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Vibrant Vietnam, charismatic Cambodia and laid-back Laos, this journey covers the very best of Indochina region. Begin with sacred temples and Vientiane and traditional handicraft villages around Luang Prabang in Laos. Then fly to Vietnam’s capital as you walk through Ba Dinh square then take a cyclo ride to discover the bustling Old Quarter. Greet the morning with views of dramatic limestone peaks rising from the sea in Halong Bay and practice Tai chi lessons before heading to Hue in the central. Gain insight into the country’s imperial past at the Citadel and royal tombs. Glide down the Perfume River in a dragon boat before you travel over the scenic Hai Van pass to Hoi An where leisure and relaxation await. See the Hindu temples ruins in My Son then down south for an exciting tour around Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi tunnels. After some visits to family workshops along narrows canals in the lush Mekong Delta, fly to Phnom Penh with the colonial facades and Royal Palace and conclude your trip in Angkor Wat. With immersive cultural experiences, free time, amazing sunset, delectable cuisine and so much more, this trip will open your eyes to the delights of Indochina and leave you awe-struck.

DAY 1

Vientiane Arrival

Arrival Vientiane airport, Arrival airport, please go to custom desk as your first point of entry to get visa-on-arrival into the country and pay stamping fees directly by cash to custom office there then guide will pick you up outside and transfer to the city for check in. On the same day in the afternoon, explore Vientiane including some main temples such as Vat Ho Prakeo used to be the house of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Sisaket crossing the street and where more than ten thousand of Buddha images are being placed. We continue to Pratuxai, it was Arc the Triumph of France. Afterwards, climb up to the top to get a great view of the city. End the tour with the visit to Golden Stupa, well known as That Luang Stupa and believed to contain a relic of Lord Buddha. Return to hotel. Read more

Vientiane
DAY 2

Vientiane - Luang Prabang

Morning, transfer out to visit the orchid farm, where you can find more than 2 000 plants, in 300 different orchid species coming from different parts of the country. The orchids are arranged by species in a beautiful green garden in Vientiane before you’re transferred to airport for flight to Luang Prabang. Flight time is approximately 50 munities. Meet your driver and guide then transfer to hotel for check in Read more

Luang Prabang
DAY 3

Luang Prabang & Pak Ou Cave

Today, you will first visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then take a traditional wooden boat upstream to visit the famous cave of Pak Ou. The cave locates just right on the cliff; it’s a very impressive and stunning sight. Inside the cave, there are more than one hundred Buddha images which have been brought by local people since the early 14th century when the cave was found. On the way, stop shortly at Ban Muang Kham, which specializes in river weed making. Next, a stop will also be made at Ban Xanghai where you can enjoy the taste of the local rice wine. On return, disembark the boat to visit traditional villages, and continue taking a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving before heading back to hotel. Read more

Luang Prabang
DAY 4

Elephant Village – Kuang Si

In the morning, your guide and driver will take you to Elephant Village. On arrival, the Camp Manager will welcome and greet you and brief shortly about the village. After, enjoy the impressive experience of approx. 1 hour elephant ride on the Howdah – the name of Elephant seat, you will then take boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall and spend some time in the clear water. Your lunch will be provided at the Elephant Village Restaurant. After lunch, drive to Kuang Si Falls, located 30 kilometers south of Luang Prabang. The many tiered waterfalls have scooped out small basins of turquoise color. You can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools and hike around the falls if wanted. Return to Luang Prabang and on the way back a stop will be made at one of the local villages before getting to Wat Siphouthabath to admire the sunset. Read more

Luang Prabang
DAY 5

Luang Prabang - Hanoi

You are free at leisure until transfer to the airport for flight from Luang Prabang to Ha Noi – Vietnam. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Welcome to Vietnam! Please be sure your visa should be pre-arranged, or your visa-on-arrival letter is in your carry-on luggage. Please go to custom desk as your first point of entry into the country and present these documents for visa upon arrival. Your private vehicle and guide transfer you to hotel for check in. The driving distance is approximately 45 minutes. Read more

Hanoi
DAY 6

Ha Noi Full Day City Tour

The city tour begins with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars. Afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History or the Museum of Ethnology. Next, head for Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Read more

Hanoi
DAY 7

Hanoi - Halong Bay

Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. The transfer is approximately 3 hours. You will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields and you may stop on the way to admire the local scenery. Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. An optional kayaking trip is available weather permitting. Back onboard enjoy a lavish dinner and enjoy the bay view at sunset. Spend a night on board. Read more

Halong Bay
DAY 8

Halong - Hanoi - Hue

In the morning, refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Have tea and coffee onboard and continue exploring Ha Long Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Normally, check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Hanoi capital. Free at leisure until meet our guide then transfer to airport for flight to Hue. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Arrival Hue airport, you are transferred to town by private car & guide. The transfer from airport to hotel is approximately 20 minutes. Check in & relax Read more

Hue
DAY 9

Hue – Da Nang - Hoi An

Morning, take full day tour of Hue City, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam for the 1802-1945 period and the last refuge of Vietnamese feudalism. The city’s beauty is characterized by a natural scenic landscape and an extensive variety of historical relics. Begin with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s and featuring three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner. Continue to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Vietnam’s second-to-last king, and the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Next, visit Tu Duc Tomb, one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s finest architectural works nested in a pine forest where the 4th emperor of the Nguyen family was laid to rest. We continue to take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to enjoy the open view of the river and its surroundings. Stop along the way and land on shore to visit two prominent historical landmarks namely the Minh Mang Tomb, where the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery overlooking the river from a vantage point with its origin dating back to 1601. Afterwards, transfer to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Arrival Hoi An, check in hotel for overnight. Read more

Hoi An
DAY 10

Hoi An Full Day Ancient Town

Today, transfer about 40 km West of Hoi An to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world heritage which was once a religious center of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the 4th and the 14th Centuries in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Ayuthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java. In the afternoon, discover the charm of Hoi An recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Your sightseeing will include the iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice and the local market vibrant with colors and activities. Return to your hotel. Read more

Hoi An
DAY 11

Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Morning, free at leisure until transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours. Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and guide. The transfer distance is approximately 30 minutes

Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 12

Ho Chi Minh & Cu Chi tunnels

Morning, meet your guide and transfer about 75 km North-west of downtown 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. Return to the city at noon time for a rest Afternoon, your guide continues to bring you to visit the War Remnants Museum which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans and the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Move to Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles and stained-glass windows from Chartres. Next, visit Sai Gon Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Last, stop for shopping at the French-built Ben Thanh Market which dates back to 1870 and whose main entrance clock tower has become a city’s symbol. Read more

Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 13

Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta

Today, you will be picked up and travel past miles of flat rice fields, along a bustling road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, board a motorboat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on Thoi Son Island where you can listen to Southern traditional music performed by native artists. Next, you will change to a paddle boat to cruise through the narrow canals and visit households with traditional occupations of home-based coconut candy and rice-wine making. Continue travel by motorized boat to another island to visit a bee farm and taste tea with fresh honey from the beehives and enjoy fresh fruits. On the return to My Tho, stop to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, a prominent local Buddhist structure built in 1850 with a unique architectural mixture of Vietnamese, Roman, Chinese and Cambodian styles characterized by a highly ornate façade. You might enjoy a lovely lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant. At the end of the tour, you will find the way back to Ho Chi Minh. Read more

Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 14

Ho Chi Minh - Phnom Penh

Meet our guide & driver at the hotel lobby then transfer to airport for flight to Phnom Penh. Flight time is approximately 45 minute. Arrival in Phnom Penh International Airport, warm welcome by our tour guide then transfer to hotel for check in.

Phnom Penh
DAY 15

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Morning, visit to Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. Then continue to the National Museum, this is one of Phnom Penh's true architectural gems. Afternoon, we drive to Siem Reap. En route you will cross an ancient bridge called “Spean Kompong Kdei” it was built in the 13th century and it is 87 meters long. The balustrades are carved to look like the bodies of giant snakes. Upon arrival, check in hotel Read more

Siem Reap
DAY 16

Siem Reap - Angkor Wat

Today, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom, built in the 12th 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. After a short your rest, you will 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. This 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. End of day take a relaxing stopover at Prasat Chrung visiting Tadev Hole and temple with the best Sunset. Return to your hotel and end of the tour Read more

Siem Reap
DAY 17

Beng Mealea & Banteay Srei

Morning, start your tour at 8:00AM, visit an ancient Hindu temple at the countryside, BANTEAY SREY (citadel of women, 35Km north of Siem Reap), building began in the year 968- and was competed in the year 1,001 AD. Dedicated to Shiva God. In Cambodia, it is a unique pink sandstone temple which has most beautiful deep carvings. Afternoon, visit Beng Mealea built in the 12th century, the layout and style of Beng Mealea is very similar to Angkor Wat. It’s current state, however, is dominated by jungle. Trees have grown out of the towers and vines entangle columns. Lintels and others building blocks lay around in a tumble and require visitors to climb up and down as they approach the completely collapsed central towers. Ancient capital of Khmer Empire of Rolouse group such as Lolei, Bakong and Preah Ko temples. Read more

Siem Reap
DAY 18

Siem Reap Departure

Free at leisure until transfer airport for departure flight.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Vientiane
Hotel Lao Orchid Hotel Or similar
Day 2
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel My Dream Boutique Resort Or similar
Day 5
Location Hanoi
Hotel Larosa Hotel Or similar
Day 7
Location Halong Bay
Hotel Oriental Sails Or similar
Day 8
Location Hue
Hotel Asia Hotel Or similar
Day 9
Location Hoi An
Hotel Lotus Hotel Or similar
Day 11
Location Ho Chi Minh City
Hotel Sonnet Hotel Or similar
Day 14
Location Phnom Penh
Hotel Asia Tune Hotel Or similar
Day 15
Location Siem Reap
Hotel Steung Hotel Or similar

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation in a twin or double room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival as complementary
  • Private board for sightseeing as mentioned in the program, Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Mineral water is available as complementary

Package excludes

  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport (45US$ in Vietnam & US$ 30 in Laos and US$ 30 in Cambodia, paid by cash at the airport)
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc. All other services not specified in the itinerary
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary
  • Not included VAT

More information

  • • All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
  • • Supplement for standard Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia menu meals: US$ 14 for lunch & US$ 18 for dinner in case you need to book more meals.
  • • Private services & daily departure
  • • Quotation is quoted based on English speaking guide: Surcharge for other guide
  • - Supplement for German Speaking guide: USD 15/day per group
  • - Supplement for Spanish Speaking guide: USD 20/day per group
  • - Supplement for Italian Speaking guide: USD 35/day per group
  • • Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
  • • Surcharge for Peak Season at above mentioned hotels (if have)
  • • Surcharge for Vietnamese Lunar (TET) New Year - 25% of adult prices

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Don, United States

In February, my wife and I spent 12 days in Vietnam and Cambodia. 365 Travel made all the arrangements, and Daisy Trang was magnificent in her guidance and her attention to detail. She made things quite easy for us, in that we had absolutely no glitches anywhere along the line. Our guides and drivers were great, and we felt that they were truly interested in pointing out things that they felt would be of special interest to us as Americans. Our hotels and restaurants were all top shelf, and we highly recommend 367Travel to anyone considering a "tailor-made" experience. Read more

Gregory, United States

We spent a total of 19 days visiting Vietnam and Cambodia. I planned the trip with fairly short notice and rather individualized. Daisy was super accommodating with our requests even after our arrival. She showed great concern for our well-being when the weather turned cold as we were heading toward Sapa in the mountains. We purchased the ubiquitous "North Face" jackets for the experience of snow in Vietnam. Our trip had numerous guides and every form of travel. Never once were we stranded by our hosts. Our favorite parts of the trip were Sapa, Ha Long Bay (boat), Hoi An (beach), and Angkor Wat. In these and the other locations we always felt well taken care of in excellent hotels and on the arranged tours. The vacation using 365 Travel met our expectations and then some. I would highly recommend using 365 for your Southeast Asia travels. Read more

Shiva Mallapur, India

Vietnam tour arranged by 365 Travel: Mrs. Daisy Trang Hi Dear All, 365 Travel had arranged an excellent and well organised tailor made tour to me and my wife to north, middle and south Vietnam. Special thanks to Mrs.Daisy Trang of 365 Travel who made it possible. She understands very well the needs of people and accordingly organises the trip. The guides, hotels and travel within Vietnam by air and dedicated car were perfectly arranged to my taste. The people of Vietnam are kind, generous and warm hearted. It was indeed a great memorable trip and experience to visit Vietnam specially Hanoi, Halong bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City also called as Saigon. I strongly recommend 365 Travel as your travel agent. Read more

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