Highlights of 24-day Indochina Tour
- Marvel at the glorious Angkor Complex
- Get an insight into the sorrow of the locals by a trip to Toul Sleng
- Tuk-tuk tour discovering Cambodia’s attractions
- Explore highlights of Laos
- Farming & Fishing Tour in Hoi An
- Beach and Relaxation in Phu Quoc Island
Duration: 24 Days/ 23 Nights
Start/ End: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Tour Route: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Luang Prabang – Hanoi – Sapa – Tam Coc – Halong Bay – Danang – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho – Phu Quoc Island – Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Customizable: Definitely! Tell us your interest
Transportation: Private air-conditioned vehicle and licensed driver
Guide: Private English-speaking guide (Other languages upon request)
Tour Departure: No fixed departure. Anytime you wish!
Day 01: Phnom Penh Arrival
Day 02: Discover Phnom Penh
Day 03: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
Day 04: Discover Siem Reap
Day 05: Discover Siem Reap
Day 06: Luang Prabang Arrival
Day 07: Discover Luang Prabang
Day 08: Luang Prabang – Hanoi
Day 09: Discover Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi – Sapa
Day 11: Trekking in Sapa
Day 12: Sapa Markets
Day 13: Hanoi – Tam Coc – Bear Sanctuary – Hanoi
Day 14: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 15: Danang – Hoi An Arrival
Day 16: Farming and Fishing Tour in Hoi An
Day 17: Hoi An Relaxation
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 20: Ho Chi Minh – Can Tho
Day 21: Phu Quoc Island Arrival
Day 22: Phu Quoc Island Relaxation
Day 23: Phu Quoc Island Relaxation
Day 24: Ho Chi Minh Departure
Day 01: Phnom Penh Arrival (D)
Upon arrival, our representative will be waiting to warmly greet and escort you to the hotel. As you’ve settled in the hotel, relax at leisure. Later, hop onto a cyclo to explore the city in style. You can visit the National Museum to see its historic displays and learn about the country’s intriguing history before visiting Wat Phnom for the stunning sunset vistas. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 02: Discover Phnom Penh (B, L)
After breakfast at the hotel, you get the chance to explore the jewel-covered buildings of the Royal Palace, especially the sacred Silver Pagoda, which is famous for its 5000-silver tiled floor. After leaving the Royal Palace, you are taken to the center of the city to visit the Independence monument, which resembles a lotus-shaped stupa. Wat Phnom is also a must-visit temple while you’re in Phnom Penh. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
In the afternoon, you are reminded about a completely different side of Cambodia when stopping by the Toul Sleng genocide museum and the Cheung Ek killing field, which provides a deep insight into the tragic time of the Khmer Rouge. Later, you can discover Psar Toul Tompong (Russian market) to interact with locals and learn about Cambodian ways of life. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 03: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B, L)
After breakfast, our tour guide and driver take you to the airport for a short flight to Siem Reap. After check-in, the rest of the day is for you to relax. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 04: Discover Siem Reap (B, L)
Siem Reap is known as the house of the Angkor Wat Temple complex and the ancient city of Angkor Thom. After having breakfast in the morning, you take a Tuk-tuk tour to visit the South gate of Angkor Thom. Right at the heart of the ancient city, you find Bayon Temple, an impressive structure that is immense in size and overwhelming in feel with 2000 smiling faces carved on 54 towers.
You can also stop by the Terrace of Elephant, Leper King, and Phimean Akas to marvel at their interesting designs. In the afternoon, continue your Tuk-tuk tour to head to the famous Angkor Wat Temple complex and watch the mesmerizing sunset from Bakheng Hill. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 05: Discover Siem Reap (B, L)
You wake up early in the morning to witness the magnificent and wonderful sunrise from the Angkor Wat temple then go back to your hotel for breakfast. Afterward, our tour guide and driver take you to Banteay Srey Temple (also known as Pink Temple). Of all Angkor monuments, this remote temple houses the most exquisite and well-preserved carvings.
On the way back, you head to Banteay Samre which is a small temple helping you avoid the crowds and giving some interesting backstories. In the afternoon, you stop by Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda, Ta Keo, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, and Sras Srang. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 06: Siem Reap – Luang Prabang (B, L, D)
After breakfast, our tour guide and driver transfer you to the airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang, Laos. Upon arrival, we take you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be yours. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 07: Discover Luang Prabang (B, L)
Luang Prabang is the heart of Laotian culture. In the morning, we take you to the iconic Wat Xieng Thong, a must-visit temple while you’re in Luang Prabang. The temple complex is ancient and fully represents classic Laotian design with roofs sweep low to the ground and mosaic carvings on exterior walls. Continue the exploration of Luang Prabang with the visit to the Royal Palace Museum then have lunch in one of the best restaurants in the area.
In the afternoon, we drive to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall on the other side of Luang Prabang. This is a good place to cool off and relax in the turquoise water. Also, you should stop by the Bear Rescue Center near the entrance to fully experience the abundance of wildlife here. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 08: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B, L)
Today, we embark on a boat for a cruise up the Mekong, passing the lively rural riverside until we reach the famous Pak Ou Caves at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong rivers. Found in the limestone mountains, the 2 caves are filled with hundreds of Buddha images as well as statues that are left here for centuries by worshippers consisting of former kings. Pak Ou is a popular pilgrimage site for local people and very crowded during the Lao New Year in April.
We then return to Luang Prabang for lunch. You can enjoy the afternoon as you wish until our guide and driver take you to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Check-in and overnight in Hanoi.
Day 09: Discover Hanoi (B, L)
In the early morning, you can take a refreshing morning trip around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter that are the symbols of Hanoi city and Hanoian when they are peaceful and free from the bustling crowds. There are a lot of local people doing morning exercises around Hoan Kiem Lake. It’s interesting to see how natural people look while practicing such strange exercises like Tai Chi in their own ways.
After treating yourself with a mouth-watering bowl of Pho, you stop by Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – a large memorial to one of the greatest Vietnamese leaders – President/ Uncle Ho Chi Minh. You can take a short walk to the Presidential Palace and House on Stilt. Located near the Ho Chi Minh complex, One Pillar Pagoda is a famous destination for its one-of-a-kind design and special meaning. Then, we visit the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam.
After lunchtime, we head to the Museum of Ethnology giving an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam. There are also full-scale replicas of Vietnamese minorities that are housed in the vast open ground of the museum, making the visit seems like a trip throughout Vietnam.
At the end of the day, you can enjoy a cyclo ride around the old streets of Hanoi to admire the daily life of Hanoian and take exotic photos of the poetic city. A water puppet show will be a great way to end a day discovering the capital city. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi – Sapa (B, L)
After breakfast, you take a smooth drive on the new national highway to Sapa, passing beautiful sceneries of the Vietnamese countryside along the way. You arrive at your hotel, check in, and take a short rest. You can explore Sapa town and visit Sapa Stone Church & old streets. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 11: Sapa Trekking (B, L)
From Sapa, we trek to the Black H’ mong village of Lao Chai and spend time learning about the life of people belonging to an ethnic minority. We can enjoy our picnic lunch in Lao Chai or at an appropriate spot.
After lunch, we walk through rice terraces and on local paths to the Dzay village of Ta Van. This is the only village in the Sa Pa area where the Dzay people live. You can get an insight into the life of people while getting into its pristine natural beauty. We then travel to the meeting point where our driver is waiting to drive us back to Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 12: Sapa Markets (B, L, D)
The markets in Northern Vietnam are the spotlight of any Sapa tours. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news and socializing. In the morning, we head to the markets, depending on the day of your visit.
- Coc Ly Market – Tuesdays
- Cao Son Market – Wednesdays
- Lung Khau Nhin Market – Thursdays
- Can Cau Market – Saturdays
- Muong Hum Market or Bac Ha Market or Muong Khuong Market – Sundays
In the afternoon, you transfer to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 13: Hanoi – Tam Coc – Bear Sanctuary (B, L)
This morning, we drive to Ninh Binh province to admire the beauty of its famous attractions – Hoa Lu and Tam Coc. Hoa Lu is the ancient royal capital of the Dinh Dynasty and pre-Le Dynasty. The relic is a highlight when traveling to Ninh Binh as you get to marvel at its old-aged beauty and relive its once glorious past. In comparison with Hoa Lu, Tam Coc is considered Ha Long Bay on land because of its pristine natural beauty and charm. Sitting on a boat as it steers through the emerald water of Tam Coc, you will get into the stunning beauty of huge rocks lining the riverbanks and scattered green rice fields, all combined to form a poetic painting of the countryside. You will return to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.
After that, we head to Ninh Binh Bear Sanctuary – the only sanctuary in Southern Vietnam where black bears are seriously protected. Once there, it is your chance to witness naught; however adorable black bears playing, seeking food, or even sitting inertly to think about something that we will never know. If you want. you can enjoy a program of preparing food for them. Each bear in the sanctuary has its own name and each name regards a specific history of each. You will have a great time in the Bear Sanctuary in Ninh Binh. Later, take a drive back to Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L)
A trip to Halong Bay is a must when visiting Vietnam. A pretty 3-hour drive through the Red River Delta gives manifold photo opportunities if you want to capture Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green rice fields. En route, we stop by a workshop with fine handicrafts and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires… The World Heritage Site of Halong Bay awaits to offer a splendid view of 3000 mountain islands and islets towering in the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Vietnam Sea.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with wine and fresh local seafood on our luxury boats before boarding on the cruise of your life. As our boat gliding further into the tranquility of Halong Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you have the time to relax your mind and body while savoring the tastes of fine wine and the freshness of the seafood. During the cruise, we will stop by the amazing Sung Sot cave and the Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night. Overnight on board, amid the immense natural landscape of Halong Bay.
Day 15: Danang – Hoi An Arrival (B, L)
After breakfast, we’ll take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon as sunlight flickers behind the towering mountains of Halong Bay. You cruise further to Bai Tu Long Bay, passing the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, as well as the Duck Islet to the studio site where the renowned Indochina film was shot.
Around noon, we are back at the harbor and drive to Hanoi. Also, we stop at Hai Duong to head to the famous Con Son pagoda – a perfect place to explore Vietnam’s history, culture, and religion. Later, transfer back to Hanoi airport for your afternoon flight to Danang. Then continue on a short drive to Hoi An Ancient Town. After check-in, the time is all yours to relax in the poetic town. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 16: Farming & Fishing Tour in Hoi An (B, L)
Our Farming & Fishing Life Tour helps you engage in interesting activities and get a closer look at the local farming and fishing communities. Leisurely enjoy a cycling trip along country roads, witnessing local Vietnamese rural life and discovering all manner of photo opportunities. Also, we visit a beautiful organic vegetable village to tend plants and soil with local farmers, ride a water buffalo in a rice paddy field and watch ducks swimming as well as the rice farm or farmers tending their crops.
You then cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea to get to know and try local fishing techniques using round and cast nets. Also, have an opportunity to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats.
Learn about the country’s history as we take you to the tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways where the tragic war took place and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides. Return to hotel by car and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 17: Hoi An Revelry & Relaxation (B)
The old-aged town of Hoi An is the highlight of any tour to Vietnam. The timeworn streets are exceptionally well-preserved as well as typical of an old South-East Asia trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings reflect the influences of stunning foreign architecture that are all combined to produce this unique heritage site.
You are free to discover Hoi An and its vicinity, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or simply relax in a cafe and enjoy the atmosphere of this quaint town. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh Arrival (B, L)
After breakfast, say goodbye to Hoi An and transfer to Danang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, our guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) is the most bustling city in Vietnam. Its lively streets, complicated history, and rich culture making it one of the most delightful cities to head to in Vietnam. As you arrive, after check-in, the time is yours to relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels
This morning, breakfast and relax at leisure. In the afternoon, we enjoy a trip exploring Cu Chi Tunnels. This massive subterranean labyrinth is a reminder of a war fought underground. Before entering the tunnels, you will see a short introductory video about their construction and then, spend the next hour exploring these well-preserved passages. You can also find numerous displays of mantraps, the remains of an American tank, and bomb craters…
Day 20: Ho Chi Minh – Can Tho
Today, we explore the Mekong Delta – one of the fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong includes a vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships plowing the rich water. We will take a boat trip to Cai Be floating market, visit villages and meet the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue your boat trip to An Binh Island for a delicious homemade meal with a local family before taking a bike trip in the afternoon. You then come to Can Tho – the heart of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. After check-in, the time is yours to relax. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 21: Phu Quoc Island Arrival
In the morning, we take the boat cruise to Cai Rang floating market, a true highlight of the Mekong Delta. Get ready to get lost in the stunning view and the bustling life of local people living along the Mekong canals before roaming through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles-making shop. Around noon, we will take you to Can Tho airport for the short flight to Phu Quoc. After arriving at the resort, you’ll spend the night in Phu Quoc Island.
Day 22: Phu Quoc Island Relaxation
Phu Quoc is the star of any Vietnam tour. The mountainous and forest-covered island is a fascinating tropical getaway with long secluded beaches of which water sparkles in a thousand shades of turquoise. Phu Quoc island is undeniably the paradise for beach lovers and a great place to enjoy your amazing Indochina vacation. Overnight in Phu Quoc.
Day 23: Phu Quoc Island Relaxation
After breakfast, you have the whole day to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Phu Quoc as you wish. Overnight in Phu Quoc.
Day 24: Ho Chi Minh Departure
Time to say goodbye. Breakfast and relax at leisure until getting escorted to the airport for a flight coming home. The trip ends. Hope you enjoyed it and wish that we could serve you when it comes to other Asia vacation packages.