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EXPERIENCE INDOCHINA TRIP CAMBODIA- LAOS- VIETNAM 18 DAYS (Code: STIN01)

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18 Days 17 Nights

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Private Tour

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12 people

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Overview

Experience the very best of Indochina on this awesome adventure through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. From the graceful elegance of Hanoi, across the serene beauty of Halong Bay, the quaint charms of Hoi An and then spend several days exploring the enigmatic temples of Angkor Wat , Discover the delights of Laos to  visit the city’s oldest temple Wat, village and waterfall

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vietnam: Visit the 100 Year Old City - Hanoi, cruise on Halong Bay, discover the Bay of the Descending Dragon, relax on the beach of Hoi An, enjoy a half day Cu Chi Tunnel tour, discover the mysterious Mekong Delta.
  • Cambodia: Visit the ancient capital city of Angkor Thom, see one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Angkor Wat, enjoy a boat trip to the biggest Southeast Asia’s largest fresh water lake - Tonle Sap Lake, enjoy Phnom Penh city highlights tour.
  • Laos: Enjoy boat trip to Pak Ou Caves, explore the beautiful Khouang Si Waterfall, observe the morning Alms giving.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Phnompenh arrival
Day 1: Phnompenh arrival

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, be met by our local tour guide and transferred to the hotel. Night in Phnompenh

Day 2 Phnom Penh day tour and to Siem Reap (BL) by flight
Day 2 Phnom Penh day tour and to Siem Reap (BL) by flight

8:00 Start at the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda where 5,000 silver tiles cover the floor. Continue to the National Museum built in traditional khmer style. In the afternoon tour Tuoi Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields – a reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime and gives an insight into how the country has developed.
Transfer to the airport and take an evening flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the hotel.

Day 3 Angkor Wat (BL)
Day 3 Angkor Wat (BL)

8:00 AM In the morning visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. Enter the impressive South Gate flanked by stone elephants and giants. In the afternoon visit the famous Temple of Angkor Wat, the largest and best preserved temple at the site. Enjoy the beautiful sunset

Day 4 Siemreap - Tonle Sap Lake (BL)
Day 4 Siemreap - Tonle Sap Lake (BL)

8:00 AM A morning transfer to the pier and take a boat trip to Tonle Sap Lake, South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake, see the villages on stilts. See the monuments representing the Rolous Group. Visit the workshops of Artisan’s d’Angkor where traditional wood and stone carving techniques are taught.Night in Siemreap

Day 5 Ta Prohm and to Luang Prabang (BL) by flight
Day 5 Ta Prohm and to Luang Prabang (BL) by flight

Today head to the exquisite Banteay Srey Temple, one of the finest displays of classical Khmer art. Stop at Pre Rup, a stunning temple-mountain with excellent views of the countryside. Also visit Ta Prohm Temple, famed for the combination of trees growing out of the ruins. Transfer to airport. Fly to Luang Prabang.Upon arrival, Pick up and transfer to hotel. Night in Luangprabang

Day 6 Luang Prabang city tour (BL)
Day 6 Luang Prabang city tour (BL)

8:00 AM In the morning visit the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the impressive Wat Xiengthong. Take a cruise up the Mekong to the Pak Ou Caves, pass spectacular views. Explore the caves crammed with thousands of golden Buddha statues. Visit Ban Xangkhong village, famed for its silk hand weaving and traditional Saa paper making. also see the magnificent stupa of Wat Visoun. Climb to the top of Mount Phousi for panoramic views of the city, the surrounding countryside and the Mekong Delta at sunset.Night in LuangPrabang

Day 7 Khuang Si Falls (BL)
Day 7 Khuang Si Falls (BL)

Visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We return to the city by late afternoon to observe the sunset at Wat Prabath.Night in Luangprabang

Day 8 Luangprabang To Hanoi (BL) by flight
Day 8 Luangprabang To Hanoi (BL) by flight

An early start to see the morning ritual of monks collecting offerings of Alms (sticky rice) from residents. After breakfast, free day. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon pick up by your tour guide and driver at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, be met by guide and transfer to the hotel.Night in Hanoi

Day 9 Hanoi city tour (BL)
Day 9 Hanoi city tour (BL)

After breakfast, we enjoy a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex, A traffic-free area of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas, it’s usually crowded with groups of all ages, from all over the nation, who has come to pay their respects. Within the complex you can visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (outside), Ba Dinh Square, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House.
Closed by, the famous One Pillar Pagoda which is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter. It is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond.
visit the Temple of Literature. In 1076, Vietnam's first university Quoc Tu Giam was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Then, take a cyclo tour around Hanoi Old Quarter which is considered the central and the soul of the city. Visit Ngoc Son Temple which is located at the northern end of Sword Lake. From the shore, walking on the Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge leads to the island.
End the tour with a show of Water Puppetry, a unique stage art created by the Vietnamese peasants. Water puppetry - " puppets that dance on water"- is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 10: Hanoi - Halong (B,L,D) Overnight on cruise
Day 10: Hanoi - Halong (B,L,D) Overnight on cruise

In the morning, you will travel to Halong and arrive around noon. There, you will embark on a cruise in the must-see Halong Bay. This world-famous bay is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam, with its giant rock islets covered in luxuriant vegetation overlooking the waters. Halong Bay includes some 1,900 islands and islets of rocky peaks, often uninhabited and unvisited.
This scene creates a spectacular marine landscape, which earned it UNESCO World Heritage status in 1994. You will be served lunch and dinner aboard with excellent and freshly caught seafood from the bay. At the end of the day, you will have the chance to enjoy a night fishing session on the boat.

Day 11 : Halong - Hanoi - Hue (B,L ) Flight
Day 11 : Halong - Hanoi - Hue (B,L ) Flight

Early in the morning and depending on the season, you will wake up to enjoy sunrise over the aquamarine waters of the bay. Then the cruise will tour around the bay until you disembark at the end of the morning. After that, you will then return to Hanoi for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Hue
Please note: This tour may be subject to change depending on weather conditions

Day 12 : Hue city tour (B,L)
Day 12 : Hue city tour (B,L)

After breakfast, our minivan will pick you up at your hotel and take you visit Hue City.
Trip starts at 8.00 am from hotel, the driver and guide will take you to the boat landing on the river to make a trip on Perfume river for visiting Thien Mu pagoda. Along the river on dragon boat you will enjoy the tranquil feeling with two sides of green banks’ river and see the daily life of local people. Next you will be transferred back Hue city centre to visit the Imperial Citadel where Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 with numerous of attractive places to see like Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City. Thai Hoa Palace.
Have break for having lunch at restaurant.
This afternoon you will continue to visit the mausoleums of Nguyen’s Kings like Tu Duc tomb, next is handicraft villages such as hat-making, bronze-casting, insence - making and last to visit An Hien Garden house. You are back hotel around 5.00 pm.
Overnight at hotel in Hue

Day 13 Hue to Hoi An (BL)
Day 13 Hue to Hoi An (BL)

8:00 AM After breakfast, reach to Ho An A three-hour drive takes you through some stunning rural and coastal scenery, including the dramatic Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. On arrival, check into your hotel. Hoi An is easily explored on foot, and the afternoon, embark on a short walking tour including Japanese Covered Bridge, TanKy Old house, PhucKien Pagoda, Hoian Museum and Market.Night in Hoi An

Day 14 Hoi An- farming and fishing tour (B,L) 8h00 AM-14h00 PM
Day 14 Hoi An- farming and fishing tour (B,L) 8h00 AM-14h00 PM

Meet your expert Guide at hotel then cycle on beautiful narrow road to local fishing village name Cam Thanh, stop at rice paddy field, fishes and shrimps farms…
• Visit an ancient cemetery, holy temples.
• Joining in a special farming work with the local farmer by ploughing the field,prepair the field then plant baby rice on the field where you just plough. You will have opportunity to ride on water buffalos and then feeding them, it is very interesting.
• Watching local people on the work of making palm-thatched houses with water palm products and bamboo.
• Explore the water palm coconut paradise. Learning and sharing fishing experience with local fishermen by catching fish and purple crabs with unique fishing nets, paddle the traditional Bamboo Basket boat. Make souvenirs with palm leaves.
• Get to know more about Vietnamese – American war, interesting & true stories happened during the war time.
• Having Lunch at the local home ( Mr Cu’s home), learn how to make fresh rice milk and cook traditional Hoi An pancake (Banh Xeo).
• Tour ends, tour guide drops you off back to hotel. Free andNight in Hoi An

Day 15 Hoi AN- Danang- Ho Chi Minh City (B,L) by flight
Day 15 Hoi AN- Danang- Ho Chi Minh City (B,L) by flight

This morning , transfer to DaNang for visiting Linh Ung pagoda - the most important pagoda in Danang for the Buddhist people to come and pray, Cham museum to see the many sculptures from the Champa Kingdom. Have lunch before transfer to Danang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at HCMC Airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel.Night in HoChiMinh

Day 16 Ho Chi Minh City tour and Cu Chi (BL)
Day 16 Ho Chi Minh City tour and Cu Chi (BL)

Morning tour to CuChi tunnels: pick up at hotel & enjoy scenic drive through the countryside as people work on their rice paddies and thatched hut villages scattered along the way. Visit a local village making rice paper, a well-known product used to make the delicious spring rolls. Arriving at the Cu Chi Tunnels to explore part of the 151-mile underground network that zigzagged from the southern tip of the Ho Chi Minh Trail near Cambodia to the Saigon River. Cu Chi is a must for anyone interested in understanding a vital aspect of guerrilla warfare fought by the Vietnamese against both the French and the Americans. These cross-crossing tunnels were begun in the late 1940s by local resistance fighters looking for a place to hide their weapons from the French. Discover secret trapdoors, field hospitals, command posts, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms.
Afternoon to visit HoCHiMinh city including General Post Office, Notre Dame Church, Thong Nhat Conference Hall, Ben Thanh market. End tour at hotel. Night in HoChiMinh

Day 17 To Mekong Delta – My Tho – Ben Tre (BL)
Day 17 To Mekong Delta – My Tho – Ben Tre (BL)

08:00 Hotel pick-up and depart for My Tho – The first bustling town of Mekong Delta. Boat cruise along the Mekong River to visit the orchards on the Thoi Son islet. Enjoy tropical fruits of the season, visit Honey-bee farm and Coconut Candy Workshop; Continuing by hand-oared sampan ride along the canals. Lunch . Visit Vinh Trang Ancient Pagoda before driving back to Saigon. Night in HoChiMinh

Day 18 HoChiMinh – departure (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. The end tour.

Tour Included :

  • Private transportation in private air-conditioned
  • Accommodation in twin shared
  • Private boat trip as stated in above sights
  • Flight from Phnompenh to Siemreap & Flight Siemreap to LuangPrabang & Flight Hanoi to Hue & Flight Danang to HoChiMinh
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals as itinerary indicated (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling
  • 2 bottles of drinking water per day during the tour

Tour Excluded :

  • Visa to Viet Nam & Laos & Cambodia
  • Int’l air tickets
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Meals:lunch or dinner where not stated
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others

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