Heart of Indochina

A cultural journey through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia

  • The complex made easy: a carefully designed, expertly led, three-country trip
  • Overnight on a luxury cruise vessel on Halong Bay
  • Explore the magnificent complex at Angkor and the charming UNESCO town of Luang Prabang
Cambodia Indochina
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure & Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 16 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

The vibrant region of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia (once collectively known as Indochina because of their early Hindu and Chinese cultural and artistic influences) is a feast of emerald mountains, azure seas and enduring legacies. We explore them on this 16-day tour, getting a complete cultural immersion with docent-led visits to museums, lectures from local experts, some delicious culinary experiences and much scenery gazing.

We kick things off in the lively metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), then venture to the old, evocative port town of Hoi An, a graceful, engaging backwater complete with humpbacked bridges and shops bursting with silks, paintings, embroidered goods, and lacquerware. From here, it’s on to the Nguyen Dynasty capital of Hue, set on the Perfume River, where we discover famous historical sites and charmingly quiet corners. We wander among beautiful French colonial architecture in Hanoi and spend a blissful day cruising among the majestic craggy limestone karsts of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we fly on to Laos to linger in the gleaming temples and tranquil streets of colorful Luang Prabang before continuing to Siem Reap, where we thoroughly explore the ancient seat of the Khmer Empire, Angkor.

Indochina travel map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Day 2: explore Saigon
  • Day 3: fly to Danang, drive to Hoi An
  • Day 4: Hoi An
  • Day 5: drive to Hue
  • Day 6: Hue
  • Day 7: fly to Hanoi
  • Day 8: Hanoi
  • Day 9: cruise Halong Bay
  • Day 10: fly to Luang Prabang
  • Days 11 & 12: Luang Prabang
  • Day 13: fly to Siem Reap
  • Days 14 & 15: Siem Reap
  • Day 16: depart Siem Reap.