Passage to Indochina - Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam Private Tour
18-Days from $4,059 including air
Until recently, Indochina had been virtually closed to Western visitors. Now you can explore this fascinating region, rich in ancient art and culture, and get a glimpse of Asia long forgotten elsewhere. Start off in bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), where noodle shops, motor scooters and people in conical farmers’ hats vie for space. Fly to Hue and Danang – the cultural heart of Vietnam. Take a boat cruise on Halong Bay, recently declared a World Heritage area, and see the French colonial architecture in Hanoi. Your next stop is Laos, where you visit the quaint city of Luang Prabang, take a cruise on the Mekong River and visit the capital, Vientiane. Cambodia, an ancient Kingdom, is where the fabulous Angkor Wat is located. Spend a few days here to better appreciate the wonders of this awesome 12th century temple complex, undoubtedly the highlight of your trip.
This is a Private Journey, which means that you will be travelling in a private, chauffeur-driven vehicle at all times - be it from the airport to the hotel or on longer drives. This allows you to stop where you like (e.g. for photo opportunities) or even sometimes vary your departure time. At each attraction you will have your own, exclusive guide so that you have a better appreciation of the place. While all your local arrangements are taken care of, you will not be bound to any rigid group schedule.
Detailed Itinerary, Trip Costs & Inclusions
|2018/19 Departures ||Silver||Gold|
|7/1 - 8/31/18||$4,169||$4,589|
|9/1 - 9/30/18||$4,059||$4,469|
|1/1 -3/31/19 ||$4,599||$5,099|
$75 surcharge for each Weekend (Fr - Su) transpacific flight
Two accommodation categories are offered. Gold hotels are better located, offer more amenities and have superior standards of service. A higher category of accommodations, Deluxe, is also available in Hanoi and Saigon at an additional surcharge
At the Temple of Bayon, Angkor Wat
Your Treasures of Indochina trip includes:
Airfare from Los Angeles, Portland OR, Seattle or San Francisco
Flights within Indochina, per the itinerary
2 Nights' accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
1 Night's accommodation in Hoi An
2 Nights' accommodation in Hue
1 Night's accom. in Haiphong (Halong Bay)
2 Nights' accom. in Hanoi
1 Night's accom. in Vientiane
3 Nights' accommodation in Luang Prabang
2 Night's accom. in Phnom Penh
3 Nights' accommodation in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
All touring in Indochina with a private guide / chauffeur
Airport-hotel transfers throughout
|Day 1 |
Fly from Los Angeles, Seattle or San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean to Vietnam
Arrive late this afternoon in Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon. Your accommodations will be at the Omni Hotel (Gold Category) or at the Prince Hotel (Silver Category).
Visit Tien Hau Pagoda, the former Presidential Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral before flying to Hue, the previous royal capital with its Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden City, reserved for the Emperor.
A morning boat trip on the Perfume River takes you to the lovely Thien Mu Pagoda and on to the imposing Minh Mang Tomb. Visit the Tu Duc Tomb and pass by local villages on the way back.
Enjoy a scenic 4-hour drive along the coastal road to Danang, passing spectacular mountain scenery, idyllic beaches and quaint villages on the way. Visit the temples on Marble Mountain and the historic trading town of Hoi An.
Fly from Danang to Hanoi and continue by road to Haiphong, North Vietnam's largest seaport and gateway to Halong Bay.
Take an extended cruise on the spectacular Halong Bay, which has more than 1,000 limestone pinnacles rising from the sea, many with an intricate system of caves and grottos. The area is so pretty that it was declared to be a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Drive back to Hanoi later today. Your accommodations at Hanoi will be at the Nikko Hotel (Gold Category) or at the Fortuna Hotel (Silver Category).
Discover some of the sights of Hanoi this morning, including the One-Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. This evening you will be treated to a water puppet show.
Fly from Hanoi to Vientiane, Laos arriving around noon. After a brief rest visit the temples of Wat Sisaket, Wat Hopha Keo and That Luang.
Early this morning fly to Luang Prabang, the former residence of the royal family. Sightseeing will include the beautiful temples of Wat Visun, Wat Prabat and Wat Xieng Thong.
Travel by boat upstream on the Mekong River for about 2 hours until you reach the famous Pak Ou caves containing thousands of Buddha images. Enjoy lunch in the jungle before returning to Luang Prabang.
An excursion to the picturesque Kuang Si waterfalls and the K'hmu village is your program for today.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap in Cambodia. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Siem Reap is the gateway to the fabulous Khmer temples now standing in ruin in the jungles of Angkor. Spend the day exploring the impressive 12th century monuments of Angkor Wat and the former royal city of Angkor Thom.
Explore more of the Angkor conservation area today, with visits to the temples of Ta Phrom, Ta Keo and more.
Flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, visit the Silver pagoda and impressive Royal Palace.
After breakfast join an excursion to the famous ‘Killing Fields’. After this solemn excursion, return to your hotel in Phnom Penh.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the US, with a stop enroute.
Lamps for sale in handicrafts store
Mobile flower vendor, Hanoi
Angkor temple ruins, Siem Reap
Optional Extensions (for instance, in Bangkok or elsewhere in Thailand or a nearby destination) may be arranged of course; please contact us for suggestions and quotes.