Indochina Discovery

Indochina Discovery Tour – 22 days – From $1,129

Indochina Discovery tour offer the deep understanding of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with long journey as 3 weeks. This is also combination and focus on trip through Mekong Delta from Cambodia to Vietnam by boat and road, it inspire a different way to travel through Indochina.

22 days/ 21 nights: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng – Vientiane – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Chau Doc – Can Tho – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

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Tour name: Indochina Discovery
Type of trip: Private trip
Trip Duration: 22 Days
Starting: Luang Prabang, Laos
Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam
Trip Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Destinations: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng – Vientiane – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Chau Doc – Can Tho – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

Flexibility: Indochina Discovery tour can be amended accordingly to meet your expectation.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang

Day 2: Luang Prabang – Khuangsi waterfall

Day 3: Luang Prabang free day

Day 4: Luang Prabang – drive to Vang Vieng

Day 5: Vang Vieng – drive to Vientiane

Day 6: Vientiane – Half day city tour and Departure

Day 7: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom

Day 8: Siem Reap free day

Day 9: Siem Reap – fly to Phnom Penh

Day 10: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc

Day 11: Chau Doc – Can Tho

Day 12: Can Tho – Mekong cruise – Ho Chi Minh

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Half day city tour

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – fly to Da Nang

Day 15: Hoi An – Half day city tour

Day 16: Hoi An free day

Day 17: Hoi An – transfer to Hue

Day 18: Hue – fly to Hanoi

Day 19: Hanoi – Ha Long – one night cruise

Day 20: Ha Long – Hanoi

Day 21: Hanoi free day

Day 22: Hanoi departure

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Flexibility: Indochina Discovery itinerary can be modified to suit your interests, budget as well as your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.

Tailor-Made Journey: This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of the trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Commitment to Excellence: We enjoys excellent relationships with all of the highly regarded hotels and finest properties in our destinations as well as with service suppliers so that we are able to negotiate the most attractive prices for our clients, which enables us to provide exclusive holidays and affordable special offers. We create one-of-a-kind vacations for groups and individuals. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

DAY 1: ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG
Welcome to Laos! Welcome to join Indochina Discovery Tour.

Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: Nil

DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG – ALMS GIVING & KUANG SI WATERFALL HALF DAY TOUR
Rise early to the sound of the temple gong and witness Luang Prabang’s mystical daily ritual. In the cool of the early morning, a procession of about three hundred young monks walk silently by, collecting sticky rice and other foods in their bronze bowls. The ritual is linked to a Buddhist tradition in which monks beg for their daily food as a way to demonstrate humility. Giving alms an important religious act in Buddhism and it must be carried out respectfully by locals and tourists alike.

If you would like to be involved in the offering of food, your guide will be more than happy to show you the best way to interact with monks. Watch as the monks disappear down the road in a long, saffron-coloured ribbon. Feel free to take photos, however please use discretion and refrain from using your flash. Later, grab your swimsuit and take a short drive to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfall. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG FREE DAY
Day at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – DRIVE TO VANG VIENG
After breakfast, check out and drive to Vang Vieng (about 6 hours). Stop along the way for lunch and to stretch your legs and check out panoramic views. On arrival, check in to your hotel and relax.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 5: VANG VIENG – DRIVE TO VIENTIANE
After breakfast, check out and drive to Vientiane (about 3 hours). On arrival, check in to your hotel and relax.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6: VIENTIANE – HALF DAY CITY TOUR & DEPARTURE
Indochina Discovery Tour today offer you to enjoy a city tour of Vientiane, the quietest Asian capital. Visit the historical sites of Wat Sisaket and Hor Pha Keo, which houses a fine collection of Lao art. Continue on to Patouxai, the Victory Monument, with panoramic views of town. Finally end up at Pha That Luang, the holiest site in Laos and its national symbol. You are then transferred to the airport for your flight.

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight.

Flight: Vientiane – Siem Reap

Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM, BAYON, TA PROHM & ANGKOR WAT FULL DAY TOUR
Indochina Discovery Tour today offer you to experience Angkor Complex. Start with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom where statues of the gods of good and evil line the entrance. Your next stop is the Bayon, known for the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers. The bas reliefs are quite impressive and tell stories of daily life and the great battles that were fought between the Khmers and ancient Thais. Move on to Phimeanakas, shaped a bit like a pyramid with two ponds in the rear. The ponds were once used for religious rituals but today serve as swimming pools for Khmer kids. Walk to the top of the temple for impressive views of the Angkor complex.

See the rows of trunks that form the wall of the Terrace of the Elephants, a platform from which King Jayavarman surveyed his army. Close by is the Terrace of Leper Kings, which includes a statue depicting Yana, the Hindu god of death. Then it’s a short drive to one of the most loved temples of all – Ta Prohm. This small crumbling temple is held together by giant tree roots giving it a magical feel.

Return to Siem Reap for lunch and to escape the hot sun. Then later in the afternoon explore the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. This visually spectacular temple is a massive three-tiered pyramid, rising 65 metres from the ground and crowned by five lotus towers. It’s the national symbol of Cambodia and proudly appears on the country’s flag. End your day with sunset views over the jungle from the top of Pre Rup Temple before returning to Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 8: SIEM REAP FREE DAY
Day at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9: SIEM REAP – FLY TO PHNOM PENH
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight.

Flight Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Indochina Discovery Tour today offer you to experience Phnom Penh – capital of Cambodia. Begin your half-day tour with a visit to the Royal Palace overlooking the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. Built in 1866 by King Norodom, the palace is now home to the reigning monarch. Within the palace grounds you will find the Silver Pagoda, its floor covered by 5,000 silver tiles each weighing 1kg. But that’s not all, there is a beautiful emerald and crystal Buddha sitting on top of a gilded pedestal, and life-sized Buddha made from solid gold weighing 90kgs and encrusted with 9,584 diamonds, the largest weighing in at 25 carats!

Next you will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which documents the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge against both their political enemies and many thousands of everyday Cambodians. In 1975 this former high school was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and converted into Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest detention and torture centre in the country. Please note that the images on display are quite graphic and unsettling.

End you day on a lighter note at the city’s art deco inspired Central Market. This main market sells everything from fresh fish to flowers. You can buy gold jewellery, precious gems, silk, t-shirts, souvenirs and more!

Please note: The time for the tour should be advised at time of booking.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10: PHNOM PENH – CHAU DOC
Board a speedboat for the 5-hour journey (depart approx 01:30pm) to Chau Doc. On arrival,you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11: CHAU DOC – CAN THO
Today take a walk around the town and see the bustling market, then continue to Sam Mountain, with its breathtaking views over the rice paddies to the Cambodian border. You will then be transferred to Can Tho, enjoying typical rural scenery en route.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 12: CAN THO – MEKONG CRUISE – HO CHI MINH CITY
Indochina Discovery Tour today offer you to experience Mekong Delta life. Today drive to Vinh Long. Enjoy a relaxing day cruise around the luxuriant Mekong Delta by cruise and small local boat. Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to embark a local boat at Ben Tre, from where the cruise visits a local coconut processing enterprise where this vital fruit is treated in the age-old way to separate oil, flesh and husk to be used variously in coconut oil, coconut matting and coconut candy.

After a further short journey through winding arroyos by local boat, take a short walking tour in the relaxing creekside setting of a local village and see traditional mat weaving by hand in a friendly local farmer’s house. Then drive through the beautiful rice paddies of the Mekong countryside to a local pagoda and learn about the role of traditional communal temples in Vietnamese village culture.

Embark and continue the cruise in the shadow of water-coconut palms while enjoying a demonstration of traditional Vietnamese cooking before a sumptous three course lunch including Mekong specialities onboard. Relax while cruising the pleasant waterways on the way back to Ben Tre. You will then be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 13: HO CHI MINH CITY – HALF DAY CITY TOUR
Indochina Discovery Tour today offer you to experience Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – the biggest and most bustling city in Vietnam. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and driven to the city’s Central Post Office, which was designed by the renowned French architect Gustav Eiffel, and Notre Dame Cathedral, the iconic landmark built between 1863 and 1880. Admired for its neo-Romanesque architecture, the cathedral is a popular backdrop for local wedding photographers.

Next, stroll toward the Saigon River along Dong Khoi Street, which figured prominently in Graham Greene’s famous Vietnam novel, The Quiet American, to the Saigon Opera House, a commanding building completed in 1901. Shelled during World War II, it was used to shelter French citizens fleeing North Vietnam in 1954, the year Vietnam earned its independence from France.

The tour continues with a stop at the Reunification Palace, where a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the gates in 1975 to end a war that killed an estimated 58,000 Americans and three million Vietnamese. You will also visit the War Remnants Museum, where Vietnam’s government has assembled presentations – some of them graphic – of wartime hardships and atrocities.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14: HO CHI MINH CITY – FLY TO DANANG
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight.

Flight Saigon – Danang

Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15: HOI AN – HALF DAY TOUR
Indochina Discovery Tour today offer you to experience Hoi An ancient town – the world cultural heritage. Begin your tour of Hoi An, a former trading port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants between the 16th to 18th centuries. Today Hoi An is famous for its restored architecture, homemade silk, expert tailors and delicious noodles and seafood. Its relaxed vibe and pedestrian streets make this town a pleasure to walk around and discover new things.

The tour includes stops at several famous landmarks. The first is Chua Ong Pagoda, dating back to 1653 and built in honor of the Chinese general Quan Cong, who is worshipped by many as a symbol of loyalty and justice.

Next, pop into Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, to see the Jinshang Temple which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and the protector of sailors. From there it’s a short walk to Tam Ky House, a 200 year old ancestral house and finally, stroll across the often photographed 17th century covered bridge built by Japanese craftsmen. The beautifully built bridge doubles as a temple and is a major landmark of Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16: HOI AN FREE DAY
Day at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17: TRANSFER HOI AN – HUE
Today, drive along one of Vietnam’s most beautiful stretches of road, the Hai Van Pass and on to the former imperial capital of Hue.

Indochina Discovery Tour today offer you to experience Hue – the ancient capital of Nguyen dynasty. Our half day tour starts with a trip to the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. The Citadel was closely modeled along the lines of the Forbidden City in Beijing. After that, we will set out on a tour to see the final resting place of the Emperors by visiting Tu Duc Royal Tomb.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18: HUE – FLY TO HANOI
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the aiport for your flight.

Flight Hue – Hanoi

Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Tonight your guide will take you on a culinary adventure, sampling street food in the Old Quarter. It’s a great opportunity to try all those weird and wonderful foods you see but just aren’t sure what they are! Start your Hanoi Street Eats tour at Bia Hoi corner to try the local brew, a draft beer that traces its roots to Eastern Europe. Do as the locals do and pull up a stool and enjoy a drink while watching the world go by.

Continue through the old quarter’s narrow streets as your guide points out a range of tasty noodles, breads and snacks. At night the sidewalks are packed with locals perched on stools, amongst sizzling woks and bubbling pots. These small pop up restaurants are a nightly feature that all but disappear during the day. Sit down and enjoy a flame grilled Vietnamese barbecue of beef, chicken, tofu and vegetables on skewers. End the night with dessert from Hanoi’s best-known ice-cream parlour.

Please note: In case of rain, the itinerary may include a visit to a covered noodle stall.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 19: HANOI – HALONG – 1 NIGHT CRUISE
Indochina Discovery Tour today offer you to experience Halong Bay – the world natural heritage and most tourist attraction in Vietnam. Depart from Hanoi and travel by shuttle bus to the Tuan Chau Island pier in Halong Bay arriving just before midday. Take a tender boat to meet the overnight cruise, for check in and a short safety briefing. Then set off to cruise the emerald waters and enjoy lunch while admiring the views. Later in the afternoon take a sampan to discover village life on the water or for the more active there is the option to kayak. Return to cruise in time for a sunset drink and dinner.

Please note: Your transfer is with a driver only, who may have limited English skills. Should you need any assistance please ask the driver to call the office.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 20: HALONG – HANOI
This morning join in with the ancient art of tai chi on the sun deck or watch the bay wake from the comfort of your room. After breakfast an expert guide will accompany you for exploration of the Me Cung Cave, a remnant of the Stone Age era some 10,000 years ago. A narrow crack forms the entrance to the cave that then opens into several chambers with impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Then return to Aphrodite to for a light brunch on the cruise back to the Tuan Chau pier, and then onwards to Hanoi arriving mid afternoon.

Please note: Itinerary subject to change or cancellation due to weather conditions.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 21: HANOI FREE DAY
Day at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 22: DEPART HANOI
Day at leisure until to transfer you to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

End of Indochina Discovery Tour

Indochina Discovery is a private tour and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services.

Please click on the “Customized” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

Category Price per person in USD accordding to number of people in your party
From 01st October – 31st December (high season)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 1,921 1,421 1,257 1,170 560
Superior (4 Star) 2,075 1,678 1,531 1,445 852
Deluxe (5 Star)  3,125 2,880 2,735 2,675 1,992
Category Price per person in USD accordding to number of people in your party
From 01st May – 30th Sep (summer promotion)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 1,880 1,381 1,216 1,129 447
Superior (4 Star) 1,867 1,583 1,433 1,364  769
Deluxe (5 Star)  2,752 2,457 2,311 2,246 1,545

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

Tour excludes

  • Your International Flights
  • All domestic flights
  • Entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on Indochina Discovery tour. However, Vietnam Great Tours offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different “star ratings”, allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.

LIST OF HOTELS FOR INDOCHINA DISCOVERY TOUR

Locations

First Class Category

3-star hotel

Superior Category

4-star hotel

Deluxe Category

5-star hotel

Hanoi

Silk Queen Hanoi

Quoc Hoa

May de Ville

Golden Silk Boutique

Hanoi Pearl

Silk path

Apricot

Hotel L’Opera

Movenpick

Halong bay

Majestic

V’Spirit Cruise

Sealife Cruise

Emotion Cruise

Indochina Sail

Paradise

Sapa

Bamboo Sapa

Royal View Sapa

U Sapa

Chau Long Sapa

Victoria Sapa

Hue

New Star Hue

Festival Hue

Park View Hue

Cherish Hue

Imperial Hue

Best Western Indochine

Hoian

Kim An Hoian

Phuthinh

Essence Hoian

Hoi An Historic

Palm Garden Hoian

Sunrise Hoian

Dalat

River Prince Dalat

Maivang Dalat

Dalat Plaza

Ngoclan Dalat

Duparc Dalat

Saigon Dalat

HCM City

Blue Diamond Saigon

Family Inn

Paragon Saigon

Grand Silver Land

Majestic Saigon

Pullman Saigon

Cantho

Ninh Kieu 1 Cantho

Kim Tho Cantho

Ninh Kieu 2

Holiday One Can Tho

Victoria Can Tho

Luang Prabang

Villa Chitdara

Villa Santi

Villa Maly

Vientiane

Manorom Boutique Donchan Palace Lao Plaza

Siem Reap

Central Boutique

City River

Saem Siem Reap

Somadevi

Sokha Angkor

Angkor Palace

Phnom Penh

King Grand Boutique Phnom Penh hotel Intercontinental

Indochina Discovery Tour – 22 days – From $1,129
5 (100%) 3 votes
    Carol Arboleda
    Reply

    Please provide info on 22days Indochina tour for 2 if I add airfare from/to Manila. Or I have to get my own air travel coming to Laos and out to Hanoi.

      Billy
      Reply

      Hello Carol Arboleda,

      Following up your comment for Indochina Discovery Tour in our website, I would like to give you more information as below.

      1. The price on website is not included any flights during the tour, that means only land service.
      2. You can book air tickets from Manila to Laos by yourself or by our support

      Please let me know your travel date and hotel standard you prefer, I will send you the update price and itinerary.

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