Vietnam , Cambodia , Laos -17 Days

welcome

Detail Itinerary :
Day01
Hanoi arrives

Hanoi City, the capital city of Vietnam, is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Restored Sword Lake at its heart. North of the lake are the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, each street named after the trade that used to take place there. Much of the city was transformed by the French when it became a French protectorate in the 1880s and there are wide boulevards and large colonial buildings which are now home to government departments and foreign embassies.

* Aiport pick up and transfer to your hotel. If time permit, enjoy pleasant walk around the lake area and have a welcome drink at City View Café for a first glimpse of the city
* Today we start with taking a cyclo( pedalised rickshaw) ride around the old quarter and French quarter of Hanoi and stop at Hochiminh complex and queue with local to walk solemnly to visit his mausoleum
* Walk around Hanoi ancient citadel and visit bonsai garden inside
* Short drive to Ngo Si Lien market for authentic local street food market and keep on to visit Temple of Literature – the first Emperial college of Vietnam and symbol of Vietnamese education traditions.
* Walk around the Dong Xuan central market and old authentic hidden street of Hanoi old quarter
* Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi:

Day02
Hanoi – Halong Bay, Overnight on Junk (B/L/D)

Halong Bay, simply ranked its name as one of Asian’s finest landscapes in UNESCO World Heritage List.”Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by man. The exceptional esthetic values of this site are complimented by its great biological interest”.
* Ater breakfast, we start driving to Halong Bay for 3.5 hours with stop at rice paddy on the way to
* Welcome on board and set sail through Bai Tu Long bay while seafood lunch is served. Rest your eyes on the azure waters of this magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth, passing picturesque area around Mat Quy islet, Am islet.
* Mid-afternoon, get to Cua Van fishing village and enjoy a pleasant bamboo boat row to through the village with a museum and a school among floating homes.
* Visit Tien Ong cave and enjoy sunset cocktails and canapé before going back to your boat. Dinner is served on board
* Overnight on boat:

Day03
Halong Bay – kayaking (B/L/D)

* Boarding luxury day boat, the Halong Sunset to cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas, deep in Lan Ha bay.
* Take a light bike along the coast, through rain forest to Viet Hai village.
* Enjoy your lunch served on board while your guide explains more about Halong culture and its rich natural beauty. In the afternoon visit fishing villages and kayaking around Ho Ba Ham area before anchoring for the night.

Day04
Halong Bay-Hanoi-Flight to Danang.(Brunch)

* Start the day early to enjoy a Tai Chi class on top deck with an opportunity to admit the magnificent scenery of sunrise over the sea. Deep cruise into Bai Tu Long bay, passing Peal Farm, Phao Dai islet, Tam Cung cave, Hon Xep islet , Dau Moi temple while joining our chef for cooking demonstration to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine art. Opportunity to cruise through famous L’Indochine movie site (subject to tide condition).
* Enjoy buffet brunch on board before arrival to the dock.
* Transfer bak to Hanoi then to the aiport for your shot flight to Danang
* Arrival transfer to Hoian
* Overnight in Hoian:

Day05
Hoian Half day city tour(B)

* Start walking tour with numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, pagoda, Hoian market, private family’s ancient house, wooden carving and lantern-making families in the town.
* Rest of time at your own.
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoian:

Day06
Hoian Free (B)

* Free leisure on the beach
* Overnight at your hotel in Hoian:

Day07
Hoian – Saigon(B)

* Morning free at leisure or doing your own things before transfer to the airport in the afternoon for your flight to Saigon
* Airport pickup and transfer to your hotel in central Saigon
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon:

Day08
Saigon city tour – Cuchi tunnels(B)

* Guided tour to walk around Lam Son Square area and French quarter of Saigon to see French remained architechture before keep on to visit Opera House, Nort Dame Cathedral, the historical post office and Ben Thanh market
* Visit War Museum before drive for 2 hours to Tay Ninh in the west of Saigon where we will see mysterious world of the intricate underground Cu Chi tunnel networks used by Viet Cong during the war and get to know about the turbulent history of the area.
* Transfer back to Saigon in the late afternoon with stop to visit huge bonsai garden on the way
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon:

Day09
Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon(B)

* Transfer from Saigon to Cai Be in Mekong Deltawhere we will embark our private cruise excursion in this area
Our tour will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables…
* Cruising further, your sampan will bring you to see some local home factories to discover traditional rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longans drying process.
A delicious lunch will await us at a superb Indochinese villa, Le Longanier, located in a luxuriant garden by the river.
* Continue the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep with observing the typical Mekong Delta rural life along the way.
* Visit at an ancient mandarin house dating from the 19th century where the family will welcome you with a cup a tea.
* Keep on to Vinh Long, passing beautiful landscapes along Dong Phu canal, Binh Hoa Phuoc and An Binh islands famous for their fruit orchards. Stops on the way can be made at An Binh ancient Church or at Tam Ho bonsais garden.
The cruise will end at Vinh Long pier around 4pm and you will have a private transfer back to Saigon
* Overnight at your hotel in Saigon:

Day10
Saigon – Phnom Penh: (B / D) SGN PNH 1240 1325 VN3855

Free at leisure or doing your own things before transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel check in. The same afternoon, we will visit Royal Palace is a royal residence now where His Majesty, the King of Cambodia, and the royal families live. it is like a small town of royal dynasties. Continue to Silver Pagoda, serves less as a functioning temple than a repository for cultural treasures such as 90 kg golden Buddha encrusted with 2086 diamonds. Finally visit Wat Phnom Temple is one of the most important pagodas in Phnom Penh. Built in 1373 on an artificial hill by the wealthy widow Daun Chi Penh. Accommodation at hotel in Phnom Penh

Day11
Phnom Penh (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeng Ek to be executed. Then drive to visit the “Killing Fields” of Choeng Ek (15 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) were detained and tortured at the S-21 prison and transported to extermination camp of Choeng Ek.
Visit Russian Market (Toul Tumpong Market), the Market has gained reputation for cheap clothing, a large selection of Buddha images and woodcarvings, betel-nut boxes, silk, silver jewelry, and classic music instrument. Enjoy Sunset Cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers in Phnom Penh, it bursts into 4 branches. Accommodation at hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day12
Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B/L) PNH REP 1000 1045 K6 103

Breakfast at the hotel – Transfer to the airport for a short fight to Siem Reap.
The same morning, an orientation of Siem Reap town is conducted at Preah Ang Chek Preah Angkor Chom next to the royal residence, where is the holy and worship place for local people during the Buddhist religious day, then Continue to Wat Bo pagoda to view its well-preserved paintings. You will also observe monks making the various moldings, which adorn the pagodas. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, Visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Rolous, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap

Day13
Siem Reap (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel – This morning, we will explore wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, From here, you will embark on elephant ride to the the impressive Bayon Temple, then trekking on foot to the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King, then continue to Preah Khan was built in 1191 during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. He was a warrior king celebrated for reconstructing the Khmer Empire after a period of fragmentation. Jayavarman first made a name for himself in 1165, when news of a rebellion reached his ears. Rushing home from the Cham Kingdom, where he resided, he arrived too late to stop the usurper Tribhuvanadityavarman from crowning himself King of the Khmers. Lunch at Café Deangkor

Afternoon, we will visit the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. Later this afternoon, we will complete our temple tours to the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with Colums, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Overnight in Siem Reap:

Day14
Siem Reap (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel, Heading out of town we make our way by traveling on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way we make stopover at the Preah Dark village and we follow these with a visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. Afternoon, we will take Tuk Tuk (the most common taxi in Cambodia) to cruise to the floating village, where you will take the boat to visit the way of life Cambodian poor people along with schools, restaurants, hospitals and much more floating on the great lake of Tonle sap. You many even see enterprising children floating in buckets selling soft drinks and floating pig pen. We’ll continue with Tuk Tuk to the local pagoda for a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety for your journey as well as to bypass the potentially bad temptation. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day15
Siem Reap – LQP (B/L) (REP LPQ 1700 1855 VN 930)

After breakfast, start to visit the Angkor National Museum www.angkornationalmuseum.com known as the grand entrance to a world-class heritage that reveals the glory of Angkor Civilization. This museum enhances the cultural heritage of the Golden Era of Khmer Kingdom through amassed collection of invaluable artifacts and through state of the art multimedia technology exhibition for a full picturesque legendary story. We also explore the local market and artisan Dangkor workshop. Lunch at Nest Café. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Lung Prabang. On arrival at airport then you will be met and transfer to hotel for check in and then free at leisure time. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day16
Lung Prabang Pak Ou Cave -Khuang Si Water Fall (B/L)

AM: After breakfast, we will visit the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture and we then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the small village of Ban Xanghai, where the local rice wine is distilled. We return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon

PM: We continue our excursion toward Khouangsi Waterfall, en route, we visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. The Khouangsi Waterfall setting really illustrates paradise. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and we then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang:

Day17
Lung Prabang – Departure (B/)

Breakfast, we visit the National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign and Wat Mai, Wat Aham. The National Museum and the Central Market are not to be missed. After visiting these sites in the morning, there will be free time to venture into town and stroll around the shopping area. The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure for flight departure.

Note

+ Tour Includes:
* All private transfers and transportations on new modal, air-conditioned van
* All accommodations based on double or twin occupancy in hotels mentioned.
* Overnight cruise in Halong Bay on junk mentioned
* Private Boat rides Mekong Delta
* Professional English speaking guide during the touring days
* 2 internal flights: Hanoi-Danang; Danang-Saigon;
* All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary with admission fees and permits
* Meals as mentioned: ( B=Breakfasts, L= lunches & D=Dinners)
* Gov’t tax and service charge
* 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day and cold tissues during the tour

+ Tour Excludes:
* International flights, bank fees, visa, travel insurance, Cookling class in Hoian (US$25/pax), meals not mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Inclusions & Exclusions in Cambodia Portion

+ Your trip includes:
* Private tours with private transportation & with English speaking guide
* Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites
* All transfers with our A/C transport
* Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L= Lunch, D=dinner)
* Boat cruise as mentioned
* Elephant ride in Angkor Thom
* Tuk Tuk Ride
* Cold water and towel during the trip
* Government tax
* Service charge
* Hotel accommodation based on twin sharing room with daily breakfast

+ Your trip excludes:
* International flight ticket, Visa stamps upon arrival of $20.00 per person, Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec, Other meals not mentioned, Tips & personal expenses, Laundry, Other not stated above, Travel insurance

Inclusions & exclusion in Laos Portion

+ Inclusive of above prices :
* Transportation in private with air-condition
* Accommodation in TWN shared room
* Local English speaking guide
* Admission fee to indicated sights
* Meals: Daily breakfast at hotel +1Lunch where stated based on local restaurant
* Gov’t tax and service charge
* Luggage handling and drinking water

+ Exclusive of above prices :
* Visa stamping fee on arrival, All air tickets in/to/from Laos, Travel Insurance in all kinds, Lunch or dinner unless where stated, Single room (quoted separately), Other foreign language guide, Peak tourist season or special event rates, Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

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*** Hotel used in Vietnam

Hotel Class Hotel name Website Location Room Type
3 stars La Dolce Vita Hotel www.ladolcevita-hotel.com Ha Noi Superior
Halong Image Cruise www.imagehalongcruise.com Hong Cruise Deluxe
Ancient House Resort www.ancienthouseresort.com Hoian Superior
Ruby River Hotel www.rubyriverhotel.com.vn Saigon Deluxe
4 stars Silk Path Hotel www.silkpathhotel.com Hanoi Deluxe
Paloma Cruise www.palomacruise.com Halong Cruise Superior
Hoian Riverside Repsort & Spa www.hoianriverresort.com Hoian Superior
Liberty Central Hotel www.mgallery.com/Vietnam Saigon Deluxe
5 stars Hotel De l’Opera https://www.paradisecruises.vn Hanoi Deluxe
Paradise Cruise www.sunrisehoian.vn Halong Cruise Deluxe
Sunrise Beach Resort www.majesticsaigon.com Hoian Deluxe
Majestic Hotel www.mgallery.com/Vietnam Saigon Superior

 

*** Hotel used in Cambodia

Hotel Class Hotel name Website Room Type Location
3 stars King Grand Boutique www.kingrandboutiquehotel.com Deluxe Phnom Penh
Angkor Home www.angkorhomehotel.com Deluxe Siem Reap
4 stars Sunway Hotel www.sunwayhotels.com Deluxe Phnom Penh
Tara Angkor www.tarangkorhotel.com Superior Siem Reap
5 stars Sofitel Phnom Penh www.sofitels.com Superior Phnom Penh
Victoria Hotel www.victoriahotels-aisa.com Superior Siem Reap

 

*** Hotel used in Laos

Hotel Class Hotel name Website Room Type Location
3 stars Le Sen Boutique & hotel www.lesenhotel.com Deluxe Luang Prabang
4 stars Le Palais Juliana hotel www.lepalaisjuliana.com Deluxe Luang Prabang
5 stars La residence Phouvao hotel www.residencephouvao.com Garden View Junior suite Luang Prabang