Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia Explorer 24 days

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24 days

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8

What's Included?

Accommodation
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Summary

Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Hanoi – Sapa – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Sihanoukville

There are few places on Earth that exude the enchantment found in the Indochina area. Nestled in the central part of mainland Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia carry a captivating blend of colonial past and indigenous allure within their cultures. Embarking on a voyage that unveils the diversity of these three splendid nations becomes a captivating exploration, unraveling the distinctive elements that render Indochina truly extraordinary.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival – Baci Ceremony

Morning Upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport, our guide will warmly welcome you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel for check-in and relaxation. Commence your city tour with a visit to the splendid Wat Xiengthong. Afternoon Ascend to the summit of Mount Phousi for a delightful exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa, and relish a panoramic sunset view of the city. Participate in a private Baci ceremony hosted by a local family, a traditional Lao ritual that embodies the spiritual essence of the country. Share a dinner with the host family, providing you with a prime opportunity to immerse yourself in the authentic local life and culture during your overnight stay in Luang Prabang. Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 2

Day 2: Luang Prabang – Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center

Morning Explore the Royal Palace Museum, showcasing an array of captivating artifacts. Proceed to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center, housing an extensive collection representing various ethnic groups in Laos. Engage in seminars focused on "Ethnic Diversity and Cultural Change in Laos," gaining insights into the lifestyles of ethnic villages and examining unique artifacts. Enjoy an ethnic-themed lunch at TAEC Café. Afternoon Venture beyond the city to visit Ban Xang Khong, renowned for its arts and crafts, especially within the Thai Lue village. Participate in the creation of Saa paper, a distinctive handmade paper derived from the mulberry tree, and try crafting items such as lanterns, handbags, or books – perfect souvenirs to take home. Explore traditional textile looms and nearby Ban Xienglek. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon for an overnight stay in Luang Prabang. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 3

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center

Morning Be transported to the Living Crafts Centre of Ock Pop Tock, situated along the banks of the Mekong River, where you can observe women skillfully working on their looms beneath their stilted houses. Engage in a Natural Dyes Class, uncovering the intricacies of preparing natural dyes. By the end of the morning, you'll have three dyed silk skeins to bring home as unique souvenirs. Indulge in a delightful array of Lao dishes for lunch at Ock Pop Tock's Silk Road Café, all while enjoying panoramic views of the majestic Mekong River. Afternoon Try your hand at weaving as you are assigned a traditional loom. Expert weavers will guide you in mastering the remarkable art of weaving. Explore the well-curated on-site shop for unique finds. Your guide and driver will ensure your return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 4

Day 4: Pak Ou caves – Ban Chan

Morning Engage in the early morning rituals as saffron-clad monks gather alms from devoted residents. Make a brief visit to the local morning market near the Royal Palace, offering a diverse range of items, from rice to fresh vegetables and steamed fish. Begin an upstream cruise on the Mekong River. Explore the enigmatic Pak Ou caves, with a stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, renowned for its rice wine production. Afternoon Returning to the town, pass through the local village of Ban Chan, celebrated in the region for its pottery. Arrive back in the city and proceed to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Chanthavinh Resort
Day 5

Day 5: Luang Prabang – Hanoi

Morning Explore the surroundings of the resort and the adjacent village, or unwind by the alluring pool before boarding your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, your guide and driver will be ready to pick you up and escort you to the city center for hotel check-in. Afternoon Enjoy leisure time for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Please note that hotel rooms may not be available until 14:00 pm, but early check-in can be arranged with an additional surcharge.
Day 6

Day 6: Hanoi City tour half day - Night train to Lao Cai

Half-day exploration of Hanoi city (by car or motorbike – based on client's preference) - Routes are flexible and can be adjusted according to client's interests Morning 8:00: Pick-up from your hotel. Commence the city tour by capturing moments and delving into the history of Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the Hanoi Opera House. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's inaugural university. Indulge in a variety of delectable Vietnamese snacks and embark on a scenic ride around West Lake. Relish lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Afternoon Consult your tour guide to explore any specific location in the Old Quarter or return to your hotel. 20:00: Gather at your hotel for the transfer to Hanoi train station. Embark on an overnight train journey to Lao Cai, sharing sleeping compartments with other passengers (2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment). The train is scheduled to depart around 21:15. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Overnight on the train Please note that our tour guide will not accompany us during the train trip. - Train schedule is subject to change. - Private compartments are available upon request with an additional surcharge. - Embrace the local experience as cabins accommodate four passengers, and restrooms at either end of the carriages add to the authenticity of the journey.
Day 7

Day 7: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai

Morning 05:30 - 06:00: Arrival at Lao Cai Train Station. Receive a warm welcome at the train station and transfer to Sapa via a shared tourist bus (Early check-in can be arranged upon room availability, with an additional surcharge). 9:00: Our knowledgeable guide accompanies you on a visit to two villages inhabited by the Hmong and Dzay People, namely Lao Chai, Ta Van, and Giang Ta Chai villages. Afternoon Share a meal with a local family and seize the opportunity to understand the distinctive architectural style of their homes, reflecting their daily lives and unique customs. Conclude the trek at the village's outskirts, and our bus will conveniently retrieve you for the journey back to Sapa town. Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Day 8

Day 8: Sapa – Cat Cat – Hanoi

Morning Enjoy your morning meal at the hotel (or your homestay). Explore Cat Cat village, home to the Black Hmong people. Take the opportunity to visit a waterfall and the hydroelectric power station constructed by the French, gaining insights into the locals' lives through their residences and handicraft products. Return to Sapa town and savor lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon 15:00: Leisure time to independently explore the charms of Sapa town. Return to Hanoi via shuttle bus, with an evening arrival in the capital. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 9

Day 9: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi

Morning 8:00: We will collect you from your hotel and commence the journey to Ninh Binh province. Reach Hoa Lu Ancient Capital to explore the temples dedicated to two esteemed kings, Dinh Bo Linh and Le Hoan. Transfer you to Tam Coc Wharf for a delightful lunch featuring the renowned specialties of the Ancient Capital region. Afternoon Embark on a 5-minute stroll to Tam Coc Wharf, marking the commencement of a 2-hour boat excursion to visit three caves: Hang Ca (First Cave), Hang Hai (Second Cave), and Hang Ba (Third Cave). Engage in a one-hour cycling excursion to Bich Dong, reveling in the sights of picturesque pagodas, verdant paddy fields, majestic mountains, flowing rivers, and captivating caves. Board the bus for the return journey to Hanoi, driven by our skilled chauffeur. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 10

Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Morning 08:00: Your pick-up awaits in the hotel lobby. En route to Halong City, a visit to the Hong Ngoc Humanitarian Centre is scheduled. 11:30-12:00: Arrive at the pier, board the boat, and embark on a scenic cruise amid the limestone cliffs and captivating emerald waters of Halong Bay. Enjoy lunch while the cruise navigates through remarkable rock formations, each bearing unique names and shapes. Afternoon Commence the exploration of Halong Bay. Depending on the specific itinerary of your cruise, you may have the opportunity to visit a stunning cave and indulge in some swimming at Titov or Soi Sim beach. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: On-board for an overnight cruise in Halong Bay Please note that our tour guide will not accompany you on the cruise in Halong Bay. However, an English-speaking guide will be available on board.
Day 11

Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue

Morning Indulge in a mid-morning meal as the cruise charts a course to unveil the mesmerizing caves of Halong. Commence the return cruise towards the harbor, journeying through the bay to witness additional captivating formations. Afternoon Upon disembarking, be chauffeured by car to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival at Hue Airport, a car will be at your service to transfer you to the designated hotel. Enjoy leisure time for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 12

Day 12: Hue Sightseeing Tour Half Day

Morning 08:00–08:15: Your hotel pick-up awaits. Delight in a captivating day as you embark on a boat excursion to explore the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Explore Dong Ba market, the largest and most prominent market in Hue and Central Vietnam. Continue your expedition to uncover the wonders of the Imperial Citadel, followed by a visit to the Hue Royal Antiques Museum, showcasing a remarkable collection of ornaments. 12:00-12:30: Return you to your hotel. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 13

Day 13: Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Road transfer

Morning Journey from Hue to Hoi An via a shuttle bus, utilizing either shared transportation or a private car. Make a brief stop at selected sights along the route for a short break (admission fees not included). Reach your Hoi An hotel, complete the check-in process, and enjoy relaxation for the remainder of the day. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 14

Day 14: Hoi An Walking half day in the morning

Morning Wander through the historic town, where the amiable locals, ancient houses, temples, and charming wooden bridges create a truly delightful atmosphere. Encounter temples, museums, and well-preserved residences. Uncover concealed corners, art galleries, cozy cafes, culinary treasures, outlets offering ceramics, and stores adorned with vibrant lanterns. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 15

Day 15: Fly to Ho Chi Minh

Morning Enjoy some leisure time until your designated driver arrives to escort you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon. Upon arrival at the airport, our driver will be there to greet you, facilitating your transfer to the hotel in Saigon. Complete the check-in process and unwind at your convenience. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 16

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh Sightseeing Tour

Morning Acquire a deeper understanding of the city's growth with a guided walking exploration of its key landmarks. Journey from the Saigon Opera House to Ho Chi Minh City Hall, and then proceed to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Central Post Office. Take a pause at the renowned Ben Thanh Market, offering a diverse array of souvenirs suitable for your loved ones. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 17

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh – Can Tho

Morning Embark on a traditional long-tail boat and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the Mekong waterways, discovering fish farms and exotic fruit orchards. Traverse through orchards, paddy fields, and serene swamplands in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a day or two of leisure in Can Tho, allowing yourself to unwind and recharge before setting out to explore the vibrant floating markets in the vicinity. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
Day 18

Day 18: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh

Morning Embark on a motorboat journey to explore the vibrant Cai Rang, immersing yourself in the bustling trading activities of the Mekong River's captivating floating market. Savor the flavors of Hu Tieu, traditional rice noodles from the Mekong Delta, or indulge in a small piece of durian, a fruit highly cherished by the locals. Pause to visit a rice husking mill and stroll through the village, gaining insights into the local way of life. Witness the picturesque landscapes and observe the daily activities of the residents. Disembark at Ninh Kieu and return to Ho Chi Minh City after enjoying lunch in Can Tho. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 19

Day 19: Fly to Phnom Penh

Morning Proceed to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for a flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival at Phnom Penh Airport, our team will facilitate your transfer to the designated hotel. Enjoy some free time at leisure. Afternoon Indulge in an evening meal at one of the city's finest restaurants, relishing authentic Cambodian cuisine. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
Day 20

Day 20: Phnom Penh Sightseeing tour – Fly to Siem Reap – Apsara Dance Show Dinner

Morning Explore the Royal Palace, constructed by the French in 1866 on the historical townsite, and visit the Silver Pagoda, renowned for its 5329 silver tiles. Tour Wat Phnom Temple, situated atop a small hill and adorned with an active Wat Pagoda, marking the legendary founding place of Phnom Penh. Afternoon Head to Phnom Penh airport for a flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will be there to welcome you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel for check-in. Delight in a dinner experience at Angkor Village Theater, where you'll savor delicious Cambodian cuisine while enjoying a live Apsara Dance performance. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 21

Day 21: Siem Reap – Elephant Ride – Bayon Temple – Angkor Wat – Bakheng Sunset

Morning Commence an Elephant Ride from the South Gate of Angkor Thom, venturing into the lush jungle. Explore the renowned Bayon Temple, distinguished for its 54 towers adorned with more than 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Visit Baphoun, the Elephant Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Embark on a journey to the enchanting Ta Prohm, where the temple is embraced by the roots of colossal fig trees and towering creepers. Enjoy a delightful lunch at Madame Butterfly Restaurant. Afternoon Uncover the splendors of the famous Angkor Wat temple. Visit Bakheng Temple and relish a breathtaking sunset view from Bakheng hill. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Day 22

Day 22: Siem Reap – Banteay Srey – Pradark Village – Sihanoukville

Morning Explore the Banteay Srei Temple (10th century), often hailed as the masterpiece of classical Khmer Art. Continue your tour with a visit to Banteay Samre, constructed in the third quarter of the 12th century, featuring a central temple with four wings, preceded by a hall and two libraries. Wander through Pradark village, observing villagers engaged in the craft of making sugar palms and handicrafts on your return. Optionally, pause at the Old Market (if time allows) to peruse antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, silk, wood carvings, as well as T-shirts and other souvenirs. Relish lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon Transfer to Siem Reap airport for a brief flight to Sihanoukville. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and enjoy some leisure time. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Sihanoukville
Day 23

Day 23: Free day in Sihanoukville

Morning Enjoy your leisure time, indulging in beach activities like Yoga by the beach (available at the hotel at the guest's expense). Venture to the nearby islands to partake in snorkeling, diving, fishing, or simply unwind on the private beach provided by the hotel. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Sihanoukville
Day 24

Day 24: Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh Departure

Morning Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Travel by road (without a guide) to Phnom Penh Airport, which takes approximately 4.5 hours, to catch your flight to the next destination. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Not Applicable Please schedule your departure flight for the evening.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 3679 USD 3279 USD 3star
Deluxe 3879 USD 3479 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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