19 Days Vietnam, Laos and Thailand Classic Family Highlights Tour

 INT-VLT-VLTFHT19 19 Days Vietnam, Laos and Thailand Classic Family Highlights Tour

This 19-day Vietnam, Laos and Thailand classic family highlights tour will lead you to a deep awareness of South East Asia. You will be not only absorbed in the vastly distinct landscapes and culture of the three amazing countries, but also start a Buddhist culture journey.

Observe the busy city life in Saigon and enjoy the unique Mekong River Cruise; then transfer to Hoi An to explore the quaint streets, ancient shrines and pristine ambiance of this old town. Then fly to Hanoi, visit the famous Old Quarter, French colonial architectures and the bustling streets in Hanoi; then stay overnight in Halong Bay, going fishing and swimming in jade green water to feel the natural scenery.  you will go to Danang by plane to get an unforgettable holiday with the unspoiled white sand beaches and luxury resort stay. 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. Flight to Bangkok, start your Buddhist Culture tour. Visiting the White Temple in Chiang Rai can not be missed. Drive toward Chiang Mai to visit the Temple Wat Doi Suthep. Beofre leaving, basking in the bright sunshine on the beach of Koh Samui is the ending of your tour.

TOUR CODE INT-VLT-VLTFHT19

PLACES VISITEDSaigon - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Luang Prabang - Bangkok - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai - Koh Samui

DEPARTURE DATESDates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

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Trip Highlights

  • Vietnam: Visit Hoian Ancient Town, relax on the sandy beach, explore the colonial Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), and boat cruise to Mekong Delta, cruise on Halong Bay
  • Laos: Experience the Kuangsi Waterfall swimming and excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Thailand: Discover Buddhist Culture in Bangkok, visit the holy White Temple, visit the Elephant Camp at Mae Taman Camp in Chiang Mai, relax on the Beach in Koh Samui

At a Glance

Saigon(2 nights)

Hoi An(2 nights)

Hanoi(1 night)

Halong Bay(1 night)

Luang Prabang(3 nights)

Bangkok(2 nights)

Chiang Rai(2 nights)

Chiang Mai(2 nights)

Koh Samui(3 nights)

Itinerary Day by Day

19 Days Vietnam, Laos and Thailand Classic Family Highlights Tour

Day 1 Welcome to Saigon!

Flight: International flight on your own arrangment or upon request

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to hotel for check in. You'll receive a tour briefing and then are at your leisure.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 2 Best of Saigon

Meals: B / L

Today, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Discover these amazing systems developed by the guerrillas fighting in the Vietnam War. You'll have an opportunity to see the various weapons used in the war on display. Then learn about the innovative ways the guerrillas survived and fought back in the war. The impressive underground system they built remains to tell the story of the Vietnam War.

In the afternoon, see the highlights of Saigon and learn the history of these iconic landmarks. You’ll explore some of the most important sights in Ho Chi Minh. Start by visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral. Constructed by French colonists during their settlement, discover its significance as the largest cathedral in Southeast Asia. Across the road is the Old Saigon Post Office, a neoclassical architectural building considered one of the main attractions in the city. Visit the Reunification Palace, home of South Vietnam’s President during the war. Then stop is Cholon, the Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh. Explore the thickly settled district rife with tea-houses and pagodas, and the famous Binh Tay Market. Finish the afternoon with a visit to the Emperor Jade Pagoda. Also known as the Tortoise pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to be Saigon's finest.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 3 Mekong Delta Discovery: My Tho/Saigon/Hoi An

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

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 for your flight this evening to Danang. Upon arrive, escort to Hoi An for hotel check in.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 4 Century Cham Ruins and Hoi An Ancient Port Town

Meals: B / L

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 5 Flight to Hanoi – the 100 Year Old City

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

Meals: B / D

Today, take a morning flight to Hanoi, Upon arrival, to Visit 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.

In the evening, dinner with a Water Puppet Show performed by the world renowned Thang Long Opera House. This performance features a talent unique to Vietnam. You'll watch as water puppets perform the folklore legends of Vietnam while live ethnic music sets the mood.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 6 Hanoi/Cruise along Halong Bay

Meal: 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 7 Halong Bay/Return to Hanoi/ Flight to Luang Prabang

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

Meal: 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, for your flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane airport, your private local guide from IndochinaTour.com will welcome you at the airport then escorts you to your hotel in Luang Prabang City. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to relax.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 8 Luang Prabang: Buddhist Ancient City and Temples

Meal: B / L

After breakfast, you will escort to visit 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 9 Boat Trip to Pak Ou Caves / Khouang Si Waterfall

Meals: 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 10 Flight to Bangkok - Emerald Buddha and Klong Cruise

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

Meals: B / L

This morning, you will take a flight back to Bangkok, upon arrivre, you will start to 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 11 Damnoen Saduak Floating Market /Kanchanabury and WWII

Meals: B / L

This morning visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you will experience the traditional Thai market with numerous vendors selling local foods, fruits and products from their boats. Explore the market before continuing on to Kanchanburi to learn about the region's storied past and present-day culture. Made famous by the book and movie The Bridge on the River Kwai, the infamous bridge and railway is a notable part of the Kanchanaburi landscape. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre to get an understanding of the deadly, Herculean task many Thais were faced with decades ago.

Then continue to Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park. The park is full of examples of the Khmar influenced architecture in this part of Thailand. Take some time to just relax here, before making your way back to Bangkok hotel.

Overnight in Bangkok

Day 12 Bangkok - Chiang Rai

Meals: B / L

After breakfast, enjoying your free morning until transfer to airport for onward flight to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival ,you will visit the White Temple, is an unusual Thai temple designed by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who mixes traditional Buddhist temple architecture with pop culture references.

After excursion, you will escort to your hotel for check in , rest is your own leisure.

Overnight in Chiang Rai

Day 13 Doi Mae Salong - Discover Golden Triangle

Meals: B / L

The golden triangle 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. Return to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight in Chiang Rai

Day 14 Chiang Rai | Chiang Mai

Meal: B / L

After breakfast, we will drive toward Chiang Mai to continue your Indochina tour in northern Thailand. Upon arrive in Chiang Mai, visit the Meow Hill Tribe Village where locates on the Mountain Doi Pui and it was once famous for opium cultivation. Continue to visit the Temple Wat Doi Suthep where you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Chiang Mai City. If you like, here is also one of the best places to enjoy sunset.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 15 Elephant Safari

Meal: B / L

A fun and memorable Indochina tour is not complete without the experience of elephant. Today you will visit the Elephant Camp at Mae Taman Camp. You will see how the elephants works, and you will have chance to ride the elephant across the river and through the forest around 1 hour. Return by Ox Cart to the elephant village for lunch.

After Lunch, enjoy a bamboo rafting adventure along the river for about 45 minutes and visit an orchid farm after the bamboo rafting ride. Drive back to Chiang Mai.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 16 Tour of Chiang Mai | Flight to Koh Samui

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

Meal: B / L

In the morning, start your cultural tour of Chiang Mai. First stop at Kad Ton Payom Market, renowned for its fresh fruits and flowers, aromatic spices and northern Thai cuisine. You can participate in the local tradition of almsgiving - offering food to Buddhist monks. 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.

In the afternoon, transfer to airport for flight to Koh Samui, upon arrive , you will be transferred to hotel by your hotel's shuttle bus . Rest is you own leisure, you can walk along the beach.

Overnight in Koh Samui

Day 17 Full Day Relaxing on the Beach

Meal: B

Continue to relaxing on the beach.

Overnight in Koh Samui

Day 18 Full Day Relaxing on the Beach

Meal: B

Continue to relaxing on the beach.

Overnight in Koh Samui

Day 19 Farewell from Koh Samui

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

Meal: Breakfast

Today, you will transfer to airport for flight back to Bangkok, then connect your international homeward flight.

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.

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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