20-Day Thailand, Laos & Vietnam

Tour Route: Thailand: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai, Laos: Luang Prabang, Vietnam: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City

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  • Tour Code: ODY-SE-313
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Travel Date: Private tour with flexible travel date
  • Price Inclusions: All transportation mentioned in the itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
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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, you'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, your driver 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 there are 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, you will 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
Meal: Breakfast

Day 8: Luang Prabang Tour

If you like, get up in the early morning (around 5:40) to observe the Morning Alms-giving Ritual, get a better understanding of local people's piety towards their religion. Then visit the Morning Market or Phousi Market before going back to your hotel for breakfast.

After that, go to visit the Royal Palace Museum and the must-see temples of Wat Sene, Wat Xieng Thong, the impressive stupas of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. After lunch at a 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 the 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, you'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.

The afternoon is for a trip to the interesting Museum of Ethnology, a research center 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

Today you will enjoy the Halong Bay cruise. It starts with about a 3.5 hours' 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. You will enjoy your brunch before disembarking the cruiser at around 10 am. When the cruise ends, your 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
Meal: 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, 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 the 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, a 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 the 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, your driver will 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, you'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.

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 the properties we selected are either located in the 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 in accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedback from our previous clients as well.

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

meals

Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during the 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 the 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

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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 the 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.

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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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