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Into the Heart of Indochina

South East Asia

from £3,499 per person
2 passengers 17 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £155 if not required
  • VIP travel service VIP door to door

Discover the heartlands of Indochina

Immerse yourself in the culture of the neighbouring yet contrasting countries of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on this fascinating new tour of Indochina. Journey from hectic cities to floating villages, cruise serene Ha Long Bay and visit the awesome ancient temples of Angkor by tuk tuk for a flavour of life, past and present, in South East Asia

Including...

14 nights in hotels, 1 on a Ha Long junk and 2 in flight

29 meals: 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Dinner cruise on Saigon River
  • Cruise on the Mekong, horse and cart ride to villages and boat trip with lunch
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour
  • Walking tour of Hoi An
  • Visit to Tra Que vegetable commune
  • Cruise and overnight stay on a junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Hanoi city tour
  • Luang Prabang city tour
  • Visit to Pak Ou pilgrimage caves
  • Kuangsi Waterfalls visit
  • Visit to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
  • Cambodian Circus performance
  • Breakfast with a Cambodian family
  • Cruise on Tonle Sap lake
Luang Prabang
The former Royal capital of Laos, Luang Prabang is still considered the cultural heart and spiritual centre of this country, although Vientiane has been the official capital since 1545. Set in a ring of mountains Luang Prabang is UNESCO-listed. In addition to the attractions of the natural beauty there are a staggering 33 temples to discover here, including the temple-monastery complexes. See the beautifully decorated Buddhist temple, Wat Xieng Thong, while Wat Mai next door to the Royal Palace, is home to the small gilded statue of Buddha, Phra Bang, the emblem of Laos and thought to protect the town.

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Day 1 UK-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport depart for your overnight flight to Vietnam.


Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel, a journey of around 40 minutes.

Stay three nights at the modern, locally rated 4-star Pullman Saigon Centre, with breakfasts included. The hotel, which is not far from Ben Thanh market, has a rooftop restaurant and bar, a fitness centre, spa with pool (treatments at extra charge) and an outdoor pool. All 306 air-conditioned rooms have a television, safe and minibar (extra charge). Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout. Enjoy a welcome drink.

Dinner is at a local restaurant tonight. B, D


Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City

Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City

Join a half-day walking tour of Vietnam's largest city – formerly known as Saigon. Part of Cambodia until the 17th century, it was acquired by Vietnam, and later colonised by the French whose influence can still be seen. After the division in 1954 into Communist North Vietnam and the pro-American South Vietnam, US troops were sent in to fight a futile and bloody war lasting 21 years. The city was taken by the Vietnamese People's Army on April 30, and renamed Ho Chi Minh in honour of their communist revolutionary leader.

Today it is a diverting cocktail of architectural influences: see key sights including elegant French-colonial buildings, the Opera House, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame cathedral and the old post office. You’ll have the chance to visit the War Remnants Museum – although the graphic images of suffering can be harrowing.

The afternoon is at leisure and tonight you can look forward to an included dinner cruise on the Saigon River. B. D


Day 4 Mekong Delta

A Mekong Delta trader

An included full-day trip today reveals the Mekong Delta, around one hour’s drive away.

On arrival board a boat and tour the fish markets and Dragon Island where you can taste the local fruit and hear traditional music.

Back on dry land take a ride in a horse and cart through villages and orchards to see rural life. A rowing boat will then take you along palm-lined creeks to an islet where you’ll pause for lunch, returning to Ho Chi Minh City and your hotel later this afternoon. B, L


Day 5 Cu Chi Tunnels-Ho Chi Minh City-Danang-Hoi An

Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam

Rise early for a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels, the secret underground tunnel network from where the Communist resistance famously launched their guerilla warfare against the US Army during the Vietnam War. Soldiers and civilians inhabited the complex of over 250 kilometres of tunnels, which included kitchens, field hospitals, weapon factories, booby traps and escape routes. A tour of the tunnels themselves involves bending and even crawling so it's advisable to wear old clothes.

If you don't wish to enter the tunnels, there are external exhibits to view.

Return to Ho Chi Minh airport and fly to Danang in central Vietnam. Transfer to Hoi An, a picturesque former port on the coast.

Stay for three nights at the locally rated 4-star Hoi An Historic Hotel, with breakfasts included. Despite it’s name this is a modern hotel, a short walk from Hoi An’s famous, UNESCO-listed Ancient Town. The accommodation is arranged in low rise blocks in attractive gardens, where there is also a large swimming pool and terrace. Facilities include a European-style brasserie, an Indochinese restaurant and an alfresco style bar which serves Italian food. There is also a spa (extra charge), fitness centre, a tennis court and complimentary shuttle bus to Cua Dai Beach around four kilometres away. All 150 guest rooms have air conditioning, a television, minibar and electric kettle. and safe. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at the hotel’s business centre. B, L


Day 6 Hoi An

Hoi An

Enjoy the morning at leisure – perhaps have a dip in the inviting pool or join in the Tai Chi session. Once a major trading post from the 15th-19th centuries, the silting up of Hoi An’s port can be thanked for its wonderful preserved old town and provincial ambience. An eclectic mix of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese architecture encompassing merchant houses, tea warehouses and temples have earned it a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

A guided half-day walking tour will reveal the highlights including the covered Japanese Bridge, which links the Japanese and Chinese communities. The yellow and green roof tiles are designed to look like moving water! B


Day 7 Hoi An

Tra Que

This morning you’ll visit the Tra Que village, a 500-year-old vegetable-growing commune, home to over 130 families who pride themselves on their orderly and artistic work. Their organic plots are enriched by seaweed from the local De Vong river. You might like to lend a hand to the farmers tending their fields. 

Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure or to go exploring the town independently.

Perhaps visit a traditional tea house. B


Day 8 Danang-Hanoi

Hanoi’s bustling streets

Travel to Danang and fly to Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.

Transfer to the locally rated 5-star Meliá Hanoi Hotel where you will stay overnight. This modern, centrally located hotel has a buffet-style restaurant serving international food, a Vietnamese restaurant, a deli-style bakery  and a lounge bar. Facilities include an outdoor pool, spa (treatments at extra charge), fitness centre and a casino. There is free Wi-Fi throughout. All 306 air-conditioned rooms have a television, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, a hairdryer, safe, bathrobes and slippers. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Hanoi. B, L


Day 9 Hanoi-Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

Today is sure to be a highlight of your holiday. After a long but scenic drive (around four hours) you’ll arrive in Ha Long City and board a traditional-style junk boat for an overnight cruise on lovely Ha Long Bay. Look forward to a buffet lunch and dinner, including sparkling fresh seafood, on board.

During your leisurely cruise you might like to go snorkelling or swimming from the boat or try your hand at other activities such as exploring caves, cooking classes and even squid fishing (subject to weather conditions). B, L, D


Day 10 Ha Long Bay-Hanoi

Tai Chi in Ha Long Bay

Wake early and join a Tai Chi session on the sun deck as the sun rises over the bay. Afterwards, visit a floating village. Return to the boat for brunch on board, then disembark for the drive back to Hanoi and the Meliá Hanoi Hotel. Dinner is at a local restaurant. B, D


Day 11 Hanoi-Luang Prabang, Laos

Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang

Enjoy a morning tour of the ancient city of Hanoi, formerly known as Saigon.

See key sights including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh read his declaration of independence speech in 1945. Also see the restored One Pillar Pagoda built in 1049 but unceremoniously destroyed during France’s withdrawal in 1954. Another highlight is a visit to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, which was constructed in 1070 – its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Relax in the city oasis of park around picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake with free time to buy and eat lunch.

Later, transfer to the airport and fly to Luang Prabang in northern Laos.

Take the short transfer to the locally rated 4-star Santi Resort & Spa where you’ll stay for three nights with breakfasts included. The hotel is set in lush gardens threaded with natural streams. Facilities include an outdoor pool, gym, tennis court and a spa (treatments at extra charge). Enjoy local and Western-style food in the restaurant where there is also a nightly cultural show. There’s also a cafe, and pool and lobby terrace bars. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. All 67 rooms have a balcony with mountain views, satellite television and a minibar. B, D


Day 12 Luang Prabang

Pak Ou caves

Discover the highlights of this former royal capital of Laos, set at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. See the ornate Royal Palace built in 1904 for King Sisavang Vong as a greeting place for visitors arriving by river. Visit the highly decorative Wat Xieng Thong temple with its golden gates, ornaments and colourful murals. Admire the impressive red and gold facade of the Thai-style Wat Sensoukarahm before lunch at the popular Silk Road Cafe.

Afterwards, cruise upstream to the Pak Ou Caves, a place of pilgrimage over hundreds of centuries. Those who achieved the challenge of travelling upriver and climbing 15 metres up the cliffs to the caves – left behind a figure of Buddha, and many thousands can be seen here. B, L


Day 13 Luang Prabang

Turquoise water of Kuang Si waterfall, Luang Prabang

A veritable paradise awaits discovery on an included half-day visit to Kuang Si Waterfalls, a series of aquamarine pools fed by gentle cascades in the tropical jungle and dense woodland. Enjoy some free time to explore or swim in the pools.

On your walk up to the falls, visit the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre for Asiatic black bears. Also known as moon bears for the white crescent on their chests, they are endangered owing to deforestation and illegal poaching. You can watch rescued bears at play in a charity-funded forested enclosure.

Return to Luang Prabang for an afternoon at leisure. B, L


Day 14 Luang Prabang-Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap.

Take the short transfer to the locally rated 4-star Lotus Blanc Resort, set in gardens, for a three-night stay. This elegant hotel, just a ten-minute drive from Siem Reap’s Old Market, has a buffet restaurant serving international and Khmer dishes and another a la carte restaurant, a lobby lounge bar with live music some evenings, a spa and wellness centre and outdoor swimming pool. All 61 rooms have air conditioning, television, minibar, hairdryer, kettle and toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Enjoy dinner here tonight. B, D


Day 15 Siem Reap

Angkor Thom

Venture into the Cambodian jungle to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor by tuk tuk. Explore 12th-century Angkor Wat temple, which is featured on the Cambodian flag, where carvings and bas-reliefs depict Hindu mythology and wars fought by Suryavarman II. Then visit the temples of the Small Circuit, including Ta Prohm temple which remains largely as it found, overgrown by the jungle and crumbling.

Later, explore what was the last capital of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom, discovering its 54-towered Bayon Temple, each of which represents a province of the Great Khmer Empire.

This evening, watch a celebration of Khmer culture by the Cambodian Circus, Phare Ponleu Selpak, which combines traditional and modern theatre, music, dance and acrobatics. B, L


Day 16 Siem Reap

Tonle Sap lake

Enjoy breakfast with a local family and learn about Cambodian culture from them. Later, visit Tonle Sap Lake, for a cruise on what is also known as ‘The Great Lake’. This UNESCO biosphere supports up to one million people, hundreds of varieties of water birds and fish, along with crocodiles, turtles and macaques.

Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure and a farewell dinner tonight. B, D


Day 17 Siem Reap

Siem Reap

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK. B


Day 18 UK

Arrive in the UK for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.


Into the Heart of Indochina

South East Asia

from £3,499 per person
2 passengers
17 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £155 if not required
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South East Asia

from £3,499 per person
2 passengers
17 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £155 if not required