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Highlights of Indochina

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Day 1 - Luang Prabang
Arrive in the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang.

Overnight: La Residence Phou Vao.

Days 2 - 3 - Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is famous for the early morning ritual of 'alms giving', where you can witness processions of monks collecting daily offerings from local residents. Architectural highlights include the former Royal Palace and beautiful temples such as Wat Xieng Thong, with an E-bike tour giving you the freedom to roam. Markets are vibrant social events and fascinating insights in to local lives. Mount Phousi provides panoramic views of the town whilst the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre explains the social landscape.

Overnight: La Residence Phou Vao.

Day 4 - Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap and begin exploring the temples this afternoon. The impressive Preah Khan is the sister temple to Ta Prohm and a great place to start before inspecting the petite yet elaborate fountains of Neak Poan. The royal crematorium at Pre Rup offers great views at sunset.

Overnight: La Residence d'Angkor.

Days 5 - 6 - Siem Reap
Your time will be carefully planned to avoid the crowds where possible whilst capturing key images in their best light. Experience Ta Prohm at dawn, climbing through the tree roots which are reclaiming a beautiful temple, made famous by the film Tomb Raider. The elaborate carvings on Banteay Srei are so fine that it is assumed to have been made by women rather than men! Greater context is added with a visit to the excellent Landmine Museum and a cruise through medieval floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake. Discover the blueprint for Angkor Wat as the vast Beng Melea lies engulfed in the voracious forest. Lasting memories will include a dramatic sunrise over the majestic Angkor Wat and the 216 enigmatic faces of the Bayon, which overlook the immense walled city of Angkor Thom.

Overnight: La Residence d'Angkor.

Day 7 - Hanoi
Fly to the atmospheric capital of Vietnam, Hanoi.

Overnight: Sofitel Metropole.

Day 8 - Hanoi
Images of Ho Chi Minh ('Uncle Ho') are everywhere and a visit to his imposing mausoleum is always fascinating, but especially evocative at sunrise for the pomp and ceremony of the flag raising ceremony. The picturesque Temple of Literature was the country's first university and now only teaches the philosophies of Confucianism. A traditional cyclo tour is the best way to explore the colourful narrow streets of the Old Quarter and this is the best place to take in a water puppet show, dating back over 1000 years.

Overnight: Sofitel Metropole.

Days 9 - 10 - Traditional Junk Cruise
Enjoy three days and two nights cruising through the incredible limestone karsts of Halong Bay. Explore caves, swim in the warm waters of a peaceful bay and appreciate the views as your traditional junk glides between the islands.

Overnight: Paradise Peak.

Day 11 - Danang
Fly to Danang and transfer to your beach hotel.

Overnight: Nam Hai.

Days 12 - 14 - Hoi An
The historic town of Hoi An, protected by UNESCO, is close by and offers a charming combination of architecture, café culture and great shopping. The rest of your time can be enjoyed simply relaxing in your luxurious villa, lapping one of the stunning infinity pools or being pampered in the fantastic spa.

Overnight: Nam Hai.

Day 15 - Depart
Transfer to Danang for your journey home.

 

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From £4,451 / $7,033 per person for land arrangements only, based on two people sharing a room.

All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is an example only. Please contact our Southeast Asia specialist, Melissa Matthews, for your own tailor-made holiday in Southeast Asia on +44 (0)1242 787804.

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