15 Days Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Tour

Duration

7 Days - 6 Nights

Group Size

6+2

Min Age

3+

Transport

Car, Airplane

Travel Style

Family,Nature & Culture

Best Time To Go

From October to March

    Included

  • Accommodation in with daily breakfast.
  • One night in private cabin on a junk in HaLong Bay.
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast/ L=Lunch/ D=Dinner).
  • Experienced English-speaking guide on specific day as mentioned in the program (except notice “without guide”).
  • Boat for sightseeing.
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle as itinerary mentioned.
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Mineral water is available as complementary.

    Excluded

  • International, Domestic flight.
  • Surcharge for public holiday and Lunar New Year in 2022.
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc. All other services not specified in the itinerary.
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping for guides, drivers, hotel staff, restaurant staff, boat riders, etc.

Tour Plan

Day 01 HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL

You will be picked up at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport with our private air-conditioned vehicle to transfer to the hotel for check-in. Our tour guide will help you check in hotel.

Overnight hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Day 02 FULLDAY CU CHI TUNNEL & CITY TOUR

Morning, you will have breakfast at the hotel then take a half day Cu Chi tunnel.

Transfer to Cu Chi, the northernmost suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination, containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.

In the afternoon a half day city tour to visit the War Remnants Museum is on their must-see list for Ho Chi Minh City. With your private driver and English speaking guide, delve into the images and sounds of Vietnam’s lengthy war history with the French and Americans. The museum features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons and photos of the Vietnamese side of the war, and includes a moving tribute to the journalists, civilians and soldiers lost during the war, as well as a critical look at biological warfare, weaponry, and worldwide movements for peace. Continue to the Reunification Palace, also known as the Independence Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975 during the Fall of Saigon. It was here that the Vietnam War ended when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates and led to the formal reunification of the two sides.

The afternoon continues with a drive passing by the former American Embassy and the site where the famous Buddhist Thich Quang Duc self- immolated on June 11, 1963.  After his funeral, where his remains were finally reduced to ashes, Quang Duc's heart, which had not burned, was retrieved, enshrined, and treated as a sacred relic. His self- immolation begins people’s up-rising movement largely, which lead to the fall of President Diem regime End with a visit to the iconic Ben Thanh Market, a centrally located covered market with ample opportunities to pick up souvenirs or relax with a cup of Vietnamese coffee.  In the afternoon, check in hotel and free at leisure

Then  continue the tour to visit Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles. Call in Saigon Central Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Move on to Cho Lon or the city’s ChinaTown where you will visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909 in dedication to the Lord of Heaven. Late afternoon, check in at the hotel and free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch 

Overnight hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Day 03 HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA – HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE

The program will start with a visit to Vinh Long market in the town. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegetables...

The boat will take you to have an optional lunch at this local house. After that , we come to visit the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful pottery from clay. Then, visit the local workshop to see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice... Enjoy some sweets with a cup of hot tea. Then, we’ll walk to check in at Út Trinh / Út Quỳnh / Út Bình homestay . Have a fresh shower before cooking some special dishes with the members of the local family. We’ll enjoy dinner & overnight at homestay.

  • If group of 1-9pax: enjoy traditional  music before check-in
  • If group of 10 pax up: enjoy traditional  music after dinner

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at homestay

Day 04 MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH – TAKE FLIGHT TO HANOI

Have breakfast at homestay. Check-out & be on a boat to go across one of the longests rivers in the world, Mekong River. Come to visit Cai Be floating market. 

Then, the rowboat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy the peaceful time. Also, we’ll come to Tân Phong island for biking on village paths to see the local daily life: orchard, school, church, pagoda, traditional houses and maybe the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta... On the way, we can make some stops to see how they make rice-net for spring-rolls, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof and specially see how they wave the dried water-hyacinth to make many products: baskets, bags, hats, wallets, shoes... The cruise will end at Cai Be pier in the town.

In the afternoon, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh then take flight to Hanoi by VN… upon arrival Arrival Hanoi airport, warm welcomed by our representative person then transfer to hotel for check in Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight hotel in Hanoi

Day 05 FULL DAY CITY TOUR IN HANOI

Start off with an hour Cyclo ride around the French Quarter in the heart of Hanoi, to immerse yourself in an old atmosphere of an area that perfectly captures the timelessness and nostalgia of Vietnam. Mainly formed and developed during the French colonial era in the 20th century, the structure of the French Old Quarter is planned on chess board model, so it is difficult to break. Buildings and architectures are designed by French architects according to colonial style in accordance with Vietnam climate. This is a great introduction of the thousand-year-old city which helps you delve into a bygone time of Vietnam, from the grand structures dominating the tree-lined boulevard to the modest buildings hidden behind small alleys, from the newly renovated to those near collapse. Many decades after the French left, these architectures have remained and become important heritages in the distinct atmosphere and charm of the capital.

Afterward, pay your respect to the nation’s founder at the Ho Chi Minh Complex and Ba Dinh Square, an important point of pilgrimage for the Vietnamese. Explore the nearby simple cottage on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked during his humble beginnings as a revolutionary. Next, move to the Ho Chi Minh Museum featuring an extraordinary tribute to his life. Gain insight into the prewar history of the country at the Governor’s Residence, also known as the Presidential Palace, an excellent example of Hanoi’s classical French architectural heritage, and Ho Chi Minh refused to live in the opulent structure for symbolic reasons, opting to build a traditional Vietnamese stilt house on the grounds instead. Stop by the iconic One Pillar Pagoda - a unique Vietnamese architecture reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond and hear the legend of its construction. Then transfer back to your hotel for leisure, continue with the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius.

Afternoon, our guide & driver will pick you up then transfer to Chợ Hôm market, mainly known as a fabric market, where you can buy wholesale fabric by the meter to make your own dresses and other things. Chợ Hôm market is full of produce, meats, seafood, and traditional Vietnamese foods. Enjoy the market like a local and see how Hanoians buy foods in a local market.

After finishing the city tour, the group proceed to visit a unique café hidden away in a small alley at the heart of the Old Quarter. With about 95% furniture and decorations made from recycled materials, the café’s owner wants to contribute a part in protecting the environment, raising the community awareness, as well as spreading the message of nature protection to everyone, especially the young. Using the principle of “reduce – reuse – recycle”, all the scraps were cleaned, cut, grafted, and painted to make tables, chairs, decorative lights, and drinking cups.

This evening, you’ll experience one of Vietnam’s unique traditional arts at a Water Puppet show. This style of theater (known as "Roi Nuoc" in Vietnamese) originates from rural festivals in Vietnam and features artists standing waist-deep in water to manipulate puppets, making them move, talk, laugh and even dance on water’s surface. The plays act out typical Vietnamese stories, depicting farmers working in the paddy fields, water buffalo bathing, courtship scenes and martial arts displays, all to the delight of the audience.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight hotel in Hanoi

Day 06 HANOI – HALONG OVERNIGHT ON BOAT

In the morning you will depart Hanoi at 08:30 for a 3.5 hour drive through the Red River Delta to HaLong Bay City. On the way, you will stop for refreshments. Upon arriving in Halong City, you will take a tender transfer to your junk and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. As you cruise the magical bay, you will notice thousands of sculpted limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons’ teeth.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll visit a fishing village with the opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, you’ll enjoy cocktails or a cooking class while watching the sunset and later unwind at a restaurant for a lavish dinner. Enjoy some evening activities such as movie night, board games, or a beauty treatment before an overnight stay on the junk.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Overnight on Cruise

Day 07 HALONG - HANOI –VIENTIANE

After rising to the sound of the ocean coming to life, you’ll enjoy breakfast, take a Tai Chi class and watch the sunrise over the bay (if you choose to get up that early!) You will visit a beautiful limestone grotto, then head back to the junk for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Disembarking at the Cruise Café Lounge, you’ll rejoin your private car for transfer back to the airport for a one-hour and half flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival, you will meet our guide at the airport then transfer to check in hotel and free at leisure

Brunch Included
Overnight hotel in Vientiane 

Day 08 FULL DAY VIENTIANE

After breakfast enjoy a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane. Vientiane is one of the quietest capital cities in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals.

Your tour begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo.  Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace.  Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it is a good glimpse in to the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace.
Visit COPE, an association working to help landmine victims. A visit to the center provides in-depth information about the history of the American/Vietnam war and the lasting impact of unexploded ordinances (UXO) in the area and the efforts underway to clear them.

In the afternoon, continue to the Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city. Next, your tour takes you to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos.  Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun shines upon its towering golden spire.

End your tour of the capital along the banks of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set. Stroll along the river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls.  Overnight in Vientiane.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight hotel in Vientiane

Day 09 VIENTIANE – VANG VIENG – HALF DAY TOUR IN VANG VIENG

We leave the capital early for our journey northbound; we will see some breathtaking scenery enroute as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. Along the way, we visit the busy and colorful market of KM52 where various hill tribes come to trade goods and buy provisions. We may also make a short photo stop at Hin Heup bridge, and the fish market in Ban Tha Heua. We reach our destination Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism.

In the afternoon, we start our board through paddy field areas heading to Tham Phoukham caves, where your breath will be taken away seeing the most beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, you have a chance to explore the local cultures by greeting the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can take a swim to refresh yourself from the hot climate or you could explore the nearby area. Late afternoon, transfer back to town. Overnight in Vang Vieng

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight hotel in Vang Vieng

Day 10 VANG VIENG – DRIVER TO LUANG PRABANG

In the morning, we will first stroll around the town to visit the local market to catch a glimpse of everyday life in a typical Lao rural area. After breakfast, we transfer to visit the cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders.  We then start our expedition on the new road to Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia.

The roads are well paved along the way for a smooth journey; we pass some stunning landscape scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages, we take a few photo stops at some small hill tribe village enroute. Each hill tribe village in Laos has a different feel, some are more prosperous than others but all have plenty of life. We also have chance to admire the panoramic view over the surrounding area at the peak of more than 2000m.  Before reaching Luang Prabang, we will make a short trip to visit the local school at Ban Huay Sala. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meal: Breakfast

Overnight hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 11 FULL DAY TOUR IN LUANG PRABANG

After breakfast, we visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.  Our next stop in the city is the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.  Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, where you will have a short tour so you get information about Silk, about weaver, about the Women that work in the Centre.  This then takes us to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. You can also see up close Asiatic bears at the Bear Rescue Centre along the jungle walk to the waterfall. Arriving in Luang Prabang, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch 

Overnight hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 12 HALF DAY TOUR IN LUANG PRABANG – TAKE FLIGHT TO SIEM REAP

After breakfast, we embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  En route, you will stop at Ban Muang Keo, a well-known village for its traditional Lao rice whisky distilling.  Arriving back in town, transfer to the airport then take a flight to Siem Reap by… Upon arrival you will meet our guide then transfer to hotel and free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch 

Overnight hotel in  Siem Reap 

Day 13 FULL DAY ANGKOR TOUR

In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch included, after your rest, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Then, back to the hotel. End Service!

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight hotel in Siem Reap

Day 14 HALF DAY CHONG KNEAS FLOATING VILLAGE

Chong Kneas is a floating village at the edge of the Tonle Sap Lake. It is approximately about 30 minutes from Siem Reap, making it an extremely popular sight for those wanting a break from the temples. On the way to the village, you’ll see large paddy fields and stilt-houses, and a hill with an ancient temple atop. There are three main communities living in the village: the Cambodian, the Vietnamese and Cham. Visiting here, you can also watch fishing and crocodile farms, school, floating house, restaurant…

Itinerary: 

The afternoon, your private guide & driver will pick you up at your hotel in Siem Reap and start a tour to explore the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. During your boat ride through Chong Khneas, you will see ordinary Cambodians going about their daily life in the floating village.

Your boat will briefly enter the edge of the Great Lake before docking with the Tara – the biggest boat on the Tonle Sap Lake. We will see a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the "village" move from place to place following water levels and current. And then visit “Les Artisans d’ Angkor – Chantiers Écoles” of Siem Reap before driving back to hotel.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight hotel in Siem Reap

Day 15 SIEM REAP DEPARTURE

Moring, you will have breakfast at hotel then free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure flight

Meal: Breakfast

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