Overview

  • Explore Luang Prabang and its famous historical and natural sites.
  • Have an interesting Hanoi city tour with many beautiful landmarks.
  • Take a cruise on the magnificent Halong Bay
  • Uncover the secrets of the gigantic subterranean Cu Chi tunnels.
  • Experience the vibrant life in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Discover the local life in the Mekong Delta and the regional handicrafts.
  • Explore the mysterious Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and many rustic structures through our Angkor Temples Tour.
     
Highlights of Three Countries 11 Days
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Full Itinerary

Day 1

Luang Prabang Arrival

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Meals: N/A

When arriving at the airport, you will be picked up and move to the hotel for your check-in. You are at your leisure for the rest of the day, which means meals are on your expense and overnight is spent in the hotel.

Day 2

Luang Prabang Sightseeing - Pak Ou

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Meals: Breakfast

The former Royal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, is the first destination we visit today. Many people consider Luang Prabang as the most wonderful ancient town in Southeast Asia as its ancient beauty is still well-preserved.

Luang Prabang has always been the most relaxing place to visit in Laos thanks to the fusion of magnificent natural scenes and human culture as well as the tranquil and splendid town.

After that, head to Vat Xieng Thong (Royal City's Temple) - a major symbol of royalty, art and religious.

Up next, visit Wat Visoun, a temple owning abnormal and incredible architecture of Laos' former style.

A two-hour cruise to the upstream of the Mekong River will be in our next itinerary. Upon arrival in Pak Ou caves, a number of wonderful Buddha images of all shapes and sizes is fascinating to contemplate. Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river), the Tham Theung (upper cave) and the Tham Ting (lower cave) are located at the perfect position that overlook the Mekong river.
Return to the city center. Meals at your expense.
 

Day 3

Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Fall - Flight to Hanoi

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Meals: Breakfast

Wake up early in the morning then you can join with the saffron-clad monks' routine morning rituals. There is a black Alms-giving bowl in their hands to hold the offerings from the locals.

Then, let’s explore the Phosi Market, which a lot of products such as dried buffalo skin, tea and salpeter as well as chickens, green herbs and weavings are sold. Visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe, Ban Ou, Lowland Laos and Ban Thapene of Khmu village to observe the unique weaving techniques as well as beautiful fabrics.

After that, travel to the Kuangsi Waterfall to explore the forest trail and dip yourself into the pools of cooling water. After that, head back to Luang Prabang and pay a short visit to the Ban Xienglek and Ban Xang Khong, where are well-known for handmade Jute Sar paper.

To continue, you will have a flight to Hanoi. When arriving at the airport, you will be picked up and move to the hotel for your check-in. Dinner on your expense and overnight is spent in the hotel.
 

Day 4

Hanoi Sightseeing

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Meals: Breakfast

Be ready as this day is for you to get to know the most genuine spots in Hanoi. Our first stop is an important monument in the heart of Vietnamese people - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. You will hear great stories about President Ho Chi Minh’s former life as well as his legacies at the Stilt House and the Presidential Palace from our tour guide. Up next, we will be heading to the Temple of Literature, which is known as the first university to be found in Vietnam.

Savor your lunch at your own expense at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, spend some time visiting Hanoi's Museum of Ethnology, where to observe a number of collections of artifacts from 54 distinct ethnic communities in Vietnam. Then, join in reproducing activities at the museum.

After that, make an exploration to the vibrant Old Quarter with hundreds of stores selling street food, clothing, furniture, souvenirs and more.

We will head back to the hotel in the late afternoon. Stay overnight at your hotel.

Day 5

Hanoi - Overnight Cruise on Ha Long Bay

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel before traveling to another wonderful location today. The UNESCO world heritage site - Halong Bay is famous for its magnificent beauty with breathtaking natural scenes. 

En - route, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the vast rice paddies and great mountain ranges of Red River Delta. Then, you will get on board the Junk boat for an unforgettable cruise on the bay. Lunch will be served on board.

Afternoon is the time to visit some of the most interesting caves in Halong as they feature stunning stalactites and stalagmites. The ship will stop along the way for you to take a swim. Also you can choose kayaking to enjoy the view of this tropical paradise.

Our ship will dock on the Bay. Dinner will be served on board followed by many interesting activities.

Day 6

Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Early risers can enjoy the tranquility of the morning and gentle sun beam lighting up the Bay. Savor your breakfast on board as the ship continues to sail to other lesser - known areas. After having your lunch served, you will be transferred to a shuttle bus on your way back to Hanoi (no guide). Then, our private car will take you to Noi Bai Airport for your upcoming flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

You will be taken to the city center for check in at the hotel after arriving at the airport. Dinner at your own expense. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 7

Cu Chi Tunnels - Halfday City Tour

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Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, transfer by car to Cu Chi Tunnels - the magnificent network of 250 km in length tunnels. This is the most important shelter for the Vietnamese soldiers during the Vietnam War with living areas, communication routes and even hospitals and bunkers that have weapons and food inside. Visitors can also try to get into the tunnels to experience the harsh life that the people of the past have to face during the hard time.

Move back to the city center for your own lunch (supplement applies).

Head back to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon, you will be arranged a sightseeing tour around HCMC to explore the magnificent French architecture. Our visit will contains the Old Saigon post office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House, Reunification Palace and Chinatown Cholon.

Dinner at your own expense. stay overnight at a hotel in Ho Chi Minh
 

Day 8

Mekong Delta Full day - Flight to Siem Reap

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The whole day is for the visiting to the boisterous Mekong Delta. A trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre will take us about 2.5 - 3 hours. For a cruise on a branch of Mekong river, Chet Say river, you should get on boat at Phong Nam wharf. Across the trip, you will learn about local life and the people’s traditional handicrafts such as coconut activated charcoal making, coconut processing for production, as well as mat weaving.

A nearby peaceful village can be explored as you choose to get in on “xe loi" (a special motorized tricycle) or hiring a bike to move around the village through the luxuriant trees and magnificent paddy fields. We will have lunch at a local house where tasty Vietnamese cuisine is served.

Before heading back to the wharf for your return to Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a wonderful boat trip along a narrow canal.You will be transferred without guided to the airport for your upcoming flight to Siem Reap. When arriving at the airport, you will be picked up and move to the hotel for your check-in. Dinner on your expense and overnight is spent in the hotel.

Day 9

Angkor Temple Tour

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Meals: Breakfast

Today is the day for us to explore the biggest and most incredible temple of Angkor Archaeological Zone - Angkor Wat. It was built in the 12th century (from 1112 to 1152) in the King Suryavarman II dynasty to worship Vishnu. Now, it is the national landmark of Cambodia, which also appears on the flag of the country. The area is also recognised as UNESCO world heritage that needs protecting.

Angkor Wat tells us the stories about Hindu deities and eternal life through a lot of carvings on the surface. Via the splendid structure of the complex, you can imagine how shine the kingdom was during the Angkor period. Despite being abandoned since the 15th century, it still remains a vital Buddhist site and home to many Buddha images.

Our trip will continue to the smallest temple in Angkor complex - Banteay Srei. Although it has an intimate size, the temple features beautiful pink sandstone structure and wonderful Ramayana carvings in order to attract tourists.

Next, we head to the old monastery of Ta Prohm. The structure is especially built for the mother of King Jayavarman VII in 1186. So, this temple turned out to be a place where 12,500 people including 18 priests and 80,000 Khmer people were covered up. After the fallen of Khmer Kingdom, the temple was sadly surrounded by lush forests.

Take your time contemplating the immense carvings of the temple and enjoy the silence here. After that, our guide will escort you to the hotel. 

Meals are on your own. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 

Day 10

Angkor Full Day Sightseeing

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Meals: Breakfast

The first destination of our trip today is Preah Khan - the biggest complexes in Angkor. King Jayavarman VII required to build this place as a temporary place for him to stay while Angkor Thom was being built.

Then, we will have an opportunity to visit the only island temple of Angkor - Neak Pan. The statue of Blaha - a legendary saviour of many wrecked ships, is built like a horse and located opposite the temple.

In the afternoon, we will visit Angkor Thom, also known as the “Great City". The location was constructed in the late of the 12th century in the reign of King Jayavarman II. It was the last and most stable capital of Khmer kingdom. It has a scale of 9 square kilometers and includes many temples built in the time of The King and his following generations.

You can also find the National Temple of Jayavarman, called the Bayon Temple and many prominent vestiges around the Victory Plaza, along with a number of old sculptures.

Back to the hotel with meals on your own. Overnight staying at the hotel.
 

Day 11

Siem Reap - Departure

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Meals: Breakfast

Spend the rest of your time seeking for some cool souvenirs for your loved ones before transferred to the airport for your upcoming flight.

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Trip Notes

► Best Time to Visit: all year round, except from November to January to avoid storm and rainy season in Vietnam's central coast.

► Visa Requirements: 

  • Vietnam: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and at least one blank page for each visa stamp. You will aslo need a visa (or pre - approval letter for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Check out the guides to get Vietnam visa or contact our travel consultants for useful advices on visa requirements. 
  • Cambodia: Cambodia visa on arrival is available at both international airports and border checkpoints with the validity of 1 month from the date of issue. E - visa is also a great way to get your ticket to enter the Kingdom of Wonders. For more details, check out the easy guides to Cambodia Visa.
  • Laos: Laos visa on arrival is available at Luang Prabang and Vientiane International aiports as well as the border checkpoints. You will need to prepare a passport with at least 6 months in validity, 2 passport - size photos and cash for the handling fee. Visa fee ranges from $20 - $42 USD depending on your nationality.

► Car Procedure:

Vietnam
1 pax 4 - seater car
2 pax 7 - seater car
3 - 8 pax 16 - seater car
9 -14 pax 30 - seater car
15 - 20 pax 35 - seater car
Cambodia
1 pax 4 - seater car
2 - 8 pax 16 - seater car
9 - 14 pax 30 - seater car
15 - 20 pax 35 - seater car
Laos
1 - 2 pax 7 - seater car
3 - 8 pax 16 - seater car
9 -14 pax 25 - seater car
15 - 20 pax 35 - seater car

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day. Special request for early/late check in/out will come with a surchage.

Airfares (if any) may change without prior notice to e-ticket issuance.

► Child Policy

  • 0 - 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) .
  • 2 - 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • 5 - 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • From 12 years and older: 100% of the regular fare will be applied.

► During Peak Season and Special Occasions, Surcharges may be Added to the Price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you stay.
  • Easter Holidays, Vietnam Lunar New Year, Cambodia New Year and Laos New Year: Extra fee required.

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United States

"We recently returned from a 11 day trip thru Vietnam, Cambodia and  Laos with 3 other couples. This was a private trip planned with Asia Private Travels and was customized to our specific travel requirements including high level hotels/resorts, internal flights, cities, sights and local guides. Mr. Aung provided an excellent itinerary, communication and service before and during the trip. He ensured that everything was taken care of, from the met with us at the airport, transportation, local tour guides, hotels, plane tickets, and entries to major sites. We did not have any problem or issue during this entire 11 day trip. We had been to Vietnam almost 10 years ago and things have definitely gotten more modern but also more crowded. Siem Reap and Luang Prabang in Cambodia was wonderful and awe inspiring with the many temples and pagodas. Laos is more fun than I expected. We highly recommend anyone traveling to this part of the world with Asia Private Travels. We would if we tavel to other parts of the Asia. "

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