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Best of Indochina

Code: ICT249

Duration: 26 Days

Travel Route: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel - Mekong Delta - Luang Prabang - Siem Reap - Hoi An - Hue - DMZ - Phong Nha - Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Sapa - Halong Bay - Hanoi

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       Tour Highlights

  • Ho Chi Minh City, once known as Saigon, is a dynamic blend of old and new, east and west, commerce and culture. Amazing underground tunnel network in Cu Chi.

  • Private motorboat trip on Mekong River, observing bustling Cai Rang floating market. Ride a small sampan boat through a lush creek of the Mekong

  • Walk around the Cu Chi area to view the tunnel system and crawl inside, if you wish

  • Observe the morning alms giving ceremony and charmed by the friendly atmosphere of the ancient town of Luang Prabang (LAOS) - UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Admire the amazing UNESCO's heritage of Angkor Wat: the largest religious monument in the world, the symbol of Cambodia, the Temple City of the Khmer Empire.

  • Go back in time at the ancient trading port of Hoi An. Experience the blend of influences from the West and East, nice beach, peaceful countryside & interesting markets

  • Visit the Forbidden Purple City of Hue, constructed in the early 19th century by Emperor Gia Long

  • Amazing underground tunnel network in Vinh Moc (DMZ) and Enjoy one of a big incredible cave - Paradise Cave in the central Vietnam.

  • The bustling markets, tree-lined boulevards and peaceful lakes of Hanoi are a great introduction to modern Vietnam.

  • Hike amongst the limestone mountains and green rice fields. Take a row boat on a small river to explore magnificent caves and view the spectacular karst country of Ninh Binh

  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of mountains and rice terraces on a stunning trek in Sapa

  • Cruise around the mystical landscape of Halong Bay and kayaking around toweing islands of the bay. Overnight on board in between thounsands of karst islands.


    Detailed Itinerary


Welcome to Luang Prabang, Laos! Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals included: No


An optional early start gives you a fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos. From there you will go to visit the morning Phosi Market, where we will see such diverse merchandise as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.  After that, back to the hotel for breakfast. You continue touring the ancient town of Luang Prabang with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.  Thence, you head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.  You also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.  Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village.  This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Followed by the return drive to Luang Prabang to end the day.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


Depart from Luang Prabang after breakfast with a morning drive along route 13, before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. Here, you take your time for a stroll to visit a school, play or intereact with the local kids as well as lerning the daily life of the villagers. You are able to see some weaving and visit a local temple. Your lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers.  After lunch, make your way to Ban Khoklin. The drive takes you through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin you then board a private boat down the Nam Ou River for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims and continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang. Arrive back into town in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


After your breakfast at the hotel, get picked up and transferred to the airport for a short flight to Siem Reap (Cambodia).

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met and warmly welcomed by your local guide and driver who will take you to the hotel for check-in. Take a rest and lunch on your own account today. Later in the afternoon, meet your tour guide again and set off to explore one of the impressive sites in Siem Reap, the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. After that, get some free time to relax by a swimming pool of your hotel before dinner or walk yourself at a busy pub streets for a drink or doing some shopping.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Meals included: Breakfast


You start the day on your bike and cycle (45 minutes cycling) to the world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Pedal among the jungle passing local villages and local shops. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples.

You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist: The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century); Seeing the South Gate, Bayon Temple- unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara; Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru; The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas; The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

The day continues with the major visit to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. End up your day with a visit to Bakheng Temple and (If the weather is nice enought) enjoy a stunning sun set view form Bakheng hill.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch



Enjoy an easy morning at the hotel until getting picked up for the short flight to HCMC, Vietnam. After clearing the custom, you will be greeted and welcomed by the private guide who will escort you to visit the famous underground tunnel network of Cu Chi in the afternoon. Cu Chi is also the name of the district where the extensive network of underground tunnels (Appro. 250km), dug by Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. This was used by both fighters and villagers during 'Vietnam War'. A part of the tunnels has been widened to allow visitors to enter and get a feel for what the life underground must have been like (please note that this will be hot and sweaty, and claustrophobic for some). After that, the 70-km drive takes you to the downtown of HCMC where you will check in and spend the first night in Vietnam.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch



At 08.00 AM, pick up from your hotel and depart for Ben Tre, a nice province of Mekong Delta. Arrive at the Phong Nam brick kiln, where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand. Get on boat and you will cruise along the Chet Say River (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including coconut activated charcoal factory where coconut shell is put into high heat kiln to produce coconut charcoal; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products. Then the boat will cruise through the small canal, discover the local life. You will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, visit a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself before boarding your xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) into the village where you can see farm, rice field and vegetable garden before stopping at a local house for a delicious and filling lunch, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp, washed down with some cold drinks or beers. It’s time to board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. Take boat back to Pier and get the private car to continue on going to Can Tho City. Arrive in Can Tho, check into the hotel and relax for the night.

Overnight in Can Tho
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch



The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. This day, we take a boat trip and exploring the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang, where the trading way is unique; each boat usually sells one particular item, whether it be pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes. After an impressive boat trip, disembark at Ninh Kieu quay then visit an ancient house in Binh Thuy 10 km from Can Tho city. Lunch at local restaurant on the way back to HCMC

Overnight at a hotel in HCMC
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


After breakfast, check out of your hotel and spend the whole morning to visit the major sites that the heart of Sourthern Vietnam has to offer. The visits include the option of visiting the War Remnants Museum or History Museum before a seeing the Presidential Palace and some of the other major sights such as the Old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral. Lunch is served at a restaurant in the city.

The afternoon flight (VN126) will take you to the center of Vietnam, Danang City. Upon arrival, you will move on to Hoi An ancient town which is about 30 minutes drive fro the airport. Check into your hotel and enjoy the relaxing evening.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


After your breakfast, you will set out on a cycling tour to explore this charming World Heritage Site, Hoi An Old town. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. Lunch is served at a nice restaurant in town.

In the afternoon, a local fisherman will greet you at the shore of nearby river who will help you experience the local skills of fishing on a special boat - Basket boat. Riding on this basket-shaped boat will offer you great moment while mingling with village fishermen. After this, you may be surprised at knowing how good you are at fishing!

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Hoi An was once a flourishing port under the Nguyen lords. Today, the charming town retains the spirit of a bygone era, with tile-roofed wooden buildings and ancient winding streets. Strolling through this pedestrianized town, losing ourselves in the potpourri of vendors selling colorful handmade lanterns (a Hoi An specialty), tailor shops with local fashions on display and the intoxicating aroma of Vietnam’s undeniable cuisine. So, a free day is a great time for you to do your own things: Joining a cooking class; visiting some tailor-made silk shops or just relaxing on the nearby sandy beach of Cua Dai.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast


Depart from Hoi An after your breakfast, you drive towards Hue which is about 120km from Hoi An town. Passing Danang, a stop will be made at Cham Museum where you will enjoy the collection of Cham sculptures. Many of the sandstone carvings are breathtaking. Followed by a visit the Marble Mountains, These are home to several Buddhist and Hindu grottoes. You can take an elevator for the way up and take the steps down. From the height, It allows a wide panoramic view of the surrounding area and the other marble mountains. You then travel over Hai Van scenic pass, and Lang Co beach - one of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam. Arrive in Hue and check into your hotel.  After lunch you will embark on the afternoon visit to the Imperial Citadel,  where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your tour guide explains about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily during the Tet Offensive, there are some well-preserved sections still intact and others which are being restored. After visiting the complex of Hue Monuments, your tour guide will walk you through colourful Dong Ba market, which will energise your senses with its sights, sounds, and smells. This is the ideal place to soak up everyday Vietnamese life before returning to the hotel.

Overnight in Hue
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Today you will continue on exploring Hue. Visit Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb, a complex of terraces and pagodas. Then move on to discover Emperor Khai Dinh’s mausoleum, though smaller than Tu Duc’s, it is far more elaborate.  Stop at Vong Canh Hill, a bird-eyed view point to admire the beautiful scenery of the Perfume River. have a stop at some local workshops to witness the villagers making joss sticks and conical hats. Your lunch today is an interesting experience a vegetarian lunch in a local pagoda. Enjoy a traditional meal and have the chance to chat with the monks to learn more about Buddhism and gain an insight into their daily lives. In the afternoon, You’ll then pay a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, a sprawling temple complex that is perched on a hill overlooking the Perfume River. After admiring its seven tiers, you'll lhead to Tiger Arena, where duels between elephants and tigers were arranged for the entertainment of the Emperor right up until 1904. After a day taking in the many sights, you will end it with a relaxing afternoon cruise along the Perfume River.

Overnight in Hue 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


After breakfast you depart Hue heading North for Phong Nha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Quảng Bình Province in the North Central Coast region, about 500 km south of Hanoi. En route we stop at the Hien Luong Bridge in the former DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between north and South Vietnam before reunification. We also visit the Legendary Vinh Moc Tunnels and Quang Tri Citadel museum.
We arrive at Dong Hoi City, check in and spend the remainder of the day relaxing after the long drive.

Overnight in Dong Hoi

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch



After breakfast in the hotel, your tour guide and driver will meet you again at the hotel and transfer you to the wharf where you will embark on a boat trip upstream the Son River to discover Phong Nha Cave which was recognized as a World Heritage in 2003. The first British Vietnamese Caving Expeditions took place in 1990 and 1992 and Phong Nha was explored to its conclusion at 7729 meters. The cave then opened for tourists in 1994. Today most of tourists are allowed to explore a distance of 600 meters inside the cave.   Arriving at the entrance of the cave we take a sampan boat through the cave to discover the amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations.  Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before continuing on to visit the well-known Thien Duong Cave or so-called Paradise Cave. Here you will admire the amazing work of Mother Nature after thousands of years. You will go 'WHOA' on looking at the stalactites and the stalagmites inside the cave. Get back to your hotel an the rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Overnight in Dong Hoi

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch



This morning you have an early breakfast at the hotel and get transferred to the airport to catch the morning flight to Hanoi. After 1,5-hour flight, you are picked and trasferred to the city's downtown. Check into your hotel and rest. In the afternoon, your tour guide will take you to visit some major sites near the Old Quarter such as Vietnam's History Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Taoist Temple. Late in the afternoon, he will walk you through the Old Quarter where you can observe the bustling life of Hanoian trading at tiny shops along the narrow streets and lanes.

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch


At 8:30 AM, you will set out with your private tour guide and driver for the full-day tour of the capital city. Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. The first place is the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best serving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. Next we visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum, which are both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. A Vietnamese lunch is served at a restaurant in the city. In the afternoon, continue to Ba Dinh Square where you will view the Mausoleum (outside) and the former residence of Vietnam’s most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. On walking here, you will call at the famous One Pillar Pagoda, dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1947. Folowed by a short transfer to the West Lake to visit the Old Tran Quoc Pagoda and take a easy walk along Youth Road to view the two beautiful lakes: Truc Bach and Ho Tay.  Back to the Hotel and relax.

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch


After breakfast, you will take a drive of 130km to Ninh Binh through spectacular landscape. You will have some stops on the way for taking photographs. Arrive in Ninh Binh at noon time. After lunch, take a sampan boat ride on a little river through caves and along the picturesque scenery of water, rice paddies and soaring mountains. The remainder of the afternoon is for relaxing at your hotel in Ninh Binh or embark on a short but peaceful bicycling tour to the surroundings.

Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch



This morning, you start the day with a short transfer to Hang Mua Mountain for a hike to the highest summit in this so-called "Inland Halong Bay" to admire the stunning landscape of the karst formations (The 500-step hike is not recommended to senior people in hot day or those with high-blood pleasure). After Hang Mua summit, you continue on with a walk on the flat ground through a village and to rice fields, along the feet of the mountains. This takes about 2 hours. This is also a great time to enjoy the peaceful atmostphere of a beautiful part of Trang An UNESCO's heritage. After lunch, you will get back on the car and make your way back to Hanoi. Check in your hotel in Hanoi again and free for the evening.

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Approx: 5km on the ground & 500 steps to the summit/ 3 hours


This morning, you will start a bit early and travel to Sapa on the HW Noi Bai – Lao Cai. This is the longest highway in Vietnam. The scenic drive, from the Red River Delta through the midland to Lao Cai province, will be a good start for your trip. Arrive in Sapa by noon. Have lunch at a restaurant in town. After that, we will transfer to a trekking point in Ma Tra Village, The first trek we are doing today is on a small concrete path winding along the Ta Phin Valley in between rice terraced fields and throug villages. Get picked up at Ta Phin Village and make our way back to Sapa town, check in a hotel for the night.

Overnight in Sapa

Approx: 6km/ 3 hours trekking. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch


After your breakfast at the hotel, at 8:30, you get picked and transferred by the car to a trekking point to Y Ling Ho Village, Muong Hoa Valley. Muong Hoa is the biggest valley in Sapa region and bottomed by a rocky river. This is a less-traveled path if you start eaarlier than other visitors. For the beginning, you trek downhill the valley on a small path, the scenery of the rice terraces along your way is very beautiful and could be the highlight of the day. Cross the river on a small suspension bridge and continue the trek uphill. This is rather challenging when it is wet but definitely offers you spetacular view over the valley. Finish your morning scenic trek at Lao Chai Village where your private vehicle awaits  you. Get on your car and drive back to Sapa town for lunch. After lunch, we will conquer the roof of Vietnam by cable car. Get transffered to the station and enjoy the incredible view of mountains, forest and cloud during the ride. This is the world's longest 3-rope cable car, stretching 6.3 kilometers. After the summit, we get back to the town for your free evening.

Overnihgt in Sapa

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Approx: 6 km/ 3 hour trekking


The drive to the hilltribe maret in Bac Ha takes you about 3,5 hours so you will check out the hotel at 7:30 AM and head to Back Ha District. Upon arrival, your tour guide will walk you around the market. Here, you will see some ethnic minority groups such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Yao, Tay, Nung…etc. They are from different valleys, gather around for the trading. It is an awesome experience of seeing colors, understanding traditions and feeling the atmosphere. The market offers a variety of local products includes colorful embroidery, handicrafts and all types of daily necessary stuffs. Here also available animal market where people sell and buy or barter animal such as dogs, pot-bellied pigs, cows, buffalos and so on. After lunch at a local food store,  you will spend the whole afternoon driving back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi early in the evening.

(Notes:There are three featured hill-tribe markets that you can take advantage of the trip schedule to visit one of them based on these fixed days of a week: Tuesday: Coc Ly Market; Saturday: Can Cau market; Sunday: Bac Ha Market)

Overnihgt in Hanoi

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch


This morning, you are able to slow down a bit with the an easy morning. Check out of the hoel at mid-day and get yourself something for lunch. At 1:30 PM, your tour guide and driver will meet you again and take the afternoon drive to the neighboring province, Bac Ninh. After around 90 minute drive, you will stop to visit Phu Lang Pottery Village. Here, you can learn the local techniques of making beautiful ceramic products from the raw reddish clay. After that, you will drive to Phu Lao Village, a typical Vietnamese rustic village near a branch of the Red River, where you will experience a homestay at a local house. Dinner and overnight at the homesay.

Overnihgt at a homestay

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


This morning, you may be woken up early by the village roosters. have breakfast at the family before getting back back on road. The morning drive takes you to the well-known Halong Bay. This bay is one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders and listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at the pier, you will board a boat for exploring the bay, the views that you get while navigating past thousands of limestone islands with rocky outcrops are incredible. Lunch and dinner are served on board. The activities of today include a swim in the bay in warmer months. You may have chance to do some kayaking (Optional and extra cost may be involved, depends on different boats) as well.

Overnight on board

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Get up early and join the Tai-chi class for some gentle moves again if you wish. Otherwise, you are able to remain in your cabin until breakfast time. After breakfast, the crew will pull up the anchor, start the engine again for more cruising to other part of the bay for visiting a big limestone cave. After that, the boat is gently heading back to the pier. The early lunch (Brunch) will be served aboard. Around noon, you are ferried in and take about 4-hour drive returning to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, check in and easy for the remainder of the day.

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


On your final day, you are free to chill out until getting picked up by the driver. The 45-minute transfer takes you back to the airport for your departure flight.

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Meals included: Breakfast



  • Private A/c transportation per itinerary

  • All airport transfers

  • Regional English speaking tour guides

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast during the trip

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

  • Local way leaders (If any att trekking places)

  • Sightseeing tickets/ Entrance fee and permits

  • Motorized boat trip and rowing sampan ride in Mekong River

  • Motorized boat trip in Perfume River, Hue and in Phong Nha/ Sampan boat ride in Ninh Binh/ Basket boat row in Hoi An

  • Boat Cruise trip in Halong Bay

  • Bicycles in Mekong Delta, Hoi An and Ninh Binh

  • Cable Car ride in Fansipan Mt., Sapa

  • Bottled water on the vehicle

  • Government taxes


  • Travel insurance

  • International flights (in/out Vietnam)

  • Visa arrangements

  • Domestic flights (quoted saparately)

  • Drinks and other meals

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenditures & others not mentioned clearly above.

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