Hightlights Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

Duration: 19 Days
Highlights: Saigon - Mekong - Danang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - LuangPrabang - SiemReap

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Exotic and vast, discovering the Indochina region which offers an unforgettable experience, both on and off the beaten path. Explore the colonial capital city – Hanoi, with its classic French colonial architecture and peaceful lakes… Then go to Siem Reap, one of the most ancient cities in the Orient. In Laos, take time to enjoy the Mekong riverboat trip and visit the famous & sacred caves.

Type of tour: Group tour (Private tour upon request)

  • Day 1 - Arrival Ho Chi Minh city (D)

    Meet at Tan Son Nhat international airport. Transfer to hotel. Dinner on floating restaurant on Saigon River.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 2 - Saigon - Mekong - Mytho (B, L)
    The program will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.
    It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make some special products: making rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & Soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof...
    Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn ....
    A delicious lunch will be served at an ancient house over 170 years old.
    After lunch, the rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta..
    One more option for you if you like biking around the village on the narrow paths
    The cruise will end at Cai Be pier. Back to Ho Chi Minh city.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
  • Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnels (B, L)
    In the morning our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then depart for Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnels are an impressive network of tunnels with a length of over 250 km. This strategic place was used by 15,000 Viet Cong fighters during the war. In the afternoon you return to Saigon.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh city tour – Fly to Da Nang City - Hoian (B)
    After breakfast. Take morning flight to Danang. Pick up and transfer to Hoian Town. Stop on the way to visit Cham Museum in Da Nang, visit Marble Mountain and enjoying sea/sun bathing in My Khe Beach. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
  • Day 5: Hoi An street food tour (B,L or B/D)
    We have 2 time options for you:
    Option 1: Start at 8:00 AM and finish at 12:00 PM
    Option 2: Start at 3:00 PM and finish at 7:00 PM

    We will walk along Hoi An ancient town, taste many unique local specialties food of Hoi An, including: Xi ma (black sesame desert), Quang Noodle, White rose, Fried wonton, Vietnamese coffee, Cao lau, Banh Dap Cam Nam (Rice Cracker), Corn sweet soup at 5 tasting locations. That will ensure you a full lunch or dinner. Besides, we can have fun time, learn about local culture and food history, explore some places that are not in your guidebook, learn how to make white rose. Visit Cam Nam Village, local restaurant and Hoi An Market. Enjoy foot massage at Spa after couple hours of walking.
    Rest of the day, free discover Hoi An in your own way. Overnight in Hoi An.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

  • Day 6: Hoi An - Hue (B)

    Transfer to Hue en route, stopover at Lang Co beach. Enjoy exotic scenery in the way. Overnight in Hue.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

  • Day 7: Hue - Fly to Hanoi (B, L)
    Am: Boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, Minh Mang & Khai Dinh tomb. Visit Imperial Citadel in the afternoon. The tour ends by shopping at Dong Ba Market . Transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Pick up and transfer to hotel. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
  • Day 8: Hanoi – Hoa Lu - Tam Coc (B, L)
    AM: depart to Hoa Lu - Ninh Binh, the former citadel of Vietnam in the tenth century. We also visit Tam Coc which is considered as the Bay of "Halong bay in Land", famous for the beauty of its landscapes, cruising on boat through the rice paddies in Tam Coc surrounded by high cliffs and explore the pagodas inside the caves and Bich Dong temple. Return to Hanoi. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 9 : Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
    Follow a deluxe cruise in Halong Bay, we discover the off the beaten path of the Bay, enjoy breath-taking scenery, explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son Cave and enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island, swimming or kayaking.

    Accommodation: Cruise on Halong Bay
  • Day 10: Bai Tu Long - Yen Duc Village - Hanoi (B, L)
    Wake up a bit early to enjoy the view of Bay’s landscapes with a cup of tea, coffees. Sitting on the upper deck, we can enjoy the breath - taking beauty of the rocky Islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. The quiet is almost eerie; we can hear birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. Continue cruise to visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms.
    Check out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served. We drive to Yen Duc village - a beautiful peaceful village, the typical Vietnamese agricultural village which is rich in culture and traditions. This is also the great chance to visit the charming fields, a holy pagoda, a historical cave and other relic sites while wandering narrow alley ways in the odorous fresh air and talking with hospitable local people. Enjoy water puppet show performed by villagers before heading back to Hanoi. Take a night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.
  • Day 11: Sapa - Love waterfall (B/L)
    Arrive Lao Cai you will meet guide and driver then drive up hill to SaPa. Check into your hotel and enjoy breakfast. A 40 minute drive takes you to Tram Ton Pass at the height of 2047 meters above sea level (the highest pass in Vietnam) where great views are offered of the surrounding mountains and lush forests of the Hoang Lien National Park. From there you will trek 30 minutes through forest. Along the way you have many chances to see wild flowers. Trekking along the stream you will arrive the Love Waterfall . It is the best place for relax in SaPa then return Tram Ton and drive back to SaPa. Return to SaPa by car. Overnight in SaPa.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

  • Day 12: Muong Hoa valley - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B/L)
    Today you will visit Muong Hoa valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in northwest VietNam. Descending into the valley by foot you will see the largest terraced rice paddy in the SaPa area. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of the Black H'mong minority to Ta Van village of the Zay minority, providing the opportunity to see the different traditions and costumes of the two ethnic minority groups. Drive back to Sapa for lunch at your own arrangement. A short shopping in town before moving to Lao Cai station. Dinner at local restaurant in  Lao Cai. Have a train trip back to Hanoi.
    Accommodation: Overnight train to Hanoi
  • Day 13: Hanoi - Fly to LuangPrabang (B, L)
    Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning, free at leisure until our car transfers you to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang which is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos.
    Check in hotel.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.
  • Day 14: Luang Prabang (B, L)
    Breafast at hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos.We visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; we then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. From there, we visit the Night Market, where you can browse a lovely selection of handmade textiles, made by the local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
  • Day 15: LuangPrabang – Kuang Si waterfall – Bear rescue center (B, L)
    After breakfast at your hotel, we drive to visit Kuang Si waterfall and bear rescue centre. Get off the car then entry the falls path, we walk to the bear rescue centre, spent quite some time watching them eat and move around their well set up enclosures and reading their stories. What a great organization!
    Continue walk to the falls, enjoy beautiful, safe to traverse path. The falls are utterly beautiful and easier to see and appreciate. Water is lovely for swimming. It is a pleasure walking through the forest, there are many swimming places each of which has simple change rooms.
    Drive back to Luang Prabang.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.
  • Day 16: LuangPrabang - Fly to Siemreap (B, L)
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Siemreap. Pick up and transfer to hotel. Visit "Great City" of Angkor Thom, visits include the famous Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Afternoon dedicated to visit the most famous & magnificent Angkor Vat temple.
    This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares.With many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water, carved low-reliefs about Ramayana Story and day-to-day life at the time of Angkor's construction.
    At the end of afternoon, following the season, since the Mountain Bakend, the sunset on all the temples, with spectacular views over Angkor Wat.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

  • Day 17: Visit Angkor Wat (B, L)
    Am : Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit of a selection of temples, including the Royal City of Preah Khan with impressive sculptures, Neak Pean built on a small circular island, Ta Som, East Mebon, Preah Rup.
    Afternoon we will continue our visits by Thommanon temple , Ta keo , one of Angkor's great temple mountains.Ta Prohm with a part of the jungle, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang a Royal bathing place, Prasat Kravan with unique brick sculptures. We will visit Les Chantiers Ecole, a handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap. Les Chantiers Ecole was founded in 1992 and its aim is to revive that ancient Khmer art. This organization gives young people the opportunity to learn the art of stone, wood carving, and silk weaving.
  • Day 18: Siemreap - Banteay Srei - Roluos (B, L)
    Morning we will visit the enchanting Banteay Srei. It appears that the temple was designed to leave no space undecorated, and the fine carvings in pink sandstone are quite unique. The second visit will be to Banteay Samre, with elaborate architecture and exceptional carvings, and we will visit of a local village. Afternoon, we will visit the earliest temples of Angkor area a the Roluos group. The three Roluos temples have been in years 877 to 889. They are the Bakong Temple Mountain with beautiful carvings on the false doors and lintels, the funerary temple of Preah Ko, and Lolei Temple.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap 

  • Day 19: Departure (B)
    Am : Breakfast at hotel. Visit Tonlesap lake if time permits. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fisherman's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the "village" move from place to place following water levels and curant.
    Or transfer to the airport for departure flight. End tour.

Tour Cost includes:

  • Full transportation by private car or bus as tour program indicated.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L = lunch, D: dinner)
  • International flight : Hanoi - Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang - Siem Reap
  • 2 domestic flights with airport taxes : Ho Chi Minh - Da Nang , Hue - Hanoi
  • English speaking guide (Other languages up on request)
  • Full Entrance fees.
  • Private Boat trip in Halong Bay, Perfume River, Tam Coc, Tien Giang river in My Tho
  • Private Boat in MeKong in Laos and Tonlesap in Cambodia.
  • Twin-share accommodation with daily breakfast; ( AC room)
  • Roundtrip train ticket Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi

Tour Cost excludes:

  • Other International air tickets
  • Dinners and Travel insurance; tips; personal expenses, emergency transfer
  • Tip for tour guide and driver
  • Surcharge on peak season: Christmas, New Year, Tet, Vietnam public holidays
  • Other not clearly mentioned in program