The Majestic Beauty of Indochina 15 Days
Departure Date
Land Cost
Feb. 12, 2017
US$
2240.00
Air Extra
Nov. 05, 2017
US$
2240.00
Air Extra
US$
600.00
Internal Air
US$
455.00
 
explore-vietnam

A perfect experience to three countries; Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos in one trip. Begin your fully arranged trip from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, known for rich culture and centuries old architechture. Explore the Halong Bay, famous for emerald water and thousands of towering limestone islands. Continue to Hue and Hoi An, the highlighs of Vietnam before heading to Saigon.

From Saigon, fly to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, also known for once Khmer Empire & once French colonialists. Continue to Siem Reap & explore the Angkor Wat, one of the world's heritage sites with largent religious monument in the world.

From Siem Reap, take a flight to Luang Prabang in Laos, which lies in the confluence of Mekong and Nam Khan. Explore Luang Prabang and visit the famous Pak Ou cave before returning home.

 
 
 

Day 01 Arrive Hanoi, transfer to hotel.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Chao Ban! Welcome to Hanoi.

 

Rest of the day is at leisure or just walk around the old town.

 

Overnight Hanoi.

Day 02 Hanoi - Ha Long -Boat

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Departure for Ha Long Bay is around 8:00 AM in a shared van (about 4 hours) from your hotel. Arrive at the port around noon, and board the the boat  You are taken to your cabin after the trip briefing.

Enjoy a fresh and local seafood lunch in the boat while cruising to explore the magic Bai Tu Long Bay. Stop for a swim and visit the mysterious cave. Relax at our secluded island-beach or explore by kayak. Later you return back to the boat just in time to watch the beautiful sunset from the top deck before enjoying the bay’s freshest seafood dinner.

Overnight boat.

Day 03 Explore Bai Tu Long bay, back to Hanoi

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of Bay’s landscape with towering limestoneYou have breakfast at around 8:00 AM before our short rowboat by the locals of the bay.

 

 

Lunch on the boat as we slowly cruise back to boat pier. Return to Hanoi, stopping for a water puppet show at a traditional Vietnamese village before arriving back to Hanoi around 5:30 PM.

Overnight Hanoi.

 

Day 04 Day Free in Hanoi. Night train to Hue

MEAL: Breakfast

Today is your free day in the Hanoi capital with all of its fascinating historical charm. Spend your day relaxing or shopping. Some suggestions include waking up early (about 6:00 AM) and joining in the some exercising around Hoan Kiem Lake, or visiting the numerous markets, shopping, and trying all of the street side traditional foods.

 

At 6:00 PM, you will be picked  up from  your hotel for the night train to Hue. Boarding is at 7:30 PM. You are in a shared AC soft sleeper cabin.

Overnight train.

 

 

Day 05 Hue heritage on boat & bike or walk to rural villages

MEAL: Breakfast

Arrive in Hue and breakfast.  After brekfast a guide will take you to Imperial city to learn all about the royal kingdom here in the past. You then embark for our beautiful boat ride along the Perfume River, with stop at Thien Mu Pagoda.  Continue the boat journey downstream with pleasant viewing along the sides of the river and lunch onboard while sailing down the Perfume River.

 

Our afternoon start with biking to visit the flower village of Tien Non, it’s just lovely to be among different types of flowers, then cycle or walk a bit more to visit Thanh Tien paper flower making village, you can try to make one by yourself. After that, we visit village where they make traditional folk painting, more ride through the beautiful and peaceful countryside of Hue before hitting the road back to your hotel for about 5:00 PM.

Biking Distance: 14 km with van support, If you are not interesed in biking, you can just travel in car.

Day 06 Hue

MEAL: Breakfast

After breakfast at your hotel around 8:30 AM, explore the Royal Tombs, choosing only to visit the best ones, as we have lots to do today. Visit Ming Mang and Khai Dinh Royal Tombs.

 

After it is time to begin our transfer to Hoian (about 4 hours). There is fabulous sightseeing en route and we may make stops at: Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass, Cham Museum, and the Marble Mountains depending on time. 

Overnight Hoin An.

 

Tip: This is a very good chance for you to get great tailor-made clothes at reasonable prices. Hoianis well known for its tailoring. 

Day 07 Hoi An

MEAL: Breakfast

At 8.00 AM, we meet at your hotel for transfer to visit My Son Sanctuary. It comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly, surrounded by the mountain ranges. It was the site of regligious ceremony of kings under Champa dynasty.

We will then go to airport directly for flight to Saigon. Transfer from airport to hotel in Saigon city. 

Overnight Saigon.

Day 08 Saigon city and Cu Chi tunnels

MEAL: Breakfast

After breakfast,leave hotel for Cu Chi, outdoor museum to learn about the infamous tunnel systems of the Viet Cong. Take this opportunity to get a unique understanding of the guerillas underground fighting strategies during the war Crawl through 50 to 100 meters of the 200 km tunnel system if you dare.

Afternoon we visit the city includes Binh Tay Market in Cho Lon; stopover at Thien Hau, a 150-year-old Chinese Temple; then visit a Lacquer-wares workshop as well as the Jade Emperor Pagoda. In the afternoon visit the War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office.

Overnight Saigon.


 

 

Day 09 Fly Saigon to Phnom Penh

MEAL: Breakfast

Breakfast at hotel. Trasnfer to airport and take a flight to Phnom Penh. Pick-up on arrival and transfer to city. 

 

Viisit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Independence Monument and National Museum. Pass by the river front park and capture photographs of Watt Phnom, Watt Phnom Daun and Penh pagoda. Tour ends at your hotel around 6:00 PM.

Overnight Phnom Penh.

Note: Visa on arrival at Phnom Penh airport costs ~ 35 USD. Remember to bring your passport photo.

Day 10 Phnom Penh - flight to Siem Reap, visit Angkor Archaeological ( Angkor Wat), sunset & Apsara Dance

MEAL: Breakfast/Dinner

Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to Phnom Penh airport for departure to Siem Reap. Arrival in Siem Reap greeted by your local guide. Transfer to your hotel, check in, then visit  the mother of all temples: Angkor Watt. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at the Angkor complex.

6:30 PM welcome dinner and Apsara Dance show at a local restaurant. 

Overnight Siem Reap.

 


Day 11 Siem Reap - visit Angkor Archaeological (Angkor Thom, Bayon & Taprohm)

MEAL: Breakfast

 

Today at 8:30 AM explore more on bikes or walk the Angkor’s World Heritage and splendid temples. You visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom, Angkor Thom, South Gate, Bayon Temple, and Baphuon Temple. Also included today are visits to the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

 

 

We then continue on to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of the enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Bear witness to some of the measures being taken to preserve the temple while at the same time allowing nature reclaim the area. Enjoy our one hour foot massage before transfer back to your hotel at around 6:30 PM.

Day 12 Siem Reap - visit Bantey Srei, Artisan d

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

After breakfat,  visit Banteay Srei: nearly everyone's favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its small stature, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of its decorative carvings.

Next is Banteay Samre’s rose-coloured sandstone walls decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs. Finally, we visit Artisan d’Angkor and a local silk farm. Tour of the classes and workshops to get a glimpse into the unique vocational training programs teaching young artists the techniques and styles of classic Cambodian artistry.

Transfer and catch your afternoon flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang.

Airport pick upon arrival and trasnfer to hotel.

Overnight Luang Prabang.

Day 13 Explore Luang Prabang

MEAL: Breakfast

Morning at leisure, meet with your local guide in the afternoon for a city tour to visit the tranquil and charming town of Luang Prabang.

 

 

Visit the National Museum (closed Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, the impressive Stupa of Watt Visoun and the shrine of Watt Aham at Watt Mai. Next, we ascent up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa with a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong river. From there we explore the night market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local Hmong people.

Back to the hotel, Overnight Luang Prabang.

Day 14 Visit Pak Ou cave

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Today we leave hotel at 8:00 AM and enjoy a short-guided tour with visits to the city’s oldest temples: Watt Sene and the magnificent Watt Xiengthong. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, offering us breathtaking views of the tranquil countryside. Our destination is the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. A set of two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims.

 

Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where local rice wine is produced. On the way back, we take a short drive to another small village, Ban Phanom, which has become famous for its hand weaving.

Overnight Luang Prabang.

Day 15 Luang Prabang - Departure

MEAL: Breakfast

At an appointed time, transfer to aiport and fly back home or extent your trip to Thailand or Myanmar..

 
VISA INFO

 
A valid passport and Vietnamese visa is required. You must have a visa to Vietnam before you arrive Vietnam.

A VISA to Vietnam can be applied for by mail or in person at the Embassy of Vietnam as early as six months prior to the date of travel. The applicant must submit original PASSPORT,  Application form (PDF Form/Word Form), original photo (2x 2in) and visa fee in money order.

The visa rules and regulations are subjec to change. Please check www.vietnamembassy.us

Current information on visa and entry requirements may be obtained from the
Vietnamese Embassy
1233 20th Street NW, Suite 400,
Washington, DC 20036, tel: 202-861-0737

The Vietnamese Consulate General,
1700 California Street - Suite 430,
San Francisco, CA 94109, tel: (415) 922-1707