Vietnam,Cambodia-Unforgettablemexperiences in Southeast Asia
$3,641*PER PERSON – 15NIGHTS – AIR – TRANSFERS – HOTEL – BREAKFAST – TOURS
Travel across three countries in Southeast Asia on this 15-night journey! From Laos to Vietnam to Cambodia, experience distinctly different cultures, landscapes, and cuisines in one vacation. Enjoy authentic accommodations, guided tours, private transfers, and more.
- Round-trip economy class airfare into Vientiane (VTE), out of Siem Reap (REP)
- All airport and inter-city transfers
- 2 nights in Vientiane at the Lao Golden Hotel, or similar
- Vientiane sightseeing tour
- One-way economy class flight from Wattay Intl Airport/Vientiane (VTE) to Luang Prabang (LPQ)
- 2 nights in Luang Prabang at Treasure Hotel Laos, or similar
- Sightseeing tour in Luang Pranbang (half-day)
- Visit to Mount Phousi at sunset
- Full-day sightseeing tour with visits to Talat local market, National Museum and Wat Mai, Ban Xang Khong weaving village, Kuang Si Waterfalls and boat excursion to Tham Pak Ou Caves
- One-way economy class flight from Luang Prabang (LPQ) to Hanoi (HAN)
- 2 nights in Hanoi at May De Ville City Center Hotel, or similar
- Full-day sightseeing tour of Hanoi
- Sightseeing at Phat Tich Pagoda and Do Temple (en-route from Hanoi to Halong)
- 1 night in Halong at Saigon Halong Hotel Villa, or similar
- Half-day boat tour through Halong Bay with lunch
- One-way, economy class flight from Hanoi (HAN) to Hue (HUI)
- 2 nights in Hue at Midtown Hotel, or similar
- Sightseeing tour in Hue with visits to Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh & Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
- Sightseeing tour of Old Imperial City in Hue
- Excursion to Thuy Bieu Village with cooking class (with lunch)
- 2 nights in Hoi An at Lotus Hoian Boutique Hotel & Spa, or similar
- Sightseeing tour of Hoi An with a boat trip on the Thu Bon River
- One-way, economy class flight from Da Nang Airport (DAD) to Saigon (SGN)
- 2 nights in Saigon at Le Duy Grand Hotel, or similar
- Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels
- Full-day Mekong Delta Tour
- Half-day Saigon sightseeing tour
- One-way, economy class flight from Saigon (SGN) to Siem Reap (REP)
- 2 nights in Siem Reap at Sokharoth Hotel, or similar
- Full-day sightseeing tour in Angkor
- Breakfast daily
Great Ways to Explore
- Journey to Luang Prabang in Laos and take a refreshing dip at the cascading Kuang Si waterfalls.
- Embrace Hanoi’s frantic streets in search of an authentic bowl of bun cha(a Vietnamese dish of pork meatballs and rice noodles).
- Cruise among the mammoth limestone rock formations on a traditional wooden boat in Halong Bay.
- Travel down the canals and backwaters of the Mekong on a full-day tour of Asia’s 7th longest river.
- Tour the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia – the world’s largest religious monument!
Lush green landscapes, breathtaking Buddhist temples, mouthwatering street food…this is Southeast Asia! Embark on the trip of a lifetime across Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia as you enjoy guided tours in each country. From secret waterfalls in Luang Prabang to the world’s largest religious monument in Cambodia, experience it all on this unforgettable 15-night trip.
Begin in Laos, a country known as “Simply Beautiful.” With a population that’s 98% Buddhist, you will no doubt visit many intricate temples and monasteries as you pass monks in saffron-hued robes. Explore the country’s capital in Vientiane before visiting the untouched natural beauty in Luang Prabang. Take a dip in a cascading waterfall before heading to Vietnam.
Begin your Vietnam adventure in the capital of Hanoi, a bustling metropolis known for its picturesque pagodas and world-famous street food. Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of the city then arrive in Halong City, home of the stunning Halong Bay. Tour the bay by wooden boat before flying to Hue, home of elaborate tombs and the Imperial Citadel. Go on a village tour in the countryside followed by a cooking class. Whip up a traditional Hue dish with ingredients straight from the market!
You’ll then fly to your next destination on Vietnam’s coast, Hoi An. Here you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and a boat ride down the Thu Bon River. Fly to Saigon, your final Vietnam city and go on three guided tours. See the Cu Chi Tunnels, tour the Mekong Delta, and explore Saigon’s vibrant city center.
Fly to Cambodia and spend two nights in Siem Reap, the gateway city to the temples of Angkor. Spend a full day touring the massive temple complex of pure Khmer genius. Watch the sunset over an ancient temple, the perfect finale to a whirlwind Asia tour.
Day 1. Welcome to Vientiane!
Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, meet your guide carrying an ICS Travel Group sign with your name. You’ll be presented with a welcome packet including all necessary documentation, vouchers, and contact information of your guides and the local offices. Transfer to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Transfer to Vientiane hotel
Day 2. Vientiane
Embark on your sightseeing tour of Laos’ capital, Vientiane! Your tour includes stops at the golden Pha That Luang stupa, Ho Pha Keo temple and a museum, and Patuxai, an arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Sightseeing in Vientiane
Explore the relaxed capital city of Laos, Vientiane! Situated on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane charms with its tree-lined boulevards, interesting temples, and colourful markets. Tour the many highlights of the city including Pha That Luang, a gleaming golden stupa, perhaps the most important national monument in Laos; Ho Pha Keo, the formal royal temple that’s now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; Wat Si Saket; and Patuxai, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe and constructed with Lao motifs.
Day 3. Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Fly from Vientiane to your next destination in Laos – Luang Prabang. This city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, is a colorful mosaic of gilded temples, Indochinese villas, and saffron-clad monks.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour taking you to several well-known temples and monasteries, then walk up Mount Phousi for stunning sunset views over the city.
Transfer to Vientiane airport (VTE)
Fly to Luang Prabang!
Transfer to Luang Prabang hotel
Sightseeing tour in Luang Prabang (half-day)
Nestled between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. Begin your tour at Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat), the oldest temple in Luang Prabang dating back to 1513. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng, the crown jewel of monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stenciled murals. From there, stroll down the main street (Wat Street) of Luang Prabang. Time permitting, stop at a few of the many temples that lining the street including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop, and Wat Sene.
Visit to Mount Phousi at sunset
Experience Laos’ natural beauty! Mount Phousi is Luang Prabang’s highest point offering 360 degree views over the temples and river. Climb 328 steps starting from the entrance on the opposite side of National Museum, or 410 steps on the other side of Khan River to the small temples atop Phousi. While getting to the top requires a bit of effort, the sunset views are guaranteed to be worth it.
Day 4. Luang Prabang
Embark on a full-day tour of Luang Prabang’s highlights! Visit Talat market in the morning, then journey to the National Museum and Wat Mai, former royal residences. Cruise along the Mekong river to the Pak ou Caves, which house an impressive array of Buddha statues. End the day with a visit to a weaving village known for the production of mulberry paper.
Sightseeing tour with visits to Talat local market, National Museum and Wat Mai, boat excursion to Tham Pak Ou Caves, and Ban Xang Khong weaving village (full-day)
Begin by visiting Talat morning market in Vientiane, then head to the National Museum and Wat Mai. The former royal residence is now a museum providing a unique insight into the history of Laos. The turn-of-the century residence combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs and has been expertly preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here.
You’ll then see Hor Phrabang, a collection of the palace’s most prized art pieces including the massive Phrabang Buddha staue cast of gold, silver, and bronze alloy. Continue to Wat Mai, constructed in 1821 during the reign of King Manthatourath. This was the former residence of Phra Sangkharaj, the Patriarch of the Buddhist clergy.
Travel up the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the Tham Pak Ou Caves, your next destination. These extraordinary caves are filled with Buddha images of every style, size, and material imaginable. On the way to Pak Ou Cave, stop at Ban Xang Hai Village, a local village famous for the production of lao lao, a local rice wine whisky.
End the day with a visit to the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong near Luang Prabang, known for its traditional handwoven cotton and silk, as well as production of the local sa (mulberry) paper.
Day 5. Luang Prabang – Hanoi
Enjoy your last day in Laos with a morning excursion to the breathtaking Kuang Si waterfalls. Take a refreshing dip in the clear water, then head back to Luang Prabang Airport for your flight to Hanoi in Vietnam.
A Tip For Your Trip: The tour will bring you back to the airport so if you’d like to swim today, you might want to pack a change of clothes in your day bag.
Transfer to Luang Prabang airport (LPQ)
Fly to Hanoi!
Transfer to Hanoi hotel
Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls
From Luang Prabang, travel south to Kuang Si waterfalls. Located in an idyllic natural setting, this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. Swim in the clear water or just relax in the natural environment. Visit a local village (Ban Ou or Ban Na Ouane) before returning to Luang Prabang.
Day 6. Hanoi
Today you will explore Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi! Make stops at the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, and One Pillar Pagoda. Finish seeing the city from the comfort of an electric car!
Sightseeing in Hanoi
Explore the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, a picturesque city nicknamed the “Paris of the East.” Tree-lined boulevards and colonial architecture give the city an air of elegance while narrow lanes and traditonal shop houses make it distinctly Vietnam.
Visit The Temple of Literature, founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. Also the site of Vietnam’s first university, the grounds have a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways that are perfect examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. In one courtyard, giant stone tortoises bear stele on their backs, listing the accomplishments of graduating scholars.
Then stroll through the park to the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 to his death 1969. The bare bones two-room home has been preserved in the same condition as during his life, and can be viewed through the windows. Continue to the miniature 11th-century One Pillar Pagoda, rebuilt after being destroyed by the French army in 1954.
End the day with an hour-long tour of Hanoi city center by electric car. Ride through the city, a blend of long established traditions and modern imprints of Western colonization. See Quan Su Pagoda, Silk Road, Hanoi Railway Station, Hoa Lo Prison, and Hanoi Opera House as you zip through tree-lined boulevards and narrow lanes brimming with daily life.
Day 7. Hanoi – Halong
Travel by vehicle to your next destination in Halong City. Stop along the way at Phat Tich Pagoda and wander the grounds of this Buddhist cultural center. Then visit Do Temple, dedicated to the deities of eight kings of the Le Dynasty.
Transfer to Halong City
Sightseeing at Phat Tich Pagoda and Do Temple
Visit the peaceful Phat Tich Pagoda, built between the 7th and 10th century in the typical Vietnamese architecture style. Then, visit the highly praised and architecturally stunning Do Temple, built during the Le Dynasty! These historic structures are just as culturally rich as they are breathtakingly beautiful.
Day 8. Halong – Hanoi – Hue
Today you will see the stunning Halong Bay on a Vietnamese wooden boat! Cruise the clear waters as you pass the massive rock formations. After the tour, transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue.
Transfer to Hanoi airport (HAN)
Fly to Hue!
Transfer to Hue hotel
Half-Day Boat Tour Through Halong Bay With Lunch
Board a traditional wooden junk and begin cruising through the beautiful Halong Bay. Enjoy lunch while passing interesting rock formations including Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong) and Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). Visit one of the caves in the centre of the islands such as Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto). Cruise back to Halong Pier and disembark.
Day 9. Hue
Today you’ll explore Hue, Vietnam’s stately and refined city established in the 17th- century. Tour the extravagant tombs of two well-known emperors then visit the old imperial city, a vast complex modeled after the Forbidden City in Peking, China.
Sightseeing tour in Hue with visits to Imperial Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh & Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
As the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years, Hue was and still is an important city in Vietnam’s history. Home to ancient temples, imperial buildings, and French-style edifices, it’s also one of the most visually stunning cities in Vietnam.
Tour the tomb of Emperior Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty constructed between 1920 and 1931. It sits magnificently on the slopes of Chau E Mountain in Chau Chau Village. Walk up the long staircase flanked by dragons and admire the ceiling murals and ceramic frescoes found inside.
Next, visit the Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc, designed and built by the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor Tu Duc during his lifetime. It was used as a retreat for meditation, reading, and theatre performances. Take time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere while you wander the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards, and lotus ponds.
Sightseeing Tour of the Old Imperial City in Hue
Located in the heart of Hue is the Imperial City, a vast walled complex built in the early 19th-century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched over a mile and were surrounded by a wide moat. While most of the buildings were destroyed during the Vietnam War, the remaining monuments provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking Flag Tower, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing Ngo Mon Gate, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure.
Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit Dien Tho Residence (Dien Tho palace) where the Queen mother lived. Visit Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, the original Nine Dynastic Urns, the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum, and more.
Day 10. Hue – Hoi An
Today you will tour Thuy Bieu Village, a laidback village in Hue’s countryside. Enjoy a walking or bike tour then participate in a cooking class where you’ll prepare a traditional Hue dish! Later, you’ll be transferred through the dramatic Hai Van Pass and arrive in Hoi An, your next destination.
Transfer to Hoi An
Excursion to Thuy Bieu Village With Cooking Class and Lunch
Arrive at Toa Kham Wharf then board a boat for a cruise down Perfume River. Stop at Dong Ba Market to select fresh ingredients for your cooking class, then visit the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda before heading to Thuy Bieu Village. Upon arrival, choose between an optional walking or biking tour around the village to visit a garden house and an old ancestral temple. Once you’ve toured the village, get your apron on and prepare a traditional Hue specialty lunch! With a rich culinary history, Hue is famous for its dishes like Bun Bo Hue, round rice noodles in a rich and savory meat-based broth. After making and enjoying your culinary creation, experience a traditional foot treatment!
Day 11. Hoi An
Explore Hoi An, Vietnam’s most picturesque city situated on the country’s central coast. Once a major port, Hoi An is now a thriving center of colorful houses, temples and markets. Enjoy a walking tour through the city and visit a local handicraft workshop. Later, board a boat and enjoy a relaxing ride down the Thu Bon River.
Sightseeing Tour of Hoi An with Thu Bon River Boat Trip
Tour the merchant town of Hoi An with its colorful shop houses and temples dating back to the 16th and 17th century when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving center of traditional crafts and is best explored on foot. Wander through the cobbled streets as you pass low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central market, and the small harbor where colorful boats are docked.
The walking tour includes a visit to a private house where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting. See one of the family chapels built by prominent merchants and official families as centers for ancestor worship. Continue to Sa Huynh Museum, located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, containing exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. Visit a handicraft workshop where local products are being made by the industry itself.
Finally, continue to the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the river. In the afternoon, cruise down the Thu Bon River by boat, enjoying the unspoiled countryside and stopping to visit a pottery and woodcarving village before returning to Hoi An harbor.
Day 12. Hoi An – Danang – Saigon
Say goodbye to Hoi An as you transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Saigon. Once you’ve settled in Vietnam’s largest city, go on an excursion of the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground labyrinth used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
Transfer to Danang airport (DAD)
Fly to Saigon!
Transfer to Saigon hotel
Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels
Hidden from American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the Vietnam War. Stretching over 75 miles, this expansive underground network dug by hand out of hard laterite connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapons factories during the war. Today, walk through the area and learn about the daily life of the Vietcong. See the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate visitors.
Day 13. Saigon
Today you will tour the Mekong Delta by boat! Visit a traditional riverside village, then coast along the delta where the Mekong river meets the sea.
Mekong Delta Tour (full-day)
From Saigon, drive to the heart of the Mekong Delta. Embark on one of the local boats to explore the riverside village of Cai Be. Visit local families running age-old cottage industries and see how they make traditional treats like dried longans, rice pancakes, and puffed rice candies. You’ll have plenty of chances to sample these local delicacies!
Continue the trip across a main flow of the mighty Mekong river, then follow narrow waterways through peaceful lush green orchards and lively canals. Disembark at Vinh Long and return to Saigon.
Day 14. Saigon – Siem Reap
Explore Vietnam’s largest city with a half-day tour taking you to the Reunification Palace and the historic center. After the tour, transfer to Saigon’s airport for your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Transfer to Saigon airport (SGN)
Fly to Siem Reap!
Transfer to Siem Reap hotel
Saigon Sightseeing Tour (half-day)
As Vietnam’s largest metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity, and motion. Everywhere you go, you will see the convergence of traditional and modern life. Begin the tour with a visit to the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s-eras building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. Unmissable are the original tanks that remain on display near the entrance gates.
Afterwards, drive to the city’s historic center and visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon’s signature pagodas. Pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, then pass classic European-style landmarks like the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville) and the old Opera House. End the tour at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts.
Day 15. Siem Reap
Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Angkor including it’s crown jewel, Angkor Wat, which contains magnificent remains of the Khmer Empire spanning over 600 years.
Sightseeing in Angkor
Take a stroll through the amazing Angkor Wat temple, considered the crown jewel of Khmer architecture. As the national symbol of Cambodia, Angkor Wat is not only the best preserved and largest of the Angkor temples, it is also the most religiously significant. Surrounded by a moat, fantastical statues, and lined with galleries and courtyards before you can even reach the central sanctuary, Angkor Wat’s expansive grounds offer stunning views of the countryside, and its only the first stop.
Next is the fortified city of Angkor Thom. Protected by a wall and wide moats, statues of demons and gods look over the entrance and stand guard. Visit the Bayon Temple within and explore beautiful royal enclosures, ancient public squares, and old artworks standing the test of time all across the city.
Last on this stunning tour is Preah Khan, a striking temple with narrow corridors, towering walls, and a protected temple in the heart of it all, surrounded by jungle on all sides.
Day 16. Depart Siem Reap
Today marks the end of your Southeast Asia vacation. Transfer to Siem Reap airport then fly home.