Indochina Culture tour – 18 Days in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Location: Vietnam - Laos - Cambodia
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  • Prix: 1659 EUR/PAX
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Each of the Indochina countries has its own unique attractions, diverse cultures and beautiful landscapes. S Viet Travel's 18 day Treasures of Indochina tour, however, is specially designed for travelers who wish to discover the overall and the best of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Day 1 : HANOI ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in Hanoi. The rest of your day is at leisure for independent exploration – just catch a sight of Hoan Kiem lake or explore the maze of streets in the city’s fascinating Old Quarter where you are certain to find something unique to buy.

Day 2 : HANOI CITY TOUR (B/L) - Group tour
AM: 7.45 – 8.15: Pick up at your hotel. Then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West lake (One of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). Lunch at local restaurant.

PM: After lunch proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum (apply on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat), the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam, see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters, and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. At the end, journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Tour ends around 15h30 - 16h00.

Day 3 : HANOI - NINH BINH - HANOI (B,L)- Group tour
AM : 8:00 - 8:30. Our guide & driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, then leave by coach to Hoa Lu (2.5 hrs). Visit the historic capital of Vietnam and the famous ancient temples of Le and the Dinh Dynasties. After that, our bus will transfer you from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc for lunch around at 12:30PM.

PM : After lunch, boat trip to visit Tam Coc to see the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many caves carved through the limestone. Then, cycle for an hour on quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops in Tam Coc - Bich Dong (around 5 km). Dive back to Hanoi and drop off at your hotel around at 18:00PM.

DAY 4 : HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D) - Sharing Cruise
Our guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at lobby of hotel and start journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Spend the night on the luxurious boat.

DAY 05: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)
Rise early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Cave of Surprises, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 4.30pm. Drop at hotel in Hanoi. Free time on your own. Overnight in Hanoi

Day 6 : HANOI - FLY TO LUANG PRABANG (B)l
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Noi Bai airport to fly to Luang Prabang. Arrival in Luang Prabang and transfer to the hotel for check in, free at your leisure time. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang is an ancient capital of Kingdom of Laos recognized as World Cultural Heritage Site in 1995. The ancient town is not only a remarkable example of the fusion of traditional architecture and colonial urban structures in 19th century, but also a cultural and religious place for locals.

DAY 7 : LUANG PRABANG (B)
After breakfast, we board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Our first stop is the village of Ban Muangkeo, then visit mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. In the afternoon we transfer by road to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang by early evening in time for a sunset view over the Mekong.

DAY 8 : LUANG PRABANG TO SIEM REAP (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Guests can wake up early in the morning to see the most sacred Laos traditions, the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony. The unique ceremony takes place daily as the sun rises and is one of the most Buddhist religious rituals still preserved in Laos.
Free time for relaxing or own activities until transfer to the airport for international flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival at Siem Reap’s Airport, our driver will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.

DAY 9 : SIEM RIEP (B)
After breakfast, visit to The South Gate of Angkor Thom: Bayob Temple, The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanaka, Elephant and Leper King Terrace. Continue visit to Ta Promh and the World Heritage of Angkor Wat – the “Seven Wonders of the world”. It is the most well-preserved temples among the Angkor monuments, well-known for its magnificent and detailed relief of the construction, also is the world’s largest temples. After lunch, visit to Thommanan, ChaosayTevoda, Ta Keo: small, attractive temple in very good condition, built all the same time as Angkor Wat. Continue to 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. Continue visit to Bakheng Hill: Sunset viewing on the 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 Siem Reap.

DAY 10 : MOVE TO PHNOM PENH (B)
After breakfast in the morning, we take an express boat trip to Phnom Penh through the lively Tonle Sap Lake. Arrive in Phnom Penh and check in at your hotel, afternoon is on your own. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

DAY 11 : PHNOM PENH VISIT (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit TuolSleng Museum (S-21 prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at ChoengEk to be executed. Then drive to visit the “Killing Fields” of ChoengEk (15 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) were detained and tortured at the S-21 prison and transported to extermination camp of ChoengEk. Visit Russian Market (ToulTumpong Market), the Market has gained reputation for cheap clothing, a large selection of Buddha images and woodcarvings, betel-nut boxes, silk, silver jewelry, and classic music instrument. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 12 : PHNOM PENH - FLIGHT  SAIGON (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Our driver will transfer you to the airport take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. . Arrive in Saigon, you will be transfed in hotel. Overnight in Saigon.

DAY 13: HO CHI MINH CITY + CU CHI TUNNELS (B/L) - Group tour
Start our day by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum. After, we drive for 60 KM to visit the Cu Chi tunnel; the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role during the American War. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”. Before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Then return to HCMC for an overnight stay.

DAY 14 : HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH( B/L ) - Group Tour
7.30-7.50: Meet our tour guide at your hotel
Enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields.
On arrived at My Tho, visit VinhTrang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit &honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals.
Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Meet the bus and return to HCMC. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories.

DAY 015 : HO CHI MINH - FLY TO DA NANG - HOI AN (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Then our driver will pick you up and transfer to the airport. You fly to Danang then transfer to Hoi An. Overnight at Hoi An.

DAY 16 : HOI AN ECO TOUR (B)
On the Fishermen & the Waterways of a Past War Tour you will enjoy a wide range of experiences – from learning traditional fishing techniques to paddling the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war. On this tour, we provide an authentic social and cultural insight into the local Vietnamese way of life. As well you will take part in some hands-on activities that are fun, safe and interesting to people all of ages.  Overnight at Hoi An.

DAY 17 : HOI AN TREE & EASY (B)
Today is your free and easy day in Hoi An, you can explore the Old Quarter in Hoi An yourself without our guide appearance.

Overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 18 : HOI AN - DA NANG - FLY TO HANOI DEPARTURE (B)
After depending on your flight time, you will have leisure time which is arranged by yourself for the last waking, cycling around, shopping souvenirs or handicraft products,… or having coffee as a local for the last time before we take you to the airport for your flight.
End Treasures of Indochina tour!

Goodbye and safe travel.

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What are included ?

  • Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
  • Accommodation shared in Double/ Twin room with daily breakfast
  • All In-tour flights as per itinerary ( HAN - LUA, LUA - SRP, PHN - SGN, SGN – DAN & DAN – HAN )
  • Experienced English speaking guide as itinerary
  • Halong Bay cruise program with in-house guide on board
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
  • All sightseeing tickets
  • Tissues and water on coach
  • Services charges and government tax
  • Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
  • No extra charge after services confirmation
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
  • Vietnam visa letter approval

What are not included ?

  •  Incoming and out coming flight & Departure taxes
  • Beverage, Personal expenses, tips and gratuities,Visa fee, Travel insurance
  • Single sup : 394 GBP/pax
  • Upgrade to 4 star hotel : 2032 EUR/PAX, single sup : 718 EUR/PAX

Check-in & check-out Procedure:
- Check-in time is from 02:00 PM and check-out time is at 12:00 AM

 

Other Infomation:

- Flight ticket could be changed without notice

- A surcharge will be applied for peak periods as following schedule: From 30 Dec 2017 to 2 Jan 2018, from 14 Feb to 21 Feb 2018, 24 April 2018, 28 April – 01 May 2018, 1 Sep - 03 Sep 2018

- In case of bad weather (the boat is not allowed to push off or not allowed to overnight in the sea), the Ha Long bay tour could be cancelled without notice

- No kayaking/swimming in HaLong bay as Government Announcement

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