THE BEST OF INDOCHINA

(14 DAYS)

duration
14 days
destination
Vietnam
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The amazing trip to Indochina peninsula including Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, starting from Ho Chi Minh City – the Southern biggest city of Vietnam, to see the local life of Mekong delta. Further to the central of country, enjoying a visit to the rich cultural and historic heritages of Hue and Hoian. Then an extension to the wonder of temples- Siem Reap in Cambodia, an amazing trip to Luang Prabang in Laos where you get to explore this intriguing country. Finally travel back to Vietnam, to explore further the historic capital of Hanoi and unique experience on overnight cruise to Ha long Bay.

Tour Highlights

  • 02 nights in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
  • 02 night in Hue citadel
  • 01 night in Hoian ancient town
  • 03 nights in Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • 02 nights in Luang Prabang, Laos
  • 02 nights in Hanoi, the capital City of Vietnam
  • 01 night on cruise in Halong Bay.

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THE BEST OF INDOCHINA Itinerary

Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, reception and transfer by your tour guide to the hotel. Free time at your own leisure. Have welcome dinner. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Breakfast at hotel. This morning you will be pick up from hotel lobby and drive you to Mekong Delta. Enjoy a full day excursion to Ben Tre, 80 km south of Saigon, a peaceful town on the bank of the Mekong River. The tour comprises of a cruise on the Mekong River, a visit to local homes & orchards, a taste of season fruit and honey tea, a performance of traditional southern singing, a horse drawn cart through the village paths and a sampan ride along palm-shaded creeks. Lunch is served as a Mekong specialty at a restaurant on the islet. Return to the city and free time. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Breakfast at hotel. Today we will visit the famous sightseeing spots of Hochiminh city

  • Notre Dame Cathedral built in 1877 (also called the Duc Ba Cathedral)
  • Old French style Central Post Office of Hochiminh City.
  • Then going shopping in one an hour at Ben Thanh Market
  • The Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh city.
  • After lunch at restaurant in the city, transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for the flight to Hue citadel.

Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the city. Overnight in Hue.

After breakfast, you will be picked up for a day tour of Hue. You will visit several highlights such as Tu Duc tomb, and Khai Dinh tomb. On the way, you will visit an incense village and conical hat in Hue. After lunch, you will then visit Hue Citadel, Ngo Mon gate where Bao Dai ended Nguyen dynasty, Thai Hoa palace (Palace of Supreme Harmony), Hall of the Mandarins, and the Forbidden Purple city. Finish the day with a visit to Thien Mu pagoda: built on a hillock overlooking the Perfume River, this pagoda is an icon of Vietnam and the symbol of Hue city. Cruise the beautiful perfume river by dragon boat viewing daily life along the way. Visit some villages and don’t miss the sunset over the river. Enjoy a royal dinner at a local restaurant (Royal Banquet sytle) as an royal experience banquet. Overnight in Hue.

After breakfast, we transfer to visit Ngoc Son Garden House. The integrity of the elements of the Ngoc Son garden house makes it a priceless cultural treasure and a compelling destination for anyone interested in Vietnamese traditional culture. Have lunch with member of the family. In the afternoon, depart to Hoian through Hai Van Pass, which marks the geographical border between North and South Vietnam. Free time and overnight in Hoian.

Today your guide will show you the ancient town. Hoi An, so called a ‘living Museum City’ because of its well-kept original historical buildings and ancient backstreets. Visit one of the three city’s oldest homes, each built over 200 years ago and still occupied by descendants of the families that originally built them; then tour to the Chinese Assembly Hall, followed by a traditional visit to the unique Japanese Bridge. Free time at your own leisure until transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the city. Have dinner at a local restaurant. Have dinner with Apsara Dance Show at Apsara Theatre. Overnight in Siem Reap.

This morning, we will walk up early and transfer to Angkor Wat to enjoy the Sunrise. Return to hotel and have breakfast at hotel. This morning, we continue to visit to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In the afternoon, we transfer to visit Roluos group. Preah Ko, the oldest, is arranged as two rows of three “prasats” (towers) each, and boasts stunning stone carvings and plasterwork. After that comes the intricate 5-tiered Bakong, and finally Lolei, which dates from 893. This last temple resembles Preah Ko but with 4 instead of 6 towers, once stood on its own island, and is noted for its fine examples of Khmer calligraphy. Then, Visit one of Siem Reap’s most famous pagodas for a behind the scenes look at the lives of Buddhist monks. Your private guide will unlock the mystery and meaning of this unique experience, which includes prayers, chanting and even a traditional Buddhist blessing. Travelers can volunteer to participate in age-old ceremonies that take place amid burning incense and flower offerings. Enjoy foot massage 1hour and walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market. Overnight in Siem Reap.

After breakfast at hotel. 08.30: Leave hotel to Enjoy1 Day Tour: Beng Melea and Koh Ker Temples with Lunch box. It is a mazing trip to see special further temples like Beng Mealea (is a temple in the Angkor Wat style located 130 km from Siem Reap by road, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay). We cross and reached through the villages and we can stop some interesting places on the way. And more temples are being found at Kor Ker Visit an ancient capital of Khmer Empire of Koh Ker. Visit an ancient capital of Khmer Empire of Koh Ker. Enjoy lunch box (as there is no restaurant nearby) Beng Mealea ( Beng Mealea temple was built in the 12 cetury, the layout and style of Beng Mealea is very similar to Angkor Wat. Its current state, however, is dominated by jungle. Trees have grown out of the towers and vines entangle columns. Lintels and others building blocks lay around in a tumble and require visitors to clime up and down as they approach the completely collapsed central towers. Back to city for own dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, we continue to explore Angkor Thom, the ancient capital of 12th century. Return to Siem Reap and free time at your own leisure. Transfer to Siem Reap airport for the flight to Luang Prabang.

  • Tentative flight: QV 526 / REP-LPQ / 16.30 – 18.30

Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the city. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

As an optional, today you may want to get up early to participate in an Arm-Giving ceremony, a hundred of monks walking along side walk to collect rice and food from laymen. We then visit Fresh morning Market at Prakham village to see local lives. After breakfast, Meet your guide and Visit National museum, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; visit Wat Xieng Thong, Visit Wat Sene. After lunch, We drive out of town 30KM to the beautiful Kuang Sii Fall, where you can swim, relax, soft trek to the top of the fall. On return short stop at Black Hmong Village, where hill tribe hand-made handicraft as souvenirs for visitors pass by. Arrive in the town, we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

After breakfast, Meet your guide and we cross Mekhong river to Xieng Mane village, we then climb up Chomphet temple to see the stunning view of the town on the other side. We then enjoy a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. Lunch at a local restaurant. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong, well known for its hand weaving. Transfer to Luang Prabang airport for the flight to Hanoi.

  • Tentative flight: QV 313 / LPQ-HAN / 17.10 – 18.10

Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the city. Overnight in Hanoi.

Breakfast at hotel. Travel by coach to Halong Bay and take a boat trip to explore one of the world’s great natural wonders cruising the thousands of limestone islands filled with caves of all shapes and sizes. The sails of junks and sampans gliding along the clear and emerald waters of the bay form a magnificent picturesque scene that blends with the sky. You also get a chance to visit some of the hidden grottoes beneath the towering cliffs. A seafood lunch and dinner will be served on board the charming junk. Overnight on board.

Enjoy the aquamarine waters of the bay at its best as the junk continues to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations. Disembark from the junk at noon, and return to Hanoi. On the way, stop at Yen Duc Village. Admire the charming fields, the amazing tranquility in Yen Duc village. Visit a farming garden and a local family house. Meet and talk with the friendly villagers and get understanding of local life and family tradition. Pass through the fields to visit the culture house of village with its views of poetry inspiring scenery. Then, we enjoy amazing water puppet show in the village fields, presented by village artists. Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon. have Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Breakfast at hotel. This morning tour takes you around Hanoi’s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (exterior) and his Stilts House, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda and, nearby, the Old Quarter also known as the 36 streets and guilds. Also on the tour, the Temple of Literature. Free time at your own leisure until transferring to Noi Bai airport for the departure flight. * Notes: the official check-out time is at 12h00 noon. END OF OUR SERVICES!

*** INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodation: 13 nights at hotels as proposal or similar in double/twin sharing room:
    • Ho Chi Minh: 2 nights
    • Hue: 2 nights
    • Hoian: 1 night
    • Siem Reap: 3 nights
    • Luang Prabang: 2 nights
    • Hanoi: 2 nights
    • Halong: 1 night
  • Transportation: private transfer with new model car with A/C.
  • Professional and experienced English guide in Vietnam: South (Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta) / Central (Hoian, Hue) / North (Hanoi, Halong).
  • Professional English guide in Cambodia: Siem Reap.
  • Professional English guide in Laos: Luang Prabang.
  • Meals: as mentioned excluding beverages.
  • Entrance fee to indicated sites. Boat trip in Mekong, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap.
  • Water Puppet show in Vietnam. Blessing ceremony in Siem Reap. Alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang.
*** EXCLUSIONS
  • International flights and airport taxes.
  • Domestic and/or regional flights:
    • Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap
    • Siem Reap – Luang Prabang
    • Luang Prabang – Hanoi
  • Visa to Vietnam: 60USD/ person (Stamping fee for multiply entry).
  • Visa to Cambodia: 30USD / person
  • Visa to Laos: 30USD / person
  • Meals not mentioned and beverages.
  • Tips, personal expenses, travel insurance.

All other expenses not clearly mentioned in program.

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