Vietnam Laos Cambodia Tours

Indochina Delights

Number of days: 15

Price from: 00$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Ho Chi Minh or from any other city

Highlights: Saigon, Cuchi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, HoiAn, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Luang Prabang, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

If you would like to experience Indochina’s three most remarkable countries but only have a limited amount of time, this tour is perfect for you. In Vietnam, be immersed in history and amazed by the daily lives of the local people. Relax in Hoi An, where you can wander among the colourful buildings. Travel to Halong Bay taking in the stunning scenery of the surrounding limestone islets. Continue to Laos and visit the fascinating city of Luang Prabang. See exquisite waterfalls and caves and visit traditional local villages. End this magical journey in Cambodia, visiting Siem Reap, where you will explore the astounding temples of Angkor; some of these ancient ruins have been swallowed by the jungle. This captivating and diverse region will amaze its visitors; from bustling cities and busy markets, to charming towns and stunning scenery.

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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 

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

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

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

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

    * Siem Reap - Gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex  



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


    Day 1: Arrive Saigon

    Day 2: Saigon


    Day 3: Saigon – Cu Chi & Tay Ninh


    Day 4: Saigon to Hoi An


    Day 5: Hoi An


    Day 6: Hoi An to Hanoi


    Day 7: Hanoi to Halong Bay


    Day 8: Halong Bay to Hanoi


    Day 9: Hanoi to Luang Prabang


    Day 10: Luang Prabang


    Day 11: Luang Prabang


    Day 12: Luang Prabang to Siem Reap


    Day 13: Siem Reap


    Day 14: Siem Reap: Beng Mealea


    Days 15: Siem Reap – Departure

    Tour includes:

    - 14 night accommodation on a twin/double-share basic with daily breakfast

    - Internal flight tickets: Saigon-Danang, Danang-Hanoi, Hanoi-Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang-Siem Reap (economy class) including fuel charge & Airport taxes.

    - Meals as mentioned in the itineraries

    - All landed transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at airports on arrival and departure days

    - English Speaking Tour guide. Other languages on request

    - Boat trips as per program

    - All entrance and sightseeing fees

    - All taxes & services charge.

    Tour does not include:

    - International airfare and airport tax in Vietnam

    - Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program

    - Visa fees to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

    - Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels

    - Massage onboard

    - Travel insurance

    - Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping...)

    - Tipping/ Gratuities


    Hi Do Ha,

    We had a wonderful trip: fun, diverse and the right pace.  Thanks to PAT we were always met on time at the promised location.  The guides were all knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming.  Each one of them was happy to go out of their way to meet our specific needs (such as sim cards).

    We loved most of the hotels, but especially loved the Victoria Hotel in Siem Reap and the Essence D’Oriental Hotel in Hanoi. In both of these hotels the food, service and spas were fantastic. The Halong Bay Phoenix Luxury cruise was great (kayacking as well) and the boat was only one year old with hard working fun staff.


    Sandy, et al.

  • Day 1: Arrive Saigon
    Up on your arrival in Saigon, you will be met at Saigon airport in the arrivals hall by our guide Then, you will transfer (45 minutes) to your hotel and leisure time on your own to relax and recover from jet-lag. Overnight in Saigon. 
    Meal: None.

    Day 2: Saigon

    Sightseeing in downtown Saigon involves approx. 4 hours on foot over the whole day. You will visit the Reunigication Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and the War Remnants Museum. Later visit Chinatown and the Thien Hau Pagoda. Easy sightseeing and shopping time at Ben Thanh Market; watch your valuables in this area. Overnight in Saigon. 
    Meal: Breakfast
    Note: There are graphic pictures in the War Remnants Museum that some people might find upsetting.

    Day 3: Saigon – Cu Chi & Tay Ninh

    Remember to take insect repellent today as mosquitoes are more common in the Cu Chi district. Transfer approx. 2 hours (70km) to Cu Chi. Sightseeing here involves 2 hours on foot on uneven mud paths through the bush and, if you  choose, crawling through some of the tunnels. Transfer 1.5 hours to Tay Ninh to the ‘Holy See’ and watch some of the Cao Dai service. Then drive 10 minutes to a local restaurant for lunch; the  meal is simple but this is the only suitable restaurant in the area. Transfer 3 hours (100km) back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon. 
    Meal: Breakfast

    Note: At the Cu Chi Tunnels you will be given the opportunity to shoot a range of guns at your own expense (example AK47, M16). If you decide to do this, please be aware that the level of noise is extremely high and although ear muffs are available, they may not provide the level of protection required. It is recommended you bring ear plugs from home if you would like to participate

    Day 4: Saigon to Hoi An

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang (flight   duration 1 hour 15mins); the closest airport to Hoi An. At Marble Mountains there are some uneven stone steps and it can get hot. If you are unable to complete this activity, you will have to remain with the driver/coach. Transfer 45 minutes to the hotel in Hoi An and check-in. Overnight in HoiAn. 
    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 5: Hoi An

    This morning spend at least 2 hours on foot sightseeing around Hoi An Old Town. The afternoon is free at your leisure. Overnight in HoiAn. 
    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 6: Hoi An to Hanoi

    Today you will transfer from Hoi An to Danang for your flight to Hanoi (flight duration 1 hour 10 minutes) Transfer (1 hour drive) to the hotel and check-in. Sightseeing involves approx. 2 hours on foot at the Temple of Literature and the Old Quarter. We will also visit the Ngoc Son Temple. Overnight in Hanoi. 
    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 7: Hanoi to Halong Bay

    Drive 4 hours (170km) to Halong City and port, including a 20 minute rest stop. There is usually a crowd of boats at the docks, however the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing. Boarding your junk boat could involve navigating your way over and through other boats, moored between it and the dock, sometimes without handrails, ladders or assistance from staff. The junk boats have been modelled on the traditional ‘junk’ which was both home and working vessel for fishermen for centuries. They usually hold about 40 dining passengers,  have an enclosed dining area and an open deck on the upper deck. We have lunch on board and cruise around the bay before anchoring for the night. Sightseeing includes visiting underground caves on the islands which require climbing up and down steps inside and outside of the caves. A torch is optional as the caves have been lit in colourful lighting.

    NB: Your Local Guide will confirm the menu for tomorrow’s seafood lunch and dinner on board the junk boat tonight, so please mention any food allergies or dislikes to them again before you start driving to Halong Bay. Overnight on boat. 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

    Note: Your Halong Bay cruise may be affected by local weather conditions.

    Day 8: Halong Bay to Hanoi

    After an early lunch (or brunch meal), return to the docks and drive back to Hanoi. This evening enjoy a Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi. 
    Meal: Brunch

    Day 9: Hanoi to Luang Prabang

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang (flight duration 1 hour 25 minutes). Transfer 15 minutes to your hotel and check-in. The afternoon is free to explore independently before sightseeing at Phousi Hill. This involves 1 hour on foot; the hill is 100m high and this area is fairly steep with steps but the view is worth the climb. Overnight in Luang Prabang.  
    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 10: Luang Prabang

    Rise early this morning to view Takbat, a Buddhist ceremony. Visit Wat Xieng Thong. Transfer to the docks and board a motor boat which takes 2 hours to ride 25km upstream. Sightseeing at Pak Ou involves climbing of steps from the base of the dock to the first cave and walking over uneven surfaces that includes up the hill to the second cave where you will need your torch. After lunch on board our boat, return to Luang Prabang stopping at a local village. Overnight in Luang Prabang.  
    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 11: Luang Prabang

    Visit Wat Sene and the National Museum. Drive 1 hour (32km) on a fairly good sealed road to Kuangsi Waterfall. Sightseeing here will involve around 1 hour of light walking. On the way up to the waterfall you follow a bush walking track which has a slight upward gradient. Overnight in Luang Prabang.  
    Meal: Breakfast

    Note: It is possible to swim in the river near the falls and if you wish to do this, please remember to bring along your swimsuit and a towel. Changing rooms are available on site.

    Your guide may also arrange visits to other nearby ethnic villages, depending on time available today.


    Day 12: Luang Prabang to Siem Reap

    Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia (flight time 1 hour 20 minutes). Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and check-in. Visit Banteay Srei which involves approx. 1.5 hours on foot. Later this evening climb approximately 20 to 40 steps to enjoy the sunset at Pre Rup. Overnight in Siem Reap.  
    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 13: Siem Reap

    Sightseeing within the Angkor area involves driving to and exploring the temples on foot. It can get hot and humid here so you must carry sun protection and drinking water with you. Spend the morning and afternoon sightseeing within the Angkor complex, returning to town for lunch in the heat of the day. UNESCO manages the complex and to enter, your group will drive approximately 6km out of town to the main entrance gate to get your entrance passes, which you must carry with you. If you choose to climb at any site, you must be able to climb and descend without assistance.

    N.B. The Central Tower of the Angkor Wat complex has a limited number of visitors allowed at any given time, under regulations from UNESCO. If you wish to visit this tower you will be required to wait in the queue alongside all other visitors. The ability to do this will be determined upon the groups’ schedule. Overnight in Siem Reap.  
    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 14: Siem Reap: Beng Mealea

    Early this morning leave for Tonle Sap for a 1 hour cruise on the river. Afterwards, travel for 2 hours (80km) to Beng Mealea, located outside the UNESCO protected area. There is a new boardwalk that you can use to explore the temple. When walking anywhere outside the walls of the temple ruin, you must follow marked paths as the landmine clearance project here has not been completed yet. After 1.5 hours here, drive back to Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.  
    Meal: Breakfast

    Days 15: Siem Reap – Departure

    Any time before your flight is free at your leisure. You will be transferred (20 minutes) to the airport according to the departure time of your international flight.

  • 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.


    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.


    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. 

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