Day 1: Fly UK – Saigon
Overnight flight from UK to Saigon, Vietnam.
Day 2: Saigon
On arrival in Saigon you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Saigon
Enjoy a full day tour of Saigon and the Cu Chi Tunnels, including the markets, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum.
The rest of the day is at leisure for your own explorations of Saigon. Alternatively add an afternoon trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels if you wish.
Overnight Saigon. Breakfast included.
Day 4: Saigon - Mekong Delta
This morning is an early start. Transfer by private car from Saigon to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta.
From Cai Be, enjoy a boat trip from Cai Be along the Mekong and through some of the many small canals of the Mekong Delta.
Make a stop at local workshops and learn how rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice and pop-corn are made.
Delve deeper into the countryside by rowing boat and witness the daily life of local people.
Explore village paths by bike, visit some local farms and experience the ancestral lifestyle of the people of the Delta.
Head to Vinh Long afterwards.
Overnight Can Tho. Breakfast included.
Day 5: Can Tho
Today enjoy a short cycling excursion to the countryside in Can Tho with a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market.
From Can Tho, take a boat trip to visit the floating market in Cai Rang.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling market. Get off the boat and hop on bicycles for a ride through local villages.
Enjoy lunch and stop at a local family house to enjoy some seasonal fruits.
This is a great way to really experience the Mekong Delta and you will feel quite immersed in local life here.
Overnight Can Tho. Breakfast & lunch included.
Day 6: Chau Doc
Embark by boat to explore the bustling river life around Chau Doc; visit the Floating Villages, whose inhabitants live and work all their lives on the river.
Stop at one of the typical houses, and see how they raise fish in nets directly under the house itself.
Continue to a distinctive Cham Village, on the other side of the river, with its thriving Muslim community.
After returning to town, continue by vehicle to Sam Mountain, which rises sharply from the surrounding rice paddies.
Considered one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Vietnam, the mountain is dotted with pagodas and temples, many of them inside caves.
Visit Lady Chua Xu Pagoda at the base and continue up shallow stairways along the mountain, visiting other pagodas while ascending.
Overnight Chau Doc. Breakfast included.
Day 7: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
Travel by speedboat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Explore Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the capital before paying a visit to Tuol Sleng.
Learn about a chapter from Cambodia's more recent, tragic, past at the Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide).
Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime
Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors only seven of whom came out alive.
Take a sunset Cruise aboard a luxury boat and enjoy views of Phnom Penh while enjoying the sunset over the Mekong.
Overnight Phnom Penh. Breakfast included.
Day 8: Phnom Penh
Explore Phnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city.
Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendors hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business.
Start the tour with an insight into Cambodia's cultural heritage with a visit to the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi and the adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha.
Continue to the National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer Art.
Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh's two great markets, the Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building or the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling all kinds of things.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight Phnom Penh. Breakfast included.
Day 9: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham is a lively port on the banks of the Mekong River with some good examples of colonial-era architecture.
After visiting the local market and exploring the town, travel into the countryside to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill).
Continue to Wat Nokor Bachey, a thriving modern-day monastery founded on an 11th century Mahayana Buddhist shrine.
Overnight Kampong Cham. Breakfast included.
Day 10: Kampong Cham - Kratie
The provincial capital of Kratie is a pleasant, small riverside town on the banks of the Mekong River.
Visit the Dolphin Observation Park, located just north of town and enjoy an hour-long boat trip past peaceful rural scenery as you watch out for a rare sighting of one of the 50 endangered Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins that inhabit this stretch of the river.
On the way back, stop at Wat Phnom Sambok. At the top of the hill, visit a small temple and cottages which serve as residencies for Buddhist monks and nuns.
Overnight Kratie. Breakfast included.
Day 11: Kratie - Don Khone
Journey by vehicle from Nong Nokkein (formerly called Dong Kalaw) on the Lao/Cambodian border to Tha Ban Nakasang and cross the river by boat to Don Khone.
Explore Don Khone, one of the islands in Si Phan Don, by tuk tuk.
Visit Ban Khone Village, the main village on Don Khone with several old French villas, Wat Mahanthanaram Temple and visit the rusting locomotive.
Continue to Tad Li Phi Waterfalls, a raging set of rapids at the western end of Don Khone.
Overnight Don Khone. Breakfast included.
Day 12: Don Khone - Don Khong
Travel by boat from Don Khone to Tha Ban Nakasang, and then continue by vehicle and boat to Don Khong.
Visit Khon Phapheng Waterfalls on the Mekong River, a 13 km stretch of powerful rapids with several sets of cascades.
The largest, Khon Phapheng, flows close to the eastern shore of the Mekong River near the village of Ban Thakho.
Explore Don Khong, or Khong Island, a scenic island set in the middle of the Mekong River, with small villages and rice paddies.
Visit the largest village, Muang Khong, and visit local temples, withsSunset at Muang Sene.
Overnight Don Khong. Breakfast included.
Day 13: Don Khong - Pakse
Travel by vehicle from Don Khong to Pakse.
Champasak is a small district of 38,000 people on the western bank of the Mekong River.
The Angkor period ruins of Vat Phou Champasak lie 8 km south of town.
Continue by vehicle to Vat Phou Museum and Vat Phou Champasak, a Khmer temple site spread over the lower slopes of Phu Pasak.
The surviving structures date from as early as the Chenla Kingdom (6th to 8th centuries).
Continue by vehicle to Pakse.
Overnight Pakse. Breakfast included.
Day 14: Pakse - Vientiane
The capital city of Laos, Vientiane, still feels like a sleepy city with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards, and interesting temples and colourful markets.
Tour the many highlights of the city, including Pha That Luang, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps the most important national monument in Laos; Ho Pha Keo, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; Wat Si Saket; and Patuxai, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs.
Overnight Vientiane. Breakfast included.
Day 15: Vientiane - Vang Vieng
Travel from Vientiane to Vang Vieng, stopping en-route at Talat Fish Market in Huay Mor, and at Vang Xang, an 11th century Buddhist archaeological site where primitive Buddha images have been carved into the cliff.
Visit Tham Chang Cave which was used as a bunker against marauding Chinese in the early 19th century.
Overnight Vang Vieng. Breakfast included.
Day 16: Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang
Journey north to Luang Prabang, passing through Ban Phatang and Muang Kasi, and visiting local villages on the way.
Tham Xang Cave, also called Elephant Cave, contains a few Buddha images and a Buddha footprint plus the elephant shaped stalactites which give the cave its name.
Note: Tham Xang Cave is NOT recommended from May to September due to high water level and a swift current as well as bad road conditions
Overnight Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.
Day 17: Luang Prabang
Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings.
The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Start the day at Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat), the oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat dating back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas.
Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city.
From there, stroll down the main street of Luang Prabang, stopping at some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene.
Continue to the National Museum (Royal Palace), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs.
This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos.
Visit Hor Phrabang, containing a collection of prized art and Wat Mai.
At the end of the day, climb 328 steps to the small temples atop Phou Si in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river.
Overnight Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.
Day 18: Luang Prabang - Pakbeng
Board The Luang Say Lodge and Cruises from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng.
Depart at 7 a.m for a cruise up the Mekong River to Pakbeng, with breakfast served on board.
On the way to Pak Ou village, at the mouth of the Nam Ou River a visit is organized to Tam Ting Caves and Tham Phoum Caves of a thousand Buddha.
A buffet lunch is served on board, after a brief stop is made at Ban Baw to observe the processing of traditional rice alcohol.
The boat arrives at Luangsay Lodge before sunset for an overnight stop.
Dinner is served at a terrace overlooking the Mekong River.
Overnight Pakbeng. Breakfast included.
Day 19: Pakbeng - Chiang Rai
After breakfast on the terrace, visit the morning market (optional) of Pakbeng where the nearby villagers and hill tribes buy and exchange their goods.
The boat departs at 8 a.m for her second part of trip. Lunch is served on board.
One stop is made to visit and admire the authentic rural life of hill tribe village at Ban Houy Phalam (Kamu Village).
Arrive Huay Xai before 5 pm
Transfer to the border with Thailand where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Chiang Rai.
Overnight Chiang Rai, Thailand. Breakfast included.
Day 20: Chiang Rai - UK
Fly Chiang Rai – UK.
Day 21: Arrive UK
Arrive back in the UK