Indochina: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Tauck Tours

Indochina: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Includes Stories by Ken Burns

This 16 day Tauck tour, Indochina: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, takes you through the heart of three amazing countries with a history of conflict, creation and culture that few travelers get to experience on this level. Filmed narratives from legendary storyteller Ken Burns will guide you along the way.

Your Tauck tour will include many special excursions along the way. For instance, you’ll cruise aboard Paradise Elegance in Ha Long Bay for a visual experience you won’t soon forget. You’ll spend three nights getting to know Ho Chi Minh City from the structural brilliance to the cultural connections you’ll make with locals as you take in the history of Vietnam. Indochina is beyond the visual masterpiece you often see on travel television shows and this great Tauck tour brings Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos into a reality you can truly love.


16 Daysfr. $7,890

  • "Stories by Ken Burns," exclusive to Tauck filmed narratives featuring insights by award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein.
  • Overnight cruise aboard Paradise Elegance on the emerald waters of beautiful Ha Long Bay lined with naturally sculpted limestone islets – an extraordinary cultural experience
  • A sampan cruise through small craft villages of the Mekong Delta with a close-up visit to a rice paper workshop & fish sauce factory
  • Three nights in Ho Chi Minh City for in-depth sightseeing in the city once known as Saigon
  • Interactive visits to farms and craft workshops in the Laotian countryside
  • A two-night stay in Phnom Penh and an optional visit to the “Killing Fields”
  • A buggy ride and a water puppet performance during a two-night stay in the colonial city of Hanoi
  • A two-night stay to explore the World Heritage Site of Hoi An, including a cyclo tour
  • Two nights in a Raffles hotel close to ancient Angkor Wat
  • A traditional Lao Baci well-wishing ceremony at a farewell dinner with dancing and music
  • On-Tour Air (5 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • All customary gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff, and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuity to the Tauck Director is not included. Gratuitites should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 15 breakfasts
  • 14 lunches
  • 11 dinners
  • Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in Hanoi, Vietnam (2 nights)
  • Paradise Elegance overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam (1 night)
  • Hotel Royal Hoi An in Hoi An, Vietnam (2 nights)
  • InterContinental Asiana Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (3 nights)
  • Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2 nights)
  • Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia (2 nights)
  • The Luang Say Residence in Luang Prabang, Laos (3 nights)

Welcome to Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

The newest of Tauck’s Vietnam tours begins at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi at 6:00 PM. A transfer from Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport to your historic landmark hotel is included. Please join us this evening to meet your Tauck Director and your fellow travelers at our welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

Dinner

SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE HANOI

History in Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

Begin your exploration of Hanoi in Da Ba Dinh Square, where you'll view Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho's "house on stilts" and the One-Pillar Pagoda. Take a buggy ride through Colonial Hanoi, seeing the Opera House and other local sights. Go inside infamous Hoa Lo Prison (“Hanoi Hilton”), where Senator John McCain and Douglas “Pete” Wilson were once imprisoned during the Vietnam War.

After lunch and some free time this afternoon, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance, a uniquely North Vietnamese art form celebrating rural life and folklore for over 1,000 years, this evening. Please note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex is closed each year for annual renovations from September to December; Ho Chi Minh's stilt house and the One-Pillar Pagoda are still open for viewing.

Breakfast, Lunch

SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE HANOI

Cruising on Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Watch rural Vietnamese daily life unfold as you pass water buffalo, ancient temples and local farmers at work in the rice paddies en route to Ha Long Bay. Called the “Bay of the Descending Dragons,” legend has it that dragons sent by the gods to help defend the land against ancient invaders spat out jewels and jade that became the many emerald-green islands and islets that dot the bay today.

Board the Paradise Elegance, combining traditional oriental design and modern amenities, for an overnight cruise among the thousands of limestone islands. After lunch onboard ship and more sightseeing on the bay, enjoy some free time to go swimming or kayaking, followed by a cooking demonstration before dinner onboard this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PARADISE ELEGANCE (SHIP)

From the Bay to Hoi An via Da Nang

Da Nang, Vietnam

After spending part of the morning cruising on Ha Long Bay, disembark Paradise Elegance and return to Hanoi to catch your flight to the city of Da Nang on the South China Sea. From there, you'll travel a short distance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An, where you'll spend the next two nights in Grand Deluxe rooms in your MGallery Collection hotel, the Hotel Royal Hoi An.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HOTEL ROYAL HOI AN

The Past Preserved in Centuries-old Hoi An

Hoi An, Vietnam

Today, discover how the traditions of the past are treasured in the present in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, a key international trading port between the 15th and 19th centuries – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved, centuries-old streets, dwellings, temples and pagodas, including the Phung Hung House, an 18th-century Japanese-style bridge and a riverside street market.

After touring Hoi An's historic highlights via cyclo, spend the rest of the day and evening exploring this living museum as you wish, or simply relaxing at your hotel.

Breakfast

HOTEL ROYAL HOI AN

Ho Chi Minh City & the Cu Chi Tunnels

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Fly from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City; upon arrival, head to the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ben Duoc for a close-up look at the Vietnam War. Stretching out in a 120-mile underground network of meeting rooms, triage centers and kitchens, this vast complex allowed North Vietnamese combatants to evade discovery as they moved freely throughout the area, and offers a unique look at life in wartime Vietnam. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

INTERCONTINENTAL ASIANA SAIGON

Once Known as Saigon... Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Today's Ho Chi Minh City – once known as Saigon – bustles with forward-looking energy in glittering skyscapes, street vendors and open-air cafés. A sightseeing tour takes in vestiges of its past, including Reunification Hall (formerly South Vietnam’s presidential palace), and the ornate French colonial architecture of the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring as you like.

Breakfast, Lunch

INTERCONTINENTAL ASIANA SAIGON

Riverside Life in the Mekong Delta

Cai Be, Vietnam

From Ho Chi Minh City, drive to the Mekong River town of Cai Be and board a motorized sampan to cruise through small villages along the banks and floating markets for an authentic look at daily life along the river and the Mekong Delta. Stop at a local rice paper workshop and a fish sauce factory to sample their wares. Lunch at a local farmer’s home provides a glimpse of daily life before you return by land to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

INTERCONTINENTAL ASIANA SAIGON

Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Take a morning flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the Apsara Arts Association, dedicated to the preservation of traditional Cambodian dance and culture. Dine in style this evening at one of the city's top restaurants for fine French cuisine. Your home for the next two nights is the landmark Raffles Hotel Le Royal, where French colonial ambiance has been welcoming royalty, celebrities and jetsetters for over 80 years.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RAFFLES HOTEL LE ROYAL

Many Faces of Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Explore Phnom Penh's Royal Palace complex this morning, where you’ll find solid silver tiles on the floor of the Silver Pagoda, which today serves as a repository for religious and cultural treasures; the architecture of the various buildings in the complex is extraordinary. Visit the National Museum, housing the world’s premier collection of Khmer art, including bronzes, ceramics and sculpture, and chronicling Cambodia’s history and culture.

After lunch, join us for a poignant, optional trip to the infamous “Killing Fields” of Choeung Ek and the Tuol Sleng Museum, memorializing the victims of the infamous “S-21” prison operated at the site.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RAFFLES HOTEL LE ROYAL

On to Amazing Angkor

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor. More than 1,000 archeological sites have been identified at what were the ancient Khmer metropolitan areas. Begin exploring some of them today on a guided visit to Angkor Wat, said to be the largest temple ruins in the world; the bas-reliefs that adorn the massive temple are among the finest examples of 12th-century Khmer art. Dine at your hotel, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D'ANGKOR

Khmer Monuments of Angkor

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Unlike other temples at Angkor, Ta Prohm has been left much as it was found, surrounded by jungle with silk-cotton trees growing out of the walls and covering them with roots; the temple’s stele records indicate that over 12,000 people once lived at the site.

Explore Angkor Thom, the last capital city of the Khmer Empire, home to the incomparable Bayon Temple and the Elephant Terrace, a huge platform adorned with carvings of elephants and used as a reviewing stand for grand public ceremonies long ago. After lunch at a popular local restaurant, the rest of the day is free to spend as you please; dine at your hotel tonight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D'ANGKOR

Discover Luang Prabang in Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

After a morning at leisure in Siem Reap, take an afternoon flight from Cambodia to Laos. The colors may be what you notice first when you arrive in Luang Prabang… the flowers, saffron-clad monks, and gold or ruby wats… but the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, is best known for its temples, French provincial architecture and friendly, multiethnic people. Enjoy dinner at your luxurious hotel after settling in for a three-night stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE LUANG SAY RESIDENCE

Alms in Luang Prabang & Local Rural Life

Luang Prabang, Laos

Shortly after dawn in Luang Prabang, a gong announces the end of morning prayers and the beginning of a procession of monks emerging from the temples to seek alms; rise early this morning to experience this extraordinary ritual. After breakfast, explore the National Museum, preserved from its days as a royal residence at the turn of the 20th century and depicting day-to-day life for the rich and royal; visit the Wat Mai temple; and take an orientation tour of the city.

Then, a scenic drive through the countryside leads to the multi-tiered cascades of the Tad Kouang Si waterfalls, tumbling over limestone formations to create turquoise-colored pools; the wildlife-rich jungle surrounding the falls entices with natural footpaths perfect for hiking. Return to your hotel in Luang Prabang for an evening spent at as you please.

Breakfast, Lunch

THE LUANG SAY RESIDENCE

Waterfalls, Visit to a Special Village and a Traditional Lao Baci Ceremony

Luang Prabang, Laos

Morning sightseeing takes you to picture-perfect Tad Kouang Si waterfalls. Have lunch at a local restaurant in Luang Prabang, then join us this afternoon for a visit to an elephant village for an educational opportunity – and time spent interacting with the elephants! Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner that is highlighted by a special Lao welcome and a traditional Lao Baci well-wishing ceremony, complete with music and dance.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE LUANG SAY RESIDENCE

Life in the Laotian Countryside & Journey Home

Luang Prabang, Laos

Spend the morning on a community based living rice farm in the countryside, surrounded by mountains and rice paddies. You’ll have an opportunity to experience the life of local rice farmers and try your hand at some of their daily activities, or view them from the comfort of a traditional Lao rice house balcony, surrounded by rice terraces and an organic vegetable farm.

There will also be time to visit local handicraft workshops featuring crafts including bamboo weaving, blacksmithing, and sugar cane processing, and a tour of an organic garden offers insights on how natural herbs are used in traditional medicine. Return to your hotel for lunch, then a late-day flight brings you back to Hanoi.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Tour ends: Hanoi. Fly to Hanoi International Airport to connect with your flight home, arriving early evening; international flights should depart no earlier than 9 PM. Allow three hours for flight check-in at the airport.

Breakfast, Lunch

Departure Date
Price
Sun, Sep 15, 2019
$7,890.00
Sun, Oct 20, 2019
$8,490.00
Wed, Nov 06, 2019
$8,490.00
Wed, Dec 11, 2019
$7,890.00
Wed, Dec 11, 2019
$8,490.00

Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Tours of Jan 20 & Feb 13 will sail aboard Paradise Luxury in Ha Long Bay on night 3.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $600.00 per person
  • 59-8 days before departure: $1250.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $2000.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $600 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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