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17-Day Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos Tour

17-Day Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos Tour

By Mike HoUpdated Feb. 19, 2024
A Trip to Discover History, Culture, and Natural Beauty

Begin in vibrant Bangkok, immerse in Cambodia's Angkor Wat, and delve into the historic charm of Hanoi. Cruise through the stunning landscapes of Halong Bay, then journey to Laos to uncover the hidden gems of Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Conclude your adventure in Ho Chi Minh City, blending modernity with tradition. This well-crafted itinerary offers the perfect blend of urban exploration, historical richness, and natural beauty, making it an ideal choice for travelers seeking a comprehensive experience across four captivating destinations. Book now for an unforgettable Southeast Asian journey.

We can customize this trip by adding anything you're interested in and scheduling days to fit your pace. We would happily organize a unique theme or activities for birthdays, young children, anniversaries, etc.

  • Days:17±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$4250p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

 

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Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Walk into the magnificent Grand Palace and photogenic Wat Arun in Bangkok.

the golden buddha of the grand palace

Unveil the mystery of Angkor Wat with the knowledge of a dedicated Khmer scholar.

angkor wat
the tag of ah hand picked

Experience Cai Rang floating market at its busiest and interact with passing locals.

Cai Rang floating market

Stay on a luxury cruise to sail and explore the enchanting Halong Bay.

mekong river luxury ship

Venture into the unbelievable Cu Chi Tunnels and realize there are always more ways than difficulties.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

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Your preferences will shape the authentic journey. We are fully prepared to craft an tailor-made tour that fulfills your desires.

Day 1
Bangkok Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Bangkok. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
Bangkok to Siem Reap | Wat Pho and Grand Palace

Begin your day with a visit to Pak Klong Talad, the largest flower market in Thailand. Stroll through vibrant stalls, indulge in local snacks, and witness the art of making flower garlands and lotus decorations, just like the Thai people do when visiting temples.

Next, hop on a tuk-tuk to explore Wat Pho, one of Bangkok's oldest temples and home to the renowned 45-meter reclining Buddha. Experience the serene and spiritual atmosphere as the monks chant in the morning.

 Wat PhoWat Pho

Continue your journey to the iconic Grand Palace, a magnificent complex housing the revered Emerald Buddha. Marvel at the intricate details and immerse yourself in Thailand's rich history.

Embark on a mesmerizing long-tailed boat ride along the canals of Thonburi, offering a glimpse into local life and the charming Wat Arun temple. Explore the vibrant streets of Chinatown, browsing through shops selling gold and immerse yourself in the bustling Talad Kao Market, known for its variety of fresh food, fruits, and Chinese herbs.

Conclude your day with a delectable Thai authentic food experience at a local restaurant. Choose to be dropped off at either MBK, the popular shopping mall, the weekend market (open on weekends), or your hotel.

Day 3
Siem Reap Discovery | Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple

Angkor Thom: Enter the fortified world of Angkor Thom, surrounded by a wide moat, this site feels more like a stronghold than a religious attraction. With five entrances in each cardinal direction, only the south gate retains its water-filled causeway. Explore this grand complex, including the Victory Gate leading to the Angkor Thom Royal Palace grounds.

Ankor ThomAnkor Thom

Ta Prohm: Located in the western part of the Angkor Wat Complex, Ta Prohm is a captivating temple engulfed by massive rocks and towering trees. Built by King Jayavarman VII as part of his monastery and university project, this site's mysterious ambiance attracted the filming of Tomb Raider. Visit in the afternoon for shade from the sprawling trees.

Bayon Temple: Constructed in the late 12th to early 13th century, Bayon Temple is renowned for its stone faces. Built by King Jayavarman VII, it stands as the second most famous temple after Angkor Wat. From afar, the temple resembles a mountain, but as you approach, the intricate stone faces come into view.

Angkor Wat: Prepare to be awe-inspired as you explore Angkor Wat, one of the 8 Wonders of the World. This monumental complex, dedicated to King Suryavarman II, showcases the peak of Khmer Empire's architectural prowess. Discover numerous temples, pagodas, statues, palaces, and chambers. Note that it is recommended to allocate about 3 days to fully explore the site. Angkor Wat serves as the gateway to the captivating Angkor cultures, located approximately 40 minutes away from the center of Siem Reap.

Day 4
Siem Reap Discovery | The Citadel of Women and Land Mine Museum

Embark on a captivating full-day tour, beginning with a visit to the hidden gem of Banteay Srei: The Citadel of Women. Marvel at the intricate red sandstone structure adorned with elaborate wall carvings, considered some of the finest examples of ancient temple art. This miniature masterpiece is widely regarded as a precious gem of Khmer art.

The Citadel of WomenThe Citadel of Women

Gain insights into Cambodia's recent history at the Land Mine Museum. Learn about the devastating impact of landmines after the civil war and how efforts are made to clear these dangerous remnants. Visit a nearby village to savor palm candies and rice wine, experiencing the local flavors.

Day 5
Siem Reap to Chiang Mai | Tonle Sap Lake

Embark on an enchanting ox cart ride through the countryside, immersing yourself in the picturesque scenery of rice fields, palm trees, and charming villages. Journey south to the magnificent Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Hop on a boat and explore Kampong Phlukk, also known as the Harbor of the Tusks, resonating with its history in the ancient elephant trade. Witness the thriving mangrove forests that surround the area.

Tonle Sap LakeTonle Sap Lake
Day 6
Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang | Wat Suan Dok

Start your day with a visit to a lively food and flower market, where locals gather for fresh produce and vibrant blooms.

Explore Wat Suan Dok, a historic temple serving as the resting place for Chiang Mai's former kings and Royal Family members. Drive 30 minutes to Doi Suthep Mountain, relishing stunning views of Northern Thailand's landscape. Visit Wat Phra That, a revered temple founded in 1383. You can climb 309 steps to reach it or opt for a tram ride for a small fee.

Day 7
Luang Prabang, Laos | The Royal Palace

Start your day by joining locals in the important Alms Offering ritual at 5:30 am. After breakfast, explore the lively Morning Market before visiting the historic Royal Palace. Continue to 3 Nagas Luang Prabang MGallery for a relaxing moment and interesting stories. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Khaipaen Restaurant, run by trained former street kids. Visit the exquisite Wat Xiengthong temple and conclude your day with a sunset boat trip along the Mekong River.

Immerse yourself in Luang Prabang's essence with the Alms Offering, Morning Market, and Royal Palace. Discover the architectural beauty of Wat Xiengthong, savor local cuisine, and enjoy a serene sunset boat ride on the Mekong River. This curated itinerary offers US travelers a perfect blend of cultural discovery and natural beauty in Luang Prabang.

The Royal PalaceThe Royal Palace

Experience Luang Prabang's highlights with the Alms Offering, Morning Market, and Sunset Boat Trip. Participate in the morning ritual, explore the vibrant market, and delve into history at the Royal Palace. Visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong and indulge in delicious cuisine at Khaipaen Restaurant. Conclude your day with a peaceful sunset boat ride along the Mekong River. This itinerary ensures US travelers a captivating adventure in Luang Prabang.

Day 8
Luang Prabang Discovery | Kuang Si waterfall and Ban Xang Khong village

Embark on an exciting full-day adventure starting with a hotel pickup at 8:30 am. Your journey begins as you transfer to the boat pier, where you'll board a traditional riverboat for a scenic trip upstream along the majestic Mekong River. Discover the renowned Pak Ou caves, home to thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha. Along the way, make a stop at Ban Xanghai village and witness the production of rice wine, gaining insights into the local culture. Return to Luang Prabang by car.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at Khaiphaen Restaurant, savoring a variety of flavors that Laos cuisine has to offer.

Continue your exploration with a visit to the breathtaking Kuang Si waterfall, located approximately 30 kilometers away (about a 1-hour drive). Marvel at the cascading water as it tumbles over multi-tiered limestone formations, creating refreshing pools that are perfect for swimming and relaxing. Enroute, immerse yourself in the local lifestyle with a visit to the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene.

Kuang Si waterfallKuang Si waterfall

As you make your way back to Luang Prabang, stop at Ban Xang Khong village, where you can witness the traditional production of Sa paper, a process deeply rooted in the local heritage.

Finally, return to Luang Prabang and conclude your day with a drop-off at your hotel, leaving you with fond memories of the stunning Pak Ou Caves and the natural beauty of Kuang Si Waterfall.

Day 9
Luang Prabang to Hanoi | The Elephant Village

Embark on a memorable half-day adventure as you transfer to the Elephant Village in the morning. Immerse yourself in the world of majestic elephants and learn basic facts about these gentle creatures. Experience the thrill of riding an elephant through lush jungles or alongside a tranquil river.

The Elephant VillageThe Elephant Village

Continue your journey with a scenic long boat ride to Tad Sae Waterfall. Enjoy a fun-filled time exploring the enchanting surroundings and taking a refreshing dip in the natural pools.

After a morning of excitement, indulge in a delicious lunch included in the itinerary. In the early afternoon, transfer back to your hotel, where you can relax and reflect on the incredible experience you've had at the Elephant Village.

Day 10
Hanoi to Halong | Halong Bay

Embark on a 2-day, 1-night adventure aboard the Orchid Trendy Cruise. After check-in at Tuan Chau Marina, transfer to the ship and enjoy a welcome drink. Cruise through Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, marveling at their natural beauty. Visit Dark Cave and Bright Cave by bamboo boat or kayak. Take a swim in Tra Bau - Lan Ha Bay's serene waters. Watch the sunset while enjoying a cooking demonstration and Happy Hour. Indulge in a deluxe dinner and choose from activities like squid fishing or watching a movie. Spend the night onboard, surrounded by the tranquility of the bay.

Halong BayHalong Bay
Day 11
Halong to Hanoi | The Orchid Cruise

Awaken your senses to the tranquil beauty of the bay with an invigorating tai chi session on the sundeck at 06:30. If you wish to catch the stunning dawn, rise between 5:30 to 6:00, depending on the season, and seek guidance from our experienced sailors.

Savor a delicious breakfast at the restaurant as the cruise continues. At 07:45, embark on an exciting kayaking adventure in the Ao Ech area, where you'll uncover the hidden charms of Halong - Lan Ha Bay.

Return to the ship at 08:30 for check-out procedures, bidding farewell to the Orchid Cruises team. Indulge in a delightful brunch at the restaurant while cruising back to Tuan Chau Marina.

At 11:30, the Orchid Premium Cruise disembarks. Say your farewells and bring an end to your remarkable journey in Halong.

Day 12
Hanoi to Hoi An | Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Begin your journey by stopping at an old coffee shop in the bustling Old Quarter. Here, your knowledgeable tour guide will provide insights into the daily life of Hanoi's residents, offering a glimpse into the city's vibrant culture.

Next, visit the iconic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a magnificent monument constructed with marble and granite. This grand structure houses the preserved body of beloved revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, fondly known as "Uncle Ho" by the Vietnamese people.

Ho Chi Minh MausoleumHo Chi Minh Mausoleum

Explore the enchanting One Pillar Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist temple designed in the shape of a lotus blossom and perched on a single stone pillar. Regarded as one of Vietnam's most iconic pagodas, it is a testament to the nation's rich cultural heritage.

In close proximity, discover Ho Chi Minh's House, a simple wooden dwelling nestled in a serene setting. This tranquil abode served as the residence and workplace of Ho Chi Minh himself. Take a step back in time as you explore the house and view some of his personal belongings on display.

Continue your journey to the Temple of Literature, a prestigious institution that served as Vietnam's first national university, established in the late 11th century. Admire the splendid display of traditional Vietnamese architecture showcased within the picturesque temple, which is even depicted on the 100,000 Vietnamese dong banknote.

Day 13
Hoi An | Ancient Town of Hoi An

Explore the well-preserved Ancient Town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its stunning architecture, pedestrian streets, and diverse cuisine. Immerse yourself in the town's rich history as you admire old merchant houses reflecting Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese influences. Visit iconic landmarks like the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation. Experience the vibrant local market with stalls offering a variety of specialty products.

Ancient Town of Hoi AnAncient Town of Hoi An

Discover the fascinating lifestyle of local fishermen in a nearby fishing village. Learn about their traditions and join them on a boat ride along the peaceful Cua Dai River. Try your hand at casting traditional Vietnamese fishing nets with the guidance of experienced fishermen. Experience paddling in unique round basket boats through serene waterways flanked by coconut palms. Gain insight into the area's historical significance during the American War. Conclude the excursion with a relaxing riverboat ride while enjoying a refreshing drink.

Day 14
Hoi An to Danang and Can Tho | Countryside around Can Tho

Arrive in Can Tho and be warmly welcomed by your local guide. Enjoy a convenient transfer to your hotel for check-in. If you have energy to spare and arrive in the morning or noon, we can arrange a leisurely cycling tour in the afternoon, exploring the charming countryside around Can Tho. Relax and spend the night in Can Tho.

Day 15
Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh City | Cai Rang floating market

Experience the vibrant Cai Rang floating market in the morning, where colorful boats overflowing with fruits, vegetables, and fish create a lively spectacle. Immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy a meal from one of the small boats. Afterward, transfer to Cai Be and embark on the charming Mekong Queen boat. Cruise through scenic canals, visit a local family crafting handicrafts, and savor a home-hosted lunch with Mekong Delta specialties. Return to Ho Chi Minh City to conclude your day's adventure.

Cai Rang floating marketCai Rang floating market
Day 16
Ho Chi Minh Discovery | Venture into the Cu Chi Tunnels

Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (By Road): Go on a 2-hour drive from Saigon to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. This immense network of underground tunnels served as a vital hideout for Viet Cong guerrillas during the French and American wars. Explore the tunnels to gain insight into their historical significance and the resilience of the Vietnamese people. Return to Saigon after the visit.

Cu Chi TunnelsCu Chi Tunnels

Immerse Yourself in Saigon's History: Enjoy a city tour highlighting Saigon's iconic landmarks. Admire the striking Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, both showcasing beautiful architecture from the past. Visit the former Presidential Palace, once the seat of the Saigon Government. End the day with a visit to the War Remnants Museum, providing a poignant perspective on the American War.

Day 17
Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Ho Chi Minh Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

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