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16 days from £2299 pp Including flight from LHR
This tour embodies the essence of Indochina and allows you to experience the alluring landscapes and rich cultures of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos along with the colors of Thailand.
Day 01 : Departure London Heathrow
Day 02 : Hanoi
Day 03 : Hanoi – Full Day City Tour
Day 04 : Hanoi – Ha Long – Hanoi (Group tour)
Day 05 : Ha Long – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh
Day 06 : Saigon Full Day City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 07 : Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
Day 08 : Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap
Day 09 : Angkor Wat Tour
Day 10 : Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Luang Prabang
Day 11 : Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave
Day 12 : Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfall
Day 13 : Luang Prabang – Bangkok (By flight)
Day 14 : Royal Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha – City Temple Tour
Day 15 : Half Day Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Day 16 : Bangkok Departure
Today you will board on an overnight plane to Siem Reap (1 stopover; 1-5 hours’ layover).Overnight stay in the plane.
Upon arrival at Noibai Airport, you’ll be met by our tour guide & transferred to your hotel in Hanoi for a Check-in.
The rest of the time, you’ll be free on your own.Overnight at hotel.
At 0800 Hrs you start a day to remember by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, and his residential place, where you get to know about his great life.
The next stop is the nearby Temple of Literature. It is Vietnam´s first university, built in the twelfth century, to teach Confucius’s theory to royals. Here you have a chance to see a traditional music performance. Then you take a visit to the Museum of Ethnology.
In the late afternoon, you get impressed with 1-hour tour on the trishaw to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi´s fascinating Old Quarter for some great fun. This is your chance to be part of typical Hanoian style and its traditional Vietnamese culture.
You finish your relaxing but informative day by attending a Water Puppet Show, a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam.
Overnight at hotel.
Notes : Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closes on Monday and Friday morning, and from Sep to Nov for maintenance.
After having breakfast at the hotel you will be at leisure till the time to be picked up at the hotel by our shuttle bus for Halong Bay.
Morning departure to one of the most magnificent places in the world, Halong Bay. The trip takes about 3 hours 30 minutes. Halong covers 577 square kilometres and this vast bay is filled with more than 3,000 limestone peaks or karsts that jut from the deep blue waters as far as the eye can see. We will spend a day and a half, including an evening with dinner and breakfast on board, exploring this amazing seascape from the deck of a Vietnamese traditional boat. Comfortable and intimate, your boat has wooden interior handmade, including a dining room and pleasantly air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms. Since we are on the water at night, we can explore the most beautiful places in Ha Long Bay with time to swim and even visit some of the largest rock formations and caves. This promises to be one of your most memorable travel experiences in Asia. Overnight on the boat.
In this morning, we will keep on our journey by junk-boat to explore more islands & natural beauties of Halong Bay.
1030 Hrs : you will have a brunch served on the cruise before reaching to Halong Harbour at around 1200 Hrs. Right here our car will be at disposal to pick you up to transfer back to the airport in Ho Chi Minh. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh, pick up and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Note : the itinerary of the cruise is subject to change without notice.
Today we spend a half day exploring the captivating Ho Chi Minh City. The most places of interest are located near the town centre. We pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy on our way to the Reunification Palace. This famous edifice was a former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We follow these with a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum with a wealth of images from the notorious conflicts. The sightseeing ends up with a walk around the retail Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale!
Afternoon: Transfer about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The incredible underground network in Cu Chi stretched over 200 kilometres and became legendary during the American war. The extensive tunnels have been specially constructed with living areas, weapon factories, filled hospitals, command centres, plus accommodation. Today we have an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels to visit an exposition hall and a widened section of the tunnels to get a feel of the underground life. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.Overnight at hotel.
0800 Hrs : Pick up at your hotel, depart for Cai Be around 3 hrs driving. On our dedicated bus, you can see the green paddy fields stretching towards the horizontal. When you arrive Cai Be, you’ll board a motorized boat that takes you to the floating market and spend 1 hr there for an interaction that you’ll see nowhere else in the world.
Next, your rowboat will zigzag thru a maze of shadow canals to arrive at a great orchard where you can freely taste many famous tropical fruits of Vietnam and watch locals’ daily chores. Then we’ll see how coconut candy, crispy rice cake and ceramic are made here (served free with premium hot tea.)
After this, we will ride bicycles and roaming through a village to check out several rural shops or we can relax on a hammock for a short rest. We will land on a marketplace and walk around to see how and what the poor rural people of Vietnam sell. You are encouraged to interact with the vendors and see how friendly and respectful they are. You might also buy many interesting things for the very little amount of money. We spend about the ½ hour here and then board our bus. Free time and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, free time and transfer to the airport to take the flight to Siem Reap.
Welcome to Siem Reap, the centre of Angkor!
Siem Reap is a small colonial town, charming and pleasant enough to roam around with some fine examples of French colonial architecture.
Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, warmly greeted by our friendly English Speaking guide, Afterwards, it’s the time for a visit to Angkor Wat – one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world, built in between the 9th – 13th century, its general view are five ancients towers’ figure that embroidered or printed to the Kingdom of Cambodia’s Flag now, next on, your guide will take you to an excellent spot for watching a mesmerizing Angkor Wat sunset.
Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning, This morning you head 30km north to visit the captivating and beautiful temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Fortress of the Women’. The journey allows you to experience the beautiful Cambodian countryside as you pass through small typical villages, on-route you will visit Banteay Samre. Banteay Samre is an elaborately decorated temple, embellished with floral motifs and scenes from the Ramayana, all carved from pink sandstone. It is said the carvings must have been done by women as the detail is too fine for the hands of a man.
Afternoon, you will explore the Small Circuit. This tour includes the huge pyramid of Takeo, and the jungle-clad Ta Prohm, made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Tomb Raider’. You continue to explore the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom, where you will find the Bayon, a temple famed for its many gigantic carved faces smiling beguilingly down at you. You will also visit other important sites in this immense walled city, including the pyramid of Baphuon, Phimeanakas, and the royal viewing stands known as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.Back to town and overnight.
After breakfast at the hotel.
You take a short 15km drive to Phnom Krom the large hill that looms closer and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the on the Tonle Sap lake, the largest lake in South East Asia. You will see the traditional floating village of Chong Kneas and witness the residents going about their daily life – it is quite a sight seeing a whole bamboo village complete with homes, gas stations, schools, hairdressers, and even karaoke bars floating on a lake. On the way back to Siem Reap you will call in at Artisans d’Angkor, an interesting boutique workshop where you can observe young Cambodians learning traditional Khmer handicraft techniques, such as stone & wood carving, and lacquering & gilding – a great opportunity for last-minute quality souvenirs.
Transfer to airport for your departure flight to Luang Prabang.
Greeting at Luang Prabang airport, transfer to hotel with the guide and listen to Guide’s briefing for whole tour itinerary.
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquillity and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. Pick up and transfer to hotel, free time and overnight at hotel.
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms-giving ritual to saffron-clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession.
After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in coloured glass. We then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced. On our way back, we pass by a few more local villages and see the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Start your day with a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre where you are able to observe valuable artefacts and traditional clothing and implements from each of the 20 ethnic minority groups which inhabit the Luang Prabang area. Later in the morning, we go to the Phosi Market, which has an eclectic selection of foodstuffs and souvenirs. Afterwards, we head out to visit some ethnic minority villages and see how these colourful people live. We then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. We continue to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek – small villages well known for silk weavings and Saa (jute) Papermaking, and return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Breakfast, we visit the National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. The National Museum and the Central Market are not to be missed. After visiting these sights 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 flight to Siem Reap.
Greeting at Bangkok airport, transfer to hotel with the guide and listen to Guide’s briefing for whole tour itinerary.
Pick up and transfer to hotel, free time and overnight at hotel in Bangkok.
After breakfast, in the morning, visit the highlight of today’s tour – the renowned Royal Grand Palace, one of the must-sees that adjoin Wat Phra Kaew, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.
After lunch, explore Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in this city that housing the largest single Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha. Continue to see Wat Arun (Dawn Temple), perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, which is one of the most published images of Bangkok. After that, visit Wat Traimit, ‘Temple of the Golden Buddha’ famous for its 900-year-old and five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image. Then back to the hotel for relaxing.
After breakfast, you will enter the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. En route with the stop at Train Market and Sugar Palm factory. At the floating market take long tail to visit local lifestyle. Sit down and take your pictures, try some mango and sticky rice or hot soup with fish balls. (on own expenses) Then back to Bangkok. The rest of the day on your own.
Morning free and easy until time to transfer to Bangkok airport for departure flight.
Luang Prabang: Villa Chitdara Hotel Hotel [Standard room]
Siem Reap: Claremont Angkor Hotel or similar [Superior room]
Hanoi: Medallion Hotel (or similar) [Superior room]
Halong: Glory Legend Cruises (or similar) [Deluxe cabin]
Ho Chi Minh City: Elios Hotel (or similar) [Deluxe room]
Bangkok: Residence Silom Hotel or similar [Deluxe room]
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