CLASSIC INDOCHINA


HO CHI MINH CITY | PNHOM PENH | SIEM REAP
LUANG PRABANG | HANOI

DAY 1 Outbound international flight to Ho Chi Minh City via Bangkok.

Stay: Park Hyatt Saigon (2 nights)
​DAY 3 Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

Delve deeper into Indochina’s captivating landscapes on a 4-night Mekong Explorer Cruise, concentrating solely on Cambodia’s timeless pastoral serenity or traveling back in time as you sail upriver from Ho Chi Minh and the thriving Mekong Delta past floating villages, colonial vestiges and gilded pagodas to the Art Deco landmarks of Phnom Penh.

Stay: Aqua Mekong Cruise (4 nights)
​DAY 7 Phnom Penh

The glimmering spires of the Royal Palace, the fluttering saffron of the monks' robes and the luscious location on the banks of the mighty Mekong. Cambodia's capital can be an assault on the senses. Motorbikes whiz through laneways without a thought for pedestrians; markets exude pungent scents; and all the while the sounds of life – of commerce, of survival – reverberate through the streets. But this is all part of the attraction.

Stay: Raffles Le Royal (2 nights)
​DAY 9 Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Flight Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

For those seeking ancient culture and history, Cambodia's World Heritage Site of Angkor, near to the city of Siem Reap, is well worth the pilgrimage. Built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the Khmer kings, the ancient city is home to the spectacular temple complex of Angkor Wat, where, despite being over eleven centuries old, over 100 temples remain. This vast archaeological park and sprawling monument to the golden age of Khmer civilization is best viewed at sunrise or sunset – the more adventurous can experience a birds-eye view by hot air balloon. But often side-stepped, Siem Reap is worthy of much attention in itself, with its lovely riverside location, a burgeoning cultural scene, and one of the region's buzziest dining and drinking scenes

Stay: Belmond La Residence d'Angkor (3 nights)
​DAY 12 ​Siem Reap to Luang Prabang
Flight Time: 2 hours

Luang Prabang slows your pulse and awakens your imagination with its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River), nowhere else can lay claim to this Unesco-protected gem's romance of 33 gilded wats, saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese villas and exquisite Gallic cuisine.

Stay: Belmond La Residence Phou Vao (3 nights)
​DAY 15 Luang Prabang to Hanoi
Flight Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Hanoi, the vibrant capital, and find wide boulevards, shimmering lakes and narrow streets dotted with temples, where early risers are rewarded with the sight of the city's inhabitants exercising by Hoan Kiem Lake – a surreal experience.

But for those wanting something with a different pace, try cooling off in this sultry weather with a beer at Bia Hoi Junction. You won't be disappointed.

Stay: Sofitel Legend Metropole (2 nights)
​DAY 17 ​Depart Hanoi on your return international flight to London Heathrow via Bangkok.
​PRICES ​​16 nights from £6,895 per person

INDOCHINA WITH AMAN RESORTS


LUANG PRBANG | SIEM REAP | NHA TRANG

DAY 1​​ Outbound international flight to Luang Prabang via Bangkok.

Stay: Amantaka (3 nights)
​DAYS 2-3 ​​​Luang Prabang

Housed in French colonial buildings, a peaceful retreat awaits within walking distance of Luang Prabang's many attractions. All suites offer traditional high ceilings and outdoor areas, with some rooms also offering private pools. Several dining options are available, from authentic Lao to Frenchinfluenced cuisine. Facilities include a gym and a yoga studio.
​DAY 4 Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
Flight Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Relax at this ultra-stylish boutique resort, with suites surrounding a grassy courtyard with a 17.5-metre pool, sundeck and an additional 25-metre lap pool nearby. Each open-plan suite has combined sleeping and living areas, and a bathroom that opens onto a light-filled courtyard. The spa offers Cambodian therapies, massages and beauty treatments.

Stay: Amans​ara (3 nights)
​DAY 7 ​​Siem Reap to Nha Trang
Journey Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

​Amanoi is a meditative retreat on the coast of Nui Chua National Park, one of Vietnam's largest natural conservation sites. Hugged by rolling, evergreen-covered hills, the resort looks over the East Sea and pristine Vinh Hy Bay. When the spring rains fall elsewhere in Vietnam, the lotus lakes and coral seas of Vinh Hy Bay enjoy balmy sunshine and a cloudless horizon. From February to April, this ecologically unique pocket of the country is an evergreen paradise

Stay: Amanoi (5 nights)
​DAY 12 ​​Depart Nha Trang on your international flight back to London Heathrow via Bangkok.
​PRICES 11 nights from £4,995 per person

VIETNAM VENTURES


HANOI | HALONG BAY | HUE | HOI AN
NHA TRANG | HO CHI MINH CITY

DAY 1 Outbound international flight to Hanoi via Bangkok.

Stay: Sofitel Legend Metropole (3 nights)
​DAYS 2-3 Hanoi

Hanoi, the vibrant capital, and find wide boulevards, shimmering lakes and narrow streets dotted with temples, where early risers are rewarded with the sight of the city's inhabitants exercising by Hoan Kiem Lake – a surreal experience.


But for those wanting something with a different pace, try cooling off in this sultry weather with a beer at Bia Hoi Junction. You won't be disappointed.
​DAY 4 Hanoi to Halong Bay
Journey Time: 3 hours by private car

The perfect way to explore Halong Bay in style and absolute privacy is on-board the Bhaya Legend. Revel in the tranquility of the natural seascape as you plot your own cruise around the 3000 islands and rocky outcrops. Explore a remote, floating fishing village to view the daily lives of the locals. Kayak unspoiled lagoons, sliding past deserted white sand beaches and awesome limestone karst formations. A Bhaya Legend charter cruise will take you where you want, when you want within Halong Bay. Ideal for family or couples wanting seclusion.

Stay: Bhaya Legend (1 night)
​DAY 5 Halong Bay to Hue
Flight Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

For cultural stimulation, there is Hué, the old imperial capital, fit to bursting with tombs, temples and palaces; and host of the biennial arts festival, the Festival of Hué.

Stay: La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa (2 nights)
​DAY 7 Hue to Hoi An
Journey Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Hoi An Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai (3 nights)
​DAY 10 Hoi An to Nha Trang
Flight Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Fusion Resort Nha Trang brings a new level of luxury to the shores of southern Vietnam. An exceptional beach resort on the beautiful pristine coastline along Cam Ranh-Nha Trang, spread over 13.6 hectares on a 12-metre-high sand dune overlooking the ocean, the layout is strategically-designed so that every unit enjoys an uninterrupted ocean view.

Stay: Fusion Resort Nha Trang (3 nights)
​DAY 13 Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Flight Time: 1 hour

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is still known by locals, has a French colonial past that resonates in its architecture and lively café society, yet this is a quintessentially Asian city where life, in all its noise and colour, is lived on the streets. Just outside the city borders are the Cu Chi Tunnels – an underground community of over 200 miles of tunnels and chambers below the city which date back to the 1940s.

The swaying, watery landscape and hushed villages of the Mekong Delta are a delicious respite from the toxic and seductive cities. Also known as Vietnam's 'Rice Basket', the area is fed by the formidable Mekong River and offers an irresistible charm with its welcoming people and quaint waterside towns.​

Stay: Park Hyatt Saigon (2 nights)
​DAY 15 Depart Ho Chi Minh Cityon your international flight back to London Heathrow via Bangkok.
​PRICES ​14 nights from £2,925 per person

LAOS, CAMBODIA & THAILAND


LUANG PRABANG | SIEM REAP | KOH KOOD

DAY 1 Outbound international flight to Luang Prabang via Bangkok.

Stay: Amantaka (3 nights)
​DAYS 2-3 ​Housed in French colonial buildings, a peaceful retreat awaits within walking distance of Luang Prabang's many attractions. All suites offer traditional high ceilings and outdoor areas, with some rooms also offering private pools. Several dining options are available, from authentic Lao to French-influenced cuisine. Facilities include a gym and a yoga studio.
​DAY 4 ​Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
Flight Time: 1 hour, 30 minutess

Relax at Amansara, an ultra-stylish boutique resort, with suites surrounding a grassy courtyard with a 17.5-metre pool, sundeck and an additional 25-metre lap pool nearby. Each open-plan suite has combined sleeping and living areas, and a bathroom that opens onto a light-filled courtyard. The spa offers Cambodian therapies, massages and beauty treatments.

Stay: Amansara (3 nights)
​DAY 7 Siem Reap to Koh Kood
Flight Time: 1 hour

Soneva Kiri combines the best of luxurious design with cutting-edge eco-concepts. Barefoot is encouraged throughout the resort to complement the atmosphere of relaxation and tranquillity. The Six Senses Spa offers spectacular views, with a menu of holistic and traditional treatments using natural ingredients. Choose from three restaurants, or even dine in the treetops. A range of activities is available, with astronomy classes and outdoor cinema.

Stay: Soneva Kiri (7 nights)
​DAY 14 Depart Koh Kood on your international flight back to London Heathrow via Bangkok
PRICES ​​13 nights from £5,475 per person

 
 
TOP TIPS
 
Fantastic Voyage Other-worldly landscapes abound in South East Asia, but none more so than spectacular Halong Bay with its 3000 limestone karsts jutting out of the water. Weathered into strange shapes over many centuries, the ideal way to see it is to take a local junk and visit the deserted beaches hidden at the base of the pillars. It's a photographer's dream!





Tailor your Trip Hoi An is one of the region's oldest trading centres, once drawing merchants from as far afield as Japan and Europe. Today its Old Quarter is beautifully preserved, but the town is still a centre of commerce – it's especially renowned as home to between 300 and 500 of Asia's finest and fastest tailors – perfect if you need a new suit!





Metropolis on the Move Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is Vietnam at its liveliest.  Its 10 million residents are constantly on the move (especially on the millions of motorbikes around the centre!). It's a city of contrasts too, with gleaming skyscrapers alongside ramshackle wooden shops and old French colonial architecture.  A dizzying, energetic place: the city has it all.






Take in Temple Town Gateway to the mesmerising temples of Angkor Wat is Siem Reap: once a sleepy village but rapidly becoming a tourist mecca. The perfect base for visiting the temples, it's still charming with its shady tree-lined boulevards and old French shop-houses. And while you're here, you can also watch traditional Cambodian dance or take in a Khmer cookery class






Hit the Beach The port town of Sihanoukville is also Cambodia's premier beach destination, with miles of powder-white sand stretching around its headland.  A favourite of Phnom Penh's well-to-do set, the warm tropical waters here teem with colourful tropical fish for excellent snorkelling and diving. Try the delicious freshlycaught crab and shrimp, too: both local specialities.





Royal & Religious The centre of Lao culture, Luang Prabang, was also the royal seat of the Lane Xang Kingdom. It's only a small town, but has 33 large temple complexes and around 1000 resident monks; their robes adding to the colourful surroundings of wats and flowers. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, heavy traffic is banned, helping to maintain the sense of peace and calm.





Activate an Adventure Kayaking, rock climbing, caving, trekking… Vang Vieng is Laos' centre of adventure! It's in the perfect spot for activities of all kinds, nestling beside the Song River and surrounded by stunning limestone karst terrain packed with unexplored tunnels and caverns. It's a beautiful place – and worth visiting for the postcard sunsets alone!​


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