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Highlights of Indochina

Highlights of Indochina

US$2,459

No of Days: 20 |  People: 2

Exploring Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on a 20 day tour of indochina features ancient history, tasty food, friendly locals and beautiful scenery. Blend yourself with jewels of Indochina, similar in cultural background but different in daily life style, sights and sound. You will enjoy the comfort and convenience of flights between major cities, allowing you extra time to delve deeper into each fascinating destination.

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Highlights of Indochina

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Arrive at Ha Noi airport, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will take an orientation tour of Hanoi before enjoying one of the Vietnam‘s famous performance arts – Water Puppet in a theater near Hoan Kiem Lake. Have dinner and overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
Today, a full day tour of Hanoi includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature. After lunch time, you will continue to visit Opera House, Cathedral, and Ngoc Son Temple. An hour on Rickshaw will give you an insight of Hanoi Old Quarter called 36 streets. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)
Early morning arrive in Hanoi railway station, breakfast will be our typical prior to departing to Halong. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before beginning cruising through the bay. Feast on a delicious lunch as cruising among hundreds of islets (Dinh Huong islet, Ga Choi – Fighting Cock islet, Dog islet, Finger islet, etc.) to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain for a magnificent panorama scenery.
After visiting Amazing cave, take a kayaking from Soi Sim beach to Luon Cave to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the bay (or from Bo Nau cave, to Soi Sim beach to TiTov). Enjoy your dinner with fresh seafood on board. Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner, friends, family. Overnight on board.

 

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi (B, L)
For early risers complimentary tea, coffee, fruit and cake are served. Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to our Huong Hai Junk. Sail past rock formations such as Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet, Butterfly cave, Lion islet, Bai Tho mountain, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc. Check out on board at around 10.00 am. Enjoy a wholesome brunch as boat weaving through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. Arrive back at Ha Long city for disembarkation, return to Hanoi for your overnight stay.

 

Day 5: Hanoi – Dong Hoi – Paradise Cave (B, L)
You wil take a morning flight to Dong Hoi. On arrival, you will visit Paradise Cave, which was discovered by a local man in 2005 and 5 first km of this cave was explored by explorers from British Cave Research Association in 2005, the whole 31 km was explored and publicly announced by the British cave explorers. This cave is 31 km long. The height can reach to 100 m and 150 wide. The limestone formation is also more spectacular than any cave in Vietnam. The British cave explorers were impressed by the beautiful and spectacular stalactites and stalagmites inside this cave and they named it Thiên Đường Cave (Paradise Cave). Overnight in Dong Hoi

 

Day 6: Dong Hoi – Hue City Sights (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will drive to Hue. Arrive Hue around noon, you will visit Ancient Citadel, Forbidden Purple City and Khai Dinh Tomb. Tonight, after dinner, you will take a boat on Perfume River while enjoying the Traditional Music Show on the boat. Overnight in Hue.

 

Day 7: Hue – Hoian Walking Tour (B, L)
Today, you will have a 3 hour drive to Hoian via Danang. There will be a photo opportunity at Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach. An afternoon walking tour in Hoian includes Ancient Town, Chinese Assembly Halls, Japanese covered bridge, and Phung Hung Ancient House. Rest of the day is free for shopping. Overnight in Hoian.

 

Day 8: My Son Holy Land – Boat Trip To Thanh Ha and Kim Bong (B, L)
After breakfast, you will take an excursion to My Son Sanctuary to discover the majestic ancient ruins including the ancient towers, which were built in the fourth century. On the way back to Hoian town, you will take a boat trip to visit Thanh Ha Pottery and Kim Bong Carpentry Villages. Overnight in Hoian.

 

Day 9: Hoian – Saigon (B, L)
After breakfast, free at leisure till transferring to the airport for flight to Saigon. On arrival, you will take a half day tour including Reunification Hall, War Museum, Cathedral, Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Saigon.

 

Day 10: Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho (B, L)
Morning depart to My Tho – Mekong Delta. On arrival, take a cruise along one of the nine main tributaries of the Mekong River before arriving at Ben Tre where you will visit a handicraft workshop creating products made from coconut trees. From here switch to horse-drawn cart to visit local houses where you can enjoy tea and a variety of tropical fruits grown in their garden before floating on a sampan (typical delta boat) through the narrow, tree-lined canals of the Mekong Delta. After lunch, the boat returns you to the mainland. If time permits, stop at the Vinh Trang Pagoda on the way. Drive further south to Can Tho, the economical and cultural capital of the entire delta region. Check in at your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Overnight in Can Tho.

 

Day 11: Can Tho – Chau Doc (B, L)
This morning, you will take a boat to visit Cai Rang Market, the biggest floating market in the Southeast Asia. You may even purchase some local tropical fruits here. After seeing how the locals live and sell their products of fruit and vegetables on their boats. Afterward, you will depart to Chau Doc for your over night stay.

 

Day 12: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh City Tour (B, L)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will get transferred to pier to take speed boat starting at 7am to Phnompenh. Arrive PNH around 12pm, after lunch, you will visit National Museum, Royal Palace and Toul Sleng Museum. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

 

Day 13: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake (B, L, D)
Morning flight to Siem Reap. On arrival, you will transfer to take a boat on Tonle Sap Lake to visit Floating Fishing Villages. Dinner with Apsara Dance. Overnight in REP.

 

Day 14: Majestic Angkor Wat Temple (B, L)
Today you will explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon – huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas – impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings. After lunch, you will visit Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty! Giant trees have grown here for centuries and Prasat Kravan was originally constructed by noblemen rather than a king. Then turn to Angkor Wat temple, the founder of the temple was Suryavarman II who reined Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century to dedicate to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys, ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction. Stop at the less-traveled west gate of Angkor Thom before calmly relaxing at Bakheng hill for a romantic sunset view. Overnight in Siem Reap!

 

Day 15: Siem Reap (B, L)
This morning, you will visit West Baray Big Pond, a “baray” is a water reservoir built by the ancient Khmer people. Then turn to visit Wat Thmei (Killing Field) contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. Then continue to visit Wat Bo founded in the 18th century, a highly respected pagoda contains very unique wall paintings of the Reamker (Ramayana) that are said to be late 19th century and local market. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit the “Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecole” the Finest Authentic Khmer Arts and Crafts. Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Day 16: Siem Reap – Luang Prabang (B, D)
Morning flight to Luangphrabang. Welcome upon arrival Luang Prabang. Transfer to hotel for check-in. Free and leisure time. Dinner. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 17: Luang Prabang (B, L)
After breakfast, you will visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa ; the Wat Mai which built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style and the Wat Xieng Thong further emphasizes the uniqueness of Luang Prabang, its several roofs sweeping low to the ground and the National museum (the former king’s palace). Climb up 350 steps to the top of the Phou Sii hill to visit the Wat Phu Sii and enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. and climb up the Phousi hill for overlooking the city. Back to hotel for leisure or shopping at night market, where hundred of Hmong vendors display their handmade handicraft. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 18: Mekong River – Pak Ou cave – Weaving village (B, L)
Take a Mekong Riverboat trip on the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves – home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century – overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers. On the way back to Luang Prabang visit Por Sa Paper Handicraft & Textile area at Ban Xang Khong. The rest of the day is free at leisure or take an optional trip of an elepand ride in the forest. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 19: Luang Prabang – Vientiane (B, L)
Take a flight to Vientiane. On arrival, you will visit the Wat Sisaket with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, huge golden That Luang monument. Lunch at local restaurant. Overnight in Vientiane.

 

Day 20: Vientiane Departure (B)
Free at leisure till transferring to airport for your flight home. End of your Indochina trip.

1/ Accommodation based on 3 star hotel  (double/twin occupancy) with daily breakfast
2/ Private air-conditioned vehicle during sightseeing trip
3/ English speaking local guides in each city and country
4/ Private boat/cabin in Halong, Hue, Hoian, Mekong, Siem Reap and Luang Prabang, shared speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
5/ Meals as mentioned (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
6/ Admission fees
7/ Mineral water and wet tissue

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