Heart of Indochina

A cultural immersion into Vietnam & Laos, with optional extension to Cambodia

  • Enjoy insider experiences, such as guided walks in hidden neighborhoods, a street-food tour, and a cooking class
  • Join experts to explore UNESCO-acclaimed Hue, Hoi An, and Luang Prabang (with an optional extension to Cambodia’s famed Angkor)
  • Overnight in luxurious, ideally situated accommodations, including a cruise vessel on Halong Bay complete with private balconies
Cambodia Indochina
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure & Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 13 Days (16 with Angkor Extension)
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

The vibrant region of Vietnam and Laos is a feast of emerald mountains, lively waterways, and enduring legacies. Along with Cambodia, these countries were once collectively known as Indochina because of their early Hindu and Chinese cultural and artistic influences. We delve into them on this comprehensive journey, getting to the heart of the area through unusual insider experiences.

In addition to exploring the most noteworthy sites alongside experts, we venture off the tourist track to see everyday life like locals. We wander through hidden neighborhoods of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) as they awake and zip through bustling nighttime streets by Vespa. In Hoi An, a graceful old port town with humpbacked bridges and lacquerware shops, we’re introduced to markets, street food, and Vietnamese cooking techniques, as well as the enchanting glow of the Full Moon Lantern Festival.

While in the Nguyen Dynasty capital of Hue, we dine in a lovely old private residence and travel along the Perfume River by cyclo. And after strolling among beautiful French colonial architecture in Hanoi, we savor a blissful day and night cruising among the majestic limestone karsts of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Flying to Luang Prabang, Laos, we join residents and monks in the tranquil, temple-dotted streets for the almsgiving ritual, then dye scarves with artisans and follow the Mekong to caves filled with gilded Buddhas.

If you have time for all three countries, we encourage you to cap off the journey with the grand trip extension the incredible ruins of Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia.


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Vietnam by Vespa

Indochina travel map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
  • Day 2: guided walks in local neighborhoods; city sights
  • Day 3: fly to Danang; drive to Hoi An
  • Day 4: culinary tour; My Son temples
  • Day 5: drive to Hue; explore
  • Day 6: Hue monuments
  • Day 7: fly to Hanoi; walking tour
  • Day 8: Hanoi sights; Ngoc Ha guided walk
  • Day 9: Halong Bay luxury cruise
  • Day 10: fly to Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Day 11: farm experience; old town visit
  • Day 12: Tak Bat ritual; Pak Ou caves; textile workshop
  • Day 13: depart.

  • Optional Angkor Extension:
  • Day 13: fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia; discover temples
  • Days 14 & 15: explore Angkor complex
  • Day 16: depart Siem Reap.