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Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos Family Tour - 15 Days

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Tour code: ASW-IN-F15

Duration: 15 days

Destination: Saigon / Cu Chi Tunnels / Mekong Delta / Nha Trang / Hanoi / Halong Bay / Luang Prabang / Siem Reap

US$ 1,985 per person

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With great food, lush scenery and lots of warm, friendly locals, the whole family will fall in love with Indochina in just 2 weeks. This itinerary has been carefully created to suit our younger travelers, taking sightseeing at a fairly leisurely pace, including various activities...

trip highlight

  • Explore part of the 151-mile underground network Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Boat ride to Cai Be floating market, where you can observe all of busy trading activities of local traders with several kinds of agricultural products
  • Three days to relax on the blue, pristine beaches in Nha Trang
  • Cruising around the World Heritage Halong Bay to enjoy magnificent landscape 
  • Caving at Pak Ou Caves, place of thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues  
  • Pay a visit to Angkor Wat - the man-made world's wonder whose beauties can't be captured by cameras

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Day 1: Arrive Saigon

Meal: Dinner

Welcome to Vietnam! The land of unique culture and stunning natural view! Upon your arrival, your local tour guide will welcome you at the airport then escort you to hotel by private car. Check in hotel and relax to refresh from the long international fly. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner on the Saigon Bonsai River Cruise which will give you the first impression of Saigon by enjoying the night scenery on the cruise boat.

ho chi minh city travel guide

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Day 2: Explore Cu Chi Tunnels - Half day Saigon city tour

ho chi minh city Notre Dame CathedralMeals: Breakfast and Lunch

Enjoy a half day tour to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning. The Cu Chi tunnel was built during the war time by the Vietnamese for fighting with enemies, but nowadays it has become an interesting and fun place for tourists. Your kids will have fun in discover the complicated tunnel system in the forest.

Afternoon, we visit Reunification Palace formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. Continue to visit City Hall, Ho Chi Minh Monument and Central Post Office which was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. Right nearby, you can see Notre Dame Cathedral, a magnificent building located in the heart of the city and was established by French colonists. This cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet).

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Day 3: Vinh Long - Discover Mekong Delta

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

Travel to Vinh Long, a province located in the Mekong River Delta of southern Vietnam. Upon arrival, take a boat trip to explore the colorful Cai Be floating market, where you can observe all of busy trading activities of local traders with several kinds of agricultural product from one boat to another. You then continue the cruise to a local factory to visit and learn how pop rice, pop corn, rice paper and coconut candies are made. You also have an opportunity to taste these products served with hot green tea. Returning to the boat for an excursion to Dong Hoa Hiep Island and discover the beautiful and peaceful sceneries together with the typical life of the region along the Mekong River. After lunch in local restaurant, enjoy a stroll along the narrow canals before driving back Saigon.

Stay overnight in Saigon

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Day 4: Flight to Nha Trang – Leisure on beach

Meal: Breakfast

Morning is free at your own for shopping until time transfer to airport to take a short flight to Nha Trang. On arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel and free for beach relaxation.

things to do in nha trang

Stay overnight in Nha Trang.

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Day 5: Nha Trang-Leisure on the beach

Meal: Breakfast

Free at leisure to enjoy the beautiful beach, sunshine and fun activities on the beach or go to the Vinpearl Amusement Park in the Vinpearl Land – in Vietnam we call it “ Disneyland of the Pearl island”.

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Day 6: Nha Trang-Leisure on the beach

Meal: Breakfast

More day at leisure for your own Nha Trang discovery or take an option go to the Thap Ba hot springs to enjoy a soak in the therapeutic mud and a relaxing massage.

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Day 7: Flight to Hanoi – Transfer to Halong bay

vietnam in 2 weeksMeals: Breakfast and Lunch

Enjoy relaxing time in the morning until pick up and transfer to airport for onward flight to Hanoi. On arrival, pick up and transfer to Halong city. Halong translates as ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, and legend claims the islands of Halong Bay were created by a great dragon from the mountains. As it charged towards the coast, its flailing tail gouged out valleys and crevasses. When it finally plunged into the sea, the area filled with water, leaving only the pinnacles visible.

Stay overnight in Halong.

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Day 8: Full day tour Halong Bay Cruise

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Morning we will board our private junk and begin enjoy a five-hour cruise on the stunning bay, stopping along the way to visit to the most beautiful cave named Sung Sot (Amazing cave). Climbing steep stairs to explore huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Continue to enjoy this relaxing cruise through the fairyland-like landscape. Then we head back to Ha Long harbor and our waiting vehicle will transfer us back to Hanoi. On arrival, visit Ngoc Son Temple which is located at the northern end of Sword Lake. From the shore, walking on the Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge leads to the island. Admire buildings of the temple, including the Pen Tower, the ink-slab, the Moon Contemplation Pavilion and the Pavilion against Waves, all of which have symbolic meaning. Enjoy a water puppet showWater puppetry - " puppets that dance on water"- is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today's Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 9: Half day Hanoi city tour – Bat Trang ceramic village

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning, we start our day tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum . The mausoleum is the last resting place of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s great revolutionist. It is a symbol of gratitude and respect of Vietnamese people for president Ho Chi Minh. Closed by, the famous One Pillar Pagoda which is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter. It is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond. After that, continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Vietnamese name is Quoc Tu Giam) - The Vietnam’s first University, which was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.  Enjoy a cyclo tour around Hanoi Old Quarter before ending at local restaurant for lunch.

Afternoon, visit Bat Trang ceramic village, the village is 13 km southwest of Hanoi center, on the other side of the Red River. The village was said to be established in 14th century and the village is famous for ceramic and pottery products of high quality. The village specialized in large - scale pottery and porcelain production using traditional methods. Stop at a small family factory to see how they manufacture their products. Watch the artisans form, paint and glaze their products and you will have a chance to practice your talent with wet clay and a mould. Or you can join the drawing class in the factory.

Back to Hanoi for stay overnight.

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Day 10: Hanoi – Flight to Luang Prabang

laos luang prabang boun ok phansaMeal: Breakfast

Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to the airport for flight to Luang Prabang.Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Luang Prabang has been claimed by the UNESCO to be ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’. During our time here, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 11: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou caves

laos luang prabang pak ou caves luang prabangMeals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  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, a small village known for its hand weaving.

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Day 12: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi water fall

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there you will visit the morning Phosi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit a local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We return to the city to observe the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 13: Luang Prabang – Flight to Siem Reap

Meal: Breakfast

After breakfast,  you have free time to explore the town and stroll around the shopping area until time transfer to airport for a departure flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in and then take a short city tour to visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and 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. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 14: Siem Reap – Full day Angkor temple

siem reap terrace of leper kingMeals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning, visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Afternoon, 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. Sunset at Angkor Wat.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

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Day 15: Siem Reap – Departure

Meal: Breakfast

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. Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight home.

It’s time to say goodbye, we thank you for travelling with us and warmly welcome you to come again. Services end.

siem reap tonle sap lake

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· Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher.

· The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.

· Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

What's Included:

· 14 nights at hotel based on Twin/Double sharing room

· Breakfast at hotel

· Airfare 4 routes with local airlines (including 7kg hand luggage and 20 kg checked baggage)

* Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang

* Nha Trang – Hanoi

* Hanoi – Luang Prabang

* Luang Prabang – Siem Reap

· English speaking guide with legal license

· Private car during the trip with experienced driver

· Boat trip and kayaking in Halong Bay

· All Meals, Entrance fees and tour activities as dedicated in the program

· Service charges

· Bottled water & wet towel on van during trip

What's Excluded:

· Tip for Tour guide and driver (recommended)

· Bank fees for both sides

· Visa fee to Vietnam (US$25/person), Laos (US$30/person) and Cambodia (US$30/person)

· International airfare

· Peak season surcharge (During Christmas and New Year)

· Early Check-in (before 14.00) and late check-out (after 12.00)

· Personal expenses

Remarks

1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:

· Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night

· Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night

· Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night

· Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night

· High-end = Best of the best hotels fr om US$ 250++ per room/ per night

3. Child policy: 

· Ages 0-2 years at 5 % of adult price

· Ages 2-5 years at 30% of adult price

· Ages 6-11 at 70% of adult price

· 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult)

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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Step 3: Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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    Amazing 2-weeks to Indochina for first-time visitors

    My family has just returned from a 2-week tour of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, planned by Asianway Travel. We checked around different agencies over a year before our trip and we decided to choose Asianway Travel as they were very responsive to our requests and the rate were quite reasonable. We wanted to tailor our own trip and Ms. Mai at Asianway Travel has responded promptly with her professional advice. Mai designed us a great itinerary that allowed us to see the best of Vietnam Laos Cambodia yet still gave us some relax time and made alternate arrangements based on

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