This journey takes in the history, culture and natural beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Travel from north to the south of Vietnam, which discloses bustling cities, emerald bays, ancient relics and delicious cuisine. In Cambodia, discover the museums and monuments of the capital, witnessing the incredible temples of Angkor. In Laos, experience the picturesque countryside of Laos and welcoming people.
Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi
Meal: NA- Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Your guide will meet and greet you at the airport then take you to your hotel in city central. The rest of the day will be left on your own.
Day 2 Hanoi-Sapa
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Start your tour today by a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the embalmed body of Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh is stored, then followed by the Presidential Palace, including Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house at the back garden. Later, you will be guided to the One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature for a visit. Take a stroll around the beautiful West Lake, which is bordered by many significant sites such as Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. After lunch, a comfortable rickshaw will take you to tour around the ancient Old Quarter, and you will pass by the Hoan Kiem Lake along the way. After enjoying a fascinating Water Puppet Show, the proudest and most intricate traditional folk art of the country, you will be transferred to the railway station to take an overnight soft sleeper train to Sapa, a peaceful land with captivating mountain landscapes.
Day 3 Sapa- Ta Van- Giang Ta Chai- Sapa
Meal: Breakfast- Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Upon arriving at the Lao Cai Railway Station, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel for check-in (If room available). After breakfast, you will start a lovely trekking in the spectacular landscape of Lao Chai Village, home of the Black H’mong, to have a glimpse of tribal life on the mountain. Enjoy a pleasant picnic lunch and continue your highland adventure to visit the Dzay people in Ta Van village, whose houses nestled in a beautiful valley that provides the best view of intoxicating rice terraces in Vietnam. Keep trekking through a bamboo forest; you will finally reach Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dzao tribe for a tour. Later in the day, you will head back to the Sapa Town and enjoy some free time in the Sapa Market.
Day 4 Sapa – Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
After breakfast in Sapa, you will head for Bac Ha Town to visit its most colorful Sunday Market. As thousands of villagers from various ethnic communities in beautiful traditional costumes will gather here to buy and exchange local products, it is also a very good opportunity to taste the local life. In the afternoon, you will set out for an enjoyable walking to Ban Pho village, populated by the flower H’mong people. After a close-up experience with the hospitable locals, you will leave for the Sapa Town then take Tourist Bus to Hanoi. You arrive at the hotel at 10 PM. Overnight in hotel.
Day 5 Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner- Accommodation: On Cruise
Your guide will pick you up at the railway station upon arrival in Hanoi. After enjoying a breakfast by yourselves, you will head out for a 3-4 hour ride to embark on your amazing Halong Bay cruise. Sailing around the UNESCO world heritage site, you could marvel at the grotesque limestone Karsts in the islands of Halong Bay, such as Dinh Huong and Ga Choi etc. Later on the agenda, you will go ashore to visit one of the fascinating caves in the bay area, Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot. And you will stay overnight on board.
Day 6: Ha Long – Hanoi – Fly to Da Nang-Hoi An
Meal: Breakfast/Brunch – Accommodation: hotel in Hoi An.
Early Morning wakes up with Tai Chi Session on Sundek. You have an opportunity to enjoy the sun rising from the bay. After breakfast, you will visit a spectacular limestone grotto and then go back to the boat for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay while cruising back to the dock. Checkout and the boat arrive at the harbor by noon for the drive back to Hanoi. You will then have free time. Overnight in Hanoi hotel.
Day 7: Hoi An
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Your exploration in Hoi An starts with the mysterious My Son Sanctuary, a complex of ruined Hindu temples dating back to the Champa Kingdom, also known as “Angkor Wat in Vietnam”. Later in the afternoon, you will have a tour around the ancient town and visit some well-preserved historical sites, like Japanese Bridge, Chinese Temple and the former Vietnamese merchants’ houses.
Day 8: Hoian – Hue
Meals: Breakfast – Accommodations: Hotel in Hanoi
After breakfast at the hotel, say goodbye Hoian and embark on the northern bound journey to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Stop en route at the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. In Danang, you will visit the Marble Mountains, five sacred hills containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. The guide and driver will take you over the beautiful Hai Van Pass – Vietnam’s geographical and psychological boundary between north and south. The peak of the pass lies perpetually shrouded in clouds. Arrival Hue in Hue at noon time. This afternoon we visit the Imperial Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 9: Hue – Flight to Ho Chi Minh city
Meals: Breakfast – Accommodations: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Breakfast at hotel, we embark on a boat for a cruise upstream on the Perfume River, viewing the city and the tranquil villages on the riverbank. We will walk up to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a nicely located pagoda, overlooks the Perfume River and the beautiful scenery beyond, where you get to learn more about the Buddhism in Vietnam. One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. Disembark the board for a visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc, built decades before its occupant’s death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the emperors final resting place. Transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. The guide in Ho Chi Minh will pick you up, transfer to hotel in city center, check in, relax.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch– Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
The highlight for today’s trip is a tour to Cu Chi Tunnel, where human knowledge has been enriched by experiencing a web-like tunnels system of more than 200 km in length which used to be the shelters of guerrillas during the war against American troops.Return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch by your own arrangement. In the afternoon, you will first stop at the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, mostly known as Red Church, and then visit the Old Post Office. Later, you will be guided to the War Remnants Museum to appreciate some Vietnam War exhibits, and drop by the Presidential Palace symbolizing the reunification of Vietnam. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch– Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
Breakfast at your hotel. The guide picks you up and transfers you to Ben Tre. On arrival, you will take a local boat and then cruise along Ham Luong River, a tributary to the Mekong River. The cool wind from the river and green islands along its banks will get you excited to uncover all the great things ahead. This is the homeland of the coconut tree in Vietnam so you will have a chance to visit local workplaces to find how local people make their crafts. Touring around the village roads by “Xe Lôi”, the local vehicle, which is a kind of motorized rickshaw. Kayak through the natural canals to get a real experience of the peaceful beauty of the Mekong River as well as the rural life there. After lunch at the local house, you will have some time for relaxing. Then take a car transfer back to Saigon. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch– Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Today you will get an early start to board a pleasant motor boat ride for the eminent Cai Rang floating market, a lively wholesale floating market that offers a large variety of local goods. After that, the boat will continue sailing along lush vegetation and make a stop at Mekong Delta’s famous orchards to sample some exotic fruits. Continue your venture along the river; you will get a deeper insight into Vietnamese life by observing the daily activities of locals along the riverbank. Enjoy a lunch back in Can Tho before the driver transfers you to Ho Chi Minh City to catch your flight for Hue. Upon arrival, your local guide will take you to the pre-booked hotel for checking in.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City- Phnom Penh by Express Bus
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
Morning, transfer to Bus station to departure to Phnom Penh. It takes about 6 hours. Up on arrival, our car and tour guide pick up at bus station then transfer you to the hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 14: Phom Penh City Tour
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
Breakfast at the hotel visit: Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of the impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver. Wat Phnom: the birthplace of the capital; according to legend, Phnom Penh was founded here when a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues and built the temple to house them, from there you can enjoy views over the Tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh. Russian Market: Offers the largest and most varied selection of Traditional souvenirs, curios and other items of interest to the visitor. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon visit: Toul Sleng S-21 the Genocide Museum: Prior to 1975, Toul Sleng was a high school, When the Khmer Rouge came to power it was converted into the S-21 prison. The building now serves as a museum, a memorial and a testament to the madness of the Khmer Rouge regime. The prison kept extensive records, leaving thousands of photos of their victims, many of which are on display. Take the boat cruise to visit floating village and view sunset at front of the Royal Palace.
Day 15: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap ( By Express Bus)
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
After breakfast, continue the journey by express A/C coach to Siem Reap, it takes approx 6 hours to travel, Arrival Siem Reap, meet and transfer to Hotel in Siem Reap for relax.
Day 16: Siem Reap – Angkor Temple
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
Wake up early for the beautiful sunrise view upon the Angkor complex, then return to the hotel for breakfast. Start our temple tour with the imposing South Gate of Angkor Thom and the famous Bayon Temple. Continue to the Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and the “Jewel of Crystal” Takeo. Explore the jungle-covered Ta Prohm featuring in the blockbuster “Tomb Raider”. Evening, discover the magnificent Angkor Wat, the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture.
Day 17: Siem Reap – Vientiane
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Transfer to the airport for flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival Vientiane Capital, meet our guide welcome to Vientiane. Transfer to hotel for check-in. After that, we take a sightseeing tour of Vientiane, to visit religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to have been survived from the Siamese war of 1828 and its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues; Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or Pra Keo, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane; That Luang Stupa, Symbol of Lao nation the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha; Patouxay (Arch de Triumph), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 18: Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
After breakfast, transfer to airport for morning flight to Luangprabang. The guide in Luangpraban will welcome you at the airport after clearing custom, transfer to hotel for check in. Then enjoy a half day city tour around Luang Prabang…and you will understand why it deserves the World Heritage title! Visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. We visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana – Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple which, more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture; Climb up Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi hill. That dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang. From there, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 19: Luang Prabang- Pak ou caves
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch – Accommodation: hotel in Luang Prabang
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily alms giving ritual to saffron-clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. After breakfast at the hotel, We depart hotel to the boat landing, and take an excursion by boat upstream on the Mekong to visit Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and othe pposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height. En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, namely Laoh-Khao to be distilled. We are welcome to taste it and also take away. Lunch is served at a riverside restaurant. We arrive back at Luang Prabang in lthe ate afternoon, visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries…etc, Overnight in Luangprabang.
Day 20: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls
Meal: Breakfast, lunch – Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily alms giving ritual to saffron-clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. You will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will find dried buffalo skins, local teas and saltpeter among the many foodstuffs and hill-tribe textiles. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will have the opportunity to visit ethnic minority groups in the Ban Ouay, Hmong, Ban Ou, Laoloum, Ban Thapene and Khmu Villages. After visiting the villages, we then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you have the chance to swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths.
Next we move to Ock Pop Tok shop – The Living Crafts Centre which has to be one of the most beautiful spots in Luang Prabang, you can sit and enjoy the views out across the Mekong at sunset whilst enjoying some incredible traditional Laos dishes, all to the background click-clacking of the looms at work at the hands of Ock Pop Tok’s incredibly talented craftspeople. We return to Luang Prabang in the late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath.
Day 21: Luang Prabang departure
Meal: Breakfast – Accommodation: NA
Today is free until the time transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of tour.
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