This Southeast Asia tour offers the ideal introduction to the most popular destinations in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Beginning in Luang Prabang, experience the Buddhist heritage of Laos with local experts as you witness the morning ‘almsgiving ritual’, and visit the mysterious Pak Ou caves with its thousands of Buddha figures. In Vietnam, discover ancient and modern history in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, imperial Hue, and the capital, Ho Chi Minh City. Explore beautiful landscapes such as Halong Bay and the white sand shores of Mui Ne. End your trip with a personalized tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Temple Complex, a magnificent ode to Cambodia’s Khmer heritage.
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Luang Prabang is considered the jewel of Indochina, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Personalized Walking Tour of Luang Prabang Arrange an optional pre-dawn start with your guide (0530hrs) to witness the daily morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’ or giving of alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks. This truly awe-inspiring ritual still followed by the locals in Luang Prabang, dates back generations. Also, visit the local fresh market to see locals shopping before returning to your hotel. After breakfast, visit the quaint Royal Palace Museum, offering overviews of the local history on a guided audio tour. Walk on to the unique Wat Mai with its five-tiered roof. Continue walking via the city’s quiet back lanes to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its low-to-the-ground sweeping roof, representing classic Luang Prabang styles. Later, stroll along the Nam Khan River to Wat Visoun or Wisunalat, called the ‘Watermelon Stupa’ due to its odd shape, housing ancient Buddha images. In the afternoon, visit the Arts and Ethnology Center, providing insights into Lao’s ethnic mix and culture. Then, visit Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek weaving and textile villages. Finally, end the day with a climb to Mount Phousi to enjoy a spectacular sunset and panoramic views over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River.
Day Trip to Kuang Si Waterfalls & Pak Ou Caves Discover beautiful landscapes! After your breakfast, enjoy a relaxing upstream cruise on a private boat past tranquil countryside vistas and moored wooden canoes on the Mekong. Disembark at the Ban Muang Keo village and take a short trek to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, which house thousands of Buddha figurines in varying sizes! On your way back to Luang Prabang for lunch, stop to explore the artisans colony at Ban Nongxai. Drive out to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls in the afternoon, where a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters do much to revive you. A visit to the Bear Rescue Centre to see the rehabilitated rare Asiatic Black Bears, can be a rewarding experience before you return to your hotel in the evening.
Hanoi has served as an erstwhile capital city and the seat of government for over a thousand years. Explore exotic ancient monuments and remnants of colonial imperialism as well as affable merchants at Hanoi’s night markets and at bustling street food stalls.
Temple and City Discovery in Hanoi Explore the heritage of Vietnam’s capital by the Red River delta, on a leisurely cyclos ride through the city. Learn about the nation’s beloved revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh and visit the simple little house where he lived during his years in Hanoi. Explore the historic building that showcases the great leader’s personal artifacts and items of everyday use. Stop by a small island on Hanoi’s West Lake to see the sixth century Tran Quoc Pagoda, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Ride over to visit the resplendent 11th-century Taoist temple, Quan Thanh, which stands in the shade of a giant banyan tree. An old shrine nearby houses a beautiful statue of Tran Vu, a principal Tao deity. Later in the afternoon, visit Vietnam’s first national university, the 11th century Temple of Literature that is known for its traditional Vietnamese architecture. Get an insight into Vietnam’s colonial and modern history at the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ or Hoa Lo Prison, where the French incarcerated Vietnamese political prisoners. Visit the remnants of the old complex and walk through the moving display of photographs and writings. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy).
Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkins is a dazzling world. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can witness the dense cluster of over 3,000 limestone islands as they rise spectacularly from the ocean. Geologically an extension, Lan Ha Bay is just as beautiful as Halong Bay but a lot more isolated.
A Class Legend Cruise in Halong Bay: One Night and Two Days Day One: Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay making a quick stop en route for some refreshment. Enjoy lunch on board the cruise boat as you sail towards mysterious Sung Sot Cave on Bo Hon Island, one of the finest and widest grottoes in Halong Bay. Next, stop at Ti Top Island for some swimming and snorkeling. Trek up to the highest point on the island for a bird’s eye view of the panoramic bay. Return to the boat in time to catch the sunset as you enjoy a cocktail party followed by dinner featuring an authentic Vietnamese menu. Before you retire for the night, try some squid fishing, read a book, watch a movie, or play board games. Day Two: Get up early in the morning for a Tai Chi demonstration on the upper deck before you enjoy a sumptuous breakfast. Sail down to Luon Cave and go exploring on a kayak or jump into one of the bamboo boats rowed by friendly locals. Return to the cruise boat and participate in a cooking demonstration on making spring rolls. Check out and have an early lunch as you sail back. Transfer back to Hanoi by road stop at a local village in the countryside to stretch your legs. (2 Days/1 Night; Shared Activity; Private Transfers; Meals Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please note that the itinerary may be subject to change.)
Activities Aboard Stellar Cruise, Halong Bay: One Night and Two Days Day One – Embark on the Stellar Cruise at Tuan Chau marina. Sip on welcome drinks and set sail soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. Freshen up in your cozy cabins, and relish a leisurely lunch with stunning views of the dramatic limestone islands. Set out to explore the expansive and beautiful Surprising Cave and afterwards, you can swim and snorkel around the Titop island. After a nap onboard, gather on the top deck for a sociable sunset party. A lavish Vietnamese dinner later, retire for the night in your plush beds. Alternately, you can join the crew to fish for squids at night. Day Two – Rise and shine with Tai Chi classes on the sundeck. After a wholesome local breakfast, sail past numerous islets before anchoring at Luon Cave. Explore the island kayaking or take the guided bamboo boats. Lunch is served after a cooking demonstration of spring rolls. Recount your experience returning to shore and bid farewell! (Full Day; Best time to travel: March – December; Duration: 2D/1N; Shared Activity & Private Transfer; Meals Included: All meals. Please bring swimwear, sunglasses and sunscreen.)
The ancient Imperial Capital of Hue, lies at the mouth of the Perfume River and is considered the fulcrum of Vietnam’s two rice baskets – the Red River Delta and the Mekong River Delta.
Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich imperial heritage on this tour of historic Hué. The town is dotted with ancient pagodas, royal tombs, and the remains of an imperial stronghold. Set off after breakfast to visit Hué’s iconic, 17th century monument of Thien Mu Pagoda, whose narrow, seven-storied structure stands atop a hill by the Perfume River. Afterwards, you could either explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hué Monuments centered on the Imperial Citadel, or the royal tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. At the Imperial Citadel, be dazzled by the regal architecture and royal gardens. Set amid a forested area, the Royal Tomb is equally spectacular. In the afternoon, drive down to the charming little village of Duong No, which was home to the young Ho Chi Minh. Walk over to the ornate Thanh Toan Covered Bridge spanning the Perfume River, featuring traditional Asian design and a timber arch dotted with ceramic elements and elaborate calligraphy. (Best Time to Travel : Oct – Mar; Times : 9 AM – 3 PM; Duration – 5 hours; Private Activity; Fitness level: Easy).
Hoi An pays testament to its remarkable history as a major port town, booming with grand architecture of old Japanese merchant houses, pale yellow houses draped in bougainvillea, shopfronts lit with glowing silk lanterns, and ageing tea warehouses.
Walking Tour of Hoi An Accompany your local expert through the narrow lanes of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An, which served as a prosperous trading port from the 15th century to the 19th century. Stroll through the pedestrian-only streets of this well-preserved architectural heritage passing by various buildings, temples, merchant houses, and pagodas showcasing French, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese influences. Walk across the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge over the stream as your guide narrates its history. Head on to the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation for a closer look at the intricate wood carvings on the walls and beams. Explore the vibrant local market, past stalls displaying colorful wares, spices, and exotic fruits, that is particularly famous for its locally produced silk and tailors who even have a section of the market dedicated to them. (Half Day; Fixed Time: Yes; Time of Day: 0900/1400; Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy.
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), still often referred to as Saigon, was a Khmer seaport in the 17th century before becoming a French colony. Rapid and thrilling and, even with the maddening traffic as cyclo drivers speed under vast neon billboards, you can immerse yourselves in variety at HCMC.
Visit Cu Chi Tunnels by Road Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense world famous tunnel complex that was first constructed in 1948 as a means to protect the Viet Cong guerillas from their French enemy. The tunnel system network grew as the need arose during the Vietnam War (1955 – 1975), becoming not just a communication route and food and weapon storage facilities, but also the guerilla’s living quarters. In fact, they even housed hospitals. The Americans conducted several military campaigns against the tunnels throughout the last decade of combat. Dubbed the Black Echo due to the hardship of this underground life that was rife with insect infestations and disease, this unique tour provides you with an opportunity to witness the resilience of the Vietnamese. (Total Duration: 5 hrs;Travel Time to Activity Type : 2 hrs;Timings: 08:30 hrs – 13:30 hrs; Private Activity)
Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City Explore Saigon, a city that never sleeps! With its vibrant, exciting energy and brimming with people, you’ll quickly notice how modernity has collided with its rich history. The best way to explore Saigon is by foot, as you wander along and witness quaint yet sure French colonial buildings on Dong Khoi Street, also known as Rue Catinat. Witness many other historic landmarks, including the Opera House, the former Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and the spectacular Presidential Palace. Visit the central Post Office, not to send your postcards home but to witness a magnificent feat of architecture. Want to make a wish? Visit Thien Hau Temple in District 5, where it is the local custom to attach your dreams to an incense coil. Kindly note that it is not possible to visit inside the Notre Dame during church services. (Timings:08:30 hrs- 17:30 hrs ; Private Activity)
Siem Reap is a most marvellous window to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Temple complex, with its fascinating Khmer architecture in varying states of preservation.
Private Tour of Angkor’s Temples Discover the important temples within the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park on this fascinating tour. Soak in the gorgeous views of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the temple complex that comprises five spectacular towers and a vast gallery. Stroll to the imposing Angkor Wat temple, a fine example of Khmer architecture, built in the 12th century. At sunrise and sunset, you can see a surreal reflection of this temple in the nearby pool of water! After exploring this gorgeous temple, make your way to the walled city of Angkor Thom where you can find the splendid Bayon temple and other monuments. Saunter on to the Ta Phrom temple that sits tucked within huge fig and silk cotton trees and is known as the jungle temple. Capture stunning images of the ancient ruins with trees growing out, the most distinctive feature of this site. (Full Day; Time: 0700 hrs; Private Activity and Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. Please dress appropriately for temple visits.)
Tonle Sap Lake Boat Ride Drive out of the city for about 45 minutes into the countryside, for a unique lake-living experience! Stop off on the way at a local village. Arriving at the quay you will board a local boat that will take you on a 1.5 hour cruise of Tonle Sap Lake, known as the Great Lake of Cambodia, and home to the unique floating villages. Discover how communities live and work on the lake – with floating schools, churches, stores and markets! You can observe how crocodiles farming forms an important part of this culture. This half day experience is best enjoyed from July to February when water levels are high.
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 20 days / 19 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Luang Prabang – Hanoi
Hanoi – Hue
Danang – Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon – Siem Reap
All activities as listed :
Luang Prabang: Full Day Walking Tour of Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang: Day Trip to Kuang Si Waterfalls & Pak Ou Caves
Hanoi: Temple and City Discovery in Hanoi
Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: A Class Legend Cruise in Halong Bay (One Night/Two Days)
Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: Activities Aboard Stellar Cruise, Halong Bay: One Night and Two Days
Hue: Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River
Hoi An: Walking Tour of Hoi An
Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (by Road)
Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City
Siem Reap: Private Tour of Angkor’s Temples
Siem Reap: Tonle Sap Lake Boat Ride
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
Fees and taxes
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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