This 15-day tour takes you to the main treasures of these three enchanting countries. You will take flights, boat rides and drives to get to the significant tourist attractions of these three close neighbors who share borders but are totally and intriguingly unique in their cultures, history, food and ways of being.
- Personal attention to detail by all HGH from the time of your initial enquiry through to the end of your tour
- 24 hour support available during the tour
- Enjoy the degree of historical and cultural information throughout your tour from our local and knowledgeable tour hosts to the degree that you and your group are interested.
- We focus on sustainable tourism by creating the very best experience for you as the tourist while supporting our local environment and local people
Your arrival at the Noi Bai International Airport marks the start of your tour. Our guide is waiting to welcome you and take you into Ha Noi, the 1000-year-old capital city of Vietnam, and the commercial, political, and cultural heart of the country.
Later in the afternoon, you will get a chance to relax for a 1-hour cyclo ride around the 36 streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi followed by a welcome dinner at one of the many local restaurants. After that, you are free to explore on your own or relax in your hotel room.
Hotel in Ha Noi
The city tour takes you on a drive around the city while visiting the main tourist hotspots. After the One-Pillar Pagoda, we go to the Temple of Literature. Built in October 1073, the temple honors Confucius and is the first known university built in Vietnam. If Ha Noi is the heart of the country, Hoan Kiem Lake is the heart of Ha Noi. In the centre of the lake is the Ngoc Son Temple, which is our next stop.Read More
After breakfast, we drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, one of the most beautiful and mystical places in Southeast Asia. The day starts with a leisurely boat ride through the breathtaking Ha Long Bay where you will see unique mountainous rock formations (karsts) reaching majestically out of the water. We can enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh seafood cooked in a characteristically Vietnamese style while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, Teapot Islet, Blockhouse Islet, and Goat Head Islet.Read More
The cruise continues karst. Some of which display fantastic shapes, many of which have ancient stories connected to them. We also pass Hoa Cuong and Ga Choi Islands on the way to visit the Luon Cave. Back onboard, we have an early lunch before saying goodbye to the boat and to the crew. On the way back to Ha Noi, we have a short stop at the Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village where they make and sell all kinds of ceramics, embroidery and marble statues.
Dinner at the “Rung” Restaurant.
Hotel in Ha Noi
Day-5 takes you back to the airport for a flight to Vientiane, Laos. After settling into your hotel, we visit some of the most spiritual Buddhist locations in Laos starting with the 200-year-old Wat Sisaket temple (the sole surviving temple during the Thai invasion of 1828). We then go to the magnificent Ho Phrakeo Chapel (which houses the Emerald Buddha and dates back to the Lane Xang Kingdom) and the breathtaking Patouxai & That Luang Stupa (monument to Buddha).
Vientiane is the capital of Laos but has more of an air of a charming cosmopolitan town than a capital city. It is a charming place to walk around and enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Hotel in Vientiane
Day-6 there is a short flight to the northern town of Luang Prabang. Once you are have dropped off your luggage at the hotel (early check-in is NOT included and is subject to hotels availability), the tour starts of this sacred city.
After visiting some of the 50 temples, we go to the National Museum, which was the former king’s Palace. The Palace finished in 1909 by French architects. Here you will get to see a blend of French and Laos art such as paintings and murals of the royal family. In the reception area, you can see busts of all the past Lao kings.Read More
After breakfast, we go to the 450-year-old Vat Xieng Thong, which has survived Chinese sieges as well the wear and tear over time. The Vat Xieng Thong is a UNESCO world heritage site. Then onto the Mekong River for a 2-hour riverboat cruise towards the Pak Ou which is at the confluence of the Nam Ou, and Mekong Rivers. Here you will visit the sacred caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phum, home to hundreds of Buddha Statues.Read More
After breakfast, we go by car to the Wat Visoun temple, built in the 16th century and designed in a Singhalese-style stupa. In the same area are That Makmo and Wat Aham, both major tutelary shrines housing the puppets of Lao ancestors. We then drive to the airport for your transfer flight to Phnom Penh.
Hotel in Phnom Penh
After breakfast, we visit the Royal Palace, which used to house the kings of Cambodia until internal problems arose. Next to the Royal Palace stands the Silver Pagoda, one of the most beautiful Pagodas in the area due to its lavish style. Built in 1962, the Silver Pagoda has statues of Buddha’s made from precious metals and stones. The floors are made from concrete and marble. The pagoda has over 5000 silver tiles each weighing 1 kilo. It is famous for its 90 kg solid gold Buddha made in 1907 and an emerald Buddha said to be made of baccarat crystal. We then go to the National Museum of Phnom Penh, which houses the world’s largest and extensive collection of Khmer and Angkor art. The museum stands as a tribute to both the Khmer and Angkor era. At the end of the city tour, we will get to explore the Wat Phnom Pagoda.Read More
On day 10, we enter the Site by the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple and marvel at the wonders of the eerie Bayon, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. You will also get the opportunity to visit one of the most popular Angkor Temples, the Ta Prohm Temple. Ta Prohm is unlike most other Angkor temples, in the sense that it has been untouched over the years. The jungle that weaves itself protectively through and around the ruins creates a mystical and awesome sight and atmosphere. To make your trip to Siem Reap even more memorable and enjoyable, we offer you a 1-hour full body or foot massage at one of the local shops. Finally, you will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel in Siem Reap
After breakfast, we head out to visit the Banteay Srey, considered one of the most unusual of the Angkor temples in Cambodia. Marvel at the elaborate and deeply carved decorations etched into the red sandstone. We then travel to Preah Khan, a huge monastic complex. The complex is full of carvings and passages for you to explore. Along the way, we have lunch at a local restaurant.Read More
During the morning, you are free to shop, relax and do whatever you would like at your own leisure until it is time to transfer to the Airport to get the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
The HCM tour starts with a visit to the imposing Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat). Next, we go to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the most famous landmark in Vietnam as the twin bell towers are visible from a long distance. In the same square is the famous Saigon Post Office, the largest functioning post office in Vietnam. Designed and built by Gustave Eiffel, this building is extraordinary. Gustave Eiffel is also famous for designing and building the Eiffel Tour in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York.Read More
We leave the big city for a beautiful scenic drive through the Mekong River Delta, home to the richest agricultural lands in Vietnam. Enjoy a boat trip to an island that houses orchard gardens and the beautiful Cai Be floating market, a famous place in the Mekong Delta. The Cai Be floating market is a magnificent site to see as hundreds of small merchant boats anchor alongside the banks of the river trading their commodities with locals and tourists alike. We continue with our cruise through the maze of canals that crisscross around An Binh Island.Read More
Stunning landscapes, beautiful scenery culture and history are all on the menu after breakfast. The day begins with an excursion to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh. This amazing temple combines Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity and Islam religions giving it a unique appeal and interest. Lunch at a local restaurant.Read More