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Indochina Heritage Tour

Indochina Heritage Tour

US$1,665 $1,599

No of Days: 16|  People: 2

Get a taste of Indochina heritage tour in Vietnam and Laos. Travel from bustling Vietnam to tranquil Laos on a journey that takes in a whole range of both country’s most intriguing sights. Explore vibrant Ho Chi Minh city, shop in quaint Hoi An, walk through the ancient city of Hanoi, float among the karsts of Halong Bay, discover sleepy Laos, experience the rolling mountains, remote villages, tribal crafts and cruise on the magic Mekong to visit the sacred Pak Ou Caves. Irreplaceable memories of smiling locals, saffron-robed monks receiving alms and markets awash with fresh produce in Luang Prabang. Pay a visit to the amazing Buddha park and stroll along the beautiful boulevards of the capital city – Vientiane. This breathtaking and inspiring journey through Indochina is sure to astonish you at every turn.

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Indochina Heritage Tour

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Arrive at Ho Chi Minh airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and driven to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free on your own. Overnight in HCMC.

 

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L, D)
Today you will visit the historic Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the Post Office. After lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant you will go on a road trip to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height the tunnel system stretched over 200km, from Saigon to the Cambodian border and is three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels are a major tourist attraction, giving to the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American war must have been. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise you would not be able to enter them!). Return to HCMC late in the afternoon for your overnight stay.

 

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta (B, L)
In the morning you will have a road trip from your hotel in Saigon to Cai Be town where you will start your boat sail through the natural canal. First, visit Cai Be floating market and view the stilt houses and the fruit plantations along the riversides. The boat takes you to the river island where you enjoy a delicious lunch in the heart of the orchard. After lunch, continue on cruising through the natural canal in the island and under the shadow of the water coconut trees. You will also visit the local families where you can experience the agricultural lifestyle. Walking through the fruit plantations in An Binh Island, take a rowing boat sealing along the creeks before coming to Vinh Long by motorized boat. Then you will meet your vehicle to drive to Can Tho city for your overnight stay.

 

Day 4: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel, spend this morning for a boat trip to visit the Cai Rang Floating market, one of the busiest floating markets in the South East Asia. After watching how locals live and market their products on boats and purchase among them, the boat takes you back to North bank of Hau river where you will be driven back to HCMC for your overnight stay. Stop en route for lunch.

 

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh – Danang – Hoi An (B, D)
Transfer to Tan San Nhat airport for flight to Danang. On arrival, you will visit to Cham Museum and handicraft villages on the foot of Marble Mountain . Drive to Hoian for your overnight in Hoi An.

 

Day 6: Hoi An City Tour – My Son Sanctuary (B, L)
A half-day walking tour takes you through the narrow streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tam Ky ancestral house and Japanese Covered Bridge. After lunch, drive to visit My Son Sanctuary to discover the majestic ancient ruins including the ancient towers, which were built in the fourth century. Overnight in Hoi An.

 

Day 7: Hoi An – Hue Boat Trip (B, L)
Morning transfer to Hue passing over Hai Van cloudy pass, you arrive Hue around noon. You will take a boat to visit Hon Chen Temple, Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang Tomb. Overnight in Hue.

 

Day 8: Hue City Tour (B, L)
This morning, you will continue to visit Ancient Citadel, Forbidden Purple City, Tu Duc Tomb and Dong Ba Market. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Hue.

 

Day 9: Hue – Hanoi (B, L)
Morning flight to Hanoi. You will visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature, Ethnology Museum and Hoa Lo Prison. An hour on cyclo around the Old Quarter called 36 streets gives you an insight of Hanoian’s life, followed by Water Puppet Show. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 10: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)
Early morning arrive in Hanoi railway station. Transfer directly to Halong Bay, breakfast on the way. 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 11: 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 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 onboard 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 12: Hanoi – Luang Prabang (B)
You will take a morning flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport. Transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free to explore on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 13: Luang Prabang (B, L)
Transfer to 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 14: 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 15: Luang Prabang – Vientiane (B, L)
Flight to Vientiane. On arrival, you will visit Wat Sisaket with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, huge golden That Luang monument, Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Vientiane.

 

Day 16: Vientiane Departure (B)
Free at leisure till transferring to airport for your flight home. End of your Indochina Heritage Tour.

1/ Accommodation as stated in the hotel section (double 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 in Hue, Mekong, Halong and Luang Prabang
5/ Meals as mentioned (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
6/ Admission fees

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