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Tour code

SIT21

Duration

21 days

Start

Bangkok, Thailand

Finish

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Age Range

12+ (Travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Activity

Elephant Experience, Cooking Class, Visit Temple and Pagoda, Kayaking, Hiking, Visit Caves,

Destination

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta, Siem Reap

Signature Indochina Tour 21 Days

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Signature Indochina Tour 21 Days. Experience and discover the awe-inspiring marvels on the tour through 4 countries Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

 

Take pleasure in Southeast Asia's fascinating history. Experience the awe-inspiring marvels left behind by the ancient realms of Thailand and Cambodia. Discover the remnants of French colonization in Laos and the rich heritage of dynasties in Vietnam, immersing yourself in the vibrant traditions that continue to shape the region's contemporary existence.

Come with us as we explore the inner workings of Southeast Asia. Get disoriented in Thailand's chaotic metropolis, Bangkok, before settling into Chiang Mai's more sedate tempo. Travel by boat down the Mekong River to discover the charming town of Luang Prabang, where you'll find Buddhist monks, temporary markets, and restaurants with a French flair. Travel back in time to the era of Vietnam's emperors in Hue, take in the old-world beauty of Hoi An, and be amazed by the boundless vitality of Ho Chi Minh City on a trip to Vietnam. The next leg of your journey will take you to Cambodia, where you may see the majestic temples of Angkor before returning to Thailand.

 

Highlights Signature Indochina Tour 21 Days

 

  • Experience a wide range of Asia's UNESCO Heritage sites, from the Ninh Binh Landscapes in Vietnam to the old town of Luang Prabang.
  • Learn about the cultural distinctions between Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam by interacting with locals and attending traditional village events.
  • In just 21 days, you may visit four countries and experience the best of their history, culture, and local lifestyle.
  • Visit bustling morning markets, ride bikes through picturesque towns, learn to prepare regional dishes from farmers, and take in cultural performances.
  • Bangkok and Hanoi are the modern and the old royal capitals, respectively, and you should see both.
  • Ancient Khmer Temple of Angkor. This amazing temple complex is yours to explore whenever the mood strikes you.
  • A trip down the famous Mekong River by boat takes two days and takes you through breathtaking rural scenery in Southeast Asia.
  • Take a journey in the Lao jungle alongside several rehabilitated elephants and learn about the region's enigmatic beauty.
  • Try seafood at a Halong Bay restaurant, street foods at a market, a vegetarian lunch at a Buddhist nunnery, coconut candies, and tropical fruits in the Mekong Delta.
  • It's the ideal combination of mandatory sightseeing and free time to explore on your own in some of our favorite cities, such as Hoi An and Luang Prabang.

 

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Overview Signature Indochina 21 Days

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival

Day 2: Bangkok city tour (B, L)

Day 3: Bangkok Ayuthaya (B, L)

Day 4: Bangkok – Chiang Mai (B)

Day 5: Chiang Mai Elephant Experience (B, L)

Day 6: Chiang Mai / Cooking Class – Luang Prabang (B, L)

Day 7: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Kuang Si Waterfal (B, L)

Day 8: Luang Prabang city tour (B, L)

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Hanoi / city and street food tour (B)

Day 10: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (B, L)

Day 11: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Day 12: Halong Bay – Hue (B, L)

Day 13: Hue City Tour (B, L)

Day 14: Hue – Hoi An (B)

Day 15: Hoi An (B, L)

Day 16: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh (B)

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh / City (B, L)

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta (B, L)

Day 19: Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap (B)

Day 20: Siem Reap - Full-day Angkor Temple tour (B, L)

Day 21: Siem Reap – Departure (B)

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival

Sawad-dee! (Hello!)

When you get to Bangkok, your private guide and driver will be there to meet you. They will then take you to your hotel.

As soon as you step foot in this vibrant metropolis, you will feel the stifling heat and hectic pace of Thailand's bustling capital. After you have checked into our hotel, you are free to do some independent sightseeing, relax your muscles with a therapeutic massage, or just lie by the pool and take in the first rays of that delicious Thai sunlight.

 

Overnight in Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok city tour (B, L)

Your tour guide will come to the hotel to get you up. Visit one of Rattanakosin Island's most well-known and historically significant community markets—the amulet market—along the way.

Learn about the Emerald Buddha Temple, or Wat Phra Kaew, also known as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, the temple's official name. It's the holiest Buddhist temple in all of Thailand.

Go on a tour of the Grand Palace, the royal palace of Thailand. Certainly among Thailand's most impressive palaces. After King Rama, I relocated the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1782, and construction on the Grand Palace began that same year. It was the royal palace of the Chakri dynasty in Thailand from the 18th century onward.

Our tour of Bangkok's temples continues as we make our way across the city to Wat Po, where we'll see the massive reclining Buddha and the Chedis (stupas containing the ashes of the Kings). Find out how King Rama I made this previous temple his main temple and how some of his remains are interred here. UNESCO has included it in its "Memory of the World" project. Moreover, it is the original site of Thai massage, which is now taught and practiced in the temple as it has been for centuries.

Visit Wat Arun (the Temple of Daw); it is one of Bangkok's most recognizable sights. The temple is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and is most famous for its 70-meter tower covered with tiny bits of colorful glass and surrounded by Chinese porcelain.

Our afternoon ends in Bangkok's Chinatown, which is one of the city's oldest areas. It is possible to buy almost anything you can think of in this chaotic labyrinth of narrow streets and busy sois (alleys), which are overrun with restaurants, stores, street markets, and food booths. You will also make a pit stop to try some of the most delicious food the city has to offer, such as odd snacks in a market, some of the best noodles in the city, or dessert. There is no need to bother eating in advance because you won't feel hungry at any point during the event. Throughout the course of the tour, vegetarian meal alternatives will be provided.

 

Note

  • The chapel is a national shrine and you will be required to wear proper attire: no bare shoulders and knees, or strapless-heel shoes.
  • Shoes must be removed before entering the temple buildings as a matter of respect.
  • Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings.

 

Overnight in Bangkok

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3: Bangkok Ayuthaya (B, L)

Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam during its golden age, and its temple ruins are a sight to behold.

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up for the drive to Wat Lokayasutha, which is the first stop in Ayutthaya, after traveling there in a luxurious and air-conditioned vehicle from Bangkok. This temple is famous for its enormous picture of a Buddha that is reclining because it is one of the few constructions that has been preserved here.

Your next stop will be at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, which is located within the complex of the royal palace and was used by the royal family for religious ceremonies. It is widely acknowledged as Ayutthaya's most significant religious structure.

After that, you should go to Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya. It is said that the sacred relic of the Buddha was formerly kept within this temple, making it one of the oldest and most important in Ayutthaya's history. Take a moment to appreciate the iconic Buddha head that has been sculpted into the roots of a Bodhi tree.

After that, you will have a delicious lunch at a local Thai restaurant, where your guide will be available to provide recommendations on the regional delicacies served there.

Your journey should come to a close at the magnificent Wat Chaiwattanaram, which is located along the river. As you make your way through the gigantic grounds, don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for the captivating architectural style that was inspired by the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia.

 

Overnight in Bangkok

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Bangkok – Chiang Mai (B)

In the morning, we take an early flight to Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai, the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, is your destination today. Lanna, which had been on par with the Ayutthaya Kingdom, was dissolved and incorporated into the new Siamese kingdom in the late nineteenth century. Northern Thailand is still home to the Lanna people with their own language, culture, cuisine, and traditions.

When you arrive, we'll take you to your hotel so you can check in or drop off your bags. (Early check-in is NOT included and depends on the hotel's availability)

We start our sightseeing through the old city and learn everything about the fascinating past of this city and its double moat. Then, head to the peak of Doi Suthep, a mountain on the outskirts of town, to look out over the city and its environs. One of the most revered temples in the country may be found at the summit, where you can also receive a blessing. Before heading to your hotel, visit Wat Umong, one of the city's most interesting temples built in the 14th century, a heavily forested temple covered by moss and small plants offering a unique yet charming sense of natural decay. The temples' underground tunnels were built to contain a mad monk.

The rest of the day is yours to do anything as you, please.

 

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Chiang Mai Elephant Experience (B, L)

Start a new day with fresh air and breakfast at your hotel.

Visit an elephant rescue center in the jungle just outside of Chiang Mai for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that is truly one of a kind. Take a dip in a waterfall, taste a lunch prepared in the traditional style of Thailand, and spend the day acting as a caretaker for the elephants as you interact with them, feed them, and watch them in their natural habitat.

Begin from your hotel after breakfast. Take a trip to the southwest of Chiang Mai and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you pass by local farms, communities inhabited by hill tribes, and rice fields.

You should take a trip to the Mae Wang Waterfalls so that you may unwind and cool off in the water there. Elephant Sanctuary, which is located deep in the jungle, is where you will arrive. A host will greet you as you enter the sanctuary, and then a guide will take you through the entire experience.

Put on some traditional garb from the Karen hill tribe, such as the clothes that the elephant keepers wear. The following step is to receive an orientation on Asian elephants as well as the history of the sanctuary. You are invited to visit the tame elephants who have been rescued and give them bananas. Join the elephants as they make their way up the hill through the forest in search of food. See how different elephant families interact in their natural habitat. Get in the river with the elephants and take a refreshing dip. Join the elephants on their walk back to the sanatorium, where you can reflect on your time with them and say your goodbyes.

Before being dropped off at your accommodation in Chiang Mai, you will finish off the day with a bamboo rafting ride along the Mae Wang River, which is known for its breathtaking scenery.

After a journey of one hour back to Chiang Mai, you will be dropped off at your hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal to do as you like.

 

Note: You should bring extra clothes, comfortable shoes, sandals you don't mind getting wet and dirty, shampoo and soap, a camera, and mosquito spray or bug repellent.

 

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6: Chiang Mai / Cooking Class – Luang Prabang (B, L)

Chiang Mai Hotel – Chiang Mai Airport (4.7 km): 11 min

Luang Prabang Airport – Luang Prabang (4 km): 15 min

 

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

Participating in a cooking lesson at Chiang Mai Cookery Class is something that may be done today. Learn the ins and outs of Thai food, including its nuanced flavors and distinctive presentation styles. Learn another facet of this intricate cuisine with a private cooking class that focuses on the cuisine of the Lanna region of Thailand. Go beyond the standard red, green, and yellow curries as well as pad thai, which are typically associated with Thai food. The cuisine of this region is characterized by a predilection for salty and fiery flavors, and it is built around the use of jungle vegetables and herbs, pork, and sticky rice. Cook your lunch on a traditional charcoal stove using food purchased at the market or grown on the farm, and enjoy your lunch in a sala pavilion.

 

Afternoon

The transfer to Chiang Mai Airport for the flight to Luang Prabang.

On arrival in Luang Prabang, transfer to hotel.

 

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Kuang Si Waterfal (B, L)

Early morning

At 5:30 a.m., Let's wake up early to see the Tak Bak ceremony, also known as "the monks' quest." This is an old Asian Buddhist religious custom that is only kept up in Luang Prabang. Since 2,500 years ago, hundreds of monks have walked barefoot from their temples to the center of the city every morning. In a long line, they slowly walk through the streets to get alms, especially "sticky rice," from people who are religious and are waiting quietly on the sidewalks. In exchange for prayers and blessings, these people give them food, especially "sticky rice."

After you're done, go back to the hotel for breakfast to get full energy before going to two amazing places. The Pak Ou Cave is to the north of Luang Prabang City, and the Kuang Si Waterfall is to the south. This tour will take you to both of them, with a beautiful drive along the Mekong River in between.

 

Morning

Early in the morning, you'll meet your guide and take a forty-minute drive to the Pak Ou Village. There, you can check out the many crafts that the locals make before taking a small boat across the Mekong River to the base of a limestone cliff, where the Pak Ou Cave is. The lower cave is very impressive, and it is full of statues and relics from Buddhism. Take your time to look around the sacred area, which smells like burning incense and looks out over the beautiful Mekong landscape. Up a winding set of stairs, grab a flashlight, and you'll find another interesting cave with ancient Buddhist relics that is easy to get around in before lunch.

 

Afternoon

After that, we'll take a boat across the Mekong River again and then drive 1.5 hours downriver to the famous Kuang Si Waterfall. On the way, we'll stop at the well-known Whiskey Village and try some Lao Lao made in the area. All year long, the jungle around the waterfall stays lush and beautiful. During the dry season, the water is calm and turquoise. During the rainy season, the water is loud and powerful. In either case, you'll get to enjoy the fresh air and beauty of nature. An Asiatic Bear Sanctuary is built into the landscape. Here, you can see these beautiful animals up close and help take care of the animals in the area.

Late in the afternoon, we'll drive back to Luang Prabang so you can do your own thing in the evening.

 

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 8: Luang Prabang city tour (B, L)

Morning

Let's go check out the Morning Market, a bustling thoroughfare where you can buy anything from fresh frogs to brightly colored vegetables...

From the busy market, you can go to Wat Mai, one of the city's most ornate monasteries, and Wat Visoun, a temple dating back to the 16th century famous for its large stupa and its collection of antique gilded Buddhas,

Next is the former King's Palace, where you can learn about Luang Prabang's past and present. The old Wat Xieng Thong temple is close by. It has a beautiful low, sweeping roof. It is the most famous and well-known monastery in Luang Prabang.

 

Afternoon

After lunch at a local restaurant, drive out of the city to visit Ban Xangkhong, the Thai Lue village known for its arts and crafts. We also go to Ban Xienglek, a nearby village that is known for making traditional Saa paper.

Go back to the City and take a short walk around the small roads to see the traditional wooden house of Heuan Chan, which is 100 years old and is called the Chantal wooden house.

Visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Centre (TAEC), which is the only independent resource center in Laos that is focused on the many different ethnic groups that live there. If you have time, you can visit the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center. It is near the Mekong and has a beautiful, traditional style. Weavers, spinners, and batik makers work there to make high-quality fabrics. Free tours are given every half hour.

When you feel like you've learned enough, you can climb to the top of Mount Phousi, the highest point in the city, where you can see the city and the Mekong River below.

The tour ends after a stop at the famous Night Market, where you can find beautiful handmade textiles made by people from Luang Prabang and the nearby hill tribes.

 

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Hanoi / city and street food tour (B)

Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Airport (4 km): 15 min

Hanoi Noi Bai Airport to your chosen hotel in Hanoi (32 km): 50min

 

Morning

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Arrive in Hanoi and be met by the guide and transferred to the hotel.

 

Afternoon

Learn about Hanoi on the back motorbike.

The first half of our Hanoi Tour exposes you to the REAL HANOI during a day in the life of a local, taking you through the maze of backstreets, tiny alleys, local homes, schools, odd markets, and the black market, where you will see how the locals live, work, and play. Other travel agencies only show you the good and encourage you to avoid the bad and strange aspects of your destinations. On Hanoi trip excursions, not only do we reveal the positive aspects of your places, but we also expose the negative and bizarre aspects. For us, common tourist spots are merely the tip of the iceberg; the vast majority of your destinations remain undiscovered.

In the second part of our Hanoi Tour, we pass by and stop at the MUST-SEE places of our beautiful city, such as The thousand-year-old Buddhist and Taoist temples of Tran Quoc, the Temple of Literature, the historical training track, the enchanting French Quarter, The hustling and bustling Old Quarter, the romantic lakes of Hoan Kiem, West lake, Hanoi Opera House, and famous Long Bien Bridge.

On the final leg of our Hanoi Tour, you will stop at various ORIGINAL restaurants, cafes, and food stalls. So that you can enjoy the most delectable of Hanoi's delicious cuisine, including family heirlooms and secret recipe dishes, local delicacies, and specialties.

 

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast and Hanoi Street Food

Day 10: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (B, L)

Morning

After collection from the Hanoi hotel, enjoy a scenic drive to an area of natural beauty, often referred to as ‘Ha Long Bay on land’. First stop at Hoa Lu, you will have a quick visit to two temples built in honor of the emperors Dinh and Le. Having been eroded over the millennia, the dilapidated ruins have nearly been absorbed by the spectacular scenery creating a mystical atmosphere that will be sure to titillate your imagination. Keep going to the Mua cave. The place attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps staircase leading up the peak. From the top, you can see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and the Ngo Dong river. Lunch will be served at the local restaurant.

 

Afternoon

You get a small boat. The ferryman will take you to visit the scenic landscape of the majestic mountains, and the fields in the triangle cups when the sampan goes along the Ngo Dong river. It is an outstanding natural beauty and the scenic karst formations which contribute to its reputation as being the “Halong Bay on land”. The last activity is cycling. Cycle for half an hour on quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers, and rocky outcrops inside the village. The most common friends you’ll be making are the friendly cows and water buffalo on the roadside or you may have to stop as a family of ducks cross ahead of you. Finally, return to the bus, where your vehicle will be waiting for you, and arrive back in Hanoi in the late afternoon.

 

Overnight in Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Breakfast is the best way to start the day, so make it enjoyable and nutritious. Your tour guide will then pick you up from your accommodation in the Hanoi Old Quarter at 8:00 a.m. to take you to Quang Ninh province and Halong Bay. Take 15 to 20 minutes to relax before getting ready for one of your life's greatest adventures.

At 12:30, we will arrive at the harbor, where you can board the boat and begin your voyage with our amiable, knowledgeable, and skilled crew.

The lunch will be served to you as the boat travels on to our destination, passing by an almost unlimited number of islands and islets. Unquestionably a genuinely wonderful encounter.

You can head to the upper deck after your excellent meal to take in Halong Bay's grandeur in all of its natural, pure, magical, and beautiful manifestations.

Are you all set to join the activity? Let's kayak for an hour around the region of the floating community. If you don't like kayaking, don't worry, you can also swim.

When the time is up, you'll head back to the boat for a fun sundown party on the sundeck. Here, you may mingle with other tourists while listening to relaxing music and taking in the breathtaking splendor of Halong Bay.

Yes, this day has been great. There is no better way to cap it off than by indulging in a sumptuous dinner prepared by our chef. After that, you are free to do whatever you wish with your time, such as sing or just unwind.

 

Overnight on Halong Bay

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12: Halong Bay – Hanoi - Hue (B, L)

Morning

With a light breakfast of crisp toast, flavorful eggs, and a cup of enticing coffee or tea, you can start your day off right. When you're finished, you'll be prepared to embark on the day's main adventure: exploring the Cave.

Because it is the most stunning and alluring cave in Halong Bay, it is a remarkable destination. Your knowledgeable tour guide will tell you everything there is to know about it.

After then, the boat will continue crashing into numerous islands and islets, giving you a good perspective of Halong Bay's breathtaking splendor. Vietnam is the only country in the world where such a site exists!

Do you want to attend a cooking class? One of the regional specialties, delectable deep-fried spring rolls, will be one of the recipes you learn to make from our chef. You must do it to really appreciate it!

Later, as you have a delicious lunch, we'll cruise back to the pier. After that, it will be time to disembark and bid the boat crew farewell.

 

Afternoon

A private car will take you to the airport to get the flight to Hue. Another driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Hue.

 

Overnight in Hue.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch

Day 13: Hue City Tour (B, L)

Morning

The guide will come to your hotel to pick you up. You will go on a one-day tour of Hue to learn more about this beautiful city. Take a dragon boat to the first place, Thien Mu Pagoda (Heaven Fairy Lady Pagoda), which is the oldest pagoda in Hue City. The morning boat ride to the pagoda will be a great way to start the trip. The Perfume River's fresh air will make you feel very good. Visit The Citadel. The Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam's last royal family, lived in Imperial City. After the Citadel, our car will take you to the Dong Ba market, which is Hue's busiest and has a lot of different foods and goods. You can see how people in the area buy and sell things here. This is also a chance to buy gifts for your family and friends. We ate lunch at a nearby restaurant that served food from Asia and Vietnam.

 

Afternoon

Visit Khai Dinh Tomb, which is a mix of Western and Eastern architecture. A quick trip to the Minh Mang Tomb, which is thought to be the most beautiful of all the Royal Tombs. It is known for its architecture, which fits in well with the natural environment. After a great day, the driver will take you back to your hotel.

 

Overnight in Hue

Meal included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 14: Hue – Hoi An (B)

Morning

After breakfast at the hotel. Let’s check out of the room and get a private car to move to Hoi An Old Town. Check-in at your hotel.

 

Afternoon

Your tour guide will transport you to the Ancient Quarter of Hoi An, where you will go on a walking tour of the principal monuments, including Chua Ong Pagoda, Tan Ky Ancient House, Fujian Assembly Hall, and Japanese Covered Bridge.

Continue to see the Precious Heritage Museum, where Réhahn's Precious Heritage Collection is on permanent display. The collection will transport you to the most remote regions of Vietnam while revealing the rich cultural tapestry of the ethnic communities.

The highlight of the day is a visit to the Reaching Out Tea House, a delightful oasis of peace in the bustling, dynamic Old Town that is owned and maintained by deaf and mute individuals. Here, you will be served delectable Eastern-style pastries and tea of the highest quality.

Proceed to the home of the lantern maker. There, you may see the lantern craftsman's technique before engaging in hands-on labor through each stage of lantern-making under the direction of enthusiastic craftsmen: from bending the frame, cutting the fabric, and gluing the lanterns to completing them. Before the conclusion of this journey, you will have crafted your own lantern.

Now is the time for your discovery trip of Hoi An's street food. With your guide, you will navigate the narrow alleyways and dine with locals at stalls you would never find on your own. Every day at 4 p.m., the streets of Hoi An are flooded with food carts, kiosks, and sellers. The street food tour is an excellent opportunity to sample some of the Hoi An specialties prepared by locals, meet the people behind the stock pots, and see how Hoi An natives handle those condiment trays!

 

Overnight in Hoi An

Meal: Breakfast, street food tour

Day 15: Hoi An (B, L)

Morning

Let’s have a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local cooking and fishing communities. After picking you up at your hotel in Hoi An, you will start to visit the local market and shop for your ingredients for the day. Following the guide go to Cam Thanh village to get organic vegetables to prepare for cooking class later. But before this class begins, let’s board our boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat while the waterways of coconut palm paradise. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities.

 

A cooking class will be open after that, you will learn to make deep-fried spring rolls, papaya salad with shrimp crackers, pork or fish in a clay pot with steamed rice, and Banh Xeo (rice pancake with fresh salad) with seasonal fruit for dessert. And this is lunch.

 

Afternoon

After lunch, return to your hotel, where you have the remainder of the day at your leisure.

 

Overnight in Hoi An

Meal: Breakfast, lunch

Day 16: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh (B)

Morning

Enjoy your time in Hoian Old Town. Let’s walk the ancient streets of Hoi An, lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen, and tailors.

 

Afternoon

Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh previously known as Saigon. The driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. And this is free time to explore Ho Chi Minh in your own way.

 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Meal: Breakfast

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh / City (B, L)

Morning

After breakfast, you will be greeted by your guide and driven to Cu Chi, a small village located northwest of Ho Chi Minh City known for its network of subterranean tunnels that served as a safe haven and successful infiltration route for the Viet Cong during the closing stages of the Vietnam War.

Upon arrival, you will view a brief instructional movie before visiting the tunnels, the most renowned battlegrounds of the period. It is thought that the concealed network of Viet Cong tunnels spanned "hundreds of miles" in total length and contained living quarters, storage areas, temporary hospitals, kitchens, etc. Although the system was initially somewhat narrow, some sections have been enlarged for tourists, and you have the option to explore them.

Please note that these tunnels will be hot and claustrophobic, so if you want to watch from above ground, that is an option.

Cassava, the staple diet of the Viet Cong soldiers, is served alongside a tart tea. After exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels, return to the city with lunch at the local restaurant on the way.

 

Afternoon

Spend the remainder of the day touring Ho Chi Minh City's major attractions. The Notre Dame Cathedral, the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House, the historic Rex Hotel, the Central Post Office, renowned for its architecture, and Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste, are particularly recommended.

Later, visit the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum for a somber and enlightening look at Vietnam's military history and violent past.

 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18: Ho Chi minh – Mekong Delta (B, L)

Morning

After breakfast, your driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Ben Tre Town, which is referred to as the "rice bowl" of Vietnam because of its extensive rice fields, intricate canal system, and picturesque surroundings.

To get to Ben Tre town, where you will board a motorized boat excursion around the picturesque River and see several local industries along the route, it takes around two hours of driving through the fertile farmland countryside. While on the boat, we'll make stops at the modest local factory housing the mat-weaving business and the coconut processing workshops. Visit a quiet village where you may take a little stroll to see how the inhabitants live their daily lives and sample fresh fruits and honey tea. Continue your tour by stopping at a workshop in a coconut mill where a variety of expertly handcrafted coconut husk and fiber goods are made, including the local delicacy of coconut candy.

After that, go for a motorcycle (Xe Loi) ride or a bicycle excursion to visit the village's coconut and vegetable orchard plantations. Then you've finished your tour, your guide will take you for lunch at a local restaurant beside a river.

 

Afternoon

Take a small sampan to row around the coconut canals after lunch for the stunning view. The canals are secret streams that are bordered by a huge variety of tropical vegetation. The peaceful, rural environment is a refreshing and healing retreat from the hectic, distant HCM City. When the boat returns, the bus will pick up passengers at the pier and depart for Ho Chi Minh City.

The night is all yours. Let's go on a nighttime tour of Ho Chi Minh by yourself.

 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 19: Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap (B)

Siem Reap Airport - Siem Reap (8 km): 15 min

 

Before heading to the airport for your journey to Siem Reap, you have the morning to do some last-minute sightseeing or shopping.

 

Take an early flight into Siem Reap and head straight to your accommodation. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire.

 

Overnight in Siem Reap

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 20: Siem Reap - Full day Angkor Temple tour (B, L)

Today, with the assistance of your guide and driver, you will spend an entire day touring the 400-square-kilometer Angkor Archaeological Park, which includes forested areas. The park features the beautiful ruins of five Khmer capitals from the ninth to the fifteenth century.

 

Morning

Avoid the crowds by beginning your day with a visit to the 13th-century Ta Prohm, a hauntingly beautiful temple where the roots of giant banyans and strangler figs entwine much of the stonework, creating scenes that have changed little since the French explorer Henri Mouhot rediscovered Angkor in 1863. This temple makes the 'Tomb Raider Temple' one of the most memorable and magnificent Angkor monuments.

Continue your explorations by visiting Angkor Thom, the ancient capital of the Great Khmer Empire, which once dominated a large portion of Southeast Asia. This city is enclosed by an 8-meter-tall wall that forms a perfect square. You will enter the city through the old South Gate, a colossal stone gate engraved with four enormous faces and elephants. A row of 54 gods or demons holds the sacred Naga serpent on each side of the entranceway.

Return to the hotel for a break from the midday heat at the hotel.

 

Afternoon

Your adventures will continue when you visit the late 12th-century Buddhist monastery Banteay Kdei ("Citadel of Chambers") and Sra Srang, also known as the "pool of ablutions." The Bayon Temple is located in the precise center of the historic city. This majestic masterpiece from the 12th century is famous for its 54 towers with mysterious faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire.

Both the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are noted for their exquisite bas-reliefs, therefore you will also see them. On your stroll through the grounds of the ancient Royal Palace, you will see a number of little-visited, secret temples.

Take a leisurely gondola boat ride across the moats of Angkor Thom to end your day of touring. Imagine the royal metropolis when it controlled over two million people nearly 800 years ago in peaceful isolation. As the sun approaches the horizon, make your way to Prasat Chrung, a modest temple built in the manner of Bayon, and ascend an iron staircase to a secluded spot for spectacular views of the ruins at sunset.

 

Evening

Let's enjoy your free time.

 

Overnight in Siem Reap

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 21: Sieam Reap – Departure (B)

Start your day with a tasty breakfast at your hotel.

Free time to do some shopping and explore around before departing to the airport.

And this is how the tour ends!

The tour may be over, but the memories you have collected during these last 21 days will stay in your mind for the rest of your life. This is what we want to offer you: a tour that brings you memories that last a lifetime and make you smile each time you think of them!

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Accommodations

Hotels (19 nights), Junk boat (1 night).

 

Meals

20 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 1 dinner, 2 street food

This tour offers Jain, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, and Kosher food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer. If you are allergic to any food or vegetarian, please inform us before the trip begins so that we can make arrangements.

Note:  Eating is an essential component of traveling. On every trip with Vietnam Amazing Tour, you will experience great local foods and this is also how we want to convey meaningful messages about culture and cuisine. We understand the importance of breakfast to start the day, and we always provide the most basic Asian breakfast possible. But in some trips to remote mountainous areas breakfast will be very simple consisting of bread, noodles, porridge, and eggs; This may vary depending on the destination.

 

Transportation

Plane, Speed boat, air-conditioned bus, motorbike, walking, boat, car.

 

Entrance ticket

Entrance and sightseeing fee.

 

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

What’s Not Included
  • Your international flights from Siem Reap and to Bangkok.
  • The entry visa to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips to guide and driver.

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