WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF INDOCHINA

Cultural tour of Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia

20% off for the 2nd person when booked 6 months or more in advance

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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 Information
Tour Duration : 17 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 08 persons
Tour Price (From) : US$ 4660
Includes international air
Day 01: Arrive Luang Prabang (LAOS)
Day 02: Luang Prabang/Pak Ou Caves/Luang Prabang
(B)
Day 03: Luang Prabang/Vientiane (Flight)
(B)
Day 04: Vientiane/Savannakhet (Drive)
(B)
Day 05: Savannakhet/Lao Bao/Quang Tri/Hue (Drive) (VIETNAM)
(B)
Day 06: Hue
(B)
Day 07: Hue/Hoi An (Drive)
(B)
Day 08: Hoi An
(B)
Day 09: Hoi An/Da Nang (Drive)/Hanoi (Flight)
(B)
Day 10: Hanoi/Ha Long Bay (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 11: Ha Long Bay/Hanoi (Drive)
(B)
Day 12: Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City (Flight)
(B)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City
(B, L)
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City/Cu Chi/Phnom Penh (Drive) (CAMBODIA)
(B)
Day 15: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap (Flight)
(B)
Day 16: Siem Reap
(B, D)
Day 17: Depart Siem Reap
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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: Dhavara Boutique Hotel, Vientiane (1 night) (B)

Day 04: Vientiane/Savannakhet (Drive)

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) (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/Hoi An (Drive)

We transfer southward to Hoi An via Hai Van pass.  Along the way stop to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture (closed on Monday) and Linh Ung Pagoda.   Check in hotel.  The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight: KOI Hoi An Resort & Spa, Hoi An (2 nights) (B)

Day 08: Hoi An

In the morning, have a walking tour of the ancient town center 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 during the walking tour.  Afternoon is free at leisure. (B)

Day 09: Hoi An/Da Nang (Drive)/Hanoi (Flight)

Transfer to Da Nang 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 colorful stained-glass windows, and 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: La Siesta Hotel, Hanoi (1 night) (B)

Day 10: Hanoi/Ha Long Bay (Drive)

This morning we depart for Ha Long Bay. The remainder of day is following the cruise’s itinerary:
12: 00-12: 30: Transfer by canoe from Tuan Chau port to Gia Luan port to board the Sealife Legend cruise. Upon boarding, you will enjoy the welcome drink while the cruise’s management team will give you a short briefing about the cruise and disseminate safety regulations before you check in.
13:00 – 13:30: Lunch is ready to be served at Fish Net restaurant area and admire the beauty of the majestic limestone mountains emerging from the emerald blue sea while the Sealife Legend cruise moves to Lan Ha bay.
15:30 – 16:00: Van Ta area is inclusive of Dark and Bright Cave, border of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. And Sealife Legend Cruise invite you to visit this cave by bamboo boat rowed by local people through some floating houses where they are feeding fishes, clams and oysters. You also can explore this area in your own way by kayaking (depending on weather conditions). After rowing boat trip, you have a chance to swim in the green emerald and cool water before cruising to the boat to sleeping area.
17:30: Back on the cruise, you can choose a relaxing massage service to rejuvenate the body, or take a dip in the Jacuzzi while watching the sunset fall on Ha Long Bay and enjoy 5-star-quality cocktails as the “Happy Hour” promotion program.
18:00: After a relaxing time, you are welcomed to our demonstration with Vietnamese tradition liquor tasting and learn how to make the tradition cuisines made by fishmen. You and the chefs will make “Ca Thinh” rolls – fermented fish – using traditional vinegar made from distiller’s grains, rice powder, fresh herbs and rice paper. Then cheer up with a Vietnamese traditional liquor tasting. Drinking and having fun in the local style will be unforgettable memories of your trip.
19:15: Enjoy a delicious dinner at the restaurant. You can freely choose your favorite dishes according to the menu available at the restaurant.
20:30: Enjoy the nightlife of Lan Ha Bay. Immersing yourself in music, enjoy a drink from the bar when relax at Navy Club, take part in karaoke activities with the good sound equipment quality. In addition, you can relax on the Sundeck and admire the view of Lan Ha bay at night or manually catch the fresh squid or simply take a rest and watch Ha Long bay from the balcony in your room.
22:30: Return to your room, you enjoy your private rest time, fall asleep and get ready for a new day with lots of exciting activities.

Overnight: Sealife Legend Cruise, Ha Long Bay (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Ha Long Bay/Hanoi (Drive)

In the morning, you continue following the cruise’s itinerary:
06:30: Welcome the energetic new day with Vietnamese Martial Class – Vovinam activity on the deck and watch the sunrise.
07:15: A light breakfast is available to serve you at the restaurant with tea, coffee and cakes.
08:00: You will join the tour of Cat Ba World Biosphere by transshipment and just 5 minutes more by Sealife Group bus from Gia Luan Port to Hoa Cuong Cave – the wonderful stalagmite cave.
10:00: You return to the Selife Legend Cruise after the time of sightseeing. This is the time you return to the room and recheck your personal belongings before checking out. Enjoy a buffet brunch at the restaurant while the cruise goes back to the dock.
11:00 – 11:30: End of the trip. You leave the yacht to cano to return to the waiting lounge in Tuan Chau Island.
Notes: Cruise itineraries and schedules are subject to change without prior notice depending of the weather and operating conditions.
End of the cruise. Return to Hanoi and visiting the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in this afternoon before heading to your hotel.

Overnight: La Siesta Hotel, Hanoi (1 night) (B)

Day 12: Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City (Flight)

Transfer to Hanoi 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: Grand Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City (2 nights) (B)

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City

Leave bustling Saigon behind, head out to un-touched areas not well-known by tourists in Ben Tre. Board the Apricot Cruise, featuring a new boat design open on all sides to allow the river breezes to flow freely. From the comfort of your Apricot Cruise, meander down the Mekong observing local life play out along the river banks. Stop at some local families and see how local traditional methods utilize every bit of the coconut. Learn how to make local cakes, and you might have a chance to talk with a local fortune-teller who could tell you what is supposed to happen in your nearly future.
It is a full day of interesting experiences: boat rowing through winding water-coconut canals, bike riding along lush rural roads, sampling tasty local cakes, tea with honey, and enjoying lunch served with Mekong specialties at Apricot Riverside Restaurant. Relax, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and have memorable experiences before driving back Ho Chi Minh City. (B, L)

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City/Cu Chi/Phnom Penh (Drive) (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

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2020

Daily Departures

Tour Price

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Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2020 from US$ 4660 • CA$ 6291 from US$ 1050 • CA$ 1418
20% off for the 2nd person when booked 6 months or more in advance


Notes

Compulsory gala dinner on Dec 24 & Dec 31 are to be advised.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 20 meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare
(International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1600

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1600

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 participants

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