Indochina is probably the familiar destination for travel worshipers, especially those who love exploring the mystic oriental culture and enjoy the picturesque landscape. However, alluring tourist attractions do not always appear in the book or on the Internet which we can easily find out. The lovely peninsula Indochina also has not-well-known destinations but incredibly beautiful. Take a look at the Indochina tour and discover these unique destinations and attractions.
 

Tour Code:
Duration: 20 Days/19 Nights
Start/End: Hanoi/ Phnom Penh
Highlights: Visiting important historical sites in Indochina War in Dien Bien Phu( Vietnam), Elephant Riding in Luang Prabang( Laos), Walking tour up the hill of Phnom Krom( Cambodia)
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages upon 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

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Day trip to Tho Ha Village (B, L)
Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B, L, D)
Day 4: Mai Chau – Sonla (B)
Day 5: Son La – Tuan Giao – Dien Bien Phu (B, L)
Day 6: Dien Bien Phu – Laos border crossing – Muangkua (B)
Day 7: Muangkua – Muang Ngoi – Nong Khiaw (B, L)
Day 8: Nong Khiaw – Drive to Luang Prabang (B/L)
Day 9: Luang Prabang- City Tour (B)
Day 10: Luang Prabang – Elephant Ride – Kuang Si Waterfall (B, L)
Day 11: Luang Prabang – Fly to Siem Reap (B)
Day 12: Siem Reap Exploration (B)
Day 13: Siem Reap – Battambang (B)
Day 14: Battambang – Kampong Chnang – Phnom Penh (B, L)
Day 15: Phnom Penh – Kratie (B, L, D)
Day 16: Kratie – Rattanakiri (B, L, D)
Day 17: Rattanakiri Exploration (B, L, D)
Day 18: Rattanakiri Exploration (B)
Day 19: Rattanakiri – Kampong Cham (B, L, D)
Day 20: Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh – Departure (B)

 
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Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
Check into the hotel. Maybe join a cyclo tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter, one of the most famous places in the capital. Take some photos during the tour. In the evening, we will go to see a traditional water puppet show, a unique art form of northern Vietnam at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre.
Overnight in Hanoi

Cyclo tour around the Old Quarters of Hanoi

Cyclo tour around the Old Quarters of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Day trip to Tho Ha Village (B, L)
Today your private guide and driver will take you out of Hanoi in a private vehicle and onto some beautiful country roads before reaching Tho Ha village in Bac Ninh Province.
Drive pass Chuong Duong Bridge to Bac Ninh Province, with one or two stops en route for photos. We may make another stop to visit a family who makes bricks and tiles on the roadside and try our hands on making one or two tiles. You’ll be amazed by how difficult to make those simple tiles!
Arrive at Tho Ha village, we will visit one family who makes ritual votive paper products. Those products mostly imitate real products in life but will only be burned for the dead people.

A boy doing his daily jobs to help his parent, Tho Ha Village

A boy doing his daily jobs to help his parent, Tho Ha Village

We then cross the Cau River on a boat. Spend time visiting the village market and then come to a local’s house. They will teach us how to make rice paper (which is used for Spring Rolls and Summer Rolls) as well as socialize with them before walking around the village to learn about the village life, history and culture.

Tho Ha Communal House

Inside Tho Ha Communal House

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B, L, D)
Today we depart to Mai Chau, home of the Thai minority. Check into the hotel and enjoy a local lunch. Later, we move to Pom Coong Village and Lac Village, where a lot of White Thai live. We will have the chance to discover their daily life, the stilted-house architecture, and the embroidery art.
After that, back to the hotel room, spending the rest of the day for chill out. In the afternoon, you can relax in the swimming pool of the hotel. The night is time for watching a Thai dance of Thai pretty young girls.
Overnight in Mai Chau

Tourist in traditional Thai dace with the locals

Tourist in traditional Thai dance with the locals

Day 4: Mai Chau – Son La (B)
Goodbye Mai Chau, we continue the trip to Son La. On the way, we will have an opportunity to see small local houses placed on two sides of hills. Also, we may drop into a mountainous village, encountering some interesting local people of several ethnic groups. Driving past Moc Chau Highland, over green tea plantations, we reach in Son La. Check in the hotel and then take a rest.
Overnight in Son La

Catch the nice moments ò the ethnic groups during the trip from Mai Chau to Son La

Catch the nice moments of the ethnic groups during the trip from Mai Chau to Son La

Day 5: Son La – Tuan Giao – Dien Bien Phu (B, L)
This morning we will pay a visit the old Son La Prison, which the French used to imprison Vietnamese revolutionaries in the latter years of the colonial era. Leaving Son La, we stop at a market in Thuan Chau, which is populated by many hill tribes. Going over Pha Din Pass, we visit Dien Bien Phu, the placemarks resounding battles of Vietnam’s army against French in 1954. Overnight in Dien Bien.

The old Son La Prison

The old Son La Prison

Day 6: Dien Bien Phu – Laos border crossing – Muangkua (B)
This morning’s included a visit to the two historical sites: War Museum and Muong Thanh Airbase, where display the lively proofs of Vietnam War including old tanks, artilleries, gun and so on. Especially, we will have the opportunity to visit the bunker in which the French commander, Colonel de Castries, surrendered to Viet Minh army.

French General bunker used during the Vietnam War, Dien Bien Phu

French General bunker used during the Vietnam War, Dien Bien Phu

Leaving Dien Bien Phu, we are transferred to Laos border. After clearing all the local custom we will take a two-hour drive to Muang Khua. In the late afternoon, we will arrive in Muang Khua, a small trading town. Check into the local guest house and stay overnight.

Muang Khua in the days of the harvest

Muang Khua in the days of the harvest

Day 7: Muang Khua – Muang Ngoi – Nong Khiaw (B, L)
We depart to Muong Ngoi on a boat trip. This a lovely small peaceful village with friendly simple residents. We stop for lunch served with local food along the river bank. The rest of the day will be free at leisure. Overnight in Nong Khiaw.

Pass through ethnic villages to get a boat trip to Muong Ngoi

Pass through ethnic villages to get a boat trip to Muong Ngoi

Day 8: Nong Khiaw – Drive to Luang Prabang (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel, we drive towards Luang Prabang, through stunning karst landscapes. Picnic lunch on the boat to Pak Ou, where Nam Ou River encounters Mekong River. We cross Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves and come to the sacred caves where thousands of statues of Buddha is placed. We then continue our trip to Luang Prabang and arrive before sunset. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

The entrance stairway to Pak Ou Caves

The entrance stairway to Pak Ou Caves

Day 9: Luang Prabang- City Tour (B)
Today we will discover the city’s major attractions. Start with Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. Afterwards, enjoy a tour watching the most ancient temples here: Wat Sene and Wat Xieng Thong which feature for Lao traditional architecture. Next, come over the magnificent stupa of Wat Visoun and Wat Aham Temple. After having a delicious lunch, we will visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to know more Lao ethnic cultures. Then, we leave the city to discover the weaving villages of Ban Xiengthong and Ban Xienglek. After that, return to the city for a visit to Wat Mai.

Weaving village of Ban Xiengthong

Weaving village of Ban Xiengthong

Late afternoon, go up to the top of Phousi Mount to discover the sacred, gilded stupa and have a view over the city, admiring the sunset and the Mekong River. Finnish the day with a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find exquisite handicrafts made by the locals. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Sunset over Mount Phousi

Sunset over Mount Phousi

Day 10: Luang Prabang – Elephant Ride – Kuang Si Waterfall (B, L)
After breakfast, we drive out of town 20km to Ban Ann Elephant camp, where you can enjoy elephant trek about one hour. Upon arrival, the guide will brief about those elephants: where they come from and their daily living condition. Afternoon, drive back to town and continue to the beautiful Kuang Si Fall, in which you can freely jump into the fresh water and enjoy yourself. On return, we drop into a village of Black Hmong, where we can see how the residents create handicrafts. Arrive in the town, transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

Water spray reflecting the sunlight at Kuang Si Fall

Water spray reflecting the sunlight at Kuang Si Fall

Day 11: Luang Prabang – Fly to Siem Reap (B)
This morning, we will be transferred to the airport to take a short flight to Siem Reap. Meet the tour guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel and check into our room. In the afternoon, we enjoy a guided tour of the city with the following sites: East Mebon – used to be an artificial island on the dry Baray, Neak Poan – was considered as a symbol of the Universe, Preah Khan – built in 119, where the king fought a crucial battle against the Cham.

Preah Khan - The Symbol of Universe

Preah Khan – The Symbol of Universe

Day 12: Siem Reap Exploration (B)
Today we have a bike tour, riding to Word Heritage Areas on the roads which are less traveled. This will be a meaningful and enjoyable day because you have the chance to visit Angkor’s most beautiful temples, including the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), South Gate, Bayon Temple- famous for its 54 towers, featured with more 200 lively faces carved into, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

The gate of Angkor Thom

The gate of Angkor Thom

Let’s start with the most famous temple: Angkor Wat, recognized as a World Heritage Site since 1992 for its distinctive structure and the value of culture. Also, come to Bakheng Temple and enjoy the stunning sunset view from the height. Enjoy foot massage and overnight at your hotel.

World Heritage - Angkor Wat

World Heritage – Angkor Wat

Day 13: Siem Reap – Battambang (B)
This morning, we depart for Battambang by road. Not so far from Siem Reap, you reach Puok – the famous Silk Village in Angkor. You will have the opportunity to look on all of the stages of the silk production process, from the silkworm munching on the mulberry leaves to spinning their cocoons, the cocoons being harvested and turned into silk thread, women weaving, and of course the beautiful finished silk products, which you can buy at the on-site boutique, a great souvenir of Cambodia. Move on Battambang, drive to the hotel for a little relax before continuing the trip.

Discover the Puok Silk Farm in Battambang

Discover the Puok Silk Farm in Battambang

Next, we stop at Prasat Phnom Banan Vineyard. Here you will learn about producing wine in the tropics and of course taste a glass of local wine! Drive to the south, you encounter Phnom Banan Temple – built between 11th and 12th on the top of the mountain according to Angkor architecture. After going up the top, everything you see is the spectacular but peaceful view over tiny local houses, extensive paddy fields, – an ideal sunset location.

Phnom Banan Temple

Phnom Banan Temple

Day 14: Battambang – Kampong Chnang – Phnom Penh (B, L)
After breakfast, we depart for Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, we visit the Royal Palace complex, an impressive Khmer-style structure. Then, we come to Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple) nearby, where shows a huge number of Buddha Statues decorated and made of diamond, gemstone, gold, and silver.

Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh

Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh

Afterwards, tourists will visit Independence Monument – historical site in Indochina War, then drop by National Museum, the typical Khmer architecture, built from a numerous amount of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood, and others. Via River Front Park to take some photos. Visit Wat Phnom, Daun Penh Pagoda and listen to the monks tell about its legend. Back to our hotel room and relax.

Day 15: Phnom Penh – Kratie (B, L, D)
We depart Phnom Penh in the morning for an interesting drive to Kratie. En route, we may drop in Phnom Srei and Phnom Pros in Kampong Cham. After lunch, we go on a ferry to Koh Trong Island, a small island in the middle of the Mekong, opposite Kratie town. Hire a bicycle for an easy and peaceful ride, discovering traditional wooden Khmer houses and taste the delicious fruits. Then return to Kratie, walking along the riverbanks and enjoy the stunning sunset. Stay overnight in Kratie.

A Local day market in Kratie

A Local day market in Kratie

Day 16: Kratie – Rattanakiri (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we leave Kratie and come to Ban Lung. On the way, we stop at O’ Russey Kandal – an ecotourism site, enjoy the fresh atmosphere. Next stop is Banlung. There we will have a delicious local lunch before riding an elephant through the forest to the fabulous Katieng Waterfall. You have the chance to wash and feed the elephants as well as swim before taking a trip back to the town.

Katieng Waterfall

Katieng Waterfall

Day 17: Rattanakiri Exploration (B, L, D)
The morning begins with a visit to Yaek Lom Lake, a natural lake formed in a volcanic crater. After that, we will drive to the ethnic groups of Ban Lung. On the way, we catch the ancient lava fields and visit the village of La Ork, Kala, and Kress, where we can explore about daily activities of the locals. Stay overnight in Ban Lung.

Panoramic view of Yaek Lom Lake

Panoramic view of Yaek Lom Lake

Day 18: Rattanakiri Exploration (B)
Today is an active day when we walk up the hill of Phnom Krom, reach several local tribes, visit their farm. This is not only similar to a sport activity to train the health but also the chance for visitors to slowly enjoy the majestic scenery on the way.
Besides, you will go through several Sweden farms and may participate in farm activities with the people here.
The rest of afternoon we go swimming at the volcanic Yeak Laom Lake, surrounded by wild rain forest. Enjoy your swimming time or take a walk around the lake.

The hilltop temples pf Phnom Krom

The hilltop temples of Phnom Krom

Day 19: Rattanakiri – Kampong Cham (B, L, D)
After having lunch at a restaurant nearby, we go to Kampong Cham and if possible, we will stop to see the 8th-century hillside pagoda of Wat Hanchey and the 11th-century temple of Wat Nokor. Stay overnight in Kampong Cham.

Colorful stupas in Wat Hanchey

Colorful stupas of Wat Hanchey

Day 20: Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh – Departure (B)
After breakfast, back to Phnom Penh and drive straight to the airport for catching the flight back home. End of tour.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • All domestic flights
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Excluded?

  • Your International Flights
  • Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

Recommended Hotel List:

Location Accommodation
Hanoi Gondola Hotel
Mai Chau Homestay
Son La Hanoi Hotel
Dien Bien Phu Him Lam Hotel
Muang Khoa Sernnaly Hotel
Nong Khiau Nong Kiau Riverside
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara Hotel
Siem Reap Steung Hotel
Battambang Battambang ResortHotel
Phnom Penh Anis Hotel
Kratie Terres Rouges
Rattana Kiri Motel Phnom Yaklom
Kam Pong Cham Sovann Phum Hotel
  • Room type is based on Double bed or Twin-shared rooms by 2 people
  • Inclusive of Daily breakfast & taxes