This 16 day tour takes you to visit the best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Discover the greatest landscapes: Hanoi city, Halong bay, Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong floating market. Visit the historical places in Cambodia including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and the lovely Laos.
|Day 1||Hanoi||Arrival in Hanoi. Our driver meets you at airport and transfers you to your hotel. Rest of the day is your leisure in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.||–|
|Day 2||Hanoi||After Breakfast at hotel, start exploring the greatest places in Hanoi city. Take a tour around the Old Quarter with cyclo to see the daily bustling life of the city. Overnight in Hanoi.||B,L|
|Day 3||Halong bay||Hanoi – Halong bay. Transfer to Halong bay. Lunch after boarding. Cruising through thousand amazing islands and islets, visit Surprising Cave, kayaking, swimming, relax on boat at night. Overnight on boat.||B,L,D|
|Day 4||Halong bay||Cruise back to the pier. Pass by Halong Pearl Farm, relax and have lunch on boat and say goodbye to the crew. Back to Hanoi. Transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.||B,L|
|Day 5||Ho Chi Minh||Morning, Ho Chi Minh city tour. Visit the Re-Unification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the War Remains Museum, Jade Emperor Temple. Afternoon, leave Ho Chi Minh to for Cu Chi and explore Cu Chi Tunnel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.||B,L|
|Day 6||Mekong delta||Leave Ho Chi Minh for My Tho and Ben Tre. Take a boat trip on mekong river to a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, walking through the fruit plantation village. Overnight in Can Tho.||B,L|
|Day 7||Mekong delta||Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river. Proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary. Overnight in Chau Doc.||B,L|
|Day 8||Phnom Penh||Speed boat from Chau Doc, Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After a refrestment, visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Overnight in Phnom Penh.||B|
|Day 9||Siem Reap||Morning, transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Afternoon, visit some famous temples in Siem Reap including: East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Panan, Preah Khan, Pre Rup. Evening, enjoy buffet dinner and watch Khmer Traditional Dance Show at a local restaurant.
(Alternative: visit the notorious Choeung Ek Killing Fields & Wat Phnom in the morning. Afternoon transfer to Siem Reap.)
Overnight inSiem Reap.
|Day 10||Siem Reap||Morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom. Continue your visit to Ta Prohm. Afternoon, visit Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. Enjoy a wonderful sunset scenery from the Top of Phnom Bakhen Hill. Overnight in Siem Reap.||B|
|Day 11||Siem Reap||Morning, boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake for sightseeing. After that, transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang, Laos. Overnight in Luang Prabang.||B,L|
|Day 12||Luang Prabang||Take boat trip on Mekong river, visit very famous Pak Ou Buddha Caves which sit amongst the limestone cliffs where the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers meet. Visit village of Ban Xang Hai which has for centuries made the clay jars which are used to ferment Lao wine. Overnight in Luang Prabang.||B,L|
|Day 13||Luang Prabang||Morning, visit Elephant village, enjoy sightseeing with elephant ride and much more.
Afternoon, visit some famous temples in the city including: Wat Visoun, Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thong. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
|Day 14||Luang Prabang||Morning, drive out of town 30km to the beautiful Kuang Sii Fall, where you can swim, relax, soft trek to the top of the fall. On return, stop to visit a Black Hmong Village. After that, transfer you straight to airport for your flight to Vientiane. Overnight in Vientiane.||B,L|
|Day 15||Vientiane||Visit the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Visit That Luang Stupa and the imposing Patuxay Monument.
Overnight in Vientiane.
|Day 16||Vientiane||After breakfast, visit Buddha Park which is 30km far from the city center. Afternoon, transfer to airport for your departure flight.||B,L|
Day 1: Hanoi arrival.
Arrival at airport in Hanoi. We pick you up at the airport then transfer to hotel in Old Quarter of Hanoi for your accommodation. Rest of the day is your leisure time.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – City tour (B,L)
After having breakfast the tour guide and shuttle bus will arrive to pick up you to join Hanoi city tour at 8.30am. You will start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.
Continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Have lunch at local restaurants. Proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum. After that we will take you to Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful water, and visit Ngoc Son Temple.
An hours cyclo tour around the bustling old quarter to experience ordinary life in Hanoi. At 18.00, back to your hotel. It’s your free time now to have dinner and a short while to explore the streets of Hanoi.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Around 8.00am, Our guide Pick you up at your hotel and go to Halong bay on a shuttle bus. Take a rest at Humanity center and enjoy local specialties after 2h. Arrival in Halong at 11.45. The captain and crew welcome you aboard. Savor the delicious lunch as boat pass through thousands of Islands and Islets with different shapes.
After the lunch, explore the biggest and the most amazing cave in Halong Bay –Surprise Cave. Then Kayaking for an hour around the fishing village and discover the life of community there. Then back to boat for Sunset Party, get to calm, clean water place for swimming. Enjoy delicious and romantic dinner with some barbecue courses.
In the evening, free time for entertainment with the funny plays such as squid fishing, karaoke program, stars watching on sundeck… Spend romantic night on board.
Stay overnight on board in Halong bay.
Day 4: Halong bay – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh (B,L)
In the morning, breakfast, fruits, coffee and tea are served on board. Cruise further and stop-over at a pearl farm to sea real peace cultivated by local fisherman. After that, we continue cruising further, go throught many islands and islets to discover the hidden charm of the bay.
Join a cooking class opened right on the cruise for all the people are interested in cooking, especially cooking Vietnamese food. Cruise back to the prier while having lunch. Say goodbye to the crew and disembark. Get on bus to go back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi around 04.30pm.
Transfer straight to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh.
Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh – City tour (B,L)
Morning, at 07.30am, start the city tour in Ho Chi Minh. We start the trip by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum, (Drop you off at Ben Thanh Market for shopping if we have enough time).
Afternoon, leave Ho Chi Minh for Cu Chi. Explore Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Finish the tour at around 05.30pm.
Stay overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 06: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Can Tho (B,L)
Around 8.00, Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank.
Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of water coconut trees along natural canals. Have a short cycling tour (if time permitted) then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantations and villages.
Proceed to Can Tho. Free time to visit the bustling Can Tho market.
Stay overnight at hotel in Can Tho.
Day 07: Mekong Delta – Chau Doc (B,L)
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets (& Phong Dien is optional), which are the liveliest in the whole religion.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch.
Proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. Back to the Town, hotel check in.
Stay overnight at hotel in Chau Doc.
Day 08: Chau Doc, Vietnam – Phnom Penh, Cambodia (B)
After breakfast, transfer to a speed boat for the journey to Phnom Penh. Arrive at Sisowath tourist dock in Phnom Penh around 02.00pm.
After a refreshment, visit to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. Visit the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles.
Continue your visit at the National Museum. This is one of Phnom Penh’s true architectural gems. The Museum is instantly recognizable with its warm red terracotta and its gracefully cured roof topped by dozens of guardian nagas. It was designed in Khmer style in 1917 by famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts Cambodgiens.
Stay overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 09: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B,D)
Morning, transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, check-in the hotel and have lunch.
Afternoon, visit some famous temples in Siem Reap including: East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Panan, Preah Khan, Pre Rup.
- The East Mebon is a 10th Century temple at Angkor, Cambodia. Built during the reign of King Rajendravarman, it stands on what was an artificial island at the center of the now dry East Baray reservoir.
- Ta Som is a small temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built at the end of the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. It is located north east of Angkor Thom and just east of Neak Pean.
- Neak Pean at Angkor, Cambodia is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Preah Khan Baray built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. It is the “Mebon” of the Preah Khan baray.
- Preah Khan is a temple at Angkor, built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. However, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.
- Pre Rup is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built as the state temple of Khmer king Rajendravarman and dedicated in 961 or early 962. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction.
Stay overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Alternative: Visit Choeung Ek Killing Fields & Wat Phnom – Transfer to Siem Reap (B,L)
Morning, visit the notorious Choeung Ek Killing Fields 15km southwest of Phnom Penh. This one is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (From 1975–1979). Continue your visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison). This prison was a high school, and used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.
Back to the city and visit Wat Phnom – the most famous buddhist temple in Phnom Penh. It was built in 1373, and stands 27 metres above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the city. The pagoda was given the name of Wat Preah Chedey Borapaut.
Afternoon, transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel.
Stay overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat (B,L)
In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (literally: “Great City”), located in present day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Continue your visit at the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Continue your visit to Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in Angkor. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic.
In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Before ending the tour today, enjoy a wonderful sunset scenery from the Top of Phnom Bakhen Hill.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 11: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Luang Prabang, Laos (B,L)
After breakfast at hotel, take a boat trip for sight-seeing on Tonle Sap Lake, the Great Lake of Cambodia. It is one of the largest lakes in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.
After that, back to downtown to visit Artisan’s D’angkor, the caving art school. Continue your visit to Wat Thmei. Wat Thmei near Charles de Gaulle Boulevard in Siem Reap, Cambodia where you will find a small memorial stupa which contains the skulls and bones of victims killed during the regime of the Khmer Rouge during 1975 – 1979.
Transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight to Luang Prabang.
Ovenight in Luang Prabang.
Day 12: Luang Prabang – Visit Pak Ou Caves (B,L)
Approximately: 3.5 hours boat ride & 2 hours walking.
We depart from our office and take a short walk to the boat pier. We board the boat and begin our cruise along the amazing Mekong which takes us past idyllic scenes of rural riverside life and spectacular scenery until reaching the beautiful Pak Ou Caves which sit amongst the limestone cliffs where the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers meet. The caves are spilt in two, one named Tham Ting and the other Tham Theung. They are both filled with thousands of Buddha images and statues which have been deposited here over centuries.
A short distance away from Pak Ou Caves we visit the village of Ban Xang Hai which has for centuries made the clay jars which are used to ferment Lao wine. Nowadays the tradition continues however the village now also specialises in producing a wide range of ‘Lau Lao’ Lao whisky and ‘Lau Hai’ Lao wine. Be sure to try just a little before we head of back down river to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.
Stay overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 13: Luang Prabang – Visit Elephant Village & some famous temple (B,L)
Together with our local guide, you will proceed to the “Elephant Village” about 15 km out Elephant riding, Elephant Tour in Luang Prabangof town and in the middle of a green, natural surrounding, settled on the banks of the Nam Khan river. Here you will be introduced to the protected Asian Elephants and go out for a scenic ride in the beautiful settings along the river. Enjoy the new perspective and the wonderful nature on this 30- 40 min Elephant ride through which you support the rescue of our former logging Elephants. A stunning landscape, tranquillity and lush Lao nature gives you a relaxed stay on the back of the Elephant. Lean back in your seat and enjoy this exceptional Elephant experience…
Lunch will be served on the river view terrace overlooking the Nam Khan river and the surrounding landscapes. A short boat ride will bring you to the amazing Tad Sae waterfalls (not in dry season from Jan-August). Here you can hang out and relax for a while in the refreshing waterfall cascades. A short boat trip will bring you back to the Elephant Village. Transfer back to the town.
On arrival in the town, we visit some famous temples including: Wat Visoun, Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thong.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 14: Luang Prabang – Kuang Sii Fall (B,L)
After breakfast drive out of town 30KM to the beautiful Kuang Sii Fall, where you can swim, relax, soft trek to the top of the fall.
On return short stop at Black Hmong Village, where hill tribe hand-made handicraft as souvenirs for visitors passes by.
Arrival at hotel. Spend your leisure time in the town for walking on street and shopping until we transfer you to airport for flight to Vientiane.
Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Day 15: Vientiane – City tour (B,L)
After breakfast, start the city tour by visiting the Wat Sisaket with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue the visit at Wat Simuang and Wat Prakeo, which was the original home of the famous Emerald Buddha, which today lives in Bangkok.
Enjoy lunch at a nice restaurants in Vientiane.
After lunch, Visit the huge golden That Luang monument, where all Lao citizen respect as holy pagoda. Pha That Luang (‘Great Stupa’) is a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the centre of Vientiane, Laos. Since its initial establishment, suggested to be in the 3rd century, the stupa has undergone several reconstructions as recently as the 1930s due to foreign invasions of the area. It is generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol.
After that, we visit Vientiane’s own Victory Monument, which looks like the Arc de Triumphe. This was built at the end of the Indochina wars with money rumored to be American, and earmarked for the airport’s new runway. Thus the departing Americans dubbed this monument the vertical runway! Have a look at the lovely arches inside the monument.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 16: Vientiane – Buddha Park – Departure (B,L)
Morning, visit Lao – Thai Friendship Bridge. It is a bridge over the Mekong, connecting Nong Khai province and the city of Nong Khai in Thailand with Vientiane Prefecture in Laos. Then proceed to Buddha Park, a display of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures located by the Mekong River.
After that, transfer you traight to airport for your departure flight.
PRICE IN USD
4 & 5 star
Semi-private tour: You will join group tours in Vietnam, you will travel and sightseeing with other passengers. Rest of the tour, in Cambodia and Laos, is private tour.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- Domestic flights.
- Cookery demonstrations in Halong Bay.
- Kayak in Halong bay: Safe, clean and nice.
- Room on boat with AirConditioner in Halong bay.
- Meals mentioned (B,L,D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
- Transfer as per tour program.
- English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees.
- Other personal expenses.