Indo China and China tour itineraries: Vietnam and Cambodia travel plan

I just learned that Indochina refers to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from this site that does Indochina tours. Cambodia and Vietnam have been on my list for a while but now I have to add Laos as well – I didn’t know they had a UNESCO listed town in Luang Prabang on the banks of the Mekong River.

This is the one tour that covers my three main targets: Luang Prabang, Halong Bay, and Angkor Watt. 28 days is a long tour and however awesome it may be, I’m not sure I’ll get to do this anytime soon. But I love their little search engine where you click the places you most want to go and they tell you which tours do it. So I tried again with only Angkor Wat and Halong Bay.

This search turned up a few results including a couple of group tours and a couple of private tours. Here’s one of the private tours somewhat abbreviated.

Days 1-2: UK – Hanoi

Fly overnight to Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi

See the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Also enjoy a walking tour of the Old Quarter and a drive around Hoan Kiem Lake. In the evening, enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets.

Day 4 : Halong Bay Junk Cruise

Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Return to Hanoi in the afternoon, driving through the striking rural countryside of the Red River Delta.

Day 5 : Hanoi – Hoi An

Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An (another UNESCO listed town I hadn’t heard of). See the Cham Museum, Marble Mountains and China Beach en-route. Later, take part in a cooking class focusing on select local dishes designed for the Royal Courts.

Day 6 : Hoi An

A walking tour of Hoi An visits a 200-year-old home, the Japanese Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese Pagoda. In the afternoon and evening, visit the renowned tailors, stroll through the local markets, or relax in a riverside cafè.

Day 7 : Hoi An – Saigon

Fly to Saigon. Visit to the former Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum, the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral and the French-style Post Office. Also visit Cholon (Chinatown), Thien Hau Pagoda and Ben Thanh Market for some shopping.

Day 8 : Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh day tour

Visit the famous tunnel system at Cu Chi and then attend the noon service at the Cao Dai Temple.

Day 9 : Mekong Delta day tour

Travel to My Tho and enjoy a cruise on the Mekong. Visit floating markets, villages, home industries and plantations as well as Thoi Son Island and Vinh Trang Pagoda. Later, fly to Siem Reap.

Day 10 : Siem Reap

Travel to the fortified city of Angkor Thom. Start at the Southern Gate and continue to The Bayon, which is beautifully carved with numerous striking faces followed by a visit to the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the magnificent Angkor Wat.

Day 11 : Siem Reap

Visit Banteay Srei, a Hindu temple which is dedicated to Shiva. Also visit Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei, Kravan, Ta Keo and the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple.

Day 12 : Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

Fly to Phnom Penh and visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes.

Days 13-14 : Phnom Penh – UK

Sightseeing today includes visits to the Silver Pagoda, the striking Emerald Buddha and the National Museum. Later, fly overnight to the UK, arriving home the following day filled with many happy memories.

You can also take a China tour with the same people. For example the “China Contrasts” tour is said to “combine the striking and breathtaking landscape scenery of limestone karsts, tranquil fishing scenes and lush green rice paddies along the Li River with the famous sights of cosmopolitan Shanghai, historic Xian and China’s capital city – Beijing. This truly is a tour of contrasts.” This 11 day tour will run you £1,490 per person.

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  1. Gary says:

    You can easily do this itinerary without going on a tour. These countries are VERY easy to travel independently. Cambodia is easy to arrange private drivers, very cheap, and tourist bus system in Vietnam is great and easy to do. English is spoken everywhere. Great trip!!!!

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