20 Days Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand Highlights Tour

INT-VCLT-VCLTHT20 20 Days Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand Highlights Tour

This 20-days Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand highlights tour will lead you to traveling the fairyland. Not only will these four countries offer you the vastly distinct landscapes and rich culture,  but also a Buddhist culture journey.

you will explore the charming country from the north to the south, visiting Hanoi old city, enjoying a relaxing Halong Bay cruise. Hue city is another destination, here start your private sightseeing tour of Hue City with hotel pickup in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Then transfer to Hoi An Ancient Town to stroll along the busy street and visit a lot of fishing boat on the lagoon where local live and move around for fishing. Fly to enjoy the colorful city life in Saigon and the unique Mekong River Cruise. You will learn more about the history, incredible tenacity and ingenuity of the Cu Chi inhabitants. Leaving Saigon, you will arrive in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, to get to know its history and culture by stopping at: The Reunification Palace. Flight to Angkor Wat, start your Buddhist Culture tour. Then transfer to Luang Prabang, visit the Royal Palace Museum, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham and explore the beautiful Khouang Si Waterfall. Transfer to airport for flight to Phuket via Bangkok, you will strat your visit to island, enjoy the sunshine and sandbeach.


PLACES VISITEDHanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Saigon - Siem Reap - Luang Prabang - Phuket

DEPARTURE DATESDates are flexible and customizable for private departures.


Trip Highlights

  • Vietnam: Cruise on Halong Bay, visit Hoian Ancient Town, relax on the sandy beach, explore the colonial Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), and boat cruise to the Melkong Delta.
  • Cambodia: Discover the splendid temples of Angkor Wat, and walk along the stilted houses of a floating village at Tonle Sap Lake.
  • Laos: Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls, and explore the Buddhist Ancient City- Luang Prabang
  • Thailand: Relax on the beach of Phuket to enjoy the sunshine

At a Glance

Hanoi(2 nights)

Halong Bay(1 night)

Hue(2 nights)

Hoi An(2 nights)

Saigon(2 nights)

Phnom Penh(2 nights)

Siem Reap(3 nights)

Luang Prabang(3 nights)

Phuket(2 nights)

Itinerary Day by Day

20 Days Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand Highlights Tour

Day 1 Welcome to Hanoi!

Flight: International flight on your own arrangement or upon request

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to Hotel for check in. Then rest are at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2 Hanoi - the 100 Year Old City

Meals: B

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 3 Hanoi/Cruise along Halong Bay(Shuttle bus arranged by cruise company)

Meals: B / L / D

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 4 Halong Bay/Hanoi/Flight to Hue

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 flight to Hue. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at airport and escort you to hotel for check in. Rest of your own leisure.

Overnight in Hue

Day 5 Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

Meals: B / L

Start your private sightseeing tour of Hue City with hotel pickup in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Venture out for a full day of exploring with your expert guide, who will unlock the secrets and the history of Vietnam’s former capital. Spend 1 to 1.5 hours wandering the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hue Citadel, where you’ll get an up close look at the former Imperial Palace. Your guide will take you through the hallways, temples and tombs that were modeled after Beijing’s Forbidden City. Your knowledgeable guide will share insights and information about the striking complex, which was once a part of the Nguyen Empire. Damaged during the Tet Offensive and bombed by international troops, the once regal structure is today in mostly ruins. Learn about local efforts to restore this Vietnamese icon to its original splendor on your tour.Once you’ve explored the grounds spend about 45-minutes cruising along the stunning Perfume River. You’ll visit the tallest pagoda in Vietnam - Thien Mu Pagoda - which stretches seven stories into the sky and is visible on the river’s northern bank.Enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant before touring the Emperor’s residence, located just outside of Hue. Two of the most famous Royal Tombs - Tu Doc Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb - are located here. Wander the temples, courtyards, tombs and pavilions tucked amid lush pine forests with your guide and learn about the Nguyen Dynasty before your tour ends are you are transported by private vehicle back to your hotel.

Overnight in Hue

Day 6 Mountain Coastal Road to Hoi An

Meal: B / L

Your guide will assist with check out. Then take a scenic ride along the mountain coasts of Vietnam (6 hours).you will have amazing landscape on the way. Eucalyptus Oil village: First stop 05 minutes to take pictures and how to make eucalyptus oil. Fishing village: Visit a lot of fishing boat on the lagoon where local live and move around for fishing. Lang Co beach - a famous beach of Vietnam next to Haivan pass, it is a popular stop for tourists on the Hue-Danang route. Hai Van Pass - the most beautiful road pass - the stunning view from the top; enjoy the best coffee in Vietnam with great view. Museum of Cham Sculpture - Learn more about Champa ancient people. My Khe beach or R&R beach - where the US marines landing firstly 1965 and stay until 1973. Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village - located at the foot of Marble Mountains - visit local village to learn how to make statues Marble Mountain (Ngu Hanh Son) - have a hiking tour on the mountains - visit some caves and Buddihist temples. Arrival Hoi An hotel for check in and then rest on your own leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 7 Century Cham Ruins and Hoi An Ancient Port Town

Meal: B

In the morning, travel to the My Son Holy Land. Tucked in the mountains up winding roads with serene views, lie the 4th century My Son Holy Land ruins. The surrounding mountains are strictly forbidden for living or development. The ruins lie in a beautiful mountainous landscape. Enter the temples to hear all about the history and stories of the Cham people and this holy site.

In the afternoon, continue on to the Ancient Capital of Hoi An, which features the 16th century port town in its preserved state. Visit the Museum of Trade Ceramics which houses art and pottery dating from the 1,500’s to the 1,700’s. Continue on a brief visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, a temple from the 17th century featuring China's influence in the region. Enter the Ancient Town as the streets take on a magic of their own with old lanterns, French-style houses, intricately carved wooden doors and more Take a walk through the Old Tam Ky House to see it's imperial styles meshed with French overtures. Continue on to stroll along the river and see traditional boats and locals on bicycles passing by. You'll then approach the Japanese Covered Bridge which for centuries connected the Chinese and Japanese sides of town over the waterway. The old wooden structure has shown amazing resilience for more than 400 years.

At dusk, enjoy walking along the riverside as colorful lanterns light up the town. Then return to your hotel for an evening of relaxation.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 8 Flight to Saigon | Half Day Cu Chi Tunnel Tour

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

Meal: B / L

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at airport and escort to hotel for check in.

In the afternoon, after meeting your guide, leave the busy streets of Saigon on a 1.5 hour drive to Cu Chi district. You will be taken through the typical countryside of southern Vietnam. On arrival, the visit starts with a short video documentary before spending the next 3 hours exploring the Ben Dinh section of the tunnels. You will learn more about the history, incredible tenacity and ingenuity of the Cu Chi inhabitants. More adventurous travelers will have the opportunity to crawl through the tunnels and to fire off some rounds from AK-47 or M-16 assault rifles at the shooting range.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 9 Mekong Delta Discovery

Meals: B / L

Discover the Mekong River, essential to Vietnamese life.

This morning, transfer to remote My Tho. This burgeoning capital rests in the Mekong Delta and is surrounded by beautiful countryside known as the "rice basket of Vietnam". First visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, decorated with mosaics made from broken pottery. Overlooked by a tall white Buddha, it is set amongst lovely gardens overflowing with flowers, shrubs, lotus pools and tombs and ornate gates which provide entry. Continue on a boat ride along the river to view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages.

After lunch, visit An Khanh, a small village that specializes in fruit orchards and coconut sweets. If time permits, you can take a short cycling trip through the island or explore the island on foot (the island is flat and relatively small). Return to Saigon hotel and rest of the day on your own leisure.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 10 Full Day Saigon Highlights Tour | Flight to Phnom Penh

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

Meals: B / L

At 8.30am your tour guide and car will pick you up from your hotel and will start our tour of Ho Chi Minh City. You will get to know its history and culture by stopping at: The Reunification Palace - on April 30th, 1975, what the Vietnamese refer to as the 'American War' officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time, the residence of the President of the Republic of VietnamWar Remnants Museum - formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the 'Requiem' exhibit is particularly touching and is dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. Notre Dam Cathedral and General Post Office were built around 1877 and 1883 respectively. These two iconic buildings are fine examples of French colonial architecture. Remarkably every stone used in the building of the Notre Dam Cathedral was shipped from France to Vietnam. The Old Post Office is also the country's largest post office. The Opera House, after the lunch at local restaurant, we take you to see Chinatown and the Chinese market Binh Tay. We then move on to Thien Hau Pagoda, a temple entered through an iron gate and crossing a small courtyard. The roof is decorated with delicately fashioned porcelain figurines expressing themes from Chinese religion and legends. Lanterns and wooden models of Chinese theaters hang over the entrance. Our final stop before taking you back to your hotel is Ben Thanh Market, one of Vietnams largest markets and a real heart beat of Ho Chi Minh culture.

After the tour, transfer to airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at airport and escort to hotel for check in.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 11 Phnom Penh City Highlights Tour

Meals: B

After breakfast, go to visit the Silver Pagoda which has 5,000 silver tiles on the floor and a visit to the Royal Palace where the Khmer royal family lives. You will also visit the National Museum where you will see the large collection of Khmer history, arts and architecture.

In the afternoon, head straight to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to delve into the disturbing past of the country. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, browse poignant exhibitions then head to the verdant environs of the city to see the impressive Choueng Ek Memorial, a pagoda constructed out of 8,000 human skulls excavated from the Killing Fields and then rest on your own leisure.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 12 Flight to Siem Reap| Half Day Angkor Wat Tour

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

Meals: B / L

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at airport and escort to hotel for check in.

In the afternoon, go to visit Angkor Wat - Impressed by the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat.

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by our local guide at the airport then escorts to hotel. After check in and a short rest, your private guide will escort you to discover the world’s wonder site - Angkor Wat, the magnificent temple was built in 12th century and it is the largest first Hindu, Buddhist temle complex and the largest religious monument in the world. On your way back to Siem Reap, enjoy the sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 13 Angkor Thom Ancient Capital

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. 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 | Apsara Dancing Show

Meal: B / D

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.

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 evening, enjoy the dinner with traditional Khmer Apsara Dancing Show.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 15 Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Phluk, Ox Cart Ride | Flight to Luang Prabang

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

Meal: B

In the morning, a half day excursion to the biggest Southeast Asia’s largest fresh water lake - Tonle Sap Lake. You’ll take a fun ox cart ride through the countryside,. Continue on a boat trip to enjoy the beautiful lake views and mangrove forests. Spend rest of the morning at Kompong Phluk, the largest village on the lak , to discover the fascinating daily lifestyle of the local people who live on the water.

After lunch, transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang. upon arrive , guide will meet and escort you to check in. Rest of your own leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 16 Morning Almsgiving | Luang Prabang: Buddhist Ancient City and Temples

Meal: B

You will be picked up at your hotel at 5:30 am and transferred to a street where a single-file line of silent, saffron-clad Buddhist monks walk with their alms bowls each morning. Observe or participate in this serene Buddhist ritual of almsgiving, known as tak bat. Luang Prabang’s many monastic communities are sustained by the local Buddhists who place sticky rice in the monks’ bowls during the daily ritual. Take the opportunity to make a rice offering with the help of your guide, or simply watch in awe as dozens of monks emerge to stroll past laypeople offering flowers and incense in reverence for this sacred observance.

Back to hotel to have breakfast and take a short rest then start to visit to the Royal Palace Museum (closed on Tuesday), which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. See the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground and representing classical Laotian architecture. Visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.

In the afternoon, Visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures before heading out of town to see the weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek. Later this afternoon return to the city for a visit to Wat Mai. Finally climb to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa and a sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. Finally visit the famous Night Market, where you’ll find handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe peoples living in the surroundings.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 17 Boat Trip to Pak Ou Caves / Khouang Si Waterfall

Meal: B / L

This morning, embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Along the way, stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where Laos rice wine and rice whiskey is produced. . You'll be able to try some and learn about the process used to make it. Then on to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves filled with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.

Lunch will be served near the caves. You'll have the opportunity to try a local dish called "Orlam" which is a soup with vegetables and features a spicy wood that is partially edible. On return, disembark to visit the traditional weaving village of Ban Phanom, famous for its hand woven textiles.

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 18 Flight to Phuket| Hotel Check In

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

Meal: B

Today, transfer to airport for flight to Phuket via Bangkok, upon arrive , guide meet at the airport and escort to your hotel for check in.

Overnight in Phuket

Day 19 Relax on the Beach of Phuket

Meal: B

Today just relax on the beach of Phuket.

Overnight in Phuket

Day 20 Farewell from Phuket!

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

Meal: Breakfast

Today transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok and connect your international flight back home.

Service End

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.

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  • 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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