Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

Uncover the wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos on the ultimate 22 day tour and luxury cruise along the Mekong. Visit the stunning Halong Bay & Angkor Wat.

22 Day
From (AUD)
$ 13,995
  • 2018/2019 Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

    The true spirit of South East Asia

    Dip in and out of lovely Vietnam and also explore the hidden treasures of Laos and Cambodia. The gift that is South East Asia is yours for the taking.

    Vertiginous limestone islets and karsts provide an incomparable backdrop to Halong Bay. Spend two unforgettable nights exploring the subtleties and sensations of this incredible place. Venture into the unspoilt and verdant country of Laos, where there are few moments you’ll value more than the opportunity to take part in a traditional morning alms ceremony along the streets of Luang Prabang. The streets of Laos’ spiritual home turn saffron with the robes of hundreds of Buddhist monks participating in this sacred ceremony. Once in Cambodia you’ll marvel at the ingenuity of the great lake Tonle Sap’s floating villages one day, the incredible Khmer structures at Angkor Wat the next. Your spirit will soar.

    Tour Code:

    VIEX

    Duration:

    22 Days

    Departure City:

    Hanoi

    Return City:

    Ho Chi Minh City

  • 22 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay in Hanoi.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich - Water puppets
      Freechoice

      Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or buy ingredients for a cooking class. Alternatively visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature.

      Later, discover the Old Quarter back streets on your cyclo ride.

      Enrich

      After attending Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, learn the secrets behind this illusionary piece of theatre thanks to your special backstage pass.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
      Highlights:
      Au Co Cruise

      Board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of Halong Bay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Halong Bay Cruise
      Highlights:
      Cat Ba Island

      This morning awake with a Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Return to your hotel in Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historical tour of the property.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Hanoi > Vientiane
      Highlights:
      Discover Vientiane

      Relax this morning before flying to Laos. Enjoy an overnight stay in Vientiane.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Vientiane > Luang Prabang
      Highlights:
      Luang Prabang night markets

      Explore the capital of Laos including the gold covered temple, Wat Sisaket Monastery and Haw Phra Kaew, which once housed the Emerald Buddha. Fly to Luang Prabang for a three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Luang Prabang
      Highlights:
      Monk alms collection, Petanque with the locals

      Participate in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to Pak Ou caves. Stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine before partaking in the sport of Petanque with the locals. Tonight bargain at the night markets.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 9 - Luang Prabang
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich – Baci Ceremony
      Freechoice

      Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively set off on a bike ride to discover Luang Prabang.

      Enrich

      Immerse yourself in the Laos traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

      Watch the sun set from Mount Phousi.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Luang Prabang > Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Discover Siem Reap

      Fly to Siem Reap and your stylish hotel, for a three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Angkor Temple Discovery, Enrich - Phare Circus

      Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple.  See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.

      Enrich

      Take your Section A Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 12 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Enrich - Apsara Temple dinner
      Enrich

      Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school.

      Freechoice

      Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) to view the floating villages or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) to experience the spectacular aerial view above Angkor Wat.

      Enrich

      Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
      Highlights:
      Khmer bridge, Welcome on board

      Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

      Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham.

      Freechoice

      Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Monk blessing

      Arrive in Kampong Tralach and experience an ox cart ride through a local village and fields. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.

      Enrich

      Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

      Later sail down Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
      Freechoice

      Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and Central Market.

      Enrich

      Immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Royal Palace, Border crossing

      Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. The afternoon is at your leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc and walk through the market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

      Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy the solitude on your private balcony.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Sa Dec > Cai Be
      Highlights:
      Sa Dec markets, Freechoice

      Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore its lively market. Stop for tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

      Freechoice

      Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Drive to Ho Chi Minh City for your Special Stay for the next two nights.

      FreechoiceDining

      Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or dine in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively try Restaurant Nineteen or Square One.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Cu Chi Tunnels, War Museum

      Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum before attending tonight’s farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart with many cherished memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-Inclusive highlights
    • 5-star ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
    • 7 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 29 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 5 memorable Special Stays
    • 55 meals – 21 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 19 dinners