As the name suggests, this tour is truly the essence of Indochina. Visit the historically and culturally important sites of the three countries Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia to understand their people, their way of life, as well as natural wonders that these countries hold dear.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport by a local English-speaking guide and transferred to the city center for hotel check-in. For the rest of the day, take a rest after the long flight or discover attractions of the city on your own.
Visit the tunnel network of Cu Chi. This incredible system, covering almost 250km in length was shelter to over 16,000 Vietcong guerrillas during the wars. In the afternoon set out on a tour of the former capital of French Indochina with historic landmarks like the Old Saigon post office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Continue your tour by visiting the Reunification Palace which was used as the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war in the 60s and War Remnants Museum where tells you the history of Vietnam-American War.
Transfer to Cai Be in the morning. Boarding at around noon on the Bassac cruise. You will enter the Cho Lach Canal on the Tien Giang River through the traffic of sand and rice barges and view fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards. Then visit a village on the banks of the Mang Thit River to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. You will also visit an orchard or rice field nearby.
Boarding the Bassac again to relax with a drink on the sunset.
Breakfast is available from 06:30, while the ship is cruising the Tra On Floating Market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho. Arrival in Cai Rang Floating Market, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the market more closely. Lunch on your own. Then, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for a short fly to Danang. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by a local driver and transferred to the hotel in Hoi An.
Visit Tra Que village, observe picturesque scenes of the local's daily life. Tra Que is also famous for the quality and the flavor of its aromatic herbs. Ride your bike through the village and try a hand job on the traditional watering and harvesting with the locals before having lunch with the village’s specialties.
In the afternoon, you will take a stroll through small streets of the town to explore two-century-old Chinese houses. Sites include the Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple, and Tan Ky trading house
Free day at leisure. Discover the charming town in your own way. You can unwind on the beach or let yourself be seduced by the serenity of Hoi An.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, a local guide will welcome you and take you to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature and the Museum of Ethnology.
Late in the afternoon, climb into a traditional cyclo (pedicab) for a 45-minute tour of the colonial city’s traditional “36 streets of 36 wares” in the Old Quarter to discover Hanoi’s architecture, which reflects the atmosphere and soul of Hanoi.
After breakfast, depart by private vehicle for Ha Long Bay. Arrive in Ha Long City around noon. Board a traditional wooden junk and begin your exploration of magical Halong Bay. Cruise on Halong Bay - one of Southeast Asia’s premier tourist destinations and one of the most beautiful UNESCO Heritage Sites and enjoy an excellent menu of fresh seafood which will be served on the boat.
After spectacular dawn over the bay and breakfast onboard, you will continue your cruise trip to explore the limestone formations of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a brunch during your returning back to the harbor to head to Hanoi for your flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by a local driver to the hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to visit the Royal Palace. You will stop in some of these villages and have a countryside lunch at the beautiful Khuang Sy waterfall. Return to Luang Prabang and start exploring the old city on the left bank of the Mekong River by visiting some of the most beautiful temples like Vat Xieng Thong, Vat Visoun, Vat Phou, Vat Aham, and an H’mong Night Market.
Visit Vat Nong temple in the early morning to witness the Tak Bat ceremony in which hundreds of monks walk in meditative silence collecting food from devotees. After a somewhat humbling experience, your guide will take you to a local market. You can taste and savor some local snacks before having breakfast at a local restaurant.
Drive to the pier and embark a traditional boat to cruise up along the Mekong River to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, which shelter hundreds of Buddha statuettes. After a delicious home-cooked lunch, visit Ban Xang Hai on your way back to discover how Lao people make their traditional rice wine.
Transfer to the airport to fly to Siem Reap. After a short rest, explore one of the most ancient temple sites in the region: the Roluos Group. Begin your visit with a bicycling tour around the impressive Bakong, a 9th-century temple, then Preah Ko and Lolei which today houses a small monastery.
Take a leisurely cycling route in the countryside and make a stop at a local house for tasting Khmer pastries with local fruit juices. This is an ideal introduction to Angkor.
Meet your guide this morning to explore the marvelous temple of Angkor Wat by tuk-tuk, a world heritage site featuring the most extraordinary towers and bas-reliefs that date back thousands of years ago. In the afternoon, visit the Great City of Angkor Thom beginning at the south gate and the famous Bayon temple of the 12th and 13th centuries.
Free at leisure until being transferred back the airport for your departure flight back home.
Tran Thuy (Judy), Exotic Voyages organized our 7-week tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. She was so attentive to our every request. She followed our stated budget, made many changes to our itinerary (5 drafts) before issuing a detailed itinerary with all important details, ...
Tran Thuy (Judy), Exotic Voyages organized our 7-week tour of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. She was so attentive to our every request. She followed our stated budget, made many changes to our itinerary (5 drafts) before issuing a detailed itinerary with all important details, contacts, times etc. etc. Even after we paid the full payment, she was quick to respond to any concerns we had. In addition, when we arrived at each destination, we received a letter indicating what times we would be picked up for various tours or to go to the airport. Evaluations were done throughout the journey and we were always met by someone at least 15 minutes prior to our pick-up time. It was so comforting to be met at the airport in-spite of numerous airplane delays. The guides all expressed how happy they were to work for Exotic Voyages. Special mention to some of the outstanding guides - Tukta in Thailand (did so many extra things for us - above and beyond her duties - very caring and made accommodations for us as needed); Mr. Thong in Lao, Mr. Buu, Hoi An, Sherry in Kaula Lumpur, Miss Pitsamai Lurthoo in Thailand. All the drivers were simply outstanding - always calm in-spite of difficult traffic conditions. We took 3 cooking sessions and they not only provided us with great food and how to prepare it but provided us with an opportunity to get to know the day to day experiences of the locals. To us this is what travel is all about - getting to know the locals. This was a journey of a lifetime. We would recommend Exotic Voyages highly and are very grateful to Thuy and the whole team for their efforts. We were provided with 24/7 emergency contacts for each country - we contact Mr. Mark in Thailand and he was so calm and reassuring in sorting out our problem.READ MORE
We used Exotic Voyages for our 3 week trip. Annie made it organized and easy from the very beginning. She worked with me to develop and tweak many itineraries. All of the airline connections were efficient and complete, right down to seating and boarding passes. All hotels were immaculate, ...
We used Exotic Voyages for our 3 week trip. Annie made it organized and easy from the very beginning. She worked with me to develop and tweak many itineraries. All of the airline connections were efficient and complete, right down to seating and boarding passes. All hotels were immaculate, reasonable and central to the best locations. All tours and excursions were professional and spot on. There was always someone waiting for us at the airports to help with immigration and luggage. Annie even personalized our trip with a local dinner in Hanoi! She stayed in touch every step of the way. I will use Exotic Voyages again.READ MORE
Exotic Voyages produced a once in a lifetime tour for us which we will remember for the rest of our lives. We cannot recommend them highly enough, for so many different reasons. The booking process was very smooth, and any requests from me to add or amend things on the itinerary were accommodated. ...
Exotic Voyages produced a once in a lifetime tour for us which we will remember for the rest of our lives. We cannot recommend them highly enough, for so many different reasons. The booking process was very smooth, and any requests from me to add or amend things on the itinerary were accommodated. I was hesitant at first due to the online nature of the company but was reassured once we received flight booking confirmations and invoice of payment very swiftly after payment was transferred. We were kept informed up until the day we flew out to Thailand and then once we arrived we had a local tour guide escort us through the airport which really helped after a very long couple of flights! This was a consistent theme with the company, local tour guides who spoke extremely good English and who were knowledgeable but best of all very friendly and personable. We want to thank all of our guides as they were all fantastic and the private nature of the tours also added to the special experience. Highlights of the tour for us was the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai and food tour in Bangkok (though all of our tours were excellent). The hotels were all better than we could have hoped for, in great locations and very comfortable and clean. The highlight was our suite in Phuket which was absolutely beautiful. All in all we had probably the best holiday we have ever enjoyed together and we cant thank Exotic Voyages enough for giving us this experience. Well worth every penny! We have already recommended the company to our friends and family and ware already thinking about our next trip to either Vietnam or Cambodia.READ MORE
I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for ...
I recently returned from from my first solo vacation. Rose took my initial thoughts on what I was interested in doing in Vietnam and ran with it. I was very nervous about traveling by myself so far from home, but the team at EV was there with me every step of the way! EV made this trip so easy for me. From the moment Rose contacted me, every detail was taken care of. I didn't need to worry about anything. I felt very safe and taken care of. Their attention to detail is what made my trip so fantastic. If you have any interest in solo traveling, but are a little nervous about logistics, EV will put your mind at ease and give you a trip of a lifetime!READ MORE
Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues ...
Annie (Yen) Hong helped me plan a 10 day Vietnam trip with my son during August 2019. Annie was very professional, had great ideas and recommendations, and was extremely attentive to our needs both before and during out trip. While no trip goes off perfect, she was able to adjust to various issues such as weather, and help make our trip great. I would definitely recommend using exotic voyages, and Annie in particular!READ MORE
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