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Vietnam Cambodia Laos & Greater Mekong Tour 20 Days

Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kratie - Stung Treng - Veun Kham - Khon Island - Champasak - Pakse - Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang - Pakbeng - Huay Xai

Saigon Chau Doc Phnom Penh Vientiane Luang Prabang Luang Prabang - Laos

Day 1: Saigon - Arrival

Arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 2: Saigon city tour (B, L)

Full day sightseeing in Saigon and Cholon (Chinatown). Saigon is the largest of Vietnamese cities, with the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life visible everywhere. There are street markets, sidewalk cafes and sleek new bars. The city churns and bubbles. Yet within this teeming metropolis are 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. To the west of the city is District 5, the huge Chinese neighborhood called Cholon, which means 'Big Market'. Highlights: Notre Dame Cathedral; Central Post Office; City Hall; Opera House; Jade Emperor Pagoda; Reunification Palace; War Remnants Museum; Ben Thanh Market; Giac Lam Pagoda; Binh Tay Market; Thien Hau Pagoda. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 3: Saigon - Vinh Long - Can Tho (B, L)

By vehicle from Saigon to Vinh Long. Journey southwest to the Mekong Delta past My Tho, capital of Tien Giang Province. The economy is based on fishing and the cultivation of rice, coconuts, bananas, mangoes, longans and citrus fruit. Excursion to Mekong River Islands. There are many of these beautiful small islands in the river, totally given over to agriculture, especially the growing of tropical fruits, which are shipped to Saigon. Some of the most popular islands to visit include Binh Hoa Phuoc and An Binh Island with their 'monkey bridges', or makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs above the canals. By vehicle from Vinh Long to Can Tho. Journey southwest in Vinh Long Province and then via ferry across the Hau Giang River. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 4: Can Tho (B, L)

Sightseeing of Can Tho, the capital of the province and the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta. Rice-husking mills provide a major local industry. Highlights: Munirangsyarm Pagoda; Cantonese Congregation Pagoda; Central market; Ho Chi Minh Museum; Cai Rang Floating Market. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 5: Can Tho - Chau Doc (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel. Take a three hour boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floaing market. Roam into the villages to visit the rice paper mill, the rice noodles. Return to Can Tho, Deapart for Chaudoc via Long Xuyen, visit the insense stick village, the Crocodile farm. Arrival in Chaudoc, Visit the Sam Moutain, the caved pagoda. Enjoy the sunset over the Vietnamese - Cambodian Frontier. Check in on arrival. Free at leisure in the evening. Ovenight in Chau Doc.

Day 6: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B) - by boat

Take boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Arrival in Phnom Penh. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 7: Phnom Penh city tour (B, L)

Sightseeing in Phnom Penh. Cambodia's capital sits at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Considered the loveliest of the French-built cities of Indochina, it was founded as a small monastery in 1372 by a rich Khmer woman called Penh after she found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk on the banks of the Mekong. She set up the monastery on a nearby hill ' or ''phnom'' in Cambodian. Highlights: Wat Phnom; Wat Ounalom; Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda; National Museum; Toul Sleng Museum; Central Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 8: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham (B, L)

By vehicle from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham. Journey north through the Mekong River basin. If time permits, visit the spider merchants at Skoun. Sightseeing in Kampong Cham, a lively port on the banks of the Mekong River with some good examples of colonial-era architecture. Highlights: Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei; Wat Nokor; Rubber Platation; Local Market; Wat Nokor Bayon. Overnight in Kampong Cham.

Day 9: Kampong Cham - Kratie (B, L) - by boat

Transfer by speedboat from Kampong Cham to Kratie. Journey north along the Mekong River, the 12th longest river in the world, past the river's many islands and riverside villages. Transfer to the hotel and sightseeing in Kratie. Highlights: Capital of Kratie Province, Kratie is a pleasant, small riverside town on the Mekong River. Wat Phnom Sambok: situated 9 km north of Kratie, there are two peaks here named Phnom Srey and Phnom Proh. Phnom Srey has a small pagoda (built in 1938) and a beautiful view of the Mekong. Local people visit to request better health for their relatives. Phnom Proh also has a small pagoda with monks and nuns living around the pagoda. Dolphin Observation Park: 14 km north of Kratie town is the Irawaddy dolphin observation park, home to about 50 dolphins. Overnight in Kratie.

Day 10: Kratie - Stung Treng (B, L) - by boat

Transfer by speedboat from Kratie to Stung Treng. Journey north along the Mekong River, the 12th longest river in the world with good views of the many islands, riverside villages and farms. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Stung Treng.

Day 11: Stung Treng - Veun Kham - Khon Island (B, L) - by boat

By longtail boat from Stung Treng to Veun Kham, Laos. Travel along the Mekong River through some of Cambodia's most beautiful scenery towards the Lao border. This trip will cross the border between Laos and Cambodia and on each side one must report at the Immigration's Office. A visa is necessary; not possible to get this upon arrival. Veun Kham: the village of Veun Kham is on the banks of the Mekong River and is in Lao territory.By vehicle to the Khon Phapheng Falls and on by boat to Khong Island. Khon Phapheng Falls: south of Don Khon Island the Mekong River has a 13km stretch of powerful rapids with several sets of cascades. The largest, Khon Phapheng, flows near the eastern shore of the Mekong River near the village of Ban Thakho. Excursion to see the Irrawaddy River dolphins by boat. The boat trip on the Mekong River passes through areas with virtually no population to one of the last places where you are able to see the Irrawaddy dolphins. Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris): reach around 2.5m in length and swim in small pods of two to three individuals. Their bulging foreheads make them resemble the much larger Beluga Whale. The dolphins are an endangered species that are found in this southern Mekong region. About a hundred dolphins are thought to survive and the best times of day to see them are early morning and late afternoon. Overnight in Khon Island.

Day 12: Khon Island - Khong Island (B, L)

Excursion to Khon Phapheng Waterfalls. South of Don Khong Island the Mekong River features a 13km stretch of powerful rapids with several sets of cascades. The largest, Khon Phapheng, flows close to the eastern shore of the Mekong River near the village of Ban Thakho. Overnight in Khong Island.

Day 13: Khong Island - Champasak - Pakse (B, L)

By vehicle from Khong Island to Champasak. Journey north in Champasak Province, through the Mekong River basin and through the villages of Kheo, Ban Hangdon and Ban Nongsim. The Angkor-period ruins of Wat Phou Champasak lie 8km south of the town. We visit: Wat Thong (Wat Nyutthitham); Wat Muang Kang; Wat Phou Champasak; Haw Nang Stupa; Hawng Thaan Tao; Ban That Village. By vehicle from Champasak to Pakse. Journey north through Champasak Province along the Mekong River basin. Overnight in Pakse.

Day 14: Pakse - Vientiane (B, L) - by flight

Transfer to the airport. Flight from Pakse to Vientiane. Transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing in Vientiane the capital city and seat of government sitting in a bend of the Mekong River amidst fertile alluvial plains. Vientiane (pronounced 'Wieng Chan' by the locals) is a laid-back city with interesting wats and lively markets. Highlights: Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Reliquary or Great Stupa); Patuxai; Ho Pha Keo; Wat Si Saket; Wat Si Muang; Taat Sao. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 15: Vientiane - Vang Vieng (B, L)

By vehicle from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. Journey north in Vientiane Province on Route 13 passing through Thalat and Phonhong. Sightseeing in Vang Vieng including Tham Chang and Tham Xang Caves. This small town north of Vientiane is nestled in a scenic bend in the Nam Song River. The west bank of the river is lined with tunnels and caverns and the limestone cliffs are beautiful. Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 16: Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang (B, L)

By vehicle from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Journey north passing through Ban Phatang and Muang Kasi. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 17: Luang Prabang tour (B, L)

Sightseeing in Luang Prabang, the ancient capital city of the Lan Xang Kingdom, famous for its historic temples and beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. In 1995 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights: Wat Xieng Thong; Wat Wisunalat (Vat Visoun); Wat Mai; Wat That Luang; Wat Saen. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 18: Luang Prabang - Pakbeng (B, L)

Transfer on board one of the Pak Ou boats with stop at the Pak Ou Caves from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng. The Pak Ou boats are the perfect slow boat for leisurely river travel. With 18 and 34 metre steel hulls they have a capacity of 36 comfortable seats each, with an open air view, a fully stocked bar and cooler and toilet facilities. The boat leaves in the morning for the first leg of the cruise to Pak Beng. A stop at Pak Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River to visit the Tham Ting Caves of a Thousand Buddha's. Stop off at a village for a lesson in how rice wine is made. Lunch on board then visit a fishing village before arriving in Pakbeng in the late afternoon. Highlights: Pak Ou Caves; Ban Xang Hai.

Day 19: Pakbeng - Huay Xai (B, L)

On board one of the Pak Ou boats from Pakbeng to Huay Xai. First thing in the morning the Pak Ou boat leaves the pier for a leisurely cruise up the Mekong towards Huay Xai (Lao-Thai border). Several stops along the way offer the opportunity to sample rural life first-hand and marvel at just how little has changed over the centuries. Arrival in Huay Xai is in the late afternoon. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Huay Xai.

Day 20: Huay Xai - Depart (B)

Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to airport for flight back home. End of service!
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Trip includes:

  • Private tour (Except joining boat in Halong Bay)
  • Accommodation at specified or similar hotels with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation as indicated in program
  • All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • English or French speaking tour guide at places as indicated in program
  • Boat trip as indicated in program
  • Air tickets: Economy class: Pakse - Vientiane
  • Boat ticket: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh; Kampong Cham - Kratie; Kratie - Stung Treng; Stung Treng - Veun Kham

Trip excludes:

  • Surcharge on Chirstmas Eve and New Year Eve
  • VISA to Vietnam (Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. We can help for visa on arrival if request)
  • VISA to Laos and Cambodia
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
  • Other meals and drinks Late check out or early check in at all places (Normally check in at 14: 00 and check out at 12: 00/ surcharge if request)
  • Insurance travel
  • Tips & gratuities
  • All other services are not made on the written form

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