Best Of Indochina

  • 16 Days 15 Nights
  • From $5,199
  • Wednesdays in 2024
  • International and Domestic Vietnam Airlines airfare
  • 4-5 ⭐️ Accommodation

Overview

  • A journey to three countries discovering Indochina heritage & local cultures (Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia).
  • Visit main cities with its cultural specificity by joining to our special tours which gives you an insider view of the hidden city rarely arranged in normal tours: Read more

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Sydney / Melbourne – Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival (International Flight)
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – Motor Bike Tour (By Bus & Motor bike)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (SIC) (By Bus & Cruise)
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang – Hoi An (Domestic Flight)
Day 5: Hoi An (By Bus)
Day 6: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hanoi (Domestic Flight)
Day 7: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (SIC) (By Bus & Cruise)
Day 8: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (By Bus)
Day 9: Hanoi – City Tour & Street Food (By Bus)
Day 10: Hanoi – Luang Prabang (International Flight)
Day 11: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (By Bus)
Day 12: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls (By Bus)
Day 13: Luang Prabang – Siem Reap (International Flight)
Day 14: Siem Reap (By Bus)
Day 15: Siem Reap (By Bus)
Day 16: Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City – Departure – Back To Sydney/Melbourne (International Flight)

Itinerary

Day 1Sydney / Melbourne Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (No Meal)

Departure from Sydney/ Melbourne, Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International airport, you will be greeted by our representative and be transferred to hotel for check in. Then you are free.

Overnight in HCM City

Meal included: None

Day 2Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi - Motor Bike Tour (Breakfast)

After breakfast at hotel, we will visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their day, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres & kitchens.

Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”. Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Lunch in a local restaurant (on your own). Return to Ho Chi Minh city. Short rest for the evening street food tour on motorbike.

Late in the afternoon, our talented guide with the motorbike picks you up at your hotel for the 4hour motorbike tour. After a short riding instruction and program introduction, we hop on the motorbike. First stop is at at tourist attractions in District 1 including Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office where you admire the beauty of old French architectural works, learn more about history and culture, take the most beautiful photos in the city. A lovely book street next to the post office is worth wandering. we will visit Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument. We will tell you some less-known history and story about the monk and his unburned heart. Head to District 3 and a Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment building which were built in the 1960s and have been home to lots of Saigon people. There you can see the real Saigon local life. Before reaching the coffee shop, we stop at one of Saigon’s Top 3 Banh mi shops, see how they make a great Vietnamese sandwich with crispy crust and amazing fillings. Drive to a small street food stall which is over 20 years old to learn how they wrap and grill one of top Saigon Street foods – Grilled banana & sticky rice in banana leaves. It is a big chance to stop at Cheo Leo Cafe – an 80-year coffee shop hidden in an alley and famous for its distinct “Vot” coffee. There you sit around a table, take a rest, enjoy the drink, eat Vietnamese bread, Grilled banana in sticky rice, and chat leisurely with the guide as a friend like locals. You also learn how to make a cup of “Vot” coffee and interact with the nice owner of the coffee shop. Then we head to District 10 and stop at Ho Thi Ky flower market – a huge wholesale flower market where you have a chance to see thousands of colourful flowers, fresh vegetables, live animals, and many strange things. After that, we drive around hidden parts including fashion street, painting street, medicine street, electronic market, fabric market, lantern market, fruit market, bird market gives you an insider view of the hidden city which is missed on normal city tours by car/bus. Escaping from the noisy and busy streets, we head to Thien Hau Temple to listen to mysterious stories, learn more about the unique architecture and religious life. On the way to District 1, we stop to eat again at an over 20-year-old restaurant known as Top 5 Places to eat Vietnamese pancake in Saigon. The guide shows you how the cook makes thin, large, and crispy pancakes skilfully, how to wrap the cake in vegetables and eat. There we also enjoy Rice noodles with grilled pork/fried roll – a specialty food of the city. Guide drive back to your hotel after passing by Ben Thanh Market. It is time to say goodbye, the Private Saigon Sightseeing & Food Tour by Motorbike ends but memories last forever.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch in a local restaurant
Dinner Street food

Day 3Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta (SIC) (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. 8am Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel, then transfer to the City of My Tho by bus (1.5 hours). On the way, we will visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta. Upon arrival in My Tho, we will take a boat trip along the Mekong River, where you can see fish cages and floating houses on the river. The boat takes you to a small canal, where you can totally escape from the busy town. The boat cruise in the coconut trees canal takes you to a coconut island in Ben Tre. We disembark and have a walk around the village. Stop at a local family home to enjoy tropical fruit, taste the honey tea, honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music, performed by the villagers. Stop by the village coconut candy shop, learn how to make candy, and see some handicraft made from coconut trees. Take a walk through the village and admire the fruits, flowers, trees, local houses, children, and people. Then, we head to the local restaurant. Lunch is set with special Vietnamese food at here. After lunch, relax, go for a walk or bicycle around the area. We’ll then travel back to the river ferry and head back to Saigon by bus, arriving at around 4:30 pm.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at local restaurants

Day 4Ho Chi Minh City Da Nang Hoi An (Breakfast)

Flight suggests @13:40/15:10

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for afternoon flight to Danang. Local guide will greet and take you to Hoi An. Check in, free time for relaxing and overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 5Hoi An (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit the ancient town of Hoi An which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. It is an important trading port from the 16th to 18th century attracting traders from China, Japan and even Europe. You will explore structures and old houses here including Japanese covered bridge, Fujian assembly hall, Trieu Chau assembly hall… Free time for your own experience Hoi An town then take the boat trip to Thanh Ha pottery village where you can learn and enjoy the daily life of Thanh Ha people. Observe all the steps of making a pottery product: vase, pot, kettle, cooking pot, embark on the boat back to Hoi An town in a romantic sunset on Thu Bon river is unforgetable. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 6Hoi An Da Nang Hanoi (Breakfast)

Flight suggests @13:45/15:25

Breakfast at hotel. Check out hotel then back to Danang. Take a visit to Cham Museum – houses a collection of stone sculptures from the Hindu-practing Cham Civilization. It’s the artistic quality of the figures: Shiva, garudas, nagas, lions, monkeys, elephants and some examples of the ancient Hindu icons of fertility: lingam altars make this museum is a worth to visit. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Local guide will meet and transfer to city center. Check in and overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 7Hanoi Ha Long Bay (SIC) Overnight on Cruise (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Breakfast at hotel. Guide will pick you up at hotel lobby for the seat in coach tour to Halong. You will take a 4 hour drive on a countryside road through the paddy fields to Ha Long Bay, one of New Seven Natural Wonders. Arrive at La Regina Royal waiting lounge – Bai Chay- Ha Long, enjoy welcome drink and express check-in before boarding.

Check in aboard with Welcome drink from crew member while manager introduce the safety briefing and the boat cruising forward to the Halong bay. Let your vacation start with a delicious lunch in restaurant. Your first excursion is a visit to Luon Cave. This is considered as one of the most ideal places in Halong for kayaking or rowing boat. After that, you can visit Titov Island, where you can go swimming or hike to the top for another stunning, panoramic view of the Bay. Come back the cruise for relaxing. Enjoy our special dinner in the restaurant. After dinner, it’s your choice for a fun squid fishing, spa, karaoke or relaxing.

*The itinerary can be changed depends on the weather condition for tourist comfort and safety.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch and dinner onboard

Day 8Ha Long Bay Hanoi (Breakfast / Brunch)

Light breakfast is served at the restaurant after greeting the new day on the sundeck with taichi. Your next excursion is a visit to the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, where you can take in the panoramic views across Halong Bay. Check out cabin at around 09:00. Vietnamese cuisine buffet is served at the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. 11:00 Disembark at the harbor. Car and guide will pick you up for transferring back to Hanoi. Check in hotel and overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 9Hanoi - City Tour & Street Food (Breakfast / Dinner)

After breakfast at hotel, take a tour to visit Ho Chi Minh complex including Ba Dinh square, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Stilt house, one pillar pagoda. Then proceed to vist Temple of literature – the first university of Vietnam. Visit Hoa Lo Prison known as “Hanoi Hilton”. Lunch on your own. Free afternoon for your leisure. Early in the evening, guide will take you to enjoy the street food tour. This tour into the Old Quarter will begin from your hotel in the early evening. The first place of this evening is a water puppet show at Thang Long theater which is unique form that can be found only in Vietnam. After the show, your English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture, including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walk through the maze of bustling streets that is Hanoi’s Old Quarter and tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish BanhCuon at a local eatery. Watch as the skilled chefs demonstrate to you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing onwards, wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can discover how the local’s live in the old quarter. Afterwards you will stop at the barbeque stalls. Settle down with the locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. The search for dessert will bring you down to a small alley, here you will find fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this speciality is one not to be missed! Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi include Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee along with many other specialties. Follow these delicious meals with an ice-cold local beer. Your trip ends in the middle of the old quarter, and you will continue onwards to discover Hanoi by night at your own leisure, or the tour guide can arrange a taxi for you to go back to your hotel (taxi not included). Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Dinner street food

Day 10Hanoi Luang Prabang (Breakfast)

Flight suggest: @ 12:40/13:50

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for your fight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang has been claimed by UNESCO to be ‘the best-preserved city in South East Asia’. During our time here, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 11Luang Prabang Pak Ou Caves (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well time to explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. A long the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. Lunch at a local Restaurant at Pak Ou. On return, we continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch in a local restaurant

Day 12Luang Prabang Khouangsi Waterfalls (Breakfast)

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (often in the form of sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the ritual (guest can join if interested). Breakfast at hotel. Today we visit the National Museum (Now Open Every day) at the former Royal Palace. It displays a collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. This then takes us to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Return to the city by late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 13Luang Prabang Siem Reap (Breakfast)

Flight suggest: @ 14:35/16:05

Breakfast at hotel. Morning, there may be free time Transfer to the airport for departure. Arrival at your drop off hotel in Siem Reap from Luang Prabang, you will be transferred by tour guide to hotel for freshen up. Free evening and dinner on your own. Overnight in Siemreap.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 14Siem Reap (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, visit Angkor Wat temple, the Cambodia’s ancient temple is one of the wonders of the oriental world. Masterpieces of decorative details as well as of architectural style, its awe-inspiring ruins survive as testament to the spectacular achievements of Southeast Asia’s greatest civilization. It is a replica of the universe according to the Hindu mythology. It is composed by the Mount Meru, surrounded by the continents and the oceans. Its extraordinary bas-reliefs, describe some Khmer epics and myths. Angkor Wat’s five famous towers rise into the sky, a geometrical arrangement of numerous galleries, adorned with beliefs and the stone images of celestial Apsara dancers, as well as portals, chambers, and courtyards. Back to hotel for freshen up. This afternoon, visit South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, the famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century.

Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300-meter-long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon – huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas – impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings. Last visit Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty! Giant trees have grown here for centuries! Back to town and overnight in Siemreap.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 15Siem Reap (Breakfast)

After breakfast, visit Banteay Srei; ‘the Womans Citadel’ – a tiny, enchanting temple, which is one of the jewels in this remarkable city. Built of red sandstone in the tenth century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the carved male and female figures in the niches are exquisitely executed in both style and proportion. This is the most Indian of all the temples in Angkor and in the words of H.W. Ponder, is “a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest.”

Continue to visit Banteay Samre, built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samré, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as Banteay Srei. Back to hotel for freshen up. This afternoon, In the morning, visit to Phnom Krom Village, walking through this lovely local village to experience how local people live, visit to a morning local market before transferring to Chong Kneas village to enjoy a boat trip on Tonle Sap Great Lake. You will find the different of Khmer and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, clinics, schools, and other boatloads of tourists. On the way back, Experience the Monk Blessing at Wat Athvea, which the Khmer people believed cleansed the bad spirits of the past and brought good luck for the coming year.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 16Siem Reap Ho Chi Minh City Departure Back To Sydney/Melbourne (Breakfast)

Flight suggest: @ 14:35/16:05

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, explore Siem Reap town by Remok. Start by visiting the Apopo Visitor Centre. Apopo uses HeroRATs to save lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis. Experience the realities of humanitarian demining and how we train rats to save lives. You will learn about the mine clearance process from their tour guide, enjoy a series of videos showing about their work, and read all about how Cambodia became one of the most mine-affected countries in the world. Then visit Artisans Angkor, a Cambodian organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional Khmer skills and culture since its creation in the late 1990s. After learning about the roots and techniques of Khmer arts and crafts while visiting the main workshop, Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to visit the Artisans Angkor shop for some of the best souvenir shopping in town.Transfer to the airport for your flight home by transiting in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

We hope you have brought home fond memories of Vietnam and Cambodia!

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HAVE AN ENJOYABLE JOURNEY!

Tour Prices & Hotels

Tour Prices

Net Tour Cost Per Person in AUD Base on Double/Twin Sharing
Land + Airfare from Sydney & Melbourne & Perth
* Our Add-on Interstate Surcharges from Brisbane/ Adelaide & New Zealand to Sydney/ Melbourne will be the BEST to create through Airfares.
Group size (Min.2 person) Superior Class (4*) Deluxe Class 5*
Price per person $ 5,199 $ 6,099
Single Supplement $ 1,200 $ 2,100

List of Hotels (or Similar)

Superior Class (4*)

City Hotel Room Type
Ho Chi Minh City Central Palace Deluxe
Hoi An Le Pavillon Luxury Deluxe
Hanoi The Q Deluxe
Halong Bay La Regina Royal Cruise Noble suite
Luang Prabang Villa Maydou Heritage Deluxe
Siem Reap Somadevi Angkor Superior

Deluxe Class (5*)

City Hotel Room Type
Ho Chi Minh City Grand Saigon Deluxe
Hoi An Le Pavillon Gallery Superior
Hanoi Pan Pacific Deluxe
Halong Bay La Regina Legend Cruise Princess suite
Luang Prabang Satri House Boutique Deluxe
Siem Reap Borei Angkor Deluxe

Tour Inclusions

Departure Dates

Departure Dates from Sydney & Melbourne:

2024: 21 Feb, 13 Mar, 08 May, 05 Jun, 24 Jul, 14 Aug, 11 Sep, 16 Oct, 06 Nov.

Departure Dates from Perth:

2024: 23 Feb, 15 Mar, 19 Apr, 10 May, 07 Jun, 26 Jul, 16 Aug, 06 Sep, 18 Oct, 08 Nov.

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Flight

  • Return international Vietnam Airlines airfare from Sydney/ Melbourne to Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia
  • 02 domestic airfares: Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang, Da Nang to Hanoi
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Cruise

  • Boat trip as mentioned (boat in Mekong delta, Hoi An, Luang Prabang, Siemreap)
  • 1-night/ 2 days on cruise in Halong Bay (share cruise/ shared cabin of twin or double)

Meal

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in itinerary (Vietnamese local cuisine)
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • 01 lunch + 01 dinner + 01 brunch on cruise in Ha Long Bay

Drink

  • 02 bottles of mineral water/ person/ day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing

Tour guide

  • English-speaking local guides
    • Hanoi: 01 guide. Trip to Halong use guide inhouse of cruise
    • Danang – Hoi An: 01 guide
    • Ho Chi Minh City: 01 guide
    • Luang Prabang: 01 guide
    • Siem Reap: 01 guide

Transport

  • Transportation by mini van with air-conditioner.
  • Private return airport transfers.

Tour Exclusions

Tour Exclusions

Please kindly noted that, Australian passport holders need to apply for a visa to visit Indochina countries. The visa-free stay period is counted from THE DATE OF ENTRY. Please apply E-Visa at least 15 days before the date of entry.

  • Visa to Vietnam (USD $25): https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn
  • Visa to Laos (USD $30): https://laoevisa.gov.la/
  • Visa to Cambodia (USD $36): https://www.cambodiagovisa.com/
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Hoi An town
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Meals, drinks, tips, and all not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, beverages,…)
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Peak season surcharges if any

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Changes

  • The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels, and operating conditions.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.

Special requests

  • Your special requests (diet, vegetarian,…) should be sent before your departure date.

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  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices.
  • VN Holidays is not responsible for any loss or theft, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers.
  • Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
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