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Treasures of Indochina 21 Days/20 Nights

Duration: 21 Days/20 Nights
Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple - Saigon - Mekong Delta - Can Tho -Saigon - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Banteay Sei - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Vientiane - Phonsavanh - Luang Prabang
Price: from $2072

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)

Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. After check in, you are free to stroll around the city and catch a first glimpse of this peaceful city.
 
Overnight in Hanoi.

 Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

 
 
The Huc Bridge - Hoan Kiem Lake - Hanoi - Vietnam
 
 
Full day sightseeing in Hanoi, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks, is the capital of Vietnam. It is a very attractive city with French style buildings and less traffic than other cities in Asia.
You visit: One Pillar Pagoda; Temple of Literature; Hoan Kiem Lake; Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; Opera House; ST Joseph Cathedral; Bao Tang Lich.
 
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Hanoi (B, L)

 
 
Tam Coc - Ninh Binh - Vietnam
 
 
08:00: Our guide will pick you up at hotel and leave Hanoi Capital for Ninh Binh, enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way.
About 10:00 arrive Hoa Lu, visit the the two temples of King Dinh and King Le in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. After that, we go to Tam Coc (10 km far from Hoa Lu). Have lunch at local restaurant. After lunch you will get on bamboo boat - rowed by the local people - in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (three caves) on the way, you also have chance to see the paddy field if you visit Tam Coc in April or September.
15:30: Back to the Harbour for the transfer to Hanoi.
17:45: Arrive in Hanoi.
 
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

 
 
Halong Bay - Vietnam
 
 
07:30 - 07:45 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta. 10:30 Stopover on the way for short break. 12:30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins. 13:00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands. 15:30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked. 17:00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring. 19:00 Dinner is served. 21:00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing… 
 
Overnight on junk.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Overnight train to Hue (B, L)

 
 
Halong Bay - Vietnam
 
 
06:30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. 07:30 Lightly breakfast is served. 08:30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. 09:30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax. 10:30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier. 11:30 Check-out. 12:00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell. 12:30 Return from Halong to Hanoi. 14:30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop. 16:30 Arrive in Hanoi. 19:00 You will the night train to Hue.
 
Overnight on train.

Day 6: Hue City (L, D)

 
 
Imperial Citadel - Hue - Vietnam
 
 
Reaching Hue at around 8am, you will be transferred to your hotel for some refreshment. Hue with splendid tombs of the Nguyen emperors, notable pagodas and the remains of the Citadel becomes one of Vietnam’s attractions to tourists from all over the world, who like to explore the traditional cultural values of Vietnam.
We start our day with guided touring around the Imperial Citadel, visiting the Noon Gate and Forbidden City; then followed with the Antiquity Museum for some view. After delicious lunch at a local restaurant, we can drive out Hue outskirt to visit Khai Dinh Royal Tomb and Minh Mang Mausoleum. In the evening, we enjoy a nice dinner, followed by a cruise on Perfume River while Hue traditional folk music is performing.
 
Overnight in Hue

Day 7: Hue - Hoi An (B, L)

 
 
Marble Mountains - Da Nang - Vietnam
 
 
After breakfast, we will be on 4 hour journey to Hoi An. The winding road begins as we make our way up the Hai Van pass. The breath -taking view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We also make stop for relaxation at charming Lang Co Beach. Our next stop is Da Nang City, famous for the Cham Museum and the East Sea, a place called R and R (Rest and Rehabilitation) where thousands of American GIs came for a break during the war in Vietnam. Also, we have a short sightseeing at the Marble Mountain, whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe.
Arriving in Hoi An in the early afternoon, we enjoy lunch, check in hotel and then start a walking tour through the Ancient Town. Here we can see the vestige of the mix combination of Chinese and Japanese architecture as well as traditional cultural values. In December, 1999 Hoi An is declared a Unesco World Heritage site. We will discover by ourselves interesting proper character.
 
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An (B)

 
 
Hoi An - Vietnam
 
 
Today is free at your leisure. You can relax on Cua Dai Beach, enjoy hotel’s facilities or join shopping tour at the ancient town. Skillful tailors are willing to make any piece of clothing in any design and in any fabric to fit you. Why don’t we test their talent and test your bargaining skill?. An option (not included in the package) for you is to participate a cooking class with authentic Vietnamese dishes.
 
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An – flight to Saigon (B, D)

 
 
Notre Dame Cathedral - Saigon - Vietnam
 
 
An early morning transfer to Danang Airport for a short flight to Saigon. Saigon is a fast growing city, which is changing day by day and recognized by high buildings and big roads. The ongoing changes in economy have given the city a really cosmopolitan and dynamic character.
Today, we will visit the highlights of Saigon including the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the War Museum. After that, a visit to Haven Emperor Temple will be followed and you can join the religious atmosphere of the local people.
Rest of the time, you can have a look at bustling Ben Thanh Market for an appreciation of local life.
A dinner cruise on Saigon River is waiting for you and promising great time together.
 
Overnight in Saigon.

Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple (B, L)

 
 
Cao Dai Temple - Vietnam
 
 
In the morning our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and then depart for Tay Ninh to visit the famous Cao Dai Temple. There you witness a colorful service. After the service you have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you go to Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnels are an impressive network of tunnels with a length of over 250 km. This strategic place was used by 15,000 Viet Cong fighters during the war. In the afternoon you return to Saigon.
 
Overnight in Saigon

Day 11: Saigon - Mekong Delta (B, L)

 
 
Can Tho - Vietnam
 
 
At 8 hours, you will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to My Tho. Around 9h30, arriving in My Tho, you will enjoy different type of boat trip (motorized boat trip, rowing boat trip) to islands where you can visit local houses, see how they make delicious coconut caramels and enjoy lunch. You will also stop over the Unicorn Island for a traditional music performance, “cai luong” by local people. Enjoy some tropical fruit here. Especially, you will have a chance to be on horse-drawn carriage or local transport “Xe loi” (nowadays, it is often seen on movies).
In the afternoon, you will take a drive to Can Tho City, across Vinh Long, My Thuan Suspension Bridge and cross the Hau River by ferry. Upon arrival, you check in the hotel and relax after a long journey.
 
Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 12: Can Tho - Saigon (B, L)

 
 
Cai Rang Floating Market - Vietnam
 
 
Today, you will get up very early for breakfast so that we will be on time to catch amazing scene of Cai Rang Floating Market. The guide will pick you up at 6:30 hours, check out and transfer you to the boat quay. Now you start a cruise to the floating markets. At 7:30 hours, arrive at Cai Rang floating market, you will take slow running for nice pictures. We will stop for a while and you can buy some fruit or contact with local people. Leaving the market, you will take another boat trip along the river bank and cannels to see how people there live, visit another orchard for relaxation. After that, you will boat to big river and have lunch at a floating restaurant docking at Can Tho River. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will have a transfer back to Saigon. On the way, we can pay a visit at the famed Vinh Trang Pagoda and Dong Tam snake farm.
 
Overnight in Saigon

Day 13: Saigon - flight to Siem Reap (B)

 
 
Angkor Wat - Siem Reap - Cambodia
 
 
Today, we will take a morning flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, will be met and greeting by our guide then transferred to your hotel. Spend the full afternoon exploring the main Angkor Wat Temple and enjoy sunset at the temple top of Pre Rup.
 
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 14: Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat (B)

 
 
Bayon-Temple - Siem Reap - Cambodia
 
 
Early this morning, enjoy a sunrise tour of Angkor Wat with great photographing opportunities. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Continue to explore Angkor Thom, the site of the ancient capital of the Khmer period. Visit the South Gate, Bayon, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, which many deemed the most charming of all the temples.
This afternoon, take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake to observe the local’s life on water. Stop by at the Artisan D’Angkor and Old market for some shopping.
 
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 15: Siem Reap/Banteay Sei (B)

 
 
Banteay Srey - Siem Reap - Cambodia
 
 
In the morning, drive through the lovely countryside to visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre, which many consider Bantaey Srei to be the prettiest temple was built with pink sand stone.
In the afternoon, visit Preah Khan, Neak Pean and Ta Som temples. Also, have some time for a re-visit of Angkor Wat and wander around on your own.
 
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 16: Siem Reap - Bus to Phnom Penh (B)

 
 
Silver Pagoda - Phnom Penh - Cambodia
 
 
Today, at 7am, we continue a six -hour journey on a good road by public bus toward Phnom Penh. This afternoon, tour Phnom Penh, capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda as well as Tuol Sleng museum, a former school turned concentration camp during Khmer Rouge era.
 
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 17: Phnom Penh - Vientiane (B, D)

You will have the day free to wander around the markets until we take the afternoon flight to Vientiane. In the evening, following the meal you can enjoy an evening stroll along the banks of the Mekong River.
 
Overnight in Vientiane

Day 18: Vientiane - Phonesavanh (B, L)

Today we set off to Phonesavanh, home to the mysterious Plain of Jars. The jars, over 250 in total are thought to be 2,000 years old although there is little proof to date them very accurately. Archaeologists have also struggled to find out the specific purpose of the jars, some of which weigh up to 1 ton.
 
Overnight in Vientiane

Day 19: Phonesavanh - Luang Prabang (B)

Rising in the morning, we set off on our drive along a zigzag route through the rugged and verdant landscape to Luang Prabang. These back roads are great ways to explore the real Laos. By mid afternoon, we reach Luang Prabang and then explore this enthralling town including the 16th century Vat Xieng Thong, the Golden City monastery, considered to be the finest in Laos with its low-sweeping roofs as well as a rare bronze reclining Buddha.
 
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 20: Luang Prabang (B, L)

 
 
Luang Prabang
 
 
The exploration of this delightful town continued with the Royal Palace Museum. This interesting mansion displays a lovely collection of treasure and artifacts reflecting the richness of Laos culture dating from the days of earlier kings right through the last sovereign. In the afternoon we board a boat for a leisure trip on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the holy caves of Pak Ou, 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 local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Along the way we will have a picnic lunch before returning to Luang Prabang.
 
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 21: Luang Prabang - Departure (B)

This morning following breakfast there will be a transfer from the hotel to the airport for the morning flight back to Vientiane and your connecting flight out of Laos.

Tour price:  

Class
Number of Person in Group/Pax
Tour cost per Person (in $US)
2 pax
3 pax
4 pax
5 pax
3 star
2669
2392
2190
2072
4 star
3089
2792
2606
2477
5 star
3950
3576
3460
3285
 
 

Inclusive

  • All transfers and transportation as per the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guides on day trips & excursions
  • All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfast
  • Train ticket: Hanoi –Hue (tourist class)
  • Domestic flight tickets: Danang -Saigon; Vientiane -Xieng Khouang (economy class)
  • International flight tickets: Saigon –Siem Reap; Phnom Penh –Vientiane (economy class)
  • Bus ticket: Siem Reap –Phnom Penh
  • Additional meals as clearly mentioned (B: breakfast, L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Boat cruises as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
  • Airport taxes inside Vietnam

Exclusive

  • Other airfare, Airport taxes outside Vietnam (in Cambodia & Laos)
  • Visas & visa fee, Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Other meals not clearly described in the program
  • Tips and Personal expenses such as drinks, bar bills, laundry
  • Optional tours on free days

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