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  •          - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnel, Mekong Delta, Angkor Temples (Seam Riep), Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Luang Phrabang.

              - Customized upon requested
              - Starting either from Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia
              - Year round organized/ on demand


    BRIEF ITINERARY:

    Day 1: Arrival Hanoi. Airport Pick Up.
    Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay Overnight Cruise (B, L, D)
    Day 3: Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi. (B, L)
    Day 4: Hanoi City Tour. Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
    Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
    Day 6: Mekong Delta – Cai Be Floating Villages. (B, L)
    Day 7: Airport transfer. Flight HCMC – Seam Riep. (B,L)
    Day 8: Siem Reap – Angkor Temple (B,L)
    Day 9: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – By Express Bus – City Tour. (B,L)
    Day 10: Phnom Penh City (B,L)
    Day 11: Phnom Penh Departure. Flight to Vientiane. (B)
    Day 12. Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)
    Day 13. Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave (B)
    Day 14. Luang Prabang – Departure (B)

     

    DETAILED ITINERARY:

     

    Day 1: Arrival Hanoi. Airport Pick Up.
    Upon arrival Hanoi, met up with the tour guide & car driver of Indochina Leisure at the airport then they will transfer you to your hotel in city centre. Free time, check in and stay overnight in Hanoi.

     

    Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay Overnight Cruise (B, L, D)
    08.0am you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay (the World Natural Heritage site) via the Red River Delta. After 3.5 hours driving, arrival at Halong Pier, you check out the junk cruise while lunch is served. You will cruise passing through the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons teeth. After lunch, you take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. In the late afternoon, you visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. At sunset, you do kayaking or simply take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board, enjoy watching the peaceful sunset and later unwind at a restaurant. You will stay overnight onboard.

     

    Day 3: Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi. (B, L)
    This early morning, after waken up by the sounds of waves and birds welcoming the new day, you will have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto. You will have one more time take a walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Check out the junk and get on car to return to Hanoi. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi.

     

    Day 4: Hanoi City Tour. Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
    08.00: Our driver & guide will pick you up at your hotel to start the trip.
    The post-colonial capital city of Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, numerous lakes, pagodas and temples. This full day tour takes you around Hanoi s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh s Mausoleum and his Stilt House, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Also on the tour will be the Lake of the Restored Sword, Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, and one of the city s museums, either the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. You will stay overnight in Hanoi after water puppet show performance and 1 hour cyclo ride around the Hanoi Old Quarter before transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Airport picked up and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

     

    Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
    In the morning, we pick you up at your hotel at 8.00 AM. we have an excursion to the famous Cu Chi tunnels. This network of tunnels, which stretched for over 200km, became legendary during the 1960s. The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the U.S.-Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon . At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specifically constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life during the war must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
    In the afternoon, we visit Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with a population of 7 million people. Much of the daily life takes place on the streets, which are lined with shops, stalls and vendors with their wares spread out on the footpath. Don t miss the bustling Ben Thanh Market - a fantastic place for bargains of every kind! There are several interesting sights in HCMC. The War Remnants Museum has a wealth of images from the wars, the most moving being a gallery entitled Requiem which is dedicated to Vietnamese and foreign journalists and photographers who perished during the French and American conflicts. The Reunification Palace was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975 when the North Vietnamese tanks came crashing through the front gates, bringing the U.S.-Vietnam War to a dramatic end. Close to the palace some of the best examples of French colonial architecture are represented in the forms of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883 and the stone used to create it was exported in its entirety from France . Next to the cathedral stands the Central Post Office , finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam s largest post office. For all its French colonial history though, Ho Chi Minh City is by far and away Vietnam s most modern city. It has numerous shopping malls, cinemas, discotheques and a bewildering number of bars. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

     

    Day 6: Mekong Delta – Cai Be Floating Villages. (B, L)
    Pick up at your hotel in HCMC at 7.30 AM . Depart for Cai Be, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, take a motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through the bonsai garden. Meet the driver again in Vinh Long. Return to HCMC. Arrive back your hotel at around 5.00 pm.

     

    Day 7: Airport transfer. Flight HCMC – Seam Riep. (B,L)
    Upon arrival, welcome by our tour guide, Direct to Pouk Silk Farm, you will witness the way how local people producing Khmer Silk such as Phamung, Lboeuk and Holm using traditional method.
    Check in at your selected hotel. Transfer for lunch at local restaurant Wat Thmei (Killing Field) contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. Bakheng hill: Sunset viewing on top of the hill. Bakheng is the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor area, this temple-mountain offers extraordinary views of the Tonle Sap and Angkor wat. Overnight in Seam Riep.

     

    Day 8: Siem Reap – Angkor Temple (B,L)
    Breakfast at the hotel, we explore to visit:
    Angkor Thom: The ancient capital (12th century). See the South Gate including Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara. The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas The Elephant Terrace- and the Terrace of the Leper King. Ta Prohm: One of the most popular temples, this sprawling complex is famous for its jungle-like, ruined atmosphere, and the giant trees which rise from the stone, gripping the temple in their extensive roots. The temple appears very much as it would have to the first European explores and invites visitors to linger in its crumbling passageways. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit Jewelry Souvenir Shopping.
    Visit Ta Promh Temple and Discover the Angkor Wat: The “7th Wonders’ of the World”. World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.
    Buffet dinner with Cambodian Traditional show. Overnight in Seam Riep.

     

    Day 9: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – By Express Bus – City Tour. (B,L)
    After breakfast, Drive to Lake Tonle Sap where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. During the dry season it is roughly 2,500 km2, swelling to about 4 times it size in during the wet season: 10,000 km2! We will board a boat and visit the Chong Kneah village where we’ll see floating houses, farms and even a floating hospital, Mangrove forest. Come back visit Artisan D’ Angkor: the Handicraft center for the wood and stone carving processes. Have lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to Phnom Penh express A/C coach, the journey takes approx. 6 hours (flight Seam Riep - Phnom Penh is available and upon requested at extra 106 USD/ ticket). Arrival Phnom Penh. Meet and welcome transfer to check in hotel and have dinner at Local Restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

     

    Day 10: Phnom Penh City (B,L)
    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 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. Visit The Monument Independent: A short stop for taking photograph. The Monument which is patterned on a lotus flower bud, adorned with Naga heads (multi-headed cobras), and obviously reminiscent in design of the towers of Angkor Wat. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

     

    Day 11: Phnom Penh Departure. Flight to Vientiane. (B)
    Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Vientiene is a fascinating capital, with a fusion of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences. This charming and easygoing city will provide a smooth introduction to Laos. After a short rest, an orientation walk of Lao Capital is a pleasant way to spend the day, strolling around some of the city’s most historical sites and seeing some of the French colonial architecture. We observe the sunset by the Mekong Riverside until the late evening and experience the city lifestyle of the local Lao people. Overnight in Vientiane

     

    Day 12. Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)
    AM: After breakfast, we start to visit the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we will stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. From there, we visit the central market known as the ‘Morning Market’ which is a great place for browsing antiques, handmade textiles and gifts.

    PM: We board our short flight to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage City Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best - preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Asia. On arrival, we transfer you to hotel. After a short rest, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as viewing a beautiful and panoramic sunset over the ancient and once royal city and the Mekong River. We then stroll around the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of textiles made by the local and the hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

     

    Day 13. Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave (B)
    After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which 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 village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On our way back, we pass the local villages at Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan continue to see the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belonged to a royal family patronage near by Sackarine Caves. We cross to city and take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang

     

    Day 14. Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
    An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. This is a real highlight of the tour prior to saying goodbye to this charming city. Following breakfast, we visit The National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. After we visit the silver smith’s and Fine Arts School and the Central Market, which is not to be missed. We then say farewell and depart this ancient city. Good bye and See you again!


    TOUR PRICE: Available upon Request
    Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs

    PLEASE NOTE: All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a tour to your individual specifications


    TOUR PRICE INCLUDED:
    + All accommodation within the tour base on double room or twin room
    + Meals as indicated in the itinerary at local restaurant with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
    + All landed transfers within the tour.
    + Halong Bay Cruise overnight program and shuttle bus Hanoi - Halong – Hanoi
    + Experienced English Speaking Tour guide. Other languages (French, Chinese, Spain, Russian, German…) are available and upon requested.
    + Boat trip where indicated
    + All entrance and sightseeing fees
    + Water Puppet Show live performance in Hanoi
    + Cyclo Tour in Hanoi Old Quarter for 1 hour.
    + Complimentary Approval letter for landing visa to Vietnam: single entry, one month valid (Except special nationalities)
    + Government tax
    + Service charge

     

    TOUR PRICE EXCLUDED:
    + Air tickets
    + Beverages and other meals do not clearly indicate in the program
    + Visa stamp fees to Vietnam (at 45 USD per person at the airport)
    + Visa to Cambodia, Laos
    + Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our Lunar New Year
    + Early check-in (before 2.00pm) and late check-out (after 12.00pm) at all hotels
    + Kayak in Halong Bay
    + Service not mentioned
    + Travel insurance
    + Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping...)
    + Tipping for drivers and tour guides
    + Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.



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