Highlights of Indochina – 18 days tour

This muti country tour in Indochina provides you the best part of Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos. From the a spectacular Halong Bay to the majestic temple of Angkor and ends at Luang Prabang – the sleepy town nested amongst Nam Khan and Mekong River. This is a memorable journey of history, culture and nature.

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DETAIL ITINERARY
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (Meals: Welcome Dinner)
Upon arrival, you are welcome at the airport and being transferred to your hotel in city center. Then you will have short tour briefing and take a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, the best way to get to know the ancient laneways and local people. In the evening, enjoy the welcome dinner in one of the finest restaurants in Hanoi with Travel consultant of Laos Tours Expert. We will hand to you all travel documents and any of your questions related to this trip will get the full explanation from our staff.
Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
For the early risers, may we suggest a stroll along the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake where each morning, groups of locals gather to do their exercises along the lovely tree-lined promenade. You may cross over the red bridge at the north end to Ngoc Son Temple and the Tortoise Tower on a small island.
After breakfast, you will have a full day on your own to see the city so goodwalking shoes are a must. You will have many options to choose from:
– Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
– Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
– Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House
– One Pillar Pagoda
– Ethnology Museum
– Opera House
– Hoa Lo prison, which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”
– West Lake & Tran Quoc Pagoda
In the evening, attend a Water Puppet show – the unique form of  Vietnamese artderived from wet rice civilization of South East Asia.
Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, leaving Hanoi by road for Ha Long Bay cruise, enjoy drive though the rural area with scenic view of rice paddy field in the Red River Delta. You may be lucky enough to see cows or pigs on motor bike or Vietnamese kids ridding on water buffalo flying kites. On the way, enjoy famous Vietnamese Coffee at Vietnam Handicraft Center. Upon arrival, check in Vietnamese traditional cruise in Ha Long Bay. Journey along the spectacular limestone islands, floating villages while having sea food lunch, then disembark to visit ‘Sung Sot’ or Surprising Cave, one of the most beautiful grottos in Ha Long Bay . The next stop is Ti Top Island where you could swim on sandy beach or climb up to the top for panoramic view. In the evening, you will be delighted by candle light dinner on board with seafood dishes.
Overnight in on cruise.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – fly to Hue (Meals: Brunch)
Participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out tothe nearby cave on a row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Returnback to the Junk where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long baywhere the movie “Indochine” was filmed.
Your cruise will end at noon and you will met your guide & driver for the tripback to Hanoi, then transfer to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Hue where your guide and driver will welcome and take you to the hotel in town.
Overnight in your hotel in Hue.

Day 5: Visit Ancient Citadel (Meals: Breakfast)
Today you explore this fabulous city – the former capital of Vietnam (1802 -1945under Nguyen Dynasty). You start with a visit to the Citadel, which contains theImperial City and the Forbidden Purple City, the Emperor’s private residence.The Imperial City was created in the 19th century. There are many palaces and temples inside. You will even have the chance to play emperor yourself at aregal feast!You also visit the Imperial Museum, The Tu Hieu Pagoda, and the vibrant Dong Ba Riverside market.
Overnight in your hotel in Hue.

Day 6: Hue – Drive to Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast)
We drive through spectacular coastal scenery towards Hoi An, visiting sacred Marble Mountain along the way Cham museum and My Khe Beach. Located on the north bank of the Thu Bon river, the UNESCO designated World Heritage town of Hoi An was one of the Orient’s major trading ports in the 16th and 17th centuries. Enjoy Hoi An walking tour through the Old Quarters to see the town’s landmarks of Japanese Covered Bridge, ancient Assembly Hall, Phuc Kien Temple.
Overnight in your hotel in Hoi An town.

Day 7: Experience Farm & Fishing Life (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Our Farming & Fishing Life Tour provides you with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities – coming and visiting a beautiful organic vegetable village, watering and planting vegetable, hoeing a soil with local farmer, riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless. As well you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Later you will board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat while the waterways of coconut palm paradise. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities.
Overnight in your hotel in Hoi An town.

Day 8: Hoi An – fly to Saigon – city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
This morning we fly to Vietnam’s most exciting city, Saigon. Enjoy your city tour with a visit of Former Presidential Palace, the War Crime Museum, the central complex of architecture: the Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, the Municipal Theater, Xa Loi Pagoda, where keeps the glass vase that on its central altar contains the heart of Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk who felt so strongly about the in humane treatment of his fellows that he committed suicide by burning on June 11, 1963 as a final protest, visit Ben Thanh market and China town.
Overnight in your hotel in Saigon.

Day 9: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Can Tho (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Morning departure for the Mekong Delta, driving as far as Cai Be where you will be welcomed aboard your private sampan, typical of the trading vessels that you will see throughout your stay in the delta region. Leaving the jetty behind, cruise to the nearby floating market and navigate amongst the numerous fruit and vegetable barges before making a stop at an ancient Mandarin house. Continue deep into the delta region where you will have the opportunity to learn about several local cottage industries that operate along the river banks.
Lunch will be served at a beautiful Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical plantation close to the river. In the afternoon, continue your sampan cruise through the quiet creeks and sleepy backwaters passing fruit markets, paddy fields and traditional houses. Bikes are available for those who wish to enjoy a two wheeled exploration along the river banks of the meandering tributaries. Your sampan will dock mid-afternoon, allowing you to complete your journey to Can Tho by car, arriving by early evening.
Overnight in your hotel in Can Tho.

Day 10:Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Chau Doc (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
In the early morning we visit Cai Rang floating market, just 15 minutes along the river, enjoying cruising amongst boats trading their produce from all over the Mekong Delta region.
Back to your hotel for breakfast before travel by boat to the outskirts of Can Tho where you will disembark for a stroll along the canals. After a short tea break begin a leisurely bike ride to explore the surroundings. Lunch will be at a local house where you can interact with your hosts and even join in with the food preparation if you wish. After lunch continue your journey to Chau Doc by road, driving West towards the Cambodian border.
Upon arrival in Chau Doc transfer directly to your hotel where there is time to relax and watch river life on the Mekong River.
Overnight in your hotel in Chau Doc.

Day 11: Chau Doc – Speed boat to Phnom Penh – city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
Enjoy a morning boat ride up the Mekong Delta from the Vietnamese border to Phnom Penh (depart approx 0730, arrive approx midday). Weave your way through some stunning delta scenery before arriving at Phnom Penh. The city was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains much Colonial charm. Today the city buzzes with energy and an air of opportunity as Cambodia advances into the 21st century.
After lunch, we will visit the Royal Palace, situated on the site of the former citadel and built by King Norodom in 1966, the Palace still serves as the King and Queen’s residential quarters. Also within the walls of the Palace is the Silver Pagoda, so called because of five thousand silver tiles that line its exquisite floor. If time permits there is also the option of visiting the National Museum, which houses the worlds leading collection of Khmer art and sculpture, and Wat Phnom the founding site of the city. All are within easy walking distance of each other and are a great introduction to this laid-back city.
Overnight in your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 12: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at your hotel, take a short flight to Siem Reap – the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and depart for the Tonlé Sap, driving down the eastern side of the lake.
Arrive at Kampong Klaing, a remarkable village built entirely on stilts, where there is time to explore the various houses, school and shops before boarding your private boat. Cruise along a short tributary, passing fishermen and children playing in the shallow waters before arriving at a typical floating village where you may either disembark or cruise amongst the waterways.
At the head of the tributary you will continue out on to the ‘Great Lake’ and continue travelling north to Kampong Phluk; a ‘flooded forest’. Accessible only during high water, you’ll pass through the tree tops whilst seated in your boat. Nearby is a fishing village where you can also learn more about the traditional methods used for generations.
Returning to the mainland, meet your driver and return to Siem Reap. Arriving late afternoon, the remainder of your day at leisure.
Overnight in your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 13: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples (Meals: Breakfast)
Visit to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic. 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, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.
Visit to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Keo, constructed in late 10th early 11th century C.E, the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone.
Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills.
Overnight in your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 14: Siem Reap – Angkor Temples – fly to Luang Prabang (Meals: Breakfast)
We drive to Visit 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.
It is time to 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.
Catch your flight to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. On arrival at the airport, a guide and private car of Laos Tours Expert will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in town for check in. Free at your leisure in the rest of day. In the evening, you are free to walk through the bustling Hill tribe Market for traditional textiles and handicrafts made by the hill tribes.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 15: Luang Prabang walking tour (Meals: Breakfast)
This morning you are advised to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Have a simple preparation by your own and show your respect to the monks and our people is highly appreciated.
After breakfast we take a stroll on the Phousi Market where you see many local products such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Then we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunrise. Continue your foot to the former king’s palace, which is now a Royal Palace Museum. Many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. Then we embark on a tour of this enthralling town to visit Wat Xieng Thong – the Golden City monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and is considered to be the finest in Laos. Furthermore, we visit the fine temples of Wat Mai, Wat Visoun. Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 16: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves. En route, stop over to visit Ban Xang Hai where distillation sticky rice wine can be seen. Gently cruise up the Mekong River to admire the startling collection of gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the massive limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Cave. On the return cruise, stop at small villages to see the production of traditional Lao textiles and Sa paper by local artisans.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 17: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls (Meals: Breakfast)
Start your day by admiring the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people. Keep quiet and show your respects to our tradition.
After breakfast we take a stroll on the Phousi Market where you see many local products such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
Enjoy a short drive through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls. You will have a chance to make the most of beautiful landscapes of rice fields, hills, and small villages. After passing the entrance gate, you will visit the Bear Rescue Center where now cares for 23 bears. Most of the bears arrive at the rescue centre as very young cubs having been confiscated by the Lao Government from illegal poaching and trading. It is likely that they would otherwise have been destined for a life of torture in a “bile farm” outside of Laos.
Continue your steps up to the chain of falls to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. Sitting under the shade of big trees and swimming or jumping up and down in the pools can be relaxing and enjoyable. The water tumbles down a large drop and cascades gently in to several cool, clear pools where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.
Later in the afternoon you visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. In the evening you climb up to the top of Phousi Mountain for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 18: Luang Prabang – Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
You are free to walk around the sleepy town of Luang Prabang where you could view the sun rise over the river before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight back home.

Khawp Jai Lai Lai & La Khawn (Thank you very much & Goodbye)

Price per person
Group Size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
Land Tour $US 1,928 $US 1,506 $US 1,314
Flights $US 585 $US 585 $US 585
Total $US 2,513 $US 2,091 $US 1,899

Travelling Alone or More?
Price available on request.

Service Included:
– Domestic & Regional flights as mentioned in the itinerary
– Private transport by good quality van with A/C, all transfer in/out
– Accommodation in Double or Twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
– Meals as mentioned in the tour programme, admission fees to tour sites
– Local English speaking guide
– 1 bottle of water per person per day, Government tax, service charge
– Vietnam Visa Approval letter

Service Excluded:
– International & Domestic airfare and other not mention up above.
– Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
– Travel insurance, Entry Visa fee for Vietnam – Cambodia – Laos
– Banking transfer fee/Bank commission charge
– Early check-in and late check-out at hotels