19 DAYS ●
A multitude of delights await you in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia as you enjoy this comprehensive tour and its luxury touches. Uncover affecting history, immerse yourself in rich culture, and savour the simplicity of life in the wonderfullly contrasting landscapes of the region
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 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
Travel by speedboat to a riverside restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine
Enjoy a private Water Puppet Show in Hanoi
View the sunset from Phnom Krom with a glass of champagne
Our Heart of Indochina itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Saigon. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel.
Saigon has evolved from war-torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. Start at the central Post Office and the Opera house then continue on to Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. After browsing through Ben Thanh Market, take off on your cyclo tour of fascinating Chinatown. Tonight travel by speedboat to a riverside restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine. (B,L,D)
This morning board a traditional riverboat made from native bamboo, wood and rattan and explore the waterways of the Mekong Delta, making stops along the way to provide glimpses of local life. Return to Saigon for the AO Show, a spectacular showcase of Vietnamese culture (B,L)
Experience the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of the elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Visit a cricket farm and continue to the airport for your flight to Hoi An. (B,L)
This morning take a traditional Vietnamese cooking class to learn about the local food. Later wander the old streets, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Jinshang Temple, Tan Ky House and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Enjoy a cup of tea at the Reaching Out Tea House. (B,L)
Taking the scenic Hai Van Pass, travel to the imperial city of Hue. This afternoon cruise the Perfume River to the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda before visiting a workshop to learn about art form of ‘Truc Chi’, paper made from bamboo pulp. (B,L,D)
Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home of emperors from 1802 to 1945, spend the morning exploring here before visiting the extravagant Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. Meet the nuns and enjoy a vegetarian lunch at Dong Thuyen pagoda. Continue on to Thanh Tien village to learn about ornate paper flower making and the traditional 19th century Tha Om Garden House. (B,L)
Fly to Hanoi. Hanoi evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic, a heady mix of the exotic and European elegance. Visit Viet Phu Thanh Chuong, a 21-century house with traditional Vietnamese architecture. (B,L,D)
Visit Ba Dinh Square, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Humble House on Stilts. Continue on to the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first university and a revered Confucian shrine. Later, visit the home of a water puppet artist, where you will have a chance to talk with the artist, participate in the process of making the puppets, and enjoy a private water puppet show. (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 a traditionally-designed steam paddle cruiser stopping to explore the sights as we go. Spend the night anchored amongst glorious scenery. (B,L,D)
Rise early this morning to participate in a tai chi lesson on the sun deck or to watch the sunrise over the karst-scapes. After breakfast, explore a nearby cave before disembarking you cruise and returning to Hanoi. (B,D)
Enjoy the day at leisure to further explore Hanoi or relax at your hotel. This evening fly 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. Continue to Phousi Hill for spectacular views over the city before visiting Wat Xiengthong. Take to the languid waters of the Mekong to visit Pak Ou Caves, renowned for their hundreds of carved Buddha statues that reside within. Visit a riverside village to witness the daily life of the locals and their cottage industries. (B,L)
Relax with a morning at leisure before flying to Siem Reap. Spend an evening at the Cambodian Circus, run by a NGO that teaches children circus skills. (B,L)
Spend the day discovering magnificent Angkor. Pass through the South Gateway of Angkor Thom to visit the jungle-wreathed Ta Prohm; the enigmatic Bayon; the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Finally, visit the incredible Angkor Wat. This evening sip champagne on top of Phnom Krom and watch the sunset. (B,L,D)
Visit a nearby village to learn about the local way of life before continuing on to explore more ancient temples. The locations of this morning’s visits will vary depending on the season. Return to Siem Reap for a traditional spa treatment. (B,L)
Fly overnight to the UK and journey home in your chauffeured transfer. (B)
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
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.
Located beside Cua Dai Beach, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort features an outdoor swimming pool and rooms with views of the river or sea. The spacious rooms at the resort come with traditional Vietnamese, French or Japanese décor. Overlooking the sea, Annam Restaurant serves a selection of local and international dishes. Fresh seafood is also offered....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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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