On The Go Tours Indochina Express - 16 days

16 Day Tour

Start packing for this 16 day tour visiting Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam with On The Go Tours.

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Length 16 Days
Code INDEX
Group Size 24
Age Group
Category Signature

Overview

Discover the best of Indochina, from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Luang Prabang in Laos, on this 16-day adventure that spends a few days at the spectacular Angkor temples too.

Highlights

  • Angkor Temple Complex – marvel at legendary Angkor Wat and see the many stone faces of the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom
  • Ho Chi Minh City – take a walking tour of the ‘Pearl of the Orient ‘and visit the sobering War Remnants Museum
  • Phnom Penh – tour highlights of the city including the Silver Pagoda and learn about the Khmer Rouge 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 – discover highlights of Laos’ capital on a guided tour to see the iconic golden Pha That Luang and the Patuxay Monument
  • Khouangsi Waterfall – swim in the turquoise pools beneath the waterfall and visit fascinating ethnic minority villages nearby
  • Siem Reap – visit the Angkor National Museum and enjoy free time to explore the lively ‘Pub Street’
  • Luang Prabang – ride on a tuk-tuk to the Morning Market and see highlights including Wat Xiengthong and the National Museum
  • Tonle Sap Lake – sail on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake and explore the colourful floating villages of Kompong Phluk
  • Mekong Delta – cruise on a traditional sampan through the maze of waterways and enjoy lunch on Dong Hoa Hiep island
  • NGO Phare Cambodian Circus – enjoy an evening of entertainment at this celebrated circus show
  • Living Land Farm Experience – experience the life of a Laotian rice farmer and plough the rice field with a water buffalo

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City

    Friday. Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. There's an included transfer to your hotel where you can spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the city. Opt to explore on foot, shop at Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace, with its secret bunker and military command centre beneath. The evening is at leisure.

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  • Day 2 Cruising the Mekong

    Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Can Tho. This morning we drive to the Mekong Delta where we'll board a traditional sampan. Cruise downstream from Cai Be through the maze of waterways and watch locals going about their lives on the river. Lunch is served today in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep island. As the boat resumes its course, we pass the beautiful church of Cai Be before stopping at some home factories where you can sample local sweets and see how they are made.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 3 Mekong & Ho Chi Minh City

    Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City. Early this morning we visit the lively Cai Rang floating market to watch traders selling their wares before we drive to Ho Chi Minh City. On a walking tour of the city we’ll see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post office before visiting the sobering War Remnants Museum. This evening is free to enjoy as you please.

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  • Day 4 Cu Chi Tunnels & Phnom Penh

    Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh. This morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet-Cong in their struggle to keep control of the region during the 1960’s. As we walk the bush trails you’ll see trapdoors, booby traps, living areas, weapon factories and kitchens. We can also safely crawl through sections of the tunnels, which have been widened for visitors. Later, opt to fire weapons of the era (including the M16 and AK47) at the firing range.

    After crossing the Cambodian border we drive to the capital of Phnom Penh. Once deemed the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh offers a bustling mix of Asia’s past and present, a city quickly taking its place amongst the trendy capitals of the region.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Dinner

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  • Day 5 Royal Palace, Crimes of Pol Pot

    Today we’ll enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh, starting at the National Museum of Fine Arts. Explore this graceful terracotta building, which houses the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculptures. We continue to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, famed for its lavish decorations – the floors are paved with silver tiles and statues of Buddha are encrusted with thousands of diamonds.

    We later come face to face with the horrors of the Pol Pot regime as we visit Toul Sleng (Security Prison - S21), a school that was gruesomely transformed into a torture chamber under the Khmer Rouge. We also visit the Killing Fields where over 10,000 people were executed.

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  • Day 6 Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

    Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. This morning we check out and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Siem Reap. Visit the Angkor National Museum, which has a fascinating collection of Angkorian artefacts, with collections from the Khmer Empire's Angkor period circa 9th to 14th-century.

    This afternoon we see the mother of all temples - Angkor Wat. This breathtaking monument of man’s devotion to his gods is believed to be the largest religious building in the world and contains thousands of wall carvings and extensive bas-reliefs. There are plenty of wonderful photo opportunities at this iconic site. This evening is free for you to wander into town and perhaps sample Siem Reap's lively nightlife. There are plenty of great bars and restaurants in the compact city centre which is easily navigated on foot.

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  • Day 7 Angkor Thom & NGO circus project

    Early this morning opt to see Angkor Wat bathed in the spectacular golden light of sunrise. Later we head out to Banteay Srei temple, considered by many to be the art gallery of Angkor with some of the finest stone carvings in the world. Cut from stone of a pinkish hue, the Hindu temple is dedicated to Shiva and contains lavishly decorated libraries and stunning reliefs of divinities. Enroute to Banteay Srei stops will be made at an exotic butterfly sanctuary and the village of Preak Dak where we support a community tree planting initiative.

    Our temple tour continues with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This monumental fortified city is encircled by a 100m wide moat and is famed for the huge statue heads that glare down from every angle. In Angkor Thom we will see the fabulous Bayon Temple, Baphuon, the royal enclosure, and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. Last but not least is atmospheric Tra Prohm Temple where vast muscular tree roots envelop the crumbling towers and walls whilst the trees’ foliage dapples the temple in shade.

    This evening we attend the wonderful Phare Cambodian Circus. The Phare NGO circus project trains street kids to become talented circus artists and the popular show blends circus skills with interpretations of modern life and issues in Cambodian society.

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  • Day 8 Tonle Sap lake

    This morning we drive to Kampong Phluk, a cluster of three villages of stilt houses built within the floodplain of Tonle Sap Lake. We'll see houses built on soaring stilts which hover over the lake whilst nearby, the petrified trees of a flooded forest are revealed whenever the water level drops. After a boat trip on the lake we return to Siem Reap where the afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 9 Free time Siem Reap

    Today is free for you to independently explore Siem Reap or enjoy some rest and relaxation. Consider heading to the central market for some souvenir shopping, soaking up the sunshine by the hotel pool or heading down to the lively Pub Street.

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  • Day 10 Vientiane

    Siem Reap - Vientiane (Laos). Bidding farewell to Cambodia we transfer to Siem Reap Airport this morning to fly to Vientiane, via Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Laos you will be met and transferred to our hotel in the capital. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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  • Day 11 Vientiane city tour

    After breakfast we explore the charming and laid-back capital of Laos with a city tour. We visit the oldest Buddhist monastery in the country - Wat Si Saket - and the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaeo, built to house the famed Emerald Buddha. Today it serves as the national museum of religious art. Learn about Laos’ tragic past and present suffering at the COPE Centre, an organization that works with victims of unexploded bombs and mines. Next visit Pha That Luang, the most important monument in Laos and a symbol of both Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty.

    We also stop to view the imposing Patuxay monument - Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe. Later in the afternoon enjoy time exploring the hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures scattered throughout Buddha Park. End the day with a sunset dinner besides the Mekong River.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Dinner

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  • Day 12 Vang Vieng

    Vientiane - Vang Vieng. We leave the capital early and journey north through lush countryside to Vang Vieng. Along the way we visit Ban Keun, famous for its salt extraction plant and a village of local Lao rice wine whiskey distillation. Stop at the busy and colourful market of Thalat, where local hill tribes come to trade and shop. Later we visit the archaeological site of Vang Xang, which dates back to the 11th century. Arriving at Vang Vieng, we check in to our rustic hotel, nestled on the banks of the Nam Song River. The rest of the day offers free time, perhaps opt to explore the local caves or take a bicycle ride through the surrounding countryside.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Dinner

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  • Day 13 Luang Prabang

    Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang. This morning we explore the famous caves of Tham Jang, once used by the local people as a hideout during Chinese invasions. We observe the lifestyles of the local people at Ban Huai Ngai village before making our way further north to the UNESCO listed city of Luang Prabang.

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  • Day 14 Luang Prabang Sightseeing

    Consider rising early this morning to watch the daily ritual of saffron-clad monks and their procession down the streets of Luang Prabang collecting alms from the residents. Afterwards we hop on a vintage tuk-tuk to ride in style around the old quarter of Luang Prabang. The first stop on our unique sightseeing tour will be the bustling Morning Market where we'll learn about local products. Then we stop at the magnificent Wat Xiengthong temple with its classical Laotian architecture. Our morning ends with a visit to the the former Royal Palace, which is now a national museum and home to gilded rooms and Buddhist artefacts.

    This afternoon we visit ethnic minority villages en route to the beautiful Khouangsi waterfall. Wander around the H’mong Village of Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and the Khmu Village of Ban Thapene, meeting the locals and gaining a fascinating insight into the local culture. We then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails.

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  • Day 15 Living Land Farm Experience

    This morning we head into the idyllic countryside to visit the Living Land Farm for a fun and hands on half day farming experience. Here we learn how rice is planted and cultivated in the rice paddy. Experience the life of a rice farmer first hand as you have a go at some farming activities, including ploughing the rice paddy with a water buffalo. Then we enjoy a tasty lunch of traditional Lao dishes at the farm's Rice House, while soaking up the spectacular views of rice terraces and mountains beyond.

    The afternoon is free for you to independently explore more of Luang Prabang. Consider visiting the sobering UXO Centre to learn more about the Second Indochina War, take in some of the city's beautiful temples or head to the Ock Pop Tock weaving centre set in beautiful tropical gardens.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

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  • Day 16 Luang Prabang

    Saturday. Spend the morning further exploring this delightful city before hotel check out and an included departure transfer to the airport.

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Inclusions

  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 15 nights 4 star & special class hotels
  • 2 economy class flights: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and Siem Reap to Vientiane (indirect, via Phnom Penh)
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers days 1 and 16
  • Guided sightseeing - Hi Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor, Vientiane, Vang Xang, Vang Vieng, Tham Jang Caves and Luang Prabang
  • Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta
  • Phare, The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap
  • Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Vintage Tuk tuk tour of Luang Prabang
  • Excursion to Khouangsi Waterfall and ethnic minority villages
  • Living Land Farm experience, Luang Prabang
  • Escorted by an English-speaking Vietnamese, Cambodian and Lao tour guide
  • All transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Accommodation

4 star

  • Northern Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City - 3 Star Hotel
  • Muong Thanh Centre, Ho Chi Minh City - 4 Star Hotel
  • Victoria Hotel Can Tho, Can Tho - 4 Star Hotel
  • Iris Hotel, Can Tho - 4 Star Hotel
  • Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh - 4 Star Hotel
  • Angkor Paradise Hotel , Siem Reap - 4 Star Hotel
  • Mercure Hotel, Vientiane - 4 Star Hotel
  • Santi Resort and Spa, Luang Prabang - 4 Star Hotel

Exclusions

  • International flights and visas
  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
  • Entrance Fees: USD$135-145pp, 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.