Angkor Wat in Siem Reap
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Tour Overview

This 16 days tour is designed to cover the best highlights of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. You will follow local English-speaking guides to uncover the natural and cultural wonders of Luang Prabang and the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, then fly to Vietnam to explore the ancient Hanoi, stunning karst landscape from a Halong Bay cruise, the imperial feeling of Hue, beautiful beaches in Da Nang, the ancient charm of Hai An, and bustling life in Ho Chi Minh city. During your 3-day stay in Cambodia, you'll get a chance to see the unique architecture art of the Angkor ruins and listen to your guide narrate stories and legends behind the ruins.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Cruise on Halong Bay to look into local villages and plush green limestone peaks.
  • Adventure to Kuang Si Waterfall to enjoy the natural beauty and have fun around the pools.
  • See the best ancient temples, and natural beauty, and experience the morning rituals of local monks in the charming UNESCO-protected Luang Prabang town.
  • Cruise upstream along the Mekong River to explore the mysterious Pak Ou caves with numerous Buddha statues.
  • Crawl through two sections of Cu Chi Tunnels to look into Vietnam’s wartime history in the last century.
  • Explore the well-preserved buildings, bustling markets, and ancient temples in Hoi An.
  • Witness the unique floating village with floating schools, a floating police station around Tonle Sap Lake.
  • See the ruins and monuments in Angkor Wat and admire many time-honored sandstone carvings.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Please make your own way to Luang Prabang an ancient town featuring well-preserved French colonial architecture, ancient temples, and amazing natural beauty.

    Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and driver before they drive you to the hotel for check-in. Then a visit to the local market and streets is arranged for you to get a first impression of this town.

    Meals: N/A

    Overnight: Luang Prabang

  2. Today, you can get up early (optional) to catch the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings. Laos is the only Buddhist nation that still preserves this unique tradition. You can buy some food to offer to monks for their blessings.

    Morning Alms-giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang
    Morning Alms-giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang

    After breakfast, start your city tour in Luang Prabang. You will firstly visit the Royal Palace Museum (closed on Tuesday) which presents a wealth of interesting artifacts. Then be guided to the Wat Sene, the first monastery in town with its vihan covered with red and yellow tiles, and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, the largest temple in Luang Prabang that will introduce you to characteristics of 16th-century Lao architecture.

    We will also not miss the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.

    After lunch, follow your guide to Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about the interesting local ethnic culture. Followed by a visit to the weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek where you meet the Master Weavers and see they make silk weaving.

    Then, get back to the town to visit Wat Mai. We then get to the top of Phousi Hill (you’ll need to take 329 steps) to enjoy a bird view of Luang Prabang City and the Mekong River at sunset.

    Wat Mai in Luang Prabang
    Wat Mai in Luang Prabang

    Before getting back to your hotel, enjoy an exciting time at a local night market where you can see various handmade textiles made by local villagers.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight: Luang Prabang

  3. After breakfast, relax on an upstream cruise along the Mekong River before you reach the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. Located by the Mekong River, Pak Ou Caves are two linked caves, in which you’ll discover thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues.

    Buddha statues in Pak Ou Caves in Luang Prabang
    Buddha statues in Pak Ou Caves

    During the cruise to Pak Ou Caves, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along both banks of the Mekong River, and glimpse into local life by visiting Ban Xanghai village, villagers here are good at making local rice wine.

    Return to Luang Prabang for lunch in the afternoon. You will then be escorted to the Kuang Si Waterfall to enjoy the beautiful surrounding scenery. It’s a relaxing time when you can either have fun around the turquoise pools or enjoy leisure walking along the forest trails.

    Kuangsi Waterfall in Luang Prabang
    Kuangsi Waterfall in Luang Prabang

    Along the way to Kuang Si Waterfall, you will pass the endless rice paddies and farms, and stop at some villages of the H’mong and Lao Loum people. You will be introduced to the life of local villagers, and get a rare chance to join in their daily work such as wooden cotton spinning, weaving, rice harvesting, etc.

    Get back to Luang Prabang by late afternoon. Admire the stunning sunset at Wat Phabath before back to your hotel.

    Note: the itinerary may change subject to weather conditions.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight: Luang Prabang

  4. Enjoy your free time until your driver transfers you to the airport for departure. Arriving in Hanoi, the local guide and driver will pick you up at the airport, and escort you to the hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free for you to take a rest or explore the city by yourself.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Overnight: Hanoi

  5. Start today with a visit to Ho Chi Minh complex to discover Ho Chi Minh’s life and role in Vietnamese history, and visit One Pillar Pagoda.

    Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Hanoi
    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex

    Listen to your guide narrate important historical and cultural events while visiting the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university.

    Temple of Literature in Hanoi
    Temple of Literature

    In the afternoon, visit Ethnographic Museum before you ride a bike to explore the old quarter. Watch Vietnam’s unique water puppetry before getting back to your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight: Hanoi

  6. Today you’ll enjoy your leisure time and sightseeing on the Halong Bay Cruise.

    Halong Bay
    Halong Bay Cruise

    After breakfast, enjoy the farmland view and great opportunities along the Red River Delta. Then get to the Ha Long Pier, from there you will board a wooden ship to cruise through limestone peaks and jungle-clad islets towering over the sea.

    Enjoy your onboard lunch with local special seafood. Then the cruise will take you to Sung Sot Cave. The sunset from Halong Bay is enchanting.

    Halong Bay Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave
    Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight on boat

  7. Enjoy your coffee and tea on the sundeck and learn to practice Tai Chi with a master. Your Halong Bay Cruise sightseeing continues today.

    Halong Bay Sunrise
    Sunrise view during Halong Bay Cruise

    You will change to a small motor or rowing boat to discover the Luon Cave and a tranquil round lake embraced by lush forest and stone walls. Then return to the junk to enjoy a sumptuous meal combining Vietnamese and Western cuisine. Your cruise end here.

    Then, you will be guided to Bac Ninh province to visit the Do temple and appreciate the local traditional music show called “Quan Ho”.

    After that, drive to the airport for your flight to Hue.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight in Hue

  8. Follow your guide to explore Hue today. Once the capital of imperial Vietnam from the mid-1500s to 1945, Hue still retains an imperial feeling today.

    Visit the tombs of King Minh Mang and Tu Duc, and Tu Hieu Pagoda before a cruise on the Perfume River takes you to the Old Thien Mu Pagoda.

    In the afternoon, trace its former glory at Forbidden Citadel, look into local life and find various local food in the crowded market of Dong Ba.

    Hue Imperial City
    Hue Imperial City

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight: in Hue

  9. After breakfast, drive to the My Khe beach that crosses the spectacular Hai Van pass. Make a stop at the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain, then continue driving until you reach Hoi An.

    The Marble Mountains in Da Nang
    The Marble Mountains

    Check in to the hotel, the rest time is free for you.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight: Hoi An

  10. Start your Hoi An exploration at 09:00 am. Hoi An still retains its timeless charm of the 15th century despite the steady stream of worldwide travelers. Now, its ancient charm can still be traced from the numerous traditional ancient architectures. Today you will be guided to discover its Quan Cong Temple, the Quang Dong Pagoda, The Phuoc Kien Pagoda, the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Tran Family Chapel, Sa Huynh Museum, and Phung Hung House.

    Hoi An Japanese Covered Bridge
    Japanese Covered Bridge

    The following time is free for you.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight: Hoi An

  11. This morning, enjoy your free time until your driver picks you up at the appointed time. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Your local guide and driver will meet you at the airport after arrival, then drive to the hotel for check-in.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City

  12. Start today with a visit to the War Remnants Museum, followed by a guided tour to Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Post office.

    Notre Dame Cathedral
    Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City

    War Remnants Museum
    War Remnants Museum - US Air Force

    In the afternoon, look into the life of a bustling modern city in Vietnam by visiting Thien Hau Pagoda, Chinatown, and the market of Cho Lon.

    Then, absorb the city’s night atmosphere and return to your hotel for rest.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Overnight: Ho Chi Minh

  13. This morning, visit Cu Chi Tunnels to look into Vietnam’s wartime history in the last century. This immense underground tunnel network was used as the hiding spot of Viet Cong guerrillas during the Vietnam War. Tourists can follow a local guide to crawl two safer sections of the tunnel.

    Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh
    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Then, drive to the airport for your international flight to Siem Reap.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight: Siem Reap

  14. Today our first stop is Ta Prohm Temple, where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed. Then visit Neak Pean, Kdei, and Preah Khan Temple with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors.

    Ta Prohm Temple
    Ta Prohm Temple

    After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, follow your guide to Banteay Srey temple, one of the most elaborate temples at Angkor that is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

    Banteay Srei Temple
    Banteay Srei Temple

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight: Siem Reap

  15. Today you will have an in-depth exploration of Angkor Thom City, the last capital of the Khmer Empire and the "heart" of Angkor's monuments. Bayon Temple is a highlight here featuring its 54 towers with 200 smiling faces on them.

    Bayon Temple in Siem Reap
    Bayon Temple

    Then, head to Angkor Wat, the most famous temple in Angkor and the largest religious monument in the world. It is a landmark of Cambodia, appearing on the nation's flag. It is said that Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone, containing over 1,200 square meters (12,917 square feet) of sandstone carvings.

    Angkor Wat in Siem Reap
    Angkor Wat

     

    In the late afternoon, enjoy the amazing sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight: Siem Reap

  16. After breakfast, drive to Tonle Sap Lake for a boat journey to the mangrove forests.

    Mangrove forests on Tonle Sap Lake
    Mangrove forests on Tonle Sap Lake

    You will pass through the local unique "floating village" with floating schools, floating police stations, etc.

    Then, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Overnight: N/A

Price Includes

  • 15 nights hotel accommodation, and 1 night on the Halong Bay cruise;
  • Meals as mentioned;
  • Land transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Local expert driver and English-speaking guide;
  • Entrance fees, performances, boat cruises & excursions as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Airport & government taxes;
  • Water on coach.

Price Excludes

  • International flights;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Visas;
  • Early check-in & late check-out surcharge;
  • Any personal expenses not included in the itinerary;
  • Meals not mentioned;
  • Drinks not mentioned;
  • Tips & gratuities for guides and drivers.

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