Grand Indochina Tour – 27 Days

Begin with Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta then travel north to Hue, Hanoi and Sapa in Vietnam before flying to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos and finishing with the Angkor temples and Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Duration: 27 Days/ 26 Nights
Start city: Ho Chi Minh City
End city: Phnom Penh

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Upon arrival at Airport in HCMC with VN782 at 16.00, you will pick up to hotel for relax. Dinner will be served at one of the nicest restaurants after brief discussion on tour

Overnight at proposed hotel.

Include: Transportation, Hotel in HCMC Tour guide,  Meal: Welcomed dinner.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

The sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh begins with a visit to the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum before continuing to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where everything and anything is for sale, visit China town.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in HCMC, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnels

AM: Half day to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network of approximately 200 km constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence, the tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used in the American-Vietnam war as a military base for the Vietnamese soldiers.

PM: free at your leisure.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in HCMC, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast.
Day 4: HCMC – Cai Be – Tra On

8h00 driver pick you up to Cai Be 10h00 boarding LE COCHINCHINE boat. Explore the lively Cai Be floating market, walking for visit the handicraft village of the local people. Sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits – 10h00 Up for cruise to continue to Cantho via Cho LACH and TRAON – 12h00 Disembark Cho LACH village, make a pleasant walking or biking on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people’s activities, especially some orchards (orange grove) with its farmer – Cruise to continue to Traon. Enjoy the magnificent sunset on the river. Leisurely cruise up the Mekong River while enjoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs, sunset cruise – A wonderful day with picturesque ferry crossings over Mekong River branches. Dinner and nite on board in TRAON.

Include: Transportation Overnight on Le Cochinchine Cruise Boat cruising as program attached. All meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast is mentioned in program) and accommodation on board. All entrance fees (mentioned in program), English speaking guide on boat
Day 5: Tra On – Can Tho – HCM

The noise of the floating market wakes you up early in the morning After breakfast, the cruise to continue to Can Tho. Enjoy the magnificent sunrise on the river. Leisurely cruise up the BASSAC river while enjoying the beautiful scenery – Arrive Cantho, a small boat will take you explore the CaiRang market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. And through the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards – 10h00 Disembark then return SGN by car. Tour end Private van will transfer you back to HCMC.

Include: Transportation Hotel in HCMC
Day 6: HCMC – Danang – Hoi An

Take flight to Danang that depart at 8:50, arrival at 10:00 you are picked up to visit Cham museum, Marble mountain Afternoon we visit Hoi An ancient town, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town center to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Hoi An, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, lunch Flight tickets: SGN – DAD
Day 7: Hoi An – Free at your leisure

Free at your leisure.

Include: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An – Hue

AM: driver to Hue PM: Visit Royal Citadel, which was constructed by Emperor Gia Long in the style of French military architect Vauban during the first decades of the 19th century. Before leaving the site of Imperial city we visit Imperial Museum, many precious objects which were salvaged from the Imperial city then we visit Khai Dinh Tomb, have lunch.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Hue, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast
Day 9: Hue – Hanoi

AM: A boat trip along Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Minh Mang tomb, visit Dong Ba market PM: take flight to Hanoi that depart at 15:20, arrival in Hanoi at 16:30 you will be picked up to hotel for relax.

Include: Transportation Hotel in Hanoi Tour guide Entrance fees Boat trip Meals: Breakfast, lunch Flight tickets: HUI – HAN
Day 10: Ha Noi city tour – Train to Sapa

After breakfast at hotel, start city tour with Ho Chi Minh Complex for visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum and One pillar Pagoda. Continue to visit Literature Temple, the first University in Vietnam in 16th century. Have lunch in one of famous restaurants in Ha Noi. PM: Visit Ethnological museum then have cyclo in the Old Quarter and visit Dong Xuan market, enjoy Water Puppet show in the afternoon After dinner you will be escorted to Railway Station for night train to Lao Cai that depart at 21.15.

Include: Transportation,  Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, lunch Train tickets: (A/C 4 soft berth)
Day 11: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat Village

Train arrives at Lao Cai Railway Station at 06.00 AM. You are picked up to Sapa for relax, breakfast by yourselves at the hotel as an option At 10.00, your guide will meet you at hotel for short trek to Cat Cat village, the village of H’mong tribe in the valley, which remains very generally uncorrupted outside forces. Excellent views of the valley, the magnificent limestone and paddy fields of H’mong village. Enjoy some visits to local families and reach their customs. After the village down into the valley, the Cat Cat waterfall will be visible. A “White curtain” cascade appears, surrounded by flowery valley and deep-green pines. The rocks near the river and waterfall provide a marvelous place for picturesque photos and sunbathing during good weather.

Include: Transportation,  Tour guide Entrance, fees Meals: lunch
Day 12: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van

Breakfast before private jeep transferred to Lao Chai village, a village of Black H’mong. Short trek down to river to visit hill tribe house to see their living style and the local women made their handicraft clothes. Further on along the road, you visit the Ta van village where Dzay people staying and living with all their daily activities. Visit the village and reach their customs then turn back to Sapa in afternoon and transferred back to Sapa for overnight.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Sapa, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Day 13: Sapa – Tour market – Train Station

During your stay in Sapa and depend on the date that you can visit one of these markets: – On Tuesday (Coc Ly market): Coc Ly is a very small market where you can meet several ethnic minorities such as Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La, Nung and Tay. The trip offers you a one-way boat ride along Chay River and a short walk to Trung Do village of Tay minority. – On Saturday (Can Cau market): You will meet there several ethnic minorities such as Flower Hmong, Black Zao, Phu La as well as Chinese people. – On Sunday (Bac Ha market): Every Sunday, the different and colorful ethnic minority come all here to sell their homemade products or buy something for the family. They are Hmong, Phu La, and Black Dzao, Tay or Nung minorities. Some of these ethnic minorities can’t be met in any other areas.

Include: Private van, Tour guide, Entrance fees Train tickets: (A/C 4 soft berth) Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
Day 14: Ha Noi – Ha Long

Arrive at 4:30, you are picked to have breakfast 08h00: you are pick up and drive to Halong Bay Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta. You will have a chance to take photos. Comfort break. The distance from Hanoi to Halong bay is approximately 3 ½ hours. Arrive at 12:00noon. At Halong port, our Crew welcomes you on Junk, enjoy welcome drink & check into your cabin. Lunch with seafood will be served right after. At 13:00, boat starts 3.5 hours cruising into Halong bay to see the amazing karsts with different formations: Mat Qui (Monster’s face) islet, But Moc islet, Cap De islet, Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu cave, to a Floating Fishing village to se this unique way of life… and then explore Luon cave (from 16:40 to 17:30). There will be lots of time for swimming, sun bathing. Enjoy a great sunset dinner and relax under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.

Include: Transportation,  Accommodation on Boat Tour guide Entrance fees,  Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 15: Halong – Hanoi

Early risers can enjoy a morning view of Bay’s landscapes with a cup of tea, coffee, fresh fruits. Sitting on the upper deck, we can enjoy the breath – taking beauty of the rocky Islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. The quiet is almost eerie; we can hear birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. And then explore Sung Sot (Amazing) cave (8.00 to 9:00), swim and relax at Titop beach. At 09:30, boat start cruising back and brunch buffet will served from 10:30 to 11:30, check out procedure at 11:35. Arrive at harbor by 12:00 noon, and drive back to Hanoi.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Hanoi,  Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Day 16: Hanoi – Vientiane

AM: free at your leisure PM: take flight to Vientiane with Laos Airlines that depart at 16:30, arrival at 17:55 you will be picked up to hotel for relax.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Vientiane,  Flight tickets: HAN – VTE Meals: Breakfast
Day 17: Vientiane – Vang Vieng

AM: Vientiane city tour. Visit that Luang (The great stupa), Patuxai (Victory gate – Arc de Triomphe de Vientiane), Wat Sisaket, Ho Pharkeo (National Museum), Wat Simuong, Wat Ongteu… Shop at Talad Xao (Morning market)

PM: travel by car to Vang Vieng. Along the way, we visit the busy and colorful market of Thalat where various hill tribes come to trade their goods and buy previsions. A next stop of our trip is Vang Xang, famous for the archeological site dating back 11th century. We reach our final destination, Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. The small and tranquil village of Vang Vieng is rapidly developed with the advent of tourist, but the beautiful scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops unchanged for century. After checking into hotel we take a wander to catch our first glimpse of this hill town. Over night in Vang Vieng.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Vang Vieng, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast
Day 18: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang

Heading out of town we explore the famous cave of Tham Jang that was once used by local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different local lifestyle. Upon leaving Vang Vieng, the roads begin to deteriorate; however the stunning mountain scenery makes for an interesting journey. We wind our way through Kasi and Phoukhoune to Luang Prabang. This town with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop has been claimed by UNESCO to be “the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia “. There is little traffic on Luang Prabang roads and monks in orange robes scurry in all directions carrying umbrellas to shade themselves from the Sun. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Luang Prabang, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast
Day 19: Luang Prabang City tour

The former Royal Palace has been turned into a National Museum. This interesting structure displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. We also have enough time this day to explore some other landmarks, including the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham, the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the Wat Mai with five tiered roofs. A visit to Luang Prabang would be not complete without climbing 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the Mekong River. The zigzag path crosses over various temples to the sacred, gilded stupa of Wat Phou, another World Heritage Site, recognized by UNESCO in 2002si at the summit. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Luang Prabang, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast

Today, we continue our city tour, seeing the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. The temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes and doorways. The main Sim has a marvelous ’tree of life’ mosaic pattern on an outer wall. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a taste of the tranquil countryside and an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at Ban Xang Hai to visit the rice wine distillation. Upon disembarking, we drive to the famous weaving village of Ban Phanom where shoppers have a chance to try their hand at bargaining.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Luang Prabang, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast
Day 21: Luang Prabang – Siem Reap

Take flight with Laos airlines that depart at 10:55, arrival at 14:20, if time permit we will visit Rolous group: Bakong, Preah Ko & Lolei temples (or can visit other days) Dinner with Traditional Dance Show at local restaurant & Overnight stay at the hotel.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Siem Reap, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Flight tickets: LPQ – REP
Day 22: Angkor Wat – Siem Reap

Breakfast at hotel Visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon temple complex, Leper King & Elephant Terrace Lunch at local restaurant Visit Angkor Wat temple & Bakheng Mountain

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Siem Reap, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 23: Siem Reap – floating village

Breakfast at the hotel Excursion to visit Floating and Fishing Village on Tonlé Sap Lake Lunch at local restaurant Visit the Old Colonial Market.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Siem Reap, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 24: Siem Reap – Sambo Prei Kuk

Breakfast at the hotel Excursion to visit Sombor Prei Kuk Temple Complex from 7thCentury, Ancient Capital of Chenla Lunch at local restaurant Continue by Road to Thom Province, on the way stop to visit the nice scenery of Countryside Prei Pros Resort, the Naga-Bridge built by Jayavarman 7th in 12th Century. Arrival Kompong Thom, check-in hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Kompong Thom, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 25: Kompong Thom – Kompong Cham

Breakfast at the hotel Departure for Kompong Cham by road with private A/C car on the way have a stop to visit Kuhear Nokor Temple then visit Phum Prasat. Lunch at local restaurant Visit a rubber plantation in the region Continue trip to Phnom Penh, on the way visit Wat Nokor with its ancient’s temple and modern style pagoda.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Phnom Penh, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 26: Phnom Penh Sightseeing

8.00am, pick up from the hotel to visit Killing Field and continue to visit S21 (genocidal museum) where Pol Pot detained and tortured over 15,000 prisoners during the regime. Visit to the famous Russian market to break up your bad mood after the site of S21. Lunch in local restaurant In the afternoon, the complex combines of a visit to the throne hall where all king took their coronation and stay there for a certain period, a view of the king’s house, and magnificent visit to the French architectural building of Napoleon III removed Egypt. Continue to silver pagoda or emerald temple where thousand kilograms of silver tiles laid on the floor, and gold made Buddhas’ statues, as well as thousand peices of diamond embedded to the statues. The day will finish after the tour to Wat Phnom – the state temple of Phnom Penh. The walk along the water front provides you the best view of the Mekong and Tonle Sap river with a nice atmospheric drink at a famous bar FCC for sundown.

Include: Transportation,  Hotel in Phnom Penh, Tour guide Entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 27: Phnom Penh Departure

The tour ends after your transfer to airport for your ongoing flight. Finish your unforgettable Indochina holiday organized by Vietnam Tours Expert.

Include: Transportation,  Meals: Breakfast

Service included

  • Hotel accommodation at places (shared twin or shared double rooms)
  • Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Local tour guide at places (Language on request)
  • Boat trips as mentioned in program
  • Flight ticket: SGN – DAD, HUI – HAN – LPQ; VTE – REP
  • Train tickets: Ha Noi – Lao Cai // Lao Cai – Ha Noi
  • All entrance fees during guided time

Service excluded

  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Visa stamping fee upon arrival
  • All other services, which do not mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses are such as laundry, telephone, drinks etc…
  • Tip for guides, drivers… (if any)
  • Travel insurance