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Simply Vietnam with Laos & Cambodia (2717)

19 days from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap

2019 Tour Details

With their long histories, interesting cultures, and gorgeous scenery, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos offer something for everyone. On this Southeast Asia tour, you’ll overnight in Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha National Park, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap. Sightseeing tours in the cities feature the must-see sites, including Luang Prabang’s Wat Xieng Thong, a 16th-century temple featuring Buddhist art and architecture; Hanoi’s One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049; Hue’s Forbidden Purple City, the emperor’s residence constructed in 1804; Hoi An’s Thien Mu Pagoda; and Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace.. In Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi region, where you'll get to explore the deep, narrow tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong during the war.

You'll enjoy seeing gorgeous scenery and destinations via the water. Cruise on Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the world's most amazing scenery. You'll sail by islets, caves, beaches, and floating villages. In Phong Nha National Park, a boat ride on the Son River takes you to Phong Nha Cave. Enjoy a cruise in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, where you'll pass unspoiled countryside.

A highlight of this Southeast Asia tour are the spectacular ruins at Angkor, including Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Angkor Thom; and 10th-century Banteay Srei Temple, known for its intricate decorations.

These are just some of the many highlights on this tour through Southeast Asia. Designed for savvy, value-minded travelers, it’s a dream vacation!

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

LUANG PRABANG
Visit Mount Phousi, Wat Mai, the National Museum, and Wat Xieng Thong; Host service during your stay

HANOI
Visit the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda; water puppets performance

HA LONG BAY
Day cruise on the bay

PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK
Boat ride on Son River, visit Phong Nha Cave

HUE
Visit the Forbidden Purple City, Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, Thien Mu Pagoda

HOI AN
Cruise on Thu Bon River; walking tour through Hoi An Ancient Town

HO CHI MINH CITY
Visit the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and Cu Chi Tunnels

PHNOM PENH
Visit the Royal Palace and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum; Host service during your stay

SIEM REAP
Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Banteay Srai, and Ta Prohm; Host service during your stay

Guides:

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

Transportation:

Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring in Vietnam. Sightseeing vehicle in Laos & Cambodia.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

LUANG PRABANG, LAOS. Welcome to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 2

LUANG PRABANG. Begin your morning by ascending MOUNT PHOUSI for beautiful views over the city and Mekong River. Then, walk through the historic town center stopping at WAT MAI, famous for its 5-tiered roof built in the traditional style of Luang Prabang. You will also visit the NATIONAL MUSEUM and WAT XIENG THONG, often thought to be the most beautiful wat, or monastery, in the city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore further. (B,L)

Day 3

LUANG PRABANG. A full day at your leisure. Perhaps consider an excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls or a cruise on the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

LUANG PRABANG–HANOI. Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

HANOI. Today’s included sightseeing tour takes you to many of the city’s highlights, including the TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and gateways, and ONE PILLAR PAGODA, designed to resemble a lotus blossom. You will also see Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the fascinating network of alleyways and shop houses that make up the Old Quarter. This evening, enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famed WATER PUPPETS.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

HANOI-HA LONG BAY. Drive to Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam’s favorite destinations, and board your DAY CRUISE through the stunning bay. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail through the dramatic limestone islands, then explore the Sung Sot (Surprising Cave) and visit Titov Island. (B,L)

Day 7

HA LONG BAY–HANOI–PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK. Return to Hanoi this morning and fly to Dong Hoi. From here, journey inland to remarkable PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO park littered with beautiful jungles, caves, and underground rivers. Your lodging tonight is a charming farmstay at the base of park.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK. This morning, take a BOAT RIDE on the Son River to PHONG NHA CAVE, famous for its rock formations with names like the “Lion” and the “Buddha.” The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the activities and serene views at your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9

PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK–HUE. Drive to Hue, stopping at the DMZ bridge en route. Upon arrival in the imperial walled city of Hue, visit the FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY, modeled after Beijing’s famed Forbidden CIty. During your visit, you will see Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the Nine Dynastic Urns.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

HUE–HOI AN. Begin today with a visit to pretty THIEN MU PAGODA, made up of seven tiers, each dedicated to a step assumed by Buddha to reach enlightenment. Continue up the river to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF MINH MANG, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions, and temples in a beautiful setting. Head south through spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) and visit the CHAM MUSEUM, then continue to the charming town of Hoi An. (B,L)

Day 11

HOI AN. Start today with a CRUISE on the Thu Bon River, passing unspoiled countryside. Then, a leisurely WALKING TOUR through Hoi An Ancient Town brings you to the Japanese Covered Bridge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

HOI AN–HO CHI MINH CITY. Enjoy your morning at leisure. This afternoon, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest and most vibrant city, packed with timeless traditions.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13

HO CHI MINH CITY. Today’s sightseeing tour takes in Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. Afterward, visit the REUNIFICATION PALACE and the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, as well as the Chinese district.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14

HO CHI MINH CITY. CU CHI TUNNELS EXCURSION. Today, visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles long that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas, and meeting rooms. If you are feeling adventurous, you may enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

HO CHI MINH CITY–PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA. Today, fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16

PHNOM PENH–SIEM REAP. Today’s sightseeing tour takes in the ROYAL PALACE with its spectacular Silver Pagoda, as well as the haunting TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former torture and interrogation center under the Khmer Rouge. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS. This afternoon, fly to Siem Reap.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

SIEM REAP. Today, visit nearby ANGKOR, the ancient Khmer capital. Visit the splendid temple complex that includes ANGKOR WAT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ANGKOR THOM, the former fortified royal city built by King Jayavarman VII, which includes Bayon and Baphuon Temples, the Terrace of Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. (B,L)

Day 18

SIEM REAP. Today, visit the exquisite 10th-century BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva that was built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. Unlike the other temples, TA PROHM has been left relatively untouched. Surrounded by jungle, tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, and you will experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 19

SIEM REAP. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

HUNG NGUYEN

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

"Hung graduated from Hanoi National University in 1998 after studying English. He started his career in tourism shortly thereafter and has over a decade of experience leading tours through Vietnam. He possesses comprehensive knowledge of Vietnam, with interests extending to politics, history, and cultural traditions. His interest in photography and local landscapes makes him the perfect guide for snapping the ideal shot."

Tour Director -  HUNG NGUYEN

 Accommodations

HA LONG BAY Ha Long Plaza Hotel (MF)
HANOI Silk Path Hotel (F)
HO CHI MINH CITY Paragon Saigon Hotel (F)
HOI AN Silk Luxury Hotel & Spa (F)
HUE Indochine Palace (MF)
LUANG PRABANG Santi Resort & Spa (F) or Santi Resort & Spa (F)
PHNOM PENH Sunway Hotel (F)
PHONG NHA- KE BANG NATIONAL PARK Chay Lap Farmstay (ST)
SIEM REAP Saem Siemreap Hotel (SF)

 Optional Excursions

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