Like A Local in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos 22 days

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

22 days

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Maximum Seats

4

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
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

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