duration: 22 Days

Like A Local in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos 22 days

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Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Mekong Eyes Cruise – Chau Doc – Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Mai Chau – Halong Bay – Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Kuang Si Waterfalls

Lively, dynamic, and perpetually intriguing, the Indochina region stands as a travel destination that beckons exploration beyond the well-known attractions. Offering distinctive, immersive encounters focused on food, culture, and local life, we take delight in narrating tales, divulging secrets, and acquainting you with all the extraordinary facets that render the Indochina area truly exceptional! “Like A Local” in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos brings forth authentic experiences shared by both travelers and locals alike. There is no superior method to understand a country’s culture and relish its distinct allure than by immersing yourself in the everyday lives of its inhabitants.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival

Afternoon Greetings in Siem Reap Once you land at Siem Reap International Airport, our guide will receive you and convey you to the centrally located hotel. Enjoy the freedom to explore Siem Reap until the welcome dinner featuring the Apsara Dance show. Following dinner, a transfer will be arranged to take you back to your hotel for an overnight stay in Siem Reap. Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Siem Reap Hotel
Day 2

Day 2: Ta Prohm – Grand Circuit – Angkor Wat – Bakheng Hill

Morning 8:00: Embark on a visit to the jungle-clad Ta Prohm Temple, renowned as the filming location for the Hollywood blockbuster, Tomb Raider. Further explore the Grand Tour Circuit, encompassing Rre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, and Preah Khan. Pause for lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon Uncover the iconic Angkor Wat, the most celebrated among all the temples within the Angkor complex, adorned with five distinctive towers symbolizing the Cambodian flag. Revel in the breathtaking sunset panorama from the summit of Phnom Bakheng Hill. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Siem Reap Hotel
Day 3

Day 3: Siem Reap – Fly to Phnom Penh – Sightseeing half day in the afternoon

Morning Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel. Unwind at your accommodation or opt for an optional tour, which may include lounging by the swimming pool, embarking on a Tuk Tuk ride, and exploring the local market for souvenirs. Later, head to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Afternoon Participate in a sightseeing tour to discover the Royal Palace compound, an impressive array of colorful Khmer-style palaces. Continue the exploration with a visit to the Silver Pagoda, showcasing numerous Buddha statues adorned with diamonds, emeralds, gold, and silver. Explore Independence Monument and the National Museum. The tour concludes with a stop at Wat Phnom, the lone hill in the city hosting sacred sites. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Phnom Penh Hotel
Day 4

Day 4: Phnom Penh – Speed boat to Chau Doc

Morning Enjoy leisure time during the morning. Afternoon Approximately at midday, the guide facilitates your transfer to the boat station. Embark on a speedboat journey crossing the Vietnam border. Upon reaching Chau Doc, transfer to your designated hotel. Spend the night in Chau Doc. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Chau Doc Hotel
Day 5

Day 5: Chau Doc – Mekong Eyes Cruise – Cai Be/ Can Tho

Morning Board the car or bus destined for Cai Be or Can Tho. Step onto one of our vessels and acquaint yourself with your cabin. Delight in your lunch as the boat navigates through the intricate branches and canals of the Mekong. Afternoon Relax on the sundeck or in our lounge, absorbing the lush greenery and observing the varied daily routines of the Mekong Delta residents. Upon disembarking from the cruise, engage in a land excursion, meandering through verdant orchards or rice fields. Witness the intricate processes of food production or observe the locals in the construction of their boats. Return to the cruise and relish your preferred beverage at the bar as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mekong Eyes Cruise
Day 6

Day 6: Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh

Morning Commence the journey to the Cai Rang floating market. Embark on a sampan to navigate the lively maze of the floating market, abundant with tropical fruits and vegetables. Engage in sampling and showcase your bargaining skills with the locals. On Monday/Wednesday/Friday, explore the narrow channels of the Mekong Delta around Cai Be via a small sampan or on foot. Enjoy lunch at the Mekong Rest Stop. On Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday, lunch will be in Vinh Long City. Afternoon Disembark in Can Tho or Vinh Long, and transfer via shuttle bus to Ho Chi Minh City. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh City Hotel
Day 7

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh Sightseeing Tour

Morning Participate in a sightseeing tour to discover the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh. Explore the lively Cholon (Chinatown), Thien Hau Pagoda—one of the oldest Chinese pagodas—and the colorful Ben Thanh Market. Make a stop at Notre-Dame Cathedral, inaugurated in 1880, which became the spiritual and cultural focal point of the French presence in the Orient. Proceed to the Post Office, designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station. Delve into the former Presidential Palace, notable for its symbolic significance in the fall of Saigon in 1975, and the War Remnants Museum. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh City Hotel
Day 8

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Da Nang – Hoi An

Morning Head to the airport for your flight to Da Nang. Travel a brief distance south, passing by the renowned Non Nuoc Beach. Journey to the captivating town of Hoi An, recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site. Afternoon Spend the night in Hoi An. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hoi An Hotel
Day 9

Day 9: Cycling to Tra Que Vegetables Village

Morning Cycle along charming country roads outside Hoi An. Our destination is a local farm situated in Tra Que Vegetable Village. Embark on a brief tour around the vegetable gardens, delving into the details of local produce and farming techniques. Participate alongside locals in the preparation and fertilization of the land. Enjoy lunch in the village. Afternoon Bicycle back to Hoi An. Enjoy free time at your leisure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hoi An Hotel
Day 10

Day 10: Hoi An – Hue – Food tour by cyclo

Morning Be transported from Hoi An to Hue via a private car or shuttle bus. Upon arrival in Hue, partake in a cyclo food tour. Delight in the flavors of Hue, exploring and savoring delicious local cuisine. Our amiable local guide will provide insights into the history and background of the dishes as you indulge in them. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hue Hotel
Day 11

Day 11: Hue Sightseeing Half day – Fly to Hanoi

Morning Embark on a city tour to uncover the charms of Hue. Visit the Hue Citadel, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Explore the Minh Mang King's tomb, renowned as one of the most exquisite mausoleums in the vicinity of Hue. Afternoon Enjoy free time at your leisure until the evening flight to Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay in Hanoi. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hanoi Hotel
Day 12

Day 12: Hanoi Half day city tour by Mortobike

Morning Commence the city tour on a motorbike, with pick-up from your hotel at 8:00. Gain insights into the history of Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Opera House, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, and West Lake. Traverse through some of Vietnam's most upscale real estate areas to discern lifestyle distinctions between the central district and others. Savor lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Afternoon Enjoy free leisure time for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hanoi Hotel
Day 13

Day 13: Hanoi – Mai Chau

Morning Be picked up at your hotel and travel to Mai Chau by van. Reach Mai Chau around midday and relish a welcome drink. Partake in a traditional lunch in the village (vegetarian options available). Afternoon Embark on a cycling tour around the village, observe farmers at work in the fields, witness locals weaving scarves, and explore the serene neighboring villages. Return to the hotel. Delight in an outdoor BBQ party in the garden, witness a traditional Thai dance, and savor the traditional liquor "ruou can." Spend the night in the communal stilt house or Valley View Bungalow. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Communal stilt house or Bungalow in Mai Chau
Day 14

Day 14: Mai Chau – Hanoi

Morning Accompany the local tour guide on an excursion to the more secluded rural villages of Na Meo and Na Mo. Upon reaching the villages, immerse yourself in their culture and customs. Return to the homestay for lunch and check-out. Afternoon Enjoy free time for shopping and relaxation. Between 15:00 and 15:30, bid farewell to the host and return to Hanoi on the shuttle bus. Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hanoi Hotel
Day 15

Day 15: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Morning Depart from Hanoi for the captivating Halong Bay, a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site. Reach Halong Bay around noon and board a splendid boat for an overnight cruise. Afternoon Indulge in an exquisite menu featuring fresh seafood for lunch. Engage in various activities, depending on the cruise itinerary, such as exploring caves, kayaking, and swimming in the ocean. Relish dinner and partake in night activities on board. Overnight on the cruise. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Overnight on board in Halong Bay
Day 16

Day 16: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Morning Rise early to relish the enchanting sunrise and participate in a Tai Chi session. Subsequently, take a tea break as the boat serenely cruises through the breathtaking limestone formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy brunch while the boat makes its way back to Hanoi. Afternoon Indulge in free leisure time for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Hanoi Hotel
Day 17

Day 17: Hanoi – Fly to Vientiane

Morning Enjoy some leisure time in Hanoi before your departure flight to Vientiane (Check-out time is at 12:00. For a late checkout, kindly contact our travel consultant) Be transferred to the airport in Hanoi for your onward flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival, transfer to check-in at the hotel. Afternoon Explore the venerable Wat Sisaket, a temple adorned with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Pay a visit to the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which once housed the renowned Emerald Buddha Image. Tour the renowned and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, and capture photographs of the impressive Patuxay Monument en route to the hotel. Delight in a welcome dinner at a local restaurant featuring traditional dance and folk songs, providing a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Vientiane Hotel
Day 18

Day 18: Vientiane – Vang Vieng

Morning Depart from the capital for a journey to Vang Vieng. Traverse through breathtaking countryside, visiting the bustling and vibrant KM52 market. Make stops at picturesque locations for photo opportunities, including Hin Heup bridge and the fish market in Ban Tha Heua. Reach Vang Vieng and revel in the stunning scenery, characterized by unspoiled limestone outcrops, maintaining their natural beauty despite recent tourism developments. Afternoon Proceed to Tham Phoukham caves, home to the most exquisite and renowned limestone cavern, surrounded by pristine natural forests. Explore the paddy field areas, immerse yourself in local cultures, interact with villagers, and gain insights into their daily lifestyles. Upon reaching the cave, indulge in a refreshing swim in the small natural pool in front of the caves. Return to the town, embark on a leisurely boat ride along the Namsong River, and marvel at the sunset behind the mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Vang Vieng Hotel
Day 19

Day 19: Vang Vieng (Tham Jang, and Tham Phoukham) – Luang Prabang

Morning and Afternoon Stroll through the local market, gaining insight into everyday life in a typical Lao rural area. Proceed to the historic Tham Jang cave, utilized in the early 19th century as a defensive stronghold against Chinese invaders. Visit Ban Phathau, an inviting village that offers a glimpse into diverse local lifestyles. Bid farewell to the local village and embark on the new road to Luang Prabang, renowned as one of the best-preserved traditional cities in Southeast Asia. Traverse stunning landscapes, featuring a blend of steep terraced fields and hill villages, providing picturesque opportunities for photography. Enjoy a panoramic view from the peak, situated at an elevation of over 2000m. Prior to arriving in Luang Prabang, make a brief stop to visit the local school at Ban Nasala. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Luang Prabang Hotel
Day 20

Day 20: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves

Morning Explore the Royal Palace Museum, a structure erected during the French colonial era to accommodate King Sisavang Vong and his family. Embark on a tranquil Mekong River cruise, making your way upstream to the enigmatic Pak Ou Caves. Pause at Ban Xanghai village, recognized for producing local rice wine, and visit the splendid Wat Xiengthong. Afternoon Journey to the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to delve into the diverse ethnic cultures of Laos. Witness the captivating sunset at Wat Prabath, embracing the serene ambiance of the day. Explore the renowned Night Market, featuring an enchanting array of handmade textiles crafted by local and hill tribe artisans surrounding Luang Prabang. Conclude the day's tour. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Luang Prabang Hotel
Day 21

Day 21: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls

Morning Embrace the early morning tranquility as you rise with the sun to participate in the revered daily almsgiving, a cherished tradition in Laos. Venture to the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace, witnessing local vendors showcasing their daily harvest. Upon returning to the hotel, ascend 329 steps to the summit of Phousi Hill, where panoramic views of the city and the Mekong River await. Explore Wat Visoun, Luang Prabang's oldest temple and once the residence of the Prabang Buddhas. Directly transfer to the captivating Kuang Si Waterfalls, featuring inviting swimming pools. Discover the Bear Rescue Center, providing sanctuary to animals rescued from poachers and traffickers. Afternoon Return to Luang Prabang to explore the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park and the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center. Conclude the day's explorations at your Luang Prabang hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Luang Prabang Hotel Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed from 15 APR – 30 JUN; 01-14 SEP, & 01 JAN every year)
Day 22

Day 22: Luang Prabang – Departure

Morning Enjoy the freedom to wander through the town at your leisure, discovering its charms at your own pace. Later, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Not Applicable

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 3738 USD 3338 USD 3star
Deluxe 3938 USD 3538 USD 4star
INCLUDES:

* All nights hotel accommodation
* Breakfast daily & Meals as specified in the program .
* All transfers and transport in modern air-conditioned vehicles.

*Boat trips on Halong Bay.

* Domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
throughout.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

Responsible Travel

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Vietnam and Cambodia Grand Discovery 22 days

Vietnam and Cambodia Grand Discovery 22 days

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What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Hanoi – Sapa – Ninh Binh – Hue – Hoi An – Can Tho – Chau Doc – Phnom Penh – Battambang – Siem Reap – Indochina

The 22-day tour of Vietnam and Cambodia’s Grand Discovery presents an adventure across prime destinations from Hanoi to Siem Reap. The journey seamlessly integrates breathtaking coastal landscapes and historic towns with poignant war memorials and ancient temple complexes. This experience encapsulates a fusion of antiquity and modernity, exploring both traditional and contemporary facets, unveiling the cultural richness and scenic allure of the region. From the magnificent ancient temples of Angkor to the bustling streets and vibrant markets of Vietnam, delve into an exploration that spans time and culture.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Morning: Arrive at Hanoi airport. Our tour guide will meet you at the designated spot and provide a brief overview. Direct transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy some leisure time until lunch. Afternoon/Night: Delve into cultural experiences like the Water Puppet Show and Vietnamese Cooking Class or Foodie Tours. Check the links below for more information: Water Puppet Show: Immerse yourself in Vietnamese historical art and daily life through puppetry performed in a water-filled stage. Hanoi Street Food Tour: Indulge in delectable Hanoi street foods like Banh Mi, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, Egg Coffee, and explore hidden local spots beyond guidebooks. Hanoi Cooking Class Half Day: Learn bargaining skills at the market to buy fresh condiments and cook your own non-vegetarian and vegetarian Vietnamese dishes guided by our experts. Meals: Not Included Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Activities: If you can't find our representatives upon arrival, please proceed to Pole No.10 (Outside the Terminal Gate) and contact us for assistance. Hotel check-in is typically at 2 pm, but early check-in is available with a surcharge. Contact our travel consultant for any inquiries or service bookings; we're available 24/7 to assist you.
Day 2

Day 2: Hanoi City tour Half day – Night train to Lao Cai

Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Explore Hanoi's attractions guided by our tour guide. The itinerary can be adjusted based on the client’s preferences. Afternoon: Visit Vietnam's first university, the Temple of Literature, followed by the One Pillar Pagoda, an iconic Vietnamese temple. Proceed to the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh and his modest stilt house. Stroll around the scenic West Lake and explore the Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda dating back to the sixth century. Relish lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Return on foot to the hotel, ideally located near the train station for the night train journey to Lao Cai. Utilize free time for last-minute exploration of Hanoi. Night: At 9:00 PM, our tour guide will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to the train station for the night train to Lao Cai. The sleeping compartment is communal, shared with other passengers, featuring 2 lower and 2 upper berths. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Overnight train to Lao Cai Please note that our tour guide won't accompany you on the train. Train schedules may be subject to changes. Private compartments are available upon request for an additional charge. Train journeys offer an authentic local experience. Cabins are shared with local passengers unless a private cabin is requested and paid for in full. Restrooms are available at each end of the carriages, providing a local travel experience.
Day 3

Day 3: Lao Cai – Road transfer to Sapa – Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa

Morning/Afternoon: Between 5:30 to 6:00, the arrival at Lao Cai train station is scheduled. Proceed to Sapa on a shared tourist bus, where our driver will be waiting to pick you up upon your arrival at the train station. The journey to Sapa typically takes an hour. Check-in at the hotel in Sapa. At approximately 9:30, our local tour guide will meet you to commence the trek. Embark on a trek to Y Linh Ho village, located near the Muong Hoa River, followed by a visit to the Lao Chai Black H’mong village to explore both areas. Trek to Ta Van village situated at an altitude of 1,200 meters to visit the Zay people, a relatively small ethnic group of approximately 38,000 individuals residing predominantly in the mountainous regions of Northwest Vietnam. Return to Sapa by car. Night: The rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight stay at the Sapa Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa Activities: Early check-in options are available in Sapa for an additional fee, subject to room availability.
Day 4

Day 4: Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai Village - Hanoi - Road transfer

Morning: Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel, then proceed to check out. Around 9:00, our tour guide will pick you up for the day's itinerary. Embark on a walk towards the South-west of Sapa, heading to Cat Cat Village, a notable settlement of the Black H’mong, one of Sapa's prominent ethnic communities. Take in the beauty of a stunning waterfall, a remnant of a hydroelectric power station constructed by the French during their colonial era in Vietnam. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the riverbank. Afternoon/Night: Around 13:30, continue a 3-kilometer trek to Sin Chai Village, situated at the base of Fansipan Mountain, often referred to as the "Roof of Indochina." Revel in the breathtaking mountain landscapes. Return to the main road and transfer back to Sapa town via a 3-kilometer jeep ride. Between 15:00 and 15:30, head back to Hanoi via shuttle bus. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 5

Day 5: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi

Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in Hanoi. Between 7:15 and 7:45, our driver will pick you up for the journey to Ninh Binh. Take a brief stop at Dong Van - Ha Nam for a break before continuing towards Tam Coc. Commence a full-day boat excursion, where a local will row the boat along the Ngo Dong River. Capture serene moments of mountains, rice fields, and temples throughout the journey. Have some free time to explore the rural surroundings as scheduled for the day. Reach Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, an integral part of Vietnamese history dating back a thousand years, while our guide narrates its significance. Night: Return to Hanoi, unwind, and enjoy dinner. Spend the remaining time at leisure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 6

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay - Overnight on cruise

Morning: Indulge in breakfast at the hotel in Hanoi. Our driver will be ready to transfer you to Halong Bay. Cruise through magnificent spots in the bay, including Tuan Chau, Titop Islands, Dau Go, Luon caves, among others. Afternoon: Engage in various onboard activities, such as cave exploration, kayaking, or swimming (subject to the cruise's schedule). Night: Unwind and relish a delightful dinner onboard. Spend the night on the cruise ship. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Overnight on board Activities: - Transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Exploration of the scenic Halong Bay through diverse activities.
Day 7

Day 7: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - take flight to Da Nang

Morning/Afternoon: Begin the day in Halong Bay with a Tai Chi session. Enjoy breakfast aboard the cruise. Discover breathtaking caves during the final exploration. Indulge in an early lunch while heading back to the main dock. Take the shuttle bus to the airport for the flight to Danang. Night: Our driver will pick you up at the Danang airport and transfer you to the Hoi An hotel for check-in. Relax and unwind for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 8

Day 8: Half day Hoi An Ancient Town

Morning: Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a half-day walking tour of Hoi An at 8:00 a.m., observing well-preserved ancient constructions in their pristine state. Stroll through the old streets, admiring the local houses, witnessing the town's daily life, and experiencing the blend of historical essence and contemporary elements. Explore the town's ancient monuments, such as the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Fujian Assembly Hall, reflecting diverse cultural influences. Pause at a local street-side shop to savor a refreshing drink, capturing the authentic taste of Hoi An. Afternoon/Night: Utilize your free time to explore Hoi An at your leisure for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 9

Day 9: Free at leisure in Hoi An

Enjoy your leisure time exploring Hoi An at your own pace or consider engaging in one of our optional activities: My Son Holly Land Half-day Discovery: Discover the ancient My Son Sanctuary, a site showcasing Champa ruins situated amidst the mountains in Quang Nam province's geological basin. Experience Life as a Farmer in Cam Thanh Village: Participate in the farmers' daily activities, including land preparation and fertilization, gaining insights into their traditional routines. Hoi An Vespa Tour: Venture into the outskirts of Hoi An on a thrilling motorbike exploration. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 10

Day 10: Hoi An - Hue road transfer

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Later, our driver will collect you for the journey to Hue, traveling via Cloudy Pass using our shuttle bus service. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hue Activities: The transfer may include a shuttle bus or private car. Throughout the journey, there will be designated stops for sightseeing and photo opportunities (admission fees are not included).
Day 11

Day 11: Half day Hue City tour

Morning/Afternoon Begin the day with a satisfying breakfast at the hotel. (The morning excursion starts at 8:00 while the afternoon tour commences at 13:30.) Commence your visit at Thien Mu Pagoda, an esteemed Buddhist site located along the serene Perfume River. Continue onward to the Imperial Citadel, the historic residence of the Nguyen Royal Family, Vietnam's final dynasty. Explore the grandeur of the front gate, the Flag Tower, The King’s Palace, and the Royal Antiquities Museums. Pause at Dong Ba Market, Hue City’s largest traditional marketplace. Gain insights into the local vendors’ daily activities, business practices, and find captivating souvenirs. Night Return to the hotel with our designated driver. Enjoy your leisure time. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 12

Day 12: Hue - take flight to Ho Chi Minh - Half day City tour

Morning Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Our driver will take you to Hue Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon Upon landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, about a 1.5-hour flight, explore the city’s landmarks. Visit attractions like the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace. Discover the architectural marvels of Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built in 1880, and the Old Post Office, erected between 1886 and 1891, showcasing exquisite French colonial architecture. Night Engage in bargaining for souvenirs at a local market and soak in the bustling atmosphere. Check-in to your hotel. Enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace or simply relax. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Can Tho

Morning Indulge in a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Commence your day at 8:00 am by embarking on a journey to the Mekong Delta. Immerse yourself in the daily life of the local villages situated along the rivers and canals of the delta. Witness the rich diversity and serenity of the untouched countryside, away from the tourism trail. Explore the fish farms, indulge in the flavors of exotic fruit farms, and venture into the orchards, paddy fields, and swamplands of the mesmerizing Mekong Delta. Afternoon/ Night Later, be transferred to Can Tho for your overnight stay. Enjoy leisure time to unwind and relax in Can Tho. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
Day 14

Day 14: Cai Rang Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh

Morning Commence the day with an early breakfast at the hotel. Begin at 8:00 am with a visit to the vibrant Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho, an enthralling hub of trading activities on the Mekong River. Engage in the local atmosphere, sampling seasonal fruits fresh from the orchards, mingling with the amiable locals, and experiencing the lively trading scene at the floating markets. Savor a delightful bowl of Hu Tieu, the traditional rice noodle of the Mekong delta, and relish the flavors of durian. Afternoon/ Night Disembark at Ninh Kieu. After lunch in Can Tho, journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 15

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh - take flight to Phnom Penh

Morning/Afternoon Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to the airport to board a flight bound for Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, our tour guide will meet you and provide transfer to your hotel in Phnom Penh. Night Enjoy leisure time. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
Day 16

Day 16: Full day Phnom Penh City tour

Morning Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00 am, our tour guide will pick you up for a city tour in Phnom Penh. Discover the Royal Palace, home to the Silver Pagoda. Then, proceed to explore the National Museum, dedicated entirely to Khmer art and sculpture. Afternoon Around 1:30 pm, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison), a significant site used as a prison by Pol Pot's security forces, marking a harrowing part of Khmer Rouge history. Explore the Central Market (Psar Thmei), a grand market built in 1937 with a unique dome-shaped structure housing numerous stalls. Visit Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda situated on a hill, considered the legendary founding site of the city. Night Enjoy your free time in Phnom Penh. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
Day 17

Day 17: Phnom Penh - road transfer to Battambang

Morning Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Be collected by our driver for your transfer to Battambang. Afternoon Check-in at your hotel in Battambang. Night Relax and enjoy your free time in Battambang. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang
Day 18

Day 18: Battambang - Cooking class - Bamboo train

Morning Commence the day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a journey with our local guide to participate in Nary’s Cambodian Food Cooking Class. Discover the secrets of traditional Cambodian cuisine and receive a recipe leaflet to recreate these dishes at home. Afternoon Experience a thrilling ride on the Bamboo Train, enjoying the scenic countryside, and perhaps catch a beautiful sunset view. Explore Phnom Sampov, witnessing millions of bats emerging from the cave at dusk. Night Indulge in leisure time, unwinding at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang
Day 19

Day 19: Ek Phnom temple - Battambang road transfer to Siem Reap

Morning Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Commence the morning with a brief visit to the provincial museum to glimpse at archaeological artifacts before heading to Ek Phnom temple and exploring the colonial-style houses along the Sangke River. Delve into the world of traditional Cambodian houses and witness the craftsmanship at a rice flaky cake artisan factory. Enjoy lunch at your leisure. Afternoon Board a bus for the 3-hour journey to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at the hotel in Siem Reap, transfer via car with our driver, without a tour guide. Night Relax and unwind, enjoying leisure time in Siem Reap. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 20

Day 20: Siem Reap - Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat

Morning Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. At 8:30, your tour guide will be ready at the hotel lobby. Explore the historic capital of Angkor Thom, featuring the South Gate adorned with imposing statues, the Bayon Temple renowned for its 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon Venture to Angkor Wat, recognized as a World Heritage Site since 1992 for its remarkable beauty and grandeur. Visit Bakheng Temple and relish the breathtaking sunset vista from Bakheng Hills. Night Delight in a buffet dinner complemented by an Apsara Dance Show at Koulen Restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 21

Day 21: Siem Reap – Ta Prohm – Tonle Sap – Artisan D’Angkor

Morning Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00 am, embark on a visit to Ta Prohm Temple, renowned for its stunning beauty among the area's temples. Explore nearby temples such as Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang, and Chau Say Tevoda. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon At 1:30 pm, discover Tonle Sap (BoeungTonle Sap) - Cambodia's vast lake. Experience a brief cruise through floating villages adorned with schools, restaurants, churches, and hospitals. If time permits, pause to visit Artisan D’Angkor and witness the remarkable skills behind Cambodian traditional handicrafts. Night Take the evening to unwind and relax in Siem Reap. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 22

Day 22: Depart

There is leisure time available to explore Siem Reap until the driver arrives for the airport transfer, marking the conclusion of the tour. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Not Applicable

Trip Map

PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 2870 USD 2470 USD 3star
Deluxe 3070 USD 2670 USD 4star
INCLUDES:

* All nights hotel accommodation
* Breakfast daily & Meals as specified in the program .
* All transfers and transport in modern air-conditioned vehicles.

*Boat trips on the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay.

* Domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
throughout.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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Vietnam Grand Adventure – 22 Days

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What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Hanoi – Halong Bay – Mai Chau – Reunification Express – Quang Binh – Hue – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Dalat – Can Tho – Chau Doc – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Embark on our Vietnam Grand Adventure, a meticulously crafted journey that encompasses the entirety of Vietnam. From the ethnic communities along the Chinese border in the north to the expansive landscapes of the Mekong Delta in the south, and every captivating destination in between, this expedition offers a comprehensive experience. Immerse yourself in the charm of remote areas, explore vibrant minority villages, and discover the nation’s well-known highlights. The Vietnam Grand Adventure is designed for those seeking to uncover the very essence and spirit of the country.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1 - Hanoi Arrival

Arrival in Hanoi. Proceed to your hotel for a tour briefing and reception with welcome beverages. Lodging: 1 Night Hoa Binh Hotel
Day 2

Day 2 – Hanoi - Halong Bay Overnight on Boat

Your air-conditioned van will pick you up from your Hanoi accommodation between 7:45 and 8:15 am, commencing a 2-hour journey to Tuan Chau Pier, the embarkation point for your Halong Bay adventure. A tender boat will transport you to the cruise vessel, where you can relish a refreshing welcome drink and complete the check-in process for your cabin. Departing at 1 pm, savor a delectable seafood lunch (vegetarian options are available upon request). Cruise past landmarks such as Dog Head and Swan Islands, the floating villages of Ba Hang, and Dinh Huong and Thumb Islands. We'll drop anchor at Luon Cave for an hour of sea kayaking around 4 pm. Later, at around 4 pm, sail to Titop Island for swimming, sunbathing, or panoramic views from the island's summit. As the sun dips below the horizon, return to the boat to enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and fruit, or indulge in your preferred beverage from the onboard bar. A seafood dinner awaits at 7 pm, followed by the option to relax with drinks from the bar or try your hand at squid fishing before retiring for the night. Overnight stay onboard in Halong Bay.
Day 3

Day 3 – Halong Bay - to - Hanoi

Awaken on the ship to a stunning vista and partake in an early breakfast from 7 to 7:45 am before embarking on an exploration of the captivating Surprising Cave with your guide. By 10 am, conclude your cabin stay as the vessel embarks on the return journey to the harbor, presenting picturesque sights like Fighting Cocks Island and Incense Burner Islet. Engage in an onboard cooking demonstration, discovering the art of crafting authentic Vietnamese spring rolls, followed by an early lunch at 10:45 am. Board the tender boat at 11:20 am, which will ferry you to Tuan Chau Pier, where you'll then hop on the shuttle for the return trip to Hanoi. Anticipate reaching your hotel around 4 pm.
Day 4

Day 4 – Hanoi

Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, encompassing the mausoleum, museum, Ho Chi Minh's residence, and the One Pillar Pagoda. Proceed to the Temple of Literature and conclude the visit at the well-known "Hanoi Hilton," the former prison. In the evening, witness a distinctive performance of water puppetry.
Day 5

Day 5 - Hanoi to Mai Chau

Journeying towards the scenic high mountains of Mai Chau in the western direction, we make halts at the Ethnology Museum and a village inhabited by the Muong minority along the way. Our overnight stay will be with the White Thai community, providing an opportunity to delve into village life, explore the surroundings, and appreciate their warm hospitality. Lodging: 1 Night Local Homestay (basic)
Day 6

Day 6 - Mai Chau to Hanoi

Begin the day by awakening early and strolling through the picturesque rice fields to visit nearby villages and engage with the local residents. Our return to Hanoi is anticipated in the late afternoon. Lodging: 1 Night Hoa Binh Hotel
Day 7

Day 7 - Hanoi to DMZ

Commence the day with a cyclo tour, traversing the charming streets of Hanoi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Hanoi or unwind. In the evening, board the Reunification Express, featuring 4-berth sleeper cabins, for an overnight journey to the DMZ. Lodging: 1 Night Reunification Express
Day 8

Day 8 – DMZ to Hue

Explore Khe Sanh, the Rockpile, the former border at Ben Hai Bridge, and the Vinh Moc tunnels. In the afternoon, travel to Hue along Highway 1. Accommodation: 2 Nights Huong Giang Hotel
Day 9

Day 9 – Hue

Hue, bisected by the scenic Perfume River, stands as the focal point of Buddhism, art, and literature in Vietnam, serving as the final imperial capital. Our itinerary includes a visit to the Citadel, once the residence of emperors, followed by a serene dragon boat excursion along the Perfume River to reach Thien Mu Pagoda. Afterward, we drive to the tombs of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. In the evening, savor the renowned cuisine of Hue.
Day 10

Day 10 – Hue to Hoi An

Embark on a scenic journey across the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to reach Danang, where we visit the Cham Museum before proceeding to the Marble Mountains to explore caves and Buddhist shrines. After a visit to the nearby China Beach, we continue our journey south to the charming town of Hoi An. An enjoyable and informal cooking class awaits you in the evening. Accommodation: 2 Nights Ancient House Resort
Day 11

Day 11 – Hoi An

Embark on a morning boat excursion along the Thu Bon River, succeeded by a walking tour of the historic town of Hoi An. Traverse narrow lanes adorned with centuries-old structures reflecting Chinese, Japanese, and European architectural influences. A visit to the town's bustling market and picturesque riverfront area is also on the agenda. In the afternoon, venture to the 4th-century Cham ruins at My Son.
Day 12

Day 12 - Hoi An to Nha Trang

Today, we embark on a train journey departing from Danang station, traversing the scenic landscapes of rural Vietnam en route to the coastal haven of Nha Trang. Witness the idyllic village life, picturesque rice fields, and the serene countryside of Vietnam passing by at a leisurely pace. Accommodation: 2 Nights Que Huong Hotel
Day 13

Day 13 - Nha Trang

Savor a day of relaxation and luxury as we navigate the untouched waters off Nha Trang. Delight in activities such as swimming, snorkeling, rejuvenating massages, and relishing a delectable local seafood lunch. In the mid-afternoon, we return to Nha Trang, providing some free time to explore the town or take a refreshing swim at the main beach.
Day 14

Day 14 - Nha Trang to Da Lat

Ascend the scenic Ngoan Muc Pass to reach the central highlands and Dalat, a charming hill station enveloped by pine forests and adorned with French villas. In this cooler climate, you'll have the opportunity to rejuvenate and recharge your batteries after two weeks on the road. Accommodation: 2 Nights Novotel Hotel
Day 15

Day 15 - Da Lat

Explore Vietnam's vibrant and lively market, encounter unique local artists, and either cycle or stroll to a scenic lake. Take pleasure in a cable car ride to a serene Zen Monastery. The remainder of the day is yours to unwind and relax.
Day 16

Day 16 - Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City

Departing from Dalat, our journey takes us through the scenic coffee and tea plantations near Bao Loc, passing by a floating village at Langa Lake before reaching Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Accommodation: 3 Nights The Grand Hotel
Day 17

Day 17 – Ho Chi Minh city

Embark on today's guided stroll along the renowned Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), passing landmarks such as the theater, Rex Hotel, Town Hall, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Our itinerary includes visits to the former Presidential Palace and the War Crimes Museum. Following that, we drive to the vibrant Chinatown, exploring Binh Tay, the expansive wholesale market, and the ornate Thien Hau Temple before returning to the hotel. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please.
Day 18

Day 18 - Cu Chi Tunnels

In the morning, we explore the renowned Cu Chi tunnels, an intricate network covering nearly 250km that provided shelter to over 16,000 communist guerrillas during the war. There will be an opportunity to crawl through some of the tunnels before returning to Saigon in the mid-afternoon.
Day 19

DAY 19 : Can Tho

Embark on a journey into the verdant Mekong Delta, immersing yourself in the vibrant rice bowl of Vietnam and one of the most industrious regions in Southeast Asia. Our accommodation for the night is in the primary provincial town of Can Tho, conveniently situated just a short walk from the bustling waterside market. Accommodation: 1 Night Saigon Can Tho Hotel
Day 20

Day 20 : Can Tho to Chau Doc

Begin your day by boarding a boat for a captivating visit to the intriguing floating market at Cai Rang. Witness local farmers engaged in the centuries-old tradition of trading their produce on the water. We delve further into the Mekong Delta, offering a distinctive opportunity to explore a facet of Delta life that few tourists encounter. Upon reaching Chau Doc, visit the floating fish farms and then proceed to Sam Mountain for a sunset experience, featuring breathtaking views over rice paddies extending to the Cambodian border. Accommodation: 1 Night Victoria Chau Doc
Day 21

Day 21 : Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh City

Embark on a comprehensive day-long journey, combining boat and bus transportation, through the vibrant Mekong Delta back to bustling Saigon. Conclude the day by joining your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. Accommodation: 1 Night The Grand Hotel
Day 22

Day 22: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

You will be provided with transportation to the airport for your onward flight.

Trip Map

PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 2408 USD 2008 USD 3star
Deluxe 2608 USD 2208 USD 4star
INCLUDES:

* 18 nights hotel accommodation
(some basic).
* 1 night hill tribe homestay.
* 1 overnight boat trip
* 1 night soft berth sleeper train in
shared, 4 berth cabin.
* Breakfast , Lunch and Diner daily
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles
* Sightseeing as specified and boat
cruises in Mekong Delta, Nha Trang,
Hue and Halong Bay .
* Expert Vietnamese local guides .

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

Responsible Travel

Indochina Royal Travel practices a thorough, realistic Responsible Travel Policy, full details of which can be found in our website – Click here.

Travel Facts

Q & A : Before You Go