A glance to Indochina – Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos 16 days

This 16 day tour takes you to visit the best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Discover the greatest landscapes: Hanoi city, Halong bay, Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong floating market. Visit the historical places in Cambodia including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and the lovely Laos.

Highlight:

Day 1: Arrive Ha Noi

Day 2: Ha Noi full day city tour

Day 3: Ha Noi- Ha Long Bay, stay overnight on board

Day 4: Ha Long- Ha Noi- flight to Ho Chi Minh

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh city tour

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh- My Tho- Ben Tre- Can Tho

Day 7: Can Tho- Chau Doc

Day 8: Chau Doc- Phnom Penh

Day 9: Phnom Penh- Siem Reap

Day 10: Angkor Wat- Angkor Thom

Day 11: Siem Reap- Luang Prabang

Day 12: Luang Prabang- Pak Ou Cave

Day 13: Luang Prabang- Elephant village

Day 14: Luang Prabang- Vientiane

Day 15: Vientiane

Day 16: Departure

ASIA FOCUS TRAVEL would like to introduce the detail of tour program as below:

Day 1: Hanoi arrival (No meal)

Arrival at airport in Hanoi. We pick you up at the airport then transfer to hotel in Old Quarter of Hanoi for your accommodation. Rest of the day is your leisure time.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Ha Noi full day city tour (meals incl: B/ L)

08:00 – 08:30 Meet your tour guide at your suggested places around Hanoi Old Quarter.

Start the trip with Tran Quoc pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake.             

Visit Ho Chi Minh complex, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father; his house-on-stilt and One pillar pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi.

 Visit Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 dedicating to Confucius, sages and scholars. It was also the first university of Viet Nam once.

12:30 Relax and have lunch at a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter.

After having lunch, there are 2 options:

  • Option 1: On Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Explore daily life of traditional ceramics village of Bat Trang. Visit showrooms and see how they model the products
  • Option 2: On Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: visit Ethnology museum to learn about cultures of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam

15:00 Arrive legendary Hoan Kiem lake. Visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao – General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians.

 15:30 Drop you off.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (meals incl: B/ L/ D)

8:00-08:20 – Meet your tour guide at suggested places around Old Quarter for Ha Long Bay.

12:30 – Embark at Tuan Chau Harbour, Ha Long City. Transferred by tender to Ha Long Cruise. Greeted by crew members followed by welcome drinks, get cruise briefing and check in cabin.

13:15 – Enjoy set lunch onboard while cruising on bay then freely relax with sea wind.

14:50 – Drop anchor at Vung Vieng fishing village (Belong Bai Tu Long Bay), tender will take passengers to visit one of the largest and oldest fishing village on Ha Long bay, exploring the lives of local fishing villagers and then visiting the farm of pearls processing.

15:10 – Return drop anchor, there, some options for extra activities such as: Kayaking, Swimming (* jump on from tender or at the beach nearby Vung Vieng village) with joyful time.

17:30 – Get back cruise, take shower Then join in Sunset party …while the cruise’s moving to the area of Hang Trong for overnight.

18:00 – On board: Cooking class and Happy hours on sundeck with owl-light

19:30: Gala dinner, then freely relax with other choices: Squid fishing or Karaoke or chatting & drinking to each other on sundeck.

Day 4: Ha Long Bay- Ha Noi (meals incl: B/ L)

6:30 – Wake up for Taichi on sundeck in windy air while the boat’s going to Surprising Cave (Sung Sot amazing cave)

 7:00 – Breakfast with tea, coffee, cakes, fruit juice, milk, cereals.

 7:45 – Visit Sung Sot amazing cave with millions of surprising stalactites and stalagmites – one of the biggest & most beautiful caves on Ha Long bay.

 9:30 – Back to the cruise, check out room. Relax on board while it’s moving towards Tuan Chau Habour

 10:30: Time for Brunch

 12:00 – Crew say thanks to all. Passengers then get on bus back to Hanoi.

16:00 Transfer straight to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh city- Cu Chi tunnels one day tour (meals incl: B/ L)

Morning, at 07.30am, start the city tour in Ho Chi Minh. We start the trip by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum, (Drop you off at Ben Thanh Market for shopping if we have enough time).

Afternoon, leave Ho Chi Minh for Cu Chi. Explore Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Finish the tour at around 05.30pm.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh- My Tho- Ben Tre- Can Tho (meals incl: B/ L/ D)

Around 8.00, Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank.

Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of water coconut trees along natural canals. Have a short cycling tour (if time permitted) then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantations and villages.

Proceed to Can Tho. Free time to visit the bustling Can Tho market.

Overnight in Can Tho

Day 7: Can Tho- Chau Doc- Tra Su (meals incl: B/ L/ D)

Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets (& Phong Dien is optional), which are the liveliest in the whole religion.

Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch.

Proceed to Chau Doc, continue the tour to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. Back to the Town, hotel check in.

Overnight in Chau Doc

Day 8: Chau Doc, Vietnam – Phnom Penh, Cambodia (meals incl: B)

After breakfast, transfer to a speed boat for the journey to Phnom Penh. Arrive at Sisowath tourist dock in Phnom Penh around 02.00pm.

After a refreshment, visit to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. Visit the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles.

Continue your visit at the National Museum. This is one of Phnom Penh’s true architectural gems. The Museum is instantly recognizable with its warm red terracotta and its gracefully cured roof topped by dozens of guardian nagas. It was designed in Khmer style in 1917 by famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts Cambodgiens.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 9: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (meals incl: B/ D)

Morning, transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, check-in the hotel and have lunch.

Afternoon, visit some famous temples in Siem Reap including: East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Panan, Preah Khan, Pre Rup.

  • The East Mebon is a 10th Century temple at Angkor, Cambodia. Built during the reign of King Rajendravarman, it stands on what was an artificial island at the center of the now dry East Baray reservoir.
  • Ta Som is a small temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built at the end of the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. It is located north east of Angkor Thom and just east of Neak Pean.
  • Neak Pean at Angkor, Cambodia is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Preah Khan Baray built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. It is the “Mebon” of the Preah Khan baray.
  • Preah Khan is a temple at Angkor, built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. However, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.
  • Pre Rup is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built as the state temple of Khmer king Rajendravarman and dedicated in 961 or early 962. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 10: Siem Reap – Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat (meals incl: B/ L)

In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (literally: “Great City”), located in present day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Continue your visit at 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.

Continue your visit to Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in Angkor. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic.

In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. 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.

Before ending the tour today, enjoy wonderful sunset scenery from the Top of Phnom Bakhen Hill.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 11: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Luang Prabang, Laos (meals incl: B/ L)

After breakfast at hotel, take a boat trip for sight-seeing on Tonle Sap Lake, the Great Lake of Cambodia. It is one of the largest lakes in Asia. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.

After that, back to downtown to visit Artisan’s D’angkor, the caving art school. Continue your visit to Wat ThmeiWat Thmei near Charles de Gaulle Boulevard in Siem Reap, Cambodia where you will find a small memorial stupa which contains the skulls and bones of victims killed during the regime of the Khmer Rouge during 1975 – 1979.

Transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight to Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 12: Luang Prabang – Visit Pak Ou Caves (meals incl: B/ L)

Approximately: 3.5 hours boat ride & 2 hours walking.

We depart from our office and take a short walk to the boat pier. We board the boat and begin our cruise along the amazing Mekong which takes us past idyllic scenes of rural riverside life and spectacular scenery until reaching the beautiful Pak Ou Caves which sit amongst the limestone cliffs where the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers meet. The caves are spilt in two, one named Tham Ting and the other Tham Theung. They are both filled with thousands of Buddha images and statues which have been deposited here over centuries.

A short distance away from Pak Ou Caves we visit the village of Ban Xang Hai which has for centuries made the clay jars which are used to ferment Lao wine. Nowadays the tradition continues however the village now also specialises in producing a wide range of ‘Lau Lao’ Lao whisky and ‘Lau Hai’ Lao wine. Be sure to try just a little before we head of back down river to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 13: Luang Prabang – Visit Elephant Village & some famous temple (meals incl: B/ L)

Together with our local guide, you will proceed to the “Elephant Village” about 15 km out Elephant riding, Elephant Tour in Luang Prabangof town and in the middle of a green, natural surroundings, settled on the banks of the Nam Khan river. Here you will be introduced to the protected Asian Elephants and go out for a scenic ride in the beautiful settings along the river. Enjoy the new perspective and the wonderful nature on this 30- 40 min Elephant ride through which you support the rescue of our former logging Elephants. A stunning landscape, tranquillity and lush Lao nature gives you a relaxed stay on the back of the Elephant. Lean back in your seat and enjoy this exceptional Elephant experience…

Lunch will be served on the river view terrace overlooking the Nam Khan river and the surrounding landscapes. A short boat ride will bring you to the amazing Tad Sae waterfalls (not in dry season from Jan-August). Here you can hang out and relax for a while in the refreshing waterfall cascades. A short boat trip will bring you back to the Elephant Village. Transfer back to the town.

On arrival in the town, we visit some famous temples including: Wat Visoun, Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thong.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 14: Luang Prabang – Kuang Sii Fall (meals incl: B/ L)

After breakfast drive out of town 30KM to the beautiful Kuang Sii Fall, where you can swim, relax, soft trek to the top of the fall.

On return short stop at Black Hmong Village, where hill tribe hand-made handicraft as souvenirs for visitors passes by.

Arrival at hotel. Spend your leisure time in the town for walking on street and shopping until we transfer you to airport for flight to Vientiane.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 15: Vientiane – City tour (meals incl: B/ L)

After breakfast, start the city tour by visiting the Wat Sisaket with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue the visit at Wat Simuang and Wat Prakeo, which was the original home of the famous Emerald Buddha, which today lives in Bangkok.

Enjoy lunch at a nice restaurants in Vientiane.

After lunch, Visit the huge golden That Luang monument, where all Lao citizen respect as holy pagoda. Pha That Luang (‘Great Stupa’) is a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the centre of Vientiane, Laos. Since its initial establishment, suggested to be in the 3rd century, the stupa has undergone several reconstructions as recently as the 1930s due to foreign invasions of the area. It is generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol.

After that, we visit Vientiane’s own Victory Monument, which looks like the Arc de Triumphe. This was built at the end of the Indochina wars with money rumored to be American, and earmarked for the airport’s new runway. Thus the departing Americans dubbed this monument the vertical runway! Have a look at the lovely arches inside the monument.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 16: Vientiane – Buddha Park – Departure (meals incl: B/ L)

Morning, visit Lao – Thai Friendship Bridge. It is a bridge over the Mekong, connecting Nong Khai province and the city of Nong Khai in Thailand with Vientiane Prefecture in Laos. Then proceed to Buddha Park, a display of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures located by the Mekong River.

After that, transfer you traight to airport for your departure flight.

End of tour!

QUOTATION:

Hotel Class City Name of hotel Price per person (US$)
  3 Star Ha Noi Medallion Ha Noi Hotel  

  US$ 2,250

 

Ha Long The Viet Beauty Cruise
Ho Chi Minh Le Duy Hotel
Can Tho Sai Gon Can Tho Hotel
Chau Doc Chau Pho Hotel
Phnom Penh River Home hotel
Siem Reap Central Boutique hotel
Luang Prabang Le Bel Air Resort
Vientiane Vientiane Garden Hotel

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 15 nights’ accommodation included 14 nights in hotel and 1 night on Halong cruise
  • Domestic flights
  • Fast boat from Ho Chi Minh- Viet Nam to Phnom Penh- Cambodia
  • Airport transfer private car.
  • English speaking guide
  • Semi- private tour: You will join group tours in Vietnam, you will travel and sightseeing with other passengers. Rest of the tour, in Cambodia and Laos, is private tour.
  • Entrance tickets to all sites mentioned.
  • Meal as mentioned: B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, X= no meal
  • Water on the bus
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Tax and service charge
TOUR EXCLUSIONS
  • Visa to Vietnam and Laos
  • Beverages
  • Tips for tour guide: $3/ person/ day
  • Personal Expenses
  • International flight tickets
  • Other things not mentioned clearly in the packages