duration: 26 Days

UNESCO Sites Uncovered: Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam 26 days

UNESCO Sites Uncovered: Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam 26 days

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Summary

Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang – Hanoi – Mai Chau – Halong Bay – Quang Binh – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

Explore the essence of Indochina through a journey across Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam on this tour of three distinct nations. Delve into rich histories, spanning ancient epochs to contemporary times. Marvel at the breathtaking grandeur of Angkor Wat, experience the serene blend of comfort and spiritual richness in Laos, and witness the diverse tapestry of life in Vietnam – from cultivating rice in the rural landscapes to savoring local delicacies from bustling vendors. Uncover the genuine charm of these Indochinese countries, adorned with picturesque landscapes, dynamic urban centers, captivating coastlines, verdant jungles, and hospitable inhabitants.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Arrival Siem Reap

Morning Upon your arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, our team will facilitate your direct transfer to the hotel located in the city center. Complete the check-in process and enjoy an overnight stay in Siem Reap. Meals: Not Applicable Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 2

Day 2: Siem Reap Temple Tour

Morning Commence your day at 8:00 with a journey to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, renowned for its array of colossal human faces carved in stone. Visit the iconic Ta Prohm Temple, famously featured in the Hollywood blockbuster, Tomb Raider. Afternoon Proceed to Angkor Wat to marvel at its architectural grandeur, exploring various galleries, columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards, and ponds. Evening Indulge in a buffet dinner accompanied by a captivating traditional Khmer dance show at a local restaurant. Retire for the night at your designated hotel in Siem Reap. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 3

Day 3: Siem Reap – Temple tours – Fly to Phnom Penh

Morning Begin your day with a journey to the renowned Banteay Srei Temple, often referred to as the Citadel of Women. Return from the temple visit and pause at Pradark Village to witness the traditional processes of crafting palm sugar and handicrafts. Proceed to explore Banteay Samre Temple, the small circuit, and the distinctive sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Takeo, Thommanon, and Chau Say Tevoda. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon Transfer to Siem Reap Airport for a brief flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and proceed to your hotel for check-in. Overnight stay in Phnom Penh. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
Day 4

Day 4: Phnom Penh Tour – Fly to Vientiane

Morning Explore the Royal Palace. Proceed with your journey by visiting the National Museum, a distinguished architectural marvel in Phnom Penh. Enjoy lunch at a nearby local restaurant. Head to Phnom Penh airport for a flight bound for Vientiane. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 5

Day 5: Vientiane – Vang Vieng

Morning At 8:30, we will pick you up from your hotel. Travel northbound to witness stunning landscapes along the way and visit the vibrant and bustling KM52 market, where various hill tribes engage in trade and procure essentials. Pass through Hin Heup bridge and Ban Tha Heua, reaching Vang Vieng. Afternoon Embark on a boat journey through the picturesque paddy field areas to Tham Phoukham caves, renowned for their breathtaking limestone formations. Immerse yourself in the local cultures by interacting with villagers and gaining insights into their daily lifestyles. Return to the town and indulge in a leisurely boat ride along the Namsong River, relishing the sight of the sun setting behind the mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng
Day 6

Day 6: Vang Vieng (Tham Jang, and Tham Phoukham) – Luang Prabang

Morning Explore the town by visiting the local market, offering a glimpse into the typical life of Laos' rural areas. Journey to the Tham Jang cave, historically utilized in the early 19th century as a defense against Chinese invaders. Continue the exploration with a visit to Ban Patau, an idyllic village showcasing diverse local lifestyles. Embark on our expedition via the new road to Luang Prabang, traversing stunning landscapes with terraced fields and hill villages. Afternoon Marvel at the panoramic vista from an elevation exceeding 200. Take a brief detour to visit the local school at Ban Masala before reaching Luang Prabang. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 7

Day 7: Luang Prabang – Cruise the Mekong to Pak Ou

Morning and Afternoon Begin your day with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum after breakfast. Embark on a leisurely cruise upstream along the Mekong River, offering breathtaking views of the serene countryside, culminating in the exploration of the enigmatic Pak Ou Caves. Pause at Ban Xanghai village, known for producing local rice wine. Explore the splendid Wat Xiengthong, an exquisite example of Lao temple architecture featuring a grand two-tiered roof and intricate mosaics. Continue to the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to delve into the rich tapestry of Laos' diverse ethnic cultures. Witness the enchanting sunset at Wat Prabath. Conclude the day with a visit to the renowned Night Market, showcasing a delightful array of handmade textiles crafted by local and hill tribe artisans. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 8

Day 8: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si waterfalls

Morning Explore the bustling temporary morning market situated near the former Royal Palace. Climb the 329 steps to the summit of Phousi Hill to revel in a panoramic vista of the city and the meandering Mekong River. Wander through Wat Visoun, an ancient temple dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun). Directly proceed to the magnificent Kuang Si Waterfall, the largest in the Luang Prabang region. Afternoon Make a brief visit to the Bear Rescue Center, providing sanctuary to numerous animals rescued from poachers and traffickers. Pause to explore the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed from 15 APR – 30 JUN; 01-14 SEP, & 01 JAN annually) before returning to Luang Prabang. Tour the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, a charming, traditionally styled workshop where weavers, spinners, and batik makers craft high-quality fabrics. Free tours are offered every half-hour. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 9

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Fly to Hanoi

Morning Enjoy leisure time exploring the charming town of Luang Prabang before transferring to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, be greeted by your tour guide and transported to your pre-booked hotel in the city center. Check-in and unwind. Optional: Discover two exceptional traditional performances, exclusive to Vietnam. Choose from the following options: Water Puppet Show: Experience puppets skillfully performed on a water stage accompanied by folk music, portraying ancient tales, folklore, and rural life in Vietnam. Tu Phu (Four Palaces) Show: Immerse yourself in this unique performance showcasing the spiritual rituals of the Vietnamese indigenous religion through vibrant music, colors, and lively dance. The Four Palaces Shows take place every Thursday and Saturday. If these shows pique your interest, please contact our travel consultants to make a reservation. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Please note that hotel rooms may not be available until 14:00, and early check-in can be arranged with a surcharge.
Day 10

Day 10: Hanoi City tour Half day

Morning/Afternoon Engage in a half-day exploration of Hanoi during the city tour, visiting significant historical sites: the Temple of Literature, the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the West Lake, and Tran Quoc Buddhism Pagoda. Savor lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Enjoy the flexibility of having your Tour Guide accompany you to any location in the Old Quarter or return to your hotel. Leisure time at your disposal for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi The tour can commence either in the morning or afternoon, based on your availability.
Day 11

Day 11: Hanoi – Mai Chau - Trekking to village

Morning Begin the day with your hotel pickup, embarking on a comfortable van journey to Mai Chau. Arrive around midday and relish a delightful traditional lunch in the village (vegetarian options available). Afternoon Join a guided bicycle excursion around the village, providing insights into the local way of life and allowing you to absorb the tranquility. Engage in cycling, walking, or exploring the local market at your own pace. Return to your accommodation for an outdoor BBQ party featuring a traditional Thai ethnic dance performance. Delight in the opportunity to savor "ruou can," one of the region's renowned local specialties. Overnight stay in the communal stilt house or a bungalow with a valley view. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Communal stilt house or Valley View Bungalow in Mai Chau Activities: Depart from Hanoi for Mai Chau town. In the afternoon, partake in a guided bicycle tour around the villages, interacting with the amicable Thai locals.
Day 12

Day 12: Mai Chau – Hanoi

Morning Accompany a local guide on an exploration of the more secluded rural villages of Na Meo and Na Mo, gaining insights into their distinctive culture and customs. Return to the homestay for a delightful lunch and complete the check-out process. Afternoon Enjoy free time for leisure activities, shopping, or relaxation. Between 15:00 and 15:30, bid farewell to the host family and board the bus for the return journey to Hanoi (approximately 3.5 to 4 hours). Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Activities: Morning exploration of remote rural villages Na Meo and Na Mo with a local guide. Afternoon return to Hanoi.
Day 13

Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay - Overnight on cruise

Morning Between 07:45 and 08:00, be ready for hotel pickup and commence the journey to Halong City. Upon arrival in Halong City, extend a warm welcome to your cruise boat where a professional and amiable crew awaits. Settle into your cabin accommodations. Delight in a specially crafted lunch as you cruise amidst a myriad of breathtaking limestone islands that gracefully emerge from the emerald waters. Traverse iconic landmarks such as Stone Dog Islet, the floating fishing village, Incense Burner Islet, Fighting Chicken Islet, and more. Afternoon Engage in enjoyable activities like kayaking and swimming. Savor a delectable dinner onboard and choose your preferred way to unwind post-dinner, whether it be watching movies or listening to traditional Vietnamese music. Nighttime offers options like board games and squid fishing for entertainment. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Overnight on board in Halong Bay Activities: Head to Halong Bay, embark on a cruise, and explore the enchanting bay with activities like cave visits, swimming, relaxing on the beach, and kayaking. Spend the night on the cruise.
Day 14

Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi - Overnight train to Dong Hoi

Morning Begin your day early to relish the tranquil morning atmosphere in the bay. Indulge in a light brunch as the cruise sets sail towards the most captivating caves of Halong Bay, offering a final round of sightseeing. Embark on an exploration of the caves before returning to the harbor for the journey back to Hanoi. Afternoon Arrive back on solid ground and make your way to Hanoi. Utilize your free time to unwind or explore. Be transferred to Hanoi train station for your overnight train journey to Dong Hoi. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Overnight on the train
Day 15

Day 15: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha Cave – Paradise Cave – Dong Hoi

Morning Upon your early morning arrival at Dong Hoi, our driver will be awaiting you at the train station. Proceed directly to Phong Nha, making a pit stop at a local eatery for breakfast. Venture into the Phong Nha-Ke Bang attraction complex, delving deep into the Vietnamese jungle for an authentic encounter with the country's untamed wilderness. Following a 25-minute boat journey, you'll reach the captivating Phong Nha Cave. Take your time to explore and marvel at the cave's natural beauty. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant Afternoon Embark on an excursion to Paradise Cave, renowned as one of the most stunning caves globally and Asia's lengthiest dry cave. Return to your accommodation in the town Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Hoi
Day 16

Day 16: Dong Hoi - Vinh Moc - DMZ - Hue

Morning We will pick you up from your Dong Hoi hotel and transport you to the Vinh Moc Tunnel. En route, there will be stops to visit a petite church displaying remnants of a mortar attack in the region, and explore former US Bases. Traverse through the DMZ, the historic site of some of the Vietnam/American War's most intense battles. Walk across the Hien Luong Bridge spanning the Ben Hai River, which once delineated the boundary between North and South Vietnam (1954-1975). Afternoon Reach the captivating Vinh Moc Tunnels and join a guided tour. Navigate through the tunnels, observing large bomb craters and an impressive fighting trench. Delve into the tunnels to explore the compact living quarters, storage spaces for food and weapons, and a makeshift school where villagers sustained their daily lives. Conclude the excursion and transfer to Hue. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 17

Day 17: Hue Half day City tour

Morning Embark on the exploration of Hue with a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda. Choose ONE among the three splendid mausoleums in the vicinity of Hue: Minh Mang Royal Tomb Tu Duc Royal Tomb Khai Dinh Royal Tomb Explore Dong Ba Market, immersing yourself in the sights, scents, and flavors of fresh produce. Optional Activities: Explore the Hue Imperial Citadel (VND150,000) Afternoon Enjoy free time at leisure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 18

Day 18: Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Road transfer

Morning Receive pick-up service and proceed to check-in at the Hoi An hotel. Utilize either shuttle bus or private car for ground transportation, making intermittent stops for brief sightseeing breaks (admission fees not covered). Enjoy a leisurely period for relaxation. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 19

Day 19: My Son Half day

Morning Receive hotel pick-up service in Hoi An. Depart at 7:00 for My Son Sanctuary, acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a cluster of Champa ruins situated amidst the mountains in Quang Nam province. Join a guided tour to discover the temple groups, delving into the history of the Champa Kingdom. Pause to explore the Sa Huynh Champa Culture Museum in Tra Kieu. Return to your hotel. Afternoon Enjoy free time during the afternoon. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 20

Day 20: Hoi An - Free day

On your leisure day in Hoi An, you have the opportunity to independently explore the charming town or participate in one of our suggested activities. Optional: We present various ways to experience the enchantment of Hoi An. You can select from the following choices: Option 1: Explore My Son Holy Land Half-day: My Son Sanctuary, a complex of Champa ruins nestled amidst the mountains in a geological basin of Quang Nam province. Price starting from $50 per person. Option 2: Embrace the Life of a Farmer in Cam Thanh Village: Engage with farmers in land preparation and fertilization. Gain insights into the daily routines of villagers, such as ground raking, sowing, watering, harvesting greens, and various other agricultural activities. Price starting from $70 per person. Option 3: Hoi An Vespa Tour Price starting from $80 per person. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 21

Day 21: Hoi An – Danang - Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

Morning Depart for Da Nang airport to catch a flight to Hanoi Arrive in Hanoi and proceed to the city center hotel Check-in at the hotel and enjoy free time for relaxation Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City Activities: Transfer to Da Nang airport for a flight to Hanoi.
Day 22

Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City - Half day City tour

Morning Explore notable sites including: The Reunification Palace, once the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. On April 30, 1975, the historic moment when North Vietnam soldiers entered with a red flag marked the end of the Vietnam War. War Remnants Museum, featuring a collection of poignant photographs from both Vietnamese and US sources, along with outside displays of US military vehicles. Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office, iconic examples of classical French colonial architecture built over a century ago. Immerse yourself in the local market, offering a diverse range of goods from shoes to exquisite silk Ao Dais. Return to your hotel by 12:00. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh Activities: Gain insights into the city's history and development through a comprehensive city tour, exploring significant landmarks.
Day 23

Day 23: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta - Can Tho

Morning Depart from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta, immersing yourself in the tranquility and embracing the local lifestyle. Embark on a long-tailed tour to navigate the diverse waterways of the Mekong. Afternoon Traverse fish farms, orchards, paddy fields, and swamplands, engaging in unique activities exclusive to the Mekong Delta. Spend a day or two in Can Tho, recharging your batteries before exploring the nearby floating markets. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho Activities: Commencing from Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta exploration tour kicks off with a short southbound drive, leaving the urban landscape behind for the rural vistas of the Mekong Delta. Witness the lively scenes of motorbikes laden with goods, diligent water buffaloes in the fields, and schoolchildren pedaling to school, offering endless entertainment along the journey.
Day 24

Day 24: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh

Morning Journey to the Cai Rang Floating Market by boat, immersing yourself in the bustling trading activities on the river. Indulge in a culinary experience with a sampling of Hu Tieu, the traditional rice noodle of the Mekong people, and durian, renowned as the king of tropical fruits. Make a stop at a local village, exploring a rice husking mill with the option for lunch. Afternoon Disembark at Ninh Kieu and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 25

Day 25: Ho Chi Minh City - Free

Optional: We present various ways to discover the charm of Ho Chi Minh City. Choose from the following options: Option 1: Saigon River Dinner Cruise: Embark on a romantic evening cruise along the Saigon River. Indulge in a special dinner on board while enjoying traditional music and dance performances that add a memorable touch to the night. Immerse yourself in the stunning views and vibrant scenery of Saigon's nightlife. Price starts from $33 per person. Option 2: Cu Chi Tunnels & Cooking Class Full Day: Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels for a unique insight into underground life during the war. Visit Ho Chi Minh Agricultural Villages, engage in hands-on gardening activities, and pick organic ingredients for your cooking class. Participate in a cooking class, receive valuable healthy cooking tips, and depart with a certificate, recipes, and souvenirs. Price starts from $74 per person. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 26

Day 26: Ho Chi Minh Departure

Morning Enjoy your breakfast and have free time until the scheduled transfer to the airport for your journey back home or to your next exciting destination. This concludes our tour. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Not Applicable

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 3714 USD 3314 USD 3star
Deluxe 3914 USD 3514 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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