28 DAYS ●
Immerse Yourself Tour
This complete Indochina adventure,
covering Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos,
shows you the highlights of the region
whilst giving you plenty of time for
independent exploration and a choice
of experiences to help you delve deeper
into the local culture and heritage.
Wander charming Hoi An
Cruise Halong Bay
Witness Takbat in Laos
Choose cultural experiences
Fly overnight to Saigon. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. (D)
This morning, discover the Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Saigon and tour the city, see Notre Dame Cathedral and visit Central Post Office as well as the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. (B,L)
Transfer to Ben Tre in the heart of the Mekong Delta, where you can visit local cottage industries. Cycle through lush scenery to a local house for lunch. (B,L,D)
Continue exploring lush delta landscapes and visit Vinh Bac bonsai and flower village. Return to Saigon. This evening is free, or there are three optional excursions available: 1) Dinner and an A O Show performance at the Saigon Opera House, 2) A tour of Saigon at night on a Vespa, or 3) Discover delicious street food on a tour of Saigon’s best street eats. (B,L)
Fly to Danang and transfer to charming Hoi An. This afternoon, wander the old cobbled streets and soak up the town's delights. (B,L)
Today is at leisure for your own explorations, or choose between these optional experiences. 1) A cooking class, with a visit to the produce market, or 2) A full day farmer and fisherman experience, learning traditional techniques of both. (B)
Journey by road to Hue via the Hai Van Pass and stop en route at the Son Tra Peninsula. (B,L)
Take a cyclo ride up to Hue’s Imperial Citadel and stroll amongst its decaying grandeur. Visit the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, before admiring Thien Mu Pagoda and a cruise on the Perfume River. (B,L)
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s atmospheric capital. This evening is free, with the option of taking a mini backstage tour of the Hanoi Opera House, followed by dinner and a performance of ‘Lang Toi'. (B)
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Stilt House and the Temple of Literature. Next, take a thrilling cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. This evening, enjoy a traditional water puppets show. (B,L)
Journey west to Mai Chau, where a patchwork of rice fields and tiny stilt house villages are set against a backdrop of rolling hills. Walk to the ethnic minority villages of Pom Coong and Lac to meet communities and explore magnificent Mo Luong cave. This evening, enjoy dinner with a traditional dance performance in Lac village. (B,L,D)
Today is at leisure, or choose between these optional experiences. 1) Spend the day walking amongst the incredible limestone landscapes of Pu Luong Nature Reserve, or 2) A cycling adventure through Mai Chau, an alternative way to see this beautiful, untouched area. (B)
Spend the morning at leisure before returning to Hanoi. (B)
Travel to Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. (B,L,D)
Rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practice Tai Chi on deck. After brunch onboard, return to the dock and travel back to Hanoi. On arrival, enjoy free time. (B)
This morning is at leisure, with two optional activities available:
1) A Vietnamese cooking class, or 2) A tour of Hanoi’s hidden gems. Later, fly to Luang Prabang, Asia’s most atmospheric city. (B)
Rise early to witness the daily dawn ceremony of Takbat, before heading to the beautiful Kuangsi Waterfalls and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Later, see Wat Xieng Thong and take in the sunset views from Mount Phousi. This evening is free, with the option of taking part in a traditional Baci ceremony. (B,L)
This morning is at leisure with two optional experiences available: 1) Learn about the traditional uses of bamboo, from products to food with a bamboo experience, or 2) Travel up the Mekong by boat to visit the Pak Ou Caves. This afternoon, fly to Vientiane. (B)
Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is a delightfully quaint city. Visit the city’s most important sights - Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa and Patuxai Victory Monument before spending time amongst the weird and wonderful sculptures of the Buddha Park. This evening, enjoy a dinner and a Laos music and dance performance. (B,L,D)
Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s captivating capital city. (B,D)
Take a cyclo through the city to Wat Phnom before heading to the glittering Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. This afternoon is free, with two optional experiences: 1) Visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields, or 2) a boat trip up the Mekong to Silk Island to visit a silk weaving village. (B,L)
Today is at leisure until your flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor! (B,D)
See the world-famous Angkor temples from the back of a traditional tuk tuk - ride to Angkor Thom and the Bayon, before jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm. You’ll then explore magnificent Angkor Wat, before sunset at Pre Rup. This evening is free, with an option to attend the Phare Cambodian Circus. (B,L)
Today you can decide to enjoy a free day or to take part in one of the following optional tours. Choose between 1) a full day amongst rural Cambodian communities, learning about their daily life, or 2) head into the dense forest close to Tonle Sap lake to explore the hidden temple of Beng Mealea. (B)
High water season (Aug-Feb)
Cruise on the waters of Tonle Sap to visit the village of Kompong Kleang. A fully-fledged village of both floating and stilted houses, here you’ll get a glimpse of real Cambodian village.
Low water season (Mar-Jul)
The village of Chong Khneas is a floating village right on the edge of the Tonle Sap where you can see locals going about their day to day lives on and by the water.
Both seasons include dinner with a traditional Apsara dance show this evening. (B,L,D)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day. (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.
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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. 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 2018. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2018 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
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.
Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel is situated in District 1. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi....Read more
In the atmospheric area around Hoan Kiem Lake, the Muong Thanh offers stylish and comfortable accommodation in a great location. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and street food, the hotel has free Wi-Fi, a spa, bar and restaurant serving local dishes. Bright and spacious rooms come with city views, an en suite bathroom with bath or shower, plus air-conditioning, safe, television, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. ...Read more
Excellently located close to the Perfume River and Hue’s Imperial Citadel, the Mondial Hotel has 106 rooms and plenty of facilities. Make use of the swimming pool and three dining options before relaxing in the Lobby Lounge with a drink. Rooms offer city, pool or mountain views, have large, modern bathrooms with shower and/or bath and robe and slippers. ...Read more
In a residential area outside of town near to Dara market and Chao Anouvong Monument, The Chitchareune Muang Luang Hotel provides guests with comfortable en-suite rooms in a quiet location. All rooms are generously sized and feature a TV and telephone. Other amenities include a swimming pool, fantastic restaurant and massage treatments....Read more
This four-star hotel has a wealth of facilities including outdoor pool, tennis courts, a fitness centre and sauna. Well-located for the airport and just a three-minute stroll to the Mekong River, there is also a restaurant and bar and spacious and contemporary rooms with an en suite bathroom plus robe and slippers....Read more
Perfectly combining a French and Khmer aesthetic, the Lotus Blanc is a 10 minute tuk tuk ride from the lively heart of Siem Reap. Stately but chic, there is a large pool, fitness centre, spa, 3 bars and 3 restaurants serving a variety of local and international dishes. Rooms are expansive, bright and minimalist and boast a balcony, bathroom with rain shower, television, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, armchairs and air-conditioning. ...Read more
Just outside a hill tribe village and surrounded by mountains and paddy fields, this ecolodge offers a peaceful escape in the Vietnamese highlands. The modern rooms, painted soothing earthy colours, have fantastic views of the landscapes and have a balcony, seating area, bathroom with shower, minibar and Wi-Fi. There is a pool and spa, plus a restaurant with panoramic views that allows you to taste authentic tribal food as well as Vietnamese dishes, all with locally-sourced and grown ingredients. ...Read more
A replica paddle steamer that oozes a nostalgic charm of bygone Indochina, the Emeraude brings a timeless elegance to the waters of Halong Bay. With classical brass fixtures and warm, characterful cabins, the ship serves up fusion cuisine in its restaurant, a range of drinks at the bar and offers relaxation on the sun deck. There is also a spa, Tai Chi and cooking classes and Wi-Fi. Whilst some cabins have a private balcony, all have air-conditioning and an en suite bathroom with shower. ...Read more
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