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From Indochina to the Kingdom of Bhutan

18 days / 17 nights 

Bangkok | Luang Prabang | Hanoi | Halong | Siem Reap | Phnom Penh | Thimphou | Punakha | Paro

Asian discovery

This magnificent journey opens the doors to Indochina. With its monuments, traditions and religions, this trip is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Asian culture.

Next departure: From 12 to 30 November 2024

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Embark on an exceptional journey through the fascinating landscapes and cultures of South-East Asia. From the serenity of the mountains of Laos to dynamic Hanoi, via the mysterious temples of Angkor in Cambodia, this journey is full of unforgettable discoveries. Dive into the majestic Halong Bay, admire the architectural treasures of Thimphou and Paro in Bhutan, and be enchanted by the beauty and history of the Punakha Valley. Each stop is a promise of adventure rich in emotion, colour and flavour, a veritable kaleidoscope of Asian cultures. This journey is an invitation to explore hidden treasures, meet friendly people and experience unique moments that will remain engraved in your memory.

Accompanied trip designed for a limited number of passengers (10 to 20 people).

Your itinerary in brief - Authentic Indochina

Day 1FranceParis / Bangkok / Luang Prabang
Day 2 - Day 3LaosLuang Prabang: The pearl of the Mekong
Day 3 - Day 5VietnamHanoi: Between tradition and modernity
Day 5 - Day 7VietnamLuxury cruise on Halong Bay
Day 7 - Day 10CambodiaSiem Reap: The City of Kings
Day 10 - Day 12CambodiaPhnom Penh: Vibrant capital
Day 12FranceBankgok / Paris

Your itinerary at a glance - The essentials of Bhutan

Day 1 - Day 3BhutanTimphou: The city of happiness
Day 3 - Day 4BhutanPonakha: Spiritual capital of the kingdom
Day 4 - Day 6BhutanParo: Sanctuary of the monasteries
Day 6FranceParo - Bangkok - Paris

Highlights of the trip

Authentic Indochina

Discover theIndochinaLaos is an enchanting destination, combining age-old traditions and exotic landscapes. Venture to the majestic temples of Angkor Wat and explore the bustling markets of Luang Prabang in Laos. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of bustling cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, and sample the region's unique culinary delights. Let yourself be enchanted by the mysterious charms of Indochina, the pearl of Asia. Let yourself be enchanted by the mysterious charms of Indochina, the land of dragons and pagodas.

Day 1 - Day 3

Luang Prabang: The pearl of the Mekong

Discover Luang Prabang, a jewel of culture and natural beauty nestling in Laos. This former royal capital, a jewel on the banks of the Mekong, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that fascinates visitors with its harmonious blend of colonial architecture and Buddhist temples. Immerse yourself in the local spirituality with the morning monk procession, a peaceful and moving spectacle. Meet the elephants at a dedicated sanctuary, a symbol of the region's majestic wildlife. Explore architectural treasures such as Wat Xiengthong, with its elegant roofs, and immerse yourself in history by visiting the Pak Ou caves, secret sanctuaries housing thousands of Buddha statues. Stroll through the night market, a kaleidoscope of colours and skills, where you'll discover local crafts and the traditions of ethnic minorities.

Day 3 - Day 5

Hanoi: Between tradition and modernity

Our journey continues to Hanoi, the captivating capital of Vietnam, where tradition and modernity blend harmoniously. Stroll its bustling streets, lined with centuries-old architecture, and soak up the vibrant spirit of this historic city. Hanoi invites you to explore its cultural treasures, such as the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh and the emblematic pagodas, reflecting a rich Buddhist heritage. Immerse yourself in Vietnamese history at the Museum of Ethnology and the Temple of Literature. Savour the local gastronomy in exceptional settings, such as Didier Corlou's restaurant, where Vietnamese cuisine meets French finesse. And for a moment of pure magic, attend a traditional puppet show on the water. 

Day 5 - Day 7

Luxury cruise on Halong Bay

Discover Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's natural masterpieces, where the splendour of the emerald waters mingles with the imposing beauty of the karst formations. This escapade begins with a picturesque crossing through the rice fields, leading to your traditional junk. On these tranquil waters, Halong Bay is revealed in all its majesty. Marvel at the changing panorama of unspoilt islets and rocks emerging from the sea. Here, every moment is an invitation to contemplation and relaxation. Discover remote fishing villages and explore lost paths by bike through lush countryside.

Day 7 - Day 10

Siem Reap: The City of Kings

Discover Siem Reap, the gateway to the famous temples of Angkor, the heart of the Khmer Empire. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to Angkor Wat, an architectural masterpiece dedicated to Vishnu, and the mysterious Bayon, famous for its sculpted faces. Be captivated by Ta Prohm, where tree roots intertwine with the ruins, and explore the charming Banteay Srei, famous for its pink sandstone and delicate carvings. Siem Reap is a mosaic of culture and history, offering a fascinating insight into ancient Cambodia. It's a must for history buffs and nature lovers alike, where every nook and cranny reveals treasures from a glorious past. It's not just its temples, it's also an immersion in authentic Cambodian life. Cycle through peaceful villages, meet friendly locals and discover local farming traditions, such as sugar palm plantations and verdant rice paddies.

Day 10 - Day 12

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Phnom Penh, the dynamic capital of Cambodia, awaits you for a stopover rich in historical and cultural discoveries. This city combines the charm of its royal past with the poignant memory of darker times. Your exploration of Phnom Penh begins with an exceptional visit to the Royal Palace, a majestic edifice where you will discover the splendid Silver Pagoda and the Throne Room. Accompanied by a Royal Highness, delve into the secrets and history of this emblematic place. The city then invites you to explore its colonial quarters and the Russian market, witness to the history and development of Phnom Penh. A visit to S21 prison will open the doors to a more recent and tragic past, that of the Khmer Rouge era. Your stay in Phnom Penh will also be marked by the city's vibrant culture, with a presentation of the Royal Ballet, offering you a window onto traditional Cambodian arts.

Extension - The Essentials of Bhutan

With its philosophy of happiness, the Bhutan values the well-being of its people over economic growth. It is home to majestic Buddhist monasteries, breathtaking mountain scenery and a diversity of nature that makes it the medicinal plant garden of the Tibetan Lamas. Its authentic culture, sustainable environmental policy and commitment to holistic development make it a unique gem.

Day 1 - Day 3

Timphou: The city of happiness

Explore Thimphou, the tranquil capital of Bhutan, a haven of peace that harmoniously blends tradition and modernity. This city offers a unique immersion in traditional Bhutanese architecture and Buddhist spirituality. Admire the majestic Dzong fortress, a symbol of Bhutanese art and culture, and discover the Changangkha Lhakhang temple, an ancient sanctuary offering panoramic views over the valley. Stroll through the streets of Thimphou and feel the peaceful spirit of the town. Thimphou is a stopover that invites contemplation and discovery, a place where history and spirituality meet in a breathtaking natural setting. An unforgettable stopover for lovers of culture and tranquillity.

Day 3 - Day 4

Punakha: Spiritual capital of the kingdom

Discover Punakha, Bhutan's iconic valley, known for its breathtaking scenery and rich heritage. This peaceful region offers the perfect backdrop for exploring Bhutanese history and culture. Visit the famous Punakha Dzong, an impressive 17th-century fortress situated at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers. This historic structure is a masterpiece of traditional architecture, symbolising the fusion of Bhutanese spirituality and royalty. Stroll through the lush Punakha countryside, meeting the villages and their friendly inhabitants. Discover rural Bhutanese life, an authentic and enriching experience. Punakha is a captivating destination, where natural beauty blends with cultural treasures, offering visitors a fascinating glimpse of ancient Bhutan.

Day 4 - Day 6

Paro: Capital of the monasteries

Surrounded by majestic mountains and verdant valleys, Paro is a window onto Bhutanese beauty and spirituality. Marvel at the Dordenma Buddha, a colossal statue that symbolises wisdom and tranquillity. Stroll through the local markets, experience the rhythm of Bhutanese life and discover treasures of handicrafts. Explore the Taktsang monastery, perched on its cliff, a true architectural feat. This sacred site, also known as the "tiger's nest", offers spectacular views over the valley. Discover the Kyichu monastery, one of the oldest and most revered in Bhutan. Dating back to the 7th century, this temple is a treasure trove of Buddhist architecture and art. Paro is a harmonious blend of nature, history and serenity. 

Carefully selected by the Ciels du Monde team, discover the accommodations of your trip.

Authentic Indochina

Luang Prabang

Souvannaphoum 5* House

Hanoi

Pan Pacific Hanoi 5*

Halong Bay

Luxury private junk

Siem Reap

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra 5*

Phnom Penh

Raffles Le Royal 5*

Extension - The essentials of Bhutan

Bangkok

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport 4*

Timphou

Norkhill Boutique 4* Hotel

Ponakha

Uma 5* Hotel

Paro

5* Meridien Hotel

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Next departure dates

2024 

Authentic Indochina :

From 12 to 24 November

Extension - The Essentials of Bhutan :

From 24 to 30 November

2025 

Authentic Indochina :

From 16 to 28 April

Extension - The Essentials of Bhutan :

From 28 April to 04 May

2026 

Authentic Indochina :

From 15 to 27 April

Extension - The Essentials of Bhutan :

From 27 April to 03 May

2027 

Authentic Indochina :

From 21 April to 03 May

Extension - The Essentials of Bhutan :

From 03 to 09 May

Prices and conditions - Edition 2024

General Terms and Conditions of Sale

THE PRICE INCLUDES :

  • International flights in economy class *.
  • Economy* domestic flights                                        

* Flights are subject to availability at the time of booking and may be subject to change.

  • The services of an English-speaking guide and driver at each stopover and for the entire duration of the trip
  • The services of a ''Ciels du Monde'' guide for the entire duration of the trip
  • Accommodation in double rooms in the hotels listed in the programme
  • Full board throughout the trip (some lunches may be served on board depending on flight times)
  • Table drinks included (water, wine, beer, coffee, juice, soft drinks)
  • Airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Repatriation insurance
  • Tips

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE :

  • Business class supplement on intercontinental flights: contact us
    The price will be quoted on the day you register for the trip and must be booked at the time.
  • Personal expenses (telephone, laundry, non-meal drinks, mini bar, passport fees)
  • Single room supplement
  • All services not clearly mentioned
  • Vaccines, tests and medicines of all kinds
  • Pre-post delivery: please consult us
  • Optional comprehensive and additional accident/luggage/cancellation insurance: please consult us.

FORMALITIES :

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months after date of return

REGISTRATION CONDITIONS :

On registration
30% of the fare
90 days before departure
45% of the fare
45 days before departure
25% of the fare

CANCELLATION CHARGES :

180 days or more before departure
10% of the cost of the trip
179 to 120 days before departure
30% of the cost of the trip
119 to 90 days before departure
40% of the cost of the trip
89 to 60 days before departure
50% of the cost of the trip
59 to 30 days before departure
75% of the cost of the trip
Less than 30 days before departure
100% of the cost of the trip

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Hanoi

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Baie d'Halong

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Dien Bien Phu

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Hoi An

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Siem Reap

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Phnom Penh

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- BHOUTAN -

Thimphou

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Punakha

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- BHOUTAN -

Paro

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- THAÏLANDE -

Bangkok

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Corporate Social Responsibility

As part of this trip, we'll be helping to protect elephants in Laos and supporting the preservation of Cambodia's cultural heritage.

We actively support local initiatives that have been carefully selected for their positive impact on the environment. We work with our local partners to introduce you to these destinations through tours designed to preserve nature and respect the local population. We develop partnerships with international NGOs to deliver medical and educational supplies to selected destinations.

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