How to Spend a 2-3 Week Holiday in Indochina

19, April, 2017

How to Spend a 2-3 Week Holiday in Indochina

A journey into Indochina gives a perfect opportunity to explore the unique landscape of this part of Southeast Asia. Vietnam is packed with adventure and a fascinating region to explore on the Indochina tour packages. Wander the narrow streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, spend a night on the majestic Halong Bay, explore the ancient city of Hoi An or the more modern Ho Chi Minh City. For more of an adventure add Laos and Cambodia into the mix. Stretch out on the tropical islands, discover the ruins of Angkor and sail the legendary Mekong.

Tour Highlights
Enjoy city tours of Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
Experience an overnight cruise in Halong Bay
Discover the Viet Cong's fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels
Cruise the Mekong River in Laos
Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Even though the different Indochina countries have their unique charms and atmosphere, they are all rich in staggering scenery, seriously tasty cuisine and welcoming locals.

A city tour of Hanoi is a great way to start the Indochina tour. A guided tour can include visiting Vietnam's first university, known as the Temple of Literature, the serene One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, the Hoa Lo Prison Museum and the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum.

A cyclo tour of the Old Quarter is a great thing to do while in Hanoi. Later in the evening it is worth visiting the historic Hoan Kiem Lake or relaxing with the family at a traditional Water Puppet Show.

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Halong Bay
A 3-hour drive leads to Halong City which is the next place to visit on the tour itinerary. Stops can be made en route for coffee breaks or taking photos of the local scenery. A great way to explore Halong Bay is a traditional junk boat that cruises through the calm emerald waters to view the fantastic picturesque scenery with its thousands of limestone cliffs. Halong Bay was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

A luxury cruise on Halong Bay includes a lunch/dinner of fresh and sumptuous fresh local seafood, while excursions can include exploring the limestone caves, swimming or kayaking in the bay. Witness the sunset in the evening and relax or take part in night fishing. An overnight stay on a traditional junk boat is certain to give the most memorable experience.

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Hue is easily reached by air from Noi Bai airport with a 3-hour journey time. Hue has plenty of famous highlights to see on the Indochina holiday, including the majestic Minh Mang tomb, Tu Duc Tomb and Thien Mu pagoda. There are several great local restaurants to eat local specialties. The Forbidden Purple City and the Citadel are also must-see attractions in the city. For the travellers that like to shop, a walk around the Dong Ba Market is certain to appeal.

Hoi An
The ancient city of Hoi An is a great destination for travellers on the Indochina travel of all tastes with its centuries-old architecture and sacred treasures.

My Son
A day trip to My Son is well worth the effort with this fascinating Cham religious sanctuary dating back to the 4th century. It has stunning surroundings with a beautiful green valley and imposing mountains

Tra Que Village
A further attraction in the local area is the Tra Que Vegetable Village, which is easily explored by bicycle and travellers get to see the local fishermen and farmers. It is possible to participate with the locals in a variety of daily activities such as lifting fishing nets, pounding rice, and using long handle buckets for bailing out water.

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Nha Trang
Nha Trang is one of the county’s finest resort towns and appreciated for its sweeping crescent beach and scuba diving. Also, the streets inland are filled with plenty of high-end dining options, quirky boutiques, sculptured gardens and quiet parks.

A guided tour of Dalat organized by the Vietnam travel agency makes it possible to explore a wide range of attractions, including the Old Rail Way station, Love Valley, Central Garden, Crazy House and Bao Dai Palace. A further great attraction for sightseeing is the Tuyen Lam Lake and Truc Lam Pagoda.

Mui Ne Beach
A short stay at Mui Ne Beach is perfect to get a break from sightseeing and this tropical beach with its constant sea breeze makes it a popular destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is a lively and vibrant city. A city tour includes a day of cultural attractions like the Thien Hau Pagoda, Ben Thanh market, Dong Khoi Street, Old Post office, Notre Dame Cathedral, War Remnant Museum and Reunification Palace

A great day trip for travellers in southern Vietnam is the Mekong River with its stunning attractions and scenery. A few of the popular floating market include Cai Be and Cai Rang, while there is also plenty of sightseeing on the way with rice paper workshops and local fishing activities.

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Phnom Penh
Travel into Cambodia is achieved by travelling by speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh with a travel time in the region of 4 hours. Sightseeing opportunities in Phnom Penh include the National Museum, Silver Pagoda, Toul Sleng Museum and Royal Palace.

Siem Reap
Siem Reap is a major tourist attraction and appreciated for giving a useful base for visiting the ancient Angkor temples. Travelling to Siem Reap is possible by road or boat (boats don’t operate March-September each year). The boat trip gives the most scenic journey and passes the Chong Kneas floating village.

Angkor temples
Travellers can easily enjoy a full day or longer at the Angkor temples. An early start to see the Angkor Wat Temple and Ta Prohm can help to avoid some of the crowds. Other temples to visit include the Bayon temple, Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei.

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Luang Prabang
The ancient city of Luang Prabang, Laos is the next destination on the Indochina tour and is easily reached by flight. A city sightseeing tour visits the former King's Palace and the vegetable market. Other attractions to see in the afternoon include the shrine of Wat Aham and the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun. A trek to the top of Phu Si Mountain is worth the effort to see the sunset, while the Night Market is an interesting experience.

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