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Indochina Classic: Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos

14 days 13 nights

Code ICCT162

Category Vietnam Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-16
  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Rating Popular
  • Trip Starts From Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Trip Ends At Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Phnom Penh Siem Reap Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Ben Tre Hue Hoi An Halong Bay Hanoi Luang Prabang
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Travel across Indochina – Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos – in one captivating trip. Cambodia spans the low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, the mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline, and known for the archaeological ruins of Angkor Wat and it's proud of Khmer civilization. Vietnam is well known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Laos, a landlocked country, is traversed by the Mekong River and famous for its mountainous landscape, marvelous French colonial architecture, hill tribe people and Buddhist temples.

We explore the crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Ankor Wat; the vibrant city of Saigon, with excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels that American soldiers could never discover; boat down the Mekong and Perfume rivers; drive the scenic roads from the coastal city of Da Nang to Hoi Ann; explore the countryside of the ancient capital Hue; walk through the old quarter of Hanoi; cruise the Halong Bay with emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests; and conclude the trip in Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos, an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings.

This is a join-in basis group tour, with guaranteed departures with minimum two participants. The trip starts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and concludes in Luang Prabang, Laos. Hotels chosen are considered moderate accommodations, but we’ve found them adequately comfortable. Tours are led by expert local guides.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Arrive in Phnom Penh International Airport on your own. After clearing immigration and custom, meet our representative at the arrival gate and transfer to the hotel. 

In the afternoon, your guide and driver will take you for sightseeing of Phnom Penh- a vibrant, energetic, and a fascinating city with elegant, tree-lined boulevards and riverside boardwalks reminding of the bygone eras. Today they are full of life and activity, as motorbikes speed in and out of traffic, vendors yell to sell their wares, and pedestrians scurry about their business.

We begin the tour from Royal Palace- Cambodia's cultural heritage, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi. Adjacent to the palace is the Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha.

Next we can visit the graceful National Museum, which contains a wide-ranging collection of Khmer Art, and the Central Market, which is one of Phnom Penh's two great markets. Central Market is located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building or the expansive Russian Market, a maze of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelries and what not!

Overnight: Ohana Hotel or similar
Day 02~Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap with a visit to Angkor Wat

This morning our guide and driver will transfer us to the airport (30 minutes) for flight to Siem Reap (55 minutes). Upon arrival, meet your local guide for a brief transfer to the hotel. You will have time to settle into your accommodations before we proceed for sightseeing of Angkor

Angkor Wat is referred as the crown jewel of Khmer architecture and a national symbol of Cambodia. Angkor Wat is certainly the highlight of any trip to Cambodia. Angkor Wat is the largest, best preserved and the most revered of all Angkor Temples, so impressive with its perfectly balanced layout and delicate artistry in carvings.

We approach the temple first crossing the vast moat and then continue along the broad walkway lined with naga balustrades – stone, seven-headed serpents. We enter the main structure and then ascend through a series of galleries and a courtyard to reach the central sanctuary, which affords beautiful views back over the walkway and across the surrounding country. On the way, we’ll want to stop enjoy the elaborate stone carvings that embellish nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, carved out of walls. The outer gallery exhibits the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which tells the stories of Hindu mythology, including the most-told Churning of the Ocean. Angkor Wat is spectacular at any time of the day, but the reflections of the light during sunrise and sunset are amazing.

Then Angkor Thom, a fortified city, enclosed by a fence and wide moats that covers an area of 3.86 square miles and protects many of Angkor's most popular monuments. We enter from the massive South Gate over a walkway lined on either side by various demons and gods statues, each carrying a giant serpent. We then continue to two terraces, for public gatherings and functions, both decorated with dramatic bas-reliefs. We also visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before heading to the mysterious Bayon Temple. Bayon is one of the most popular and compelling temple in Angkor. We explore the galleries of wonderfully preserved bas reliefs and climb narrow stairs and reach to the central sanctuary, where we can see the giant stone faces smiling mysteriously down from every angle.

Overnight in Siem Reap at Khemara Angkor Hotel, Angkor Riviera Hotel, Pacific Hotel, or Similar

Overnight: Treasure Oasis Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Siem Reap Sightseeing

Today's visit includes:

Banteay Srei Temple: Although small compared to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is regarded as the jewel of classical Khmer art. Its pink sandstone walls are full of intricate carvings and details, with extraordinary workmanship of Khmer sculpture. It is a favorite temple for many visitors. 

Banteay Samre: Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Bantey Samre is a mid-12th century temple. 

Ta Prohm temple: Ta Prohm is very much in its original state when it was discovered, and it is among the most popular attractions of Angkor. Much of the area still maintains its wilderness qualities, with trees growing out of the temples. 

Ta Keo: It has a reputation as the first Angkor monument to be built entirely of sandstone. Built by Jayavarman V (968 to 1001), the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple features 50-meter tall central summit amidst four lower towers.

Overnight: Treasure Oasis Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Visit more temples and afternoon fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

After breakfast, we continue exploring Angkor, which will include:

Chau Say Tevoda: Built during the second quarter of the 12th century, Chau Say Tevoda is dedicated to both Lord Shiva and Vishnu. This temple enshrines unique type of female deities as well.

Banteay Kdei Temple: This is a massive Buddhist temple, surrounded by four concentric walls; the outermost measuring 1640 by 2296 feet. It was built during the second half of 12th century.

Neak Pean Temple: Built by King Jayavarman VII of the late 12th century, Neak Pean Temple is a Buddhist temple. It consists of a square-shaped pool with four other smaller square pools arranged on each axis. The main central pool has a circular island with two nagas with intertwined tails.

Sras Srang: Sras Srang is a reservoir east of Banteay Kdei Temple. It has a small island in the middle with a stone base, the remains of a wooden temple. Many people come here to view the sunrise.

Prasat Kravan: This temple features five brick towers. The interior walls exhibit bas-reliefs cut into the bricks. The temple was built in 921.

In the afternoon we’ll drive to the airport for our flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Upon arrival, meet your local guide and driver and transfer to the hotel in the city.

Overnight: Muong Thanh Sai Gon Centre Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Saigon: City sightseeing and excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels

Following breakfast, our guide will take us for a half day of sightseeing in this bustling city. Saigon, also called Ho Chi Minh City, is a vibrant metropolis, full of energy, activities and motion where the culture and traditions meet modern life. We begin our tour from the historic center, browsing through Dong Khoi Street, formerly the Rue Catinat. It's the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. As we continue walking, we will see typical European-style landmarks such as the elaborate City Hall (Hotel De Ville) and the old Opera House. We will take a quick look into the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office as well.

Next we visit the Reunification Palace- the palace of the South Vietnamese President that was stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975, when the South Vietnam fell the forces of North Vietnam. However, attempts have been made to preserve the palace in its original state. We will still see the original tanks by the entrance. We continue to the War Remnants Museum that documents in detail the Vietnam-American War, including detailed photographic exhibitions, and a collection of tanks, planes and weapons. This can be an emotional visit. At the end of morning tour, we visit Emperor of Jade Pagoda, which is among the Saigon's most interesting pagodas.

In the afternoon, we take an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels- a network of 125 miles, manually dug tunnels- the base for the Vietcong (Communist-led armed forces of South Vietnam) during the Vietnam-American War. The tunnels connected command posts, hospitals, shelters, and weapons factories. A walk through the area gives you the flashback on daily life of Vietcong soldiers. Many people get awe-stricken to see how smartly the entrances and booby-traps were disguised. If you wish, you could creep in the tunnels which are slightly modified for the tourists.

Late afternoon, you are transferred back to the hotel in the city.

Overnight: Muong Thanh Sai Gon Centre Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Mekong Delta Excursion

Today, we immerse ourselves fully in the local culture of the Mekong Delta as we take an excursion to the rustic Ben Tre- a two and half hour journey from Saigon city.

The area is peaceful with lush orchards, green rice paddies and coconut fields. The coconut juice produced here claims to be the best in the country and the locals make use of coconut in many other ways including household items and cosmetics.

Take a bike ride along the cool paths and visit the home of Uncle Six who is a local antique collector who also sells ceramics. We continue our exploration along rural pathways that wind their way alongside dense vegetation and small tributaries of the Mekong. We board on a rowing boat that takes us along the small canals under the shade of the coconut trees. Then we switch to a motorized boat and visit a family where we enjoy a delicious homemade lunch. We will have options of visiting some workshops to see how rice paper and sticky coconut sweets are made.

Late afternoon, we retrace our travel back to the city.

Overnight: Muong Thanh Sai Gon Centre Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Flight from Saigon to Hue. Visit the former Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh

This morning we take flight to Hue (1 hr. 20 m), former capital of Vietnam. It was the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. This 17th century town is a home of ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices.

After wash up and change, we proceed for sightseeing. We first visit the Imperial Tomb of Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor. This elegant tomb was designed and built during his lifetime, and was used as a retreat for meditation, reading and theater performances. We can wander the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards and lotus ponds and feel the tranquil atmosphere.

Our next stop is at the Imperial Tomb of Khai Dinh, which is in a dramatic location and was the last of the series of monumental tombs of the Nguyen dynasty to be built. This tomb features distinct European elements within the traditional Vietnamese architecture.

Overnight: Romance Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 08~Travel via Haivan Pass and Danang to Hoi An

After breakfast, we take a relaxed boating trip down the Perfume River, with a stop at the iconic and elegant Thien Mu Pagoda, which is a Hue landmark. The pagoda is seven-tiered and has octagonal tower. We continue cruising to the countryside and visit the majestic Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, which is a complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples, all in a beautiful natural setting.

Sightseeing in the Old Imperial City: The Old Imperial City is located in the heart of Hue City. It is a vast complex built in the early 19th century and is influenced by the Forbidden City of Beijing. The original fences stretched for 10 km (6.25 miles) and were surrounded by a broad moat. During the American War, most of the buildings were bombed and destroyed. But what survives is a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. We approach the city past the striking Flag Tower, where an enormous Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the impressive Ngo Mon Gate which is the main entrance to the Imperial Citadel. As we enter the fortress, we see spacious courtyards and calm lotus ponds; stroll through the Dien Tho Residence (Dien Tho Palace), the residence of the Queen mother; visit the Thai Hoa Palace, the admirably decorated reception hall; the Halls of the Mandarins; and the original Nine Dynastic Urns, among other sites.

Afternoon, we take a scenic drive via the mountainous road, cross the Haivan Pass down to the Danang and a further to Hoi An. It takes about 3.5 hours to get to Hoi An.The dramatic Hai Van Pass serves as a dividing line between the climate zones of North and South Vietnam is perhaps the highlight of this drive.

We will settle into our accommodation and later explore this picturesque riverside town of Hoi An. It served as one of South East Asia's major international ports from 17th through 19th century. We visit the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed by the Japanese community in the late 16th century to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. We will also visit the Sa Huynh Museum nearby the bridge. It houses exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history.

Next is the 200-year-old Tran Family Chapel, a place for ancestor worship, and also a Chinese pagoda dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen. We will take a quick sneak-peek of a Lantern Making Workshop.

Balance of the afternoon is for free stroll in this UNESCO cultural heritage town.

Overnight: Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 09~Flight from Danang to Hanoi, local sightseeing and late afternoon transfer to Halong Bay

A 45-minutes' drive to Danang followed by an hour 15 minutes long flight brings us to Hanoi- the capital city of Vietnam. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and proceed for sightseeing of Hanoi.

The sightseeing begins with a drive by the Ho Chi Minh President's Mausoleum (only viewed from the outside). We stop to visit the Temple of Literature that has walled courtyards and graceful gateways. Founded in the 11th century, the temple is associated with Confucius and it also claims to be Vietnam's first university.

Now, it's time for a stroll through the Old Quarter of Hanoi, a fascinating network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as 'The 36 Streets'-each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts and from medicines to tombstones.

Enjoy Vietnamese coffee at a local coffee shop during your stroll. Stop at the Ancient House on Ma May Street, an excellent example of traditional Hanoian style architecture from days gone by.

Late afternoon, transfer to Halong Bay (3.5 hrs.).

Overnight: Halong Palace Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 10~Halong Bay Excursion and afternoon transfer to Hanoi (Lunch inclusive)

After breakfast, transfer to the Tuan Chau Marina Port for excursion on the Halong Bay. You will 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 center of the islands such as Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto). Cruise back to Halong Pier and disembark.

Afternoon, retrace our drive to Hanoi.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11~Flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang, Laos

Transfer to the airport in time for flight to Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos. It's about one hour long flight. Our Laotian Guide and driver will take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, sightseeing of Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang, set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, is a captivating town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. UNESCO designated the entire town as the World Heritage Site in 1995. We begin our tour from Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat), which is perhaps the oldest active temple in Luang Prabang. The temple dates back to 1513 and preserves a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Nearby, Wat Aham is in tranquil setting. Next, we visit Wat Xieng, which is for many people the crown jewel of all the monasteries and temples of Luang Prabang. It's a complex of buildings that feature superb mosaic and gold-stenciled murals. From here, we stroll down the Wat Street. If time allows, we may stop by a few other temples, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene.

Late afternoon, we can climb Mount Phousi for sunset viewing. It’s a 150-meter- (492-foot-) high hill situated in the middle of the town. We climb 328 steps starting from the entrance at the opposite side of National Museum.

Overnight: Flower Garden Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 12~Luang Prabang: Boating excursion to Tham Pak Ou Cave

The boat takes us up the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The cliffs are known for the extraordinary Tham Pak Ou Caves. Buddha images of every style and material imaginable have been installed inside. On the way, if time allows, we stop at Ban Xang Hai Village, a local village known for the production of lao-lao, the local rice whiskey.

We might stop at the weaver's village of Ban Xang Khong, well known for its traditional hand woven cotton and silk fabrics, as well as local paper made up of sa (mulberry plant).

Overnight: Flower Garden Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 13~Luang Prabang : National Museum and Kuang Si Waterfalls

The morning tour begins from the National Museum at the Royal Palace. Although a modest building, the palace has an elegant look, and it links the traditional Lao arts with the French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the-century royal residence has been preserved in its original form, and offers unique insights into the history of Laos, including the palace's most precious art – the Phra Bang, cast of a gold, silver and bronze alloy. This Buddha image stands nearly a meter tall and weighs around 110 pounds.

Afternoon tour also takes us to the Kuang Si Waterfalls, situated in a perfect natural setting near the town, with multi-level cascades over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. If you wish, you can enjoy swimming in the clear water or just soak up in the pristine environment. If time allows, we stop at a local village (Ban Ou or Ban Na Ouane) on the way back to our hotel in the town.

Overnight: Flower Garden Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 14~Depart Luang Prabang

After breakfast, service ends. Take your own transport to the airport or request airport transfer on additional cost.

Meals : Breakfast

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Trip Info

Cost Includes

  • Superior 4 star hotel accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • Daily breakfast in the hotel.
  • All transfers within the journey except the first day arrival and the last day departure transfer.
  • In-tour airfares.
  • All entrance fees.
  • English speaking local guides (Guide changes in each city).
  • For Vietnam: Visa-approval letter assistance on additional fee.

Cost Does Not Include

  • Arrival transfer in Phnom Penh and departure transfer in Luang Prabang.
  • Visa fees (All three countries need visa).
  • Any Airport taxes.
  • Other personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Cost due to flight cancellations or delays, accidents, medical evacuation, civil unrest, etc.
  • International Airfare is not included.

Note: Tour Cost and promotional offers are subject to change anytime.

Group Discount:

    • If you are a group of 3-6 persons, we offer you $250 per person discount.
    • If you are a group of 7-10 persons, we offer you $400 per person discount on above price.

Guaranteed Departure

The trip is guaranteed with minimum 2 participants. This is an international join-in group tour led by local English speaking Tour Guides.

Note on Itinerary

The tour programs are very much set and we do our best to adhere to the itinerary, but the sights listed should be taken as a general guideline that, given local circumstances, might differ in sequence or substance on a given day. You will be provided final trip dossier about seven or eight weeks prior the travel date.

Trip Activity Level

This trip is basically motor vehicle-based sightseeing with some boating excursions and some long days driving. Road conditions vary, but generally they are paved. Sightseeing or excursions usually start in the mid-morning, and you will be back to the hotel by late afternoon. The trip does not involve any serious hiking or physical challenges, and so travelers with generally good health conditions can enjoy the trip. Still, the fitter you are, the better you can enjoy the trip.

Accommodations and facilities

The hotels chosen are decent superior properties, rated four star by local standard and ensure adequate amenities and facilities. You will have private bathrooms with running hot and cold water. The hotels listed are our preferred properties, but we reserve the right to change them at any time, always working for the betterment of the tour.


All tour guides are local and they change when you travel from one city to the other. They are local people with college degrees, government certifications, and experience with and knowledge of the destinations, their history, culture and religion. Our guides are, just as importantly, easy-going, detailed oriented, patient, and committed to a high level of customer service. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations that you would never find on your own, and make sure your tour unfolds without a hitch. Your guide will also deal with the bureaucracy and passport or permit control, carry all necessary documents and vouchers, and stay alert to road and weather conditions.


We use clean, reliable, comfortable vehicles for all transfers and tours, often the Toyota Hiace microbus (capacity 8-9 persons) and Toyota Coaster Bus (capacity up to 20 persons); depending on group size, we might also use Japanese-made sedans, SUVs or minivans. We provide separate drivers and guides. Our drivers might speak little or no English, but they know the roads and are, in a pinch, mechanically skillful.

International and Internal Flights

The trip starts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and ends in Luang Prabang, Laos. You need to make your international flight arrangement to Phnom Penh and return from Luang Prabang. If you need any help with the airfare booking, let us know and we will be happy to help you. All in-tour airfares within the tour program are included and provided by your local guides. All airport taxes are also usually included in the fare.

Arrival and Departure Transfers

Arrival transfer in Phnom Penh and departure transfer on the last day in Phnom Penh are not included on this trip. However, you can request for a meet-and-greet service that costs about $50 for a car and driver. Or you can take a pre-paid cab from the airport to the hotel.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be valid for at least for six more months when you return home and make sure you have minimum five blank visa pages. You need to obtain Vietnam Visa before the trip starts, or we can make the arrangement for Visa on arrival which costs additional fee depending on how many you are in your party.

You can apply eVisa for Cambodia. It is easy to apply online. You need to upload a passport picture and provide passport details and pay visa fee by credit card. Visa fee costs $30, plus a $7 processing fee. You should receive a visa by email within three or four business days.

Citizens of US, Canada and most European and South-east Asian countries are able to apply Laos's visa on arrival at Vientiane airport. You need to provide two copies of completed visa application form and three passport pictures. The visa fee is $35 and $42 for US and Canadian citizens. Visa is good for 30 days from the date of entry.


US$ 300 (by credit card) along with completed trip registration form is requested at the time of booking. Final payment is due on or before 90 days. Balance payment on credit card costs additional 3.5% fee and you need to provide written authorization for credit card charge. Personal checks, cashier's checks or demand draft, or payment by wire transfer are accepted. We reserve the right to refuse certain form of payment.

Cancellation and Refund

Please refer to the general cancellation terms and conditions listed in the trip registration form. You are also able to view the cancellation terms and conditions on our website


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