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Inspiring Indochina

Duration 16 days

Destinations visited :
  • Cambodia
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  • Laos
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  • Vietnam
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Be inspired across Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos during this 16-day guided tour. Take in the spectacular sight of Siem Reap’s ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus,’ a theatre, music, dance, and acrobatics performance by the region’s youth — then after the show learn how it’s changed their lives. Explore Angkor Archaeological Park and watch the sun set over the ancient Angkor Wat. See the glittering skyscrapers of Ho Chi Minh from a speedboat. Travel to Ha Long Bay, through glistening emerald water as you step aboard a deluxe junk for a memorable overnight cruise. In Hue, enjoy a VIP visit to the Imperial Citadel; open just for you, you’ll have the royal court and its gardens all to yourself. Learn about Hanoi’s signature street food dishes during a guided tour, then indulge in a feast of crab spring rolls, beef noodle soup, and com cake. Ascend to the top of Mount Phousi in Luang Prabang for a panoramic view of the city below.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Arrive Siem Reap.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Transfer to your elegant hotel, which was once the home of royalty. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Stroll through the manicured hotel gardens, relax under the frangipani trees beside the magnificent architect-designed pool or perhaps enjoy a massage to ease your way into your holiday. At 19:00 meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travel companions for your Welcome Dinner.
Hotel: Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Siem Reap.
Meal: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

Angkor Wat in Style.
Hailed as one of the world’s most important religious monuments, Angkor Wat is yours to explore in VIP style. Guided by a renowned Khmer scholar from the Angkor Temple Conservation Institution, learn about Khmer history, culture, archaeology and civilisation as the stories contained in the bas-reliefs and murals are brought to life. Visit Angkor Thom, a perfectly-preserved walled city that served as the Capital of Cambodia from the 12th to the 16th century. At the time it was bigger than any European city. This evening, be dazzled at a youthful performance by the Phare Circus and see how local traditions blend with new creative genres to form a triumph of choreographed acrobatics, dance and storytelling.
Hotel: Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Siem Reap.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 3

Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City.
Fly in style to Vietnam for a journey of a lifetime. Join your Travelling Concierge for a night to remember at the Art Salon Saigon, where you will enjoy a Welcome Dinner set in a sophisticated atmosphere and accompanied by live music.
Hotel: InterContinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 4

Marvels of Saigon.
ee the best of Saigon as you travel from the city’s glittering skyscrapers to the green paddy fields scattered along the Saigon River. Your destination is the Củ Chi tunnels, which were dug in 1948 for guerrillas to hide from combatant forces during the Vietnam War. These extraordinary tunnels form part of a network of tunnels that cover most of the country. During your visit to these underground villages, meet a Viet Cong veteran who used to live here and find out how challenging the living conditions really were. Back in the city, embark on a leisurely walking exploration that reveals highlights including Notre Dame Cathedral and Gustave Eiffel’s Central Post Office. Over a cup of Vietnamese coffee, gain an appreciation for local street-side cafe culture.
Hotel: InterContinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 5

Cruise the Mekong Delta.
Cruise the Mekong Delta aboard a private charter. At your first stop see coconut production and processing, then enjoy a taste of the freshest juice possible. Further along, stop to see where locals still use centuries-old methods to make bricks at a small brick kiln. Next you’ll enjoy a ride on a tri-motorcycle along narrow village roads, arriving at a rice noodle factory to see the most popular breakfast in the region being produced. Continue your cruise to Mango Home for a tasty lunch of Mekong Delta specialties. Then walk along the shady village roads to the home of Mr. Sau Tuong, a former soldier who fought the deadly Khmer Rouge, known for orchestrating the Cambodian genocide. Learn how life in Vietnam has evolved for him and his wife since the 1960s and how they earn a living from making rice paper.
Hotel: InterContinental Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 6

Royal Refinement in Hue.
Marvel at vistas of lush countryside, as you fly to Hue for the next chapter of your journey. Enjoy a cycle ride through rice fields to Thanh Toan village and visit the Vietnamese Agriculture Museum for an insight into rice production. Then you will stroll along the canals, visit the vibrant local market and admire the ancient, arched, tile-roofed Thanh Toan Bridge, which was built in the 17th century. This evening, you will savour a delicious meal at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Pilgrimage Village, Hue.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 7

Highlights of Hue.
Rise early for a private VIP visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Imperial Citadel, before it opens to the public. Enjoy an escorted journey on a state-of-the-art electric cart, as a renowned local historian guides you through the towering main gates and shows you the majestic architecture and splendid gardens of the former royal court. Return to your hotel for breakfast, then visit the royal tomb of Minh Mang, the second Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Your exploration continues to the 18th Century Dong Thuyen Pagoda, where you can relax in the peaceful precinct and enjoy a delightful vegetarian lunch specially prepared by the Buddhist nuns. You’ll have the opportunity to speak with the nuns and gain a better understanding of their beliefs and food philosophies. After lunch you will meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts Academy at an ancient temple. Learn about the intricate training activities of the practitioners and attend a performance showcasing the different martial arts techniques. The evening is at your leisure, perhaps ask your Travelling Concierge to make restaurant reservations for you.
Hotel: Pilgrimage Village, Hue.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 8

Romantic Hoi An.
Enjoy a scenic drive over the spectacular Hai Van Mountain pass to reach Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your walking exploration of this ancient town, see the old merchant’s houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, Assembly Hall and the market where stalls are brimming with local specialities, including silk. Enjoy time at leisure to explore as you wish or ask your Travelling Concierge for local recommendations. Perhaps admire the spectacular sunset on a kayak trip along the poetic Thu Bon River, or board a local river boat to the Cua Dai Sea if you prefer a gentler pace? For a Your Choice Evening, take your pick of one of three hand-selected, local restaurants, each specialising in different cuisine from traditional to modern Vietnamese, or an east-meets-west fusion.
Hotel: Anantara Hoi An Resort.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 9

The locals in Hoi An.
Visit the beautiful Cam Thanh Village with its dense coconut jungles that were once a shelter for local people and soldiers during the Vietnam War. Today the village is an important supplier of seafood, vegetables and rice to the region. Step into a traditional bamboo-basket boat and glide across the water to the Thanh Dong village where you’ll learn from the villagers how they cultivate and harvest vegetables according to local customs. Continue your voyage through a peaceful water coconut forest to a riverside restaurant overlooking the rice fields. Enjoy traditional Vietnamese folk games and participate in a hands-on cooking class alongside a local chef. Savour your creations for your Highlight Lunch.
Hotel: Anantara Hoi An Resort.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch with Wine

DAY 10

Hanoi street-food tasting tour.
Board a morning flight to Hanoi, Vietnam’s glistening capital city known for colonial-style architecture, ancient temples and vibrant culture. Enjoy a ride aboard an electric cart to see the historic Opera House, avenues lined with French mansions, Sword Lake and the 18th century Jade Mountain Temple. Join a local foodie in the Old Quarter for an exploration of Hanoi’s robust street-food culture, that will delight all the senses. Learn what locals love to eat and taste the city’s very best dishes, including rice paper rolls, crab spring rolls, beef noodle soup, com cake and other delights. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax at your five-star hotel or ask your Travelling Concierge to recommend city-centre attractions nearby.
Hotel: Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 11

Cruise along Ha Long Bay.
Travel to Ha Long Bay, known as the bay with a thousand islands and glistening emerald water. Step aboard a deluxe junk for a memorable overnight cruise. Visit the mysterious Tien Ong Cave, where human bones dating back to 10,000 B. C. were discovered by archaeologists, and explore the Cua Van area. In the evening you’ll have the choice to participate in a hands-on cooking class with the on-board chef, or simply relax on the top deck as the sun gently dips beyond the horizon, before sitting down to dinner.
Hotel: Jasmine Cruise (Superior Cabin), Ha Long Bay.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

DAY 12

Ha Long to Hanoi.
Start the day with a session of Tai Chi on the upper deck, or enjoy an early morning swim, or perhaps venture to a white sandy beach and climb the hilltop for views over Halong Bay? Return to the boat for breakfast as you cruise to Ha Long City to disembark. On return to Hanoi, stop at Dao Thuc village to meet a traditional artisan puppet maker and enjoy a delightful water-puppet performance, hosted in a lotus pond and accompanied by a live orchestra. The evening is yours to spend at leisure in Hanoi.
Hotel: Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 13

The Temple of Literature.
Visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076 as the first university for the sons of mandarins. Meet a scholar who will share their insights into this famous institution. Learn about Hanoian culture and Vietnamese architecture before exploring the temple grounds. In the evening, join your travel companions and toast your travels during your Celebration Dinner.
Hotel: Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 14

Welcome to Laos.
Start the day with a flight to Luang Prabang, known as the centre of Lao culture and once the royal seat of the Lane Xang Kingdom. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sleepy town nestled in a mountain valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. On arrival at the airport, you’ll be welcomed and transferred to your hilltop luxury hotel, where there is free time to relax. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your beautiful resort.
Hotel: The Luang Say Residence, Luang Prabang.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 15

UNESCO Heritage Discovery and Sunset Cruise.
In the morning, you may wish to rise early and participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks, a living Buddhist tradition going back generations. Then watch as the town comes to life at the morning market. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, before walking to the top of Mount Phousi to admire spectacular views of the Mekong and Khan rivers and surrounding mountain ranges. Experience a delectable family-sharing style lunch at local restaurant, Khaiphaen, named after a popular Laotian snack that is unique to Luang Prabang. The restaurant focuses on vocational training with all profits re-invested in the trainees and their supporting social programs, enabling them to become skilled, productive professionals with a more secure future. During your free time, discover the secret alleyways and hidden gems as you explore Luang Prabang at will. Hear stories of the rural lifestyle of the local people as you travel to visit Wat Xiengthong. Known as the the Temple of the Golden City, it remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art for the locals. Your adventure culminates with a private sunset cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Witness the vibrancy of daily life along its banks and enjoy a cool drink as you toast your newfound friends.
Hotel: The Luang Say Residence, Luang Prabang.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 16

Depart Luang Prabang.
Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with private airport transfers timed to meet your onward flight. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
Meal: Breakfast

Exceptional Dining

  • Siem Reap: Join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner.
  • Ho Chi Minh: At the Art Salon Saigon, you will enjoy a Highlight Dinner set in a sophisticated atmosphere and accompanied by live music.
  • Ho Chi Minh: Learn about local street-side cafe culture and gain an appreciation as you enjoy a cup of Vietnamese coffee.
  • Mekong Delta: Enjoy freshly-made Mekong delta specialties for lunch.
  • Hue: Join your fellow travellers and sit down to a delicious meal, accompanied with wine, at a local restaurant.
  • Hue: Visit the 18th century Dong Thuyen Pagoda and dine on an organic vegetarian lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns. Chat to them and learn about their beliefs, practices and food philosophies.
  • Hoi An: For a Your Choice Evening, choose from one of three hand-selected restaurants, each specialising in different cuisine from traditional to modern Vietnamese, or an east-meets-west fusion.
  • Hoi An: Meet a local chef who will lead a hands-on cooking class and learn how to create some of the local specialities that you will enjoy for your Highlight Lunch.
  • Hanoi: Join a passionate foodie on a walking tour to some of the city’s most interesting areas and experience the vibrancy of Hanoi’s street-food culture. Taste local treats, such as rice paper rolls, pho bo which is beef noodle soup and com cake.
  • Luang Prabang: Join your fellow travellers at Khaiphaen for a family-sharing style lunch. This is a local vocational training restaurant that reinvests all profits back into the trainees and their supporting social programs, to assist them becoming skilled, productive professionals with a more secure future.
  • Dining Summary: 15 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW), 2 Dinners (D) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW).

Journey Highlights

  • Siem Reap: More than just a circus, the Phare Circus is transforming the lives of disadvantaged young Cambodian performers through theatre, music, dance and modern circus acts. See them in action, as they tell unique stories of Cambodia on a dazzling stage. After the show, meet one of the performers to hear how their lives have changed since joining the circus.
  • Siem Reap: Enjoy a short flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh city.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Experience the vibrancy of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, as you visit its most iconic attractions and learn about its street food and coffee culture.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Join a Viet Cong veteran to visit the underground Củ Chi tunnels and learn about their experience.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Enjoy a private Meekong River Cruise and learn about coconut processing.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Enjoy a ride on a tri-motorcycle through tropical surroundings and learn about how rice noodles are produced.
  • Hue: Enjoy a short flight from Ho Chi Minh to Hue.
  • Hue: Cycle through rice fields to Thanh Toan village, visit the local market and soak in the agricultural way of life.
  • Hue: Visit the Imperial tomb of Emperor Minh Mang.
  • Hoi An: Explore the traditional old town see the Japanese covered bridge, fruit and vegetable market and look out for the coloured lanterns.
  • Hoi An: Ride a traditional bamboo basket boat to Thanh Dong village and learn about the village’s traditional way of life.
  • Hanoi: Enjoy a short flight from Hoi An to Hanoi.
  • Hanoi: Ride an electric cart and see the main sights of Hanoi including the Opera House.
  • Halong Bay: Board your deluxe junk boat for an overnight cruise to experience this UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Halong Bay: Visit the spectacular Tien Ong cave and explore the Cua Van area.
  • Luang Prabang: Take a short flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang.
  • Luang Prabang: Participate in an age-old Buddhist tradition, by offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks.
  • Luang Prabang: Uncover the highlights and secret gems of Luang Prabang with your Local Expert during a walk through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the fusion of traditional architecture with the colonial styles of the 19th and 20th centuries, as you wander through the alleyways to witness local life. Also learn about the treasures and traditions of the area.
  • Luang Prabang: Take a walk to the top of Mount Phousi for the most spectacular views over the Meekong and Khan rivers.
  • Luang Prabang: Join a sunset cruise on the Mekong, observing rural life along the tree-lined banks of the river. Enjoy a chilled drink and take brilliant photos of the sunset over the river.
  • Luang Prabang: As the city is waking up, visit the bustling morning markets.

Luxury Hotels

  • Siem Reap: The five-star Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort places you minutes away from Angkor Wat, the National Museum and the city centre, while also offering an oasis of tranquility amidst a tropical garden. Cool off in the pool, enjoy the spa or play a round of golf.
  • Ho Chi Minh: One of Vietnam’s leading hotels, the five-star InterContinental Saigon is situated in the very heart of the city and is a short walk from famous landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Post Office. Enjoy your refined deluxe suite and a range of facilities, including elegant restaurants, a library and a spa.
  • Hue: Find balance and harmony at the peaceful Pilgrimage Village, situated among leafy trees and quiet countryside. Participate in meditation, yoga or tai chi classes or unwind in the steam bath.
  • Hoi An: Positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, the luxurious Anantara Hoi An Resort is situated moments away from the charming historic part of Hoi An. Take in the tranquil atmosphere from a sunbed overlooking the river, treat yourself to a massage at the spa or cool down in the swimming pool.
  • Hanoi: Voted the best boutique hotel in Asia, Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi embodies the glamour of a night at the opera. It is situated in the centre of Hanoi, within walking distance of the Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake, and offers sumptuous guest bedrooms, a spa and a selection of fine restaurants.
  • Halong Bay: The majestic Jasmine Cruise Halong Bay epitomises seafaring at its most stylish. Fitted out in the 1930s Indochina style, the Halong Jasmine features spacious cabins, restaurants, lounges and uninterrupted views of the emerald bay.
  • Luang Prabang: Designed with elegant colonial style, The Luang Say Residence is a five-star boutique hotel boasting lush, tropical gardens and offering stunning views of surrounding mountain ranges. Enjoy the refined luxuries of your Pioneer Suite, fine dining and the convenience of being able to walk to Luang Prabang’s main attractions.

VIP Experiences

  • Angkor Wat: Regarded as one of the world’s most important religious monuments, Angkor Wat is yours to explore alongside a renowned Khmer scholar from the Angkor Temple Conservation Institution. Wonder at the Angkor Temple and surrounding complex, see the Bayon temple, visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King and hear fascinating insights into the history of the Khmer Empire. As you explore Angkor Thom, imagine what life was like when Angkor was bigger than any European city.
  • Mekong Delta: Meet Mr. Sau Tuong, a former soldier who survived four years fighting the deadly Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, at his home and see how he and his wife earn a living making rice paper.
  • Hue: Enjoy a private VIP visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Imperial Citadel, before it opens to other travellers. Learn about its traditional architecture and history from a renowned historian.
  • Hue: Meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts Academy and learn what it takes to become a practitioner of this standard. See a performance showcasing different martial arts techniques.
  • Dao Thuc: Accompanied by a live orchestra, enjoy a water-puppet performance, set in a lotus pond. Meet the artisan who makes the puppets in his workshop and see how the Vietnamese have been bringing performances of this nature to life since the 10th century.
  • Hanoi: Meet a renowned scholar at the Temple of Literature and learn about Hanoian culture and Vietnamese architecture, before touring the temple grounds.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included flight to overnight cruise and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available, does not apply to Halong Bay Cruise).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates, when flights are included within the itinerary and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
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Inspiring Indochina

Be inspired across Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos during this 16-day guided tour. Take in the spectacular sight of Siem Reap’s ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus,’ a theatre, music, dance, and acrobatics performance by the region’s youth — then after the show learn how it’s changed their lives. Explore Angkor Archaeological Park and watch the sun set over the ancient Angkor Wat. See the glittering skyscrapers of Ho Chi Minh from a speedboat. Travel to Ha Long Bay, through glistening emerald water as you step aboard a deluxe junk for a memorable overnight cruise. In Hue, enjoy a VIP visit to the Imperial Citadel; open just for you, you’ll have the royal court and its gardens all to yourself. Learn about Hanoi’s signature street food dishes during a guided tour, then indulge in a feast of crab spring rolls, beef noodle soup, and com cake. Ascend to the top of Mount Phousi in Luang Prabang for a panoramic view of the city below.