Have you ever imagined about taking a Southeast Asia tour to the incredible more than 2200 ancient religious temples and stupas or dropped yourself to a bamboo raft drifting along the river? Try with Indochina Tours to experience the most remarkable Southeast Asia tour in our 25-day tour package through Thailand – Myanmar – Vietnam – Cambodia to behold the most magnificent scenery as well as approach the wealth of history, culture, and extraordinary through time and discover the unexpected experiences that you have never done before.
Duration: 25 days/24nights
Start/End: Bangkok/Siem Reap
Tour Route: Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Mandalay excursions to Amanpura, Ava and Sagaing – Inle – Indein – Bagan – Popa – Yangon – Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap
Tour Categories: Southeast Asia tours
Tour Type: Explore and Experience
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages depends on your Request)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.
Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
Day 3: Bangkok – Ayutthaya- Flight to Chiang Mai
Day 4: Chiang Mai City
Day 5: Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary
Day 6: Chiang Mai – Flight to Mandalay, Myanmar
Day 7: Mandalay Excursions to Amarapura, Ava & Sagaing
Day 8: Mandalay – Flight to Inle
Day 9: Inle – Indein
Day 10: Inle – Flight to Bagan
Day 11: Bagan Temple Tour
Day 12: Bagan – Popa – Fly to Yangon
Day 13: Yangon Sightseeing City – Night flight to Hanoi
Day 14: Hanoi City Tour
Day 15: Hanoi – Halong Bay overnight on the cruise
Day 16: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
Day 17: Hue Ancient Citadel – Transfer to Hoi An
Day 18: Hoi An – Farming, Fishing tour and Walking tour
Day 19: Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 20: Saigon Sightseeing Tour
Day 21: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City – Flight to Siem Reap Angkor
Day 23: Siem Reap, Discover the “Heart of Angkor”
Day 24: Siem Riep – Bantaey Srei Temple – Tonle Sap Lake
Day 25: Siem Reap Departure
Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Upon arrival, meet and greet your private guide then transfer to the hotel for check-in and have leisure time to relax. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 2: Bangkok City tour (B, L)
A full day to explore Bangkok. Drive up to Victory Monument in the morning to witness the transportation hubs of the city at the beginning of the day. Located in the center of bustling conjunctions, it was constructed in the form to symbolize the Thai army. Next, transfer to Grand Palace to discover an ancient architectural complex at the heart of Bangkok that used to be an official residence of the Kings Siam since 1782 preserved through dynasties and now it is praised as one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. Afterward, stroll to Wat Phra Kaew which is commonly known as The Temple of Emerald Buddha, a dark green statue carved from a single jade regarded as one of the most sacred pagodas in Thailand. It is said that no one is allowed to touch it except the King.
Afterward, lunch will be served in a restaurant before heading to China Town for an amazing afternoon. A trip to Bangkok cannot be completed without visiting Wat Traimit to witness the world’s biggest golden Buddha statue. Spend the rest of your afternoon to cycling around China Town. The evening will be a leisure time for you to relax. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 3: Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Flight to Chiang Mai (B)
After breakfast, Ayutthaya is the next destination. Pay a visit to the capital of Siam – the ancient city of Ayutthaya. You can immerse yourself in a river cruise and take in the stunning scenery around the river. After that, we return to the hotel for checkout, be free until the driver picks you up and transfer to the airport to fly to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is leisure time. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 4: Chiang Mai Discovery (B, L)
Morning sightseeing begins after breakfast at the hotel then quickly head off at the Wat Phra Singh, one of the most impressive temples in Chiang Mai and home to the city’s most revered Buddha image. Next, visit Wat Chedi Luang (Temple of the big stupa) – a Buddhist temple in the historic center of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Then move on to the mountain temple of Wat Prathat Doi Suthep – the most famous landmark of Chiang Mai. Enjoy a local lunch before heading for an afternoon at Chiang Mai Art and Cultural Center to get an insight into the history of the city so far.
The rest of the day is a memorable experience to discover in Huai Nam Dang National Park to soak into the natural diversity and stunning scenery as well as discover the flora and fauna. If you find yourself on a sunny day, you will have a chance to admire the amazing sunset from the top of the mountain. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon to relax. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 5: Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary to see the elephants in a jungle area, witness how the elephants are trained for working with human and enjoy the elephant shows. Here you have an opportunity to experience an exciting ride on the elephant’s back riding along the trails, and followed by Ox-Cart men ride back to the camp. Afternoon, join in bamboo rafting adventure down the stream and capture the stunning beauty along the river bank. Then return to Chiang Mai and take a glimpse at the Orchid nurseries before going back to the hotel for overnight. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 6: Chiang Mai – Flight to Mandalay, Myanmar (B)
Free time until transfer to the airport to fly to Mandalay. On arrival at Mandalay, check-in at the hotel and then there will be a short leisure time to relax before spending the rest of the day sightseeing in Mandalay to visit Mahamuni Pagoda. It is the second most sacred image in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 7: Mandalay Excursions to Amarapura, Ava & Sagaing (B)
A day of memorable highlights with the first stopover in Mahagandayon Monastery where is renowned for strict religious disciplines. Then head to the wonderful U Bein Bridge – the longest wooden teak bridge which is 200 years old stretching across Taungthaman Lake. After that, continue your journey to Bagaya Monastery to admire the unique architecture as well as the superb collection of Buddha statue.
Day 8: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (B)
Leave Mandalay to fly to Heho. Heho is a small beautiful town has been known as the main gateway to the stunning Inle Lake – one of the must-see destination when traveling to Myanmar. Transfer to the hotel for check-in then head for trekking to the fantastic visit to wonderful Inle Lake. Along the way, you can feel the scent of an idyllic rural area. Upon arrival at the lake, sailing on a boat trip to discover stunning fishing villages, admire the unique leg-row fisherman as well as marvel at the amazing sunset in the late afternoon. Overnight in Heho.
Day 9: Inle – Indein (B)
Continue your sightseeing around Inle Lake, put your eyes on local people cultivating their staples on “floating gardens” and try feasting on tomato salad, it is considered as the must-try specialty of tourists when traveling to Inle. Afterward, follow your guide to the ancient Indein village to explore the complex of ancient shrines and stupas and walk through exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls. Next, visit the goldsmith workshops and silk weaving cottage industries to get an authentic insight into the local way of life. Overnight in Heho.
Day 10: Heho – Flight to Bagan (B)
Morning flight to Bagan where is far-famed as the “sea of temples”. Today’s morning sightseeing with your private guide taking you in Nyuang U Market – a busy local market where you can have the best insight into the local life. Then, if you wish, try riding a hot balloon with the professional pilot to marvel at the panoramic picture of Bagan when flying over the fields. We end our tour for the day by trekking to the tranquil villages to get an overview of the local lifestyle as well as the traditional customs. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 11: Bagan Temple Tour (B)
A full day to discover Bagan Temples. Moring first stopover with Mahazedi Pagoda – a small and peaceful pagoda to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Continue the journey with a visit to Swegugyi Temple to witness the unique transitional architecture between the Romanesque and Gothic styles in Europe cathedral. Next, visit Ananda Temple nearby to be fascinated by the oldest, the most unique and beautiful temple in Myanmar. A trip to Bagan will not be completed without visiting Dhamma Yan Gyi Temple – the largest and also the most impressive one in Bagan. Listen to your guide to have a deep knowledge of the story of the temple’s construction. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 12: Bagan – Popa – Fly to Yangon (B)
This morning depart form Bagan for an hour drive along the rugged trails to Mount Popa – a volcano 1518 meters high with the spectacular view is well known as the “Mountain of Spirits”. In the afternoon back to Bagan to flight to Yangon. Welcomed upon arrival by your local guide and driver. Check-in the hotel and relax. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 13: Yangon Sightseeing City – Night flight to Hanoi (B)
After breakfast, we start to explore Yangon City – the largest and most impressive destination in the country. You can spend all day to visit highlight attractions such as:
- Shwedagon Pagoda – one of the world’s grandest pagodas
- Sule Pagoda – 2500 years old golden stupa
- Colonial Buildings – a unique combination of Burmese & colonial architecture
- Bogyoke Aungsan Market – the hustling & bustling shopping hub
- Karaweik Hall – an impressive golden floating barge
- National Museum – Burmese finest culture & art
- Botataung Pagoda – ancient pagoda enshrining a sacred Buddha relic
After that, transfer to the airport for international departure flight to Hanoi. Arrival Hanoi, move on to the hotel and check-in. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
A full day to explore Hanoi, an ancient city with thousand years of civilization and long-lasting culture. Morning sightseeing with the first stopover at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology to gain an insight into 54 Vietnam Ethnic groups. Next, head to Ho Chi Minh Complex for a solemn visit to Ho Chi Minh Museum and his former stilt-house to admire the simple lifestyle of the national leader and stand on Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh President read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Then approach the unique architecture of One Pillar Pagoda and take a short visit to the President Palace. After that, enjoy lunch severed in the local restaurant.
Continue your afternoon sightseeing in the Temple of Literature to visit the first national university of Vietnam. Then move on to Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre to enjoy the Water Puppet show, the unique tradition of Vietnam for a long time. Then spend the rest of your afternoon to take a cyclo to go through 36 streets of the Old Quarter in the heart of Hanoi and shopping free in the market. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 15: Hanoi – Halong Bay Overnight on the Cruise (B, L, D)
After breakfast in the morning, depart from Hanoi to Halong Bay for an approximately 4-hour-drive. This journey takes you to a majestic destination located in the Gulf of Tonkin. Halong Bay is still retaining a high level of naturalness. Upon arrival, welcoming with soft drinks and refresh about 20 minutes before boarding. Then enjoy a special lunch rounds off on the cruise. Next, immerse yourself in stunning destinations while cruising through Dog Islet, Fighting Cocks Islet (symbol of Halong Bay), fishing villages, Soi Sim Beach, and other spectacular destinations. Along the cruise, your guide will explain the mythology of each place.
In the mid-afternoon, explore this beautiful seascape by kayaking through the mysterious scenery and soaking in the cool and turquoise water. Spend the rest of your afternoon to admire the majestic sunset on the sundeck while sipping the best local wine with a music party. An option for this evening: why don’t we join in a cooking demonstration with the Chef to find out Vietnamese cuisine. Dinner is served after that. Overnight on the cruise.
Day 16: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Hue (B, L)
Get up early in the morning and take part in Tai Chi session. It is a traditional exercise for enhancing your health. Tour to Halong Bay ends with a visit Sung Sot Cave – Hiking up and down 600 steps to the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong Bay. Afterward, check-out cabins and settle bills and enjoy the lunch served while Cruise is cruising back to the pier. Stop at the Oasis Bay Lounge and find our car is waiting and taking us directly to the airport then flight to Hue. On arrival Hue, we check in hotel and free to chill out. Overnight in Hue.
Day 17: Hue Ancient Citadel – Transfer to Hoi An (B, L)
Fill up the energy with delicious breakfast and then our driver will pick up at the hotel to board the Dragon Boat on the romantic Perfume River heading out for the countryside. Get off the first stopover at Phu Mong Garden House to enjoy the tranquil ambiance of over 100-year-old houses as well as admire the ancient architecture. Next, continue drifting to Thien Mu Pagoda, it is the oldest pagoda and considered as the symbol of Hue. Listen to your guide to know more about the mysterious anecdotes. Then move upstream to visit Hon Chen Temple which is located on the slope of Ngoc Tran Mountain mirroring in the deep and blue water of Perfume River.
In the afternoon, the route continues to the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Then head to the Royal Fine Art Museum to watch the collection of ceramics, paintings, furniture, silverware, porcelain, and royal clothing. Finish today’s trip to Dong Ba Market to witness the daily life of local people before moving on to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 18: Hoi An – Farming, Fishing and Walking tour (B, L)
Today’s highlights with incredible experiences for you to do agriculture. Get up early in the morning and head off to our Farming and Fishing Eco Tour. We first cycling through the rice paddies to see the water buffalos plowing on the fields along the way. The first stopover today is Tra Que Vegetable Village. Escape from the bustling city to become a real farmer learning traditional methods for planting and watering the crops. Remember to bring a conical hat with you during the hot weather. After that, join in Hoi An Eco-tour boat to greet the local fisherman and learn some techniques of using a net to catch fish then enjoy your freshly caught fish for a warm lunch with the local fisherman. Afternoon, take a leisure walk around Hoi An Town to discover the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation and the silk street of Hoi An. Then return to the hotel for overnight. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 19: Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (B)
The morning is free to discover Hoi An and enjoy some outstanding Hoi An foods until our diver picks you up to the Danang airport for your onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City. As you arrive, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 20: Saigon Sightseeing Tour (B, L, D)
Reach Ben Thanh Market to soak into the lively and vibrant of the local people at the beginning of the day and enjoy some authentic Vietnamese foods for breakfast such as pho, Banh Xeo (crispy pancake), spring rolls and so on. Then head off for a visit to Reunification Palace where was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem during the Vietnam War before taking a glimpse at Notre Dame Cathedral. The rest of the day is your leisure time to explore the vibrant Saigon. In the evening, consider two options: an energetic nightlife at rooftop bars and nightclubs or discover an amazing Saigon by Vespa.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 21: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B, L)
After breakfast, move to Mekong Delta to join in an eventful selling and buying activities of the local people at Cai Be Floating Market (Tien Giang Province). Here people exchange many staples such as fruits and agriculture products on special small boats on the river. Continue your memorable trip when rowing along the river to some handicraft villages to get closer to the life of people. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City – Flight to Siem Reap Angkor (B)
This morning is free until our driver picks you at the airport to take a flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, welcome by our local guide and driver who will transfer you to your selected hotel for check-in (Early check-in depending on the availability, official time is 14:00). Today enjoy the main highlights with a visit to the amazing Angkor Wat Temple which is one of the most archaeological monuments in the South-Asia. It is surrounded by a gigantic manmade moat, is the symbol of Nirvana. End the memorable day at Angkor Wat to catch the spectacular sunset. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 23: Siem Reap, Discover the “Heart of Angkor” (B)
Leave early in the morning and head to the Angkor Complex to be captivated by the stunning Angkor sunrise. Afterward move on to the Angkor Thom to explore the architectural masterpieces with the Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Preah Palilay, Phiimeanakas, Baphuon, and the Bayon where is the most impressive temple with the distinctive feature of the serene smile with eyes closed. Listen to your guide about the mythology of each temple to gain an insight into these majestic relics. At the late afternoon climb up to Phnom Bakheng – the highest temple of Angkor Complex to get an incredible panoramic view of the whole area. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 24: Siem Reap – Banteay Srei Temple – Tonle Sap Lake (B)
This morning head up to the north for a visit to Banteay Samre Temple. Then drive across to Ta Prohm – a ruined temple in the tropical jungle that the massive roots and enormous trees growing out of the walls and also widely known for the scenery of the movie The Tom Rander. On the way back head to Tonle Sap Lake where is the largest freshwater in Southeast Asia. This afternoon is memorable with a boat trip drafting around the lake through the mangrove forest, Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, and the floating villages. Here you will discover different features in the daily living of the local people. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 25: Siem Reap Departure (B)
A day at leisure until transferring to the airport to a flight to your departure. Trip ends.