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The Treasures of Indochina tour takes in three of Indochina’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites: Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, Luang Prabang in Laos and Cambodia’s Angkor temple complexes. Crossing from Vietnam into Laos and then on to Cambodia, visitors get to witness the different languages, cultures, cuisines and lifestyles of the peoples of Indochina. Inspired by cultural diversity, this tour provides a fascinating, once in a life time opportunity to experience the best Indochina has to offer.
 
 
 

 


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 Day 1: Saigon arrival (D)

Welcome to Saigon. You will be met at the airport and transferred to hotel in Saigon. After checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Sai Gon is a bustling, dynamic and industrious centre, the largest city in the country, the economic capital and the cultural trendsetter. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. This evening, join your Tour Guide and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.

 Overnight in hotel in Ho Chi Minh

 

 

Saigon (B, L)

After breakfast we travel out of Ho Chi Minh City and spend full day floating through waterways on an exploration of the lush Mekong Delta region. Upon arrival Cai Be province, we take a boat ride visit a local orchard and the Cai Be floating market, an interesting style of market in the Mekong Delta. Everyday, the boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other local products anchor along the banks of the River, waiting for traders and customers. Here we can see local people being selling, buying and exchanging goods from their boats. Leave Cai Be, we will see the coconut candy, rise crispy cake, rice paper making workshop…continue to visit the local house and strolling on the village paths. For lunch, the local people will serve you the local delicacy – an Elephant’s-Ear fish.

After that you walk around the village to see local’s daily activities if you wish. We will visit Vinh Long local market before return to Saigon in late afternoon.

Overnight in hotel

Day 3: Saigon – Hue (B)

In the morning, we discover the most attractive sites of the City, seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office before we end the day with a visit to the ChinaTown. In the afternoon, we drive to airport for a short flight to Hue. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Hue and free evening at leisure.

Overnight in hotel

Day 4: Discover HueImperialCity (B, L)

This morning we take a boat ride along the romantic PerfumeRiver. We stop at Thien Mu Pagoda to see the 7-storey octagonal tower and an old Austin car which transported the bonze Thich Quang to Saigon in 1963 for his self-immolation. Continue drive to Minh Mang Tomb built between 1841 and 1843. The Emperor’s tomb complex consists of 40 constructions (palaces, temples, pavilion etc) designed on a symmetric axis. Today we have a special vegetarian lunch with nuns at Dong Thuyen Pagoda.

In the afternoon, we see the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors under Nguyen Dynasty. Enjoy your shopping at Dong Ba Market before transfer back to hotel.

Overnight in hotel

Day 5: HueDa Nang – Hoi An (B)

After breakfast at hotel, we visit the king tombs of Tu Duc & Khai Dinh. On the way to Da Nang, we stop for refreshment at Lang Co, a beautiful white sand beach. Continue driving to Da Nang to visit ChamMuseum. Afterwards, we head to Hoi An Ancient Town – a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Enjoy by yourself by a walking tour in the evening through the narrow lanes of the town lined with century-old building and illuminated by hundreds of colorful lanterns.

Overnight in hotel

Day 6: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An (B)

This morning, we take a half day excursion to My Son sanctuary. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. In the late morning we travel southward to the enchanting port town of Hoi An. Free evening at leisure.

Overnight in hotel

Day 7: Hoi An – Da NangHanoiCity & Cooking demonstration at Old Hanoi (B, L)

In the morning we will have a short drive to Da Nang airport and take a flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to hotel in Hanoi. Renowned as the “Paris of the East”, Hanoi is one of Asia’s most delightful cities. Rich in culture and history this diverse city draws its influences from both French and Chinese culture.

We will visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest pagoda in Hanoi. Afterwards, we drive to Old Hanoirestaurant to attend a cooking demonstration. After finish cooking, reward yourself by a delicious lunch at a Vietnamese’s house before exploring the bustling Old Quarter on a fantastic Cyclo tour.

Free evening at leisure.

Overnight in hotel

Day 8: HanoiHalongBay (B, L, D)

We leave Hanoi for 3-hour scenic drive to the Halong Bay, a natural wonder with thousands of islands rising out of the water, creating a unique and beautiful landscape. On arrival we board our traditional junk for a journey through the 3000 limestone islands dotted with caves and grottoes.

There is time for exploring the Bay at a leisure pace: swimming, relaxing and experiencing the magic of falling asleep on board in this beautiful part of the world.

Overnight aboard Emotion Cruises/ Bhaya Cruises

 

 

Hanoi (B)

Early risers can enjoy a morning swim in a quite firth. After breakfast, continue enjoy cruising an swimming before we disembark & drive back Hanoi.

We spend the rest of time to visit the Temple Of Literature, which is the first University of Vietnam with fine art architecture. Free evening at leisure and dinner on your own.

Overnight in hotel

Day 10: Hanoi/ Fly to Luang Prabang (B)

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best - preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transfer you to hotel and have a relax.

In the late afternoon, we visit The National Museum at the former RoyalPalace, Wat Mai, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. The impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham. We then climb up to the top of MountPhousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a superb view over the town and river. From there, we walk through the streets of Luang Prabang to visit lively street night market.

Overnight in hotel

Day 11: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave (B, L)

Today we take a boat ride upstream on the MekongRiver to Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we stop visiting Ban Chan and overland local villages at Ban Xiengmene, continue seeing the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belongs to royal family patronage and near by Sackarine Caves.  If time permitting, we will also visit weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong.

Overnight in hotel

Day 12: Luang Prabang – Siem Reap (B)

After breakfast, we drive back to airport for a short flight to Siem Reap. Arrival Siem Reap, transfer to hotel for check in.

In the afternoon we enter the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple and marvel the wonders of the eerie Bayon, Phimean Akas, the terrace of Elephants and terrace of Leper King. Enjoy the sunset view from Phnom Bakheng.

Overnight in hotel

Day 13: AngkorTemple (B)

 Today we visit the famous Angkor Wat, built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. The largest and best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre-first Hindu, then Buddhist-since its foundation.

After lunch we visit Preah KhanTemple, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. Then spend about half hour journey to reach Banteay Srey, one of the most unusual temples of Angkor, Cambodia. It lies 20 km due north of the main group. It is built largely of red sandstone, which is covered with elaborate and deeply carved decoration.

Overnight in hotel

Day 14: AngkorTemple (B, D)

After breakfast we continue our journey discovering the wonders of Angkor with visits to several ancient temples. The Prasat Kravan temples: a group of five unique brick towers contain large wall sculptures of Vishnu and Lakshmi. The Banteay Kdei Temple: a massive Buddhist monastery from the latter part of the 12th century is surrounded by for concentric walls. The Srah Srang: a royal bathing Palace, located east of Banteay Kdei. It was constructed in the mid-10th century, and modified in the 12th or 13th century. Ta Prohm Temple: Unlike most of the other Angkor temples, Ta Prohm has been left just it was founded: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. Ta Keo: an incomplete temple in the Khleang style built as the state temple of Jayavarman V. Thommanon: one of a pair Hindu temple built in the end of the 11th century.

This afternoon set out for a cruise on beautiful Tonle SapLake, passing a floating village and seeing the daily life of local people there. Enjoy our Farewell Dinner with Apsara performance.

Overnight in hotel

Day 15: Siem Reap Departure (B)

You are free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure flight.

Tour concludes./.

(B): Breakfast
(L): Lunch
(D): Dinner

 

 
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Treasures of Indochina
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