The fascinating 21 Days' Grand Indochina Explorer features the enthralling countries of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. You will explore Thailand's capital, Bangkok, followed by the visit to northern Thailand's Chiang Rai. Then, you board a private boat at the Thai/Laos border and cruise for a couple of days in Mekong River towards Luang Prabang. At Laos, you will visit the UNESCO listed city of Luang Prabang, he mysterious Plain of Jars at Phonsavan, and the sleepy capital of Vientiane.
Next, we go to Cambodia to visit Siem Reap and the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, followed by a flight to Phnom Penh. The final destination of this trip will be Vietnam. The trip in Vietnam starts in Saigon in the tropical south, then towards the captivating town of Hoi An on the central coast to the capital city, Hanoi, in the north of the country.On this explorer trip, you get to experience the history and the culture of beautiful southeast Asia.
Enjoy a cruise of two days down the Mekong River
Explore the temples of Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos, and Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An
Enjoy a luxury voyage on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay
- 20 Night's Accommodation
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Transfers as stated in the itinerary
- Boat cruise
- Domestic flights
- Entry fees to sites stated in the itinerary
- A highly skilled, English speaking tour guide throughout the trip
- International flights
- Optional excursions and activities not stated in the itinerary
- Visas and travel insurance
Upon arrival, our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel in Bangkok. Along the way, he/she will give you brief information on your further trip. After arriving at the hotel, check-in, and relax. Or, go to explore this bustling capital of Thailand.
Sightseeing Bangkok, flight to Chiang Rai
The day starts early today as you will be visiting lots of attractions of the capital, Bangkok. This morning, you will head to some stunning temples and palaces with your tour guide. You will visit places like the glittering Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Pho with its spectacular 46-meter long Reclining Buddha.
After lunch, you head to the airport to catch a flight to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. Chiang Rai lies near the Golden Triangle, bordering Myanmar and Laos. Explore the beautiful Chiang Rai's night market in the evening and get some of the best handicrafts made by the hill tribe of Thailand.
Mekong River Cruise
Waking up early, we drive for a couple of hours to reach the Thai border town of Chiang Khong. Then, you will cross the border via boat to Huay Xai in Laos. On arrival, your guide will provide you your entry visa. Then, you board a private boat to cruise down the Mekong River for a couple of days. Along the route, you will pass beautiful sceneries and many traditional villages. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the upper Mekong in this two-day cruise and introduce yourself to tranquil Laos. This evening, you will stay overnight in Pakbeng, a small village in Laos located on the Mekong River, halfway between Huay Xai in Thailand and Luang Prabang in Laos.
Mekong River Cruise
The cruising continues south along the Mekong River towards Luang Prabang. You will stop at the fascinating Pak Ou caves before arriving in Luang Prabang, where you can see hundreds of Buddha statues. Luang Prabang is the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia. Here, you can stroll in the streets and back alleys to learn why people fall in love with this gorgeous town. The town consists of fading French architecture, gleaming temple roofs, and spectacular peaks in the background.
Explore Luang Prabang and Kuang Si Waterfalls
Today, wake up early and join the locals as they offer alms to the hundreds of Buddhist monks lining every morning in the streets of Luang Prabang. This sacred ceremony is one of the major attractions of Luang Prabang. After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of Luang Prabang, where you will visit Wat Xieng Thong with its sweeping roof and rare reclining Buddha, and Wat Wisunalat representing the earliest style of Laotian architecture and Luang Prabang's oldest operating temple. Then, you hike to Phu Si hill's peak to get panoramic views of the city. After lunch, depart from Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Falls, a gorgeous waterfall bounded by verdant jungle. In the evening, you may visit some of the famous restaurants of Luang Prabang to enjoy delicious meals.
Transfer to Phonsavan
Travel to Phonsavan in the distant Xieng Khouang Province in central Laos.
Explore the Plain of Jars, fly to Vientiane
After breakfast, go to the mysterious Plain of Jars with your guide. The Plain of Jars is an ancient spot where hundreds of large stone jars are spread across the countryside. However, no one knows the meaning of it being there. The jars are made from sandstone and granite with various height and are considered to be more than 2000 years old. This afternoon, fly to the serene capital of Vientiane.
Day Eight :
Explore Vientiane today with your tour guide. Today, you will visit at Si Saket, the oldest surviving temple in Vientiane and home to more than 10,000 Buddha images, the golden stupa of That Luang (the Great Sacred Stupa), the holiest monument in the country, now recognized as the national monument and the symbol of Laos. Also visit Patuxai, reminiscent of Paris' Arc de Triomphe, and one of the most notable landmarks. In the afternoon, explore the Talat Sao Morning Market, which opens even in the afternoon.
Fly to Siem Reap
Today, take a flight from Vientiane to Siem Reap, the previous capital of the great Khmer Empire. Meet the guide at the hotel and go for a tour of this historic city.
Explore the temples of Angkor Wat
Go for a full day exploration tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat, including the iconic temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Phrom. The complex contains hundreds of temples and monuments built between 800-1300 AD by the Khmer empire. After the fall of the Khmer empire, jungles reclaimed these for centuries, but now, the Khmer empire has restored and attracts millions of tourists every year. Ask your guide on the details of these monuments and also the purpose of these buildings.
Discover Banteay Srei, visit Khneas
After breakfast, travel to Banteay Srei, a temple famous for its beautiful carvings that depict battles, scenes of conquest, and Khmer's daily life. This temple, dedicated to Hindu god Shiva, is one of the Angkor's major attractions. In the afternoon, tour around Tonle Sap Lake and the floating village of Chong Khneas.
Explore Siem Reap, fly to Phnom Penh
You will have free time today to explore Siem Reap. Some of the major highlights of the place include Wat Thmei, the memorial of those killed at the site during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, the Old Quarter with its tree-lined avenues and striking French architecture, and learn about the Angkor Empire at the Angkor National Museum. Afterward, we transfer you to the airport to take a flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital.
Today, go for sightseeing Phnom Penh with your guide. Visit the Royal Palace, the residence of present Cambodian King Sihamoni. Tour the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum, where the prisoners of the Khmer regime were imprisoned and killed. In the afternoon, visit the notorious Killing Fields of Choeung Ek Killing Fields just outside the city. Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek are perfect for getting a distinct experience.
Fly to Saigon
This morning, explore the town of Phnom Penh if you have missed any the previous day. Then, in the afternoon, we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Saigon.
Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in Saigon. This tunnel is a vast system that connects underground tunnels built by the Viet Cong in the 1940s as a defense against French air raids during the Indochina conflict. The Cu Chi tunnels show the hardships of war and an understanding of the life of many Vietnamese soldiers in 1948. Also, crawl through a 100m section of the tunnels to experience how the soldiers passed the tunnel. In the evening, go for a guided sightseeing tour of Saigon. Here, you will visit some of the famous highlights of the city including the sobering Presidential Palace, War Remnants Museum, the and some of the colonial-era landmarks like the famous Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon Cathedral, the Continental Hotel, Saigon Central Post Office, plus the Jade Emperor Pagoda (also known as Tortoise Pagoda), and the Thich Quang Duc statue.
Fly to Da Nang, transfer to Hoi An
Take a morning flight from Saigon to Da Nang on the central coast. Then, we will drive you to the beautiful Hoi An town via a private car.
Tour Hoi An
This day is free for you to explore Hoi An. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An with its narrow canals, cobblestoned streets, Chinese-style shop-houses, and French colonial buildings, makes it one of the most beautiful towns in Vietnam. This was previously a trading port and is famous for its historic and picturesque Old Town. The town still has its old-fashioned atmosphere, even though many of the old shops of the cobblestoned center are converted into modern businesses like countless tailors, art galleries, souvenir shops, restaurants and cafés aimed at tourists.
Fly to Hanoi, explore the Old Quarter
Board a morning flight to Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River in northern Vietnam. There are lots to explore in this beautiful city with French, Chinese, and Vietnamese architecture, vivid markets, cultural museums, war memorials ancient Buddhist temples and pagodas, and communist landmarks, plus the delightful Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. You will have enough time to explore the city in the afternoon. It is a small city, and many tourist attractions are relatively close to each other. Therefore, it will be best to explore the city on foot or by cyclo (three-wheeled bicycle). The most popular districts are Ba Dinh (the French Quarter) and Hoan Kiem (the Old Quarter).
Halong Bay Cruise
Today, we will drive for around four hours to reach Halong Bay from Hanoi. From here, we will enjoy an overnight luxury cruise. The Halong Bay, and UNESCO World Heritage site is popular for its tranquil, emerald waters and high limestone islands with rainforests. As you cruise on the water, you can enjoy the striking natural scenery while enjoying the serene water. You will also see floating villages such as Cua Van, Vung Vieng, and Cong Dam. You will also get to visit secret cave, swim, or maybe even kayak on the serene waters. After you moor up in the bay, enjoy the mouthwatering fresh seafood for dinner.
Return to Hanoi, explore the city
You will cruise back to Halong Bay Pier in the morning. Then, we will transfer you back to Hanoi. This afternoon is free for your leisure activities. So, you can explore the remaining parts of the city on your own. You can explore Hanoi's Old Quarter, a maze of narrow lanes filled with shops, boutique shops, art galleries, trendy cafes and restaurants alongside street stalls. Hanoi's Old Quarter's major attraction is the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake. This gorgeous lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple, built on a small island connected by Huc Bridge. At night when Ngoc Son Temple and Huc Bridge illuminates, the atmosphere in the lake becomes romantic, perfect for a couple to spend some romantic moments.
Transfer to airport
Today, the Indochina Adventure comes to an end. After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport from where you can board a flight to your further destination. However, if you want to explore more or need accommodation, we can manage that too.