Grand Tour of Indochina

Embark on a wide-ranging tour that immerses you in all the tradition, scenery, and astonishing sights of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Stand astounded by the intricacies of Angkor, the majesty of Halong Bay and the tranquillity of Luang Prabang, and all that’s in between on this one remarkable trip.

Places Visited

SA (1N) - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (3N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Sapa (1N) - Overnight train (2N) - Luang Prabang (3N) - Vang Vieng (2N) - Vientiane (1N) - Phnom Penh (2N) - Siem Reap (3N) - SA (1N)

tour duration 28 Days from
tour price On Request
tour grade Moderate
tour type Group Tour
tour style Classic
Fully inclusive
Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam's most evocative city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3 Discover Saigon
The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world, but it is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace; and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish at Cholon and the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 4 Mekong Delta
Pop down to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the 'Rice Basket of Vietnam' – paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Return to Saigon.
Day 5 Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh
Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before travelling to Tay Ninh to attend the noon service at the Cao Dai Temple. Return to Saigon.
Days 6-7 Explore Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, with a stop at the Marble Mountains en route. The next morning take a walking tour visiting the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a local pagoda and the bustling market.
Days 8-9 Imperial Citadel, Hue
Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day take a cyclo ride up to the imposing Imperial Citadel before seeing Thien Mu Pagoda and cruising the Perfume River.
Day 10 Hanoi
Hanoi brings all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet refined city. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature before strolling the Old Quarter's atmospheric streets. Later, board an overnight train to Sapa.
Days 11-12 Sapa Countryside
Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces exploring colourful markets, minority villages and tribal architecture. Board the overnight train back to Hanoi.
Day 13 Hanoi Water Puppets
On arrival back in Hanoi, browse the exhibits of the Ethnology Museum. This evening enjoy a performance of the famous water puppets.
Days 14-15 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Spend two days aboard a traditionallydesigned junk cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi.
Day 16 Fly to Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang. This afternoon is free for your own exploration. Ascend Phousi Hill for delightful views.
Day 17 Takbat
Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat visit Wat Xieng Thong and take to the waters of the Mekong to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of miniature Buddhist sculptures that reside within.
Day 18 Kuang Si Waterfalls
This morning visit Wat Sene and the National Museum. Marvel at the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls before returning to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre.
Day 19 Journey to Vang Vieng
Visit the lively local market at Phouk Houn.
Day 20 Explore Vang Vieng
Venture into the Tham Chang and Tham Loup Caves before wandering through dramatic countryside beside the Nam Song River.
Day 21 Discover Vientiane
Continue south to Vientiane. Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is more a friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument.
Day 22 Fly to Phnom Penh
Fly to Phnom Penh. A city of airy boulevards and colonial villas, Phnom Penh has been engulfed by energy and optimism making it a pleasurable place to be. Today's visits include the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Later on admire the artifacts of the lovely National Museum.
Day 23 Explore Phnom Penh
Visit the children of the Apsara Arts Association and the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum.
Day 24 Fly to Siem Reap
Ascend to the hilltop Wat Phnom before transferring to the airport to fly to Siem Reap. Visit the captivating Banteay Srei – a richly-embellished rose-coloured sandstone temple, before watching the sunset from the summit of Pre Rup.
Day 25 Explore Angkor
The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Begin at Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle, continuing to Angkor Thom and passing through the South Gate to reach the enigmatic Bayon, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat.
Day 26 Tonle Sap
Spend the morning experiencing life on the water in the floating village of Kompong Kleang. From here continue to Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple completely overrun by jungle. On the way back to Siem Reap, visit Les Artisans D'Angkor.
Days 27-28 Fly to SA
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to South Africa, arriving home the following day.

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Lan Lan 1 Hotel
Lan Lan 1 Hotel - Saigon, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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Mercure Hotel
Mercure Hotel - Hoi An, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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Situated minutes away from Thu Bon River and the local markets, Mercure Hotel offers guest’s modern en-suite rooms fitted with amenities including cable TV, a safety deposit box and tea/coffee making facilities. Other superb hotel features include a complimentary bicycle rental service and restaurant serving delicious Asian and European dishes.

Mondial Hotel
Mondial Hotel - Hue, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A 5-minute walk from Ho Chi Minh Museum and Dong Ba Market, Mondial Hotel features a swimming pool, three dining options and lobby bar lounge. Free in-room Wi-Fi is also available. The hotel provides guests with air-conditioned en-suite rooms offering city, pool or mountain views, each equipped with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.

Demantoid 2 Hotel
Demantoid 2 Hotel - Hanoi, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A short distance from Dong Xuan Market and the Weekend night market, Demantoid 2 Hotel in Hanoi offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour front desk. Guests can enjoy views of the city or Hong River in the en-suite rooms, which are fitted with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a microwave and a personal safe. Sky View Restaurant-Bar is located on the 13th floor and serves tasty Asian and Western flavours.

Chau Long Hotel – New Wing
Chau Long Hotel – New Wing - Sapa, Laos (1 Nights)
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Chitchareune Muang Luang Hotel
Chitchareune Muang Luang Hotel - Luang Prabang, Laos (3 Nights)
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The Silver Naga
The Silver Naga - Vang Vieng, Laos (2 Nights)
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Ideally situated on the river bank in the heart of town, The Silver Naga Hotel welcomes guests to experience magnificent mountain views and warm hospitality. Each en-suite room features air conditioning, a TV and minibar. Other facilities and services offered at the hotel include an outdoor pool, restaurant, currency exchange and laundry.

Vientiane Plaza Hotel
Vientiane Plaza Hotel - Vientiane, Laos (1 Nights)
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Located in the centre of Vientiane, 4* Vientiane Plaza Hotel is an ideal location for international travellers, offering luxurious en-suite rooms. The hotel’s gourmet restaurant serves customers with a variety of choices from tasty Laotian and Vietnamese traditional flavours. Customers can also enjoy the hotel’s entertainment services including a fitness centre, tennis court, massage and spa centre.

Ohana Hotel
Ohana Hotel - Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2 Nights)
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A stylish hotel located in the heart of Phnom Penh, Ohana Hotel offers 70 rooms tastefully decorated with art deco and traditional Khmer furnishings. All rooms are en-suite, air conditioned, have satellite television, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Swim in the secluded swimming pool or dine in the poolside bar or roof top restaurant featuring local cuisine.

Angkor Holiday Hotel
Angkor Holiday Hotel - Siem Reap, Cambodia (3 Nights)
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This small hotel features air conditioned rooms with flat screen satellite television, en-suite facilities, safety deposit box and complimentary bathrobes. There is also a spa with sauna, an outdoor pool with a hot tub, and an onsite restaurant offering international cuisine. Room service is available and there is also an onsite bar.

A visa is not required for visitors to Vietnam if your stay is less than 16 days. If your stay is for longer than 16 days then a visa is required by all nationalities and a single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), 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 good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. 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.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) 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 for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

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, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suited for customers who have an extensive amount of time to explore Indochina and wish to take in the most famous and iconic sights in depth. This tour also incorporates two overnight train journeys and an overnight stay on Halong Bay.


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