Vietnam Champagne Nights_ Backpacker Days Tour

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Discovering Indochina
Dear Traveller
I have always had a soft spot for Southeast Asia in particular Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos as it is from my own
personal travels I have created a unique ‘Champagne nights, Backpacker days’ tailor-made trips, which provides 4
and 5* hotels with the most amazing day trips which can be designed to suit your personal requirements, explore at
your own pace and select accommodation to suit your specific needs and interests. A holiday in a lifetime, truly
amazing and unforgettable....

Visiting all three countries offers a wealth of variety, from the spiritual town of Luang Prabang in Laos, to
Vietnam’s stunning Halong Bay and the spectacular temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

From the charm of Hanoi is rich with the heritage of France, with elegant avenues of gold-stone
mansions. Along the banks of the Perfume River the imperial palaces of Hue are close to the
battlefields and secret tunnels of the American War. The Chinese shop-houses of Hoi An act as
a tranquil foil to the frenetic commerce of Saigon, now reborn as Ho Chi Minh City. Crossing the
jagged mountains and terraced rice paddies in the far north to the lush south where the mighty
Mekong finally meets the sea, Vietnam is hauntingly beautiful. There is majestic scenery in
whether in the towering limestone islands of Halong Bay, the jungle-clad peaks of the remote
north west or the sweeping deserted beaches that line the central coast.

Champagne Nights, Backpacker Days Tour
Day 1 Fly from the UK to Siagon via Bangkok.
Day 2 Arrive in Saigon. Afternoon at leisure
Day 3 Full day city tour of Saigon including a trip to the Cu Chi tunnels
Day 4 Short flight to Da Nang to explore the beautiful resort of Hoi Ann
Days 5 Explore Hoi Ann vist the relics of the Sa Huynh and Cham cultures
Days 6-7 Take a short flight to Hanoi and spend time exploring this traditional Vietnamese city.
Head out to Halong Bay to experience a Junk Cruise
Days 8 Return to Hanoi. Spend a night in the city before flying to Luang Prabang
Day 9-11 Early morning flight to Luang Prabang and time to explore Luang Prabang’s temples and
Days 12-14 Flight to Siem Reap to spend the next few days discovering Angkor Wat as well as some of
the lesser known temples.
Day 14-15 Fly to Phnom Pehn the Kingdom of Cambodia. Afternoon discovering this riverside capital
Situated at the confluence of three great rivers the ‘four arms' of the Mekong.
Day 16 A final morning to enjoy before transferring for your flight to the UK via Bangok.
Day 17 Arrival in the UK

All our travel arrangements are on a private, individual basis to offer you complete freedom of choice. The
itineraries and accommodation options are designed to give you a flavour of what is possible and can be
tailor-made to suit your preferences. Prices vary according to selected accommodation and season. Please
call us to discuss your personal requirements
This astonishing city, full of vitality, was the original ‘Pearl of the Orient’. You will find: Notre
Dame Cathedral,the Opera House, the Post Office and the Reunification Palace. There is
plenty of local charm: The choice of restaurants is outstanding and this is a great shopping
city: classy boutiques sell lacquer ware, silk and modern art. Nearby are the infamous Cu Chi
Tunnels, a network of over 250 kilometres of secret underground passages used by the Viet
Cong during the conflict with America, and, tucked away in the suburbs, Cholon’s Chinatown
market is arguably the best outside China. Saigon has a wide range of accommodation
options, such as the Renaissance Riverside and the Sheraton.

Hoi An
Prior to the arrival of the French, Hoi An was Vietnam’s window on the world. It is an ideal spot to
stop for a few days; Relaxing on Cua Dai beach with its good quality resorts. Walking along the
wharf, shopping in the market or measuring up for a silk dress or suit. There are many
restaurants, old houses, craft shops and art galleries where local artists exhibit their works. As a
day trip from Hoi An you can visit Vietnam’s grandest Cham ruins at My Son or the poignant
memorial to the villagers of My Lai, infamously murdered en masse during the war with the US.

Halong Bay
Whether shrouded in mist or bathed in sunshine, the sheer island mountains of Halong Bay
form one of Asia’s iconic landscapes. Cruising the calm waters you will see Vietnamese life at
its most unspoilt and traditional with families, reliant on fishing for their livelihood, waving
from their floating homes. There are several options for exploring the bay but we recommend
staying at least one night on a traditional junk, with the chance to dine on seafood as the sun
sets over the spectacular views. Uncovered

One of Asia’s most beautiful secrets, Laos has remained virtually untouched after years of
political isolation. Its Buddhist religion is still intense and devout while the diverse hill tribes
retain their age-old cultures. Travellers find themselves captivated by the mist-veiled
mountains and enigmatic plateaux, the rivers that run ghost-like through untouched forests,
and the monks who trail along paths and alleys in search of their morning alms. Traditional
ways of life continue in the face of our rapidly changing world. Laos is not a place you simply
see: it is morea country you feel and experience as its quiet beauty works its magic. The
Laotians themselves are very welcoming, allowing you an insight into their lives and country.
Whilst neighbouring countries have booming economies, Laos remains relatively
undeveloped. This is caused by, and reflected in, the nature of the Laotians themselves - to
hurry is simply not the Lao way. A visit to Laos is a chance to indulge in a gentle pace of life
where time is to be savoured not rushed.

The Mekong River, Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang
Once the ancient capital of northern Laos, Luang Prabang has retained much of its majesty
and tranquillity and is now a UNESCO protected site. The town has more than 30 beautifully
gilded temples and is a spiritual centre for the entire country. At dawn, saffron-robed monks
stream through narrow streets and alleys between buildings dating back to the French
colonial era, collecting alms from their neighbours in the gentle morning light. The temple of
Wat Xieng Thong is a highlight with its intricate mosaics and painted figurines, while the
hilltop Wat Phu Si affords wonderful views over the town, the Mekong River and surrounding
mountains. Make time to visit the excellent Big Brother Mouse project set up to encourage
Lao children to read. Here you can purchase Lao books for distribution at some of the small
minority villages in the rural areas around Luang Prabang. The surrounding area has a wealth
of good trekking opportunities and the picturesque Kuang Si waterfalls are worth a visit.
Travelling by boat you can visit the Pak Ou caves or the dramatic gorges of the Ou River.
After the sun sets over the Mekong the town comes to life, with a night market offering a
huge range of locally made handicrafts.

The 33-room boutique property is anchored by the 1938-built residence of Princess
Khampieng and Prince Khamtan, a grandson of the 19th Century King Zakarine. The
residence is located in a neighbourhood of garden homes that was once a royal enclave and
today ranks as one of Luang Prabang’s most exclusive development zones.

The hotel is set around the historic home, now known as Plumeria (frangipani) with seven
additional buildings – each as intimate and comfortable as the annexes of a family

The hotel’s “Art Décor “style is prevalent throughout with an original blend of French and
British colonial furnishings , each room stands out as an individual testament to continental
aesthetics that reigned in the 1930s and 1940s. The style trades on a melding of familiar,
classic lines and the panache of vibrant tropical colours and appeal.

The ambiance is residential, as if one were staying in a private villa. Hence the slogan “A
Residence of Charm”.

At the entrance, stylized jasmine lotus bloom serves as both a fountain and a harbinger of
the profuse gardens cultivated about the compound. Each of the buildings are named for a
flower —Plumeria, Lotus, Heliconia, Hibiscus, Passiflore, Gardenia.

The royal family’s pool remains in its original location, imagined anew with alternating swaths
of black and white mosaic tile and framed by an exquisite deck of tropical hardwood.
As the pre-dawn mists lift from the jungles of Cambodia, ancient temples come slowly to
light; crumbling, broken down over centuries of invasion by the creeper trees that climb and
wind their way over the ruins. This is Ta Prohm, one of the many temples of Angkor, the lost
city of the Khmers. One of the most amazing archaeological sites in the world, the temples of
Angkor lie, in various states of ruin, across a vast area of northern Cambodia and represent a
country’s heritage and identity like no other site in the world. But you would be mistaken for
believing that this was all there was to see in this beautiful and fascinating country, a land
now emerging from its troubled past. The capital, Phnom Penh, is springing back to life but
still retains a small-town character, with its atmospheric riverfront, busy markets and streets
teeming with scooters.

Siem Reap
Once a small market town, Siem Reap has undergone one of the fastest periods of growth in
Southeast Asia, and is still growing. This is the gateway to Angkor and has more than a
hundred hotels from which we can select one to match your tastes and budget. The town has
a surprisingly sophisticated selection of good restaurants and bars, but you do not have to
look far to find a more authentic Cambodia, for example on the stalls of the fascinating local
market. Today Siem Reap also offers access to other attractions in the area. A great
excursion is on Tonle Sap Lake, a vast body of water that, when the Mekong floods, is
Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. A boat trip on the lake reveals rural Cambodian life
as it co-exists with the seasonal floods, with floating and stilted villages where communities
dwell in an aquatic world. Siem Reap also has some interesting museums and pagodas as
well as some fantastic boutiques, a visit to ‘Artisans d’Angkor’ is particularly recommended.
For the wildlife enthusiast you will find rare birds at the sanctuaries close to Siem Reap.

Phnom Penh
With its frenetic markets and wide tree-lined boulevards, Cambodia’s historic capital is a
vibrant and charming city. A full day tour takes you to the magnificent Royal Palace, with its
adjacent Silver Pagoda on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, then on to the
National Museum. This splendid building houses a collection of Khmer treasures, providing a
good preface to your exploration of Angkor. In the afternoon we suggest you visit the Tuol
Sleng museum of genocide and the infamous Killing Fields. Though emotionally draining,
these sites give you an accurate insight into the atrocities that took place under the Khmer
Rouge and Pol Pot. We recognise that such a harrowing experience is not for everyone. The
city’s diverse markets are great places to explore and people-watch and the surrounding
countryside shelters several pre-Angkorian temples.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal,
Phnom Penh
Le Royal is the second Raffles property in Cambodia and the premier hotel in the capital.
The renovated colonial building is steeped in tradition and history yet its 208 guest rooms
and suites are beautifully fitted with every comfort. There is an excellent spa and inviting
swimming pool, while a choice of superb restaurants means there is no need to leave your
hotel at night if you do not wish to.


Weddings and Honeymoons
Southeast Asia is the perfect honeymoon destination. We ensure that all hotels on your trip are aware it is
your honeymoon so you can enjoy any special treats they might have on offer. We recommend you have a
base for the first couple of days of your honeymoon so you can relax after the long flight, and reflect on the
excitement of your wedding day. We offer a honeymoon gift service, so if you already have the traditional
wedding presents you can ask your friends and family to contribute to your honeymoon.
We can arrange marriage ceremonies in Southeast Asia.

Please speak to our wedding co-ordinator who will be delighted to help you.

The climate across Southeast Asia varies dramatically depending on where you are, but the good news is
that it is always the best time to go somewhere in the region. Generally Indochina, is considered to be at
best between November and March, however there are exceptions. For example, Central Vietnam has
fantastic beach weather during our summer and experiences typhoons in November. Generally the best
time to see the entire country is from October through to March but journeys are possible at any time of

Terms & Conditions and Travel Insurance
Your booking is subject to the terms and conditions of Worldwide Flightline which are detailed in the
booking form. It is vital that you have adequate travel insurance and we are able to offer a quotation for
the duration of your trip.

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