Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

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Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

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  1. Indochina grand trip

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Destination:

+ Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay / Lan Ha Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, Mekong Delta

+ Laos: Luang Prabang

+ Cambodia: Siem Reap

Duration: 3 weeks

 

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Hoan Kiem Lake – Hanoi, Vietnam

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Ha Long Bay – Vietnam

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Cai Rang Floating Market – Mekong Delta

For any traveller who is interested in light adventure, culture and culinary arts, this tour won’t disappoint you. One of the main reasons visitors are drawn to Indochina is because of the richness, diversity and quality of its cuisine and culture. The tour starts in Hanoi, makes its way down to Hue & Hoi An, then to buzzing Saigon from where travellers take a direct flight to Siem Reap to explore the incredible temples of Angkor and finally discover the temples and waterfalls of Luang Prabang in Laos.

Along the trip, we include experiences to make your journey more unique such as: an overnight stay on a boutique junk cruising amongst the magnificent karst landscape of Lan Ha Bay; a cooking class with a local chef in Hoi An where visitors can learn to make delicious Vietnamese specialities; a visit to a wonderful jungle sanctuary for retired elephants where you can feed and bathe these incredible animals in a nearby river; and of course a trip the Angkor temples accompanied by an extremely knowledgeable archaeologist.

Be sure to set aside enough time to explore the charming boutiques, delicious restaurants, lively street markets and buzzing nightlife.

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

  1. Vietnam – short trip

Duration: 10 – 12 days

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Lan Ha Bay – Vietnam

For those who have a limited amount of time, this short but comprehensive tour is an alternative for you to consider. It is designed for medium pace and covers different destinations across Vietnam including: Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay / Lan Ha Bay, Hoi An, Saigon and a beach stay on the island of Phu Quoc at the end of the trip.

Make the most of the natural environment with an array of outdoor activities, including cycling around the northern countryside of Ninh Binh, a sampan cruise gliding through a mysterious, interlocking system of caves, and enjoy evening adventures in Vietnam’s liveliest city. The southern islands, such as Phu Quoc, have ideal weather during the winter months and are perfect for a Christmas getaway.

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Hoi An – Vietnam Credit: Giang Tito

 

  1. Cambodia

 

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia with the magnificent Angkor complex never disappoints. The enduring beauty of the ancient architecture, the remarkable statues and startling depictions on temple friezes of life as it was lived during the Khmer Empire, which flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries, are truly one of the highlights of any trip to Indochina. Besides that, in the space of a couple of years, Cambodia’s biggest city has transformed itself as one of South East Asia’s liveliest destinations.

However Cambodia has more than just Siem Reap. Some destinations should be considered include: Cardamom National Park, Koh Kong, Kampot or Kep which are consistently popular with travelers while Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri still remain as off the beaten track destinations for adventurous travelers.

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Kampot
Image: Internet

 

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Cardamom National Park – Image: Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild

A trip to discover highlights of Cambodia takes between 10 days to 2 weeks.

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Koh Kong Beach – Cambodia – Image: Internet

  1. Laos

Landlocked and to some extent ‘culture-locked’, Laos possesses both Southeast Asia’s most pristine environment and possibly its most culturally intact heritage.

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Monks collecting alms Luang Prabang – Credit: Pgallery

More than any other destination a visit to Laos provides the visitor with a sense of going back to a more relaxed time where the urgency of modern life is wonderfully absent. Even in the capital Vientiane, life ambles along only a little faster than the languid Mekong river flows by the city’s charming riverfront. In the historic royal city of Luang Prabang – a Unesco World Heritage site – hundreds of monks in saffron robes glide between centuries old temples unperturbed by the growing number of visitors gazing on in silence at a scene they thought only existed in films.

Luxurious boutique hotels in Luang Prabang serve exquisite food in historically preserved settings, drawing on French and local culinary traditions. Beyond the cities visitors can discover the haunting Plain of Jars and the majestic Four Thousand Islands (Si Phan Don) where the Mekong river expands and its waters gather pace. For the more intrepid traveller more active, but no less rare, experiences of tropical adventure can be had in jungles seemingly untouched by the passage of time.

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Si Phan Don – Laos
Image: Internet

In fact wherever you go in Laos there is a sense that this chapter in its history where locals and foreigners can meet with such equanimity may not last long. So visit now, for the unique appeal of Laos will soon reach far and wide and inevitably a rush of sightseers will impact what, for the moment, remains a most beguiling and inspiring land.

Besides the popular Luang Prabang and Vientiane, Nong Khiew, Luang Nam Tha, Muang La are less visited and therefore still keep it authenticity.

Indochina for first-timers: 4 trip ideas

Luang Nam Tha – Laos
Credit: Nina Ragusa

A trip to discover highlights of Laos takes between 7 days to 2 weeks.

To request a detailed itinerary, please feel free to reach our team any time at sales@saffrontravel.net

 

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