16 Days Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights Tour

INT-TLVC-TLCVHT16 16 Days Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights Tour

This 16-day Vietnam and Cambodia tour will be a great journey to lead you to immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery and splendid culture of thesse four countries. The beauty is something that you need to take time to explore and appreciate.

Your tour will start from the Buddhist temple of Wat Umong, nestled in the forested foothills of Suthep Mountain in Chiang Mai. Transfer to visit The golden triangle which is a mysterious region to enjoy a full day excursion to the heart of golden triangle region. Then you will embark the Luang Say Cruise along the Mekong and witness the daily life of ethnic minorities and their talented craftsmanship. After that, you will be transferred to the Elephant Village to start your Elephant Safari. Continue to have a local cooking class, it is quite interesting. Next, you will fly to Hanoi, take a cyclo tour to travel through the famous Old Quarter to view the most elegant French colonial architectures in Hanoi; then move to Halong Bay, go fishing and swimming in jade green water and feel the natural beauty of the Bay. Then Fly to Siem Reap, take three days to explore the splendid temples in Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Finally, you will visit the Grand Palace, a beautiful example of an ancient Siamese court in Bangkok, also some other famous sites.


PLACES VISITEDChiang Mai - Huay Xai - Pakbeng - Luang Prabang - Vientiane - Hanoi - Siem Reap - Bangkok

DEPARTURE DATESDates are flexible and customizable for private departures.


Trip Highlights

  • Vietnam: Cruise on Halong Bay, stroll at the old street in Hanoi
  • Cambodia: Discover the splendid temples of Angkor. Walk along the stilted houses of a floating village at Tonle Sap
  • Laos: Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls.
  • Thailand: Discovery the Golden triangle, take a cruise to Luang Prabang, overnight in Luang Say Lodge.

At a Glance

Chiang Mai(1 night)

Huay Xai(1 night)

Luang Say Lodge(1 night)

Luang Prabang(3 nights)

Mahout Lodge(1 night)

Vang Vieng(1 night)

Hanoi(2 nights)

Halong Bay(1 night)

Siem Reap(2 nights)

Bangkok(2 nights)

Itinerary Day by Day

16 Days Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Chiang Mai

Flight: International flight will be on your own arrangement

Meals: D

Welcome to Thailand, upon arrive, the guide from Indochina tour will greeting at the airport and escort to your hotel for checking in.

In the afternoon , continue to the Buddhist temple of Wat Umong, nestled in the forested foothills of Suthep Mountain. Learn about the Buddhist proverbs posted throughout the grounds in English and Thai before you head inside to see the impressive Buddha statue. You’ll also visit the 14th-century Wat Suan Dok, a white bell-shaped temple housing a 20-foot (6-meter) Buddha. See the large prayer hall and the unique open-sided chapel, then enjoy an opportunity to chat with a monk about Buddhism and temple life.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 2 Discover Golden Triangle | Transfer to Huay Xai

Meals: B / L

This morning , transfer to visit The golden triangle which is a mysterious region for most of Indochina tour makes, today you will enjoy a full day excursion to the heart of golden triangle region.

Your fascinating day will start from morning by firstly visit the Long Neck Karen village to see the long neck hill tribe people who relocated from the Thai and Myanmar border. If it is possible, you will also able to visit a Cock Fighting near the hill tribe village. Keep driving to Mt. Doi Mae Salong and visit the Chinese village on the top of the mountain. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, continue the trip to the highest peak on the Thai-Myanmar border. Doi Tung, provides an opportunity to view enrooted many different Lahu and Akha village as well as terraced farming areas and see from distance the Princess Mother's frigid flower Garden. Doi Tung temple, built in A.D.1493, is located at the peak. Its scenery reminds one of Switzerland, features many unique images and temple architecture over looking the entire northern rice field plain. Transfer to Huay Xai after that.

Overnight in Huay Xai

Day 3 Embark the Luang Say Cruise, Depart toward Pakbeng

Meals: B / L

Depart on 9:30AM, Within the Mekong region, the capital of the Lao province of Bokèo, Huay Xai is an important border crossing point with neighboring Chiang Khong, Thailand and was thus chosen as the ideal departing port for the cruise. After one-hour journeying along the river, the boat stops at a traditional village. This is a chance to observe rural life along the Mekong and witness the daily life of ethnic minorities and their talented craftsmanship. Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a main course from Laos’ main culinary delights as well as a choice of fish and meat dishes.

The river cruise arrives at Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng before sunset, giving plenty of time to refresh, enjoy the scenery of the river and admire the surrounding nature.

A Laotian dinner is served on the open air terrace overlooking the Mekong River.

Overnight in Luang Say Lodge

Day 4 Pakbeng - Luang Prabang

Meals: B / L

Mornings are special times at Luang Say Lodge with stunning sights of the peaceful neighboring mountains, often shrouded in mist, while a full breakfast is served on the expansive teak terrace.

Depart on 8:00 am . The cruise departs for another day of nature discovery along the legendary river with two stops planned along the way to Luang Prabang. A few hours into the day after enjoying the sights of granite cliffs and sparkling sandy shores, the river boat makes a stop to visit the hill tribe village of Baw, where you can watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey.

Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a main course from Laos’ cuisine. A different choice of fish and meat dishes than on the first day is prepared for a greater culinary experience.

Opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River, near Pak Ou village, the cruise stops to visit the Tam Thing cave. Translated as Rock Cave, it is famous for housing over 2,500 Buddha statues of all sizes and for being a place of pilgrimage for locals.

Following a day along the wide Mekong river, with beautiful sceneries of mountains, wild nature, local life and delicious food, the cruise arrives at Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 5 Elephant Village | Overnight in Mahout Lodge

Meals: B / L

This morning you will be transferred to the Elephant Village.
• Arrival at the Elephant Village Camp: Welcome and greeting by our camp manager and participate in short briefing about elephants
• Ride the Elephant: Enjoy the impressive experience of a 1 km bareback elephant ride! 1 person per elephant.
• Boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall: Take a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae waterfall and relax, dip your feet or go for a swim in the clear, cool ponds
• Mahout Training: Receive your mahout training on how to control an elephant like a mahout
• Lunch: Dine at our Elephant Camp restaurant. Buffet lunch served with coffee / tea and drinking water (vegetarian options available)
• Bring Your Elephant to the Jungle: Enjoy the unique experience of riding your elephant in the evening to her jungle hideaway where she gets to retire for the evening
• Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Elephant Camp restaurant (set menu served with drinking water)
• Overnight: Enjoy a relaxing night at our Elephant Lodge with stunning views of the Nam Khan river

Overnight in Mahout Lodge

Day 6 Elephant Safari |Transfer back to Luang Prabang, Free of Leisure

Meals: B / L

• Awake from your Slumber: You won’t believe how tranquil and beautiful the Lao jungle mornings are!
• Pick Up Your Own Elephant: In the morning, retrieve your elephant from her jungle hide away
• Bathe Your Elephant: Take your own elephant down to the Nam Khan river for an exhilarating bathing experience!
• Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at our Elephant Camp restaurant (set menu with coffee / tea and drinking water)
• Depart: Transfer back to Hotel in Luang Prabang between 10:00 am and 11:00 am

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 7 Cooking Class / Khouang Si Waterfall

Meals: B / L

In the morning, will gather in our local restaurant. From here, our guide will take you to a fresh morning market. Spend approximately 1 hour to experience the local lifestyle through their normal habits. Learn about fresh ingredients and their usages, especially for our upcoming dishes. Our local professional guide will share you interesting stories that make up your day. Back to the restaurant and have a morning tea break before the cooking class is started. Firstly you will have a delicious demonstration, which display many popular dishes such as Feu Khua (sticky rice noodles with chicken and vegetable), chicken larp, Oh Peadak, Gheng Phet,etc. Then, you will able to taste those dishes and choose which you prefer to cook. With helpful guide from our chef, you yourself will make them real shortly. Have lunch in the restaurant with your own homemade dishes.

In the afternoon, continue to explore the beautiful  Khouang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 8 Transfer to Vang Vieng | Boat Trip on Nam Xong River

Meals: B

After breakfast, you will leave for the beautiful town Vang Vieng by taking Road 13 toward South. When you arrive in Vang Vieng, you'll take a boat trip on the Nam Xong River for natural beauty of Vang Vieng, You'll check in at your hotel, then have free time at your leisure.

Overnight in Vang Vieng

Day 9 Free Leisure in Vang Vieng | Transfer to Vientiane Airport

Meals: B / L

Today, enjoying your free morning, then transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrive, guide will meet and escort to your hotel check in . rest is your own leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 10 Hanoi - the 100 Year Old City

Meals: B / L

This morning see the Tran Quoc Pagoda. This 1,400 year old temple features ten tiers enclosed by gardens, including a bodhi tree grown from a cutting of the original Buddhist tree under which Buddha sat. Stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake where you’ll see the Tortoise Tower perched on the water. Enjoy a half hour cyclo tour through Hanoi’s the Old Quarter. The cyclo is a historic mode of transportation in the cities of Vietnam where a cyclist leads you while you sit in a canopied seat affixed to the front. Next, visit the One Pillar Pagoda, situated on a pillar made of a single stone, in the midst of a lotus pond. This pagoda was built by a 9th century emperor who saw it in a dream and regarded this as divine inspiration to recreate the structure in his vision.

You'll pass by the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum before visiting the highlight of this day - The Temple of Literature. This ancient university was erected almost a millennium ago and has hosted many of the most prominent scholars through Vietnamese history. The site features many gardens, pools, buildings, and ancient trees where Vietnam’s best and brightest studied under the guidance of Confucius teachings.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 11 Hanoi/Cruise along Halong Bay

Meals: B / L / Dinner

After breakfast, travel to Halong Bay, one of the Wonders of the Orient (3 hr. drive). Your cruise across Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam's most fascinating wonder. As the boat sets sails, you will be greeted by the Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard.

During the afternoon, discover some of the treasures spread across the Bay of the Descending Dragon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water. While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of the Spa, Beauty & Massage services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you can attend the chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.

One of the highlights of your stay on board is the innovative and varied cuisine offered at Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world.

Overnight in Halong Bay

Day 12 Halong Bay/Return to Hanoi/ Flight to Siem Reap

Flight: Internal flight include in quotation and will be on INT's arrangement

Meals: B / L

Wake up to Tai Chi exercises on the sun deck and continue cruising the bays. Breakfast buffet will be served in the restaurant, followed by a visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around noon and transfer back to Hanoi airport for your onward flight to Siem Reap, upon arrive , you will escort tor hotel check in.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 13 Angkor Thom Ancient Capital (By Tuk Tuk)

Meals: B

After breakfast, begin your explorations of the remains of an ancient civilization that once ruled much of Southeast Asia. Today, visit the ancient capital city of Angkor Thom by the traditional local transportation named "Tuk Tuk". On your way, you’ll catch a glimpse of Angkor Wat as you pass by. However, we’ll save the best for last as you continue today to see some other equally impressive ruins of Ta Prohm Temple, Bayon Temple, Banteay Kdei, Baphoun, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace, and the Royal Palace. First on the agenda is Ta Prohm. Worn by time, rain, and overpowered by the jungle, this immaculate structure hidden under a canopy will leave you feeling as if you’d stepped into an adventure movie set.

Then visit Banteay Kdei ("Citadel of Chambers”). Continue on to the Victory Gate, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Royal Palace, and Baphuon and Bayon. Bayon sets itself apart with its almost 200 smiling faces, sure to make you feel welcomed on your second day to the Kingdom of Wonders. With its winding tunnels, chambers, and daring climbs, Bayon offers many picturesque moments to keep your camera busy.

As the sun approaches the horizon, enjoy a sunset view from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup. Return to the hotel for some time to relax.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 14 Angkor Wat & Banteay Srei: Citadel of Women

Meals: B

This morning, continue on to the remote temple of Banteay Srei: set deep in the jungle. The Citadel of Women, Banteay Srei was carved from red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to elaborate decorative wall carvings, which are well preserved to this day. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale in comparison to the other colossal temples around Siem Reap, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. This temple is considered the jewel of Khmer art.

In the afternoon, be prepared today for one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Angkor Wat.

Enter Angkor Wat and to view its amazing architecture and history. Angkor Wat possesses some of the longest and most intricate stone carving. This complex is four times the size of the Vatican City making it the largest religious site in the world. Spend the morning exploring through the many passages, levels, and chambers that once housed many treasures of the ancient world. finished and transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. arrival and escort to hotel for check in.

Overnight in Bangkok

Day 15 Bangkok - Emerald Buddha and Klong Cruise

Meals: B / L

This morning , visit the Grand Palace, a beautiful example of an ancient Siamese court, and Wat Phra Kaew, home to the revered Emerald Buddha statue. Then, ride like a Local by tuk-tuk to Wat Pho temple, to behold the 150-foot-long Reclining Buddha statue. Next, explore the city’s renowned klongs(canals) by boat and cruise the Chao Phraya River. Also visit Wat Arun and the Royal Barge Museum.

Overnight in Bangkok

Day 16 Farewell from Bangkok!

Flight: International flight on your own arrangement or upon request

Meals: B

Today transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Service Inclusions:

  • Flight tickets with airport tax as listed in above itinerary.
  • Entrance fee and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.
  • Private English speaking tour guide service.
  • Private van for land transportation with cold drinking water and soft drink provided in the car.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary (B for breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner.

Service Exclusions:

  • International air tickets.
  • Visa Handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Meals do not listed in itinerary.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel bell boys, etc.
  • Surcharge for public holidays (if any).
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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