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•         Route: Luang Prabang – Hanoi – Halong – Danang – Hoian – Hochiminh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta – Siem Reap

•         Travel style: History & Culture

•         Duration: 15 Days/ 14 Nights

•         Tour Code: ACIND15D-1

•         Arrival: Luang Prabang

•         Departure: Siem Reap

 

OVERVIEW

This extensive three-country tour of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia introduces you to the rich spiritual side of its people as you visit Buddhist temples and take part in a sacred Baci ceremony that brings good luck through strings tied to your wrist. You’ll also experience the warm hospitality of the Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia people at the range of hotels and restaurants during the trip. Start a tour with Laos " The Land of a Million Elephant'. You’ll fall instantly in love with Laos - this mysterious land. Enjoying a city views of Vientiane from atop the Patuxai monument then to Hanoi with Halong Bay, you'll stay overnight on a traditional boat cruise as it glides past deep caves and pristine beaches or a floating village. Hoi An & Hue is one of romantic destinations in Vietnam you will also visit before coming to Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap with Angkor Wat. You’ll feel a deep connection to this both chaos and serene lands.

You’ll stay in a selection of clean and authentic hotels. We believe that you've been waiting for this amazing absolutely delightful holiday for a long time already.

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG – ARRIVAL – CITY TOUR
  • DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES – BAN XIENGMENE
  • DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI WATERFALLS – RICE EXPERIENCE
  • DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – HANOI
  • DAY 5: HANOI – FULL DAY HANOI CITY TOUR
  • DAY 6: HANOI – HALONG – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
  • DAY 7: HALONG – HANOI – DANANG – HOIAN
  • DAY 8: HOIAN – CITY TOUR – THANH HA VILLAGE – KIM BONG VILLAGE
  • DAY 9: HOIAN – DANANG – HOCHIMINH
  • DAY 10: HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – HOCHIMINH CITY TOUR
  • DAY 11: HOCHIMINH – MY THO (MEKONG DELTA)
  • DAY 12: HOCHIMINH – SIEM REAP
  • DAY 13: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT TOURS
  • DAY 14: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT TOURS
  • DAY 15: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Join pilgrims at the sacred Pak Ou Caves
  • Get up at the crack of dawn to see one of the unique Alms Giving Ceremony
  • Take a riverboat along the Mekong River
  • Experience rice farming activities
  • Cool off in the turquoise clear water of Kuang Si Falls
  • Explore the one thousand year old beauty of Hanoi capital
  • Delight in a traditional water puppet show
  • Sail through the picturesque Halong Bay with its numerous limestone karsts
  • Live slowly in the ancient charm of Hoi An town
  • Visit traditional handicraft villages
  • Admire the French colonial influences in prominent architectural landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Explore the historical Cu Chi tunnels
  • Get lost in the tangled network of canals of the fertile Mekong Delta region
  • Marvel in the wonders of the great Angkor Wat

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
  • Private services & daily departure
  • Supplement for standard Vietnamese menu meals:
  • Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
  • Surcharge for booking during Peak season: Xmas, New Year, Chinese New Year
  • Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes: (these prices are subjected to be changed without notice)
    • Flight ticket from Luang Prabang to Hanoi: US$200 per person
    • Flight ticket from Hanoi to Danang: US$ 108 per person
    • Flight ticket from Danang to Ho Chi Minh: US$ 108 per person
    • Flight ticket from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap: US$ 220 per person

 

SPECIAL OFFER

  • [Free] Mineral water is available.
  • [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
  • [Free] Vietnam Traditional Gift

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing in My Tho
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary

 

HOTEL CATEGORY

Place

Standard (3*)

First class (4*)

Deluxe (5*)

Luxury (5*)

Hanoi

Adamas Hanoi hotel

Superior Room

www.adamashanoihotel.com

The Ann Hanoi Hotel

Superior room

www.theann.com.vn

Movenpick Hotel

Superior Deluxe room

www.moevenpick-hanoi.com

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Legend room

www.sofitel.com

Halong

V' Spirit Cruises

Superior cabin

www.vspiritcruises.com

Pelican Cruise

Deluxe cabin

www.pelicancruise.com

Starlight Cruise

Deluxe Cabin

www.starlightcruiseshalong.com

Paradise Luxury Cruises

Superior cabin

www.paradisecruises.vn

Hochiminh

Thien Tung Saigon Hotel

Superior Room

www.thientunghotel.com.vn 

Aristo Saigon Hotel

Premier Deluxe Room

www.aristosaigonhotel.com

Majestic Saigon Hotel

Colonial Deluxe

www.majesticsaigon.com.vn

Caravelle Saigon Hotel

Deluxe Room

www.caravellehotel.com

Luang Prabang

My Dream Boutique

Classic Garden room

www.mydreamresort.com

Le Bel Air Boutique

Deluxe room

www.lebelairhotels.com

Kiridara Hotel

Deluxe room

www.kiridara.com

Kiridara Hotel

Deluxe room

www.kiridara.com

Siem Reap

Angkor Holiday hotel

Superior room

 

Tara Angkor hotel

Superior room

www.taraangkorhotel.com

Sokha Angkor hotel

Deluxe (city view)

www.sokhahotels.com

Sofitel Angkor Resort

Superior room

www.sofitel.com/angkor

All other alternative hotels will be used in case the above mentioned hotels are fully booked

DETAIL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG – ARRIVAL – CITY TOUR

Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to your hotel. After a soft rest, your city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.  We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete without ascending the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Accommodation: hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES – BAN XIENGMENE

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.

Today we embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, firstly stopping at Xiengmene, where we visit Wat Long Khun, and the limestone cave Tham Sakkarin, and a tour around Ban Xiengmene village. Following a picnic lunch, we then continue by boat up the Mekong which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well time to explore the mysterious 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 return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI WATERFALLS – RICE EXPERIENCE

Morning, we drive to Living Land Lao Organic farm at Phoung Van village. Upon arrival, your guide and the representative of the farm briefs about the historical and activity of the farm.  Today attending a half day of rice experience including growing ride until stream ride. We also have time to visit the Organic products after rice experience. 

In the afternoon, drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. Before coming back to Luang Prabang, we still have time to visit Kuang Si Falls Butterflies Park, newly opened January 2014; it is now one of the must-see spots in Luang Prabang. We return to the city by late evening, for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: hotel in Luang Prabang

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – HANOI

Morning, free at leisure for sightseeing around this charming town before taking the flight to Hanoi.

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 5: HANOI – FULL DAY HANOI CITY TOUR

Morning, start a full day city tour beginning with Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November) and the rural style house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars.

Afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History and the Museum of Ethnology. Go to Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Next, take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 6: HANOI – HALONG – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Ha Long Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The bay cruise will continue with up close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner after, go fishing at 09:00 PM and spend a night on board.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: overnight on cruises in Ha Long Bay

DAY 7: HALONG – HANOI – DANANG – HOIAN

Wake up at 06:30 AM and refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Tai Chi is an ancient internal martial art often practiced in soft and gracefully slow moves to enhance internal harmony and vitality. Have tea and coffee onboard before proceeding to Titov Islet or Soi Sim Island to trek and swim. Check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Airport in Hanoi for flight to Danang

Arrive in Danang, welcome by our guide and transfer to Hoian, check-in and time at leisure.

Meals: Brunch

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoian

DAY 8: HOIAN – CITY TOUR – THANH HA VILLAGE – KIM BONG VILLAGE

Morning, meet our guide at your hotel and transfer to discover the charm of Hoi An as a renowned World Heritage Site. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Highlights for sightseeing include the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice and the local market vibrant with colors and activities.

Afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Thu Bon River to enjoy the countryside landscapes. Land on Kim Bong village where carpentry has been practiced since the 16th Century as the village’s trademark to visit some old-fashioned boatyards using timber as the main material. Move on to Thanh Ha village to see its traditional ceramic production trade still alive and thriving despite the 500-year passage of time.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hoian

DAY 9: HOIAN – DANANG – HOCHIMINH

Morning, free at leisure until transfer to Danang Airport for flight to Hochiminh.

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel for check in.

Afternoon, take a city tour to visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles, the Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed and constructed in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, Cho Lon area or the city’s China Town and the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built by the Cantonese community in the area in 1909.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 10: HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNELS – HOCHIMINH CITY TOUR

Morning, transfer to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels in Cu Chi district, 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate labyrinth-like network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity is beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.

Afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City that includes the War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans, former Presidential Palace and Ben Thanh market. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 11: HOCHIMINH – MY THO (MEKONG DELTA)

Morning, travel by road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of TiengGiangProvine, embark on a boat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on the Unicorn Island to enjoy wandering through verdant orchards, tasting fresh fruits and listening to some Southern style traditional music. Move on to the second delta province, Ben Tre, where you will watch local villagers make coconut candy in a rural workshop, walk around briefly and try riding a horse-pulled carriage. More cruising to some bee-keeping households to taste fresh homegrown honey and honey tea. Go back Ho Chi Minh City and spend time at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh

DAY 12: HOCHIMINH – SIEM REAP

Morning, free at leisure for shopping and sightseeing until transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Arrival Siem Reap, meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. Check in and leisure time.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 13: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT TOURS

In the morning, visit the unique brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, and continue to Ta Prohm. One of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda. Visit Preah Khan temple. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Continue your visit to Neak Pean, a fountain (built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, Eastern Mebon, guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation, and Pre Rup, the mountain-temple until sunset.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 14: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT TOURS

In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century) the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. After your rest, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 15: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE 

Leisure time until transfer to Airport in Siem Reap for departure

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