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Vietnam is one of Imagine Asia’s favourite countries and the perfect destination for first timers and South East Asia veterans alike. Here are our favourite Vietnamese experiences in no particular order:
Cambodia and Vietnam complement each other beautifully: Cambodia has a more laid back charm while Vietnam is the beating heart of Indochina, with fast paced ancient cities. Even in 10 days, you can combine Cambodia and Vietnam with ease, but we’d recommend a little longer to do these wonderful countries justice. You can even cruise between the two along the historic Mekong River.
This famous oriental boat is Chinese in origin and design, but across the years it has been used throughout Asia for extensive sea-bound voyages.
Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh & Siem Reap
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Honeymoon
Experience the best that Indochina has to offer with this remarkable journey. Take in breathtaking scenery, charming towns, buzzing cities, ancient history and modern cultural, travelling through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
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Throughout the itinerary you will visit some of the most iconic sites in Asia, including the dramatic limestone karsts in Vietnam's Halong Bay and the majestic Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Whilst Laos is much less visited than its neighbouring countries, Luang Prabang is one of the absolute jewels of Indochina, brimming with culture and charm.
This itinerary can easily be adjusted should you prefer different hotels, another route, or more or less time in each area. There is a plethora of activities to enjoy in each location, including foodie experiences and historic tours, and throughout your journey you will have the chance to travel by boat, bicycle, ox-cart, on foot or even on the back of a Vespa.
Days 1 - 4 : Luang Prabang, Laos
Stay at 3 Nagas for 3 nights
Your journey will start in Luang Prabang, a charming town nestled amongst luminous hills in northern Laos. Peaceful and authentic, this is a wonderful introduction to Indochina.
Days here can be spent exploring the town, with its many beautiful temples, and venturing into the countryside to explore incredible waterfalls. This will be your first brush with the Mekong during your trip, and so why not take a private longtail boat up the river to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, or enjoy a serene sunset cruise.
Day 4 : International flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi
Days 4 - 6 : Hanoi, Vietnam
Stay at Hotel de l'Opera for 2 nights
From Luang Prabang it is a short flight over to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
Hanoi combines old-world charm with modern living, and there is plenty to see and do here. This is a great opportunity to have your first taste of authentic Vietnamese cuisine, with a number of foodie experiences to choose from. We also recommend taking a tour with a private guide to see the city's historic sites, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex and pretty Temple of Literature.
Day 6 - 7 : Halong Bay, Vietnam
Stay at Halong Violet for 1 night
From Hanoi, it is around a four-hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Spend the night on board a traditional junk boat cruising amongst the breathtaking scenery, stopping off to explore some of the bay's hidden secrets including magnificent caves and panoramic viewpoints.
Day 7 : Domestic flight from Hanoi to Hue
Days 7 - 9 : Hue, Vietnam
Stay at Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa for 2 nights
From Halong Bay, head back to Hanoi to take a domestic flight down to Hue.
Hue was once the capital of Vietnam, and the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty. The city was badly damaged during the America-Vietnam War, however the ruins of the Imperial Citadel are still hugely impressive. You may also wish to journey outside Hue into the lush countryside, where you can pedal through rural villages, or venture into the tunnels in the Demilitarized Zone.
Days 9 - 11 : Hoi An, Vietnam
Stay at Anantara Hoi An Resort for 2 nights
Your next stop will be Hoi An, a charming UNESCO protected town on Vietnam's central coast, around a three-hour drive from Hue.
Once a thriving trading port for sea-faring merchants, today Hoi An boasts some beautifully preserved ancient buildings including the 400-year old Japanese Bridge, the old Merchant Houses and the small but lively market.
Now that you will have sampled plenty of Vietnamese cuisine, Hoi An provides a good opportunity to learn how to make it yourself, with a number of cooking classes available. Alternatively you may wish to venture out into the countryside to cycle through serene countryside and rural villages.
Day 11 : Domestic flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
Days 11 - 14 : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Stay at Villa Song for 3 nights
From Hoi An it is around a 45-minute drive to Danang, where you will take a domestic flight down to Ho Chi Minh City.
Take a tour of the city's highlights, and enjoy the contrasting architecture, with Colonial buildings sitting side by side with skyscrapers. Venture out of the city to visit the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels, where you can learn more about the America-Vietnam War.
We also recommend spending a day in the Mekong Delta, where the lush greenery and slower pace of life make for a peaceful atmosphere.
Day 14 : International flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh
Days 14 - 16 : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Stay at La Rose Suites for 2 nights
From the buzzing Ho Chi Minh City, take a flight to the more laid-back capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
Learn about Cambodia's tragic modern history with a visit to the Tol Sleung Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields; poignant reminders of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime which devastated the country. We also recommend visiting the majestic Royal Palace, which has grand buildings and ornate temples to explore.
Day 16 : Domestic flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Days 16 - 19 : Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stay at Phum Baitang for 3 nights
The final stop of your adventure will be Siem Reap, only a short domestic flight from Phnom Penh.
Siem Reap will be your base for venturing into the incredible Angkor Archaeological Park, where you can visit iconic temples such as Angkor Wat, and explore lesser known sites such as the forest-clad Preah Khan.
Journey out into the countryside to take a boat trip on the vast Tonle Sap Lake, where you can visit floating villages and stilt houses.
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