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21-Day Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Highlights Tour

Tour route: Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Danang - Hoi An, Cambodia: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap, Laos: Luang Prabang

  • Tour code: IOT-0576
  • 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, Ho Chi Minh City

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, our tour guide greets you at the airport with Indochina Odyssey Tours welcome sign and escorts you to hotel for check-in. Relax at hotel or walk around on your own.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing

Today you will start a tour of Ho Chi Minh City visiting the Thien Hau Temple (a Chinese temple) and the lively Binh Tay Market. After lunch, you will visit the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace). From there, the Tan Dinh Church, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall are all within walking distance and perfect for a nice stroll.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing

This morning set out for the incredible Cu Chi Tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the Vietnam War, and the ornate temple of Cao Dai where you can attend the fantastic mid-day service together with followers. The rest of the day is yours to relax.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Can Tho

Today we head for My Tho in Mekong Delta 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 return to My Tho pier and drive to Can Tho. Check in and enjoy some leisure time on your own.

Overnight: Can Tho
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh

Today starts with a boat trip along the endless waterways of mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang Floating Market where hundreds of boats are loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade, and a visit to lush orchards to taste delicious tropical fruits.
After a delicious lunch drive back to Ho Chi Minh City to take late afternoon flight ongoing to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Upon arrival, check in to hotel and enjoy some leisure time. 

Overnight: Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Phnom Penh City Tour

Today starts with the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. Then a visit to Silver Pagoda, so named because of its floor made up of 5,000 silver tiles, National Museum and shrine of Wat Phnom.
Afternoon, head to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields of Choeung EK. Evening is free at leisure on your own.

Overnight: Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom - Siem Reap

Breakfast at hotel and then depart for Kampong Thom (about 2 hr’s drive) via the central Skun District. Stop by a local village and check out fried spiders, a famous local delicacy. Afternoon continue to visit the temple of Kuk Hak Nokor, pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk, and the stone bridge of Spean Kompong Kdei (Dragon Bridge). Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check in to hotel for rest.

Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Siem Reap Sightseeing

Breakfast then head for the “Great City” of Angkor Thom, home to the famous Bayon Temple, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace and other exquisite relics.
Afternoon proceed to the Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. Later take a short yet exciting elephant-ride towards Phnom Bakheng Temple, which is the best place to view an Angkor Wat in the sunset.
In the evening, enjoy Apsara Dinner Show at Angkor Village Resort.

Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Siem Reap Sightseeing

If you want, today take an early morning trip to Angkor Wat for its stunning sunrise and a close communication with the monks & nuns at nearby pagoda; breakfast at hotel or takeout breakfast all available, then visit the Banteay Srei Temple, en route stop by some local villages to discover the joy of village life from villagers themselves.
After lunch, savor the exquisite architecture and trace Khmer myths and legends at Ta Prohm Temple and Takeo Temple. You’ll also have time for a leisure walk at the end of sightseeing. 

Overnight: Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Siem Reap - Luang Prabang

Morning board a local longtail boat across the Tonle Sap Lake to visit Kompong Phluk - an isolated community of three villages built on stilts. After lunch you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch the flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, you’ll be met & transferred to hotel.

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Luang Prabang Sightseeing

If you can get up earlier, today we will observe the morning Alms-giving ritual and get a better understanding of local people’s piety towards their religion. After that visit the Morning Market or Phousi Market, the largest market in Luang Prabang, go back to hotel for breakfast and enjoy some free time. Afternoon, your half day city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong, stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Before sunset, we climb up to the top of Mountain Phousi for sunset and then visit the Phousi Night Market.

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Luang Prabang Sightseeing

Today you will enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River with an exploration of the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, crammed with gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way we’ll stop at the village of Ban Xanghai where people make local wine. On return to Luang Prabang, take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong known for Saa (jute) papermaking. 

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Luang Prabang Sightseeing

Today we head to the Elephant Village for an elephant ride and then take a boat trip to Tad Sae Waterfall where you can have fun in the clear water. After lunch, drive back to Luang Prabang and enjoy some leisure time.

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Luang Prabang - Hanoi

After breakfast we drive to the Kuang Si Falls where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. After lunch drive back to the airport of Luang Prabang and take a late afternoon flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you’ll be met & transferred to hotel.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Hanoi Sightseeing

This morning we begin our visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday & Friday), Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature.
Afternoon starts with a visit to impressive Museum of Ethnology, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups, followed by a rickshaw ride along narrow streets of the diverse Old Quarter. Last stop is Hoan Kiem Lake, where the famous Water Puppet Show will have perfect performance for you.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Morning check out. After a 3-hour scenic drive to Halong Bay, check in to your private cabin then start a fantastic Halong Bay cruise. Besides enthralling scenery, you will also take a short excursion to the Surprise Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. If weather allows, enjoy a variety of optional activities like kayaking, swimming, diving, etc. 

Overnight: onboard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Today get up earlier to learn ancient art of Tai Chi on the sundeck. Continue your unforgettable Halong Bay cruise until a big brunch is finished and then disembark. Pn the way back to Hanoi, you can stop by the ceramic villages and a pagoda. Then take the flight to the imperial city of Hue. 

Overnight: Hue
Meal: Brunch

Day 18: Hue City Tour

After breakfast, first visit the majestic Minh Mang Tomb erected in 1840. Then sail the Perfume River to the serene Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest of its kind in Vietnam.
Later visit the Imperial Citadel and tour the Forbidden Purple City, a walled fortress and palace in the former capital. Later on, absorb the energy, sounds and odors of the bustling Dong Ba Market

Overnight: Hue
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

Morning head for Hoi An, en route stop by the Hai Van Pass for a stunning view of the coast and Da Nang from the top. Upon arrival in Da Nang, visit the Non Nuoc Beach, Cham Museum, which has a fascinating collection of rare works of art, and last, the famous Marble Mountain. Arrive in Hoi An in late afternoon and relax. 

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20: Hoi An Sightseeing

Morning go around the tiny town of Hoi An and visit 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. Afternoon is a boat ride on the Hoai River to the Thanh Ha Pottery village to learn traditional way of making pottery. Return to Hoi An and have some leisure time.

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 21: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City, Departure

Morning head back to Da Nang airport to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, connect your international flight home or to next destination directly. 

Meal: 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.

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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