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Indochina “Highlights”EA5

◆ Admire the beauty of Khuang Si waterfall
◆ Visit Mekong Delta Floating markets
◆ Sense the tranquil atmosphere in Luang Prabang
◆ Feel the charm of ancient Hoi An
◆ Marvel at the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap
◆ Relax at Hoi An Beach
◆ Delve into the 36 streets of 36 trades in Hanoi’s old quarters

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Highlights

◆ Admire the beauty of Khuang Si waterfall

◆ Visit Mekong Delta Floating markets

◆ Sense the tranquil atmosphere in Luang Prabang

◆ Feel the charm of ancient Hoi An

◆ Marvel at the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap

◆ Relax at Hoi An Beach

◆ Delve into the 36 streets of 36 trades in Hanoi’s old quarters

Itinerary

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  • day 1Luang Prabang (D)

    Fly from your home city to Luang Prabang, Laos. You will be greeted by our guide and driver at the airport for transfer to your hotel.

    Explore temples from various centuries: Wat Visun, Wat Aham.

    Walk up Mount Phousi, which cuts a distinctive figure in the centre of the Luang Prabang skyline. The hill, with spectacular 360 degree views, is  popular as a place to watch the sun rise or set.

    The Night Market here is a great place for strolling, offering a lovely variety of handmade textiles crafted by local and hill-tribe people, along with street food, knick-knacks and friendly chatter.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang
     

    Note:
    ◆ Normal check-in time to hotel is 1400 PM. Early check-in is subject to availability or upon request (additional fee may apply).

    Hotels : Villa Santi Hotel or similar
  • day 2Pak Ou Caves (B/L/D)

    Optional: early wake-up call to join the locals giving food to hundreds of Buddhist monks returning from morning prayers. Take a stroll through Ban Pakham morning market and take part in this everyday ritual.

    Breakfast at the hotel or join the locals for a bowl of delicious noodle soup after the almsgiving ritual.

    In the morning, visit Wat Xieng Thong, the largest and most splendid temple of the royal city of Luang Prabang. The temple is best known for its impressive Tree of Life mural depicting the Buddhist story.

    You will go by boat to Pak Ou Caves, enjoying splendid natural scenery along the way and observing local fishermen in their daily activities, until you arrive at the Pak Ou Caves, locally called Tam Ting ("Caves of a Thousand Buddhas"), filled with thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues. About 4000 Buddhist figures take many different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana). On your return, stop at Ban Xiengmene to see the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belonged to the royal family. Also visit the nearby Sackarine Caves.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Hotels : Villa Santi Hotel or similar
  • day 3Khuang Si Waterfall (B/L/D)

    In the morning, you will visit The National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, which showcases many treasures of Laos' royal past and features the Prabang, the sacred Buddha image for which Luang Prabang was named.

    A short drive out of Luang Prabang will take you to Khuang Si Waterfall, the multilayer falls cascades several hundred feet into a series of pools. You can, if you like, climb up and view the falls from above. Bring a swimsuit if you'd like to swim.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Hotels : Villa Santi Hotel or similar
  • day 4Luang Prabang - Siem Reap Arrival (B/L/D)

    Free today until your transfer to the Airport for your afternoon flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where a guide and driver await you to accompany you to the hotel.

    Suas'dei! Welcome to Cambodia! The rest of the day is free at your leisure for a stroll around this beautiful city or even to join some local activities.

    Dinner at local restaurant.

    Overnight in Siem Reap.

    Hotels : Somadevi Hotel or similar
  • day 5Siem Reap (B/L/D)

    Visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, surrounded by an 8m high wall, it was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries.

    Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries, is your next visit. Ta Prohm Temple, unlike most other Angkor temples, has been left just it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings, making it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

    In the afternoon explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. It is a massive three-tiered structure crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. The centrepiece of any visit to the temples around Siem Reap, Angkor offers many iconic sights for amazing pictures.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Hotels : Somadevi Hotel or similar
  • day 6Kompong Kleang - Beng Mealea (B/ L/ D)

    In the morning, you will head out to Kompong Kleang. This"floating village”is, in fact, a stilt house settlement of over 20,000 people where structures can tower up to ten meters above the water. Greeted by the friendly waves of the locals, here you can glimpse Cambodia's countryside culture and traditional family lifestyle.

    Picnic lunch in Kompong Kleang.

    From Kompong Khleang, head out to quiet Beng Mealea, around 65 km from Siem Reap. After a short walk through dense jungle, you'll feel like an explorer when entering the completely overgrown temple. Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and remains unrestored. It is one of the very few temples that actually give the opportunity to climb through it, giving a very 'Indiana Jones' feel to the experience.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Hotels : Somadevi Hotel or similar
  • day 7Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B/L/D)

    Today you have a road journey to Phnom Penh with lunch at local restaurant on the way.

    Arrive Phnom Penh in the afternoon, check-in to your hotel and eenjoy free time until transfering to a restaurant for dinner.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh

    Hotels : River Home Hotel or similar
  • day 8Phnom Penh City Highlights (B/L/D)

    Among the city's prime attractions, you will start your day exploring the famous Royal Palace, built in 1866 under the French protectorate and King Norodom. Wander the National Museum, a treasure chest of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artefacts.

    After the museum, scale the steps up this small hill to see Wat Phnom Temple, the birthplace of Phnom Penh.

    In the afternoon, you will gain insight into Cambodia's recent history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in a former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture centre, named 'S-21'. A grim but important visit that will help you to understand Cambodia better.

    Spend the rest of day shopping at the Central Market, where you can get a taste of the bustling daily life of local people. Try some of Cambodia's local specialties, while appreciating Phnom Penh's mix of Khmer & Colonial architecture styles.

    Overnight in Phnom Penh


    Note: 
    ◆ To see the Royal palace and silver pagoda in Phnom Penh, visitors are required to wear appropriated clothes. Guests wearing short pants (above knee level) and sleeveless tops are not permitted.

    Hotels : River Home Hotel or similar
  • day 9Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/D)

    Another long transfer today from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City via the border gate at Bavet/Moc Bai.

    Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the largest city of Vietnam. It is the bustling economic capital and cultural trendsetter of the country, yet holds the timeless traditions of an ancient culture.

    Lunch and dinner at local restaurants.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Hotels : Eden Hotel or similar
  • day 10Ho Chi Minh City tour (B/L/D)

    Transfer to Da Nang Airport for your Flight to Ho Chi Minh City, where our guide and driver await you and accompany you to your hotel.

    Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of Vietnam. It is the bustling economic capital and cultural trendsetter of the country, yet holds the timeless traditions of an ancient culture.

    In the afternoon, you will begin our city tour of this bustling city. The city tour brings you to visit many interesting sights: Ho Chi Minh City Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, is still a functioning post office today and features huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Uncle Ho, and many beautiful details. Saigon's Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and serves as the hub of Catholicism in modern Vietnam, and is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks.

    The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Varied shopping centres or night entertainment activities await you.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Hotels : Eden Hotel or similar
  • day 11Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B/L/D)

    After breakfast at your hotel, you transfer to My Tho boat station.

    On arrival in Hùng vương Pier (Bến Tre town), take a boat ride on Bến Tre river – one of the tributaries of the Mekong river, seeing lively activities along her banks. Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in their traditional style of molding and baking. Visit one of many coconut-processing workshops located along the canal.

    Wind through the  natural scissors creeks to visit a local village. Take a walk to family workshop making sleeping mats and enjoy some exotic fruit.

    Take a motocart on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to undertand the lives of the peasants in their tropical culture.

    Lunch at a riverside restaurant .

    Afternoon - Take rowboat along Water Palm Creek. and then boat back to Hùng Vương Pier and transfer to Can Tho for the night.

    Overnight in Can Tho

    Hotels : Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel or similar
  • day 12Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang - Hoi An (B/L/D)

    In the morning you will visit the Cai Rang floating market. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals.

    You then meet our driver for the trip back to Tan Son Nhat airport for the flight to Hoi An.

    Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel in Hoi An Town.

    Overnight in Hoi An

    Hotels : Vinh Hung Riverside Resort or similar
  • day 13My Son - Hoi An (B/L/D)

    Morning visit to My Son, Holy Land of the Cham, one of the most important examples of Hindu influence in Southeast Asia. Although largely in a state of ruin today, My Son is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Angkor Wat of Cambodia or Ayutthaya of Thailand. You'll be given a brief introduction to the history, culture and Hindu influence on the Cham Kingdom, and then will visit the remains of the carefully-crafted red brick temples with their beautiful monuments and epitaphs.

    Spend the afternoon walking the ancient streets of Hoi An, lined with Chinese traders' homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors. Explore the beautiful 16th century Japanese Bridge. Hoi An's unique fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture is well displayed here, in what is arguably Vietnam's most tourist-friendly town.

    The rest of the day is free at your leisure to enjoy the shopping in Hoi An – a paradise for silk & fashionable clothing and accessories.

    Overnight in Hoi An.

    Hotels : Vinh Hung Riverside Resort or similar
  • day 14Hoi An - Da Nang - Hanoi (B/L/D)

    Free at your leisure until you transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi

    Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Noi Bai International airport for your transfer to the hotel.

    Hanoi, one of Asia's most enchanting cities, is full of culture, history and the uneasy contradictions of a rapidly developing, yet deeply traditional society.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Hotels : Sunway Hotel or similar
  • day 15Hanoi City Tour (B/L/D)

    After breakfast at your hotel, head out to Ba Dinh Square and start our day with The Presidential Palace (formerly the Palace of the Governor-General of French Indochina), Ho Chi Minh's house-on-stilts and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda.

    Next, we visit to the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam built in the 11th century.

    Next is a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, which gives an excellent overview of the country's ethnic groups, their customs and ways of life. The highlight here is the large, beautiful outdoor area featuring authentic houses and compounds just as they have been traditionally built and used by the many different ethnic groups.

    You then drive to Hanoi Center, explore the lively Old Quarter of Hanoi. This bustling heart of Hanoi has been a commercial centre since King Ly Thai To built his palace there in the 11th century. Skilled craftsmen started to migrate there and artisan guilds were formed on the famous "36 Streets." Previously, each street carried the name of the item produced and sold there, and many still have those same names. This is a place you must see to experience Hanoi, where you will find shopping and cultural/historical sites all wrapped into one.

    Close your day by atteanding a wonderful performance of a Water Puppet Show.

    Overnight in Hanoi
     

    Notes:
    ◆ Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays, Fridays, all afternoons.
    ◆ Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also closed on Oct – Nov every year for renovation activities.
    ◆ Vietnam Ethnology is closed on all Mondays and during Vietnamese Traditional Lunar New Year.
    If your travel date falls on any of these days, we will switch it to the next day or find alternative options for you.

    Hotels : Sunway Hotel or similar
  • day 16Hanoi - Ha Long (B/L/D)

    Breakfast at your hotel before heading out to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    In Ha Long you will board your luxury boat for an overnight cruise amongst the more than 3,000 limestone islands rising majestically out of the turquoise bay. You'll pass grand rock formations and quaint fishing towns, and sample a delicious lunch of freshly caught fish and seafood.

    In the afternoon you can choose from several interesting activities: a cooking demonstration with chef on board, an optional traditional massage, or a refreshing swim.

    End the day with a spectacular set-menu gastronomic dinner.

    Overnight on board.

    Note:
    ◆ Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions without prior notice. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled due to poor weather.

  • day 17Ha Long - Hanoi Departure (Brunch)

    Start the day with calming Tai Chi, often accompanied by an amazing sunrise and the quiet breathtaking beauty of the bay's landscape. The cruise passes beautiful spots such as Trong, Trinh Nu and the Me Cung Caves, and you will have a chance to explore Surprise Cave before having a buffet brunch on board.

    Back at the dock, you will be met and transferred to Noi Bai airport for your flight home.

    Bon voyage!

Price Included/Not Included

  • ◆ 15 nights’ shared Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list below) (check in and check out around noontime)
  • ◆ 2Days/1Night cruise on boat in Ha Long Bay (shared cabin on shared boat)
  • ◆ All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax):
  • ☆ 1-2pax: car of 4 seats
  • ☆ 3-6pax: van of 16 seats
  • ☆ 7-12pax: coach of 25-29 seats
  • ☆ 13-15pax: coach of 30-35 seats
  • ◆ Regional and Domestic air tickets according to the program (economy class, tax included)
  • ☆ Luang Prabang – Siem Reap at US$214/ ticket/way
  • ☆ Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang at US$112/ ticket/way
  • ☆ Da Nang - Hanoi at US$112/ ticket/way
  • (Air fares could be changed by the airlines, if there are increased, we will inform the agent about the surcharge, if any)
  • ◆ Local ENGLISH speaking guides
  • ☆ Luang Prabang: 1 guide
  • ☆ Siem Reap : 1 guide
  • ☆ Phnom Penh: 1 guide
  • ☆ Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta: 1 guide
  • ☆ Hoi An – Da Nang: 1 guide
  • ☆ Hanoi – Halong Bay: 1 guide (guide is not on board)
  • ◆ All entrance fees as program
  • ◆ Boat trip in Pak Ou and Mekong Delta (Vietnam)
  • ◆ Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program (Local food):
  • ◆ 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
  • ◆ Other air fares which are not mentioned above
  • ◆ Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
  • ◆ Drinks
  • ◆ Visas to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia
  • ◆ Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • ◆ Tips
  • ◆ Early check in or late check out
  • ◆ Insurances
  • ◆ Optional excursions and activities
  • ◆ Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • ◆ Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • ◆ Peak season surcharges if any
  • ◆ All not mentioned above

Notice

1. The above tour prices are based on our current transportation rates. Increasing petrol rates might affect our transportation and boat fees, in which case we reserve the right to revise our current rates. If any increase should arise we will of course keep you well informed.

2. Availability: Please note that if a certain hotel is not available at the time of booking, then we will gladly make alternative suggestions in the same category. We will advise you accordingly with the surcharge if any. As a result, we would highly appreciate it if you could advise us to block rooms soonest possible to guarantee the rooms and rates in period of high and peak season

3. All the above points of interest are open for visit based on current updates. In case of closure for construction or any other reason, we will replace with a similar point of interest

4. Above itinerary is based on the current flight schedule. In case of flight changes, the itinerary will be changed accordingly.

5. No early check in or late check out is included except those indicated in the program. Generally, the check in time is 14.00pm and check out time is 12.00pm.

6. Visas into Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia are required except for countries who have signed the visa exemption contracts. Please contact us for visa information details.

7. Compulsory dinners on Dec 24th (Christmas), Dec 31st (New Year) or Vietnamese Lunar New Year will be advised at time of booking.