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Jewels of Indochina

Timeless backstreets, ancient pagodas and home-cooked delicacies in Vietnam. Artisan workshops, temple cities and royal buildings in Cambodia. Centuries-old monasteries, morning markets and fragrant frangipani in Laos. Uncover this trio of exotic countries.

What's included

  • Scheduled and internal flights
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 12 nights’ hotel and boat accommodation with breakfast plus 8 lunches and 3 dinners and 2 nights in flight
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guides
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Tour of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon (half day)
  • Journey into the vast Mekong Delta and cruise its waterways (full day)
  • Explore Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, and visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the former S21 Prison (half day)
  • The famous temples and lesser known gems of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Complex (two days)
  • Cruise the great Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages (half day)
  • Tour Luang Prabang, a UNESCO-listed town, and climb the 328 steps to see the views from the top of Phousi Mountain (half day)
  • Cruise Halong Bay, dine in a candlelit cave and then spend the night on board your luxurious boat
  • Early morning Tai Chi on board your boat
  • Visit the fascinating Vietnamese capital Hanoi City (half day)

Optional excursions

  • Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, known for their role in the Vietnam War (half day)
  • The idyllic Kuang Si Waterfalls (half day)
  • See a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet show
Your Far East adventure begins today as you depart on your scheduled flight to Vietnam via Singapore.
Your plane gets in to Ho Chi Minh City this morning. Perhaps better known to most as Saigon, the city was renamed in honour of Vietnam’s former leader. Almost dizzying in its contrasts, HCMC, as it’s often called, is an enticing blend of traditional and modern, east and west. Just walking a few minutes along one street will take you past busy ancient markets, quaint pagodas and French colonial mansions. During the afternoon, you’ll enjoy an included tour of the city, visiting sights such as the Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum and the shopping street of Dong Khoi, known as Rue Catinat during the days of French rule. Then discover downtown Ho Chi Minh City on a short walking tour which takes you past Notre Dame Cathedral, the imposing Central Post Office and the Opera House. You’ll stay in Ho Chi Minh City for two nights.
Today you will take a fabulous journey into the Mekong Delta. The River Mekong descends for 3,000 miles from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea, and is constantly busy with sampans, barges and houseboats. You will drive first to Cai Be, on the River Mekong, where you will board a boat to cross the wide river, and then cruise along narrow inlets and canals for a lunch stop. Visits will be made to local workshops along the way. Very little has changed over the centuries in this part of Vietnam, and everything and everybody has to travel by boat.
After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, you’ll have a few hours free this morning to do a little sightseeing before heading to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where you will stay overnight. Alternatively, you could use your time before the flight to join an optional excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, dug into the ground by the Việt Cộng as part of the battles against both the French and the Americans. This evening, you’ll enjoy an included dinner.
A guided tour of Phnom Penh this morning will introduce you to some of the city’s main sights and give you an overview of its history, which at times has been turbulent and tragic. You’ll see the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, as well as visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This afternoon, you’ll fly to Siem Reap, for a three-night stay, ready to visit Cambodia’s main attraction – Angkor Wat.
The majestic towers and intricate bas reliefs of the sprawling Angkor complex are a sight to behold, and today you’ll embark on a comprehensive exploration, starting at the most famous temple, Angkor Wat, and then continuing at the walled city of Angkor Thom. There’s a magical end to the day planned, as you climb to the top of the Pre Rup temple in order to watch the sun set over the jungle.
Discover some of the Angkor complex’s lesser-known gems today, visiting Ta Keo, Chan Sey Tevoda, Thommanon, Preah Kahm and Preah Neak Pean. You’ll also visit Ta Phrom, beautifully overgrown by jungle. The sight of giant trees growing through the walls of the temple buildings is quite incredible, and makes for a truly atmospheric experience.
After breakfast this morning, you’ll travel to Tonle Sap Lake, where you’ll board a boat for a tour of the floating villages. You’ll return to Siem Reap for lunch, before flying to Luang Prabang in neighbouring Laos in the afternoon, where a two-night stay has been arranged.

This evening, why not start your explorations of Luang Prabang with a visit to the evening market, where a kilometre-long stretch of road is closed to traffic and turned into a shopping street.
With its idyllic mountain setting, mystical Luang Prabang has been proclaimed the best-preserved city in South East Asia. A guided sightseeing tour offers the best introduction, giving you a taste of the morning market, the wonderful architecture of Wat Xien Thong and gilded facade of Wat Mai, the National Museum and the former Royal Palace. A must for any visit to Luang Prabang is the climb up the 328 steps to the top of Phousi Mountain – it’s said that those who don’t take the steps have not really visited the city! The views from the top are quite remarkable, and you’ll return via the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre for an insight into the history of northern Laos.
Whether you choose to relax, explore Luang Prabang further, or join the optional excursion to the Kuang Si Waterfalls this morning, you can be sure that you will see many wonderful things. The Kuang Si Waterfalls are truly idyllic. Fly to Hanoi this evening, where you’ll stay overnight.
Following breakfast, you’ll journey to Halong Bay, where you’ll board the luxurious Bhaya Classic and enjoy a cruise amidst the stunning limestone karsts that punctuate the waters of the bay, carved over millions of years by the action of the wind and sea. You’ll also visit a floating village and take a short ride on a rowing boat as you view the breathtaking scenery of huge rock formations. Later, you might want to go kayaking or swimming. Next comes one of the highlights of your tour – dinner this evening is served in a cave. The scenery and atmosphere are quite enchanting as you pass through the cave’s mouth and along the candle-lit pathway. The delicious food and your unique surroundings will certainly make this a meal to remember. You’ll spend tonight on board the boat in Halong Bay.
There can be no more relaxing way to start the day than with a spot of tai chi before breakfast on board your boat. After breakfast, you’ll head back to Hanoi, arriving in the afternoon. Why not visit the old quarter which has to be the best way to see this historic part Hanoi.
This morning we begin our exploration of this fascinating city with a tour of the main sites. A visit will be made to the Ho Chi Minh Quarter. Begin at Ba Dinh Square where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state. You’ll also see the imposing Presidential Palace and the house on stilts where Uncle Ho lived and worked. Finish your tour with a stop at the adjacent One Pillar Pagoda, one of the symbols of Hanoi and the nearby Quan Thanh Temple. Following is a visit to the Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. This afternoon will be at leisure. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant. And you’ll also have the chance to join our optional Water Puppets Show this evening.
Your explorations of Indochina come to a close today as you head to the airport for the return flight to the UK via Singapore.
Arrive in the UK.

Please note: This holiday includes walking in areas of rough ground, gradients and steps.

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Hanoi - Water Puppet Show

Hanoi - Water Puppet Show

from £25

Water puppetry (Mua Roi Nuoc) is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in this region devised a form of entertainment using what natural substances they could find. In ancient times, after the harvest the ponds and rice paddies were the stage for these impromptu shows. Today Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.

The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered; they often weigh up to 15kg. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally hidden behind a screen, to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water. When the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play.

The theme of the shows are rural and have strong reference to Vietnamese folklore. They tell of day-to-day living in rural Vietnam, stories of the harvest, fishing and festivals.

Unmissable – Minimal walking – approx 45 mins 1 hour show

Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels

Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels

from £28

This tour will take you out of the city centre to the Cu Chi regions, where you will visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defence against the French, and later expanded during the American war. It was from here that the North Vietnamese waged their guerrilla warfare and you will marvel at their ingenuity and resilience. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The more adventurous may explore the deeper second, and even third level tunnels. For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above. Your guide will advise you of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering - some are easily accessed by stairs. We recommend good walking shoes and sun protection for this tour and advise you may get a little dirty!

Half day - Moderate walking - Historical Interest

Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls

Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls

from £44

Kuang Si Waterfalls are truly spectacular and the biggest in Luang Prabang, situated approx. 29km south of Luang Prabang in Laos. At the falls, crystal water cascades into idyllic turquoise pools. Bring a bathing suit if you would like to swim! Please note that from February to May the Waterfall has less water.

Must see - Minimal walking - Half day

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The 4-star Xieng Thong Palace is situated in the centre of Luang Prabang, surrounded by golden Buddhist temples.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar and a spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
The 4-star Sunway Hotel is located close to a host of Hanoi's attractions including its Old Quarter.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, lounge, coffee shop, health club and sauna. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, coffee/tea-maker, safe and hairdryer.
The 5-star Bhaya Classic cruise ship is a charming vessel built in Oriental style and incorporating many aspects of comfort and luxury

Facilities on board include a restaurant, sundeck, cocktail bar, massage and spa area. Cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning, a picture window, hand-crafted hardwood furniture, hairdryer and mini-bar.
The 4-star Sunway Hotel is located close to a host of Hanoi's attractions including its Old Quarter.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, lounge, coffee shop, health club and sauna. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, coffee/tea-maker, safe and hairdryer.

Paragon Saigon Hotel - Saigon

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Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days and the price shown is inclusive of the main tour:

Jewels of Indochina with Hoi-An Add On

18 days from £3,248

Oct 2015 - Nov 2015 Departures
At the end of your holiday, why not enjoy three nights in the charming seaport of Hoi An. After a Hanoi City tour on day 14 of your main itinerary, you will fly from Hanoi to Danang. You?ll stay at Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort, a lovely hotel which boasts a swimming pool, several bars and a restaurant serving international or local Vietnamese cuisine. You?ll have plenty of time to relax by the pool or on the beach, or you could head out and explore. Hoi An is an intriguing town with impressive architecture, an Old Town and plenty of restaurants, pubs and shops. A Tour Manager will not accompany you on this add-on.
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Jewels of Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam with Hoi-An Add On

18 days from £2,498

Feb 2016 - May 2017 Departures
At the end of your holiday, why not enjoy three nights in the charming seaport of Hoi An. After a Hanoi City tour on day 14 of your main itinerary, you will fly from Hanoi to Danang. You?ll stay at Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort, a lovely hotel which boasts a swimming pool, several bars and a restaurant serving international or local Vietnamese cuisine. You?ll have plenty of time to relax by the pool or on the beach, or you could head out and explore. Hoi An is an intriguing town with impressive architecture, an Old Town and plenty of restaurants, pubs and shops. A Tour Manager will not accompany you on this add-on.
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