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Indochina Heritage Road - Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia

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This stunning itinerary takes in four countries in what is sure to be a journey of a lifetime. Staying in luxury accommodation, you’ll first head to Thailand where you’ll explore Bangkok. You’ll spend time in both Laos and Vietnam before concluding in Cambodia. Exploring culture, cuisine, religion and more this itinerary will educate and inspire you in equal measure.

time difference


6 hours ahead of the UK

flight time


12 hours direct from UK

Day 1

Bangkok, Thailand

On arrival in Bangkok our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. You will have some time to relax and enjoy your beautiful hotel including its spa.

Optional: One Night in Bangkok. The stuff of legend, both songs and films has been dedicated to a night spent in Bangkok. A city of infinite possibility, on this night tour, we will guide you through a few of the highlights. Begin your evening at the super-chic Long Table Bar where you will enjoy sunset cocktails amid views over the central part of the city. From here, we will move on to one of the city’s best kept culinary secrets – a local street food eatery where the smells, sights and taste of the city abound. To cap the day off, catch the BTS skytrain to the Chao Phraya River before boarding a boat to the latest night market, ‘Asiatique’. Here, you can enjoy shopping and watching local entertainment amid river views.

Overnight in Bangkok at Sofitel So, which is a luxury hotel designed by Christian Lacroix and with an Apple MacMini in every room.

Recommended Accommodation:
Sofitel So Bangkok 5*
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Day 2

Bangkok, Thailand

Day at leisure to explore the temples and markets of Bangkok.

Recommended Accommodation:
Sofitel So Bangkok 5*
Day 3

Bangkok, Thailand  - Luang Prabang, Laos

Breakfast at the hotel, and then transfer out to Bangkok Airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.

Welcome to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

At the end of the day, climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside and get back to your hotel via the evening hill tribe market where you may find plenty of local souvenirs to buy such as handicraft, textile.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Recommended Accommodation:
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao (Garden View Room)
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Day 4

Luang Prabang, Laos

Start this morning with a visit to one of Laos’ most picturesque temples, Wat Xieng Thong. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong River, this temple was erected in 1560 by King Setthathirat and is deeply revered by the Lao people.

Walk to the boat pier, near the temple, to board the Nava Mekong, a beautiful wooden river boat for a cruise up the Mekong to the Pak Ou Caves. The journey takes around 2 hours and along the way you will be surrounded by spectacular views, pass by small villages on the river banks and witness fishermen out for their daily catch.

Upon reaching Pak Ou, disembark to explore the caves. Here you will see thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The statues range in size from a few centimeters tall to the size of a human, and the view from the mouth of the cave provides sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages, especially during the Lao New Year period of Pii Mai.  

Back onboard the Nava Mekong, you will cruise around the waters to a quiet location set amid limestone cliffs where the boat will moor for lunch. A selection of freshly prepared Lao dishes will be served before returning downstream to Luang Prabang.

This afternoon, you will have a chance to learn more about this culturally rich and history city with a guided tour. The city tour begins with a visit to the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade.

Optional: If you like ballet we can arrange tickets for the Royal Ballet Theatre. Founded in 2002 the Ballet aims to preserve Laos’ cultural heritage. This evening, enjoy a spectacular performance which includes scenes from the Lao-Ramayana, traditional folk dances and tribal dances.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Recommended Accommodation:
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao (Garden View Room)
Day 5

Luang Prabang, Laos - Vientiane, Laos

Enjoy the morning at leisure before getting a flight to Vientiane, the capital.

Upon arrival in Vientiane, set off to enjoy a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means ‘the city of sandalwood’. Vientiane is one of the quietest capitals in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals and far from the real-estate frenzy of the regional megalopolis.

Your tour begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues.

Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo.  Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace.  Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it is a good glimpse into the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace.

Then, continue your tour with a visit to the Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city. Next, your tour takes you to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire.

Overnight in Vientiane.

Recommended Accommodation:
Green Park Boutique Hotel (Deluxe Room)
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Day 6

Vientiane, Laos - Hanoi, Vietnam

In the morning you’ll set off on the road to the Thai-Laos border to Buddha Park.  Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues.  The quiet and tranquil setting along the Mekong River is a contrast to the slightly eccentric sculptures which were built in 1958 by a Laos shaman. 

Then drive back to Vientiane where you can visit COPE. This association is working to help landmine victims to rebuild a life. A visit to their centre will afford a high understanding of the daily life of victims and landmine clearance.

Then transfer to the airport for departure flight.

Arrive in Hanoi, welcome by your guide and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. The capital of Vietnam, a city that celebrated 1,000 years in 2010 has countless fascinating cultural and historic sites.

Overnight in Hanoi at the Intercontinental Hanoi which is uniquely placed over the serene waters of West Lake.

Recommended Accommodation:
Intercontinental Hanoi (Overwater Pavilion Room)
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Day 7

Hanoi, Vietnam

After breakfast you’ll head to the Temple of Literature. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam - Vietnam’s first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 will be visited next. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh and the former president’s house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969, his former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary.

Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda.

In the afternoon visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum, which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. As an alternative visit the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum which highlights Vietnam’s vast cultural diversity and the significant role Vietnamese women play in Vietnamese society.  Learn historic and modern-day traditions centered around births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more.

At the end of the afternoon visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys are home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers.

Evening at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Recommended Accommodation:
Intercontinental Hanoi (Overwater Pavilion Room)
Day 8

Hanoi, Vietnam - Hoi An, Vietnam

This morning depart to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport for the short flight to Danang City.

On arrival your private vehicle will be waiting for you for the short drive to Hoi An. A destination with two faces – the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. In keeping with Hoi An’s heritage as a trading port, the town’s tiny shop houses now host a range of craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors. Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday. 

Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful market.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Recommended Accommodation:
M Gallery Royal Hoi An 5*
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Day 9

Hoi An, Vietnam - Hue, Vietnam

Have this morning at leisure before leaving Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Mesmerising tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.  

Drive through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co.

Overnight in Hue.

Recommended Accommodation:
La Residence Hue (Deluxe River Room)
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Day 10

Hue, Vietnam

After breakfast, start your day at the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.

From here take a cyclo through dai noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax and full of lotus flowers.

Continue to visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River, the centrepiece which represents seven reincarnations of Buddha. In the grounds of the pagoda is the Austin car made famous when in 1963, a resident monk drove the vehicle to what was then Saigon to protest against the southern regime, the photo of his self-immortalization was captured and was one of the most well-known images of the war.

In the afternoon see the tomb of the former emperor Minh Mang which is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds.

Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.

Finish up the day at the Mausoleum of Tu Duc, built decades before its occupant's death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the emperor's resting place.

Overnight in Hue.

Recommended Accommodation:
La Residence Hue (Deluxe River Room)
Day 11

Hue, Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Transfer to Hue Airport after breakfast for the short flight to dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by the locals.

Take a full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Your program includes the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace sit to the city’s vibrant Dong Ba Market to see the abundance of fresh produce.

It was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. From there stroll to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. After this historical visit continue to the War Remnants Museum where exhibition halls display imagery of both the French and ‘American’ wars.

Continue to the Jade Emperor Pagoda located on the fringes of district 1. Dating from 1909 and built by Cantonese Buddhists this quiet oasis was designed using feng shui principals showcasing ornate statues and effigies.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Recommended Accommodation:
Sofitel Plaza Saigon 5* (Luxury Room)
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Day 12

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The colorful floating market, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways; these are the things that make Cai Be such a desired destination. This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2-hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be.

On arrival board your boat for a cruise of Cai Be floating market. Traders work the river and some have been living on these waters for generations. Produce at the market are hung on a pole in front of boats to attract customers and make it easier for people to see from afar what is on offer.  After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut sweets are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area. Following your cruise drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.  

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Recommended Accommodation:
Sofitel Plaza Saigon 5* (Luxury Room)
Day 13

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Located in suburban Ho Chi Minh City away from the well-trodden tourist path, this is not just a cooking class but a genuine insight into a Vietnamese kitchen.  Start early from your hotel to discover a local suburban Ho Chi Minh City market (whilst it’s still busy) with your host, to shop for ingredients, all at a leisurely pace. You’ll then head back to the house to start your cooking, where you’ll eventually devour the results for lunch. After your lunch return to the centre of Ho Chi Minh City.

In the afternoon you’ll fly to Cambodia.

Arrive in Siem Reap, welcome by your guide and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Enjoy a delicious Khmer welcome dinner at The Sugar Palm.

Overnight in Siem Reap at Heritage Suites where your bungalow suite has its own small private garden, a separate living area and an outdoor shower.

Recommended Accommodation:
Heritage Suites Siem Reap 4* (Bungalow Suite)
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Day 14

Siem Reap, Cambodia

A morning tour of the temples starts at the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Khmer empire and its massive 8 metre high walls surround an area filled with temples. Set in the centre of this area is Bayon, whose massive towers are carved with enigmatic faces.

Return to the hotel for some time at leisure during the hottest time of the day.

End your day with a tour to the temples of the Small Circuit by local ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai tuk tuk). The most illustrious of these is Ta Prohm, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Recommended Accommodation:
Heritage Suites Siem Reap 4* (Bungalow Suite)
Day 15

Siem Reap, Cambodia

This morning, head out to the countryside to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.

Continue north to Kbal Spean, one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia. A short 3km trek up the hill through dense jungle will reward you with excellent views over the plains and the Kulen hills. At the top, be surprised about the “River of 1,000 Lingas” with some remarkable stone carvings of Hindu gods, animals and other symbols in the river bed. During the rainy season, you can enjoy a refreshing bath in the waterfall, which is extremely popular with the local families.

On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness. Mr. Aki Ra, the museum founder, was trained as a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is working today as a de-miner. The museum serves also as a rescue centre for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh’s streets or from impoverished rural communities.

End your day at Angkor Wat and explore the intricate carvings and passageways of this 12th century temple. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labour.

You will be there during sunset time, when Angkor Wat is less visited and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Recommended Accommodation:
Heritage Suites Siem Reap 4* (Bungalow Suite)
Day 16

On your last day in Siem Reap, embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it is swells to about four times its size during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water.

Visit the workshops of Artisans d'Angkor where traditional techniques like wood and stone carving are being taught to locals. Your tour ends with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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