On this tour we will visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, exploring Luang Prabang, the Pak Ou Caves and Vientiane in Laos; explore Vietnam’s cultural, the temples, palaces and imperial mausoleums of aristocratic Hue, Hanoi and spectacular Halong Bay, the enticing little town of Hoi An and bustling Saigon. In Cambodia we visit Phnom Penh and conclude with an inIn-depth exploration of the magnificent jungle temple complex of Angkor.
|UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour|
|1.||Town of Luang Prabang||4.||Ha Long Bay|
|2.||Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi||5.||Hoi An Ancient Town|
|3.||Complex of Hue Monuments||6.||Angkor|
|Tour Duration||:||17 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||08 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Luang Prabang (LAOS)
Meet on arrival at Luang Prabang airport and transfer to your hotel. Check in time starts from 1500 hrs. Have an afternoon sightseeing tour of Luang Prabang*, considered as the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia and listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1995. Explore the shrine of Wat Mai, famous for the five–tiered, timber-framed roof, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, and That Makmo. Then take walk to the nearby Wat Aham, built in 1818 in classic Luang Prabang style, dedicated to Deveta Luang (spirit) Pu Gneu Ya Gneu (ancestors). Next, walk 328 steps uphill to the summit of Phousi Hill passing by various temples for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded Wat Chamsi stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. In the evening explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection of handmade textiles and woodcarvings by local and hill tribe people from the surroundings of Luang Prabang.
Overnight: Villa Santi Hotel, Luang Prabang (2 nights)
Day 02: Luang Prabang/Pak Ou Caves/Luang Prabang
Enjoy a unique sight of the early morning ritual parade of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents and visitors, and from there have a stroll around the nearby morning market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. After hotel breakfast, have a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. Then board a traditional river boat cruising upstream the Mekong River to the sacred Pak Ou Caves. Enjoy the beautiful mountain landscape, the tranquil countryside along the journey. On arrival, explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. After the river trip, drive to the famous hand-weaving village of Ban Phanom. (B)
Day 03: Luang Prabang/Vientiane (Flight)
Visit the National Museum (former King’s Palace) displaying a collection of personal artifacts of the Royal Family. Transfer to the airport for a 40-minute flight to Vientiane. Meet on arrival at Vientiane Wattay airport in Vientiane and transfer to your hotel. Have an afternoon city tour of the major sights of the capital. Visit Wat Sisaket, one of the oldest and most interesting pagodas in Vientiane, featuring remarkable frescoes and 6,840 Buddha statues. The next stop is at the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, where, once housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image, contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artifacts in the country. Continue visiting the imposing Patuxay Monument, well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. The final stop is at the famous and most sacred sculpture of That Luang Stupa, built by King Setthathirath in 1566, this great sacred stupa is considered as the Laos’ national symbol.
Overnight: Salana Boutique Hotel, Vientiane (1 night) (B)
Day 04: Vientiane/Savannakhet (Drive 480 Kms/7 ½ hours)
Depart a 480 km journey to Savannakhet, a bustling trade center and the second largest town in Laos, which lies on the Mekong River bordering Vietnam and Thailand. On the way, enjoy the beautiful landscape and have some stops to visit the friendship bridge, the Buddha statue park, Wat Prabath Phonsane (Temple of the Footprint of Buddha) and a tribal market. Then stop over at Thakek, 116 km from Savanakhet to visit the ancient city wall made of stone and the Sikhotthabong Stupa. Continue driving towards Savannakhet, visit Ban Nateuy and Inghan Stupa, located 15 km from Savannakhet, a holy relic that attracts a number of pilgrims.
Overnight: Daosavanh Resort & Spa, Savannakhet (1 night) (B)
Day 05: Savannakhet/Lao Bao/Quang Tri/Hue (Drive 385 Kms/7 hours) (VIETNAM)
Visit the central market before departing a 250 km drive on the Trans-Asia Highway to Lao Bao immigration checkpoint. After finishing the customs and immigration procedures at the Denesavanh/Lao Bao border check points, continue another drive of about 155 km along Route 9 and then Route 1A to Hue.
Overnight: Saigon Morin Hotel, Hue (2 nights) (B)
Day 06: Hue
Enjoy a full day tour of Hue*, a former imperial city of Vietnam. Explore the Royal Citadel, built in 1804 on a site chosen in accordance with geomancy. The next stop is the lively Dong Ba market. In the afternoon pay visit to the elaborate mausoleum of King Tu Duc (ruled 1848/1883). Then, drop into Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue, and from here take a boat cruise along Perfume River returning to you hotel. (B)
Day 07: Hue/Hanoi (Flight)
Transfer to Phu Bai airport for a morning flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival to Vietnam’s capital we are met and transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon, visit St. Joseph Cathedral, a striking neo-Gothic cathedral noteworthy for its square towers, elaborate altar and colourful stained-glass windows, then take one-hour pedicab ride around to the Old Quarters of Ha Noi. Visit Bach Ma Temple and Ma May Ancient House. Enjoy an evening water puppet show, a theatrical genre reflecting the agricultural civilization of thousands of years ago.
Overnight: Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi (1 night) (B)
Day 08: Hanoi/Ha Long Bay (Drive 162 Kms/3 hours)
This morning we depart for Ha Long Bay*. Boarding and check-in with welcome drink at noon, then the cruise starts through Cho Da, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi and Hoa Cuong limestone islets while a lunch is served on board. Then visit Sung Sot Grotto, the “Cave of Surprises”, before taking a swim in Titov Beach or Soi Sim Beach’s pristine waters. The vessel then cruises further to reach its overnight anchorage location near Ho Dong Tien or Luon Cave. Enjoy the sunset from the sundeck or while swimming; then a dinner will be served on board. Evening is to relax or to experience night-fishing from the boat’s deck.
Overnight: Pelican Junk, Ha Long Bay (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 09: Ha Long Bay/Hanoi (Drive 162 Kms/3 hours)
Early wake-up for a breakfast with stunning scenery, then a small boat will take you to visit Luon Cave. Back on board the cruise heads to Tuan Chau pier. Lunch is served on board while the cruise goes back to Halong City for disembarking at noon time. End of the cruise. Return to Hanoi.
Overnight: Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi (1 night) (B)
Day 10: Hanoi/Da Nang/Hoi An (Flight)
Morning visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long* before transfer to Noi Bai airport for a short flight to Danang. Pick up and transfer to Hoi An. Along the way stop to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture (closed on Monday) and the Linh Ung Pagoda.
Overnight: Golden Sand Resort, Hoi An (2 nights) (B)
Day 11: Hoi An
In the morning, have a walking tour of the ancient town centre of Hoi An*. Stroll around the Japanese and Chinese Quarters to visit a number of temples, pagodas, communal houses, traditional shops, local markets and other places of interest and watch local daily activities, handicraftsmen at work and a lively show of traditional dancing and music. Afternoon relax on the beach or enjoy hotel facilities. (B)
Day 12: Hoi An/Da Nang/Ho Chi Minh City (Flight)
Transfer to Da Nang airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Pick up and transfer to hotel. Have an afternoon sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Visit Jade Emperor Pagoda and Reunification Palace, followed by the Central Post Office; then have a short walk along the shopping Dong Khoi Street (former Rue Catinat) from Notre Dame Cathedral to the Municipal Theatre. Continue driving through the bustling Cho Lon (Chinatown) and stop by a hand-embroidery workshop and Ben Thanh Market on the way back to your hotel.
Overnight: Duxton Hotel, Ho chi Minh City (2 nights) (B)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City/Ben Tre/Ho Chi Minh City
Depart a morning drive to the heart of the Mekong delta, famous for its vast rice fields and most beautiful landscapes. Board a traditional boat for a cruise on Mekong River and observe the daily life along the river (a floating house raft village and floating fish market). Continue to cruise around the islets of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix, and stop over at Phoenix islet where local handicrafts, rice paper and sweets from coconut are being produced. Take a short ride on a horse carriage and enjoy a leisurely walk through coconut orchards to view the daily life of local people. Next, drop into a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea and enjoy fresh seasonal fruits and traditional live music performance. Enjoy a sampan ride through the small canals and then, continue your boat trip along the river to visit Dieu Hong fish-breeding raft. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before driving back Ho Chi Minh City. (B, L)
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City/Cu Chi/Phnom Penh (Drive 340 Kms/7 hours ) (CAMBODIA)
Morning drive 70 km to Cu Chi, famed for its elaborate network of over 200 km of three-story underground tunnels hand-dug by local people during the Vietnam War. Crawl down a tunnel to feel the underground life, and then test your marksmanship with an AK rifle at a local rifle range (optional with surcharge). Then drive to Moc Bai border check point for a land journey to Phnom Penh. Traveling time including customs and immigration procedures at the border check points is about 5 hours. On arrival in Phnom Penh transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Overnight: Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh (1 night) (B)
Day 15: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap (Flight)
Have a sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh to include the Notorious Tuol Sleng Museum/the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge, the central market of Phnom Penh, the Victory Monument, the National Museum with a collection of art sculptures presenting different periods of Khmer history, the Silver Pagoda located in the Royal Palace, famous for its 5,000 silver floor tiles and solid gold Buddha statue encrusted with 9,584 diamonds (weighing 90kg), and the Wat Phnom Temple. Transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for an evening flight to Siem Reap. Pick up on arrival at Siem Reap airport and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Tara Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap (2 nights) (B)
Day 16: Siem Reap
Full day tour of to explore the temple city of Angkor*. Visit Ta Prohm, a filming site of Lara Croft's adventures in "The Tomb Raider", and the famous Angkor Thom which comprises the Southern Gate, the famous Bayon complex, Elephant Terrace and Leper King Terrace. In the afternoon explore the famous 12th-century temples of Angkor Wat, covering 81 hectares with their five distinctive towers emblazoned on the Cambodian flag. Then walk up to the top of Phnom Bakheng Hill to enjoy a panoramic view of the western Baray and Angkor Wat at sunset. In the evening enjoy a buffet dinner with a cultural dancing/music show. (B, D)
Day 17: Depart Siem Reap
Check out time is by 1100 hrs. Transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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