Overview

Embark on this 19-day adventure and experience the best of Indochina from its atmospheric lands, outstanding natural and cultural heritage to spellbinding natural wonders. Whether you’re traveling through the golden land of Myanmar, taking in the majestic nature of Vietnam, stepping back in time with an exploration of Cambodia or taking into the heart of laid-back Laos, you will fall in love with all the delights and charm that the regions have to offer.

Highlights

  • Explore the golden land of Bagan with thousands of old-age temples and pagodas
  • Experience the unique and authentic culture of local people in the majetic Inle Lake
  • Immerse yourself in the endless charm of Hanoi and Halong Bay with stunning experiences 
  • Delve into the mysterious world of Angkor Complex with imposing ancient temples and ruins
  • Uncover the hidden treasures of Laos in the most beautiful city of Luang Prabang
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Trip Code: VNZA - 829

Trip Duration: 19 Days

Starting: Yangon, Myanmar

Finishing: Luang Prabang, Laos

Destination: Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, history, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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Our guide and driver will pick you up from Yangon airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

The charm and peacefulness of the city, as well as its numerous colonial and spiritual heritage, make it a wonderful place to explore. The city is a combination of different architecture including British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences.

The afternoon is free for you to explore the city on your own. In the evening, after a sumptuous dinner in Karaweik Palace overlooking the Royal Lake, experience a unique cultural show performed by local artists.

Lunch on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

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In this early morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you will fly to Bagan – another fascinating land and also the World Heritage Site. The land is considered the richest archaeological site in Asia thanks to thousands of temples and stupas scattering over the plains of Bagan which offer unique views that you have never seen. Your exploration will start with a visit to Nyang U Market in Old Bagan where you get a true insight into the daily life of the locals. Your next destination is the spectacular Shwezigon pagoda- one of the most important religious buildings in Myanmar. The stupa has been served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country.

Continue onto another well-known temple in Myanmar - Ananda temple which is the most vivid masterpiece of the Mon architecture. In addition to the famous temples, you also have some stops to visit other surrounding temples.

In the afternoon, spend time learning more about local culture by visiting a lacquerware workshop where you can witness first-hand the traditional techniques of craftsmen as well as wonderful products. At the end of the day, make your way to Shwesandaw pagoda to get the panoramic views over the surroundings in the beautiful sunset.

Today is free for you to relax or make your own exploration. You could take a unique journey with the option of taking a hot air balloon over the town. Or if you wish, you could also enjoy a bike ride around the region to experience tranquillity at a slower pace.

In the morning, take a flight to Heho and then drive to Inle Lake. Transfer by motorboat to the center of the lake. As the second largest lake of the country, Inle Lake is famous for its stunning floating villages and gardens as well as the unique rowing technique of local fishermen. Along the way, you will pass through some of the well-known sites of the lake.

Stop at the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda to explore its ancient images of Buddha which are all covered in gold leaf. Continue onto the nearby NgeHpeChaung – a stunning wooden monastery built on stilts which still holds the collection of old Myanmar’s Buddha images from different areas. From the monastery, make your way to Nam Pan Village to observe Inthar people using their traditional silk weaving techniques to create unique and high-quality products.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.

Start your new day by visiting the colorful morning market - a meeting point of the locals around the region to come and exchange their produce. After lunch, take a boat trip to Indein - a small village situated in the western bank of Inle Lake. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the village and climb to the top of Indein Pagoda complex to get the wonderful views over the lake and hundreds of stupas lining on the hill.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.

In the morning, leave the charming Inle Lake and depart for Yangon. Once in Yangon, start your city exploration. Your first stop is Sule Pagoda - a magnificent landmark of the city with thousands of years old. Transfer to Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake to relax in a green, tree-filled park. Take a short break for lunch.

In the afternoon, your journey will be continued with a visit to the golden Shwedagon Pagoda - a famous structure in Myanmar’s religion. Along with the lake and the garden, the glitter of the pagoda has enhanced the beauty of the complex. Wrap your busy day with a beautiful afternoon market.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Spend the last morning exploring the enchanting city of Yangon on your own and then transfer to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. After arriving at the airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

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Your full-day today is spent exploring the charming city. The capital city is an interesting destination for those who wish to discover the rich culture of the country. In this journey, you are offered great opportunities to explore some of the most important sites. Firstly, you will visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex in which the body of the famous President is stored. Next to the mausoleum is the Presidential Palace with special typical French structure and architecture. Continue onto One Pillar Pagoda to explore its magnificent structure.

After getting the solemn ambiance of the complex, you will pay a visit to the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam. This is a popular place for Vietnamese students to visit and take commemorative photographs when graduating. Dating back to the 11th century, the monument is a great connection with the past and a fine combination of the Le and Nguyen Dynasty style. Heading out to West Lake, you will visit sedate Tran Quoc and either the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum.

In the evening, there is a traditional Water Puppet Show for you to enjoy and soak in the traditional ambiance. Meals on your own.

Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

This morning, say goodbye to the bustling city and depart for another dreamy land – Halong Bay – a great natural wonder in Asia. It is also one of the most popular trips from Hanoi. The thousands of islands combine together making the place an exciting site to explore in any visit to Northern Vietnam.

The scenic drive will take you 3.5 to 4 hours. Once in the bay, you will be rewarded with some of the best in Vietnam. Embark on the boat and just pass through various stunning islands and inlets over the bay. Cruising over the bay, you truly get a relaxing feeling with the tranquillity around you.

More impressively, you may feel you are lost in the maze of fairyland as meandering along the limestone islands, numerous caves and fascinating stalactites. Not only impressed with the endless charm of the bay, the fabulous seafood served in an excellent menu is also your unforgettable memories during the trip.

Spend time taking in the fresh air of the bay on the beautiful boat. Overnight on board. 

Get up early this morning to soak up in the fresh air and enjoy the morning views of the bay at its best. The beauty of the bay seems to be manifold as the first rays of the sunshine down the crystal clear water of the bay which makes the bay more magical than ever. Join a Tai Chi on the top deck to experience the peacefulness in your soul. Afterward, you could freshen up with a swim in Soi Sim beach or just stay on board and join a Vietnamese cooking demonstration.

After brunch on board, back to the harbor and disembark the ship. Say goodbye to the charming land and take a flight to the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. After arriving, transfer to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

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Today you will explore the lush land of the Mekong Delta. After breakfast, you will be taken to Cai Be- famous for its stunning floating market in the western region of southern Vietnam. Visiting the market, you will realize all the unique characteristics of local life in the delta region. Here, all the goods are transported by rafts and boats making the region different from others in the country.

You also have a chance to visit some local workshops before moving onto An Binh Island’s orchards at an ancient house where a fabulous lunch will be served in the cool shade.

In the afternoon, continue your journey with a rowboat to get deeper into the countryside. The boat will take you along the narrow canals giving you unique cruise experience. 

You will stop at a nursery garden to get to know more about the production methods of some famous fruits and vegetables. After the visit, cruise towards Vinh Long where you will be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

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In the early morning, make your way to Cu Chi Tunnels – one of the most fascinating places to explore in the south of Vietnam. This fantastic network stretches over 250 km and is the shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during the wars. The system was served as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living areas for Vietnamese fighters throughout the war. Take your time to descend into the tunnels to discover the wonderful tunnels and the harsh conditions of Vietcong guerrillas.

In the afternoon, take a flight to Phnom Penh - the prosperous city of Cambodia. On your arrival, check-in your hotel. 

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Phnom Penh

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Being one of the loveliest French-built cities, Phnom Penh is once known as the "Pearl of Asia," which is an important global and domestic tourist destination in Cambodia along with Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.

The city tour today will help you to learn more about the history of the city. Your first stop is Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide Crimes which is taken from a high school and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21).  The museum is served as a testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. You could find many exhibits, paintings and photographs of many of the victims in this building.

Your next stop is Cheung Ek known as The Killing Fields. Choeung Ek is nowadays a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa.

Your afternoon exploration will be started with a visit to the “Russian Market” followed by a cultural tour to the National Museum. The museum still stores a collection of - which remains a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments. Move onto Wat Phnom - the namesake and symbol of the capital city of Phnom Penh. The last destination of today’s exploration is the Royal Palace which holds one of the most magnificent architectural achievements of Phnom Penh.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Phnom Penh.

After breakfast, take a flight to Siem Reap – one of the important centers of Cambodia. The city features colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in the city center. Free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Your exploration today is spent delving into the magnificent Angkor temples.

In the morning, you will explore the rich history of the city by visiting the spectacular Angkor Wat – the most famous and largest temple complex in Cambodia and in the world as well. The complex is considered the architectural masterpiece thanks to its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief and sculpture.

In the afternoon, our guide will take you to Ta Prohm in the east of Angkor Thom. It is one of the largest monuments in the Angkor complex. You will see the trees growing out of the ruins which create a distinctive feature for the monument.

From there, make your way to Angkor Thom which is no doubt the expression of the highest genius. The stunning architecture of the structure in all dimensions challenges the talent of any painters. Continue onto the well-known temple of Bayon - the spectacular central temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thom.

Your city discovery will be continued with a visit to the nearby Terrace of Elephants with 300 meters long through the core of Angkor Thom. This impressive structure is adorned with carved elephants and garudas spanning the front of Baphuon. From the Terrace of Elephants, take a few steps to the terrace of the Leper King a double terrace located at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants.

Back to your hotel at the end of the day and free at your leisure.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

After breakfast, you are free to relax or explore the city on your own before being transferred to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

Today is dedicated to exploring the wonderful city of Luang Prabang. The city is a great place to explore the rich architectural and artistic heritage which presents the perfect combination between Lao traditional architecture and the colonial style. The city is also home to numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries.

After breakfast at your hotel, start your sightseeing tour of the city. The day trip offers you a great opportunity to explore some of the famous sites of the city including Royal Palace or National Museum - which still houses a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments; Vat Visoun- one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang; Vat Aha - a small but wonderful temple and Vat May - the largest and also one of the most impressive the temples in Luang Prabang with rich decorations.

Wrap your memorable tour with a cup of coffee or a leisurely stroll along the river bank.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

In the morning, there is some time for you to visit some of the oldest temples in the city such as WatSene – one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang famous for its painting of a deep ochre color and the impressive WatXiengthong – a significant Lao monastery which holds the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.

After the visit, enjoy a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River to the hidden Pak Ou Caves. You will arrive at the caves in the afternoon. This stunning cave is well known for its hundreds of Buddha images with different sizes and shapes.

On the way back, stop at the Ban Xang Hai Village to observed first-hand the exciting making process of the famous rice wine throughout the country. In the evening, head back to Luang Prabang.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 19 day tour star from Yangon and end in Luang Prabang.
  • 18 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese cuisine with 15 meals included.
  • 8 x domestic/ regional flights: Yangon - Bagan/ Bagan - Heho/ Heho - Yangon/ Yangon - Hanoi/ Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh/ Ho Chi Minh - Phnom Penh/ Phnom Penh - Siem Reap/ Siem Reap - Luang Prabang (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • All airport transfers
  • English speaking guide (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • VIETNAM VISA LETTER
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets – We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from South Africa to Vietnam/ Laos/ Cambodia/ Myanmar are approximately $700-$1500 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! Let’s contact us for more details.
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25USD per person
  • Cambodia Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Laos Visa fee: 30USD per person
  • Myanmar E-visa: 50USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 18
  • Lunch: 2
  • Dinner: 2
  • Brunch : 1

Transport

  • Private car
  • Airplane
  • Cruise
  • Shuttle bus
  • Motorboat

Included Activities

  • Watching traditional show in Yangon Myanmar
  • Exploring temples and stupas in Bagan
  • Visiting Inle Lake & Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
  • Walking around Village and Indein Pagoda complex
  • Experiencing markets and Inle Lake
  • Hanoi City Tour
  • 2D1N on non-private Halong Bay Cruise
  • Day trip to Mekong Delta
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Angkor Temples Sightseeing
  • Luang Prabang City Tour
  • Day trip to Pak Ou Cave

Special Note:

If you want to explore the best of South East Asia in 4 countries with rich culture and history, this tour is perfect for you.

If you want to change the arrival and departure internaitonal airport, we absolutely can amend the itinerary accordingly. The itinerary is a sample for your reference and you can have ideas about the budget, activities, what you get during 19 days.

Best time to visit Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar together will be from October to the end of April. From May to September is quite hot in both 4 countries and it is also the rainy season in Myanmar, but do not worry if you only can travel during this period, the experiences you will have still amazing.

If you do not like too many domestic flights, we can advise alternative options such as:

+ From Yangon to Bagan you can take an overnight bus 

+ From Bagan to Inle Lake, you can take a bus

+ From Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh, you can take a bus or choose speed boat option

+ From Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, you can take a tourist bus or a private car

 Book early and you will get many surprises.

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for groups from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.

Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:

° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharged for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5-star hotels)

° Easter Holidays: some 5-star hotels in Hoian will be surcharged for Easter Holidays

° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 25.Feb.2020 – 03.Mar.2020 – if you travel during this period, there will be surcharged for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking

 

Cancellation by Customer

Should you need to cancel your holiday once it has been confirmed, the party leader must immediately advise us in writing sent to us via fax or email. The following cancellation charges will be applied:

  • More than 21 days prior to departure: The total of deposit paid to us (30% of the Tour value).
  • 7- 21 days  prior to departure: 50% on total value of the trip charged, due to hotel charges for no-shows and organizing fees.
  • Within 1-6 days  prior to departure: 100% on total charged.
  • No-Show: 100% on total charged.

Note: Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable in the event of cancellation.  

Cancellation of domestic or international flights:

If the cancellation occurs after a deposit was paid to the Airlines, a cancellation fees, of 25 – 40 % of the airfare for the domestic flight and USD30 – 50/pax for the international flight, is required (according to the policy of the Airlines).

Unused services:

No refunds or exchanges can be made with respect to accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, transport or any other services, included in the tour price, but not utilized by the tour members. 

Children Policy

For children, please note:

  • Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)
  • Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults
  • Children from 12 years old: as adult

Reviews

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Based on 63 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Rosh & Betti

Guest Country: Durban, South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Vietnam tours have been awesome, especially Ashley Trang, the agent assigned to us. After finding this tour company on Facebook and making contact with them, Ashley immediately responded to my query. She worked tirelessly and efficiently to make sure that she catered to our every need and requirement. With her advice and expertise we here able to put together an itinerary, that has allowed us to have the best experience of this beautiful country, people,food and sights.

Our trip went without hitches from being transferred to airports and awesome hotels, organised private tours with knowledgeable English speaking tour guides and plenty free time with the best advice to explore at our leasure.

Ashley paid us a personal visit at our hotel in Hanoi, a gesture beyond her scope of duty. We have left Vietnam with very pleasant memories and will definitely recommend Vietnam Tours to family and friends.

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Lauren B

Guest Country: Johannesburg, South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

I booked my tour and from the moment of first contact Trung was amazing. He put together a bespoke tour for us that included everything we wanted to see (Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An). The hotels were great, perfectly located and all the staff were incredibly helpful and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. The day tours and experiences were exactly what we were looking for and far exceeded our expectations. It truly was an amazing tour we will never forget.

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Philip Nel

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam and Cambodia

From day one the tour planning with Ashley from Vietnam tours was perfect and we had no trouble with pic-ups, tour guides and accommodation. The tour was informative and most enjoyable. We could not have asked for a better and more professional tour adviser than Ashley for the company. We had the best in 15 days what Cambodia and Vietnam could offer!!

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Annette R

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: September 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Will Nguyen was an absolute star! From putting together an unforgettable 7 days as per our requirements to making sure we have arrived in Vietnam and follow up messages to make sure everything is going as planned during our whole trip.

Thanks for an absolute best of our lifetime experience!!!

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A Response from Seni World 30/08/2019

Not only is the first tour operator in Vietnam focusing only on travelers from South Africa but Vietnamtour.co.za also has been receiving a lot of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Moreover, we also have a representative in South Africa  - Mrs. Katrine Putick. You can contact her to book and confirm your tour to Vietnam right in South Africa. 

Ms. KATRINE PUTTICK

  • Address: Bay Farm, Main Rd, Hout Bay Cape Province, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Phone: (+27 (83) 261 1693)
  • Email: kputtick@iafrica.com
A Response from Seni World 26/04/2019

Tipping is not customary in Vietnam but it's highly appreciated. Most the high-end services include a service fee but if you receive a service that exceeded your expectation, then a tip is highly recommended. Normally, you should tip at least 1-3 USD/pax/day for your guide and driver.

A Response from Seni World 18/07/2019

Vietnam's weather is tropical climate with high humidity creating a favorable condition for many insects especially mosquitoes. Whenever you head outside especially in mountainous areas, be sure to apply repellent to all areas of exposed skin. 

A Response from Seni World 15/04/2019

Depending on individual hotels, most of the hotels in Vietnam are equipped with all necessary amenities such as hair dryers, private bathroom, safety box, shampoo, body lotion and more. If you're not sure about the quality of these kinds of stuff, you can bring your own or buy outside.

A Response from Seni World 07/12/2018

You can easily find an ATM at any major cities across the country. Though, it's hard to find one in local areas, so make sure you prepare enough money for a journey out of the city.  Do not keep too much money along you to avoid the risk of theft. 

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