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20-Day Thailand, Laos & Vietnam

Tour route: Thailand: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai, Laos: Luang Prabang, Vietnam: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho

  • Tour code: IOT-0313
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival in Bangkok, you’ll be met and escorted to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day at leisure to recover from jet lag. 

Overnight: Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok Sightseeing

Start the day with a morning visit to the famous Grand Palace, the spiritual and religious heart of the city, and Wat Phra Kaew, home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. After lunch, take a boat trip on the Chao Phraya River for an up-close view of the temples and historical sites along the river.
Later, we’ll head for China Town to explore the bustling market, try tantalizing Thai food, and visit Wat Traimit housing the world’s largest golden seated Buddha statue.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 3: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok

After breakfast, transfer to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Visit the beautiful Bang Pa-In Summer Palace and the royal Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, where you can observe one of the biggest Reclining Buddha Images as well as the ruins of the old Grand Palace & temples.
At noon, transfer to the pier for a cruise down Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok, during which you will be impressed by the Thai rural life along the river. Lunch is served on board.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 4: Bangkok - Chiang Mai

After breakfast, check out and catch your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to the hotel for a short rest. Then ride up the well paved, winding road till you reach the magical staircase leading to the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a highly revered temple that sits on the top of Mount Doi Suthep overlooking Chiang Mai. Cap off the day with a Khantoke Dinner & Cultural Show to taste the authentic flavor and culture of Northern Thailand.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Chiang Mai Elephant Nature Park Tour

Enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park (Join-in Group Tour) today. It’s a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals. Observe free roaming elephants, and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 6: Chiang Mai Sightseeing

Today we have two highlights. Start with cooking lessons, including shopping at the local market and be taught how to make authentic Thai cuisine by a selected chef. Your excellent work serves as your lunch! For the rest half-day, we’ll have a Tiger Kingdom tour. Taking a photo with a 400-pound adult tiger or a baby tiger is at your choice! 

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 7: Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang

Enjoy your leisure time before leaving for Luang Prabang by flight. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to the hotel for a short rest. After that, you may climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. Also, you will have a chance to venture the night market and observe local life there.

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: breakfast

Day 8: Luang Prabang Tour

If you can get up earlier in the mornign, we will observe the Morning Alms-giving Ritual, get an better understanding of local people's piety towards their religion. Then visit the Morning Market or Phousi Market before going back to hotel for breakfast. After that, go to visit Royal Palace Museum and the must see temples of Wat Sene, Wat Xieng Thong, the impressive stupas of Wat Visoun, shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. After lunch at local restaurant, the rest time is yours to explore the city on your own.

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 9: Luang Prabang Tour

After breakfast at hotel, drive to the famous Kuang Si Falls for a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or a walk along the forest trails. En route, stop off at some villages of Lao ethnic minority groups.
In the late afternoon, you will tour the village of Ban Xang Khong to see Saa Paper-making. Return to Luang Prabang to catch the sunset at Wat Phabath.

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 10: Luang Prabang - Hanoi

Today you will enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River with an exploration of the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, a cave temple with a huge stalagmite resembling an elephant's head.
Along the way we’ll stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where people make local wine. Next, take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a former royal weaving village. Then you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 11: Hanoi Sightseeing

Today starts with a deep tour to Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple.
Afternoon is for a trip to the interesting Museum of Ethnology, a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam.
Then have a rickshaw ride along the narrow streets of the Old Quarter. The last stop is the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake where you can watch a traditional Water Puppet Show in the afternoon.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 12: Hanoi - Halong Bay

The next one day and a half will be a rich Halong Bay cruise. It starts with a 3-hour’s scenic drive from Hanoi to the World Heritage site of Halong Bay, where you can see nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea and traditional sampans and junks sail the glinting water, grottos, thick forests, and hidden coves, it will be a real ocean adventure! A variety of optional activities on board like kayaking, swimming, diving will definitely add more fun to this trip. 

Overnight: Onboard
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Continue your unforgettable Halong Bay cruise until a big brunch is finished and then disembark the cruiser. Our guide and driver will meet you at the pier then drive to Hanoi airport to fly to the Imperial City - Hue. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel and free at leisure in the evening. 

Overnight: Hue
Meals: brunch

Day 14: Hue Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will first visit the majestic Tomb of King Ming Mang, then sail the Perfume River by Royal Dragon Boat to the serene Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, transfer to visit cobbled paths through the grounds of the Imperial Citadel and tour the Forbidden Purple City. Absorb the energy, sounds and odors of the bustling Dong Ba Market. 

Overnight: Hue
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 15: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

After a relaxing breakfast we head for Hoi An while enjoying the view of the coast and Da Nang from the top of Hai Van Pass on the way. On arriving in Da Nang, visit Non Nuoc Beach, Cham Museum and the famous Marble Mountain. In the afternoon, proceed to Hoi An. Rest of the day at your leisure. 

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 16: Hoi An Sightseeing

Today starts with an eco tour - drive to the fishing village, board a join-in Hoi An eco-tour boat cruising on the Cua Dai River, learn hands-on experience of casting fishing net from local fishermen, then paddle the private Vietnamese bamboo basket boat to have unprecedented fun. Return to the join-in boat for refreshment and a rest.
In the afternoon, you’ll get a real feel for this tiny town by taking a light excursion to the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge, renowned Chinese Temple and former Vietnamese merchants' houses. Our guide will tell you all the stories behind these historical relics. 

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 17: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, head for Da Nang airport to catch your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be picked up to check in to the hotel and then visit Binh Tay Market and War Remnants. Tan Dinh Church, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street, Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall, all within walking distance, are absolutely nice choices for a free stroll. 

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing

After breakfast, set out to explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels led by a war veteran, who lived in the tunnels for years. Experience the mid-day service with the followers at the ornate temple of the unique Cao Dai religion. The rest of the day is for you to relax.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Can Tho

Breakfast at hotel, head for My Tho to take a boat trip on Tien River and visit My Tho Fish Market and four islands. Later, ride a cart through a beautiful village to the Mr. Muoi Hai’s House to enjoy honey tea. After a sampan cruise along the canals of Mekong River we’ll drive to Can Tho. Check in to the hotel and enjoy some leisure time on your own.

Overnight: Can Tho
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 20: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

With a stopover at the Bun Tau Noodle Factory, we’ll then start a boat cruise along the endless waterways of the mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang Floating Market to see hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City airport for your departure flight.

Meals: breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Prolong your Indochina stay with this 4-day Siem Reap tour since Vietnam has easy access to Cambodia. Here’s our selected Siem Reap itinerary for your reference. 

Day 1: Arrival, Siem Reap

Take the morning flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, your guide will escort you to the hotel for check-in. 
Get ready for an incredible visit to the jaw-dropping beautiful Ankor Wat. At the neighboring Bakheng Temple we will have a beautiful sunset view of Angkor Wat in the jungle.
In the evening, enjoy Apsara Dinner Show at Angkor Village Resort.

Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 2: Siem Reap Sightseeing

If you like, take an early morning trip to Angkor Wat to enjoy stunning sunrise. Start the day by visiting the famous Angkor Thom Complex and be wowed by its South Gate, Bayon Temple and Elephant Terrace, etc.. Ta Prohm Temple and Takeo Temple are your next stops before some leisure time in the late afternoon. 

Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 3: Siem Reap Sightseeing

This morning it’s on to some local villages on the way to Banteay Srei Temple. Have lunch at a local restaurant.In the afternoon, Transfer to the edge of the Tonle Sap Lake through the countryside to board a long-tail boat to reach Kompong Phluk, an isolated community of three villages built on stilts. 

Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 4: Siem Reap, Departure

Enjoy some free time till your guide escorts you to the airport for your departure flight. 

Meals: breakfast

Meals

Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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Clients: Sarah Turbott

Travel Consultant:
Foring Huang
Four of us recently returned from a wonderful 14 day private Odyssey tour to Vietnam and Cambodia. With the expert help of Ms Foring Huang who always responded within a few hours of emailing questions, we were able to tailor the Vietnam Heritage tour to include a few days in Siem Rep in Cambodia, starting and finishing on dates to suit our flights to and from home in Auckland. Foring was very helpful in accommodating our private tour tweaks and we really enjoyed the Hanoi Foodie Tour that she suggested for the day before the original "official" tour started. Our guides in Hanoi, Hoi An and Hue, Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Rep were all very good, adding places of interest on request, for example stopping to take photos of rice harvesting en route, and the drivers were wonderful, offering cold bottles of water and fresh hand towels each time we returned to the van after very hot explorations on foot! We could never have seen as much and in such comfort if we had been exploring on our own!
Rating: May 26th, 2017

Clients: Don Karges

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Foring Huang
We have just returned from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia that was organized for us by Odyssey Tours. The service we received from Foring Huang, the travel consultant who booked our flights and excursions was outstanding. She proposed several itineraries and options to build a tour that met our criteria and budget. She was also able to arrange our International flights at price point we did not find when searching on the web. All excursions were as per the descriptions Foring provided. The guides were all customer focused and very attentive to our needs. Two of the tour guides were in our opinion were outstanding, providing better than expected service. The vehicles were all clean and in good working order. Thank you Foring and Odyssey for arranging such a memorable trip to Indochina for us.
Rating: May 23rd, 2017

Clients: Stella Esdale

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Nikki Xia
So far Nikki has been fantastic in helping organise our tour to Vietnam. Very prompt replies, great ideas for pur itinerary. If this us anything to go by, really looking forward to the tour. Thanks Nikki
Rating: May 21st, 2017

Clients: Danny Schoen

Travel Consultant:
Liz Ling
Liz was very helpful with us when we were booking our trip to Vietnam! Flexible, helpful, it was a good experience working with her and she was always quick to answer for any questions we had.
Rating: May 18th, 2017

Clients: Lorraine Thomas

Travel Consultant:
Allison Chiang
Allison Chiang is totally superb. She is so helpful and positive, getting everything organised and coming up with great, creative ideas for our family holiday. I love her positive, 'can do' attitude. Outstanding service. Thanks.
Rating: May 15th, 2017
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