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This 22-day indochina tour is designed for those who want to experience the best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in just one go. You will visit the splendid cultural heritages, magnificent temples, and enjoy the beautiful countryside sceneries in those countries.
Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi!
Day 2: Hanoi – The 100-Year-Old City (B/-/-)
Day 3: Transfer to Sapa (B/L/-)
Day 4: Full Day Bac Ha Market (B/L/D)
Day 5: Hanoi – Cruise Along Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Day 6: Halong Bay – Return to Hanoi – Flight to Hue (B/L/-)
Day 7: Hue Imperial Citadel and Purple Forbidden City (B/L/-)
Day 8: Relaxing On the Beach at Hoi An (B/-/-)
Day 9: Century Cham Ruins and Hoi An Ancient Port Town (B/-/-)
Day 10: Flight to Saigon – Best of Saigon (B/L/-)
Day 11: Saigon – Can Tho Mekong Delta Discovery (B/L/-)
Day 12: Morning Floating Market | Flight to Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
Day 13: Phnom Penh Highlights (B/-/-)
Day 14: Flight to Siem Reap (B/-/D)
Day 15: Angkor Thom Ancient Capital (B/-/-)
Day 16: Angkor Wat & Banteay Srei: Citadel of Women (B/-/-)
Day 17: Tonle Sap Lake – Flight to Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
Day 18: Luang Prabang: Buddhist Ancient City and Temples (B/-/-)
Day 19: Boat Trip to Pak Ou Caves / Khouang Si Waterfall (B/L/-)
Day 20: Rice Paddies, Living Land Farm | Flight to Vientiane (B/L/-)
Day 21: Vientiane City Highlights (B/-/-)
Day 22: Farewell from Vientiane! (B/-/-)
Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to Hotel for check in, then rest at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
This morning, see the Tran Quoc Pagoda. This 1,400-year-old temple features ten tiers enclosed by gardens, including a bodhi tree grown from a cutting of the original Buddhist tree under which Buddha sat. Stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake where you’ll see the Tortoise Tower perched on the water. Enjoy a half hour cyclo tour through Hanoi’s the Old Quarter. Next, visit the One Pillar Pagoda which was built in 9th century, situated on a pillar made of a single stone, in the midst of a lotus pond. You'll pass by the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum before visiting the highlight of this day - The Temple of Literature. This ancient university was erected almost a millennium ago and has hosted many of the most prominent scholars through Vietnamese history.
Overnight in Hanoi.
This morning, you will take a 4 hours driving head to Sapa, upon arrive, you will be escorted to your hotel in the highland town Sapa for check in and have a short rest.
In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing walking tour through the beautiful rice terrace fields, visit the Ta Van Village and Red Dao Village to discover the local ethnic tribe Back H’mong and Giang Ta Chai.
Overnight in Sapa.
Leave Sapa in the morning and drive to Bac Ha Market (approximately 2.5-hour drive). Be impressed by the colorful costume of the local H’mong people, and experience the local market and discover the local life of the ethnic people.
In the afternoon, visit the Trung Do village to enjoy a water buffalo cart ride through the beautiful rice fields and the village to the riverside, then take a boat ride along the Chay River for about 30 minutes. Finish and transfer back to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi
After breakfast, travel to Halong Bay, one of the Wonders of the Orient (3 hr. drive). As the boat sets sails, you will be greeted by the Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the good services, the pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard.
During the afternoon, discover some of the treasures spread across the Bay of the Descending Dragon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water. You can attend the chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.
Overnight in Halong Bay
Wake up to Tai Chi exercises on the sun deck and continue cruising the bays. Breakfast will be served in the restaurant, followed by a visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around noon and transfer back to Hanoi airport for your onward flight to Danang, upon arrive, you will escort to Hoi An for hotel check in.
Overnight in Hue
This morning, start with a visit to the Perfume River. Along the river, you'll view Vietnamese daily life up close. Take a boat ride along the river to the Tomb of Minh Mang, featuring gardens, many steps, and beautiful decorations. Continue to visit the Khai Dinh Tomb, a more modern ornately decorated tomb. Enjoy lunch time at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, press on to see the Imperial Hue Citadel – the old capital of Vietnam. Visit the Purple Forbidden City - the place that only royalty and the highest officials in the Vietnamese government were allowed to enter. Last stop of the day is the Dong Ba Market where you can purchase local fruits and foods.
Overnight in Hue
After breakfast, you will transfer to Hoi An, upon arrive, check in hotel and rest for your own relaxing on the Beach. The beach in Hoi An is famous for emerald water and less estuaries. One days in Hoi An beach will help you relax and make you full of energy continue your trip in Vietnam.
Overnight in Hoi An
In the morning, travel to the My Son Holy Land. Tucked in the mountains up winding roads with serene views, lie the 4th century My Son Holy Land ruins. Enter the temples to hear all about the history and stories of the Cham people and this holy site.
In the afternoon, continue on to the Ancient Capital of Hoi An, which features the 16th century port town in its preserved state. Visit the Museum of Trade Ceramics which houses art and pottery dating from the 1,500’s to the 1,700’s. Continue on a brief visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, a temple from the 17th century featuring China's influence in the region. Enter the Ancient Town as the streets take on a magic of their own with old lanterns, French-style houses, intricately carved wooden doors and more. Take a walk through the Old Tam Ky House to see it's imperial styles meshed with French overtures. You'll then approach the Japanese Covered Bridge which for centuries connected the Chinese and Japanese sides of town over the waterway. The old wooden structure has shown amazing resilience for more than 400 years.
At dusk, enjoy walking along the riverside as colorful lanterns light up the town. Then return to your hotel for an evening of relaxation.
Overnight in Hoi An
Today, fly to Saigon on the morning, upon arrive, guide will meet and escort to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Discover these amazing systems developed by the guerrillas fighting in the Vietnam War. Then learn about the ways that the guerrillas survived and fought back in the war. The impressive underground system they built remains to tell the story of the Vietnam War.
In the afternoon, see the highlights of Saigon and explore some of the most important sights of its. Start by visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral. Constructed by French colonists during their settlement, discover its significance as the largest cathedral in Southeast Asia. Across the road is the Old Saigon Post Office, a neoclassical architectural building considered one of the main attractions in the city. Visit the Reunification Palace, home of South Vietnam’s President during the war. Then stop is Cholon, the Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh. Explore the thickly settled district rife with tea-houses and pagodas, and the famous Binh Tay Market. Finish the afternoon with a visit to the Emperor Jade Pagoda. Also known as the Tortoise pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to be Saigon's finest.
Overnight in Saigon.
Today you will discover the Mekong River and villages at the Mekong Delta region.
Your private guide and car will take you to the remote My Tho. This burgeoning capital rests in the Mekong Delta and is surrounded by beautiful countryside known as the "rice basket of Vietnam". Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda which is decorated with mosaics made from broken pottery. Next, you'll take a boat ride along the river to view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages. You'll stop at the Tortoise Island where you'll enjoy lunch in the orchard.
After lunch, visit An Khanh, a small village that specializes in fruit orchards and coconut sweets. If time permits, you can take a short cycling trip through the island. Then enjoy seasonal fruit, honey tea, and delicious coconut candies all to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by locals. When the tour is finished, transfer to Can Tho. Upon arrive in Can Tho, check in hotel and have a rest.
In the evening, you may wander around the night market in the centre of the small town, or enjoy some drinks at the riverside bars.
Overnight in Can Tho
Breakfast at hotel. Tourguide will escort you to the pier of Can Tho for an adventure on the river by boat. You'll be taken to the largest floating market in Can Tho where local farmers bring their bulk produce for sale.
After this, you'll venture up narrow canals to find a local fruit farm hidden in the natural landscape of the creek. Then you'll have the chance to sit and enjoy fresh cut fruit before returning to town by boat.
After the tour, relax at hotel for short time and check out, then you will be driven back to Ho Chi Minh City airport for onward flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide there and transfer to hotel for checking in and rest of the time at your leisure.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Start the day with a tuk tuk ride to visit the Silver Pagoda which has 5,000 silver tiles on the floor and a visit to the Royal Palace where the Khmer royal family lives. You will also visit the National Museum where you will see the large collection of Khmer history, arts and architecture.
In the afternoon, head straight to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to delve into the disturbing past of the country. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, browse poignant exhibitions then head to the verdant environs of the city to see the impressive Choueng Ek Memorial, a pagoda constructed out of 8,000 human skulls excavated from the Killing Fields.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
After breakfast, enjoying your free morning until transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrive, guide will meet at airport and escort you to hotel for check in and have a rest. Enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Siem Reap
After breakfast, visit the ancient capital city of Angkor Thom with some impressive ruins of Ta Prohm Temple, Bayon Temple, Banteay Kdei, Baphoun, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace, and the Royal Palace. First on the agenda is Ta Prohm. Worn by time, rain, and overpowered by the jungle, this immaculate structure hidden under a canopy will leave you feeling as if you’d stepped into an adventure movie set.
Then visit Banteay Kdei ("Citadel of Chambers”). Continue on to the Victory Gate, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Royal Palace, and Baphuon and Bayon. Bayon sets itself apart with its almost 200 smiling faces, sure to make you feel welcomed on your second day to the Kingdom of Wonders. With its winding tunnels, chambers, and daring climbs, Bayon offers many picturesque moments to keep your camera busy.
Enjoy a sunset view from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup. Return to the hotel for some time to relax.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Be prepared today for one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Angkor Wat. Enter Angkor Wat and to view its amazing architecture and history. Angkor Wat possesses some of the longest and most intricate stone carving. Spend the morning exploring through the many passages, levels, and chambers that once housed many treasures of the ancient world.
Continue on to the remote temple of Banteay Srei: set deep in the jungle. The Citadel of Women, Banteay Srei was carved from red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to elaborate decorative wall carvings, which are well preserved to this day. This temple is considered the jewel of Khmer art.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
In the morning, a half day excursion to the biggest Southeast Asia’s largest fresh water lake – Tonle Sap Lake. You’ll take a fun ox cart ride through the countryside. Continue on a boat trip to enjoy the beautiful lake views and mangrove forests. Spend rest of the morning at Kompong Phluk, the largest village on the lake, to discover the fascinating daily lifestyle of the local people who live on the water.
After lunch, transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, guide will meet and escort you to check in. Rest of your own leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
After breakfast, visit the Royal Palace Museum (closed on Tuesday), which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. See the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground and representing classical Laotian architecture. Visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.
In the afternoon, visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures before heading out of town to see the weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek. Later this afternoon return to the city for a visit to Wat Mai. Finally climb to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa and a sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. Finally visit the famous Night Market, where you’ll find handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe peoples living in the surroundings.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
This morning, embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Along the way, stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where Laos rice wine and rice whiskey is produced. Then on to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves filled with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.
Lunch will be served near the caves. On return, disembark to visit the traditional weaving village of Ban Phanom, famous for its hand woven textiles. Continue to explore the beautiful Khouang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
This morning, you’ll experience the process of making rice at a Living Land Farm, a community enterprise just outside of Luang Prabang. Join the interactive rice farming experience which actively benefits the local community. Learn about bamboo weaving, tool and trap making, gardening and even blacksmithing. A Laos specialty lunch will be served as well.
In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane airport, car transfers to your hotel in Vientiane City. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to relax, walk around the hotel to discover the city or stroll along the river bank to enjoy sunset.
Overnight in Vientiane
Your full day city tour will take you to visit the highlights of Vientiane. Your will firstly get to know some more history of Laos by visiting the National Museum, then visit the temple Wat Sisaket which is the oldest surviving temple with thousands of Buddhist images. The temple Wat Prakeo which housing the famous Emerald Buddha image really amazed the Indochina tour makers. Your full day Vientiane city tour will also visit the symbolic site That Luang Stupa and Patuxay Monument. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Overnight in Vientiane
Today transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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