Discover Indochina - 14 Days

Location:

HO CHI MINH CITY- MEKONG DELTA- HOIAN- HANOI HALONG BAY- LUANG PRABANG -SIEM REAP

Duration:

14 days / 13 nights

Day 1
HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh City, welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel

Enjoy half day Ho Chi Minh City to explore Ho Chi Minh City’s with visit the see Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office which are beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period. Drive to China town, visit Thien Hau Temple built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century. It is to honor the goddess of the sea and is filled with antiques shrouded in incense-smoke. Then visit Cho Lon, the biggest wholesale market in Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Note: The itinerary is subject to change according to arrival flight time

Day 2
HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA – MY THO (B, L)

The “rice bowl” of Vietnam, Mekong delta is carpeted with rice paddies, floating markets, crisscross rivers and canals. My Tho, popular known for coconut, attracts visitors to its fresh-aired environment of large green coconut & fruits gardens. Join us, experience the slow pace delta life, meet very friendly local, feel the generous hospitality and blow away the stresses of modern life.

Upon arrival, take a boat cruise around islets and tropical orchards through the canal of Vam Xep to reach a small islet, followed by a relaxing walk along shady and palm fringed trails passing by local villages where you can see their peaceful daily life. Stop en route to visit a bee farm, sip special tea with honey and sample fruits with a local family and share their stories of life in the Mekong Delta. Visit a small coconut workshop, just to get a glimpse of typical family run business in this area.

Walk to a lane where a horse-drawn cart awaits you to transfer to visit handicraft village, a coconut candy factory, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music and then relaxation with rowing boat through the narrow under shade palm, tree-lined canals of Mekong River before returning to My Tho by motorized boat. Enjoy Vietnamese lunch at local restaurant on the islet before heading back Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 3
HO CHI MINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNEL - DA NANG – HOI AN (B)

After breakfast, depart to visit the incredible underground Cu Chi Tunnels network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence and reunification. Visit the underground villages to better understand the tunnels’ history, life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City, we stop at a cricket farm, visit the farm, have the owner sharing his experience and taste some fried crickets wrapped in a spring roll or just eat it like a snack.

Transfer to airport for late afternoon flight to Danang. On arrival, meet and transfer 30km to your hotel in Hoi An town, check-in and have free time. Overnight in Hoi An

Day 4
HOI AN (B, L)

The morning excursion offers you a closer look into the countryside life in the outskirts of Hoi An Ancient town. This amazing experience starts with an easy bike ride through picturesque villages, passing rice fields and graveyards, seeing water buffalos and water coconut gardens, then meeting and talking with local villagers. Continue the fun with an exciting basket boat rowing session on the water coconut river.

A tasty lunch will be served in a good Vietnamese food restaurant The afternoon, we take a guided walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit the Japanese covered bridge, Chinese assembly hall, a typical Vietnamese merchant’s house, one of the interesting museums and the local market. There’re numerous art galleries, souvenirs and tailor shops where you can get some express made-to-order clothes if you like. The next visit is to home of a craftsman in the old streets. Overnight in Hoi An

Day 5
HOI AN – FREE & EASY DAY – FLY TO HANOI (B)

Today is your free day at leisure or join our Ba Na Hill & Golden Bridge optional excursion:

Optional: Ba Na Hill & Golden Bridge tour (08.00a.m – 13.00) (additional charge)

Built in 2017, The Golden Bridge soon became the newest famous tourist attraction in Da Nang, Vietnam. Located on the top of Ba Na Hills, more than 1,400m above sea level, 55km far from Da Nang city center and 85km from Hoi An Ancient Town and 125km from Hue Imperial City, the Golden Bridge can be reached by modern cable car system. It offers breathtaking views of Da Nang City & the Ocean from Ba Na Hills.

After breakfast at hotel, we transfer to Bana Hills cable starting station. Take the cable car to the main cable station (about 20 minutes). Enjoy the time in the Golden Bridge. Enjoy your free time on Ba Na Hills for further activities: walking, visiting the wine cellar, playing inclusive games… Be ready at the meeting point before the journey (by cable car) downhill and transfer back hotel.

Mid-afternoon, driver transfers you to Danang airport for a flight to Hanoi. Upon your arrival, our driver welcome you and transfer to hotel for checking in. Overnight in Hanoi

Day 6
HA NOI – CITY TOUR (B, L)

The city of Hanoi is a fascinating blend of Asian vibrancy and French colonial elegance. Today we enjoy a guided tour of the city’s highlights. We explore one of peaceful villages admit the bustle city, hang around its narrow road, market and meet the villagers, a great way to start knowing about a country. We come to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (outside only), an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite situated where he read the declaration of Independence in 1945 and now holding the embalmed body of “Uncle Ho”, also visit his “House on stilts” located in the grounds of the Presidential Palace. A short walking from the Mausoleum, we will visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a 11th century wooden temple built resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water, it is designed to resemble a lotus bloom. A prayer here is said to bring fertility and good health. This lunch, we have “Pho”, the soup is considered a national dish and voted in the World’s 50 best dishes. Hanoi is the best place to taste this dish due to the balance of ingredients and broth.

The afternoon, we visit the unique Train street, walking on the railway track, sit down in a rail-road café, enjoy a cup of Vietnamese coffee or local beer while waiting for the train hurling in narrow passage.

Then, we explore the famous chaotic streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on foot. Witness the merchant at work, bustling small alley, shops, typical tube houses and local market. Go back to your hotel at 17.00. Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 7
HANOI – HA LONG BAY (B, L, D/ use in-house English speaking guide on boat)

You have breakfast at hotel.

Boat Company’s shuttle bus pick-up you from your hotel. Depart to Ha Long Bay – UNESCO World Natural Heritage – where thousands of spectacular limestone islets and grottoes rising from the clear emerald Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, welcome drink on board prior to your check-in. Lunch with fresh sea food will be served while boat is cruising through many stone islets, floating villages, small beaches. Visit a floating fishing village, talk and meet with local villagers prior to your swimming or free time at your own on the sundeck. Dinner served on board.

Overnight in your comfortable en-suite cabin on board in Halong Bay Note: – Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administration regulations. – Cruise serves Vietnamese food that is available Veg or Non Veg

Day 8
HA LONG BAY – HA NOI – FLY TO LUANG PRABANG (Brunch/ use in-house English speaking guide on boat)

Breakfast is served while the boat cruises around Ha Long Bay, passes by many islets named by their shapes. Stop for a while to explore one of the most beautiful ones of the bay. The boat then continues cruising towards the wharf. Ready to disembark at about 10.30AM. Boat Company’s shuttle bus transfer back Hanoi where you will be transferred to Noi Bai airport for a flight to Luang Prabang city, Laos.

Upon arrive in Luang Prabang, meet and transfer to your hotel in the tranquil city of Luang Prabang.

Overnight stay in Luang Prabang.

Day 9
LUANG PHRABANG - PAK OU CAVE (B, L)

After breakfast, you 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, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.

Then in the afternoon, visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Continue to visit the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. Then you will climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.

In the evening, at your leisure time you may explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 10
LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI WATERFALLS (B)

In the morning, you will drive through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls. Along the way by the Mekong River you will see gorgeous landscapes of many rice fields, hills and villages. You will visit an ethnic minority at a village where their local culture has remained unchanged for centuries. Upon reaching Kuang Si Waterfalls, relax and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings

Afternoon is your free time. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 11
LUANG PRABANG – SIEM REAP (B)

After breakfast, you will be free until a good time drive to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrive at Siem Reap airport, meet and transfer to hotel in city central. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 12
SIEM REAP - ANGKOR HERITAGE SITES (B, L)

We start a very special and busy day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist. Continue to visit Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire with its centre piece; the Bayon temple. Although it may look like a shapeless mass of stone, further scrutiny reveals towers with enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army and the Terrace of the Leper King, which holds perfect carvings winding along a narrow passage way that leads to the Baphuon complex.

Continue to Ta Prohm, considered to be one of Angkor’s jewels with is overgrown fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged itself over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, emphasizing a ‘forgotten city’ feeling.

In the afternoon, continue to Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a 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.

We finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 13
DAY 13: SIEM REAP –TONLE SAP LAKE (B, L)

Have breakfast at hotel, take short excursion to Tonle Sap Lake for a short boat trip to floating village to explore local life there, enjoy amazing sunset view on the lake.

we continue to transfer to the Silk farm located in Puok district where you will understand more details on the mulberry trees, silkworm farming, cocoon unwinding, preparation of the silk threads, ikat technique (tie-dyeing of the threads) and silk weaving and impressed by the dexterity of our artisans with silk threads. This project has been supporting the vulnerable woman nearby villages to better a living for their families. Once the tour is finished, you may have a chance to go into a large showroom and bring a loved high-quality silk products made in the workshop you have just visited. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 14
SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE (ONLY DRIVER, NO TOUR GUIDE) (B)

Check out of the hotel and transfer to airport for your flight back home.

Note on VNA Internal flight:
– For individual booking, seats only be hold with full name of passenger
– Airfares are included taxes, and subject to change until final purchase
– Eco-flex class with Vietnam airline: allows to re-route, re-date with small fee and subject to availability. – Refund fee to be advised on specific route
– Luggage allowance on Vietnam Airlines: Economy class: 01 pack of 23kg checked luggage, 01 pack of hand luggage up to 12kg
– Our airfare on QV included 20kg checked luggage, and 7kg hand luggage per ticket.

Land Service Inclusion:

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast as mention or similar
  • Two-day-one-night cruise on Ha Long/Lan Ha Bay with meals as indication
  • Transfer services in a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat fees where applicable
  • Meals as listed in the program
  • B= Breakfast; L= Lunch & D = Dinner as mentioned: local food at local restaurants
  • English speaking local guide in each city
  • Bottled water on coach during transfer, max 2 bottled per day per guest
  • Government tax

Exclusions:

  • Meals not clearly mentioned
  • Dinks at meals and minibar in hotel room.
  • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  • Insurance, gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
  • Compulsory gala dinner on Christmas or New Year Eves: to be advised
  • All kind of airfare and airport tax
  • Vietnam visa handling fee: USD 10/Person, Vietnam visa stamp fee: USD$25/ person, Cambodia visa stamp fee: USD$30/ person, Laos visa stamp fee: USD$40/ person
  • Personal expenses such as Bar, telephone & Laundry bills
  • All other service not stated in the program

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