Seeing the wonders of Southeast Asia in 18 days! Staying in some of the most unique hotels from the early 20th century, this holiday is bound to live long in the memory of the most seasoned traveller.
Starting with visits to Luang Prabang in Laos and then on to the laidback capital of Vientiane, this tour will seamlessly glide you across colourful patchwork of villages, temples and cultures all the way through. Visits to Vietnam’s bustling Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh is sandwiched between a magical day sailing in Halong Bay, bringing the laidback theme to proceedings. The last leg of the journey discovering Cambodia starts with a few days in Phnom Penh including a street food extravaganza with your own chef for the evening! But the best is saved for last, few stylish days at the Raffles in Siem Reap discovering the magnificent Angkor Wat will no doubt be the highlight of this adventure across three amazing destinations in the Far East.
Culture, couples, culture, honeymoon, family
When to go:
June to early September and November to late February.
November to February is known as the dry season which is full of hot dry days, when Travelling between June to October the weather tends to jump from wet to extremely dry but is also known to have enough hot weather to see the main attractions.
Flight duration from the UK:
GMT + 7hrs
Luang Prabang(LPQ), Vientiane(VTE), Hanoi(HAN), Tan Son Nhat(SGN), Siem Reap(REP)
Some are recommended or required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Contact us for details.
Our VIP door-to-door chauffeur service provides transfers in London and the outskirts, from your front door to London Heathrow or Gatwick.
Overnight flight to Luang Prabang in Laos.
You will be met by our local representatives and accompanied to the elegant Sofitel Hotel, a colonial mansion set in beautiful gardens close to the historical sites in Luang Prabang.
Overnight Sofitel Hotel Luang Prabang
Your own guide will accompany you on a tour of this heritage city. There is a natural old-world charm and tranquillity to the place and every visitor is bound to be enchanted by its untouched beauty. Sites include the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong.
After lunch at one of the local restaurants you will visit the sacred gilded stupa on Phousi Hill and the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum.
Overnight Sofitel Hotel Lunag Prabang (B,L)
After breakfast your guide will accompany you on a boat excursion along the Mekong River to enjoy the beautiful tranquil countryside. Brief stops will be made to see Pak Ou Caves and its gold lacquered Buddha statues. Further stops will be made to see local rice wine making techniques in the village of Ban Xang Hai and weaving in the village of Ban Phanom.
Overnight Sofitel Hotel Luang Prabang (B)
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your short flight to Vientiane
On arrival our local representatives will meet you and take you to your hotel for immediate check in. Your home for the next two days is the elegant Settha Palace Hotel. Set in the heart of bustling Vientiane, this hotel was built circa 1932, and recently restored to its former imperial glory. The hotel offers classic French opulence and gracious service in the heart of Vientiane.
Overnight Settha Palace Hotel. (B)
Spend the day with your own private guide enjoying the sights and wonders of Vientiane. With temples of high religious importance, bustling exotic market and monuments of Buddha Park, there is plenty to discover and admire in this charming town.
Overnight Settha Palace Hotel.(B)
After breakfast your transfer to the airport will be provided in time for your short flight to Hanoi
You will be met on arrival in Hanoi and transferred to your central hotel. The Sofitel Legend Metropole is the place to stay in Hanoi, located steps from the Opera House in Hanoi’s French Quarter, this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of a bygone era.
Afternoon enjoy a tour around the tree-lined streets of Hanoi, resplendent with French colonial architecture, especially the recently restored Opera House and the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 which later became Vietnam's first university.
Overnight Sofitel Legend Metropole
This morning, enjoy the ‘Tribute to Uncle Ho’ Tour around Hanoi. Visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state. (Subject to opening times the interior of the mausoleum can be visited). Later visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, an extraordinary tribute in abstract form to the life of the 'father of the country' and the evolution of Vietnamese independence.
After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, it will be time to take to the street on a cyclo for a tour of the Ancient Quarter followed by a visit to the local theatre, where the ancient art form of Water Puppetry is enacted.
Day is concluded with dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight Sofitel Legend Metropole (B,L,D)
An exciting day awaits 4 hours east from Hanoi in Halong bay, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3,000 islands of towering limestone dotting the bay and the Gulf of Tonkin. On arrival board a beautiful Junk boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. Delicious meals are prepared fresh and served onboard.
Overnight aboard the Ha Long Violet (B,D)
Wake up early to enjoy a swim in the aquamarine water of the bay. Throughout the morning the boat will continue her mini voyage through spectacular limestone formations and more isolated islands before returning to the harbour. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.
Later transfer to the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Park Hyatt hotel in the centre of town. Your hotel is centrally located making visits to the former Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House only a short stroll away.
Overnight Park Hyatt Hotel (B,L)
ater this morning, you will visit the unique Cu Chi tunnel network. This incredible system, covering almost 250km in length was shelter to over 16,000 Vietcong guerrillas during the wars. Initially started in 1948 to provide shelter against the French air and ground sweeps, the network went on to serve as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for Vietnamese fighters throughout the American war.
Overnight Park Hyatt Hotel (B)
You will be guided on a private tour of the Ben Tre Province – taking you deeper into the palm jungle of the Mekong to see more of the traditional rural life of this fascinating area. The tour starts with a Xe loi ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy acres of green fields and gardens before a boat takes you through small canals to marvel at the tropical scenery and learn about various local trade. Later enjoy a casual cycling trip through the small village to a local home for lunch.
Overnight the Park Hyatt hotel (B,L).
Morning at leisure. Later, you will be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport for your short flight to Phnom Penh.
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the central Raffles Le Royal Hotel. A grand historic hotel offering a lush tropical oasis in a bustling city. Art Deco and French Colonial style hotel was first opened in 1929, later restored to its former glory is an experience not to be missed.
Overnight Raffles Le Royal. (B)
After a short historical presentation by your specialist tour guide, you will visit the district around the Post Office and the Central Market area followed by visits to other well-known architectural classic as well as some lesser known examples of religious architecture.
Later this afternoon, join in a street food tour which always was - and still is, an essential part of Phnom Penh’s daily life. This exclusive private tour led by a local chef will give you the chance to experience the rich diversity of traditional Khmer cuisine and gain a deeper knowledge of local life.
Overnight Raffles Le Royal (B)
Around midday, you will be accompanied to the local airport for your short flight to Siem Reap. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Raffles Grand Hotel, your home for the next 3 days. A grand historic hotel, with magnificent gardens offers a restful oasis and attentive Raffles service in a busy capital city.
Afternoon is free to wonder around the local market area.
Overnight the Raffles Grand Hotel (B).
Your personal guide will meet you at the hotel and accompany you on a tour of the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery.
After a picnic lunch and a quick foot massage to take away all your cares, it will be time to visit Angkor Wat, a world heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas-reliefs. It is one of the most amazing man-made monuments in the world built in the 12th century in honour of God Vishnu.
Overnight Raffles Grand Hotel (B)
Starting the day with your own private guide, you will head towards the northern end of Angkor to Preah Khan Temple & Neak Pean Island temple, you will work your way South to the beautiful Thammanon and Chau Say Tevoda built in the 12th century. Your trip to Siem Reap concludes with a visit to Angkor Thom, the Great City.
Dinner will be enjoyed at a local restaurant, helping you reminisce about the wonderful holiday in the Far East!
Overnight Raffles Grand Hotel (B)
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.
On arrival in the UK, you will be met and guided to your vehicle for your chauffeur driven the journey home.
Speak to our Laos specialist today
Tailor-make your own holiday by calling our Laos specialist on 01442 617 777