus balconies for some), an en suite bathroom and air-conditioning. The sun deck and lounge area are perfect for relaxation, whilst the dining room serves up freshly prepared Vietnamese and international dishes. Activities offered onboard include fishing, cooking classes, kayaking and Tai Chi.
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