Kayaking at Lan Ha Bay

Indochina Honeymoon

Trip code
IHM001

We’re not the kind of people to spend two weeks on a sunlounger. Since you’re here, we’re guessing you’re not either.

Spanning the three former colonies of French Indochina, this grand tour is stacked with stunning landscapes, fascinating history, and hands-on cultural experiences — at a pace that never feels rushed. From meeting rescued elephants to taking an exhilarating street-food tour on the back of a vintage Vespa, this unique honeymoon is for couples who look for romance in unexpected places.

Pricing

Price based on 3* accommodation
From
A$5,700
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Price based on 4* accommodation
From
A$6,100
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Price based on 5* accommodation
From
A$8,700
pp

Key facts

14 days / 15 nights
Explore Indochina’s interconnected cultures as you join in craft workshops, watch spectacular acrobatics, see a Buddhist alms ceremony, explore Hanoi’s backstreets, and take part in a traditional baci ceremony to bless your marriage
Steep yourself in Khmer history with a full day tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park and a visit to Banteay Srei Temple
Soak up the diversity of Indochina’s landscapes, including a picnic at Kuang Si Falls, a sunset cruise on the Mekong River, and a two-night cruise on Lan Ha Bay
Compare Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine as you dine around Siem Reap and take a Vespa street-food tour in Hanoi
Meet the elephants at MandaLao sanctuary
Conclude your trip with three relaxing days on the beach at Hoi An
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DAY 7-8 HANOI DAY 4-6 LUANG PRABANG DAY 1-3 SIEM REAP DAY 9-10 LAN HA BAY DAY 11-15 HOI AN
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DAY 7-8 HANOI DAY 4-6 LUANG PRABANG DAY 1-3 SIEM REAP DAY 9-10 LAN HA BAY DAY 11-15 HOI AN

This trip includes three domestic flights (from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang, from Luang Prabang to Hanoi, and from Hanoi to Hoi An). Airport transfers will be by private car with an English-speaking guide, and you’ll have two longer car journeys (2.5 hours) from Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay and back.

What's great

Though it covers a wide variety of destinations and experiences, the pace feels fairly leisurely, giving you plenty of time to explore beyond the usual tourist sites

This itinerary is packed with diverse activities, so you're guaranteed to return home with plenty of memories

We’ve woven in some of our favourite romantic experiences, including several cruises, some beach relaxation, and a traditional baci ceremony to bless your marriage

Each destination has been chosen to show a different side of Indochina, including big cities, beaches, World Heritage towns and stunning natural grandeur

Instead of busy Halong Bay, we’ve included its quieter (but no less scenic) neighbour, Lan Ha Bay

Things to consider

Though your included experiences are diverse and unusual, the destinations on this itinerary are classics, and very much “on the beaten path”

This trip is best taken from March to August, during Hoi An’s beach season. If you’d like to travel at another time of year, just let us know and we’ll recommend an alternative destination

The direct flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang doesn’t run every day, so you might have to fly indirect if your travel dates are inflexible

The experience

Planning your honeymoon should be fun, not fraught. We know how important it is to get it right — so bring your ideas, let us do the worrying, and together we’ll build your perfect trip.

Day 1-3

Siem Reap

Three days aren’t enough to take in Angkor’s 1,000+ temples, but you can make a start! With a local guide, you’ll cover the most famous sites: the giant faces of Bayon, the root-strangled ruins of Ta Prohm, and the piéce de resistance: Angkor Wat. The temples are the main event, but Siem Reap has so much more to offer. We’ve balanced your historical explorations with a champagne cruise, a show at the incredible Phare Circus, and an evening restaurant-hopping between tropical gardens and hospitality training schools — sampling everything from Khmer amok to self-serve fro-yos. You’ll also take part in a craft workshop, and visit a mulberry plantation famed for producing rare golden silk.

Angkor Thom sunset cruise - Shutterstock

Highlights

Explore the temples of Angkor: among the most impressive man-made structures on the planet

Enjoy a romantic champagne cruise at sunset on the moat of the ancient city of Angkor Thom

Taste classic Khmer cuisine on a dine-around tour of Siem Reap

Make your own unique souvenir at a handicraft workshop specialising in wood and stone carving, jewellery making, silk painting and weaving

Marvel at the incredible acrobatic storytelling of Phare, The Cambodian Circus

Visit the unusual pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei

Performers from Phare, the Cambodian Circus - Paul Bloomfield

Day 4-6

Luang Prabang

Welcome to one of the most picture-perfect towns in all of Asia: Luang Prabang. Against a backdrop of golden-roofed wats, elegant French-colonial cafés, and the jungle-fringed Mekong, you’ll spend the next couple of days exploring by bike, boat and on foot. Stop in at museums and temples, visit elephant and bear sanctuaries, climb Mount Phousi for stunning views, and pedal through quiet neighbourhoods lined with wooden houses and tropical gardens. Breakfasting in solitude at beautiful Kuang Si Falls is particularly magical, and your traditional baci ceremony at That Luang Temple will guarantee an auspicious start to married life.

Kuang Si Waterfall - Luang Prabang

Highlights

Watch saffron-robed monks file silently through the streets during the daily morning alms ritual

Dodge the daytime crowds with a romantic picnic breakfast at the otherworldly Kuang Si Falls

Hop on your bike to explore the sleepy streets of this World Heritage town

See the town from a different perspective with a sunset cruise on the jungle-fringed Mekong

Meet the residents of MandaLao, where former working elephants come to live out their retirement in peace and quiet

Have your marriage blessed in a traditional Laotian baci ceremony

Handing out alms in Luang Prabang - iStock - ©leezsnow

The finer detail

  • Breakfast every day
  • Five lunches: one during the tour of the Angkor temples; one at MandaLao elephant sanctuary; one during the tour of Hanoi; two onboard the Lan Ha Bay cruise
  • Four dinners: dine-around in Siem Reap; evening food tour by Vespa in Hanoi; two onboard the Lan Ha Bay cruise
  • One full-day experience: tour of the Angkor temples
  • Six half-day experiences: craft session at Artisans d’Angkor; visit to Banteay Srei temple; monks alms in Luang Prabang & a visit to Kuang Si falls; cycling tour of Luang Prabang; MandaLao elephant sanctuary visit; city tour of Hanoi
  • Five evening experiences: dine-around in Siem Reap; Phare, The Cambodian Circus performance; sunset cruise on the Mekong River; Baci blessing ceremony; food tour of Hanoi by Vespa
  • 2-night cruise on Lan Ha Bay with activities
  • All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
  • All internal transport & accommodation

Day 1:
Car transfer from Siem Reap airport to town (15 minutes)

Day 4:
Car transfer from town to Siem Reap airport (15 minutes)
Flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang (1 hour 40 minutes)
Car transfer from Luang Prabang airport to town (15 minutes)

Day 7:
Car transfer from town to Luang Prabang airport (15 minutes)
Flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi (1 hour 20 minutes)
Car transfer from Hanoi airport to hotel (45 minutes)

Day 9:
Car transfer from Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay (2.5 hours)

Day 11:
Car transfer from Lan Ha Bay to Hanoi airport (2.5 hours)
Flight from Hanoi to Danang (1 hour 20 minutes)
Car transfer from Danang airport to Hoi An (45 minutes)

Day 15:
Car transfer from Hoi An to Danang airport (45 minutes)

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
  • Tips for guides & porters