Heart of Indochina
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Heart of Indochina

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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

tour duration 19 Days from
tour price 4,290pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (3N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Luang Prabang (3N) - Siem Reap (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Infiltrate the secret underground network of the Vietcong at Cu Chi
Get to grips with the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine at a Hoi An cooking class
Cruise on the emerald seas of Halong Bay for stunning water vistas
Tour rich heritage and antiquity in the Buddhist haven of Luang Prabang
Witness a traditional Buddhist Takbat Ceremony
Get lost in the splendid temples of Angkor

Exclusive Experiences

Watch the spectacular AO Show in Saigon
Enjoy a BBQ dinner on the Lady Hau Dinner Cruise in Saigon
Enjoy a private Water Puppet Show in Hanoi
Meet the local nuns and enjoy a vegetarian lunch at Dong Thuyen pagoda in Hue
Participate in a Baci Ceremony, an integral part of Laos culture
View the sunset from Phnom Krom with a glass of champagne

Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
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.
Days 1-2 Fly 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. 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 glide along the Mekong Delta for a dinner cruise. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Day 4 Mekong Delta
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)
Day 4 Mekong Delta
Day 5 Cu Chi Tunnels
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)
Day 5 Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 6 Hoi An
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)
Day 6 Hoi An
Day 7 Hoi An to Hue
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)
Day 7 Hoi An to Hue
Day 8 Hue
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)
Day 8 Hue
Day 9 Fly to Hanoi
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)
Day 9 Fly to Hanoi
Day 10 Hanoi
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)
Day 10 Hanoi
Day 11 Halong Bay
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)
Day 11 Halong Bay
Day 12 Halong Bay to Hanoi
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)
Day 12 Halong Bay to Hanoi
Day 13 Hanoi to Luang Prabang
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)
Day 13 Hanoi to Luang Prabang
Day 14 Luang Prabang
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)
Day 14 Luang Prabang
Day 15 Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
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)
Day 15 Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
Day 16 Angkor Wat
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)
Day 16 Angkor Wat
Day 17 Siem Reap
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)
Day 17 Siem Reap
Days 18-19 Fly to the UK
Fly overnight to the UK and journey home in your chauffeured transfer. (B)
Days 18-19 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.

04-Nov > 21-Nov - £4,290 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4190 (Saigon - Siem Reap)
Single room from £1290
Tipping paid locally US$126

03-Mar > 22-Mar - £4,690 BOOK NOW
03-Nov > 22-Nov - £4,790 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4190 (Saigon - Siem Reap)
Single room from £1290
Tipping paid locally US$126

02-Mar > 21-Mar - £5,090 BOOK NOW
02-Nov > 21-Nov - £5,190 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4190 (Saigon - Siem Reap)
Single room from £1290
Tipping paid locally US$126

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.

Caravelle Hotel
Caravelle Hotel - Saigon, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa
Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa - Hoi An (2 Nights)
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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.



La Residence Hue
La Residence Hue - Hue, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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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.



Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi
Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - Hanoi, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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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.



Xiengthong Palace
Xiengthong Palace - Luang Prabang, Laos (3 Nights)
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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.



Sokha Angkor Resort
Sokha Angkor Resort - Siem Reap (3 Nights)
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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.



Bangkok Extension

Bangkok Extension

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 380pp
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
Dubai and the Desert

Dubai and the Desert

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 320pp

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

International flights
UK chauffeur transfer (50m airport radius)
Domestic transportation
5* luxury accommodation
Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Mid-tour laundry service
2 bottles of water per day

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time available to travel and who are looking to tour the most iconic and popular destinations and cities in Vietnam. This tour is a luxury tour and is suitable for the more discerning traveller.

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