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Highlights of Indochina

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15

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MC - 002

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Holiday type : Multiple Countries
The 15-day ‘Highlights of Indochina’ covers the very best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. We fly between major centres to make the most of your vacation, but also take the opportunity to explore the region – including an overnight stay in magical Halong Bay aboard our private boat and the atmospheric Luang Prabang. It is all highlights of Indochina!

Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi Exploration
Day 5: Hanoi – Saigon
Day 6: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 7: Saigon – Mekong day trip
Day 8: Saigon Exploration
Day 9: Saigon – Siem Reap
Day 10: Siem Reap discovery
Day 11: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat
Day 12: Siem Reap – Vientiane
Day 13: Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Day 14: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang
Day 15: Luang Prabang departure

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  • Ben Thanh Market - Saigon
  • Cu Chi Tunnel
  • Flower Garden in Mekong
  • Halong Bay
  • Hanoi Food
  • Hanoi Street Fruits
  • Hoan Kiem Lake - Hanoi
  • Luang Prabang 1
  • Luang Prabang 2
  • Luang Prabang 3
  • Luang Prabang 4
  • Mekong Delta
  • Paradise Luxury in Halong Bay
  • Siem Reap 1
  • Siem Reap 2
  • Siem Reap 3
  • Siem Reap
  • Vientina 1
  • Vientina 2
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Highlights

  • Visit Vietnam’s two most major cities – Hanoi and Saigon
  • Trips to Cambodia and Laos
  • See the World Heritage Sites of both Halong Bay and Angkor Wat!
Detailed Itinerary
  Day 1: Hanoi arrival:   
Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you will be met and driven to your hotel. You willl have time to relax after your journey. In the evening, you will have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and an interesting, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). Your overnight stay will be in Hanoi.


  Day 2: Hanoi – Halong bay – Paradise Luxury (B, L, D):   
Your heavenly journey into the wonders of Halong Bay commences at noon from Tuan Chau Island located at the doorstep of Vietnam's most iconic natural environment. During the afternoon discover some of the treasures disseminated across the bay like scattered pearls; fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, and fantastic rock formations rising up out of crystalline water. While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of Spa, Beauty & Massage services at any time.

Destined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world.


  Day 3: Paradise Luxury – Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L):   
Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Continue sailing past the thousands of islets scattered like roughly hewn gemstones in the clear green water. Your Paradise Cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10.30am and 11.00am, after which you will be collected for transfer back to Hanoi.


  Day 4: Charming Hanoi with cuisine and shopping (B):   
The day will be free for strolling in the charming ancient capital, go shopping in the old quarter, enjoy the savour of Hanoi speciality, – take your pick from traditional Hanoi Pho (beef noodle soup), Nom (green papaya salad with seasoned beef), Banh Goi (pillow-shaped rice pastry with minced pork and mushroom), Banh Cuon (hot rice paper with pork and fried onion) or Bun Cha (fresh noodle with grilled pork). If you are hungry, try two or three varieties – they are snacks rather than a meal. Your overnight will be in Hanoi.
  Day 5: Hanoi – Saigon (B):   
After breakfast you will be relax until our driver come and transfer you to the airport for flight to Saigon. Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Saigon, the hustle and the bustle city, you will be met and driven to your hotel. Your overnight will be in Saigon.
  Day 6: Saigon – Cu Chi half day tour (B, L):   
A morning drive will take you to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, you will watch a short introductory video on the tunnels construction and explore the maze of tunnels. and vanish equally rapidly. Your overnight will be in Saigon.
   Day 7: Saigon – Mekong day trip (B, L):   
We start the tour early at 7h30 and go ahead to Tien Giang. On arrival take a boat trip around four beautiful Islets: Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix on Tien River. Through Xep canel to visit Mekong traditional houses at Quoi An village (make all from coconut tree). See coconut collection set and how the locals make handicrafts from coconut trunk and shell. Enjoy seasonal fruits and listening to traditional music. Take the horse-cart on village path and stop at Ben Truc orchard, taste honey with tea or wine. See bees-breeding in wooden boxes at local farms.

Take rowing-boat on water palm creek and enjoy lunch on one of the islets at the local house. Experience the friendliness and hospitability of the host. Back on the boat to visit a coconut candy workshop, taste candy (Special products of Bentre province). Drive back to Saigon. End of the tour at about 5:00 pm.
  Day 8: Saigon – relaxing and shopping around (B):   
After breakfast you will be spoilt for choice for shops and most of them are within easy walking distance of each other. Many shops are found along Dong Khoi, which used to be the trendy Rue Catinat in French colonial times. Close by are Hai Ba Trung and Le Loi, which are also worth a look. Off-the-peg clothing is always a good buy but even better is to have clothes made up by one of the many tailors. There is always a good range of colored silk to choose from. Hand-embroidered tablecloths and napkins are very popular. Your overnight will be in Saigon.
   Day 9: Saigon – Siem Reap (B):   
Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, meets and transfer to hotel for check in. Orientation of Siem Reap at Preah Angkor Chheck, Preah Angkor Chhorm in front to King's residence.

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
  Day 10: Siem Reap discovery (B, L):   
Breakfast at hotel, visit to Prasat Kravan (Brick temple – 10th BC), Ta Prohm (Jungle temple), and then we trek about 3 km to one small temple in the forest and lunch box at the Riverside (Spean Barang). Continue to victory Gate of Angkor Thom, Preah Khan and Neak Pean temples. Dinner is at your own choice (Recommended: Khmer Kitchen, Molopor restaurants) and overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
  Day 11: Siem Reap discovery – Angkor Wat (B, L, D):   
Early morning, visit the sunrise at Phnom Bakheng Hill (Elderly is not recommended), the view of surroundings is amazing which we can view the site of Angkor through the forest. Back to hotel for breakfast, and then visit to Banteay Srei (Lady temple which is the most beautiful temple in Cambodia with carving).

In the afternoon, visit to Rolous Group, Lolie (Brick temple) along with the Pagoda, continue to Orphan Center which are training the orphan to make leather carving (Cow and water buffalo), Bakhong Temple for another 30 minutes. Before come back to Siem Reap our tour guide will take to visit one of two Khmer Families to know deeply about the life at the countryside (house, Kitchen, life experience). Enjoy dinner at Bopha Angkor Restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.


  Day 12: Siem Reap - Vientiane (B):   
Breakfast at hotel, visit to Floating Village at the Tonle Sap Lake and Artisanse D'angkor (workshop) where the poor villagers are trained and learn about handicraft (Wood, stone)

At 12:00 check out from the hotel, visit to Old Market, and transfer to airport for flight to Vientiane (QV840 15h50 – 17h20). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Overnight in Vientiane.
  Day 13: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B):   
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, the central market known as the ‘Morning Market’ which is a great place for browsing antiques, handmade textiles and gifts.

We spend the rest of this day touring the Lao capital, visiting the National Museum. We then board our short flight to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage City Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best - preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. On arrival, we transfer you to hotel. After a short rest, we 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. We then 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. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
  Day 14: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang (B, L):   
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 nearby 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 15: 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.

Your magnificent tour of Indochina is now complete, leaving you with a lifetime of memories!

Prices per person in USD from 1st Oct, 2014 to 30th Sep, 2015

Number of pax 1 2 3-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 Over 16 SGL
Superior 3,169 2,475 2,407 2,313 2,274 2,256 2,257 391
Deluxe 3,644 2,811 2,743 2,648 2,609 2,592 2,592 530
Tour prices include:
  • Breakfast and 14 nights’ accommodation in twin or double shared room basis
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary except Halong shared bus
  • Private boat in Mekong Delta
  • Flight ticket: Hanoi – Saigon, Saigon – Siem Reap, Siem Reap – Vientiane, Vientiane – Luang Prabang
  • Experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entry and sightseeing fees if any
  • Lunches and dinners (if specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants
  • Visa processing fee
  • Taxes and services charges
Tour prices do not include: 
  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visa stamp
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance
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Trip note
Guests should there will be visits to various places of worship, which may require respectful dress and behavior. Female visitors must often wear clothes covering much of their skin – and nothing too revealing.

As some of the activities involve climbing stairs / Hiking, guests should also bring walking shoes/boots.

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The itinerary may be subject to change due to the unfavorable weather conditions

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