Vietnam Laos Cambodia Tours

Inside Indochina

Number of days: 31

Price from: 00$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Ho Chi Minh or from any other city

Highlights: Ho Chi Minh, Cuchi Tunnels, Mekong Delta (Cai Be, Vinh Long, Cantho, Chau Doc),Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Angkor Temples, Vientiane, Xieng khouang, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoian, Dalat, Nhatrang, Saigon

Take an exciting trip across Indochina within 31 days. Discover the totality of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to unwind its hidden charm, its cultures and natural beauty in depth. The tour starts and finishes both in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

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    * Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) - Vietnam’s most cosmopolitan and vibrant city 

    * Mekong Delta - ‘Rice basket of Vietnam’ and home to many living, working and travelling along the river 

    * Phnom Penh - Capital of Cambodia surrounded by the Mekong River; home to majestic palaces and pagodas 

    * Siem Reap - Gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex  

    * Vientiane - Capital of Laos: a charming city filled with villas and boulevards.

    * Luang Prabang - Entry point into Laos and UNESCO World Heritage listed town which retains original character

    * Hanoi - Exploration of this charming, historical centre and its French provincial influences 

    * Sapa – A French Hill Station nestled within the mountains high above Hanoi and is home to colorful ethnic groups.

    * Halong Bay - Vietnam’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’; the stunning beauty of the 3,000 islets of the Gulf of Tonkin

    * Hue - The country’s former imperial capital  

    * Hoi An - Discover this charming UNESCO World Heritage listed site 

    * Nha Trang – Home to tranquil beaches and has a thriving fishing industry. 

    * Dalat – An idyllic town nestled amongst the country’s rolling hills; a favourite honeymoon destination



    Cultural Tours / History & Archaeology Tours / Museums & Galleries / Caves / Music / Shopping / Walking / Trekking / Boating & Sailing
    / Beach relaxing


    Day 01: Arrive Saigon – Welcome to Vietnam

    Day 02: Saigon Sightseeing (B)

    Day 03: Saigon – Visit Cuchi Tunnels (B)

    Day 04: Saigon – Mekong on Private Song Xanh Sampan Cruise (B/L/D)

    Day 05: Mekong Discovery on Private Song Xanh Sampan (B/L/D)

    Day 06: Mekong to Chau Doc, border with Cambodia (B)

    Day 07: Chau Doc to Phnom Penh by speed boat (B)

    Day 08: Phnom Penh City tour & Fly to Siem Reap (B)

    Day 09: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Tour (B)

    Day 10: Siem Reap Tour (B)

    Day 11: Siem Reap - Fly to Vientiane (B)

    Day 12: Vientiane – Fly to Xiengkhouang (B)

    Day 13: Xiengkhouang – Drive to Luang Prabang (B)

    Day 14: Luang Prabang – Visit Pak Ou Cave (B)

    Day 15: Luang Prabang – Fly to  Hanoi (B)

    Day 16: Hanoi City Tour (B)

    Day 17: Hanoi – Overnight Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)

    Day 18: Halong Bay – Back to Hanoi & Night train to Sapa (B/L)

    Day 19: Sapa – Explore the Hill Tribe Villages (B/L)

    Day 20: Visit Sapa Hill Tribe Market & Night train back to Hanoi (B)

    Day 21: Hanoi –Fly to Hue (B)

    Day 22: Hue Tour (B)

    Day 23: Hue to Danang & HoiAn (B)

    Day 24: Hoian – Visit Myson Sanctuary (B)

    Day 25: Hoian – Join in the Cooking Class Tour (B/L)

    Day 26: Hoian – Fly to Nhatrang Beach (B)

    Day 27: Nhatrang Beach (B)

    Day 28: Nhatrang – Drive to Dalat (B)

    Day 29: Dalat Tour (B)

    Day 30: Dalat - Fly Back to Saigon (B)

    Day 31: Free in Saigon & Departure – Farewell to Vietnam (B)


    - Accommodation at mentioned hotels or similar on double/twin share basic

    - 2 nights on private boat in Mekong

    - 1 night on sharing boat in Halong Bay

    - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

    - All airport transfers & tour transport by private air-con car

    - 7 internal flights: PhnomPenh-SiemReap, SiemReap-Vientiane, Vientiane-Xiangkhouang, LuangPrabang-Hanoi, Hanoi-Hue, Danang-Nhatrang, Dalat-Saigon (Y Class & airport tax included)

    - Return train tickets in a private air-con sleeper cabin on Train: Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi

    - Boat trips as mentioned in the program

    - Local English speaking tour guides

    - All entrance fees and permits where applicable


    - Meals that not mentioned in the program

    - Travel insurance

    - Vietnam visa (Upon request)

    - Cambodia & Laos visas (available at border/ airport)

    - International flight and departure tax

    - Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses 

  • Day 01: Arrive Saigon – Welcome to Vietnam

    You will be met on arrival by our local tour guide & driver and transferred to your hotel in the city center. It is time to relax and refresh after a long flight. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

    Day 02: Saigon (B)

    You will have a full day free at leisure on your own today to recover somewhat from jet leg or you may want to take a leisure walking tour in the down town in the late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.


    Day 03: Saigon – Cuchi Tunnels (B)

    Depart this morning for the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels begun in 1948 by the Viet Minh in their struggle against the French. These tunnels were expanded and used by the Viet Cong during the war between Vietnam and America. American called this area the “Iron Triangle” and was a Viet Cong strong hold for almost thirty years. You may walk underground in the tunnels. Return to the city before lunch time. 
    Afternoon, you will explore this cosmopolitan city o­n a guided tour. High lights are the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace (or War Remnant museum), Municipal Theater, Ben Thanh Market. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

    Day 04: Saigon – Mekong on Private Song Xanh Sampan cruise (B/L/D)
    A trip to Vietnam wouldn’t be the same without experiencing the life of the Mekong Delta.

    Leave Saigon in the morning for Cai Be in the Mekong Delta where you will embank the private Song Xanh Sampan. Our cruise trip starts from Cai Be town pier at around 10.00 am. The cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Visits will be made at an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner. Another stop at some local home factories will allow you to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made. We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer. A delicious lunch will await you at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations. After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, cruising by Dong Phu and An Binh islets famous for their fruit orchards. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people. Crossing the large Co Chien River we will pass under the spectacular My Thuan Bridge. On the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit. Further, Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals…You will disembark for a guided visit of this charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous… You will visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood (see her famous novel turned into the movie “The Lover”). Back on board your sampan, you will enjoy a romantic dinner served on the deck during the sunset. Stay the first night on your private boat on the Mekong River…


    Day 05: Mekong Discovery on Private Song Xanh Sampan (B/L/D)

    The breakfast will be served on board at 07am.Your Sampan will slowly leave Sa Dec and proceed the cruise upstream the river to Long Xuyen, a peaceful provincial town located on the Mekong’s banks. We will pass by several luxuriant islands, crossing countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fishes, showing an intense activity on the river. Approaching Long Xuyen, your lunch will be served on board. Later, you will have a quick tour of Long Xuyen typical center before cruising further to “Cu Lao Ong Ho” (The Tiger Island) for a visit at Ton Duc Thang museum, second president of Vietnam…We will proceed upstream on the Mekong river to Chau Doc. Some stops on the banks will be possible for cycling tours to discover deeper the inhabitants’ life style.

    In the evening, we will organize for you an exciting experience in a village located in the suburbs of Cho Moi, where your dinner will be arranged at some typical local house. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional Southern Vietnam lifestyle, one of the highlights of your journey on the Mekong which should not be forgotten! Back on board your private sampan for your second night on the boat on the river.


    Day 06: Mekong – Chau Doc, border with Cambodia (B)

    Early morning, your breakfast will be served on board while we will be cruising to Chau Doc. We will cruise on a beautiful river, little arm of the Mekong, where several traditional activities can be observed on the banks (artisanal boat factories, bamboo baskets making, palm leaves cutting, net fishing), as well as old Vietnamese temples dating from late 19th century. We will be cruising the Bassac river before entering Chau Doc. The town is famous for its floating fish farming villages, floating markets and Cham villages, an ancient Muslim ethnic population with their kingdom covering Cambodia and south Vietnam during the 10th century. Located on the upper Mekong Delta, Chau Doc town is 280 km (174 miles) south-west of Ho Chi Minh City close to the Cambodian border. With such proximity to Cambodia, the local population is an eclectic mix of Cham, Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese, sharing different cultures and historical richness. Your cruise journey will end before noon in Chau Doc where you will be picked up and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Chau Doc Town.


    Day 07: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh by speed boat (B)

    After breakfast, you will board the speed boat to Phnom Penh. Visa formalities take about 45 minutes at the border and Cambodian visas can be issued at the border. Continue by river to Phnom Penh. Meet our guide and transfer to your hotel. This city was once considered one of the most beautiful in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm. Relax and have your own late lunch at the fine local restaurant.

    We begin our discovery of Phnom Penh in the thriving old market areas and then zip around the modernising parts of the city, visiting the exotic Central Markets where gems, silks and statues entice. End your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.


    Day 08: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap by flight (B)

    Continue our Phnom Penh discovery with the visit to the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.
    We take a 'walk back' into the brutal, (modern) history that Cambodia shockingly suffered under Pol Pot's reign during the 1970's, visiting 'The Killing Fields' & S-21 - The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in the afternoon.
    Late afternoon, we transfer you to the airport for a 40 minute flight to Siem Reap. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.


    Day 09: Siem Reap – Angkor Temple (B)

    In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.

    Afternoon, Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the LeperKing and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), until sunset. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.


    Day 10: Siem Reap Tour (B)

    Morning, Visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap.  Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia.

    Afternoon, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.

    Visit "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap and time at leisure at the local market in the rest of the afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.


    Day 11: Siem Reap – Vientiane (B)

    Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for the morning flight to Vientiane.

    On arrival in Vientiane Capital, you are met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. After a short rest, we start to visit the major sights of the capital; including the oldest WatSisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of WatPrakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposingPatuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, sunset by the Mekong Riverside and late evening. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane


    Day 12: Vientiane – Xiengkhouang (B)

    Breakfast at hotel, free at leisure until your short afternoon flight to Xiengkhouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. We also have time, this afternoon seeing the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. Overnight at hotel in Phonsavanh


    Day 13: Xiengkhouang – Luang Prabang by road (B)

    Early morning, we visit Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch different Hill Tribes to barter and exchange merchandises. Then heading out the this small town to Luang Prabang, on the way, we drop off and see a site more than 200 years old Buddha images in Thampraand varied Hmong and varied hill tribe minority villages along the road. They are nice, friendly and welcome you to visit. After a photo stop, we continue driving up hill, enjoying mountain splendid natural scenery, forest and landscape. After a tea or coffee break at Sala Phoukhoun, where the T-junction of bordering meets Vientiane-Xiengkhouang-Luang Prabang. The journey will take us over mountainous region to Luang Prabang. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After checking into hotel, [if time permits] we start seeing the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight at htoel in Luang Prabang


    Day 14: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave (B)

    Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight at htoel in Luang Prabang


    Day 15: Luang Prabang – Hanoi (B)

    Morning, drive 28Km from the city, visit Kuangsi waterfalls and visit the Villages surrounding: Ban ThaPene then return to the town and visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign, and the Central Market are not to be missed. Late afternoon take the flight to Hanoi. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi. 

    Day 16: Hanoi (B)

    For the early risers, may we suggest a stroll along the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake where each morning around 6am, groups of locals gather to do their exercises along the lovely tree lined promenade. You may cross over the red bridge at the north end to Ngoc Son Temple and the Tortoise Tower which are o­n a small island.
    After breakfast, you will have a full day to see the city so good walking shoes are a must. The visit includes:
    - Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
    - Ho Chi Minh’s (HCM) Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
    - HCM’s Stilt House
    - o­ne Pillar Pagoda
    - Ethnology Museum
    - Opera House
    - Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton” 
    - West Lake & Pagoda,
    - Take a Cyclo ride through the Old Town

    - Attend a Water Puppet Show - the traditional performance dated 11th century. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.


    Day 17: Hanoi – Overnight Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)

    Leave Hanoi for the 3 & a half hour drive to Halong Bay at 8:30 this morning. There will be a short refreshment break o­n the way at a handicraft center. Upon arrival in Halong Bay, you will board a wooden boat for a seafood lunch and short cruise to Thien Cung Cave.
    After the visit, you will explore the amazing limestone inlets by kayak, passing a floating village to reach Luon Cave, which is a tunnel thrusting through the mountain, to explore a beautiful secluded lagoon.
    Awaiting in front of Luon Cave is an old style Chinese Junk, where you will spend the night in your own private cabin with AC. Dinner will be served o­n board.

    Day 18: Halong Bay – Back to Hanoi – Night train to Sapa (B/L)

    Participate in Tai Chi o­n the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out to a near- by cave by row boat. Watch for monkeys high o­n the cliff tops. After the cave trip you return back to the junk, and have breakfast, while sailing around Bay Tu Long bay where the movie “Indochine” was filmed.
    Your cruise will end at noon and you will be met by your guide & driver for the trip back to Hanoi. There is a short stop en-route to visit the But Thap Pagoda, which is Vietnam’s first Buddhist Temple built in the 13th century. 
    After arrival to Hanoi, you may do more sightseeing; catch up o­n your shopping.
    You will have time for your own dinner before the transfer to the train station for the night train to Sapa. Overnight on the train in a private air-con sleeper cabin.


    Day 19: Sapa – Hill Tribe Villages (B/L)

    Early morning arrival at Lao Cai train station - The Chinese border town, then transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast and refreshment.

    Morning, take an orientation walking tour to explore this small charming town.

    A whole afternoon today is for discovering the nature as well as different culture of hill tribal people. From hotel we start our trekking up and down hills with nice rice terraces, spectacular scenery the Fansipan Mount, and through scenic Muong Hoa valley. We walk from village to villages around Lao Chai and Ta Van area which is decorated by terraced-fields and the house of H'mong, Red Zao and Zay people. You will have great opportunity for taking photos of breathtaking landscapes, meeting friendly hill-tribe people at home and work, and getting to understand their tradition, habits...Enjoy lunch at a local house. We will return to our hotel in Sapa by jeep in late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

    Note: A full or half day trekking or moving by jeep and short walk is on your request.


    Day 20: Sapa Hill Tribe Market – Night train back to Hanoi (B)

    After breakfast we will leave for Coc Ly Hill Tribe Market for about 2 hours driving to the market. Join in the colorful market of the tribal people in this region. On the fair market the H'mong, Dzao, Phu La people in their best traditional costumes go to the market for shopping and meeting friends and relatives…

    Late afternoon, Drive to the Chinese border gate for a short visit before driving to the railways station for night train to Hanoi.
    Overnight on the train in a private air-con 4 sleeper cabin.

    Day 21: Hanoi – Hue (B)

    The train arrives back to Hanoi early in the morning. Meet your guide at train station and transfer to a sub hotel for breakfast and refreshment before the transfer to the airport for the short flight to Hue in the morning.

    Afternoon, sightseeing in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage.
    Late in the afternoon, enjoy a leisure boat-ride along the scenic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

    Day 22: Hue (B)

    After breakfast, you will embark o­n a drive to Hue’s countryside, through scenic villages and green rice fields to reach the Emperor Ming Mang’s tomb. It is o­ne of the most beautiful of all Emperors tombs, in a complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards and lakes.
    Afternoon, explore more of Vietnam life with the effected of Royal life, garden house in Hue is one of them. "Garden house" is a typical and unique characteristic of Hue city. You will visit the traditional handicraft village: Thuy Xuan Hat - Incense making village, you will see how Hue Hat (non Hue) - a symbolized for the beauty of Hue lady.
    Late afternoon, visit Dong Ba, the local market in Hue, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local seller.
    Recommended: There is an optional Dinner Cruise with Vietnamese traditional folk music on a private dragon boat on Perfume River at extra cost of 60 USD/Person.
    Overnight at hotel in Hue.


    Day 23: Hue – Danang – Hoian (B)

    After breakfast, you will have a four hour drive over the scenic Hai Van pass along the coast to the small & beautiful ancient town of Hoi An, by the bank of Thu Bon River. You will have a short stop in Lang Co beach for refreshment. Visit Cham Sculpture museum and Marble Mountain in Danang before continue on our drive to Hoi An.  
    In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour to see the interesting sights of this ancient city. Some hundreds years ago, this town thrived o­n trading with the Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. You will visit a historical Old House, Japanese Covered Bridge, Old Temple and Silk Factory. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

    Day 24: Hoian – Myson Sanctuary (B)

    Morning, take a discovery trip to My Son, 40km from Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered being in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7 to 13 centuries. Admiring great architectural and art works of the Cham lost Kingdom. Having a brief understanding of the history, culture for which My Son was recognized the World Cultural Heritage. Return to Hoi An in the morning.

    Afternoon, take a boat trip on Hoian river to Kim Bong carpentry village. You will visit the house of one of the craftmen of village and his ship building yard. Then, take a bicycle to explore temples, pagodas, Phan family's homestead - a former French styled house, village school, coracle boats, mat weaving and bamboo bridge. You will witness the traditional games played by local children and enjoy specialties of village such as cassava, sweet potatoes and seasonal fruits. Back to the wharf and our guide will take you to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hoian. 

    Day 25: Hoian – Cooking Class Tour (B/L)

    Morning, meet our Chef at Hai Scout Café at 98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. First, we will have a first lesson of buying typical Vietnamese ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. After the market visit, you board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes, which is the mix of Vietnam and Chinese cuisine. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s, before you prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked. Then our boat will pick you up at Red Bridge School for a river cruise along Hoi An River back to Hoi An Town. In the rest of the afternoon, you will be free at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hoian. 

    Day 26: Hoian – Danang – Nhatrang Beach (B)

    Depart Hoian after breakfast for the short flight in the morning to Nha Trang. You will be met at the airport by your guide for the transfer to your resort.
    Nha Trang has o­ne of the most popular beaches in all of Vietnam, with clear turquoise water and mountains backdrop. The coconut palms provide shelter along most of the 6 km beachfront.
    This afternoon, enjoy free time on the beach. Overnight at hotel inNhatrang. 

    Day 27: Nhatrang Beach (B)

    Today you will have few options to choose from: 
    - Sightseeing tour to see Long Son Pagoda, Po Nagar Cham towers and Hon Chong Promontory, the Oceanographic Institute and perhaps have lunch at the nearby Bao Dai’s villa, which has brilliant views of the bay. 
    - Relax and enjoy leisure time on the beach.
    - Another popular option is to take an all day diving or snorkeling boat tour. Overnight at hotel in Nhatrang. 
    Day 28: Nhatrang – Dalat (B)

    Free on the beach in the morning until the 4 hour drive journey to Dalat.

    Dalat is a slice of Europe in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, Dalat found favor with the French rulers for its cool climate. Today, Dalat’s mild temperatures are popular with Private Asia Tours’s travelers, as is the town’s attractive landscape of colonial villas, gardens, lakes and rolling hills.

    Along the way we make stopover at the scenic Ngoan Muc Pass and the Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers. These amazing structures represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people. Arrive in Dalat in the late afternoon, you will check in your hotel and then be free for relaxing or exploring this charming and romantic city on your own. Overnight at hotel in Dalat.

    Day 29: Dalat (B)

    In the morning, you will ride a cable car to Truc Lam Pagoda and Tuyen Lam Lake. Truc Lam is the biggest pagoda in Dalat standing in Phoenix Mountain about 1,300m above the sea-level. It’s surrounded by an attractive flower garden and with the view of pure water lake and the pine forest on the far side.

    Afternoon, you will visit Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, Crazy House, Dalat Railway station and Dalat market. Overnight at hotel in Dalat.

    Day 30: Dalat - Back to Saigon (B)

    Morning, take an excursion to Lang Biang Mountain and visit Lat village – the indigenous people of Dalat with their rich culture, long houses, and weavings.

    Afternoon, transfer to the airport for the short flight back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon. 

    Day 31: Free in Saigon & Departure – Farewell to Vietnam (B)

    You will be free or doing your own shopping until the departure time. Driver will take you to the airport for the flight home. Say “Farewell” to Saigon & Vietnam. 

  • Categories of Accommodation


    With basic hotels and simple accommodation, this is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel. We would normally accommodate your in these in remote areas.


    Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant. Sometimes these are a good affordable choice in cities where accommodation is very expensive, but where being centrally located is a prime consideration.


    Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre. This is the 'classic' hotel standard we use on most of our group based tours.


    Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care. India and Southeast Asia have a fabulous array of top notch 5-star properties.


    Luxury accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!


    Visa and Passport
    Except for a number of ASEAN countries a visa is required to visit Vietnam. If your itinerary requires two
    entries into Vietnam then a double entry visa must be obtained. If your trip is postponed or delayed it may be necessary to obtain another visa if your original visa is not valid for your new dates of travel.

    Tourist Visa
    A Vietnam Tourist Visa is valid for the period of 30-days and for a single entry (unless endorsed for a double entry at additional cost). The cost charged by the Vietnamese embassy is $65 for a single entry visa and $130 for a double entry visa. Your passport must be sent to the embassy along with payment with prepaid shipping arrangements with Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, FedEx, etc., two completed visa applications and two passport photos. Allow five-business days for processing.

    A Visa-on-Arrival is available if you are pre-approved for the visa. In lieu of a stamped visa in your passport prior to departure a fax from the Department of Immigration is issued and used as your travel document for boarding your international flight to Vietnam. This system has been working for a number of years now and is extremely reliable. Visa-on-Arrival processing charges are normally $25 and a $45 fee is payable directly to Vietnamese Immigration upon arrival.

    Double Entry Visa
    A Double Entry Visa is a Tourist Visa endorsed for a double entry. If your itinerary requires a double entry be sure and obtain the Double Entry Visa.

    Re-Entry Visa
    Re-entry Visas, prior to departing Vietnam, are possible to obtain in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City through authorized agencies for a fee of approximately $25, however it requires one-to-two days and the deposit of your passport. This is not advisable unless your itinerary allows ample time and you remain in the city where the application was filed until the visa is issued. It is strongly advised to obtain a Double Entry Visa prior entering Vietnam.

    Passport Validity Dates
    Your passport must have a validity date of at least six-months remaining after your visit to Vietnam is completed.

    Travel Document Companies
    Unless you live nearby a Vietnamese embassy or consulate or are experienced in dealing with embassies by mail or telephone, it is advised that you use a travel document company to obtain your visa.
    Notes: You can email us at for more advice on Vietnam Visa information. The service is free of charge. All the emails will be replied within 24h.

    Entry Procedures
    Arrival and Departure Cards are required to be completed upon entry into Vietnam; they will be provided by the airline or at the border gate. The yellow copy of the card will be returned to you and must be submitted when you depart Vietnam; keep it in a safe place. Making a photocopy of it is a good idea and keeping it with your other photocopies.
    If you have been pre-approved for a Visa-on-Arrival simply process though the Visa-on-Arrival lane at immigration.
    Once your visa formalities have been completed claim your baggage and process through customs.

    Duty Free
    One-carton of cigarettes and one bottle of liquor.

    Exit Procedures
    Complete the customs declaration and process through customs then complete the immigration processing where you will be required to return the yellow copy of your Arrival and Departure Card.

    Airport Departure Taxes
    Domestic Departure Taxes are included in the price of the airline ticket. International Airport Departure taxes are $14 (Hanoi) and $12 (Ho Chi Minh City). First check-in for your flight and then obtain the receipt for the payment of your departure tax to present upon clearing customs.

    Tendering Passports
    Vietnamese law requires that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening. This may appear odd to Western travelers but until the 1960's a number of European countries required that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening.

    Travel Insurance
    Traveler's Insurance is strongly recommended. A number of companies sell competing policies and it is a good idea to read the fine print and ask questions if you are in doubt. Note : some insurance companies cover travel insurance in their existing policies; check, you may already be covered. Policies have differing benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and dental coverage, emergency medical transportation, lost baggage, missed connections, and accidents.
    Of special note is the emergency medical transportation. This is extremely costly; if you any health condition which may require medical evacuation you should check to see if you are currently covered and if not purchase the insurance. Medical treatment, if required, can be costly and the pay is usually in cash.

    Vietnam is an elongated country which reaches from the sub-tropics in the north to the tropics in the south. The weather differs greatly in Vietnam from the north to the south, from four-mild seasons in northern Vietnam to sub-equatorial warmth in the Mekong Delta. 
    Geography also plays a role in Vietnam's weather: approximately one-third of the country is above 500-meters in elevation and those areas enjoy a sub-tropical climate; the areas above 2,000 enjoy a temperate climate. 
    Vietnam's climate is moderated by two-monsoons which create a lower than average temperature compared to other countries located in the equatorial regions: 

    Northeast Monsoon 
    The Northeast-Asian Monsoon, from late October and March, brings wet and chilly weather from the northeast to all areas from Nha Trang north, and dry and warm temperatures to all areas south of Nha Trang (Saigon and the Mekong Delta). 

    Southwest Monsoon 
    The South-Western Monsoon, from April/May through October, laden with moisture from its northeast movement across the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Siam, brings warm and humid weather to the entire country except for the Red River Delta (the greater Hanoi area) and Vietnam's Central Coastal Littoral. 

    The Northern Climate 
    The areas from Hue north experience a two-season a year: the winter and the summer. August through November is the rainy season in the north. Winter is usually from November through April and is cool during the day and crisp, and sometimes quite chilly, during the evenings. February and March are noticeable for their persistent drizzling rain ("crachin") while hot summers dominate months May through October. 

    The Central Climate 
    The Central Coastal Littoral does not receive the rainfall from the Southwest Monsoon rains which are stopped by the Central Highlands which are affected by these seasonal rains. Most of the rainfall received along the Central Coastal Littoral is during the Northeast Monsoon, from October and March, but especially in the months of October-December; overland travel during October-December can be interrupted by flooding. 

    The sub-equatorial climate of the south has two-seasons: the wet and dry seasons. The wet season lasts from May to November with June and August being the wettest months which bring heavy, albeit short lasting, downpours usually in the mid-afternoons. The dry season begins in November and ends in April with late February to May being hot and humid. The average temperatures in the south are relatively constant year-around: 25-35 Celsius (76-95 Fahrenheit). 

    Travel Tips:

    TET Travel (Vietnamese New Year) Considerations
    TET (the Vietnamese New Year) is not a good period to visit Vietnam for several reasons: the streets are near empty on the first day of TET and remain so for up to 4-days; Vietnamese want to be with their families, not working; airline tickets to and from Vietnam during the TET period are difficult to obtain and are offered at a premium price.
    While the days leading up to TET are joyous days, at midnight on the commencement of TET, the country goes silent. Only very gradually over the next week does it return to normal.
    Also taking into account the below tips before traveling to Vietnam

    A photocopy of the information page of your passport along with a photocopy of your visa (or visas if you are traveling to more than one country) should be made and kept at a different place from your passport; it serves no purpose to loose your passport and the photocopies at the same time. In the event of loss these will speed the re-issuance of your passport and visas.

    One rarely needs a coat in Ho Chi Minh City but one nearly always needs a coat in Sapa in the winter. Vietnam reaches nearly from the Tropic of Cancer to the Equator and its climates range from tropical to temperate. Winter gets chilly in Hanoi and even moreso in the mountainous regions in the north and especially in the northern highlands. The Central Highlands in the center, as far down as Dalat, also get cold in the winter and chilly on summer evenings. The best strategy is "layering": a T-shirt, a long sleeved shirt along with a light coat will often suffice for chilly evenings. For colder climates and times of the year appropriate gloves, hats and even scarves are desirable. Hats, umbrellas and sunscreen work well to protect the skin.

    Three things to avoid: buffets where it is obvious the food has sat for a period of time; anything which has or could have a water residue on it (lettuce, tomatoes, unpeeled fruit); and mayonnaise which has a tendency to rapidly spoil in tropical climates and can cause food poisoning. Other than this Vietnamese food is a culinary delight: light, flavorful, delicate and filling but not "laden" as many Chinese dishes are. In the countryside, as well as in the cities, the many and varied soups of Vietnam are a delight with the ubiquitous "pho" being the national favorite.
    In the major cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City a rainbow of culinary delights from all corners of the world awaits the traveler.

    Rarely is the first price or the posted price the real price: bargaining is expected, however unrealistic offers to purchase should be avoided as they are considered insulting.

    Tipping, until Vietnam opened its doors to the outside world, was never expected in Vietnam. With the advent of tourism the times have changed but still tipping is not nearly as routine as it is in some Western countries. For services, a 10% tip is gracious. For guides (for one or two people) for extraordinary service, $10 per day (or more depending on the service) tip is good; for adequate service $5; for so-so service: nothing. Driver's do not expect tips but welcome them.

    All good hotels provide laundry services. Laundries in Vietnam offer the quality at bargain prices.

    A good map always places time and space in a far more understandable sphere. There are numerous maps available in Vietnam at bookstores and good city maps of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City available at good hotels (sometimes for free), but the best country maps as well as the best city maps are ITMB Maps from Vancouver, Canada. For years Jack Joyce, in conjunction with geographic institutes in Vietnam, has been making the best maps available. These maps can be purchased at most good map stores and online.

    Vietnam has perhaps the best taxi services in the world. Always take metered taxis which are plentiful in the major cities.


    Passport valid for at least six months after date of return from Cambodia required by all nationals.

    Visitors arriving by air can obtain a visa for stays of up to 30 days on arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport, Angkor. Visas are also available from Immigration at the border posts of Bavet, Poi Pet and Koh Kong. Visitors are advised to check current situation before traveling. E-Visas are only valid for entry via Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Cham Yeam land border, Poi Pet land border and Bavet land border.
    Visa Note
    Applications by post will only be accepted through a recognized visa courier. For further details, contact the nearest consulate (or consular section of embassy). 
    Nationals flying in to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport will be able to apply for a 30-day visa on arrival in Cambodia. 

    All visas are valid for a one month period, and visas issued by the embassy must be used within three months of date of issue. Extensions of up to one extra month for Tourist visas or six or 12 months for Business visas (which can be multiple) may be granted by the Ministry of the Interior at the Immigration Office in Phnom Penh.

    Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate. The monsoon season runs from May to November. The most pleasant season is the dry season, from November/December to April. In the north, winters can be colder, while throughout most of the country temperatures remain fairly constant. There is often seasonal flooding in Phnom Penh and the rest of Cambodia in late July and early August, and travel may be disrupted at these times.

    Required Clothing
    Lightweight clothing is worn all year. Rainwear is essential during the monsoon season.

    Travel Tips: 
    Most visits to Cambodia are trouble-free, however public order is fragile. Travelers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. The greatest risks to travelers are from road traffic accidents, armed robbery after dark, landmines and unexploded ordnance in rural areas.

    Travelers should be aware of the risk of robbery and other crime (including sexual offences) in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap, particularly after dark, and take sensible precautions. Travelers should be on their guard against pickpockets and bag snatchers, especially when traveling around the cities.

    Outbreaks of avian influenza (bird flu) in Cambodia have resulted in a small number of human fatalities. As a precaution, travelers should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where they may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.


    Passport with at least six months remaining validity required by all nationals.

    (a) A 15-day visa on arrival is now available for nationals arriving at Vientiane International Airport, Luang Prabang International Airport or Friendship Bridge; visas are not extendable. 
    (b) A one-month visit visa is available from the Laos embassy provided the applicant has a guarantor in Laos; visas can be extended by up to a further two months. 
    (c) A one-month business visa is available from the Laos embassy; applicants require authorization from the organization they will be visiting in Laos before applying for a visa; visas can be extended until the completion of business. 
    (d) A five-day transit visa is available for nationals transiting through Vientiane International Airport; nationals require proof of onward journey within five days. 
    (e) Multiple-entry visas are only available from the ministry of foreign affairs in Laos.

    Throughout most of the country, the climate is hot and tropical, with the rainy season between May and October when temperatures are at their highest. The dry season runs from November to April.

    Required Clothing
    Lightweights and rainwear, with warmer layers from October to March and upland areas.

    Travel Tips: 
    Most visits are trouble free.
    The threat from terrorism in Laos is low. However, travellers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including places frequented by foreigners.
    Travellers should be aware of and respect local conventions at all times.
    Unexploded ordnance in rural areas is an ongoing danger.
    Outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Laos have resulted in human fatalities, the last one of which was in 2007. As a precaution, travellers should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds is likely; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked. 
    The Lao government prohibits sexual relationships between foreign citizens and Lao nationals except when the two parties have been married in accordance with Lao family law. Penalties for breaking these regulations can range from fines to imprisonment.
    Penalties for illegal drug importation and use are severe and can include the death penalty.
    It is illegal not to carry an ID document, and fines for not having one for presentation are high.

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