On The Go Tours Indochina Discovery - 23 days

23 Day Tour

Embark on this 23 day tour visiting Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam with On The Go Tours.

Details
Length 23 Days
Code INDIS
Group Size 24
Age Group
Category Signature

Overview

Journey through Indochina, taking in the best of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia on this 23 day tour which ends in Bangkok. Discover enchanting Luang Prabang and the beautiful scenery of Vang Vieng, cruise Halong Bay and the Mekong, explore the incredible Angkor Complex and more.

Highlights

  • Angkor Temple Complex – marvel at legendary Angkor Wat and see the many stone faces of the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom
  • Halong Bay – weave around the limestone islets of this UNESCO listed bay and spend the night on a deluxe junk boat
  • Hanoi – ride on a cyclo rickshaw through the capital of Vietnam to highlights including the Opera House and Ly Thai To Park
  • Bangkok – admire the stunning Grand Palace, ride on a tuk-tuk and cruise along the city’s maze of canals aboard a longtail boat
  • Phnom Penh – visit highlights of the city including the Silver Pagoda and learn about the horrors of the Pol Pot regime at Toul Sleng
  • Cu Chi Tunnels – discover the incredible network of tunnels which were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War
  • Vientiane – see the highlights of Laos’ capital including Wat Si Saket and the iconic Patuxay Monument
  • Ho Chi Minh City – explore highlights of the ‘Pearl of the Orient' on a walking tour and visit the sobering War Remnants Museum
  • Khouangsi Waterfall – swim in the crystal pools beneath the waterfall and meet ethnic minority villagers en route
  • Hoi An – travel on the famous Hai Van Pass and explore the quaint city including the Chua Ong Pagoda and Japanese Bridge
  • Hue – discover the famous seven storey Thien Mu Pagoda and visit the Imperial Purple Palace in the ancient walled Citadel
  • Tra Que village – cycle through lush countryside, learn how to farm the land and enjoy a fun hands-on cooking lesson
  • Mekong Delta – cruise along the maze of waterways on a traditional sampan and enjoy lunch in a local home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island
  • Luang Prabang – enjoy a tuk-tuk tour of the old quarter including the Morning Market and Wat Xiengthong
  • Living the Land Farm Experience – experience the life of a rice farmer and plough the rice paddy with a water buffalo
  • Tonle Sap Lake – sail to the colourful floating villages of Kompong Phluk which lie on Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Vientiane

    Sunday. Welcome to Laos! Transfer to hotel and check in. Spend the rest of the day enjoying free time in Vientiane.

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  • Day 2 Vientiane city tour

    Today we enjoy a city tour of this charming capital, taking in sights such as the Pha That Luang monument, the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaeo and Wat Si Saket, believed to be Vientiane’s oldest surviving wat. We also explore Buddha Park and marvel at the array of over 200 Hindu and Buddhist sculptures, before visiting a local charity known as the Cope Centre, which works with the victims of unexploded bombs and mines. Our day ends with dinner beside the Mekong River, where we enjoy a spectacular sunset.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Dinner

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  • Day 3 Vang Vieng

    Vientiane – Vang Vieng. This morning we have an early start and travel north through lush countryside to the small town of Vang Vieng. Our stops en route include Ban Keun, famed for its salt extraction plant, a village of local Lao rice wine whiskey distillation and the colourful market of Thalat, where local hill tribes trade and shop.

    On arrival to Vang Vieng we find our rustic hotel, which is nestled on the banks of the Nam Song River. Spend the remainder of the day enjoying free time, with popular activities including river tubing, taking a scenic bike ride or exploring the local caves.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Dinner

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  • Day 4 Tham Jang Cave, Ban Huai Ngai village

    Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang. This morning we explore the famous caves of Tham Jang, which were used as a bunk to defend against the Yunnanese Chinese. We also visit the Ban Huai Ngai village before heading north and travelling to the UNESCO-listed city of Luang Prabang.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 5 Luang Prabang sightseeing

    Early risers this morning will see the daily procession of saffron-clad monks as they walk through the city’s streets collecting alms from the residents. Next, we enjoy a unique sightseeing tour around the old quarter of Luang Prabang aboard vintage tuk tuks. Our tour takes in the bustling Morning Market, where we learn about local products, and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong temple, which features classical Loatian architecture. Our morning ends with a visit to the former Royal Palace, which is now a national museum and contains a sacred statue of Buddha known as Pha Bang.

    This afternoon we get the chance to meet the locals of several ethnic minority villages including Laoloum Village, the H’mong village of Ban Ou and the Khmu Village of Ban Thapene, gaining a fascinating insight into the local culture. We then make our way to the breathtaking Khouangsi waterfall, where you can walk the forest trails or take a dip in the beautiful turquoise pools.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 6 Living Land Farm Experience

    Luang Prabang - Hanoi (Vietnam). Today we venture into the countryside and enjoy a fun and hands-on half-day farming experience at the Living Land Farm. We experience what life is like as a local farmer and learn how rice is planted and cultivated in a rice paddy. We also try ploughing the field with a water buffalo and other farming activities.

    Next we enjoy a tasty Laotian lunch at the farm’s Rice House, which boasts spectacular views of the surrounding rice terraces and mountains, before returning to Luang Prabang to enjoy some free time. This evening we board our flight to Hanoi.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 7 Free day in Hanoi

    Enjoy a free day at leisure in Vietnam's capital. The wide tree lined avenues, beautiful lakes, ancient pagodas and bustling old town are all easily navigated on foot. Highlights of the city include Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (closed Oct-Nov), the beautiful Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's iconic House on Stilts and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first 11th century university. This afternoon there is a Vietnam welcome meeting at 17:00 where you will have the opportunity to meet other tour group members who arrived today.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 8 Halong Bay Cruise

    Hanoi – Halong Bay. This morning we take a scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, where we enjoy a junk boat cruise through this spectacular karst landscape. A true natural wonder, the bay consists of some 2,000 rugged islands dappled with vegetation emerging from emerald-coloured waters.

    Combining oriental style with modern luxuries, our junk boats are based on traditional designs and boast panoramic views from the sundeck. This afternoon we visit Trinh Nu Cave, one of the finest caves in Halong Bay, covering an area of 2,000m² with a stunning array of stalactites and stalagmites. There's also the opportunity to go kayaking and enjoy a refreshing swim. Later this evening back on board, watch a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before settling down for a sumptuous seafood dinner.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch 1 Dinner

    Accommodation: Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat

  • Day 9 Floating villages and cyclo rides

    Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Early birds can start the day with a relaxing Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage - the perfect way to start the day. Before heading back to port this morning we explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave (Surprise Grotto), which is 10,000m² and consists of two major chambers. These spectacular chambers are spacious enough to hold thousands of people.

    On arrival back into Hanoi mid-afternoon we’ll explore the maze of streets in the French Quarter by cyclo (rickshaw), taking in highlights such as the Opera house and Ly Thai To park. We then swap our wheels for a leisurely walk through ‘36 streets of the old quarter’, named after the numerous guilds that once set up shop on a particular street from silk tailors to traditional medicine shops.

    Later this evening there's a chance to freshen up before boarding the train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue. An option to fly from Hanoi to Hue is also available.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

    Accommodation: Sleeper train

  • Day 10 Imperial Hue

    On arrival into Hue, we take a guided sightseeing tour with highlights including the Thien Mu Pagoda. This site is home to the city’s oldest monastery, whose 21-metre-high tower has become a symbol of Hue. We also discover the citadel, which contains the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

    Our next stop takes us into the countryside to the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings, where we visit the elaborate mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. This evening there is an optional sunset cruise (payable locally) in a long boat along the gentle Perfume river, which is beautifully illuminated at night.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 11 Road of the Ocean Clouds

    Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. This morning we take the scenic Hai Van Pass, otherwise known as the Road of the Ocean Clouds, which boasts spectacular views with lush hills on one side and beautiful beaches on the other. Along the way we stop for a walk along China beach and visit the grottoes at the summit of Thuy Son Mountain, the largest and most famous of the five Marble Mountains. These natural caves have become Buddhist sanctuaries, with the enormous Huyen Khong cave featuring a towering seated Buddha that’s been carved from the rock face.

    Next stop is the enchanting port town of Hoi An, brimming with charming architecture, cobbled streets and tiny shop houses that make you feel transported back in time. Along the waterfront are boutique restaurants, delightful craft shops and artisans offering some of the best, and most affordable, tailor-made clothing in the whole of Asia.

    We explore the old town on a short walking tour, visiting the Chinese Assembly Hall, Chua Ong Pagoda, former merchants’ homes, 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 12 Tra Que village

    Today we embark on a leisurely bike ride through the countryside to Tra Que village. Once there, it’s an entertaining, hands-on experience as we learn about the age-old farming practices of the region and have a go at tending the fields ourselves. We also learn about traditional medicine and enjoy an interactive cooking demonstration where we’ll prepare lunch.

    This afternoon we journey back to the Hanoi. The remainder of the day is free to spend at leisure.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 13 Hoi An - your way

    Today is free for you to further sightsee or simply relax. Either laze by the beach or hotel pool, or take a relaxing rowboat journey along the river. It’s also possible to take an optional excursion to My Son, a UNESCO-listed site of Cham remains, or to Quang Ngai, home to the My Lai massacre memorial. The massacre was a significant turning point during the Vietnam War and the story is told through a photo presentation as you walk through the village.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 14 Cruising the Mekong

    Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City. Early morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City and drive to the Mekong Delta. Famous for its abundant harvests of rice, flowers and tropical fruits, this fertile delta is often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam. From Vinh Long we enjoy a cruise downstream aboard a traditional sampan. Amongst the maze of waterways, we visit local cottage industries that produce coco candies, paper and popcorn, before lunch in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 15 Mekong & Ho Chi Minh City

    Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City. This morning we have an early start to visit the Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest of its kind on the Mekong Delta. Packed along a section of the river, sampans are selling all sorts of fruits and vegetables grown in the area. Watch as watermelons, pineapples, carrots and more are tossed from boat to boat, all at great heights and speeds. Leaving the market, we drive to Ho Chi Minh City, a thriving metropolis where sleek skyscrapers and gourmet restaurants mix with ancient pagodas and lively street markets. Our walking tour takes in the Old Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, before the sobering War Remnants Museum. Evening to spend at leisure.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 16 Cu Chi Tunnels & Phnom Penh

    Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Today we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, offering an insight into the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers during the war. Next, we drive to the Cambodian border (crossing at Moc Bai/Bavet) and journey on to the bustling capital of Phnom Penh, noted for its historic sites, beautiful architecture and superb restaurants.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Dinner

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  • Day 17 Royal Palace, Toul Sleng

    Today we spend a full day sightseeing in Phnom Penh. Our tour visits the National Museum of Arts, Cambodia’s largest archaeological and cultural history museum, which contains the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture. We continue on to visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which contains diamond-encrusted statues of Buddha and a floor paved with five tons of gleaming silver.

    Later we visit Toul Seng (Security Prison – S21) and come face to face with the horrors of the Pol Pot Regime as the school here was transformed into a gruesome torture chamber under the Khmer Rouge. Our day ends with a visit to the Killing Fields, where over 10,000 people were executed.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 18 Angkor National Museum & Angkor Wat

    Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. Hotel check out and airport transfer for included flight to Siem Reap.

    After freshening up, we visit the Angkor National Museum, home to a collection of relics from the ancient Angkor Empire dating from around the 9th to the 14th century.

    This afternoon we explore the spectacular Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and a symbol of Cambodia. This vast, three-tiered structure is crowned by five lotus-like towers which rise 65-metres high. As the best preserved of all the temples within the complex, Angkor Wat easily steals the limelight and offers plenty of incredible photo opportunities.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 19 Angkor Thom & NGO circus project

    Early risers can opt to return to Angkor Wat this morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Later we drive out to visit the temples of Banteay Srei, with stops to visit an exotic butterfly sanctuary and to support our community tree planting initiative in the village of Preak Dak. Returning to the Angkor Temple Complex, we explore the ancient capital of Angkor Thom, home to the fascinating Bayon Temple, the Terraces of the Elephants and Leper King and the Baphuon royal enclosure.

    Our next stop is Ta Prohm Temple, known as the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ for its role in the blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie. Unlike the other temples, Ta Prohm has been swallowed by the jungle and was left in the same ruined state as when it was first discovered. Tonight, we attend the Phare Cambodian Circus, an NGO project that has transformed the lives of Cambodian children living on the streets by teaching them how to become talented circus performers.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 20 Tonle Sap Lake

    Our first stop this morning is Kampong Phluk, a cluster of three villages of stilt houses, where we enjoy a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Next, we return to Siem Reap for free time, either checking out the action on lively Pub Street or picking up any last minute souvenirs.

    Note: Between Feb - July the water levels at Kompong Phluk village maybe too low to go boating, if so, we will visit Chong Kneas floating village where it will still be possible to go boating. Afternoon and evening at leisure.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 21 Flight to Bangkok

    Siem Reap - Bangkok (Thailand). Today we bid farewell to Cambodia. Transfer the Siem Reap airport for a flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival transfer to our hotel in the centre of Thailand's bustling capital.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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  • Day 22-23 Bangkok city tour

    This morning it’s a short transfer to the Bangkok Flower Market, where most of the city’s restaurants and florists come daily to stock up on the latest blooms. From here we take a short but exhilarating tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, home to the famous reclining Buddha. Then we visit the beautiful Grand Palace, the religious and royal heart of the country.

    After a break for lunch, we board a longtail boat this afternoon to explore some of the many canals or klongs that crisscross the city. We end our tour of the city at the famous Khao San Road where there are street stalls, small restaurants and bars a plenty. It's a great place to eat, relax and party the night away. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore at leisure.

    Monday. Our epic Indochina adventure comes to an end today. Hotel check out and included transfer to the airport. Alternatively, if you'd like to extend your stay and see more of Thailand, we can assist you.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • 22 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 21 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train (Junk boat: private cabin, Sleeper train: basic, 4 berth cabin)
  • Economy class flights Luang Prabang - Hanoi, Danang - Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh - Siem Reap, Siem Reap - Bangkok
  • Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - opt to swim, kayak and explore caves
  • Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
  • Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta
  • Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 23
  • Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Guided sightseeing - Vientaine, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor, Bangkok
  • Escorted by an English speaking Laotian, Vietnamese and Cambodian tour guides, with a Thai guide for sightseeing in Bangkok
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Accommodation

4 star

  • Mercure Hotel, Vientiane - 4 Star Hotel
  • Santi Resort and Spa, Luang Prabang - 4 Star Hotel
  • Sunway Hotel, Hanoi - 4 Star Hotel
  • Bhaya Classic I Junk Boat, Halong Bay - Mid Range Junk
  • Syrena Junk Boat, Halong Bay - Mid Range Junk
  • Mondial Hotel, Hue - 4 Star Hotel
  • ÊMM Hotel, Hue - 4 Star Hotel
  • Vinh Hung Riverside Resort, Hoi An - 4 Star Hotel
  • Thanh Binh Riverside hotel , Hoi An - 4 Star Hotel
  • Victoria Hotel Can Tho, Can Tho - 4 Star Hotel
  • Iris Hotel, Can Tho - 4 Star Hotel
  • Northern Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City - 3 Star Hotel
  • Muong Thanh Centre, Ho Chi Minh City - 4 Star Hotel
  • Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh - 4 Star Hotel
  • Angkor Paradise Hotel , Siem Reap - 4 Star Hotel
  • Royal Princess Larn Luang, Bangkok - 4 Star Hotel

Exclusions

  • International flights and visas
  • Tip for your tour guides. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
  • Entrance Fees: USD$185-195pp, paid in USD

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Notes

Age Policy

18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult

Pricing Information

"Guaranteed" refers to departures that are confirmed for departure. Pricing is Per Person.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.